This week in DIG, 2/26

February’s Memory Verses

Toddlers-4th Grade: Matthew 4:18-20

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”  (“Fishers of Men,” Seeds of Purpose, Track 10)

5th-8th Grade: Books of the Bible: REVIEW

7th-8th Grade: Phil. 2:14-15

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

Toddlers: Miracles of Jesus

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During February toddlers have learned about the Miracles of Jesus (Feeding the 5000 and Calming the Storm). Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Act out the stories with your child: use bath toys to retell Calming the Storm, and use play food to retell Feeding the 5000.
  • Read the accounts of these 2 stories from Sally Lloyd Jones’ Tiny Bear’s Bible or Jesus Storybook Bible.
  • Ask 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 during the storm?

Preschool: Jesus Calls the Disciples

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In February preschoolers are hearing about the Life and Ministry of Christ.

  • I wonder how the twelve disciples felt being called to be with Jesus?
  • I wonder how the twelve disciples felt about being sent to tell the good news of the kingdom of God?
  • I wonder if the people wanted to follow the way of the kingdom of God?

K-1st Grade: Treasure Hunt

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This month younger elementary children are focusing on the Life and Ministry of Christ.

  • I wonder why the man sold everything he had when he found the treasure?
  • I wonder what the kingdom of God is like?
  • I wonder if you’ve found this treasure?

2nd-4th Grade:  Jesus and Jairus’ Daughter (Mark 5:21-43)

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Older elementary students will also focus on the Life and Ministry of Christ.

  • I wonder why the woman touched Jesus’ garment?
  • I wonder why Jesus healed so many people?
  • I wonder how the little girl felt to be healed by Jesus?

 

Family Worship

 

 

We will not hide these truths from our children;

    we will tell the next generation

about the glorious deeds of the Lord,

    about his power and his mighty wonders…

so the next generation might know them—

    even the children not yet born—

    and they in turn will teach their own children.

So each generation should set its hope anew on God,

    not forgetting his glorious miracles

    and obeying his commands.

Psalm 78:4-7

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I’m not a woman of many resolutions. Sadly, I like my Ben & Jerry’s too much to make any bold declarations on January 1. But this year my husband and I resolved to make family worship a regular practice in our home. We felt the desire to worship with our kids as a way of honoring Jesus as King in our home. After two months of practice, we are certainly not experts, but we read a couple of books on family worship and came away with this:

 

Read. Pray. Sing.

 

Simple enough.

 

After dinner, we gather in the living room and open God’s Word. My husband or I will read a psalm, or we’ll play an audio version on one of our phones. To switch it up, we might read a story from the Jesus Storybook Bible, or a passage from With a Mighty Hand: The Story in the Torah. We keep it short. We sometimes paraphrase a line or two for clarity. We don’t spend time discussing the passage unless the children have comments or questions. We usually just allow the Word of God to speak.

 

We pray. The kids pray as they’re led. Sometimes we’ll pray for the person to our right. The kids love praying for each other and being prayed for by siblings. It’s a completely different dynamic from their typical daily interactions.

 

Then we sing. I know many adults are uncomfortable singing in public, let alone leading songs with their families. But children love this part, and it’s what the people of God have been doing since God brought them out of Egypt. “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord, O my Soul).” “Step by Step.” “Jesus Loves Me.” My children are young, so we stick with songs that everyone can sing easily and enthusiastically, but you could use this opportunity to introduce older children to the great canon of hymns the church has sung for millennia.

 

Keep it simple and sustainable, and welcome the Spirit of God into your home as you worship together. Please share in the comments any resources or ideas that have been helpful to your family!

 

For further reading:

Family Worship. Donald S. Whitney

A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home. Jason Helopoulos

“The What, When, and How of Family Worship.” Jason Helopoulos

This week in DIG, 2/19

February’s Memory Verses

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Toddlers-4th Grade: Matthew 4:18-20

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”  (“Fishers of Men,” Seeds of Purpose, Track 10)

5th-8th Grade: Books of the Bible: REVIEW

7th-8th Grade: Phil. 2:14-15

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

Toddlers: Miracles of Jesus

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During February toddlers will learn about the Miracles of Jesus (Feeding the 5000 and Calming the Storm). Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Act out the stories with your child: use bath toys to retell Calming the Storm, and use play food to retell Feeding the 5000.
  • Read the accounts of these 2 stories from Sally Lloyd Jones’ Tiny Bear’s Bibleor Jesus Storybook Bible.
  • Ask 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 during the storm?

Preschool: Jesus & the Tax Collectors

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In February preschoolers are hearing about the Life and Ministry of Christ.

  • I wonder why people didn’t like the tax collectors?
  • I wonder why Jesus invited Levi to follow him?
  • I wonder how the tax collectors and sinners felt when they sat around the table with Jesus?

K-1st Grade: Filled Full

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This month younger elementary children are focusing on the Life and Ministry of Christ.

  • I wonder how the disciples are feeling, watching Jesus feed everyone?
  • I wonder how the crowd feels?
  • I wonder if the crowd thinks Jesus is the Christ, and if so, why?
  • I wonder what the boy thought of it all?

2nd-4th Grade:  Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-12)

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Older elementary students will also focus on the Life and Ministry of Christ.

  • I wonder what it was like to hear Jesus teaching?
  • I wonder how Jesus’ teaching was different from what they had heard before?
  • I wonder what award awaits us in heaven?

5th-6th Grade: What is the Great Commission? (Matt. 28:18-20)

Younger middle schoolers are continuing their study through the EFCA’s Statement of Faith.

