JULY 4 & 5 // THE TEMPLE IS COMPLETED

Welcome to this weekend of Compass Kids at Home! We continue to have unique opportunities to worship as a family!  We pray that God is doing special things as you lead your kids to find and follow Jesus. 

This weekend, your family will learn about the completion of the temple. Once God’s people returned to Jerusalem, their first order of business was a wall for protectionThen they got to work on God’s temple. This story can be found in the Old Testament in the book of Ezra  

The people ran into some troubles along the way and even stopped building for many years. But they were encouraged by two prophets named Haggai and Zechariah. God also gave them favor with the King of Persia. In this story, God reminds us that He always keeps His promises. This was a promise God made 70 years before. And not only was God faithful, the people were faithful too. They worked hard, and they obeyed God. And God did his part to be with them and help them on the journey.   

LESSON BIG IDEA: How can we obey God? We trust God to give us strength to obey Him.

“The Temple Was Completed” Family Ideas:

1. WATCH VIDEO:
Watch The Temple Was Completed, 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

Help your kids find Ezra chapters 4-6 in their Bibles. Remind them that the Book of Ezra is in the Old Testament, between 2 Chronicles and Nehemiah.  

Explore the following review questions: 

  1. In what city did God’s people build the temple? (Jerusalem, Ezra 5:2) 
  2. What two prophets encouraged the people to keep building? (Haggai and Zechariah, Ezra 5:1) 
  3. What governor was in charge of the land of Judah? (Tattenai, Ezra 5:3) 
  4. Who was the king of Persia at this time? (Darius, Ezra 6:13) 
  5. What did King Darius tell Tattenai to do? (Do not bother the workers, and give them whatever they need; Ezra 6:6-9) 
  6. What feast did God’s people observe? (Passover, Ezra 6:19) 
  7. Why did the people stop working on the temple for a while? (Enemies were opposing them, Ezra 4:23-24) 
  8. When did the people begin working again? (after Haggai and Zechariah encouraged them, Ezra 5:1-2) 
  9. Who wrote a letter to King Darius about the temple construction? (Tattenai, a governor over the land of Judah; Ezra 5:6) 
  10. What did the king’s letter reveal? (Cyrus wanted the temple to be completed. Darius then supported the rebuilding of the temple; Ezra 6:1-8) 
  11. What did God’s people do after completing the temple? (praised God, offered sacrifices, and celebrated the Passover; Ezra 6:13-22) 
  12. How can we obey God? We trust God to give us strength to obey Him.

 

For Younger Kids

Supplies Needed: 

  • Pan/Sink 
  • pitcher of water 
  • colander/strainer 
  • rocks 

The best part of today’s story is that no matter what obstacles came up, God didn’t allow anything to stoHis plan. Let’s look at another way to see what that means.  

[Hold up the pitcher of water.] God’s plan is like this water. Things of this world try to stop God’s plans. [Hold the colander over the pan/sink and pour a little water through it.] But God’s plan won’t be stopped. It still goes through.  

[Add lots of rocks to the colander] Even when people want to hinder God’s plan —like those who tried to stop the temple from being built— [pouring more water through the olives and the colander], God’s plan still goes through. Nothing can stop God’s plan because He is always in control. 

Even Jesus’ enemies thought they were putting a stop to His plans when they nailed Him to the crossBut providing Jesus as a perfect sacrifice was God’s plan to rescue us from sin.  

When we know that God is in control, we don’t have to sit and worry about all the little things that could go wrong. We can live with confidence when our hope is in Jesus. 

 

3. FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What is something you have had to work at that was really hard? What did you learn from doing the hard thing? 
  2. When have you seen God keep a promise in your life or in your family?  
  3. How can we know that God always keeps His promises? 
  4. After the temple was completed, the people celebrated. What is something you can celebrate today as a family?

 

4. FAMILY ACTIVITIES 

A. Block Stack Challenge

Supplies: blocks, plastic or sturdy paper plates, timer 

Give each family member a plate and five blocks. Explain that each kid should balance a plate on his head and then stack five blocks on the plate within 60 seconds. 

Lesson Connection:  That was not easy. Today we learned about a construction project that wasn’t easy either. The Israelites worked hard to complete the temple, and construction took several years. But they finished it and then celebrated what God had done through them.  

  

B. Memory Draw 

Supplies: paper, pencils, any picture that all can see.  

Print 1-2 creative pictures or have them saved on your phone. Show the family the pictureGive them 60 seconds to memorize as much detail about it as they can. Then give them two minutes to draw the same picture on their own paper as accurately as they can. You may compare the drawings and let the kids vote on who they think made the best re-creation. 

Repeat the activity with different pictures each round.   

Lesson Connection:  In today’s story, God’s people finished rebuilding the temple. It was not exactly like the original temple that Solomon built, but it would have been very close. Thankfully, God provided detailed instructions for His temple, so the people didn’t have to try and rebuild it from memory.  

It also took a very long time. So they had to remember God’s promise: the temple would be rebuilt! They also had to work hard to make it happen.  

 

C. Notes of Encouragement 

Supplies: paper, coloring instruments (crayons, markers, etc.) 

Is there someone you know who needs encouragement? Take time to write them a note. Share a verse from God’s word, tell them what you appreciate about them, or share a promise that God will always keep. (God is with you always. God is always faithful.) 

Send the note in the mail or give it to them personally. Pray that this encouragement will help them to do the hard thing in their life.  

Lesson Connection: In the story, the people needed to be encouraged. It was hard work to build the  temple. Other people did not want them to build it. They made it really hard for them. They discouraged them until the people actually stopped building it for 15 years.  

But God brought along two prophets, Haggai and Zechariah, to remind them of God’s promises. They encouraged the people. They gave them encouragement to keep building, no matter what. And with that encouragement they were able to complete the temple and celebrate.  

JUNE 27 & 28 // GOD BROUGHT HIS PEOPLE HOME

This weekend you have another special 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 keep reminding 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!

LESSON BIG IDEA: God Brought His People Home

“God Brought His People Home” Family Ideas:

1. WATCH VIDEO:
Watch God Brought His People, 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 

Supplies: a phone or tv that can get connected to the video link
Instructions: Sit together and watch the video.

Bible Passage: Ezra 1:1–2:2; 2:64–3:13
Main Point: God changed the king’s heart, so the Israelites could go home.
Key Passage: Daniel 2:20-21
Big Picture Question: How can we obey God? We trust God to give us strength to obey Him

Have your kid’s grab their Bibles and read Ezra 1:1-2:2, 2:64-3:13 and Daniel 2:20-21

Review questions to ask your family:

  1. Which prophet told about God’s promise to bring His people home? (Jeremiah, Ezra 1:1)
  2. How long were God’s people in exile? (70 years, Jer. 29:10)
  3. After the priests finished rebuilding the altar, what did the people do? (They gave a burnt offering to God, Ezra 3:2-3)
  4. What did the people say when they sang praises to God? (“The Lord is good. His faithful love will last forever”; Ezra 3:11)
  5. How can we obey God? We trust God to give us strength to obey him


Discussion Questions

  1. How can we put our trust in God?
  2. Do you think that it is easy or hard to trust in God? (Why or why not)
  3. When was a time you had to trust in God?

 

3. FAMILY ACTIVITIES: 

a. Bible Promises Game
Write the following Bible promises on separate index cards.
Write the Scripture references on additional index cards:

  • The Lord will never leave us. (Hebrews 13:5)
  • The Lord will be our helper. (Hebrews 13:6)
  • All things are possible with God. (Mark 10:27)
  • Anyone who believes has eternal life. (John 6:47)
  • God will give us what we need. (Philippians 4:19)
  • Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Joel 2:32)

Have your child read the verses aloud and match up the verse to the promise that God has given each one of us. If you have multiple children you can try and time them and see which one can pair the verse to the promise that God made to us!

 

b. I’d never live there!
Supplies: Paper, Markers, Crayons, Pencil, Pen (Anything to draw)
Provide paper, markers, crayons, and pencils for the kids.

Ask them to design a home that they would never want to live in.  You may choose to offer other art supplies for kids to “clutter” their home. Allow each kid to share their designs and explain the different features their awful homes would have that make them so bad.

Say • God changed the king’s heart, so the Israelites could go home. God was faithful to bring them back to their land, but the world was still broken by sin. Even the land God promised them was not perfect. The world is broken by sin even today. Thankfully, Jesus promised to prepare a place for us to live with God forever. One day, Jesus will return to gather everyone who believes in Him together and restore the earth to make it perfect and beautiful again. We will live with God on the new earth, which will be our perfect home forever. No matter how good we might think our homes are right now, they are they are nothing compared to what Jesus will restore when He returns. Jesus will fix everything broken about the world and destroy everything evil.

 

c. Back Together (Note: Choking Hazard)
(Older Children)

Supplies: paper clips, buttons, coins, or other small items cups or other containers tape index cards or half sheets of paper

Take several paper clips, buttons, coins, or other small items and scatter them on the floor. Give each person a cup or other container, and provide an index card or half sheet of paper to each kid.

Tape a start line away from the scattered items where each person can place the container. Explain that the kids must collect as many items as possible using only the card or piece of paper. They may not touch the items with their hands or any other part of their body. They must scoop them, travel back to their container, and drop them in. They can scoop one or more at a time as long as the items stay on the paper. The winning person collects 10 items first.

JUNE 20 & 21 // DANIEL WAS RESCUED

This weekend you have another special 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 keep reminding 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 Daniel Was Rescued. God showed His power to rescue Daniel from the lions, but Daniel was just a small part of a much bigger story. God ultimately rescued us from a much bigger problem -sin and death- through His Son, Jesus. Your family has the opportunity to discuss how God’s protection of Daniel served to show all the people that Daniel’s God is the living God, and He endures forever. God’s kingdom will never be destroyed, and His dominion has no end.”

LESSON BIG IDEA: Daniel was faithful to God, and God rescued Him!

“Daniel Was Rescued” Family Ideas:

1. WATCH VIDEO:
Watch Daniel Was Rescued, 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) Our Bible story today is found in Daniel. To answer the questions this week you will need to reference these passages: Daniel 6   

Questions:  

  1. How often did Daniel pray? (three times a day, Dan. 6:10) 
  2. The Kingdom’s officials convinced the king to enforce a new law. What new law did the king enforce? (For 30 days, people couldn’t pray to any god other than the king; Dan. 6:7,12) 
  3. How did the king feel when he heard that Daniel broke the law? (The king was upset and wished he could change the punishment for breaking the law, Dan. 6:14) 
  4. Why did the other helpers get the king to make the new law? (They wanted to get Daniel in trouble)
  5. Did the king want to punish Daniel?(No) 
  6. What did the king do when he punished Daniel? (He tried to rescue Daniel. Then he fasted and prayed for Daniel’s protection; Dan 6:14, 16-18) 
  7. How did God reward Daniel’s faithfulness? (Daniel was faithful to God, and God rescued him.) 
  8. What did God do to protect Daniel?  (God sent an angel to close the lion’s mouth, Dan. 6:22) 
  9. What did the king do after he learned that God protected Daniel? (The king ordered that people should worship the one true God, Dan. 6:25-27) 
  10. How can we obey God? We trust God to give us the strength to obey Him. 

   

(For ALL Ages) Letters to missionaries
Supplies: paper, pencils, markers or crayons 

Instructions: As a family identify a missionary family that you want to write a letter to during this time. Write a letter as a family on a piece of paper.  Thank the missionary family for their work. Encourage them to remain obedient to God alone and remind them of God’s goodness. The children may draw pictures, make cards or write short notes of their own to include with the letter. Also, the family can include something that they learned from the story of Daniel.

After you are finished, ask:   

  1. Did you enjoy it?
  2. What things can you share with other people? 

Lesson Connection: The Bible is full of stories that tell about people making hard decisions to trust and obey God. These kinds of choices still have to be made today. Missionaries choose to follow God to new cities, and they must trust Him to give them strength and courage to share the good news of Jesus. In our Bible Story today, Daniel was faithful to God, and God rescued him. We can be faithful to God and obey Him even when it is not easy. For example, when others dislike us for our faith in Jesus. How can we obey God? We trust God to give us the strength to obey Him. 

 

3. FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: 

  1. What did you learn about Daniel in our lesson today? 
  2. What was the miracle? 
  3. How does God protect your family? 
  4. What are some ways that God is faithful to your family? 

  

4. FAMILY ACTIVITIES: 

a. Animal Noise Talent Show 

Have your family show off their best animal noises. Kids should take turns, allowing the rest of the family to guess what animal sound they are making. Finish by leading all family members to roar like hungry lions.  

Lesson Connection: Imagine being a hungry lion. Imagine that some guards tossed you a tasty meal into your den. Now imagine that no matter how hungry you were and no matter how hard you tried you just couldn’t eat your meal! This is what happened in today’s Bible story. Daniel was thrown into a den of lions, but God kept him safe.

 

b. Parachute Fun

Supplies: Blanket or sheet, small balls or rolled socks 

Instructions:
Place soft balls or rolled socks on a parachute or large sheet. Explains that the balls or socks represent lions. Invite the family to hold on to the parachute and move it up and down to “stir up” the lions.  You may lead the children to hold the parachute high in the air as you call someone to “come out of the lions’ den” by running under the parachute and out the other side.  

Lesson Connection: Daniel knew obeying God was more important than obeying the king, even if it meant going into the lion’s den. Our God is powerful! God rescued Daniel, and God sent His Son, Jesus, to save us from something more dangerous than lions. Jesus rescues us from sin and death.

  

c. Daniel Grab   

Supplies: Index cards or paper, scissors, marker

Instructions: Before the game starts, cut 24 index cards in half to form 48 cards. Write “lion” on 40 of the cards and Daniel on 8 cards. Mix the cards and distribute them facedown, even amount per player. On the count of the three, each player will turn over his top card and place it on the table. If a player sees a card that says Daniel, he should slap his hand over it. The player to collect the most Daniel cards wins.

Lesson Connection: Today, we are going to hear a story from the Bible about Daniel being rescued from lions. Daniel was thrown into a den of lions, but God kept him safe. 

 

d. Lion Pasta Picture 

Supplies: White paper, crayons or markersdry pasta, glue  

Instructions: 

  1. Draw a circle on the paper, draw in a lion face inside of the circle 
  2. Glue pasta around the lion’s face to create a mane 
  3. Color the lion’s face 

Lesson Connection: Daniel was faithful to God, and God rescued him. God showed His power to rescue Daniel from the lions, but Daniel was just a small part of a much bigger story. God ultimately rescued us from a much bigger problem – sin and death – through His Son, Jesus.  

JUNE 13 & 14 // SHADRACH, MESHACH, AND ABEDNEGO

This weekend you have another opportunity to worship as a family!  We hope you have been enjoying your experience of doing Compass Kids@Home!

This weekend, your family will learn about three great characters in the Bible: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. This story can be found in the Old Testament in the book of Daniel. In this story, God reminds us that we rely on His strength even when we are at our weakest.

LESSON BIG IDEA: How can we obey God? We trust God to give us strength to obey Him.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego Family Ideas:

1. WATCH VIDEO:
Watch Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, 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
(Guide kids to find Daniel 3 in their Bibles.)

  • What did the king make? (a tall, gold statue)
  • Who did not worship the statue? (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego)
  • How many men did the king see when he looked in the fire? (four)
  • What does the Bible say about God and His promises to us? (He is with us, Matt. 28:20; He will never leave us, Heb. 13:5)
  • What command did the king give to everyone? (At the sound of the music, people were supposed to fall down and worship the golden statue; Dan. 3:4-5)
  • What was the penalty for people who did not follow the king’s rule? (They would be thrown into the fiery furnace; Dan. 3:6,11,15)
  • How many people did the king throw into the furnace? (three: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; Dan. 3:20,24)
  • How many people did the king see in the furnace? (four, Dan. 3:24-25)
  • Who was able to save Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace? (the one true God, the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; Dan. 3:17,28)
  • How can we obey God? (We trust God to give us strength to obey Him.)

 

For Younger Kids 

Make Statues or Picture

Guide the children to make statues out of play dough, or draw a picture. You can even have them make something that represents meaning to them out of blocks or Legos.

Explain that statues are usually made to look like a person or animal. Often they are the size of the person or animal in real life or even larger.

Ask kids to tell you about their statues.

 

Lesson Connection:
Statues can be good just to look at or to remind us of someone or something important.

In our Bible story today, King Nebuchadnezzar made a tall statue out of gold. The king’s gold statue was used for something that was not good. In fact, this statue was used for something that was sin.

Pray together as a family! Pray that God will always be the most important to you and your family.

 

3. FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  • Would you obey God if it meant losing your friends? What if meant you might lose your life?
  • It is very likely that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego felt afraid when they were thrown into the furnace. Why does this teach you about faith and courage?
  • How can the Bible be a comfort to us when we feel alone or afraid?

