Jesus Makes a Home for Us: John 14

For Vacation Bible School this summer, our parish used Group Publishing’s curriculum “Everest:  Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power.”  This is the last week of family devotions based on the five Bible stories that we learned at VBS.  (If you missed last week’s, find it here: https://familygodtime.wordpress.com ).  Enjoy learning from your kids; you might be surprised what they have to teach you!

a family of houses

Supplies:  God Time pillows, candle and holder (see “Gathering,” below), a family Bible with this story or access to the internet, your VBS CD, Popsicle sticks, glue, card stock, markers or crayons

Gather:  We like to sit in a circle on the floor for God Time.  Finding some pillows or cushions to sit on makes it even more comfortable.  My kids like to use pillow pets for this purpose!  Once you are in a circle, light a candle (or turn on a battery-operated one; we use an LED tea light in a pretty metal container).

Story:  You can read the story from John 14:1-3 in your children’s Bible, or find it here: John 14:1-3

Discuss:  Do you ever have guests in your home?  What do you do to get your house ready for guests?  Do you ever visit overnight at someone else’s house?  What does it feel like to know that they prepared a place for you?  Jesus said that he is preparing a place for us in heaven.  What do you think that will be like?  How does it make you feel?

Song:   Vacation Bible School Dance Party:  If you want to, you and your family can take this opportunity to have your very own VBS Dance Party.  Play the music, do the actions, or just dance!  If you would like to learn a new song, you can check out this cover of “Where I am, there you may also be” by Rich Mullins:

Activity:  At Home Picture Frames

We did this activity in three parts, to allow for drying time.  First, we made the back of the picture frame with popsicle sticks, like this:

 popsicle stick frame backs

Then, we colored pictures of our family and Jesus on pieces of cardstock small enough to fit the back.  We glued it to the back, and then added a “roof” and floor” with more popsicle sticks.  See the finished product, below:

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If your kids can write, they could write:  Where I Am, There You Will Be Also”—Jesus on the roof and floor in marker.  We plan to set ours on a decorative shelf in the dining room where we can see them.

Prayer:  This week, the prayer was led by my older daughter.  She had us repeat after her:  Thank you, Jesus, for making a place for us in heaven.  Thank you for all the family who comes to take care of us, and for places to go on vacation.  In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

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