Lent in a Dish Week 2: Jesus Feeds 5,000

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This year during Family God Time, we will be using a resource from St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church in Houston, TX, but with a Family God Time twist.  It is called “Lent in a Bag,” but we will be creating our own “Lent in a Dish” projects.  I thought of the dish because of the beautiful Lenten garden that my daughter created in Sunday School last year, and thought that there could be a way to use both resources to create something meaningful over the course of several weeks.

You can read more about the original “Lent in a Bag” resource here:  http://www.buildfaith.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/in-a-bag-trifold-Cuthbert-4-1.pdf  You can read more about the Lenten dish gardens here:  http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2013/03/mini-resurrection-garden-easter-craft.html

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about how Jesus uses his power.  Help our time to be a holy time.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Mark 6:30-44
Read Jesus’ words about being ready in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+6%3A30-44&version=ERV

We used the Kids Bible App for our resource.  You can download it for free here:
https://www.bible.com/kids

Discuss as a family:
What do you think Jesus felt like when he was in the wilderness without eating for forty days?
What did the devil tempt him to do?
Did Jesus use his power in this way?
How did Jesus use his power in the story we just read?
How can we use our power to help hungry people?

Song:  I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
This is my favorite Lent song for kids.  It gets the somber mood, but has a way to get the wiggles out.  We held hands and walked in place while singing.  Enjoy!

Activity:  Heart Stones
Last week, we gathered all of the supplies we needed for the whole Lenten season Lent in a Dish.  You can find the supply list here:  https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/preparing-for-lent-2017/

This week, we need the stones and with stickers shaped like hearts or a paint marker or glitter pen to add hearts to the stones.

Jesus used his power to make more food for hungry people because he loves us.  We decided to add hearts to the stones that the devil tempted Jesus about turning into bread to remind us that Jesus uses his power to helps others, not himself.  My kids really got into this, as you can see from the picture:

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After you are done decorating, add the stone to your dish.  Place the dish in a place where you and your family can see it all week long, to remind you to use your God-given power to help others!

Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for this time to learn about how Jesus uses his power.  Help us to use the power that you give us to show our love for others.  In your name we pray, Amen.

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A Voice in the Night: Samuel is Called by God

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Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening!

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about Samuel.  Help our time together to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  1 Samuel 3
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the calling of Samuel.  The Bible App for Kids has a great version of the story, so that’s what we shared for our Bible story this week.  You can get your own free copy of The Bible App for Kids here:  https://www.bible.com/kids

If you do not have access to this app, you can read the story of God’s call to Samuel in 1 Samuel 3 here:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+3&version=ERV

Discuss as a family:
Who was Eli?  What did Samuel do for Eli?  What did Samuel hear in the night?  What did he think it was at first?  What did Eli finally tell him to do?  What did the voice tell him to do?  Did he accept this calling?  How?  How do you think God is calling in this world?  What is God calling you to do or to be?

Song:  Here I Am Lord
This song is actually a hymn that comes directly from this story in the Bible, as well as other the call stories of other Biblical prophets.  It has a lot of words, so you might just want to work on the chorus, and have a dance party during the verses.  Enjoy!

Activity:  Samuel Hide-and-Seek
For our activity this week, we did a version of hide-and-seek.  One person remained in the room and the rest of us all went into a different room together and hid there.  When we were ready, we called out the name of the seeker, just like God did to Samuel.  When the seeker arrived in the room we were in, following our voices, they said “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”  Then we all popped out of our hiding places.  We repeated this until each family member had a turn.  It was really fun for both me and the kids, and helped to reinforce the point of the day.

Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you that you call us to be your hands and feet in the world.  Help us to hear your call and obey.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Everybody’s Welcome: Peter and Cornelius

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photo by justjennifer on flickr.com

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about Peter and Cornelius.  Help our time together to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Acts 10
Once again this week, I asked my six year old daughter to choose which story we would learn about for God Time.  She has been exploring the Bible App for Kids all summer, and has been telling us a lot about what she had learned.  She said that one of the most memorable stories from the Bible App for Kids was Everybody’s Welcome, so that set our subject for the day.  You can get your own free copy of The Bible App for Kids here:  https://www.bible.com/kids

If you do not have access to this app, you can read the story of Peter and Cornelius in Acts 10 here:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+10&version=ERV

(It is a long story, so you might want to take it in little chunks.)

Discuss as a family:
What did Cornelius learn from God in this story?  What was Peter’s vision?  What did he learn from God in this story?  How can we make others feel welcome in our home, in our church, in our school or workplaces?

Song:  Freedom is Coming  
My husband picked our song for this week.  It is a song that he knows from a Lutheran worship band called Prays Twice from when he was in high school, and that’s the version we used at our house.  You can learn the song from another source by watching the youtube video here:

Our kids could not sit still because the beat is so infectious.  I invite you to have your own dance party while you sing!

Activity:  Come on Down!
To get an idea of what Peter’s vision looked like, I told my children to bring us three small stuffed animals each.  We put them in a blanket and then raised it up as high as we could reach.  Then, we slowly lowered it down as we said, “All are welcome!”  This week’s activity is small but simple, and our kids wanted to do it again and again.  We didn’t get a picture again this week…having too much fun!  See the pic above for a close approximation.

Alternatively, you could do a craft with white sheets of paper and coloring utensils that will not bleed through the paper (i.e. crayons or colored pencils).  On one side, you could write “We have freedom” and draw all sorts of animals.  On the other side, you could write “All are welcome” and draw all sorts of people who you think God welcomes.

Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you that we have freedom and welcome because of you.  Help us to give freedom and welcome to others.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Journeys for Jesus: Acts 27

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about Paul and his journeys.  Help our time together to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Acts 27
This week, I asked my six year old daughter to choose which story we would learn about for God Time.  She has been exploring the Bible App for Kids all summer, and has been telling us a lot about what she had learned.  She said that one of the most memorable stories from the Bible App for Kids was Journeys for Jesus, so that set our subject for the day.  You can get your own free copy of The Bible App for Kids here:  https://www.bible.com/kids

If you do not have access to this app, you can read the story of one of Paul’s shipwrecks in Acts 27 here:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+27&version=ERV

Discuss as a family:
What happened to Paul on his journeys?  When have you been on a journey?  How did it turn out?  If you could go on a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?  How can you be on a journey for Jesus?

Song:  Brave
We brought this song back from earlier in the summer because we felt that Paul was really brave to go so many places for the sake of Jesus.  Plus, it’s a favorite with my kids (and with me!).

Activity:  Newspaper Boats
Since most of Paul’s Journeys were undertaken by boat, we thought it would be fun to make some boats to remember the story.  My husband just knows how to make these, but if that’s not a skill you have, you can learn how here:

Here are some pics of our finished our boats:

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Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for your servant Paul, who teaches us to be brave.  Help us to be brave wherever you send us.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.