MARCH 28 & 29 // FOUR FRIENDS HELPED 

This weekend you have another opportunity to worship as a family!  What a unique experience! This is taking the church “old school”…as in the early church kind of old school. We will be worshipping together in our homes!

And this is the perfect time to remind your children that the church is not the building, it is the people. We can worship God anytime and anywhere!

Here are a few things to remember:

  • This is a new experience for you and your kids. Be patient with each other.
  • Don’t expect perfection. Just do it, no matter how it turns out.
  • Do the parts that work for you! These are just ideas to get you started!
  • Have fun! Laugh together! This time doesn’t have to be serious!

The lesson provided for you this weekend is Four Friends Helped! During this unique season, this is a great lesson to remind our kids that Jesus heals and forgives. This also is a great reminder of how much Jesus loves us and is still active and working today healing and forgiving.

LESSON BIG IDEA: Jesus healed a man and forgave his sins!

FOUR FRIENDS HELPED FAMILY IDEAS:

1. WATCH VIDEO:
Watch the Four Friends Helped bible story video together.

(This is from the Gospel Project curriculum that we use every weekend in Compass Kids! We hope this brings some familiar in a season of change that your children are experiencing.)

2. BIBLE REVIEW
(For Older Kids) Have your children open the Bible to Mark 2:1-12 . Read the passages aloud and then ask the following questions and find the answers in the Bible passage.

Questions:

  1. The people came to hear Jesus speak in what City?
    (Capernaum Mark 2:1) 
  2. How crowded was the house that Jesus was speaking in?
    (There was no more room Mark 2:2)  
  3. How many friends did it take to carry the one that was paralyzed?
    (Four Friends Mark 2:3) 
  4. How did the friends get their friend to Jesus?
    (They removed the roof and lowered the man down Mark 2:4)   
  5. What did Jesus see in the 4 friends?
    (He saw that they had faith Mark 2:5)  
  6. What did Jesus tell the paralyzed man to do?
    (To get up, pick up his mat, and go home)  


(For ALL Ages) Human Obstacle course
Choose 2-3 family members to be human obstacles and have them stand throughout the room.  Determine a pose for each obstacle and demonstrate what the player must do at each obstacle.

Here are some examples of Obstacles

  • Human obstacle lays flat on his or her back. Player carefully steps over the obstacle.
  • Human obstacle stands with his or her legs apart to form a tunnel. Player must crawl through the tunnel.
  • Human obstacle holds hands high in the air. Player must give obstaclea high five.
  • Human obstacle sits cross-legged on the floor. Player must circle the obstacle twice.
  • Human obstacle squats down the knees, arms, and legs on the floor. Player most hop over obstaclelike a frog.

Feel free to get creative with your own and make sure to change roles so everyone gets a chance to complete the course.

 

3. FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How can Jesus help you?
  2. How has Jesus helped you personally?
  3. How can we be like the friends who brought their friend to Jesus?
  4. What would your reaction have been if you were listening to Jesus and someone made a hole in the roof?
  5. Why do you think the friends brought their friend to Jesus?

 

4. FAMILY ACTIVITIES:

A. MAT RACES
Supplies: Blanket or sheet, stuffed animal or pillow

Instructions:

    • Grab a blanket or sheet
    • Determine a starting line and finish line
    • Put the pillows or stuffed animals on the sheet
    • If the kids drop the pillow or stuffed animal they must go back and start over
    • Have kids try their best to carry the item by themselves
    • Add in a helper to help carry the items

 

Lesson Connection: It is easier to carry the items with the help of others. Just like the friends in the lesson it took more than one to carry their friend to Jesus. Sometimes we need to help others instead of trying to do it on our own. Remind your kids that you are here to help them that you can be that friend to help pick up the mat for them. Also challenge them to think of who that friend that they need to help bring closer to Jesus.

 

B. DROP THE FRIEND TO JESUS
Supplies: Masking Tape, Bean bag or stuffed animal, chair

Instructions:

    • Tape a target design to the floor (You can use paper in-between to make the target more colorful.
    • Have kids stand on a chair.
    • Have kids drop the bean bag or stuffed animal and try their best to hit the bullseye.
    • Kids can try multiple rounds to see if they can get closer to the middle.

Lesson Connection: Sometimes we will miss the target in what God wants for us in life. In this lesson, Jesus tells us that our sins are forgiven even if we don’t always hit the bullseye. We know that Jesus loves us! Remind your kids that Jesus loves them and that he forgave their sins so they can have a relationship with Jesus.  

 

C. WHAT IS EASIER?
Supplies:Paper and Pen

Instructions: 

    • Take a few pieces of paper and cut or rip them to be big enough for kids to write things they think are hard.
    • Create 2 of your own that say forgive sins or heal a paralyzed man (Save this for last)
    • Example: Do 10 pull ups, spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, become president, shoot 100 free throws in basketball, beat all of the Mario levels, cook a 4-course meal, clean their room.
    • Then after they have written about 10-15 choose 2 at a time and have them choose which is harder and explain why that one is harder.
    • For your final round, draw the two slips of paper you saved for last. “Forgive sins” and “healed a paralyzed man”. Ask your kids which they think would be easier, then read the lesson connection below aloud to connect all of the dots for this activity!

