Dig in at Home - 30 December

God Creates Us in His Image - Genesis 1

Here’s what happens…

God makes the world. God is creative, making all different kinds of plants and animals, birds and fish, land and sea. Finally, he creates the pinnacle of his creation: humans! He makes people in his own image, so we can be creative, too!

Through the Week

Be creative by doing things differently this week. Here are some ideas…but be creative and come up with more!

- Wear two mismatched shoes.

- Eat with an unusual utensil.

- Try a new recipe.

- Wear clothes you’ve never worn together.

- Make up a new game.

- Switch places at the dinner table.

- Use unusual supplies to make a craft.

Talk About This…

- What’s the most creative thing you’ve ever made?

Watch and Discuss

Today we’re learning that God is creative. God made us, and he did a great job of it! God made us to be creative, too. That means we can make great and exciting things.

Share about something you make that you think is great or exciting.

- What’s something you like to make that you think is great?

Let’s meet a boy who loves making things, and he likes to use his talents to share about God’s love.

Watch “Dominic’s Story.”

- What was the coolest thing you saw Dominic make?

- Dominic liked to use his creativity, or ability to make things, to share about God’s love. What can you make to share God’s love?

Dominic loves using his creativity. Whenever Dominic creates something, it shows that he was made by God because God is so creative. We can be creative, too, because God made us that way!

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Dig in at Home - Friday 21 December

Jesus, the Light of the World, Is Born Luke 2:8-20

Today at Holiday Club we continued to Dig into the Christmas story from the book of Luke. we learned that on the night Jesus was born, light broke through the darkness. It was a dark time for Israel and a dark night in the shepherds’ fields, but angels light up the night sky proclaiming God’s glory and that Jesus is the light of the world.

“Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased” (Luke 2:14)

When Darkness Reigns

- Gather your family to play a game.

- When the lights go off, people will act silly.

- When the lights come back on, they’ll try to freeze before they’re seen moving.

- Play several times.

- Talk about these questions:

- What are some things people try to get away with when no one else is looking?

- How is that like the way you acted in the dark?

- If you want to shine God’s light, how would you act?

Family Discussion

- What are some ways Jesus is like light?

- Share about ways you showed God’s light this week.

- God thinks we’re special! What are some things you think are special about each other?

Watch and Discuss

Today we watched a video about a guy who got confused about something that was said at church and there are times when we don’t understand. Share about a time you got confused about something someone said (at church or anywhere).

Watch “Karl, Light of the World.”

Karl was confused about what the pastor at his church said. He thought the pastor said that Karl should be the light of the world, and Karl thought that meant wearing a funny sunshine costume.

Discuss these questions:

- What did Karl get wrong when he thought he was the light of the world?

- We know that Jesus is the light of the world, not us. But how can we show Jesus’ light in the world?

Jesus is the light of the world! We have the great opportunity to reflect the light and love of Jesus to others so they can experience that light and love, too.

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Dig in at Home - Thursday 20 December

Jesus is the Best Gift Ever Luke 2:1-7

Today at Holiday Club we Dug into the Christmas Story in Luke and learned that God gives the greatest gift of all time—Jesus. He doesn’t come wrapped in wrapping paper, but in snuggly cloths and lying in a manger. Mary gives birth to Jesus when she and Joseph are in Bethlehem for a census.

“And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born” (Luke 2:6).

The Best Gift Ever

Jesus is the best gift ever! Show that Jesus always comes out on top with this fun science experiment. Your child may have already done this in class. If so, let him or her lead!

- Get some honey or corn syrup, milk, dish soap, and vegetable oil.

- Make a guess about what will happen when you pour all the liquids into a glass.

- Try it! See what happens.

- Try it again, pouring the liquids into the cup in a different order. See what happens if you add other liquids, such as water, maple syrup, or rubbing alcohol.

- What happens if you put in small objects, like a bolt, a grain of rice, or a bead?

- Talk about why the liquids separated and why the vegetable oil stayed on top.

- Talk about why Jesus is on the top of the “best gifts” list.

Through the Week

Thank Jesus for his amazing gift through the week.

- Set up an extra stocking for Jesus. It could be an old sock or a real stocking.

- Throughout the week, family members can write or draw short thank-you notes and put them in Jesus’ stocking.

- On Christmas, open Jesus’ stocking and read all the thank-you gifts aloud.

Family Discussion

- What have your favorite Christmas gifts been in the past?

- Why is Jesus an even better gift?

Watch and Discuss

It’s a lot of fun to go out at this time of year and see the Christmas lights, sing carols, or just be with friends. Let’s see what happens when some friends go out at Christmastime and interview people they meet on the street.

Watch “Showing Love.”

These kids asked people a lot of questions about Christmas. Let’s answer some of the questions they asked!

- What do you love about Christmastime?

- What do you think about dogs wearing antlers?

- What’s the best Christmas present you ever got?

