Family God Time: BIBLE NAVIGATION FOR BEGINNERS

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Supplies needed:
1 Bible per student
Old & New Testaments Bookmarks:  Bible Bookmarks 2018
Pens
Pencils
Highlighters
Star stickers
Post-it tabs
Books of the Bible cards:
Old Testament https://sundayschoolsources.com/classmat/OT-flashcards.pdf
New Testament https://sundayschoolsources.com/classmat/NT-flashcards.pdf
Optional:  1 set Bible Trivia cards for each student + 1 for each teacher of the class(https://www.christianbook.com/bible-trivia-quiz-card-game/pd/920368)
Old Testament Song https://youtu.be/i7ZtWRSCH7E
New Testament Song https://youtu.be/2v6c6naFmJg

Navigating the Bible:
Today, we’re going to learn how to find things in your Bibles so that you can learn even more about the story of God and God’s love for all people…

    1. Locate the Table of Contents.  This will help you find different books in the Bible.  Put a bookmark here so that it is easy to find again.
    2. The Bible is divided into two testaments.  Do you remember what they are called?  (Old and New)  The Old is in the front of the Bible, and the New Testament is near the back.  In our Bibles, the page numbering starts over at the beginning of the New Testament.  Let’s find the page that says “New Testament” and put a bookmark there so that it is easy to find.
    3. The Bible is divided in four ways:  testaments, books, chapters, and verses.  The testaments are the biggest; they make up the two halves of the Bible.  The next largest division is the books.  Do you remember how many there were?  (66)  Each book is divided into chapters, just like a real book.  The chapters are then divided into verses, which are usually only one sentence or part of a sentence long!  This makes things in the Bible very easy to find, if you know how to look.
    4. Let’s practice finding different books in the Bible first.  Find your Table of Contents page (it’s marked with a bookmark J).  Get out your “Books of the Bible” playing cards and shuffle them.  Fan them out in your hands and ask someone to pick a card.  Read the card and show them how it is spelled (write it out on a chalkboard or whiteboard if not everyone can see the card at once).  Ask them to find that book in their Bibles.  Make sure to ask them if it’s in the Old or New Testament; this will make it easier for them to find it.  When they have all found it, put the card in a discard pile, face up on the table.  Repeat this exercise several times, until they are comfortable with it, using a different student to pick a new card each time.  Then, move on to the next activity.
    5. Now we will try to find books and chapters.  Show them what the beginning of a chapter looks like.  A chapter begins with a big number.  Find the book you are looking for first, then turn the pages until you find the number of the chapter we are looking for.  Show them that the book names and chapter numbers are at the top of each page, as well.  Have someone choose another “Books of the Bible” card and announce a chapter number along with the book name.  Try to make sure that the book actually has enough chapters (many Old Testament books are long, many of the New Testament letters are 3 chapters or less!)  Repeat this exercise several times, using a different student and card each time and placing the used cards in the discard pile.  When they are comfortable with this, pass out the pens, pencils, highlighters, stickers, and post-its and move on to the next activity.
    6. Now we will find books, chapters, and verses!  When someone tries to tell you where to find something in the Bible, they will tell you the book name first, then the chapter, then the verse or verses.  It will look like this:  write “John 1:1”  In what I just wrote, what’s the name of the book? (John)  What’s the chapter number?  (1)  What’s the verse number?  (1)  Let’s find it, knowing that the verses are the little numbers at the beginning of sentences, and the first sentence of a chapter that has no little number is verse 1…What does it say?  (have someone read it out loud)  That’s important verse, because it tells us about Jesus, who is the Word. Let’s mark it with a star…help the students mark this verse in their BiblesFind other verses and mark each one in a different way, using pens, pencils, and highlighters to underline, circle, star some of the verses, or the post-its to make the page easy to find again.  When they are comfortable with this, move on to the next activity.
    7. Optional:  Introduce them to the Bible Trivia card game.  Ask the question on the card, and, if they do not know the answer, have them look up the Bible citation in the small box on the card.  Explain that the best way to learn how to use the Bible is to practice.  Tell them that they will be playing this game at the beginning of each Sunday School Class, and can also practice with their families at home.  As time permits, do a few more cards.
    8. Optional:  Introduce them to the Books of the Bible Memory Songs  I have always found that it is easier to memorize something when put to music.  Try these songs, below!

