SIMON SAYS – Week 2

We are in a series entitled, “Simon Says”. We are learning about obedience and what it means to obey God. We will search God’s Word to learn how we are called to obey God. Simon says…let’s go!

This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is……Luke Harper!!! Congratulations Luke! 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 Jazlyn Miller, Nathaniel Kotsyuba, and Myles Green! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.


Our current theme is, “Obeying God.” This week we are going to talk about how God deserves our obedience, and that consequence comes with disobedience.

WHY SHOULD WE OBEY GOD?

Why do you ask questions? Do you have a mystery to solve? DO you need to discover what to do next? Are you curious to learn something new? Good questions help us find truth and direction. Good questions allow us to grow. Just like we may ask our parents what is for dinner tonight, or what are we doing this weekend…we should also ask questions about the Bible. We can ask God, “Why is this story in the Bible? What are you trying to teach us and what we can learn from this? What should we do?”

Today’s Bible story is from Joshua 6:1-21. It is the story of Joshua and the Israelites (God’s people) as they approach the city of Jericho. This is a story that can bring about a lot of questions…this one is crazy! God gave Joshua a VERY unusual battle plan. I don’t think it ever would have occurred to him to walk around a giant wall, for several days, and then shout and watch it fall down. It doesn’t even make sense! So why was did God do it this way? Why did God ask them to do so many weird things to conquer this city? Let’s take a look at this Bible story…



SIMON SAYS WHAT?

Here are some multiple choice review questions to see what you learned. Write down the letter of the answer you think is correct for each question…and once you finish, scroll to the bottom of the page to check your answers! 🙂

  1. What surrounded the city of Jericho?
    A. A beautiful river
    B. A thick wall
    C. A moat full of alligators
    D. A thick cloud
  2. What was God’s plan for the Israelites to take over Jericho?
    A. They would throw rocks at the wall until it fell down.
    B. They would yell “CHARGE” and all try to push the wall down at the same time.
    C. They would try to climb the wall to get into the city.
    D. They would march around the city and the walls would fall down.
  3. On each day of the first 6 days, how many times did they walk around the city?
    A. 1
    B. 2
    C. 3
    D. 6
  4. What did Joshua tell the soldiers to say as they marched?
    A. “Left, Right, Left…”
    B. “Hi Ho, Hi Ho, to Jericho we go…”
    C. Nothing; to be quiet
    D. “The men go marching one by one, hoorah, hoorah…”
  5. On the 7th day what happened after they marched around Jericho the 7th time?
    A. The priests blew their trumpets
    B. The soldiers shouted
    C. The walls fell down
    D. All of the Above
  6. What did the soldiers do after the wall fell down?
    A. They did a happy dance and threw a party
    B. They stood frozen in awe that God’s plan actually worked
    C. They went into Jericho and captured it
    D. They ran away in fear
  7. Why should we obey God?
    A. God is faithful to keep His promises when we obey Him.
    B. God deserves our respect, obedience, and honor.
    C. God loves us and always has His best planned for us.
    D. All of the Above

ANSWERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE – SCROLL DOWN WHEN FINISHED WITH YOUR GUESSES.


“You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life.”

Deuteronomy 30:20 (September’s Memory Verse)

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.

REVIEW QUESTION ANSWERS: 1-B; 2-D; 3-A; 4-C; 5-D; 6-C; 7-D

SIMON SAYS – Week 1

We are starting a new series entitled, “Simon Says”. We are going to learn about obedience and what it means to obey God. We will search God’s Word to learn how we are called to obey God. Simon says…let’s go!

This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is……Juliette Miller!!! Congratulations Juju! 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 Jaxson Miller, Emma Vicente, and Andrew Harper! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.


Our current theme is, “Obeying God.” This week we are going to talk about how God deserves our obedience, and that consequence comes with disobedience.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO OBEY GOD?

What is a consequence? It is something that happens after a choice is made. It is the effect or result of something that happened earlier. Think about a ball…if you throw it high in the air, what is going to happen? It is going to fall back down. If you choose to throw the ball high over a neighbor’s fence, what is the consequence going to be? The ball is now going to be in their yard. If you throw a raw egg high in the air, what is the consequence going to be? It will either smash in your hands or on the ground…and make a mess! And then you may get another “consequence” from mom or dad…whoops! Did you know that God gives us consequences for our actions?

