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Parents: Our series this month focuses on following Jesus.  There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Subscribe Now Memory Verse

“Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6


Here is a link to see this verse in sign language!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/znaa4ijuj915bez/AABvxHef83YwShoB2GfjawLXa/Elementary?dl=0&preview=MemoryVerse_SubscribeNow_GrowKids.pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1


In today’s world, we can get to know people online. I have been able to connect with many friends from my past through social media such as Facebook. It’s fun to see what they look like now, and what’s going on in their lives. But do I really know them because I’m Facebook friends with them? Unless they post every moment of every day, there’s no way for me to know everything about what they are doing. And there’s no way to know what they are thinking.

Jesus had special friends too. Our lesson today is about how well Jesus knew his friends.

 

Bible Story

John 1: 43-51

 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”

 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.  Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” said Philip.

 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” He then added, “Very truly I tell you,  you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Before Nathanael even said a word, Jesus greeted him like an old friend and told him things that only Nathanael would know. Jesus said he saw Nathanael under a tree before Philip went to talk to him. We don’t know if Jesus actually saw Nathanael, and we don’t even know if Jesus was talking about the same day. But we do know that Nathanael was very surprised to hear this from Jesus. There was no internet back them, so there is no way Jesus could have looked up facts about Nathanael, or used satellite images, or anything like that. Nathanael knew that the only way for Jesus to know so much about him, was that Jesus had to be the Son of God, and the Savior that everyone had been talking about and waiting for.


Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/482739560/a462a85253


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/486197802/34cba6c3be


Our Big Idea today is Jesus knows us.


Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_GcOMHkx9A

 

Read together Psalm 139:1 - 6,

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts,[
a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

Discuss these questions:

What are some things we know about God from this scripture?

What are some things God knows about you based on this scripture?

 

You know what the great thing about God knowing everything about us is? We don’t have to hide anything from God. God knows what we are thinking and understands us the best!

Repeat the Big Idea: Jesus knows us. Close with a family prayer.

Sword Drill –January 17, 2021--- Jesus invites Philip and Nathanael to Follow Him

For hundreds of years the people of Israel had looked for the coming of their Messiah.  These verses show the hope and excitement of Jesus’ arrival and message.  TIP----These are all  New Testament except for one Psalm to let you practice finding the middle of your Bibles.

 

John 1:45------                  John 1:45-----   GO………….   ---Philip tells Nathanael that he has met the man

                                                                                                         who fulfills OT prophecy

Psalm 18:1-2--------         Psalm 18:1-2--------   GO……  ---The Lord is my rock and fortress

John 4:25-26-----              John 4:25-26--- GO………….  ---the Samaritan woman at the well meets Jesus, the

                                                                                                         Messiah

Matthew 16:16------       Matthew 16:16------ GO……  ---Peter recognizes Jesus is God’s Son

Acts 2:25-26---------        Acts 2:25-26---------   GO……  ---King David’s confident hope in God

 

 

Craft Ideas

You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit.

Here are some more ideas:

https://www.daniellesplace.com/html/bible-crafts-philip-nathanael.html


Share What You’ve been doing!

Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

We’ll see you next week!





Parents: Our series this month focuses on following Jesus.  There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Subscribe Now Memory Verse

“Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6


Here is a link to see this verse in sign language!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/znaa4ijuj915bez/AABvxHef83YwShoB2GfjawLXa/Elementary?dl=0&preview=MemoryVerse_SubscribeNow_GrowKids.pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1


John the Baptist was a very popular prophet who was baptizing people with water and teaching about forgiveness. But the people kept coming back to him over and over because they kept making poor choices and kept hurting each other. John knew that humans could not live a perfect life. There had to be a true Savior who could baptize us humans with the Holy Spirit, and who would forgive us of all our sins. Let’s look at this in today’s Bible story.

 

Bible Story

Mark 1: 4-11

 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.  John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.  And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.  I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.  And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

When John met and baptized Jesus, the sky opened up, and God spoke and said, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” In that moment, everyone knew that Jesus was the Son of God. Jesus was the true Savior of the world who came to forgive us of all our sins.


Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/482712014/0b620fa695


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/486177043/2da358ccf7


Our Big Idea today is

We know forgiveness because of Jesus.


Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_GcOMHkx9A


Read together Acts 19: 1-7

 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples  and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”

They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”

“John’s baptism,” they replied.

Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.”  On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.  There were about twelve men in all.

Discuss these questions:

When was a time you didn’t want to forgive someone who hurt you?

What are some things we might need forgiveness for?

Being baptized by water is about asking God for forgiveness which is the type of baptism John gave. It’s a way to say you are truly sorry about any wrong you had done, and want to start a clean new life. Jesus didn’t need to be baptized because he had no sin, but he allowed John to baptize him anyway to show that humans need forgiveness. But Paul reminds us here, that baptism is more of a symbol. What we need is the true baptism of the spirit, which is a kind of change that happens in your heart. The only one who can forgive sins and truly change our heart is God, and God makes forgiveness possible for us when we believe in Jesus, God’s Son. And that’s not all. Because we have been forgiven, we can learn to forgive others, as well.


Repeat the Big Idea:

We know forgiveness because of Jesus. Close with a family prayer.


January 10, 2021 Sword Drill Verses

God Speaks at Jesus’ Baptism

Tip for today’s drill—

  • Place your Bible on your lap. 
  • Open the outside covers and place one hand on each side of the body of pages to hold them closed.  As you look at the edges of the pages, the Old Testament (OT—39 books) is to the left and the New Testament (NT—26 books) is to the right. 
  • Put your thumbs at what will be the center of the pages and open at that point.  Most often, that will put you in the Psalms, which is the biggest of the OT books.  This is good to know because there are 20 more OT books after it before you get to Matthew, the 1st book of the NT.
  • Look at the Table of Contents to see where Psalms and Matthew are on the list

Mark 1:7-------                  Mark 1:7------    GO…………    --John announces that another greater than he is

                                                                                                         will be coming.

Psalm 2:7---------             Psalm 2:7------   GO…………     --Israel recognized their earthly kings, but knew

                                                                                                that a greater, eternal King would come.

Acts 13:32-33------           Acts 13:32-33------GO………  ---Author, Dr. Luke, restates the OT promise

John 17:5--------               John 17:5--------     GO………  ---at the Transfiguration, God restates that Jesus is

                                                                                                         His Son, and we are to listen to Him                                                                      

Mark 1:10-11----              Mark 1:10-11----    GO……..  ---the entire Trinity is present at Jesus’ baptism

Luke 9:35--------               Luke 9:35--------      GO…….  ---another telling of the Transfiguration

 

Craft Ideas

You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit. Here are some more ideas:

https://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/jesuscraftstideaskidsprojects.html


https://www.daniellesplace.com/html/bible_themes_-_jesus.html


https://ministry-to-children.com/celebrate-jesus-crafts/


https://www.dltk-kids.com/bible/jesus/jesus_is_baptized-crafts.htm

 

Announcements!

The winner for November’s Road Trip, is the Iiames family. They will receive a special story Bible with their February craft kit. It’s not too late to share what you did during the “Wait for It” unit and to be in the December drawing. Please email hartlandm@gmail.com with a picture of what you did during the unit by January 12th.


Share What You’ve been doing!

Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

We’ll see you next week!




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Week One

Parents: We are starting a new series on following Jesus.  There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Subscribe Now Memory Verse

“Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6


Here is a link to see this verse in sign language! 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/znaa4ijuj915bez/AABvxHef83YwShoB2GfjawLXa/Elementary?dl=0&preview=MemoryVerse_SubscribeNow_GrowKids.pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1


Have you ever met a celebrity? Maybe you know about them from TV or the movies. Maybe you listen to their music. Some people follow celebrities on social media such as Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. John the Baptist was a celebrity in his own time. People went out in the desert to meet him, listen to him, and be baptized by him. In today’s world, he might have had a huge Twitter following! But John was eager to tell people about someone much more important than him who was coming to the world!

