This week in DIG, 3/26

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Easter Resources

As Easter approaches, we’re reposting Jackie’s recommendations for Easter family resources. Some of these books are even available in our new DIG Library!

https://befreedig.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/more-ways-to-prepare-for-easter-and-beyond/

https://befreedig.wordpress.com/2016/02/25/easter-picture-books-2/

March’s Memory Verses

Toddlers-4th Grade: Matthew 16:24-25

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.” (“Follow Me,” Seeds of Purpose, Track 6)

5th-8th Grade: The Lord’s Prayer (from Matthew 6:9-13)

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

7th-8th Grade: Philippians 4:8

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Toddlers: Jesus and Zacchaeus

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During March toddlers are learning about Jesus and Zacchaeus. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Act out the story with your child using plastic or wooden figures.
  • Read the accounts of this story from Sally Lloyd Jones’ Tiny Bear’s Bibleor Jesus Storybook Bible.
  • Ask some wondering questions:
    • I wonder why Zacchaeus climbed the tree?
    • I wonder how Zacchaeus felt when Jesus noticed him?

Preschool: Jesus and Zacchaeus

Preschoolers are now hearing about Christ’s Road to Jerusalem.

  • I wonder what it is like to be so short that you can’t see what you want to see?
  • I wonder how Zacchaeus felt when Jesus called him by name?
  • I wonder what Jesus and Zacchaeus said to each other as they walked together?
  • I wonder what Jesus meant when he said he was coming to find the lost?

K-4th Grade: Communion

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At BeFree children are treated as full participating worshippers and welcomed into all parts of the service when appropriate. For communion to be meaningful for children, we must explicitly teach them about its purpose and meaning.

On Sunday, the elementary students will participate in a lesson about communion, focusing on Jesus’ Last Supper. Your child will bring home a handout with communion resources for parents and children.

Here is an additional list of wondering questions to discuss at home:

  • I wonder why they would drink “the blood”?
  • I wonder why it is called “The Last Supper”?
  • I wonder why Jesus had to die for us?
  • I wonder how it felt in the room during the Last Supper?
  • I wonder what kinds of things you think about during Communion?

Introducing the DIG Library!

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We’re excited to be establishing a DIG Library – full of helpful resources for parents and great reads for kids!

Our new library is currently very small, but we look forward to developing it over the years.

The library is now located on the 2nd floor in the black bookcases by the printers. Beginning this Sunday, you can borrow a book for 30 days by simply signing it out of the library. Just write your name by the title you’re borrowing on the sign-out sheet and enjoy! Borrowers must be at least 18-years-old. Please borrow one book at a time.

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Donations to the library are welcome, but we will curate the collection to best meet the needs of our parents and children. Please feel free to leave donations in Gina Henker’s mailbox by the copiers. Donations will not be returned.

This week in DIG, 3/19

March’s Memory Verses

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Toddlers-4th Grade: Matthew 16:24-25

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.” (“Follow Me,” Seeds of Purpose, Track 6)

5th-8th Grade: The Lord’s Prayer (from Matthew 6:9-13)

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

7th-8th Grade: Philippians 4:8

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Toddlers: Jesus and Zacchaeus

During March toddlers are learning about Jesus and Zacchaeus. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Act out the story with your child using plastic or wooden figures.
  • Read the accounts of this story from Sally Lloyd Jones’ Tiny Bear’s Bible or Jesus Storybook Bible.
  • Ask some wondering questions:
    • I wonder why Zacchaeus climbed the tree?
    • I wonder how Zacchaeus felt when Jesus noticed him?

Preschool: Jesus and Bartimaeus

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Preschoolers are now hearing about Christ’s Road to Jerusalem.

  • I wonder how it feels to be blind?
  • I wonder how it feels to see for the first time?
  • I wonder how it felt for Bartimaeus to follow Jesus on the way to Jerusalem?

K-1st Grade: The Servant King

Younger elementary children are now focusing on Christ’s Passion.

  • I wonder why Jesus would want to wash everyone’s feet?
  • I wonder why Judas would leave and want to help the Leaders capture Jesus?
  • I wonder what Jesus meant when he said his “body is like this bread. It will break” (292)?

