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Vine: 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: Pray
Summary: In this series, children will be able to take some time to pray and learn that prayer is a fun time to be with God.
Big Idea: We can pray every day.
Key Verse: “Never stop praying.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT)

  1. SING Download “Pray Every Day” from The Meeting House Kids on Spotify or Apple Music or Google Play.
  2. READ from a children’s Bible the way Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray (from Matthew 6:5-13).
  3. PRAY Make it a regular pattern to pray at bedtime and before meals. Make those anchors in your day so that your child begins to anticipate them. Pray additionally other times throughout your day as well.

2-3 YEAR-OLDS

Series: Pray
Summary: In this series, children will be able to take some time to pray and learn that prayer is a fun time to be with God.
Big Idea: We can pray every day.
Key Verse: “Never stop praying.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT)
God Story: Jesus Prays for you and me | John 17

  1. SING Download “Pray Every Day” from The Meeting House Kids on Spotify or Apple Music or Google Play.
  2. READ the story of Jesus praying for us in John 17 from the script:
    JESUS PRAYING IN GARDEN – When Jesus knew he was soon going to be sent to the cross to die, he went to spend time praying to God, the Father. (Let’s all kneel and fold our hands, or open them like we are going to pray).
     
    JESUS PRAYED FOR HIS DISCIPLES – He prayed for his disciples – his friends – who spent lots of time with him while he was traveling and telling everyone about his good news.
     
    JESUS PRAYED FOR US! – Then, he prayed for you and me! How cool is that? Jesus prayed for you! This was 2000 years ago, and Jesus prayed for you. That may be surprising or strange, but Jesus loved you then and he still loves you now. (Let’s tell him, we love him too: Jesus, we love you!)
     
    UNITY – Now, the one big thing that Jesus prayed for at that time was that we would all be one. He called this “unity.”
     
    Can you say that “u-ni-ty”? That means we get along so well it seems like we are one. Jesus really wants that for us: that we would love one another, work together, and share our love for Jesus together so that loads of other people would know that God is love. (Can we all make hearts with our hands and say, “God is love”?)
     
    Now, let’s pray and thank him for this great example of how we can pray for each other. (Invite children to pray!)

4-5-YEAR-OLDS

Series: Pray
Summary: In this series, children will be able to take some time to pray and learn that prayer is a fun time to be with God.
Big Idea: We can pray every day.
Key Verse: “Never stop praying.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT)
God Story: Jesus Prays for you and me | John 17

  1. SING Download “Pray Every Day” from The Meeting House Kids on Spotify or Apple Music or Google Play.
  2. READ the story of Jesus praying for us in John 17 from the script:
    JESUS PRAYING IN GARDEN – When Jesus knew he was soon going to be sent to the cross to die, he went to spend time praying to God, the Father. (Let’s all kneel and fold our hands, or open them like we are going to pray).
     
    JESUS PRAYED FOR HIS DISCIPLES – He prayed for his disciples – his friends – who spent lots of time with him while he was traveling and telling everyone about his good news.
     
    JESUS PRAYED FOR US! – Then, he prayed for you and me! How cool is that? Jesus prayed for you! This was 2000 years ago, and Jesus prayed for you. That may be surprising or strange, but Jesus loved you then and he still loves you now. (Let’s tell him, we love him too: Jesus, we love you!)
     
    UNITY – Now, the one big thing that Jesus prayed for at that time was that we would all be one. He called this “unity.”
     
    Can you say that “u-ni-ty”? That means we get along so well it seems like we are one. Jesus really wants that for us: that we would love one another, work together, and share our love for Jesus together so that loads of other people would know that God is love. (Can we all make hearts with our hands and say, “God is love”?)
     
    Now, let’s pray and thank him for this great example of how we can pray for each other. (Invite children to pray!)

  3. MORE Download the midweek activity page.

Grades 1-5

Summary: In this series, kids will encounter Jesus in a variety of ways, and discover how great his love is for us.
Series: John | Arise
Big Idea: Jesus invites us to be in his love.
God Story: Jesus, the True Vine | John 15:1-17
Key Verse: “Here is my command. Love one another, just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than the one who gives their life for their friends.” John 15:12-13

  1. READ John 15:1-4. Take time to show your child how to look up a passage in the Bible. Show them how to navigate books, chapters, and verses. Ask your child: Who is speaking? Who does the vine represent? Who is the gardener? Who is the branch? What is the fruit?
  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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