The Story

Kids Discipleship 2020-2021

As part of our CCC home ministry to your children this school year, we will be going through The Story for Kids (ages 8-12) and/or The Story for Little Ones (ages 2-7). Read below for some answers as to how/when/why we're doing at-home discipleship. Also, come back each week as we post weekly resources (a printable pdf containing the "lesson:" Come Together, Hear the Story, Explore More, and Dig Deeper sections). The first lesson will post on this page by August 21st.

We pray that you will be encouraged and equipped for the journey ahead! If Renee can answer any questions for you, do not hesitate to contact her at thewhortons@bellsouth.net.

The Lessons

Week 13: November 23

**Please note: We will take a break from The Story family discipleship for November 30 - January 3. During this time, we encourage families to use one of our Advent Resources during their regular family worship.

WISE KING SOLOMON

This week we are looking at the story of King Solomon, a man who was given great wisdom and who made some very foolish mistakes. I want your kids to understand that God’s faithful love continues forever.

Click the link below to download your reading guide for the week. Use the front page before or after church on Sunday to guide you through this week’s lesson. Use the back page to dig deeper into the scriptures each day this week to learn more about who God is, who we are, and why we need a Savior.

Lesson 13 Guide

Week 13 Resources

Just for fun...

For added emphasis on this week’s themes, try one of these crafts or activities.

Older Elementary-Aged Children:

  1. Complete the Proverbs For Today activity (see page 5 of Resources above). Print out the activity sheet or give your child a blank piece of paper. The Bible tells us that Solomon wrote over 3,000 proverbs. The book of Proverbs in the Bible records many of them. Read the proverbs aloud together. Then have your child rewrite the proverbs in contemporary terms. Read your child’s results.
    1. Which of these proverbs do you think is the wisest? How does having respect for the Lord help us to be wiser?
    2. We can learn from Solomon. When you face a tough decision, remember how much Solomon wanted to make wise decisions that pleased God.

Preschool and Younger Elementary-Aged Children:

  1. Build Solomon’s Temple. Have your child sit on the floor with blocks or other building materials and ask him to build a house. Give him several minutes to build. As he finishes, let him tell you about what he built.
    1. In Bible times, a king named Solomon built a fancy house, called a temple, for God. The temple pleased God. It was an amazing gift that Solomon gave to God. For seven years, men cut logs, melted gold, and sculpted furniture. The temple was a huge, beautiful place where people could worship God. God gave Solomon wisdom. Solomon honored God by making him a beautiful temple.


Service Moment

Have your family read several Proverbs together. Pick one Proverb and brainstorm how you can use the wisdom in the Proverb to bless someone else. Complete your service activity together as a family.


Week 12: November 16

GOD FORGIVES A SINFUL KING

This week we are looking at a big mistake that King David made. I want your kids to understand that we all sin and fall short of the glory of God, but that God is just and forgiving.
Click the links below to download your reading guide for the week. Use the front page before or after church on Sunday to guide you through this week’s lesson. Use the back page to dig deeper into the scriptures each day this week to learn more about who God is, who we are, and why we need a Savior.

Lesson 12 Guide

Lesson 12 Resources

Just for Fun...

For added emphasis on this week’s themes, try one of these crafts or activities.
Older Elementary-Aged Children:
1. Complete the Repent and Forgive activity. Print out page 4 of the Resources above or use a blank piece of paper. Ask your child to get a Bible and turn to Psalm 51:1-12. David always tried to do what God wanted him to do, but today we learned about a time when he really messed up. God told David that what he had done was wrong and David would be punished for his sin. David wrote a song to help him accept God’s punishment and ask for forgiveness.
Ask your child to read Psalm 51:1-12 and categorize the statements in two columns. Is the statement one of repentance, where David admits his sin and expresses his sorrow? Or is it a sign of God’s forgiveness and how David is asking God to respond? Review your child’s answers. Ask your child what happens when he is sorry for the wrong things he does. God forgave David. We cannot do anything to make God stop loving us; he will always forgive us.

