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THE STORY,
a 31 week exploration of the Bible – God’s story, and ours!
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FEBRUARY 19 READ CHAPTER 6 of THE STORY BIBLE or these references 
CHAPTER 6  
  Wandering  
      Numbers 10:11-13
    Transition: Short Transition: organization of camp, marching
      Numbers 11:1-15, 16a, 18-23,31-34
    Transition: Transition to story of Miriam and Aaron
      Numbers 12:1-16
      Numbers 13:1-2, 17-21, 23, 25-28, 30-33
      Numbers 14:1-35
    Transition: Transition to set up the new generation
      Numbers 20:1-13
    Transition: Short transition making it clear that Moses disobeyed by striking the rock in his great anger, and the march near the kingdom of Edom
      Numbers 20:22-29
      Numbers 21:1-9
    Transition: Explain that the Israelites kept wandering as a punishment for their sin, lead into story of Defeating the Kings
      Numbers 21: 21-26, 31-35  
    Transition: Long transition explaining that Israel continues to wander, tell story of Balaam and his donkey, transition into Israel in Shittim.
      Numbers 25:1-13
    Transition: Short transition explaining that some time passed, and the people are about to enter the land
      Numbers 27:12-20, 22-23
    Transition: Short transition into Moses’ farewell
      Deuteronomy 1:1a
      Deuteronomy 2:7
      Deuteronomy 4:32-40
      Deuteronomy 6:4-7
      Deuteronomy 8:1-5
      Deuteronomy 9:1-6
      Deuteronomy 29:2-6
      Deuteronomy 30:11-20
    Transition: Short transition into the prayer of Moses.
      Deuteronomy 31:7-8
      Deuteronomy 32:48-52
      Deuteronomy 34:1-8,10-12  
 
PARENT PAGE FOR FEBRUARY 12-18
 

PARENTS’ PAGE LESSON 5: New Rules

 Timeless Truth: Following God’s laws results in righteousness.

 

Bible Basis:

   Exodus 19-25:22

Key Verse:

    “[God’s people] answered with one voice. They said, ‘We will do everything the Lord has told us to do’ ” (Exodus 24:3).

Resource: The Story: Teen Edition, The Story for Kids/Children/Little Ones:

Chapter 5

 

Parent Tips:

Use the Table Talk questions to start a discussion around the dinner table during the week. The Living Faith activity is designed to help your family discern what a lie is and always strive to tell the truth. The Extra Mile looks a current teen ethics trends and encourages your kids to be different. Plus, a fun game will help your family memorize the 10 Commandments.

 

Get the Point:

Preschool: God gave us rules so that we can know him. I can know God by learning his laws.

Elementary: God gave us rules so we can know him. I can know God by learning his laws.

Middle School: Following man’s ideas leads to selfishness and death. Following God’s laws leads to life.

High School: The 10 Commandments allow us to have true community with the one true God, instead of following our disobedient tendencies.

 

Table Talk

Preschool/Elementary

  • Why did God’s people need rules?
  • Those rules are pretty old now. Do they still apply today? Why?
  • Which one of the 10 Commandments is the hardest for you to follow?
  • What are some other important rules that the 10 Commandments don’t cover?

 

Middle/High School

  • What do you think is the most important of the 10 Commandments? Why?
  • When Jesus was asked that same question, what did He say? (Read Matthew 22:36-40) Why did He answer this way? Do you agree?
  • The third commandment talks about not misusing God’s name. Does that apply to words such as “Gosh”, “Geez” and “OMG”?
  • What do the 10 Commandments show us about God’s character? (He’s a jealous God; He cares about life; He wants us to look to Him for our needs.)

 

Living Faith

Play the “Two Truths and a Lie” game as a family. In this game, each family member has to think up two real things and one falsehood to say out loud. Then everybody guesses which thing is the lie. Try to make the lie sound believable. Parents will have an easier time stumping their children, but be aware about what you reveal about yourself. Also, try to have the true statements sound outrageous, then you can share the story behind your “truth.” (Example: “I never had detention in high school; I once hit a golf ball and broke a car’s windshield; I made my little brother drink pickle juice.” In this case, if the lie was about detention, then the truths could lead to interesting stories.)