It’s fun to share our own Christmas stories and memories and to hear what other people think about Christmas. We can all think of a Christmas present that was fun to get or that really made us happy, but the very best gift of all is Jesus.

At Christmas we remember that Jesus is the best gift ever, because God gave us Jesus so that we can know God as our friend. That’s a great gift!

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Dig in at Home - 16 December

The Great Commission - Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-20; Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:6-11

Jesus goes back to heaven as his disciples watch. Just before he goes up into the clouds, he tells his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations and that he’ll always be with them. Even though we can’t see Jesus anymore, Jesus is always with us.

Through the Week

Travel with Jesus this week because he’s always with you.

- Fold some half-sheets of paper and staple the fold to make passports. Make one for each family member.

- Each person can color and decorate his or her passport.

- At the top of each page, write places you may go this week. These might be different for each family member.

- Whenever you go to one of those places, draw a cross on that page of your passport as a reminder that Jesus went with you.

Talk About This…

- What’s hard about telling others about Jesus? How could Jesus help you?

Watch and Discuss

Jesus is always with us. He helps us do things we’d never imagine. When something seems impossible, we know Jesus is always with us, helping us out.

Let’s watch a video about a kid named Joshua who must do something hard but gets help from a friend.

Watch “Corn Maze Master.”

- How was Abigail like Jesus in our lives? How was she different?

- What’s your “corn maze”—something you need to do while remembering Jesus is always with you?

Joshua had tried the corn maze on his own before, and he failed. When we try to do things for Jesus in our own strength, we’ll fail, too. But we don’t have to do it that way! Jesus is always with us. Like Abigail showed Joshua what to do, Jesus can show us how to do hard things for him.

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Dig in at Home - 9 December

Jesus Talks With Peter - John 13:31-38; 18:15-18, 25-27; 21:15-25

Before Jesus dies, he tells Peter that Peter will deny knowing him. Then Peter denies Jesus three times! When Jesus comes back to life, Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves Jesus. Jesus gives Peter a second chance to do big things for him, because Jesus believes in us.

Through the Week

Jesus believes in us. Make a “You Can Do It!” board to believe in each other this week.

- Pick a spot to make your board—it could be sticky notes on a wall or poster board people can write on directly.

- Write or draw encouraging notes to each other that say what you believe in your family members to do. For example, “Amanda, I believe in you to do well on your test today!” or “Jacob, I believe in you to stand up for Jesus!”

- Surprise your friends and family with additional encouraging notes hidden in unexpected places.

- Pray for each other throughout the week, based on the notes you wrote.

Talk About This…

- What do you think Jesus believes in you to do?

Watch and Discuss

We’re learning that Jesus believes in us. Even though Peter messed up and denied knowing Jesus three times, Jesus still believed in him. He gave Peter a second chance to do great big things. Let’s see what happens when our dog friends, Peanut and Biscuit, find themselves in a similar situation.

Watch “Shoe Chew.”

- Peanut lied three times when Biscuit asked if he chewed the shoes. Tell about a time you didn’t tell the truth. Share your own age-appropriate example first.

- Why do you think Peanut’s owner gave him another chance with a new pair of shoes?

- Do you think Peanut deserved another chance? Why or why not?

It might not seem like a good idea to leave out a new pair of shoes with a shoe-chewing dog. But that’s just the kind of thing Jesus does for us. Jesus believes in us, even if we’ve messed up. Jesus gives us second chances, just like he did for Peter.

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Dig in at Home - 2 December

Jesus Appears to Disciples - John 20:19-31; Mark 16:14; Luke 24:36-43

Jesus’ disciples are hiding in a locked room, when Jesus appears! Thomas isn’t there, so he doubts whether they really saw Jesus. He needs to see Jesus and touch his wounds. Jesus appears again and Thomas sees and believes. Jesus helps us believe in him, too.

Through the Week

Take fun family pictures that make things look unbelievable! Try these examples:

- Use “forced perspective” (where one person is close and one is far away) to make it look like one family member is a tiny figure standing in another’s han

- Use forced perspective to make it look like someone is picking up your house or apartment building between his or her fingers.

- Use forced perspective to make it look like one family member is about to step on the others.

- Take a picture with a toy close to the camera and a family member far away, so they look the same size.

- Take a picture where it looks like your family is holding up the moon.

- Talk about how we can know that Jesus being alive is no photography trick, because Jesus helps us believe in him!

Talk About This…

- What do you believe about Jesus?

Watch and Discuss

We’ve been learning that Jesus helps us believe in him. Because we can’t see Jesus, not everyone believes in him. But there are a lot of things we can’t see and yet still believe in…like gravity! Let’s watch a video about a guy who doesn’t believe in gravity.

Watch “Anti-Gravity.”

- What did you think about Andrew’s reasons for not believing in gravity?

- Do you think Andrew changed his mind at the end? If so, what do you think convinced him?

- What are some things that convince you that Jesus is real?

