Week of January 10, 2021

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

Preschool Series - FAMILY

In this series, children will learn that Jesus grew up, just like we do! They will start with the story of Jesus as a boy, and journey through his early ministry life. As they journey with Jesus, they will discover that Jesus grew up with friends and family, as that will be seen throughout the stories from this series.

“This is my Son, and I love him. I am very pleased with him. Listen to him!”

Matthew 17:5b

The Story of John the Baptist

(read by Lu)

John the Baptist.mp4

Print off the colouring page below for your kids.

Wk 3 - Jesus Baptism.pdf

Learn a new worship song!

Kids and Jr. High Series - SON OF GOD

In this series, kids will grapple with the idea that Jesus lived a human life just like them. He was tempted and uncomfortable. He was hungry and thirsty. He felt joy and sadness. He felt all of the things that we feel. He lived on earth being tempted, but never sinned. Because even though Jesus was fully human, he is also God. This series is jam-packed full of incredibly rich Jesus-centred conversations waiting to happen!

“We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

John 6:69 (NIV)

Kids (K - Gr. 3)

Kid Jesus at the Temple

When Jesus was 12 years old, he got separated from his parents for days! They thought he was lost.

Have you ever gotten lost? What happened?

Were you actually lost, or did it just look as if you were to the people (e.g., parents, friends, leaders) you were with?

Jesus lived a human life...

When Jesus was 12, what do you think he ate for breakfast?

When Jesus was 12, what do you think he did for fun?

When Jesus was 12, which chores do you think he did?

When Jesus was 12, do you think he had any pets?

When Jesus was 12, what do you think he called his mom?

When Jesus was 12, what do you think he slept on?

When Jesus was 12, do you think he liked to go swimming?

When Jesus was 12, how do you think he treated his neighbours?

Read Luke 2:41-52

12-year-old Jesus goes on a trip with his parents in today’s story from the Bible.

What did the people in the story learn?

What can we learn from it?

We can ask those questions about anything we read in the Bible.

Challenge your child to start reading Luke this week. Encourage them to read one section a day. Show them that a section starts when there’s bold text above the verses.

Create a venn diagram

Brainstorm ways that Jesus’ life and the kids’ lives today are different and the same. Write the ideas in the circles to create a Venn diagram, with similarities in the overlapping area.

Key Verse Shuffle!

Give your child nine craft sticks (or anything you can write on)

Write the Key Verse on the sticks as follows:

We have / come to / believe / and know / that you / are the / Holy One / of God. / John 6:69

Use markers and stickers to decorate sticks.

Ask...

How do you feel about Jesus being fully human?

How do you think it changes our own lives?

Shuffle the sticks, then put them in the correct order.

Challenge a family member to race as they put the verse in order.

Junior High (Gr.4-6)

Jesus lived a human life.

What were you like when you were a little younger? Were you full of energy? Were you shy? Did you ask a lot of questions?

What do you think Jesus was like as a kid? Would he ask a lot of questions? Do you think his mom, Mary, ever had to ask him to do anything twice?

What do you think it would have been like growing up and having Jesus as your friend?

Has your family ever gone on a big trip? Maybe you flew somewhere on a vacation or went on a road trip? Where did you go?

Read Luke 2:41-52

12-year-old Jesus goes on a trip with his parents in today’s story from the Bible.

Imagine how Mary and Joseph felt when they realized they had lost Jesus. Not only did they lose their son—a terrifying experience for anyone—but they lost God’s son!

Read Luke 2:46

What did Jesus’ parents find him doing?

What kinds of questions do you think Jesus asked the teachers?

What questions do you have about God and/or Jesus?

What are you learning about God and/or Jesus?

Read Luke 2:52

Jesus lived a human life just like you and me. He “grew in wisdom and in stature and in favour with God and all the people” (NLT).

We’re invited to learn from Jesus and become his disciple, which is a follower or student of a leader or teacher. Just as Jesus listened to and asked questions of the teachers at the temple, we can learn about God and what it means to follow him as we look at the way Jesus lived his life—even as he was growing up.

What would you ask?

If you had a chance to sit and listen to the teachers at the temple and ask questions like Jesus did, what would you want to find out about?

Talk with your family and look for answers this week in your Bibles or talk with people you know follow Jesus and ask them questions.

It’s okay to have questions that you don’t get answers to right away.

Following Jesus isn’t about having things all figured out!

Youth Series - SON OF GOD

Jesus is one of three members of the Trinity and the rescuer God promised. It can be easy to forget that Jesus lived a human life, as a real person on earth. He was fully human and fully God at the same time. We are invited to learn from Jesus and become his disciple!

“Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!”

Luke 2:29-32 (NLT)

Youth (Gr. 7-9)

What do you think is the worst part of being human? What do you think is the best part?

What do you think was the hardest or strangest thing for Jesus as a human?

What’s the best part about being you? What’s the worst part?

Jesus lived a human life.

Read Luke 2:41-52

Do you have any questions about this passage?

Does anything about it stand out to you?

What does it say about who Jesus was?

How do you connect with Jesus in this story?

Read Hebrews 2:14-18

Do you believe that God came to earth as a human and lived through pains, joys, and experiences (e.g., friendships, temptations, etc.) just as you do?

Why was it essential for Jesus to be fully human (while fully God at the same time)?

God wanted to know you and understand you as a human. How does that make you feel?

How is this different from the concepts of God in other religions?

Jesus lived a human life and he experienced many things that we experience!

Is there an attitude or sin you struggle with? Why do you have a hard time with it?

Have you talked to Jesus about it? Why or why not?