 

4. FAMILY ACTIVITIES:

a. Lava hop!

Scatter pieces of paper, newspaper, magazines, or anything that can be made as a target around the room. Place them on to the floor in positions that will require kids to think of strategic ways to hop from one piece to another.

Challenge kids to hop from one side of the room to the other without touching the floor. Explain that the floor is hot—like lava! If someone steps on the floor, he must move to the back of the line to try again.

If you want a challenge, prepare two paths and form two teams. Challenge teams to compete to see who can move across the room faster.

Lesson Connection: In this game, you were able to make a plan for how you could cross the lava and not get burned. In the Bible story, however, surviving the fire was impossible—apart from a miracle!

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego trusted God to do what was best; God was their only hope. God was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fire. Today, our only hope for rescue from sin comes from God. Only God the Father has the power to rescue and save us through His Son, Jesus.

 

b. Hot and Cold

  • Select one person to be the finder and another person to be the hider.
  • Instruct the finder to close his eyes while the hider hides a Bible somewhere in the room.
  • When the Bible is hidden, invite the finder to open his eyes and search for the Bible.

Have everyone say “cold” when the finder is far from the hidden Bible and “hot” when he is near the hidden Bible.

When the finder locates the Bible, choose another finder and hider and play again as time allows.

Lesson Connection: We said “hot” when you were near the Bible, but you were not really hot. We were just playing a game.

In today’s Bible story, Daniel’s friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had to go somewhere that really was very hot. They were not playing a game. They were in danger.

 

c. Furnace Fort

Build a blanket fort by draping thick blankets over a table. Use a hairdryer to blow hot air into the fort,

trapping the heat inside. Allow family members to take turns crawling through the fort one at a time.

When they exit, ask them how they felt inside the warm fort.

 

Lesson Connection: Today we learned about a group of young men who refused to worship a statue. They knew that only God deserves our worship, but the king was furious with them and threw them into a furnace

JUNE 6 & 7 // DANIEL AND FRIENDS KIDS OBEYED GOD

Welcome to the Compass Kids page! We hope you enjoy your first week of our new unit on Daniel!   

New Here? A few things to keep in mind:   

  • 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 called Daniel and His Friends Obeyed God! In today’s lesson, you will see that Daniel chose to obey God no matter what, and God blessed Daniel and His Friends! 

LESSON BIG IDEA: Daniel obeyed God by not eating the king’s food!

Daniel and His Friends Obeyed God Lesson and Family Ideas:

1. WATCH VIDEO:
Watch Daniel and His Friends Obeyed God, 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 ALL Ages!Act it out! Use the following scenes to act out today’s Bible story.  

  • Daniel and his friends were captured by the king of Babylon. (Daniel 1:1)  
  • Nebuchadnezzar selected young men to be trained. (Daniel 1:3-5)  
  • Daniel and his friends asked for permission to avoid the king’s food. (Daniel 1:8)  
  • Daniel and his friends ate only vegetables. (Daniel 1:12-14)  
  • Daniel and his friends were healthier than the men who ate the kings food. (Daniel 1:15-19) SAY

Questions:    

  • Which king conquered Judah? (Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel 1:1)  
  • What kind of people did the king take to Babylon to serve him in his palace? (boys who were healthy, handsome, and good learners; Daniel 1:4)  
  • What food was offered to Daniel and his friends?  (food and drink from the king’s table, Daniel 1:5) 4.  
  • What special diet did Daniel and his three friends ask to eat? (water and vegetables, Daniel 1:12) 
  • How long did the guard test Daniel and his friends? (10 days, Daniel 1:14)  
  • How did God bless Daniel and his friends for their obedience? (They were healthier, stronger, and smarter than the others; Daniel 1:20)  
  • How can we obey God? We trust God to give us strength to obey Him. 


3. FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS.
 

  • In this time in history, the king had strict rules about what the people could eat. Would you like to eat the same food every day? What kind? 
  • Do you think it was scary for Daniel and his friends to not follow the Kings directions? Why? 
  • What do you think you would do if you were in Daniel’s position?  
  • How can we know when we should follow God over others? 
  • What can you do to obey God this week?

 

4. FAMILY ACTIVITIES

a. Mystery Food-Can You Guess It?
Supplies needed: plastic/paper bags or bowls, fruit or vegetables  

    • Place a variety of different vegetables and fruits into opaque plastic bags or bowls, one kind of food per bag.  
    • Invite a child to reach into the bag and feel the mystery food. They will then describe what they feel, and the other kids will guess what the food is. 
    • If they are correct, select a new volunteer, allowing them to reach into a new bag and describe the next food. If they are incorrect, allow the kid feeling the food to guess what it is. 
    • If the guess is incorrect, open the bag and show everyone the food.  
    • For more of a challenge, consider prepping the foods in different ways before placing them into the bags. You can try slicing, peeling, or chopping different foods to make them harder to guess. 

Lesson Connection:
In today’s lesson we learned about a group of young men who chose to eat nothing but vegetables for a long time. Do you think you could do that? What if you knew it would honor God?
   

b. Veggie Hunt!
Supplies needed: vegetables (plastic or real) 

    • Hide vegetables (real or plastic) in small batches around the room; hide at least one vegetable per kid.  
    • Allow everyone to move around the room together, searching for the vegetables.  
    • Give instructions such as “look higher,” “look lower,” “move to the left,” “turn around,” and so on. When kids find the vegetables, they may each claim one and bring it to you.  
    • Allow kids to hunt until each kid has claimed a vegetable.  

Lesson ConnectionIn today’s Bible story, four friends chose to obey God by eating only vegetables. Do you think you could do that? We know that all of God’s instructions are for our good, but that doesn’t always make them easy to obey! God gives us strength to obey Him.   

  

c. Let’s Paint!
Supplies needed: water, paint brushes (you can substitute chalk for this activity if you like!) 

    • Take paintbrushes and buckets of water outside and allow kids to paint on the sidewalk. They can paint pictures of vegetables, Daniel and his friends, or scenes from our activity above! 
    • When kids finish, encourage them to share with a friend about the scene they painted. 

Lesson Connection: In today’s Bible story, Daniel and his friends chose to do things differently than the people around them. Daniel obeyed God by not eating the king’s food. Daniel and his friends trusted God to give them the strength to obey Him. 

MAY 30 & 31 // GOD SAVED HIS PEOPLE THROUGH ESTHER

Welcome to the Compass Kids page! We are so glad you are here. We pray that church at home is an opportunity to make memories as a family and connect to God in a new way.  

New Here? A few things to keep in mind:   

  • 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 called—God Saved His People Through Esther! God was in control over Haman’s evil plan to destroy the Jews. Like Haman, Satan wants to destroy believers. Satan thought he had won when Jesus died on the cross, but God raised Jesus from the dead and defeated Satan Once and for all.  

LESSON BIG IDEA: God used Esther at just the right time to save His people!

God Saved His People Through Esther Lesson and Family Ideas:

1. WATCH VIDEO:
Watch God Saved His People Through Esther 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 Esther 5-10. Read the passages aloud and then ask the following questions and find the answers in the Bible passage. 

Questions:    

  • What books come before and after the Book of Esther? (Nehemiah before, Job after) 
  • Whom did God use to save the Jews? (God used Esther at just the right time to save His people.) 
  • How many days did Esther ask Mordecai and the rest of her people to fast and pray? (three days, Esther. 4:15) 
  • When Esther approached the king, what did he do? (The king held out his scepter to her, Esther. 5:2) 
  • When Esther approached the king, what did she ask him to do? (She asked the king and Haman to come to attend a feast she had prepared, Esth. 5:4) 
  • What did Haman build? (gallows to hang Mordecai, Esther. 5:14) 
  • At the second feast Haman and the king attended, what did Esther tell the king? (that Haman was plotting to kill her people the Jews, Esther. 7:3-6) 
  • How did the king respond to Esther’s news? (He was angry and ordered for Haman to be hanged on the gallows he had built, Esther. 7:9-10) 
  • How did the king protect the Jews? (He made a law that kept the Jews safe from their enemies, Esther. 8:11) 
  • Does God keep His promises? Yes, God is always faithful even when we are not. 

  

(For ALL Ages) Play a hangman with some of these words (Esther, Nehemiah, Job, Haman, King, Feast, People, etc) Play as long as you like!   

Ask: Was it hard to guess the word and be patient?      

