Ordinary Time: July 30th

Beulah Land: Summer Around the Campfire

Over the summer we are using the book, Long Story Short, to review some Old Testament stories. This book is designed for families with children of various ages to use as a devotional. On the first day of the week, it explores a passage, then builds on this passage through the rest of the week. We hope this makes an easy bridge from church to home as you continue to engage your children in a discussion about the Bible. We will also have a memory verse each week!

Summary: This week, we continue talking about stories from the exile with Shadrach, Meshach and Adebnego. You can find this account in Daniel 3 and starting on p. 492 in Long Story Short.

If you plan on any summer bonfires, that would be a good time to talk about how hot fires are. Consider how someone could be in the fire and did not get burned or even smell like smoke!

I wonder…: what if you have ever been close to a fire? why Daniel’s friends would not bow down to the idol? which of the Ten Commandments tell us not to have other gods and not have idols? who the fourth person in the fire was?

Memory Verse: The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield[a] and the horn[b] of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 (hint: memorize a part a week if this seems too long)

 

Godly Play I & II: Catechism I

Today we move into our summer rhythm of learning Catechism questions and answers! A few things to know about Catechism:

  • Children will remain in the same Godly Play classes, but instead of having a Godly Play lesson each week, they will learn a set of questions and answers.
  • Older kids will learn more Q&A sets than the younger kids.
  • These classes are taught by our elders in order for them to have an additional opportunity to shepherd our RMC kids, as well as to give our RMC Kids Team a summer sabbatical. RMC Kids Volunteers will help with some doorkeeping roles.
  • The children will bring home a worksheet to help with further study. Please feel free to review it along with the questions at home!
  • To learn more about why we teach Catechism, look HERE.

Catechism Questions This Week

Godly Play I:

  • 40: Can anyone go to heaven with this sinful nature? No. Our hearts must be changed before we can believe in Jesus and go to heaven.
  • 41: What is this change of heart called? The new birth, or regeneration.
  • 42: Who can change a sinner’s heart? The Holy Spirit alone.

Godly Play II:

  • 137: What sign is used in the Lord’s Supper? Eating bread and drinking wine to remember the suffering and death of Jesus.
  • 138: What does the bread represent? Christ’s body sacrificed for our sins.
  • 139: What does the wine represent? Christ’s blood shed for our sins.
  • 140: Who may rightly partake of the Lord’s Supper? Those who repent of their sins, trust in Christ, live a godly life, and profess their faith before the church.
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Ordinary Time: July 23

Beulah Land: Summer Around the Campfire

Over the summer we are using the book, Long Story Short, to review some Old Testament stories. This book is designed for families with children of various ages to use as a devotional. On the first day of the week, it explores a passage, then builds on this passage through the rest of the week. We hope this makes an easy bridge from church to home as you continue to engage your children in a discussion about the Bible. We will also have a memory verse each week!

Summary: This week, we are following the Isrealites to Babylon where Daniel interprets King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and makes a prophecy about a kingdom that would come, spread through all of the earth and never end. You can find this account in 2 Daniel 2 and starting on p. 485 in Long Story Short.

I wonder…: how Daniel knew what the dream was about? what this kingdom is that Daniel talked about? if you have ever come close to this kingdom?

Memory Verse: He reveals deep and hidden things, he knows what is in the darkness and the light dwells with him. Daniel 2:22

Godly Play I & II: Catechism I

Today we move into our summer rhythm of learning Catechism questions and answers! A few things to know about Catechism:

  • Children will remain in the same Godly Play classes, but instead of having a Godly Play lesson each week, they will learn a set of questions and answers.
  • Older kids will learn more Q&A sets than the younger kids.
  • These classes are taught by our elders in order for them to have an additional opportunity to shepherd our RMC kids, as well as to give our RMC Kids Team a summer sabbatical. RMC Kids Volunteers will help with some doorkeeping roles.
  • The children will bring home a worksheet to help with further study. Please feel free to review it along with the questions at home!
  • To learn more about why we teach Catechism, look HERE.

