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Family Do-Votion

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Hello PC Kids Ministry Families!


While we are unable to have Sunday or mid-week services, I am going to be regularly sending you family “do-votions”. These are hands-on devotions to do together as a family. 


We are in a time of uncertainty and I am sure your children are hearing all sorts of things that might be making them fearful. My heart behind these “Do-votions” is to help equip you to answer questions, have some quality family time and to, in a small way, forget what is going on in this world and move your children’s focus to Jesus. 


I would love for you to take pictures and post them onto our PC Kids Ministry Facebook page. (Also, make sure to “like” our page)


Have fun and enjoy your family time!


Blessings - Miss Sondra 


Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Thankful Creations

You will need artistic supplies to be creative with:

  • Craft paint, crayons, markers, colored pencils…
  • Paper


Family Do-Votion


Take some time for each family member to create a “Thankful” portrait thanking God for all He has done for you. 


Read the below Bible verses and think about them as you create:


  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18 - Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.
  • 1 Chronicles 16:8 - Give praise to the Lord. Make his name known. Tell the nations what he has done.
  • 1 Chronicles 16:34 - Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. His faithful love continues forever.


When everyone is done, discuss the portraits you created.


Now read Luke 17:11-19 together.

Imagine how happy those ten men were! Nine of them ran in excitement to tell their friends, but one man did something different; he ran back to Jesus to say thank you. He was thankful for the amazing gift of healing, and Jesus was pleased when the man has the thankful spirit and expressed his thanks.


When we are thankful for the gifts we receive from God, we are also worshipping Him. 


Today’s Prayer Idea:  

Use your pictures to say a “Thank You” prayer, remembering all of the amazing things you have to be thankful for.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Hard Work and Grace

Family Do-Votion


Today have fun making a snack together, Ants on a Log.


You will need:

  • Celery Sticks
  • Peanut butter, or another spread
  • Raisins
  • Plates and / or napkins
  • Something to spread with


Let each family member make their own Ants on a Log. The younger kids may get a little messy, but that is ok, it is all about the fun and the experience!

  • Spread peanut butter into the celery stick(s), then top with the ants…aka raisins.


While enjoying your snack, discuss:

  • What do you know about ants?


Here are just a few facts:

  • An ant can lift 20 times its own body weight. That means if you were as strong as an ant, you could lift up a truck!
  • Ants are hard workers. They work hard all year long to gather food for the cold winter months. They depend on their hard work for their survival. If ants don’t work, they don’t survive.
  • Ants don’t have ears. Ants "hear" by feeling vibrations in the ground through their feet.
  • When foraging, ants leave a trail so that they know where they’ve been.


God created ants, and they are hardworking creatures. Just like ants, it is important for us to work hard and do our best. However, working hard does not earn us a way into heaven


Let’s talk about…Grace!


What is grace? – Read Ephesians 2:8

  • God’s grace is a gift…a free gift…an undeserved gift. 
  • No matter how hard you work, you do not earn it. If you say “yes” to Jesus then you have that gift!


Finish by reading (or say if you have it memorized) John 3:16.

  

Today’s Prayer Idea:  

Say John 3:16, making up your own motions. Be creative and have fun.  

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Faith Strong

Today you will need:

  • A blindfold
  • A large open space, indoors or outside


Game / Activity:


This game is called “Airplane”.

  • Choose one family member to be the airplane and another to be the air traffic controller.
  • Let each family member take turns being each.
  • Scenario – it is a very foggy night and the pilot of the airplane cannot see where they are going.
  • The airplane will need to put on the blindfold and the air traffic controller will guide them around using their voices to give instructions.
  • Make sure to designate a beginning and ending location.
  • Allow the air traffic controller to take the airplane around obstacles such as chairs, tables, trees, toys, whatever may be available to your location.
  • Airplanes trust your air traffic controller and do what they say. They will bring you through the fog to a safe landing. 


Discussion:


After everyone has had a turn, discuss:

  • What was it like to be the airplane?
  • What was it like to be the air traffic controller?


Read Mark 10:46-52 and then discuss.


The blind man was sitting beside the roadside when he heard Jesus’ voice.  He knew help had arrived. He had faith that Jesus would heal him. 


  • How did the blind man show faith?
  • The story says that he threw off his coat, jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
  • What makes our faith strong?
  • By listening and reading the Bible, going to church, praying, having Christian friends…


When we do not know what to do or what way to go, ask God to guide you. Then listen and have faith!



Today’s Prayer Idea:

Laying Hands on Each Other

Today take turns laying hands on one another and thanking God for each member of your family. Make sure to list some of the amazing qualities of each other.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Jesus Heals People

Today you will need:

  • A thermometer, digital if possible


Set each of the following on a table:

  • A cup or bowl of each
  • Very warm water / cold water / room temperature water / ice


Family Do-Votion:

Read Luke 4:38-40 as a family.

Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. At that time, Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever. So they asked Jesus to help her. He bent over her and commanded the fever to leave, and it left her. She got up right away and began to serve them.

At sunset, people brought to Jesus all who were sick. He placed his hands on each one and healed them.


  • What does it mean to have a fever?


Family Do-Votion Activity:


  • Take turns feeling each other’s foreheads to check for a fever.
  • Now take turns putting a finger in each cup of water to feel the difference in temperature.
  • Then take the thermometer and place the cups of water from warmest to coldest.
  • Add some of the ice cubes to the glasses of water and check their temperature again,
  • What happened?


In the Bible story Simon’s mother-in-law had a fever and Jesus healed her. That means her temperature went from hot to normal really fast, instantly. 


  • What are some ideas of what you might do to help when you have a fever?

(Put a cool wash cloth on forehead, take a cool shower or bath, take medicine)


These are all great things to do, but none of them will instantly bring your fever back to normal. Only Jesus can do that.


So when you are sick and someone prays for you, then you instantly feel better, that is Jesus healing you. Only Jesus can do that, because Jesus heals us.


Today’s Prayer Idea:

Pray for the sick

Today pray for anyone you may know that is sick. You may also want to write and mail them an encouraging note. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Colors of Christ

Today discover all of the beautiful colors in God’s amazing world.


Have fun taking a family walk and see what you can discover in each color below. Write down what you see next to the color listed.


Family Do-Votion:


  • RED – __________________________________________________________________
  • YELLOW – ______________________________________________________________
  • BLUE – _________________________________________________________________
  • GREEN – _______________________________________________________________
  • ORANGE – ______________________________________________________________
  • PURPLE – _______________________________________________________________
  • PINK – __________________________________________________________________
  • WHITE – ________________________________________________________________
  • BROWN – _______________________________________________________________
  • BLACK – ________________________________________________________________



Activity


Print out the below activity. Look up the Bible verses together, discuss and then color the pictures that represent each Color of Christ.



Tuesday, June 2, 2020

YOU ARE A SUPERSTAR!

God created you and He loves you VERY much! To Him you are a SUPERSTAR!

Family Do-Votion:


God created you and He loves you VERY much! To Him you are a superstar!


Begin today by reading Psalm 139:14 (NIRV)

How you made me is amazing and wonderful.

    I praise you for that.

What you have done is wonderful.