Say: Sometimes it is hard to not be in control, but God is in control of everything, and He often uses His people to help others in need. We can risk everything to help others because we have more to look forward to than this life. Even though we may experience physical death, God promises that we will live with Him forever.  

 

2. FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS.  

  • Do you think Esther was scared to be used by God? 
  • What are you willing to risk to help others?   
  • How far would you go to tell people about Jesus?     
  • Who and how can you help someone this week?   

 

3. FAMILY ACTIVITIES

a. King, may I?
Supplies needed: None! 

    • Guide players to stand shoulder to shoulder at one side of the room. Designate a player to be the king. The king will stand at the other side of the room, facing the rest of the kids.  
    • One player will ask the king for permission to take a certain number of steps.  (Examples: 5 baby steps, 2 giant steps, 7 jumping steps, and so forth.)  
    • The king should reply, “Yes, you may,” or “No, you may not.” Then another player may ask to take steps. Play until a player reaches the king.  

Lesson Connection: In our Bible story today, we saw Esther become queen. Esther learned that the Jews needed her help, and that meant she had to go to the king.  
 

 b. Stop and Go!  
Supplies needed: Pool Noodle, curtain rod, wooden spoon (any item like this will work!)  

    • Play this game like “Red Light, Green Light.” Instruct the kids/family to stand at one side of the room. You may choose to designate a start line and finish line on the floor using masking tape.  
    • Choose a player to be It 
    • It will stand on the other side of the room, holding a pool noodle “scepter.”  
    • When It extends the pool noodle toward the kids, players may move toward the finish line. 
    • When It pulls the pool noodle back to himself, everyone must immediately stop.  
    • If players are still moving when the scepter is pulled back, they must return to the start line. Start a new round when everyone crosses the finish line.     

Lesson Connection: When Esther entered the king’s presence, he held out his scepter, giving her permission to speak to him. She invited the king to a feast and asked him to save the Jews. God used Esther at just the right time to save His people.  

  

d. Crown Compliment Game (like Hot potato)
Supplies needed: A hat or a princess crown. 

    • Have family stand in a circle. Someone holds the crown (hat). Have them start passing the crown around the circle. Play music, and when you stop the music whoever is holding the crown puts it on his/her head. 
    • Everyone else has to tell the person wearing the crown something they like about them, or something that they are good at (give the “queen” compliments). 
    • Start the music again and continue passing the crown. Try to make sure that each player gets to be complimented at least once.  

Lesson Connection: God uses ordinary people to accomplish his plan in life. God can use you too! He has a plan for your life and a special job for each of us!

MAY 23 & 24 // ESTHER BECAME QUEEN

Hi friends! We miss you! We hope you enjoy another opportunity to do church as a family!

Here are a few things to remember:  

  • Each week 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 how Esther Became Queen! God uses people to help others, and in this story he chose Esther. God’s plan all along was to send the Messiah through Abraham’s family. Haman’s evil plan tried to stop God’s plan, but God was always in control. He was working out a plan to use Esther to rescue His people and make the way for His Son, Jesus, to come into the world.  

LESSON BIG IDEA: Esther Agreed to Help Her People! 

Esther Became Queen Lesson and Family Ideas:

1. WATCH VIDEO:
Watch Esther Became Queen 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 (Esther 1-4). Read the passages aloud and then ask the following questions and find the answers in the Bible passage. 

Questions:    

  • Is the Book of Esther in the Old Testament or the New Testament? (Old Testament)  
  • What book comes before Esther? (Nehemiah)  
  • What book comes after Esther? (Job)  
  • How many chapters are in the Book of Esther? (10)   
  • What was the name of Esther’s cousin? (Mordecai, Esther. 2:5)  
  • Why did the king of Persia need a new queen? (When the king’s wife did not listen to him, he decided to not let her be queen anymore; Esth. 1:15 
  • What was Haman’s evil plan? (To kill all the Jews, Esth. 3:5-6)   
  • What did the Jews do when they heard about Haman’s evil plan? (They cried, Esther. 4:1) 
  • What could happen to someone who approached the king without first being summoned? (That person could be killed, Esther. 4:11) 
  • What did Esther ask Mordecai and the Jews to do? (Pray and fast with her, Esther. 4:16)11.Does God keep His promises? Yes, God is always faithful even when we are not. 

  

(For ALL Ages) Esther Charades! Have a bowl with small papers with these names written on them (Esther, Persian King, Hamman, Mordecai, Queen, Bible, Evil Plan, Crying Jews, Temple in Jerusalem, God’s Love). Play regular charades.      

Ask: Who was your favorite character from the story and why?    

Say: All of these people played a role in God’s story. Some were bad guys and some were good guys. God decided to use Esther for his big plan to save all the Jews. God always has a plan and uses his faithful people to help other people!  

 

3. FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS.  

  • How did you see God’s plan work out in the Bible story? 
  • What can you do to help people?   
  • What do you like most about helping people?   
  • Why do you think God uses people to help other people? 

 

4. FAMILY ACTIVITIES  

Supplies needed: Some makeup!    

a. Blind Beauty!
This is a game where your hands are not your own. Pair the players and get one to put their hands behind their backs while the other player slips their arms through the loop created under the armpits. Choose a few items of make-up and tell them to make themselves look beautiful for the king!  

Lesson Connection: Esther was beautiful from the outside, but God used her because of her beauty inside. Esther, who was in a position of power, had to decide how she would use her power when her people needed help. Because of her love for her people she was brave and was not afraid to lose her own life to help her people. 

   

b. I Trust You!  

Supplies needed: Blindfold! 

    • Choose one family member to be “Esther”, who is blindfolded.  
    • Then have another family member to be “Mordecai”, telling where to go.  
    • Start a game at one end of the house and make your way to the other side of the house.  

Lesson Connection: Mordeci encouraged his cousin Esther to do something she thought would be impossible to do. But Esther trusted that God would help her, just like you had to trust your partner to guide you 

 

c. Choose the Queen!  

Supplies needed: Clean table, plastic cups, favorite treat!  

    • Sit at the clean table.  
    • Have plastic cups turned upside-down.  
    • One of the cups has something sweet hidden under them. Example:(cookie, candy, marshmallow, etc.) Take turns and play as many times as needed.  
    • The goal of the game is to choose the cup with the sweet treat underneath! 

Lesson Connection: Some decisions are harder to make than others. Choosing the right cup with the snack in it can be simple, but picking a new leader can be tough! The King had to choose the right Queen, and God helped him to make the right decision. God always helps us with hard decisions.   

MAY 16 & 17 // RUTH AND BOAZ

Here is your Compass Kids@Home lesson for this weekend. We encourage you to choose a time that works best for your family to dig into God’s word and have fun worshipping together. Enjoy! 

Here are a few things to remember: 

  • Be patient with each other. 
  • Don’t expect perfection. Just give it a good try, no matter how it turns out. 
  • Complete the parts of this lesson plan that fit best for your family and what you have available at home. These are just ideas to get you started! You may even choose to expand the lesson and pick out more activities to complete with your family. 
  • Have fun and laugh together! This time doesn’t have to be serious! 

The lesson provided for you this weekend is Ruth and Boaz. In this story, you will see that our God is a God of redeeming love. Naomi and her daughter-in-law, Ruth, were alone and recovering from the loss of both of their husbands death. It was a sad and uncertain time, but God provided a redeemer, and Ruth married a good and Godly man named Boaz. The family lived well, all together, and served God. God sent His son, Jesus, to redeem us all! 

 

LESSON BIG IDEA: God provided a redeemer for Ruth.

Ruth and Boaz Lesson and Family Ideas:

1. WATCH VIDEO:
Watch Ruth and Boaz 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) Read and watch the Bible story together, found in Ruth 1 – 4and answer the following questions. 

Questions 

  1. What did Ruth tell Naomi when Naomi told her to go back to her own family? (wherever you go I will go, … your God will be my God; Ruth 1:16-17) 
  2. What town did Naomi and Ruth return to? (Bethlehem; Ruth 1:19) 
  3. Whose field did God lead Ruth to? (Boaz’s field; Ruth 2:3) 
  4. How did God use Boaz? (God provided a redeemer for Ruth through Boaz; Ruth 4:9-10) 
  5. Who was Boaz and Ruth’s great-grandson? (David; Ruth 4:22) 
  6. Who did God send to redeem us allGod sent His son, Jesus, to redeem us all! 

 

(For ALL Ages) Make a mess and clean it up.
Supplies: Toys, cooking supplies, etc. 

