Family discipleship has always been important to NFCC. The current conditions related to COVID-19 offer families a unique environment to focus on in-home discipleship. Each week, we will provide families with a video lesson and five days of content that will set the stage for spiritual learning and growth.

Click the button below to access and print a Kids Activity Page to use in conjunction with the videos below.

Kids Activity Page

 Week 18

Lesson Title: The Cost of Following Jesus
Bible Passage: Matthew 8; 16; Luke 9; 14
Story Point: Following Jesus is not easy, but He is worth it.
Key Passage: John 14:25-26
Big Picture Question: What did Jesus teach when He was on earth? Jesus taught about God and His kingdom

This week’s at-home activity: Tower Building

Choose your own supplies – plastic cups, playing cards, spaghetti & marshmallows, building blocks with shaving cream, or whatever you may have at the house.

Challenge your kids to build the tallest tower they can. The tallest tower wins!

Say: Jesus said builders plan what they need before they start building. What if someone built the floors and walls of a house, but then didn’t have a roof to put on? That would be silly! Jesus wants people to think about what it takes to follow Him too. When we trust in Jesus, we give Him complete control of our lives. Jesus taught that following Him is not easy, but He is worth it. Jesus gave up His life to rescue people from sin and give us life with God forever!

Week 17

Lesson Title: The Sermon on the Mount
Bible Passage: Matthew 5-7
Story Point: Jesus taught people about God's kingdom.
Key Passage: John 14:26
Big Picture Question: What did Jesus teach when He was on earth? Jesus taught about God and His kingdom.

This week’s at-home activity: Jesus' teaching posters

Allow each child to choose a different passage from today's Bible story: Matthew 5:14-16; Matthew 5:43-47; Matthew 6:14-15; Matthew 6:19-21. Once the child has chosen their passage, help them find it in the Bible and read it together. Then, encourage kids to create a poster about Jesus' teaching in that passage. Kids can include words and drawings. Encourage them to think of specific ways they can obey Jesus' teachings.

Once children have finished, allow them to share their posters with the family. You may also prompt them to consider how those teachings differ from the teachings of the world.

Say: Jesus taught people how to live in God's kingdom. He taught people what it means to follow Him. He taught how people should live, how they should treat one another, and how to love God. People who trust in Jesus live to honor God and show what His kingdom is like.

Week 16

Lesson Title: Jesus Healed a Man Who Was Blind
Bible Passage: John 9
Story Point: Jesus gave sight to a man who was blind.
Key Passage: Isaiah 53:4-5
Big Picture Question: Why did God create people? God created people to love Him and give Him glory.

This week’s at-home activity: Dirt and Worms Dessert

Follow these instructions to make a dirt and worms dessert. (Note: Makes approximately four servings. Increase quantities for a larger family.)

Ingredients:
12 chocolate cream-filled sandwich cookies
1 (3.9 oz) package instant chocolate pudding mix
2 cups milk
1 (3 oz) package gummy worms

  1. Seal the sandwich cookies in a ziplock bag and crush them into crumbs.
  2. Whisk together milk and pudding mix. Stir for about 2 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle a layer of cookie crumbs in the bottom of a cup. Spoon a layer of pudding on top, followed by another layer of cookie crumbs.
  4. Top with one or two gummy worms.
  5. Refrigerate until serving.

Say: When you enjoy your dessert remember that Jesus gave sight to a man who was blind. Jesus used dirt to make mud and put it on the man’s eyes. When the man washed off the mud, he could see! Our sin makes us unable to see the truth about God. Jesus came as a light in a dark world. He came to give us sight – true understanding of God and his kingdom. Those who trust in Jesus see who He is and worship Him.

Week 15

Lesson Title: Jesus Healed a Man Who Was Lame
Bible Passage: John 5
Story Point: Jesus healed a man who could not walk.
Key Passage: Isaiah 53:4-5
Big Picture Question: Why did God create people? God created people to love Him and give Him glory.

This week’s at-home activity: Clay Figure Theater

Choose family members to be "clay" and play the roles of Jesus and the man who was lame (and maybe a few Jews). Choose another family member to be the "sculptor". Give any other family members the task of opening their Bible to John 5.

Instruct the "clay" people to stand at the front of the room. Have the sculptor and any extra family members read John 5:1-15, a few verses at a time. After it is read, the sculptor should arrange the clay people to create the scene by repositioning volunteers' arms, legs, or heads. Volunteers should hold the pose as if they are clay.

Option: Take photos of each scene to put together a live action comic strip.

Say: We learned in this week's Bible story that Jesus healed a man who could not walk. The man at the pool was unable to help himself. Jesus healed him, and he obeyed Jesus' commands. In a similar way, we are unable to free ourselves from sin. Jesus calls us to trust in Him. When we trust in Jesus, He frees us from the power of sin and death so we can follow Him and obey Him.

Week 14

Lesson Title: Jesus Healed a Woman and a Girl
Bible Passage: Mark 5
Story Point: Jesus healed a woman and a girl from the dead.
Key Passage: Isaiah 53:4-5
Big Picture Question: Why did God create people? God created people to love Him and give Him glory.

This week’s at-home activity: First Aid Kits

Gather basic first aid supplies (band-aids, cotton balls, ointment, wipes, etc.). Allow each child to assemble their own first aid kit that they can keep in their room. They can store their supplies in a ziplock bag or a special box.

Say: These first aid kits can be used to help you heal cuts or injuries. In this week’s story, Jesus healed a woman and a girl from the dead. By healing the woman and raising the little girl from the dead, Jesus showed His power as the Messiah. Jesus died on the cross and rose again to save people from sin and death. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sins and changes us to be more like His Son.

Week 13

Lesson Title: Jesus Healed Ten Men
Bible Passage: Luke 17
Story Point: Jesus healed ten men with a skin disease.
Key Passage: Isaiah 53:4-5
Big Picture Question: Why did God create people? God created people to love Him and give Him glory.