 

Bible Story

John 1: 1-18

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

 There was a man sent from God whose name was John.  He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.  He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”)  Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

John was a very popular man at that time. Many thought John was the Savior they were waiting for because he was baptizing people from all over the place! But John made it clear that he was not God. With so much excitement, he shared that God was coming soon. And all he was doing was preparing the way as a messenger. When John the Baptist met Jesus, “the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth,” he told the Israelites that Jesus was the one true God!

 

Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/482712014/0b620fa695


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/486166531/cfc1d5f840


Our Big Idea today is We can know God through Jesus.


Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_GcOMHkx9A


Read together Ephesians 1:3-14

 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will- to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.  And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,  who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.


Discuss these questions:

What was something new you learned about Jesus?

Who is Jesus to you?

If you could ask God any question, what would you ask?


Repeat the Big Idea: We can know God through Jesus.

Close with a family prayer.

 

Craft Ideas

You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit. Here are some more ideas:


https://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/jesuscraftstideaskidsprojects.html


https://www.daniellesplace.com/html/bible_themes_-_jesus.html


https://ministry-to-children.com/celebrate-jesus-crafts/

 

Share What You’ve been doing! Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

We’ll see you next week!

 

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Sunday, December 27th

Parents: This is the fourth unit of our series on advent and Christmas.  There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Wait For It Memory Verse

“I watch in hope for the Lord. I wait for God my Savior. My God will hear me.”

Micah 7:7


Here is a link to see this verse in sign language!

https://growcurriculum.org/wait-for-it-memory-verse-micah-7-7/


How many of you have ever gone to visit a baby before? What are some of the things people say when they see a new child? Most of the time people talk about how cute the baby is, or how much they look like the mom or dad, or how big or little they are. But no one says, “I’ve been waiting my whole life to see this child, and now that I have, I can finally rest in peace.” No, that’s totally weird, right? But we are going to hear about two people in the Bible who pretty much said that, but for good reason!

 

Bible Story

Luke 2: 22-40

When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord  (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”

 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.  It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.  Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,  Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
    you may now dismiss your servant in peace.

 For my eyes have seen your salvation,

     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:

 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and the glory of your people Israel.”

 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.  Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,  so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,  and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.  Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.  And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

Simeon and Anna had each been waiting for the Savior for a very long time. God had spoken to Simeon and told him he would meet the Savior during his lifetime. Anna prayed and fasted regularly—that means she gave up eating certain foods for certain periods of time—because she knew that God would send a Savior someday. And the Savior finally came—Jesus was born to save all the people. Anyone know what Jesus came to save us from? That’s right, from our sins. And even though they would have to wait a little while longer for Jesus to grow up for this to happen, the waiting was pretty much over. The Savior had come!


Video Story:

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video

https://vimeo.com/472618665/a3e6c91932


Elementary Video

https://vimeo.com/475103017/c914c5121b


Our Big Idea today is Jesus is the one we’ve been waiting for.

 

Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBpEslAjqQU&feature=youtu.be


Read together Galatians 4: 4-7

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”  So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.


Discuss these questions:

What does it mean when it says we are “God’s own child?’

Simeon listened to God, and God guided him to the temple at the right time to meet Jesus. How can you listen for God?


Anna prayed and fasted while waiting for God. How can you spend time growing closer to God while waiting?

Who is someone in your life you can tell about God who doesn’t know about God yet.

Repeat the Big Idea: Jesus is the one we’ve been waiting for. Close with a family prayer.

 

Dec. 27th, 2020 Sword Drill

 

Luke 2:23………………………. Luke 2:23……………  GO   --Mary and Joseph obeyed God’s Law to dedicate their first son to God.


Exodus 13:2…………………..  Exodus 13:2………...  GO   ---the Lord’s message about the firstborns’ dedication to God.


Luke 2:28-30………………..  Luke 2:28-30……….  GO   ---Simeon’s answer to years of prayer!


Luke 1:68…………………..    Luke 1:68……………  GO   ---Zechariah, John the Baptists’ father echoes the same prophecies that Simeon and Anna were quoting at Jesus’ dedication in the Temple


Luke 2:37…………………..   Luke 2:37…………… GO    ---Anna loved God and loved being in the Temple to watch for the coming of the promised Messiah.


Acts 4:11-12……………..   Acts 4:11-12………..  GO   ---Peter shares the prophecy about Jesus as the Messiah, the source of our salvation.

 

Craft Ideas: You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit. Here are some more ideas:

https://funfamilycrafts.com/advent-crafts-kids/


https://frugalfun4boys.com/the-best-nativity-crafts-for-kids-to-make/


https://churchleaders.com/children/childrens-ministry-articles/313565-25-best-nativity-christmas-crafts-for-kids-in-your-childrens-ministry.html

 

 

Share What You’ve been doing!

Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Special Announcement!

Next week, we will begin our new series called Subscribe Now

 

 

We’ll see you next week!

 

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Sunday, December 20th

Parents: This is the third unit of our series on advent and Christmas.  There is a memory verse, and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Wait For It Memory Verse

“I watch in hope for the Lord. I wait for God my Savior. My God will hear me.” Micah 7:7


Here is a link to see this verse in sign language!

https://growcurriculum.org/wait-for-it-memory-verse-micah-7-7/


Do you ever think about the future? What are some things that you dream about doing, that seem impossible right now? When I was young, I thought I would like to be a teacher when I grew up. When I was a teenager, I was in several plays in high school, and dreamed about being an actress. I also dreamed about being a writer. Well, many years later, I have fond memories of teaching school and really enjoy being a Sunday School teacher now, I am also part of a religious drama group called LightReaders whose mission is to spread God’s light to others through drama and song. I also have written two books and have used the money I earned to support missions in Central America. When I look at these things, I realize that what I once dreamed about was all part of God’s plan for my life. What once seemed impossible, came to pass through God.

 

I have heard many stories from others, of God doing the impossible in their lives…food or money at just the right time, a miraculous healing, a safe escape from an accident.

 

How about you? What miracles of God have you seen? God is not just a God of the impossible in the past. Let’s look at today’s Bible Story.

 

Bible Story

Luke 1: 26-38

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.  The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.  You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.  Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.  For no word from God will ever fail.”

 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

This is a story we hear about a lot this time of year because this is part of the story where Jesus’s mom found out Jesus was coming. What God had promised throughout the whole Bible is now coming true. What makes this story amazing is that the messenger, an angel from heaven, reminds Mary of something impossible that God did in the past before she would believe that something impossible would happen in her life too. Elizabeth was never supposed to be able to have a baby, but she was! Mary was not supposed to be pregnant with Jesus, but she was!


Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/472616139/d4454f64fe


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/475099870/ed1f56cef4


Our Big Idea today is Wait and see, God will do impossible things.

 

Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf6OoAZbAQg&feature=youtu.be


Read together Psalm 89:1-8

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
    with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
    through all generations.

 I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
    that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

 You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
    I have sworn to David my servant,

 ‘I will establish your line forever
    and make your throne firm through all generations.’”

 The heavens praise your wonders, Lord,
    your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.

 For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?
    Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings?

 In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;
    he is more awesome than all who surround him.

 Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?
    You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

 

Discuss these questions:

When something amazing happens to you, how do you celebrate?

What does it mean that no one can compare to God?

What is something you are waiting on God to do in your life (or someone else’s life) that seems impossible?

Why do you think it is important for us to praise God while waiting for the impossible.

Repeat the Big Idea: Wait and see, God will do impossible things. Close with a family prayer.

Plan a special time to gather around your advent wreath a light the first, second, third, and fourth candles.

 

Sword Drill Challenge ---of Impossible Things God HAS done… 

(This will be a challenge, because we will venture beyond our normal Books of the Law and the Gospels for a couple verses.  Don’t be discouraged.  Take the time to be victorious in your search for them! 😊)


Genesis 1:24…………… Genesis 1:24……………… GO!      God spoke animals into our world


I Samuel 17:45…………… I Samuel 17:45………..GO!     Young David, the shepherd boy, challenges Goliath in God’s name


Daniel 6:21……………… Daniel 6:21………………….GO!   Daniel testifies to King Darius about God’s power to shut the lions’ mouths and prove his innocence and faithfulness


Luke 1:37…………………. Luke 1:37…………………..GO!   For nothing is impossible with God.  (the angel’s encouragement to Mary--- It is good for us as well😊!!!)


