"Connecting People to Christ"

Children's Ministry Weekly Resources

Children's Ministry (AWANA & Sunday School) Weekly Resources

FOR THE WEEK OF April 5 (Scroll down for the last 3 weeks):
Consider this outline when talking about Palm Sunday with your kids (do it all in one day--or break it down over a few days)
(For a condensed version skip right to Mr. Diener's message--Scripture readings are underlined below)
 
Role play:  Pretend your having a party.  How would you set things up?  What will you do for fun?  What are you eating?  Who is coming?  What are you celebrating?
*Ask:  Who are some famous people?
*Ask:  What would you do if someone famous came to your city or even your house?
*Tell:  This is exactly what is happening in our Bible story today: 
(OPTIONAL:  Watch Mr. Diener's Message) 
*Read the scripture for today: Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11 or Luke 19:28-40
*Ask:  Why were the people celebrating?  
*Ask:  Did they know why Jesus was important (Yes--he was doing miracles, forgiving people, he was like a king, No--they didn't realize what was going to happen in order for Jesus to save them)
*Ask:  Was everyone happy?  
*Ask:  Do you know what was going to happen to Jesus a few days later (arrested, put on trial, made guilty, killed) 
*Ask:  Jesus is so popular and powerful--and people are so excited.  How could things turn so quickly?
*Ask:  Why would Jesus allow this to happen? (He had an important mission, he loved people so much he knew he needed to die to take their sins away so they could be with God again)
*Pray--Thank God for sending Jesus (and for each other, the community, those affected by the coronavirus)
*Go/Share--Who can you share/celebrate Palm Sunday with--and the eventual Good News of what Jesus would do?  Call them! Facetime time! Send them a letter!
 
 
 
FOR THE WEEK OF March 29 (Scroll down for the last 2 weeks):
Consider this outline to talking about GOING with your kids (do it all in one day--or break it down over a few days)
(*For those with Red Letter Challenge books-be sure to keep using that resource as well)
 
Role play:  Pretend you're going on a trip  Where would you go?  How would you prepare for your trip?  
*Ask:  What does it mean to "Go?"  Why do we "Go" and not stay?
*Read (or click to watch) the scripture for today:  Matthew 28:16-20 & Acts 1:8-11
*Ask:  When Jesus tells his disciples to "Go," what is he asking them to do (Make disciples, teach others)
*Ask:  Where should they go?  Who are they supposed to tell (everywhere/everyone)
Watch one or both of these videos
*Ask:  How can we "Go" as a family even though we can't go visit people?
*Ask:  What are we going to do when we are able to leave the house more?
*Pray (for each other, the community, those affected by the coronavirus)
SONGS THAT CAN BE SUNG DURING DEVOTION TIME (Click title for video):
 
FOR THE WEEK OF March 22 (Scroll down for last week):
Consider this outline to talking about Giving with your kids
(*For those with Red Letter Challenge books-be sure to keep using that resource as well)
 
Role play:  Give your kids $100.  Provide a list of places/people they could give the money to.  Have the kids physically place the money by each place/person.  Then talk about why they did what they did.
*Ask:  What is giving? Why do people give?  Is it easy to give?  Why should we give? What should we give?  How much should we give? 
*Read (or click to watch) one of the following animated versions of the story: 
                   The Widow’s Offering (Mark 12:41-44)
                   Mary Washes Jesus’ Feet (John 12:1-8) 
*Ask:  What causes the people in the readings to give?  What is most important in giving?
*Ask:  How can you give at home?
*Ask:  How can you give to others?
*Ask:  What are ways you can give that don't involve money?
*OPTIONAL:  Watch this video--talking about Generosity and connecting to what Jesus did for us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giWToHXEzdU
*Pray (for each other, the community, those affected by the coronavirus)
SONGS THAT CAN BE SUNG DURING DEVOTION TIME (Click title for video):
 
FOR THE WEEK OF March 15 
Consider this outline to talking about Serving with your kids
Our theme this week is Serving (based on the Red Letter Challenge...here are some ideas/videos to enhance at home discussion. Don't forget the Red Letter Challenge books too if you have them.
Look for a simple way to have your kids serve to start off the morning (put dishes away, pick something up, etc)
Talk about serving:
What is serving?
How is serving different than working?
Why should we serve?
Watch this video that talks about serving:
Watch this video that illustrates Jesus serving in the Bible
(Washing his disciples feet-based on John 13:1-17 which can be read from the Bible too) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv5ajWNrnt4
Why does Jesus wash his disciples feet?
What can we learn from Jesus?
(If he is perfect and our king—and is serving others, how much more should we be serving others, even the lowest and dirtiest jobs of all)
How can we serve others in our house?
How can we serve others at church or in our community?
(It is okay if you start to talk about giving—which will be the focus next week—as these two topics are similar)
Pray (for each other, the community, those affected by the coronavirus)
SONGS THAT CAN BE SUNG DURING DEVOTION TIME: