Way to go, parents! We know that there are many stressors and challenges on you right now, but If you are on this page, it means you have already taken the biggest step in your child’s on-going Christian education: Making the decision to just do it! There is nothing more important than assuring your child of God’s love and forgiveness and his almighty hand in this world. These lessons are a great way to keep you and your family centered each and every week of this quarantine. We pray that you will be richly blest in your efforts.
Home Sunday School, May 3rd
Each Sunday, our Youth Coordinator
puts up a simplified step-by-step lesson that you can follow for all ages (Birth-Age 14). You do not need to complete everything on this page, but pick and choose what will work for you and your family. Remember, a little bit goes a long way. Through the work of the Holy Spirit and his Word, God promises to use your efforts to strengthen and encourage your child in their faith. So do not be afraid. You do not have to be the best teacher in the world. Even if you just read the story with them each week, your child will benefit! But we do have lots of fun and enjoyable activities below. And If you scroll down to the very bottom of this page, you will always find a few stress-busting activities to benefit your family's heart, mind, and soul.
Nursery Circle Time
Young kids (Birth-Age 6) can learn the same lesson as the big kids with this Sunday's Nursery Circle Songs and Story
.This week, your little ones are learning about how God is "generous" and full of "grace."
Lesson: The Parable of The Workers in the Vineyard
Read Aloud Together our Memory Work Passage through May10th, reminding us that Jesus died for all people, for the sins of the whole world: “He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” (2 Corinthians 5:15)
Click Here for the PDF of the story to read aloud with younger children. Grades 5-8, read aloud Matthew 19: 27, 30; 20: 1-16
Have children take turns. Ask Kinder-Grade 2 age children to remember one item they remember from the story; have older children retell as much as they can remember until the whole story has been retold.
1. What is a parable?
(A story that didn’t really happen but is told to teach us something about God that is true).
2. Who does the Landowner Represent? The Workers? The Full Day’s Pay?
(God is the owner. The workers are those who come to faith. The Full day’s pay is God’s forgiveness and eternal life)
3. Was the owner “fair” to all his workers?
(No, he gave all of his workers a generous amount. Generosity is giving someone more than they deserve)
4. Is God “fair” with us?
(No, God is loving and generous with us. He does not treat as our sins deserve. Instead, he blesses us with Forgiveness through Jesus; New Hearts that Love him and others, Daily Love and Care, and Eternal Life in Heaven)
This is a modern-day cartoon retelling of the parable that is quite fun. Younger Children may need a little help connecting Jesus’ parable with this story. It may be helpful to ask them, who is the “landowner” in this story, who are the workers, etc. For older children, here is Lumo's historically re-enacted version.
A “Bunch” of Blessings Banner
Younger Children: What Time Is It Mr. Landowner?
Just like “What Time is it Mr. Wolf?”Pick one person to be Mr. Landowner. Have the child(ren) ask the time and take the correct amount of steps for the time that is shouted out. When the child(ren) get close to Mr. Landowner, instead of shouting “dinner time,” shout out “Pay Time.” Run and catch each other just like the classic game. Then discuss how no matter what time the workers were hired, they all got paid more than they deserved because the landowner was generous. In the same way, God is generous with us.
Grades 1-4: God's Promises worksheet The Bible teaches us a lot about God’s Grace—his undeserved love. Look up the following passages with your child. For younger children, focus on 1-2 passages. Older children can look up more. Discuss the gospel truth they reflect.
Grade 5-8: Click here for a Puzzle summary of the Lesson or Click here for the PDF of their weekly Workbook to complete.
Grade 7/8: Grades 7/8 can either follow along with the lesson above, or they can work independently on their Ephesians Bible study. Their teacher, Mr. Jules Palaisy, is available to answer their questions. For Ephesians, they are focusing on the second half of Lesson 3 (questions 8-12). Today, we are reflecting upon God's grace and how we were created to do good works. Watch this music video from Gungor. How does this music video show that we are God's workmanship? If God makes us beautiful, how do you think he blesses the works that come from our hands?
Use this template
or make your own. Write or draw gifts and blessings that God has given you. To connect this with our lesson, make sure to include forgiveness, new hearts, all the many ways
God shows his daily love and care
(this could include your family, food, home, teachers, those who teach you about Jesus, a government who upholds laws and protects you) and eternal life
. Older Children
can also turn this activity into a “Blessings Banner
,” using the image of the grapes or whatever crafts and odds and ends you have in your house.
Close your family in prayer. This can be your own prayer, the Lord's Prayer, or the prayer below:
"Heavenly Father, thank you for the love and mercy you give us even through ours sins make us unworthy. Please remind us of your great love for us and your eagerness to forgive us. Help us run to you when we sin and remind us that we are truly forgiven and are your redeemed sons and daughters. Help us share this message with others who may think that God could never love them."
These are great songs to play while you work on the craft above or while you are making lunch!
Kinder-Grade 4* are learning a new family lullaby: "Jesus Loves Me/Jesus Tender Shepherd, Hear Me" by Keith and Kristyn Getty. Here is the sheet music and the link to sing-along. Grades 5-8 are learning a new hymn of hope and assurance: "He Will Hold me Fast." Here is the sheet music and the link to the family hymn sing. It opens with memory work from Psalm 139: "You have searched me Lord and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hands will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast."
Stress-Busting Ideas for the Week Ahead
Gratitude is a very popular concept in our culture right now. Not only is it healthy for us, but it is also an effective antidote when we are feeling anxious or overwhelmed. However, on it's own, it can feel superflous or like another thing we "ought" to do. The Bible takes this concept and anchors it for us, turning it not into something we “ought” to do but something we can’t help but do because of what God has first done for us.
Read or Watch/Listen to Pastor Thompson's daily meditations on Psalm 103 as a family. Discuss how thanksgiving and praise is a natural response to the blessings that overflow in our lives. Then, before bed write down your blessings or use these Blessings Journal templates (for kids and adults) to daily reflect upon all the blessings God has given to you.
Surprise your family with a treat, a special food, a movie, whatever is a big deal in your house. Ask them what they think they did to deserve this reward. When they are stumped, let them know they are receiving this treat simply because you love them and not because of anything they have done. Point out that this is a small illustration of God’s grace. He gives us the incredible gift of forgiveness and eternal life in heaven—not because we have done anything to deserve it but because of his undeserved love for us.