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/

 

 

Daily Devos: Vacation Bible School Recap 2018

Daily Devos 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 coloring, prayer, and discussion will be a holy time.

Daily Devos:  God is with Moses in the River
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/06/21/daily-devos-god-is-with-moses-in-the-river/

Daily Devos:  God’s People Enter the Promised Land
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/daily-devos-gods-people-enter-the-promised-land/

Daily Devos:  God Heals Naaman in the Jordan River
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/07/05/daily-devos-god-heals-naaman-in-the-jordan-river/

Daily Devos:  God Saves Paul from the Sea
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/daily-devos-god-saves-paul-from-the-sea/

Daily Devos:  Jesus is Baptized
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/daily-devos-jesus-is-baptized/

Are you looking for Family God Time Bible stories, songs, and activities on these stories that you can do with your family?  Look here:  https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/family-god-time-vbs-recap-2018/

Daily Devos: Jesus is Baptized

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

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.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

You can download the coloring page here:  http://misdibujoscristianos.blogspot.com/2012/01/bautizo-de-jesus.html

Jesus Baptism

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Matthew 3:13-17 NRSV

Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

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

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.

Daily Devos: GOD SAVES PAUL FROM THE SEA

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

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.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

Download the Coloring Page here:  http://sundayschoolzone.com/activity/pauls-shipwreck-coloring-page/view/

Paul Shipwreck Coloring Page

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Acts 27:21-26, 39-44 NRSV

21 Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul then stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and thereby avoided this damage and loss. 22 I urge you now to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For last night there stood by me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, 24 and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before the emperor; and indeed, God has granted safety to all those who are sailing with you.’ 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. 26 But we will have to run aground on some island.”
39 In the morning they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned to run the ship ashore, if they could. 40 So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea. At the same time they loosened the ropes that tied the steering-oars; then hoisting the foresail to the wind, they made for the beach. 41 But striking a reef, they ran the ship aground; the bow stuck and remained immovable, but the stern was being broken up by the force of the waves. 42 The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, so that none might swim away and escape; 43 but the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, 44 and the rest to follow, some on planks and others on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land.

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

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

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

sponge-sailboat-craft-for-kids

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.

Daily Devos: GOD HEALS NAAMAN IN THE JORDAN RIVER

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

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.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK: 

Download the Coloring Page here:  https://craftingthewordofgod.com/2015/02/26/naaman-is-healed-coloring-page/

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  2 Kings 5:1-4, 10-14 NRSV

Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” So Naaman went in and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel had said.  10 Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, “I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?” He turned and went away in a rage. 13 But his servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

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