We are in a series this Summer entitled, “Dive In”. We are diving into God’s Word and seeing how we can learn about life from Scripture. These next few weeks we are going to focus on family – FAMILY MATTERS! Let’s DIVE IN!
This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is……Lydia Green!!! Congratulations Lydia! You were selected from the “mailbox” as the activity sheet prize winner for this week! You can pick up your prize at church any coming Sunday…it will be located at the kids check-in. And honorable mentions go to Cameron Wilson, Andrew Harper, and Luke Harper! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.
Our new theme is, “Family Matters.” This week we are going to talk about God’s plan for families.
WHAT IS GOD’S PLAN FOR FAMILY?
Families come in all shapes and sizes! There are so many different ways to describe family members…mom, dad, son, daughter, brother, sister, oldest, middle, youngest, grandparent, great-grandparent, aunt, uncle, nephew, niece, cousin…and that’s just a few! Do you know that FAMILY is a part of God’s plan for our lives. God intentionally put us in families. Now, that being said…do understand, there is also NO PERFECT family! We all have sin, so if families are made up of imperfect people, than no family can actually be perfect. But that is what is so awesome about God’s plan for us…He knew that! He knew no family would be perfect, because He knew no person would be perfect. So God sent Jesus to redeem us…to take what is imperfect in our life, and apply His GRACE to it so we can be redeemed…and with family, this can be done together!
So what is God’s plan for your family? What is God’s plan for you in your family? Do you know you have a purpose in your family? He put you there intentionally and He gave you a job to do! Do you know what that job is? Well, it is tough to DO a job if you don’t know what the job IS…so let’s take a look at what God says about family jobs!
Grab a numbered dice. Toss the dice and see which number you get (1-6). Then, count down that same number of lines from the top of the poem. Next, count that same number of words in the line you stopped on. What word did you land on?
Roll the cube again and repeat.
Hiccups are a funny thing.
My hiccups make my left ear ring.
Perhaps your hiccups make you giggle.
My aunt Kay’s hiccups make her wiggle.
I would celebrate National Hiccups Day
If I could only make hiccups go away!
Do you notice a pattern? Try to write a poem that follows the same model (same pattern), except use the word FAMILY as the “landing” word in each line. The lines do not need to rhyme, but try to have each line reflect something about the biblical value of family. Then, challenge your parents to do the dice rolling/counting and see if they can figure out the pattern. If willing to share, I would love to see your poems 🙂
Have you ever made a mess? How about, have you ever messed up? The good news is that God knows we are messy…He planned for families to have HIS GRACE.
God can “BLESS OUR MESS”…we just have to ask!
“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”Romans 12:10 (August’s Memory Verse)
Memory Verse Challenge!
Romans 12:10 is our NEW theme verse for this unit. Once again, this month’s challenge is to create your own song or hand motions to help memorize the verse. You can use a song you know and just substitute the verse words in, you can create your own melody, or you can give the verse hand motions. Get creative! Once you have your idea…record yourself (or your family) doing the verse…and share it with Pastor Vicky! We would love to share the creative videos on the blog to help others memorize the verse as well! Most creative submission wins a Chick-Fil-A milkshake (or other treat of your choosing)!
LESSON PAPERWORK – Review, Activities, & Prizes
Below are some options for you to continue the lesson from home. There is a review sheet for conversation purposes and there are grade level activity sheets as well. These are available (in print) on Sunday mornings near the Kids’ Check-In Station, and there will also be a “mailbox”. Grab one, complete it in the sanctuary, and return the completed activity sheet to the mailbox after service. You will have a chance to win prizes each week. They are available to download here in case your family is not able to return for in-person worship yet…parents can scan/text pictures of completed sheets to Pastor Vicky to be entered in the weekly prize drawing. A winner will be drawn each Monday, and if you miss a week, you can put both activity sheets (previous two lessons) in the mailbox the following Sunday. Let’s dive into God’s Word and grow together in the Lord! PS: You may need a Bible, so be sure to bring your Bible each Sunday.