Ordinary Time: Sunday, September 25th

Beulah Land: Abraham and Sarah
I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Genesis 22:17*

Summary: This week’s story is about God’s promise to Abraham and his descendants. This is the fourth major covenant in the Old Testament. It referred to by scholars as the “Abrahamic Covenant” and it is full of mysterious promises… How will God give numerous offspring to a barren couple? Why does He promise a home while at the same time ask Abraham and Sarah to move? You can find this story in Genesis 12:24- 25:11.

Wondering: I wonder what it was like for Abraham to hear from God? I wonder how many pieces of sand are in the desert? I wonder who all is in this family of Abraham?

Family Followup: It might be fun to take your child outside at night and have them try to count the stars in the sky… or dirt piece on the ground! That’s a lot of people in Abraham’s family! An interesting thing for you to do as an adult is contemplate your family tree. Can you trace Christians in your family? Are you the first set of believers? As you reflect on God’s promises, consider times you may have felt like Abraham… called but unsure of how God would fulfill his promises to you? *The memory verse this week might be a little long for a 3-year-old, but you might can find a different version that would work. The one above is NIV.

Hymn of the Month: We are practicing a hymn each week with our Beulah Land kids so they can become more familiar with the songs they’ll be singing with our entire congregation one day. Since they are usually downstairs for the Sanctus, we’ll start there this month! Find the song HERE to practice at home! This is the last week we’ll be with this song!

Godly Play I: Floor and the Ark
Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth. Genesis 9:16

Summary: This lesson is about God’s promise to Noah and his family. The story of Noah and the Flood contains the third major covenant in the Old Testament. It referred to by scholars as the “Noahic Covenant.” This story comes from Genesis 6:5-9:16.

Wondering: I wonder what it was like to be on an ark for so long? I wonder what Noah’s ark looked like? I wonder what God meant when He promised to never destroy the earth again? I wonder if there is a part of the story that is about you?

Family Followup: Fun Fact: It took 120 years for Noah to build his ark! And he was 601-years-old when he finally was able to get out of the ark! (See Gen 9:13-16) Why don’t you and your child try to build your own ark? See if it will float! Or draw a picture of an ark or a rainbow. Look for rainbows when you are driving around with your child. Thank God for His promise to never send such a flood again.

Godly Play II: The Story of David

Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer! Ruth 4:14a

Summary: This week’s lesson gives an overview of the story of David. It begins with David as a shepherd and continues through his life, highlighting major stories such as the battle with Goliath and murder of Uriah. One theme presented to the children is that David was not a perfect king, but was repentant. He asked for God’s forgiveness and continued to seek Him. God forgave him.

Wondering: I wonder what David thought when Samuel told him that he was the new king of Israel? I wonder which part of David’s life stood out to you the most? Which part of David’s story confuses you? I wonder how this story connects with you? I wonder how it connects to Jesus?

Family Followup: This week’s lesson covers a lot of ground. You might enjoy re-reading the parts of David’s story that are most interesting or most confusing to your child. You can find David’s stories in 1 Samuel 16-31, 2 Samuel 7 1 Kings 1-2. It might be fun to act out David facing Goliath.

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Ordinary Time: September 18th

Beulah Land: Noah and the Flood
He remembers His covenant forever… Psalms 105:8a

Summary: This is the story about God’s promise to Noah (and us!) to never destroy the earth again. The story of Noah and the Flood contains the third major covenant in the Old Testament. It referred to by scholars as the “Noahic Covenant.” You can find this story in Genesis 6:5-9:16.

Wondering: I wonder what it was like on an ark with animals? I wonder which animal you like best? I wonder if you know of other places in the bible where there is something about water? I wonder if there is a part of the story that is about you?

Family Followup: Fun Fact: It took 120 years for Noah to build his ark! And he was 601-years-old when he finally was able to get out of the ark! (See Gen 9:13-16) Why don’t you and your child try to build your own ark? See if it will float! Or draw a picture of an ark or a rainbow. Look for rainbows when you are driving around with your child. Thank God for His promise to never send such a flood again.

