DIG Celebration 2017

Thank you to all who made this year’s DIG Celebration possible, especially our wonderful DIG Gardeners, our storyteller Richard Band, and our talented sound and worship teams. Yesterday was truly a special day of intergenerational worship. Enjoy these beautiful photos from our friend Laura Bicknell!

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DIG Celebration! 5/21

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Upcoming Events

DIG Celebration Tomorrow!!

Be sure to join us tomorrow as our children lead us in worship and share what the Holy Spirit has taught them this year! Childcare will be available during the service for Infants and Toddlers only.

Summer schedule begins: May 28 (DIG available for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers only)

 

Toddlers: Jesus Appears to His Followers

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During May toddlers are learning about Jesus’ Ministry after the Resurrection. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Reread these accounts (Road to Emmaus, Thomas, Ascension, Pentecost) together in the storybook Bibles you have at home.
  • Use your child’s figurines to retell the stories.
  • Use binoculars to help children notice things far away that they hadn’t seen before; draw connections to the disciples’ experience “seeing” Jesus anew (Road to Emmaus).
  • Fly a kite together. Discuss how the Holy Spirit was in the wind at Pentecost.

This week in DIG, 5/14

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Upcoming Events

DIG Celebration: May 21

Summer schedule begins: May 28 (DIG available for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers only)

Toddlers: Jesus Appears to His Followers

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During May toddlers are learning about Jesus’ Ministry after the Resurrection. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Reread these accounts (Road to Emmaus, Thomas, Ascension, Pentecost) together in the storybook Bibles you have at home.
  • Use your child’s figurines to retell the stories.
  • Use binoculars to help children notice things far away that they hadn’t seen before; draw connections to the disciples’ experience “seeing” Jesus anew (Road to Emmaus).
  • Fly a kite together. Discuss how the Holy Spirit was in the wind at Pentecost.

Preschool: The Ascension

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Preschoolers are now hearing about the Early Church.

  • I wonder how Jesus’ friends felt when Jesus went away?
  • I wonder if they kept looking for Jesus?
  • I wonder how they knew Jesus was still with them?

K-1st Grade: A New Way to See

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Younger elementary children are now learning about the Early Church.

  • I wonder why Saul disliked Christians so much? 
  • I wonder what it was like to hear Jesus’ voice on the road to Damascus? 
  • I wonder what changed Saul’s heart?

2nd-4th Grade: Peter Heals the Beggar (Acts 3:1-10)

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Older elementary students are now focusing on the Early Church.

  • I wonder what it would be like to have never been able to walk, like the lame man?
  • I wonder why Peter and John told the lame man to look at them?
  • I wonder how it felt for the lame man to walk for the first time?
  • I wonder what it means that “faith through Jesus” has healed the lame man?

5th-8th Grade: Semester Review & End-of-the-Year Projects

Middle schoolers are wrapping up their year in DIG by creating special projects that reflect their growth in Christ this year. Students will share their projects at the DIG Celebration!

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This week in DIG, 5/7

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Upcoming Events

DIG Celebration: May 21

Summer schedule begins: May 28 (DIG available for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers only)

Toddlers: Jesus Appears to His Followers

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During May toddlers are learning about Jesus’ Ministry after the Resurrection. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Reread these accounts (Road to Emmaus, Thomas, Ascension, Pentecost) together in the storybook Bibles you have at home.
  • Use your child’s figurines to retell the stories.
  • Use binoculars to help children notice things far away that they hadn’t seen before; draw connections to the disciples’ experience “seeing” Jesus anew (Road to Emmaus).
  • Fly a kite together. Discuss how the Holy Spirit was in the wind at Pentecost.

Preschool-4th Grade: Review

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Preschoolers and elementary students are reviewing the stories they’ve heard this year and choosing their favorite reflections to display at the DIG Celebration.

  • I wonder what your favorite reflection was this year?
  • What did you like about the reflection?
  • What was your favorite part of that story?
  • What do you still wonder about that story?
  • How can we find answers to the questions you still have?

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5th-8th Grade: Semester Review & End-of-the-Year Projects

Middle schoolers are wrapping up their year in DIG by creating special projects that reflect their growth in Christ this year. Students will share their projects at the DIG Celebration.

This week in DIG, 4/30

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Upcoming Events

DIG Celebration: May 21

Summer schedule begins: May 28 (DIG available for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers only)

April’s Memory Verses

Toddlers-4th Grade: Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

(“Trust in the Lord,” Seeds of Purpose, Track 5)

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: John 20:22-23

Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Toddlers: The Miracle of Easter

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During April toddlers are learning about Christ’s Resurrection. 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.

Preschool: Jesus Commissions the Disciples

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Preschoolers are now hearing about Christ’s Resurrection.

  • I wonder how Jesus’ friends know that this is Jesus?
  • I wonder how they feel being close to Jesus again?
  • I wonder if they will always follow Jesus even when they can’t see Him?

K-1st Grade: God Sends Help

Younger elementary children are now focusing on the Early Church.

