Family God Time: School Supply Blessing

It is back to school time in our parish, so I thought it would be a good idea to ask God’s blessing on our children as they begin the school year.  In church this week, they will participate in a backpack blessing.  You can find it on Daily Devos here:  https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/daily-devos-back-to-school-blessing/

Back Pack Blessing

What follows is the take-home part of the devotion for the week.

First, gather your school supplies.  Have your children help you to remove packaging, add name inscriptions, and pack their back pack.  Wonder with them what each supply might be used for.  We used the following prayers as we went to bless each set of supplies before it went into their back packs:

SCHOOL SUPPLY BLESSING

O God, please bless my crayons, colored pencils, and markers.  As I add color to my work, help me to know that the gift of creativity comes from you.   God of mercy, hold me in love.

O God, please bless my pencils and pens.  As I write numbers and letters, words and sentences, help me to know that the gift of knowledge comes from you.  God of mercy, hold me in love.

O God, please bless my erasers.  When I make a mistake and have to start again, remind me of your unending offer of forgiveness to all who belong to you.  God of mercy, hold me in love.

O God, please bless my paper and notebooks.  Help me to remember those who do not have paper for their own, and to treat what I have as a precious gift from you.  God of mercy, hold me in love.

O God, please bless my binders and folders.  As these tools seek to hold the work I do, hold me in your love.  God of mercy, hold me in love.

O God, please bless my backpack.  As I carry it to and from school, and from classroom to classroom, help me to remember that there is nothing that I have that you can’t carry.  God of mercy, hold me in love.

(add your own specific blessings here)

O God, please bless my year as a student.  Bless my classmates, teachers, aides, and all who help me to learn and grow.  Give me a spirit of wisdom and understanding, of counsel and might, of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, a spirit of joy in your presence, both now and forever.  Amen.

COLORING PROJECT

If you want to have a little project to do with your children as well, you can get a really cute coloring graphic here:  https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/products/gods-got-your-back-backpack-tags?variant=8219534065762

I am planning to take the back and white back pack tag and blow it up to 8.5 x 11 size.  The graphic doesn’t pixallate at this size, and we will hang the completed masterpieces in our front window to welcome our bus drivers back to school, as well.

I know this time of year can be stressful for families; I hope that this simple devotion can help to make it a holy time as well!

© 2018 Rev. Breen Marie Sipes at Family God Time.  https://familygodtime.wordpress.com This resource is made available for free; please give credit where credit is due.

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Family God Time: VBS Recap 2018

Do you remember way back to the beginning of the summer, when we had a wonderful, faith-filled week of Vacation Bible School together?  As the summer draws to a close, county fair time arrives, and our back-to-school preparations get into full swing, let’s take one last week to review all that we learned in Vacation Bible School.

You may choose to revisit your favorite story, or, if you missed one (or two or three) over the course of the summer, here’s another chance to once again dive deep into God’s story.  I hope that your time of Bible storytelling, songs, and activities will be a holy time for you and your family.

Family God Time:  God is with Moses in the River
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/06/21/family-god-time-god-is-with-moses-in-the-river-exodus-21-10/

Family God Time:  God’s People Enter the Promised Land
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/family-god-time-gods-people-enter-the-promised-land-joshua-31-6-13-17/

Family God Time:  God Heals Naaman in the Jordan River
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/07/05/family-god-time-god-heals-naaman-in-the-jordan-river-2-kings-51-4-10-14/

Family God Time:  God Saves Paul from the Sea
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/family-god-time-god-saves-paul-from-the-sea-acts-2721-26-39-44/

Family God Time:  Jesus is Baptized
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/family-god-time-jesus-is-baptized-matthew-313-17/

Are you looking for Daily Devos coloring, prayer, and discussion on these stories that you can do on your own?  Look here:  https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/daily-devos-vacation-bible-school-recap-2018/

 

 

Family God Time: JESUS IS BAPTIZED Matthew 3:13-17

This is our last week of remembering what we learned in Bible School at the beginning of the summer. Have fun learning more about each story from your children; they are sometimes our greatest teachers!

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

Dear God, we thank you for the gift of baptism, and for the promises of forgiveness, love, and hope. Help us to walk wet as we follow in your footsteps. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story: Matthew 3:13-17

Read about the Baptism of Jesus in a children’s Bible or online here:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+3%3A13-17+&version=ERV

Here are two videos to show you the Baptism of Jesus:

Questions to Ponder:
1. Do you know the story of the day that you were baptized? If so, tell it.
2. If not, talk to someone who would know, and learn it for yourself.
3. What do you think it would have been like to hear God’s voice?
4. What would it have been like to see the heavens ripped apart?
5. What would it have been like to see the Spirit like a dove from heaven?

Song: Jesus Was Baptized

It is hard to believe, but I could not find even one song about the Baptism of Jesus on Youtube! Instead, I made up this song which goes to the tune of “Frere Jacques.” Feel free to make up actions to go with it. Enjoy!

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Activity: Baptism of Jesus Spinners

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I found this craft from Flame Creative Children’s Ministry, and thought it would be great to give it a try with my own family. You can find the activity here: http://flamecreativekids.blogspot.com/2016/01/printable-baptism-of-jesus-spinner.html

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.

