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Kids Ministry at Home

January 24, 2020

Hello Northwood Family,

Did you hear we’ve reopened our Kid’s Ministry at a limited capacity at out Onsite Campus? Click here to learn more!

We are now going back to the type of Sunday curriculum that your kids know and love from their classes onsite. These lessons are designed with your child’s age group in mind. We hope these interactive lessons help to teach your child about God’s great love for them and stir their affections for Jesus!




Worship

Preschool



Step one

Watch our video lesson!



Lesson Overview

Bible Story Focus: “I can be a part of God’s family.” Hebrews 10:24-25




Step Two

Try This Fun Activity: Spin that Feeling!


Supplies Needed:
Each child needs: a set of Memory verse cards (Click here to download), crayons, markers, stickers

What to do:
Encourage each child to color and decorate their memory verse cards with crayons, stickers and markers. They are going to get to take these home to show their families what the memory verse is, and teach it to them!

Below are some discussion questions to use as you do this activity.



Step Three

Learn and Discuss!


Key Question: “What is with you wherever you go?”

Memory Verse: “I have hidden Your Word in my heart.” Psalm 119:11

Discussion:

  • Our Bible Story today was about how we can be a part of God’s family! Isn’t that exciting? God wants everyone to be a part of His family. Why? Because God loves everyone a LOT!
  • When we remember that God made us, loves us, and wants us to be a part of His family, we also remember that we can take God’s Words with us wherever we go. Ask the children “What is with you wherever you go?” Say the verse with the kids, “God’s Word is with me wherever I go!”
  • One way we remember God’s Words is by saying them over and over again. Let’s stand up and say the Bible Verse we have been learning. “I have hidden your word in my heart. Psalm 119:11
  • Let’ stalk about what we can do for one another when we are part of God’s family. Everyone will get a turn! What can you do for people in God’s family? (Go around the room and let each child mention one thing that they can do for God’s family—examples: pray for them, help them when they are sick, etc)


  • Final Step

    Closing Prayer


    Pray with your child:

    “Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to make a way for us to be a part of Your family. Thank You for the church where we can learn to love one another the way You love us. Please help us be good to one another and I pray that every child in this class will one day follow Jesus! We love You God! In Jesus’ name, Amen.”



    Elementary & Preteen



    Step one

    Watch our video lesson!






    Step two

    Try this activity: Overcoming Distraction



    What you need: Cardstock or paper, markers, scissors

    What to do:

    • Ask kids if they could pick any superpower to possess what it would be?
    • Ask kids if they consider any of the following superpowers. Why or why not? (Dig deeper: Have you ever seen someone respond with incredible self-control and you didn’t know how he or she managed not to get angry at the situation? Or have you been around someone so ANNOYING you were amazed how someone had the patience to hang with that person?)
      • Determination/courage
      • Wisdom
      • Self-control
      • Non-physical strength
      • Patience
      • Confidence
    • Pass out the paper.
    • Encourage the kids to create a shield for each of the above superpowers.
    • Review the Bible story. Potential discussion questions are:
      • Why were Peter and John in trouble?
      • Why did they make the choices they did?
      • What challenge did Peter and John face?
      • What supernatural power(s) did they demonstrate? (strength, confidence, courage, wisdom in knowing the words to speak)
      • How did Peter and John get the supernatural powers?
      • How did knowing Jesus was with them help them face the Sanhedrin?
    • Explain that when you believe Jesus is who He says He is, the Holy Spirit becomes part of you. Through the Holy Spirit, you receive supernatural “power” to face challenges.
    • Review some of the powers discussed earlier.
    • Set the scene by reading difficult scenarios kids might face from the list below.
      • Have kids hold up a “shield” that would help in that situation.
      • More than one “power” could be used for each situation.
    • Give kids an opportunity to share examples of challenges they might be facing or have faced, and as a group discuss what “power” would help them with the challenge.
    • Scenarios could include:
      • You are doing a group project and one member of the group isn’t helping at all. What “power” could you use in this situation?
      • A kid in your class is being bullied or treated unkindly. What “power” could you use in this situation?
      • Reading is hard for you and your teacher just gave the class a long book to read at home. What “power” could you use in this situation?
      • Your friends are going to a movie and your parents won’t let you go because it’s PG-13 and they haven’t seen it yet. What “power” could you use in this situation?
      • You just found out that you didn’t make the team that you and all your friends tried out for, but most of your friends made it. What “power” could you use in this situation?
      • It’s your first time staying home alone for an hour. You know where all your birthday presents are being hidden and you really want to know if you’re getting that awesome thing you asked for. What “power” could you use in this situation?
      • Add any other scenarios you can think of based on what you know about your group.