The 10 commandments “command” us to honor God through our lives – both internal actions (with our hearts and minds) and our external actions (what we do and how we treat others). Does your life honor God? Do you make good choices and obey God? Or bad choices that disobey God? Romans 14:12 reminds us that we are going to have to stand before God and give reason for all of our “actions” on earth…does that make you excited or nervous? That makes me a nervous, because I know not all of my actions are good…and they deserve bad consequences. Let’s take a look at an example of when some people obeyed God and others did not…



SIMON SAYS!

Do you have the electronic game, “Simon”? Or do you have a “Bop-it”? Or maybe you have neither but you have played the in-person game Simon Says. All of these games have one thing in common…you must follow the commands in the right order. If you don’t listen, you will lose the game. Your “consequence” is being knocked out of the game. These games are fun to play, but can also be good reminders that obeying the rules is important…and more importantly, obeying God matters! And just like the games have consequences, so does our behavior…the good news is, even when we sin and disobey God, He offers us a second chance…if we confess our sin (admit what we have done wrong), ask for forgiveness (Jesus died on the cross so we could be forgiven), and repent (turn from our sin and do better next time).

Take a moment to pray and ask God to help you search your heart for any sin you may be struggling with. If God brings something to mind (maybe the way you treat your brother or sister, or the attitude you give mom or dad, or complaining, ungratefulness, etc)…confess your sin, ask God for forgiveness (and maybe the person you sinned against), and repent – do better moving forward!

Play it! If you have one of those games (Simon, Bop-it), then play a few rounds! See how high of a score you can get! If you don’t, ask your family to play a couple rounds of Simon Says. Explain that these games remind us of how we are to listen to God’s commands and obey them…or there will be consequences! 😉


“You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life.”

Deuteronomy 30:20 (September’s Memory Verse)

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.

DIVE IN – Week 8

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. We are in week 4 of our focus on family – FAMILY MATTERS! Let’s DIVE IN!

This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is……Jaiona Miller!!! Congratulations Jaiona! 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, Luke Harper, and Elijah Longchamps! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.


Our current theme is, “Family Matters.” This week we are going to talk about God’s desire for families to trust Him…no matter what happens in life!

HOW CAN A FAMILIES TRUST GOD WHEN LIFE HURTS?

Has anything bad ever happened in your life? Something that upset you? Something that made you angry? Something that made you sad? Something that disappointed you? Something that hurt your heart? No matter how old you are, no matter how strong you are, no matter how many things you own, no matter where you live, who you live with, and even no matter how much you love God…difficult things will happen. Life will hurt. That is one of the many consequences of sin…life will not be hard. In Psalm 23, David writes, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…”. Woah! That sounds scary! Sounds like David had some hard times in life too…valley of the shadow of death? To describe something like that makes me think he was hurting…life hurt him!

But notice how he starts that sentence: “even though…”. David said, EVEN THOUGH life hurt, “I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” He wasn’t saying life is hard, life hurts, you should feel sorry for me. Not at all! He was saying, EVEN THOUGH life is hard, I am not afraid, I am not angry at God…INSTEAD, I am encouraged because I know God is with me! Wow! What about you? When life hurts, when life gets hard, when something happens that disappoints you…do you say, “Even though this hurts, I am comforted because I know God loves me.” Or do you question God? Do you complain? Do you get angry and take that anger out on the people around you…your family? Let’s take a look at how Jesus showed “love in action” to a family that was hurting.



COMPASSION CHECK!

Who are some people who might feel sad or lonely? What are some ways you could show love and compassion to someone who is sad or lonely? When you are sad and lonely, what encourages you? Here is a simple game to play with your family that can also help you think about ways to show love and compassion to one another when they are hurting.

ITEMS NEEDED: A soft object (bean bag, foam ball, rolled up sock, etc.), sheet of paper, pen, safe area you can toss something without breaking anything, your family

DIRECTIONS: As a family, using the pen and paper, write down several people who could be sad/lonely/hurting — this can be names of specific people (mom, dad, neighbor), or can be descriptions of scenarios (someone who lost a loved one, someone being bullied, etc.). Try to have at least 10-15 “people” – this will be about how many rounds of the game you play.

One family member, “The Thrower” starts with the soft object and faces away from everyone else, with the list of “people” where they can see it. The rest of the family stays behind “The Thrower” and spreads out around the playing area. The Thrower will then shout one of the people from the list you made together, and should then THROW the soft object behind them, over their head, into the playing area…BUT, they must remain facing AWAY from the playing area – NO PEAKING! The family members try to get the object. Whoever catches it, or gets it, has the choice of keeping it (holding it behind their back) or passing it to another family member (to hold behind their back). The object can be passed no more than 2 times per round. Once it is finalized who has it, ALL family members should then stand with their hands behind their back, acting like they are the person with the object…and then together shout, “COMPASSION CHECK!”

