March 7, 2021
Jesus teaches about commitment in our lesson today. This is the first time Jesus tells his disciples that he will die soon. Will they still be committed to Him? How do they react? How do we show we are committed to Jesus? Use the FamilyConnect to guide your time. Sing the faith song from last week again to remember howwe can see beyond just what our eyes can see –we see with our faith.
February 28, 2021
Today we are learning about having faith from the story of Jesus healing a blind man. Our Spring quarter will have the theme “Footprints of Faith.” What does faith lived out look like?
Use the FamilyConnect page to guide your time together.
Listen to this song about Faith to see beyond what we can see with our eyes…
February 14, 2021
Happy Valentine’s Day! This week we are learning how we can look to Jesus when we are afraid. Use the Family Connect to read about how Jesus calms a storm. Remembering Jesus’ love and power can help us through anything! Spend some time singing O How I Love Jesus, and share what you love about Jesus with each other!
February 7, 2021
This week we learn about Jesus healing, praying, and teaching as he shares with those around Him. Read Mark 1:29-39 together and use the Family Connect to discuss your thoughts together.
Decide a favorite song you can sing together as a family. Decorate cards or make a craft to share with someone you can share Jesus’ love with this month!
January 31, 2021
This week we are focusing on Jesus’ power and how that helps us know we can trust Him. Read the Bible story from Mark 1: 21-28. Use the Family Connect page to talk together as a family.
Sing one of our favorite songs from this year’s VBS to celebrate!
If the snow is not keeping you in, take some time as a family to play together outside! Perhaps come in to the park and do some sledding together with another family. Visit Timbercrest or Peabody and build some snowmen for the residents to see out their windows! Make it a snow-opportunity to share God’s love!
January l7, 2021
Jesus knows all about us! In today’s story, Nathanael figures out that Jesus really is God’s Son. Use the FamilyConnect to discuss the story together and thank God for sending Jesus to share God’s love with us.
January 3, 2021
This week we are focusing on worshipping Jesus. Our Bible story in Matthew 2:1-12 tells us about the wise men who came to bring gifts to honor Jesus as King. We want to do the same thing, not just with our voices, or gifts, but with our lives. Use the family connect page to guide your family time together.
December 27, 2020
Merry Christmas! Our lesson today focuses on Anna and Simeon, two older followers of God who were thankful for Jesus and met Mary and Joseph in the temple, praising God for keeping His promise! Watch the video and sing together in praise. Use the Connect page to guide a discussion and prayer time.
December 20, 2020
Jesus is born! Read the Bible story together from Luke 2 and share how each person had a part in Jesus’ coming to earth as our Savior.
Pick a favorite Christmas carol to sing together as a family. Use the Family Connect page to guide your time together
November 29, 2020
Our final week of the quarter will help us remember that God always hears us when we pray.
Our lesson tells how God was with Hagar and Ishmael. Read Genesis 21:8-21 and use the family connect for week 13 (link below) to guide your discussion.
Sing this song “Thankful” to remind you of gratitude to God this Thanksgiving season!
November 8, 2020
This week we are learning that God has good plans for us! Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that God knows whatever comes our way and will give us hope!
Use the week ten family connect below to guide your family in learning about God’s Covenant with Abraham.
Sing God is so Good and thank Him together!
October 18, 2020
This week we learn to put God first as we hear about people building a tower in Babel.
Use the FamilyConnect to guide your study, discussion, and prayer time. Then sing “In You Alone” to remind your family that we trust God for all we need!
September 13, 2020
This week we continue our learning from the book of Genesis with God creating Adam and Eve.
Read from Genesis 2:4-22 and talk about how God made us male and female. He loves us and made us each unique! Use the FamilyConnect page below to guide your discussion and prayer time.
September 6, 2020
Garden preschoolers are learning how the Bible is the best book.
This week in LOFT begins our fall theme “In the Beginning…”
We will be learning from the book of Genesis. Today’s lesson is about creation. Read Genesis 1-2:3 and see if your family can name what God created on each day. Our fall memory verse is Genesis 1:1, John 1:1-4 is the bonus, and the challenge is learning the books of the Old Testament. See if you can practice every week!
Sing about how God is a God of Wonders!
August 30, 2020
This week we are learning that everyone can serve God from the exciting story of Esther. She faced her fears, trusted God, and saved her people. God has a plan to use you, too! Memorize Ephesians 2:10 to remind you of God’s Word for your life. Use the Family Connect page below to reflect on the Bible story together.
Sing about how we can trust God with the song “We Can Trust Him!”
August 23, 2020
“God helps us face challenges” is our Bible point this week. What a great reminder during these changing times! Nehemiah and the people face discouragement from their enemies, but they work and watch together and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Use the family connect (below) to talk together as a family and pray together. Sing “In You Alone” from our VBS together!
August 16, 2020
This week we are learning from the book of Nehemiah chapter 1-2:9. Read together and talk about how Nehemiah felt and why forgiveness is important. Use the family connect to guide discussion and prayer time.
This week is the last week to learn verses and send to Mrs. Habegger for the summer Bible Memory Challenge. The prize store will be open next week at the end of the 9:15 service!
Sing this reminder of who God is together:
August 9, 2020
This week we are focusing on God’s plan for us as we learn from Jeremiah 29:4-14. Read from a Bible together and talk about how God keeps His promises. We can trust that His plans are good.
Use the family connect page below to guide discussion and prayer time together.
Two more weeks for the summer Bible Memory Challenge! Keep learning those verses!
Sing about how we can seek God’s way step by step:
August 2, 2020
Our story this week is Daniel in the Lions’ Den! This famous story helps us remember the importance of prayer, and that God deserves our loyalty–He is with us no matter what we face!
Read Daniel 6:1-23 together. Maybe you can even act it out! Use the FamilyConnect to discuss and think about what God wants us to learn from this story and then pray together.
Remember the Summer Bible Memory Challenge continues through August! Memorize verses to earn tickets to buy prizes at the end of the month. Verse lists are in the kids’ bag tubs at each church service or on the table outside LOFT. If you need one emailed to you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a copy.
July 26, 2020
This week, our lesson helps us learn that we can stand strong for God from Daniel chapter 3. God keeps Daniel’s friends safe in a fiery furnace! Read the story together and use the FamilyConnect page below to talk about it together.
VBS starts tonight! If you haven’t registered, you can still sign up for Session 2 held on Tuesday and Wednesday nights this week. Here’s our theme song again:
July 19, 2020
God’s Word changes our lives! We will be learning about the importance of the Bible and listening to God in our lesson this week. Josiah (in 2 Chronicles 34) may have only been a kid, but he helped others hear and obey God’s Word. Read the chapter together as a family and use the family connect page below to guide your discussion.
See if your family can learn a verse together this week! A great start would be our verse of the week: 2 Timothy 3:16-17!
Remember to pick up a verse list from the tubs outside the sanctuary or on the LOFT table for the summer Bible memory challenge! Online, you can print out a copy of the verse list from the website.
VBS registration is open! Be inviting your friends and family! Here’s the theme song to get you ready for Rocky Railway!
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.
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
WEEK OF MAY 24, 2020
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?