 Instructions:  

  • Inform your family that you are going to play with toys, cook something up in the kitchen, or complete some other activity together that will create a mess. 
  • After the mess has been made, instruct your family to help you clean it all up. 
  • Each family member must clean according to their age development. 
  • After the mess has been cleaned, talk to your family for a moment about how cleaning up the mess is like what God did in Ruth and Naomi’s life. Ruth and Naomi’s life was sad, uncertain, and messy. When Ruth and Naomi decided to follow God, God redeemed all the sadness there had been in their lives. God cleaned up the mess. 

Lesson Connection: It feels good when messes are cleaned up. Ruth and Naomi probably felt good when God took care of them and cleaned up the mess life gave them. God redeemed Ruth’s story and He sent His son, Jesus, to redeem us all! 

 

3. FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 

  1. How would you feel if you had to move and leave your home, your friends, and your school? Why? 
  2. What part of this story seems confusing or interesting to you? Why? 
  3. What does it mean to have your life redeemed by Jesus? 

 

4. FAMILY ACTIVITIES:

A. PARTNER OBSTACLE COURSE 

 Supplies: Items in a large room 

Instructions:  

    • Create an obstacle course using items in your room. Vary difficulty depending on the age of the children playing. 
    • Each player needs to choose a partner. 
    • One player must close their eyes and say, “Wherever you go, I’ll go.” 
    • Then, the player with their eyes open must gently guide the other around the obstacle course until they both reach the end. 
    • Take turns and play again. 

Lesson Connection:  It was hard being the partner with your eyes closed, following directions, and not seeing where you were going. In our story, Ruth said to Naomi, “Wherever you go, I will go” and Ruth didn’t know exactly where life was going when she and Naomi moved, but Ruth trusted God. God redeemed Ruth’s story and did great things through her. God sent His son, Jesus, to redeem us all! 

 

B. GLEANING GAME 

Supplies: Many toss-able items, open space, a basket or container to collect the items in, a timer 

Instructions:  

    • Toss various items around your room.  
    • Instruct your players to each take a turn collecting the items as fast as they can. 
    • Use the timer to keep track of how fast each player collects the items. 
    • For each round you play, challenge the players to collect the items even faster. 

Lesson Connection:  Ruth collected wheat in Boaz’s field. Collecting wheat is called gleaning. God provided a way for Ruth to be close to Boaz and Ruth gleaned wheat in Boaz’s field. Ruth followed God’s plan and God redeemed Ruth’s story. God sent His son, Jesus, to redeem us all!

 

C. CRAFT A FAMILY TREE 

Supplies: Paper, writing utensils and various other crafting materials you may have at home 

Instructions:  

    • Draw, color, or craft a tree that can be written on. 
    • Create branches on the tree for each family member and write their names on the branches. 
    • Label the tree with your family name, for example, “The Lewis Family Tree” 

Lesson Connection:  God gave Ruth a family. Ruth’s family tree grew and grew until one of Ruth’s descendants turned out to be the Son of God, Jesus. God redeemed Ruth’s story and God sent His Son, Jesus, to redeem us all! 

MAY 9 & 10 // JESUS FORGIVES AND RESTORES

Here is your weekend Compass Kids @ Home lesson for this weekend. We encourage you to choose a time that works best for your family to dig into God’s word and have fun worshipping together. Enjoy! 

Here are a few things to remember: 

  • 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! You can do some, or all, or even expand. 
  • Have fun! Laugh together! This time doesn’t have to be serious! 

The lesson provided for you this weekend is Jesus Forgives and Restores. When Jesus first called the disciples to follow Him, Jesus had promised to make them fishers of men. Instead of catching fish, they would tell people about Jesus.  

LESSON BIG IDEA:
Jesus forgave Peter and gave him a mission.

Jesus Forgives and Restores Lesson and Family Ideas:

1. WATCH VIDEO:
Watch Jesus Forgives and Restores 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) Our Bible story today is found in the gospel of John 21:1-19. 

 Questions 

  1. What were the disciples finishing up when Jesus met them at the shore? (a night of fishing, John 21:3-4) 
  2. What had the disciples caught? (nothing, John 21:5) 
  3. What did Jesus tell them to do? (put their net in the water on the right side of the boat, John 21:6) 
  4. What did Jesus ask Peter? (“Do you love Me?” John 21:15) 
  5. What did Jesus tell Peter to do each time Peter said he loved Jesus? (take care of Jesus’ flock, John 21:15-17) 
  6. What is our mission as believers? Our mission as believers is to make disciples of all nations by the power of the Spirit.


(For ALL 
Ages)  EAT WITH FRIENDS
Supplies: none (do this activity during meal or snack time) 

Instructions:  

  • Choose one of your weekend meal times for this activity.  
  • As you eat, talk about how sharing meals with others is a great opportunity to talk about how good Jesus is. You can share Jesus with friends over a shared meal!  
  • During the meal each share one way you have seen God’s goodness in the past week. 
  • Also, make a list of names of people you want to “share” both a meal and Jesus with as soon as you are able to do so. 

Lesson Connection:  Jesus ate fish with His friends. Jesus gave Peter a job to do on earth. Like Peter, we can tell others about Jesus at any time! 

 

3. FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 

  1. How would you have felt if Jesus appeared to you like he did the disciples? 
  2. What would you talk about if you could have breakfast with Jesus? 
  3. What does it mean for you to “catch men”? (Tell them about Jesus!) 

 

4. FAMILY ACTIVITIES:

A. GO FISH! 

 Supplies: GFish cards or playing cards

  • Give each player five cards. Stack the rest of the deck face down on the table. 
  • Players will take turns asking another player for a specific card. For example, “Do you have any 3s? 
  • If the player has the card(s), she must give them to the other player. If not, she should say, “Go Fish,” and the player will draw a card from the deck. The next player now takes a turn. 
  • If a player collects a pair of cards on her turn, she should lay them faceup and replace them with cards from the deck. Then she may take another turn 
  • Play continues until all hands are empty. The player with the most pairs wins.  

Lesson Connection: Some of Jesus’ disciples were fishermen before Jesus called them to follow Him. Today’s Bible story is about Jesus’ plan for them to fish for people! 

 

B. FREEZE AND FORGIVE 

  •  Choose one child to be the freezer and one child to be the forgiven.  
  • When play begins, the freezer will go around the room try to tag and freeze everyone. 
  • The forgiver can unfreeze other people by tapping them and saying today’s main paint “Jesus forgave Peter and gave him a mission.” The forgiver can never be frozen.  
  • Play several rounds allowing different children to play different roles. 

Lesson Connection:  How did it feel to be forgiven and unfrozen in the game? How do you think it felt for Peter to be forgiven after he had denied Jesus three times? When Jesus appeared to some of His disciples for the third time, Jesus forgave Peter and gave him a mission. We are forgiven when we trust in Jesus too. We even have a mission! Our mission as believers is to make disciples of all nations by the power of the Spirit. 

 

C. FISHING FOR PEOPLE
Supplies: bed sheet, toy people (or two items that can be tossed around on a bed sheet), several small toys

  • Instruct kids to hold the edges of a bed sheet and lift it to their waists. Encourage them to imagine they are holding a fishing net.  
  • The people figurines will represent people and the small toys will represent fish. 
  • Toss the people figures and small toys onto the sheet. Challenge kids to wave the sheet to knock off the toys (pretending they are fish) but keep the people. Play several rounds. 

Lesson Connection:When Jesus first called the disciples to follow Him, Jesus had promised to make them fishers of men. Instead of catching fish, they would tell people about Jesus. Jesus forgave Peter and gave him a mission. Like Peter, we can show our love for Jesus by obeying Him and telling others about Him.

MAY 2 & 3 // JESUS’ SERMON ON THE MOUNT

This weekend you have another opportunity to worship as a family!  We hope you have been enjoying your experience of doing Compass Kids@Home!

This weekend, as your family learns about Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, please note that this moral teaching was not a list of requirements for being accepted by God. Rather, Jesus described what a person’s life looks like when he or she follows Jesus and lives to honor Him. God’s standards remind us that we rely on His grace through the gift of salvation in His Son.

The lesson provided for you this weekend is Jesus Provided Bread from Heaven. It is a great opportunity to discuss the miracle Jesus performs that day with your family. Jesus feeds 5,000 men plus women and children from a little boy’s lunch. Jesus doesn’t intend to only meet our physical needs. He came to satisfy our spiritual needs as well!  Jesus said, “I am the bread of Life.” We can celebrate with this lesson that no one who comes to Jesus will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Him will ever be thirsty again!