That is the cue for the Thrower to turn around. The Thrower must then guess, without moving around the room, who has the object. They get two guesses, unless you are a family of three – then they only get one guess 😉 If they can correctly guess the person who has the soft object behind their back, that person must then give an example of how love and compassion can be shown to the name shouted from the list. They then become the new thrower. If The Thrower does not guess the person holding the soft object correctly, The Thrower then has to give an example of how love and compassion can be shown to the name shouted from the list. They will remain the thrower…unless you decide to rotate turns to give someone else a turn to throw…in case you have some bad guessers 😉

Play multiple rounds, until you get through your list, or until the game has run its course 😉 As a family discuss how you can do a better job of showing love and compassion to one another when each other are hurting, and close the game by praying together as a family.


Did you know that pain and suffering can actually be good for us? It probably doesn’t feel good while going through that pain or that suffering…but God promises it will be good in the END (Romans 8:28). Kind of like an iron…

“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 theme verse for this unit. This month’s winners are the Greens! Enjoy their creative song to help remember the memory verse. Well done Greens!

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.

DIVE IN – Week 7

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. We are in week 3 of our focus on family – FAMILY MATTERS! Let’s DIVE IN!

This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is……Evelyn Green!!! Congratulations Evelyn! 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 Olivia Vicente, Elijah Longchamps, Myles Green! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.


Our current theme is, “Family Matters.” This week we are going to talk about God’s desire for families to worship together!

HOW CAN A FAMILY WORSHIP GOD TOGETHER?

God wants families to worship together to help them grow stronger in their faith. Worship is essential to faith. From beginning to end, the Bible mentions worshiping God. Followers of God worshiped both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. The word WORSHIP is used 503 times in the Bible…it must be important! If God wants us to worship, and if those who lived before us showed lives that worshiped, then we should WANT to worship! And worshiping as a family is God’s desire…but what is worship? We cannot do something if we don’t know what it is – so what is worship? How would you describe it? Many people would say that worship is singing. That worship is music. That worship is what happens at the beginning of a church service.

If that is all worship is, then we simply need to come to church on time so we don’t miss the songs, and then during the week we should sit in a circle as a family and sing some songs. But…why would that be so important to God? Why does He care if we sing a song together as a family? What if my family does not have good signing voices? Does God still want us to worship together if we sound awful? And if worship is singing, then why wouldn’t God give EVERYONE a good singing voice? He WANTS us to worship, right? So why not make everyone good at singing? Or…does this mean worship is MORE than singing? Is worship more than just music being played at the beginning of a church service? Hmmmmm. Let’s take a look at what God says about true worship.

Luke 19:1-10

God’s incredible love!

WHO or WHAT do you WORSHIP?

Every day we are “worshiping”. We will naturally worship what matters most to us. So the question is: who, or what, are you worshiping?

Idols are not just gold statues that people bow down to in the Bible – idols are anything that you focus on more than God. We all have idols! Family tends to know us best…what would your family members say is your “idol” – what is most important to you? Is it a toy? A device? A friend? What would YOU say is most important to you? Sometimes we don’t realize what is most important to us…we may SAY that God and our family are most important to us, but is that really the truth? Does our life show that to be true?

Here is a way to help you search your heart and figure out what is truly most important to you (do this with your family and be honest with your answers):

TIME
What do you spend most of your time on? Be honest. How much of your time is spent on that? When you spend time on that, does bring you closer to God and make you want to live for Him more? How much of your time is spent on growing closer to God?

TALENT
When you’re really good at something it is fun to focus on it, practice it, and get better at it. What is something you are talented at that you like to do? Do you like to show this talent/skill to others? When you use your talent, does it make you think more about yourself, or does it make you think more about God? Do you honor God with your talents by bringing HIM glory, or do you just like the compliments and attention?

TALK
What do you like to talk about? What do you talk about the most? Is it something that shows love and respect for God? Is it something that relates to God and draws you closer to Him?