This week’s at-home activity: Bath Bombs

Supplies:
Spray bottle
Large bowl
Large wooden spoon
Paper muffin cups
Muffin tin
Ziplock bags
Lemon juice
Water
Baking soda
Epsom salt
Essential oils (optional)
Food color (optional)

Combine equal parts lemon juice and water in a spray bottle. In a large bowl, add equal parts baking soda and Epsom salt. Invite kids to take turns using a large wooden spoon to stir the mixture. Shake the spray bottle. Allow kids to take turns spraying the liquid mixture onto the dry mixture one spray at a time. Mix after each spray. Continue until the mixture reaches the consistency of wet sand and is malleable. Add essential oils or food color if desired and stir to combine. Help kids press the mixture into lined muffin tins to mold. Move the bath bombs and store in ziplock bags.

Say: Once your bath bomb dries, you can put it in your bathwater. The salts and the oils will dissolve in the water and make your skin feel smooth and soft. When Jesus healed ten men with a skin disease, I wonder if their skin was softer than ours will be. Jesus healed the men’s skin disease, but He also heals people from something greater than sicknesses. He saves us from our sin. Let’s pray and thank Jesus for taking the punishment for our sin so we can be made new when we trust Him.

Week 12

Lesson Title: Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
Bible Passage: John 4
Story Point: Jesus loves all people.
Key Passage: John 3:16
Big Picture Question: What makes people special? People are special because God made us in His own image.

DAY 1

Story Point Activity
Provide a sheet of paper and a pencil to each kid. Ask kids to write or draw something that makes them different than people around the world. Help them think through things like the language they speak, the food they eat, what they look like, what they believe, etc. Then challenge kids to wad their papers up and toss them into a cup. Allow them a few chances, or they may simply place their paper in the cup. By the end, the cup should be overflowing with different qualities.

Say: God creates everyone with unique qualities. No two people are exactly alike! Jesus loves all people. No matter whether we are similar to or different from others, we should love everyone the same way that Jesus does.

DAY 2

Key Passage Activity
Write the key passage and words and phrases on 15 plastic cups. Lead kids in reading John 3:16 together. Then, mix up the cups and challenge kids to build a pyramid, arranging the cups in order.

Say: How did God show His love for us? He sent His Son to rescue us!

DAY 3

Big Picture Question Activity
Celebrate diversity by drawing a big heart on a large piece of paper. Write the story point (Jesus loves all people) above it. Help children cut out people images from magazines and glue them inside of the heart. Encourage children to look for people different from themselves. Repeat the story point as they work. Display the poster.

Say: The Samaritan woman was surprised Jesus spoke to her because he was a Jew. Jews did not like Samaritans. But Jesus is different from other people. Jesus loves all people and He came to give everyone a free gift: salvation from sin. What makes people special? People are special because God made us in His own image. All people are made in God’s image, no matter what color their skin is, where they are from, whether they are a boy or a girl, or how talented they are!

DAY 4

Lesson Review Activity
Draw two parallel left facing arrows on heavyweight paper. Position the paper behind a glass cup so kids can see the arrows through the glass. Slowly pour water into the glass until the water level is just above the bottom arrow. The arrow should flip horizontally, appearing as a right facing arrow. Move the cup to show kids that the draw arrows still face to the left. Return the cup to its place in front of the arrows. Add more water so the top arrow appears to change directions as well.

Say: How did that happen? (invite kids to explain) Nothing is special about this water; this demonstration is an example of refraction – light bending when it passes through different materials (like air, glass, and water). In the story we learned that Jesus told a woman He could give her living water. It wasn’t a trick, though. When He talked about living water, He was talking about Himself. Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to those who believe.

DAY 5

Missions Activity
Create a prayer map by displaying a map of the world. Distribute sticky notes and crayons. Invite kids to think of ways they can pray for Christians like the Jagers and the Johnsons (from this week’s video) who are sharing the gospel around the world. Ask kids to write their prayer requests on the sticky notes or draw a picture representing that request. For example, a kid might draw a Bible to represent prayers that more people will learn about the Bible. Add the sticky notes to the map and pray for missionaries, asking children to pray aloud. Consider leaving the map displayed in your room for a few weeks to remind kids to pray for missionaries.

Week 11

Lesson Title: Jesus and Nicodemus
Bible Passage: John 3
Story Point: Jesus told Nicodemus about God’s great plan.
Key Passage: John 3:16
Big Picture Question: What makes people special? People are special because God made us in His own image.

DAY 1

Story Point Activity
Challenge kids with various exercises, increasing how much you challenge them to do after each successful completion. Encourage children to try even if they think they cannot do it. Finish with an impossible request, like lifting the roof off the classroom. This time when children say they cannot, respond, “You are right, but God can!”

Say: Trying hard and getting better at things is good, but knowing when we can’t do something by ourselves and need God’s help is good too. Some people try really hard to obey all of God’s laws because they think doing that will get them into heaven. Obeying God is good, but it doesn’t get us into heaven. Jesus told Nicodemus about God’s great plan. Getting to heaven is not something we can do for ourselves, no matter how hard we try.

DAY 2

Key Passage Activity
Display the key passage for kids to see. Instruct the family to sit around a table and read John 3:16 aloud together. Give every person a pencil and position a piece of paper in front of one family member.

Explain that when you say “go”, the first person will write the first word of the key passage at the top of the paper and pass the paper to their left. The next person will write the second word, pass the paper, and so on around the table until the verse is completed.

Ask a kid to read the verse aloud to check your work. Try playing another round with no help, strictly from memory.

