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 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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