From Pastor Donne’s Desk on Mother’s Day <3

Take a look below to see what our Kids Ministry learned this past Sunday!

In the Lima Campus 34’s and 5K’s classroom and the Henrietta Campus Preschool classroom: ❤ Mother’s day ❤

Bible Basis: The story of Elisha, the widow and her sons, and the oil pots from 2 Kings 4:1-7 and/or The Beginners Bible Page 222-225 titled ‘Jars of Clay.’

Bible Verse: Ephesians 6:1 (NLT) Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do.

LIVING FAITH: Living Faith activity is designed to help your child remember the Bible lesson.

The Game is called: I Obey

You will need: paper, cups and dry macaroni

  1. Write “Obey” on a piece of paper and place on half of the table or room and “Disobey” on another piece of paper. Set a cup under each word.
    1. Give children each a handful of raw macaroni and have them stand equally from each sign.
    2. Tell them that you’ll read a statement and they should place one macaroni in the cup that best represents how they would respond — whether they obey or disobey.
  • Allow your children to respond to each statement!
  1. Use these statements:
    1. When my mother asks me to clean my room should I obey or disobey?
    2. When my mother asks me to turn off the television should I obey or disobey?
    3. When my mother asks me to help with the dishes should I obey or disobey?
    4. When my mother asks me to take out the trash should I obey or disobey?
    5. When my mother asks me to stop fighting with my brother or sister should I obey or disobey?
    6. When my mother asks me, to tell the truth, should I obey or disobey?
    7. When my mother asks me to go to bed, should I obey or disobey?
    8. When my mother asks me to brush my teeth should I obey or disobey?
    9. When my mother asks me to eat my vegetables, should I obey or disobey?
    10. After the activity, see which cup has the most macaroni and celebrate their good choices.
    11. Then read aloud Ephesians 6:1-3. Say: God has given Mommy’s and Daddy’s the responsibility of helping their children make good choices, and knowing right from wrong. Children have the responsibility to make good choices and obey their parents. We are children of God right?! So we want to obey mom and Dad because that is God’s best for us! When we obey we are blessed with a special promise (Vs 3) from God! Do you want to be blessed too? (Let children respond) What do you have to do? (Let children respond)- OBEY!

In the Lima and Henrietta Grade School classroom: Mother’s day!

Kids will know that the have benefited by honoring their Mothers. We discuss the promise that follows obedience!

IN THE CAR: Ask your child what happened in class this week on the drive home, here is what they learned:


 In the small group we talked about Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.

Here are some questions to process with your child on the ride home:

What reason does verse one give for us to obey parents?

What do you think about the promise found in verse 2-3?

‘Things will go well with you’ means that as you obey God has set you up to be blessed and a blessing.

How is this promise beneficial to you?

How are you going to make this benefit apart of your everyday life?

HANGING OUT:

Dad’s make plans with your kids to bless their Mom this week! Make her dinner or take her out to a special place. Make up a game to play with Mom or promise her 5 minutes of uninterrupted alone time every day this week! Bless the Mom in your family using all the ways she feels loved.

AT BEDTIME:

Ask your MOM the best and worst of her day, really take the time to listen and enjoy that simple time with her. Encourage and emphasize the great characteristics you see in your Mom and remind her that you are proud of her! ❤

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From Pastor Donne’s Desk


 

 

Take a look below to see what our Kids Ministry learned this past Sunday!

In the Lima Campus 34’s and 5K’s classroom and the Henrietta Campus Preschool classroom: LESSON 30 | Jesus our Savior

Bible Basis: New Testament (highlights)

Bible Verse: 1 John 4:14: “ e Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. We have seen it.”

Bible Point: God sent his Son, Jesus, to save the world. Jesus can be my Savior too!

Resource: The Beginner’s Bible

New Testament (pages266–508)

TABLE TALK: Use the Table Talk questions below to start a discussion around the Table at dinner.

What is Jesus like? How do you know? (Jesus is loving, caring, powerful, etc. We know what Jesus is like from the stories we read about him in the Bible.)

If you could ask God for a miracle, what would it be? Why?

Why do you think God used angels to send messages to people?

God is preparing a place for you in heaven. What do you think that will be like?

LIVING FAITH: Living Faith activity is designed as a drama to help your child remember the Bible lesson.