    I know that very well.


This Bible verse says He made you amazing and wonderful!

  • What are some things about you that are amazing?


Look up the Bible verses below and discuss who God says you are:


Family Do-Votion Activity:


You are a superstar!


  • Each family member cut out a star (template below)
  • Write your name in the middle
  • On each point of the star write or draw a picture of something that makes you amazing and wonderful. (ex: you like to sing, you are a great artist, you love to cook…)
  • Discuss your stars and then hang them somewhere to remind you that you are amazing and wonderful.


Today’s Prayer Idea:  


Put on sunglasses and do your favorite superstar moves while thanking God for making you amazing and wonderful!

Friday, May 29, 2020

Rooted in Christ

Today go outside to do your do-votion. Take some bubbles and hunt down a big tree to stand under.


Family Do-Votion Activity:


  • Under the big tree everyone have fun blowing bubbles.
  • Then, go over to the tree and blow on it real hard. 
  • What happened to the tree? 
  • Now try and push it…pull it…can you make it move?


Family Discussion:


  • Why do you think the wind moves the bubbles so easily, but you can’t make the tree move?


One reason is because the bubbles aren’t attached to anything. The tree however has strong roots that hold it firmly into the ground. Even if you were to cut the tree down, removing the roots would take a lot of hard work. 


As Christians we “grow up into” Christ. The Holy Spirit, God’s Spirit in us, teaches us more about Christ from the Bible and strengthens us; we then are rooted more firmly in Christ. We won’t easily be confused by lies or false things other people tell us. When we are rooted in Christ, we won’t wonder away like bubbles.


Read together and discuss Ephesians 4:14-16:

We will no longer be babies in the faith. We won’t be like ships tossed around by the waves. We won’t be blown here and there by every new teaching. We won’t be blown around by cleverness and tricks. Certain people use them to hide their evil plans. Instead, we will speak the truth in love. So we will grow up in every way to become the body of Christ. Christ is the head of the body. He makes the whole body grow and build itself up in love. Under the control of Christ, each part of the body does its work. It supports the other parts. In that way, the body is joined and held together.


Today’s Prayer Idea:  

Sit under the tree and admire Gods creation. Take turns thanking him for at least one of the beautiful things He has created. Then tell Him that you love Him.


Remember…take pictures of your bubble fun and send them to Miss Sondra to share on our Facebook page! 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Jesus Wants to Be Your Friend!

Family Do-Votion:


Today you will need:


  • 2 or more glass drinking glasses – each filled half full of water
  • Metal Spoons


Bible Story Time: The Story of Mary and Martha

o  Read Luke 10:38-42 from a Bible or for younger children you may want to the read the below version.

Activity:


The Bible says that Jesus wants to be our friend. The one thing that Jesus taught his friends Mary and Martha is that friends listen to each other.


Now…practice listening:


Take turns gently tapping the glasses of water with the spoon.

o  Do the glasses sound the same or different?


Now add more water to one of the glasses.

o  Do the glasses sound the same or different?


o  What makes the glasses sound the same or different?


In the same way you listened to the sounds the glasses made, friends should listen to each other. In the Bible story, Mary listened to Jesus. Jesus liked that and he likes it when we listen to him, because he wants to be our friend.  


Now, have fun and make up your own song tune with the glasses!


Today’s Prayer Idea: 

Like we listen to Jesus, he listens to us when we pray.

Today say a soft prayer in a whisper.


Remember…take pictures and send them to Miss Sondra to share on our Facebook page! 

Friday, May 22, 2020

The Name Game

Family Do-Votion Activity:


Look up each of the Bible verses and write down who / what Jesus is….


John 1:29 - ____________________________________________

John 6:35 - ____________________________________________

John 8:12 - ____________________________________________

John 10:7 - ____________________________________________

John 10:9 - ____________________________________________

John 10:11 - ____________________________________________

John 15:1 - ____________________________________________


Family Discussion:


The Bible compares Jesus to many different things. These names explain who He is, what He does for us, how He treats us and so much more. The Bible helps us learn about Jesus and His love for us. And the names for Jesus show us the many ways He is at work in our lives. 


  •  What names do you think explain how Jesus treats us?
  •  What names explain what Jesus did for us? 
  •  What names explain who Jesus is?


Today’s Prayer Idea:  

Responsive Reading Prayer - One parent read the prayer and the children repeat the words.

(Prayer taken from 265 Confessions for Kids, by Virginia Kite)


I am blessed!

Jesus is my Lord!

I can’t see Jesus with my eyes, but

I can fill His love in my heart!

I see the wonderful things He does!

One day I will see Jesus, face to face!

I’ll run up to Him and give Him the

Biggest hug you ever saw!

I love you Jesus!


Remember…take pictures and send them to Miss Sondra to share on our Facebook page! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Let’s Take Care of Others

Family Do-Votion:


Today you will need to make bubble solution before you begin.


Bubble Solution recipe:

  • 1 ½ cups of water
  • ½ cup liquid dish soap
  • ½ cup corn syrup (if you don’t have corn syrup, you can substitute 2 teaspoons white sugar)


Mix the above ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Test the strength, as you will want them to be strong enough to catch and hold. If you need, you can add more corn syrup or sugar to make stronger.


  • You will need an item to use as a bubble wand

Bible Story Time: The Parable of the Good Samaritan

  • o  Read Luke 10:25-37 from a Bible or for younger children you may want to the read the below version.

Activity:

You will probably want to do today’s activity outside. Make sure to have fun and encourage each other!


  • A parent or adult blow bubbles from the homemade bubble solution, encouraging everyone to catch and care for them, keeping them safe.
  • How long can you hold one until it pops?


Discussion::

  • What did you do to keep the bubbles safe and cared for?
  • How did the Good Samaritan take care of the hurt man?
  • How can you take care of others?
  • Can you care for others by being kind and gentle?


Today’s Prayer Idea: 

The Bible tells us that Jesus’ followers care for others.

While holding a bubble in your hand, say a prayer for someone you care about.  


Remember…take pictures of your bubble fun and send them to Miss Sondra to share on our Facebook page! 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Keep It Lit!

Shine Bright for Jesus!


Today you will need:

  • A candle
  • A clear glass bowl or jar


Family Do-Votion:


Light a candle and let it burn while you read together John 8:12.


 Jesus spoke to the people again. He said, “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in darkness. They will have that light. They will have life.”


  • Jesus is the light of the world. When we have asked Jesus to be Lord of our life, to live in us, He has given each one of us a light to shine for Him.


Now place the glass jar or bowl over it and observe what happens.

  • The candle goes out because it does not have enough oxygen to keep it burning.


Read together Matthew 5:14 – 16.


You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill can’t be hidden. Also, people do not light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand. Then it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine so others can see it. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will bring glory to your Father who is in heaven.


  • If it is really dark and you had a candle or a flashlight would you hide it? Or would you use it?
  • When you don’t tell others about Jesus, it is like hiding your light.


In verse 16 it says, “…let your light shine so others can see it.”

  • Does that mean…sometimes? Or whenever you feel like it?


