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Sunday School/Worship Devotion FOR THE WEEK OF July 5 (Scroll down for past on-line devotions during Stay at Home)
Because of @Home VBS over the next 3 weeks...there will not be any additional study question for our Sunday/Children's Message topic.
Please pick up a kit/visit our @Home VBS Web Page for continued at home faith experiences. 
 
Sunday School/Worship Devotion FOR THE WEEK OF June 28 (Scroll down for past on-line devotions during Stay at Home)
 
Sunday School/Worship Devotion FOR THE WEEK OF June 21 (Scroll down for past on-line devotions during Stay at Home)
 
Sunday School/Worship Devotion FOR THE WEEK OF June 14 (Scroll down for past on-line devotions during Stay at Home)
     *Consider this outline when talking about "Having a Not Good Day"  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)
 
*Opening Song (for younger kids) *You will have trouble...take heart! (John 16:33)
*Opening Activity: take trash and recycle it to make something good out of it.    Some suggestions of sculptures would be a cross, a heart, flowers, medals or a trophy, hands holding hands, etc. 
*Share:  Share some tough times you've had (or a bad day).
*Ask:  Did you learn anything from those tough times?
*Ask: Does God want us to hurt?  (No, but he uses our hurts to help us get stronger)
Say:  In our scripture reading today, Jesus talks about how our grief will be turned to joy.  Read John 16:19-33
Consider watching:  Mr. Diener's message
Select:  Read a few of these scripture passages to see how we Jesus helps us over come our challenges.... 
1 John 5:4
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
I CAN OVERCOME WITH FAITH.

Joshua 1:3-9
I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you … No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.
Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Obey this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
I CAN OVERCOME WITH HIS PRESENCE, HIS WORD, and OBEDIENCE.
Psalm 56:3-4
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?
I CAN OVERCOME WITH GOD and HIS WORD.
Isaiah 41:13
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
I CAN OVERCOME WITH HIS HAND and HELP.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
I CAN OVERCOME WITH HIS POWER, LOVE, and SELF DISCIPLINE.
Hebrews 13:5-6
For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
I CAN OVERCOME WITH GOD BEING NEAR (HIS PRESENCE).
Matthew 9:2:
Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
I CAN OVERCOME WITH HIS FORGIVENESS.
John 14:27:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
I CAN OVERCOME WITH HIS PEACE.
2 Corinthians 4:7: 
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
I CAN OVERCOME WITH HIS POWER.
ROMANS 8:37: 
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
I CAN OVERCOME WITH HIS LOVE
*Ask:  What can you do next time you have a bad day?  How can you remember Jesus?
*Pray:  Praise God for the peace he gives us during our tough times. 
*Sing:   *Making Everything New (Revelation 21:5)

            Or select from the list here: Devotion Time Songs
(*Click here for an adult sermon and/or discussion video based on the same topic)  
 
Sunday School/Worship Devotion FOR THE WEEK OF June 7 (Scroll down for past on-line devotions)
No Additional Questions for this week (sorry!)--please scroll down for lessons from previous weeks or return next week for more resources.
*Sing:  Consider singing additional songs: Devotion Time Songs
 
Sunday School/Worship Devotion FOR THE WEEK OF May 31 (Scroll down for past on-line devotions)
     *Consider this outline when talking about "Love" 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)
VIDEOS REFERENCED AT THE END OF May 31 Children's Message:
**"Forgiveness" Part 1 (Story behind this song written by Matthew West)
**"Forgiveness" Part 2 (Powerful Conclusion to the story)
**Quarantine Life (Fun Matthew West Song)
 
Activity: Have your kids do some erasing  (perhaps have a race and see who can erase something first)
*Ask:  Why do we erase things?
*Ask:  Is it easy to erase things completely
*Ask:  Do we ever make mistakes? Do we ever hurt people?
*Ask: How should we deal with our mistakes or when we hurt someone (Ask for forgiveness)
*Ask:  What does this look like (One person says "I'm sorry for...."  The other person says "I forgive you...")
Say:  In our scripture reading today, Jesus talks about forgive.  Clap your hands each time you hear the word Forgive... Matthew 6:9-15
*Ask:  What is forgiveness?
*Ask:  Why is important to forgive?
*Ask:  Is it always easy to forgive?
*Ask:  Why is important to forgive?
*Watch:  Either watch this a shorter video on Forgiveness or  Mr. Diener's message
*Ask:  When should we forgive someone?
*Ask: Is there someone you need to forgive?
*Pray:  Ask God to help you be a forgiving person.
            Or select from the list here: Devotion Time Songs
 
