OCTOBER 22 & 25 // THE EARLY CHURCH 

Welcome to Compass Kids at Home! This weekend marks the beginning of a new series titled, Get in the Game. For the next five weeks, we will explore what it means to be a player on God’s team!

LESSON BIG IDEA: On God’s team, life is better!

ICE BREAKER QUESTION 

What is your favorite sport to play?

WATCH: 

Watch this week’s lesson on The Early Church!

BIBLE REVIEW

Open the Bible to Acts 2:41-47. Read the scripture and answer the following questions. 

  • How many people were baptized? (3,000) 
  • What did everyone commit to doing? (Follow the teaching of the apostles, pray, etc.) 
  • How did everyone feel? (They were in AWE) 
  • What did everyone do every day? (worshipped, ate meals at home, and praised God) 
  • Life is better on who’s team? GOD’S! 

FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
 
  • What does it mean to you to be on God’s team?  
  • How does being on God’s team make life better?  
  • Are there people in your life that don’t know how awesome it is to be on God’s team? How can you pray for them this week?

 

HAVE FUN WITH FAMILY ACTIVITIES: 

 

ACTIVITY 1: KEEP IT UP!
Supplies: beach ball 

  • HAVE kids stand in a circle and work together as a team to keep the beach ball from touching the ground. The goal is to see how long they can keep it in the air.  
  • Play multiple rounds and have kids count aloud to see how long they can keep it in the air. 

Lesson Connection: This game required us to work as a team. Don’t forget! Life is better when we are on God’s team. 

  

ACTIVITY 2: COACH SAYS…
Supplies: none   

  • PLAY “Coach Says,” (played like “Simon Says”) using sports warm-up activities.  
  • Jumping Jacks 
  • Squats 
  • Stretch to the left 
  • Stretch to the right 
  • Touch your toes 
  • Run in place 
  • Lunges 
  • Shout: On God’s team, life is better! 

Lesson Connection:  When we play sports, it is important to stretch and get ready for the game, this helps you and your team play your best! Doing Compass Kids@Home with your family also helps you be an amazing player on God’s team! 

 

ACTIVITY 3: LET’S BE TEAM PLAYERS!
Supplies: paper, crayons, writing utensil 

  • Give each kid a piece of paper, some crayons, and something to write with.  
  • Have them draw their favorite thing about sports! It could be a volleyball, football, fans at the game, or even the snack bar! 
  • When they are done drawing, have them write what it means to them to be a team player.  

Lesson Connection: Being on God’s team makes life better! How can you be a team player this week?

OCTOBER 17 & 18 // THE PROMISED LAND AND JERICO 

Welcome to Compass Kids at Home! We are so excited to jump into our third and final week of Joshua. Joshua was a bold and strong leader for God’s people. He was the leader of Israel after Moses and he was able to take the people into the Promised Land. There are a lot of important things we can learn from Joshua!

LESSON BIG IDEA: God sent Joseph to Egypt to establish a remnant.

ICE BREAKER QUESTION 

What is your dream day? If you could plan one whole day, what would you do?

WATCH: 

Watch this week’s lesson on The Promised Land and Jericho!

BIBLE REVIEW
  • Open the Bible to Genesis 42:1–46:34; 50:15-21. Read the scripture and answer the following questions. 
  • Which of Jacob’s sons did not go to Egypt to find food? (Benjamin, Gen. 42:4) 
  • What did Joseph accuse his brothers of being? (spies; Gen. 42:9,14) 
  • Why did Jacob decide to send his sons back to Egypt? (They ran out of food, Gen. 43:2) 
  • Did Joseph cry softly or loudly in front of his brothers? (loudly, Gen. 45:2) 
  • How did God speak to Jacob (Israel)? (in a vision, Gen. 46:2) 
  • What did God tell Jacob He would do? (God said, “I will make you into a great nation,” Gen. 46:3) 
  • What were Joseph’s brothers afraid Joseph would do? (seek revenge, repay them for the suffering they caused him; Gen. 50:15) 
  • What did Joseph say God planned for the evil acts of Joseph’s brothers? (God planned it for good to bring about the survival of many people, Gen. 50:20
     
FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: 
  • How do you think Joseph felt when his brothers appeared and needed food? 
  • God spoke to Joseph through a dream. What are some ways God can speak to you? (family, friends, nature, the Bible, etc.) 
  • At the end of our story, Joseph forgave his brothers for all that they had done. Do you think that was hard for him? Would it be hard for you? Who can help us forgive those who have wronged us? (Jesus)

 

HAVE FUN WITH FAMILY ACTIVITIES: 

ACTIVITY 1: WHO IS IT?
Supplies: blanket or sheet 

  1. Form two teams. Select two people to hold up a blanket between the teams so kids cannot see their opponents. 
  2. To play, one member of each team will stand close to the blanket, facing the opposing team. On the count of three, the two helpers will drop the blanket. The first player to call out the name of the other player standing on the other side of the blanket is the winner. 
  3. Players may choose to strike a pose to try to distract the other player. The team to identify the most opponents wins. 

Lesson Connection:  Was it difficult to recognize the person on the other side of the blanket? Today’s Bible story was about some men who didn’t recognize their own brother! 

 

ACTIVITY 2: HUNT & GATHER
Supplies: colorful candy (M&M’s, skittles, starburst, etc.), spoons, cups  

  1.  Place a large bowl of colorful candy at the front of the room. Position two plastic spoons next to the bowl. Form two or more teams. 
  2. Guide teams to stand single file across the room. Give each player a small paper cup. Explain the game. 
  3. You will call out a number and a color. (For example, “two red” or “four yellow.”) 
  4. The first player on each team will run to the bowl, scoop the assigned number and color of candies into his cup and return to his team. 
  5. The first player to return with the correct number and color of candies earns a point for his team. 
  6. Play seven rounds to signify seven years of plenty. If time allows, play additional rounds.  

Lesson Connection: Joseph suffered when his brothers sent him to Egypt. He was wrongfully imprisoned. But God had a plan for Joseph’s life.  The Bible says that many nations came to buy food from Joseph. [See Gen. 41:57.] God used Joseph’s suffering to save people from many nations from starvation. God also planned for His Son, Jesus, to suffer and die on the cross so that people from all nations would be saved from sin. 

 

ACTIVITY 3: IT’S A TEST
Supplies: ball, cups 

  1. Invite everyone to sit in a large circle.  
  2. Give each child a plastic cup. Choose one child to sit in the middle and be the guesser.  
  3. Start a table tennis ball in front of one kid in the circle.  
  4. The guesser will close his eyes and count to 10, and the kids will move the ball around the circle. 
  5. When the guesser finishes counting, he must say, “Hide the ball!” and everyone will turn their cup upside-down.  
  6. The guesser will then attempt to guess who has the ball. If he guesses correctly, the kid who was hiding the ball will be the next guesser. 

Lesson Connection:  Joseph tested his brothers to see if they had changed. Joseph hid his cup in the sack of Benjamin to see if his brothers would care for their youngest brother. Joseph forgave his brothers and told them that God sent Joseph to Egypt to establish a remnant. 

OCTOBER 10 & 11 // JOSEPH WAS SENT TO EGYPT

Welcome to Compass Kids at Home! We are so excited to take a look at a new Bible story character, Joseph! Joseph was the son of Jacob and Rachel, and he was his father’s favorite son. Because of this, Joseph faced many trials in his life. But, God did not forget Joseph. We hope you enjoy looking at Joseph’s story today!

LESSON BIG IDEA: God used Joseph’s suffering for good.

ICE BREAKER QUESTION 

If you were given an all-expenses-paid trip for you and 10 friends, where in the world would you choose to go?

WATCH: 

Watch this week’s lesson called, Joseph was Sent to Egypt.

BIBLE REVIEW
  • Open the Bible to Genesis 37:1-36; 39:1–41:57. Read the scripture and answer the following true and false questions. 
  • Jacob’s favorite son was Benjamin. (false, Joseph; Gen. 37:3) 
  • Joseph’s brothers loved Joseph. (false, they hated him; Gen. 37:4) 
  • Joseph had a dream about grain bowing down. (true, Gen. 37:6-7) 
  • Joseph’s dreams meant Joseph would rule over his family. (true, Gen. 37:8-10) 
  • Joseph’s brothers threw him into a deep pond. (false, an empty pit; Gen. 37:23-24) 
  • Joseph was sold to people traveling to Bethlehem. (false, Egypt; Gen. 37:28) 
  • Joseph was in prison with the king’s cupbearer and baker. (true, Gen. 40:2-3) 
  • Pharaoh had a dream about seven healthy crocodiles. (false, cows; Gen. 41:1-4) 
  • Pharaoh made Joseph second in command in all of Egypt. (true, Gen. 41:40) 
  • Joseph stored up gold in Egypt. (false, food; Gen. 41:48) 

 

FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: 
  • What do you think it would be like to have 12 siblings? 
  • Joseph’s brothers treated him very badly. How do you think God wants us to treat one another? 
  • God was with Joseph even when he was in jail and things were hard. Share a time that you have felt God with you!

