Archive for May, 2012

June Theme – Summer Days

Key Verse: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

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Our hope is for our kids to know that: Grace comes from Obedience

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Genesis 22:1-18) It may be hard for us to understand why a loving God would tell a father to sacrifice his son. When we read the story about Abraham and Isaac we see that God never intended Abraham to harm Isaac. God wanted to show Abraham that he was a God full of grace. You see, this story takes place before Jesus died for our sins, so every year a sacrifice had to be made for our sins. In other religions of the time child sacrifice was common, so Abraham was familiar with other religions having strict obedience guidelines. However, Abraham was faithful that God would show him grace. In the end we know that it was God who ultimately gave up His son as a sacrifice, which is the ultimate sign of love and grace!

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Discuss a time you didn’t obey God, and share how you felt during and afterward. Then share a time you obeyed God, and compare how that felt similar to or different from when you disobeyed. Be sure to explain how God showed grace to you in each instance, and that we can never be perfect. Let them know that we can rest in the Spirit and obedience will follow, but when we mess up we don’t worry, because grace has us covered.

Activity/Challenge for Families: Make a “Family Faith” book. Ask members of your family to write about a time their faith was tested. After everyone has given you his or her story, draw an illustration for each one. Design a book by using cardboard or construction paper for the cover and then illustrating it. Whenever your family goes through something difficult, you can pull out your “Family Faith” book and look at how faithful God has been to each of you in the past.

May Theme – Spring into Action!

Key Verse: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20)

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Our hope is for our kids to believe that: God gives us the Holy Spirit to help us

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Acts 2:1-21) When Jesus rose again and appeared to the disciples, he left them with some good news. He told them that they will receive the Holy Spirit which will give them power. Jesus was leaving to go back into heaven, so he sent the Holy Spirit to be with all of us at the same time! So when they all went to Jerusalem for Pentecost they witnessed and felt the Holy Spirit upon them. Since people came from different nations for this feast, they all spoke different languages, however when the Spirit was upon them they each heard everyone in their own language. This miracle showed the power of the Holy Spirit. Peter, who just denied Christ weeks earlier, stands up and delivers a powerful message. He had the courage and confidence to share the message of Christ. We as believers also have the Holy Spirit that guides us and directs us. This is so that we can live our lives knowing that Jesus is always with us, helping us share his message with others.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time you were feeling unable or unprepared to do something important. Maybe you felt unprepared to give a presentation at work or you felt unable to help someone out during a financial crisis. Talk with your kids about how the Holy Spirit can empower us when we are weak “in our own strength.” Discuss ways your family can become more aware of the Spirit’s presence and influence in your daily lives.

 Activity/Challenge for Families:
Make up a fun new language of your own. Then play a game with your family, and ask your family members to guess what you’re saying. Then tell them the story of Pentecost. Explain that when God sent his Holy Spirit, everyone was able to understand each other.

May Theme – Spring into Action!

Key Verse: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20)

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Our hope is for our kids to know that: Christians should encourage each other in faith

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Acts 11:19-26) God told the Jews that he loves everyone, whether you are a Jew or non Jew. So when a group of believers went to Antioch (the world’s third largest city), they began sharing the message of Christ. When the Jerusalem church heard about this they sent Barnabas to help. When Barnabas saw all that was going on and how fast the message of Christ was spreading, he sent for Paul. Paul stayed for one year and helped the church in Antioch grow into a church where Jews and non Jews worshiped together. Jesus wants us to encourage each other just as Barnabas and Paul did. In fact, the church in Antioch is where the believers were first called Christians.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Share a time that each of your children did something to encourage you. Maybe one of them gave you a hug when you needed it most or told you how much he or she loves you. As a family, talk about simple ways people offer encouragement—such as writing a friendly note, giving hugs during a difficult time, being a good listener, or offering to help out. Talk about why it’s important to encourage each other and other Christians in our faith. Commit to one way you can encourage people this week.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Brainstorm with your child and think of an adult family member who would love getting a phone call from your child, such as grandma, an uncle, or a cousin. Once you’ve decided on someone, coach your child on things he or she can say that will encourage the person, such as “You are very special to me” or “Jesus loves you.” When your child is ready, help dial the number and let your little one brighten the family member’s day.

