Dig in at Home - 19 August

Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15

A crowd of over 5,000 has gathered to hear Jesus speak. Jesus’ disciples think they should send everyone home to eat. Instead, Jesus does the unexpected. He takes five loaves of bread and two fish and turns it into enough food for everyone—plus leftovers!

 

Family Together Time

Have some fun as a family. Try this surprising experiment to remember that Jesus does the unexpected.

Put a new, unwrapped bar of Ivory brand soap on a large paper plate.

Cut the soap into four pieces.

Put the plate of soap in a microwave for one minute, and watch what happens. Wow!

Take the plate out of the microwave and let the soap cool for about 30 seconds before touching it.

Compare what you expected to happen and what actually happened, and discuss how that reminds us that Jesus does the unexpected!

Talk About This…

Unexpected things are also called “surprises.” Tell about a surprising thing that happened to you and whether or not you liked it.

Watch and Discuss

When Jesus made enough food for everyone out of just a little food, it was totally unexpected!

What would you expect to happen if there was a huge crowd of hungry people and just a little food?

We’re going to watch a video where unexpected things happen. Get ready…you won’t know what to expect!

Watch “That’s Backwards!”

Which part of this video was the most unexpected?

How would you react if you saw one of those things happen in real life?

The things in this video were unexpected…but they were all just camera tricks. Playing normal, everyday stuff backwards made it look really cool and unexpected. But what Jesus did was no trick. He really did the unexpected! He really made a ton of food out of just a little bit! Jesus did the unexpected.

 

 

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Dig in at Home - 12 August

Parable of the Good Samaritan

Luke 10:25-37

Jesus tells a story to show that Jesus-followers care for others. In Jesus’ story, a man is hurt on the side of the road, but two people just walk on by. A third man helps the injured man and gets him to an inn where he can receive care.

Through the Week     

Challenge everybody to do one of the following to build empathy for people in need. Choose something that’ll take you out of your comfort zone, such as

take a cold shower

sleep on the floor with no pillow

skip a meal

eat lunch alone

Pray for people who need care. Think about the activity you chose as you pray.

At the end of the week, tell each other how it went. Remind your family that Jesus-followers care for others—especially people in need.

Talk About This…

Tell about someone who’s cared for you.

Watch and Discuss

If you fell down and skinned your knee, who would you expect to be the first person to run right over and help you?

Now think about this. Who would be the last person you would expect to run over and help you if you skinned your knee?

We’re learning about a man in the Bible who helped someone in an unexpected way. Let’s watch a video that tells his story in a funny way.

Watch “The Good Samaritan.”

The Jewish man who was hurt in this story probably expected that the priest and the Levite would have stopped to help him. They were also Jews like him, and they were considered leaders. So it was surprising that they didn’t help the man. The Samaritan man who did stop to help was the last person the Jewish man would have expected to help him. As the donkey in the video explained, the Jews and the Samaritans didn’t get along. But the Samaritan helped the man anyway and made sure he had good care.

When you see someone who needs help, how do you decide if you’ll help that person or not? Does it matter if you know the person or not?

What’s an example today of a “good Samaritan”?

We’re learning that Jesus-followers care for others. Jesus didn’t show love only to people who were his friends or who were like him—he loves everyone! When we’re friends with Jesus, we have that same love for people, too, and show care for others as a way to let them know the love of Jesus.

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Dig in at Home - 5 August

Jesus Is Transfigured

Matthew 17:1-13; Mark 9:2-13; Luke 9:28-36

When Jesus takes three of his disciples up a mountain, his appearance changes. His face and his clothes shine bright. Moses and Elijah also show up. Then God speaks and declares that Jesus is his Son. For the first time, the disciples see that Jesus is God.

Family Together Time

Have some fun as a family. Play this guessing game to remember that Jesus is God.

Get some modeling dough or putty.

Have one person use the dough or putty to make an impression of something in the room—such as a toy or wall texture—while everyone else leaves the room.

Everybody can come back and look at the impression. Then they’ll look around the room and try to guess what the impression was made from.

Play again, letting each person have a turn making an impression in the dough.

Talk about what the dough showed about the things it was pressed against and what amazing things Jesus shows about God.

Talk About This…

The disciples learned something new about Jesus.

What’s something new you can tell your family members about you?

Watch and Discuss

Tell about a time you saw something that no one else around you saw—like you saw someone famous walk by and no one else did. Or you saw a shooting star and no one else did. What did you see?

As we think about what we see that others don’t, have you ever wondered what animals see that we might not see? Like, do they see things just like you see them? Well, our video today helps us get an idea of what animals see. Let’s check it out!

Watch “Revealing Images.”

Which surprised you more—the way birds see or the way dogs see—and why?