            Ask:

  • What was the hardest part about this game?
  • Did you learn anything new about your family?
  • Was it easy to disguise a lie in the truth?
  • How come it’s easy for little lies to slip out in everyday life?
  • What are some ways that we can always strive to be truthful.

 

Extra Mile

Use these ideas to drive home the importance of the 10 Commandments.

  1. In the Cards—get a deck of cards and remove all the face cards (jacks, queens, kings and jokers). Shuffle the deck. Bring out a Bible and review the 10 Commandments in order. For younger children, you can paraphrase the Commandments like this: 1. God is the one true God; 2. Do not worship anyone or anything but God; 3. Do not misuse God’s name; 4. Rest one day a week; 5. Respect your father and mother. 6. Do not kill; 7. Husbands and wives should keep their promises to each other; 8. Do not steal; 9. Do not lie; 10. Do not be jealous of others.

            Put the deck on the table. Have the youngest family member start by drawing a card and trying to say the corresponding commandment (example: 8=Do not steal). If the person says the correct commandment, he gets to keep the card. If it’s incorrect, the card is put face up next to the deck. Go through the entire deck of cards. The person who ends up with the most cards gets a prize, such as being able to choose a special dessert the following night.

  1. Teen Scene—Based on a random survey of high school students, one study found that 35 percent of boys and 26 percent of girls stole from a store in the past year. Twenty-three percent stole from a parent or relative, and 20 percent stole from a friend. Lying was an even bigger issue. Eighty-three percent admitted to lying to a parent about something significant. Cheating is also a problem that appears to be getting worse in that 64 percent of students cheated on a test in the last year. High schoolers couldn’t even be totally honest on this anonymous survey—26 percent said they lied on one or two questions.

            Ask:

  • Do these numbers on lying, cheating and stealing seem about right in your school and among your friends? Would you say the problem is larger?
  • Why do you think so many students lie, cheat or steal?
  • Have you ever cheated on a test or been tempted to cheat?
  • Is cheating the same thing as lying? Why or why not?
  • What’s one way that teenagers could be encouraged to lie, cheat and steal less?
  • Can you think of the underlying cause of this behavior? (Selfishness, fear of getting bad grades, etc.)
  • What can we do as parents to help you not lie, cheat or steal?
 
 
FEBRUARY 12 READ CHAPTER 5 of THE STORY BIBLE
CHAPTER 5  
  New Commands and a New Covenant
      Exodus 19:1-6, 9-25;
      Exodus 20:18-21
    Transition: Short transition to the 10 commandments
      Exodus 20:2-17
    Transition: Short transition about the book of the covenant
      Exodus 24:3-8,12;
      Exodus 24:15-25:2, 8-9
    Transition: Short transition leading to the golden calf
      Exodus 32:1-35
      Exodus 33:1-3, 7-23
      Exodus 34:1-10, 14, 27-35
    Transition: Long transition explaining the construction of the ark and the tabernacle. Include the setting up of the tabernacle and lead into the glory of God filling the tabernacle.
      Exodus 40:34-38  
    Transition: Long transition explaining that the Israelites stayed in the desert receiving instructions about the law (briefly explain sacrificial system) and then transition into God leading them onward
 
FEBRUARY 5 Read Chapter 4 of THE STORY Bible, or look up these references:
 
CHAPTER 4  
  Deliverance  
      Exodus 1:6-14, 22
      Exodus 2:1-25
      Exodus 3:1-15
      Exodus 4:10-17, 27-31
    Transition: Short transition: Moses and Pharaoh
      Exodus 5:19-6:8
      Exodus 7:8-24
    Transition: Long Transition. Explain the plagues and the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart.
      Exodus 10:27-11:1
      Exodus 11:4-8
      Exodus 12:1-3,5-8, 11-13, 21-24, 28-33, 40-41
    Transition: Short transition. Tell of the Lord bringing the Israelites out of Egypt. Transition into…
      Exodus 13:21-22
      Exodus 14:1-29
    Transition: Short transition into the Israelites’ journey into the desert. Focus on the faithfulness and glory that God showed to the Israelites
      Exodus 15:22-27
      Exodus 16:1-3, 6-15
    Transition: Short transition explaining manna
      Exodus 17:1-7
 
PARENT PAGE FOR CHAPTER 4, FEBRUARY 5
 
Timeless Truth: God is the ultimate Deliverer.

