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.

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