Paul Wrote About Families
Today 1st-5th Graders will hear that the Bible tells about God’s plan for families. Paul wrote about God’s plan for families in the Book of Ephesians. God wants families to love, respect, and help one another, which brings honor to Him.
Review the Bible story with your child by reading through Ephesians 5:22-33; 6:1-4. Note each of the points Paul made about God’s plan for families. Discuss how your family can follow God’s plan and work together to honor God.
Abram and Lot Worked Together
When their workers started quarreling, Abram and Lot found a solution that kept the families from fighting. Tell your family members that each person should work however he can to get along with one another. This week, when family members have a disagreement, encourage them to decide on a way to solve the problem. Pray for your family to get along with one another.
Use these simple steps to guide your family during today’s Life Group time.
Step 1: Print Activity Pages
Print one for each child. This is a great tool to have as you go through the videos. Each download includes the Activity Page for your child and a One Conversation page for you to use with the Bible reference and story.
Step 2: Watch Bible Story Video
Before you press play, sit together and pray. Thank God for this special day to worship and learn about Him. Then, watch the Bible story video together.
3. Read & Discuss The Bible Story Together
Use the Activity Page and One Conversation Page you printed to read and discuss the Bible Story together. Select an activity and talk about how it goes along with the story.
One’s & Two’s
Explore Colorful Water
Gather: Kids Activity Page, washable markers, white paper, ziplock bags, tape, and water.
- Draw on the inside of a ziplock bag with a blue marker. Fill the bag with water and seal with tape. Repeat with three different-colored markers. Use the red marker to print JESUS on the white paper. Repeat with the other colors.
- Invite your child to investigate the bags of colored water while you discuss the Bible story.
- Mention that there was not enough water for all the people and animals.
- Guide your child to look at the word on the papers through the colored water.
- Say that Jesus wants families to get along and love one another.
- Say the Bible verse together- “Do all you can to get along with everyone. Romans 12:18.
Three’s – PreK
Play Out Moving
Gather: Kids Activity Page, Bible, cardboard box, toy dishes, newspaper (or other lightweight paper), clothing items, blankets, and towels.
- Place a marker in the Bible at Romans 12:18. Encourage your child to complete the Kids Activity Page.
- Ask your child to pack the items in the box to get ready to move to a new place. Demonstrate how to wrap the dishes in newspaper so they will not get broken during the move.
- Invite your child to open the Bible to where you have it marked. Read the verse together (Romans 12:18). Suggest that your child pack the Bible.
- Comment that Abram and Lot needed to move so their animas would have enough food to eat. Abram let Lot choose which land he wanted first. Abram followed God’s plan for family members to get along.
- Lead your child to talk about ways he/she can get along or show love to their family members
Make A Family Portrait
Gather: Kids Activity Page, heavyweight white paper, crayons, colored pencils, markers, glue stick, and scissors.
- Have your child complete the Kids Activity Page. Then invite him/her to draw a portrait of your family.
- As your child draws, discuss the Bible story. Ask him/her to tell some things about your family members (names, jobs, favorite foods, and so forth). Remind him/her that God created and loves each member of your family.
- Say that God’s plan is for family members to get along. Remind your child that God wants families to show love, respect, and kindness to one another. Talk about ways that your child can get along with each of the family members he/she drew.
- Go over the Weekly Verse together and have your child repeat it (“Do all you can to get along with everyone. Romans 12:18”).
Bible Skills- Line them UP
- You will need to get some clothespin and write the names of the books from the New Testament on them (use strips of paper if no clothespin), and a long string.
- Have your child grab their Bible.
- Have your child/children put the clothespin on the string in order of the New Testament
- Let them know that the New Testament is composed of many letters from Paul.
- Get a pumpkin
- Each day have your everyone in your family say what they are thankful for and write it on the pumpkin.
- At the end of the month- you will have a pumpkin full of blessings.
My Family and Me
- Remind kids that the Bible tells us that God wants us to love, respect, and help our family members.
- On a table, place the same number of straws as family members. Then remove 1.
- Call out a family member name. (ex. Dad)
- Everyone must quickly grab a straw.
- The person left without a straw must name a way to treat that family member.
- Reset and play again naming other family members.
- Have your children draw family portraits on sheet of paper.
- Set out colors and markers from cabinets.
- Have your children draw a picture of your family doing something together.
- Have your children tell about their drawings.
- Remind your children that the Bible tells us God’s plan for families.
4. Missions Emphasis
- Ask: “What activities or hobbies do you like to do? How could you use those things to tell others about Jesus?”
- Show the “Skate Park Sharing” video, or tell the missions story.
- Pray for the missionaries in Peru who are using their hobbies and talents to tell others about Jesus. Ask God to help the kids be bold in using their abilities and hobbies to talk to their friends about Jesus.
- Ask God to help us show love, respect, and honor to our family.
- Thank God for creating your family and everyone in it.
- Thank God for sending Paul to teach us about Your word.
- Thank God for planning for us to have families.
- Thank you for sending Jesus so we can be part of Your family.