Dig in at Home – 29 December

Revelation 21 - Forever in Heaven

Here’s what happens…

The Bible describes what heaven is like. It is a beautiful, golden city full of light from God himself! There isn’t any pain, sadness, or dying. And best of all, we’ll live forever with Jesus!

Bible Point: Jesus is forever, so we can live forever.

Family Together Time

Forever life with Jesus is good news! Choose one of these ideas to do as a family, and share the good news about Jesus with someone else.

• Make a YouTube video about Jesus, and post it online.

• Text someone about Jesus.

• Call someone and tell that person about Jesus.

• Make cards that share the good news about Jesus.

• Make a yard sign that tells passersby about how much Jesus wants to live with them forever.

Talk About This…

• What’s one thing you hope will be in heaven?

Discuss and Watch “Kylie’s Story”

We’re learning that Jesus is forever, so we can live forever. We’re going to watch a story that seems really sad. But we’ll see how knowing that we can live forever brings hope, even when things are sad.

Please note: This video is about a preteen girl whose dad died. While she shares about the hope of heaven, the video could be a trigger to kids who’ve recently lost someone. Be sensitive and allow extra time for them to share and process or let them choose not to watch it.

Watch “Kylie’s Story.”

• What do you like to do with your family?

• Why do you think Kylie had hope, even though her dad died?

• Kylie said it will be amazing to see her dad again in heaven. What are you looking forward to about heaven?

When we believe in and follow Jesus, we can live forever in heaven! And even though we’ll always be sad and miss people who die, we can have hope that we’ll get to see them again in heaven. Plus, just like Kylie, we can trust that the people we love are in a great place, hanging out with Jesus! Jesus is forever, so we can live forever.

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Dig in at Home – Christmas Day, Wednesday 25 December

Read Luke 2:21-40 - Jesus is the light of the world.

Have you ever lost electricity in your home for an extended amount of time? At first, living in darkness brings fun and adventure. But as minutes turn to hours and hours turn to days, it becomes increasingly difficult to prepare food, read before bed, or determine which toothbrush is yours. Imagine living in darkness for hundreds of years! The Israelites didn’t actually live in the dark (although they did live without electricity), but they couldn’t see what God was up to. Most people couldn’t see well enough to notice a special baby’s birth but Simeon saw baby Jesus and recognized him right away.

Jesus is the light of the world!

Share

Go for a walk in your neighbourhood or hop in the car to go look at Christmas lights. You could even deliver Christmas candy or cookies to the homes as a way to say thank you for lighting up your Christmas season.

Talk about...

- The best Christmas lights you’ve seen. What do you like best about Christmas lights?

- How does light change your life?

Listen

Take notice when you hear the song “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” this week. It may be on your car radio or music you hear in stores or on TV. You can even keep track of how many times you hear it!

Pray

Pray for Jesus to shine his light to the world through your family. Pass around a real or battery-operated candle and pray for Jesus’ light to shine through each person as he or she holds the candle.

adapted from KidMin Quick Picks MORE Songs of the Christmas Story Copyright © 2018 Group Publishing, Inc., Loveland, CO. group.com

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Dig in at Home – Christmas Carols, Sunday 22 December

Read Matthew 2:1-12 - Jesus is the promised Rescuer.

“A promise made is a promise kept.” Does this adage hold true in your family’s life? Especially at Christmas, we may find ourselves making promises without thinking things through. “You can have an extra cookie if you wear your nice Christmas outfit to church.” “I can host Christmas at my house.” “I promise not to spend too much money.” Even though we sometimes break our promises, God always keeps his promises. When God promised to help his people in the Old Testament, he was already thinking of Jesus’ birth in a village called Bethlehem.

Jesus is the promised Rescuer. Jesus’ birth brings us hope and calms our fears.

Talk about...

What hopes and fears does each of your family members have?

Share

Write each family member’s name on a small piece of paper. Place the papers in a cup, and then have each person draw a name. (Family members can draw again if they get their own names.)

Have each family member make a promise to the person whose name he or she drew—for example, “Mum, I promise to clean my room.” Make promises to each other and then keep them before the week (or even day!) is over.

Listen

Take notice when you hear the song “O Little Town of Bethlehem” this week. It may be on your car radio or music you hear in stores or on TV. You can even keep track of how many times you hear it!

