The Word for February 2: Kingdom

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In his 52 Words sermon series, Steve talks about the word kingdom this week. We will hear the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12. Jesus says “Blessed are the meek…the merciful….the peacemakers….(and more)….for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Here are some ideas to engage your child before, during and after worship.

(Remember that Kindergartners registered in our worship workshop series are invited to visit the Celebrate service this Sunday to watch the first part of worship, then move to Providence Hall to talk about what they heard and saw. For more info contact Kristal by Friday at kriley@myersparkpres.org)

During worship….

  • Have your child draw the Kingdom of heaven. What will it look like?
  • Draw a picture of Jesus as a King.
  • Show these two kinds of crowns, and have your child draw them both. Or you draw the crowns, and have them add people (Jesus?) under them. Do they know who wore the crown of thorns?

crown costume crown of thorns

  • Can you find any crowns in our sanctuary windows?
  • How many times do you hear the words king, or kingdom in the sermon? (Show your young child how to make tally marks.)

tally marks

Before or after worship talk about….

  • In the Lord’s Prayer we pray: “for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory….” What do you imagine God’s kingdom will be like? How is worship like that? Talk about it as a family.
  • What is a good king like? How is Jesus like this?
  • The Sermon on the Mount is a little like the State of the Union address. A President talks about what the country should look like. Jesus is talking about what the world will look like in God’s kingdom.
  • With older children: compare the following beatitude lists (from Carolyn Brown at www.worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com) :

In today’s world…

  • It’s good for the rich, they can buy whatever they want.
  • It’s good for the strong, they can take whatever they want.  They will also make the team.
  • It’s good for the winners, they get all the prizes.
  • It’s good for the smart.  They get straight A’s, get to go to college, and get good jobs.
  • It’s good for the beautiful.  They will get their pictures in magazines and get to be in movies.
  • It’s good for the grownups.  They get to make all the plans.

Jesus says that in his kingdom

  • It’s good for those who know they do not know everything.  They belong in God’s world.
  • It’s good for those who are terribly sad.  They will be comforted.
  • It’s good for those who obey.  They will be in charge.
  • It’s good for those who don’t get justice now.  They WILL get it.
  • It’s good for those who forgive and care about others.  God forgives and cares about them.
  • It’s good for those who are pure in heart.  They will see God.
  • It’s good for the peacemakers.  They will be praised as God’s own children.
  • It’s good for those who are hurt because they stand up for God’s ways. They will be called heroes and heroines.
  • It’s even good for you when people come after you because you follow me.  You will be rewarded.

The Word for January 26: Follow

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In his 52 Words sermon series, Steve talks about the word follow this week, as he examines the story of Jesus calling the disciples, from Matthew 4:18-22. Here are some ideas to engage your child before, during and after worship.

During worship….

  • Can you draw a picture of Jesus fishing with the disciples?
  • Fishing requires strong hands. Trace your child’s hand, and have them color it in with pictures of fish, or lots of followers of Jesus.
  • Draw all the different places you go where you can follow Jesus, and be a disciple. (school, home, teams, stores, where else?)
  • How many times do you hear the words follow, followedfollowing or follower in the sermon? (Show your young child how to make tally marks.)

tally marks

Before or after worship….

  • Talk about times you find it hard to follow Jesus. Talk about times you find it easier. How does coming to worship help you follow Jesus?
  • Play follow the leader. Then talk about things Jesus did and how we might follow him as the leader. (Look through a picture Bible for some ideas: helping people, talking about God, loving everyone, etc.)
  • See the stained glass from another church below. Can you find any fish or boats in our sanctuary windows?

fishing stained glass

The Word for January 19: Tempted

tempted

Steve talks about the word tempted this week, as he examines the story of Jesus in the wilderness, from the gospel of Luke (Luke 4:1-13.) Here are some ideas to engage your child before, during and after worship.

During worship….

  • Can you draw a picture of Jesus in the wilderness?
  • Draw something that tempts you.
  • How many times do you hear the words tempted, tempt, or temptation in the sermon? (Show your young child how to make tally marks.)

tally marks

Before or after worship….

  • Talk about things that tempt you or your child. (Doughnuts that are “for later.” Something that belongs to someone else, that you want.)
  • In the Lord’s Prayer we pray: “lead us not into temptation.” Can you and your child put that into your own words? Maybe something like: “God, please help me know what is right and wrong and be able to do what is right.”
  • Older children might like this version of the story of the temptation of Jesus.

Dear Parents

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Worshiping with children is hard. No matter how many distractions you bring in your bag – the goldfish crackers, the drawing pad, the favorite toy, and let’s be honest-sometimes the phone/ipod/Gameboy set to mute- the hour is fraught with the possibility that things will not go well, and you will wind up dragging a protesting child out of church just when the sermon gets to the really important part. Here’s some encouraging reading from the blogosphere to help you remember that worshiping with your children matters.

From I-am-totally-“that”-mom: Dear Parents with Young Children in Church