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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 4/11 - Going Home

Scripture Reading: Luke 24:36-53 

Family Activities: 

Choose any of the fun Great Commission themed activities from this page on Danielle's Place. (link below) The  Great Commission "Go" Traffic Light and the "Go Tell Others" Good News Paper Suitcase seem particularly pertinent. (If an activity that references Paul catches your eye, simple replace the wording with "the disciples" as we won't introduce Paul for another week or two. 

 

https://www.daniellesplace.com/html/bible-crafts-great-commission-good-news.html#travelcase

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 28:19 “Go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

 

Journal Prompt: Sharing the Good News that Jesus loves and forgives us with others can sometimes make us feel nervous. Knowing why Jesus' love is important in your own life can make it easier to know what to say to friends. Take a few moments to write a sentence or two about why you are glad Jesus forgives you?

Sunday 4/4 - The Sun Stops Shining & God's Wonderful Surprise

Scripture Reading: Matthew 27:27-65 & 28:1-10 - Use the lessons "Jesus on the Cross" (p. 64) and "One Bright Morning: Mary Magdalene and Jesus at the Tomb" (p.223) in Family Devotional Bible for introduction information and discussion questions

Family Activities: 

The Cross - What was meant as a punishment in Jesus' time has become a symbol of great sacrifice and love today. Draw a cross on a sheet of paper or poster board large enough so that you can write on it. Take turns writing or drawing what Jesus' love and what the cross of Christ means to you. How does Jesus treat others, and what can we do to respond the same way Jesus does in tough situations. (Taken from pg. 66 in the FBD)

Tomb Theater - Act out the resurrection story with your family, taking turns being the different characters. What emotions would each of the characters have felt? How would they have interacted? How would their expression shave changed when Jesus showed up? (Taken from p. 225 in the FBD)

Memory Verse: Matthew 28:6 “He is not here! He has risen just as He said!”

 

Journal Prompt: Easter is a celebration of the new life that Jesus' death and resurrection gives us. What is something about this "new life" that you are grateful for?

Sunday 3/28 - A Dark Night in the Garden

Scripture Reading: Luke 22:39-53, Mark 14:32-52, John 18:1-11

Family Activities:

This week we wait in the garden with Jesus, preparing to celebrate the wonderful day of Easter. If you are looking for ways to make your Easter celebration more meaningful, check out these ideas for inspiration.

Preparing for Easter with our Children

Grass is growing, flowers are blooming, birds are singing, building nests and laying eggs. Long held as a symbol of new life, eggs have also become a Christian symbol of Christ’s Resurrection. The hard shell cracks and opens allowing new life to burst forth just as the tomb opened and let new life into the world as Christ rose from the dead. If you have ever wondered what eggs have to do with Easter this blog post has some great history.

https://buildfaith.org/why-eggs-on-easter/

If you haven’t already, now is a wonderful time to decorate for Easter! Need some creative inspiration? Follow the Pinterest link below to some of my favorite Easter Cross and Easter Egg activities for children.

https://www.pinterest.com/brookealisha1/easter-crafts/

Reading picture books of the story of Easter is great way to help children of all ages better understand the significance of our holiday traditions. Some of my favorites are listed below

God Gave Us Easter - written by: Lisa Tawn Bergren illustrated by: Laura J. Bryant

The Easter Story—written by: Rachel Elliot illustrated by: Xuan Thanh Le

An Easter Egg Hunt for Jesus (Forest of Faith books) written by: Susan Jones illustrated by: Lee Holland

 

Include Resurrection Eggs in your Easter Egg Hunt. Inside each egg is a little toy that represents a part of the Easter Story. After the children have collected all the eggs, sit down with them, put the eggs back in order, and read the story together as a family allowing the children to open each egg as you are prompted by the accompanying book.

https://smile.amazon.com/Resurrection-12-Piece-Easter-Religious-Figurines/dp/1602003920ref=sr_1_4crid=31SLYKQE3UG0O&dchild=1&keywords=resurrection+eggs+for+kids&qid=1585520180&sprefix=resurrection+%2Caps%2C230&sr=8-4

 

Memory Verse: I Peter 3:18 “Christ died for sins once for all, to bring you to God.”

 

Journal Prompt: Jesus prayed in the garden when he was in distress. Where is your special place to pray to God when you are distressed?