Talk with your family about these three areas. Ask them to answer these questions about you. Do you need to work on any of these areas? Do you have any idols in your life that cause you to worship something or someone instead of God? Your time, talent, and talk will help you answer that question. I don’t need to know your answers to these questions…although if you feel like you need help with getting better at any of these, I am always happy to talk with you 🙂 Trust me, I am not perfect at any of these either. I have to ask myself these questions every day too. But here is the deal…God already knows the honest answer to these questions…so not being truthful with yourself just continues to hurt yourself and your relationship with God. These questions are not to make you feel bad or feel guilty…these are simply for you and your family to search your heart and determine if you have been distracted from worshiping the Lord together. That is what matters most! Figure out what you need to work on, and then DO IT! God promises to forgive us…He doesn’t hold a grudge. So ask for forgiveness and work on it! Help each other worship God with your time, talent, and talk.


Have you seen people wearing masks? Do you wear a mask? Masks can remind us to worship the Lord…in EVERYTHING we do! Yes, even with our chores!

“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.

DIVE IN – Week 5

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!

Luke 19:1-10

God created family…for a reason!

Poet-trick-ally” Written

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.

DIVE IN – Week 6

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. This month we are focusing on family – FAMILY MATTERS! Let’s DIVE IN!

This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is……MATTHEW KOTSYUBA!!! Congratulations Matthew! 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 Emma Vicente, Nathaniel Kotsyuba, and Myles Green! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.


Our current theme is, “Family Matters.” This week we are going to talk about caring for and protecting our family.

HOW DOES FAMILY PROVIDE CARE AND PROTECTION?

Have you ever been around a newborn baby? How do people react when a baby cries? If it is a “hurt” kind of cry, people rush to see what happened and try to console the baby. If it is a normal cry, mom may try to feed the baby or rock them to sleep. Depending on how long and how loud they are crying, others around may being to get annoyed and move to another room. Crying is actually a language for babies…it is how they communicate their needs (pain, hunger, anger, etc.). Parents and caregivers react to a baby’s cry, and a caring parent/caregiver will figure out the reason for the cry and help the baby in that way. A baby would not survive if they didn’t have someone caring for them and protecting them. God purposed parents to be the provider of that care and protection for their child.

Parents or adult caregivers are responsible for their children’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. That is how God planned it! God commands parents to protect their children, care for their children, teach their children, and disciple their children. Everyday you are learning…not only about how to live, stay healthy, and be a good friend, but also about God’s love for you and how to honor the Lord. But guess what? Your parents aren’t the only ones who care and protect and meet the needs of your family…YOU DO TOO! Let’s take a look at God’s Word and see how different family members showed God’s love, care, and protection for their family.

Luke 19:1-10

Love PROTECTS!

How to “HEART” your Family!

There are so many ways to “love” your family. Protecting them and caring for them are just a few ways! So below are some ways you can “love” your family…the letters H-E-A-R-T are missing from these ways. Every place you see a “~”, it means a letter is missing (either an H, E, A, R, or T – and sometimes more than one of them). The Bible verses can help you figure out what is missing and complete the ways to love.

~ N C O U ~ ~ G ~ (Proverbs 12:25)
W O ~ K ~ ~ ~ D (Deuteronomy 5:13)
B ~ T ~ U ~ ~ F U L (Leviticus 19:11)
K ~ ~ P ~ ~ ~ P ~ ~ C ~ (Romans 12:18)
P ~ ~ Y F O ~ O N ~ ~ N O ~ ~ ~ R (James 5:16)
D O N ‘ ~ W I ~ ~ ~ O L D G O O D ~ ~ I N G S (Proverbs 3:27)


“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.

DIVE IN – Week 4

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. This first month we are learning about following Jesus’ example. Let’s DIVE IN!

This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is…….Olivia Vicente!!! Congratulations Liv! 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 Myles Green, Evelyn Green, and Elijah Longchamps! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.


Our current theme is, “Follow Jesus’ Example.” This week we are going to talk about valuing others.

WHO DOES GOD VALUE?

The word VALUE refers to the WORTH or IMPORTANCE of something or someone. Think about money…what value does a quarter have? (25 cents) What value does a dime have? (10 cents) What value does 100 pennies have? ($1) Which of those three has greater value? The pennies! Those are easy to compare because there is a set value to those items. But what about people? Can you compare the value of people? If we try to do that we may compare talents, money, jobs, etc. For instance, when I was growing up and I got hungry…in my mind, the most valuable person in my family was my mom….because she could make a much more enjoyable meal than anyone else in my home. But does that mean she was more valuable than my dad or my sisters? NO! It was just in that MOMENT she was the one who could MEET my NEED.