2nd-4th Grade: The Triumphal Entry (Matthew 21:1-11)

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Older elementary students are now focusing on Christ’s Passion.

  • I wonder why Jesus chose a donkey to ride on into Jerusalem?
  • I wonder why the people praised Jesus?
  • I wonder what “Hosanna” means?

5th-6th Grade: What will the new heaven and earth be like? (Revelation 21-22:6)

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

  • What parts of the passage stand out to you? Where do you see yourself in this passage? Where do you see Christ?
  • What aspects of the new heaven & new earth are you most excited for?

7th-8th Grade: Exhortation, Encouragement, & Prayer (Philippians 4:1-9)

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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, 3/12

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March’s Memory Verses

Toddlers-4th Grade: Matthew 16:24-25

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.” (“Follow Me,” Seeds of Purpose, Track 6)

5th-8th Grade: The Lord’s Prayer (from Matthew 6:9-13)

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

7th-8th Grade: Philippians 4:8

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Toddlers: Jesus and Zacchaeus

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During March toddlers are learning about Jesus and Zacchaeus. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Act out the story with your child using plastic or wooden figures.
  • Read the accounts of this story from Sally Lloyd Jones’ Tiny Bear’s Bibleor Jesus Storybook Bible.
  • Ask some wondering questions:
    • I wonder why Zacchaeus climbed the tree?
    • I wonder how Zacchaeus felt when Jesus noticed him?

Preschool: Jesus and the Children

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

  • I wonder why the disciples didn’t want the children near?
  • I wonder why Jesus had the children come close to him?
  • I wonder what it felt like to be close to him?

K-1st Grade: Washed with Tears

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

  • I wonder what bad things the woman had done?
  • I wonder how she got the expensive perfume?
  • I wonder why she started to cry?
  • I wonder why the Important People hated Jesus?

2nd-4th Grade: Jesus Walks on Water (Matthew 14:22-36)

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Older elementary students continue to focus on the Life and Ministry of Christ.

  • I wonder why Jesus walked on the water?
  • I wonder why Peter wanted to get out of the boat?
  • I wonder why Peter became afraid?

5th-6th Grade: What will happen when Christ returns? (John 5:28-29)

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

  • What emotions do you feel reading these verses? Fear, excitement, sadness? Why?
  • What questions do you still have about Christ’s return and the eternal consequences that will come with it?

7th-8th Grade: Straining Toward the Goal (Philippians 3:12-21)

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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, 3/5

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March’s Memory Verses

Toddlers-4th Grade: Matthew 16:24-25

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.” (“Follow Me,” Seeds of Purpose, Track 6)

5th-8th Grade: The Lord’s Prayer (from Matthew 6:9-13)

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

7th-8th Grade: Philippians 4:8

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Toddlers: Jesus and Zacchaeus

During March toddlers will learn about Jesus and Zacchaeus. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Act out the story with your child using plastic or wooden figures.
  • Read the accounts of this story from Sally Lloyd Jones’ Tiny Bear’s Bible or Jesus Storybook Bible.
  • Ask some wondering questions:
    • I wonder why Zacchaeus climbed the tree?
    • I wonder how Zacchaeus felt when Jesus noticed him?

Preschool: Jesus and the Storm

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

  • I wonder what it was like to be in such a great storm?
  • I wonder how Jesus was able to sleep during the storm?
  • I wonder why the wind and the sea did what Jesus said?
  • I wonder what the disciples were thinking and feeling?  

K-1st Grade: Friend of Little Children

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

  • I wonder why the disciples didn’t want the children near?
  • I wonder why Jesus had the children come close to him?
  • I wonder what it felt like to be close to him?

2nd-4th Grade: Healing the Paralytic (Matthew 9:1-8)

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

  • 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?

5th-6th Grade: What will Christ’s return be like? (Acts 1:6-11)

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

  • Is it easy or difficult to imagine Christ returning to earth? Why?
  • What do you imagine it will be like?

7th-8th Grade: Righteousness Through Faith in Christ (Philippians 3:1-11)

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?