Hymn of the Month: We are practicing a hymn each week with our Beulah Land kids so they can become more familiar with the songs they’ll be singing with our entire congregation one day. Since they are usually downstairs for the Sanctus, we’ll start there this month! Find the song HERE to practice at home!

Godly Play I: Creation

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

Summary: This is the account of how all things were made. With this lesson we begin to trace the presence of God in the story of His people. It is taken from Genesis 1:1- 2:3.

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Wondering: I wonder which part of the story you like best? I wonder which part you like best? I wonder which part He is most proud of? I wonder what are some things you are thankful for in creation?

Family Followup: As we encounter this story, we find ourselves wondering! What can we know of the Creator by His creation? Go for a nature walk with your child and note what all He has made. Stop and draw a picture of it. Ask if they remember the day that was created.

Godly Play II: Story of Joseph

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Genesis 50:20

Summary: This story is about the life of Joseph. It is found in Genesis 37- 50. When Joseph’s brothers sell him to slave traffickers after he tells them about his dreams, they are surprised to meet him again many years later. One important piece of information we receive in Joseph’s story is the background of how the Israelites found themselves in Egypt.

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Wondering: I wonder what Joseph’s brothers thought and felt when Joseph told them his dreams? I wonder why Jacob loved Joseph more than his brothers? I wonder what it was like for Joseph to be sold? I wonder what Joseph meant when he said that God had a plan for him to be in Egypt? I wonder what God is teaching us through Joseph’s story?

Family Followup: There are so many themes to explore from Joseph’s story (sibling rivalry, faithfulness to God, God turning what was meant for bad for good, etc.)! It’s easier for kids to hold a longer conversation when they are moving or doing something with their hands. Maybe you can make a coat of many colors and talk about those themes. I thought THIS ONE was cute.

Ordinary Time: Sunday, September 11

Beulah Land: Adam and Eve
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

Summary: This is the story of Adam, Eve, the fall, and losing home. Your children will hear about how Adam and Eve sinned and were banished from Eden. You can also find this account in Genesis 2:4-3:24.

Wondering: I wonder what it was like to be in the beautiful garden? I wonder what Adam and Eve thought about the serpent? I wonder what Adam and Eve felt when they hid from God? I wonder what it felt like to lose their home?

Family Followup: Read this story from the Jesus Storybook Bible at home. You can draw a picture of a garden or name an animal that you draw.

Beulah Land points out that all humankind, even children, have tasted loss and pain. In the account of Adam and Eve, we learn that our sin led to the sorrow we experience in life. It is a grievous, weighty part of our stories. It is what leads to guilt, shame, and hiding. Where do you feel the effects of the fall in your life? Where do your children? Where do you see the promise of redemption in this story? What about your family’s?

Hymn of the Month: We are practicing a hymn each week with our Beulah Land kids so they can become more familiar with the songs they’ll be singing with our entire congregation one day. Since they are usually downstairs for the Sanctus, we’ll start there this month! Find the song HERE to practice at home!

Godly Play I: Holy Family
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Colossians 1:15

Summary: This story draws attention to the focal story of our room- the Holy Family. It is literally in the middle of our focal shelves and seen behind the story teller each week as a new story is told. Christ’s incarnation changes everything for us. He is the story all of the other stories are about. We will name those present at His birth and talk briefly about His death and resurrection.

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Wondering: I wonder which part of the story you like best? I wonder which is most important? I wonder what this story has to do with you?

Family Followup: Read Colossians 1:15-20 with your children one night before bed. It is about the supremacy of Christ. Draw a picture of today’s lesson. Have your child tell you about each participant in the story. I encourage you to not quiz the children to make sure they have the right answers, but allow them to talk about their picture freely as they explore the story.

Godly Play II: Story of Jacob

Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.”                               Genesis 32:28

Summary: This story is about the life of Jacob. His story, full of trickery, anger, fear, and forgiveness, also happens to grow the Great Family God promised to Abraham. It also provides us with the origin of the 12 Tribes of Israel. Find this story in Genesis 25:19-33:20 and 35:16-29.