Catechism Questions This Week

Godly Play I: Review of 33-39

  • 33: What was the sin of our first parents? Eating the forbidden fruit.
  • 34: Who tempted Adam and Eve to this sin? Satan tempted Eve first, and then he used her to tempt Adam.
  • 35: How did Adam and Eve change when they sinned? Instead of being holy and happy, they became sinful and miserable.
  • 36: Did Adam act for himself alone in the covenant of life? No. He represented the whole human race.
  • 37: What effect did the sin of Adam have on you and all people? We are all born guilty and sinful.
  • 38: How sinful are you by nature? I am corrupt in every part of my being
  • 39: What is the sinful nature we inherit from Adam called? Original sin

Godly Play II:

  • 130: What sign is used in baptism? Washing with water
  • 131: What does this washing with water represent? That we are united with Christ and cleansed from sin by his blood.
  • 132: Into whose name are we baptized? Into the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
  • 133: Who are to be baptized? Believers and their children
  • 134: Why are we baptized even as little infants? Because God includes the children of believers in his covenant and marks them in baptism
  • 135: What did Jesus say about little children? Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.
  • 136: What does baptism call you to be? A true follower of Christ.

Ordinary Time: July 16

Beulah Land: Summer Around the Campfire

Over the summer we are using the book, Long Story Short, to review some Old Testament stories. This book is designed for families with children of various ages to use as a devotional. On the first day of the week, it explores a passage, then builds on this passage through the rest of the week. We hope this makes an easy bridge from church to home as you continue to engage your children in a discussion about the Bible. We will also have a memory verse each week!

Summary: This week, we complete our brief study of the kings with the fall of Jerusalem. We will introduce the prophet Jeremiah. You can find this account in 2 Kings 23:31-24:20/ 2 Chronicles 36:1-21, Jeremiah 25:1-11 and 23:1-8 and starting on p. 478 in Long Story Short.

The books suggests setting up a stack of blocks or dominoes. Show your children that if you build the tower with one block on top of each other, it will stand. If you build the tower with a block off center here and there, soon the tower will collapse. This is a good way to explain how the tower is like God’s people. Obeying God is like building a strong tower with one block on top of the next. Disobeying God is building the tower with a block off center. Eventually Jerusalem fell because they did not obey God.

I wonder…: what is a prophet? why Jeremiah cried sad tears? who is this king Jeremiah spoke about?

Memory Verse: The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him. Lamentations 3:25a

This isn’t only about the kings, but includes them! Learning this song would be a good way to help your child memorize the linage of Jesus from Matthew.

Godly Play I & II: Catechism I

Today we move into our summer rhythm of learning Catechism questions and answers! A few things to know about Catechism:

  • Children will remain in the same Godly Play classes, but instead of having a Godly Play lesson each week, they will learn a set of questions and answers.
  • Older kids will learn more Q&A sets than the younger kids.
  • These classes are taught by our elders in order for them to have an additional opportunity to shepherd our RMC kids, as well as to give our RMC Kids Team a summer sabbatical. RMC Kids Volunteers will help with some doorkeeping roles.
  • The children will bring home a worksheet to help with further study. Please feel free to review it along with the questions at home!
  • To learn more about why we teach Catechism, look HERE.

Catechism Questions This Week

Godly Play I:

  • 38: How sinful are you by nature? I am corrupt in every part of my being
  • 39: What is the sinful nature we inherit from Adam called? Original sin

Godly Play II:

  • 126: How many sacraments are there? Two
  • 127: What are they? Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
  • 128: Who appointed these sacraments? The Lord Jesus Christ
  • 129: Why did Christ appoint these sacraments? To distinguish his people from the world, and to comfort and strengthen them.