Sunday 3/21 - The Servant King

Scripture Reading: Mark 14:12-26, Luke 22: 1-38

Family Activities:

The Passover Meal holds great significance for the Jewish people as it celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery during the time of Moses. Yet, this meal also holds great symbolic meaning for Christians as it points to the coming of the Messiah as the ultimate Passover Lamb. There are many versions of this ceremony that highlight the symbolism pointing to Christ.  Some of them shortened to make it easier to include the children of the family. Consider using one of these scripts (such as the one in the link below) to include a Passover Meal as part of your Easter celebration this year. 

hhttps://jenniferdukeslee.com/a-messianic-passover-seder-for-families-with-children/

Memory Verse: Luke 22:19 “This is my body given for you; do this to remember me.”

 

Journal Prompt: Describe ways that Jesus served his disciples as he led them.

Sunday 3/14 - Washed with Tears

Scripture Reading: Mark 14:1-11, Luke 7:36-50

Family Activities:

In our story this week, the woman honored Jesus with expensive and delightful perfume as he prepared for his final days here on earth. As you prepare for your family's celebration of Jesus' death and resurrection, create a celebratory atmosphere with special decorations made together with your kids. Click the link below for a variety of inspirations, from simple and fun to elaborate and beautiful. It is my hope you find something just right for your family. May your family be blessed as we begin this Easter season.

https://www.pinterest.com/brookealisha1/easter-crafts/

Memory Verse: Luke 7:50 “Jesus said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’”

 

Journal Prompt: What is your most precious possession?

Sunday 3/07 - Running Away

Scripture Reading: Luke 15:11-32

For deeper study read "The Story of the Lost Son" from The Family Devotional Bible pgs. 43-48.

Family Activities (from The FDB pg.47)

Activity #1: Hide and Seek - As we read in today's story, God seeks us out no matter where we are. So run and hide, kiddos! See how long it takes for your mom or dad to find you.

Activity #2: FEAST! - Choose a night this week to celebrate how big God's love is and how much he wants us to keep returning to him. Plan a meal of your favorite foods. Prepare the feast together, and when you're ready to dine, give a toast to celebrate something special about each person around the table. 

Memory Verse: Luke 15:23-24 “Celebrate! My son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!”

 

Journal Prompt: Which son do you think you are more like, the prodigal son or the older brother?

Sunday 2/28 - The Man Who Didn't Have Any Friends

Scripture Reading: Luke 19:1-10

For further study: Research about tax collectors in Bible times. This article from biblehistory.com may be a good place to start.

https://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/tax-collector.html

Family Activities:

Create Zacchaeus' tree from a paper bag or

https://www.mrsjonescreationstation.com/the-story-of-zacchaeus/

Print out this fun word search to help your children interact with the main points of the story of Zacchaeus

https://sermons4kids.com/zacchaeus_wordsearch.htm

Memory Verse:  Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.”

 

Journal Prompt: Who are the tax collectors in your life? How can you treat them more like Jesus treated Zacchaeus?

Sunday 2/21 - The Friend of Little Children

Scripture Reading: Mark 10:13-16, Matthew 18: 1-9

For deeper study read "Who is the Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven" from The Family Devotional Bible pgs. 160-164.

Family Activity:

Think of children in your life who are special to your family. Set aside time as a family to make cards for these children to let them know they are loved and thought of.

   *This activity could be particularly meaningful in this time of social isolation and loneliness.  I hope you are able to take some time this week to reach out, we all know how much children enjoy getting mail that is especially for them!!!

Memory Verse: Matthew 19:14 “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them. For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”

 

Journal Prompt: How does it feel to know that Jesus loves children just like you?

Sunday 2/14 - Filled Full

Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17

For deeper study read "Feeding the Five Thousand" from The Family Devotional Bible pgs. 185-187.

 

Family Activity: http://sabbathschoolcrafts.com/2020/06/25/jesus-feeds-the-multitude/

 

 

Memory Verse: Mark 6:41 “Jesus took five loaves and two fish. Looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and broke the loaves.”

 

Journal Prompt: Would you have shared your lunch with Jesus if you were the little boy in the story?

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Sunday 2/7 - Captain of the Storm

Scripture Reading: Mark 4:35-41, Matthew 8:23-27

For deeper study on the developing faith of the disciples read "Trusting God, Even on the Water" from The Family Devotional Bible pgs. 140-143.

