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Guide: 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: Community
Summary: This week, children focussed on the description of the early church found in Acts. This group of believers shared their lives and possessions with each other and this caused others to want to be part of the early church.
Big Idea: We are the church together.
Key Verse: Encourage each other and build each other up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11a
God Story: The Very First Church | Acts 2:42-47

  1. SING Download “We are the Church” from The Meeting House Kids Music album.
  2. READ the story of the early church in a children’s Bible.
  3. SHOW AND TELL Find an opportunity to have a play date with another church family. As you prepare your child for the play date, talk about the importance of sharing (toys, books, craft materials) with everyone in God’s family (the church).

2-3 YEAR-OLDS

Series: Community
Summary: This week, children heard the story of Peter and John who were preaching about Jesus even through the religious leaders didn’t like it and put Peter and John in jail. The rest of the church supported Peter and John by praying to God about them.
Big Idea: We are the church together.
Key Verse: Encourage each other and build each other up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11a
God Story: The Early Church Prayed | Acts 4:1-4 and 23-31

  1. SING Download “We are the Church” from The Meeting House Kids Music album.
  2. LEARN the key verse as a family.
  3. READ the story of Peter and John in a children’s Bible.
  4. PRAY Talk with your child about people in your church community that they know (church leaders, other children in church). Take time to pray for them this week just as the early church members prayed for Peter and John.
  5. MORE Download the midweek activity page.

4-5-YEAR-OLDS

Series: Community
Summary: This week, children heard the story of Peter and John who were preaching about Jesus even through the religious leaders didn’t like it and put Peter and John in jail. The rest of the church supported Peter and John by praying to God about them.
Big Idea: We are the church together.
Key Verse: Encourage each other and build each other up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11a
God Story: The Early Church Prayed | Acts 4:1-4 and 23-31

  1. SING Download “We are the Church” from The Meeting House Kids Music album.
  2. LEARN the key verse as a family.
  3. READ the story of Peter and John in a children’s Bible.
  4. MAKE Choose a few people in your church community that you and your child can pray for this week. After you pray for them, make a prayer postcard. Have your child draw a picture or design on the front. Write a quick note on the back letting the person know they were prayed for. Mail it out or give it to them when you see them next.
  5. MORE Download the midweek activity page.

Grades 1-5

Summary: This week, kids learned about Philip and how he shared the message of Jesus with an Ethiopian man. Philip began by asking questions and then using the Scriptures he was reading to point the man to the story of Jesus.
Series: Acts | Holy Spirit
Big Idea: The Holy Spirit guides us.
God Story: Philip Teaches | Acts 8
Key Verse: “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. Then you will tell people about me…from one end of the earth to the other.” Acts 1:8

  1. READ the story of Philip and the Ethiopian man in Acts 8:26-40. As you read, ask your child to describe how Philip approached the opportunity to share the message of Jesus with the Ethiopian man. How did he know the right things to say and when to say them? Explain to your child that Philip let himself be led by the Holy Spirit. Pray together asking for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in your own lives.
  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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