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    September Series: God's Family!

    Dear Families,


    We’re excited to start a new series in our children’s ministry! We’re all a part of a family—whether your family is large or small, close in proximity or far apart, stereotypical, or unique! We’re learning about a special family in the Bible who was unique and was a vessel through which God used to bless the nations and carry a promise!

     

    Your family is a part of our family, and we’re a part of God’s family. From the very beginning, when sin first entered the world, God had a plan. God would restore, and He would use a family—His family—to make it happen. During this series, we’ll explore stories of God's faithfulness to the earliest members of His family. One day, from this very family—God's family—He would send the One who would make all things right again. The One through whom we are all invited into the family: Jesus.


    We invite your family to join us on this journey of discovering God’s plan through the family of Abraham. Look for helpful family resource guides posted here every week. Each week, we encourage your family to remember our Bible lessons through fun videos (check out a preview of the first video by clicking here), family conversation questions, hands-on activities, and interactive prayers. Celebrate what God has done as you sit at home or drive along the road with a Spotify playlist of songs we sing together on Sunday mornings!


    We can't wait to start this new journey with your family!

  • Wonder @ Home // September 25 - October 1

    This Week In God's Big Story


    Jacob is left alone with his thoughts and doubts, and God sends an angel who wrestles him and gives him a new name.


    Wonder Truth: God Is Faithful

    Scripture: Genesis 32-33

    Watch God's Big Story @ Home: Early Childhood // Elementary

    Worship @ Home: Sing together with our Spotify Playlist!


    Wonder About It

    • What is one thing you are learning about God and the wonder of His big story?
    • How do you see God’s story as part of your own story?


    Family Conversations

    Families, use this to prompt conversations at the table, in the car, and anywhere else your family experiences life together.

    • God was faithful to Jacob because that’s Who God is—He is faithful. When have you experienced God’s faithfulness in a big or a small way?
    • If you could change your name to anything, what would you change it to?
    • Names are very important in the story of Jacob. What name or names do you use when you are talking to God? Do you use the same name when you are praying alone as you do when you are praying with others? Why or why not?
    • What names does God call us? Which one do you like the most?
    • If you perfectly trusted God’s faithfulness, what might you do? What goal or dream would you go after? 


    Word of Wonder

    Work together this week on memorizing this verse!

    Elementary:

    Before you created the whole world and the mountains were made, from the beginning to the end you are God.

    Psalm 90:2 (NIrV)

    Early Childhood:

    Before You created the whole world, You are God, and You will always be God.

    Psalm 90:2


    Walk it, Act it, Move it!

    Neighborhood Prayer Walk

    For this activity, you will need a small bag and fairly good weather. For best results, go over the plan together before you head out the door. Walk around your neighborhood and pray as you go.


    Remember Jacob’s journey to Midian, hoping to find refuge in a new place. Speak a blessing over each house you pass, thanking God for His faithfulness to your neighbors and your city. You can use your own words or words like these: God, we thank You for being faithful to bless and protect the people of this household (or neighborhood, or city). May they hear You calling their names. May they know that You are near. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


    As you walk, look for smooth rocks and small stones (avoid taking any from a neighbor’s home landscaping!) Find stones that are large enough to fill the palm of your hand. Collect enough to represent the members of your family. Take the rocks home with you as a reminder that God is strong and faithful, like a sturdy rock. As you walk toward your home, remember Jacob’s journey homeward and God’s faithfulness as he made the journey.


    Hands On

    God Is Faithful Name Activity

    Use an app or the internet to find the meaning of each person’s name in your family. If applicable, parents or guardians can share the story of how each child’s name was chosen! Was the child named after anyone? Does the name have special meaning or was it decided upon in a unique way? If a person in your family has a nickname, how did that person get it? Talk about the meaning of each person’s first and middle name. Do you feel the meanings suit each person well?


    In this week’s part of God’s big story, we learned about the story of when Jacob was renamed Israel. The name “Israel” means “one who struggled with God.” Why do you think the angel gave Jacob a new name? Allow your kids to respond. The angel said, “Your name is now Israel. You have fought with God and with men and have prevailed.” Jacob understood that God was watching over him. Whether or not your name meaning accurately describes you, you can know that your name as a child of God means you can trust God and His faithfulness!

    1. Wonder @ Home // September 18 - 24

      This Week In God's Big Story


      God continues His covenant promises through Jacob even when it seems like choices would mess up that promise.