LESSON CONNECTION: The religious leaders did not believe Jesus could forgive sins, so Jesus asked them if it would be easier to tell the man who was paralyzed to get up and walk. Then, to prove that He is God the Son Jesus did both! Nothing is too hard for God. Jesus can still heal our physical bodies, and only Jesus provides the way to have forgiveness and life with God.  

MARCH 21 & 22 // THE EARLY CHURCH & THE HOLY SPIRIT 

This weekend you have another opportunity to worship as a family!  What a unique experience! This is taking the church “old school”…as in the early church kind of old school. We will be worshipping together in our homes!

And this is the perfect time to remind your children that the church is not the building, it is the people. We can worship God anytime and anywhere!

Here are a few things to remember:

  • This is a new experience for you and your kids. Be patient with each other.
  • Don’t expect perfection. Just do it, no matter how it turns out.
  • Do the parts that work for you! These are just ideas to get you started!
  • Have fun! Laugh together! This time doesn’t have to be serious!

The lesson provided for you this weekend is The Holy Spirit Came! During this unique season, this is a great lesson to remind our kids that the church started in homes. And it is also a great reminder that God’s spirit lives in us. The same power the Disciples received that day, we also have.  So, we can get through these challenging times because His Spirit is at work in us.

LESSON BIG IDEA: The Holy Spirit gives us power to do God’s work and changes us to be more like Jesus.

THE EARLY CHURCH AND THE HOLY SPIRIT FAMILY IDEAS:

1. WATCH VIDEO:
Watch The Early Church and The Holy Spirit Came Bible story video together.

(This is from the Gospel Project curriculum that we use every weekend in Compass Kids! We hope this brings some familiar in a season of change that your children are experiencing.)

2. BIBLE REVIEW
(For Older Kids) Have your children open the Bible to John 14:15-30 and Acts 2:1-4,22-47.  Read the passages aloud and then ask the following questions and find the answers in the Bible passage.

Questions:

  1. What sound did the disciples hear as they received the Holy Spirit? (a rushing wind, Acts 2:2)
  2. What amazing thing happened when the disciples spoke after receiving the Holy Spirit? (They spoke many languages, even ones they did not know; Acts 2:4)
  3. What did Peter say happened to Jesus? (He was crucified and then resurrected, Acts 2:22-25)
  4. What did Peter tell the people listening to do? (Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus for forgiveness, Acts 2:38)
  5. What are some words that describe the early church? (Answers may vary: generous, loving, devoted, obedient, together, etc.; Acts 2:41-47)
  6. What does the Holy Spirit do? (The Holy Spirit gives us power to do God’s work and changes us to be more like Jesus.)

 

(For ALL Ages) Light a Candle – Take a moment and light a candle together as a family.  Watch the candle burn for a few moments.

  • Discuss how the Holy Spirit came down like tongues of fire.
  • Discuss what that might have looked like or felt like.
  • Talk about all the uses for fire. (Cooking, heat, burning, etc)

Fire is powerful. It does a lot of things for us. Why do you think God may have used fire to show his Holy Spirit?

 

3. FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How can the Holy Spirit help you? Be specific.
  2. How has the Holy Spirit grown you to be more like Jesus?
  3. What in life makes you feel worried or unsure?
  4. How do you feel when you think about God’s power holding you?
  5. What is one thing about our church today that reminds you of the first church?

 

4. FAMILY ACTIVITIES:

A. HOLY SPIRIT FIRE CRAFT
Supplies: Use what supplies you have to create fire design.

Use a piece of paper and either color the whole page yellow, orange and red or paint it. Use whatever supplies you have and just get creative with the colors. You could even build a pretend fire in your house if you do not have any craft supplies.

After you have colored the page, then take scissors and cut the paper into a fire design. You can look for ideas for fire shapes on google.

For younger kids, parents can draw the design and let your children cut it out. If they cannot cut, then parents can cut it out for their child.

For older kids, allow the kids the create their own fire design.

Lesson Connection:The Bible says that when the Disciples received the Holy Spirit that flames of fire appeared on their heads, but the Disciples didn’t burn up! The Disciples were able to tell more people the special message of God’s love when they were given the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us power to do God’s work and changes us to be more like Jesus.

 

B. COLD POTATO
Supplies: a ball that is soft, or a round, soft object, upbeat music, space to sit together

Instructions:

    • Sit in a circle on the floor.
    • Give one person the ball and give the instructions to pass the ball tothe right when you start playing music. When the music stops, whoever is holding the ball wins a point. If a person tries to hold the ball while the music plays, instead of passing it, that person is out.
    • Play multiple rounds and help the kids keep track of score.The player with the most points at the end wins.

Lesson Connection: It was really hard to wait for the ball to come back around. You weren’t able to hold on to it, but once you let it go, you wanted it to come back quick so you could win a point. Waiting can be hard. Today we learned about someone Jesus’ disciples were waiting for, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us power to do God’s work and changes us to be more like Jesus.

