Archive for March, 2013

Risen!

Key Verse: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”

(Romans 5:8)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: Jesus died to take the punishment for our sins.

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 19:28-40; 23:1-49) The passages for this week go from the triumphal entry of Jesus to his death on the cross. When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday it was a fulfillment of prophecy (Zechariah 9:9). This is the sign the Jews were waiting for. However, the Pharisees were looking to have Jesus crucified and they made their request known to Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea. Although Pilate felt Jesus was innocent he did not want to upset the Jews. When Jesus died the skies became dark from noon until 3pm. This event was witnessed by many, and those who did not believe that Jesus was the messiah changed their minds and believed. However, the story does not end with his death.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about the best gift you’ve ever received. Maybe you got a bike you always wanted one Christmas morning, or perhaps you received a homemade gift from your child that meant a lot to you. Encourage the rest of your family to also share about the best gifts ever. Then talk about how Jesus is God’s best gift to us. Encourage your children to think about how Jesus’ death is a gift to each person and how Jesus came to earth to die on the cross so we can be forgiven for our sins.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Find two paint stirrers and tie them together to make a cross. As a family find a nice day on the weekend to plant some flowers outside, either around your home or in a window box. Ask each family member to sign his or her name on the wooden cross, and then stake it in the soil of your flower garden.

 

Risen!

Key Verse: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”

(Romans 5:8)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Jesus wants us to follow his example serving others.

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child John 13:1-17) It was the Last Supper and Jesus and the disciples were preparing to eat a meal. In those days it was customary for a servant to wash the feet of everyone before eating, however since this was a private party there was no one who wanted to lower themselves below the other. This is when Jesus took action and became the servant. Jesus taught us to humble ourselves and serve one another.  

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time you served someone when you were young. Explain what you did and what effect it had on the people you served. For example, maybe you went on a mission trip and helped repair a home, or maybe you mowed the next-door neighbor’s lawn for free. Then talk about ways your family can serve the people around you. Challenge your family to add one new act of service this week. It could be as simple as opening the door for others when entering a building. At the end of each day, check in with your family; talk about how everyone served others as Jesus did.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family spend time this week listing specific chores of each family member. Write what the task is, when it normally needs to be done, and what the job requires. Then write each family member’s name on a separate slip of paper, fold the paper slips, and put them in the container. Take turns drawing a name. When a family member draws a name, he or she will take over that person’s chores for an entire week, giving each family member a break from his or her chores. What better way to exemplify Jesus’ teaching than by beginning in your very own home.

 

 

Risen!

Key Verse: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”

(Romans 5:8)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God will forgive us when we sin.

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 15:11-32) The story of the prodigal son is a popular one. Here we see the younger of two sons asking for his inheritance early so he could experience life away from his father. Once away, he spent all of his money quickly, and realized it was a mistake. When he came back to his father he was prepared to beg for a servants job, instead the father embraced him and threw a party! The older son was furious, and felt he slaved away for the father while his brother partied. This was the wrong view of his time with his father, because everything the father had was his, and he should enjoy the relationship rather than try to work for it. This story teaches us that God will always accept us no matter what we have done, and that we do not have to work for his love and approval.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time you disobeyed or hurt someone with your actions. Maybe as a child you rebelled against your parents in a specific way, or maybe you said something hurtful to a friend this past week. What happened in the situation? How was it resolved? Then talk with your children about things your family might do that hurt God. Encourage your kids to talk about how it feels when we do something wrong and how God responds to our sin. Remind kids that God will always forgive us when we admit we’ve sinned and ask for forgiveness.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week encourage each other to find a friend or family member who has wronged you. Maybe prepare or buy some treats for them and give them to the person. Maybe you can tell them about the love of Christ or how God always accepts us no matter what we have done.