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?
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