This Sunday: May 29

Beulah Land: The Kingdom

  • Memory Verse: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty who was and is and is to come. -Revelation 4:8
  • Summary: Today’s story talks about the church and growth of the Kingdom of God. I love the words of the lesson, “God’s people will be kings and queens, a holy nation, a royal priesthood; the Holy Lamb of God will be their Shepherd; they will see his face, and hear his voice, calling them by name; he will lead them from fountains of living water and God will wipe every tear from their eyes…and that is our story.”
  • I Wonder… : when Jesus will come again? what Jesus wants us to do until he comes back? what is the most amazing thing about this story?
  • Additional Follow-up: As we look forward to the return of Christ, take time to celebrate God’s faithfulness with your family. At dinner, talk about ways God shows his love and care for us. Take time to thank him for the way he has led your family and provided for you. Talk about what the coming kingdom might be like. I bet you’d be surprised at what your kids wonder!

Godly Play I & II: Free Work Time

  • Memory Verse: Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Psalm 119:33-35
  • Summary: Today is a lesson completely devoted to encountering God through the story sets and art supplies. The storyteller will open the story circle by helping the children reflect upon and wonder over the stories they’ve heard in Godly Play. Children will then be given the opportunity to choose either a story set or art materials to work with. Since children integrate their experience and knowledge with hands-on play, this will be a time for them to connect with God and His Word. Sometimes children need to come back to the same story on multiple occasions to receive the life it has to offer…not unlike us adults! This time gives them an intentional space to do so. See more HERE about work in Godly Play.
  • I Wonder…: which story you think of more than others? which one you like most? which one you like least? which story has something to do with Jesus? which story has something to do with you?
  • Additional Followup: This is the last week of Godly Play for the year before we move into Catechism Summer. I wonder what story your child picked to work with? Maybe you could show your child how to look that story up in Scripture, read it, or even create your own version of it to play with at home. Another idea is to find a verse from that story to memorize.

This Sunday: May 22

Beulah Land: Adventures of Paul

  • Memory Verse: Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4
  • Summary: Last week children learned about the conversion of Paul.  This week they will learn about Paul’s missionary journeys with Barnabas and Silas. You can find the accounts in Acts 13-16.
  • I Wonder… : why some people thought the Good News was scary? what it feels like to ‘hear the good news and let it change you’? how someone can know and love Jesus if they never met him before he died on the cross?
  • Additional Followup: Sing songs like Paul and Silas did in prison! Take out a map and see where all Paul went on his missionary journeys. Pray for our church supported missionaries as they seek to take the Good News to the world.

Godly Play I: Missionary Focus- The Cordells

  • Memory Verse: How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? For it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:14-15
  • Summary: Today’s story is about the Cordells, a family from RMC who is serving in Ukraine.
  • I Wonder…: what living in another country is like? what makes people want to go tell others about Jesus? how you can pray for missionaries? how you can be a missionary in your own town?
  • Additional Followup: Make an effort to talk about missions at home this month! What are they? How can you pray and support missionaries? Check out our RMC Kids bulletin board with the latest update from the Cordells for ways to pray and offer encouragement as a family!

Godly Play II: Ukrainian Eggs

  • Memory Verse: As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess Jesus is Lord. Romans 14:11
  • Summary: Today’s story is a little different from our typical Godly Play stories. Children will learn about the legendary origins of the Pysanky Eggs of Ukraine and the use of them today. From Godly Play, “Our culture’s Easter eggs have little to do with the Easter that is celebrated in churches, but the eggs of Eastern Europe do.” This is a story that goes hand-in-hand with our study of missionaries supported by RMC.
  • I Wonder…: which of the eggs was your favorite? which color and which design? which designs and colors are about you? which ones are about the church? which ones are about Jesus?
  • Additional Followup: Learn more about the Pysanky eggs and their symbols! They are beautiful. There are some pinned HERE. If you feel ambitious, try to make some! Here are some instructions, but you can always draw them on paper or paint them onto a wooden egg.

Pentecost Sunday: May 15th

Beulah Land: Paul’s Conversion

  • Memory Verse: Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4
  • Summary: This is the story of Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus. You can find it in Acts 9.
  • I Wonder… : why Saul was so angry with the followers of Jesus? what it feels like to change? what you think about Paul? where else you have heard about three days?

Godly Play I: Ukrainian Eggs

  • Memory Verse: As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess Jesus is Lord. Romans 14:11
  • Summary: Today’s story is a little different from our typical Godly Play stories. Children will learn about the legendary origins of the Pysanky Eggs of Ukraine and the use of them today. From Godly Play, “Our culture’s Easter eggs have little to do with the Easter that is celebrated in churches, but the eggs of Eastern Europe do.” This is a story that goes hand-in-hand with our study of missionaries supported by RMC.
  • I Wonder…: which of the eggs was your favorite? which color and which design? which designs and colors are about you? which ones are about the church? which ones are about Jesus?
  • Additional Followup: Learn more about the Pysanky eggs and their symbols! They are beautiful. There are some pinned HERE. If you feel ambitious, try to make some! Here are some instructions, but you can always draw them on paper or paint them onto a wooden egg.

Godly Play II: Missionary Focus- The Cordells

  • Memory Verse: How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? For it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:14-15
  • Summary: Today’s story is about the Cordells, a family from RMC who is serving in Ukraine.
  • I Wonder…: what living in another country is like? what makes people want to go tell others about Jesus? how you can pray for missionaries? how you can be a missionary in your own town?
  • Additional Followup: Make an effort to talk about missions at home this month! What are they? How can you pray and support missionaries? Check out our RMC Kids bulletin board with the latest update from the Cordells for ways to pray and offer encouragement as a family!

Easter Sunday: May 8

Beulah Land: Stories of Peter

  • Memory Verse: Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19
  • Summary: Today’s is an exciting story as your child will learn about the rapid growth of the church. It is taken from Acts 9:31-12:18 and gives multiple accounts of Peter’s work to spread the Gospel. Equipped by Holy Spirit and commissioned as an apostle, Peter was able to perform miraculous healings, escape from prison and even tell a Roman centurion the truth about Jesus.
  • I Wonder… : what it feels like to be healed? what it is like to see an angel? what it means to hear the story and let it change you? if this story is still a part of Jesus?
  • Follow up Ideas: Get out a map! Find where the church started to spread. Where do others Christians live now? How do people hear the Good News of Jesus?

Godly Play I & II: Paul’s Discovery

  • Memory Verse: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12
  • Summary: Today’s story comes from Acts and multiple other New Testament books. It walks through the life of Paul, taking children through stories of his conversion, missionary journeys and death.
  • I Wonder…: what your favorite part of the story is? what the most important part could be? if this story has anything do with you? what you think about Paul? what it is like to be in a place where people do not like Jesus?
  • Additional Followup: Get out a map and trace Paul’s missionary journeys. Find out which New Testament letters are written by Paul. Do you have a favorite?
  • Tidbits for Parents: We know from his second letter to Timothy that Paul was probably aware that his time on earth was ending– and that he would be executed for his faith (see 2 Timothy 4). Though we don’t have an exact time, Paul’s death is typically dated during Nero’s rule. Nero hated Christians, blamed them for the burning of Rome and tortured them greatly. He even used Christians as human torches for evening parties. Because he was a Roman citizen, historians report that Paul’s death would have likely come from sword or axe rather than crucifixion or burning. Many legends have popped up surrounding the death of Paul. One claims that after decapitation, Paul’s head bounced three times, leaving behind three flowing springs where it touched the ground. While the manner in which Paul was killed cannot be confirmed, we are confident that Paul was most likely killed for his faith. He was once a man driven by perfectionism and hatred of Christians until he met Jesus and was changed. I wonder how knowing Jesus changes us?

Easter Sunday: May 1

Beulah Land: The Apostles’ Ministry

  • Memory Verse: They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42
  • Summary: After Jesus’ ascension, Holy Spirit came as a helper for Christians. The Apostles spread the message of Christ in remarkable ways. Two of the ways we will hear about today is through the healing of a paralytic man and an encounter with an Ethiopian eunuch. This is an exciting set of stories as it tells the beginnings of the Church.
  • I Wonder… : what it would be like to have Jesus’ power to heal people? what happened to the Ethiopian man when he went home to Africa? how someone can know and love Jesus if they never met him in person? if this is still the story of Jesus?
  • Follow up Ideas: Memorize the names of the disciples!

Godly Play I & II: Pentecost

  • Memory Verse: All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:4
  • Summary: Today’s story comes from Acts 2. The Godly Play Curriculum sets up this story by first reminding hearers about the Tower of Babel, where prideful people lost their ability to communicate freely with each other. The story picks back up with  Jesus’ ascension, and promise to send a Helper. At Pentecost, Jesus fulfilled His promise by sending the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit arrived with gusto, miraculously enabling Christians to speak in other languages in order to spread the Gospel!
  • I Wonder…: what your favorite part of the story is? what the most important part could be? why Jesus called the Holy Spirit our helper? if there are other names for the Holy Spirit? if you have ever come close to something like this?
  • Additional Followup: Pentecost is widely celebrated across the world as the birthday of the Church. Although Pentecost Sunday is technically not for a few more weeks, we are celebrating it this week with our story and a fun, guided activity during work time! At home, consider reading again through Acts 2 and from Joel 2. What connections do you see? Host your own birthday celebration on May 15th (actual Pentecost Sunday). There are a few ideas on the pinterest page.