Say: Our key passage comes from this weeks’ Bible story! To whom did Jesus say these words? (Nicodemus)

DAY 3

Big Picture Question Activity
Help kids understand the definition of image. Look through picture books. Point out various images and ask, “Is this a real lion or just a picture?” Emphasize that everything in the books is just a picture, or image, of something that really exists. You may choose to point out real items from home and contrast them with pictures in the books.

Say: Our big picture question asks, What makes people special? People are special because God made us in His own image. God made us to be a picture of what He is like. We are not God. God is greater and more powerful than anything and anyone, but He made us in His likeness to show the world a little of what He is like. Jesus is more than an image of God. Jesus is God the Son. Jesus shows us exactly what God is like. Everyone who believes in Jesus receives God’s gift of eternal life.

DAY 4

Lesson Review Activity
Make play dough snakes by rolling a ball of dough into a long cylinder to form the snake. Guide kids to use the end of a toothpick to draw designs on their snake. Show a child how to wrap her play dough snake around a straw like the snake on the pole. Review Numbers 21:4-9.

Say: Jesus told Nicodemus about God’s great plan. Jesus reminded Nicodemus of the time when God’s people disobeyed God and got sick. The people were healed when they looked at the bronze snake on the pole. Jesus said that He would be raised up like the snake so that everyone who believes in Jesus will be healed from sin and have eternal life. Everyone who believes in Jesus receives God’s gift of eternal life.

DAY 5

Missions Activity
Write the following phrases on construction paper and put the papers on the floor around your room:

  1. Make friends
  2. Eat a meal together
  3. Explore the city
  4. Invite them to your home
  5. Give them a Bible
  6. Talk about Jesus
  7. Pray for your friend
  8. Invite them to church
  9. Enjoy spending time with them
  10. Tell them how to become a Christian

Make a simple path around the room with the papers. Prepare to take your kids on a “journey with missionaries” who are preparing the way for people to come to Jesus.

Say: There are missionaries all over the world, just like the missionaries we have been learning about in Las Vegas, and they are leading people to Jesus. Let’s take a walk around the room and see some of the things a missionary does to lead people to Jesus. We can do these things, too!

Walk the path together, stopping at each paper and asking a volunteer to read the words. Ask kids to share examples of how they might tell someone about Jesus, using these steps.

Week 10

Lesson Title: Jesus Taught in Nazareth
Bible Passage: Luke 4
Story Point: Jesus taught that He is the Messiah.
Key Passage: John 3:16
Big Picture Question: What makes people special? People are special because God made us in His own image.

DAY 1

Story Point Activity
Take turns making shadow puppets with a flashlight and white piece of paper or sheet.

Say: When Isaiah heard God’s plan to send a Messiah, it was kind of like seeing a shadow from far away. Isaiah didn’t know exactly what Jesus would be like, but he still understood a lot about Him. Jesus taught that He is the Messiah whom Isaiah had written about long before. Finally people could see clearly the one God had promised to send!

DAY 2

Key Passage Activity
Open your Bible to John 3:16 and read it aloud. Write the words of the key passage on separate index cards. Mix up the cards. Challenge kids to arrange the cards in the correct order. When kids finish, lead them to read the key passage out loud.

Mix up the cards and play again. For an added challenge, include word cards that are not part of the key passage and instruct kids to find and remove words that do not belong. Invite kids to recite the verse from memory.

DAY 3

Big Picture Question Activity
Place a Bible at one end of the room and a large X drawn on paper at the other end. Tell kids that you will say something, and if they think it is a truth from God’s Word, they should move to the Bible. If they think you’ve said something false, they should move to the X. Encourage kids to move to the middle of the room between statements. Use the following statements or create your own:

  • Isaiah’s words were not about Jesus. (false)
  • Jesus taught that He is the Messiah. (true)
  • God sent Jesus to make poor people rich. (false)
  • Jesus came to tell good news to people who were hurting. (true)
  • Only good people are special to God. (false)
  • All people are special because God made us in His own image. (true)

Say: God created us and loves us. He sent Jesus to save us because we are special to Him. What makes people special? People are special because God made us in His own image. Nothing else God created is described as made in God’s image. Human beings – men, women and children – are unique in that way. It sets us apart from all other created things.

DAY 4

Lesson Review Activity
Use tape to mark a line down the center of the room. Designate one end as “good” and the other as “not good”. Ask kids to stand somewhere along the line based on how they feel about themselves in regards to different criteria, such as their skill at dancing, their ability to draw, or their feelings about eating vegetables. End by asking them where along the line a person would be spiritually to need Jesus to rescue them.

Say: We sometimes make the mistake of thinking certain sinful choices are worse than others. Some people may think they are good enough and don’t need a Rescuer. Some people may think they are so bad that they cannot be rescued. The truth is, everyone who is on the line needs rescuing. There’s no such thing as being “too good to need Jesus” or “too bad for Jesus to save you”. We all need to be rescued. Jesus taught that He is the Messiah. He alone can save us when we ask Him to. And He wants to see all people saved!

DAY 5

Missions Activity
Show children these pictures of Las Vegas. As they examine the pictures, ask them to comment on some of the sites they see.

Say: Las Vegas, Nevada, is a busy city and a popular spot for tourists. Las Vegas is full of neon signs that mark popular spots. It’s also a city where many people ignore Jesus and live without hope. Some Christians have chosen to live in this busy city with all the neon lights to teach people the truth about the gospel and the hope that Jesus gives. We are going to make our own neon signs of hope. You can hang your sign somewhere you will see daily to remind you to shine brightly for Jesus.

Create your own signs by providing kids with a brightly colored sheet of paper. Help them use brightly colored pipe-cleaners to form the letters J, E, S, U, S. Kids will then glue the pipe-cleaners to their paper. Kids can cut their papers into interesting shapes. (If you do not have pipe-cleaners, allow kids to use neon highlighters.)

