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 10th
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 Jesus was a servant King and how we get to point to Jesus when we love and serve others.
Lesson: Jesus Washes his Disciples' Feet
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 John 13:1-30
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. Why would only servants wash people’s feet?
(Because it was a gross, smelly job and no one would naturally want to do it for someone else).
2. Jesus washing his disciples’ feet was also pointing to something Jesus would do spiritually. What was it?
(When Jesus carried our sins on the cross, he washed our hearts clean of sin and its smelly guck. And every day when we ask God to forgive us our sins, he washes us clean again and again).
3. Can we wash our sins away just like we can take a shower and get cleaned up?
(No, people try to do this on their own, but they can’t. We are never completely free from sin without the help of Jesus. Only Jesus can wash all sin away).
4. Jesus also wants us to “wash one another’s feet.” What does he mean?
(Jesus shows us self-less, AGAPE love. It is love that cares more about serving others than ourselves. In the same way he wants us to serve others. He does not tell us this as a command: “Do this, or else…” No, it is a natural response to being loved by God: We love because he first loved us.)
Here is the Storybook Bible's animated re-telling of this story. For older children, here is Lumo's historically re-enacted version.
Words that Shine: Word Wall and Challenge
In His Footsteps: Hopscoth
Jesus acted like a servant when he washed his disciples’ feet and when he died on the cross to wash away the sin in our hearts. We follow our Savior’s footsteps as we serve others out of love for them and for God. Make a hopscotch board, either out of paper in your home or with chalk. On your hopscotch board, draw footsteps, like you are following Jesus, and write/draw an example of how you can serve others on each square. If you need some ideas, here are a bunch:
“I can help out with that chore….Please, let me get the door….That’s alright, you go first. No problem, I can share….Here! You dropped your crayon…I’ll help clean-up toys…This is an awesome meal, Dad…. Let me help you mom”
Ask kids hop along, teach them the following chant and have them add the service idea to the end of it based upon the square they landed upon.
“God is Great and Mighty, yet he loves me so. He died so I’m forgiven, his precious child I know. Now I follow Jesus, in thought and word and deed. I think of others first and what they want and need. Like…”
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 first half of Lesson 4 (questions 1-5). Today, we are reflecting upon the unity we have in the Body of Christ. Watch this portion of the Bible Project's Introduction to Ephesians (staring at 3:00-4:50) to better answer the question: What is Christian unity?
We can serve others, not only through our actions, but also through our words. Today and this upcoming week, we are going to focus on the words we use. Use this template
or make your own and write down “words that shine,"encouraging words that build up others and point to Jesus. Feel free to add pictures, colors, and sparkles that show how these words make us feel. Then cut them out and build a "word wall" with them, somewhere prominent in your house (the refrigerator, perhaps). See below for adding to this activity with a "Family Word Wall Challege."
Here are a few words/phrases to get you going:
"How can I help?"
"Thank you for all your hard work"
"I love you."
"I forgive you"
Close your family in prayer. This can be your own prayer, the Lord's Prayer, or the prayer below:
"Dear heavenly Father, in your Word we see the perfect life of love and service your Son, Jesus, lived for us. Help us follow his example by serving others out of love for them and for you. Forgive us for the many times we are selfish and put our wants ahead of the needs of those around us. Lead us to turn to you for forgiveness. Help our family look for and carry out ways to love and serve others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen."
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
Word Wall Challenge
Challenge each person in your family to use each of these words at least once a day. Have someone keep score, either on the bricks themselves or on a seperate piece of paper. At the end of the week, circle back and discuss how the game went: What was the hardest/easiest part of the game? How did it make you feel? And maybe, even challenge the family, with a new set of words, for the week to come.
Music has an amazing ability to speak into our lives in positive ways. Does your family have music you love to listen to together? Maybe you even have a family playlist. If not, consider starting one this week. No pressure to feel like you need to get the whole thing done in a week. Just start jotting down songs as you think of them, and then, when the time is right, you can turn them into an actual playlist. As we focus on the power of words this week, consider adding to your list, songs that 1. remind you about who you are in God's eyes and 2. build others up. For example, Lauren Daigle's "You Say" is a wonderful song about who we are through Christ and this children's song is a fun tune to get stuck in the kids' heads, especially when we first undrstand it in light of God's amazing gospel message: we love because He first loved us.