Family Resources

Parents, COVID-19 has filled our lives with glaring challenges but also hidden opportunities. This page has been designed to provide resources for parents so they can navigate the challenges and find the opportunities. Check back regularly for updates!



Family Worship Ideas: March 7, 2021

Use the ideas below, or come up with your own, to create an at home family worship experience.
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Preschool

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wonder Video

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Light of the WorldMatthew 5:14-16

Play with Purpose

Light Dance

Make the room as dark as you safely can. Hand everyone a flashlight or night light. Cue up some fun music and let the dancing begin, turning on and off the lights as you dance. Encourage everyone to really have a good time, using big, silly dance moves.

Say: Hey, we have some awesome dance moves! That was so fun. The lights were so bright, just like in our Bible story. Jesus loves us and wants us to love each other like He loves us. Tell me, who can love like Jesus? We can love like Jesus!

Pray

Pray something like this:

“Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to teach us how to love each other. Sometimes it’s hard, but we know Jesus is with us and will help us love like he loves. We want to be a shining light of love everywhere we go. We love you, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Additional Resources

Coloring Page (PDF)
Matching Game (PDF)

Elementary

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so & So Show

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Simeon Waits for the MessiahLuke 2:25-35

Play with Purpose

Freeze! You Wait

Tell everyone you will be playing a game of Bible Verse Freeze Tag! (If at all possible, play this game outside) Pick one person to be the “Freezer.” The Freezer will attempt to tag everyone and say, “Wait for the Lord.” Any time a person gets tagged, they must freeze in place. Anyone else who isn’t frozen can run up to a frozen person, tap them and say “Don’t lose hope!” This unfreezes the person and they can continue to run around helping unfreeze others. Take turns being the Freezer.

Special note: If it’s too easy for the Freezer to tag people, tell the Freezer he has to walk while everyone else can run or have some other way for the Freezer to move that is slower than the others.

Say: Did you find it hard to show patience and wait to be unfrozen? Sometimes when we’re waiting for our brother to be done playing a game or we’re waiting for mom to help us fix something, we feel like we have to FREEZE and hold out for someone to come save us. Thankfully, God will always be with us, no matter what. We can ask him to help us be strong and not lose hope in the waiting.

Pray

Pray something like this:

Dear God, we are so thankful that you don’t leave us alone while we wait. Even when we don’t get the answers we hope for or when we wish our waiting didn’t last so long, you are always with us! This week as we have experiences where we know we need patience, may our actions show others that when we have to wait, we can remember God is with us. In Jesus’ name, Amen!”

Additional Resources

Coloring Page (PDF)
Crossword Puzzle (PDF)


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