Preschool and Younger Elementary-Aged Children:
1. Starting Over. Grab play dough and tools for your child to use. Have your child create something with their play dough. With they are finished, ask them to smash their creation and start over, making something new. This is how God deals with our sin. When we do something wrong and ask for forgiveness, He erases our sin and lets us start over- fresh and new.
2. King David is Sorry. Print out the King David is Sorry coloring sheet (page 1 of Resources). Ask your child to color it and remind your child that God forgives our sins.

Service Moment

Choose someone in your neighborhood, school, or community that you would like to encourage. Ask your child to draw a picture or create something small for this person. It could be a beaded necklace, bookmark, or even a painted rock. Write that person a note to remind him that God loves him. Deliver or mail your creation to that person.

Week 11: November 9

FROM SHEPHERD TO KING

This week we are looking at the story of David and Goliath. I want your kids to understand that while man looks at the outward appearance, God looks at the heart.
Click the link below to download your reading guide for the week. Use the front page before or after church on Sunday to guide you through this week’s lesson. Use the back page to dig deeper into the scriptures each day this week to learn more about who God is, who we are, and why we need a Savior.

Lesson 11 Guide

Week 11 Resources

Just for fun...

For added emphasis on this week’s themes, try one of these crafts or activities.
Older Elementary-Aged Children:
1. Make a Comic Strip. Print out the Six Scenes activity sheet (page 6 of Week 11 Resources above) or use a blank piece of paper. Discuss cartoons in the newspaper or a comic book and how the author and artist work together to get the story in short form. Have your child retell the story of David and Goliath as a cartoon on the activity sheet or blank piece of paper.
2. Create a Superhero. Use paper, colored pencils and markers. The Israelite army had no problem admitting their fear of the Philistine, Goliath, and were shocked at the courage of the young boy, David. Talk about what it means to have courage. Who has courage? Have your child create a superhero with strength and courage from God. Name him or her. Draw a picture and create a story detailing a feat of great courage and how his or her work has given glory to God.

Preschool and Younger Elementary-Aged Children:
1. Color the Five Smooth Stones. Print out the Five Smooth Stones activity sheet (page 2 of Week 11 Resources above) or draw five stones on a blank piece of paper. Say, David picked out five small stones but used only one of them to beat a giant! He never could have done that in his own strength! He was only able to do that because God helped gave him courage. Color the five stones however you would like.
2. Complete the I Am Brave activity. Print out the I Am Brave activity sheet (page 3 of Activity Pages above) or use a blank piece of paper. Have your child share a time when he was brave. Remind him that he can ask God to help him be brave. Have your child draw and color a picture of himself being brave.

Service moment

Deliver a bravery stone to someone. Find a small stone in your backyard. Choose a friend or loved one and write him an encouraging note. Tell your friend that God can give him courage and include one of your favorite Bible verses from this week’s story. Tell him to remember that God helps us fight our battles every time he looks at the stone. Wrap the note around the stone and deliver it to your friend.

Week 10: November 2

MESSAGES FROM GOD

This week we are looking at the story of Hannah and Samuel. I want your kids to understand that God worked through Hannah’s prayers, Eli’s instruction, and Samuel’s obedience to bless the nation of Israel.
Click the link below to download your reading guide for the week. Use the front page before or after church on Sunday to guide you through this week’s lesson. Use the back page to dig deeper into the scriptures each day this week to learn more about who God is, who we are, and why we need a Savior.

Lesson 10 Guide

Week 10 Resources

Just for fun...

For added emphasis on this week’s themes, try one of these crafts or activities.

Older Elementary-Aged Children:
1. Have prayer time with your child. Pray out loud together or each of you write your own prayers down on paper. After your prayer time, ask:

  • Do we know that God answers every one of our prayers? How?
  • Do we always like or agree with the answers we get from God? Is
    there anything we can do about that?
  • Have you ever prayed for something that you thought was very
    important and felt that you did not get an answer? What did you do?
    How did you feel?

Commit to praying for each other this week. Ask your child how you can pray for him and share one way your child can pray for you.

Preschool and Younger Elementary-Aged Children:
1. Create a Prayer Necklace. Use string, yarn, macaroni, or beads. String the
noodles or beads on the string and tie it together. As you are making the
necklace, remind your child that God hears his prayers. Say, Let’s choose a
place to hang this and each time we see it we will stop and pray together.
We will thank God for hearing us and answering our prayers.