Bible Basis: 

  Exodus 1—16:15

Key Verse: 

    Moses answered the people. He said, “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm. You will see how the Lord will save you today” (Exodus 14:13, nirv).

 Parent Tips:

Use the Table Talk questions to start a discussion around the dinner table during the week. The Living Faith activity is designed to help your family look to God during hard times and follow Him. The Extra Mile idea will help your family relate to the Israelites and benefit your church.

 

Get the Point:

Preschool: God sent Moses to bring his people out of Egypt. God will always help his people—including me.

 

Elementary: God watched over Moses and his people. God watches over me, too.

 

Middle School: God is the God over all gods. He sees and hears everything. He can overcome any power on earth to help me.

 

High School: Jesus is the new Passover sacrifice.

 

 

Table Talk

Preschool/Elementary

Say: God provided for Moses through his entire life, and He provides for our family today. Share a story of God’s provision in your life and then ask

  • How did God care for Moses when he was a baby? (Pharaoh’s daughter finding him in Nile River; being raised by his own mother as an infant; growing up in the palace)
  • How did God provide for Moses when he was asking Pharaoh to let the Israelite people go? (He protected Moses and gave him his brother Aaron to speak.)
  • How did God provide for the Israelites when they left Egypt? (Guiding them with a pillar of fire or cloud; parting the Red Sea; manna in the morning.)
  • How does God provide for you?

 

Middle/High School

Say: Pharaoh was very stubborn and hardened his heart against God. Share a story where God was working in your life or trying to get your attention, but you didn’t see it until later. Ask

  • Do you know a friend, teacher or relative who’s hardened their heart against God and refuses to see Him?
  • Why do you think people stubbornly refuse to see God when He makes himself known in creation and everyday circumstances?
  • What can you do to open people’s eyes to the truth about God? (Share the good news about Jesus with them; pray for them; be their friend.)
  • If somebody totally refuses to acknowledge God, what should you do? (Pray that the Holy Spirit softens their heart; continue to show them God’s love.)

 

Living Faith

Grab a flashlight and bring your family to a dark room or into the basement. This activity can also be done outside on a dark night. Explain that according to the Bible, God led the Israelites at night with a pillar of fire (Exodus 13:21). By following the pillar of fire at night and the pillar of cloud during the day, God’s people always knew exactly where to go. Tell your family that you’re going to play a game of “Reverse Hide and Seek.” Instead of one person counting and everybody hiding, the person holding the flashlight will hide and everybody else will count. Have a parent hide first. After everybody counts to 20, let them search for the person hiding. Once that person is found, let him hide again. This time after everybody has counted, wait a couple minutes and then turn on the flashlight before anybody finds you. With the flashlight on, allow every family member to get to you. Let other family members take turns hiding.

When you’re finished, ask:

  • Were you ever scared being stuck in the dark and not knowing where to go?
  • Was it easier to find the hidden person when the flashlight was on or off?
  • How does God shine His “flashlight” today, so it’s easier for us to follow Him? (He gave us the Bible; instruction from parents; youth leaders at church.)
  • How does God’s light deliver us and keep us safe?
  • God’s “flashlight” is on all the time. How does it make you feel to know you can go to Him whenever you’re in need?
  • The Bible says, “You are in the light because of what the Lord has done. Live like children of the light” (Ephesians 5:8). What are some ways we can live as children of the light?

 

Extra Mile

On a Sunday night (or early on a Monday morning if you wake up before your kids), tell your family that you’re going to eat breakfast like the Israelites did when they escaped Egypt. The Bible says that thin flakes of bread appeared on the ground every morning (Exodus 15:15-16). The Israelites would gather up enough for their family and eat it throughout the day. The next morning a whole new crop of manna, which comes from the Hebrew words “What is it?” would be waiting for them to eat. Instead of manna, explain that your family will eat oatmeal every morning. Calculate the cost savings of eating oatmeal instead of cereal, doughnuts or eggs (whatever is your family’s normal breakfast food) and have your children donate that money to the church the following Sunday to do God’s work.

            At some point during the week, ask your family what the Israelites must’ve felt like after eating manna every day for years.

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PARENTS’ PAGE LESSON 3 FROM SLAVE TO DEPUTY PHAROAH!

 

Timeless Truth: Though people fail, God’s plan prevails.