Your child has learned many of the great stories of the New Testament. Celebrate throughout the week by inviting “special guests” from the Bible to dinner on different nights. Allow each member of the family to choose a favorite New Testament person. When it is that person’s turn, they should come to dinner dressed as their favorite hero and role-play throughout the meal.

As your family converses with this historical visitor, begin with leading questions that review the story (for example, “Zacchaeus, why did you climb up in the tree?”). Help your child remember the answers. Then ask more open-ended questions based on the Bible text (for example, “Mary, how did you feel when Jesus did not come quickly to heal Lazarus?”). Finally, ask some fun questions that don’t necessarily come from the Bible text (for example, “Paul, how would you like to use email to tell about your faith to friends around the world?”).

NOTE: An Internet search may turn up some fun Bible-themed foods and decorations for the meal.

EXTRA MILE: Extra Mile provides interactive ways for your child to connect with the story.

Your child has learned many things in the entire Bible! For most of the past 14 lessons, your child has studied stories in the New Testament. Celebrate with a family movie night. Choose an age-appropriate Bible cartoon or movie that brings the New Testament stories to life. Serve Bible-themed snacks (many ideas can be found online), and invite some of your child’s friends or relatives to attend.

Your child has learned many songs during the past several weeks that celebrate God’s story. Sing them together. Look online for music, lyrics, and even motions. If you have children’s musical instruments, let your child play along as you all sing.

“Father, Father Up Above”

“Song of Thankfulness”


“On the Way to the Kingdom”

“Hosanna”

“J-E-S-U-S”

Review the many miracles of the New Testament by playing the Bible Miracle Cards match game that was sent home with your child. Shuffle the cards and place them face down in a grid pattern. Have your child turn over two cards to see if they match (same miracle). If they match, your child keeps the cards. If not, flip them back over and try again. As your child improves, add cards to the game.

 

In the Lima and Henrietta Grade School classroom: EGC Kids’ Core Truths- I Can Talk to God

Today I learned that I can talk to God; anytime, anywhere! I can talk to God about the best and worst of life.

IN THE CAR: Ask your child what happened in class this week on the drive home, here is what they learned:


During the lesson we talked about James 5:16b “The prayer of a godly person is powerful. Things happen because of it.”

Here are some questions to process with your child on the ride home:

-How do you feel about prayer?

-What is easy or hard about praying for you?

-This verse says that our prayers are powerful and things happen because of it, what do you think that verse means for you?

-What is something you want to pray powerfully for today?

HANGING OUT:

Ask your child the best and worst of their day. Really take the time to listen and enjoy that simple time with them. Respond by encouraging and asking them questions to understand better what they are trying to communicate. Ask how they would like to take the worst of their day, and problem solve with them. Celebrate the best of their day by asking them how they would like to celebrate! Make a special snack or play a new game!

AT BEDTIME:

Tell your children that you are proud of them and that you love them as you tuck them in at night!

PARENT TIME:

What you need to know:

Kids take their lead from you; share your story of how you have learned to talk to God in your best and worst! Use silly, good, and bad experiences for your children to get a glimpse into your own history. That level of vulnerability with your child may help them to open up to you when they are struggling with a problem or they just want to share special moments with you. With your support, your child will see you are the best person to open up to.

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From Pastor Donne’s Desk!

Take a look below to see what our Kids Ministry learned this past Sunday!

In the Lima Campus 34’s and 5K’s classroom and the Henrietta Campus Preschool classroom: LESSON 29 | Let’s Share Jesus With The World

Bible Basis: Acts 9; 16; Revelation 1

Bible Verse: Revelation 1:7: “Look! He is coming with the clouds! Every eye will see him.”

Bible Point: Paul told the world about Jesus. I can tell people about Jesus too.

Resource: The Beginner’s Bible

“A Changed Man”(pages 488–493)

“Paul’s Journeys”(pages 494–499)

“Earthquake in Prison” (pages 500 – 503)

“Jesus Is Coming!”(pages 504–508)

TABLE TALK: Use the Table Talk questions below to start a discussion around the Table at dinner.

Why was Paul mean to the Christians? (He didn’t believe in Jesus or follow him.)

When Paul talked with Jesus, how did he change? (He believed that Jesus was the Son of God. Paul became a Christian and began to tell the story of Jesus.)

