July 5, 2020
This week’s lesson focuses on God’s compassion and love for ALL people and that He wants us to love everyone, too. Last week we read about Jonah’s trip to Ninevah. Today, that story continues. Read Jonah 3:10-4:11 together. Use the Family Connect (link below song video) to guide your family discussion. Circle up as a family and sing/dance along with this song from last year’s VBS about how God loves us!
Week of June 28, 2020
This week we learn from the story of Jonah how following God is always the right choice. Watch this video and then use the family connect page to guide your family in discussion and prayer.
Week of June 21, 2020
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL OUR DADS!
Today’s lesson is from 2 Kings 5: 1-16. Read the story together from the Bible. Talk together about how God used each person in a special way in this story. Why is it important to be humble? Use the FamilyConnect page to guide discussion and prayer time.
Watch this short video showing the story of Naaman’s healing
Week of June 14, 2020
This week, our Bible story is from 2 Kings 4:1-7 . Read the text together as a family and talk about how God provides for you. How can your family be used by God to help others? Use the FamilyConnect page to guide discussion and prayer time.
WEEK OF June 7, 2020
Watch this video together about Communion:
How Do You Remember Your Friends and Family?
Have you ever had a friend who moved away or a family member who has died? It is always hard when we cannot be with someone we love, but there are many ways we can remember friends or family.
- Maybe you have a picture of them around the house; maybe it is a picture of something special you did together, and every time you look at the picture, you remember them and what a good day that was and then you remember a lot of other good days too.
- Maybe you have a letter or an email from them and as you read it, you remember being with them and it brings a smile to your face; it makes you want to see them again.
- Maybe they bought you a gift at one point and it is sitting on your shelf. Every time you look at it, you think of your friend.
There are people who are very special to us and, even if they aren’t right in the room with us, we love talking about them and remembering all the things we have done with them.
Jesus is a friend like that. He is someone we don’t want to forget; we don’t want to forget what He did for us. Jesus loved you before you even knew about Him (Read Ephesians 1:4). Jesus wanted to be in a close friendship with you even before you knew that you could have a friendship with Him (Read John 3:16). Like it told us in the video, before Jesus died on the cross, He gave us something to remember Him by. He knew that we would need something like that because people tend to be forgetful, even about the most important things. Communion helps us remember the best thing we could ever know: Jesus died for us and forgave us and loves us. It helps us check our lives and see how we can be more like Jesus. It also connects us with other Christians as a community or group of friends that helps each other and helps others know Jesus. When we think of communion, we can remember that we are part of something bigger- we are part of God’s Story!
Sing along with this reminder of why Jesus came:
Reciting the Lord’s Prayer for LOFT KIDS: If you recite the Lord’s Prayer to your parent/s for our Spring memory verse, have them email Lisa (email@example.com) by Sunday, June 14th and we will have a DQ gift card for you! 🙂
WEEK OF MAY 31, 2020
Watch this video together about Talking to God:
Lesson for parents to lead:
Ask kids: “What is prayer?”
Prayer is talking to God. It’s telling Him what’s going on, asking for help, thanking and praising him and seeking forgiveness. Prayer is also about listening to God. Sometimes we talk too much about what we want and fail to listen to what God is telling us.
Why do we pray?
God already knows what is going to happen,but He wants us to talk to Him because He wants a RELATIONSHIP with us. Think about your best friend. If you never talked with them, hung out with them or even looked at them, are they really your best friend? No. God wants to be our best friend. He wants us to talk with him and tell him our worries, our fears, and even funny things that happen to us. We can talk to God about everything!
When can we pray?
So, when can we pray? All the time! Prayer is not supposed to be just before dinner, bed and at church. We are to pray and talk to God all the time. Prayer is about you and God.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “pray without ceasing”, in other words don’t stop praying. You can pray in the car on your way to school, at school, in a bathroom, in your own room, you can pray with friends, with adults, with strangers even. All the time!
What do we pray for?
We can pray anytime and we can pray for anything! Philippians 4:6-7 says, “do not be anxious about anything,but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (This verse is in one of our songs today!)
If you need help finding a way to pray, here’s an idea using your hand:
- Thumb: Praise God
- Pointer: Confess your sins- tell him how you’ve messed up and ask forgiveness
- Middle: Thank God
- Ring: Pray for others
- Pinky: Pray for yourself
- Palm: Close
That’s just one way to help guide you through your prayer.
Bible Verses About Talking to God:(take turns reading if kids are readers)
- James 5:13 | Pray if things go wrong AND if they go right.
- James 5:16 | Pray for each other.
- 1 Peter 5:7 | Give God your worries because He loves you (also in a song today!).
Family Time Questions About Talking to God:
- What sort of things can you talk to God about?
- Will God ever get tired of listening to you?
