» Matchless Christ
Pay attention to the ads as you watch TV.
What does that ad tell you about that product? (It looks fun, it tells you where it’s located, it tells you how much it costs, etc.)
Tell the kids that Jesus was a walking, talking, breathing advertisement of God. God is invisible so we can’t see Him. So He took on a human body so we could know what He is like.
What can you tell about God by looking at Jesus? (He is kind to children, holy, forgiving, powerful, etc.)
A Special Day
Make Sunday (the day we've chosen to honor and worship Jesus) a day that your kids will love forward to.
One family had a “Sunday Suitcase.” Each week, the parents would put something inside the suitcase to be opened after church that they could all do together. If there was a set of keys, it meant they would go for a drive. If there was a game, they would all play it together. If there was a video, they would all watch it together.
Another family had “Sunday toys” – special, fun toys that they played with ONLY on Sunday. They looked forward to getting out the box of special toys each Sunday, then it was put away until the next Sunday.
Another family stopped at the donut shop on the way to church each week (if every one was up and ready by the announced departure time). Whatever you do, make it a special day!
Draw family portraits. After everyone is finished drawing a picture of themselves, pass the picture to the right and have each person write one good characteristic (kind, strong, helpful, etc.) about that person on the picture. Help young ones who can't write yet. Continue passing it until the picture gets back to its owner. Read each person’s characteristics aloud.
If you want to know what God looks like (not physically), look at Jesus. Jesus said, “He that has seen me, has seen the Father.” (John 14:9)
Write “Jesus” on a piece of paper. Let each person write a characteristic about Him on the paper (loving, kind, wise, holy, generous, forgiving, etc.) Read them aloud. These are all true of God. God is loving, kind, wise, holy, generous, forgiving, etc.
Jesus is the matchless Christ. He is to be honored above all!
Display the pictures on the refrigerator - including the one with the good qualities about Jesus. Choose one characteristic as a praise to God when you say prayers at meals.
Keep Your Eye On The Ball
Play a game of catch or hit the ball with the kids. As you pitch the ball to them, say, "Keep your eye on the ball." After playing an inning or two, assign someone (secretly) the role of distracting each person, as he or she is about to hit or catch the ball. (He could yell their name, jump out and scare them, walk on the field with a drink of water, etc.)
Which was easier—hitting the ball with or without the distractions? Why? (Easy answer!)
Staying focused on the ball (or on whatever you are doing) is important. This week's Bible story about Peter walking on the water showed the importance of having faith and staying focused on Jesus.
What happened when Peter was distracted by the waves swirling around him? (He took his eyes off Jesus and began to sink)
What can distract us from having faith (believing) that Jesus will take care of us? (Feelings of fear, doubting that He is with us, focusing on other things instead of Him, etc.)
Jesus is able to take care of us; we need to trust in Him.
Connecting The Dots
Items needed: dot-to-dot pages (or make your own by writing numbers on a page in the shape of a simple object)
Pencils or crayons
Optional: Draw the numbers on a white board and make a bigger picture.
How did you complete the picture? (By following the next number)
I (or the person who made the page) knew what the picture would be before you started it. You only had to follow the numbers. There are times when we are not exactly sure what is happening or what to do, but we can trust in Jesus who ALWAYS knows what is happening. Jesus knew the storm was coming; He walked on the water to the disciples in the boat, and He was able to keep Peter safe. Knowing that Jesus knows what is happening and will help us can build our faith in Him.
How can we get more faith? (We can read the Bible to learn more about what Jesus is like and what He can do; we can remember how He helped us in the past; we can choose to believe in Him even when we're afraid, etc.)
Happy Mother's Day!
Next Sunday is Mother's Day so get all the kids involved in planning a special day for Mom. To start, ask Mom, "How would you like to spend the day?" (After all, it's HER special day.)
Check out all the fun ideas at familyfun.go.com. One of my favorites is to buy a blank notebook and make an alphabetical listing of the things you love about Mom.For example: for the letter C there could be a picture of a cookie because she makes the best cookies. Decorate with markers and pictures.
If you have a mom with great faith, lavish her with praise—“her children and her husband rise up and praise her" (Proverbs 31:28).