 

HAVE FUN WITH FAMILY ACTIVITIES: 

ACTIVITY 1: WHO DID IT?
Supplies: none 

  • Guide kids to put the palms of their hands over their eyes, while bowing their heads.  
  • Choose one child to walk around the room and tap one person on the shoulder.  
  • Then, when you ask kids to raise their heads, each child will get the opportunity to guess who was tapped. Continue to play until multiple children have the chance to participate. 

Lesson Connection:  Some of you were falsely accused. Others thought you had been tapped when you had not. In our story today, Joseph was put in a bad situation. Not only did he end up living far from his home, he was accused of something he didn’t do. Joseph was put in jail. Even after Joseph was put in jail, God continued to bless Joseph. God used Joseph’s suffering for good. We’ll learn more about what happened today. 

 

ACTIVITY 2: CARE BAGS
Supplies: paper bags, art supplies, paper, variety of care supplies (toiletries, treats, see instructions for more details)  

  • Create care bags for someone who may feel alone or who may be suffering.  
  • Decorate the bag with fun pictures and an encouraging scripture. You can also write or draw pictures and notes to put on the inside of the bag. 
  • Fill the bags with various care items such as toiletries, hard candy, puzzle books, and so forth. If you are giving the bag to someone you know, you can customize it with things they like or need. If it is for a stranger, you can fill it with general things that someone might need. 

Lesson Connection: God cares about people who are suffering. We can pray for people who are suffering and serve them. Suffering is hard, but we can trust that God is in control. God used Joseph’s suffering for good, and He can use others’ suffering for good too. 

 

ACTIVITY 3:
Supplies: paper, writing utensils, tape  

  • Post four signs around the room: the pit, Potiphar’s house, jail, and Pharaoh’s palace 
  • Guide kids to move around the room. When you call out one of the places, kids will try to get there quickly. The last child to the area will sit out until a new round. The final child who is still in the game wins. 

Lesson Connection:   In today’s story, Joseph went a lot of places, but all of them were for a purpose. God was in control the whole time, and God is always with you too!

OCTOBER 3 & 4 // JOSHUA’S FINAL ENCOURAGEMENT

Welcome to Compass Kids at Home! We are so excited to jump into our final week of Joshua. Joshua was a bold and strong leader for God’s people. He was the leader of Israel after Moses and he was able to take the people into the Promised Land. There are a lot of important things we can learn from Joshua! 

LESSON BIG IDEA: Joshua encouraged the people to worship God alone.

ICE BREAKER QUESTION 

What is one memory you would like to make as a family? (Go to Disney Land, swim in the ocean, etc.)

WATCH: 

Watch this week’s lesson on Joshua’s Final Encouragement.

BIBLE REVIEW

OLDER KIDS: 

  • Open the Bible to Joshua 23:1–24:28. Read the scripture and answer the following questions by filling in the blank! 
  • Joshua spoke to the Israelites because he was getting _______. (old, Josh. 23:1) 
  • Joshua said, “Be careful to _______ everything that is in the book of the law of Moses.” (obey, Josh. 23:6) 
  • Joshua said, “If you disobey God, you will _______.” (die, Josh. 23:13) 
  • Joshua reminded the Israelites about how God rescued His people from slavery in _______. (Egypt, Josh. 24:5) 
  • Joshua said, “As for me and my family, we will _______ Yahweh.” (worship, Josh. 24:15) 
  • The people said, “We will worship _______!” (Yahweh, the Lord; Josh. 24:18,21,24) 
  • Joshua left a legacy of obedience. After Jesus’ death and resurrection, He left a legacy to make _______ of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the _______ and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything Jesus commanded. (disciples, Son; Matt. 28:19-20)
     

YOUNGER KIDS: 
Supplies: Bible  

  • Open Bibles to Joshua 1:9 and create motions to help you memorize this scripture this week!
  • Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” 

 

FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: 

  1. Joshua reminded God’s people of all He had done for them. Share how God has provided for you! 
  2. What does it mean to worship God, and God alone?  
  3. Joshua relied on God’s strength, not his own. How can you rely on God’s strength and not yours?  

 

HAVE FUN WITH FAMILY ACTIVITIES: 

ACTIVITY 1: NOTES OF ENCOURAGEMENT
Supplies: paper, art supplies, (stamps if you choose to mail any notes) 

  1. Allow kids to write and decorate notes of encouragement to friends, family members, neighbors, classmates, and so forth.  
  2. As kids work, remind them that Joshua encouraged the people to worship God alone. 

Lesson Connection:  Sometimes people might feel discouraged if they are having a tough day or if they forget about God and the wonderful things He has done. We can help and encourage each other by reminding each other of the truth about God. 

  

ACTIVITY 2: WHAT DO WE HAVE IN COMMON?
Supplies: none  

  1. Make a circle of chairs, facing inward, with one less chair than the number of kids in the group. 
  2. Select one person to stand in the middle and say something unique about himself, such as “I have been to the Grand Canyon” or “I can lick my elbow.”  
  3. If the statement is true for any other person, they must stand up and switch chairs. The person in the middle must also try to take an open seat. If only one person agrees with the first kid’s statement, then that kid must give up his seat to the kid in the middle. 
  4. Whoever does not have a seat must stand in the middle and give a new statement. Continue playing as time allows. 

Lesson Connection: We learned a lot about each other. God made each of us unique, but there are things we all have in common. The best thing we have in common is that God loves us and wants us to trust Him, and that is one of the things we can learn from our Bible character, Joshua.  

 

ACTIVITY 3: EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Supplies: paper, writing utensils  

  1. Give each person a writing utensil and a piece of paper.  
  2. Thinking about today’s Bible story, if you could share one thing about God on the news, what would you choose?  
  3. Ideas: God is loving…kind…comforting…generous… 

Lesson Connection:   Before Joshua died, he made a speech to the Israelites. Joshua encouraged the people to worship God alone. This activity was a helpful reminder that we can choose to tell others God’s love! 

SEPTEMBER 26 & 27 // THE SUN STOOD STILL

Welcome to Compass Kids at Home! We are so excited to jump into our third week of Joshua. Joshua was a bold and strong leader for God’s people.  There are a lot of important things we can learn from Joshua!

LESSON BIG IDEA: God answers the prayers of His people and saves them.

ICE BREAKER QUESTION 

What is something you would like to do but are also scared to do? (sky diving, swim in the ocean, etc.)

WATCH: 

Watch this week’s lesson called, The Sun Stood Still.

BIBLE REVIEW

OLDER KIDS: 

Open the Bible to Joshua 10:1-15. Read the scripture and answer the following questions. 

  • Which people in the land of Canaan made a peace treaty with Israel? (Gibeonites, Josh. 10:1) 
  • The kings of which five cities attacked Gibeon? (Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, Eglon; Josh. 10:3-5) 
  • Where were the Israelites when the Gibeonites called for help? (Gilgal, Josh. 10:6) 
  • What did the Lord say to Joshua? (Don’t be afraid. I have handed them over to you. Not one of them will stand against you; Josh. 10:8) 
  • How did God help the Israelites in battle? (God threw the Canaanite armies into confusion. God sent hailstones down on the Canaanites; Josh. 10:10-11) 
  • What did Joshua ask God to do? (make the sun stand still over Gibeon, Josh. 10:12-13) 
  • What does God do when we pray? God answers the prayers of His people and saves them.  
  • God was with Joshua in battle to save the Israelites from their enemies. Whom did God provide as a way to save us from sin and death? (Jesus) 

 

YOUNGER KIDS: 
Supplies: paper, writing utensils 

  • Guide kids to write or say a prayer thanking God for the requests they have seen answered already.  

Lesson Connection: What does God do when we pray? God answers the prayers of His people and saves them.  

