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Participate in the Seven-Mile Miracle series as a family. Create meaningful conversations and grow in your relationships through fun, interactive, and easy to complete activities.

The Family Building Challenge

Spring is in the air, summer is just around the corner, and there is no better time to enjoy church as a family! Here’s what is coming up in eKidz this month and ways to build memories with your family with our fun, quick Family Building Challenges! 

March Overview

Talking with your child about what they are learning and reinforcing it as a family is the best way to make sure God’s Word is growing in their heart.

FAMILY BUILDING CHALLENGES

Beginning March 10 have fun building with your family! Each Friday check @elevationeKidz on Instagram and look for more details about each building challenge.

Below is an overview of each challenge and supplies need to help you plan and prepare for your building adventures this March.

Building Challenges


Safari :: Week of March 18

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can love everyone.
VERSE FOCUS: “Love one another.” John 13:34 (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: The Greatest Commandment I Matthew 22:34-40

This week during the experience we played a game to help us remember that we can love everyone. To play at home, draw a heart on a piece of paper and play music playing in the background. 

Say to your toddler, “Let’s play a fun game. Come sit with me on the floor.”

Say, “We are going to pass the heart while the music plays. When the music stops, if you have the heart, say ‘I love you!’ Are you ready? Let’s play!”

Pass the heart and say, “I love you!” After playing for a few minutes say, “That was so much fun. We can love everyone.”


Quest :: Week of March 18

Bible Story: Good Samaritan | Luke 10:25-37
Main Point: I can love by helping.
Memory Verse: “Let us love one another, for love comes from God.” 1 John 4:7a (NIV)

It’s time to pull out all the construction tools and get ready to build into kids a love for others. The Bible is full of great examples of how to love others. Whether we are loving by helping or sharing what little we may have, we can love like Jesus, with an unconditional love.

In this week’s lesson, Jesus tells a story about a Samaritan man who stops to care for a stranger who was robbed.

Jesus saw rich people who had lots of money making a big deal out of how much they were giving. They wanted everyone to see them! But then Jesus saw the poor woman come and place all the money she had — just two small coins — into the box at the temple. The woman wanted God to know how much she loved Him by giving ALL she had even though she only had a little!

God’s not worried about how much or how little we have. Even when we only have a little, God wants us to love Him and love others.

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eKidz At Home Activities

Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your child this week:

  • At BathTime gather a lot bath toys, but pick only two toys, drop the toys in the tub, and say this, “is a little.” Talk about the woman who shared her “little.”
  • At PlayTime show your child how to place paper over coins and gently rub a pencil over the coins. Talk about the woman who gladly gave her two coins at the temple.
  • Check out this month’s Parent Cue Live podcast

 
This month our Bible verse says God loves us and He wants us to show that love to others! Let’s practice our verse together! Children can recite the verse every week in March to earn a special memory verse card. When your child receives a memory verse card celebrate with them on learning their verse and put the card on their Quest poster.

“Let us love (hug self)
one another (point to others),
for love (hug self)
comes from God.” (point up)
1 John 4:7a (open hands like a book)

We can love others because God loves us! Practice this verse together and encourage your child to recite it to their eGroup Leader this week in Quest.


Motion :: Week of March 18

FORGIVENESS: Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.
MAIN POINT: Everyone needs to be forgiven, even me.
BIBLE STORY: Lost Son | Luke 15:11-24
MEMORY VERSE: “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13 (NIV)

God showed us just how much He cares about forgiveness when He made the ultimate sacrifice and sent Jesus to pay the price for our sin. While sin separates us from God, He offers grace and forgiveness as a gift for us to receive. We have been forgiven of so much, it’s only right that we turn to those in our lives and offer forgiveness to them in return.

This week we talked about all we miss out on when we don’t forgive.

Although the son returns ready to work off the money he took from his father, the father welcomes his lost son home, and even throws a giant party! But not everyone’s too happy about this. The older brother has obeyed dad all his life—without a single party to show for it. He’s sulking in the backyard until his dad shows up. And if big brother isn’t willing to let this whole thing go, he’ll miss out.

When you don’t forgive, you miss out. The same thing is true for us. When we don’t forgive we have the potential to miss out on all that could happen through that relationship. God can give us the strength we need to forgive. And when we do, we get to find out the amazing things that God can do when we decided to forgive.

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Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your kid this week:

  • At dinner talk about some of the things you might miss out on if you don’t forgive.
  • At bedtime, read Luke 15:21-32. Pray together and ask God to help you let go of any anger you’re holding on to towards someone else.
  • Music Video – Forgiveness: We’ve got the power to forgive.

 

March Bring It! Challenge

BringIt_Sign_8.5x11_January2017We want kids to Bring It! to church. The Bring It! Challenge encourages Motion kids to bring themselves, their Bible, and scripture they’ve learned to Motion. Not only can kids be rewarded for bringing it, but the Bring It! Challenge is a fun way to grow and learn more about God and how He wants us to live.

During Fix It Up, kids can earn fun prizes each week by:

  • FINDING Colossians 3:13 in their Bible.
  • RECITING Colossians 3:13 from memory.
  • SAYING the series virtue, FORGIVENESS, from memory. (Forgiveness: Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.)

Colossians 3:13, from Paul’s letter to the church at Colossi, reminds us not only that God forgave our sins, but also that we should forgive others instead of holding grudges against one another.


Seven-Mile Miracle Family Activity :: Mile #3

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Mile #3: Relationships

Relationships were important to Jesus. God has put many important relationships in our lives, too. 

Family Activity: Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for times of trouble.” God has given you friends and family members who love and encourage you. At lunchtime, list as many of your friends and family members as you can on a napkin or a paper plate. Then share what you like about each person. Circle one person that is really special to you. How can you show that people that they are important to you today?

Share: Post a picture of a friend or family member you are thankful for and what you love about them. Use the hashtag #sevenmilemiracle and tag @elevationeKidz.


Safari :: Week of March 11

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can love everyone.
VERSE FOCUS: “Love one another.” John 13:34 (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: The Greatest Commandment I Matthew 22:34-40

During our time in Safari we sang a song to help us remember we can love everyone.

This week sing it with your toddler to the tune of, “Are You Sleeping?”

          Jesus loves everyone. Jesus loves everyone.
          I can too. I can too.
          Jesus loves everyone. Jesus loves everyone.
          I can too. I can too.

Help your toddler remember he or she can love everyone, just like Jesus does!