Week 9

Lesson Title: Jesus Called Disciples
Bible Passage: Mark 1
Story Point: People came to Jesus, and He healed them.
Key Passage: John 3:16
Big Picture Question: What makes people special? People are special because God made us in His own image.

 DAY 1

Story Point Activity
Host a talent show and allow each child to show off something they can do that most people probably cannot do.

Say: Jesus did amazing miracles that people normally cannot do. People came to Jesus, and He healed them and showed that He is the Son of God. These miracles pointed ahead to Jesus’ greater miracle. Through Jesus, God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. He provides forgiveness and life with God forever.

DAY 2

Key Passage Activity
For this activity you will need blank paper, scissors, tape, pencils, and dominos (or jenga blocks). As a family, begin by cutting out small pieces of paper that will fit onto your dominos. Then write each word of the key passage (John 3:16) on a paper and tape it to a domino. Once the entire verse has been written on blocks, line your dominos up by putting the verse in order. Once you’ve got it all lined up and in order, practice saying the verse before knocking down your dominos!

Say: Jesus healed people because He cares about them. But He didn’t just help the people we heard about in our Bible story today. He gave His life to provide forgiveness and life with God forever to everyone who trusts in Him as the Son of God.

DAY 3

Big Picture Question Activity
Sit in a circle and toss a ball around. Whoever catches the ball must say one thing that is special about the person who threw them the ball.

Say: Jesus cares about all people because God made every person in His own image. That’s our new big picture question: What makes people special? People are special because God made us in His own image. Being made in God’s image means that God made us to be like Him in certain ways.

DAY 4

Lesson Review Activity
Play a game of “healing tag” (just like freeze tag). If you are tagged by the “it” person, you must freeze and wait for the “healer” to touch and heal you (unfreeze you).

Say: Jesus healed many people just by a touch or a word. People came to Jesus, and He healed them. His miracles showed that He is the Son of God.

DAY 5

Missions Activity
Hold a basketball and ask kids to tell you what they know about the game of basketball.

Say: Did you know that missionaries can be basketball players? One missionary named Heiden Ratner uses basketball to share the story of Jesus. God showed him that he can be more than a basketball player, and now he helps people like Jesus helped people.

Watch this “Better Than Basketball” video and then pray for Heiden and his church.

Week 8

Lesson Title: Jesus Called Disciples
Bible Passage: Matthew 3; 9; Mark 1-3; Luke 5-6
Story Point: Jesus called disciples to follow Him.
Key Passage: John 3:30
Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.

DAY 1

Story Point Activity
Provide each child with a sheet of aluminum foil. Help the kids to form their foil sheets into boat shapes. Provide a basin of water and allow the kids to see if their boats will float. You may use pennies, marbles, or other small weights to see whose boat can hold the most weight before sinking.

Say: Many of Jesus’ disciples were fisherman when Jesus met them. Jesus called disciples to follow Him. When Jesus called them, they left their boats and followed Jesus immediately. Jesus promised to teach them a new way to fish. What did Jesus tell them they would fish? 

DAY 2

Key Passage Activity
Write each word or phrase of the key passage on a separate index card. Place a paper clip onto the edge of each card. Then, create a “fishing pole” by tying a string to a stick and placing a magnet on the bottom of your string. Allow kids to take turns using the magnet and string to try and “catch” the key passage cards. After they have caught the cards, challenge them to put the cards in order.

Say: John told people that Jesus is the One they should follow. This week we heard how Jesus called disciples to follow Him. All of us should seek to follow Jesus in a way that glorifies Him and not ourselves.

DAY 3

Big Picture Question Activity
Play a game of “Pin-the-Bandaid-on-the-Bobo” by displaying a drawing of a person with an injury (cut or scrape). Give each child a band-aid and challenge them to wear a blindfold and see who can get their bandaid closest to the injury.

Say: Just as injured people need a bandaid, sinners need Jesus. Just as sick people need a doctor, sinners need Jesus. Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.

DAY 4

Lesson Review Activity
Provide paper plates, paper cups, napkins, plastic utensils, and streamers. Encourage children to prepare for a party. They may decorate and pretend to serve one another refreshments. While children play, retell the part of the Bible story where Matthew had a big party at his house for Jesus and his friends. Ask children whom they would invite if they had a party for their friends to learn about Jesus.

Say: Jesus chose disciples to follow Him. One of the disciples Jesus chose was a tax collector named Matthew. Matthew had a big party at his house for Jesus and his friends. Some people didn’t like tax collectors because they often took more money than they were supposed to and kept it for themselves. The religious leaders did not think Jesus should be friends with a tax collector, but Jesus said, “I did not come to help good people; I came to help sinners turn back to God.” Jesus wants all people to turn from their sin and follow Him.

DAY 5

Missions Activity
Write missionary kids, pilots, mechanics, technology specialists, and teachers on one color of paper strips. Place those strips in a cup labeled MAF Team Members. Write health, safety, money, people, and hearts on another color of paper strips. Place those strips in a cup labeled Prayer Needs. Take turns drawing one strip from each cup. Lead children in saying sentence prayers to pray the prayer need drawn for the team member drawn.

Say: Prayer is so important to everyone on the Missionary Aviation Fellowship team. When we pray for the MAF team, God meets their needs in amazing ways. God uses the MAF team to share the love of Jesus with people who are very hard to get to. Everyone in the world needs to hear about Jesus.

Week 7

Lesson Title: John Pointed to Jesus
Bible Passage: Matthew 3; John 1; 3
Story Point: John told people to follow Jesus.
Key Passage: John 3:30
Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.

DAY 1

Story Point Activity
Play an extreme game of follow the leader. Be willing to go outside, down the sidewalk, do very silly things, etc. Take turns allowing different family members to be the leader. Then discuss what it means to be a leader and a follower.