How did Paul tell the world about Jesus? (He traveled far and wide, by foot and by boat. He told the people that Jesus came to save them. God did many miracles through Paul.)

When is Jesus coming back to earth? (He is coming soon, but only God knows when it will be.)

LIVING FAITH: Living Faith activity is designed as a drama to help your child remember the Bible lesson.

Have your child select one of the Bible stories from this week and act it out for you as you read the story aloud from The Beginner’s Bible. Provide your child with props to help reenact the story of Paul’s conversion. Use a mask to pretend Saul can’t see and then take it o when he regains his sight. When you come to the place(s) in the story where a Bible character speaks, instruct your child what to say. If possible, have your child perform the Bible drama for other family members in person, via Skype, or using a video camera.

EXTRA MILE: Extra Mile provides interactive ways for your child to connect with the story.

You can make Scripture memory work more interesting by varying the way you and your child recite the verses they are working on. Try using different voices, such as a giant’s voice or a mouse’s voice. You can also recite the verses quietly, loudly, slowly, or quickly. It is important for your child to enjoy this time with you rather than feel as if it is a chore.

This week, your child learned the importance of telling the story of Jesus to others. Encourage your child to tell the story of Jesus with friends and family members. Your child might nd this easier to do when it is placed in the context of playing preacher.

In the Lima and Henrietta Grade School classroom: Core truth Series: I am a child of God!

This is the foundation of all the other Core Truths we will be presenting to our children. Being a child of God is begun in salvation! We want our children to understand that:

-God is their loving Father.

-He has good plans for them.

-He is pleased with them, not angry.

-They have full access to Him at any time.

We want them to grasp who their Father is. When a child truly recognizes their position as God’s son/daughter, it influences every aspect of his/her life.

IN THE CAR: Ask your child what happened in class this week on the drive home, here is what they learned:


In class we talked about Ephesians 1:5 (NIRV) “So he decided long ago to adopt us. He adopted us as his children with all the rights children have. He did it because of what Jesus Christ has done. It pleased God to do it.”

Here are some questions to process with your child on the ride home:

-How does understanding that you are a Child of God change your perspective on:

-Yourself?

– God?

– Others?

HANGING OUT:

Take time as a Family to read Ephesians 1:5 (NIRV) “So he decided long ago to adopt us. He adopted us as his children with all the rights children have. He did it because of what Jesus Christ has done. It pleased God to do it.” Talk about the rights and responsibilities you have as a family member and how those are similar to our rights and responsibilities in the Family of God!

Get out paper and pens have each family member write (or draw) 5 characteristics of each family member. Then when you are finished each person can give their 5 characteristics to their parent or sibling. Have each person read out loud (or read with them if they are learning to read) the positive things about themselves!

AT BEDTIME:

As you are tucking in your child at night use that time to express to them how you and God see them as a child of God. Give them a kiss and remind them how much you love them as they are.

 

PARENT TIME:

What you need to know:Kids take their lead from you; share your story of how you have learned that you are a Child of God! It is great for your children to get a glimpse into your own history. That level of vulnerability with your child may help them to open up to you when they are struggling with a problem or they just want to share special moments with you. With your support, your child will see you are the best person to open up to!

Kids take their lead from you; share your story of how you have learned that you are a Child of God! It is great for your children to get a glimpse into your own history. That level of vulnerability with your child may help them to open up to you when they are struggling with a problem or they just want to share special moments with you. With your support, your child will see you are the best person to open up to!

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From Pastor Donne’s Desk: Missions and Fun!

Take a look below to see what our Kids Ministry learned this past Sunday!

In the Lima Campus 34’s and 5K’s classroom and the Henrietta Campus Preschool classroom: LESSON 28 | On A Mission For Jesus

Bible Basis: Matthew 28; Acts 2 – 3

Bible Verse: Matthew 28:19: “So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Bible Point: Jesus gave his followers a mission on earth. The Holy Spirit helps me to do this mission.

Resource: The Beginner’s Bible

“Jesus Goes to Heaven” (pages 466 – 472)

“ The Holy Spirit Comes” (pages 473 – 479)

“ The First Church”(pages480–483)

“ The Lame Man”(pages484–487)

TABLE TALK: Use the Table Talk questions below to start a discussion around the Table at dinner.