 

HAVE FUN WITH FAMILY ACTIVITIES 

ACTIVITY 1: CAN YOU GUESS IT?
Supplies: paper, coloring utensils 

  • Hang three sheets of paper on the wall at the front of the room. Invite three volunteers to each stand in front of one of the pieces of paper. Whisper to each volunteer one of the following things to draw: food, a person who is sick, and family. 
  • Challenge everyone else to guess what the drawings are, and then guess what they have in common. 
  • The answer is that we often pray about them.  

Lesson Connection: We pray because we know that God hears the prayers of His people. (1 John 5:14-15) What does God do when we pray? God answers the prayers of His people and saves them. 

 

ACTIVITY 2: HAILSTONE DODGEBALL
Supplies: tape, cotton balls 

  • Divide the room in two sections. Scatter cotton balls evenly on each side. Form two teams. 
  • Inform teams that the cotton balls represent hailstones in today’s game.  
  • Explain that the goal of the game is for each team to toss all the hailstones from its section into the other team’s section. Anyone who is hit by a hailstone may not toss a hailstone for 10 seconds. Hailstones cannot be purposely thrown at players. 

Lesson Connection: Hailstones were an important factor in today’s Bible story. Once again, the Israelites had to fight another battle in the conquest of the promised land.  

 

ACTIVITY 3: VICTORY BANNER
Supplies: paper, art supplies 

  • Lead kids to create a banner to celebrate the victory the Israelites had on the day the sun stood still. Guide kids to include a sun or hailstones on their banner. Kids may wish to print a phrase from today’s Bible story, such as Do not be afraid, or part of the big picture answer on the banner.  
  • Hang the banner in a place you will see it throughout the week! 

Lesson Connection:What does God do when we pray? God answers the prayers of His people and saves them.

SEPTEMBER 19 & 20 // THE PROMISED LAND AND JERICHO

Welcome to Compass Kids at Home! We are so excited to jump into our second week of Joshua. Joshua was a bold and strong leader for God’s people. He was the leader of Israel after Moses and he was able to take the people into the Promised Land. There are a lot of important things we can learn from Joshua! 

LESSON BIG IDEA: God fought for His people and led them into the promised land.

ICE BREAKER QUESTION 

What is something you would like to do but are also scared to do? (sky diving, swim in the ocean, etc.)

WATCH: 

Watch this week’s lesson on The Promised Land and Jericho!

BIBLE REVIEW

OLDER KIDS:
Open the Bible to Joshua 2-4; 6. Read the scripture and answer the following questions. 

  • How many spies went into the promised land? (two, Josh. 2:1) 
  • Who hid the spies in her house? (Rahab, Josh. 2:1) 
  • Which river did the Israelites cross to enter Canaan? (the Jordan River, Josh. 3:14-16) 
  • How many stones did the Israelites take from the river? (12 stones, Josh. 4:3) 
  • How many times did the Israelites march around Jericho? (once a day for six days, and then seven times on the seventh day; Josh. 6:3-4) 
  • What caused the walls of Jericho to come crashing down? (God gave the city to the Israelites, Josh. 6:16) 

  

YOUNGER KIDS:
Supplies: none 

  • Guide kids to stand in several rows. Ask if any of them has ever seen an army marching? Explain that troops move together in unison. 
  • Invite them to imagine how the Israelites might have marched around the city of Jericho. Teach kids a few commands and lead them to march in place. As kids master the commands, allow a volunteer to lead them. 
  • Attention—Stand with heels together, toes pointed slightly outward. Stand up tall with arms at side. 
  • March—Call out “Left, left, left, right, left” as kids march in place. 
  • About face—Kids turn around (180 degrees) and then stand at attention. 

Lesson Connection:God fought for His people and led them into the promised land. Just as the Lord defeated Jericho for the Israelites, Jesus defeats His enemies and leads believers into the promised land of eternity.

 

FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: 

  • The spies who went into Jericho were brave. Share a time when you have had to be brave.  
  • Rahab took a big risk hiding the spies on her roof. What would you have done if you were Rahab? Would you have kept the spies hidden?  
  • In today’s story, each and every person had to trust that God would fulfill His promises. Is it easy to trust God? Hard to trust God? Make sure everyone shares! 

 

HAVE FUN WITH FAMILY ACTIVITIES: 

ACTIVITY 1:  STONE DECORATING
 Supplies: stone, markers, stickers, (any decorating materials!) 

  • As a family, go outside and find one smooth stone for each person. 
  • Use markers, tape, whatever you have on hand to decorate your stones.  
  • As everyone works, remind them that when the Israelites crossed the Jordan River into the promised land, they carried 12 stones out of the river to set up as a memorial. 

Lesson Connection:  God told the Israelites that the stones would be a sign. He said, “In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ you should tell them, ‘The waters of the Jordan were cut off in front of the ark of the Lord’s covenant. When it crossed the Jordan, the Jordan’s waters were cut off.’” 

   

ACTIVITY 2:  SPIES
Supplies: small object 

  • Everyone should sit in a circle with their hands behind their back.  
  • Explain you will walk around the circle while their eyes are closed.  
  • You will place an object in onkid’s hand. You will tap the shoulder of another kid to indicate he is the spy.  
  • Instruct everyone to open their eyes. The spy will come to the center of the circle and guess who has the object. Repeat with other children as times allows. 

Lesson Connection:  Two spies in our Bible story today had a very important job. Forty years earlier, the spies who first went into the promised land didn’t trust God, but these spies knew God was with them. Listen to today’s story to find out what they did 

 

ACTIVITY 3:  BRAIDED BRACELETS
Supplies: string, yarn, or ribbon, tape 

  • Provide six strands of ribbon, or yarn to each person.  
  • Demonstrate how to tie three of the strands together at one end in a knot.  
  • Tape the knot to the table or floor so it stays in place.  
  • Teach the children how to braid the three strands together and knot the other end. Help kids loop the braided rope ends together to make a bracelet.  

Lesson Connection: Rahab had heard about what God had done for His people, and she believed God was going to fight for His people and give them the promised land. When the spies left her house, she hung a red rope out her window so the spies would rescue her and her family as they had promised. Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us. Think of someone who needs to trust in Jesus. Give them a bracelet and tell them about how Rahab trusted in God.

SEPTEMBER 12 & 13 // JOSHUA & CALEB

Welcome to Compass Kids at Home! We are so excited to spend the next several weeks learning the story of Joshua. Joshua was a bold and strong leader for God’s people. He was the leader of Israel after Moses and he was able to take the people into the Promised Land. There are a lot of important things we can learn from Joshua.

LESSON BIG IDEA: Joshua and Caleb trusted God to keep His promise.

ICE BREAKER QUESTION 

What is something you know is there, but you cannot see? (wind, electricity, air, feelings, gravity, radio waves, etc.) 

WATCH: 

  • Watch this week’s lesson on Joshua and Caleb!

BIBLE REVIEW

OLDER KIDS: 

Open the Bible to Numbers 13:1–14:38. Read the scripture and answer the following questions. 

  • How many spies were sent to check out the promised land? (12, one leader from each of the tribes; Num. 13:1-2) 
  • What fruit did the spies bring back? (grapes, pomegranates, and figs; Num. 13:23) 
  • What were the grapes like? (They were so big that two men had to carry them; Num 13:23) 
  • Who trusted God to give them the promised land? (Caleb and Joshua; Num. 13:30; 14:6) 
  • Why were the 10 spies so afraid to go into the land? (Giants were in the land; Num 13:28) 
  • What did the spies compare themselves to in comparison to the giants? (They felt so small, like grasshoppers; Num 13:33) 
  • How did God punish the Israelites when they did not trust Him? (God sent them into the wilderness for 40 years, Num. 14:21-25) 
  • Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us. 

  

YOUNGER KIDS: TRUST WALK 

Supplies: masking tape, blindfold 

  • Tape a zigzag path on the floor with masking tape. You can also make a simple obstacle course as well. 
  • Work together as partners. One person should wear the blindfold while the other person leads their partner along the path.  
  • After a few minutes, switch roles and play again.  

Lesson Connection:It can be scary to walk when you can’t see. You had to trust your partner to keep you on the path. Today we learned that we can trust God to take care of us, even when it is hard to see.  

 

FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: 

  • What made Joshua and Caleb different from the other spies(They trusted God even when it was scary. They knew God would keep His promise to give them the land.) 
  • The Bible tells us that God promises to be with us always. How does that help you trust Him more? 
  • How do you need to show trust in God in your life(To be a good student online even if I don’t like itto share my faith with others, to make a new friend, to try out for a new activity) 
  • Parents: Share a time you had to trust God even when it was really hard. 

