Ordinary Time: July 29th

Godly Play I: Adventures of Paul

Summary: Last week children learned about the conversion of Paul.  This week they will learn about Paul’s missionary journeys with Barnabas and Silas. You can find the accounts in Acts 13-16.

I Wonder… : why some people thought the Good News was scary? what it feels like to ‘hear the good news and let it change you’? how someone can know and love Jesus if they never met him before he died on the cross?

Additional Followup: Sing songs like Paul and Silas did in prison! Take out a map and see where all Paul went on his missionary journeys. Pray for our church supported missionaries as they seek to take the Good News to the world.

Memory Verse: For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. Psalm 16:10

*We are learning all of Psalm 16 over the next 10 weeks. We’ll add in one verse a week to cover them all!

Godly Play II and III: New City Catechism

Question 17

What is idolatry?  Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator. 

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. . . . They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator. . . . Romans 1:21 & 25

 

Question 18

Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished? No, God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them both in this life, and in the life to come.

For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Ephesians 5:5-6

Mealtime Conversation Questions

1. I wonder what you feel when you hear that God will not allow sin to go unpunished?

2. I wonder how God punishes sin?

3. I wonder what is an idol?

Ordinary Time: July 22

Godly Play I: Paul’s Conversion

Summary: This is the story of Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus. You can find it in Acts 9.

I Wonder… : why Saul was so angry with the followers of Jesus? what it feels like to change? what you think about Paul? where else you have heard about three days?

Memory Verse: Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being[a] rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.Psalm 16:9

*We are learning all of Psalm 16 over the 10 weeks of summer. We’ll add in one verse a week to cover them all!

Godly Play II and III: New City Catechism

Question 15

Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose? That we may know the holy nature and will of God, and the sinful nature and disobedience of our hearts; and thus our need of a Savior. The law also teaches and exhorts us to live a life worthy of our Savior.

For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. Romans 3:20

Question 16

What is sin? Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, not being or doing what he requires in his law.

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 1 John 3:4

Mealtime Conversation Questions

  1. I wonder who sins?
  2. I wonder how we live a “life worthy of our Savior”?
  3. I wonder what happens when we sin?

 

 

Ordinary Time: July 15th

Godly Play I: Stories of Peter

Summary: Today’s is an exciting story as your child will learn about the rapid growth of the church. It is taken from Acts 9:31-12:18 and gives multiple accounts of Peter’s work to spread the Gospel. Equipped by Holy Spirit and commissioned as an apostle, Peter was able to perform miraculous healings, escape from prison and even tell a Roman centurion the truth about Jesus.

I Wonder… : what it feels like to be healed? what it is like to see an angel? what it means to hear the story and let it change you? if this story is still a part of Jesus?

Follow up Ideas: Get out a map! Find where the church started to spread. Where do others Christians live now? How do people hear the Good News of Jesus?

Memory Verse: I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Psalm 16:8

*We are learning all of Psalm 16 over the next 10 weeks. We’ll add in one verse a week to cover them all!

Godly Play II and III: New City Catechism

Question 13

Can anyone keep the law of God prefectly? Since the fall, no human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly.

None is righteous, no, not one; no on understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one. Romans 3:10-12

 

Question 14

Did God create us unable to keep his law? No, but because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve, we are all born in sin and guilt, unable to keep God’s law.

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned. Romans 5:12

Mealtime Conversation Questions

1. I wonder what it means to keep God’s law perfectly?

2. I wonder if anyone you know tries to keep God’s law perfectly?

3. I wonder why God gave us the law?

Ordinary Time: July 8th

GP I: Jesus Heals Lazarus

Summary: Today’s story comes from Luke 10 and John 11. It is a miracle story in which Jesus resurrects his friend, Lazarus. This story draws attention to the gift of life that Jesus gives…regardless of time. Jesus is never too late. This story also draws attention to Jesus’ grief. He, too, was sad to see his friend face death even though he knew Lazarus would have life again. What a mysterious Scripture this is! I WONDER what is it telling us?

I Wonder… : why Jesus waited so long to heal Lazarus? why Jesus was crying? what it would be like to be dead and come back to life? what you think is most amazing about this story?

Memory Verse: I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. Psalm 16:7

*We are learning all of Psalm 16 over the next 10 weeks. We’ll add in one verse a week to cover them all!

Godly Play II and III: New City Catechism

Question 11

What does God require in the sixth, seventh and eighth commandments? Sixth, that we do not hurt or hate our neighbor. Seventh, that we live purely and faithfully. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to someone else.

 

For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Romans 13:9

 

Question 12

What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments? Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone.

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. James 2:8

Mealtime Conversation Questions

1. I wonder what it means to covet?

2. I wonder what it is like when someone hates his/ her neighbor?

3. I wonder why God keeps telling us to love others?

4. Review the 10 Commandments using Will’s hand signals this week! Can you remember them all?

Ordinary Time: July 1st

GP I: The Transfiguration

Summary: Today story takes us to Mark 9 where your children will hear about the Transfiguration and the healing of a boy possessed by a demon (the story just says that the boy was sick–not to deny the reality, but to present what a 3-year-old can understand).

I Wonder… : if Jesus just looked different on the mountain or if he really was different? why the disciples were afraid? how they knew those other two were Moses and Elijah? if this story reminds you of others? why Jesus’ disciples could not heal the boy?

Memory Verse: The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. Psalm 16:6

*We are learning all of Psalm 16 over the next 10 weeks. We’ll add in one verse a week to cover them all!

Godly Play II and III: New City Catechism

Question 9

What does God require in the first, second and third commandments? First, that we know God as the only true God. Second, that we avoid all idolatry. Third, that we treat God’s name with fear and reverence.

 

It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you. Deuteronomy 6:13-14

 

Question 10

What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments? Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in worship of God. Fifth, that we love and honor our father and mother.

Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 9:3

Mealtime Conversation Questions

1. I wonder how we honor God’s name?

2. I wonder what is an idol?

3. I wonder why we honor our mother and father?

4. Review the 10 Commandments using Will’s hand signals this week! Can you remember them all?