Pray

Read Isaiah 41:10; Joshua 1:9; and Matthew 28:20. Then pray and thank God for ways he has kept those promises to your family.

Adapted from KidMin Quick Picks MORE Songs of the Christmas Story Copyright © 2018 Group Publishing, Inc., Loveland, CO. group.com

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Christmas Holiday Club - Dig in at Home - Friday 20 December

Today we Read Luke 2:1-20 and learned that Jesus is good news.

Bad news is now just a click or call away. Our world seems so weighed down by sin and fear and is easy to think there is no hope. Maybe that’s how people felt during the time Jesus was born. “Rome wants to tax us more?” Bad news. “We need to travel to our hometowns?” Sigh. “There’s no place to stay?” More bad news. People needed some good news, and so do we. We need Jesus. Jesus is good news.

Jesus shows us how much God loves us. God sent us salvation through Jesus. That’s good news!

We also learned how to tell the good news using emojis, about how sin can weigh us down, how to pray using emojis, some more swimming and how the songs “Go tell is on the Mountain” and “ O little town of Bethlehem” came about.

At home you can...

Read

Luke 2:1-20 and tell the good news to each other using the emoji story sequence board and cards

Share

Share with each other what you know and believe about Jesus and your relationship with Him.

Listen

Take notice when you hear the song “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” or “O little town of Bethlehem” this week. It may be on your car radio or music you hear in the shops or on TV. You can even keep track of how many times you hear it!

Pray

Use the rainbow prayer colours or Emoji prayer reminders to pray.

Adapted from KidMin Quick Picks MORE Songs of the Christmas Story Copyright © 2018 Group Publishing, Inc., Loveland, CO. group.com

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Christmas Holiday Club - Dig in at Home – Thursday 19 December

Today we Read Luke 1:26-56 and learned that Jesus is God’s Son.

Parents expecting a baby research, discuss, argue about, and eventually land on the perfect name for their little one. Mary, however, didn’t get to name her first child because God did it for her. Jesus’ name was perfect, if not unique. When Jesus was born, there may have been other babies named Jesus in Bethlehem—so what child was this? What made Jesus special?

We learned that Jesus is God’s Son. This baby was Christ the King. This baby would be the son of Mary, but also, extraordinarily, the Son of God.

We also learned about the meaning of our names, about how candy canes and hearts remind us of Jesus, how to pray a rainbow, about how the songs “What Child is This”, and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” come about, we did some swimming and learned a new dance.

At home you can...

Read

Luke 1:26-56 and talk about the impossible message the angel brought Mary.

Share

As a family, look through a book or website with baby names and meanings. Find each family member’s name and read what it means. Talk about how that person lives out his or her name.

Listen

Take notice when you hear the song “What Child Is This?” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” this week. It may be on your car radio or music you hear in stores or on TV. You can even keep track of how many times you hear it!

Pray

Use the rainbow prayer or Mary’s Song in Luke 1:49-51 to pray.

Purple Praise God "Dear God, you are…”

Red Say Sorry to God "Sorry God for…”

Orange Say Thanks to God “Thank you for…”

Yellow Pray for Other People “Please help….”

Green Pray for Yourself “Please help me…”

Blue Listen for God “I’m listening… Amen”

Adapted from KidMin Quick Picks MORE Songs of the Christmas Story Copyright © 2018 Group Publishing, Inc., Loveland, CO. group.com

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Dig in at Home - 15 December

Jesus Is Selfless - Philippians 2:1-11

Here’s what happens…

In a letter to the church in Philippi, Paul advises them to have a selfless attitude like Jesus. That means thinking of others as better than ourselves and looking out for the interests of others. Jesus was selfless when he came from heaven to earth and died for us.

Through the Week

As a family, pick a category each day this week and find ways to put other people’s interests first in that area.

- getting ready in the morning

- school or work

- playtime

- sports

- electronic devices

- dinner

- bedtime

Talk About This…

- Share about a time someone in your family gave something up for you.

Discuss and Watch “I’m Invisible!”

We’re learning that Jesus is selfless, so we’re selfless.

- What do you think it means to be selfless?

Watch “I’m Invisible!”

- What was wrong with Andy’s idea of what it means to be selfless?

- Cami came right away when Andy needed her help. Tell about a time a friend dropped everything to help you. Share your own story first.