John 3:16………………….. John 3:16…………………GO!   God’s love is for EVERYONE—the whole world—only God can love like that!  We, on the other hand, need His help to love others better.


One way to help ourselves is to read and remember impossible things that God has done in the past, so we can be more aware of the impossible good things that happens today! 

Mikah 7:7 is a wonderful verse to carry in our hearts always!!!

Advent JOY to you all--- Ms. Glo

 

Craft Ideas

You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit. Here are some more ideas:

https://funfamilycrafts.com/advent-crafts-kids/


https://frugalfun4boys.com/the-best-nativity-crafts-for-kids-to-make/


https://churchleaders.com/children/childrens-ministry-articles/313565-25-best-nativity-christmas-crafts-for-kids-in-your-childrens-ministry.html

 

Share What You’ve been doing!

Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!


Special Announcement!

Today is the fourth Sunday of advent. Be sure you are using your daily devotional and advent services! Be sure to set aside time on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this week to light the Christ Candle.

We’ll see you next week!

 

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Sunday, December 13th

Parents: This is the second unit of our series on advent and Christmas.  There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Wait For It Memory Verse

“I watch in hope for the Lord. I wait for God my Savior. My God will hear me.” Micah 7:7

Here is a link to see this verse in sign language!


https://growcurriculum.org/wait-for-it-memory-verse-micah-7-7/


When I was a little girl, I loved horses. More than anything, I wanted a horse. It didn’t matter that we lived in a neighborhood full of houses, not fields or pastures. I thought our horse could walk on our street just fine! It didn’t matter that we didn’t have a barn. The horse could live in our garage. It didn’t matter that we didn’t have food or any supplies. We already had a dog, so we certainly could figure out how to care for a horse! God’s infinite wisdom didn’t send me a horse. Instead, I got a baby brother! I had told my older brother that I wanted a horse. He told me I already had a horse. I had Daisy. (That was our dog).

 

 “Daisy isn’t a horse!” I told him. “

She will be for the new baby,” he said.

 

“What new baby? Mom!”

 

That wasn’t the change I was waiting for, but certainly much better than a horse! So how about you? What is something you wish you could change? Did the change happen they way you thought it would? Did someone deliver the news that it would happen? Let’s look at today’s Bible story:

 

Bible Story

John 1: 19-28

Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”

 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”

He said, “I am not.”

“Are you the Prophet?”

He answered, “No.”

 Finally, they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”

 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”

Now the Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

 “I baptize with[c] water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”

This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

When we hear something that is hard to believe, we like to question it. After all, it is unbelievable! That’s what these leaders did when John explained to them who he was. But John made it very clear that he came to prepare the way for the Savior (Jesus).

 

John knew that people thought he was important, but he was given a message that if people waited just a little longer, the true Messiah or Savior would come and change everything! The people in this story (and us!) have something much better on the way—someone who will save everyone. And spoiler alert—John knew his very own cousin, Jesus, was going to be that someone!

 

Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/472612637/2d01dc371d


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/475096152/2e07d53700


Our Big Idea today is Wait and see, the Savior will change everything.

 

Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGMF8MzeLJk&feature=youtu.be


Read together Psalm 126:

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
    we were like those who dreamed,

Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”

 The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are filled with joy.

Restore our fortunes, Lord,
    like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow with tears
    will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
    carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
    carrying sheaves with them.


Discuss these questions:

What does God’s faithfulness look like?

Restore means to bring something back to its original form. Do you think resorting something require some change?

Can we trust God to bring change? Yes, we can trust God, because God is faithful!


Repeat the Big Idea:

Wait and see, a Savior will change everything. Close with a family prayer.


Plan a special time to gather around your advent wreath a light the first, second, and third candles.


Sword Drill!

Hi everyone, I hope that your Bible search went well last week and you are finding verses more easily.  God most certainly wants us to be able to hear His messages to us.  Of course the way that happens is by reading the Bible--- His Word. Today’s Sword Drill shows us that the Old and New Testaments work together to tell us how carefully God has always planned to bring His love to all of us in the world.

 

Remember how much it helps to say the books of the Gospels to warm up your brain to remember their order as you look for the verses…  Matthew, Mark, Luke, John…….   also the Old Testament books of the Law might be a good review…  Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy  .  

 

John 1:8…………………..John 1:8 …………………… Go    ---John the Baptist’s life purpose, to share the light of Jesus

Genesis 1:1…………………Genesis 1:1…………………Go    ---In the Beginning God created (Hint… this is Old Testament) 

John 1:4-5………………….John 1:4-5………………….Go    ---The Word (Jesus) gave life and light to all of creation

Mark 1:2-3………………….Mark 1:2-3…………………Go    ---Just as the Prophet Isaiah had written… (400 years before, both John and Jesus were promised to be coming to bring the Good News of Jesus the Messiah, Savior of all people!)

John 1:23…………………..John 1:23…………………...Go    ---John quotes the prophecy of Isaiah to explain his purpose

 

Missing you all and your wonderful reading and discoveries in our Sunday School times together!

Ms. Glo

 

Craft Ideas: You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit. Here are some more ideas:


https://funfamilycrafts.com/advent-crafts-kids/


https://churchleaders.com/children/childrens-ministry-articles/313565-25-best-nativity-christmas-crafts-for-kids-in-your-childrens-ministry.html


Share What You’ve been doing!

Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!


Special Announcement!

Today is the third Sunday of advent. Be sure you are using your daily devotional and advent services!

 

 

We’ll see you next week!


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Sunday, December 6th

Parents: This is the first unit of our series on advent and Christmas.  There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Wait For It Memory Verse

“I watch in hope for the Lord. I wait for God my Savior. My God will hear me.” Micah 7:7

Here’s a link to see this verse in sign language!


https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cf4y22mdi1886o2/AABJ-1f13wA0xijMe-mwoE4ca/Elementary?dl=0&preview=MemoryVerse_WaitForIt_GrowKids.pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1


Today, we’re going to be talking about John the Baptist who made a way for Jesus. Think about someone in your life who helped prepare you for something. It might be preparing you for school, a test, a party, or maybe even a new family member!


Think about these questions:

Why do we prepare for important things in life?

How did you feel when preparing for something big in your life?

 

We are going to look at our Gospel story from the 1st chapter of Mark in parts...

 

Bible Story

Mark 1:2

as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare your way

 

In this story, John was preparing the way for the Savior. John was preparing people’s hearts by baptizing them and letting them realize they indeed need a Savior.

 

Mark 1: 4-5

And so, John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

 

John was Jesus messenger and reminded people that everyone needs saving. But it’s not the kind of saving people were thinking about. The Savior was coming to save people from being separated from God because of their sins. John told the people they needed to repent—to be sorry for disobeying God and to have a new relationship with God.

 

Mark 1: 7-8

And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.  I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

 

We need to be connected to God. When the first humans disobeyed, they felt disconnected from God. They needed help! The same is true for all of us because we all sin and need saving.

 

Video Story:

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/472609291/b8205b2493


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/475092612/d18daf4fda


Our Big Idea today is Everyone needs a Savior.


Let’s read the first part of this Old Testament Bible story

Isaiah 40: 3-5 

A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
    the way for the Lord
;
make straight in the desert
    a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be raised up,
    every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
    the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
    and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

 

In today’s Bible story, Isaiah is telling us how important it is to get ready for the Savior. This Bible story says things like “fill in the valleys” and “level the mountains.” It sounds like when we are trying to make our house presentable for guests. John the Baptist wanted people to prepare for the Savior in pretty much the same way, but instead of making themselves and their houses look nice, John told people their hearts needed to be ready.

 

Now let’s read Isaiah 40:6-8

A voice says, “Cry out.”
    And I said, “What shall I cry?”

“All people are like grass,
    and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
    Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God endures forever.”

 

Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJCV_2H9xD0


Discuss these questions:

What message did John the Baptist have for the people?