Service Moment

Have everyone in your family choose someone to pray for this week. Commit
time to pray together and pray for the people you have chosen. Send a note to the people your family has lifted up in prayer to encourage them this week.

Week 9: October 26

A VERY KIND WOMAN

This week we are looking at the story of Ruth and Naomi. I want your kids to understand that God’s redemption in Jesus extends to all whom God calls to himself, no matter where they come from.

Click the link below to download your reading guide for the week. Use the front page before or after church on Sunday to guide you through this week’s lesson. Use the back page to dig deeper into the scriptures each day this week to learn more about who God is, who we are, and why we need a Savior.

Lesson 9 Guide

Week 9 Resources

Just for fun...

For added emphasis on this week’s themes, try one of these crafts or activities.

Older Elementary-Aged Children:

  1. Acts of Kindness. Talk to your child or children about what makes a person kind. Discuss whether it is easy to be kind to some people and not to others and why that may be. Give your child a Bible, paper, and pen. Ask your child to find two other instances of kindness in the Bible. If you have more than one child, they can work independently or together. Ask them to write a summary of one of the stories, along with the reference.

Preschool and Younger Elementary-Aged Children:

  1. Thank You For Your Kindness. Print out a copy of the Thank You For Your Kindness activity sheet (see page 1 of Week 9 Resources above) or use a blank piece of paper. Have your child think about someone who has blessed them with an act of kindness. Color the activity sheet or create your own thank you card and give it to that person. Make as many as you would like!
  2. Color the Boaz and Ruth Coloring Sheet (page 2 of Week 9 Resources above). Hang it up somewhere in your home to remind your child that he can share God's love by being kind to others.

Service Moment

Talk as a family about ways you can be kind to others this week. Discuss easy ways you can be kind to each other every day and decide on something kind to do for someone else, such as make cookies or help with yard work. As much as possible, make sure your entire family is involved.



Week 8: October 19

GOD HELPS SAMSON

This week we are looking at the story of Samson. I want your kids to understand that the story of Samson is a picture of Jesus. Just as Samson was sent to judge and save the people of Israel, Jesus was sent to judge and save us. But Jesus was the perfect judge because he never sinned. And his sacrifice was sufficient to save all those whom God calls to himself.

Click the image below to download your lesson for the week. Use the front page before or after church on Sunday to guide you through this week’s lesson. Use the back page to dig deeper into the scriptures each day this week to learn more about who God is, who we are, and why we need a Savior.

Lesson 8 Guide

Week 8 Resources

Just for fun...

For added emphasis on this week’s themes, try one of these crafts or activities.

Older Elementary-Aged Children:

  1. Complete the Choices Activity Sheet (see page 4 of Resources above). Print out the activity sheet. Review the lesson with your child and how God gave Samson his strength, but Samson had responsibilities attached to that gift. Say, When Samson chose to tell Delilah his secret, he made a bad choice regarding his special gift. Is it easy or hard to make right choices? Have your child read each scenario on the activity sheet and shade in the side of the barbell with the choice he would make. Ask your child the reason he would make each choice.

Preschool and Younger Elementary-Aged Children:

  1. Color the Strong Man Coloring Sheet. Print out the Strong Man Coloring Sheet (see page 2 of Resources above) or draw or trace a lion on a blank piece of paper. Say, God gave Samson strength to do many brave things. The Bible tells us he even fought a lion and won! We are going to color a picture of a lion to remember God gave Samson strength, and he gives us strength!

Service Moment
God gave Samson the gift of strength. Ask your child to identify gifts God gave him and name other gifts you see. Help your child identify one or more ways to use a gift God gave him to bless someone else this week. It could be the gift of strength to help bring in a neighbor’s trash can, or the gift of imagination to play with a younger sibling.

Week 7: October 12

GOD FIGHTS FOR HIS PEOPLE

This week we are looking at the story of how God spared the lives of two of Israel’s spies through the help of Rahab, and how God gave the Israelites victory at Jericho. I want your kids to understand that God is always at work to help his people, and that salvation is moving beyond just the people of Israel to all nations. His rescue plan is for every tribe and tongue and nation!