When we value people based on what they can do, or better yet, what they can DO for ME…that mindset can become very dangerous for many reasons. First, that means their value can change and the more talented and generous a person is, the more valuable they are. And that is just not true! Second, it also would mean that YOUR value can change and is only set by what other people THINK of you. Also, not true! So…what is our value? How do we know our value? How is it measured? The Bible says that each person is unique and of value to God! Let’s take a look at what Jesus says about our value.

Luke 19:1-10

God’s incredible love!

“Value Others” Name Game

There are so many different ways to show others their value. Sharing words of encouragement, acts of kindness, and respect are ways to let others see how much you value them. So here is a challenge for you! This is the VALUE OTHERS Name Game!

You need to write your first name on a sheet of paper, going down the side of the paper (so each letter goes underneath the letter before it – see below for my name). You then need to come up with a different way you can show “value” to someone else, by starting with each letter of your name. If you have a short first name, do both your first and last name 😉 Here is mine:

V – Visit them when they are sick
I – Invite them to play with me
C – Call them by name
K – Know what matters to them
Y – Yield to what they want to do, instead of getting my own way

F – Find ways to bless them
L – Laugh with them, NOT at them
E
– “Elbow” high-five them to prevent sharing germs 😉
C
– Cheer them up when they are sad
K
– Keep quiet when they are talking

I would love to see your ideas! Share them with my on paper or by emailing them to vfleck@greeceassembly.org. Can’t wait to see your ideas!


Quantity versus Quality – don’t assume someone is more valuable because they have more talents or own more things…
value is not defined in “quantity” (how much we have),
but instead “quality” (who we are).

“I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done for you.”

John 13:15 (July’s Memory Verse)

Memory Verse Challenge!

John 13:15 is our theme verse for this unit. This month’s challenge was to create your own song or hand motions to help memorize the verse. This month’s winner is…EMMA V! Great job Emma! A Bill Grey’s Oreo Milkshake is headed your way!!! We will have the same challenge next month…so get ready to get creative! Enjoy watching Emma’s submission:

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.

BGMC: “El Salvador”

It is another month of BGMC! We are excited to continue to raise money for missions, while learning about another area of the world! I am so thankful that even though we can’t have BGMC Sunday at the church, we can still have it from HOME! God is so good! So grab your Bible and Buddy Barrel and let’s have BGMC – “El Salvador”!

Below you will see a message from Mrs. Green about El Salvador…a yummy recipe you can try…and a true missions story! Are you ready for BGMC Online?!

About BGMC

BGMC is a missions education program for kids! BGMC equips kids to know, to care, to pray, to give, and to reach the lost. We have a two-fold purpose, to reach the children of the world and to create a heart of compassion in kids. BGMC stands for, “Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge”.

Matthew 28:19-20

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.”


MISSIONS MOMENT – with Mrs. Green


Miracle in El Salvador

A true missionary story as experienced by the Sobey family – missionaries at King’s Castle Ministries – which started in El Salvador.

Founded in 1989, King’s Castle Ministries purposed to raise up an army of young, Spirit-filled warriors who would invade Latin America with the simple message that ‘Jesus saves and is coming soon. Today that vision has expanded to dozens of countries throughout the world. Working hand-in-hand with the local church, thousands of young men and women are giving their lives for the cause of global evangelism in the various aspects of the ministry.

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

James 4:10

King’s Castle Ministry was started in El Salvador…but God grew this ministry to spread to other countries around El Salvador, including Nicaragua! Do you know that our church has gone to Nicaragua multiple times on missions trips to work with King’s Castle – we have done street ministry with clowns, songs, and testimonies, and one time we did a basketball camp like Upward – using sports to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the kids and their families! Here are some pictures from some of the different missions trips to King’s Castle.


PRAYER POINTS FOR THIS MONTH:

  • Pray for our missionaries and for the church leaders in El Salvador.
  • Pray for the kids of El Salvador and for their families, that they would learn to serve God together.
  • Pray that gang members and drug addicts would know Jesus’ love and be set free.
  • Pray for the thousands of students in the Bible schools, that as they become pastors and missionaries – God would use them to spread the Gospel around the world!

Winnie’s Wecipes:
Pupusas!


BGMC BLESSES EL SALVADOR


SCRIPTURE PICTURE”

Can you recite the verse (James 4:10) by using these picture clues to figure out the words?

For example, if we take a look at the first clue we get the sound HUM from hummingbird and the word BELL – say them together and you get the word: HUMBLE. Give it a shot! 🙂

HINT: Use the word “oar” instead of “paddle”, and when you see a minus symbol with a letter it means take that letter out of the word


31IN31 BUDDY BARREL CHALLENGE

This month we have a challenge for you: $31 in 31 days! There are 31 days in August…can you raise $31 for BGMC? Offer to do yardwork for a neighbor, host a bake sale or lemonade stand, ask your parents about some extras jobs around the house…get creative! We are hoping to do a BGMC Fun Day Event on August 31 – how awesome would it be for each of us to bring our $31 that day and be able to impact the world with the Gospel – through the ministry of BGMC! Together, can we raise over $1000 this month? Be sure to watch the entire video – there is some incentive 😉

BGMC this Sunday: Empty your Buddy Barrel and get this month’s handouts!

Have you enjoying learning about other countries, missionaries, and how God is working through us? We have a BGMC area set up at church – it is located where the self check-in station used to be (across from the main Kids’ Check-In). There is a BGMC poster with a handout about El Salvador and the Summer Bible Reading Challenge log sheets. Be sure to grab one of each! There is also going to be a bucket there this Sunday – for you to empty your Buddy Barrels! Hope you have been able to put some spare change in that bank of yours…I can’t wait to empty mine this Sunday!

We look forward to continuing to grow together!

Much love and care,

Pastor Vicky & Mrs. Green

DIVE IN – Week 3

We have started a series this Summer entitled, “Dive In”. We are diving into God’s Word and seeing how we can learn about life from Scripture. The first 4 weeks we are learning about following Jesus’ example. Let’s DIVE IN!

This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is……ELIJAH LONGCHAMPS!!! Congratulations Elijah! 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 Emma Vicente, Jamie Schramm, Emily Klepanchuk and Lydia Green! All four of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.


Our current theme is, “Follow Jesus’ Example.” This week we are going to talk about God’s love.

HOW BIG IS GOD’S LOVE?

What is love? Love is a word that can be difficult to define because we use it for so many different things. I love chocolate. I love my mom. I love Jesus. I love you. Does love mean the same thing in all of those statements? No! You don’t love chocolate the same way you love your mom (at least you better not). And we say we love Jesus most, but do our actions always show it? Or do we show more love for chocolate than Jesus…more focused on ourselves (our own wants/desires) than on Jesus? Love can seem hard to describe…and if it is hard to describe, it can be even harder to understand. This is really important, because if we don’t know what love is then how can we ever really live it out? Jesus commanded us to LOVE…so we better figure this out!

Do you know that Jesus is the reason we can know what love is? When Jesus laid down His life for us, He taught us everything we need to know about love. Love is self-sacrificing (giving of yourself), generous (doesn’t keep a record), unconditional (shown no matter what someone else does or doesn’t do), and unending (never stops). God’s love for the world shows us that love is also undeserving — Jesus laid down his life for the entire WORLD. Does the world deserve the love of Jesus? Do YOU deserve the love of Jesus? Let’s take a look at a time where Jesus showed love to someone who definitely didn’t deserve it.

Luke 19:1-10

God’s incredible love!

How do you MEASURE UP?

Did you know there are many different ways to measure things? For example: You can measure how long something is with feet and inches. You can measure liquids in ounces and cups. You can measure how long something takes using time. So let’s see how well you measure…complete the following measurement questions. See if your family will complete them as well and have fun comparing your measurements! I did each of them too…so after you complete all your measurements, you can compare them to mine as well 🙂
(you will need a ruler, measuring tape, and stopwatch)

  1. How wide is your Bible?
  2. How wide can you spread your fingers?
  3. How long is your shoe?
  4. How long can you hold your breath?
  5. How fast can you run a 40-yard dash?
  6. How fast can you say the alphabet?
  7. How high can you jump? (height of something you can jump onto)
  8. What is your height?
  9. Find and read Ephesians 3:17-19 – How wide, long, deep and high is God’s love?

PASTOR VICKY’S ANSWERS TO THE ABOVE QUESTIONS:
1.
5.75 inches 2. 8.75 inches 3. 11.375 inches 4. 62 seconds
5. 6.07 seconds 6. 0.17 seconds 7. 30 inches 8. 5ft 8in.
9. Immeasurable – too wide, too long, too deep, and too high to measure


Opposites! God’s love can often feel opposite to what we naturally WANT to do. Guess what?! That is normal! But it cannot be an excuse to not live out God’s love and share it with the world!

“I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done for you.”

John 13:15 (July’s Memory Verse)

Memory Verse Challenge!

John 13:15 is our theme verse for this unit. This month’s challenge…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 dessert 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.