What do you think was surprising about the way the disciples could see that one day on the mountain?

The disciples had heard Jesus say that he was God, but this was the first time they could see it with their own eyes! It must have been amazing! And it might have been hard for them to describe what they saw to others who weren’t with them. Even though they had heard what Jesus said, now they could see with their own eyes that Jesus is God!

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Dig in at Home - 27 July

Jesus Walks on Water

Matthew 14:22-33; Mark 6:45-52; John 6:16-21

While the disciples are out in their boat, they see someone walking on the water toward them. They think it’s a ghost, but it’s Jesus! Peter gets out on the water with Jesus but starts to feel scared and sinks. Jesus saves him, because Jesus calms our fears.

Through the Week

Cut pieces of duct tape to look like waves. Blue duct tape looks great, if you have

Have family members each tape the pieces to the bottoms of shoes they’ll wear a lot this

Walk on water! Wear your shoes and walk on the

Whenever you see the waves, pray and remember that Jesus will calm your fears.

Family Discussion

What fears would you like Jesus to calm this week?

Watch and Discuss

Sometimes when we try something new, it feels scary—like the first day at a new school, tryouts for a sports team, or visiting a new church. Share about a time you felt nervous or a little scared about trying something new.

Today we’re learning that Jesus calms our fears. Let’s watch a story about a girl named Amara and see how Jesus calmed her fears.

Watch “Amara’s Story.”

God provided Copper as a friend who could help calm Amara’s fears. When has God used a friend—whether a person or an animal—to help calm your fears?

It’s great to know that Jesus can use friends—and even animals—to help us when we’re feeling nervous or afraid. Jesus calms our fears in a lot of different ways!

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Dig in at Home - 22 July

Jesus Heals a Bleeding Woman and Restores a Girl to Life

Mark 5:21-43; Matthew 9:18-26; Luke 8:40-56

Jairus asks Jesus to save his dying daughter. As Jesus travels to Jairus’ house, a sick woman touches Jesus’ robe and her faith heals her. Meanwhile, Jairus’ daughter dies. But Jesus is able to bring her back to life because Jesus has power over sickness and death!

Family Together Time

Your child may have done this activity in church today. If so, ask him or her to show you how to do it. If not, here’s how to do it:

Inflate balloons.

Have each person rub a balloon against his or her hair or a piece of wool cloth to create static electricity. Then see what the balloons can pick up off a plate. Try things like ground pepper, pieces of tissue paper, or glitter.

Talk about what the balloon did or didn’t have power over. Remind everyone that Jesus has power over sickness and death.

Talk About This…

Who needs healing that our family can pray for? Take time to pray for that person now and Thank God for his power to heal.

Watch and Discuss

Today we’re learning that Jesus has power over sickness and death. We’ve seen what that means in the Bible, but what about in our lives today? Let’s watch a video about a boy named Cole and his father.

Watch “Cole’s Story.”

When have you had some of the same feelings that Cole shares about in this video?

Cole’s mom repeated some verses from the Bible that helped their family during this time. Those verses from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 say, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

How could these verses be helpful when someone we love is sick?

Another verse that is mentioned in this video is Psalm 147:3. It says, “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.” How does this verse remind you that Jesus has power over sickness and death?

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Dig in at Home - 15 July

Jesus Calms the Storm - Mark 4:35-41; Matthew 8:23-27; Luke 8:22-25

Jesus and his disciples are out in a boat when a fierce storm comes up. Their boat is full of water, and they think they are going to drown. Jesus stops the storm with just a few words. The disciples are in awe that Jesus has power to calm storms

 

Family Together Time

Play this fun game to help family members remember that Jesus has power to calm storms.

Fill a bathtub or large plastic tote with enough water for something to float in.

Put a small item that floats into the water.

Make waves! Have family members simultaneously try to get the floating item to the other end without touching it with their hands.

Compare what happened to the boat in the game to what happened to the disciples’ boat in the storm.

Remind your family that Jesus has power to calm our storms just as he calmed the storm for the disciples.

 

Talk About This…

 Tell about a time you were in a storm.

Watch and Discuss

Today our Bible story is helping us know that Jesus has the power to calm storms. Let’s watch a video to help us think about this.

Watch “Calming the Storms.”

This video tells us that sometimes life feels stormy. We might experience stormy times at home, at school, or even in our hearts.

When is a time you’ve felt like your life was stormy, at home or at school or somewhere else.

Storms can be scary, and they can make us feel a lot of fear. But sometimes good things come from storms. For example, storms might bring a lot of rain to an area that’s very dry and needs moisture. Or they might end with a beautiful rainbow, which makes us smile. Let’s watch this video again, and this time look for something good or something pretty or even something beautiful about the storms you see on the video.

Watch “Calming the Storms” again.

What did you see that was good, pretty, or beautiful in these storms?

Let’s take a minute to silently pray and ask God to take the stormy times in our lives and show us something good or beautiful that he is doing—even in the middle of that storm.

Invite everyone to pray silently for one minute, and then close with “amen.”

 

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Dig in at Home - 8 July

Jesus Describes His True Family - Matthew 12:46-50; Mark 3:31-35; Luke 8:19-21 

While Jesus is talking to a crowd, someone lets him know that his mother and brothers are waiting for him. Jesus says that everyone can be his brother or sister because Jesus wants us in his family.

Through the Week

Here’s an activity you can do throughout the week.

Take a lot of family photos this week. These can be selfies and can include whoever is there during fun times.

Collect the pictures in a special file on your computer.

Look through the pictures, and talk about what you like about being in your family and what it means to be in Jesus’ family.

Talk About This…

Tell about your favorite family memory.

 

Watch and Discuss

You’ve probably heard of families that have adopted children. Maybe you have a friend who was adopted, or maybe you were adopted yourself!

Share about someone you know who is adopted.

There’s a family that adopted three kids from a country called Ukraine. Let’s watch their story.

Watch “Instant Family.” 

Sometimes we get annoyed with our families, like getting frustrated with a brother or a sister, but most of us are thankful to have a family.

As you listened to the kids in this story, what can you tell about how they felt before they were adopted and after they were adopted?

It must be an amazing feeling to not have a family one day and then to have an instant family the next day. No matter what our own families are like, Jesus wants us in his family. When we ask Jesus to be our forever friend and join his family, we have an instant family, too!

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Dig in at Home - 1 July

Parable of the Farmer and the Seed - Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23; Luke 8:4-15

Jesus tells a story about a farmer scattering seeds. Some fall on the path, some fall in rocky soil, and some fall among thorns. None of these seeds do well. But some fall in good soil and grow great plants. Jesus told this story to show that Jesus grows us.

Through the Week

Fold four or five dry kidney beans inside a wet paper towel.

Put the paper towel inside a zip lock bag and seal the bag shut, leaving some air inside the bag.

Tape the plastic bag in a window or put it on a plate near a window.

Check it out! See what happens to the beans throughout the week and talk about the ways the beans are changing.

Talk about some of the changes we might see when Jesus grows us.

 

Talk About This…

What’s one-way Jesus has grown you recently?

 

Watch and Discuss

Share about a time you tried to get something to grow. It could be a plant, an animal, or even yourself! What did you do, and what happened?

Let’s look at the story that Jesus told to help people understand this.

Watch “The Farmer and the Seeds” 

How did this farmer help or not help his seeds grow?

How is this like or unlike how you might help something grow?

When we want something to grow, we try to give it good food or sunlight or water or exercise—things we know will help something grow.

When Jesus grows us, how do you think he helps us grow?

What do you think he does to help us be stronger as people or stronger as Christians?

It’s great to know that Jesus is the one who grows us—and that we can be part of helping Jesus by choosing things that we know will help us as we grow instead of keeping us from growing!

 

 

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Day Camp Huddle at Home - Friday (Victory)

Day Camp Huddle @ Home – Friday

In the Bible

God sends the Holy Spirit – Acts 2:1-41

Even after telling Jesus that he would never betray him, immediately after Jesus is arrested, Peter denies ever knowing him. Not just once, but three times. Everybody faces defeat, and at that time to peter, it probably looked like Jesus and everything he stood for was defeated. Times of defeat, failure and disappointment help us grow in life, and through those times we can learn to trust in God to overcome anything that comes our way.

Sporting Hero story

Do you remember the Richmond Tigers that we talked about on Wednesday? Remember how they were bagged out for not being any good? Their team, the coach, the captain and EVEN fans were laughed at because they were supporting or part of a losing team. Nevertheless, this team and the whole fan base believed that they were going for an awesome team, they did not despair despite being the black sheep of the AFL team. But in 2017 after 37 years of losing they played and made it to the grand finals and won against the Adelaide Crows by 48 points. The Melbourne Cricket Grounds erupted with the Tiger Army roar as they held the cup high. Their advice is…’don’t believe in NEVER!’ The really cool thing too about Richmond Tigers is their AFL president is a woman, the first Peggy O’Neil.

Talk About

How do you think Peter felt when Jesus gave him a new name?

If you could have any name based on a good character trait, what would that name be?

What happened on the Day of Pentecost to give Peter power he did not have when he failed Jesus?

In what areas of your life do you need the Holy Spirit’s help to win?

Pray at Home

Pray, thanking god that he is with you, and ask him to help you be a winner.

Memory Verse Challenge

Can you say the whole memory verse while standing or hopping on one leg?

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

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