Click the image below to download your reading guide for the week. Use the front page before or after church on Sunday to guide you through this week’s lesson. Use the back page to dig deeper into the scriptures each day this week to learn more about who God is, who we are, and why we need a Savior.

Lesson 7 Guide

Week 7 Resources

Just for fun...

For added emphasis on this week’s themes, try this craft or activity.

Older Elementary-Aged Children:

  1. Complete the “Joshua Gets Help” Activity Sheet (see page 3 of Week 7 Resources). Say, Rahab helped Joshua. We can show God’s love to others by helping them. Tell me about a time you helped someone.

Preschool and Younger Elementary-Aged Children:

  1. Complete the “Helping Hands” Activity Sheet (page 1 of Week 7 Resources). Print out the activity sheet or grab a blank piece of paper. Say, "You might be younger, but you can help people, too! What are some ways you can help others?" Help your child brainstorm ways he can be a helper (put away toys, take dishes to the sink, feed a pet). We are going to trace your helping hands on this sheet of paper. You can then decorate it to remind you that you can use your helping hands to serve others.

Service Moment

Our church staff and regular volunteers have worked incredibly hard over the last four months to keep the ECPC community connected. Think about a staff member or regular volunteer you appreciate and make a card to thank that person for his or her service to our church. Mail the card. Make more than one if there are others you would like to thank.

Week 6: October 5

GOD LEADS HIS PEOPLE

This week we are looking at the story of God leading his people in the wilderness and how Joshua and Caleb spied out the Promised Land. I want your kids to understand that Joshua and Caleb were confident in God’s promise to bring them into the land, even when the odds seemed stacked against them. By faith, we can be confident in God to lead us as well.
Click the link below to download your reading guide for the week. Use the front page before or after church on Sunday to guide you through this week’s lesson. Use the back page to dig deeper into the scriptures each day this week to learn more about who God is, who we are, and why we need a Savior.

Lesson 6 Guide

Week 6 Resources

Just for Fun...

For added emphasis on this week’s themes, try one of these crafts or activities.

Older Elementary-Aged Children:
1. Open the “Listen to Whom?” printable (page 5 of Week 6 Resources). Read each scenario with your child and discuss how he or she would respond in the situation. When you have completed all three scenarios, ask:
o When you hear two different opinions about a situation, how do you decide who to listen to?
o How can today’s Bible story help you in situations like these?

Say, Caleb and Joshua were confident because they knew they were obeying God. Let God set the standard for your decisions, not other people.
2. Print out the “Trust is the Issue” printable (page 6 of Week 6 Resources) or have your child write the numbers one through ten on a piece of paper. Talk to your child about the trust that Caleb and Joshua must have had for God’s power and love. Talk about the fact that God knew he could count on Caleb and Joshua as well.
Ask, Who can you trust? What makes a person trustworthy? Have your child write down ten characteristics of a trustworthy person. Ask him to circle the five that are most important to him. Say, Sometimes it is difficult to know who to trust. God keeps his promises and we can always trust him, no matter what.

Preschool and Younger Elementary-Aged Children:
1. Make a puzzle. Print out the “Promise Puzzle” Activity Sheet (page 1 of Week 6 Resources) and gather crayons and scissors. Give your child an activity sheet and say, God kept his promise to Joshua, Caleb, and his people. God keeps his promises to you, too! God promised that the new land would have good food for the people to eat, like the fruit on this sheet. We are going to color the fruit and cut the picture into a puzzle with four pieces. Each time we put the puzzle together, we can name ways God keeps his promises to our family.
2. Thank God for everything! Print out a “Thank You, God, for Everything” Activity Sheet (page 2 of Week 6 Resources), or give your child a blank piece of paper. Say, God promises that he will provide for his people. Think about four things God has given you. Help your child write, draw a picture, or make a collage in each square. Get creative and use any supplies, stickers, or magazines you have in your home. Then, pray and thank God for providing for your child and your family.

