Showing posts from October, 2017

God Gives Us Hope Through the Promise of Heaven

HIGHLIGHTS Last Sunday Discovery Point: God gives us hope through the promise of heaven Last Sunday Key Verse: "For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 7:17) FAMILY DEVOTION No tears in heaven! Things will be really different in heaven! Read Revelation 7:16-17 to see how great things will be. Then, try this! Take your daily or weekly newspaper and read through some of the headlines together. Using a blue marking pen, draw a large teardrop over the stories that are about things we won’t have to deal with in heaven. ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS • How does it make you feel when you read some of these stories? • Why won’t you find these stories in heaven? • If there were newspapers in heaven, what kinds of stories do you think would be in them? FAMILY CHALLENGE Put on your newspaper-reporter cap, and together as a family create the first issue of the Heavenly Times

God Gives Us Hope Through Jesus

HIGHLIGHTS Last Sunday Discovery Point: God gives us hope through Jesus Last Sunday Key Verse: "Then Jesus told her, ‘I AM the Messiah!’” (John 4:26) FAMILY DEVOTION Living Water What’s the best thing to drink when you’re really, really thirsty? Cool, fresh water. Read John 4:1-26 to see what Jesus said about special living water! Wow! Jesus said he could offer people living water. That living water is Jesus himself! Because Jesus died on the cross for our sins, we can live forever in heaven. That’s what living water is all about. Now try this! Create a commercial for the living water of Jesus. You could draw a poster, act out a skit, or record your voices. Tell people that they need this! Make your commercial as convincing as you can. Show or perform your commercial for at least three people. Have your Bible handy so you can read John 4:13-14 and 26 to your audience! Sit with your family and enjoy a cold glass of water together. Discuss other ways you can tell peop

God Gives Us Hope Through His Strength

HIGHLIGHTS Last Sunday Discovery Point: God gives us hope through His strength Last Sunday Key Verse: “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31) FAMILY DEVOTION Strength to fly! Ever wish you could fly? Read Isaiah 40:31 out loud. No, that verse isn’t talking about people flying. It’s a promise that if we just trust God, he’ll give us new strength! Try this trick to remind yourself to trust God! Stand in a doorway. Press the backs of your hands against the door frame as hard as you can. Count to 25. Move away from the doorway and relax your arms. What happens? You found new strength! When you stopped pressing so hard, your arms wanted to fly up. God promises to renew our strength when we trust him, even when we’re tired and troubled. Next time things get tough, remember that God promises to give you new strength! Try again, but this tim

God Gives Us Hope Through His Amazing Work

HIGHLIGHTS Last Sunday Discovery Point: God gives us hope through His amazing work Last Sunday Key Verse: "Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them" (Psalm 107:15) FAMILY DEVOTION Knock Knock! “Who’s there?” “Peter.” “No way! Peter’s in prison!” Hey, it was an honest mistake. Peter was in jail. But not for long. Read Acts 12:6-16 for an account of a most amazing jailbreak! Now try this! Hold a large book in one hand and a sheet of paper in the other. Drop them both at the same time. Which hits the floor first? You’re right! The book. Now try it again with this change. Lay the sheet of paper on top of the book. Drop them together. The paper followed the book right down to the floor, just like Peter followed the angel out of jail! On a sheet of paper, have everyone draw what he or she thinks heaven might look like. Then have everyone describe the drawings to each other. ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS • Why do you think God

Sunday School Take-Home for Sep & Oct

Our Children Sunday School uses the Hands-On Bible Curriculum from Group .  The 11AM Preschool, 11AM Kindergarten, 11AM Elementary, and 1PM Elementary Sunday School classes use lessons from the Hands-On Bible Curriculum. Growing closer to Jesus goes beyond the classroom and church. All lessons include a take-home component, and 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 September and October are available for families to view and download here: Elementary Sunday School Take-Home Sheets If you have any

Give God Your Best

HIGHLIGHTS Last Sunday Discovery Point: Give God your best Last Sunday Key Verse: “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31) FAMILY DEVOTION Do it all for the glory of God Read 1 Corinthians 10:31 out loud together. Take turns saying what you each think this verse means. (It’s OK if you say different things that you think it means.) Whatever we do, we should do it so we honor and glorify God—even if all we’re doing is eating our lunch and drinking our juice! ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS • How does it feel when you give God your very best? • How do you think God feels when you give him your best? • If you were to ask God if he feels honored by everything you do, what would he say? FAMILY CHALLENGE Choose one activity you’ll be doing as a family this week. (It can be as simple as eating together.) Then brainstorm three ways you can make sure you give God your best in that activity—and do them. (Maybe you can cut