Where did Jesus go when he left his disciples? 
(Heaven.)

Who did God send to the disciples to comfort them and help them? (The Holy Spirit.)

What is a church? (A group of people who gather together because they love Jesus. Together they sing, pray, study the Bible, help others, etc.)

What mission did Jesus give the disciples before he went back to heaven? (To show and tell people about God’s love.)

Who did Peter and John help?(The lame man.)

LIVING FAITH: Living Faith activity is designed as a drama to help your child remember the Bible lesson.

Have your child select one of the Bible stories from this week and act it out for you as you read the story aloud from The Beginner’s Bible. Provide props such as a bathrobe and a pillow so your child can pretend to lie down and be the lame man. You can take turns playing the part of the lame man and Peter. When you come to the place(s) in the story where a Bible character speaks, instruct your child what to say. If possible, have your child perform the Bible drama for other family members in person, via Skype, or using a video camera.

EXTRA MILE: Extra Mile provides interactive ways for your child to connect with the story.

After you have gone over the memory verse several times with your child, reinforce retention with a simple game called Scripture Freeze. During the day, tag your child unexpectedly, like in a game of Freeze Tag. The child must freeze and quote the verse to you to get unfrozen.

Give your child paper and crayons to draw a picture of one of the stories. While your child is drawing, ask questions about the characters and the point of the lesson. This conversation will help reinforce what your child is learning about in the Bible and will also be an opportunity for you to spend quality time together.

Talk about ways that your family can continue God’s mission of showing the world his love through his Son, Jesus. Look for pictures in magazines that remind you of ways you can show and tell others about God’s love. Cut these out and with your child glue the magazine pieces onto a piece of paper.

Jesus gave us his Holy Spirit to help us do our mission on earth. He knew it would be hard 
 without his help and without the strength of other people who also love Jesus. Get more involved with your church this week! Find a way to participate in something in addition to attending a church service on Sunday morning. Check out your church’s weekly bulletin, monthly newsletter, or website for ideas.

 

In the Lima and Henrietta Grade School classroom: Game day!

Today is a day we are celebrating EGC Kid’s Value of Fun. Because though God is a Holy God, he also invented fun!

IN THE CAR: Ask your child what happened in class this week on the drive home, here is what they learned:


In the small groups today, we talked about Ecclesiastes 3:13 And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.

Here are some questions to process with your child on the ride home:

-What does this verse say we should enjoy?!

-Share a time where you worked hard and had fun.

-This verse says people get to enjoy the fruit or outcome of all their hard work.

How do you view work and how is it different from how God views work?

-Why do you think God invented fun and He equally enjoys being with you?

HANGING OUT:

Take time as a Family to celebrate how fun God really is! No matter the weather play a game outside. Because this is New York and we never know about the weather, you could go puddle jumping, sledding, or on a warm day work as a family to find as many variations of the game tag as you can! Create opportunities’ to laugh and just have fun.

 

 

 

AT BEDTIME:

Ask your child the best and worst of their day, really take the time to listen and enjoy that simple time with them. Encourage and emphasize the great characteristics you see in your children and speak over them the great things you see about their God-given personality as you tell them you love them and tuck them in at night.

PARENT TIME:

What you need to know:

Kids take their lead from you; share your story of how God has taught you enjoyment in your job or household chores. Use silly, good, and bad experiences for your children to get a glimpse into your own history. That level of vulnerability with your child may help them to open up to you when they are struggling with a problem or they just want to share special moments with you. With your support, your child will see you are the best person to open up to.

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From Pastor Donne’s Desk on Easter Sunday!

Take a look below to see what our Kids Ministry learned this Sunday!

In the Lima Campus 34’s and 5K’s classroom and the Henrietta Campus Preschool classroom: LESSON 27 | Jesus Lives!

Bible Basis: Matthew 26; 28; John 20 – 21

Bible Verse: Luke 24:6 “Jesus is not here! He has risen! Remember how he told you he would rise. It was while he was still with you in Galilee.”

Bible Point: Jesus died on the cross, but he came back to life. Because Jesus died for me, I am saved and can live for him!

 

Resource: The Beginner’s Bible

“Jesus Is Arrested and Crucified” (pages 446 – 452)

“Jesus Is Risen!”(pages 453–458)

“Jesus Returns”(pages 459–461)

“A Net Full of Fish” (pages 462 – 465)

TABLE TALK: Use the Table Talk questions below to start a discussion around the Table at dinner.