  • Who introduced you to Jesus?
  • How are you a disciple/student/apprentice to Jesus? What does this look like in your daily life?
  • How do you feel about sharing your faith with others? How is it challenging or rewarding (or both)?
  • Is there anyone God has put on your heart to share Christ with?

7th-8th Grade: Timothy and Epaphroditus, the Examples of Service (Philippians 2:19-30)

Older middle schoolers are reflecting on the epistle of Philippians during the winter/spring semester.

  • Did God speak to you today as you were studying Philippians?
  • What verses were particularly meaningful to you?

 

 

 

This week in DIG, 2/12

February’s Memory Verses

Toddlers-4th Grade: Matthew 4:18-20

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”  (“Fishers of Men,” Seeds of Purpose, Track 10)

5th-8th Grade: Books of the Bible: REVIEW

7th-8th Grade: Phil. 2:14-15

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

Toddlers: Miracles of Jesus

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During February toddlers will learn about the Miracles of Jesus (Feeding the 5000 and Calming the Storm). Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Act out the stories with your child: use bath toys to retell Calming the Storm, and use play food to retell Feeding the 5000.
  • Read the accounts of these 2 stories from Sally Lloyd Jones’ Tiny Bear’s Bible or Jesus Storybook Bible.
  • Ask 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 during the storm?

Preschool: Jesus & the Paralytic (Luke 5:17-26)

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In February preschoolers are hearing about the Life and Ministry of Christ.

  • I wonder how the people feel about Jesus?
  • I wonder how the man felt when he was paralyzed?
  • I wonder how it felt to take his first step?
  • I wonder how it felt to have his sins forgiven?

K-1st Grade: Captain of the Storm

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This month younger elementary children are focusing on the Life and Ministry of Christ.

  • I wonder if Jesus knew the storm was happening while he slept?
  • I wonder what it was like to be in that storm in the boat?
  • I wonder why the storm stopped when Jesus said “Hush!”?
  • I wonder how Jesus can help stop some of the storms or fears in your life?

2nd-4th Grade:  Jesus Meets with Nicodemus (John 3:1-21)

Older elementary students will also focus on the Life and Ministry of Christ.

  • I wonder why Nicodemus came to find Jesus at night?
  • I wonder what Jesus meant when he said, “Unless you are born again, you cannot see the kingdom of God”?
  • I wonder why some people loved the darkness more than the light?
  • I wonder if Nicodemus was satisfied with Jesus’ answers?

5th-6th Grade: How do we fight the spiritual battle? (Eph. 6:10-18)

Younger middle schoolers are continuing their study through the EFCA’s Statement of Faith.

  • After discussing the spiritual battle last Sunday, were you more aware of it during your week? Where did you see the battle taking place in your life/heart/relationships?
  • How can you ‘put on the armor’ in your daily life?

7th-8th Grade: Lights in the World (Phil. 2:12-18)

Older middle schoolers are reflecting on the epistle of Philippians during the winter/spring semester.

  • Did God speak to you today as you were studying Philippians?
  • What verses were particularly meaningful to you?

This week in DIG, 2/5

Tomorrow is our DIG Moment! Be sure to practice the Scripture verse!

January’s Memory Verses

Toddlers-4th Grade: Romans 8:28, 31

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…If God is for us, who can be against us?  (“If God Is For Us,” Seeds of Purpose, Track 9)

5th-8th Grade: NT Books of the Bible: Epistles (Romans – Revelation)

7th-8the Grade: Philippians 1:9-10

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.

February’s Memory Verses

Toddlers-4th Grade: Matthew 4:18-20

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”  (“Fishers of Men,” Seeds of Purpose, Track 10)

5th-8th Grade: Books of the Bible: REVIEW

7th-8the Grade: Phil. 2:14-15

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

Toddlers: Miracles of Jesus

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During February toddlers will learn about the Miracles of Jesus (Feeding the 5000 and Calming the Storm). Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Act out the stories with your child: use bath toys to retell Calming the Storm, and use play food to retell Feeding the 5000.
  • Read the accounts of these 2 stories from Sally Lloyd Jones’ Tiny Bear’s Bible or Jesus Storybook Bible.
  • Ask 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 during the storm?

Preschool: A New Teaching (Mark 1:21-28)

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In February preschoolers will hear about the Life and Ministry of Christ.

  • I wonder how the people feel now that the unclean spirit is gone?
  • I wonder who the people think Jesus is?
  • I wonder what Jesus taught that was different than the scribes’ teaching?
  • I wonder what this man will do now that the unclean spirit is no longer in him?  

K-1st Grade: How to Pray (The Lord’s Prayer)

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This month younger elementary children focus on the Life and Ministry of Christ.

  • I wonder how people felt when they saw the “Super Holy People” praying?
  • I wonder how the children felt when Jesus told them they could talk to God?
  • I wonder how God can hear every prayer in the world?
  • I wonder how I can pray to God?

2nd-4th Grade: Jesus Calls his Disciples (Matthew 4:18-25)

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Older elementary students will also focus on the Life and Ministry of Christ.

  • I wonder why the first disciples immediately followed Jesus?
  • I wonder what their families thought when they left to follow Jesus?
  • I wonder why Jesus chose to heal people?

5th-6th Grade: What is spiritual warfare? (Eph. 6:10-18)

  • Where do you see the spiritual battle being fought in this world? What about in your own life/relationships/heart?
  • Does it make you feel afraid or confident?

7th-8th Grade: Christ’s Example of Humility (Phil. 2:1-11)

  • Did God speak to you today as you were studying Philippians?
  • What verses were particularly meaningful to you?

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