What are some ways we can remember we need a Savior?

How can you make room for Jesus this week?

Who in your family or circle of friends needs a Savior

Repeat the Big Idea: Everyone needs a Savior Close with a family prayer.


Plan a special time to gather around your advent wreath a light the first and second candles.



Craft Ideas

You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit.

Here are some more ideas:

https://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/tips/g2151/advent-calendars/


https://funfamilycrafts.com/advent-crafts-kids/

 

 

Sword Drill Time!

When the 2nd and 3rd grade class was meeting in person, Sword Drills were a class favorite. Ms. Glo has prepared an explanation of Sword Drills, and we will include a Sword Drill with each lesson. Enjoy a little family competition as you explore your Bibles together!


Why a Sword Drill?

Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the Word of God is alive and powerful.  It is sharper than any two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit and between joints and marrow.  It exposes our inmost thoughts and desires.”


Why do we need to know our Bibles and how to use them?

Psalm 119:105 says, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

When we want to live as God’s children, it is good to know what the family behaviors, benefits and blessings are.  In Scripture God shows us how to walk with Him if we take the time to “listen to the Word.” Let’s challenge ourselves to grow in knowledge and in grace.


Directions

Simple and fun and a great way to get comfortable finding our way around God’s Word.

Setup/Rules--- Participants:  open the Bible covers so that hands are flat against the sides of the pages only.  Hold pages together tightly (no cheating) and think where the announced Book of the Bible will be… Old Testament—39 books (near the front and just past the middle –it is longer.  Hint: The very center will land you in or near Psalms, and there are still 20 more books of OT after that.) New Testament—27 books, begins at about 2/3rds of the pages.

  • A “Caller” states the chapter and verse slowly once. (as in John chapter 3: verse 16… John 3:16.)  Pause.
  • The chapter and verse are restated. Pause again.  This gives time to think it in the head and think of where it is located in the Bible.  No peeking at pages until after the Go is announced………
  • Announce “GO”.
  • The first to find it and start reading has claimed that verse.  All others quietly continue to look until all have found the verse and follows along. If the 1st reader is on the wrong verse, a 2nd person can claim it then.

The challenge is to begin to know the books of the Bible and to remember that it is all a message to show God’s love for us.


Sword Drill---- December 8, 2020

Story of John the Baptist.  Today’s verses come from the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John—the Good News of Jesus.  These are the first 4 books of the New Testament.

Mark 1:2 – reflection on the prophet Isaiah in the Old Testament

               Mark 1:2--------------------- GO

John 1:29--- John calls Jesus the Lamb of God

               John 1:29 ------------------- GO

Matthew 1:1—lists the ancestors of Jesus

               Matthew 1:1 -----------------GO

Mark 1:7—John calls himself unworthy

               Mark 1:7 --------------------GO

John 1:30 – John says “… a man is coming…”

               John 1:30 ---------------------GO

Mark 1:8 – John explains water and Spirit baptism

               Mark 1:8 -------------------------GO

 

Share What You’ve Been Doing!

Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Special Announcement!

Today is the second Sunday of advent. You should have a daily devotional and weekly advent services

 

 

We’ll see you next week!

 

LET'S GO ON A ROAD TRIP!


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Children’s Sunday School Lesson for November 29th

Parents: This is the fourth unit of our series on the Ten Commandments.  There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Road Trip Memory Verse

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10: 27


Here’s a link to see this verse in sign language!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hgqkiob3301ptjd/AAAJA3i7Wa4DVmsN4q3NOIGYa/Elementary?dl=0&preview=_MemoryVerse_RoadTrip_Growkids.pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1

 

We’re nearing the end of our road trip where we’re hearing about The Ten Commandments and what they mean for us.

So far, we’ve talked about seven of them:

God First

No Idols (worship God only)

Respect God’s Name

Worship and Rest on God’s Day

Honor Your Parents

Don’t Hurt or Hate Others

Keep All Promises. Including Marriage

 

Let’s take a look at the remaining three commandments!

 

Bible Story

Exodus 20: 15-17

“You shall not steal.

“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

 

These commandments or rules are all about living in community with others and loving them. God wants us to love people, but how?

Well, we can show love by respecting people’s things and not taking things that don’t belong to us.

We can show love by choosing to be honest at all times and resisting the urge to say things that aren’t true, or things that we don’t have all the facts about.

We can show love by being happy for someone when they have something good happen to them, instead of being jealous and wanting it for ourselves.

To be completely honest, only God can perfectly love everyone. But because we love God, we have to try to love the people God loves too! It’s a good thing God gives us these examples of what to don’t—and what not to do—as ways to show our love to others!


Video Story:

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/455885181/96403a3868


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/458386901/5702a26e56


Our Big Idea today is We Obey God by Loving Everyone.

It’s easy to say that you’re supposed to love everyone, but in real life, it’s really hard to do, especially if a person isn’t nice to you.

 

Read Romans 13:8-10

Don’t be in debt to anyone, except for the obligation to love each other. Whoever loves another person has fulfilled the Law. The commandments, Don’t commit adultery, don’t murder, don’t steal, don’t desire what others have,[a] and any other commandments, are all summed up in one word: You must love your neighbor as yourself.[ Love doesn’t do anything wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is what fulfills the Law.

 

Up until now, we’ve been thinking that each of these commandments is the law, but this Bible passage says that we are keeping the law when we love! Think about the laws of the road, why do we stop at a red light? Is it so we won’t get a traffic ticket, or because it’s the safest thing to do? Both answers are correct, but most of all, it’s best to obey traffic rules because we want to be safe, not just to avoid getting in trouble.

In the same way, God doesn’t want us to keep these commandments just because we’re forced to. God wants us to follow these rules because it’s how we best love God and others.

 

Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KZHTopxP1c&feature=youtu.be

So far, we’ve talked about how loving everyone isn’t always that easy. People aren’t always lovable, and honestly, we aren’t always lovable ourselves. Paul has a lot to say about love. This is what he wrote to his friends in a city called Thessalonica.


Read together 1 Thessalonians 2: 7-8

These verses tell us how Paul’s friends loved each other by caring for each other. And because there was so much love there, they were happy about sharing about God and other good things among themselves.

When we make the decision to love others with God’s love, it gets easier to keep commandments eight through ten—it’s a lot harder to hurt people when you love them!

Repeat the Big Idea: We Obey God by Loving Everyone. Be sure to scratch off Commandments Eight, Nine, and Ten on your bookmark. Close with a family prayer.


Craft Ideas

You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit. Here are some more ideas:

https://www.dltk-kids.com/bible/crafts/mpaperten.htm


 https://www.churchhousecollection.com/thou-shalt-have-no-other-gods-before-me-snack.php


http://www.sundayschoolcrafts.net/ten-commandments-paper-plate-gold-cow-craft.php


Share What You’ve been doing!

Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Special Announcement!

Today is the first Sunday of advent. You should have a daily devotional and weekly advent services. If you still need to make your wreath, here are the ideas from last week:

https://www.instructables.com/Make-an-Advent-Wreath-for-Your-Family/#:~:text=Make%20an%20Advent%20Wreath%20for%20Your%20Family%201,check%20this%20link%20.%20...%20More%20items...%20

 

https://growingslower.com/how-to-make-an-advent-wreath/


https://mariebostwick.com/diy-advent-wreath/

 

 

We’ll see you next week!

 




Children’s Sunday School Lesson for November 22nd


Parents: This is the third unit of our series on the Ten Commandments.  There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Road Trip Memory Verse

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27


Here’s a link to see this verse in sign language! https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hgqkiob3301ptjd/AAAJA3i7Wa4DVmsN4q3NOIGYa/Elementary?dl=0&preview=_MemoryVerse_RoadTrip_Growkids.pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1


We’re on the road for week three of our virtual road trip to hear more about The Ten Commandments or rules God wants us to live by. These are the first four we talked about so far. Let’s review them together:


Put God First

No Idols (worship God only)

Respect God’s Name

Worship and Rest on God’s Day

 

Next up, we have Commandments Five, Six, and Seven. Each of these Commandments are about loving people, especially our family.


