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, and 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!
Discussion: (pick the questions that work for your kids) Younger Elementary:
1. Why was Peter arrested? (Herod was persecuting Christians; Acts 12:1-4)
2. How did the church respond to Peter’s imprisonment? (By praying for him, Acts 12:5)
3. How did the church respond to Peter’s escape? (With joy and amazement, Acts 12:14-16)
4. Have you ever been mistreated because of your belief in Jesus? (Guide kids to discuss the kinds of mistreatment they may face, such as bullying, teasing, or being excluded from activities.)
5. How do you think we should respond if we are mistreated? (Help kids think through appropriate ways to respond to mistreatment. Point them back to the Bible story, reminding them that Peter didn’t try to fight his way out of prison. The church did not try to break Peter out either. They prayed and trusted God.)
6. What are ways God can use our hard times to bless us and glorify Himself? (Guide kids to think about the qualities God may develop in us through trials, such as patience, endurance, and compassion for others who are suffering. Help them think about the importance of trusting God’s plans even when life is scary or difficult.)
1. Why was Peter in prison? (Remind kids that King Herod was persecuting Christians. He had killed Jesus’ half-brother James. King Herod saw that the Jews were pleased, so he also arrested Peter and put him in prison. Lead kids to discuss how the early church might have felt facing such intense persecution. Option: Choose a volunteer to read Matt. 5:10.)
2. Do you pray big prayers? Why or why not? (Invite kids to share their thoughts. Praying might not seem like much, but remind kids who they pray to. Assure them that God hears and answers our prayers. He may not always answer in the way we expect, but He always does what is for His glory and our good. Option: Choose a volunteer to read Mark 11:24.)
3. What do we need to complete God’s mission in the world? (Let kids name anything they think is required to share the gospel. Explain that God can use anyone in His mission—no matter where they live or how many languages they know. Remind kids that we can pray and ask God to work through us by the power of the Spirit. Option: Choose a volunteer to read Rom. 8:26.)
Monthly Memory Verse and Question Memory Verse: Matthew 28:19-20 "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Big Picture Question: What is our mission as Christians? Our mission is to make disciples of all nations by the power of the Holy Spirit.
For questions, concerns, or to get connected, please contact Children's Minister Ms. Valerie.