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Family Do-Votion

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Introduction

Hello PC Kids Ministry Families!


During these next few weeks, while we are unable to have Sunday or mid-week services, I am going to be sending you daily 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 

 

PS – you will also see a flyer, “How To Talk To Kids About COVID-19” along with some Bible verses.

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.