Archive for January, 2012

As promised! Yak Pak goes digital! You can also pick up a hard copy at Valley Church this weekend.

Monthly Theme – Follow Jesus, we are thankful for Jesus

Key Verse:“’Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men’” (Mark 1:17)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: Jesus is all powerful

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Mark 1:21-28) We can be confident in knowing that Jesus has authority over everything. This means that all of creation and everything in it must listen to Him. It’s good to know that someone who loves us so much is the one who is protecting us, and has the authority to do so. He showed this authority when he preached in the synagogues. This was something only rabbis could do. Jesus was different however, because he taught like someone that was in charge of everything! Even a man that had an evil spirit was healed when Jesus commanded the evil spirit to leave the man alone! How safe and secure it is to know that even evil spirits must obey Jesus!

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts)
Parents talk about a time you discovered how powerful Jesus really is. Perhaps you were able to walk away from a serious car accident, or maybe God provided a miraculous way to pay the bills. Lots of things in our world promise the power that only Jesus has and can give. Spend time talking with your children about commercials and TV characters and the promises they make. Think about which of these empty promises you have individually or as a family looked to for power. Then make a pledge as a family to trust the power of Jesus in your lives.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family take a walk through your neighborhood and look for power lines. In some neighborhoods the power lines are strung through the air. In some neighborhoods power lines are buried under the ground. Look for places where power lines can be serviced, and trace the likely paths of power lines to homes. Afterward, talk about how power is brought to the homes, and contrast that with how Jesus’ power comes from God.

As promised! Yak Pak goes digital! You can also pick up a hard copy at Valley Church this weekend.

Monthly Theme – Follow Jesus, we are thankful for Jesus

Key Verse:“’Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men’” (Mark 1:17)

Our hope is for our kids to: Follow Jesus

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child John 1:43-51) Jesus had a plan when He came to Earth in the form of a man. He wanted to save us from sin, but to make it known; he needed disciples to follow him. These disciples would go and make more disciples, and then those disciples would make more disciples and so on. As a disciple you would tell everyone about God’s love for us, a love so strong that he sent his only son Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins so that we may spend an eternity with Him. The first disciples were fisherman named Simon, Andrew, James, and John. They were likely followers of John the Baptist, but found it a privilege to follow Jesus, so they left their business to their father and followed Jesus.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts)
Parents read Matthew 10:37-39 and Matthew 16:24-26 as a family. Talk about why you think Jesus told his disciples twice to take up the cross and follow him. Together make a list of specific things your family does to follow Jesus. Talk about ways you can invite others to follow Jesus.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Parents, plan a time when you can take the family on a special trip. Maybe it’s a visit to Cold Stone or a favorite place the kids enjoy going to. Try to time it when everyone is busy playing, watching TV, or doing a favorite activity. At that time tell everyone to “follow you” by getting in the car (or walking) to your destination. Offer no other details, make it a surprise! While you are enjoying your time together discuss how they felt not knowing where they were going. Ask why they decided to go with you? (authority of parent, curiosity, etc). Discuss how it must have felt for the disciples of Jesus and why they chose to follow Him.

Week of January 15th – 21st

Posted: January 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

As promised! Yak Pak goes digital! You can also pick up a hard copy at Valley Church this weekend.

Monthly Theme – Follow Jesus, we are thankful for Jesus

Key Verse:“’Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men’” (Mark 1:17)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: Jesus knows all about us

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child John 1:43-51) When Jesus saw Philip he told him to “follow me”. Philip decided to join Jesus but also wanted to run and share the good news to Nathaniel. He told Nathaniel that Jesus was the messiah and described Jesus in earthly terms. “We have found the messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph”. Now Nathaniel had doubts, especially since Nazareth was not a good place. However, Philip convinced Nathaniel to see for himself. Upon meeting Jesus Nathaniel’s doubts were lifted, Jesus not only told Nathaniel something that a stranger could not know (Jesus knew his character), but Jesus also shared facts about where Philip had found Nathaniel. At the point Nathaniel knew that Jesus was the messiah. Jesus knows all about us!

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents play “What do you know about me?” with your children. Ask your children to tell what they know about where you lived growing up, what your favorite hobby is, or something else specifically about you. When your children have shared what they know, fill in the blanks. Then have your children ask you a question or two. Maybe they’ll ask what you know about how they like to spend their free time or what they want to be when they grow up. End the game by talking about how it makes you feel to know that Jesus knows every single thing there is to know about you.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Privacy is a major issue in most families. Do you have private spaces where you live, a place where you can keep your things and nobody will look? What if everyone in your family knew exactly what was in your private space? Would that make you happy? Sad? Incredibly afraid? Give everyone a piece of paper and a pencil. Have everyone write the names of all your family members on their pieces of paper. Next to the names, write what you think that person has in his or her private space. DO NOT GO LOOK – JUST GUESS! Then read your lists to each other, and confirm whether or not the guesses were correct.

Week of Jan 8th – 14th

Posted: January 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

As promised! Yak Pak goes digital! You can also pick up a hard copy at Valley Church this weekend.

Monthly Theme – Follow Jesus, we are thankful for Jesus

Key Verse:“’Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men’” (Mark 1:17)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: God sent Jesus

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Mark 1:4-11) It’s amazing that Jesus decided to get baptized at the start of his ministry here on Earth. In the story we see that all three members of the Holy Trinity are represented. Jesus was being baptized,   God spoke to His son in a voice from heaven, and the dove is the Holy Spirit descending on Jesus. The dove represents both purity and gentleness, which is what Jesus is all about. Prior to Jesus, the message of repentance was a harsh one, calling for people to turn away from their sins and to change their behavior. However, Jesus came to die for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). We can rejoice to know that God sent Jesus to die for us, giving us the message of love, so that we can spend eternity with Him.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Tell your children about your great love for them. Talk about how you felt the first time you saw each child. Let your children know how much you value each of them individually, and share some things that make them uniquely special to you. Then talk about how much greater God’s love is. God loved each of us so much that he sent his one and only son to die for us so we can live with him forever. Encourage your children to let you know when they want to begin a relationship with Jesus – if they haven’t done so yet.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
If we stop to think about it, we all have things we believe in, things we’ve learned to trust through experience, It’s time to do a family “I Believe List!” Give everyone in your family a piece of paper and a crayon or pencil. Ask all family members to list one or more things they believe are true from the following categories: home, family, television, friends, church, and Jesus. Then go through the things family members came up with, and discuss the difference between the things that are true and things that are not so true.