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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: January 24, 2020

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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Catching FishLuke 5:1-10

Play with Purpose

Catch the Fish in the Net

Draw a picture of a fishing net and tape it to the wall. Have everyone draw and cut out several fish and attach a piece of tape to the back of each fish. Take turns walking to the net with your eyes closed and trying to tape your fish, one at a time, onto the net ala “Pin the Tail on the Donkey.” Once everyone’s done, move any fish who missed the mark onto the net.

Say: Look at all the fish! Jesus filled the fishermen’s nets with fish, too! Jesus is amazing. Who is amazing? Jesus is amazing!”

Pray

Pray something like this:

“Dear God, Jesus really is amazing! He did so many amazing things while he was on Earth, so we know that he is your Son. And the thought that Jesus is alive today and wants to be our friend forever is the best news ever! Thank You, God! In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Additional Resources

Coloring Page (PDF)
Rhyming Game (PDF)

Elementary

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So&So Show

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Parable of the Bags of Gold Matthew 25:14-30

Play with Purpose

What Can It Do?

Put several items in a bag, at least one item per family member. Recap the Bible story with the questions below and then pass the bag around and let everyone pull out an item. Tell them they must think of something creative they can do with that item, something different than how it is normally used. Really use your imaginations, have fun and get silly with it!

Review questions:
1. How many servants did the master leave his wealth to? (three)
2. What did the first servant do with the five bags of gold he was left? (he earned double the bags of gold, so ten total)
3. What did the second servant do with the two bags of gold he was left? (he earned double the bags of gold, so four total)
4. What did the third servant do with the one bag of gold he was left? (he buried it and didn’t earn anything)
5. What did Jesus want to teach us through this story? (God wants us to make the most of what we’ve been given.)

Say:
Sometimes it’s easy to look at what we have and not use it to the best of our ability. It would have been simple to give up and say there was nothing we could do with the items we chose. Instead, we decided we could make the most of what we were been given.

Pray

Pray something like this:

“Dear Jesus, thank You for the opportunity to work hard. We know that every small thing we do each day can be used to show your love to others. We ask that You help us see ways we can work hard this week and that we would be excited to be a part of a purpose that is bigger than ourselves! We love You! In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Additional Resources

Coloring Page (PDF)
Word Search (PDF)


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Help your kids connect the dots between the Easter Story and what that means for them today.


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Here’s an idea…


Kids mid-week activity #3
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Check out this activity that one family did to spend time together as a family and encourage their neighborhood.


Kids mid-week activity #2
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Can Elsa and Anna teach my kids about fear? How parents can harness the power of Frozen II.


Cabin fever
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1 Perspective, 3 Tips, and 10 Ideas for Treating Cabin Fever.


Kids Mid-week activity #1
March 30, 2020

Try this fun activity to help your kids understand what God has to say about worry.


A Family Worship Story 
March 26, 2020

Check out this simple story of what one family did for Sunday Family Worship Service.


Stuck at Home Reading List 
March 21, 2020

Imagine if a result of COVID-19 was that your child learned to love to read.


Helpful tips for social media and news
March 19, 2020

Principles for developing a sustainable approach to news and social media.

Student Resources

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Resources for students

Traction in Parenting

Here's a great message Ethan gave last Fall about how to get traction in parenting.