      Wonder Truth: No Matter What, God Keeps His Promises

      Scripture: Genesis 25–27

      Watch God's Big Story @ Home: Early Childhood // Elementary

      Worship @ Home: Sing together with our Spotify Playlist!


      Wonder About It

      • What is one thing you are learning about God and the wonder of His big story?
      • How do you see God’s story as part of your own story?


      Family Conversations

      Families, use this to prompt conversations at the table, in the car, and anywhere else your family experiences life together.

      • Have you ever made a promise to someone? What was it?
      • Is there ever a time it is OK to break your promise? Why or why not?
      • Has anyone ever broken a promise they made to you? How did it make you feel?
      • How does it make you feel to know that God always keeps His promises?
      • What promise did God make to Abraham? Why do you think God made that promise? 


      Word of Wonder

      Work together this week on memorizing this verse!

      Elementary:

      Before you created the whole world and the mountains were made, from the beginning to the end you are God.

      Psalm 90:2 (NIrV)

      Early Childhood:

      Before You created the whole world, You are God, and You will always be God.

      Psalm 90:2


      Create It

      Our Family Covenant

      SUPPLIES: paper, colored pencils or crayons, craft materials (optional)

      This week’s part of God’s big story reminds us God is faithful and always keeps His promises, no matter what. Even though Jacob and Isaac took matters into their own hands and made mistakes, God still kept His promise to bless the nations through Abraham’s descendants. God’s promise to Abraham was a special promise called a covenant, which means special promise. We make lots of promises! People sometimes break their promises, but God never breaks His promises. God’s covenant with Abraham was to give him special land, to enlarge Abraham’s family, and bless the nations through them.


      This week, take some time to create a family covenant, or promise about how your family will live. Together, come up with a promise your family can make about how you will live, what is important to you, and how you will show what’s important to you. Pray and ask God for wisdom as you write it. To make it more special, create a poster to remind your family of the covenant.


      Hands On

      God's Promises

      SUPPLIES: paper, writing utensil

      To help remember that God always keeps His promises, make a Promise List that you can always come back to when you need a reminder from God. Make a list of as many of God’s promises from the Bible that you can think of. For example: God promised to never flood the earth again or God promises to be with me.


      Once your family has created a list, allow each family member to choose one promise from the list. Then take turns praying and thanking God for that promise. God is faithful and He always keeps His promises, no matter what!


      To help get you started, here are a few promises you can look up in the Bible: Isaiah 41:10, Joshua 1:19 and Isaiah 54:10.

      1. Wonder @ Home // September 11 - 17

        This Week In God's Big Story

        Messengers from God tell Abraham that Sarah will have a son that year, and she does, for God keeps His promises!

        Wonder Truth: God Keeps his Promises

        Scripture: Genesis 18, 21

        Watch God's Big Story @ Home: Early Childhood // Elementary

        Worship @ Home: Sing together with our Spotify Playlist!


        Wonder About It

        • What is one thing you are learning about God and the wonder of His big story?
        • How do you see God’s story as part of your own story?


        Family Conversations

        Families, use this to prompt conversations at the table, in the car, and anywhere else your family experiences life together.

        • Describe a time you had to wait a long time for something you were excited about. Was it worth the wait?
        • Have you ever had to wait on God for something? If so, what was it?
        • What can you do if you ever feel impatient as you’re waiting on God or waiting on a promise to happen?
        • If you took a walk outside, what would you see in nature that would remind you of a promise God has made, or reminds you that God keeps His promises?
        • Has there been a time when someone broke a promise? How did that make you feel? Is there a time that you were not able to keep a promise?


        Word of Wonder

        Work together this week on memorizing this verse!

        Elementary:

        Before you created the whole world and the mountains were made, from the beginning to the end you are God.

        Psalm 90:2 (NIrV)

        Early Childhood:

        Before You created the whole world, You are God, and You will always be God.

        Psalm 90:2


        Walk it, Act it, Move it

        Waiting and Guessing

        You will need a stopwatch or timer (you can use your phone!) for this activity. Tell your kids they will stand up and sing a familiar song (such as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”) to themselves for varying amounts of time. When they think it’s been exactly the amount of time you told them, they will stop singing and sit down. Start with 10 seconds, then 30 seconds, then 55 seconds. The last time, tell them 99 seconds (1 minute and 39 seconds). Whoever is the closest each time, wins!