LESSON BIG IDEA:
Jesus taught people that the kingdom of God had come and that salvation is available to all.

Sermon on the Mount Lesson and Family Ideas:

1. WATCH VIDEO:
Watch The Sermon on the Mount 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) Guide kids to find Matthew 5 in their Bibles. Ask them which division of the Bible the Book of Matthew is in. (Gospels)

Questions  

  1. What did Jesus teach in His Sermon on the Mount? Jesus taught how believers should live.
  2. Where did Jesus teach His sermon? (on the mountain, Matt. 5:1)
  3. Who did Jesus say is the light of the world? (believers, Matt. 5:14)
  4. How did Jesus say believers should treat their enemies? (love them and pray for them, Matt. 5:44)
  5. Who did Jesus say will forgive you if you forgive others? (God, Matt. 6:14)
  6. Where did Jesus say people should collect treasures? (in heaven, Matt. 6:20)
  7. Who provides everything we need? (God; Matt. 6:30,33)
  8. Why were the crowds amazed at Jesus’ teaching? (Jesus taught like one who had authority, Matt. 7:28-29)


2. FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 

  1. What kind of people are blessed? (poor in spirit,gentle, merciful, and so forth; Matt. 5:3-11)
  2. What is just as important as doing the right thing?(doing the right thing out of love for God;Matt. 6:1; 7:15-23)
  3. What did Jesus teach in His Sermon on theMount? Jesus taught how believers should live.
  4. How can/has Jesus changed your heart?


3. FAMILY ACTIVITIES: 

A. UP, DOWN, STOP, GO 

  1. Direct kids to spread out around the room. Make sure each kid has ample space to move in place.
  2. Invite kids to play an opposites game. Explain that you will give a command:
    up, down, stop, or go. For each command, kids must do the opposite.
  3. If you say “up,” kids should kneel down. If you say “down,” kids should raise their hands above their heads. If you say “stop,” kids should run in place. If you say “go,” kids should stand still.
  4. Play a practice round for kids to try out the commands. If a kid does not do the opposite of the command you give, he should sit down.
  5. Play until only a few players remain. Then invite everyone to join in for another round. You may choose to invite a volunteer to give the commands, or you may challenge kids by giving the commands more quickly.

LESSON CONNECTION: Some of the things Jesus taught in His Sermon on the Mount are the opposite of what we usually want to do. Jesus did not say to hate your enemies; He said to love them. Jesus did not say to hold a grudge against people who wrong you; He said to forgive them. Jesus did not say to fill your bank account with money; He said not to collect treasures on earth.

Jesus taught how believers should live. Believers should live differently than those who do not know and love Jesus.  

 

B. NOT WHAT IT SEEMS
Supplies: bag or box, and three different objects
Instructions:
Place three various objects in separate product boxes. For example, put a stapler in a box for a toaster, a small foam ball in a box for blocks, and a plastic cup in a box for a hairdryer. (Cereal, fruit snacks, granola bar boxes would work great in this kind of game! Just keep it simple.)

Display the boxes where kids can see them. Call the kids to guess what is inside each box. After several guesses, choose one child to open each box and reveal the object inside. Did any of the kids guess correctly?

LESSON CONNECTION: From the outside, it looked like certain things were in these boxes, but when you opened them, you saw that other things were inside. That’s what the religious leaders were like. They looked good by what they did on the outside, but Jesus knew their hearts were not right on the inside.

In today’s Bible story, Jesus taught how believers should live. Jesus’ teaching surprised the religious leaders because they thought they could be good enough to enter God’s kingdom.

 

C. SHINE ON
Supplies: small flashlight or glow stick, or battery-operated tea light, or phone light
Instructions:  

  1. Invite the kids to sit in a circle. Give a child a small flashlight, glow stick, or battery-operated tea light.
  2. Make sure the light is on or the glow stick is glowing. Turn off or dim the room lights.
  3. Turn away from the kids, and instruct them to pass the light clockwise around the circle.
  4. When you give the command “shine,” the kid with the light must try to hide it. Turn around and try to guess who has the light.
  5. Have a new player to take your place and play another round.

Lesson Connection: In today’s Bible story, Jesus sat on a mountain to teach. A crowd of all sorts of people came to listen to what Jesus had to say. The people, some for the first time were finding their own light, to who God is and what he wants us to do.

APRIL 25 & 26 // JESUS PROVIDED BREAD FROM HEAVEN

This weekend we have another lesson for your family to enjoy together! We encourage you to choose a time that works best for your family to worship together. Enjoy! 

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 Jesus Provided Bread from Heaven. It is a great opportunity to discuss the miracle Jesus performs that day with your family. Jesus feeds 5,000 men plus women and children from a little boy’s lunch. Jesus doesn’t intend to only meet our physical needs. He came to satisfy our spiritual needs as well!  Jesus said, “I am the bread of Life.” We can celebrate with this lesson that no one who comes to Jesus will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Him will ever be thirsty again!

LESSON BIG IDEA: Jesus fed 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish!

Jesus Provided Bread from Heaven Lesson and Family Ideas:

1. WATCH VIDEO:
Watch Jesus Provided Bread from Heaven 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) Our Bible story today is found in all four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. To answer the questions this week you will need to reference these passages:  Matthew 14:1321; Mark 6:3044; John 6:114; Luke 9:10-17 

Questions  

  1. Why was Jesus in a boat going across the sea? (He and His friends needed to restJohn 6:1) 
  2. Who waited for Jesus on the other side? (a crowd, John 6:5) 
  3. How did Jesus feel about the people? (He cared about them, taught them, and healed them, Matt. 14:14) 
  4. How much food did Jesus have to give the people? (five loaves of bread and two fish, Matt. 14:17) 
  5. What did Jesus do after He prayed? (Jesus fed 5,000 people, Mark 6:41) 
  6. How did the disciples want to feed the crowd? (to buy breadMark 6:37) 
  7. Why did Jesus’ friends tell Jesus to tell the people to leave? (sothey could go get something to eat, Matt 14:15)  
  8. Why did Jesus’ friends think they could not feed the people? (There were too many people, John 6:7) 
  9. What did Jesus do with the boy’s five loaves of bread and two fish? (blessed it and  broke it into pieces, Mark 6:41)  
  10. How many baskets full of leftover food did Jesus’ friends collect? (12John 6:11-13) 

(For ALL Ages) Bread Toss Challenge
Supplies: objects to toss
Instructions: Ask each person to pick a partner. Give each team an object.    Partners will start facing each other about one step apart. The person with the object will toss itto their partner. If he catches it, both will take one step back and toss again. Each time thpartner successfully catches the object, the person will take one step apart. If they drop the object, they must sit down. The team that is farthest apart when they sit down wins! 

After you are finished ask:   

  • Did you enjoy it?
  • What things can you share with other people? 

Lesson Connection: In our game, each time you passed the object, the space grew between you and your partner. In our Bible story, we learned that each time the bread was passed, the amount of bread grew!   

  

3. FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 

  1. What do we learn about Jesus in this story? 
  2. What is a miracle? 
  3. How does Jesus provide for your family? 
  4. What are some ways that we can show Jesus appreciation today? 

 

4. FAMILY ACTIVITIES: 

A. FIVE LOAVES AND TWO FISHES SONG AND FINGERPLAY 

Sing the song and use your hands to tell the bible story.
(Tune: “Ten Little Indians”) 

One little boy shared his lunch. (hold up one finger)
One little boy shared his lunch. (hold up one finger)
One little boy shared his lunch. (hold up one finger)
And Jesus fed five thousand. (hold out both hands) 

Five little loaves and two little fishes, (hold up left hand and 2 fingers on right)
Five little loaves and two little fishes, (hold up left hand and 2 fingers on right)
Five little loaves and two little fishes, (hold up left hand and 2 fingers on right)
Jesus fed five thousand. (hold out both hands) 

Took the food, prayed, and broke it. (pretend to break bread, then fold hands)
Took the food, prayed, and broke it. (pretend to break bread, then fold hands)
Took the food, prayed, and broke it. (pretend to break bread, then fold hands)
Then passed it to the apostles. (pretend to pass to others)  

Twelve baskets full were left over. (cup your hands together)
Twelve baskets full were left over. (cup your hands together)
Twelve baskets full were left over. (cup your hands together)
After each had eaten. (turn hands over)  

LESSON CONNECTION: Jesus gives the people food so they would not be hungry. Our song reminds us that the little boy only had five loaves and two fish!  Jesus performs a miracle and feed5,000 people Jesus gives us forgiveness, friendship with God, and life forever with him.  

