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: September 20th, 2020

Use the ideas below, or come up with your own, to create an at home family worship experience.
Click HERE to view the Wonder Video and So & So Show archives.

Preschool

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Wonder Video

Read

Retell the story of Joseph saving the grain from Genesis 41 in your own words.

Play with Purpose

Sweet Dreams

Gather baby dolls and/or stuffed animals (one per person), blankets and pillows. Have everyone take a doll or stuffed animal and get it ready for bed – rocking it, singing to it, kissing it, laying it down and covering it with a blanket, etc. Have everyone end by saying “Sweet dreams!” to their doll/animal.

Say: We just helped our dolls/stuffed animals go to sleep and wished them sweet dreams. Pharaoh also went to sleep but his dreams weren’t sweet. He had very confusing dreams. Because of God’s plan, Joseph was able to tell Pharaoh what his dreams meant. Joseph was able to save lots and lots of people! God loves us, and has good things planned for us to do, too. That’s right! God has a plan for us! Who has a plan for you and me? God has a plan for you and me.

Pray

Pray something like this:

“Dear God, Thank you for all of the good things you have planned for us to do. Help us look for good thing to do, even when bad things happen. We love you, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Table Talk

At your next family meal ask, “What is something that you have dreamed about?”

Additional Resources

Coloring Page (PDF)
Circling Game (PDF)

Elementary

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So&So Show

Read

Read: II Kings 2:1-15

Ask
: What stood out to you from the story?

Play with Purpose

Applause, Applause

Choose someone to be the “finder” and have them leave the room. Decide on an object (a book on a shelf, an item on a side table, etc.) and have the finder come back into the middle of the room. The finder starts walking around the room looking for the object. The only hints they can get from the rest of you is applause – slower and quieter applause when they are far away from the object and faster and louder applause as they get closer. The closer they get, the faster and louder the applause gets until they figure out which object is “it.” Let everyone have a turn to be the finder and choose a different object for each round.

Say: Great job for encouraging the ‘finders’ to locate the objects. The story of Elijah and Elisha reminds us of the importance of encouraging others. Sometimes we’ll know what to do or say and sometimes we’ll wonder how we can help. It’s always a good idea to pray and ask God to give us ideas on how we can encourage each other. We can trust that God will understand our friends’ and family members’ needs better than we do. The important thing to remember is that we should always do our best to treat others the way we want to be treated.

Pray

Pray something like this:

“Dear God, open our hearts and eyes so we can see and encourage our friends or family members who might feel shy, lonely, frustrated, or hurt. Help us to encourage one another at all times even if it means taking a break from what we really want to do. Give us opportunities and the courage this week to do the things we said we will do when our friends are down. Amen.”

Table Talk

At your next family meal try playing the game that John and Brandon played in the intro of the So&So Show.

Additional Resources

Coloring Page (PDF)
Word Search (PDF)


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Resources for students

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