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?
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