 

Bible Basis:

   Genesis 37–47:11

Key Verse:

    Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. … You planned to harm me. But God planned it for good.” —Genesis 50:19–20, nirv

Resource: The Story: Teen Edition, The Story for Kids/Children/Little Ones:

Chapter 3

 

Parent Tips:

Use the Table Talk questions to start a discussion around the dinner table during the week. The Living Faith activity is designed to help your family discuss the pitfalls of favoritism. The Extra Mile idea will get your family into your neighborhood as you meet the needs of hungry people in your community.

 

Get the Point:

Preschool: God took care of Joseph. God also takes care of me.

Elementary: God worked things out for Joseph’s good. God knows what’s good for me.

Middle School: Through the difficult times in life, God is with me and has an ultimate purpose for my life.

High School: Joseph’s life shows that good decisions don’t always result in positive earthly consequences. Following God is it’s own reward—but sometimes these rewards are limited to spiritual rewards.

 

Table Talk

Preschool/Elementary

  • Can anybody remember a funny or weird dream you’ve had recently? (If nobody remembers one, share one of your own to get the conversation started.)
  • Do you think that dream has any chance of coming true? Would you like it to come true?
  • What do you think is the difference between your dreams and Joseph’s dreams?
  • What are your hopes and dreams for your life? (Let children share and then tell them some of your hopes: that they’ll always follow God; that you’ll always have a strong relationship and love them; that they’ll use their talents to serve God.)

 

Middle/High School

  • Has anybody told lies about you and gotten you in trouble, like Potiphar’s wife did to Joseph?
  • What did it feel like? Did you do anything to get even?
  • Has anybody made promises to you and then not followed through, like the drink-tester did to Joseph?
  • How did that make you feel?
  • What can you learn from Joseph about patience and continuing to believe in God’s plan during difficult times?

 

Living Faith

Instruct each family member to bring his or her favorite possession to the living room. It must be only one thing, such as a toy, golf club, stuffed animal, photo, Wii gaming system or car (of course, this would require a trip outside). Once everybody has chosen something, start with the youngest family member and have her explain why that item is her favorite. Continue around the room until each person gets to share about his possession.

            After everybody is finished explain that it’s natural to have a favorite thing. Some items just fit your personality and specific tastes better than others. Some things have more sentimental value and mean more to you. But when it comes to families, favoritism can cause some problems.

            Ask:

  • How did it make Joseph’s brothers feel that Jacob “loved Joseph more than any of his other sons” (Genesis 37:3)?
  • Were Joseph’s brothers justified in selling him into slavery?
  • Who was more at fault—Jacob or Joseph’s brothers—for what happened to Joseph?
  • If Jacob would’ve acted differently, do you think Joseph’s life would’ve been different?
  • Have you ever been in a group or team where somebody else was the favorite?
  • Have you ever been treated as the favorite? How did that make you feel?

            At the end, pray for God to give your family the wisdom and ability to love each other fully and unconditionally without showing favoritism.

             

Extra Mile

God gave Joseph wisdom to prepare for the coming famine. Through God’s provision, people were saved when there was no food.
 
How can we do that in our own time and place? Why not collect some food for Contact House? Take an evening as a family to go  to people you know in town or your neighborhood to gather nonperishable food for Contact House. You can bring it to church on any Sunday! Have your children explain to the neighbours exactly where the food will go and who it will benefit. Bring a wagon or shopping bags to collect food donations. After you deliver the items to the church, write a thank-you note to the neighbours that contributed and revisit those homes to let them know the results of your family food drive.

 

 

 

PARENTS’ PAGE LESSON 2: God Builds a Nation

Timeless Truth: What sin changes, faith overcomes.

Bible Basis: 

 Genesis 12–35

Key Verse: 

    [God said,] “I will give you all of the land that you see. I will give it to you and your children after you forever. I will make your children like the dust of the earth.” ‑Genesis 13:15–16, nirv

Parent Tips:

Use the Table Talk questions to start a discussion around the dinner table during the week. The Living Faith activity is designed to help your child understand the importance of listening to God’s voice even when he can’t see the next step. The Extra Mile idea will help you drive home the concept of authentic faith.

 Get the Point:

Preschool 

: Abraham trusted and obeyed God. I can trust and obey him, too.

Elementary 

: Abraham trusted God and obeyed. I can trust God too.