Bible Story

Exodus 20: 7-11 

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

 “You shall not murder.

 “You shall not commit adultery.

 

 Matthew 5: 21-24

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,[a] and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’  But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister[ will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

 

We can show our love to our parents and other grownups who take care of us by listening to their advice and by treating them with love and kindness. They want what’s best for us so obeying them is the best thing for us to do!

We can show our love to our siblings and other family members by not filling ourselves with negative emotions toward them. It’s understandable to get frustrated and annoyed sometimes. It’s okay to feel hurt. But God doesn’t want us to stay that way because that is more harmful to us. We can ask God to show us how to love them like God does, and make things right with people who upset us.

We can also show love to people we make commitments to—like when people get married—and keep the promises we make to them.

Our families aren’t perfect, but God loves each of our family members anyway…and we can do the same!


Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video: https://vimeo.com/455148320/65d9ce3fb6

Elementary Video: https://vimeo.com/458300725/d37c4416d6


Our Big Idea today is We Obey God by Loving Our Families.


Why do you think loving our families is important to God?

God wants us to treat people with kindness, love, and respect, which basically sums up the three commandments we heard about today. When we aren’t kind, loving, and respectful, it’s hurtful to everyone. God wants us to love people the way God loves us.

 

It’s not always easy to love others, especially when they hurt our feelings, or make us angry. But it’s important for us to learn how to get along and love others they way God wants us to.

 

Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu-zKsGOepg&feature=youtu.be


Read together 1 Thessalonians 1: 2-7

These verses tell us how Paul’s friends loved each other through their actions. When we think about our families, hopefully we can see how they love us with their words and actions.

How has your family shown you love recently?

 

Repeat the Big Idea

We Obey God by Loving Our Families


Be sure to scratch off Commandments Five, Six, and Seven on your bookmark. Close with a family prayer.

Craft Ideas: You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit. Here are some more ideas:


https://www.dltk-kids.com/bible/crafts/mpaperten.htm


 https://www.churchhousecollection.com/thou-shalt-have-no-other-gods-before-me-snack.php


http://www.sundayschoolcrafts.net/ten-commandments-paper-plate-gold-cow-craft.php


Share What You’ve been doing!

Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Special Announcement!

Next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. You should be getting your December kit before next Sunday. It will contain a daily Advent devotional, and well as worship services for the four Sundays of Advent. You may want to prepare an advent wreath for next Sunday. It can be as simple as four candles surrounded by greens to form a wreath. Traditionally, three purple candles and one pink candle are used, but four candles the same color is alright too. We usually put a white candle in the center for Christmas Eve.

Here are some advent wreath ideas:


https://www.instructables.com/Make-an-Advent-Wreath-for-Your-Family/#:~:text=Make%20an%20Advent%20Wreath%20for%20Your%20Family%201,check%20this%20link%20.%20...%20More%20items...%20

 

https://growingslower.com/how-to-make-an-advent-wreath/


https://mariebostwick.com/diy-advent-wreath/

 

We’ll see you next week!   

 

Did your child learn the Blast Off Bible verse and all four Big Ideas? Email your child’s name so they can be part of our drawing for our November Zoom Party! hartlandm@gmail.com



Children's Sunday School Lesson for November 15th

ROAD TRIP


Parents: This is the second unit of our series on the Ten Commandments. There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Road Trip Memory Verse

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27


Here’s a link to see this verse in sign language!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hgqkiob3301ptjd/AAAJA3i7Wa4DVmsN4q3NOIGYa/Elementary?dl=0&preview=_MemoryVerse_RoadTrip_Growkids.pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1


It’s time to hit the road for week two of our virtual road trip! On this road trip we’re going to better understand The Ten Commandments (or rules) God wants us to live by. Last week we discussed the first two commandment which were to Put God First and Make No Idols. This week we will look at commandments three and four which are also found in the book of Exodus. Remember God is speaking to Moses here.

Bible Story: - Exodus 20: 7-11 

 

You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. 8"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

The Third Commandment tells us not to misuse God’s name. You probably already know that you are not supposed to use “God” or “Jesus” in any way that doesn’t honor or respect God. We should treat God’s name with the upmost respect, but there’s more to it than that. Another way we can misuse God’s name is when we call ourselves followers of God, but we don’t act like it. Like refusing to show love for others even though God IS love. We can misuse God’s name when we misrepresent what God’s name stands for. Whoa!

The Fourth Commandment tells us to keep the Sabbath holy, which means to set aside a day, like Sunday, for worship and rest. Do you like to rest? It’s hard sometimes isn’t it? Especially when there are so many fun things to do. But it’s so important to remember to slow down and spend time with God. God also says to keep this Sabbath day holy. Does that mean we are supposed to do nothing but read the Bible and pray all day? Not exactly. It means that when we worship God, we need to mean it. Pretending to worship might LOOK it sometimes, but it is anything BUT holy.

Both of these commandments help us remember that we can worship God in so many ways: by singing, dancing, praying, respecting God, reading the Bible, obeying what God says, and of course, taking a day to slow down, go to church, and rest.

Have you worshiped God in any of these ways lately?

Video Story:

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/458284582/7844555673


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/458284582/7844555673


Our Big Idea today is We Obey God by Worshiping God.


Think about some road signs:

A Stop Sign

A Speed Limit Sign

A Yield Sign

 

How can road signs help us remember to worship God?


A Stop Sign might remind us to Stop and Obey God? What else could it mean it you?

A Speed Limit Sign- Slow down, it’s Sunday! What other ideas do you have?

A Yield Sign- instead of doing other things, let’s worship God today. Your ideas?

Now let’s go to our new testament stop, back to Philippi with our friend Paul.



Family Worship Time:

Light a candle and enjoy this song together: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=good+good+father&view=detail&mid=B210C0701CA2D3FE4543B210C0701CA2D3FE4543&FORM=VIRE0&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3dgood%2bgood%2bfather%26form%3dANNTH1%26refig%3dbbffaa5a69204cf894ef00c735a0af63%26sp%3d1%26ghc%3d1%26qs%3dLS%26pq%3dgood%2bgood%26sk%3dPRES1%26sc%3d8-9%26cvid%3dbbffaa5a69204cf894ef00c735a0af63


Read together Philippians 4: 8-9

Paul’s words remind us to keep our thoughts focused on  things that are true, noble or honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable.

Why do you think Paul tells us this?

How does focusing on what is true, right, and pure help us worship God?

If you look at the words from the scripture, you might see them as words that describe God. Worship starts with recognizing just how amazing God is and then living in a way that honors God.


Repeat the Big Idea: We Obey God by Worshiping God.

Be sure to scratch off Commandments Three and Four on your bookmark. Close with a family prayer.

Craft Ideas: You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit.


Here are some more ideas:

https://www.dltk-kids.com/bible/crafts/mpaperten.htm


 https://www.churchhousecollection.com/thou-shalt-have-no-other-gods-before-me-snack.php


http://www.sundayschoolcrafts.net/ten-commandments-paper-plate-gold-cow-craft.php



Share What You’ve been doing!

Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

 

We’ll see you next week!    

 

 

Did your child learn the Blast Off Bible verse and all four Big Ideas? Email your child’s name so they can be part of our drawing for our November Zoom Party! hartlandm@gmail.com


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ROAD TRIP

Children's Sunday School Lesson for the week of November 8th

 

Parents: This is the first unit of our series on the Ten Commandments.  There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Road Trip Memory Verse:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. ~Luke 10:27


Here’s a link to see this verse in sign language!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hgqkiob3301ptjd/AAAJA3i7Wa4DVmsN4q3NOIGYa/Elementary?dl=0&preview=_MemoryVerse_RoadTrip_Growkids.pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1


Let’s pack our bags for our Road Trip!

When you go on a trip, what’s the most important thing that you pack? The Israelites went on a 40 year road trip! What would you need if you were gone for that long? It turns out, the most important thing they needed was not something they could carry around in a bag. For the next four weeks, we are going to be learning about what was most important to them—their special gift from God, rules for life: The Ten Commandments.

