Sunday, May 27th

Godly Play

Memory Verse: Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. Psalm 119:49-50

Summary: This is our last week of Godly Play for the 2017-2018 school year. Next week, we will begin our summer catechism lessons. To close out the year, the storyteller will review stories with the kids, exploring which stories stood out most to them. The kids will help put the stories away to prepare for next week’s Catechism kickoff.

I wonder…: which story from this year you liked best? which story from this year was most important? which story you liked least? what all of these stories have to do with each other? what all of these stories have to do with Jesus? what all of these stories have to do with you and me?

Please make sure to tell your child that if he/she has “work in progress” at church, this is the last week they will be able to take it home!

Pentecost Sunday, May 20th

Godly Play I, II & III: 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! The Gospel would go forth to the ends of the earth now!

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: At home, consider reading again through Acts 2 and from Joel 2. What connections do you see?  There are a few Pentecost ideas on the RMC Kids Resources pinterest page.

Sunday, May 13th

Godly Play I, II, III: Missionary Story- The Stevens

Memory Verse: Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all people. 1 Chronicles 16:24

Summary: Today’s story is about the Stevens, a family from RMC who has been serving in Africa. 

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 over the next few weeks! What are missions? Who are missionaries? How can you pray and support them? What is a way your family lives that tells others’ about the Good News of Jesus? Remember- the Stevens are around RMC for a season, so be sure to say hey!

6th Sunday in Easter: May 6th

Godly Play I: Missionary Sunday: Alyssa Pfister

Memory Verse: Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

Summary: Today’s story is about Alyssa Pfister, a doctor affiliated with RMC who is serving in Burundi, Africa. The theme of her story is loving in “word and deed” (or “actions and truth”).

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 this week! What are missions? How can you pray and support missionaries? Pray together for Alyssa and the people she serves in Burundi .

Godly Play II and III: Work Day

Memory Verse: May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Summary: Today is a work day. The storyteller will review stories with the kids, exploring which stories stood out most to them. Then each child will be allotted more time to engage with the story sets (we do not always have a lot of time for work due to time constraints).

I wonder…: which story from this year you liked best? which story from this year was most important? which story you liked least? what all of these stories have to do with each other? what all of these stories have to do with Jesus? what all of these stories have to do with you and me?