 

 

HAVE FUN WITH FAMILY ACTIVITIES: 

ACTIVITY 1:  SPY A WORD 

Supplies: index cards/squares of paper, tape, marker 

  • Write several keywords from the Bible story on separate index cards or pieces of masking tape. Position the keywords on or near various objects in your house. 
  • Have one child explore the room to “spy” a word.  
  • Have them bring it back to the group and read it aloud if they can, or give to a parent who can read it.  
  • Then discuss how that word was an important part of the Bible story. 
  • Have kids take turns until all the words have been found. 
  • Consider using these keywords: 
    • Canaan (the name of the promised land) 
    • Moses (Moses sent spies into the land of Canaan.) 
    • Caleb (Caleb was a spy who trusted God.) 
    • grapes (The spies carried a cluster of grapes from the promised land.) 
    • afraid (The Israelites were afraid because the Israelites did not trust God to give them the promised land.) 
    • grasshoppers (The spies felt like grasshoppers compared to the people living in Canaan.) 
    • 40 years (God punished the people by making them wander in the wilderness for 40 years.)

Lesson Connection:  We saw in the Bible story that Caleb and Joshua were not like the other spies. They trusted God. God planned for Joshua to lead the next generation of Israelites into the promised land.  Joshua was not perfect, but His faithfulness reminds us of Jesus, who is perfect. Jesus obeyed the Father and trusted His plan to save people from their sins. 

  

ACTIVITY 2: GRASSHOPPER JUMP RELAY 

Supplies: None 

  • Discuss as a family what it might look like to jump like a grasshopper. Decide how each person will need to jump for the game. You can be really fun and creative here!  
  • Have each family member get into a line.  
  • Have the first person start jumping like a grasshopper (as you decided together earlierto a designated spot and then jump back to the team. 
  • Once the person has returned, the next person starts jumping.  
  • Continue until everyone has had a chance to jump. 
    If you are feeling a bit competitive, time your family and see if you can jump faster and faster each round or divide into two teams and race each other.  

Lesson Connection: In the Bible story today, we learned that God promised his people an amazing land. It was called the Promise Land and it was really good!  But 10 of the spies did not give a good report. They were scared of the people in the land. In fact, it says they felt so tiny, just like grasshoppers. But Joshua and Caleb trusted God’s promise and would eventually lead the people into the Promise Land. 

  

ACTIVITY 3: PROMISED LAND MURAL 

 Supplies: large sheet of paper, drawing/painting materials 

  • Work together as a family to create a mural of the promised land. You can use any kind of art supplies you have at home.  
  • Here are some creative and fun suggestions, if you want to get extra creative: 
    • Use purple paint and bubble packaging to stamp grapes (you may choose to add grape-flavored drink mix to the purple paint for kids to smell.) 
    • Use yellow paint with forks to stamp honeycombs 
    • Use green markers for kids to draw stems on the grapes or to draw grasshoppers. Or use real grapes, dip them in paint, and use them to stamp. 

Lesson Connection: When the spies entered the promised land, they found delicious fruit like grapes, pomegranates, and figs. They reported that the land was flowing with milk and honey. That meant that the land was very good. God had kept his promise and gave them good land to settle in. We can trust God to take care of us.

SEPTEMBER 5 & 6 // BLUEPRINTS • WEEK 8

Welcome to Compass Kids at Home page! This weekend we are wrapping up our Blueprint series. We hope these past eight weeks of exploring emotions has been helpful for your family!

LESSON BIG IDEA: God is greater than my feelings.

ICE BREAKER QUESTION 

Ask a question based on each family member’s favorite color: 

  • Red or Pink: Who is one person that you are thankful for?  
  • Yellow: What is one thing outside that you are thankful for?  
  • Blue: What is something you are thankful you can do?  
  • Green or Orange: What is one food you are thankful for?  
  • Purple: What is one think in our home that you are thankful for?  

WATCH: 

  • Watch this weekend’s bible story on King Jehoshaphat.

BIBLE REVIEW

OLDER KIDS: 

Open the Bible to 2 Chronicles 19-20 and answer the following questions.  

  • Where did Jehoshaphat live? (Jerusalem) 
  • Who did King Jehoshaphat make sure the people worshipped? (God) 
  • Did the other kings like King Jehoshaphat? (No!) 
  • How did that make him feel? (Sad and scared)
  • What did King Jehoshaphat do when all of the other kings wanted to go to war with him? (He and all of the people in his country prayed!) 
  • What did King Jehoshaphat do when God answered his prayer? (He worshipped God!) 
  • What happened when King Jehoshaphat and his army arrived at the battle? (The battle was already over!) 

 

YOUNGER KIDS: SING ALONG! 

Practice saying the verse together a few times, having your child repeat each line with the motions. See if your child can tell you the verse without any help, and give them a treat for working hard to memorize it!

  • God is greater (point up) 
  • than our feelings (pat heart)
  • And He knows (point up) 
  • Everything. (arms out wide) 
  • 1 John 3:20 (make book with hands) 

Lesson Connection:
This verse is our reminder that God is greater than our feelings, which means He can handle our feelings when they feel too big for us to handle on our own.  

FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: 

  • When King Jehoshaphat was feeling sad and scared, how did he deal with those feelings? 
  • How can you deal with your feelings when you feel sad and scared?  
  • Who can you turn to when you need help dealing with how you feel?  
  • Why do you think God gave us the ability to feel so many emotions? 

 

HAVE FUN WITH FAMILY ACTIVITIES: 

ACTIVITY 1: THANKFULNESS CHAIN
Supplies: paper, scissors, writing utensils                              

  • Gather some paper and cut it into strips.  
  • Have each family member say a few things they are thankful for, and write each one on a paper strip. 
  • Loop the paper strips around each other to create a paper chain. You can use tape, glue, a stapler, or paper clips to connect the paper loops around each other. 
  • Add to the chain as you continue to find things to be thankful for and see how long it can get! 

Lesson Connection: Our Thankful Chain can help us remember that no matter how we are feeling,
we can be thankful because we know that God is with us, and He is greater than our feelings! 

  

ACTIVITY 2:  GAMESTOP. LOOK. LISTEN!
Supplies: none 

  • Have everyone spread out around the room.  
  • Choose one person to be it, and have everyone else follow the leader.  
  • When the leader says: 
  • STOP-everyone should freeze 
  • LOOK-everyone should put their hands to their eyes like binoculars 
  • LISTEN-everyone should put their hands to their ears 
  • Have the leader call out these three words while everyone competes to be the quickest. Take turns being the leader and see who can do it the fastest!  

Lesson Connection: For the past eight weeks we have spent time learning how to STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN when we feel something. Father God, You are greater than everything we face and feel, and we are so thankful that You know everything! Whenever our feelings start to get out of control, help us remember to STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN to You. We love You, Amen! 

 

ACTIVITY 3: TELEPHONE
Supplies: none 

  • Play  “Telephone” by having a child whisper a phrase to their neighbor, and then letting each child whisper what they heard to the next person in the circle.  
  • See if the phrase changed or stayed the same! USE the phrases below or have kids come up with their own phrases: 
  • The foreman’s feet are covered in mud. The crane operator is eating a sandwich. 
  • I built a playhouse out of legos. 
  • Skyscrapers are really tall. I need to deal with how I feel. 
  • God is greater than my feelings.

Lesson Connection: King Jehoshaphat asked God for help, and God showed him that He was always with him! In this game, as the phrase was passed from one person to the next, the instructions may have become unclear. Today our story showed us one message that is always clear: God is always with us, no matter how we feel!  

AUGUST 29 & 30 // BLUEPRINTS • WEEK 7

Welcome to Compass Kids at Home! We hope that this time with your family is the highlight of your weekend as you laugh, learn, and have fun together. We pray that this lesson on self-control serves your family well!

LESSON BIG IDEA: When I Feel Angry, God Gives Me Self-Control!

ICE BREAKER QUESTION 

  • What is your favorite snack that is hard for you to stop eating? Why?

WATCH: 

  • Watch this weekend’s bible story on Nehemiah.

BIBLE REVIEW

OLDER KIDS: 

Open the Bible to Nehemiah 3:1-6:16 and answer the following questions. 