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Wondering: I wonder why God asked Jacob his name? I wonder why God gave Jacob a new name? I wonder how Esau felt when Jacob stole everything from him? I wonder how God wrestled with Jacob? I wonder why we have the story of Jacob?

Family Followup: There are so many themes to explore from Jacob’s story (lying, sibling rivalry, what constitutes a blessing, what does it mean to wrestle with God…) maybe you can build a “Jacob’s Ladder” and talk about those things. HERE is another way to make one.

Ordinary Time: Sunday, September 4

Welcome back to Fall with RMC Kids!

Just as a reminder, this Sunday is “Move-Up Sunday”. That means this is the time of year when kids age into their new classes and we go back to our school-year curriculum.

Here are the offerings:
Nursery: 8 weeks-2 years
Beulah Land: 3-year-olds
Godly Play I: PreK- K (usually 4 and 5-year-olds)
Godly Play II: 1st-3rd Grade
Upper Elementary Class: 4th and 5th Grade*
Youth: 6th Grade and Up*
*Please note that Upper Elementary and Youth meet every other Sunday at 4pm. They remain in the downstairs worship service for the entire duration.

This is also Ordinary Time. That’s our green, growing season (hence green window coverings upstairs and green scrolls on our Communion table downstairs!). We will rest and learn here until Advent begins in late November.

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This blog is for parents and RMC Kids volunteers to stay in the loop of what goes on each week in our classes so you can followup at home. Each week, I’ll include a memory verse related to the story, as well as a few suggested wondering questions and continued family followup… all in case you’d like to continue study at home! Hope it helps!

Beulah Land: Creation
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

Summary: This is a telling of Creation found in Genesis 1:1-2:2. Your children will hear about how out of nothing, God created everything. And it was good!

Wondering: I wonder what it was like for there to have been nothing? I wonder where God came from? I wonder what God is most proud of making? I wonder what you enjoy most in God’s creation?

Family Followup: Creation is glorious and mysterious! Where did God get those ideas? How did He make something from nothing? Immediately we are all thrown into wonder! Who is this God and who are we to Him? As you explore this story with your child at home this week, allow yourself to learn from him or her as wonder inevitably occurs. Here are some fun ideas: Take a nature walk with your child. Observe together what God has made. Draw a picture of an animal. Draw a map of the moon and stars. As you eat a meal, thank God for the food He created.

Hymn of the Month: We are practicing a hymn each week with our Beulah Land kids so they can become more familiar with the songs they’ll be singing with our entire congregation one day. Since they are usually downstairs for the Sanctus, we’ll start there this month! Find the song HERE to practice at home!

Godly Play I: Circle of the Church Year
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

Summary: This lesson sets the context for the whole year. Each year, the Church moves through a circle of memory and expectation to open themselves to the presence of God. In the Godly Play classroom, we pay attention to this circle of movement each week to help orient our focus firstly to the Lord, rather than all of the things we have on our calendars. The calendar is meant for rest and reflection.

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Wondering: I wonder which color you like best? I wonder what happens during green? I wonder which color is the most important time? I wonder why we tell Church time?

Family Followup: Make a calendar at home! HERE and HERE are some examples. Each week as you enter the sanctuary and get ready for the service, make it a part of your rhythm to identify the color cloth on our Communion Table. Have your child remind you what those colors mean again.

Godly Play II: Books of the Bible

All Scripture is God-breathed and useful in teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Summary: This lesson is an overview of the books of the Bible. The storyteller will describe how the books are ordered and encourage children to learn them so they can know how to look up passages and stories in God’s Word.

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Wondering: I wonder which book you like best? I wonder what all of these books are about? I wonder if we left out one, if we’d have everything we need? I wonder what God wants us to get from these books?

Family Followup: How about some books of the bible memorization? If it helps, break down the sections (e.g., memorize the major prophets this week, next week, the minors!). If you need help look HERE or HERE. There are also MANY songs out there to help you with memorization. Some are very cheesy. I thought THIS ONE was pretty good. It has a happy ukulele.