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Extravagant: Our Story Continues…

Our Story Continues is our way to connect parents to what kids are talking about and experiencing in the Sunday morning teaching. We want to help to equip parents and spiritual parents with Scripture, talking points, and experiential activities to continue to disciple their kids well every day of the week.

Preschool

1-YEAR-OLDS

Series: Easter
Summary: This week children focussed on the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey and the excitement of the people who were there to see him enter.
Big Idea: Jesus rescues us.
Key Verse: “Jesus Christ has rescued us.” Galatians 3:13a
God Story: Palm Sunday | Luke 19:28-40

  1. SING Download “Jesus Is Alive” from The Meeting House Kids Music album.
  2. READ the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem in a children’s Bible or on the Bible App for Kids, The Donkey and the King.
  3. PLAY Re-enact the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem with your child. Gather some coats and/or the palm branch craft they made in church on Sunday. Pretend to be in the crowd of people watching Jesus enter Jerusalem and lay down your coats and palm branches as you shout “Hosanna!”

2-3 YEAR-OLDS

Series: Easter
Summary: This week children heard the story of Zacchaeus and how he overcame obstacles to be able to see Jesus and hear from him.
Big Idea: Jesus rescues us.
Key Verse: “Jesus Christ has rescued us.” Galatians 3:13a
God Story: Zacchaeus | Luke 19:1-10

    1. SING Download “Jesus Is Alive” from The Meeting House Kids Music album.
    2. READ The story of Zacchaeus in a children’s Bible together.
    3. PLAY a game of Hide and Seek with your child but instead of hiding yourself, hide a favourite toy or stuffed animal. Hide the toy in places that are challenging for your child to find (in a tall cabinet, behind a sofa etc.) and help your child safely overcome the obstacle to locate the missing toy. Remind your child that just like she/he looked for the toy, Zacchaeus looked for Jesus and climbed the tree to be able to see him.
    4. MORE Download the midweek activity page.

4-5-YEAR-OLDS

Series: Easter
Summary: This week children heard the story of Zacchaeus and how he overcame obstacles to be able to see Jesus and hear from him.
Big Idea: Jesus rescues us.
Key Verse: “Jesus Christ has rescued us.” Galatians 3:13a
God Story: Zacchaeus | Luke 19:1-10

  1. SING Download Jesus Is Alive” from The Meeting House Kids Music album.
  2. READ The story of Zacchaeus in a children’s Bible together.
  3. PLAY Create an obstacle course with your child using household items (laundry baskets, big bowls, broom/mop handles etc.). Decide the start and end of your obstacle course and place the items along the way that your child will have to climb over/under or go around. As they go through the obstacle course remind them that Zacchaeus’ goal was to see Jesus but the tall crowds in front of him were an obstacle to his goal, so he climbed to the top of the tree to be able to see Jesus.
  4. MORE Download the midweek activity page.

Grades 1-5

Summary: This week, kids learned about Mary’s example of loving Jesus extravagantly even when those around her thought she was being extreme.
Series: John| Extravagant
Big Idea: We can love Jesus extravagantly.
God Story: Mary Anoints Jesus | John 12:1-11
Key Verse: “Lead a life of love, just as Christ did. He loved us. he gave himself up for us.” Ephesians 5:2a

  1. READ the story of Mary’s demonstration of extravagant love in John 12:1-11. After reading, ask your child to recall examples of times when they have been shown extravagant love or felt extravagantly loved. Ask your child to think of people around her/him that might need to experience extravagant love and come up with ideas to show them this love. Take time this week to show these people love as a way of loving Jesus.
  2. WATCH the video teaching below with your family this week. Talk about the video as a family. What stood out to you? What did you like? What did you want to ask a question about? (Tip: If it’s helpful, consider pausing the video as you watch it together, and ask questions or talk about things that stick out to you as you go!)
  3. Download the midweek activity page.

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