  • What news did Nehemiah receive about Jerusalem? (The Jews were in trouble. Jerusalem’s walls were broken down and burned; Neh. 1:3) 
  • How did Nehemiah respond to this news? (He cried, fasted, and prayed to God; Neh. 1:4 
  • What did Nehemiah ask the king to do for him? (Nehemiah asked to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the city walls, Neh. 2:4) 
  • What was the king’s response to Nehemiah’s request? (The king agreed and gave him the letters he needed.  
  • The king also gave him some soldiers to protect him; Neh. 2:7-8) 
  • What was Nehemiah’s message to the people? (He told them how God had helped him and all the king had said. Nehemiah encouraged them to start building; Neh. 2:18) 
  • Where did Nehemiah live before going back to Jerusalem? (Persia, Neh. 2:1) 
  • Why did Nehemiah travel to Jerusalem? (to lead the people to rebuild the city walls and gates) 
  • How many days did it take to complete the wall? (52, Neh. 6:15) 

 

Lesson Connection: 
Nehemiah led the people to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem to protect them from their enemies. The people were faced with angry people while building the wall but with God, they were able to have self-control. We are reminded in our story that Jesus came to protect us from our enemies. He died on the cross and rose from the dead to rescue people from sin and death.  

YOUNGER KIDS: SING ALONG! 

  • Sing to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star 
    • God keeps all His promises; we can trust all that God says!  
    • God hears His people when they pray; He will save us in His way!  
    • God keeps all His promises; we can trust all that God says!  

Lesson Connection:
In today’s Bible story, Nehemiah reminded God of a promise He made. We may become angry at times, but we must remember that God gives us self-control.  

FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: 

  • When is a time you have felt angry What made you feel that way? 
  • What do you think God would say to someone feeling angry? 
  • Why is important to have self-control?  

 

HAVE FUN WITH FAMILY ACTIVITIES: 

ACTIVITY 1: GUARD THE WALL
Supplies: plastic cups, rolled socks, tape 

  • Stack plastic cups to form a wall. Use tape to mark a “base line” a good distance from the wall. 
  • Choose someone to be guard. Lead the guards to stand around the wall. 
  • Choose another person to be the enemy.  
  • Choose someone to say “go,” the enemies will throw sock at the wall to try to knock it down.  
  • The guards should try to protect the wall by blocking the balls. If a guard catches a ball, the enemy who threw it must go touch the base line before trying again. 

Lesson Connection: God led Nehemiah to rebuild the walls. Some of the men stood guard with weapons while others worked on the wall. God’s people were ready to fight, but God protected them from their enemies. Jesus protects us from our enemies. When we know and love Jesus, He keeps us safe. Nehemiah prayed that God would help HIS people, and God used Nehemiah to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls. 

 

 

ACTIVITY 2: TOOL TIME
Supplies: large piece of paper, markers, pens 

  • Choose one person to draw three columns on a piece of paper. Label the columns with the following activities: doing math homeworkplanting a garden, and building a birdhouse. 
  • Everyone should name materials or tools they would need to complete the tasks. Write their ideas in each column. 
  • Choose someone to act out the activities pretending to use all the tools on the list. 

Lesson Connection: Today we will hear a Bible story about the Israelites rebuilding the city wall around Jerusalem. They needed many tools to complete this task, but most importantly they needed God’s help! Their enemies didn’t want them to finish building the wall, so they relied on God to give them success in their work. 

 

 

ACTIVITY 3: TIMED ART
Supplies: Paper, pencils, crayons, timer 

  • Give everyone a piece of paper and a drawing utensil. 
  • Set a timer for 3 minutes. 
  • Everyone must choose something to draw within the 3 minutes examples: animals, buildings, people. 
  • Set a timer for another 2 minutes.  
  • Pass your picture to someone else to complete in the last 2 minutes. 
  • Share how you felt while drawling your picture with such a short time frame. 

 

Lesson Connection: Today we heard the story of how God used Nehemiah to lead His people as they rebuilt Jerusalem’s walls. No one could manage to rebuild the walls on his own! The people needed to work together to complete this big task. God often calls us to do difficult things that we can’t do on our own, but God always gives us what we need. We can use self-control and accept help from others. We can rely on Him and fellow believers to accomplish His plan

AUGUST 20 & 23 // BLUEPRINTS • WEEK 6

Welcome to Compass Kids at Home! We hope you enjoy Week 6 of our Blueprint series. Navigating emotions is hard, but God is with us no matter how or what we feel!

LESSON BIG IDEA: When I Feel Down God Comforts Me.

ICE BREAKER QUESTION 

  • What ocean animal is your favorite and why?

WATCH: 

  • Watch this weekend’s bible story on Jonah.

BIBLE REVIEW

OLDER KIDS: 

Open the Bible to the Book of Jonah read chapters 1 –4 and answer the following questions. 

  • Where did God tell Jonah to go? (to Nineveh, Jonah 1:2) 
  • How did God stop Jonah from running away? (He sent a terrible storm, Jonah 1:4) 
  • What did Jonah tell the sailors to do with him? (Throw him into the sea, Jonah 1:12) 
  • What happened to Jonah when he was thrown into the sea? (A big fish swallowed him, Jonah 1:17)
  • How long was Jonah in the fish? (three days and three nights, Jonah 1:17)
  • What happened after Jonah prayed to God from inside the fish? (The fish vomited Jonah onto dry land, Jonah 2:10)
  • What message did Jonah tell the people in Nineveh? (In 40 days, Nineveh will be destroyed; Jonah 3:4)
  • What did the Ninevites do when they heard Jonah’s message from God? (They turned from their evil ways and repented, Jonah 3:5-9)
  • When God saw the actions of the Ninevites, what did He do? (God decided not to destroy Nineveh, Jonah 3:10)
  • How did Jonah feel when God showed mercy to the Ninevites? (Jonah was angry, Jonah 4:1)
  • God used a plant to teach Jonah a lesson. What happened to the plant? (A worm attacked the plant, and the plant died; Jonah 4:7) 

What is God like? God is slow to anger, merciful, and loving. 

  • Lesson Connection:  Jonah was angry when God showed mercy to the Ninevites because they were enemies of Israel. But God comforted Jonah and taught him that He made people and He cares about them. We are all sinners who need God’s mercy. Just like He did with Jonah, God comforts us when we feel down. 

 

FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Have you ever tried to run and hide from God? 
  2. Do you think you could run away to somewhere God couldn’t find you?  
  3. What do you think Jonah was feeling when he was inside the belly of the fish? 
  4. How do you think you would feel being swallowed by a fish? 

 

HAVE FUN WITH FAMILY ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITY 1: Land Sharks and Minnows
Supplies: Masking tape 

  • Use masking tape to mark lines on the floor at two ends of your room. Gather at one end of the room, on a line. Select one kid to be the shark. He or she will stand in the middle of the room, facing away from the rest of the group. 
  • When you give a silent signal, the group will sneak to the other side of the room. When the group passes the shark, he/she may begin chasing them. Anyone tagged becomes a shark in the next round. Those who make it to the other side of the room continue trying to cross without being tagged. Play continues until everyone has been caught. 

Lesson Connection: Jonah chose to run from God instead of obeying. But God’s plan cannot be stopped! God sent a fish to change Jonah’s disobedience into obedience. Once Jonah obeyed God He commanded that the fish spit him out. Despite Jonah’s disobedience God comforted him and reminded Jonah that He loves everyone and everyone deserves love. God can comfort us too, when we get in trouble, and when we feel sad for not obeying God. 

ACTIVITY 2: Immediate Obedience
Supplies: None

  • Give the kids a command, such as “sit down,” “untie your left shoe,” or “clap three times.”  
  • Try to watch for who is able to obey the command the fastest. Whoever is the fastest to obey will give the next command. Continue until all kids have had a chance to give a command or as time allows. 

Lesson Connection: When God tells us to do something, we should obey immediately. Do we always obey immediately? No! We do not! Sometimes when we disobey, we can get in trouble, like Jonah. Jonah was swallowed by the big fish and then he was sorry for disobeying God. God comforted Jonah in the big fish. God can comfort us too, when we get in trouble, and when we feel sad for not obeying God. 

ACTIVITY 3: Doing Things the Hard Way
Supplies: blindfolds, 1 per 2 kidsclassroom furniture

  • Use furniture and other items around the room to form a simple obstacle course. 
  • Demonstrate how kids should move through the course. Allow them to complete the course individually.  
  • Then help kids form pairs. Gently tie the partners’ middle legs together to run a three-legged race.  
  • Challenge them to move through the obstacle course again. When kids finish, talk about which was easier—going through the course alone or with someone else. 

Lesson Connection: When God asks us to do something and we choose to disobey Him it doesn’t usually work out. But when we choose to be a team player and work together with God and obey Him, things usually run smoother. It makes us sad. The good news is God still comforts even in our sadness. 

