Hello Northwood Family,
Did you hear we’ve reopened our Kid’s Ministry 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!
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Bible Story Focus: “Andrew and Peter, John and James” Matthew 4:18-22
Try This Fun Activity: Net Making
snack-sized baggie-1/child, “Net” activity page-1/child, foam fish-4/child, craft stick-1/child, tape-1/classroom (Click here to download worksheet)What to do:
Give each child their baggie, net, foam fish, and craft stick. Instruct them to place the net in to the baggie, tape the craft stick on to the baggie (to use as a handle), and place the fish inside the net. You will be discussing how fishermen caught fish with a net in the Bible times, and not fishing poles!
Below are some discussion questions to use as you do this activity.
Learn and Discuss!
Key Question: “Who can you follow?”
Bottom Line: “I can follow Jesus.”
Memory Verse: “‘Come and follow me,’ Jesus said” Matthew 4:19
First, let’s practice our memory verse: Say it with me! “ ‘Come and follow me,’ Jesus said” Matthew 4:19
“What were Peter and Andrew and John and James doing when Jesus found them? (fishing) Yes! They were fishing! Everyone hold up your ‘nets’ and let’s pretend we are fishermen!”
“What did Jesus say to the men when He found them? (Come, Follow Me!) Did they obey and follow Him?” (yes)
“Peter, Andrew, James and John know that following Jesus was a good thing, so that is what they did. They ALL followed Jesus@ It’s a very good thing when we follow Jesus too!”
“Remember, following Jesus means doing what he does, like loving people, helping people, and even sharing with people. The best part is that Jesus wants everyone to follow Him!”
“Let’s make a list of people we can share Jesus with! Because Jesus wants everyone to follow Him!” (let children name people they can share the love of Jesus with)
Pray with your child:
“Dear God, Jesus is such a good, good friend. Thank You that HE loves EVERYONE and that He wants EVERYONE to follow Him. We pray that our friends and family will follow Jesus. WE love You, God! In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.”
Elementary & Preteen
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Try this activity: The Word on Repeat
What you need: Duct tape, scissors, Bibles, markers
What to do:
Ask students to retell the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz in their own words. Make sure each person has a chance to contribute.
Challenge them to rewind the story by telling it backward, each person taking a turn to share a sentence or two.
Begin by saying, “. . . and that’s the story of Ruth and Boaz,” then choose someone to continue.
Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 one sentence at a time as you let the students identify ways Ruth, Boaz, and others lived out kindness as described in that part of the verse. (Example: When was someone in the story patient? How were they kind?)
Note: Preteens are aware that some people are easier to love than others. 1 Corinthians 13 applies to those who are easy for us to love as well as those who annoy, hurt, or are just plain mean to us. Sometimes the hardest place to be kind is at home with the people we love the most.
Challenge students make a deeper, more personal application. Help them take the examples of love they identified in the story of Ruth and interject them into their own story.
Why do you think we often treat complete strangers more kindly than we do our own family members?
God wants us to show kindness freely to others, but that doesn’t mean it’s “free.” What does kindness cost us?
Do you think others would describe you as kind? Why or why not?
What aspect of kindness did you discover today that you hadn’t thought of before?
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!
What is something you might have to sacrifice or give up in order to show kindness to someone in your family this week?
Have you ever regretted showing kindness to someone? Explain.
Would you say that being kind is something you DO or something you ARE?
Do you think it’s possible to be kind to everyone? Why or why not?
Do you think kindness changes depending on how well you know a person, if they are family or friend, how old they are, or whether they follow Jesus? Explain.
Describe the kind of relationship you want to have with your family. How might the kindness you show today impact that?
“God, sometimes we find it hard to show kindness to our family and friends. Maybe someone’s brother is getting on his last nerve, or someone’s mom is making her turn off her game when she really wants to play. But I’m asking you to remind us of the kindness we learned about today even when it’s not always easy for us. I’m so thankful for the kindness You have given to us, and we want to show the world that kindness too. Remind us that we can be kind to our family and friends. 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.
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!
After going through the ABCs with your child, pray together. Encourage the child to pray and talk to God about their decision.
Tell others! Share the good news with your family, your Children’s Pastor, friends, etc. This is an exciting and special day!
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.'”