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.

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.