 

B. LEFTOVERS GAME
Supplies:bucketbasket or a large bowl, small balls or rolled socks
Instructions: 

  • Get all of your supplies ready. 
  • Choose someone to hold the basket 
  • Place several balls or socks in the basket, one less ball than the number of remaining players. 
  • Instruct the group to turn their backs to the person holding the basket. 
  • At a random time, the player will turn the basket upside down.
  • Each should each try to pick up a ball. The player who does not collect a ball holds the basket in the next round. 
  • Return the balls and play again.

Lesson Connection:  In today’s Bible story, Jesus’ disciples use baskets to collect leftovers after the meal. You had fun picking up the balls like the disciples! God provides for the crowd and has leftovers Each disciple has proof of the miracle in their hands!   

 

C. FAMILY PICNIC 
Supplies: blanketpaper plates, napkins, any snacks or food for a picnic
Instructions:  

  • Lay out a blanket on the floor or in your yard.  
  • Set out your items for your picnic. 
  • Have a family member retell the bible story or take turns. 
  • Pray and give thanks to Jesus for providing for your family. 

Lesson Connection: Your picnic will not feed 5,000 people, but it will feed your family! That was something only God could do! Jesus feeds the crowd because he loves them! Jesus gives us what we need because he loves us!  

 

D. SHOE FISH CRAFT:
Supplies: White paper, crayons or markers, any size shoe
Instructions:  

Place your shoe on the paper and trace around the outside of the shoe.  

  • Add fish features-eyes, scales, gills, mouth etc. 
  • Color your fish. 

LESSON CONNECTION: In your craft, you are able to see how small the fish could have been from our Bible Story. We can see how Jesus takes something as small as a fish and feeds everyone in the crowd. Jesus can use small things to make big changes in our lives! 

APRIL 18 & 19 // JESUS MET A SAMARITAN WOMEN

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 how Jesus Met a Samaritan Woman! Jews didn’t talk to Samaritans at that time, but Jesus loved everyone so he chose to be her friend and tell her about the gift (Holy Spirit). (See John 7:37-39.) It is a gift that He is eager to give us when we ask Him. Those who receive His grace will never be thirsty again. Let’s learn how the Holy Spirit changes people’s lives.

LESSON BIG IDEA: Jesus is the Messiah!

JESUS MET A SAMARITAN WOMAN FAMILY IDEAS:

1. WATCH VIDEO:
Watch Jesus Met a Samaritan Woman 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 4:1-42. Read the passages aloud and then ask the following questions and find the answers in the Bible passage.

Questions:

  • Where were Jesus and His disciples at the start of the story? (Judea, John 4:3)
  • Where were they going? (Galilee, John 4:3)
  • Whom did Jesus meet? (a Samaritan woman, John 4:7)
  • What did Jesus ask for? (a drink of water, John 4:7)
  • Why was it strange for Jesus to talk to a Samaritan? (Jews did not interact with Samaritans, John 4:9)
  • What did Jesus offer? (living water, John 4:10)
  • Why was the Samaritan woman confused? (She thought He was speaking of physical water, John 4:11)
  • Who did Jesus say He is? Jesus said He is the Messiah.
  • Whom did she gather to tell about Jesus? (the men/ people of the town, John 4:28-30)
  • What did the Samaritans realize about Jesus? (Jesus is the Savior of the world, John 4:42)

(For ALL Ages) Thirsty Challenge:

Supplies: salty snack, water

Find something salty in your house for example (Popcorn, potato chips, chex mix, nuts, salted crackers, pretzels, etc.) Let each person pick one snack to eat and have a cup of water in front of them. Have a competition of who will last longer without drinking water. Winner is the last person to drink their water.

After you are done ask:

  • Have you ever been this thirsty before, if yes when?
  • If you had something to drink and saw someone who was thirsty, would you share it? Why or why not?

Lesson Connection: In the story Jesus offered the woman something no one else could give her—living water. Jesus wasn’t talking about water that she could physically drink; Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit who would satisfy her spiritual thirst. Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to those who come to Him by faith.

 

3. FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Why do we call Jesus Messiah?
  2. Can you think of anything you have that other people need? Are you willing to share it?
  3. Who would you like to share Jesus with?
  4. When do you feel closest to Jesus?

 

4. FAMILY ACTIVITIES

A. Would you rather drink … ?

Supplies: none

Give the kids a series of scenarios and ask them what they would rather drink in each one. When you give them their options have them run to one side of the room or the other depending on their preference.

  • Sweet tea vs unsweetened tea
  • Lemonade vs water
  • Hot cocoa vs spiced apple cider
  • Fruit tea vs black tea
  • White milk vs chocolate milk
  • Warm water vs ice cold water
  • Soda vs juice
  • Apple juice vs orange juice

Lesson Connection: In the story Jesus offered the woman living water. He said that this water was a gift from God. Jesus wasn’t talking about actual water like the water that came from the well or that we drink everyday. He was talking about the Holy Spirit. (See John 7:37-39.)

 

B. Picture Words: Supplies: writing utensil, paper

Write the following words on separate pieces of paper: bucket, well, water, drink, woman, walk, Jesus.

Choose who will be the artist. Give the artist a card with a word to draw. Kids should try to guess what the artist is drawing. The artist may not speak or write any letters or words on the paper. When a kid guesses the drawing, prompt kids to describe how the drawing relates to the Bible story. Then choose a new artist. Play several rounds.

  • Well—Jesus stopped at a well in Samaria.
  • Woman—A Samaritan woman came to the well.
  • Drink—Jesus asked the woman for a drink.
  • Bucket—The woman pointed out that Jesus didn’t have a bucket to get water from the well.
  • Water—Jesus offered the woman living water.
  • Jesus—Jesus told the Samaritan woman He is the Messiah.

Lesson Connection: Even though Jesus was a Jew, He was kind to the Samaritan woman. Jesus offers salvation to anyone who will trust in Him as Lord and Savior.

 

C. Hot & Cold

Supplies: paper, writing utensil

Have 3 sticky notes or pieces of paper with the word Messiah on them and hide them all over the house. Lead kids to find them by saying hot-for getting close to the note , and cold-for being far from it.

Example: “That’s ice cold, that’s Alaska cold, that’s hot tea warm, that’s Arizona hot, that’s burning cake hot, etc. Play several rounds.

Lesson Connection: Messiah—the One who would rescue people from sin and bring them to God. Every person needs to find Jesus, sometimes we need extra help to know if we are “Hot”-close to Jesus, or “Cold”-far from Him. Jesus loves every person and you can help lead others to Him.

APRIL 11 & 12 // JESUS CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION

IT IS EASTER! Wahoo! Jesus is alive! We have so much to celebrate! 

And this weekend you have another opportunity to worship as a family!  We will be celebrating Easter together in our homes! It will look a bit different than past Easter celebrations, but it will still be a wonderfullyunique experience!  

And always remember, the church is not the building, it is the people. We are the church. We can worship God anytime and anywhere! So, spend some time and worship God with joy, thanksgiving, and hope this Easter weekend 

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 Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection!  

LESSON BIG IDEA: Jesus died on the cross to save people from sin, and He is alive!

JESUS’ CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION FAMILY IDEAS:

1. WATCH VIDEO:
Watch the Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection 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 Matthew 26:36-28:10Read the passages aloud and then ask the following questions and find the answers in the Bible passage.

Jesus’ Resurrection Review Questions:
You heard this story in our family service! Now, turn to Luke 24:13-35.

  1. Which of Jesus’ disciples helped the crowd arrest Jesus? (Judas, Matt. 26:47-49)
  2. Why did the crowd want to kill Jesus? (He claimed to be God’s Son, Matt. 26:63-66)
  3. What happened when Jesus died? (The curtain in the temple sanctuary split in two and there was an earthquake; Matt. 27:51)
  4. Who rolled away the stone in front of Jesus’ tomb? (an angel of the Lord, Matt. 28:2)
  5. Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from sin.

The Road to Emmaus Review Questions:
You heard this story in our family service! Now, turn to Luke 24:13-35.

