Archive for April, 2012

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Monthly Theme –He Has Risen!

Key Verse: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’” (John 11:25-26)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: Trusting in God makes us courageous

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Acts 4:5-14) Peter and John were standing before a group of religious leaders who where called the Sanhedrin. The Sanhedrin was the ruling body of the Jews and they were angry with Peter and John. You can read in Acts 3:1-10 that Peter and John healed a disabled man. The Sanhedrin knew that only God could heal and here they had Peter and John saying they healed the man with the power of Jesus! If you remember the Jewish leaders didn’t believe that Jesus was the son of God and knew He was killed. Therefore they looked to punish Peter and John because of this. However, Peter spoke up boldly and said that salvation is only through Jesus. All of the Sanhedrin’s beliefs and actions were insufficient, and if they continued to deny Jesus no other power was available to them. The leaders were amazed at Peter’s knowledge and courage, especially since he was not a scholar like many of them. We can be bold and courageous when we trust God!

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Share a time you had to be brave in the midst of a scary situation. Ask your kids to share their own version of a time they were brave – maybe it was their first day of school or when they got lost at the mall. Talk about how trusting in God can make us courageous even when we’re facing something that normally would be completely terrifying. Then think about some things coming up that members your family will need courage for. Pray together for courage.

 

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week decide as a family that you will trust God for courage as you: 1) work to be nice to someone who isn’t usually nice to you 2)tell a non-Christian family member or friend about Jesus 3) ask God to show you the life he wants you to live.

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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 –He Has Risen!

Key Verse: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’” (John 11:25-26)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: God gives different gifts for serving him

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 1 Corinthians 12:4-27) Paul knew that in order for the church to function the body of believers all had to pitch in. This is why God has given each of us certain gifts that we can use for the good of the church. Paul uses our bodies as an example, how each part functions and how one part may seem small an unimportant but in fact is very important. And if there is a part lacking another part makes up for it (those that are blind have a heightened sense of smell and hearing). Kids may think that they are the church of the future and not the church today. This is not true, as God has gifted us with spiritual gifts and natural talents that we can use today. Pray and ask God where you can be used to glorify his kingdom!

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Think about something your kids excel at. Encourage your child to spend some time every day this week developing this gift and using it for good. Discuss ways he or she can use this gift for God. For example, a child who enjoys cooking could bake cookies for a friend or an older person who can’t get around very well. A child who’s good at art could make pictures with a Christian message and share them with a friend who does not yet believe in God.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week work with your family to change the chores around. Each person will do someone else’s chore for the whole week. If mom always does the laundry, maybe you could do it. If you always dust the house, it might be dad’s turn. If dad does the yard work, this is where mom can pick up the chore. Make sure each person has changed jobs fairly. At the end of the week, switch back. Tell the person who usually does the task that you did how you felt about it. Then make sure that person knows how much you appreciate him or her pitching in to help the whole family run smoothly.

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

Monthly Theme –He Has Risen!

Key Verse: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’” (John 11:25-26)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Faith is believing in Jesus even though we can’t see Him

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child John 20:19-31) It can be difficult to believe in Jesus when we haven’t seen Him face to face. It was even difficult in the days that Jesus lived. After Jesus died, reports of his resurrection began to spread from the women who visited the empty tomb. Thomas found it very difficult to believe and wanted proof. He wanted to see the hands of Jesus to see if he had holes in them from being nailed to the cross. So while they were in the upper room meeting together Jesus appeared to Thomas and showed him his hands. At that point Thomas says the words, “My Lord and My God!” We can have faith that Jesus exists because of the many gospel accounts and witnesses who testified to his death, burial, and resurrection.  Jesus says, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: As you’re driving in the car somewhere with your family play this game. Think of things you’re sure will happen each day. For each thing you think of, have your child think of something he or she believes about God. For example, you might say that the sun will set tonight or that you will go to work tomorrow. Your child might say, “God loves me” or “Jesus lives in heaven”. Talk about the certainty of each statement and what it means to have faith in God.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
It is important that we continually encourage our faith. Choose a way you’ll grow in your faith this week: 1) write a letter to Jesus, telling him any doubts you have about him 2) Talk to a Christian friend about what you believe in Jesus 3) Share about your faith with a non Christian friend. For extra impact, invite him or her to church next week.

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

Monthly Theme –He Has Risen!

Key Verse: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’” (John 11:25-26)

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Our hope is for our kids to know that: Jesus is Alive!

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Mark 16:1-8) Today is Easter and it has a very special meaning that you may not know about. Some think Easter is all about candy, eggs, and bunnies but Easter is about our Lord Jesus. Jesus came to this earth to die on the cross for all of our sins. However, he didn’t stay dead. He was buried in a tomb and came back to life! God’s power to free us was revealed when Jesus came back to life again. Jesus shed his blood to cover our sins, but he defeated those sins and had power over death when he came back to life. It is because of Easter, the day that Jesus rose from the dead, that we can spend eternity with Him when we place our trust in Him. Jesus Christ has risen! He has risen indeed!

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: As your family enjoys Easter dinner, talk about family Easter traditions. Discuss which traditions are just for fun and which really help you remember why you’re celebrating Easter. Then talk about why Easter is a cause for celebration. Ask family members to think up new traditions that will honor Jesus’ resurrection.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family, plan various ways to celebrate Easter each year and start your own family traditions. For example, during the week before Easter Sunday, you might want to have at your dinner table plastic Easter eggs with different verses of Scripture inside. Each night at dinner, a different family member may choose an egg and then read the Scripture aloud. Then talk about things your family can do this week to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.