        When you finish the activity, ask: Was it hard knowing how long to wait? What’s the longest you’ve ever had to wait for something you were excited about? In this week’s part of God’s big story, we learned about Abraham and Sarah waiting a long time for a promise from God to happen. They didn’t know how long they had to wait, but God’s promise was fulfilled because God keeps His promises, no matter what! We may not always know how long we’ll have to wait for God’s promises either, but we can always trust Him to keep His promises.


        Life Connection

        Stargazing for Promises

        SUPPLIES: snacks, chairs, blankets, binoculars

        Wait until twilight, then find a special spot to gather with a great view of the sky. As you wait for the sun to set, remind your family about God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah: Sarah would have a baby and their descendants would be as numerous as stars in the sky!


        Before any stars are visible, ask your kids how many stars they can count. Ask this question again as stars become visible, then ask again every few minutes, as you stargaze. As the sky grows darker, more stars will become visible, and your star count should increase.


        For a very long time, Abraham and Sarah couldn’t understand or see God’s plan. However, simply because we can’t always see or understand a promise, doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Stars are never hidden, but we can only see them under the right conditions, which might require waiting, like how we waited tonight for the sky to get darker.

        1. Wonder @ Home // September 4 - 10

          This Week In God's Big Story

          God makes an unbreakable promise to Abraham—one day his descendants would outnumber the stars in the sky, and through his family God would bless the whole world.

          Wonder Truth: God Has a Plan 

          Scripture: Genesis 12; 15; 17

          Watch God's Big Story @ Home: Early Childhood // Elementary

          Worship @ Home: Sing together with our Spotify Playlist!


          Wonder About It

          • What is one thing you are learning about God and the wonder of His big story?
          • How do you see God’s story as part of your own story?


          Family Conversations

          Families, use this to prompt conversations at the table, in the car, and anywhere else your family experiences life together.

          • What plan did God have for Abram in God’s big story?
          • Have you ever had to move? Do you know someone who has moved?
          • How would you feel if God asked you to leave your home and go to a new place He would show you?
          • How did God bless Abram and Sarai?
          • Think about your life. What can help you trust God’s plan?


          Word of Wonder

          Work together this week on memorizing this verse!

          Elementary:

          Before you created the whole world and the mountains were made, from the beginning to the end you are God.

          Psalm 90:2 (NIrV)

          Early Childhood:

          Before You created the whole world, You are God, and You will always be God.

          Psalm 90:2


          Hands On

          What’s in the Bag?

          Before playing this game, place three mystery items inside brown paper bags or small boxes. These items could be small toys, household items, or nature objects. Read the words in bold print to your child: 

          Each of these bags has a mystery object inside. I’m going to allow you to ask me a few questions and then you will take your best guess of what’s in the bag! 

          Allow kids to ask five or six yes-or-no questions (similar to the game “20 Questions”). Then have them guess what item is hidden in the bag.


          After giving them a chance to guess, reveal the object inside each bag. At the end of the activity, discuss the results. Just as you could not see the object inside the bag, we cannot see God’s full plan. We can know some things about it—sometimes He even reveals a piece to us—but there are parts of the plan that only God knows. Even when we can’t see what will happen, we can trust that God has a good plan for us because His Word says that He is faithful, loving, and kind.


          Interactive Prayer

          Counting Blessings

          Help kids connect with the blessing God gave Abram, using this interactive prayer. Read Genesis 12:1–3 together. Then read the words in bold print to your child: 

          The word blessing comes from the Hebrew word Barak. This word means “to kneel, to praise.” God gives us many blessings—good things—in our lives. Can you name a few? 

          Allow kids to answer; they may mention food, a home, friends, family, and Jesus. Prompt your kids to kneel and take a moment to praise God for His blessings. Encourage them to speak out the blessings in their lives and thank God for each. To close your prayer time, read the Priestly Blessing found in Numbers 6:24–26 (NIV):

          “The LORD bless you and keep you;

          the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’

          1. At Home Weekly // Summer Week 10 // August 7 - 13

            At Home Weekly is designed for you to use during the week with your son or daughter. You’ll find out what they learned today at church, and can help them prepare for next week by exploring the theme (or Ponder Point) and spending time together in God’s Word. 


            What we Learned this week

            PONDER POINT: GOD IS THE HOLY ONE

            Peter’s Letter to the Jewish Christians

            1 Peter 1—2

            Peter wrote this letter to the Jewish believers scattered throughout five Roman provinces. He encouraged them to live a victorious Christian life even when their faith caused them to suffer persecution. He wanted these believers to live out their faith courageously—even though it would cause them to be different from the rest of the world.