Say: John the Baptist was a leader who had been gaining followers and preparing them for Jesus. Now that Jesus was teaching and gaining followers, it was time for John to allow Jesus to be the leader and step aside. John told people to follow Jesus. We should also point people to follow Jesus.

DAY 2

Key Passage Activity
Spread each word of the key passage, John 3:30, out on the ground. You can do that by writing each word on a piece of paper and spreading them out of order. Or you can use chalk outside and scramble the words across an area.

Begin by randomly calling out one of the words and seeing how quickly kids can stand on/near the word. Then, practice saying the verse in order, allowing kids to locate and move to each word as you say it.

Say: Our key passage comes from our Bible story today. Who said these words? (John) To whom was he speaking? (his followers) John wanted everyone to glorify Jesus. That’s why John the Baptist told people to follow Jesus. In our own lives, we can increase Jesus’ glory by loving Him, obeying Him, and loving others.

DAY 3

Big Picture Question Activity
Play a game of charades acting out different jobs. (Some jobs you can use: Painter, Chef, Race Car Driver, Teacher, etc.) Then review the differences in Jesus’ job and John the Baptist’s job.

Say: Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners. That was His job on earth. John the Baptist’s job was to prepare the way for Jesus and His earthly ministry.

DAY 4

Lesson Review Activity
Play a game of alphabet praise by sitting together and taking turns saying a trait of Jesus or a reason why He deserves all glory. The first person should saying something that starts with the letter A. The next person will say something that starts with a B, and so on...

Say: Jesus is the greatest of all. We love and praise Him because He alone is the perfect Messiah who died to save us from sin. John the Baptist told people to follow Jesus. We can tell others to follow Jesus as well!

DAY 5

Missions Activity
Share this picture of the Thiemann family with your kids. Read the caption aloud.

Say: John told people to follow Jesus. Missionaries like this family tell people to follow Jesus too!

Give each child a blank sheet of paper and help them think of one way they can pray for the Thiemann family. Have them write it down and then pray together. Once you have finished praying, have some fun using the paper as a paper airplane!

Week 6

Lesson Title: Jesus’ Temptation
Bible Passage: Matthew 4; Mark 1; Luke 4
Story Point: Jesus was tempted and never sinned.
Key Passage: John 3:30
Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.

DAY 1

Story Point Activity
Provide your child with a medium-sized rock. Allow them to use markers (or paint, if you’re brave) to decorate their rock and the story point or a favorite Bible verse reference.

 Say: The devil tried to convince Jesus to put His human needs before His obedience to God. Instead of turning stones into bread to eat, Jesus used God’s Word to defeat the devil. Jesus was tempted and never sinned. These remembrance rocks can help us remember to fight temptation so we can glorify Jesus with our lives.

DAY 2

Key Passage Activity
Open your bible to the key passage, John 3:30. Lead kids in reading it aloud. Provide index cards and markers. Instruct kids to write the words of the key passage on separate index cards – one or two words per card. Challenge kids to mix up the cards and arrange them in order again. As kids master the verse, race to see who can arrange the words the fastest.

Say: Good job. Can you think of some reasons why Jesus should increase and we should decrease? We have a choice to make about who will be on the throne of our lives. The devil will tempt us to live for ourselves instead of Jesus. We can turn from self/sin and turn to Jesus.

DAY 3

Big Picture Question Activity
Create a simple obstacle course with what you have available. Arrange chairs for kids to weave through or step over. Position hula hoops for kids to jump into and out of, run around, or crawl through. You can use masking tape to mark a zig-zag path or hopscotch pattern on the ground. Demonstrate how to navigate the obstacles, then allow your child to complete the course.

Say: The devil put obstacles before Jesus to try and get him to sin. Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners. So Jesus did not let the temptations lead him to sin. Sometimes obstacles come up in life that try to lead us to sin. The devil might tempt us to sin against God, but Jesus gives us power to resist temptation.

DAY 4

Lesson Review Activity
Designate two sides of the room. You may hang signs that say A and B, This and That, or some other label. Ask your child how they would act given different options, and instruct them to walk to the side of the room you assign to each option. Possible options (feel free to create your own):

  • Keep a lost wallet or turn it in to the lost and found.
  • Copy a friend’s homework or turn yours in unfinished.
  • Befriend a new kid at school or stick with friends you know.

Say: If we faced those situations in real life, we would probably be pretty tempted to choose the selfish, sinful option. But what example did Jesus provide for us? How did he respond to temptation?

DAY 5

Missions Activity
Click here to access the Betty Greene story (and photo). Share the story with your family.

Say: Betty Greene was the first female missionary pilot. She helped to start the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) that uses small airplanes to reach people in remote villages. The MAF helps people and shares the stories of Jesus.

Pray, thanking God for missionaries like Betty Greene.

Week 5

Lesson Title: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection
Bible Passage: Matthew 26-28; 1 Corinthians 15
Story Point: Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope for eternal life.
Key Passage: John 3:30
Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.

DAY 1

Story Point Activity
Use furniture to provide structure for a pillow fort. Stack pillows and cushions and drape blankets to make a kind of “cave”. Take turns going into the cave and coming out.

Say: Jesus died on the cross and was buried in a tomb. Jesus’ tomb would have been kind of like a cave; the Bible tells us it was cut into the side of a rocky hill. We took turns going into our little cave and coming out. Praise the Lord, that Jesus came out of his tomb! Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope for eternal life.

DAY 2

Key Passage Activity
Write each word of the key passage (John 3:30) on a piece of tape on a lego. Stack the blocks in an ascending and descending stair step pattern, like this, to illustrate the verse. Say each word as you add the block. Guide kids to repeat the verse until they know it.

DAY 3

Big Picture Question Activity
Provide a variety of rocks. Encourage children to compare the size and weight of the rocks.