Service Moment

Choose someone you find trustworthy or who models obedience to God. Write a letter or color a picture and send it to that person and tell them that you appreciate having a person in you or your child’s life that exemplifies Godly characteristics.

Week 5: September 28

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

This week we are looking at the rules God gave his people to follow. I want your kids to understand that God’s rules were meant to be followed, and our complete inability to keep them serves as a constant reminder of our need for a Savior.

Click the image below to download your reading guide for the week. Use the front page before or after church on Sunday to guide you through this week’s lesson. Use the back page to dig deeper into the scriptures each day this week to learn more about who God is, who we are, and why we need a Savior.

Lesson 5 Guide

Week 5 Resources

Just for Fun...

For added emphasis on this week’s themes, try one of these crafts or activities.

Older Elementary-Aged Children:

  1. Get a deck of cards and remove all the face cards (jacks, queens, kings, and jokers). Shuffle the deck. Bring out a Bible and review the Ten Commandments in order or you can paraphrase them. Put the deck on the table. Have the youngest family member start by drawing a card and bring to say the corresponding commandment (example: 8= Do not steal). If the person says the correct commandment, he gets to keep the card. If it is incorrect, the card is put face-up next to the deck. Go through the entire deck of cards. The person who ends up with the most cards is the winner.
  2. Start playing a familiar game with your family. Change the rules, but do not tell them. They will most likely be able to tell that you are not playing according to the rules. Play for a while, giving your children the opportunity to figure out the new rules. After they have figured out the new rules, wrap up the game and discuss:
    • Was it hard to play the game when you did not know the rules?
    • How do we learn God’s rules?
    • Why are rules good for us? (Children generally see many rules as unfair and this may become an energetic discussion. Encourage discussion and help them see the reasoning behind some rules.)

Preschool and Younger Elementary-Aged Children:

  1. Make your own Ten Commandments. Use an empty cardboard box, cereal box, or sheet of paper. Draw 2 large stone tablets and cut them out. Print out the Ten Commandments printable (pages 1-2 of the Week 5 Resources). Cut out each commandment and have your child glue them to the stone tablets.
  2. Create the cloudy mountain. Print out the Cloudy Mountain printable (page 4 of the Week 5 Resources) below or draw the shape of a mountain on a plain sheet of paper. Use cotton balls, tissue paper, or other craft supplies and glue them to the mountain to make the clouds that Moses journeyed through to get the Ten Commandments from God.

Service Moment

God gives us rules to live by for our good. Make a bookmark for someone to remind him that God loves him. You can use construction paper, card stock, or any other art supplies you have at home.

Week 4: September 21

OUT OF EGYPT

This week we are looking at God’s rescue of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. I want your kids to understand that while we were sinners, Christ stepped in to rescue us when there was not anything we could do to save ourselves!

Click the link below to download your reading guide for the week. Use the front page before or after church on Sunday as a guide through this week’s lesson. Use the back page to dig deeper into the scriptures each day this week to learn more
about who God is, who we are, and why we need a Savior.

Lesson 4 Guide

Week 4 Resources

Just for fun...

For added emphasis on this week’s themes, try one of these crafts or activities:

Older Elementary-Aged Children:
1. Grab a flashlight and bring your family to a dark room. This activity can also be done outside on a dark night. Explain that according to the Bible, God led the Israelites at night with a pillar of fire (Exodus 13:21). By following the pillar of fire at night and the pillar of cloud during the day, God’s people knew exactly where to go. Tell your family you are going to play a game of reverse hide and seek. Instead of one person counting and everybody hiding, the person holding the flashlight will hide and everyone else will count. Have a parent hide first. After everybody counts to 20, let them search for the person hiding. Once that person is found, let him hide again. This time after everyone has counted, wait a couple of minutes and turn on the flashlight before anyone finds you. With the flashlight on, allow every family member to get to you. Let other family members take turns hiding.
When you are finished, ask:
o Were you scared of being stuck in the dark and not knowing where to go?
o Was it easier to find the hidden person when the flashlight was on or off?
o How does God shine his “flashlight” today so it is easier for us to follow him?
o God’s “flashlight” is on all the time. How does it make you feel to know you can go to him whenever you are in need?
o The Bible says, “You are the light because of what the Lord has done. Live like children on the light” (Ephesians 5:8). What are some ways we can live as children of the light?
2. Print out the Word Search (see Week 4 Resources above) and have your child complete it. After your child has found the words, point to a few different ones and ask your child why that word is important in the story of Moses.
3. Make an origami jumping frog. Use a sheet of green paper or color a piece of paper green. Say, “One of the plagues that God sent to Pharaoh was the plague of frogs. There were frogs everywhere. Today we are going to make jumping frogs to remind us that God watches over his people.” Use these instructions or watch this video and follow along.