AUGUST 15 & 16 // BLUEPRINTS • WEEK 5

Welcome to Compass Kids at Home! This weekend is our FIFTH week of our Blueprint series. We hope you enjoy this week as we take a look at a time where Peter felt guilty, and learn what we can do when we feel guilty in our own lives. 

LESSON BIG IDEA: When I Feel Guilty, Jesus Forgives Me.

ICE BREAKER QUESTION 

  • What is one high (positive thing) that happened this week? What is one low (upsetting/disappointing) that happened this week?

WATCH: 

  • Watch this week’s lesson on Peter.

BIBLE REVIEW

OLDER KIDS: 

Open the Bible to Luke 22:54-62, John 21:1-17 read the scripture and answer the following questions! 

  • What did Peter do 3 times? (He denied knowing Jesus. Luke 22:57, Luke 22:58, Luke 22:60) 
  • What did Peter do when he remembered the words Jesus said to him? (He went and wept/cried. Luke 22:62) 
  • How many times did Jesus ask Peter if he loved him? (3 times, John 21:15, John 21:16, John 21: 17)  
  • What does Jesus tell Peter to do? (Feed my sheep, John 21:15, John 21:16, John 21:17)  

 

YOUNGER KIDS: Red Light Green Light

Assign a few members of your family to act out one of the following scenes. (It is ok to double up on some of the parts) 

  • Peter 
  • Servant girl 
  • Unknown asker 1 
  • Unknown asker 2  
  • Rooster Sound! 

Have the servant girl, and unknown askers ask Peter if they know Jesus. Have Peter deny knowing who Jesus is. Once Peter has denied Jesus three times have the person make the crow of a rooster. Peter will then walk away sadly and cry. (Feel free to reenact the scene with each child as Peter.) 

Lesson Connection:  Peter made a big mistake when he denied Jesus three times and he felt really bad about what he did. We too feel bad when we make a mistake, but what is awesome about Jesus is he forgives usWe can turn to Jesus when we make a mistake because he loves us and forgives us.

FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Why do you think that Peter denied knowing Jesus? (He was scared, Jesus was just arrested) 
  2. Why did Peter go and cry after denying Jesus 3 times? (He felt bad (guilty) for denying Jesus) 
  3. Have you ever felt guilty? Why did you feel this way? 
  4. How should we deal with our guilt? (Ask Jesus to forgive us and remember he loves us) 
  5. Why do we feel guilty? (To remind us when we have done wrong) 

 

HAVE FUN WITH FAMILY ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITY 1: GUESS THAT EMOTION
Supplies: None  

  • Have each family member choose a number between one and nine. (Double or triple up if you need to!) 
  • Then have them make a face to reflect the emotion that goes with each number: 1. Silly 2. Mad 3. Scared 4. Mad 5. Happy 6. Excited 7. Nervous 8. Frustrated 9. Confused  
  • Have each person try and guess the emotions that the other family members are making with only using the facial expressions 

Lesson Connection: Some of our emotions can be seen by the look on our faces, and others can be harder to notice. This game is to help us learn to see how our emotions affect us, and ask God for help! 

 

ACTIVITY 2: CAUTION TAPE WRAP UP!
Supplies: Streamers, Wrapping Paper, Toilet Paper  

  • Divide family into two teams.  
  • Choose a person from each team to get wrapped up in streamers.  
  • Have both kids hold the loose end of their team’s roll of streamers or other item to their chests without letting go. Then, give the rolls to one of their teammates.  
  • When you say “Go,” allow kids from each team to take turns wrapping their teammate up by walking around one at a time.  
  • The first team to use the entire roll and have their player break free from the streamers or other item is the winner! 

Lesson Connection: Sometimes our guilt feels like it is having us wrapped up tightly, but with Jesus we can break free from that.  

ACTIVITY 3: FREEZE TAG
Supplies: None  

  • Guide children to spread out in a designated playing area.  
  • Choose one child to be the freezer and one child to be the forgiver.  
  • When play begins, the freezer will go around the room try to tag children and freeze them.  
  • The forgiver can unfreeze the children by tapping them and saying today’s main point “When I feel guilty, Jesus forgives me.  
  • The forgiver can never be frozen.  
  • Play several rounds allowing different children to play different roles.  

Lesson Connection: Sometimes our guilt can make us feel frozen and stuck. But, when you feel guilty, Jesus will forgive you! There is freedom in asking Jesus for help.

AUGUST 8 & 9 // BLUEPRINTS • WEEK 4

Welcome to Compass Kids at Home! This weekend we continuing our series called Blueprints! This series will take a look at the Blueprint of God’s Word to help us manage our emotions in a Godly way!  

Experiencing feelings and not knowing what to do with them is hard! We hope this series is a helpful reminder that we can turn to God no matter what we feel.

LESSON BIG IDEA: God used Gideon’s weakness for His glory.

ICE BREAKER QUESTION 

  • Who is the strongest kid or person you know? What makes that person the strongest?

WATCH: 

  • Watch this week’s lesson on Gideon.

BIBLE REVIEW

OLDER KIDS: 

Open the Bible to Judges 7 and answer the following questions!  

  • Whom did God choose to defeat the Midianites? (Gideon, Judg. 6:11) 
  • What sign did Gideon ask God to perform to show Gideon that God would use him to deliver the Israelites? (the wet or dry fleece, Judg. 6:36-40) 
  • How many soldiers fought with Gideon? (300, Judg. 7:8) 
  • How did the Israelites win the battle? (torches, trumpets, empty jars, and shouts; Judg. 7:16) 
  • What did the Midianites do when the battle began? (God confused them. They fought each other and ran away; Judg. 7:22) 
  • How does God accomplish His plan? God uses people for His glory and our good. 

 

YOUNGER KIDS: Red Light Green Light

Play “Red Light, Green Light” according to traditional rules. After a few rounds, ask them how they know that a red light means stop and a green light means go. Talk about how they understood the commands because they have seen traffic lights and understood what those colors represented. 

Lesson Connection:  Traffic lights, stop signs, one-way signs, and other signs tell us important messages that we must understand if we’re going to drive safely. In today’s Bible story, Gideon asked for a sign from God, that helped direct his actions! 

FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Share a time when you have felt worried. What did you do?  
  2. What did Gideon do when he felt worried? (He asked God for help) 
  3. What can we do when we feel worried? (Ask God to help us, ask God for peace, ask God for direction-you can ask God to help you whenever you feel worried) 

 

HAVE FUN WITH FAMILY ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITY 1: DOWN CAME THE BLOCKS! 
Supplies: 8 blocks, or something that is stackable, two balls

  • Make eight “idols” out of interlocking building blocks.  
  • The “idols” should be able to stand up but also be able to be knocked over.  
  • Divide the room into two areas and form two teams.  
  • Stand four “idols” on a table at opposite ends of the divided room. 
  • Explain that the object of the game is to knock over all four of the other team’s idols.  
  • A player can only knock over one idol at a time and then must return to her side of the room before trying again.  

Lesson Connection: God gave Gideon the job of tearing down the altar to a false god. God alone deserves worship and He also wanted to make it clear to the people of Israel that He alone is able to deliver them. Sometimes we put our hope in false gods as well. We may not have altars and idols, but we can worship other things and put our trust in them. 

ACTIVITY 2: WATER RELAY!
Supplies: Sponges, Bowl, Water, Plastic tarp (if you are doing the game inside)

  • Place a dry sponge and a bowl half-filled with water on one end of the table. Place an empty bowl on the other end of the table. Cover a long table with a plastic tablecloth if you were doing it inside.  
  • Guide the kids to line up with the bowl of water in front of them. When you say go, the first kid in line will dip the sponge in the water, hurry to the other side of the table (keeping the wet sponge over the tablecloth) and squeeze it into the bowl. Then he will bring it back to the next kid in line, and she will take a turn. 
  • Continue playing until kids move all of the water from the first bowl into the second bowl. Keep towels handy for cleanup. 

Lesson Connection: Today we will hear how Gideon used fleece and some water to make certain that God would be with him. Gideon experienced doubt and worry, but he trusted that God was with him always!

ACTIVITY 3: MATCH UP
Supplies: Paper, Markers 

  • Write the following words on separate index cards: GideonjudgeswarriorGodsignIsraelMidianitesaltarfleeceriverarmybattle 
  • Make two sets. Mix up the cards and position them facedown. Invite kids to play a concentration game. Kids will take turns turning over two cards. 
  • If the cards match, they keep the set and take another turn. If the cards do not match, the player returns them facedown and play passes to the next kid.