A Promise for those who shine their light…


Isaiah 60:2Darkness covers the earth. Thick darkness spreads over the nations. But I will rise and shine on you. My glory will appear over you.


Today’s Prayer Idea:  

Pray in candle light. 


Sometimes it is hard to “shine”. Ask Jesus to help you always shine for him. 

Then thank God for His promise of Isaiah 60:2.  


  • Finish by singing, “This Little Light of Mine”.


Remember…take pictures and send them to Miss Sondra to share on our Facebook page! 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Be the Seasoning!

Family Do-Votion:


Today you might want to do the do-votional during dinner or snack time. You will be doing a taste test.

  • Pick a few of your favorite foods to taste without seasoning them first.
  • Then salt them and taste again. 
  • (Ideas – cooked veggies, French fries, popcorn)


Read Matthew 5:13

 “You are the salt of the earth. But suppose the salt loses its saltiness. How can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything. It will be thrown out. People will walk all over it."


Miss Sondra’s Translation:

You are like salt here on earth! But if you live like those who don’t love God, you will be like salt that has lost its flavor and become worthless.


  • What does it mean to be the “salt of the earth”?

 

Salt is something we put on our food to make it taste better. 


As you allow God to use you, you become the salt of the earth. That doesn’t mean you will suddenly taste salty, but rather, you will make as much difference to the lives of those around you as a tiny bit of salt makes to a plate of tasteless food.


As salt is sprinkled over food to flavor it, so God has spread believers across the world to flavor it with love. 


Do you:

  • Keep your friends from doing wrong?
  • Pray for those around you?
  • Tell others about Jesus or invite them to church?
  • Encourage those who feel down?


If you have said yes to one or more of the questions above, YOU ARE SALT!


Read Colossians 4:6 - Let the words you speak always be full of grace. Season them with salt. Then you will know how to answer everyone.               


Today’s Prayer Idea:  

Egg Timer Prayers 


This is a prayer with a challenge! Set an egg timer for a minute or two. Each family member pray for another, taking turns. See how many different blessings (seasonings) you can pray over that person before the egg timer beeps. Pick another person and repeat.



Remember…take pictures and send them to Miss Sondra to share on our Facebook page! 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

National Day of Prayer

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Words...

Today you will need:

A tube of toothpaste

A plate (you might prefer a paper plate for today)


Family Do-Votion Activity:


Designate a family member to squeeze out all of the toothpaste onto the plate.


Now designate a family member to put all of the toothpaste back into the tube. 

(Allow someone else to try if they think they can do better.)


Discussion:


Our words are very much like the toothpaste. 

  • Could you get the toothpaste back into the tube?


The Bible talks a lot about words. Our words can be stones that hurt people or encouraging and build each other up. But, once they are out of our mouth they cannot be taken back.


Have you ever heard …”sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”?

  • Do you believe that?
  • Have someone’s mean or angry words hurt you?
  • How about when someone spoke kind, gentle and encouraging words to you, how did that make you feel?  

Look up, read and discuss the following Bible verses:


Ephesians 4:29

   “Don’t let any evil talk come out of your mouths. Say only what will help to build others up and meet their

    needs. Then what you say will help those who listen.”


Psalm 141:3

    Lord, guard my mouth. Keep watch over the door of my lips.


Proverbs 15:1-2

     A gentle answer turns anger away. But mean words stir up anger.

    The tongues of wise people use knowledge well. But the mouths of foolish people pour out foolish words.


Today’s Prayer Idea:  

Have you said any mean words to any of your family members today? If so, it is important that you ask them to forgive you. 

Then pray over them using encouraging words that will build them up and put a smile on their face.


Remember…take pictures and send them to Miss Sondra to share on our Facebook page! 

Friday, May 1, 2020

Popcorn Excitement!

Family Do-Votion :


Pop a bag of popcorn together.


Do you know how popcorn kernels explode and pop into popcorn?

  • There is a small drop of water inside each kernel and when it is heated up it becomes steam, expanding the kernel and forcing it to pop. 


We are like popcorn…

The good news about Jesus is so exciting that we “pop” with excitement. We get so full of joy that we explode in loving words and actions. Just like popcorn gets hot and explodes, we can be excited witnesses for Jesus to everyone we see. 


Family Discussion:


Read Isaiah 63:7

I will talk about the kind things the Lord has done.

    I’ll praise him for everything he’s done for us.

He has done many good things

    for the nation of Israel.

    That’s because he loves us and is very kind to us.


While eating your popcorn together discuss:

  • What are some of the exciting things God has done for you?
  • How does that make you feel?


Today’s Prayer Idea:  

Popcorn Prayer -

Each family member says whatever prayer “pops” into their head!


Remember…take pictures and send them to Miss Sondra to share on our Facebook page! 

April 29, 2020

God’s Commandments Keep Us Safe

Today you will need one of each per person:

  • A plate without much of a rim
  • A bowl
  • A marbel


Family Do-Votion:


Try and list the 10 commandments, then read Exodus 20:1-17 and see if you missed any.


Bible verses to discuss:


Matthew 5:19

Do not ignore even one of the least important commands. And do not teach others to ignore them. If you do, you will be called the least important person in the kingdom of heaven. Instead, practice and teach these commands. Then you will be called important in the kingdom of heaven.


John 14:21

Anyone who has my commands and obeys them loves me. My Father will love the one who loves me. I too will love them. And I will show myself to them.



Family Do-Votion Activity:


Begin by each family member putting a marble on their plate and rolling it around.


What happens?

  • This can represent when we choose to do whatever we want, without any rules or instructions to guide us. When we don’t have any boundaries in our lives, we can easily go out of control, fall down, and even get lost.


Now put the marble into the bowl and spin it around.


What happens?

  • God’s commandments are like the sides of the bowl, they create safe boundaries for our lives.  


Continue to play with the marble and see how fast you can get it moving around the walls of the bowl.

  • God didn’t give us His commandments to make us unhappy. He can see beyond what we can see and wants to keep us safe.
  • When we follow His commandments we are set free of the burden of sin, which can cause us to get distracted and out of control.


Today’s Prayer Idea:  

Prayer Huddle – Get in a close circle today for prayer.

~  THANK God for His commandments that keep you safe. 

CONFESS that it can be hard to follow them sometimes (which one is the hardest for you to obey?)

~  ASK God to help you follow His commandments.


Remember…take pictures and send them to Miss Sondra to share on our Facebook page! 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Overflowing Love

Family Do-Votion:


Today you will need:

  • A full can of shaving cream
  • A glass approx. the same size as the can
  • Plate to put under the glass


Look up and discuss these Bible verses (for older children, allow them to each look up a verse):


John 13:34-35

I give you a new command. Love one another. You must love one another, just as I have loved you.  If you love one another, everyone will know you are my disciples.


John 15:12-13

Here is my command. Love one another, just as I have loved you.  No one has greater love than the one who gives their life for their friends.


Mark 12:30-31 

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your mind and with all your strength.’  And here is the second one. ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ There is no commandment more important than these.”