Say: Big rocks are heavy, aren’t they? How much do you think a rock as big as a door would weight? Could you move it? In this week’s Bible story, the women who went to Jesus’ tomb saw an angel come down from heaven. The angel rolled away the stone and sat on it. The angel told them the good news that Jesus was alive! Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.

If you have painting supplies, allow children to choose one of the rocks to paint, reminding them that the stone was rolled away and Jesus is alive!

DAY 4

Lesson Review Activity

Bake Resurrection Rolls

Ingredients:
1 tube of crescent rolls (8 ct)
¼ cup butter
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon
8 marshmallow

  1. Preheat oven according to baking instructions on crescent rolls.
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the cinnamon and sugar.
  4. Open the rolls and separate them.
  5. Dip the marshmallows in the melted butter and set one on each of the open rolls.
  6. Sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon mixture on the marshmallows.
  7. Wrap the dough around the marshmallow and pinch the edges tightly.
  8. Place the balls of dough on a cookie sheet and bake according to the instructions on the crescent rolls package.

Say: We rolled up our marshmallows and sealed them up tight, but after our rolls baked, the marshmallows were gone! Jesus’ body was sealed up tight in the tomb, but when the stone was rolled away, Jesus was gone. Our marshmallows just melted, but Jesus really did come back to life! Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope for eternal life.

DAY 5

Missions Activity
Chalk your walk! The good news of the Easter story is the reason that we have hope. God wants us to share that good news with others! You can share the hope of Jesus’ resurrection with your neighbors by decorating your sidewalk with the good news of the gospel.

Week 4

Lesson Title: Jesus’ Baptism
Bible Passage: Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3; John 1
Story Point: Jesus obeyed God by being baptized.
Key Passage: John 3:30
Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.

DAY 1

Story Point Activity
Create a personalized, special handshake with your child (after washing your hands, of course). Suggest incorporating high-fives, fist bumps, hand-clapping, and other moves. Practice a few times. Then demonstrate your handshake to someone else.

Say: People all over the world shake hands as a greeting. It’s a sign. It tells people, “Hello, nice to meet you.” What other signs do we have that communicate messages without using words? (waving, bowing, hugging, saluting, crossing your arms, etc) What do they mean? In our story this week, we learned that Jesus obeyed God by being baptized. Baptism is a sign that shows what it means to follow Jesus.

DAY 2

Key Passage Activity
Hold a length of cardboard at a slight incline to serve as a track for a toy car. Place small obstacles like paper wads, cotton balls and so forth on the track. Let kids predict how long the car will take to reach the bottom. Then allow a child to remove the obstacles before sending the car down the track again.

Say: The toy car was able to make it to the bottom much more easily when the obstacles were removed. When we “prepared the way”, it rolled down better. In a similar way, John’s job was to prepare people for Jesus by telling people the Messiah was coming and by preaching about repentance and God’s kingdom.

Open your Bible and read John 3:30.

Say: This key passage is short, but very important. John the Baptist spoke these words about Jesus when many people who were following John began to follow Jesus instead. John knew that his jobs was to point people to Jesus, not to take glory for himself. That’s our job too!

Consider listening to the Unit 20 key passage song, “He Must Increase” found on the Lifeway Kids app. (We are currently in The Gospel Project, Spring 2020, Unit 20).

DAY 3

Big Picture Question Activity
Provide each child with a sheet of paper. Challenge the kids to make paper airplanes that will stand in for doves. The goal is to make an airplane that takes the longest to “float” to the ground.

Say: What part did a dove play in this week’s Bible story? (allow response) When John baptized Jesus, the heavens opened and Jesus saw God’s Spirit coming down on Him like a dove. God’s voice came from heaven: “This is My Son. I love Him, and I am very pleased with Him!” Say our big picture question with me: Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.

DAY 4

Lesson Review Activity
Spread a towel on a table and place a plastic bin in the center. Fill the bin with a couple inches of water to represent the Jordan River. Set out several plastic people figures and a plastic bird (or whatever substitutions you can find). Lead children to play out the Bible story.

Say: John taught and preached. Many people came to hear him. When the people said they were sorry for their sins and asked God to forgive theme, John baptized them. John was surprised when Jesus asked to be baptized, but John baptized Jesus. Then God’s Spirit came down on Jesus like a dove. God’s voice came from heaven. “This is My Son. I love Him, and I am very happy with Him!” John knew Jesus was God’s Son.

DAY 5

Missions Activity
Today you will learn about the The Missions Aviation Fellowship, or MAF. Give each child a copy of this “Welcome to MAF” printable and crayons or a pencil. Have someone read the story at the top of the page aloud. Help kids unscramble the words. (airplanes, world, love, people, villages). Then ask another volunteer to read the decoded message aloud.

Say: The missionary pilots and the other MAF workers are able to share Jesus’ love with people who no one can reach! They can deliver food and medical supplies, transport people to hospitals, and most importantly, they can teach people about Jesus.

Week 3


 

Lesson Title: Jesus as a Child
Bible Passage: Matthew 2, Luke 2
Story Point: Jesus came to earth to do His Father’s plan.
Key Passage: John 1:1
Big Picture Question: Is Jesus God or human? Jesus is both fully God and fully human.

DAY 1

Story Point Activity
Play “seek and find”. Hide people figures around the room. Challenge kids to find the figures.

Say: Finding those people in the room wasn’t easy. Imagine looking for one person in a city of thousands of people! That’s what Mary and Joseph had to do in this week’s Bible story.

Ask kids to use the people figures to reenact the story.

Say: God sent Jesus to earth with a purpose. Even as a child, Jesus wanted to do His Father’s plan. God blessed Jesus as He got ready to follow His Father’s plan: to die on the cross and rescue people from sin.

DAY 2

Key Passage Activity
Take this activity outside and use sidewalk chalk to create your own hopscotch out of our key passage, John 1:1. Or stay indoors and use separate pieces of paper on the ground as your hopscotch path. Click this pattern, for reference, to see how you can incorporate the verse. As kids jump along the path, they should be reciting the key passage.