Lesson Connection: These are all words we heard in our Bible story today. God used a man named Gideon for His glory and the good of His people. God used Gideon, and He wants to use YOU too! 

AUGUST 1 & 2 // BLUEPRINTS • WEEK 3

Welcome to Compass Kids at Home! This weekend we continue our series called Blueprints! This series will take a look at the Blueprint of God’s Word to help us manage our emotions in a Godly way!  

We all have many feelings and emotions – sometimes even in the same day and even in the same hour!! That can get pretty confusing.  But we don’t have to handle all those feelings alone. We have help from God’s word to help us know how to manage all the feelings we have!! 

We pray that this journey is a helpful experience for your family, as you learn to: 

  • STOP and name what you are feeling.  
  • LOOK at what is going on inside of you and around you to make you feel that way. 
  • LISTEN to what God is saying about that feeling.  

LESSON BIG IDEA: When I feel stressed about things being perfect, I can remember, Jesus only wants my best.

ICE BREAKER QUESTION 

  • What is your favorite and least favorite chore to help with around your home?

WATCH: 

  • Blueprints Bible story video: Martha’s Visit With Jesus

BIBLE REVIEW

OLDER KIDS: 

Open the Bible to Luke 10:38-42 and answer the following questions: 

  • Who invited Jesus into her home? (Martha) 
  • Who sat at Jesus’s feet and listened to Him teach? (Mary, The Disciples) 
  • What was Martha doing instead of hanging out with Jesus? (making dinner, cleaning, etc.) What is the difference between regular cooking and cleaning and the cooking and cleaning that Martha was doing in the story? (Regular cooking and cleaning can be scheduled for better timing. Martha’s cooking and cleaning had wrong timing and made her stressed. It distracted her from spending time with Jesus.) 
  • What does the Bible say about how Martha felt about making dinner and working all by herself? (Martha thought that it wasn’t fair that she had to do all the work and Mary wouldn’t help herMartha was worried, angry, and stressed.) 
  • How did Jesus respond to Martha? (Jesus said that Mary was actually doing the best thing in that moment.) 
  • What can you remember when you feel stressed about things being perfect? I can remember, Jesus only wants my best. 

 

YOUNGER KIDS: BIBLE VERSE MOTIONS! 

Read the Bible verse 1 John 3:20 aloud from a Bible. Then teach your child some simple motions. 

  • God is greater (both hands point up) 
  • than our feelings, (pat heart) 
  • and He knows (both hands point up) 
  • everything.”  (arms out wide) 
  • 1 John 3:20 (make book with hands) 

Lesson Connection: Sometimes our feelings can feel so big that we don’t know what to do. But when we stop, look, and listen, we will see that God is greater than our feelings and that He knows everything!

 

FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. When is a time you have felt lonely? What made you feel that way?
  2. What do you think God would say to someone feeling lonely?
  3. What is the difference between regular water and the living water that Jesus has? (Regular water is for your body, living water gives life to your soul.)
  4. What are some ways you can remember that God is always with you?
  5. What can we start doing to help us deal with how we feel? Stop, look, and listen to God! We can always ask God for help with our emotions!

 

HAVE FUN WITH FAMILY ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITY 1: “GOD TIME” DOOR HANGER CRAFT 
Craft paper of your choice, craft utensils of your choice, scissors, (optional ruler and stickers)

  • Use the scissors to help kids cut out their door hanger that needs to be about 12” long and 3” wide.
  • Use the scissors again to help the kids cut out the circle for the doorknob to go through. 
  • Assist kids writing 1 or 2 messages on their door hanger such as “Do Not Disturb”, “God Time”, “Spending Time with Jesus”, etc. 
  • Allow the kids to finish the door hangers with personalized decorations and drawings.  

Lesson Connection: Spending time with Jesus is important and Mary understood that when she chose to spend time with Him instead of helping MarthaThere are many different ways to spend time with Jesus and we can include Jesus in everything we do, but sometimes we get busy like Martha and forget. Sometimes we forget and then we get stressed and feel like we are responsible to make everything perfect. Spending time with Jesus will actually help us feel calmer and not worry about making everything perfect. What can you remember when you feel stressed about things being perfect? I can remember, Jesus only wants my best.

ACTIVITY 2:WHAT’S THE BEST THING?” GAME
Large room with cleared out space

  • Instruct kids to stand in the center of the space while you stand off to the side with the list below. 
  • Before you say “go” read the 2 items on the list and indicate to the kids which side of the room stands for each item. 
  • Say “go” and allow the kids to choose which item they think is best and move to the appropriate side of the room. (Keep in mind, a few of these items do not have a right or wrong answer, they are only fun.) 
  • Before you read the next 2 items, have the kids move back to the center of the room. 
  • “Better Things List”: 
  • Listening to Jesus like Mary or cooking in the kitchen like Martha 
  • Playing games on my tablet or obeying the instruction to clean my room 
  • Putting milk or putting water in my hot chocolate 
  • Behaving loudly and making a lot of noise in the library or behaving quietly in the library 
  • Wearing socks with my sandals or having bare feet with my sandals 
  • Jumping in the pool or slowly stepping into the pool 
  • Saying please and thank you for things or never saying please and thank you
  • Vanilla or chocolate flavoring 
  • Jumping on the furniture or using the furniture for the sitting and lounging it was intended to be used for 
  • Cats or dogs for pets 

Lesson Connection: We have been learning about what is best. In the Bible, Jesus shows us what is best. When we forget about what Jesus says is best,we can get stressed, and worried, and feel like we have to make everything perfect. What can you remember when you feel stressed about things being perfect? I can remember, Jesus only wants my best.

ACTIVITY 3: “WHAT’S THE BEST FOOD CREATION?” FAMILY COMPETITION
Supplies: Ingredients and food your family chooses to use/purchase 

  • Decide as a family what you are all going to make different versions of. Some ideas could be pizza, cupcakes, bowls of cereal, ice cream sundaes, etc. 
  • Choose who will be the judge(s) and who will be the food creators. You could also play where everyone judges each other and everyone gets to make a food creation. 
  • Help the kids who need assistance in creating their food creation. 
  • *For older kids, you may decide to add a time limit for how long they are given to prepare their food. 
  • After the creating is finished, line up the food in a uniform way and allow the judges to taste each food creation. 
  • After the judging has finished and the winner has been announced, celebrate by enjoying all of the food creations together as a family! 

Lesson Connection: Jesus doesn’t want us to spend our time always making everything perfect and winning every time. All Jesus wants is for us to try our best. What can you remember when you feel stressed about things being perfect? I can remember, Jesus only wants my best.

JULY 25 & 26 // BLUEPRINTS • WEEK 2

Welcome to Compass Kids at Home! This weekend we continue our series called Blueprints! This series will take a look at the Blueprint of God’s Word to help us manage our emotions in a Godly way!  

We all have many feelings and emotions – sometimes even in the same day and even in the same hour!! That can get pretty confusing.  But we don’t have to handle all those feelings alone. We have help from God’s word to help us know how to manage all the feelings we have!! 

We pray that this journey is a helpful experience for your family, as you learn to: 

  • STOP and name what you are feeling.  
  • LOOK at what is going on inside of you and around you to make you feel that way. 
  • LISTEN to what God is saying about that feeling. 

LESSON BIG IDEA: When I feel lonely, Jesus is with me. 

ICE BREAKER QUESTION 

  • Would you rather have a family game night or a family movie night? Why?

WATCH: 

  • Watch this week’s lesson on Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well.

BIBLE REVIEW

OLDER KIDS: 

Open the Bible to John 4:3-26 and answer the following questions!  

  • What section of the Bible tells about Jesus’ ministry on earth? (the Gospels) 
  • Where did Jesus stop during His journey to Galilee? (at a well in Samaria, John 4:3-6) 
  • Whom did Jesus meet at the well? (a Samaritan woman, John 4:7) 
  • What did Jesus say to the woman? (“Give Me a drink,” John 4:7) 
  • Why was the woman surprised that Jesus was talking to her? (Jesus was a Jew, and she was a Samaritan; John 4:9) 
  • What kind of water did Jesus say He could give the woman? (living water, John 4:10) 
  • Who did Jesus tell the woman to bring to the well? (her husband, John 4:16) 
  • Who did the woman know was coming? (the Messiah, John 4:25) 
  • Who did Jesus say He is? Jesus said He is the Messiah. 
  • What did the Samaritans say they knew about Jesus? (He really is the Savior of the world, John 4:42) 

 

YOUNGER KIDS: BIBLE VERSE MOTIONS! 

