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 31st
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 the special present God sent to his people: the Holy Spirit and how he continues to work in our lives today.
Lesson: Jesus Sends the Holy Spirit
Read Aloud Together our Memory Work Passage through June 7th, reminding us that God's grace and our salvation is a gift from God: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)
Pentecost is the name given to the Jewish feast of harvest celebrated 50 days after the Passover to thank God for crops; The Holy Spirit came on Pentecost and that is why we now celebrate Pentecost 50 days after Easter to remember the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples. Click Here for the PDF of the story to read aloud with younger children. Grades 5-8, read aloud Acts 2:1-12
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.
- When Jesus ascended into heaven, he promised he would be with them. How was his promised fulfilled on the day of Pentecost? (The Holy Spirit came to the disciples to give them the power to do the work Jesus wanted them to do).
- What special ability did the Holy Spirit give the believers so that they could share God’s Word with people from different lands? (He gave them the ability to preach in different languages that they had not learned before so that God's message of Jesus could go out to all nations.)
- How does the Holy Spirit come to us? (Through baptism and God’s Word).
- Where does our faith come from? (“Faith comes from hearing the message, and message is heard through the word about Christ. (Romans 10:17) It is a gift of the Holy Spirit.
- The Holy Spirit may not give us the miraculous ability to speak in different languages. But he does give us different types of gifts so we are able to do the work he wants us to do. What are some of the abilities the Holy Spirit gives people to help them share the Word. (Examples: ability to speak well, to draw Christian art, to sing Christian songs, to listen to others and help them, to preach or teach, to be church leaders.)
Click here to watch a short shadow theatre re-telling of Pentecost by mixed-media artist Dan Stevers. For older children, here is a short video on Pentecost and it's relationship to the church year.
True or False Olympics
Apply today's lesson while getting quick on your feet! Read the sentence below outloud to your child(ren). If it is true, do ten jumping jacks together. If it is false, hop ten times on one foot and then discuss why. Older children can also discuss without the movement.
1. Pentecost took place one hundred days after Jesus went back into heaven. (False, 10 days later)
2. God the Holy Spirit gave the believers power to share God’s Word with others. (True)
3. On my own I can believe in Jesus and tell others about him. (False, the Bible tells us that faith is a gift of God)
5. The flames like fire hurt the believers just a little. (False, they did not feel the flames, and the flames did not harm them)
6. God the Holy Spirit gave the believers the ability to speak in languages they had not known before. (True)
7. God the Holy Spirit does not come to people anymore. (False, The Holy Spirit may not come in the same way he did on Pentecost, but he still gives people faith through baptism and God’s Word. And God the Holy Spirit gives us abilities to help share God’s Word.)
8. My faith and my ability to share my faith are gifts from the Holy Spirit. (True)
For younger grades: If you missed this last week, Print or Draw Your Own Color by Letter Sheets, reminding us that we are to "go and make disciples of all nations." Here is also this week's Search out the Shape coloring puzzle.
Grade 5-8: Here is a short puzzle summary or click here for the PDF of the 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 5 (questions 6-10). Today, we are looking at the new life we have in Christ and our ability to see God's laws not as a list of what we "ought" to do, but a guide for what we get to do to show our love for God and others.
Picasso Inspired "Dove" Poster
God's Holy Spirit makes me...SEE God's Love, STRONG in faith, FOUND in Jesus, FORGIVEN
Today we are focusing on the amazing work of God's Holy Spirit that is living and active in our lives and the lives of all believers throughout the world. Have your child get out some paper and draw their own dove
. then divide the paper into sections, like in this picture
, and add your own designs and colors to each. Find a spot to write in what the Holy Spirit does for you! Here is one more example
to give kids, and parents, some ideas.
Close your family in prayer. This can be your own prayer, the Lord's Prayer, or the prayer below: "Dear Holy Spirit, thank you for giving me the gift of faith in Jesus the Savior. Strengthen my faith and the faith of my family as I hear your Word, and help me tell others the good news of salvation. In Jesus’ name I 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
Breathing is vital in calming our bodies and minds. Here it is paired with its spiritual counter-part: God’s Word working though the Holy Spirit. This week, try these free printable breath prayers with instructions, created by graphic designer and mental health blogger Jennifer Tucker (littlehousestudio.net). A great tool for parents and kids alike!
Simple Psalms We All Can Memorize
Want to try and memorize some simple Bible verses as a family but don't know where to begin? Check out these free printables
to hang up in the house. A simple way to keep God's Word in our minds and hearts.