Family God Time: GOD SAVES PAUL FROM THE SEA: Acts 27:21-26, 39-44

For the next two weeks, we will be remembering what we learned in Bible School at the beginning of the summer. Have fun learning more about each story from your children; they are sometimes our greatest teachers!

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

Dear God, we thank you for keeping Paul and his friends safe in the storm. Please be with us, even through scary times. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story: Acts 27:21-26, 39-44

Read about Paul’s Shipwreck in a children’s Bible or online here:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+27%3A21-26%2C+39-44&version=ERV

Here is a video to show you Paul’s story:

Here’s a video about the shipwreck:

Questions to Ponder:

  1. Tell about a time when you were on a boat. What was it like?
  2. Tell your best storm story. How did God keep you safe in the storm?
  3. What are some ways that you can encourage others when they are going through scary times in their lives?

Song: Paul Was Sailing on the Sea

It is hard to believe, but I could not find even one song about Paul’s Shipwreck on Youtube! Instead, I found this song that goes to “Michael Row the Boat Ashore.” I taught the kids the melody of the second line, and we sang it as a call and response with actions.  It is from http://www.dltk-bible.com/paulwassailing.html

Paul Was Sailing on the Sea Song

 

Activity: Sponge Sailboats

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Since the main event of this story is a shipwreck, I thought I would be fun to make some simple boats of our own (and even wreck them). You can find easy instructions here: https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/sponge-sailboat-craft-for-kids/

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.

Family God Time: God Heals Naaman in the Jordan River: 2 Kings 5:1-4, 10-14

For the next three weeks, we will be remembering what we learned in Bible School at the beginning of the summer.  Have fun learning more about each story from your children; they are sometimes our greatest teachers!

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

Dear God, we thank you for your power to heal.  Work your healing in us, in those we know and love, and for all who need your care.  Amen.

Bible Story:  2 Kings 5:1-4, 10-14

Read about Naaman in a children’s Bible or online here:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+5%3A1-4%2C+10-14&version=ERV

Here is a video to show you the story:

Questions to Ponder:

  1. Tell about a time when you were hurt and needed healing.
  2. What did you do?
  3. Tell about a time when you did not believe something that you were told.
  4. How did you learn that it was true?
  5. How can you help someone who might not be nice to you?

Song:  Peace Like a River

Since God healed Naaman in the Jordan River, and received the peace that only God can give, I thought this was the perfect song!

Activity:  First Aid Kit

Mobile-first-aid-kit

Since God worked healing in Naaman in this story, I thought it might be great to work together with my family to make a First Aid Kit for the car.  That way, we can be God’s hands and feet of healing in the case of an emergency.  There are some great ideas on how to do this here:  http://myfrugaladventures.com/2015/04/diy-car-first-aid-kit-be-prepared-this-summer/

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.

Family God Time: God’s People Enter the Promised Land: Joshua 3:1-6, 13-17

For the next four weeks, we will be remembering what we learned in Bible School at the beginning of the summer.  Have fun learning more about each story from your children; they are sometimes our greatest teachers!

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

Dear God, we thank you for always being with us, for making your home with us, and for leading us along life’s way.  Help us to always follow where you lead.  Amen.

Bible Story:  Joshua 3:1-6, 13-17

Read about God’s People Crossing into the Promised Land in a children’s Bible or online here:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+3%3A1-6%2C+13-17+&version=ERV

Here is a video to show you the story:

Questions to Ponder:

  1. Tell about a time when you wanted to remember something that was very important.
  2. How did you decide to remember it?
  3. Where is a place that you know that God makes a home?
  4. Where do you find God in your daily life?

Song:  Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho

Once the people entered into the Promised Land, they had to fight several battles in order to get it.  The first one was at Jericho.  We did air boxing as we sang the words to this song.

Activity:  Home for God

Since the Ark of the Covenant was a home for God for many years, I thought it might be a good idea to set up a place for God to call home in our own home.  It will be a place on a shelf in our living room that we can see it all of the time.  It will include a cross, a candle, a Bible, a dish with prayer beads, and whatever else our kids might think that God would want in God’s home-away-from-home.  It might look like this:

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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.

Family God Time: GOD IS WITH MOSES IN THE RIVER: Exodus 2:1-10

For the next five weeks, we will be remembering what we learned in Bible School at the beginning of the summer.  Have fun learning more about each story from your children; they are sometimes our greatest teachers!

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

Dear God, we thank you for keeping baby Moses safe so that he could go on to do amazing things in your name.  Give us your power and protection.  Amen.

Bible Story:  Exodus 2:1-10

Read about Baby Moses in a children’s Bible or online here:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+2%3A1-10&version=ERV

Here is a video to show you the story:

Questions to Ponder:

  1. Tell about a time when you knew that God was protecting you.
  2. How can you be a helper to someone who does not feel safe?

Song:  Pharaoh, Pharaoh

This is a song about Moses from later in his life, but we learned it to remind us that God was not only saving Moses from the water and unfair rules, but also for the purpose of setting God’s people free.

Activity:  Woven Basket

Cute-Woven-Easter-Basket-Craft

Since Baby Moses’ mom put him into a basket to keep him safe, I thought it would be fun to make our own baskets.  Here is a simple way to do this:  https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/woven-easter-basket-craft/

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.