I John 4:7-12

Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become a child of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. Here is how God showed his love among us. He sent his one and only Son into the world. He sent him so we could receive life through him.  Here is what love is. It is not that we loved God. It is that he loved us and sent his Son to give his life to pay for our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us this much, we should also love one another. No one has ever seen God. But if we love one another, God lives in us. His love is made complete in us.


o  What do these Bible verses say about how we are to love others?


Do-Votion Activity:


Put the glass in the center of the plate

Empty the contents of the shaving cream can into the glass


  • Discuss what happened?


Love is like the shaving cream. If it stays inside of us, it can't do its job. When we let love flow outward to others, it will continue to grow & expand. God will make sure that our supply of love never runs out.


Today’s Prayer Idea:  

Memorize Mark 12:30-31, making up your own motions. Be creative and have fun.  


Remember…take pictures and send them to Miss Sondra to share on our Facebook page! 


Friday, April 23, 2020

God’s Love

God's love spreading through you.

Today you will need one per family member:

Paper towels

Ink pens

Markers

A glass or bowl of water to share


Family Do-Votion Activity:


Each family member, with a pen, draw an outline of a single heart towards the bottom of their paper towel.


The heart is empty; this is how our hearts are before we accept God's love for us.  


John 3:16

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.


Romans 5:8

But here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


God didn't just say, "I love you!"...He demonstrated it! 

  • How do you show others you love them?


God showed His love for each of us by sending Jesus. 


God loves each of us very much the way we are. However, He doesn't want our hearts to be empty without Him!

  • Now use a marker to color in the heart. 


When we believe and trust God's love for us through Jesus dying on the cross, He fills our hearts with His love!  


John 14:23

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them. We will come to them and make our home with them.


Because we are filled with God’s love, we should want to show we love Him too by obeying Him!


Do you think we should share God’s love with others?


  • Now draw three or more hearts, with a pen, in the area above the colored in heart. 
  • Then each family member put the bottom of their paper towel into the shallow water and watch as it soaks it up.


When we allow God to fill our lives, His love will overflow and spread to others! 


Jesus talks about this in John 7:38, “Does anyone believe in me? Then, just as Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from inside them.”



Today’s Prayer Idea:  

ASK God to show you someone that your love overflows to.

~ THANK God for that person by name.

~  WRITE their name down somewhere that you will see it regularly, to remind you to pray for them. 

~ Younger children can draw a picture and display it where they can see it, as a reminder.


Remember…take pictures and send them to Miss Sondra to share on our Facebook page! 

God's Love Demonstration

Wednesday, April 22,2020

Hard or Soft

Family Do-Votion Activity:


Today you will need:

  • Cotton balls, enough for each family member to have a few
  • Rocks, at least one of each per person


Each family member holds a rock in one hand and a cotton ball in the other. 

  • Which one is soft? 
  • Which one is hard? 
  • Which one would hurt if someone threw it at you?


Discussion:


The words we say and our actions can be soft like the cotton ball, showing kindness and gentleness or they can be hard like a rock and hurt others.


The Bible tells us we are to be kind and gentle to one another. 


Read the following Bible verses:


Ephesians 4:32

Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive one another, just as God forgave you because of what Christ has done.


Proverbs 11:17 

Those who are kind benefit themselves.

    But mean people bring ruin on themselves.


  • What are some examples of soft or kind words you can say to others?
  • For each kind word someone says, let them throw a cotton ball.  


Today’s Prayer Idea:  

Sit in a circle and pray for the family member to your right, saying gentle and kind words.

Say your prayers in a soft whisper voices. 


Take pictures share them with us on our Facebook page! 

Monday, April 20, 2020

Let’s Make Cookies

Family Do-Votion:


  • You will need your favorite cookie recipe or a cookie mix.


Make the cookies together as a family. Once you put the cookies in the oven pull up some chairs, turn on the oven light, then sit and watch them bake. (I know this might be hard for some of you…but think of the reward when they are done!)


What do you observe? How do they small?


While eating the warm cookies read and discuss Isaiah 40:30-31


Even young people become worn out and get tired.

    Even the best of them trip and fall.

But those who trust in the Lord

    will receive new strength.

They will fly as high as eagles.

    They will run and not get tired.

    They will walk and not grow weak.


  • What does it mean to wait?
  • Is it hard to wait?
  • What kind of attitude should you have white waiting?
  • What can you do while waiting?
  • How does God help you wait?


Waiting can be a very good thing. While waiting you can rest and gain strength.


  • Do you think that while we are at home staying safe God might be giving us this time to rest and gain new strength?


Today’s Prayer Idea: 

ASK God to help you wait patiently.

THANK God for keeping you safe.

REMEMBER…Patience is waiting cheerfully.


~  SHARE any fears you may have with God and ask Him for strength.


 Remember to take pictures of your yummy cookies and share with us the Facebook page! 

Friday, April 17, 2020

For Me!

Family Do-Votion Activity:


Read John 3:16 or recite together if you have it memorized.


For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. (NIrV)


Each family member cut out a cross (pattern below) and color or decorate it. Once it has been completed write your name in the center. 


Jesus died on the cross for each and every person. He did this to win forgiveness for our sins.


Sometimes we don’t celebrate that this is a message just for us. 


God loved each of us enough to send Jesus as our Savior, so that He can spend FOREVER with us.


  • How does that make you feel?
  • Is that something worth celebrating?


Each family member say John 3:16 again, adding your name into the blank space.

 

For God so loved _______________ that he gave his one and only Son, that if _______________ believes in him _______________ will not die but will have eternal life.


Today’s Prayer Idea:  

~  THANK God for His great love.

~  THANK Jesus for His willing sacrifice.

~  ASK God to help you share with others that He loves them very much.


Remember…take pictures and send them to Miss Sondra to share on our Facebook page

Cross template

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

New Life Treasure Hunt

Enjoy the beautiful spring day.

Family Do-Votion:


Family Do-Votion:

 

Read together, Romans 1:20 -

Ever since the world was created it has been possible to see the qualities of God that are not seen. I’m talking about his eternal power and about the fact that he is God. Those things can be seen in what he has made. So people have no excuse for what they do.

 

Today take a walk and enjoy the beautiful spring day. Observe some if the new life in God’s creation. 

 

Grab a magnifying glass or binoculars and each family member grab a bag and go on a treasure hunt.  


Look for and observe: (take a picture if you can)

  • New flowers poking up through the ground
  • New buds on the trees
  • A butterfly in the bushes
  • A lady bug
  • Ants crawling in the dirt
  • Ducks and ducklings
  • Stand still and listen to the birds. Can you see them in the trees?
  • Close your eyes and listen to the wind. Do you feel the breeze on your face? 
  • Sit under a big tree and enjoy the shade it provides.


Can you find…?

  • A flower of your favorite color
  • A green leaf
  • A rock
  • A twig
  • A clover in the grass
  • A feather
  • A shell


Today’s Prayer Idea:  

When you are done with your treasure hunt, sit outside in your yard and take turns thanking God for your favorite thing in nature. 


If it is getting dark outside, lie on your back and quietly admire the stars and the moon in the sky.  


Remember share with us your observations and treasures. Share some with us on our Facebook page, or send them to Miss Sondra to share.

Monday, April 13, 2020

New Life

New life through the life cycle of the caterpillar to the butterfly.