    Step three

    Dig Deeper: Now that you have finished that activity, here are some questions for Preteens and those of you who want to take the lesson a step further.

    A note about discussion questions: these questions are not meant to be asked sequentially nor are they meant for every kid to answer or every group to answer. Rather, they are provided for you as the Small Group Leader to use to jumpstart some deeper discussion. Keep in mind that kids this age still need time to think and process, sometimes before they themselves even know what they think! It’s okay to have silence right after a question is asked. Or your few might need you to answer the question yourself to give them something to frame their answers in. We also hope that you use what you know about your few. Ask the specific questions you think they need to answer. If there’s something you know they’re struggling with or need to work on, ask the questions that pertain to those things and start a conversation about them!


    • When is it hard to be confident? How can you get yourself ready to face challenges?
    • Peter and John had confidence knowing Jesus was with them. How can knowing Jesus is with you help you face challenges and give you confidence?
    • Can you think of a time you responded to a situation knowing that the Spirit was helping you? What was it? Maybe you had something to say and you decided to hold your tongue. Or you were tired of waiting for your friend to text you back and instead of getting mad you patiently waited. Or there was a lot of drama among your friends but you had the confidence and self-control to not get involved.



    Final Step

    Closing Prayer


    “God! We thank You for the awesome friends we have here who remind us how we can trust in You. I know many of us are facing different things in this upcoming week—some exciting, some that make us nervous. Help us to remember each other this week and to be praying for the situations we are facing ahead. Remind us of Your promise that [Bottom Line] when Jesus is with you, you can face anything. In Jesus’ name, amen!”



    Resources for Parents

    Leading your Child to Christ

    Parents this section is for you! Does your child know Jesus? How can you check for their spiritual growth? Are they ready to accept Him as their Lord and Savoir? Are you overwhelmed yet? Don’t be; you have the Holy Spirit to guide you and a church body to support and encourage you in this exciting discussion with your child.

    We want to share with you a wonderful resource from Focus on the Family that can help to break down these important conversations into bite-size pieces based on your child’s developmental stages. It’s so good you may want to bookmark it and keep it as an ongoing resource.

    Leading your Child to Christ by Focus on the Family

    Additional Tips When Having These Disscussions

      Don’t do all the talking:

      Ask questions and let the child talk. Let the child ask questions and help him/her look up the answers in the Bible.

      Don’t use big or confusing words:

      Instead of “ask Jesus into your heart,” which can be too abstract, try “ask Jesus to be your forever friend.” Also, be sure to explain any big words that you may come across when reading the Bible verses together.

      Speak up:

      Ask your child to communicate what they are doing, to make sure they understand. Encourage them to ask questions when they don’t understand something.

      ABCs of becoming a Christian:

      Go through the ABCs with the child and use the Bible to help the child look up the specific verses. Learn more about the ABCs of becoming a Christian below!

      Pray:

      After going through the ABCs with your child, pray together. Encourage the child to pray and talk to God about their decision.

      Celebrate:

      Tell others! Share the good news with your family, your Children’s Pastor, friends, etc. This is an exciting and special day!

      Baptism:

      Schedule a meeting with Diana Kerby or Donna Thomas to follow up on this discussion and prepare for the next step of Baptism.

    ABCs of Becoming a Christian

      A: ADMIT you are a sinner and ask for forgiveness

      Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned & fall short of the glory of God.” 1 John 1:0 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

      B: BELIEVE in Jesus as your Savior and become a child of God

      John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 1:12 “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

      C: CONFESS that Jesus is Lord and choose to follow Him daily

      Romans 10:0 “That is you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Luke 9:23 “Jesus said, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.'”