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Fall Lesson Series
Read Through the Bible as a Family

This Fall, we began a year long walk through the Bible using two wonderful resources as the foundation for our studies. For younger children, we are using The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones and for families with older children I recommend adding The Family Bible Devotional by Sarah M. Wells. On this page, you will find short, beautiful videos that introduce the story for the week. Below the videos, you will find scripture passages and activities that are designed to done together as a family.

Sunday 1/24 - "How to Pray"

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:5-15

 

Family Activity: To help your children understand the meaning of prayer, create these prayer jars together and set it on your breakfast table or anywhere else in your home where you are likely to pray together as a family. Use the prompts to help children make their prayers more meaningful and specific. The complexity of the craft can be leveled down for younger children by simply painting the jars with tempera, acrylic or glass paint. 

http://www.ssww.com/blog/how-to-make-prayer-jars-religious-craft-activity-lesson/

Memory Verse: Matthew 6:9-13 “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, as we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.”

Journal Prompt: Copy out the Lord's Prayer in your journal so you can refer to it often as you seek to memorize this beautiful passage that teaches us to pray as Jesus prayed. 

Sunday 1/17 - "A Little Girl and A Poor Frail Lady. "

Scripture Reading: Luke 8:40-56

 

Family Activity:

                 

                  https://sundayschoolzone.com/bandaid-craft-fun/

Bandaids symbolize healing of boo boos of all sorts; physical, emotional and spiritual. Use the activities this website offers as inspiration for your ways to help your children remember Jesus healed the sick and hurting, and to discover how Jesus heals us today.

Memory Verse: Luke 8:50 “Jesus said to Jairus, ‘Do not be afraid. Just believe, and she will be healed.'"

Journal Prompt: How do you want Jesus to heal you today? 

Sunday 1/10 - "Let's Go"

Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:1-18, Luke 5:1-11, Luke 6:12-16, Mark 2:13-1;

You can also read from The Family Devotional Bible p. 121-123 for more in depth discussion prompts and thoughts pertaining to the Temptation of Jesus. (Matthew 4:1-11)

 

Family Activity:

                 

                  http://hookedonthebook.com/memory-verse-matthew-419/

This cute family friendly craft that goes with our Memory Verse this week, is a great way to help your children learn God's Word by heart.

Memory Verse: Matthew 4:19 “Jesus said, ‘Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people.’”

Journal Prompt: God called the disciples to "fish" for men. What do you think that phrase means? 

Sunday 1/3 - Heaven Breaks Through

Scripture Reading: Matthew 3

Family Activity:

For families with older children: Learn more of the history of the Jewish practice of baptism which John was practicing in this story. I recommend watching this short clip and sharing with your child as appropriate to their age and interest. https://www.bibleodyssey.org/en/tools/video-gallery/o/origins-of-baptism. Look up photos of ancient "mikvehs" (ritual baths).

 

For children of all ages, enjoy making this Dove craft together as a reminder of the Spirit of God that descended on Jesus at the time of his baptism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEXWFOA5Kdw

Memory Verse: John 1:29 “Look the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

Journal Prompt: Why is Jesus' baptism important?

Sunday 12/27 - The King of All Kings

Scripture Reading: Matthew 2

Family Activity:

For family with older children, I highly recommend watching The Star of Bethlehem documentary with them, especially if you were able to view the recent "Bethlehem Star" (Jupiter and Saturn aligning) on and around December 21st. Check it out to rent or purchase on Amazon.com or other such resources.

https://smile.amazon.com/Star-Bethlehem-Frederick-Larson/dp/B08NTWL88R/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

For children of all ages, there is also a selection of delightful crafts that celebrate the story of the wise men at https://www.redtedart.com/three-kings-day-crafts/. 

Memory Verse: Matthew 2:11 “Then the Wise Men opened their treasures. They gave him gold, incense and myrrh.”

Journal Prompt: The Wise Men each gave Jesus a precious and meaningful gift. What can you give of yourself to Jesus this coming year?

Sunday 12/20 - The Light of the Whole World

Scripture Reading: Luke 2

Family Activity:

Family Caroling - Gather round the living room, a piano, a bonfire or other cozy place and join together in song celebrating Jesus' birth just as the angels did. Choose a few classic carols such as "Joy to the World," "Angels we Have Heard on High," "Go Tell it On the Mountain," "Hark the Harold," "Away in a Manger," and "Silent Night."