Say: The Word is Jesus. A few verses after our key passage says the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. Jesus brought God’s Word to life right here on planet Earth! Jesus came to earth to do His Father’s plan.

DAY 3

Big Picture Question Activity
Challenge your child to use their imagination to journal in response to the question, “If you were not a human, what would you want to be?” If your child is too young to journal, challenge them to draw a picture of their response. Once they have completed, have them share their answer.

Say: In order to be _______(whatever your child chose), you would have to give up being a human. It would be impossible for you to be both ____ and a human. But when Jesus came to earth as a human, He did not give up being God. Only Jesus could do both things: only Jesus is fully God and human. Is Jesus God or a human? Jesus is both fully God and fully human.

DAY 4

Lesson Review Activity
Explain that several world records are held by kids who have accomplished amazing feats. Read the world records below and see if your child can guess the right answers:

  • A 9-year-old boy set the world record for most claps in 1 minute. How many times did he clap? (1,080)
  • A team of 12 jumpers and 2 rope holders set the world record for most jumps over a rope in 1 minute. How many times did they jump? (230)
  • A fifth grade girl set the record for longest distance to stretch homemade slime in 30 seconds. How many inches did it stretch? (88)
  • A 17-year-old boy set the record for the world’s largest drawing. How many square feet did it cover? (3, 486)
  • A group of children set the record for largest gathering of people dressed as rabbits. How many children participated? (1,119)

Say: Those were some amazing feats! Do you remember how old Jesus was when the teachers in the temple were amazed by Him? He was only 12 years old. Even as a child, Jesus wanted to do His Father’s plan.

DAY 5

Missions Activity
Today your family can personally encourage missionaries who are currently serving in Brazil. Challenge your child to create thoughtful mail to send to the missionaries (write a letter, color a picture, etc.) For the safety of the missionaries, their names and addresses will not be published to this webpage. Contact Rebecca ( or 985-237-4898) to receive names and addresses.

Say: Like Jesus came to earth to do His Father’s plan, missionaries do God’s plan. They tell people all over the world about Jesus. We can be a part of God’s plan, as well. Let’s pray for and encourage missionaries who are doing God’s will by serving in Brazil.

Week 2

Lesson Title: Jesus Was Dedicated
Bible Passage: Luke 2
Story Point: Simeon and Anna worshiped Jesus as the Messiah.
Key Passage: John 1:1
Big Picture Question: Is Jesus God or human? Jesus is both fully God and fully human.

DAY 1

Story Point Activity
Today kids will build their own worship instrument. Begin by having children decorate the back of a paper plate with our story point, “Simeon and Anna worshiped Jesus as the Messiah.” Then, use another paper plate and a scoop of rice (or beans) to create a tambourine, stapling around the edges.

Say: Simeon and Anna worshiped Jesus when they saw Him. Anna thanked God, and Simeon was happy. Simeon talked to Mary and told her about what it would be like for Jesus as He grew. Simeon and Anna knew Jesus was the One who would save people from sin. We can trust Jesus to save us from our sins; and like Simeon and Anna, we get to tell others the good news.

DAY 2

Key Passage Activity (Preschoolers)
Locate the key passage, John 1:1, in the Bible. Read it aloud. Mention that Word begins with the letter W. Guide boys and girls to pretend to write a large W with their index fingers in the air. Say the verse a few times, writing a W each time Word is spoken.

Say: When the verse says Word, it means Jesus. The Word, Jesus, was God. They are the same! Simeon and Anna recognized that Jesus was not an ordinary baby. They knew He was the Savior who had come to save people from sin.

Key Passage Activity (Kids)
Open your Bible to John 1:1 and read it aloud. Write the words of the key passage on separate index cards. Mix up the cards. Challenge kids to arrange the cards in the correct order. When kids finish, lead them to read the key passage out loud.

Mix up the cards and play again. For an added challenge, include word cards that are not part of the key passage and instruct kids to find and remove words that do not belong. Invite kids to recite the verse from memory.

Say: Our key passage reminds us that Jesus - God the Son – has always existed. No one created Him. Before He came to earth, God the Son was in heaven. All along, God planned to send a Messiah to rescue sinners. Jesus is the promised Messiah. When they saw Him, Simeon and Anna worshiped Jesus as the Messiah.

DAY 3

Big Picture Question Activity
Print and cut these memory match cards (or create your own). Lay them face down and take turns looking for matches. As you play, recall portions of the Bible story as words are matched.

Say: You matched the words Jesus, God, and human. Is Jesus God or a human? Our key passage tells that Jesus and God are the same, but Jesus was born as a baby, He grew up, and He had a family. Jesus is both fully God and fully human. Simeon and Anna understood this. They knew that Jesus was the One that God promised to save people from sin.

DAY 4

Lesson Review Activity
This game will require at least one balloon. If you do not have easy access to a balloon, substitute for any ball that will bounce.

Work together to tap an inflated balloon into the air so that it doesn’t fall to the ground. Whoever taps the balloon should say something to complete this sentence: “God, I praise You because...” Gradually introduce additional balloons. (In the case that you are using a ball instead of a balloon, bounce pass the ball – each time completing the sentence.)

Say: When Simeon and Anna saw Jesus, they praised God. Simeon and Anna worshiped Jesus as the Messiah. We can praise God and worship Jesus as the Messiah. God has provided salvation through His Son, Jesus, for everyone who trusts in Him.

DAY 5

Missions Activity
Introduce the Brazilian game “Cinco Marias” (or “Five Marias”). The game is similar to jacks and is usually played with small, smooth stones. You can gather stones, small bean bags, or substitute with similar items that are available. Begin by scattering the five items on the floor. Have one child begin by throwing an item into the air, grabbing another item from the floor, and catching the tossed item before it lands. Repeat trying to grab two items from the floor, and so on. (If those instructions are confusing, watch this video.)