            Where We’re Headed Next time

            PONDER POINT: JESUS IS THE LORD OF LIFE

            Book of Romans

            Romans 1—10

            Paul’s letter to the Roman church gives a clear picture of salvation. It tells us that we all sin, that our sins separate us from God, that Jesus died to pay for our sins and purchase our gift of salvation, and that we can’t earn salvation but must just accept it as the gift it is.


            Did you know? 

            Share these facts to get the conversation started.

            • Paul probably wrote the book of Romans from the city of Corinth during his third missionary journey. 

            • The book of Romans answers the question of why we need Jesus and gives us direction to find Him. 

            • We have all sinned, and our sin separates us from God. 

            • Jesus’ death and resurrection provide us with a way to be in right relationship with God. All we must do is accept what Jesus did for us. 


            Connect as a family

            Read Romans 3:21—28 (*Fire Bible, pp. 1396, 1397). Then create a visual “timeline” of your spiritual journey. Include the various people, places, and events God used to bring you into relationship with Him. Tell your children about some of the things you have included in your timeline. Encourage your children to create their own spiritual timelines. Let them tell you why they chose the spiritual highlights they chose.


            After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:


            • Why did Jesus die on the cross? 

            • What must we do to be in right relationship with God? 

            • Have you made the decision to put your faith in Jesus?


            These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about Jesus as the Lord of life into your everyday life as a family. 


            Remember verse

            The Remember Verse focuses on a character trait of God that’s highlighted in next week’s portion of The Big God Story.


            But these are written that you may believe

            that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God,

            and that by believing you may have life in his name.

            John 20:31

            BLESSING

            Blessings are often used in the Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.

            A blessing to pray over your child:

            (Child’s name), may you know that Jesus is the Lord of life. May you remember that God offers you salvation through Jesus.

            1. At Home Weekly // Summer Week 9 // July 31 - August 6

              At Home Weekly is designed for you to use during the week with your son or daughter. You’ll find out what they learned today at church, and can help them prepare for next week by exploring the theme (or Ponder Point) and spending time together in God’s Word. 


              What we Learned this week

              PONDER POINT: GOD’S SPIRIT GIVES GIFTS

              Gifts of the Spirit

              Romans 12:6–8; 1 Corinthians 12:7–10, 27–28; Ephesians 4:1–16

              God described the relationship between believers when He called us the body of Christ. Jesus is the head. But just as a human body has many different parts that play different roles, God uses each person who is part of the body of Christ to build up the rest of the body. The Holy Spirit gives the body of Christ gifts of leaders, gifts of serving that build up the Church, and the nine gifts of the Spirit (1 Corin-thians 12:7–10) to empower Spirit-filled believers as needed for the challenges of the moment. All gifts are given to build up the Church, the body of Christ.


              Where We’re Headed Next time

              PONDER POINT: GOD IS THE HOLY ONE

              Peter’s Letter to the Jewish Christians

              1 Peter 1—2

              Peter wrote this letter to the Jewish believers scattered throughout five Roman provinces. He encouraged them to live a victorious Christian life even when their faith caused them to suffer persecution. He wanted these believers to live out their faith courageously—even though it would cause them to be different from the rest of the world.


              Did you know? 

              Share these facts to get the conversation started.

              • This letter was not written to one particular church, but to believers scattered throughout five provinces of the Roman Empire. 

              • Peter wrote this letter to remind the scattered people of God that their suffering would not last forever. 

              • God calls believers to be “foreigners” or “exiles” on earth—living a life that is different from, but still attractive to, those around them. A Christian’s real home is heaven.


              Connect as a family

              In an empty water bottle or jar pour equal parts of water and oil. Show your children how the two can be mixed together but will eventually separate. Read

              1 Peter 1:1–12 (*Fire Bible, p. 1536). Explain that just as the oil and water are together but still separate, that we as Christians live together with non-Christians, but our behaviors, thoughts, and attitudes should be separate because we seek to please God.


              After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:


              • In what ways does God call us to be different from the rest of the world? 

              • How does it feel to know that as believers our true home is in heaven? 

              • Share with your children that God loves them and desires them to live a life that honors God. Discuss what that may look like in various situations.


              These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about God’s holiness into your everyday life as a family. 


              Remember verse

              The Remember Verse focuses on a character trait of God that’s highlighted in next week’s portion of The Big God Story.


              But these are written that you may believe

              that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God,

              and that by believing you may have life in his name.

              John 20:31


              BLESSING

              Blessings are often used in the Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.

              A blessing to pray over your child:

              (Child’s name), may you be holy as God is holy, through the power of His Holy Spirit. May you stand out as a light in the darkness.

              1. At Home Weekly // Summer Week 8 // July 24 - 30

                At Home Weekly is designed for you to use during the week with your son or daughter. You’ll find out what they learned today at church, and can help them prepare for next week by exploring the theme (or Ponder Point) and spending time together in God’s Word. 


                What we Learned this week

                PONDER POINT: JESUS IS MASTER

                Paul with Priscilla and Aquila

                Acts 18

                While in Corinth, Paul met a Jew named Aquila, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla. The three worked together as tentmakers and shared the gospel. After moving to Ephesus, Priscilla and Aquila met Apollos. Apollos was a man who loved to proclaim that Jesus is the Messiah, but who was lacking some additional training. Priscilla and Aquila helped disciple Apollos before he left for further ministry.


                Where We’re Headed Next time

                PONDER POINT: GOD’S SPIRIT GIVES GIFTS

                Gifts of the Spirit

                Romans 12:6–8; 1 Corinthians 12:7–10, 27–28; Ephesians 4:1–16

                God described the relationship between believers when He called us the body of Christ. Jesus is the head. But just as a human body has many different parts that play different roles, God uses each person who is part of the body of Christ to build up the rest of the body. The Holy Spirit gives the body of Christ gifts of leaders, gifts of serving that build up the Church, and the nine gifts of the Spirit (1 Corin-thians 12:7–10) to empower Spirit-filled believers as needed for the challenges of the moment. All gifts are given to build up the Church, the body of Christ.


                Did you know? 

                Share these facts to get the conversation started.

                • The Bible contains four different lists of gifts given to the Church.

                • The ministry gifts and motivational gifts (Ephesians 4:11; Romans 12:6–8) last for years, sometimes for a lifetime.

                • The gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12:7–10 are given to Spirit-filled believers at specific times. For example, a word of knowledge is a word from God for one situation. 

                • The purpose of the gifts is to bring unity and strength to the body of Christ as well as to help us grow and mature in Christ.


                Connect as a family

                Choose a puzzle to complete with your child this week. As you construct the puzzle, talk about how the different pieces fit together. Explain to your child that although the pieces are all different, you need all of them to complete the picture. One is not more important than another and if any piece is missing, the puzzle will not be complete. Explain to your child how this relates to the spiritual gifts God gives us. Share that God’s desire is that we work in unity with one another. 

                Read Ephesians 4:1–16 (*Fire Bible, pp. 1458-1459).


                After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:


                • What are your strengths and abilities that has God given to you?

                • How can you use your strengths and abilities to benefit the church? 

                • How can you honor the strengths and abilities others give to the church? 

                • If your church encourages the gifts of the Spirit as described in 1 Corinthians 12:7–10, talk with your child about what she may have seen or heard. Help her understand that these gifts are for all Spirit-filled believers, not just a select few.


                These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about God’s Spirit giving us gifts into your everyday life. 

                Remember verse

                The Remember Verse focuses on a character trait of God that’s highlighted in next week’s portion of The Big God Story.


                “My sheep listen to my voice;

                I know them, and they follow me.”

                John 10:27

                BLESSING

                Blessings are often used in the Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.

                A blessing to pray over your child:

                (Child’s name), may God’s Spirit give you power to serve others with the gifts He gives to you.

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                  At Home Weekly // Summer Week 4 // June 26 - July 2

                  At Home Weekly is designed for you to use during the week with your son or daughter. You’ll find out what they learned today at church, and can help them prepare for next week by exploring the theme (or Ponder Point) and spending time together in God’s Word. 


                  What we Learned this week

                  PONDER POINT: THE LORD WHO HEALS

                  Peter and Tabitha

                  Acts 9:36–42

                  A follower of Jesus named Tabitha served others by doing good deeds, including making clothes for those in need. God used Peter to raise Tabitha from the dead and show that Jesus is the Lord who heals.


                  Where We’re Headed Next time

                  PONDER POINT: GOD’S SPIRIT EQUIPS

                  Paul and Barnabas

                  Acts 13:1–3 14:1–22

                  Paul and Barnabas were two of the first missionaries. God specifically called and equipped them to share the good news of Jesus Christ in new places. In Lystra, the Holy Spirit empowered them to miraculously heal a crippled man. Because of the miracle, Paul and Barnabas were mistaken for pagan gods in human form and narrowly stopped a crowd from sacrificing to them. Once the confusion was cleared up, the fickle crowd turned and stoned Paul almost to death. But God supernaturally equipped Paul to recover from his beating and equipped him with courage to continue in ministry.