Memory Verse: Luke 2:11 “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord.”

Journal Prompt: The angels announced the birth of Jesus with splendid song. What is your favorite Christmas carol and why?

Sunday 12/13 - He's Here

Scripture Reading: Luke 2

Family Activities:

The promised Messiah, the Savior, our Rescuer has come. He's here! Celebrate his coming by making the birth of baby Jesus the center of your Christmas celebration this year. Below you'll find a link to a Pinterest collection of Nativity Scene crafts varying in complexity for artsy / crafty or not so artsy / crafty types.  Considering creating your own nativity scene as a family.

https://www.pinterest.com/brookealisha1/nativity-scenes/

Memory Verse: Luke 2:7 “Mary gave birth to her first baby, a boy. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger.”

Journal Prompt: How can you remember Christ's birth is at the heart of your Christmas celebrations?

Sunday 12/6 -Get Ready

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 8-9

Family Activities:

As we finish the Old Testament, remember how it points to God's great plan to rescue his people. God will provide a Rescuer – Jesus. We've read how the Israelite people renewed their covenant with God and made a commitment to follow His way of life for them. As a family, write down three things that you are committed to doing together to follow God's way of life for you. Write your commitments in the scroll you made during the Isaiah lesson. (If you haven't made a scroll yet or want to make a new one. Follow the link below to make your own ancient scroll.)

http://www.the-red-kitchen.com/2012/02/diy-ancient-scrolls-tutorial.html?m=1

Memory Verse: "My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets.” Malachi 1:11

Journal Prompt: In the Old Testament, we learn about the many many times God's people disobeyed him, God disciplined them, they repented and then God forgave them. How do you see this cycle play out in your own life? Relate a time when you disobeyed, were disciplined, said you were sorry and were forgiven.

Sunday 11/29 -Daniel and the Scary Sleepover & God's Messenger
Sunday 11/23 - Isaiah: Operation "No More Tears"

Scripture Reading: Jonah 1-4

Family Activities:

The Big Fish: Create a "big fish" in your living room. Couch cushions, some blankets hung over chairs, and maybe cardboard will be needed. Get creative! In today's story Jonah spent three days in the belly of the fish praying. Crawl inside your fish. What will you pray for? (p. 203 FDB)

*Love for Nineveh: Show God's love to those who are on the outskirts of society. What ministries does your church support to reach the hungry, the poor, the homeless, the imprisoned, and the shut-ins (a shut-in is someone who is homebound and can't leave because they are too ill)? Do something to show God's love to them this week. 

Memory Verse: “Salvation comes from the Lord.” Jonah 2:9

Journal Prompt:

How do you feel when someone who has done something wrong gets caught? Why did Jonah get angry? How did God demonstrated his love and mercy in today's story?

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 9  (For additional prophetic readings see Isaiah 11, 40, 50, 55 & 60) 

 

Family Activities:

*Make your own ancient scroll:

http://www.the-red-kitchen.com/2012/02/diy-ancient-scrolls-tutorial.html?m=1

Memory Verse: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Journal Prompt?

Long before Jesus was ever born, God told Isaiah he was planning to send his son to the world to rescue us from our sin. Are you thankful that Jesus came? How is your life different because Jesus came?

Sunday 11/15 - David

The teeny, weenie, true king

The young hero and the horrible giant

The Good Shepherd

Scripture Reading: I Samuel 16- Use the lesson "An Unexpected King: Samuel, Saul, and David" in Family Devotional Bible starting on p. 150 for introduction information and discussion questions) 

Family Activities:

*Who Do you Know: Parents, talk about a time when you misjudged someone based on appearance or assumptions you made. What happened when you got to know that person. Challenge each other this week to think of one person you don't know very well and try to get to know them. Eat lunch with that person. Invite them to play. Talk to a neighbor you don't know very well. At the end of the week report back to each other about what you learned about that person. (p. 153 FDB)

*Make David's harp from craft sticks and rubber bands! 

https://biblecraftsandactivities.com/toddler-sunday-school-crafts-for-life-of-david-part-1/

Memory Verse: “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7b

Journal Prompt:

Who is someone you consider a leader? What makes them a leader?

