See below for resources to use for your family worship time, including a song, coloring page, learning activities, teaching materials and ideas for ongoing family fun. Be blessed!
As we move forward with worship together in person, we will continue to have options available for those who choose to continue to worship from home. We want to be able to connect, but as always safety is our first priority.
Acts Chapter 4:
Begin this lesson by reading Acts 4. We will be focusing in church on verses 1-31. Here you will see the story of Peter and John (Jesus’ disciples) after they healed the lame man. The leaders did not like this and asked them, "who gives you the power to do this?" They reply, "by the power of Jesus Christ!" You have this same power in you when you have Jesus with you! All you have to do is ask for it.
Find a time this week to sit and ask these questions with your children. Really listen to what their responses are. If it seems appropriate, continue to go deeper. If not, encourage them to continue to think and ask questions of you as they come up.
1) Acts of Kindness (verse 9):
Have you ever really wanted to do something nice for someone? Was it easy or difficult to do that thing? Was it embarrassing to do? Did it cost you anything? Did you feel like God was telling you to do this thing? That's what it was like for Peter and John. The Holy Spirit told them to heal the lame man rather than simply give him some money.
2) Courage (verse 29)
What are some things you are scared of? These things require us to have "courage" like Peter and John. How did they get their courage? When we ask for courage, is it easier to do the things God asks us to do? Even when other around us aren't doing those things? That's what Peter and John needed. Have you ever asks God for courage in a difficult time?
3) Boldness (verse 31)
The disciples pray for wonders and signs to proclaim God’s word with boldness. Miracles were kind of like their superpower to share the good news with people. What superpower would you ask for in order to help you tell others about Jesus? Why?
Take a flashlight and place a piece of paper between the bulb and battery so it will not light up. Have you child try several times to turn on the light. Next, have them remove the paper and turn on the light. Explain that just like the flashlight needs to be connected to the battery to work, we need to be connected to God to do the things He asks us to do. If not, we may not have the power (boldness) to do those things.
It Takes a Village
Faith formation in children is a massive undertaking. While parents are the primary disciple-makers of their kiddos, we're here to let you know you're not alone.