Family Do-Votion:


Family Do-Votion:

 

Read together, Romans 1:20 -

Ever since the world was created it has been possible to see the qualities of God that are not seen. I’m talking about his eternal power and about the fact that he is God. Those things can be seen in what he has made. So people have no excuse for what they do.

 

Today take a walk and enjoy the beautiful spring day. Observe some if the new life in God’s creation. 

 

Grab a magnifying glass or binoculars and each family member grab a bag and go on a treasure hunt.  


Look for and observe: (take a picture if you can)

  • New flowers poking up through the ground
  • New buds on the trees
  • A butterfly in the bushes
  • A lady bug
  • Ants crawling in the dirt
  • Ducks and ducklings
  • Stand still and listen to the birds. Can you see them in the trees?
  • Close your eyes and listen to the wind. Do you feel the breeze on your face? 
  • Sit under a big tree and enjoy the shade it provides.


Can you find…?

  • A flower of your favorite color
  • A green leaf
  • A rock
  • A twig
  • A clover in the grass
  • A feather
  • A shell


Today’s Prayer Idea:  

When you are done with your treasure hunt, sit outside in your yard and take turns thanking God for your favorite thing in nature. 


If it is getting dark outside, lie on your back and quietly admire the stars and the moon in the sky.  


Remember share with us your observations and treasures. Share some with us on our Facebook page, or send them to Miss Sondra to share.

It's Holy Week!

Friday, April 10, 2020

Good Friday

Today reflect on Jesus and the gift we received through His sacrifice.

Family Do-Votion:


  • For a portion of today’s Family Do-Votion, join the church family on Facebook live for a communion service. If you are unable to join us for the service, you can use the below information to have your own Last Supper / Communion Service.
  • You will need:
  • Bread or crackers, or anything else you have that can represent the Body of Christ. 
  • Juice, grape or whatever you have at home, to represent the Blood of Christ.

Before or after the service, pull out play dough and each family member quietly make a cross. 


Then read Luke 23:26-49, or for younger children you can use the passage below.  

Family Discussion Questions:


  • Why did Jesus die on the cross?  
  • What is sin?   
  • How do we give our sins to Jesus?  
  • Why does Jesus take our sins from us?         
  • Is there any sin too big for Him to handle?

   

  • Are there any sins you would like to confess?  



Remember to take pictures to capture this special time together. Share some with us on our Facebook page, or send them to Miss Sondra to share.

Communion Scripture & Simple Explanation for Children:

Luke 22:14-20 (NIrV)

When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles took their places at the table. He said to them, "I have really looked forward to eating this Passover meal with you. I wanted to do this before I suffer. I tell you, I will not eat the Passover meal again until it is celebrated in God's kingdom."

After Jesus took the cup, he gave thanks. He said, "Take this cup and share it among yourselves.  I tell you, I will not drink wine with you again until God's kingdom comes."

Then Jesus took bread. He gave thanks and broke it. He handed it to them and said, "This is my body. It is given for you. Every time you eat it, do it in memory of me."

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup. He said, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. It is poured out for you. “


Symbolism:


  • Jesus took bread and broke it and said the bread is like His body. His body would be broken for them and us when he died on the cross for our sins


  • Jesus took a cup of juice (wine) and said it was like His blood, for He would shed His blood on the cross to forgive all of our sins



Last Supper & Communion

The ceremony of Communion / The Lord’s Supper is a visible sign of our faith in Jesus


We celebrate the Lord’s Supper and take communion to

  • Honor and remember Jesus’ death on the cross
  • And to outwardly show God how thankful we are on the inside for His grace and love shown through His son Jesus


When we take communion we are to

  • Come prayerfully and thoughtfully (still)
  • We are to prepare our hearts, by asking forgiveness of our sins and making sure our hearts are clean
  • We are to prepare our minds by thinking about / focusing on Jesus and how much God loves us
  • We are to prepare our attitude
  • Be thankful

Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020

Serving One Another

Today let’s serve each other.

Today, experience your own Maundy Thursday foot-washing. For those homes with younger children, remember to have age appropriate expectations, and adapt as needed. But also know that no child is too young, this is a meaningful experience for everyone. 


Fill a wash pan or a bucket with water, grab a few towels and gather your family. Share the story found in John 13:1-17. (Or read the version below)


Then take turns washing each other’s feet and praying for one another.


Take a lot of pictures to capture this special time together.

Family Activity & Discussion:


Serving Feet:

  • Each family member cut out the attached feet. (cut around outline)
  • Color the feet and write down ways you can serve one another and then discuss what you have written down.
  • When you are finished, fold in the center so that the feet can stand, and then put them someplace in your home to display. (see sample picture)


Today’s Prayer Idea: 

THANK God for sending Jesus to be our example.

~  ASK God to show you opportunities to serve others and to reveal His love through your actions.


Remember to take a lot of pictures to capture this special time together. Share some with us on our Facebook page.

Foot Craft Activity
Foot Craft Sample

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Easter Wednesday – Scavenger Hunt

Today have an Easter Scavenger Hunt!

Family Do-Votion Activity:


Have fun taking a family walk and look for the below items that symbolize parts of the Easter story. (Everyone might want to carry their own bag.)


  • A rock ~ the closed tomb
  • 2 sticks ~ for the cross
  • 3 of the same item ~ for three days in the tomb
  • Something empty ~ for the empty tomb
  • Something black ~ for sin
  • Something red ~ Jesus’ blood shed for our sins
  • Something white ~ A clean heart
  • Something green ~ for growing in Him
  • Something blue ~ the waters of baptism
  • Something yellow ~ the streets of gold
  • Something purple ~ for royalty, Jesus is the King of Kings
  • Spot a butterfly ~ for new life


Today’s Prayer Idea: 


God made you and God made me,

He made the world for us to see.

God loves you and long ago,

He sent His Son to tell us so.

Jesus showed us many things,

To love and share and dance and sing.

To learn and play, to help and care,

He promised he’d always be there.

He died but then came back to life,

Let’s celebrate for he’s alive!

In Jesus Name, Amen

(Author Unknown)


Spread out your items on the ground and take pictures, share them with us on our Facebook page.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Palm Sunday...On Monday :)

Let today be full of praises for Jesus our King!

Family Do-Votion:


  • Read together as a family Luke 19:29-44, let the kids take turns reading, since it is a longer passage. (You may want to use the story written below for younger children).

Family Discussion:


In understandable terms, what is “praise” and why should we praise God?

  • Praise is joyfully thanking and adoring God, it is a celebration of His goodness.
  • We praise Him because it reminds us of His goodness


o  What are some things that you have to praise God for? 

o  What is your favorite praise song, and why?


Family Activity - CELEBRATE JESUS!


  • Each family member cut out a palm leaf from below (or make your own) and then write or draw praises to God on your palm leaf.     
  • Once done, share your praises with each other.


Today’s Prayer Idea:  

Sing one or all of the favorite songs you talked about above in celebration for all that Jesus has done for you. (Talk about the words in the songs.)



Take a pictures of your palm leaves and share them on our Facebook page 

Friday, April 3, 2020

Imitators

Imitate each other playing Simon Says.