Sunday School/Worship Devotion FOR THE WEEK OF May 24 (Scroll down for past on-line devotions during Stay at Home)
     *Consider this outline when talking about "Jesus Will Return" (or All Thing New) 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)
 
*Opening Song (for younger kids) *Making Everything New (Revelation 21:5)
*Opening Video:  Watch this video and see if you can guess what is being put back together.
Activity: Look around your house for 1-5 things that are broken.
*Ask:  How did these things break?  Have you tried to fix them?  Are you going to fix them?  How much does it cost to fix them?  Do you need them?
*Ask:  Why do things break?
*Ask:  How are we as people broken?  How is our world broken? 
(Compare being broken to how God intended us/the world to be back in Genesis 1-3)
*Ask: Why are are broken?
*Ask:  How do we get fixed?
Say:  In our scripture reading today, John is given a vision of what is to come-when Jesus comes back.    Read/watch to see how things will be made new at this time.   Video or Revelation 21-22
*Ask:  Why can things be made new?  What will be different when Jesus comes back?  
*Ask:  Why/How can we be made new now?  For an answer go to Mr. Diener's message (Jump to 9:18)
*Pray:  Praise God for keeping his promises and making all things new.
*Sing:  Consider reviewing opening song--and maybe talk about the words too:  *Making Everything New (Revelation 21:5)
            Or select from the list here: Devotion Time Songs
(*Click here for an adult sermon and/or discussion video based on the same topic)  
 
Sunday School/Worship Devotion FOR THE WEEK OF May 17 (Scroll down for past on-line devotions during Stay at Home)
     *Consider this outline when talking about "Jesus on the Throne (or Worship)" 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)
 
*Opening Song (for younger kids) *Making Everything New (Revelation 21:5)
*Activity: Point to one side of the room for each choice. Children will choose which they like better and run to that side of the room. Consider using the following choices:     Vanilla or chocolate       Chewy fruit-flavored snacks or fish-shaped cracker     Rainy days or sunny days  Coloring or play dough  Playing outside or playing inside  Worshiping Jesus [Point to only one side of the room.]
Say:  Some of us like chocolate more than vanilla, and some of us like to color more than playing with play dough! But one day, everyone and everything will worship Jesus. There will be no deciding between two things—only Jesus is worthy of our worship!
*Ask:  What is worship?
*Ask:  Can you think of things that people "worship?"  (Money, other people, video games, etc?)
*Ask:  What does worship look like?
*Ask:  What (or who) is the only thing we should worship?  Why?
Say:  In our scripture reading today, John is given a vision of what is to come-when Jesus comes back.    Read/watch to see what they are the worship taking place.  What is being said?  Who says it? Video or Revelation 4:2-5:14
*Ask:  When do we worship?  When should we worship?
*Ask:  What can you do to do today to be sure that God is the only one receiving your worship?
*Pray:  Ask God to help you be patient
*Sing:  Consider reviewing opening song--and maybe talk about the words too:  *Making Everything New (Revelation 21:5)
            Or select from the list here: Devotion Time Songs
 
Sunday School/Worship Devotion FOR THE WEEK OF May 10 (Scroll down for past on-line devotions during Stay at Home)
     *Consider this outline when talking about "While we Wait" 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)
 
*Opening Song (for younger kids) *To Live is Christ-To Die is Gain (Philippians 1:21)
*Activity:  See who can wait to do something the longest?  Maybe it is putting a piece of chocolate or marshmallow on your tongue, but you can't eat it?
*Ask:  What does it mean to be patient?
*Ask:  Why is it hard to be patient?
*Ask:  What are Christians be patient about?  Or what are Christians waiting for?
*Ask:  How do we know something is the truth?
Say:  In our scripture reading today, Peter is encouraging Christians while they wait.  Read/watch to see what they are waiting for and how they are to remain patient. Video or 2 Peter 3:1-13
*Ask:  What are the people waiting for--and how are they remaining patient?
*Ask:  How can you learn to be more patient?
*Ask:  How are we to live while we are waiting for Jesus to return?
*Ask:  What is one thing you can work on to live more like Jesus?
*Pray:  Ask God to help you be patient
*Sing:  Consider reviewing opening song--and maybe talk about the words too:  *To Live is Christ-To Die is Gain (Philippians 1:21)
            Or select from the list here: Devotion Time Songs
 
(*Click here for an adult sermon and/or discussion video based on the same topic)  
 
