February’s Memory Verse
Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
-1 Chronicles 16:9-10, “Sing Praise to Him” from Seeds of Praise album, track 7
This month toddlers have been exploring the stories of Jesus’ Miracles including Feeding the 5000, and Calming the Storm.
Possible activities and questions to ask with your toddler:
*Act out the story with your child, using bath toys to retell Jesus and the storm and pretend food to retell The feeding of the 5000.
*Read the accounts of these 2 stories from Sally Lloyd Jones’ Tiny Bear’s Bible or Jesus Storybook Bible.
*Some wondering questions:
-I wonder how the people felt having a meal with Jesus?
-I wonder what it was like to be in the boat with Jesus in the storm?
Preschool-Jesus and the Paralytic, Luke 5:17-26
Preschoolers will spend February exploring the stories of Jesus’s ministry.
*I wonder how the people feel about Jesus?
*I wonder how the man felt when he was paralyzed?
*I wonder how it feels to take his first step?
*I wonder how it feels to have his sins forgiven?
At BeFree it is important that children are treated as full participating worshippers and allowed into all parts of the service, when appropriate. In order for Communion to be meaningful for children, we must explicitly teach them about its purpose and meaning.
(see my blog post for more on Communion, https://befreedig.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/communion-and-children/)
On Sunday, the elementary students participated in a lesson on Communion. We walked through Jesus’ Last Supper. Students discussed their own wonderings about Communion, and then reflected on it individually. Here is a list of their questions. You might want to discuss them at home:
*Why would they drink the blood?
*Why is it called “The Last Supper?”
*Why does Jesus have to die for us?
*How did it feel in the room during the Last Supper?
*What kinds of things do you think about during Communion?
Additional Communion Resources
Here is some other resources to use with kids to further explore Communion.
Follow and Do
The Lord’s Supper. . .Let’s Get Ready
Communion Coloring pages
Grades 5-6, Who is the Holy Spirit?
The younger middler schoolers will spend February examining the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
*Reread the passages Acts 8:1-3, Acts 9:1-19.
*In the Acts passages, what do you notice about what the Spirit does?
*Have you ever sensed him at work in your heart and life?
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