May Theme – Spring into Action!

Key Verse: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20)

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Our hope is for our kids to know that: God wants us to tell everyone about Jesus

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Acts 10:1-44) In this story we see that Jews did not enter the homes or eat with non-Jews. They also did not believe that a non Jew could be accepted by God. This all changed when Peter had a dream showing him that God has made everyone and that he loves and accepts all of us. So when he went to the house of Cornelius and stepped inside, everyone was shocked. However, as Peter began to share the story of Christ to Cornelius and his household, they all believed. Peter took a risk in following God’s leading to reach out to Cornelius and his family, and when he returned to Jerusalem he had to explain why to the other Jews. Peter explained that God directed him to eat with Cornelius and that we are to accept non Jews. It was then that the Jews opened their hearts to the fact that Jesus loves all.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time you befriended someone you thought you wouldn’t like. Encourage your kids to think about someone they might need to pay more attention to or reach out to. Then talk about who we’re called to love and share the good news about Jesus with. Discuss ways your family can reach out to those in your neighborhood who seem different from you.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week find a family that may be a neighbor or friend that you know is not a Christian. Decided to have dinner with them and share in a time of fellowship. Do not force the conversation into a spiritual one unless it is lead in that direction. The main point is for your family to see that God loves everyone, and we are to fellowship with them. After the dinner pray as a family for guidance on how you can continue to build that relationship with them which will naturally lead them to Christ.

May Theme – Spring into Action!

Key Verse: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Our hope is for our kids to: Follow where God leads

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Acts 8:26-40) In biblical times they classified people as either a Jew or Gentile. A Jew was God’s chosen people, so the Jews were close to God. They also believed that if you were a non Jew (a Gentile) then you could not possibly know or love God. This was wrong however, and Phillip knew it. As he was traveling where God told him to he ran into an Ethiopian (a Gentile) who was reading the bible. He went to the Ethiopian and asked if he understood what he was reading. He replied, “How can I unless someone explains it to me.” At this point Phillip explained the scriptures to the Ethiopian, and even baptized him! God loves all of us and it doesn’t matter if we are a Jew or Gentile. The Ethiopian went back to Ethiopia to tell others about Christ and even baptized the Queen! We never know why God guides us to do certain things, but it’s amazing when we trust in Him and follow!

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time you felt God leading you to do something you might not have done on your own. Share with your kids how God told you what to do, what God wanted you to do, and what happened as a result. As a family, think about ways we can know the difference between what God wants us to do and what we want to do. Commit together as a family to follow where God leads.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Go outdoors with your child several times during the week to sit quietly and listen to all the sounds. Encourage your child to pay close attention to man-made sounds (such as cars and trains) and God made sounds (such as animals, people, and birds). At the end of the week, help your child recall the sounds you both heard. Mention that one way we can listen to God is by listening to the sounds he’s made for us to hear.

 

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Spring into Action!

Key Verse: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20)

 

Words from Pastor Rodney

I love the spring weather so far! As we enter May I am excited that the lessons focus on sharing our faith with others! Just about all of us can think of a time when someone shared their faith story. This is why I titled this Yak Pak “Spring into Action!”, because we are free to love others. It is not something we feel we must do, but it is a product of our lives that are filled with the Holy Spirit. What a great theme to share with your kids this month! Enjoy the weather and enjoy being the major spiritual influence of your kids lives!

My goal is for the Yak Pak to be easily accessible, so it is not only in all of your kids classes or the lobby, it is also available online! Every Thursday I post the Yak Pak for that coming Sunday at http://YakPak.wordpress.com. If you follow the Next Gen Ministries facebook page or our twitter account you will see a link to the Yak Pak site.

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.

 

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