We want to help you build the habit of discipling your children as you GO …as Deuteronomy 11:19 says: “Teach them (God’s words) to your children, talking about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

We aim to help by providing weekly updates to what’s being taught in each ministry, giving you the content to have at home, with questions and activities for each Sunday’s lessons. As we think about how God has called us to GO in our daily lives, let’s not forget that our own children are our most important mission field. Think of the fruit that will come from the years of discipleship that they will receive in your home.

Find your ministry’s GO Moment below…

(Preschool)

This week in Wee Worship we read the bible story: Water from a Rock (Exodus 17:1-7)

Activity: Tower of Power (Application Activity)

Supplies: Plastic cups (5 per group)

Preparation: Stack the five cups into a tower by alternating them right side up and upside down. Starting at the top, write one of the letters P-O-W-E-R on each of the five plastic cups. When finished, the tower should spell “power” from top to bottom.

Directions: Challenge the children to work together to build the Tower of Power. Begin by teaching the children how to spell “power.” Next, choose a child to go first. Ask the child, “What is something that you need to live?” (Ex. food, water, bed, house, family, etc.) After answering, allow them to place the “R” cup on the ground. Continue having children answer the question and stack the cups by alternating them right side up and upside down so that it spells “power” from top to bottom. If they can stack all five cups without falling over, have the kids say “God is so, so powerful.” If the tower falls over, have the children do 10 jumping jacks and start over.

If you want to play multiple rounds with increasing difficulty, allow children to use both hands during round one, only one hand during round two, and only their non-dominant hand (usually left) during round three.

Take Home Family Go Sheet available here

 

(Elementary)

Big Idea: God lives within us, so we can talk to Him anytime we want.

Bible Basis: Exodus 25-31, 35-40

Key Verse:
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16

Discussion: In our story for this week, even though God lived among the Israelites in the Tabernacle, only the High Priest could enter the Most Holy Place once a year to talk to God. But because of what Jesus did on the cross, God’s Spirit now lives in the hearts of everyone who follows Jesus. Now we can talk to God anytime, anywhere and about anything.

This week in small group time, your kids learned the A.C.T.S acronym to help them know what to talk to God about as they pray. Just in case you aren’t familiar with it here it is:
A – Adoration (Telling God how much we adore or love him)
C – Confession (Telling God the things we’ve done wrong)
T – Thanksgiving (Telling God the things we are thankful for)
S – Supplication (Big word! Asking God for things we need)

Activity: Along with your kids, set up a family prayer corner in your home that looks something like this. All of these items can be found at Dollar Tree.

1. Whenever anyone wants to, they can go to the prayer station for as long or as short of a time they like. You can go alone or with someone else. It is always voluntary. And it should never be something we “show off” to look spiritual (Matthew 6:5-6).

2. Light the votive candle.

3. Grab a rock and say a prayer. There is nothing magical or spiritual in the rock. But it can help us focus and act as reminder that God hears our every little prayer. The rock can also be a symbol that God is our rock and our foundation. The prayer can be either silent or out loud. You can take whatever posture you like.

4. Drop the prayer rock in the jar and stay as long as you like. There’s something about the sound of the glass bead rocks in the glass jar that adds a sort of song to the prayer.

5. Turn off the votive candle.

6. When the jar is full or the all the rocks are used up, re-set the rocks to the original position of being spread around the empty jar. Before you re-set it, take in the sight of the full jar as a reminder of all the prayers that God has heard and His faithfulness to answer.

 

(Middle & Highschool)

This week we heard from a very special speaker from Slovakia: Peter! Peter talked about the importance of faith. Peter used to be a science teacher before stepping into ministry full time and used lots of science example to show how we believe in things that we cannot see.

Questions:
This week ask your child about what examples they liked and why?
Ask them about what faith means to them.

This month we are talking about BIG QUESTIONS!

This is such an important series for your children to ask any big questions that they have about God, the bible, creation, etc. We hope to create an environment that welcomes these BIG QUESTIONS and be able to discuss them openly.

Week One: BIG QUESTIONS ABOUT CREATION
Week Two: BIG QUESTIONS ABOUT JESUS
Week Three: BIG QUESTIONS ABOUT SIN AND GOOD VS. EVIL
Week Four: FINAL BIG QUESTIONS PANEL TO ANSWER ANY REMAINING QUESTIONS

We started off this series by asking everyone to ask questions anonymously and everyone asked something vital to faith. This month I would encourage you to ask your children about what question(s) they asked and talk with them about it. As well as asking them after each Elevate what they learned that night. Please feel free to ask Bryan, Seab, and Katlyn about any questions that you have.