                  Did you know? 

                  Share these facts to get the conversation started.

                  • When the church at Antioch began, the Jerusalem church sent Barnabas to lead and mentor the new believers. In turn, Barnabas asked Paul to come and minister with him. 

                  • Acts 13:2–3 tells us that the Holy Spirit himself chose Paul and Barnabas as missionaries. After fasting and prayer, the men were prayed over and sent on their first missions trip together.

                  • Barnabas and Paul were equipped by the Holy Spirit to reach both Jews and Gentiles with the good news of Jesus.


                  Connect as a family

                  With your family, read Acts 14:8–20 (*Fire Bible, p. 1371) about Paul and Barna-bas at Lystra. Then read the passage a second time, this time slowly narrating as your child acts out the story (pretending to be the crippled man, pretending to be Paul and Barnabas acting surprised and then shocked about the crowd trying to worship them, Paul pretending to be wounded and then healed, etc.).


                  After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:


                  • If you could take a missionary journey anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why? 

                  • Do we know any people who don’t know Jesus? Who are they? 

                  • How might we share the good news of Jesus with those people?


                  These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God’s Spirit equips into your everyday life as a family.


                  Remember verse REVIEW

                  This week, pause and review the Remember Verse your child has learned in the past few weeks.


                  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

                  Acts 1:8

                  BLESSING

                  Blessings are often used in the Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.

                  A blessing to pray over your child:

                  (Child’s name), may you trust in our great God, who blesses us with so many things. He loves you, protects you, and rejoices over you. May He bless you greatly this week!

                  1. At Home Weekly // Summer Week 3 // June 19 - 25

                    At Home Weekly is designed for you to use during the week with your son or daughter. You’ll find out what they learned today at church, and can help them prepare for next week by exploring the theme (or Ponder Point) and spending time together in God’s Word. 


                    What we Learned this week

                    PONDER POINT: JESUS IS THE ONE TRUE GOD

                    Stephen Is Martyred

                    Acts 6:8—7:60

                    Stephen loved Jesus. His relationship with Jesus was important to him. It was so important to him that he chose Jesus even when he was called before his nation’s highest court, the Sanhedrin. Stephen would not deny his faith in Jesus. Because of that he lost his life—but not before he was able to share his faith in Jesus with others. And not before he saw Jesus standing up in heaven, ready to greet him. Stephen remained obedient to his faith even when it cost him his life.


                    Where We’re Headed Next time

                    PONDER POINT: THE LORD WHO HEALS

                    Peter and Tabitha

                    Acts 9:36–42

                    A follower of Jesus named Tabitha served others by doing good deeds, including making clothes for those in need. God used Peter to raise Tabitha from the dead and show that Jesus is the Lord who heals.


                    Did you know? 

                    Share these facts to get the conversation started.

                    • Acts 9:36–42 tells the story of Tabitha (also known as Dorcas) being raised from the dead. 

                    • Tabitha was a well-respected woman who dedicated her time to good works. 

                    • In Acts 9:36, Tabitha is described by the Greek word mathetria, meaning “a female disciple.” This word refers to Tabitha alone. It’s used nowhere else in the Scriptures.



                    Connect as a family

                    Discuss with your family ways you could serve your neighborhood. Maybe a sick neighbor needs a meal, or an elderly friend could use some help with yard work. After you’ve come up with some suggestions, set a time to take action, and then serve together as a family. Read Acts 9:36–42 (*Fire Bible, pp. 1363–1364) to learn more about how one woman served God and what happened to her.


                    After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:


                    • What are some ways you can care for those around you as Tabitha did? 

                    • How did Jesus show Himself as the Lord who heals? 

                    • Who in our life right now needs prayer for healing?


                    These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about Jesus, the Lord who heals, into your everyday life as a family. 

                    Remember verse

                    The Remember Verse focuses on a character trait of God that's highlighted in next week's portion of The Big God Story.


                    “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes

                    on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,

                    and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8


                    BLESSING

                    Blessings are often used in the Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.

                    A blessing to pray over your child:

                    (Child’s name), may God care for your body, heart, and mind in every way. May He show Himself as the Lord who heals to you and to those around you.