Family Discussion:


  • What does it mean to imitate?


Read Ephesians 5:1-2

You are the children that God dearly loves. So follow his example. Lead a life of love, just as Christ did. He loved us. He gave himself up for us. He was a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice to God.


Discuss this Bible verse:

  • Who does it tell us to imitate?
  • Can we do it on our own?


God sent Jesus to be our example. He knew we could not do it on our own. Because of salvation, the Holy Spirit now lives and works within us, helping us to follow the example of Christ. The Holy Spirit helps us love and serve others, as Jesus did.


Today’s Prayer Idea:  

Follow the Leader Prayer


A parent or adult pray a sentence at a time, allowing the rest of the family to repeat. 


~  PRAISE God for His great love.

~ THANK God for sending Jesus to save us.

ASK Jesus to help us follow His example.

~  ASK God to help us tell others about His love for us.


Remember to take pictures and share them with us on our Facebook page or email them to me.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

You’re Nice

Take turns saying something nice and encouraging about each other.

  • How did you feel when something nice was said about you?
  • How does it make you feel when someone says something mean?


Sometimes we say words that are mean and can hurt others. God wants us to use our words to love and encourage, to show His love through the things we say.

  • What can you do when you hurt someone with your words?


Read the following Bible verses:


Psalm 19:14

Lord, may these words of my mouth please you.

And may these thoughts of my heart please you also.


Proverbs 16:24

Kind words are like honey.

    They are sweet to the spirit and bring healing to the body


Today’s Prayer Idea:  

Hot Potato Prayer


Find something to use as a “hot potato”. Toss it back and forth between family members taking turns saying words that are kind and sweet; pleasing to God.  


Take pictures and share them with us on our Facebook page or email them to me.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Blessings from God!

Today make a Blessing Tree.

Family Do-Votion Activity:


  • Draw a tree (minus the leaves) on a large piece of paper or on a piece of poster board. 
  • Each family member cut out a leaf or leaves from the below pattern and write or draw one or more things that you are thankful for. (Each person can do as many leaves as they want.)
  • Watch the tree fill up quickly with blessings.


Family Discussion:


Read and discuss Psalm 106:1,


Praise the Lord.

Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good.

    His faithful love continues forever.


Discuss the blessings you have each written on the leaves. 


God has blessed us in so many ways. He has given us life and health, food, water, clothing, family and friends. We have possessions; our homes, toys and so much more. There is so many things to be thankful for that it can be hard to remember everything.   


The most important thing to be thankful for is that Jesus came to die and rise again to give us forgiveness and eternal life. And don’t forget, He gave us His peace and faith. 


  • Have you thought of anything else to be thankful for? Do you want to add anymore leaves?


Once you are done making your blessing tree, but it somewhere in your home that you can see it, to remind you of everything you have to be thankful for.


Today’s Prayer Idea:  


Memorize Psalm 106:1 and add your own motions. Then take turns thanking God for each of the items you put on your blessing tree. Keep going until you can’t think of anymore. 


Share your Blessing Tree with us on the PC Kids Facebook page  

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Jesus Heals

Bible story telling with play dough!

Jesus Heals - Mark 2:1-5 and 11-12


Family Do-Votion:

Activity Instructions:

  • Divide the playdough between each family member
  • Designate one person to read the Bible story as paraphrased below out loud for all to hear
  • As the story is read, everyone will need to follow the directions creating each scene


This is a story about five friends


1 - One of the friends was paralyzed. This means he could not walk. He spent all day, every day, lying on a mat.

o   Take a piece play dough and flatten it to make a sleeping mat


2 - These five friends lived in a town called Capernaum. One day Jesus came to their town. The friends had heard how Jesus had healed people who were sick. They decided to take their friend who could not walk to see Jesus.

o   Take four small pieces of play dough and roll each one into a ball, then place at each corner of the sleeping mat you made


3 - The four friends picked up the mat their friend was lying on and took him to see Jesus. Jesus was in a house in Capernaum. People had come to the house looking for him, and Jesus was teaching them.

o   Now use your play dough to make a house. In Jesus’ day, houses had flat roofs. They looked like big boxes with a door and windows.


4 - So many people had come to hear Jesus that when the friends reached the house they couldn’t get in. As hard as they tried, they could not get close to Jesus. The four friends were determined to get their friend to Jesus, so they carried him up onto the roof of the house.

o   Now make a roof in your house.


5 - Once they were on the roof, the friends began digging a hole in the roof. Imagine what the people inside the house must have thought! When the hole was big enough, the four friends lowered their friend on his mat through the hole so that he was in front of Jesus.

o   Use your play dough to make a happy face.


When Jesus saw the faith of the paralyzed man’s friends, he looked at the man and said, “Your sins are forgiven...Get up, take your mat, and go home.” And the man did. All of the people in the house were amazed and praised God!


Today’s Prayer Idea:  

Say the prayer below and then pray for someone who is on your heart needing a healing from God? Possibly a friend or a family member or even yourself? 


Loving God,

 We thank you for Jesus and for the example he gave us about how you want us to live. Help us look for opportunities to help and encourage other people, remembering that when we do, it is like helping Jesus.

In Jesus Name, Amen



Remember to take pictures and share your Sculptures with us on our Facebook page 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Created Different

Today you will be making silhouettes.

Family Do-Votion:


Items Needed:

  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  • Bright Light


Do-Votion Activity:

  • One at a time, each person sit sideways in front of the sheet of paper taped to the wall. Aim the light to the paper and a family member trace the profile onto the paper with a pencil.
  • Everyone color their own silhouette black and compare them.


Discussion:

Read Romans 12:6-8

We all have gifts. They differ according to the grace God has given to each of us. Do you have the gift of prophecy? Then use it according to the faith you have. If your gift is serving, then serve. If it is teaching, then teach. Is it encouraging others? Then encourage them. Is it giving to others? Then give freely. Is it being a leader? Then work hard at it. Is it showing mercy? Then do it cheerfully.


God created each of us to be different. He has given each of us different talents and abilities. We do not need to be jealous of how others look or the things they can do that we can’t. It would be really boring if God made all of us exactly the same. We should each use our talents and abilities for God’s glory and to help point others to Him.  


  • Discuss each person’s talents. (Reflect back to Romans 12:6-8)
  • Encourage each other in the talents and abilities God has given them.


Today’s Prayer Idea:  

Egg Timer Prayers 


This is a prayer with a challenge! Set an egg timer for a minute or two. Each family member pray for another, taking turns. 

See how many different blessings you can pray over that person before the egg timer beeps. Pick another person and repeat.


Take pictures and share them with us on our Facebook page or email them to me.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

We Can’t See Very Well

Family Do-Votion:


Today you will need a hand mirror.

 

Read 1 Corinthians 13:12

Now we see only a dim likeness of things. It is as if we were seeing them in a foggy mirror. But someday we will see clearly. We will see face to face. What I know now is not complete. But someday I will know completely, just as God knows me completely.

 

  • Everyone take a turn breathing onto the mirror until it fogs up and then looking at the reflection.