The whole story of this Road Trip can be found in the Book of Exodus, (that’s the second book in the Old Testament). Our first stop is in a place called Mt. Sinai. In our story, Moses is at the top of the mountain to hear about the ways God wanted people to live. Today we’re going to be learning about the first two laws.


Bible Story - Exodus 20: 3-4 

"You shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below."


The First Commandment God gave was to not have any other God’s before the one true God, in other words, to always put God first. The other was similar, “Don’t worship idols.” Idols are things people pay more attention to than they pay to God. The Ten Commandments help us live the life that God wants us to live. If we believe in God, we should always put God first. That means that no one and nothing should be more important to us than God.


Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video: https://vimeo.com/455141670/1aa1643ae5


Elementary Video: https://vimeo.com/458270873/dd87f21d95


Worship Time

Gather around a lighted candle. Enjoy this worship song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2_63yKLxOI&feature=youtu.be



Our Big Idea today is We Obey God by Putting God First.

Discuss these questions together:

How do we put people first in our lives?


How does someone know that they are the most important person in your life?


What kinds of things show them that it’s true?


What would it mean for God to be first in someone’s life?

 


Our second stop on our trip today is found in the New Testament.

Read together Philippians 3: 7-9. Paul is telling people who live in Philippi, called Philippians, that nothing is more important to him than his relationship with Jesus. Is your relationship with Jesus more important to you than anything else?


Repeat the Big Idea: We Obey God by Putting God First. Be sure to scratch off the first two commandments on your bookmark. Close with a family prayer.



Craft Ideas

You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit. Here are some more ideas:

https://www.churchhousecollection.com/thou-shalt-have-no-other-gods-before-me-snack.php


http://www.sundayschoolcrafts.net/ten-commandments-paper-plate-gold-cow-craft.php


Share What You’ve been doing! Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

 

We’ll see you next week!      

 

 

Did your child learn the Blast Off Bible verse and all four Big Ideas? Email your child’s name so they can be part of our drawing for our November Zoom Party! hartlandm@gmail.com

 

 

 

CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS


November 1st

Let's Get Ready To Blast Off!


Parents

This is the last week of our Blast Off series. During this first series, we have looked at personal Christian growth. Be sure to register your child for Sunday School. Registered families will receive a worship and curriculum kit to be used in November for our next four week unit. Each unit has a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Blast Off Memory Verse

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105

Here’s a link to see this verse in sign language! https://growcurriculum.org/Psalm119-105/

 

We’re heading back to Outer Space today. That’s because we talking about how to “launch” our faith in Jesus to new heights! Imagine if you walked on the moon without your space boots. Your feet would get pretty dirty with moon dust! Our Bible story today is about some people with pretty dirty feet and how one person, Jesus, helped them.


Bible Story

Jesus Washes His Disciples Feet- John 13: 1-17,  

Find this story in your Bible and read together as a family.


Here is a retelling of the story:

At the Last Supper on the night before Jesus knew that He was going to die. He was about to be betrayed by Judas, one of His own disciples. Soon, Jesus would be beaten, made fun of, and nailed to a cross. Even though Jesus knew all these things, His disciples did not understand that He was going to die and then rise again. It’s interesting to see what Jesus did for His disciples on His very last night with them. Jesus got up from the meal. He wrapped a towel around His waist. He poured water into a large bowl. Then He began to wash His disciples’ feet. He dried them with the towel that was wrapped around Him. In those days, foot washing was needed in every home. The streets were dusty and dirty. Roads even had garbage and waste from the animals that traveled up and down the same streets. People in those days wore sandals without socks, and their feet could become very dirty. The dinner-time custom was to lean back around the table at the evening meal. It’s hard to enjoy a meal when there is a very bad smell, isn’t it? Usually, the lowest servant in the household was expected to wash the feet of guests. Having your guests’ feet washed was a way to show honor to your guests. Since the last supper was held in a private home, with just Jesus and His disciples, we can easily see why there were no servants there. (Jesus) came to Simon Peter. "Lord," Peter said to Him, "Are you going to wash my feet?" Jesus replied, "You don't realize now what I am doing. But later you will understand. "No," said Peter. "You will never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you can't share life with Me." "Lord," Simon Peter replied, "not just my feet! Wash my hands and my head too!" Jesus answered, "A person who has had a bath needs to wash only his feet. The rest of his body is clean. And you are clean. But not all of you are." "Do you understand what I have done for you?" He asked them. "You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord.' You are right. That is what I am. I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet. So you also should wash one another's feet. I have given you an example. You should do as I have done for you. "What I'm about to tell you is true. A servant is not more important than his master. And a messenger is not more important than the one who sends him. Now you know these things. So you will be blessed if you do them.

Questions: What did Jesus do to serve his friends?

Why do you think Jesus wanted to wash his friends feet?

What did Jesus tell his friends to do after He washed their feet?

 

Video Story

Last week, our Big Idea was: We can Share God’s Story with Others.

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/377472338/59c02c0363


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/373184826/680f9c480a


Worship Time

Gather around a lighted candle. Enjoy this worship song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HrSZopTYjg HYPERLINK "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HrSZopTYjg&feature=youtu.be"& HYPERLINK "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HrSZopTYjg&feature=youtu.be"feature=youtu.be


Our Big Idea today is We Can Serve Others.

Read together Romans 12: 3-8. Talk about ways you can help others this week. Repeat the Big Idea: We Can Serve Others. Close with a family prayer.


Craft Ideas

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/321022279667256848/?nic_v2=1a7GvIsZn


Special Note to Parents!

The Pinterest craft ideas for this week are great, but it has come to our attention that Pinterest is constantly changing advertising on its pages. What was on the page when we posted it, is probably not what is on the page when you see it. Please be aware of this, and view before showing to your children. Most of the adversting is below the crafts that go with today's lesson.


Share What You’ve been doing!

Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to

hartlandm@gmail.com

We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!


We’ll see you next week!    

 

Important Announcement for Parents: Register for Road Trip!

Our next unit will begin the week of Nov. 8th. Be sure to contact Taylor Martin at tmartin@troyfumc.org or 317-496-1324 to register for our online Sunday School program. You will receive a worship and crafts kit, and will also be receiving email messages. We hope to make our Sunday School program an exciting and interactive experience for your family!

Did your child learn the Blast Off Bible verse and all four Big Ideas? Email your child’s name so they can be part of our drawing for our November Zoom Party! hartlandm@gmail.com



October 25th

Let’s Get Ready To Blast Off!

Parents: This is our fourth week of our new GROW curriculum. During this first series, we are going to be looking at personal Christian growth. Also, during the month of October, you will have the opportunity to register your child for Sunday School. Registered families will receive a worship and curriculum kit to be used in November for our next four week unit. Each unit has a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Blast Off Memory Verse

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105


Here’s a link to see this verse in sign language! https://growcurriculum.org/Psalm119-105/


 

We’re heading back to Outer Space today. That’s because we talking about how to “launch” our faith in Jesus to new heights! Have you thought about how to talk in space? Our Bible story today is about two men who were very excited to talk about Jesus!


Bible Story

Peter and John share the Gospel

Acts 4: 1-20  Find this story in your Bible and read together as a family.