    Prayer:  Dear God, we thank you for your Word, the Bible, and for giving it to us to study and learn.  We ask you to bless these Bibles and bless us as we use them, that in reading your story, we might grow closer to you.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

 

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Daily Devos: WE HAVE SALT

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, thank you for everything you give us including the hard things to accept that you use to keep us well. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

Salt

drawing by Pastor Patrick Sipes

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Mark 9:40-50 NRSV

“Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.  If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

“For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

What stumbling blocks have people put in your way in life? How have you grown because of them?  What are some ways that you use salt in your life? What does it do for you? How are you salt for others? How does it feel when you are at peace?

Family God Time: JESUS WELCOMES CHILDREN: Mark 9:33-37

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear God, we thank you that you welcome everyone as children, and that we have a place in your kingdom.  Help us to learn how to make everyone welcome.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Mark 9:33-37
Read about Jesus Welcoming Children in a children’s Bible or online here:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+9%3A33-37+&version=ERV

Questions to Ponder:

  1. What is something that you are really great at? How could you use that gift or talent to serve God?
  2. What is something that you really struggle with? Who could be Jesus for you as you struggle?
  3. How do you know that you are welcome when you go someplace?
  4. What are some ways that you could be welcoming to others?

Song:  God Welcomes All
Here is a song that we are going to be learning in church this fall.  It reminds us that all are welcome, young and old alike!

God Welcomes All Emily Scott Houston 2011 from All Saints Company on Vimeo.

Activity:  Welcome Placemats        
We are entering into a time of year when lots of our family members come to visit.  Instead of making a welcome mat that would get stepped on, I thought it would be fun to make welcome placemats that we include on the table when we have visitors.  I found the instructions here:  https://laughingkidslearn.com/how-to-make-paper-weaving-placemats/ (I used leftover colored cardstock from other projects.  We did not glue them together.  We did use glue dots to stick the banner to the front.)

This is what ours look like:
Welcome Placemats

Thank you for spending some God Time with your family!  I hope this was a holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
God be in my head, and in my understanding.
God be in my eyes, and in my looking.
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking.
God be in my heart, and in my thinking.
God be at my end, and at my departing.  Amen.

Daily Devos: JESUS WELCOMES CHILDREN

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, we thank you that you welcome everyone as children, and that we have a place in your kingdom.  Help us to learn how to make everyone welcome.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

https://www.theredheadedhostess.com/blog/home-and-family/holidays-home-and-family/easter-coloring-pages/

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BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Mark 9:33-37 NRSV

33Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. 35He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

What is something that you are really great at?  How could you use that gift or talent to serve God?  What is something that you really struggle with?  Who could be Jesus for you as you struggle?  How do you know that you are welcome when you go someplace?  What are some ways that you could be welcoming to others?

Daily Devos: JESUS IS THE MESSIAH

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, we thank you that Jesus is our Messiah.  Help us to focus on the things of God, and close our ears that which leads us away from you.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

 https://www.warrencampdesign.com/warren/images/coloringPages/alphabet/M_lg.jpg

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Mark 8:27-30 NRSV

27Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” 30And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Who was John the Baptist? (look it up if you are unsure)

Who was Elijah?  (look it up if you are unsure)

Who is Jesus?  What are your favorite names for Jesus?  What are some of the things that he has done for you?

Daily Devos: JESUS AND TRADITION

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, we thank you that you give us rules to live by, and traditions that give us life.  We ask that you would help us to reject those things that get in the way, and welcome those things that draw us closer to you.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

Tradition

This week, I practiced some of my new hand lettering skills for our coloring page.  You can download the file here:  Daily Devos Jesus and Tradition 2018

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Mark 7:1-8, 14-15 NRSV

1Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around [Jesus], 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; 4and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) 5So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me;7in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’  8You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”
14Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

What are your favorite traditions (at church or otherwise)?  What are your least favorite traditions?  Do you have any traditions that helps your family to draw closer to God?  If so, what are they?  If not, what new “God” traditions might you start together?

Daily Devos: Joshua Serves the Lord

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, we thank you for bringing us in safety to this new day.  Help us to see all that you have given us, and to use it faithfully to serve you.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

You can find this week’s coloring page here:  https://coloringpagesbymradron.blogspot.com/2013/05/joshua-2415-print-and-color-page-but-as.html

Joshua 24.15

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 NRSV

1 Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. 2a And Joshua said to all the people, 14 “Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; 17 for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; 18 and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Who are people that you follow in your daily life?  How did you decide to follow them?  What do you think it means to follow God?  What are some ways that you and your family can work to “serve the Lord?”