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Help: 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 Pentecost and how the Holy Spirit was given to the believers 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: Pentecost | Acts 2:1-4

  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 Pentecost in a children’s Bible or on the Bible App for Kids, God’s Wonderful Gift.
  4. PLAY Gather tissue paper of various colours and have your toddler tear it into small pieces. With your child, create different sources of wind that will move the pieces around (blowing with your mouth, fanning with a picture book, using a hair dryer or small fan). Remind your child of the beginning of the story where a loud noise and a strong wind blew to announce the arrival of the Holy Spirit. Explain that like the wind which we can’t see, the Holy Spirit is invisible too, yet we can experience its power just like we can observe the effects of the wind.
  5. MORE Download the midweek activity page.

4-5-YEAR-OLDS

Series: Community
Summary: This week, children heard the story of Pentecost and how the Holy Spirit was given to the believers 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: Pentecost | Acts 2:1-4

  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 Pentecost in a children’s Bible or on the Bible App for Kids, God’s Wonderful Gift.
  4. MAKE Pentecost Sundaes: For a special after-meal treat this week, serve vanilla ice cream with strawberry syrup or maraschino cherry syrup. Slice some strawberries and place these on top with the thinnest part pointing up to resemble the flames of fire that appeared when the Holy Spirit came upon the people at Pentecost. Review the week’s story as you enjoy the sundaes and give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit.
  5. MORE Download the midweek activity page.

Grades 1-5

Summary: This week, kids learned about Peter’s preaching to the early church. During Pentecost, some people questioned what was happening but Peter explained that the gift of the Holy Spirit was fulfilling an earlier prophecy. He also went on to show how the life and death of Jesus had been foretold and is part of God’s redemption story. The people who heard him were moved by this and believed in the message of Jesus and were baptized.
Series: Acts | Holy Spirit
Big Idea: The Holy Spirit helps us.
God Story: Peter Preaches | Acts 2:1-41
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 about Peter’s preaching in Acts 2:14-42. As you read, pause and ask your child to identify how Peter might have been feeling while telling others about Jesus. Ask your child if they every feel nervous or afraid when telling others about Jesus. Explain that like Peter, we have the power of the Holy Spirit which helps us to be brave and bold in sharing the good news of God’s redemption plan with others. Pray with your child about someone they would like to share the message of Jesus with. Ask the Holy Spirit to help them as Peter was helped to share with confidence.
  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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