Here is a retelling of the story:


Two of Jesus disciples, Peter and John were speaking to a crowd of people one day. While they were speaking to the people, a group of men came up to them. There were Jewish priests, the captain of the soldiers that guarded the Temple, and some Sadducees. They were upset because the two apostles were teaching the people. Peter and John were preaching that people will rise from death through the power of Jesus. The Jewish leaders grabbed Peter and John and put them in jail. It was already night, so they kept them in jail until the next day. But many of those who heard Peter and John preach believed the things they said. There were now about 5,000 men in the group of believers. The next day the Jewish rulers, the Jewish elders, and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander were there. Everyone from the high priest’s family was there. They made Peter and John stand before them. The Jewish leaders asked them: “By what power or authority did you do this?” Then Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit. He said to them, “Rulers of the people and you elders, are you questioning us about a good thing that was done to a crippled man? Are you asking us who made him well? We want all of you and all the Jewish people to know that this man was made well by the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth! You nailed him to a cross, but God raised him from death. This man was crippled, but he is now well and able to stand here before you because of the power of Jesus! Jesus is ‘the stone that you builders did not want. It has become the cornerstone.’ Psalm 118:22 Jesus is the only One who can save people. No one else in the world is able to save us.” The Jewish leaders saw that Peter and John were not afraid to speak. They understood that these men had no special training or education. So they were amazed. Then they realized that Peter and John had been with Jesus. They saw the crippled man standing there beside the two apostles. They saw that the man was healed. So they could say nothing against them. The Jewish leaders told them to leave the meeting. Then the leaders talked to each other about what they should do. They said, “What shall we do with these men? Everyone in Jerusalem knows that they have done a great miracle! We cannot say it is not true. But we must warn them not to talk to people anymore using that name. Then this thing will not spread among the people.” So they called Peter and John in again. They told them not to speak or to teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered them, “What do you think is right? What would God want? Should we obey you or God? We cannot keep quiet. We must speak about what we have seen and heard.”

 

Questions

What message did Peter and John want to share with others?

What did Peter and John do when people told them to stop talking about Jesus?

Why do you think Peter and John kept talking about Jesus even when people told them to be quiet?


Video Story

Last week, our Big Idea was: People can help our faith grow.

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video: https://vimeo.com/377472337/31602a5d3d


Elementary Video: https://vimeo.com/373184764/e36a1c89d2


Worship Time: Gather around a lighted candle. Enjoy this worship song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HrSZopTYjg&feature=youtu.be


Our Big Idea today is We Can Share God’s Story with Others.

What should  you include about God’s story? Here are some Big Ideas to share:

  • God Loves Us
  • God Came to Earth as a Man Named Jesus
  • Jesus Died to Save Us
  • Because of Jesus, We Can Be Close to God Forever

Read together I John 3:19. Our actions are also an important way to share God’s story with us. Talk about some things you can do this week to share God’s story with others. Repeat the Big Idea: We Can Share God’s Story with Others. Close with a family prayer.


Craft Ideas: https://ministry-to-children.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Crafts-about-Sharing-Jesus-for-Sunday-School.pdf


Share What You’ve been doing! Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

 

We’ll see you next week!      

 


Important Announcement for Parents:

Register for Road Trip!

Our next unit will begin the week of Nov. 8th. Be sure to contact Taylor Martin at tmartin@troyfumc.org or 317-496-1324 to register for our online Sunday School program. You will receive a worship and crafts kit, and will also be receiving email messages. We hope to make our Sunday School program an exciting and interactive experience for your family!



October 18th

Let's Get Ready To Blast Off!


Parents: Over the next four weeks, we are going to start using our new GROW curriculum. During this first session, we are going to be looking at personal Christian growth. Also, during the month of October, you will have the opportunity to register your child for Sunday School. Registered families will receive a worship and curriculum kit to be used in November for our next four week unit. Each unit has a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!

 

We’re heading back to Outer Space today. That’s because we talking about how to “launch” our faith in Jesus to new heights! But when you’re blasting off into outer space, you probably don’t won’t to go there by yourself. In space you need a team to help you stay safe and to achieve your goals.


Blast Off Memory Verse:

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105

Here’s a link to see this verse in sign language! https://growcurriculum.org/Psalm119-105/

 

 

Have you ever had a problem and felt like you were all alone? Pretty scary, right? Other people can really help us with our troubles. Our story today tells how you can be a helping friend to others.


Bible Story

Jesus Heals the Paralyzed Man- Mark 2:1-12  Find this story in your Bible and read together as a family. Here is a retelling of the story:


Today's story is about a man who was paralyzed.  Being paralyzed means that he couldn't walk and probably couldn't use his legs.  He would've had to sit or lie down all the time.  Just think for a minute how hard it would be to do things if you couldn't walk around.  How would you go to the bathroom?  What kind of games would you play?  How easy would it be to make friends?


This story actually took place a few days after Jesus had touched a man who had leprosy and made him better.  Jesus was going from town to town performing miracles and everyone wanted to see Him. People were excited whenever they heard that Jesus was in their area because they either wanted to see a miracle or be the one who was healed. So, as Jesus entered one of the homes in Capernaum, people quickly gathered around Him.  So many people came that there was no room left, not even outside the door.


I can imagine that people were pushing each other a little bit to squeeze everyone in; plus, there were people gathered outside to see or hear Jesus when He came out.  That's where things got interesting.  There were four men who heard that Jesus was in town who decided to carry their paralyzed friend on a mat to Him, to see if their friend could be healed.  As soon as they got to the house where Jesus was, they realized that they wouldn't be able to get through to see Him.

I'm thinking that the man they were carrying was getting pretty heavy and was desperate to see Jesus.  They didn't know how long Jesus would be in town so they had to see Him today!  Someone decided to take him to the roof of the building that Jesus was at! 


That might sound impossible but houses were built differently then.  Most houses had staircases outside to get to the flat roof.  With a flat roof, people could use this area as an extra living space.  It might have been like having a deck on the roof of your house.  Plus, the roof wasn't made with large pieces of wood and didn't have shingles, but had tiles or plaster that could be lifted or broken through easily to make a hole.


The Bible says that, after digging through the roof, the men lowered the mat that the paralyzed man was lying on down to where Jesus was.  Imagine listening carefully to Jesus when all of a sudden you hear something coming from above you.  The ceiling is crumbling a bit and everyone stops and looks up to see what's going on.  I'm sure Jesus was smiling as the man was being lowered down.  These men were so sure that Jesus would be able to heal him; otherwise they wouldn't have gone to so much trouble.  The first thing Jesus said when He saw that they believed was, "Son, your sins are forgiven."  Probably not what the man expected since he came to Jesus because he wanted to walk.  However, Jesus knew what this man needed most because he knew what was in his heart.  Jesus knew that being paralyzed would be difficult but it was even worse not to be forgiven.


Well, some of the teacher's of the law heard Jesus forgive the man and they began thinking, "How dare this man forgive sins, only God can do that."  Immediately Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to them, "Why are you thinking these things?"  This probably startled the men because Jesus knew what they were thinking!

Jesus also asked them, "Which was easier: to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, take your mat and walk'?  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins."

This might be a bit hard to understand but I think Jesus was trying to get through to the teachers of the law and tell them that He was the Son of Man, and God has given Him the power to forgive sins and heal people.  These things could not be done by just a regular person but only by God.  Then, before He was finished Jesus said to the paralyzed man, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home."


The Bible says that the man got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all.  I just have to wonder how the man reacted when he was suddenly told that he could get up and go home...

I'm thinking he thanked Jesus and maybe even gave him a big hug!  He could've laughed and maybe did a little dance on his way out.  He probably didn't go straight home either...what a day that would've been for him and his friends!

The crowd was very amazed and they praised God saying, "We have never seen anything like this!"

 

 

Questions:

What did the man’s friends do to help him?

Why do you think his friends decided to help him?

How can we help others grow closer to Jesus?

Video Story: Last week, our Big Idea was: We Can Spend Time with God.

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”

Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/377472331/a201453baf

Elementary Video: https://vimeo.com/373184691/bd5166bb13

Worship Time: Gather around a lighted candle. Enjoy this worship song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HrSZopTYjg&feature=youtu.be

Read together Galatians 6:2 Have each family member share about how others have helped you get closer to Jesus. Repeat the Big Idea: People Can Help Our Faith Grow. Close with a family prayer.

Craft Ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/normacook/man-lowered-through-roof/

 

We’ll see you next week!   




October 11th

LET'S GET READY TO BLAST OFF


Parents

Over the next four weeks, we are going to start using our new GROW curriculum. During this first session, we are going to be looking at personal Christian growth. Also, during the month of October, you will have the opportunity to register your child for Sunday School. Registered families will receive a worship and curriculum kit to be used in November for our next four week unit. Each unit has a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!

