February 28,  2021

Hi Parents!

We're excited for R/Kids Online this week! Our ministry is all about partnering with families in the mission of our church, to make disciples of all nations. We think this incredible call to families starts in the home. Our hope is that this content will equip parents to take an active part in discipling your kids through singing & learning, considering & applying, and playing together.

Stephen was killed because he was a Christian. Jesus told His followers that they would be persecuted—hated, hurt, or even killed—for loving Him. Jesus also said that those who suffer for Him would be blessed. We can face suffering in this life because Jesus suffered first. He died and then rose again, and He is waiting for us in heaven.

Family Worship: "More than Conquerors" by Seeds Family Worship

Our Kids Video Lessons for this week is "Stephen's Sermon"

Memory Verse through March 14th
"We, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another."
Romans 12:5
  1. Have you ever faced persecution for your faith?

    Guide kids to think about ways they may feel persecuted. Be sensitive to their experiences while taking care not to minimize the harsh persecution Christians face in other parts of the world.

  2. How can we stand up boldly for Jesus in the face of persecution? 

    Discuss the strength and power available to believers through the Holy Spirit. Remind kids that He can help us be bold in hard times. Encourage kids to trust God and have faith that He turns all things to good, even when we don’t see the good results.

  3. What should we do if we are persecuted? 

    Talk through what Stephen did. Help the kids see that Stephen did not fight his enemies, but instead asked God to forgive them for killing him. Remind kids that Jesus promised troubles and persecution would come. Encourage kids to pray for boldness in hard times, not just for things to get easier.

SAY • Stephen preached about Jesus no matter what.
We may not face the same kind of persecution.
But whatever we face, trusting God is the best option. We can pray for boldness in the face of persecution and that God will use our trials to bless His church.

1) A printable activity & coloring sheet : Learn from the Past

2) Upgrade

Place a variety of items around the room. Provide the kids with paper and pencils. Instruct the kids to list the items least to most valuable. Encourage the kids to think about more than just the price, but also how much they would want to own or use each item. Compare different kids’ lists.

Suggested items: playground ball, candy, bicycle, first aid kit, action figure, baby doll.

SAY • For some of you, trading one of those items for another might be an easy choice. You might see it as an upgrade to give up a playground ball to get a bicycle. In a way, that helps us think about our the choices Stephen made in our story today.

What did Stephen give up? [His life.] What did Stephen gain? [He got to be with Jesus in heaven, he got to stand up for the truth, he got to be a part of God’s plan to spread the gospel, and so forth.] Stephen understood that Jesus is more valuable than anything, even our lives! For believers, even death is an upgrade because we get to be with Jesus forever.  


Tyler James, Family Pastor

Emmi Payne, R/Kids Coordinator
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