Sunday Spirit May 6, 2018

Luke 15:1-7
The Parable of The Lost Sheep

Read the story of The Lost Sheep.  What is Jesus trying to teach us?  Is this one sheep more important than the other 99?  Yes!  Why?  This one sheep is more because it is lost and the others are not.  God deeply loves and cares personally for us and will seek far and wide to bring us back home.  When the one who was lost returns, the Good Shepherd receives her back with joy.  There is comfort in knowing that God will not forget us, but will search for us until we find our way home.

See the attached fun, family project and create your own adorable sheep.  Maybe even give your sheep a name!

Cotton Ball Sheep Craft (1)

Sunday Spirit April 22, 2018

How should we treat our neighbors?  Should our neighbors be anyone we meet, even strangers on the street?  Jesus believed so.  He told us this truth through the Story of The Good Samaritan.  The story is about two enemies coming together and putting differences aside.  The Story of The Good Samaritan teaches us that God’s Kingdom is good and loving.  Does your child know The Story of The Good Samaritan?  Try reading the story below.  It is a play and done to rhyme.  Very clever!  Maybe the entire family can act it out!  Have fun.

Playscript GOOD SAMARITAN-1 (1)

Sunday Spirit April 15, 2018

The Story of Creation in the Book of Genesis is the very first story in the bible.  People of all ages, especially young children, enjoy this story with its description of sea monsters, land creatures, all kinds of birds, the night sky, the light of day, and of course human beings, created in God’s image.  There is a certain cadence to this story, an order of all things.  Ask your child what phrase is repeated throughout the story.  The phrase is “and God saw that it was good” or in some translations, “God was pleased with what she saw”.  We all understand the truths of Evolution, however, that shouldn’t take away from this beautiful story of life on earth.

Enjoy this visual translation of the Creation Story

Sunday Spirit March 25, 2018

Can you tell the story of Holly Week?  An easy and fun way to learn the story of Holy Week is to use symbols and eggs!  As the picture illustrates, take an egg carton and label 12 plastic eggs from 1 to 12.  Put the labeled eggs in your egg carton.  Starting with egg number 1 place the appropriate symbol in the egg that corresponds to the story of Holy Week.  Continue until you get to egg number 12.  What is in egg number 12?  Nothing!  Egg number 12 symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The tomb was found empty.  Try this at home with your children.  The symbols are below.  Be creative!

Egg Number 1:  Picture of a Donkey (Palm Sunday)
Egg Number 2:  Piece of Bread (The Last Supper)
Egg Number 3:  Picture of a Cup (The Last Supper)
Egg Number 4:  Picture of Praying Hands (Garden of Gethsemane)
Egg Number 5:  A Coin (Judas Betrays Jesus)
Egg Number 6:  A Feather (Peter Denies Knowing Jesus Three Times)
Egg Number 7:  A Nail (Jesus is Nailed to a Cross)
Egg Number 8:  Dice (Jesus’ Clothes are Divided)
Egg Number 9:  A Piece of Cloth (Jesus’ Body is Wrapped in Cloth)
Egg Number 10:  A Stone (A Large Stone is Rolled Across the Entrance of the Tomb)
Egg Number 11:  A Cotton Ball with Spice (Women Prepare to Anoint his Body with Spices)
Egg Number 12:  Empty (The Tomb is Found Empty)

Sunday Spirit March 18, 2018

The first class in a series of 8 bible study classes took place yesterday.  Children in third grade and older are eligible to participate!  Did you know that the Bible has been in existence longer than any other book?  Did you also know that the bible is the most widely read book in all of history and has sold more copies than any other book?  These are just some of the fun facts learned by our students yesterday.  To get the students excited to partake in Bible Study, we read Psalm 23 (the most famous Psalm) and shared The Gospel Project video called The Big Story.  See link below.  We hope you enjoy our posts as we take you through our weekly Bible Study Class!

Sunday Spirit March 11, 2018

Our teens spent a week building homes in Nicaragua.  Teens from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL have rallied people throughout the country to march on March 24 for March For Our Lives.  By 2020 our current teens will make up about a third of the US population.  They are worth paying attention to.  Talk with your child about what it means to Be The Reason Someone Believes in the Goodness of People.  Talk with your child about how you can never be too young to make a difference.

Book Suggestion:  March Forward, Girl by Melba Pattillo Beals

Sunday Spirit February 11, 2018

Think of a friend.  Picture their face.  Imagine the times you share together.  Ask this question:  Why is this person my friend?  Jesus believed in friendship.  One of his most famous teachings is Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.  Or, in other words, treat your friend as you would like your friend to treat you.

Are you a good friend?

A friend is someone who helps you up when you’re down, and if they can’t, they lay down beside you and listen ~ Winnie The Pooh

Sunday Spirit February 4, 2018

At dawn, as the sun slips over the horizon, kids around the world get up, wash up, and celebrate a new day.

Our homes may look different, we may go to different schools, speak a language others don’t understand, and eat foods that are strange.  However, we have more in common than we realize.

Ask your child; what do other children do every day that you do every day?

Book Suggestion:  One World, One Day by Barbara Kerley

Sunday Spirit January 28, 2018

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Show your child this picture.  Invite them to tell you something about the picture:  What do you notice about it? What do you like about the picture? What colors do you see? What makes you smile? Do you believe every single one of these dogs deserves love and kindness? Does one deserve it more than another?

Jesus said: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. ~John 13:34

Sunday Spirit December 10, 2017

The Christmas Story

The nativity story told from a child’s perspective.  Very endearing; hope it makes you smile.