Middle School/High School 

: God often encourages movement to follow His will. We have to be willing to make sacrifices to follow God.

 

Table Talk

Preschool/Elementary

  • How do you see God working in your life? (Could be finding something that was lost, feeling better after being sick, answered prayer.)
  • What are some of the ways God worked in Abraham’s life? (Giving him land, children, etc.)
  • Would you have had the faith Abraham displayed by moving to a place you knew nothing about?
  • Why is it so hard to move or adjust to new things? What does God do to help you feel better when things change? (Give you new friends, love of a family, etc.)

Middle/High School

  • According to Genesis 18:12, Sarah laughed when she overheard that she would have a baby, because she was so old. What would you do if you believed God was leading you to do something and people laughed?
  • Have you ever read something in the Bible and thought, That’s impossible! Is anything impossible for God?
  • How does our faith play a role in God’s “impossible” plans for our life?
  • After Abraham passed God’s test, did God give Abraham “descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand” (Genesis 22:17) right away?
  • What can you learn from Abraham about waiting for God’s plan to come true?
  • Why is it so hard to wait?

 

 Living Faith

Gather your family outside or in the living room. For this activity you’ll need something to mark boundaries and items to set up an obstacle course. You can use pillows, empty 2-liter plastic bottles, stuffed animals, baseball bats, etc. Break family members into pairs. If there’s an odd number, have one person rotate in. Explain that one member from each team will stand on one side of the obstacle course wearing a bandana so he can’t see anything. The other team members will stand on the other side and call out verbal directions to guide her partner. Only verbal directions, such as “Two small steps forward,” “One step left” or “Lift your foot really high and take a big step” are allowed. All teams go through the obstacle course at the same time, so it can sound pretty chaotic. If the blindfolded person steps on an obstacle, knocks one down (you can lean two bats together to create a teepee) or goes outside the boundary, then he has to be guided back to the beginning and start again. Take turns being blindfolded and giving directions, and always rearrange the obstacle course once a person has made it through.

 

            When you decide to stop playing, ask these questions:

  • What was the hardest part about being blindfolded? (Couldn’t see; hard to hear directions from teammate because of all the noise.) Explain that the blindfolded person had to totally trust the directions to stay safe and make it to the destination.
  • Do you think Abraham may have felt the same way when God called him to go to Canaan?
  • Is it harder to obey when you can see the destination or when you’re walking blind?
  • How does faith help you trust God in your life, even when you can’t see the next step?
  • What was the hardest part of giving directions? (Had to shout; had to put yourself in other person’s shoes to guide left or right.)
  • Does God ever mess up in the directions He gives us?
  • Because we can always trust God, what should we do when we hear His leading?

Extra Mile

For added emphasis about living out a real faith, bring your family around a computer  watch “Stained Glass Masquerade” by Casting Crowns

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7U–p31vIY

            After watching the video, ask:

  • What do you think the song means by “happy plastic people”?
  • According to the song, is it OK to fail?
  • How should the church treat people who fail?
Explain that the Bible is filled with people who fail and didn’t have the faith to fully trust God. But God forgives and gives us a second chance. He doesn’t want us to be plastic and pretend everything’s OK when it isn’t. We need to be real with God and each other. When we have faith in God, His love can help us live authentically as the person He’s created us to be.
 
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JANUARY 15  “The Beginning of Life as We Know It”  Read Chapter 1 of THE STORY Bible
or use these references:  
CHAPTER 1  
  The Beginning of Life as We Know It
      Genesis 1:1-2:9
      Genesis 2:15-25
    Transition: Recap Adam and Eve and set up the temptation
      Genesis 3:1-4:8
    Transition: Short transition explaining population
      Genesis 6:5-7:1
      Genesis 7:4, 7:6–10; 7:13-8:5
      Genesis 8:13-21
      Genesis 9:1-2, 8-13, 16
    Transition: Give a short transition of repopulation and intro Abram and Sarai
 
 
PARENTS: Here is the Parent Page for you to engage your children during the week:
 

THE STORY      Week 1

              

Timeless Truth: Humans are God’s crowning creation.