Preschool and Younger Elementary Aged Children:
1. Make a burning bush. Use white paper, crayons, tissue paper, or cut out strips of orange, yellow, and red construction paper. Say, “God watched over Moses by talking to him through a burning bush. We are going to make our own burning bush.” Use glue to make an oval bush on white paper.
Have your child place pieces of tissue paper or construction paper to the glue to create a burning bush.
2. Color Moses rescuing his people. Print out the coloring sheet (see Week 4 Resources above). As your child is coloring, review ways Moses listened to God to help the Israelites escape Pharaoh. When age appropriate, have your child trace the sentence at the bottom of the page.

Service Moment

God provided light to the Israelites as they fled Egypt. God has also called his people to “live like children of the light” (Ephesians 5:8). Think about what it means to be a light in darkness. How can your family be light to someone in your community? Brainstorm ways to show God’s love to someone else and choose an activity to do as a family. You could write letters to residents of a nursing home, send a letter or homemade gift to encourage someone, or leave a thank you note for your mailman.

Week 3: September 14

GOD PROVIDES FOR HIS PEOPLE

This week we are looking at God’s providential care by looking at the story of Joseph. We want your kids to understand that God is always at work, and He is “always working things out for good for those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Click the image below to download your reading guide for the week. Use the front page before or after church on Sunday to guide you through this week’s lesson. Use the back page to dig deeper into the scriptures each day this week to learn more about who God is, who we are, and why we need a Savior.

Lesson 3 Guide

Week 3 Activity Pages

JUST FOR FUN...

For added emphasis on this week’s themes, try one of these crafts or activities.

Older Elementary Aged Children:

  1. Identify the emotions mentioned in the story of Joseph. Print out the Pit to Palace activity sheet below or use a blank sheet of paper. Ask your child to illustrate the emotions mentioned in the story in each circle, or on the black piece of paper. Ask, What are the different emotions described in the story? Why are the feelings in this Bible story important to understand what God did? Help your child identify the emotions. Say, Tell me how God made something good come out of the bad things for Joseph. How have you seen God turn something hard into something good in your life?
  2. Make a before and after drawing of Joseph. Take two pieces of blank paper and draw a picture representing the early parts of Joseph’s story. On the other sheet of paper, draw a picture representing the end of Joseph’s story. Ask your child to explain Joseph’s circumstances in both pictures. Say, Time after time, Joseph had to trust that God knew best. We can learn a good lesson from him!

Preschool and Young Elementary-Aged Children:

  1. Create a coat of many colors. Use the printable below to color or paint the coat, cut it out, and glue it on Joseph. You can also take a brown paper bag to create a coat for your child using the instructions below. Have your child color or paint the coat. As he paints or colors, say, God took care of Joseph in many different ways. What are the ways that God takes care of you?
  2. Make a collage of Joseph’s Storehouse. Print the Storehouse Activity Sheet Below or draw a storehouse on a plain piece of paper. Cut out photos of food items from magazines or draw food items in the storehouse. Say, God took care of Joseph, and all the people in Egypt, by helping them store up food so there was plenty all the time. Let’s create our own storehouse of food.

SERVICE MOMENT
God helped Joseph prepare for a famine. Help others who are in need by collecting non-perishable food and household items for a food bank. You can use what is already in your pantry or ask your neighbors to drop items off at your home.


Week 2: September 7

GOD BUILDS A NATION

This week we are looking at God’s call to obedience through the story of Abraham. I want your kids to understand that God calls us to obedience and that sometimes the choice to obey will be very hard. But God also gives us faith to trust Him, and He gives us grace for when we fail.