Pray together and thank God for always listening and for giving you others to pray with together to help each other grow in faith.
Move and Sing along to these songs!
WEEK OF MAY 24, 2020
Watch this video together about the importance of knowing the Bible
Bible Verse: 2 Timothy 3:16
Key Takeaway: The Bible is our guide for life.
If you have a GPS,Map app on a phone/device, or a paper map, have it to show while you talk.
Ask: Do you know what GPS stands for?(Global Positioning System.)
Have you seen someone use a GPS,map app, or a paper map ?
What does a GPS or map tell us? It tells us where we are, where our destination is, the best route to get there, if we make a wrong turn, etc. The Bible says Scripture does the same for us.
Read 2 Timothy 3:16 together. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
Scripture is another name for the words in the Bible. When it says “inspired” here, it means “breathed”. Have everyone take a big breath and then let it out. Ask if they have ever realized that whenever we talk, we are also breathing.
The words in the Bible were spoken or breathed by God as He helped the writers know what to put down. The Bible is one way God tells us about Who He is, His love for us, and what’s best for us.
2 Timothy 3:16 explains how the Bible can become God’s map for us in life. It teaches us how to get where we need to be. It’s important to read God’s Word and apply it in our own lives. We also need to share it with others. We can use our Bibles to teach others about God, but we also are teaching others by the way we live. Are our lives teaching others to love Jesus? Are we pointing others in the right direction, just like a map?
Pray together and ask God to help you keep learning from what others teach you, from what God teaches you in the Bible, and to help you know what you can teach others by the way you live for Jesus.
Sing and move together!
Join Lisa and other teachers and friends from First Brethren this Tuesday, May 26th at 7 p.m. on Zoom! We’ll be playing charades and other surprise games! There may even be some fabulous prizes!! Come celebrate the start of summer with us! Watch your email for the link on Tuesday.
WEEK OF MAY 17, 2020
Supplies: Bible, throw blanket or large towel, 3-4 small stuffed animals or pairs of rolled together socks.
Starter Activity: Today we are going to learn about fellowship. What is fellowship? Well, it is what happens when people work, play, or do something together and they like it! Let’s try something to show that.
Have each family member hold on to the edge of the blanket or towel so it is spread out. Put the stuffed animals or sock rolls on the blanket. Work together to try to lift the blanket/towel up and down to make the items bounce on the “parachute” blanket/towel without falling out.
Fellowship happens when people are together and helping or being with each other. We had to work together to make our toys/socks bounce. We all helped each other, shared, and worked together to do something. We had fellowship.
What is the Church? (allow kids to answer). We may say we are going to church, or First Brethren is the name of our church, but actually, WE are the church! Here’s a video to talk about that:
The church helps each other live like Jesus. That’s exactly what the people in the early church, the very first churches after Jesus came, were doing. They were loving Jesus and loving others. They had fellowship together.
Let’s read what they did in Acts 4:32-37, (use your own Bible/let a child read, if able)
“32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, 37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”
Fellowship is sharing a common life in Jesus- making a choice to do life together as people who love God.
Let’s look at another passage in Acts 2: 42-47, “42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
We need to be in fellowship with other people to help us grow and learn more about who Jesus is and how He wants us to live. During the time when we aren’t able to be together like usual, we can be creative with new ways to fellowship! Ask God to help your family fellowship and find new ways to fellowship with others.
- What is the church? A group of people who love Jesus and want to live like Him.
- What did the early church do? They met together and helped one another.
- What is fellowship? People loving, encouraging, and helping each other.
Now that we can get out a bit more….Think of a family/friends you could get together with that feel comfortable meeting somewhere and set a date to connect for some fellowship time– game night, popcorn and a movie, pet walking or playing together, water games outside when it gets warm, making cards together to give to residents at a nursing home…. The ideas are endless! Send your fellowship photos to the church at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share them!
Before you end your “kids church” spend some time worshiping together through song and dance!
WEEK OF MAY 10, 2020
BASIC: Holy Spirit
Watch this video about the coming of the Holy Spirit:
Starter Activity: To get the kids attention, have some discussion on activities that the kids needed help with before they could do them on their own. A few examples: (use your own ideas as well!): 1) Riding a bike – Q: What happened when you first tried riding your bike by yourself? 2) Swimming – Q: What would happen if you jumped in the water without any help? 3) Tying your shoes – Q: Anyone still need help with this? 4) Learning to walk…..how did you have to get around before you could walk? Many of you have learned how to do these things and you don’t need help anymore. What are some activities that you STILL need help with? A few examples:(again, bring your own ideas!): 1) Learning an instrument – If you want to get better, you need a teacher/HELPER! 2) Sports – Even professional athletes have trainers to HELP them improve! 3) School – Learning always requires a teacher, someone to HELP you grow. This doesn’t change even as adults! HELP is just something that WE ALL NEED throughout life! This is true in our walk as Christians as well! God designed us in such a way that we not only need others, but we need Him! Let’s take a look at our text where we learn about the Helper that He provides.
