Archive for February, 2012

Spread the word! Yak Pak goes digital! You can also pick up a hard copy at Valley Church this weekend.

Monthly Theme – Jesus Cares For Us

Key Verse:“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy” (Titus 3:5a)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: Jesus meets our needs

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Mark 10:46-52) Jesus often drew large crowds as he traveled to and from. On one of his journeys he was in Jericho, where he ran into a blind man named Bartimaeus. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was nearby he began crying out “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus was busy trying to reach his next destination, and the crowds were massive! However the persistence of Bartimaeus really paid off, because Jesus heard his cry, and because of that Jesus healed him, telling Bartimaeus that his faith has made him well. It is interesting that Jesus asked Bartimaeus what his needs were. Jesus wants us to express our needs to Him.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Choose a time to call each of your children on the phone at some point during the week. (If your children are too young to talk on the phone, set aside a couple of minutes to have a conversation with them one on one.) Spend a few minutes focusing on each child, and tell your children why you love and care for them. Remind your children that even though sometimes you might seem to busy to listen, God is always listening. Offer to pray for something that concerns your child, and remind him or her that God wants to meet all our needs.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Over a family meal, discuss some of the stories about mercy that you’ve heard. Then discuss the ways you’ve experienced God’s mercy in the past month.

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Spread the word! Yak Pak goes digital! You can also pick up a hard copy at Valley Church this weekend.

Monthly Theme – Jesus Cares For Us

Key Verse:“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy” (Titus 3:5a)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: Jesus Forgives Us

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Mark 2:1-12) What a scene this must have been! Jesus was preaching in a home and the crowd was intense. So there was a paralyzed man who couldn’t get in because of the crowds. So his friends decided to lower him down from the roof! They must have had faith that Jesus could heal him. When Jesus saw the man he said your sins are forgiven because of his faith. The paralytic did not have to do anything for his sins to be forgiven, he just simply had faith in Jesus. Those who did not believe that Jesus was the messiah began to question him on how he can forgive sins. To show He had power and authority Jesus healed the paralyzed man. The order Jesus choose demonstrates which is more important, the forgiveness of sins.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time someone in your family needed forgiveness from someone else in your family. Talk about how the conflict was resolved. If it hasn’t been resolved, talk about what needs to be done to bring about forgiveness in the situation. Then discuss how we can know when we need to ask God to forgive us. What does it mean to you that God is a forgiven God? What kinds of things should we ask forgiveness for? What do you need to ask for forgiveness for this week? 

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week while you are all together as a family (maybe on the way to school, church, at the dinner table, etc) discuss your fears. What scares you the most? What are you afraid of? Make sure everyone gets a chance to share. When you are done sharing choose ways to go to Jesus with your fears. Ideas include: have someone you trust pray with you, asking Jesus to help you overcome your fear, read a 1 John 1:9 every time you’re afraid, or write all your fears in a journal, then write down next to the fears how Jesus helps you.

Spread the word! Yak Pak goes digital! You can also pick up a hard copy at Valley Church this weekend.

Monthly Theme – Jesus Cares For Us

Key Verse:“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy” (Titus 3:5a)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: We should turn to Jesus when we’re afraid

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Mark 4:35-41) To get to the other side of Galilee was a very difficult task. The boats that they traveled in were small fishing boats, which were not made for this type of journey. Also, this lake often had sudden storms that would turn it into a violent sea! Many of the disciples were expert fisherman, so they knew how to handle a situation like this. So we can tell that they were desperate because they woke up Jesus with screams of terror. They were stunned that Jesus was calm while the storm raged on and rocked the small boat. However, Jesus is in control of everything, so we know that when we are afraid Jesus is calm and in control. When Jesus awoke he told the storm and the sea to calm down, and it did! The disciples were amazed that the weather would listen to Jesus. They saw Jesus heal the sick and blind, but never have they seen anything of this magnitude. Even today with our medical knowledge and technology, we cannot control the weather. Only God can do this. When we are in a bad situation, the right response is to turn to Jesus.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time you or a family member or your family felt afraid. Maybe your child struggled with being afraid of the dark. Or perhaps you were scared when your child wandered off in a store. Then talk about the following questions: What is a fear you can ask God to help you with right now? How can you give a fear to God? What difference does it make to know that God will take care of us?

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Ask everyone in the family to rank the following pets by how likely they are to follow you if you walk down the street: dog, cat, rabbit, goldfish, hamster, mouse, python. If you have a pet, add your pet to the list too. If you think it’s very likely, give the animal a “10”. If you think it’s totally unlikely, give the animal a “1”. Now rank yourself by how likely you are to follow Jesus: Are you a “10” or a “1” or somewhere in between?

Spread the word! Yak Pak goes digital! You can also pick up a hard copy at Valley Church this weekend.

Monthly Theme – Jesus Cares For Us

Key Verse:“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy” (Titus 3:5a)

 

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: Jesus cares for us

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Mark 1:29-39) Peter’s mother-in-law was very sick with a serious fever. When Jesus came to visit her she was instantly healed. She was able to get up and serve them, which means she was completely healed. Word of Jesus spread so fast that people began to visit him at night. If you can remember in that culture it was very difficult to do anything at night because it is dark and there is no electricity for street lights or batteries for flashlights. However, many people came to Jesus, and Jesus meet the needs of the people well into the night. Jesus cares for us so much that he would put the needs of us before his own. In the morning instead of sleeping in, he rose to pray. Then he went to other towns to serve others, instead of remaining in the same place to gain popularity.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: As a family, brainstorm about new holidays that would reflect how Jesus cares for us. You might invent Forgiveness Day, when all debts and slates are wiped clean in the family, or Pray Day, when you retreat to a quiet spot to pray together about family concerns. See if you can come up with at least three holidays to celebrate over the next three months, and set dates for them. Have fun sharing your ideas with friends and neighbors and telling them about how the new holidays worked in your family.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week plan to tour several people caring agencies to experience how the care of people happens. Hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters, and abuse centers are possible places to visit. It would be a good idea to call ahead so personnel could talk to you about their services (and to avoid walking into an emergency situation!) After your visits, talk about the experience as a family.

February Yak Paks

Posted: February 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Theme for February: Jesus Cares For Us

Key Verse: “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy”

(Titus 3:5a)

 

This month our lessons focus on the love, mercy, and grace of our savior. I am reminded that Jesus did so many things while he was here on this earth. He healed people, forgave sins, prayed with them, calmed storms, and so much more. What a pleasure it is to help you, the parent, teach these valuable lessons to your kids! I encourage you as always to use this Yak Pak as a tool. Not only do you know what we are teaching your child, you can reinforce the lesson at home. Our kids need to see the message of God’s grace and mercy lived out in parent’s lives. They older ones are mature enough to process this message and are able to walk with God on their own, while the younger ones will need our help and guidance. We all have a hunger for Jesus, especially children, so it’s up to the parents to fill them with the love of Christ.

 

We would love to hear how you are doing with the Yak Paks, what you think of them, what changes could be made, or you can just say hello. Feel free to email me at rowens@valleychurch.com, and you can follow us on twitter @ValleyNextGen, and you can check out our facebook page at Valley Church Next Generation Ministries. Valentine’s day is this month, so I pray that you can share the love of Christ with your children, and have a blessed February!