Showing posts from November, 2017

We Have Hope Because God Has Called Us

HIGHLIGHTS Last Sunday Discovery Point: We have hope because God has called us Last Sunday Key Verse: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28) FAMILY DEVOTION The Pieces Fit With your family, read Romans 8:28 out loud. Then do this: Find an old puzzle, and spread the pieces out on a table, leaving a clear space in the center. Take turns picking up a puzzle piece and laying it in the clear space. For each piece you pick up, tell your family about a time you were confused or troubled. The picture on the puzzle box is a complete picture, made up of little pieces that all fit together like the pieces of your life. Glue some puzzle pieces to a square of colored poster board. Write the words of ROMANS 8:28 around the border. Keep your puzzle in your room to remind you that God sees the big picture of your life! ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS • Why do you think G

We Have Hope Because God is Always With Us

HIGHLIGHTS Last Sunday Discovery Point: We have hope because God is always with us Last Sunday Key Verse: “He rescues and saves his people.” (Daniel 6:27) FAMILY DEVOTION Can’t Blow It Out Read Daniel 6:1-23 together and talk about the way God was with Daniel in the lions’ den. God wants to be with you too! Check out what that’s like. Hold a small funnel in front of a birthday candle and blow through the small end. (The candle needs to be centered but not inside the wide end of the funnel.) When the candle doesn’t go out, try again! Pray together and thank God for putting his protection around you. Ask God to daily remind you of the ways he is present in your life. ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS • How is God’s protection like or unlike the funnel protecting the flame of the candle? • What are some things you need God’s protection for in your daily life? • What can you do this week to remember that God is always with you just as God was with Daniel? FAMILY CHALLENGE

We Show Hope By How We Live

HIGHLIGHTS Last Sunday Discovery Point: We show hope by how we live Last Sunday Key Verse: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23) FAMILY DEVOTION Master and Slave Read Romans 6:15-23 together as a family, and talk about what it means to be a slave to God instead of a slave to sin. Then play the following game to help you learn what it means to be God’s slave. Pick one person in your family to be a “master of the hour” (or whatever amount of time works for your schedule), and have all the other family members be slaves. Give the master a crown to wear. Have the master give orders to the slaves, and have the slaves obey whatever the master says. (If you’ve got time, let everyone have a turn being the master.) When you’ve finished playing the game, discuss these questions together: ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS • How is this game like or unlike God acting as a master? • What does God want us to do as

Sunday School Take-Home for Nov & Dec

Growing closer to Jesus goes beyond the classroom and church. All our Sunday School lessons include a take-home component, these handouts are given to the kids or parents at the end of class when they are picked up.  It is encouraged that parents, along with their kids, use the handout to plan meaningful activities during the week to review and talk about the topics the kids are learning at Sunday School.  It is a good resource for families to develop faith at home. Parents, if you did not get the Take-Home Sheets from the Sunday School teacher, or your child made it into a paper airplane and lost it, no worries! Take-Home Sheets for November and December are available for families to view and download here: Elementary Sunday School Take-Home Sheets If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave a comment here!

God Gives Us Hope Through Jesus' Resurrection

HIGHLIGHTS Last Sunday Discovery Point: God gives us hope through Jesus' resurrection Last Sunday Key Verse: “Because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation” (1 Peter 1:3) FAMILY DEVOTION Ticket of Hope Together with your family read 1 Peter 1:3-6. Talk about the “wonderful joy ahead” and what that means to you. Check out what it looks like to hope in the joy ahead! Purchase a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant, or a ticket to a movie, amusement park or local event your family would look forward to. Before attending the fun activity, re-read 1 Peter 1:3-6 together. Go out and enjoy some time together with your family! ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS • How did you feel when you were looking forward to eating out at the restaurant, going to the movie, or attending the special event? • How is Jesus like or unlike a ticket that gets us into a special place? • Who can you tell this week about Jesus being our ticket into heaven? FAMILY CHALLENGE At br