 

Family Activity: What makes something sink? FDB pg. 142

Jesus and Peter were able to walk on the water (and Jesus was able to calm the storm) because Jesus performed a miracle. When God created the world, he also created natural laws that still govern our world. One of them is that items with less density float, and items with more density sink. Fill up your bathtub or kitchen sink and see which items float and which sink. Does a coin float or sink? How about a paper boat? A plastic toy? Think about seeing Jesus walking on the water or (calming a storm so the disciples' boat didn't sink)- a true miracle! 

Memory Verse: Matthew 19:26 “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

 

Journal Prompt: Nothing is impossible with God. Is there something you feel like you are being called by God to do, but are feeling afraid or anxious about doing that thing? Pray that God would give you courage, direction, and trust to walk with Him.

Sunday 1/31 - The Singer

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:25-34

For deeper study into the whole of the sermon on the mount, including the 

beatitudes, read through the Family Devotional Bible lesson, "The Beatitudes and the Salt of the Earth" found on pgs. 128-131.

 

Family Activity:

https://www.pinterest.com/brookealisha1/bird-art/

Memory Verse: Luke 12:31 “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and He will give you everything you need.”

 

Journal Prompt: What are three ways God has provided for your needs over the last week?

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"Look at the birds of the air...your heavenly Father feeds them." Take some time this week to get outside and observe birds with your children. Research some of their behaviors and what they eat. Maybe make a bird feeder or bird art (see link below for several suggestion or inspirations) together. While you are working, discuss how God provides food for the birds. How does he also provide food for your 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. 

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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? 

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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?

Sunday 4/18- God Sends Help

Scripture Reading: Acts 2​ - Use the lesson "Tongues of Fire, Changed Lives" (p. 226) in The Family Devotional Bible for introduction information and discussion questions

Family Activities: 

 

Feast with Your Christian Community – Plan a get-together with your family and friends who are also followers of Jesus. Invite everyone to bring their favorite dish to pass (share everything in common), and as part of the get-together, ask each person there to share one thing they feel Jesus has done for them to change their lives. Celebrate the Holy Spirit’s presence together and have a good time!

Mark the Day of Pentecost – The Day of Pentecost is observed each year by Christians around the world, yet many people are not aware of it, or don’t observe it at all. With your parent’s permission, find out when the next Day of Pentecost will be celebrated and mark it on the family calendar. (It’s usually in the spring or early summer.) Make a note to gather as a family on this day and reread Acts 2, remembering that God sent his Spirit to guide, comfort, and empower us.

(Both activity ideas taken from The Family Devotional Bible p. 230)​

Memory Verse: Acts 2:42 “The believers were devoted to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, eating together and praying together.”

Journal Prompt: God sent the Holy Spirit as our helper. How does the Holy Spirit help you in your life?

Sunday 4/25 - A New Way to See

Scripture Reading: Acts 9:1-22​ - Use the lesson "Saul, Saul, Why Are You Out to Get Me?" (p. 226) in The Family Devotional Bible for introduction information and discussion questions

 

Family Activities: 

 

Burning Coals of Kindness – Even knowing what Ananias knew about Saul, he still went to him in his time of need because God insisted. Later in his life Paul said this in a letter to the Romans, “Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good” (Romans 12:20-21 MSG). Is there someone who has done wrong to you? Figure out something good you can do to surprise him or her with goodness this week.

(Activity idea from The Family Devotional Bible p. 234 & 235)​

Memory Verse: Acts 9:15 “I have chosen Saul to tell Gentiles, kings and Jews about me.”

Journal Prompt: What do you think Jesus would say to you if you met him today

Sunday 5/2 - A Dream of Heaven

Sunday 5/4 – A Dream of Heaven

Scripture Reading: I John 4:7-21​ - Use the lesson "Love Letter to the Church and Our Place in the Story (p. 240) in The Family Devotional Bible for introduction information and discussion questions

Family Activities: 

Write a Letter – How have you been loved? How have you loved other people? Write a letter or draw a picture about where you’ve been and what you’ve done. Give it to someone you love. (It would make a great gift for a grandparent.) Can you see where God is in your story? If you aren’t sure, look for the places where you’ve felt loved, and there he’ll be.

(Activity idea from The Family Devotional Bible p. 242)​

Memory Verse: Revelation 21:4 “God will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, sadness, crying or pain.”

 

Journal Prompt: Copy your letter from the activity above into your journal so you can look back on it later and be reminded of God’s presence in your life.