We are currently holding virtual programs for our kids (Preschool - 5th Grade) on Fridays and Sundays. If you have not done so already, you may register your child for both/either program using the links provided below:
As we stream our church services online, we wanted to provide you with resources that you can use to worship with your kids at home. We are currently holding Virtual Sunday School meetings for your children via Zoom, but we'll continue to send out their weekly lessons so that you can help them stay connected to what they've learned throughout the week!
HOW DO WE WORSHIP AT HOME? Family worship is as simple as gathering your family to:
1. READ 2. SING 3. PRAY
Read. Go through the Bible passage together as a family. Play the lesson video (links below). Ask your kids appropriate level follow up questions. Sing. Sing the selected worship songs provided for your children below, or any praise song your family enjoys to sing to Jesus!
Pray. Share prayer requests and pray together. You can read, sing, and pray in ANY ORDER. Just keep it short and fun!
Bible Lesson for Sunday 9/27 Gospel Project: Unit 25, Lesson 4 Story Point: Jesus has power over death.
Discussion: (pick the questions that work for your kids) Younger Elementary:
1. How long had Lazarus been in the tomb when Jesus arrived in Bethany? (four days, John 11:17)
2. Who did Martha say Jesus is? (the Messiah, the Son of God; John 11:27)
3. What happened when Jesus told Lazarus to come out? (Lazarus obeyed, John 11:44)
4. How can we know Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God? (Guide kids to think about what Jesus said about Himself, what others said about Jesus, and what Jesus’ actions communicated. Remind the kids that only God has power over death. Jesus is God the Son, and we can trust what the Bible says about Him.)
5. What does it mean to live even if you die? (Direct kids to think about the new life we receive through Jesus. Help the kids think through both the abundant life we receive as soon as we become Christians and the resurrection and eternal life we are promised in the future. Eternal life starts right away.)
6. How do you feel when you think about death? (Help kids process the complexity of grief. Remind kids that sadness about death is normal and healthy. Explain that death was not part of God’s original design for creation. Point out that Christians have hope even in sadness because we know that death is not the end for those in Christ. All believers who die are reunited with God and live in His perfect kingdom forever.) Older Elementary:
1. Why did Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead? (Point out that Jesus could have healed Lazarus while he was sick. Instead, Jesus waited and Lazarus died. Jesus said Lazarus’ sickness would end not in death but in God’s glory. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead to show His power over death. Help kids recognize that God sometimes allows bad things to happen so that His glory might be displayed. Option: Choose a volunteer to read Phil. 2:9-11.)
2. Jesus said, “Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die—ever.” What did He mean? Do you believe this? (Invite kids to share their thoughts. Remind them that unless Jesus returns first, we will face physical death on earth. But Jesus gives us eternal life. Though our bodies may die, this physical death is temporary. When Jesus returns and sets up His kingdom, we will get new bodies and will live with Him forever. Option: Choose a kid to read 1 Thess. 4:13-14.)
3. How do you think someone who comes back to life from the dead might live differently? (How should we live differently as Christians who have been brought from death to life? Allow kids to share their ideas. Emphasize that when God gives us new life in Jesus, we should turn from our evil ways of sin and live for Him. God created us to do good works and share the good news of Jesus with the world. Option: Choose a volunteer to read Eph. 2:4-5.)
Monthly Memory Verse and Question Memory Verse:Col. 1:13-14He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. In him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (CSB)
Big Picture Question:How does God care for His creation? God loves and rules over His creation according to His perfect plan.
Every week, we want to provide our nursery parents with tips on how to cultivate core spiritual disciplines in their children and how to help them connect with God throughout the week.
Songs of the Month Putting a melody to words always helps us to memorize them better! Because of this, Teacher Rebecca has helped me to compile a list of children's worship songs for your child that communicate simple truths about God and His Word. Our little ones learn best when things are repeated, so the list of songs that I'm providing you with will be utilized for the rest of August. Some of the songs may be familiar to your child, as they've been sung at least once in their Sunday School class before!
We recommend that you take some time each day to review at least one of these songs with your child. We've selected example videos with body motions, so you can dance and worship alongside him/her! In light of everything that is going on in the world now, our hope is that these songs can be used to remind your child that God cares for him/her and that all of us can experience peace and joy through a relationship with Him.
Helping Your Child Develop a Habit of Prayer Teaching your child to cultivate a habit of prayer from an early age is an effective way to help him/her to build living, lasting faith. If you don't already have a prayer system in place for your child, here are some suggestions that we've come up with for you to do each day!
Lead your child to pray before mealtime: A simple and fun prayer for kids before a meal is the "Superhero" prayer. Before each meal, have your child say a short and structured prayer such as this one to help them develop the habit of prayer before eating and learn to thank God for his provision of food!
Lead your child to pray before bedtime: This month, try utilizing the Five Finger Prayer method to lead your child in different prayer topics each night. For a more detailed description of the daily topics, visit this link. Praying with your child before bedtime gives you, the parent, an opportunity to encourage and speak biblical truth to your child, especially if something happened during the day!
The B-I-B-L-E Did you know that it's not too early to teach your child how to read the Bible? If you read to your child regularly from a simplified bible for tots, it will help your child to develop an appreciation for/eagerness to read God's Word early on in his/her life. I personally love to use Sally Lloyd Jones' Jesus Story Book Bible to introduce the stories of the Old and New Testaments to kiddos. They love it, because of all the colored pictures! If you would like a copy of a simplified Bible for your child, please contact Ms. Valerie and let her know.
Start by Becoming a Praying Parent Helping your child to become a faithful Christ-follower begins with YOU, the parent. Parents are called to impress God's commandments on their children (Deuteronomy 6:6-7), but the only way for them to do this effectively is if they surrender their children to the Lord and rely on His strength and Spirit to guide them. Because of this, I will be sharing a collection of prayers with you from the book The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian to help you learn how to put your child's life in God's hands and lead him/her according to His ways.
This week's prayer is for God to bring godly friends and role models into your child's life:
Lord, I lift up (name of child) to You and ask that You would bring godly friends and role models into his (her) life. Give him (her) the wisdom he (she) needs to choose friends who are godly and help him (her) to never compromise his (her) walk with You in order to gain acceptance. Give me Holy Spirit-inspired discernment in how I guide or influence him (her) in the selection of friends. I pray that You would take anyone who is not a godly influence out of his (her) life or else transform that person into Your likeness.
Your Word says, "He who walked with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed" (Proverbs 13:20). Don't let my child be a companion of fools. Enable him (her) to walk with wise friends and not have to experience the destruction that can happen by walking with foolish people. Deliver him (her) from anyone with an ungodly character so he (she) will not learn that person's ways and set a snare for his (her) own soul.
Whenever there is grief over a lost friendship, comfort him (her) and send new friends with whom he (she) can connect, share, and be the person You created him (her) to be. Take away any loneliness or low self-esteem that would cause him (her) to seek out less than God-glorifying relationships. In Jesus name I pray that You would teach him (her) the meaning of true friendship. Teach him (her) how to be a good friend and make strong, close, lasting relationships. May each of his (her) friendships always glorify You. In Jesus' name I pray -
More Ways to Stay Updated on Children's Ministry News:
1) Join our PCAC Children's Ministry Facebook Page. 2) Sign up for weekly parent emails. Not on our mailing list? Email [email protected] and request to be added! 3) Check the Children's Ministry section of our church bulletin.
For questions, concerns, or to get connected, please contact Children's Minister Ms. Valerie.