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Kids Ministry at Home

October 25, 2020

Hello Northwood Family,

Did you hear we’re reopening 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: “God made people, and they are wonderful.”




Step Two

Try This Fun Activity: Self Portrait


Supplies Needed:
“My Self Portrait” activity sheet, (Click here to download) crayons and markers

What to do:
Guide your child to add facial features, hair, etc to their “self-portrait.”

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



Step Three

Learn and Discuss!


Key Question: Who made everything wonderful?

Memory Verse: “You have done great and wonderful things.” 2 Samuel 7:23

Discussion:

  • As they make their self-portrait, talk to your child about what color their eyes, hair, and skin is. Show them the different colors of crayons and markers that “match” their features and gently suggest that they use these colors (of course, some kids may end up with orange eyes and that’s okay too!)
  • Say, “Child’s Name, God made you so perfectly! You are WONDERFUL! I am so thankful for you!
  • Say, “God made to do great things! What do you want to do for God now while you are young? What do you want to do for God when you grow up? (let child list things that they want to do) I am excited to see how God is going to do WONDERFUL things in your life!”
  • Now let’s practice our memory verse: “You have done great and wonderful things.” 2 Samuel 7:23


  • Final Step

    Closing Prayer


    Pray with your child:

    “Dear God, thank You for making Child’s Name. I hope (Child’s Name) will always remember that he/she is WONDERFULLY made because YOU made him/her. Help us to do great things for You God! In Jesus’ name, Amen.”



    Elementary & Preteen



    Step one

    Watch our video lesson!






    Step two

    Try this activity: Take a Snapshot



    What you need: Blank paper, pens, and a timer

    What to do:

    • Pass out the blank paper and pens.
    • Encourage them to tear their pieces of paper into an L-shape. (Demonstrate if needed.)
    • Challenge them to cover their L-shaped papers with as many different names of leaders as possible. (Define “leader” as someone who have been in charge of them at some point throughout their lives.)
    • Set a timer for two minutes.

    What you say:
    If you look at your page, you could probably go through it again and put a plus sign next to all the positive leaders in your life. You could also probably pick out the people you’d put a minus or negative sign next to because maybe the relationship didn’t or isn’t going so well. But here’s the thing—God asks us to respect all our leaders. God goes on to say that everyone who’s in leadership over us He put there or allowed to be in those positions. With this many leaders, no wonder God thinks this is worth talking about more.



    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!


    • Name some of the leaders who are in charge of you or some of the ones you wrote down earlier on the L-shaped paper.
    • Who do you wish wasn’t in charge of you in some area of your life? (No names—keep it general: a teacher, a coach, etc.)
    • What makes it hard to follow certain leaders?
    • Is there a certain type of leader that you often have trouble with (a pattern in your life)?
    • What makes it easy to follow leaders? Who do you find it easy to respect?
    • Does it make it easier if we remember God put or allows them to be in control?
    • What do we do if we think leaders are wrong or don’t deserve our respect?
    • What can we do when we are tempted to take matters into our own hands? Can you think of a situation where it would be okay to withhold respect from a leader or push against their leadership?



    Final Step

    Closing Prayer


    “Dear God, thank you for our time today. You say that everyone in charge is put there by you. When leaders are great and easy to follow, we can easily believe that they are put in charge by you. But we need help with the leaders in our lives who don’t seem worthy of our respect. Help us the next time we are with these leaders to be respectful in our responses. Help us not to be controlled by our feelings or to do anything extreme to retaliate or go against their leadership, even if it seems fair or right. Help us to trust you and to remember that the reason we are really showing respect to this leader is because we respect who You are. We love you. 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.'”