Discussion:


We don’t know everything about God, such as what He looks like. Sometimes we don’t understand events in our lives, such as when we or our family members are sick.


Trying to see clearly God’s plan for our lives is like trying to look at our reflection in a foggy mirror, but we have to trust Him to work everything out for our best.


The exciting thing is that in heaven we will see God face to face. Then we will clearly understand what He did for us throughout our lives. 


But now we can we can ask God to send the Holy Spirit to strengthen our trust in Him.


Additional Scripture Options to discuss with older children, or to help ask questions:


Revelation 22:4

They will see his face. His name will be on their foreheads.


1 John 3:2

Dear friends, now we are children of God. He still hasn’t let us know what we will be. But we know that when Christ appears, we will be like him. That’s because we will see him as he really is.


Today’s Prayer Idea:  


Hand Stack Prayer


Someone place their hand in the middle of the table, then everyone else in the family place one hand on top to create a "stack" of hands. The person whose hand is at the base of the stack goes first, praying a single sentence prayer as they pull out their hand out and place it on top of the "hand stack." Then, the next person, whose hand is now on the bottom, prays as they pull their hand out and place it on top of the stack. When you sense it is time to stop, the adult (whose hand is on the bottom) raises up the pile of hands. That’s the signal for everyone to say "Amen!" and high five the person next to them.


Take pictures of your hand stack and share them with us on our Facebook page or email them to me.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

God’s Nature

Look around outside and admire God’s creation.

If possible, sit outside to do today’s do-votion.


Family Do-Votion:


Look around and admire God’s creation. 


God created all things; the smallest blades of grass, the ever reaching oceans, the massive Grand Canyon, He created everything. He created it to be beautiful. This is just a small example of how awesome He is.


  • As you look around at God’s great outdoors, what colors do you see?
  • Think of the most beautiful or awesome thing you’ve seen in nature, what is is?
  • What is your favorite thing(s) of nature?
  • Where is somewhere that you have heard is beautiful that you would like to go and admire?


God created all things and He is in control of everything. Read and discuss Colossians 1:16


All things were created in him. He created everything in heaven and on earth. He created everything that can be seen and everything that can’t be seen. He created kings, powers, rulers and authorities. All things have been created by him and for him.


Do-Votion Activity:


Do some Nature Art


Now that you’ve thought of something beautiful, make a piece of art!


Find something from God’s nature to use to make art. Be creative and have fun. Once your beautiful creation is finished, take a picture and share it.  


Some examples are:

  • Rock Painting
  • Leaf Rubbing
  • Sand Art
  • Leaf or Flower stamp art – use paint or stamp pads 


Today’s Prayer Idea:  

As you sit outside and admire God’s creation, take turns thanking God for your favorite thing in nature. 


Finish by praying:

Lord, when we are overwhelmed, help us to think about your amazing power and goodness. Help us to trust you more with the small and big challenges of life as we come to understand and be reminded of your unlimited power.

                                               In Jesus Name, Amen


Remember, take pictures of your creations  and share them with us on our Facebook page or email them to me.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Do Not Fear

God is Our Protection

Note - Today you will need a bowl ¾ full of clean water and 2 oranges.


Bible Story Time: Daniel in the Lion’s Den


  • Read Daniel 6 from a Bible or for younger children you may want to the read below version.
Daniel 6

Discussion:

  • How did God protect Daniel?
  • Why did God protect Daniel?
  • Each family member finish the following sentence (parents, for the sensitivity of little ears and minds, you might want to answer the question thinking about when you were their age).
  • “I am really afraid of…____________________________”


We all are (or have been) afraid or scared of something. 

God promises to help and protect us, so we do not need to be afraid of anything,  


Joshua 1:9,

“Here is what I am commanding you to do. Be strong and brave. Do not be afraid. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go.”


Activity:

  • Peel one orange and drop it into the water. Discuss what happens.
  • Now carefully drop the unpeeled orange into the water. What happened?


When you are scared you might feel like the peeled orange that sank to the bottom. But remember, God will protect you, just like the peel protected the orange from sinking.


Today’s Prayer Idea: 

Everyone sit under an opened umbrella, representing God’s protection over you.

~  THANK God for protecting and never leaving you.

ASK God to remind you to call on Him when you are afraid.

~  SHARE your fears with God and ask Him for strength.


Remember, take a pictures and share them with us on our Facebook page or email them to me.


Remember...for each picture or post you share to the PC Kids Facebook page or send to the PC Kids email address, your family will be entered to win a Giant Summer Fun Gift Basket.  

Monday, March 23, 2020

Prayer Hands

Family Do-Votion Activity:


  • Each family member cut out the prayer hands on the 2nd page. Then fold on the dotted line.


  • Decorate with crayons, markers or colored pencils the outside of the praying hands, then on the inside, write someone to pray for that corresponds with the finger.


  • When done pray as a family, using the 5 finger prayer.


5 Fingers of Prayer:


THE THUMB –

Your thumb is the nearest finger to you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. (Mom, dad, brother sister, grandma, grandpa…)


POINTER –

The next finger is your pointing finger. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you and heal you. This includes pastors, teachers and doctors. They need support and wisdom to point others in the right direction.


THE TALLEST FINGER –

The next finger is your tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president and other leaders. These people help to shape our nation and guide the public. They need God’s guidance.


THE RING FINGER –

The fourth finger is your ring finger. What might surprise you is that it is the weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for those that are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need our prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.


THE LITTLEST FINGER –

And lastly is your littlest finger, the pinky. Your pinky should remind you to pray for yourself.  


Remember to share your decorated prayer hands with us on our Facebook page or email them to me.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Thankfulness Cupcakes

Make some yummy treats together today!

Today bake cupcakes together using a cake mix, your own favorite recipe or this simple recipe:

While the cupcakes are baking and then cooling, read James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from God. This kind of gift comes down from the Father who created the heavenly lights. These lights create shadows that move. But the Father does not change like these shadows.


  • Make a list of all the things to be thankful for.


GAME: (Parents, read first in your head):

Tell the kids that they have one minute to identify everything in the room that is blue. Then ask them to close their eyes and without looking, ask them to tell you everything that is green in the room. Because they focused so much on all the blue things, they should have had no time to focus on the green things and have a hard time naming them.


Discuss as a family:

  • It is the same way in life. When we focus on hardships, we will have a hard time seeing the positive things around us. God gives us so much, but often we complain and are not grateful. 


~ Now frost & decorate the cupcakes and then eat with thankfulness!


Today’s Prayer Idea: 

Go outside and admire Gods creation. Take turns thanking God for the sun and all the other beautiful things He created.



Remember, take pictures of your yummy treats and share them with us on our Facebook page or email them to me.

I am thankful for all of you!

Saturday, March 21, 2020

The Foundation on Christ

Today is a Hands-On-Bible Day!

Today you will need a few items from around your home.

  • A rock
  • A flat container such as a 9 x 13 cake pan
  • Sand (sugar or salt will work as well)
  • 2 coins
  • Water
  • Playing or 3 x 5 index cards

Family Do-Votion:


Read Matthew 7:24-27

“So then, everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man. He builds his house on the rock.  The rain comes down. The water rises. The winds blow and beat against that house. But it does not fall. It is built on the rock. But everyone who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man. He builds his house on sand. The rain comes down. The water rises. The winds blow and beat against that house. And it falls with a loud crash.”


