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April 18th, 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.

The Ethiopian official knew what the Old Testament prophets said, but he did not understand that they spoke about Jesus. The Holy Spirit led Philip to help the official understand the good news about Jesus: Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead, just like the Old Testament prophets said.

Family Worship: "Take Heart" by Seeds Family Worship

Our Kids Video Lessons for this week is "Philip and the Ethiopian"
 

Memory Verse through May 9th

"He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent."
Colossians 1:18

1. How can we share the gospel with others? Guide kids to think about the importance of being prepared
to speak about God. Stress the importance of studying God’s Word and praying for God to give us opportunities to share. Remind them that the Holy Spirit will guide us and give us wisdom to know what to say. Encourage them to look for ways to speak about the gospel in their everyday lives.

2. What should we do if someone rejects the gospel? Help the kids think about how to deal with rejection. Remind them that anyone who rejects the gospel is rejecting God, not us. We should be respectful and kind towards everyone, even those who reject the gospel. God doesn’t want us to be discouraged by rejection, but encouraged by His power so that we continue sharing.

3. Other than sharing the gospel, how can we show God’s love to others? Guide kids to think practically. They could help a classmate with homework, sit with someone new at lunch, share a cool toy with a sibling, or volunteer with their families to serve in a shelter or food bank. Help them see that there are many ways to show love, and all of them can lead to sharing the gospel.

SAY • The Holy Spirit led Philip to tell the Ethiopian man about Jesus. We can share about Jesus too!

Game: Bedsheet Bounce

Select one parent to compete against the kid(s).  Give both the parent and all the other family members a flat bedsheet and a playground ball. Challenge the team and the individual to use the bedsheet to toss and catch the ball. The group will spread out around the perimeter of the sheet and hold it taut, using the sheet as a parachute to toss the ball up and catch it. The individual will be unable to manage the task. After a minute or so, allow all the kids to work together to continue tossing the ball.

SAY •That game was much better with friends to help you; playing alone was much harder. That’s a little like the Christian life. We all need one another. Missions is often about working together to do what God has commanded us to do. Churches all over the country give money, pray, and work together to send missionaries to all nations. It’s better when we work together!
 

Reflection and prayer 

Distribute a sheet of paper to each child. Ask the kids to write about or draw a picture to answer the following questions:

•What does this story teach me about God or about the gospel?

•What does this story teach me about myself?

•Whom can I tell about this story?

Make sure to send the sheets home with kids alongside the activity page so that parents can see what their kids have been learning.

If time remains, take prayer requests or allow kids to complete the Bible story coloring page provided with this session. Pray for your family.


GET IN TOUCH WITH THE R/KIDS TEAM


Tyler James, Family Pastor
tylerjames@redemptionaz.com

Emmi Payne, R/Kids Coordinator
emmipayne@redemptionaz.com
 
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