 

We’re heading into Outer Space today. That’s because we talking about how to launch” our faith in Jesus to new heights!


Blast Off Memory Verse:

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105

Here’s a link to see this verse in sign language!

https://growcurriculum.org/Psalm119-105/

 

 

How do you choose to spend your time? Do you plan, or do you just take things as they come? Do you ever set aside time for something you think is important. Our Bible story today talks about two friends of Jesus and how they spent their time with Him when he visited them.


Bible Story

Jesus Visits Mary and Martha- Luke 10: 38-42 Find this story in your Bible and read together as a family. Here is a retelling of the story:

There is a story in the Bible about two sisters who had Jesus over for dinner. One of them was named Martha. Martha was very busy, and she was rushing around preparing for Jesus. She was cooking and cleaning and working, and she got upset because her sister, Mary, was just hanging out with Jesus. She wasn’t helping do the work but just sat listening to Jesus talk. Martha got upset and asked Jesus to yell at her about it. But He told her Mary was the one doing the right thing. It was not as important to do things for Jesus as it was to spend time with Him.  Jesus didn’t want a dusted floor or fresh loaf of bread. He wanted people. And that is how He feels about us, too! What’s important is not just what we know or say or do…it’s how we love God. We can breathe and pause and rest in His presence. He is always there for us!

Questions: Do you think Mary did anything wrong?

Do you think Martha did anything wrong?

What did Jesus say was most important?

How can we spend time with God?

 

Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”

Preschool Video:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/01m5jnfssmtgul9/AACYVgKmdtzT0v-Ko9RllX_oa/Preschool/Teaching%20Videos?dl=0&preview=Video1_BlastOff_Preschool_GrowKids.mp4&subfolder_nav_tracking=1


Elementary Video:

https://vimeo.com/373184563/01a642c2e4


Worship Time

Gather around a lighted candle. Enjoy this worship song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HrSZopTYjg&feature=youtu.be


Read together Colossians 4:2 Have each family member share ideas about some of the things we can talk to God about. Close with a family prayer.


Craft Ideas

https://flamecreativekids.blogspot.com/2016/05/martha-and-mary-luke-1038-42-crafts-and.html

We’ll see you next week!

 


May 31st

Pentecost

The Bible Story:

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.  Then there appeared to them [divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.  And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.  Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?  And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?  Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,  Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,  Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” 1So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?” Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.” But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words.  For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.’

 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;  whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.  For David says concerning Him:

‘I foresaw the Lord always before my face, For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad;

Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.

 For You will not leave my soul in Hades,Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.’

 “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.  Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, 1 he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.  This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.

 “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself:

‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ’

 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.”  Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.

Today we are looking at the story of what happened during the Jewish celebration of Pentecost. Many Jews from foreign places were in the city for the celebration. Imagine how amazed they were to hear the Disciples speaking in their own language! They were so amazed that three thousand of them asked to be baptized and became part of the church. In the Christian church, Pentecost is an important day. We recognize it as the birthday of the Church. Think about someone with whom you can share the good news of Jesus. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you words for their understanding!


THIS WEEK'S ACTIVITY PAGE

Pentecost


Preschool Activities:


https://tracimsmith.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/10-pentecost-activities-for-kids-and-families/

https://www.daniellesplace.com/html/bible-crafts-pentecost.html

 

Elementary Activities:


https://tracimsmith.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/10-pentecost-activities-for-kids-and-families/

https://www.pinterest.com/mctorr/pentecost-crafts/

 

Sword Drill:


This week’s lesson is so special, that all of the verses are coming from Acts!!  See how the key verses show the story.  It will be great practice to find the “action book”!   We can think of this as the birthday of the Christian Church—that we get to be part of forever!


Acts 2:1…  

Acts 2:1…  

GO….          (day of Pentecost)

 

Acts 2:5…  

Acts 2:5…  

GO….          (Jews of all nations)

 

Acts 2:8…  

Acts 2:8…  

GO….          (others amazed)

 

Acts 2:17…

Acts 2:17…

GO….          (Holy Spirit gave visions and dreams)

 

Acts 2:24…

Acts 2:24…

GO….          (God raised Jesus)

 

Acts 2:32…

Acts 2:32…

GO….          (they saw Jesus raised from the dead)

 

Acts 2:41…

Acts 2:41…

GO….          (3,000 new believers! ---- WOW!)

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May 24th

Paul Escapes


The Bible Story: Acts 9: 20-25

At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.  All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?”  Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.

 After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him,  but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him.  But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.

 

What a beautiful story of God’s protection! This is a wonderful example of how God can use people to help others, even to protect them! Look for examples of how God can use you to help others this week. And be sure to share God’s Kingdom with others!

 

Preschool Activities:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f5sseR6H8s


https://www.pinterest.com/mistermogs/paul-escapes-in-a-basket/


Elementary Activities:

https://sundayschoolzone.com/bible-story/paul-escaped-in-a-basket/page/2/


https://www.biblefunforkids.com/2015/02/paul-escapes-damascus-in-basket.html


https://www.pinterest.com/mistermogs/paul-escapes-in-a-basket/


THIS WEEK'S ACTIVITY PAGE

Paul Escapes


Sword Drill  

Verses from this lesson



Acts 9:20…

Acts 9:20…

GO….   (Paul preaches Good News)



Acts 9:22…

Acts 9:22…

GO….     (Paul’s proof Jesus is Messiah)



Acts 9:25…

Acts 9:25…

GO….     (basket escape)


Verses of encouragement

            (Tips—the Psalms are in the middle of your Bible and Ephesians is a book Paul wrote, so it is later New Testament.  Have fun and be blessed by God’s Word to you!)



Psalm 103:8...

Psalm 103:8…

GO…      (slow to anger)



Psalm 139:14...

Psalm 139:14…

GO…      (…  wonderfully made)



        John 14:1…       

John 14:1…

GO…      (let not hearts be troubled)


     Ephesians 4:32…

     Ephesians 4:32…

               GO…             (…kind…forgiving)


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Sunday, May 17th


The Bible Story:

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 


As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.  He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.  “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”


 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone.  Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus.  For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.


 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.  In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem.  And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.  I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”



 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”  Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

 

What an amazing thing happens when Jesus changes lives! Saul was an enemy to all the followers of Jesus. He would hunt them down and have them thrown into prison. But when Jesus met Saul on the road to Damascus, his life was changed forever. He even was given a new name, Paul. Paul became one of the strongest followers of Jesus. He established many churches and wrote many of the books in the New Testament. He even gave up his own life for Jesus.

Another amazing follower of Jesus in this story is Ananias. He knew Saul as an enemy, but because of his great faith, he obeyed Jesus and welcomed Saul as a brother and fellow follower of Jesus.

Every day that we walk with Jesus, our lives are being changed as well. Think about how your relationship with Jesus has made you into a different person. Thank you God for Jesus and the change He makes in our lives!

 

THIS WEEK'S ACTIVITY PAGE

Paul Is Changed



Preschool Activities:

https://www.watermark.org/blog/paul-meets-jesus-three-activities-for-preschool-families

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/8444318023779322/

 

Elementary Activities:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/161707442849213526/


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/534802524470739082/


https://ideas.brf.org.uk/saul-to-paul-craft-and-activity-ideas



Sword Drills

from this lesson:

Acts 9:1…           

Acts 9:1….          

GO…..   (Saul)      


Acts 9:3….          

Acts 9:3….          

                 GO…..    (light from Heaven)


Acts 9:7….          

Acts 9:7…           

        GO…..    (3 days blind)


Acts 9:15…..       

Acts 9:15….        

                         GO…..    (God speaks to Ananias)


Encouragement verses:    ** is one that is in a letter that Paul wrote after being changed.


               John 10:11….                    

               John 10:11…                     

                     GO….     (Our Good Shepherd)


             Matthew 22:37-39…       

             Matthew 22:37-39…       

                        GO…..    (the Great Commission)


                    **Ephesians 1:3….                         

            Ephesians 1:3….              

GO…..    (praise)   


John 16:33….      

John 16:33….      

                           GO….     (that you may have peace)

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