Sunday 11/7 - The Warrior Leader

Scripture Reading: Joshua 2 - Use the lesson "Be Strong and Courageous" in Family Devotional Bible starting on p. 136 for introduction information and discussion questions) 

Family Activities:

* I Spy as Spies!: Did you know there were spies in the Bible? Dress up as spies, head outside and find a hiding place. From this place, play "I Spy," and count how many unique items you can see. Imagine being one of Joshua's spies, it wasn't a game them! (p. 139 FDB)

*Create your own paper shofars (Joshua's horn)! 

https://joyfuljewish.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/blow-your-own-paper-shofar/

Memory Verse: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:6

Journal Prompt:

When have you needed to be strong and courageous? Was it difficult? Why was it hard?

Sunday 10/31 
Movie Night - Double Feature!!!

Before we move forward with the Israelites into the Promised Land, let's cozy up together and enjoy a couple of wonderful movie retellings of the stories we've just read.

Dreamworks' films Joseph: King of Dreams and Prince of Egypt bring the stories to life in an authentic way that (though not 100% Biblically accurate) honor the spirit and lessons of the stories.

Available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital download (buy or rent) at

Amazon, Target and other such stores

Sunday 10/25 - Ten Ways to Be Perfect

Scripture Reading: Exodus 16 (:1-35) Use the lesson "Manna from Heaven: God Provides" in Family Devotional Bible stating on p. 11 for introduction information and discussion questions) - Continue with 20:1-21 to read the 10 Commandments

Family Activities:

*Jar of Memories: The Israelites set up lots of ways to remember how God was faithful to them. In today's story, they stored up some of the manna to show future generations the way God had provided for them. Collect things or write notes to remind you of how God has provided for you and your family, and place them in a jar. Keep your jar of memories somewhere you can see it regularly to be reminded of how God has provided for you and your family.  (p. 115 FDB)

*10 Commandments "Fortune Teller":  Get a print out and instructions here...  

  http://www.rachaelsbooknook.net/10-commandments-foldable/

*10 Commandments Hopscotch: Print outs here....

https://deeperkidmin.com/10-commandments-hopscotch-printable/

Memory Verse: “Keep my covenant. If you do, then out of all of the nations you will be my special treasure.” Exodus 19:5

Journal Prompt:

What kinds of things do you complain about? (We all complain sometimes.) Based on how God answers the Israelites complaints, how do you think God would answer your complaints.

Sunday 10/18 - God to the Rescue! & God Makes A Way

Scripture Reading: Exodus 3-4"17 (Use the lesson "I Am Who I Am" in Family Devotional Bible stating on p. 82 for introduction information and discussion questions)

Family Activities:

*Fire!: If you have access to one, plan a night to have a fire, either in a backyard fire pit or in your living room fireplace. If you can't build a fire where you live, stake out a pretend campfire ring in your living room and have a campout! Tell stories of times when God has been with you.  (p. 86 FDB)

*Tissue Paper Fire: Cut or tear squares of red, yellow and orange tissue paper. Allow children to bunch up each square and dip it in glue then place onto a thick sheet of construction paper or cardstock to create their own fire collage.  You can draw a tree or bush shape onto the paper first to help remind children further make the connection with the burning bush.     

   https://www.pinterest.com/pin/492649935112276/

Memory Verse:  “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm. You will see how the Lord will save you today.”.” Exodus 14:13-14

Journal Prompt:

Have you every felt someone was asking you to do far more than you ever thought you could do? How did it feel?

*Bonus Lesson: to go more in depth on the story "God Makes A Way", go through the lesson "Blood, Frogs Darkness and hardened Hearts" in the Family Devotional Bible (p. 87-89).

Sunday 10/04 -The Girl No One Wanted & The Forgiving Prince

Scripture Reading: Genesis 45 (Use the lesson "Joseph Reunited with His Brothers" in Family Devotional Bible stating on p. 77 for introduction information and discussion questions)

Family Activities:

*Meal Match: Because of Joseph's access to wealth and resources, he was able to provide food to his brothers in need. Choose a way your family can provide food for someone else this week.  Here are some ideas: instead of eating out one night, use the money you would have spent to buy food for a shelter or food bank. Make a meal for someone you know who could use that blessing. Buy a gift card for a restaurant and send it to a friend or family member. If you're eating out or going through the drive-thru, pay the tab of the customer behind you. Or come up with your own way to show love through food this week! (p. 80 FDB)

*Joseph's Colorful Coat: Start with a sheet of paper cut into s "coat" shapes. Give the child tissue paper and glue and allow them to decorate the coat with the "many colors."              https://www.pinterest.com/pin/133208101465850309/

Alternatively, you can cut out a coat shape that could fit your child using paper grocery bags. You can help your child decorate it with colorful strips of paper, paint, or colored markers.  Then engage in some dress up and role play with your child as they pretend to be Joseph in his coat of many colors.