 

Bible Basis:

Genesis 1-9:17

Key Verse:

When God created man, he made him in his own likeness. ‑Genesis 5:1, nirv

Resource: The Story: Teen Edition, The Story for Kids/Children/Little Ones:

Chapter 1
Parent Tips:

 

Use the Table Talk questions to start a discussion around the dinner table at some point this week. The Living Faith activity is designed to help your child know that he’s perfectly created by God. The Extra Mile idea will help your family spread God’s love in the community.

Get the Point

Preschool: God made everything. He made me in His likeness.

Elementary: God made everything there is. He made me to know him.

Middle School: God made a perfect creation. We messed it up. Jesus offers us grace to fix that.

High School: God made a perfect and ordered creation. Man’s sin brought suffering to earth.

Table Talk

Preschool/Elementary

THE STORY    

   Week 1

               

Timeless Truth: Humans are God’s crowning creation.

 

Bible Basis:

Genesis 1-9:17

Key Verse:

When God created man, he made him in his own likeness. ‑Genesis 5:1, nirv

Resource: The Story: Teen Edition, The Story for Kids/Children/Little Ones:

Chapter 1

Parent Tips:

Use the Table Talk questions to start a discussion around the dinner table at some point this week. The Living Faith activity is designed to help your child know that he’s perfectly created by God. The Extra Mile idea will help your family spread God’s love in the community.

Get the Point

Preschool: God made everything. He made me in His likeness.

Elementary: God made everything there is. He made me to know him.

Middle School: God made a perfect creation. We messed it up. Jesus offers us grace to fix that.

High School: God made a perfect and ordered creation. Man’s sin brought suffering to earth.

Table Talk

Preschool/Elementary

  • If you could live a day as any animal, what animal would you be? What are some of the good and bad things about living as that animal?
  • What are some ways people and animals are different?
  • Are people or animals more important to God? Explain that people are worth way more than animals, because we’re the only part of Creation made in God’s image. We were made to have a relationship with God. Even Jesus said in Matthew 10:31 that we’re “worth more than many sparrows.”

 

Middle/High School

  • What are some things you really like about yourself? (Could be eyes, hair, clothes, sense of humor)
  • Hollywood actors and models always talk about how they’d like to change their appearance, yet they’re considered the pretty people. Is there anything you’d change about yourself?
  • Do you think God would change anything about you?
  • Why do you think the culture is so consumed with looks and fame?

Living Faith

Spend a few moments one evening going on a family treasure hunt around your house. You can write your own clues or use the ones given. End your hunt at a mirror (either handheld or in a bathroom) so your family can discover God’s greatest creation—you!

 

Clue No. 1

I’m no simple box with doors and a light.

I will keep your food cold, both day and night.

 

Clue No. 2 (hide in refrigerator)

Yawn. If you’re tired, you’re coming to me.

For safety and warmth, I’m the place to be.

 

Clue No. 3 (hide in a bed)

I’m pretty and make oxygen for you.

Give me water—it’s the right thing to do.

 

Clue No. 4 (hide in a plant)

With four wheels and an engine, I go fast.

But without any gas, I cannot last.

 

Clue No. 5 (hide in car)

Your search is almost over, so be glad.

You wipe your eyes with me when you are sad.

Option 1—takes you to bathroom

Clue No. 6 (hide in Kleenex box)

This is the last clue. Hope it has been fun.

Always wash your hands in here when you’re done.

Option 2—takes you to couch where you’ve put a mirror under the cushions

Clue No. 6 (hide in Kleenex box)

Come to me when you want to sit around.

Lift up my cushions and treasure you’ve found.

 

When you find the mirror, ask your kids to identify the treasure. (They should say it’s them.) Remind your children that they are created in God’s image. Let them know how proud you are of them. Talk about some of the things you appreciate about them and tie that into how those characteristics are from God. Tell them you expect a lot from them and have high standards because they are God’s perfect creation. Encourage them to always follow God and His will for their lives.

 

Extra Mile

For added emphasis on this week’s themes, try one of these activities.

  1. Grab a family photo album that has some shots of you enjoying the outdoors.

            Ask:   • What do you remember most about this experience?

  • What are some of your favorite things about God’s creation?
  • How can you see God’s handiwork in the outdoors?
  • Where are some places you’d like to visit?

            If the conversation leads, plan a fun family outing or your next family vacation.

  1. Remind your children that all people are important to God by taking some food to a local food bank or going through your closets and making a donation to a homeless shelter. Remind your kids that helping the less fortunate shows them God’s love.