After Jesus died, where was his body placed? 
(In a tomb.)

Did Jesus stay in the tomb?(No, he came out and is alive today.)

Did Jesus visit his friends after he came back to life? (Yes.)

When Jesus’ friends saw him, what did they think he was? (A ghost.)

LIVING FAITH: Living Faith activity is designed as a drama to help your child remember the Bible lesson.

Have your child select one of the Bible stories from this week and act it out as you read the story aloud from The Beginner’s Bible. Provide your child with props, such as a table covered with a blanket for a tomb, to help reenact the story of the resurrection. Give your child a blanket to cast a net to catch some “ fish” or stuffed animals.

When you come to the place(s) in the story where a Bible character speaks, instruct your child what to say. If possible, have your child perform the Bible drama for other family members in person, via Skype, or using a video camera.

EXTRA MILE: Extra Mile provides interactive ways for your child to connect with the story.

It is often easier for children to memorize Scripture if they understand what the verse is saying. So when you practice your child’s memory work this week, take the time to explain exactly what the verse is saying. When the meaning is clear to your child, memorizing it will not seem like a pointless chore.

This week, we learned about the death and resurrection of Jesus. This is a good opportunity to discuss salvation with your child. Children are often confused about the concept of salvation, and this confusion can sometimes lead to them postponing a personal commitment to Christ. Make sure your child understands why Jesus died and why personal salvation is important. Don’t be pushy, but if your child shows an interest in this topic, make an effort to answer all questions. Because your child is young, use simple words and phrases, such as, “Jesus died on a cross to forgive all the bad things we do. But then he came alive again because Jesus is bigger than all the bad things in the whole world! If you believe that Jesus died for you and rose from the dead, you can go to heaven and live with him!”

In the Lima and Henrietta Grade School classroom: Easter Sunday!

 

IN THE CAR: Ask your child what happened in class this week on the drive home, here is what they learned:


Today we talked about the resurrection and how Skittles can help us remember the Easter story. Purple reminds us that we are sinners. Yellow reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world. Red reminds us of the blood of Jesus. Orange reminds us of the sunrise on Easter Sunday. And green reminds us that Jesus gives us new life.

HANGING OUT:

Get a bag of Skittles and see if your kids can teach you the Easter story using the candies like it was demonstrated in their class today!

At Dinner:

Here are some great discussion starters:

Why did Jesus die on the cross?

What happened on Easter morning?

How can we share the good news of Easter with our friends?

AT BEDTIME:

Quiz your child on this week’s memory verse:

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” – Matthew 28:6 (NIV)

PARENT TIME:

What you need to know:

The goal this week was to give kids a colorful way to remember and share the Easter story using Skittles. Let your kids share it with you this week, and encourage them to choose a friend to share the colorful gospel story with!

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From Pastor Donne’s Desk on Palm Sunday!

Take a look below to see what our Kids Ministry learned this Sunday!

In the Lima Campus 34’s and 5K’s classroom and the Henrietta Campus Preschool classroom: LESSON 26 | Jesus: the Servant and King

Bible Basis: Matthew 21:1–11; 26:17–29; Mark 11:1–11; 14:12–25; Luke 19:29–42; 22:7–19; John12:12 – 19; 13:1 – 14:31

Bible Verse: Matthew 21:5: “See, your king comes to you. He is gentle and riding on a donkey.”

Bible Point: Jesus was a king, but he was also a servant. God wants me to serve others too.

Resource: The Beginner’s Bible

“The True King”(pages427–432)

“Washing the Disciples’ Feet” (pages 437 – 441)

“The Last Supper”(pages442–445)

TABLE TALK: Use the Table Talk questions below to start a discussion around the Table at dinner.

Why didn’t Jesus wear a crown like other kings and ride a big horse? (He was a different kind of king. He wanted to show people that it is important to be a servant to God and others.)

Who made the palm branches and the palm trees? (God.)

At the Last Supper, Jesus told the disciples that he was going to heaven. What did he say he would do there? (Prepare a new home for us!)

Who didn’t want Jesus to wash his feet? (Peter.)

Why? (He didn’t want Jesus to serve him.)