Activity:


Place the rock into the flat container, then pour a pile of “sand” next to it. Put one coin on top of the rock and the other coin on top of the sand.

Slowly pour water into the container. Then watch as the coin stay on top of the rock, but the other falls into the water as the sand erodes.


Family Discussion:


o  Who do you think the coin represents?

o  Who does the rock represent?

o  Discuss your family and how you have built your foundation on Christ.

o  You can also tell some funny some stories about your family.


Family Competition:


Use playing cards or index cards and build a house, working individually or as teams. Who can build the biggest or the tallest before it falls? Have fun and cheer each other on!

Today's Prayer Idea:


Movement Expressions: 

Say the below prayer using movement.  


God, you are above (reach toward the sky), below (touch your toes),

inside (hands to heart) and all around (turn in circles with arms out).

I worship you (reach toward the sky), and give my life to you (touch your toes).

I love you (hands to heart) with all that I am (turn in circles with arms out).


Remember, take a pictures and share them with us on our Facebook page or email them to me.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Be an Encourager Today!

Think of someone who might need some encouragement and be their cheerleader.


Read and discuss together the following Bible verses:


1 Thessalonians 5:11

So encourage one another with the hope you have. Build each other up. In fact, that’s what you are doing.


Isaiah 52:7

What a beautiful sight it is

    to see messengers coming with good news!

How beautiful to see them coming down from the mountains

    with a message about peace!

How wonderful it is when they bring the good news

    that we are saved!

How wonderful when they say to Zion,

    “Your God rules!”


Family Do-Votion Activity:


What is something you can do to encourage someone today?


Here are some ideas:

o   Make an “I Am Thinking of You” card and mail it.

o   Draw a picture or write a poem for someone.

o   Call and tell them that you are thinking of them. You could even pray for them over the phone.


Now…take action…go and do!


Today’s Prayer Idea: 


Each family member cut out a foot on the attached page. On your foot, write an encouraging statement or your favorite Bible verse, and then share it with each other. Follow up with an encouraging prayer for your family.


Put the foot prints on your refrigerator, or somewhere that everyone can see and read them if they are getting discouraged.


Remember to take pictures and share them with us on our Facebook page.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Neighborhood Prayer Walk

Do a Prayer Walk as a family and pray for others in your neighborhood today.

Do a Prayer Walk as a family and pray for others in your neighborhood today.


Take a walk in your neighborhood (or around your apartments or condo complex) and silently pray for each person, each house, each need that your heart hears.


As you walk, say silent prayers.


You don’t need to carry a Bible or make a show of what you’re doing.


Simply spend time in prayer, becoming more aware of those around you and ask for God’s blessings upon them.


Maybe you know the specific prayer needs of some neighbors, but not of others. Simply be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit and pray.


Ideas of What to Pray on a Prayer Walk:


A prayer walk is a way to bless others around you, covering them in prayer. It will also bring you a greater awareness of those in your neighborhood and those in need.


  • If you see signs of children in the house, pray for those children to grow up knowing God. Pray for the parents to have wisdom and patience in their job of parenting.
  • If you see a ‘for sale’ sign in the yard, pray for a smooth transition and move for the family and the new neighbors who will move in.
  • If you see a bench in the front yard, pray for those who will sit upon it.
  • Pray for health and safety.
  • Pray that the members of the household may know Christ and may come to know trust and rely on his guidance for their lives.


You can also use this time to meet new neighbors. Ask them if they would like you to pray for anything

specific.


Take a picture on your prayer walk and share it on our Facebook page.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Creating Together

Today make homemade play dough together and then have fun creating!

After play dough is made and cooled, divide out and have fun playing with it.


As you create things, read and discuss the following Bible verse:


Isaiah 64:8

LORD, you are our Father.

We are the clay. You are the potter.

Your hands made all of us.


As your child begins with a lump of clay, ask what he/she plans to do with it.


Dream together about what God might do with your child’s life.


Read Jeremiah 29:11 together.

I know the plans I have for you,” announces the LORD. “I want you to enjoy success. I do not plan to

harm you. I will give you hope for the years to come.


Today’s Prayer Idea:

Read Ephesians 2:10 - We are God’s creation. He created us to belong to Christ Jesus. Now we can do

good works. Long ago God prepared these works for us to do.


Finish by praying this responsive declaration together:


I am God’s creation!

He created me to belong to HIM.

Now I can do good works.

That long ago He prepared for ME to do.


Share your Sculptures with us on our Facebook page.


(Save your play dough for a future do-votional, coming soon!)

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Jesus in My Pocket

Sometimes when we do not understand something we can be scared or fearful.

When we are scared, it is good to talk about it. It is OK to be scared, but there is good news! God is greater

than any fear!


When we are afraid, we can ask God to fill us with PEACE.

What is PEACE? (Quiet and calm on the inside)

Talk about your fears and then do the following activity together as a family.


Family Do-Votion Activity:


o Each family member cuts out a heart from the 2nd page.

o Decorate your heart with crayons, markers or colored pencils. Be creative.


While coloring the hearts, take turns reading the following Bible verses:


Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything. No matter what happens, tell God about everything. Ask and pray, and

give thanks to him. Then God’s peace will watch over your hearts and your minds. He will do this

because you belong to Christ Jesus. God’s peace can never be completely understood.


2 Timothy 1:7

God gave us his Spirit. And the Spirit doesn’t make us weak and fearful. Instead, the Spirit gives us power

and love. He helps us control ourselves.


Family Discussion:


There is only one person that can give true peace. That is Jesus!


Jesus promised to give us real peace. We have that peace because we know Jesus is always with us, watching

out for us and helping us to follow him. We do not have to worry about anything.


In John 14:27 Jesus says, “I leave my peace with you. I give my peace to you. I do not give it to you as the

world does. Do not let your hearts be troubled. And do not be afraid.”


When you are scared, remember Jesus gives you peace. If it helps you to remember, keep your heart in your

pocket, tape it on your dresser mirror or on the wall by your bed. You can call on the name of Jesus

anytime and He will fill you with His peace.


Today’s Prayer Idea:


~ PRAISE Jesus for His gift of peace.

~ THANK Jesus for taking care of our worries.

~ ASK Jesus to increase His peace in you when you are worried or afraid.


Take a picture of your decorated pocket hearts and of your family praying together and share it on our

Facebook page.

MORE BIBLE VERSES:


Isaiah 41:10

So do not be afraid. I am with you.

Do not be terrified. I am your God.

I will make you strong and help you.

I will hold you safe in my hands.

I always do what is right.


Psalm 112:7

They aren’t afraid when bad news comes.

They stand firm because they trust in the LORD.


Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid of them. Don’t be terrified because of them. The LORD your

God will go with you. He will never leave you. He’ll never desert you.”


Proverbs 3:24

When you lie down, you won’t be afraid.

When you lie down, you will sleep soundly.


Psalms 4:8

In peace I will lie down and sleep.

LORD, you alone keep me safe.