What is your favorite story or movie?
What makes you angry?
Where do you look for happiness?
Special Activities to do at Home
- Coloring Page
- Fire Stick Craft
- Pentecost Wind Sock:
Give each person a sheet of cardstock to decorate with crayons or markers, then tape it into a ring. Give each person strips of red crepe paper to tape to the bottom edge. Punch two holes for hanging. When the wind blows through your windsock, you can remember how God the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost to be our helper.
GOD CHANGES SAUL TO PAUL
Dessert from a Desert
Instant pudding mix
Without letting the kids see your prep, place the powdered mix into a bowl and sit it next to a glass of milk. After you talk about the Bible story (Acts 8:24-40), tell everyone you are giving them a choice for dessert today, powder or white milk. Neither look appealing do they? But tell the family that you see the potential in these and you think that they can be changed into something special. Have the kids help you prepare the pudding according the mix directions. Later as you enjoy your dessert that was changed from a powdery desert, talk about ways that God chooses us for special tasks, how he changes us to give us the courage and the abilities to do what He wants, like the pudding. Discuss all the changes that happened in the people in our story– can you name them all? Who was responsible for those changes? Do you think it would have been possible without God's hand in it?
STEPHEN and BEING A SERVANT
Make Me a Servant Lyrics:
Make Me a Servant
Humble and meek
Lord Let me lift up
Those who are weak
And may the prayer of my heart always be
Make me a servant, make me a servant, make me a servant today
CHOOSE A SERVANT ACTIVITY:
• Draw a portrait of Stephen
• Use words and drawings that describe who he was as a servant and follower of God.
• Make another drawing of how your child is a servant.
• Ask children to think about how they can show love for others
• Make cards for teachers and pastors
• Call friends and relatives
Ephesians 4:32 Coloring Page
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coloring pages
LESS-LONELY BUTTERFLY RESURRECTION CARDS
Is there a grandparent or a senior that you love that you can't visit or might be lonely? Make a list of people to surprise with pop-up Resurrection Cards!
TAKE ON A FAMILY SPIRITUAL CHALLENGE
Like Pastor Speckhard says, St. Paul's is here to give you oil in your lamp! We've prepared a few activities and projects below that you can do at home together as a family. You can download some from the bottom right to print out too! Let us know if you're trying one (at right), and we can share with each other here!
Resources for Families at Home
☐ Good Samaritan Neighborhood Map (from CPH)
Put a large sheet of paper on the table. Have children work together to draw streets, trees, parks, houses, hospitals, and other buildings. Include St. Paul's, their school, other houses of worship. They can put toy cars and action figures or Lego figures on the streets. Comment on how they are using their hands to work together to make a neighborhood. Say, "Jesus wants us to show love and kindness to others." Read Luke 10:25-37 outloud together, then talk through the story.
Who are some people in your neighborhood? Label some of the people in each of the buildings who need to stay inside right now. Do we take it for granted being able to go to the store, to school, to church, to play with our friends? Who may be hurting right now? What we do to show Jesus’ love to them?
I Will Sing, Sing a New Song
Take some time each day to learn a new song-- if you don't already know motions to it, make some up together! Get your blood flowing--then you can stream Sunday School songs in the background while you play. On Spotify or Pandora, search for songs from Wee Sing or CPH. Parents, can you remember songs from when you were in Sunday School or VBS that you can teach? Can you find things from around the house to make a rhythm band? pie tins and a spoon, closed containers of salt or oatmeal, popsicle sticks and water glasses...
Search for and watch a Lego brick version of a Bible story on YouTube. Here's one about Christ's passion-- (PG for older kids.) Now find the story in the Bible and read it aloud— how were they the same? How were they different? Talk about what happened in the story and why God saved it for us. Can you as a family choose a story from the Bible to film? Someone can draw a background, find mini-figures as characters, write a script, then take individual pictures of each movement in the scene and load them into a slideshow or Powerpoint!
Start a Prayer Journal
At a set time each day, get together each day around a small blank journal or spiral bound notebook. Date the page and make a list of things that everyone would like to pray for. Also write down prayers that have been answered. Read a passage from the Bible like Nehemiah 1:6, I Thessalonians 5:17, Psalm 17:6, Romans 12:12. Say your prayer, and close with the Lord's Prayer. Or Open with Luther's morning or evening prayer and close with your own requests. Write down anyone's thoughts and look back at them next time. If you do it on your own or need prompts, there are prayer journals to download, print, and work through at right.
Click to download and print this Table Talk Tent. Fold it into thirds, tape the short sides together so it forms a 3-sided tube, and set in the middle of the family table. At each meal, take turns choosing a Table Talk question and listen carefully to each person's answer to prompt a lively family discussion!
Wash-your-hands memory verses
Instead of singing a song, here are some 20-second Bible verses to wash your hands by! Wash your hands enough and you’ll have them memorized! (from gominno.com)
Click Here and choose route from the Prayer Walk Guide. Keep it open on your phone as you take your walk. Make sure everyone is involved!
Cross-Training! It's our version of Sunday School! (temporarily suspended in-person, but streaming rocks, too.)
There truly is something for everyone at 9:30am! All ages start in the lunchroom for a prayer and a Bible story, then we split into sections depending on age and preference for fearless discussion and fun activities.
CROSS TRAINING- Spring 2020
Steaming lessons here;
In-person temporarily suspended
Sundays at 9:30 am
All ages begin in the lunchroom.
MORE Groups at 9:30 am Sundays
Confirmation classes: 6th grade room
Toddle In (Moms and infants/toddlers):
New Member Class: Art Room
Pastor's Bible Study: Adult Ed Room
fun family resources
Links to great ways you can stay in God's Word from Monday through Saturday:
Like Netflix for Christian kids programming. Even if you don't want to stream all the Veggie Tales and What's in the Bible you want, their blog, downloads, and free 5-minute family devotions are free and fun!
YouVersion Bible App for Kids
FREE app that brings your toddler-7 year-old through colorful and friendly stages of moving Bible stories, asking review questions, so that readers collect fruits of the spirit or armor of God pieces when they get them right. Great for tablet addicts. (iTunes store, Google play, Amazon, etc.)
Hands-On Bible (NLT)
Great tool for parents to read a kid-friendly translation and have a quick but fun (sometimes messy) hands-on activity to go with the verses in the Bible.
Read With Me Bible, (NIrV) illus. by Dennis Jones, Zonderkidz. Action-packed stories and art, perfect to engage 4-8 year-olds.
Blogs and ideas for Men, Christian Decor, Parenting, and free subscriptions to encouraging words.