LIVING FAITH: Living Faith activity is designed as a drama to help your child remember the Bible lesson.

Have your child select one of the Bible stories from this week and act it out for you as you read the story aloud from The Beginner’s Bible. To act out Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, one child (or adult) can play the part of the donkey (walking on hands and knees) carrying Jesus. Throw a blanket across the donkey’s back. Jesus can wear loose pajamas, bathrobe or a sheet, and a scarf on his head. Other children can wave palm branches and lay clothes on the floor for the donkey to walk over. Feather dusters, plastic branches, or real tree leaves can serve as palm branches.

To act out the foot washing, use a bucket or basin. If you use water, do the foot washing on a tile floor or outdoors rather than on a carpeted area. Jesus can tie a towel around his waist and take turns washing his disciples’ feet, using the towel to dry them. Peter can refuse to get his feet washed but agree to do so once he understands why. When you come to the place(s) in the story where a Bible character speaks, instruct your child what to say. If possible, have your child perform the Bible drama for other family members in person, via Skype, or using a video camera.

EXTRA MILE: Extra Mile provides interactive ways for your child to connect with the story.

Jesus said, “I’m going to heaven to prepare a wonderful new home for you.” So this week play the Heaven Game with two or more people. This is a variation of the Shopping Game, where the first person tells about an item she bought, and the next person then tells what the first person bought and adds an item he bought. The next person then tells what the first two people bought and adds an item, and the game goes on like this. As the list grows longer, the players must remember to list all the items.

For the Heaven Game, have the first player tell one thing he would like Jesus to get ready for him to heaven. The next player will tell that item and add an item. The next player will list the first two items and then add their own. Continue going around the circle again, adding more things and remembering each other’s items. It can help if you draw a picture or symbol for each item in order to jog the players’ memories. Here is an example:

PLAYER #1: “I want Jesus to prepare a trampoline in heaven for me.”

PLAYER #2: “I want Jesus to prepare a trampoline and a swimming pool in heaven for me.”

PLAYER #3: “I want Jesus to prepare a trampoline, a swimming pool, and a roller coaster in heaven for me.”

PLAYER #4: “I want Jesus to prepare a trampoline, a swimming pool, a roller coaster, and a sheepdog in heaven for me.”

The game continues until someone can’t remember all the items. Whoever forgets must leave the game. Declare the last person who can remember all the items to be the winner, or end the game when nobody else can think of something they want Jesus to prepare for them in heaven and celebrate that Jesus is preparing a place for us.

In the Lima and Henrietta Grade School classroom: Celebrate Palm Sunday!

Today is a day of joy and thanksgiving because Jesus has come to free us from our sin and we can get excited knowing that Jesus saved us from sin.

 

IN THE CAR: Ask your child what happened in class this week on the drive home, here is what they learned:


In the lesson we talked about Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”

Here are some questions to process with your child on the ride home:

At the first Palm Sunday what happened?

Why do you think people were excited that day?

Why do you think Jesus came on a donkey that day and not on a big horse?

 

HANGING OUT:

Take time as a Family to celebrate Palm Sunday this week! Take time to make your own celebration to thank Jesus for coming and saving us from our sin. Have a tea party, a picnic at the park, or enjoy one of your family’s favorite activities together. Use this time to remember and give thanks for Jesus coming to save each one of us.

 

AT BEDTIME:

Find a Storybook Bible or read together with the story of Jesus triumphal entry. This Story is mentioned in All four of the gospels, the first four books of the New Testament. Find your favorite one to read with expression and excitement for your children.

PARENT TIME:

What you need to know:

Kids take their lead from you; share your story of family traditions or what you love about Palm Sunday. Use silly, good, and bad experiences for your children to get a glimpse into your own history. That level of vulnerability with your child may help them to open up to you when they are struggling with a problem or they just want to share special moments with you. With your support, your child will see you are the best person to open up to.

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From Pastor Donne’s Desk

Take a look below to see what our Kids Ministry learned this past Sunday!

In the Lima Campus 34’s and 5K’s classroom and the Henrietta Campus Preschool classroom: LESSON 24 | Jesus Gives Life

Bible Basis: Luke 10:38 – 42; John 11:1 – 44; 12:3 – 8

Bible Verse: John 11:25: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even if he dies.’ ”

Bible Point: Jesus brought Lazarus back to life. If I believe in Jesus, he will give me eternal life in heaven!

