Here are the stories for this week. Each segment will include a summary, some follow-up wondering questions for home, a memory verse if you’d like to work on memorizing those and occasional ideas to further the study through the week as a family.
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Beulah Land: The Present
- Memory Verse: God Himself will provide a lamb for the burnt offering…” Genesis 22:8
- Summary: This is the 4th week of an 8-week break from our Beulah Land Curriculum. We are using the Jesus StoryBook Bible (JSB) in its place. Children will hear the about Abraham being tested this Sunday. You can find it in Genesis 22:1-19.
- I Wonder… : what part of this story you like best? which part is most important?
- At home: This story can be hard to understand. What was God up to here? I wonder if you see any parallels between this story and other stories in Scripture?
Godly Play I & II: The Holy Family
- Memory Verse: For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
- Summary: The Holy Family is a story that the Godly Play Curriculum advises to use at the start of every liturgical season or story type change throughout the year. The story is a simple description of the nativity scene that focuses on Jesus and His incarnation, death and resurrection. Because of the centrality of Jesus to all Scripture, it is important that children are consistently brought back to Him through the yearly spiral. It is the lens through which we Christians observe everything else.
- I Wonder…: what you can tell me about the Holy Family? who is the most important family member? why it is important to see this story so often? what this has to do with you and me?
- Additional Follow-up: This is the last week of Ordinary time prior to Christmas. Next week, our church liturgical season will change to Advent, a time we use to remember what it means to wait. Wonder together about the nativity. I wonder why God included that particular set of people in the birth of Christ? Spend some time reflecting on a simple way you would like to incorporate the Advent season in your home.