Ordinary Time: July 9

Beulah Land: Summer Around the Campfire

Over the summer we are using the book, Long Story Short, to review some Old Testament stories. This book is designed for families with children of various ages to use as a devotional. On the first day of the week, it explores a passage, then builds on this passage through the rest of the week. We hope this makes an easy bridge from church to home as you continue to engage your children in a discussion about the Bible. We will also have a memory verse each week!

Summary: This week, we are continuing our brief study of the kings. Tonight’s is about the young king Josiah, who was only 8 when he became king and started to seek the Lord. You can find his account in 2 Chronicles 34-35 and starting on p. 471 in Long Story Short.

I wonder…: what you would do if you were a king? why Josiah listened to God?

Memory Verse: …Return to the Lord your God for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love… Joel 2: 13b

Godly Play I & II: Catechism I

Today we move into our summer rhythm of learning Catechism questions and answers! A few things to know about Catechism:

  • Children will remain in the same Godly Play classes, but instead of having a Godly Play lesson each week, they will learn a set of questions and answers.
  • Older kids will learn more Q&A sets than the younger kids.
  • These classes are taught by our elders in order for them to have an additional opportunity to shepherd our RMC kids, as well as to give our RMC Kids Team a summer sabbatical. RMC Kids Volunteers will help with some doorkeeping roles.
  • The children will bring home a worksheet to help with further study. Please feel free to review it along with the questions at home!
  • To learn more about why we teach Catechism, look HERE.

Catechism Questions This Week

Godly Play I:

  • 36: Did Adam act for himself alone in the covenant of life? No. He represented the whole human race.
  • 37: What effect did the sin of Adam have on you and all people? We are all born guilty and sinful.

Godly Play II:

  • 124: What is the sixth petition? The sixth petition is “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
  • 125: What does it mean to pray, “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”? We are asking God to keep us from being tempted and to make us strong enough to resist when we are tempted.

Ordinary Sunday: July 2nd

Beulah Land: Summer Around the Campfire

Over the summer we are using the book, Long Story Short, to review some Old Testament stories. This book is designed for families with children of various ages to use as a devotional. On the first day of the week, it explores a passage, then builds on this passage through the rest of the week. We hope this makes an easy bridge from church to home as you continue to engage your children in a discussion about the Bible. We will also have a memory verse each week!

Summary: This week, we are skipping ahead in the Old Testament, past the judges and into the kings. Judah has a history of flopping back and forth between good and bad kings. We will learn about some of them tonight! You can find these accounts in 2 Chronicles (and 2 Kings) and starting on p. 457 in Long Story Short.

I wonder…: if there were more good kings or bad kings? how Manasseh was different from his dad, Hezekiah?

Memory Verse: I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God. Isaiah 45:5

Godly Play I & II: Catechism I

Today we move into our summer rhythm of learning Catechism questions and answers! A few things to know about Catechism:

  • Children will remain in the same Godly Play classes, but instead of having a Godly Play lesson each week, they will learn a set of questions and answers.
  • Older kids will learn more Q&A sets than the younger kids.
  • These classes are taught by our elders in order for them to have an additional opportunity to shepherd our RMC kids, as well as to give our RMC Kids Team a summer sabbatical. RMC Kids Volunteers will help with some doorkeeping roles.
  • The children will bring home a worksheet to help with further study. Please feel free to review it along with the questions at home!
  • To learn more about why we teach Catechism, look HERE.

Catechism Questions This Week

Godly Play I:

  • 33: What was the sin of our first parents? Eating the forbidden fruit.
  • 34: Who tempted Adam and Eve to this sin? Satan tempted Eve first, and then he used her to tempt Adam.
  • 35: How did Adam and Eve change when they sinned? Instead of being holy and happy, they became sinful and miserable.

Godly Play II:

  • 122: What is the fifth petition? The fifth petition is “and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
  • 123: What does it mean to pray, “and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”? We are asking God to forgive our sins for Christ’s sake, and to make us willing to forgive others.