Resource: The Beginner’s Bible

“Mary and Martha”(pages385–390)

“Lazarus Lives Again”(pages418–422)

“A Gift for Jesus” (pages 423 – 426)

TABLE TALK: Use the Table Talk questions below to start a discussion around the Table at dinner.

Do you think you are a good listener, like Mary?

Why didn’t Jesus tell Mary to go and help her sister? (It was more important for her to listen to him at that moment.)

How was Lazarus similar to Jesus? (He rose from the dead, like Jesus.)

How was Lazarus different from Jesus? (Lazarus needed Jesus’ help to rise from the dead, but Jesus rose from the dead on his own, because he is the Son of God.)

Why did Mary pour perfume on Jesus’ feet? (She wanted to show her love.)

LIVING FAITH: Living Faith activity is designed as a drama to help your child remember the Bible lesson.

Have your child select one of the Bible stories from this week and act it out for you as you read the story aloud from The Beginner’s Bible. Your child will enjoy wearing rags wrapped around arms and legs while playing the part of Lazarus. Also, give your child props to pretend to pour perfume on your feet. When you come to the place(s) in the story where a Bible character speaks, instruct your child what to say. If possible, have your child perform the Bible drama for other family members in person, via Skype, or using a video camera.

EXTRA MILE: Extra Mile provides interactive ways for your child to connect with the story.

Add a tiny drop of perfume to a small bottle filled with water. This will act as Mary’s perfume. Have your child play the part of Mary while you play the role of Jesus. Have your child kneel at Jesus’ feet to anoint him with the perfume water. Discuss again why Mary anointed Jesus’ feet. (She was offering a special gift to him.) Reread the story of Mary pouring perfume on Jesus’ feet in “A Gift for Jesus” from The Beginner’s Bible or from your Bible Found in John 12.

Teach your child this rhyme: 


Why did you waste this perfume?

There are people starving on the street.

You spent so much money to buy this 
perfume,


Just to pour it on Jesus’ feet!


Why?


“Because I love Jesus!” Mary said. “And he 
loves me.” 


 

In the Lima and Henrietta Grade School classroom: Survivor: Get Rescued!

Today we learned that in the wild, the ultimate goal of survival is to be rescued. In the kingdom, God rescues us from pain and hurt and sin.

 

IN THE CAR: Ask your child what happened in class this week on the drive home, here is what they learned:


In the lesson we talked about Galatians 1:4 Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.

Here are some questions to process with your child on the ride home:

Have you heard someone say ‘Jesus saved me’ or ‘I got saved’?

What are they talking about?

What did God rescue you from?

Let’s name 3 things that we are grateful that Jesus rescued us from!

HANGING OUT:

As a survivor, we need to learn the importance of remembering how we are rescued on a regular basis to help us thrive in the wilderness. Read John 10:10 together and talk about it!

  1. The thief steals truth from us by persuading you to pay attention to other things rather than build a good relationship with the one that brings you life.
  2. The thief has come to ‘kill’ hope for your future, for God’s call and plan for you. If the thief has ‘stolen’’ the truth from you, how can you know to have hope in this great gift, the future God has for you? (Jeremiah 29:11).
  3. The thief has come to ‘destroy’ your understanding that you are a child of God. If you have asked God to Rescue you (Romans 10:10) then you are now a Child of God!

AT DINNER:

God designed all of us to need one another. Create opportunities at the dinner table and use this time to discuss truth:

In John 10:10 Jesus said I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.

  1. What do you think abundant means? (Greek translation means: excessive and superior quality)
  2. If you had abundant life, how would it work or what would it look like?
  3. If Jesus is the giver of abundant life, how can we as a family live God’s version of abundant Life every day?

AT BEDTIME:

Quiz your child on this week’s memory verse:

Psalm 29:11 ‘The Lord gives Strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace’

PARENT TIME:

What you need to know:

Kids take their lead from you; share your story of when Jesus rescued you. Use good and bad experiences to help your children see that there is a difference between the choices that you made. That level of vulnerability with your child may help them to open up to you when they are struggling with a problem and they will feel easier to tell you when they believe they need encouragement to ask God to rescue them. With your support, your child will see you are the best person to open up to.

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