Click below to download your reading guide for the week. Use the front page before or after church on Sunday to guide you through this week’s lesson. Use the back page to dig deeper into the scriptures each day this week to learn more about who God is, who we are, and why we need a Savior.

Lesson 2 Guide

Week 2 Activity Pages

Just for Fun

For added emphasis on this week's themes, try one or more of these crafts or activities.

Older Elementary-Aged Children:

Create a map of Abraham’s Journey. Say, Abraham didn’t always know where he was going, but he trusted God to lead him safely. Let’s make a reminder of Abraham’s trust. Have your child label key spots along Abraham’s journey (Hara, Canaan, Hebron). Encourage your child to add pictures or words to describe the promises God made along the way.

  1. How did Abraham show that he was trusting God?
  2. How can you show that you are trusting God?

Close by saying, Abraham trusted God and obeyed him. You can trust God’s promises too.

Write a story about trusting God. Ask your child the following questions:

  1. How did Abraham trust God in today’s Bible story?
  2. Do you know other Bible characters who trusted God?
  3. How have you trusted God before?

Have your child use these answers to write and illustrate a story about trusting God. It can be fiction or non-fiction.


Preschool and Younger Elementary-Aged Children
:

  1. Create a road for your own pretend trip.
    Use plain paper and markers or crayons to draw a road. Say, "Because Abraham obeyed and trusted God, he followed God on a big trip! Pretend we are going on a trip, too." Imagine the twists and turns we would make on our journey. Have your child then use a toy car to drive on the road. You could even dip the car wheels into the paint to record your journey. Say, "You created this road for your car to follow. You knew where to drive it because you made the road. God knows the roads we are going to travel and we can trust him."
  2. Create a handprint to remind your child that God helps us.
    Trace your child’s handprint on a piece of paper or use the printable below. Say, When we obey and trust God, he leads us and helps us. Let’s name five times God has helped us. Give examples, such as helping people get better when they are sick or keeping people safe on trips. Say, Let’s color the five fingers of this hand to remind us of five ways God has helped us. We can hang the picture up to remind you that God will always help you (or give you a hand) when you need it.


Service Moment

  • Make a card for someone to remind him or her that we can trust God. Draw a picture of the story of Abraham, or another story in the Bible that shows God keeps his promises.
  • Lend a hand to someone close to you. Ask a family member or neighbor how you can help them today. After you complete the task, remind them that God is our helper and keeps his promises.
Week 1: August 31

THE BEGINNING OF LIFE

This week we are starting at the very beginning. We want your children to understand that God made everything, and that He made us to know Him.

Click the link below to download your reading guide for the week (Lesson 1 guide). Use the front page before or after church on Sunday to guide you through this week’s lesson. Use the back page to dig deeper into the scriptures each day this week to learn more about who God is, who we are, and why we need a Savior.

Lesson 1 Guide

Just for fun…

For added emphasis on this week’s themes, you may want to try one of these crafts or activities.

  1. Spend some time going on a walk in your neighborhood or nearby park. As you walk, point out and talk about the things God created. Challenge your family to see if they can find one thing God created for each letter of the alphabet. Print out the checklist below to take on your walk or record your findings when you get home.
    • What do you know about each of these things that God created?
    • Why do you think God created it?
    • What is your favorite part of God’s creation? Why?
  2. This week’s lesson focuses on God creating everything. Let your child explore what this means by making a creation out of play dough and other decorative items such as feathers, pompoms, small rocks, and sticks. A teaching point could be, "God created everything. Only God can make something out of nothing, but we can create with things God has given us. Can you create a new animal from our things?" Work with your child, asking questions about the creation. If you want, you can let the creation dry as a reminder that God created everything.
  3. This week we learned that God made man in His image. Have your child draw a self-portrait. Older children can use markers, paint, or any art supplies you have at home. Younger children may find it easier to color in the printable below. You might say, “God made you special. No one else in the world is just like you. Can you celebrate that God made you in His own image by making a self-portrait?” Remind your child that God created us perfectly, just the way he wanted. Ask your child to name characteristics that make him or her unique. Add to your child’s list by sharing what you love about him or her.
  4. The lesson discussed that God made the universe. Ask your child to make a night sky. You can use stickers, crayons, or any other drawing tools you have. You could introduce this activity by saying, “It’s amazing to think that God created the universe. Celebrate God’s creation by making a night sky.” Ask your child to name other things in God’s creation he or she is thankful for.