Sunday School/Worship Devotion FOR THE WEEK OF May 3 (Scroll down for past on-line devotions during Stay at Home)
     *Consider this outline when talking about "Remember God's Truth" 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)
 
*Activity:  Similar to what Mr. Diener does in his message, consider doing one or both of these activities:
    A)Write down 2-4 statements about yourself and see if other can guess which are true and which are not
        (You could also try quizzing other family members or friends)
    B)Each person takes a turn making an "I" statement.  Whoever it applies to stands up
        *I like pizza          *I have 2 brothers         *I like staying up late
*Ask:  Have you ever lied?  Be honest
*Ask:  Why is it always good to tell the truth?
*Ask:  What is the truth?
*Ask:  How do we know something is the truth?
Say:  In our scripture reading today, Jude is encouraging people to Remember God's Truth.   
Optional Background info:  Jude was a younger half-brother of Jesus. It wasn’t until Jesus rose from the dead that Jude believed Jesus was the Son of God. Sometime between AD 65 and AD 80, Jude wrote a short letter to warn believers about false teachers. False teachers had secretly made their way into the church, and Jude urged his readers not to abandon their beliefs but to “contend for the faith”
Jude warned the early Christians that some people would try to divide them by sinning and by teaching things that weren’t true. Jude wanted them to not only defend the true teachings but also to actively share the gospel. He told his friends to show mercy to those who doubt, to lead others to Jesus, and to hate sin.
*Read the scripture or watch scripture video for today:  Jude 3-4,17-25  Or Video
*State:  The Bible is the Truth.  It's God's Word (if kids really probe, or you want to research more--click here)
*Ask:  What do we do when someone is teaching things that aren't true? (Ask a Pastor, study the Bible, Pray, stand for the truth)
*Ask:  How do we know/remember what the Truth is?   (sames answers as last question)
*Look-up these verses:   II Timothy 3:16  II Timothy 2:15
*How do these verses tell us to use the Bible/Truth
*What is Truth of the Bible we want to share with others: (Look-up John 14:6-Also--God loves us and wants to be with us, but can't because of our sin.  That's why Jesus came--to take the punishment we deserve for sin:  John 3:16, Romans 6:23, Romans 3:23-24)
*Pray:  Ask God help you Remember and Share the Truth
*Sing:  Consider reviewing opening song--and maybe talk about the words too:  *To Live is Christ-To Die is Gain (Philippians 1:21)
            Or select from the list here: Devotion Time Songs
*For further insights: 
 
 
FOR THE WEEK OF April 26 (Scroll down for past on-line devotions during Stay at Home)
Consider this outline when talking about "Paul Gives Hope" 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)
 
*Ask:  What is something really hard that you have done (or maybe that you tried to do but didn't complete?)
*Ask:  What enabled you to complete it?
*Ask:  What helped Maria finish her tough task?
*Ask:  How do people encourage you?  How do you encourage others.
Say:  In our scripture reading today, Paul is trying to encourage the Thessalonians.  
Optional Background info:  Around AD 50, the city of Thessalonica was filled with those who worshiped idols, Greek and Roman gods, and even the Roman emperor himself. So when Paul started a church there, he quickly faced persecution and was forced to flee the city. Even though he could not return, Paul still loved the young church and was concerned for them, so he sent Timothy to check on the believers.
Timothy reported back with good news—though the church was suffering from persecution, they were holding tightly to their faith. They did have some misunderstandings about Christianity, especially the return of Jesus, but they were working hard for the Lord. Paul wrote a letter to encourage the believers and to clear up misunderstandings about the future and what happens when Christians die.
*Read the scripture for today: Scripture: 1st Thessalonians 4:13-5:11
*Ask:  How does Paul encourage the Thessalonians?:  He reminds them about the return of Jesus. On that day, Paul said, believers will be freed from their sufferings. On the Day of the Lord, Jesus will return for His people and judge the wicked.   Paul’s letter gave believers hope. 
*Ask:  How does Paul's encouragement apply to us?  We claim the same promise today.  Even when we face tough times, we know that in the very end, we get to spend for ever with Jesus.
*Share: What are some of your tough times?  How can the hope that Paul shares help us through these tough times?
*Pray:  Ask God to help you be joyful in all circumstances and to remember the Hope we have in Christ
*Sing:  Consider reviewing opening song--and maybe talk about the words too:  *To Live is Christ-To Die is Gain (Philippians 1:21)
            Or select from the list here: Devotion Time Songs
*For further insights:  watch Mr. Diener's Message