Sunday School & Dig in at Home 31 July 2022 - Philip

5 Simple Ways You Can Make This Lesson Stick - PHILIP the Speaker

IN THE CAR: Ask your child what they learned about this week on the drive home: This Philip was not one of the 12 disciples, but he was still a follower of Jesus. Philip shared how much Jesus loves us with anyone and anywhere that God sent him. Kids will learn that they can share Jesus with other people. Acts 8:26-39, Philip and the Ethiopian

HANGING OUT: Make this week’s lesson real: Have you ever had to give a speech in school, at work, or elsewhere? How did it go? How nervous were you? Ask your kids if they are nervous about speaking in public or sharing Jesus with others?

AT DINNER: Here are some great discussion starters:-How did Philip meet the Ethiopian?-What happened when Philip taught the Ethiopian about Jesus?-How can we share the good news of Jesus with our friends?

AT BEDTIME: Quiz your child on this week’s memory verse: When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here! - 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIRV)

PARENT TIME: What you need to know: It’s not easy to speak up for Jesus, but if we don’t speak for him, who will?

Pray that God will give your children - and you! - the courage to speak up about Jesus.

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30 Words of Affirmation Every Child Needs to Hear - free printable

One of the most important things we can do as a parent is to make sure that our children hear words of affirmation every day.

Our words are SO powerful.

They can tear our children down or build them up.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”

I want to be sure that my words speak life to my kids.

I know sometimes when life is just chugging along in the day-to-day, it can be hard to find little ways to affirm our kids through words. We have to be intentional with it.

But every mom could use a little inspiration in this area, right?

I've come up with a list of 30 words of affirmation that you can use TODAY in your home.

Speak them.

Write them.

Hang them on a mirror.

Remind your kids of who they are in Christ and HOW VERY MUCH THEY ARE LOVED BY YOU ♥️

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Sunday School & Dig in at Home 24 July 2022 - Mary

5 Simple Ways You Can Make This Lesson Stick - MARY THE BELIEVER

IN THE CAR: Ask your child what they learned about this week on the drive home:

When the other members of the Jesus League believed that all was lost, Mary held onto hope; she was rewarded by being the first to learn that Jesus had risen from the dead. Kids will learn that we can believe God, no matter what. John 20:1-18, The Empty Tomb

HANGING OUT: Make this week’s lesson real: What are some things you and your kids believe in? Santa? Bigfoot? America? How is having a belief in Jesus different than believing in these other things?

AT DINNER: Here are some great discussion starters:-Who was the first person to see the empty tomb?-Why do you think Jesus revealed himself to Mary before he saw the disciples?-How can we build up our belief in Jesus?

AT BEDTIME: Quiz your child on this week’s memory verse: When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here! - 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIRV)

PARENT TIME: What you need to know: A strong faith can help us through even the toughest times in life.

Pray that God will help you and your kids develop a strong faith in Jesus.

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Sunday School & Dig in at Home 17July 2022 - John

5 Simple Ways You Can Make This Lesson Stick - John

IN THE CAR: Ask your child what they learned about this week on the drive home: John referred to himself as the disciple Jesus loved; and as he hung on the cross, Jesus gave John his own command to love. Kids will learn that we can love others because God loves us. John 19:17-27, The Crucifixion

HANGING OUT: Make this week’s lesson real: What special things do your kids still have in their room from when they were little? How do those things remind your kids they are loved? Ask them how God showed his love for us, and how we can show love in return.

AT DINNER: Here are some great discussion starters: -Why did John call himself the disciple Jesus loved?-What did Jesus ask John to do for him before he died?-How can we show the love of Jesus to other people?

AT BEDTIME: Quiz your child on this week’s memory verse: When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here! - 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIRV)

PARENT TIME: What you need to know:

Pray for your kids to have the courage to love someone who needs love this week, be it a new kid in class or a kid who doesn’t have many friends.

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5 Ways to Pray With Kids

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Sunday School & Dig in at Home 19 June 2022

SHARE

- Your highs, lows & buffalos (buffalos being something weird or funny or strange that has happened lately?

- What do you like best about being part of God's family?

READ

Read: Acts

In This Passage: While learning about being part of God’s family, particularly in the book of Acts, we learned about many people who were part of God’s family.

Who can you remember and what did you learn about them?

TALK

- What stands out for you in this bible passage?

- What does this passage tell us about God?

- What does this passage tell us about people?

- What is challenging in this passage?

- What do you think God is saying to you? What can you do about it?

TALK ABOUT VIDEO - “The Book of Acts in 3 Minutes” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2t2tXVzIsg

What was your favourite part of the book of Acts?

PRAY

- Pray for and with each other.

- Pray about your highs, lows, and buffalos.

- Your church could grow to be more and more like the church in Acts.

BLESS

- Bless each other saying, “May God Bless you this week”.

SS materials attached

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Pentecost Worship & Dig in at Home - 5 June 2022

SHARE

- Share your highs, lows & buffalos (something weird, funny or strange that has happened lately)

- What do you notice is different in the worship space today?

READ Acts 2:1-4

- At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit spread and moved among and within the people. But Pentecost is more than just an ancient story, it is about the ongoing life of the followers of Jesus. It is about us, here and now, and how through the Holy Spirit, we are filled, transformed, guided, and empowered to be the people of God, to share the joy and new life that it brings.

- What stands out for you in this passage?

- What do you think this passage teach us about God/People/Obedience/Discipleship?

- What do you think God is saying to you?

- What will you do about it?

- Who will you share it with?

TALK

- When have you experienced God’s Spirit or Power?

- Or, when was a time when you felt joy, had fun with friends or family, been excited by what’s going on, or felt brave about sharing?

- What would a party look like with God present?

- Who would you invite to the party? What would you do at the party?

DO

- Pentecost is a day when we see the church being inspired by the Holy Spirit and we want to encourage and facilitate you to respond creatively. You can use the ideas below or engage your creative self and use these items and other items that you have in other ways.

Playdough

- Shape playdough flames above the heads of the disciples on the coloured mat.

- Use the playdough to make something.

- Imagine God is shaping and transforming as you shape the playdough into new creations.

Paper and colours

- Colour the flame, and as you fill the page with colour, imagine being filled with the Spirit.

- Sit with the blank paper and colours and listen to God and draw what he puts in your mind. What do you see/feel/imagine?

- Use the blank paper and word prompts to create a word cloud.

Candle or Sparkler (under adult supervision only)

- Light one candle or sparkler, use that one to light others and those to light others again. As the light increases imagine God spirit increasing and being spread throughout the world.

PRAY & BLESS

- Pray for and with each other. Pray about your highs, lows and buffalos.

- Ask God to help you be filled with His spirit, transformed by its power, led by its boldness and empowered to share the joy and new life that it brings.

- Bless each other saying “May God Bless you this week”.

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The Christian Way of Life: It Begins with Immersion

To live the Christian way of life, one should be fluent in the language of faith. Becoming fluent in a language does not happen overnight. It does not happen in one hour a week. It takes an immersion, a daily immersion, and being surrounded by others who speak the same language and have the same culture. v

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Encouraging the young people in our congregations

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