Ordinary Time: August 20th

This is the last week of our summer schedule. Next week, there will be nursery for Beulah Land, but K-3rd grades will remain in the service. Our Music, Art and Faith Festival will immediately follow the service next week—pizza party included!

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 will talk about the rebuilding of the city wall in Jerusalem. You can find this account in Nehemiah and starting on page 527 in Long Story Short. We will also eat a version of real s’mores during our Scripture memorization time since it’s our last week of summers around the campfire.

I wonder…: what made Nehemiah sad about the city walls? what made the king allow Nehemiah to go back to Jerusalem? who else would go through the city gates into the city of Jerusalem?

Memory Verse: Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Psalm 24:9

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 40-46 and “Bonus”

  • 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.
  • 43: Can anyone be saved through the covenant of life? No. No one can be saved through the covenant of life.
  • 44: Why can’t anyone be saved through the covenant of life? Because all have broken it and are condemned by it.
  • 45: How did you break the covenant of life? Adam represented all people, and so I fell with Adam in his first sin.
  • 46: How, then, can you be saved? By the Lord Jesus Christ, through the covenant of grace.
  • “Bonus” 58: What must you do to be saved? I must repent of my sin and believe in Christ as my Savior.

Godly Play II:

  • 147: Will all the bodies of the dead be raised again? Yes. At the last day, some will be raised to everlasting life and others to everlasting death.
  • 148: What will God do to unbelievers at the last day? He will judge them, and condemn them to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire with Satan and his angels.
  • 149: What will God do for believers at the last day? He will give them a home with him in the new heaven and the new earth.
  • 150: What will the new heaven and the new earth be like? A glorious and happy place, where the saved will be with Jesus forever.
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