Thomas had doubts about Jesus, just as Andrew had doubts about gravity. But Jesus helped Thomas with his doubts, just like Cammie tried to help Andrew. And Jesus helps us believe in him, even though we can’t see him.

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Dig in at Home - 25 November

The Poor Widow’s Offering - Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4

Jesus points out a poor widow who drops two coins into the collection box at the Temple. Although many rich people give far more money, Jesus is most impressed with her gift because she generously gives everything she has to live on. Jesus loves givers.

Family Together Time

Spend time together collecting things to give away, as a reminder that Jesus loves givers.

- Clean your house. Collect things that you can give away.

- Make a big pile of everything you want to donate.

- Go through the pile and talk about which things are easy to give, and which require more of a sacrifice.

- Talk about why it’s important to Jesus to give generously.

- Take your items to a homeless shelter or other charity.

Talk About This…

- What would be the hardest thing for you to give away? Why?

Watch and Discuss

In our Bible story, there was a poor woman who gave all the money she had. Jesus saw her giving the money, and he was happy with what he saw. Jesus loves givers.

- What are some things kids can give?

It might seem like kids don’t have a lot to give. But we’re going to watch a video about a 3-year-old named Emily who gave something very special. That’s right…3 years old!

Watch “Emily’s Story.”

- Why do you think Emily’s gift was important?

- Explain whether it would be easy or hard for you to give some of your hair to someone with cancer.

Say: Emily was very young, but she wanted to give something. She found out about an important organization that takes gifts of something she had—hair! We can always find ways to give, and Jesus loves givers.

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Dig in at Home - 18 November

Jesus Meets Zacchaeus - Luke 19:1-10

A tax collector named Zacchaeus can’t see Jesus over the crowd, so he climbs a tree. Jesus calls Zacchaeus down for lunch. People are mad because Zacchaeus cheats people! But Zacchaeus changes, because when we spend time with Jesus, he changes us.

Through the Week

This week, be more intentional about including Jesus in your family activities.

- Talk to him as you drive to sports practice.

- Talk to him as you clear dishes from the table.

- Talk to him during TV commercials.

- Think of other ways you can remember to spend time with Jesus as you go about life.

Talk About This…

- Tell about someone who’s changed you.

Watch and Discuss

We’ve been learning about Zacchaeus. There are a lot of things we know about Zacchaeus from today’s Bible story. But what’s really the point?

- What do you think is the point of Zacchaeus’ story?

Let’s watch a video and think about what really matters about Zacchaeus’ life. Watch “Get to the Point.”

- At the end of the video, Bob asks, “If you were Zacchaeus, would you come down out of your tree?” How would you answer that question?

- Do you think one encounter with Jesus can still change someone’s life today? Explain.

We don’t know if Jesus and Zacchaeus ever hung out again. If they did, the Bible doesn’t talk about it. But we do know that hanging out one time was all it took for Zacchaeus’ heart to be changed! When we spend time with Jesus, he changes our hearts.

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Dig in at Home - 11 November

Jesus Heals Blind Men - Mark 10:46-52; Matthew 20:29-34; Luke 18:35-43

Jesus is walking down the road when he hears a blind man named Bartimaeus crying out for help. People tell Bartimaeus to be quiet, but he keeps calling out. Jesus stops, asks the man to come to him, and then heals his blindness. Just as Jesus heard Bartimaeus’ cries, Jesus hears us.

Family Together Time

Try this fun family activity to practice listening!

- Clean two empty tin cans or get disposable plastic cups. Remove the labels and tape sharp edges.

- have an adult a hammer and nail to poke a hole in the bottom of each can or cup.

- Cut a 10-foot piece of string and poke each end through the bottom of the cans. Knot the ends so the string stays in place.

- Have two people each hold one end and stand as far apart as they can so the string is taut. One person will talk into the can, and the other person will listen through his or her can.

- Experiment with it! What happens if you use a wire instead of string? What happens if you just tape the string to the bottom of the cans instead of poking holes? What if the string is longer or shorter? See how you can use this device to be the best listener.

- Talk about how it’s like or unlike Jesus listening to us.

Talk About This…

- What’s something you want to talk to Jesus about more?

Watch and Discuss

We’re learning that Jesus hears us. Jesus always hears us perfectly. But sometimes we don’t listen as well. Let’s practice listening.

Ask kids to each find a partner and make a noise that imitates an animal, machine, or something else. Then partners can guess what the noise is.

All right…now that you’ve practiced with each other, let’s see if you can tell two different animals apart—just by listening!

Watch “Name That Critter.”

- Which animals were the hardest to tell apart by sound? Why?

Jesus doesn’t just hear two people at once—he hears everyone who’s praying. He could hear the blind man calling out over a crowd of people. Jesus hears us all…and he knows just who is praying about what.

- How do you think Jesus can hear everyone talking at once?

Jesus hears us, so we can go to him anytime. He’ll always recognize our voices!

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