  • I wonder how Jesus’ friends felt, huddled in that dark room? 
  • I wonder what the wind felt like that came through the room? 
  • I wonder what the flames looked like above everyone’s heads?
  • I wonder if Jesus has come to live inside you?

2nd-4th Grade: Pentecost (Acts 2:1-13, 42-47)

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Older elementary students are now focusing on the Early Church.

  • I wonder what the wind felt like that came through the room? 
  • I wonder what the flames looked like above everyone’s heads?
  • I wonder why they were speaking in other languages?
  • If wonder if the Holy Spirit lives inside of you?
  • I wonder how the early church was different than the church today? I wonder how it was the same?

5th-8th Grade: Semester Review & End-of-the-Year Projects

Middle schoolers are wrapping up their year in DIG by creating special projects that reflect their growth in Christ this year. Students will share their projects at the DIG Celebration!

Catechisms and Coming Events

Upcoming DIG Events

DIG Celebration: May 21

Summer schedule begins: May 28 (DIG available for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers only)

Catechism for Children

What is catechism?

Catechism is a question-and-response way of memorizing foundational theological truths.

Historically catechisms were written with at least three purposes. The first was to set forth a comprehensive exposition of the gospel—not only in order to explain clearly what the gospel is, but also to lay out the building blocks on which the gospel is based, such as the biblical doctrine of God, of human nature, of sin, and so forth. The second purpose was to do this exposition in such a way that the heresies, errors, and false beliefs of the time and culture were addressed and counteracted. The third and more pastoral purpose was to form a distinct people, a counter-culture that reflected the likeness of Christ not only in individual character but also in the church’s communal life. – The Gospel Coalition

For these purposes, centuries-old catechisms have been adapted in recent years to benefit today’s families.

We’ve added The New City Catechism to our DIG Library. Be sure to check it out!

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Other helpful resources on catechism:

-Tim Keller video explaining the value of catechism

New City Catechism

-New City Catechism free interactive iPad app

Sojourn Kids North Star Catechism flash cards, scout book, or free pdf download

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April’s Memory Verses

Toddlers-4th Grade: Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

(“Trust in the Lord,” Seeds of Purpose, Track 5)

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: John 20:22-23

Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Toddlers: The Miracle of Easter

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During April toddlers are learning about Christ’s Resurrection. 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.

Preschool: Road to Emmaus

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Preschoolers are now hearing about Christ’s Resurrection.

  • I wonder how Jesus’ friends felt when Jesus died?
  • I wonder how they felt when they realized that the man who was eating with them was Jesus?
  • I wonder what it was like when Jesus disappeared?

K-1st Grade: Going Home

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

  • I wonder how Jesus’ friends felt when he appeared to them after his resurrection?
  • I wonder what Jesus’ body was like after he rose from the dead?
  • I wonder why Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life”?
  • I wonder how Jesus could “be with us and leave us at the same time?” (p. 324)

2nd-4th Grade: The Ascension (Acts 1:1-11)

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

  • I wonder what it means to be “baptized by the Holy Spirit”? (v. 5)
  • I wonder what kind of power the Holy Spirit gives?
  • I wonder how the disciples felt when Jesus went up into heaven?

5th-6th Grade: The Resurrection (Matt. 27:57-28:10)

Younger middle schoolers are focusing on Christ’s Resurrection.

  • What do you notice about the response of the women who found the empty tomb?
  • What do you think it was like for them to see the living Christ with their own eyes?
  • What was new to you about this story today? Why does His resurrection matter to you?

7th-8th Grade: OFF

This week in DIG, 4/16 – Easter Sunday!

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April’s Memory Verses

Toddlers-4th Grade: Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

(“Trust in the Lord,” Seeds of Purpose, Track 5)

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: John 20:22-23

Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Toddlers: The Miracle of Easter

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During April toddlers are learning about Christ’s Resurrection. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Act out the story with your child using plastic or wooden figures.
  • Create a box of Resurrection Eggs for children to explore. 
  • Read the accounts of this story from Sally Lloyd Jones’ Tiny Bear’s Bible or Jesus Storybook Bible.

Preschool: Jesus Appears to Mary

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Preschoolers are now hearing about Christ’s Resurrection.

  • I wonder what it was like to be going to Jesus’ tomb that Sunday morning?
  • I wonder how Mary felt when Jesus died?
  • I wonder how Mary felt when Jesus called her by name?

K-1st Grade: God’s Wonderful Surprise

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

  • I wonder what it was like for the guards to see the angels appear?
  • I wonder what the women thought when they saw the stone rolled away and the tomb empty?
  • I wonder what Jesus looked like after he was raised from the dead? What was it like for Mary to see him?

2nd-4th Grade: The Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-15)

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

  • I wonder what the women thought when they saw the angel appear at the tomb?
  • I wonder how they felt seeing Jesus again – alive!?
  • I wonder why the chief priests needed to devise an excuse for Jesus’ body disappearing from the tomb?
  • I wonder what Jesus’ resurrection means to you?