Thankfully, we don’t have to become invisible or shrink down to be selfless. Being selfless just means putting others before ourselves! The stories you just shared about your friends helping you are examples of being selfless. Jesus was selfless when he came to earth and died for us. And we can be selfless when we help other people, like Cami did. Jesus is selfless, so we’re selfless.

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Dig in at Home - 8 December

God’s Armor Gives Us Strength - Ephesians 6:10-18

Here’s what happens…

In a letter to Christians who live in Ephesus, Paul instructs them on how to be strong. He tells them to put on God’s armor, including a helmet of salvation, a shield of faith, and a sword—God’s Word. God gives us everything we need to stand strong!

Through the Week

- Gather the family together and have everyone draw a suit of armor to hang by his or her closet or dresser. (Intimidated by drawing a whole suit of armor? Just draw a shield or a sword instead.)

- Whenever you get dressed this week, your picture will remind you to put on God’s armor, too! Pray that you’ll stand strong in his armor.

- You can also remind each other to put on God’s armor when you’re leaving home…and at home, too!

Talk About This…

- What’s one thing you’re strong enough to do?

Discuss and Watch “Gracie’s Story”

We’re learning that God is strong, and we’re strong in him. Let’s find out how God gave a girl named Gracie strength.

Watch “Gracie’s Story.”

- Why did Gracie need strength from God?

- Gracie felt insecure about her arm. Why do we need God’s strength when we feel sad or insecure?

- How did you see God’s strength in Gracie?

- Gracie said, “I don’t have to be strong all the time; he will be strong for me.” What do you think of that?

Gracie was different than other kids, and she has some limitations. She was a little insecure and embarrassed about being different for a while. But God gave her strength, and she helps pass on God’s strength by teaching children. Gracie knows she can’t always be strong on her own, but that God is strong, and we’re strong in him.

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Dig in at Home - 1 December

God Protects Paul From a Snakebite - Acts 28:1-10

Here’s what happens…

Shipwrecked on an island, Paul is gathering sticks to build a fire when a poisonous snake comes out of the sticks and bites Paul’s hand. Because God is our protector, Paul is unharmed and shakes off the snake.

Bible Point:

God is our protector, so we don’t need to worry about a thing.

Through the Week

- Talk with your family about things you often worry about.

- Are there places associated with those worries? For example, does Mom worry about the kids when they walk out the door to go to the bus stop? Does one of the kids worry about the darkness in bed at night? What about homework worries at a desk?

- Look up Philippians 4:6, and write it out on several slips of paper.

- Hang those papers at the places you most often have worries as a reminder not to worry.

- When you see those papers through the week, replace your worries with prayer for God’s protection.

Talk About This…

- What’s something in our house that protects you?

Discuss and Watch “9-1-1 Emergency”

We’re learning that God is our protector.

- Who are some people that protect others?

There are a lot of people who protect us. One kind of protector is firefighters! Let’s find out more about them.

Watch “9-1-1 Emergency.”

- What did you learn about how firefighters protect people?

- How do you think the gear and tools firefighters use would protect them?

- What question would you want to ask a firefighter?

Firefighters are very brave protectors. They risk their lives for us! But even strong firefighters have limitations. God doesn’t, though! God is our protector, so we don’t need to worry about a thing.

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Dig in at Home - 24 November

Paul Encourages Others During a Shipwreck - Acts 27

Here’s what happens…

Paul is a prisoner on a ship when a violent storm threatens to sink the ship. But God encourages Paul, letting him know that no one on the ship will die. Paul passes on that encouragement, and everyone gets safely to shore.

Bible Point:

God is encouraging, so we encourage others.

Through the Week

- Look for ways to encourage your family members!

- Each person will try to say one encouraging thing per day to every family member.

- At the end of the week, talk about the difference it made to receive encouragement every day!

Talk About This…

- What’s something someone in your family has done that encouraged you?

Discuss and Watch “Hamster Theater”

Today’s Bible story was scary! What a crazy storm! I sure wouldn’t have wanted to be on that boat!

- Tell about a time you were afraid you were going to die. Share your own story first.

Let’s watch today’s Bible story…acted out by a different kind of actor. Watch “Hamster Theater.”

- What did you think of having gerbils retell the Bible story?

- Paul McFluff encouraged the others with the angel’s message that God would save them. What’s something encouraging someone has said to you when you were scared?

God is encouraging, so we encourage others. When we’re scared or worried, we can turn to God for encouragement. And we can be part of God’s encouragement to others, too!

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