Read together: John 14:23-27
Discuss: When Jesus went back to heaven, He knew His friends and disciples would miss Him. He told them not to worry, though, because the Holy Spirit would come to help them continue to learn and grow in their faith When we follow Jesus, the Holy Spirit helps us, too. Even though we cannot see Him, we can know Jesus is with us. When we pray, read the Bible, and trust God, the Holy Spirit helps us understand how to live God’s way. What are some things you can ask the Holy Spirit to help you with?
WEEK OF MAY 3, 2020
BASIC: Follow Jesus
- Lead kids in this discussion of what it means to follow Jesus:
Say: Do you know what it means if you follow someone?
Now play a game of follow the leader: take turns choosing a leader and letting them lead your family somewhere doing motions around your house or outside if it’s nice out
Say: When we follow someone, we try to be like them – to act like them, do what they do, and follow their example. When we follow Jesus, we put Him first and live like He did. That’s what the first disciples did in today’s Bible story.
- Read Luke 5:1-11 together and then watch this video:
- Say: Just like the first disciples, we should be willing to follow Jesus no matter what. When we follow Jesus, we will be like Jesus. We will tell others about Jesus not only with our words but in how we act. What are some ways you can think of to be like Jesus?
- Pray together and ask God to help you be like Jesus every day.
If your child is old enough and you feel they understand who Jesus is, why He came, and why we need Him, you can talk with them about if they have chosen to believe in Jesus and want to follow Him. Whether you need it now or in the future, here’s a helpful resource for discussing salvation with your child.
- Get up and move as you sing along with one or both of these great songs about following Jesus:
WEEK OF APRIL 26, 2020
BASIC: Fear God
- Read these verses about the Fear of the Lord:
- Answer these questions together as a family:
1. Is God scary?
2. What does it mean to fear the Lord?
3. Why would fearing God help us make wise choices?
- Pray using the prayer below (or pray your own prayer and use this to start or end your prayer time):
Dear God, thank you for your goodness and your amazing love for me. Help me to honor you and to fear you in a healthy way. Help me to show you the respect you deserve. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
- Worship together through music by singing and moving together to this song:
WEEK OF APRIL 19, 2020
- Print out some Home Sermon Notes pages to keep kids engaged and involved as you watch this week’s service together as a family.
- In this week’s Family Worship Lesson kids learn about faith in Jesus through drawing!
- Use the talking points and prayer prompts on the Family Connect page for more discussion about faith.
- Watch and sing along with this song about faith:
- Get up and move to celebrate God: He’s got the whole world in His hands!
WEEK OF APRIL 12, 2020 (Easter)
- Watch this week’s service together as a family.
- Don’t forget to print out some Home Sermon Notes pages to keep kids engaged and involved during the service.
- Make a tomb and learn about the reactions of Jesus’ disciples when he came back to life in this family lesson plan.
- Talk and pray together using this week’s Family Connect Page to guide you.
- Get up and worship together!
WEEK OF APRIL 5, 2020 (Palm Sunday)
- Watch this week’s service together as a family.
- Print this great Home Sermon Notes page to keep kids engaged and involved during the service.
- Act out Jesus’ triumphal entry using this plan and script.
- Watch this video about the triumphal entry.
- Use this week’s Family Connect Page to guide further family discussion.
- Sing and dance together with this Palm Sunday song (your whole family has probably heard it before!):
- Participate in the Holy Week Photo Challenge on our Facebook page this week! Start by taking a picture of your triumphal entry and posting it today.
WEEK OF MARCH 29, 2020
- Watch this week’s service – be sure to engage and worship together as a family!
- Retell the story of the Good Samaritan as a family using this script
- Hear the story again in this YouTube video:
- Use this week’s Family Connect Page to guide further family discussion.
- Get up and move with this classic VBS song:
- Don’t forget to share your family worship videos and pictures with us on our Facebook page this week!
WEEK OF MARCH 22, 2020
- Watch and worship together virtually with our service recording each Sunday.
- During the week, or during what would normally be your class time, share a lesson together from God’s Word (there are some great resources at the Bible App for Kids!)
- Download this week’s family connect page and a Bible background page you can use to guide a lesson from John 4:5-42 when Jesus talks with the Samaritan Woman.
- Here’s a lesson for our Garden (birth – Kindergarten) kids to enjoy!
- Dance and sing together to this song about how God loves us from our “Athens” Vacation Bible School:
- Share a selfie of your family (even if you’re in your pj’s) to the church Facebook page and let us know what you are doing and learning as we meet together, just like the early church, in our homes and small gatherings. What ideas do you have that you can share for other families to enjoy?