Week 1 Resources

Service moment

  • Take your creations one step further. Write an encouraging note or favorite Bible verse from this week’s lesson on the back of your artwork. Mail it to someone to remind them that the God who created the universe also loves them.
  • You can worship God by caring for his creation. Ask a neighbor if you can help with yard work, pick up trash you see on a family walk, or plant a flower in your yard.

Learn More

What's this book about?

This study is an abridged, chronological Bible curriculum. Our hope is that this book, along with the supplemental activities, will help you and your family find regular time during the week to study scripture together.

How do I get the book(s)?

You may order your book(s) through Amazon: The Story for Kids (ages 8 - 12) // The Story for Little Ones (ages 2 - 7) OR you can place an order with Renee by August 19th. Through the church, The Story for Kids is $11.50 and The Story for Little Ones is $11. You can pay the church directly for the books. For those who order books through the church, your books, along with a "kickoff treat," will be delivered to your house on Wednesday, August 26th.

When do we start?

We will start the study on August 31st. The study guides and supplemental activities will be posted weekly here. If you have any questions, please contact Renee.

How will we walk through The Story together?

Each Saturday throughout the school year, you will find new materials weekly uploaded here to help you enjoy digging into God's word with your family. Materials will include an activity sheet with instructions for the week's story, discussion questions to engage your child more deeply, and coloring pages or other fun activity sheets. While we cannot meet together, I hope you will enjoy learning together on your couch, at your breakfast table, or snuggled up before bed. On the back page will be a reading guide for the week to help you take a deeper look at some short passages of scripture and how they connect to God's overarching story of redemption.

The activities and reading plans are written with kids of all ages in mind, and we encourage you to find creative ways to involve all your kids. Older children can read the passages to younger children. Children who are not yet reading can raise their hands or clap when they hear certain words or can point to the numbers in the Bible to help you find a certain verse.

Why are we doing family discipleship at home?

Due to COVID-19, our in-person kids discipleship time has been cancelled this fall to comply with state public health regulations. My goal this year is to provide a framework for parents to disciple your kids at home, and to help kids develop Biblical literacy as they study the scriptures alongside you. Not every day will go perfectly. But like any spiritual journey, this year is a marathon, not a sprint. As you carve out a few minutes each day to open your Bible with your children, study the scripture, and pray together, you are building spiritual disciplines that will last.

God assures us in Isaiah 55:10-11: "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it."

How long will the study last?

Even if we decide to meet in person for discipleship groups after Christmas, I will continue to post these home discipleship pages until the end of the school year, finishing the book on May 7th. Our only exception will be during the weeks of December, when we will take a break to celebrate Advent.

What will it look like day-to-day?

Here's a simple schedule to help you plan your weekly discipleship:

  • Saturday: Print out your lesson for the week. Locate your book, and put the book, your lesson, and your Bible somewhere where you will be sure to see it.
  • Sunday: Before or after church, gather together as a family and follow the instructions on your lesson (Come Together, Hear the Story, Explore More, and Dig Deeper). The reading and lesson should take about 10-15 minutes with younger children (The Story for Little Ones) and about 15-20 minutes with older children (The Story for Kids). When you are done, put the lesson, along with a Bible, somewhere you will be sure to see it. (We highly suggest the kitchen table. Mealtimes are the perfect times to study the scriptures while everyone is seated.)
  • Monday - Friday: Using the simple reading plan on the back of your lesson, you will read a short passage of scripture from Sunday's story and ask a discussion question or two to get your kids thinking about what you read. Next, you will read another passage of scripture that connects to the first (we want our kids to learn to always keep scripture in context, and to use scripture to interpret scripture). Finally, you or one of your children can lead the family in a prayer focused on the day's reading. The passages are intentionally short, and these devotions are designed to take about 10 minutes.
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