  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/430375308144470943/

Memory Verse: “You planned to harm me. But God planned it for good.” Genesis 50:20

Journal Prompt:

What are some other ways Joseph could have responded to his brothers?

*Bonus Lesson: to go more in depth on the story "The Girl No One Wanted", go through the lesson "Jacob's Giant Family" in the Family Devotional Bible (p. 68-72).

Sunday 10/04 - Son of Laughter & The Present

Scripture Reading: Genesis 15 (Use the lesson A Future to Hope For in Family Devotional Bible stating on p. 48 for introduction information and discussion questions)

Family Activities:

*Story Map: What did it take for your family to come together where you live today?  Map out your family's story! Make a timeline of the major highs and lows that have happened in your life and your family's life. (p. 51 FDB)

*The Stars in the Sky: In today's story, God tells Abram what he has to look forward to in the future, and it's more than he can imagine - children?! Descendants to outnumber the stars?! Draw or paint a picture of the night sky. Fill it with stars, the moon, even other planets. Leave room on the picture to write the words of God: "Do not be afraid. I am your shield." (p. 51 FDB) For a different twist, use crayons or oil pastels for your drawing and watercolor over your sky with dark blue or purple to create your night sky. 

*Bring out the baby dolls and baby care props (blankets, old bottles, baby toys, etc.), pretend together that you have a new baby in your family. Or pretend to be Abraham and Sarah with their new baby.

Memory Verse: "Abraham believed the Lord." Genesis 15:6

Journal Prompt:

What have you learned about how God interacts with people through this story?

*Bonus Lesson: to go more in depth on the story "The Present" go through the lesson "The One True God Who Gives" in the Family Devotional Bible (p. 58-63).

Sunday 9/27 - The New Beginning & A Giant Staircase to Heaven

Scripture Reading: Genesis 6:9-8:22 (Or abidged version adapted in the Family Devotional Bible stating on p. 38)

Family Activities:

*Living Room Ark: Pretend your family is Noah's, and the flood's coming! Can you make yourself an ark? Be creative - push furniture together, gather up stuffed animals, and ride as a family through the (pretend) waves, holding on to the  one another in God's love and protection. (p. 42 FDB)

*Use wooden blocks and animal figures to build an ark and re-enact the story of the Flood

*Watercolor the rainbow - display it somewhere in your home to remind your family of God's covenant promise 

*Mix vegetable oil, water and blue food coloring or liquid watercolor in an empty water / soda bottle, add pebbles, shells, mini toy fish, etc. to create a moving ocean in a bottle

 

Memory Verse: "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease." Genesis 8:22

 

Journal Prompt:

Describe what you think a typical day would have been like for Noah and his family as they cared for the animals on the ark.

Sunday 9/20 - The Terrible Lie

Scripture Reading: Genesis 3

Family Activities:

*Cardboard toilet paper roll & wasabi tape snake - https://www.pinterest.com/pin/74802043799790727/

*Set up a garden themed sensory bin with soil, rocks, twigs, leaves, & mini toy animals

*Family Dance Party - turn on your favorite music and dance with your family this week. Have fun, be silly and party like you're back in the Garden of Eden, carefree and unselfconscious.

 

Memory Verse: "So, the Lord God banished (them) from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which (they had) been taken." Genesis 3:23

Journal Prompt:

What do you think it was like for the first family to live outside the garden?

Sunday 9/13 - The Story and The Song & The Beginning

Scripture Reading: Genesis 1

Family Activities:

*Create your own Mini Storybook using construction paper, hole punchers and yarn

*Natural Collage using leaves, twigs, petal, berries, etc—incorporate the written Memory Verse onto collage

*Take a Nature Hike - What do you see around you that God made?

*I SPY, A to Z - Can you name one thing God made for each letter of the alphabet?

 

Memory Verse: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1

Journal Prompt:

How is the Bible like a fairytale? How is the Bible different than a fairytale?

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