December 9, 2013
December Memory Verse: Luke 10:27, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.”
Series Virtue: Love – responding with action to what God has done
Bible Story: The Boy Jesus at the Temple | Luke 2:41-52
Main Point: Love is shared.
This week, we began our brand new series, Zack in Time. We met Zack Miller, a normal kid getting ready for the holidays. Like a lot of kids, he doesn’t really understand why we do certain things around the holidays. Traditions seem kind of random and weird. Sometimes visiting relatives is awkward. Opening presents is really the most exciting part. Well, Zack meets up with Dr. Oldman and when Dr. Oldman picks up on this, he goes on a mission to help Zack understand better. Check out the first episode below:
Zack saw that some of the traditions his family does today have their roots a long time ago. Traditions help us remember what God has done. Traditions are one way that we share love with others and they help us remember God’s love.
Jesus’ family participated in a tradition called Passover, which helped the Israelites remember how God rescued them from slavery.
What traditions does your family have? As you enter into this holiday season, have discussions with your family about different traditions, where they came from, and what they help you remember. Consider starting a new tradition this year that helps you remember things God has done for you.
December 7, 2013
52 Days of Thanks and Praise is an opportunity to thank God and reflect on the past 52 weeks. Pastor Steven encouraged our church to do this by spending 52 days in thanksgiving and praise.
Use these eKidz At Home resources to make the 52 Days of Thanks and Praise a FAMILY activity. We hope you and your family’s faith will increase and your offering of thanksgiving and praise becomes a part of your daily routine.
MOTION (1st – 5th Grade) | Download the Family Activity Instructions
QUEST (3 years – Kindergarten) | Download the Prayer Calendar Prayer Bricks
December 4, 2013
Monthly Focus: God Wants Me to Give Thanks!
Bible Story: The 10 Lepers | Luke 17:11-19
Weekend Activity: Thankful Hide and Seek activity
Today we played a game of Thankful Hide and Seek! Recreate this game at home with your toddler. Ask your toddler to name things he/she is thankful for (family, food, clothes, TV, pet, etc). Print thankful pictures or draw a picture of different things your toddler is thankful for. Hide the pictures around your house and have your toddler find them. Once a picture is found, have your toddler repeat after you, ‘God wants me to give thanks. Thank you God!’
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December 3, 2013
Bible Story: Philip and the Ethopian Leader | Acts 8:26-40
Main Point: The Bible is for Everyone!
Memory Verse: “Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.” Psalm 119:18 (NLT)
This weekend was our very last safari adventure our in the wild. We discovered our very last safari animal, the cheetah, who told us a Bible story from her favorite book, the Bible. This story was about a man named Philip, and how God had a special job for him to do! While Philip was walking along the road, he came across a man in a chariot from another country. The man was trying to read a scroll of God’s Word, and Philip helped the man to understand what was written. Philip helped the man learn about Jesus and how much he loves us!
We learned “The Bible is for Everyone!” and is full of wonderful things that God wants everyone to see!
December 2, 2013
The Christmas season is here. For most families, that means fun traditions like decorating, baking, exchanging gifts, and visiting relatives. It can be difficult, however, for our kids to understand exactly why we do all these things. That’s exactly where Zack is at this season, but don’t worry, Dr. Oldman intends to help.
Join eKidz next weekend for our greatest adventure yet: Zack in Time!