This week in DIG, 4/9

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April’s Memory Verses

Toddlers-4th Grade: Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

(“Trust in the Lord,” Seeds of Purpose, Track 5)

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: John 20:22-23

Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Toddlers: The Miracle of Easter

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During April toddlers are learning about Christ’s Resurrection. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Act out the story with your child using plastic or wooden figures.
  • Create a box of Resurrection Eggs for children to explore. 
  • Read the accounts of this story from Sally Lloyd Jones’ Tiny Bear’s Bibleor Jesus Storybook Bible.

Preschool: Jesus’ Last Passover

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

  • I wonder how the disciples felt eating the bread and drinking the wine?
  • I wonder how they felt when Jesus said, “This is my body broken for you?”
  • I wonder how they felt when Jesus died?

K-1st Grade: The Sun Stops Shining

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

  • I wonder what it was like for Jesus be hurt by the soldiers?
  • I wonder how Jesus could forgive those who killed Him?
  • I wonder why Jesus was willing to give up his life?

2nd-4th Grade: The Crucifixion (Matthew 27:32-54)

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

  • I wonder why the soldiers posted the sign “King of the Jews” over Jesus’ cross?
  • I wonder why Jesus did not get down from the cross?
  • I wonder why the curtain of the temple was torn in two?
  • I wonder why the centurion believed?

5th-6th Grade: Triumphal Entry and Crucifixion (Matt. 21:1-11, 27:11-54)

Younger middle schoolers are focusing on Christ’s passion and resurrection.

  • How had the people’s attitudes about Jesus changed in one short week? Why do you think these attitudes changed?
  • Why was Christ’s death necessary? (1 Peter 2:24)
  • Choose one verse from today’s passage that was particularly meaningful for you. Why did that verse stand out to you?

7th-8th Grade: Triumphal Entry and Crucifixion (Matt. 21:1-11, 26:1-13, 27:24-54)

Older middle schoolers have finished their reflection on the epistle of Philippians, and are now preparing for Easter.

  • How had the people’s attitudes about Jesus changed in one short week? Why do you think these attitudes changed?
  • Why was Christ’s death necessary? (1 Peter 2:24)
  • Choose one verse from today’s passage that was particularly meaningful for you. Why did that verse stand out to you?

 

This week in DIG, 4/2

New to the Library!

Take advantage of these brand new titles in our collection!

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Found: Psalm 23 by Sally Lloyd Jones

This recently released board book uses the text of Psalm 23 from the Jesus Storybook Bible and combines it with sweet new illustrations. Kids of all ages will love it.

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The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross by Carl Laferton

A great pre-Easter read, this picture book explains the problem of sin and God’s redemptive plan. Brightly illustrated, for children PreK and up.

March’s Memory Verses

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In tomorrow’s DIG moment we’ll enjoy a video of our elementary aged children worshipping in DIG, and children will be invited to recite March’s verse for the congregation.

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.

April’s Memory Verses

Toddlers-4th Grade: Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

(“Trust in the Lord,” Seeds of Purpose, Track 5)

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: John 20:22-23

Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Infants

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Toddlers: The Miracle of Easter

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During April toddlers are learning about Christ’s Resurrection. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Act out the story with your child using plastic or wooden figures.
  • Create a box of Resurrection Eggs for children to explore. 
  • Read the accounts of this story from Sally Lloyd Jones’ Tiny Bear’s Bibleor Jesus Storybook Bible.

Preschool: Jesus the King

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

  • I wonder what it was like to see Jesus riding on the donkey towards Jerusalem?
  • I wonder why all the people put their palms and coats on the ground?
  • I wonder what it means that Jesus is our King?

K-1st Grade: A Dark Night in the Garden

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

  • I wonder why Jesus’ friends kept falling asleep? I wonder how that made Jesus feel?
  • I wonder why Jesus had to take on all the “brokenness of everyone’s hearts” (294)?
  • I wonder why Jesus would have to lose his Father?
  • I wonder why Peter cut off the guard’s ear?

2nd-4th Grade: Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-56)

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

  • I wonder how it felt for Jesus to accept “the cup” that God had for him in dying for everyone?
  • I wonder why Jesus was arrested when he had done nothing wrong?
  • I wonder if anyone understood what Jesus meant when he said “this has all taken place so that the writings of the prophets may be fulfilled” (v. 56)?
  • I wonder how Jesus felt when all his friends ran away?

5th-6th Grade: Jesus’ Last Supper (Matt. 26:1-30)

Younger middle schoolers have finished their study through the EFCA’s Statement of Faith and will spend April focusing on Christ’s passion and resurrection.

  • Why do you think Jesus talks about his coming death with his disciples?
  • Why do you think Jesus used bread and wine to signify his life being given for the sins of the world?
  • Reflecting on today’s passage, what steps might you take to make communion a more meaningful experience between you and God? (prayer, confession, etc.)

7th-8th Grade: God’s Provision (Philippians 4:10-23)

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, 3/26

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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?