  1. Two of Jesus’ disciples were talking to what town? (Emmaus, Luke 24:13) 
  2. What had the disciples hoped Jesus would do for Israel? (set Israel free, Luke 24:21) 
  3. When did the disciples recognize Jesus? (at dinner when He broke the bread, Luke 24:30-31) 
  4. Where did the disciples go after Jesus disappeared? (back to Jerusalem, Luke 24:33)

 

3. FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How do you think the disciples must have felt to finally realize the person they saw was Jesus? 
  2. Why do you think Jesus appeared to His disciples after His resurrection? 
  3. What can we do when we read something in the Bible that we don’t understand? 
  4. What does it mean for your life that Jesus rose again? 

 

4. FAMILY ACTIVITIES:

A. IT’S EMPTY

Supplies: Three cups, two rocks (paper wads, coins, anything small that will fit under cups will do!) 

    • As kids watch, place a rock or paper wad beneath two overturned cups.  
    • Show that nothing is under the third cup. Quickly move around the cups.  
    • Try to confuse the kids about the position of the empty cup.  
    • After several seconds, invite a volunteer to guess which cup is empty. Lift the cup to reveal what is (or isn’t) underneath. Then play again. 

Lesson Connection: You were looking for the empty cup. In today’s Bible story we heard today that people expected to find Jesus’ body in His tomb but when they got there, the tomb was empty! Jesus is alive-let’s party!

 

B. EASTER HUNT 

Supplies: Any collection of items you may have at home

Instructions:

    • Choose one member of your family to hide some things in the back yard. It could be anything-eggs, hot wheels, or stuffed animals-whatever you have plenty of.  
    • Once all items are hidden, have everyone else in your family race to find as many hidden items as they can. 

Lesson Connection: This year’s Easter celebration looks different than it has in the past. Church online, staying at home, no school-it feels weird! But, we have plenty of things to celebrate. Jesus is alive! We still have hope because Jesus is alive! Woo!

 

C. FORT PARTY!

Supplies:Blankets, pillows, chairs, anything!

Instructions: 

    • The Easter story involves a tomb, like a hole in rock, basically like a cave. The tombs of Bible times looked different that ones we might use today. 
    • Take some time as a family to make your own fort! You can go as simple or as big as you want. 

LESSON CONNECTION:It doesn’t matter how big you go when making a fort, this activity is all about celebrating with your family that Jesus died and rose again! Woo! 

 

D. RESURRECTION ROLLS: 

Ingredients:

    • 1 (8 ounce or 12 ounce) package refrigerated crescent rolls (the bigger size makes it a little easier to wrap around the marshmallow) 
    • 1/4 cup sugar 
    • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 
    • 8 large marshmallows 
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted 

Instructions:

    1. Separate rolls into eight triangles. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Dip each marshmallow into butter, roll in cinnamon-sugar and place on a triangle. Pinch dough around marshmallow, sealing all edges. Make sure to seal well or all the marshmallow will escape. 
    2. Dip tops of dough into remaining butter and cinnamon-sugar. Place with sugar side up in greased muffin cups. It helps to use jumbo muffin tins so nothing overflows. 
    3. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until rolls are golden brown. Allow to cool slightly then eat warm. 

Lesson Connection: When you were done baking, and you took your first bite,  what did you notice? The roll was empty, just like the tomb!  

How do these ingredients tie in to Jesus being alive? 

    • Large Marshmallows – body of Jesus
    • Melted Butter – oils of embalming 
    • Cinnamon and Sugar Mix- spices used to anoint Christ’s body. 
    • Crescent Roll – the wrapping of Jesus’ body or the tomb. 
    • Oven – the tomb 
    • Cavity in bun – the empty tomb or the empty cloths 

APRIL 4 & 5 // THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY

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 Triumphal Entry! It is Palm Sunday and it is a great opportunity to discuss the significance of this day with your family. It was not often that Jesus allowed people to acknowledge Him for who He really was—the Son of God. In fact, He often asked people not to tell. So this is a special moment where Jesus is worshipped for being the King that He truly is. And He is still our King today. So take time to worship Jesus as your King!

LESSON BIG IDEA: Jesus is our King!

THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY:

1. WATCH VIDEO:
Watch the The Triumphal Entry 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) Our Bible story today is found in all four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. To answer the questions this week you will need to reference all four passages:
Matthew 21:1-17; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19

 Questions:

  1. Why had many Israelites traveled to Jerusalem? (to celebrate Passover, John 12:12)
  2. How many disciples did Jesus send into a village ahead of them? (two, Matt. 21:1)
  3. What did the disciples find in the village? (a young donkey, Mark 11:2)
  4. What did people spread on the road in front of Jesus? (their robes and palm branches, Mark 11:8)
  5. What word did the people say that means “save now”? (hosanna, Mark 11:9-10)
  6. Who asked Jesus to quiet the disciples? (the religious leaders, Luke 19:39)
  7. Jesus said if the disciples were quiet, what would praise Him? (the rocks, Luke 19:40)
  8. Whom did Jesus heal in the temple complex? (people who were blind and lame, Matt. 21:14)
  9. Where did Jesus go to spend the night? (the town of Bethany, Matt. 21:17)
  10. Which prophet said Jesus would come, riding on a donkey? (Zechariah, Zech. 9:9)
  11. What will Jesus ride when He comes again one day? (a white horse, Rev. 19:11)

 

(For ALL Ages) Parade Brigade – Collect any household items that you have to create a celebration parade. Noisemakers, shakers, horns, pots and pans, streamers, balloons, whatever you have available! Encourage your family to march around your home as if you are in a parade. If you feel adventurous, you could even march up and down your street to create a fun topic of conversation in your neighborhood!  Make sure your shout and cheer and celebrate together!

After you are finished, discuss how it felt to be in a parade.

  • Did you enjoy it?
  • What was your favorite part?

In our Bible Story today, Jesus was in a parade. In fact, the parade was just for Him! People were worshipping Him as the King! But His parade did not look like ours.

  • Ask your children, how was it different? (Jesus rode on a donkey; they laid down palm branches and coats down)
  • How was it the same? (They celebrated; they shouted, cheered and sang)

Today we too are celebrating Christ as our King!

 

3. FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What do we learn about Jesus in this story?
  2. How is Jesus still our King today?
  3. What are some different ways we can worship God?
  4. What is one way you could be intentional in worship today?

 

4. FAMILY ACTIVITIES:

A. ROCKS CRY OUT

Supplies: Stones, markers

    • Gather some hand-sized stones from your yard or neighborhood. It may be helpful to rinse them with water and dry them before the activity.
    • Give each child a stone and markers. Invite the kids to draw faces on the stones.

Lesson Connection: In our Bible story today Jesus said that if people did not praise Him, the rocks would cry out in praise. Today we are creating some fun rocks to remind us that it is our job to praise Jesus. There should be no rocks worshipping in our homes!

 

B. TRIUMPHAL ENTRY RELAY RACE 

Supplies: large t-shirt, broom, hat

Instructions:

    • Get all of your supplies ready.
    • Line your family up in one line.
    • When you say go, the first person in line puts the shirt on, puts the hat on, rides the broom like a donkey all while saying “Hosanna” to a designated spot and then comes back to the group.
    • Once they have returned, they take off all the items and gives them to the next person in line who puts them on.
    • Once the second person has all the items on, they race down like riding on a donkey while saying “Hosanna” to the end spot and then return to the group.
    • Continue this process until everyone in the family has gone.
    • You can time your family and play the game several times and see how fast you can go.

Lesson Connection: In our Bible story, the people worshipped Jesus as King. A king usually has a crown, a beautiful robe, and a horse to ride. Jesus was not given all those things, but they did put their robes on the ground and He was given a donkey to ride on. This was definitely a way to honor Him. Today we honor Jesus for being our King!

 

C. HOSANNA HOP

Supplies: pieces of paper, paper plates, napkins, anything to jump to and from

Instructions: 

    • Place your pieces of paper (or paper substitute) across a room, spread an appropriate distance to jump to. These can move for different age family members as well!
    • Place your family in a line.
    • Have the first family member jump to the first paper. Once they land they have to say “Hosanna”.
    • They continue jumping until they have reached the other side saying “Hosanna” at each jump.
    • Once they have reached the other side, the next family member goes across in the same manner.
    • Continue until all family members have made it to the other side.

LESSON CONNECTION: The word “Hosanna” means “save now”.  The people shouted this as Jesus went through the parade of followers. They wanted him to save them from the Roman government, but we know that Jesus came to save us from our sin. Thank Jesus for coming to save us from our sin!

 

D. HANDPRINT PALM LEAVES: 

Supplies: White paper, green crayons or markers 

Instructions: Trace your children’s hands and then color them green to make them to look like palm branches.

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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