Say: It’s fun to learn something about a different culture, like this game from Brazil. We can be a part of God’s mission to reach the nations by learning and praying. We are helping to share the good news of Jesus’ coming.

Take the five items that you played with and brainstorm five ways to pray for missionaries. Place one item on the floor for each prayer request and ask for a child to say the prayer.

Week 1

March 16, 2020

Hey church family!

As we all face this unique season ahead, Norris Ferry is committed to partnering with families to make the most of in-home discipleship opportunities. Each Sunday, visit this page for a weekly post that will include a video message and 5 days of children's activity ideas.

Below you will see your first week's worth of content. The content will stem from the Gospel Project material that our CORE classes have been studying - picking up right where class left off. I would suggest watching the video at the beginning of the week, so that the foundation is laid before all of the supporting activities. Feel free to use these resources in whatever way best fits your family. I pray that your family grows to love family discipleship time and build habits that outlast this season.

Unit 19, Session 3: Jesus Was Born from Rebecca Galloway on Vimeo.

Lesson Title: Jesus Was Born
Bible Passage: Luke 2
Story Point: Jesus was born to rescue people from sin.
Key Passage: John 1:1
Big Picture Question: Is Jesus God or human? Jesus is both fully God and fully human.

DAY 1

Story Point Activity (Preschoolers) - Find the baby
Ask kids to cover their eyes while you hide a doll. (If you don't have a doll at home, just improvise.) Allow children to search until they find the baby. Alter the game by allowing a child to hide the doll or by adding additional dolls. Recall parts of the Bible story. Remind preschoolers that the angel told the shepherds to go to Bethlehem to find Baby Jesus.

Say: The shepherds were watching the sheep one night when they were surprised by an angel. The angel told them the Savior had been born. The shepherds went to Bethlehem and found the Baby lying in a manger wrapped in cloth. Baby Jesus was born to rescue people from sin, just as God promised. Everyone who heard the shepherd's news was surprised and amazed.

Story Point Activity (Kids) - The Minute Game
Instruct kids to begin this challenge standing up. Whenever they think that exactly one minute has elapsed, they should sit down. Use a stopwatch and keep track of who sits closest to a minute without going over. Play additional rounds using different lengths of time.

Say: In that game, we didn't know exactly when a minute would be up, but we had the ability to count seconds to try and come close. Waiting for something can be especially hard if you don't know when it will happen. Imagine God's people, who had been waiting for thousands of years. They did not know exactly when the Messiah would come, but they knew God would be faithful. When Jesus was born, it was somewhat unexpected. If it hadn't been for the angels proclaiming the news to the shepherds, only Mary and Joseph would have even known the Messiah was there! But all that waiting was worth it when Jesus was born to be God's promised Savior.

DAY 2

Key Passage Activity (all ages)
Have your kids help you locate the key passage ( John 1:1) in the Bible. Lead the kids to say the key passage with you a few times. Then say the verse from memory, skipping a single word and replacing it with a clap. Ask the kids which word you skipped. Then say the key passage and replace two words with claps. Provide an opportunity for kids to supply the missing words. Continue in this way until you clap the entire key passage and kids say it from memory.

Say: The book of John begins with the same three words as the book of Genesis: "in the beginning". The Word is Jesus. Jesus was with God when the world was made, and Jesus came to live on earth to rescue people from sin.

Challenge your kids to create a key passage puzzle. Older kids can use a blank piece of paper and fill it up as much as they can, using the key passage. For younger kids, parents can first write the key passage and then have the children decorate the paper. Either way, once the page has been decorated, use scissors to cut the paper into puzzle pieces. Have kids mix up their puzzle pieces and assemble them to practice saying the key passage.

DAY 3

Big Picture Question Activity
Make a special snack with your kids. It could be any type of snack, or something like these Baby Jesus snacks.

Say: When Baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem, God the Son came from heaven to earth to live with His people. Even though He was God, Jesus got hungry just like you and He probably enjoyed snacks just like you. I'm sure Baby Jesus cried and His mother Mary probably rocked Jesus to sleep and sang to Him. Jesus completely understands our feelings, thoughts, and temptations, because He has lived as a human. He also has all power and majesty and is worthy of all praise because He is God's Son. Is Jesus God or a human? Jesus is both fully God and fully human.

DAY 4

Lesson Review Activity
Invite kids to take turns acting out something they associate with Christmas, such as twinkling lights, snow, cookies, or presents. Challenge other family members to guess what the volunteer is acting out.

Say: We usually celebrate Jesus' birth in December at Christmastime, but there's no wrong time to celebrate God's faithfulness to send a perfect Savior to rescue us from sin.

Pull out a nativity set (preferably a kid-friendly set) and allow kids to use the pieces to retell/review this week's story.

DAY 5

Missions Activity
Our missions focus during this unit of the Gospel Project is the country of Brazil. Do a quick internet search for images of Brazil to share with your kids.

Quiz older kids with these Brazil trivia fill-in-the blanks.
 - Brazil is the largest country in South __________ (America).
 - The largest rainforest in the world, the __________ (Amazon) Rainforest, is found in Brazil.
 - ___________ (Soccer) is the most popular sport in Brazil. They hosted the FIFA World Cup in 2014.
- Many people in Brazil know about ____________ (Jesus) but choose not to follow Him. Missionaries teach the Bible and what it means to be a true Christian.

Say: We have been learning this week that Jesus was born to rescue people from sin. That's what missionaries want people all over the world to know. The Bible teaches us that we should go and tell all people about the Savior. That's why missionaries go to places like Brazil.

Close in prayer, lifting up the mission efforts in Brazil and thanking God for missionaries.