 

C. SINGLE TISSUE RACE
Supplies: clear space to race, facial tissue, marker or pen

Instructions: 

    • Form two teams. Line up your teams on one side of the room. Provide each team with a single facial tissue and a pen to allow them to mark it as theirs with a simple and easy-to-recognize symbol.
    • When you say “go,” each team will need to work together to move their tissue from one end of the room to the other, but they  may not touch it with any part of their bodies. If kids seem stuck, encourage them to use their breath to blow it. If your space is carpeted, alter the game to keep the tissue in the air.

LESSON CONNECTION: In our game, you used your breath to make a sort of wind to move your tissue. You couldn’t see your breath, but you could easily see the effect it had on your tissue. When the Holy Spirit came to the apostles on the Day of Pentecost, it came with a sound like a rushing wind. In some places in the Bible the Holy Spirit is compared to wind. On way the Holy Spirit is like wind is that we cannot see Him, but we can certainly see the work He does in our lives and the lives of believers all over the world. The Holy Spirit gives us power to do God’s work and changes us to be more like Jesus.

MARCH 14 & 15 // THE GOOD SAMARITAN

This weekend you have the opportunity to worship as a family!  What a unique experience! This is taking the church “old school”…as in the early church kind of old school. We will be worshipping together in homes!

And this is the perfect time to remind your children that the church is not the building, it is the people. We can worship God anywhere!

Here are a few things to remember:

  • This is a new experience for you and your kids. Be patient with each other.
  • Don’t expect perfection. Just enjoy it, no matter how it turns out.
  • Do the parts that work for you! These are just ideas to get you started!
  • Have fun! Laugh together! This time doesn’t have to be serious!

The lesson provided for you this weekend is the Good Samaritan! In Compass Kids, we believe this is a great story to dig into together as a family. Even the littlest kiddos understand this important idea that we show love to others best in how we treat them.

The big idea of this lesson: Jesus calls us to love others as He has loved us.

 

GOOD SAMARITAN FAMILY IDEAS:

1. WATCH VIDEO:
Watch The Good Samaritan Bible Story video together. This is from the Gospel Project curriculum that we use every weekend in Compass Kids! We hope this brings some familiar to all the changes your kids are experiencing.

 

2. BIBLE REVIEW:
(For Older Kids) Have your children open to the Bible to Luke 10:25-37.  Then ask the following questions and find the answers in the Bible passage.

Questions:

  1. What question was Jesus asked at the start of the passage? (“What must I do to have eternal life?” Luke 10:25)
  2. How did Jesus respond at first? (He asked the lawyer what the Scriptures said, Luke 10:26-28)
  3. What was the lawyer’s next question? (“Who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29)
  4. What happened to the man in the parable? (He was attacked by robbers and left to die, Luke 10:30)
  5. Who did not stop to help the man? (Both a priest and a Levite passed by without helping the man, Luke 10:31-32)
  6. Who finally did help the man? (a Samaritan man, Luke 10:33)
  7. What did the Samaritan do for the man? (bandaged him, took him to an inn to rest and recover, and paid for his expenses; Luke 10:34-35)

(For ALL Ages) Act It Out – This is a great story to act out together. Have one adult or older sibling play the role of Jesus and read the story from Luke 10: 25-37, while the rest of the family choose other acting parts. If you do not have enough people in your family, people can play multiple parts.

Parts include: Man walking, robbers, priest, religious leader, and Samaritan

3. GAMES:
Connect Freeze Dance:  Play music and encourage your family to move and dance around the room. When the music stops, they must be touching someone next to them. The game continues but they cannot touch the same person two rounds in a row. Play multiple rounds.

  • In order to show love, we need to be close to people. We need to show them by our actions. We need to spend time with them to know what they need.

Wheelbarrows:  Form pairs to make wheelbarrows. One person holds the other person’s ankles while they “walk” with their hands, as if pushing a wheelbarrow. When you say go, have the pair go to a point in the room. When they reach the end point, they need to trade places so the other person becomes the wheelbarrow. If you have older kids or enough to make two teams you can make it a race.

  • In a wheelbarrow race you cannot go too fast. You have to work together. And it definitely makes things interesting and more fun too! We have to be able to work together with others and to love our neighbors even when it is hard. Team work is the best kind of work.

4. CRAFT:
(For Older Kids) As a family illustrate the Bible story.  Give each family member a part of the story and have them draw what is happening.

  1. Jesus telling a story.
  2. Man gets beat up by robbers.
  3. A priest passed by and did not help.
  4. A religious leader passed by and did not help.
  5. A Samaritan helped them man took him to an inn.

You can divide the story as it works best for you. If you feel adventurous, you could put the pages in order and make it into a book.

(For Younger Kids) Trace your kid’s hands on a piece of paper. Allow them to trace yours. Color them in and decorate them.

Remind the kids that we can use our hands to help others.

5. APPLICATION QUESTIONS:

  1. Why is it hard to show love sometimes?
  2. How can you show love to your family? Your friends?
  3. What is one thing that makes you feel loved? (Go around the whole family and have everyone answer.)
  4. How does doing good things for others show God’s love to them?

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