Read the Bible verse 1 John 3:20 aloud from a Bible. Then teach your child some simple motions. 

  • God is greater  (both hands point up) 
  • than our feelings,  (pat heart) 
  • and He knows  (both hands point up) 
  • everything.  (arms out wide) 
  • 1 John 3:20  (make book with hands) 

Lesson Connection:Sometimes our feelings can feel so big that we don’t know what to do. But when we stop,look, and listen, we will see that God is greater than our feelings, and that He knows everything!That’s actually a Bible verse from God’s Blueprints that we can learn.

FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. When is a time you have felt lonely? What made you feel that way? 
  2. What do you think God would say to someone feeling lonely?
  3. What is the difference between regular water and the living water that Jesus has? (Regular water is for your body, living water gives life to your soul.)
  4. What are some ways you can remember that God is always with you? 
  5. What can we start doing to help us deal with how we feel? Stop, look, and listen to God! We can always ask God for help with our emotions! 

 

HAVE FUN WITH FAMILY ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITY 1: BIBLE PICTURES
Supplies: paper, writing utensils  

  • Write the following words on separate index cards: bucketwellwaterdrinkwomanwalkJesus 
  • Choose one person to be the artist. 
  • Give the artist a card with a word to draw.  
  • Everyone should try to guess what the artist is drawing. The artist may not speak or write any letters or words on the paper. 
  • When someone guesses the drawing, prompt that person to describe how the drawing relates to the Bible story.  
    • 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. 
  • JesusJesus told the Samaritan woman He is the Messiah. 
  • Then choose a new artist. Play several rounds. 

Lesson Connection: Learning this story from the Bible helps us to remember that we are never alone. Even though Jesus was a Jew, He was kind to the Samaritan woman. Jesus is with us, tooeven when we feel like we are all alone. Trust Jesus in these times to be with you and share with Him how you are feeling through prayer. 

ACTIVITY 2: GUESS THE EMOTION
Supplies: paper, writing utensil  

  • Write down a number of emotions, one emotion per slip of paper. (Examples of emotions: angry, happy, surprised, sad, disgusted, afraid, bored, in love, confused, embarrassed, impatient, nervous, stubborn, astounded. Include some similar emotions, like happy and ecstatic or bored and restless.)  
  • Fold the slips of paper in half and in half again. Scramble them in a pile.  
  • Each person chooses a slip of paper.  
  • One at a time, people must communicate their emotion to the rest of the group. They can use facial expressions, body movements, and sounds, but no words. 
  • The group must guess the emotion being demonstrated.  
  • How long does it take before someone guesses the exact emotion? How different are people’s perceptions of the emotion? What are the most difficult emotions to demonstrate? The easiest? Why? 

Lesson Connection: The woman Jesus met felt many different emotions. She was lonely, surprised, and even confused by some of what Jesus had to say, just to name a few.  But Jesus was not surprised or put off by her feelings. He talked to her, shared with her, and encouraged her. Jesus wants to do the same for you when you feel many different emotions. He is always with you.  

ACTIVITY 3WET SPONGE RELAY
Supplies: Bucket, two jars/glasses (one per team), sponges/washcloth (1 per team), water 

  • Fill bucket with water on one end of the play area and place two empty jars on the other end.  
  • Divide your family into two teams and line up at the bucket of water.  
  • Give each team a large sponge or washcloth. The first person in line dips the sponge in the water, runs the sponge to the jar, wrings it out, and then runs the sponge back to the next teammate.  
  • The first team with an overflowing jar wins. You may also time the teams for an added challenge.

Lesson Connection:  Jesus promised the Samaritan woman that the living water would become a spring inside her. Instead of traveling back and forth, working to feel God’s presence, we become sopping-wet, overflowing, with the Holy Spirit. Jesus said He is the Messiah, and He promises to be with us always! 

 

JULY 18 & 19 // BLUEPRINTS

Welcome to Compass Kids at Home! This weekend we are beginning a new series called Blueprints! This series will take a look at the Blueprint of God’s Word to help us manage our emotions in a Godly way! We all have many feeling and emotions – sometimes even in the same day and even in the same hour!! That can get pretty confusing.  But we don’t have to handle all those feelings alone. We have help from God’s word to help us know how to manage all the feelings we have!! 

We pray that this journey is a helpful experience for your family, as you learn to: 

  • STOP, and name what you are feeling.  

LESSON BIG IDEA: I need to deal with how I feel.

ICE BREAKER QUESTION 

  • If you could build anything in the world, what would you want to build and why? 

WATCH: 

  • Watch this week’s lesson on Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness!

BIBLE REVIEW

OLDER KIDS: 

Open the Bible to Matthew 4:1 and answer the following questions!  

  • What was the first temptation for Jesus? (to turn stones into bread, Matt. 4:3) 
  • What was the second temptation? (to throw Himself off the top of the temple and trust that God would protect Him, Matt. 4:6) 
  • What was the third temptation? (to worship Satan and be given all the riches and kingdoms of the world, Matt. 4:8-9) 
  • What did Jesus do to help resist temptation all three times? (quoted Scripture; Matt. 4:4,7,10) 

 

YOUNGER KIDS: ACT IT OUT! 

  • Assign a few members of your family to act out one of the following scenarios (or create your own!) 
    • Someone is tempted to cheat. 
    • Someone is tempted to hit another person. 
    • Someone is tempted to lie. 
    • Someone is about to destroy something in anger. 
  • Have each actor repeat the scene a second time. Before the scene resolves, direct the actors to freeze. As a family, discuss what the person acting could do differently when they are tempted. 

Lesson Connection:Jesus is fully God and fully man. When He came to earth, He experienced temptation just like we do. Jesus was tempted and never sinned. We can turn to God for help dealing with our emotions!  We need to have good “tools” to know how to stop our emotions and do the right thing. This will help us to do what God wants us to do, even when we don’t feel like it. 

 

FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  • How do you think Jesus felt when he was in the desert? (Sad, hungry, tired, etc.) 
  • How do you think Jesus dealt with his feelings? (Asked God to help him!) 
  • Emotions can be hard! Have each person name 5 emotions they have felt in the last week. 
  • Which emotion is the hardest for you to deal with and why? 
  • What can we start doing to help us deal with how we feel? Stop, look, and listen to God! We can always ask God for help with our emotions!  

 

HAVE FUN WITH FAMILY ACTIVITIES

  • ACTIVITY 1: HAPPY BOXES
    Supplies: empty box (1 per family or for each person!), crayons or markers, personal items that make you happy! 
    • Have each person place their empty box in front of themselves. (If doing one box for your whole family place it in the center of everyone).  
    • Have each family member place 2-3 things in the box that make them happy. (photo, favorite candy, stuffed animal, etc.) 
    • Decorate your boxes together! Get as creative as you want!  

Lesson Connection: Once your box is complete, place it somewhere that everyone sees every day! When you need a reminder of what brings you happiness, you can visit the box and see what is inside! You can also visit this box when you are feeling overwhelmed and need help calming down. 

 

  • ACTIVITY 2: FEELINGS BINGO
    Supplies: paper, writing utensils  
    • As a family, create a list of 25 emotions/things you feel! 
    • Give each person a piece of paper and a writing utensil and draw a 5×5 grid. (You are making a bingo card!) 
    • Use the words from the list your created to fill your bingo card.  
    • Choose one person to be the bingo caller and play!  

Lesson Connection: There sure are a lot of feeling out there. It can be hard to deal with our emotions because we don’t always know how to describe what we are feeling! When you need help giving a name to your feelings, you can use this bingo card to help. Choose a word that best describes what you are feeling and then ask God to help you!  

 

  • ACTIVITY 3: TELEPHONE
    Supplies: paper, writing utensil 
    • Have everyone sit in a circle. Choose one person to go first.  
    • They should whisper a phrase to the person next to them. Each person should whisper to the next person until the line is complete.  
    • When the last person receives the message, have them say it out loud. Did it change from person to person or was it the same? 

Lesson Connection: Jesus was alone in the desert for 40 days. I am sure that he felt many emotions: fear, anger, sadness, thankfulness, all kinds of things! Thankfully, no matter what Jesus was feeling, God was always with Him and always hears our prayers! Unlike this game, where the words get messed up and confusing, God is always listening and hears our prayers exactly as we pray them! Thankfully we can talk directly to God when we pray and not have to pass our message on through many different people.