WORSHIP AT HOME

WELCOME!

Welcome to an online experience unique to our normal Sunday mornings! We are glad you chose to engage with us in this manner.

Below you will see, on Sunday, video links for music and a short sermon,
Bible verses and prayers to interact with, and guided thoughts for communion and generosity.
This will be in the format of our normal service and will give you a visual of how our services are normally ordered.

Sunday, April 5th Service

Main Service

Gathering Prayer

Dear God, we come to worship you today. We come to sing, pray, and listen. You always hear us...help us to hear you. Amen.

Word

Watch our service below.  Please sing along and encourage those around you to as well.  We sing because we are a people of hope, and display that by standing tall on His word and promises.  After the singing, make sure you catch the 1st week of our Colossians series where Nathan shares about how all of creation is  worshipping its Creator.

Table

This point in our service, we remember Christ's sacrifice for us by taking and giving.

Communion - When we read in the book of Acts, each time the believers got together they "broke bread and ate together" (Acts 2:46). We encourage you and your family to do the same; feel free to use bread or crackers with juice to represent Jesus' body and blood poured out for us. Read a few of the following verses and reflect on them during this time. Isaiah 53, John 6:32-40, 1 Peter 3:18. After praying God's blessing over your elements, partake in communion.

Generosity - God's presence is active no matter our location. God's Kingdom moves no matter our circumstances. Our generosity is not bound to a building or a perfect set of circumstances. Our generosity is expressed everyday in every season. One way you can show God your generous heart is by giving back to Him, and you can click here to engage in generosity this morning. You can also mail in or call the office to find a time to drop off you gift in person.

Sending Prayer

Father, as we go about this coming week, by the power and promise of your Holy Spirit,
Open our ears to hear what you are saying to us in the things that happen to us and in the people we meet.
Open our eyes to see the needs of people around us.
Open our hands to do our work well, to help when help is needed.
Open our lips to tell others the good news of Jesus and bring comfort, happiness, and laughter to other people.
Open our minds to discover new truth about you and the world.
Open our hearts to love you and our neighbors as you have loved us in Jesus. Amen.

Students (Middle and High School)

  • High School girls online Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen discussion and study.  Contact Lacey Poag (lpoag@fcnewburgh.com) if you are interested.
  • Student's Sunday 9am on Zoom .  All Middle and High Students are welcome! Contact Lacey Poag (lpoag@fcnewburgh.com) for Zoom info.
  • Small groups are virtually connecting in different ways.
  • Sunday night at 5pm, check out the church's Facebook page or here for a short worship service led by our youth.
  • Two more free online opportunities that anyone can use on their own...
  1. The Bible Project videos and studies.  https://bibleproject.com/about/
  2. Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen     https://www.jennieallen.com/gooyh enter your email on page to...
    GET THE FREE GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD BOOK CLUB KIT
    AND READ IT WITH YOUR PEOPLE!

Kids Bible Story and Music Videos

Elementary

This week’s lesson is on Baptism. Before you begin or even after you finish this lesson,
please share your story of salvation and baptism with your child.

Music:

Click above on Kids Bible Story and Music Videos, and  get ready to sing and dance!

Activity:

Take a few moments and come up with a secret handshake. It could be a family handshake or an individual one. Be creative and make it fun! Then talk about different ways that people communicate without using their voices. (waving, hugging, saluting, email, texting,body language). Explain how baptism is a symbol of what it means to follow Jesus.

Video:

Click above on Kids Bible Story and Music Videos, after the music videos, you should see the Bible Story video to click on.

Scripture:

Matthew 3:1-17

Be creative with this! Try reading a verse in a funny voice, sing it, say it quietly, repeat it, be loud, etc. Reading scripture can sometimes be boring and just not fun. Find ways to engage with your kids. Don’t be afraid to be silly!

Discussion:

  1. What did John the Baptist eat? Grasshoppers and honey
  2. What was John the Baptist telling people? To confess their sins and repent
  3. How did John the Baptist respond to Jesus at first when he asked him to baptize him? He did not want to, said he needed to be baptized by Jesus.
  4. What happened after Jesus was baptized? He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove.
  5. Why is Baptism important? It is an act of obedience and shows the world we trust and believe in God.
  6. When is the right time to be baptized? 
  7. Why does obedience to God bring Him glory? Hopefully, they will give you some great answers for this one. If they are struggling, explain how obedience is a sign of trust. God is glorified when we obey his commands and love others as he has loved us.

Craft:

Paper Dove Airplanes! Take some paper and create paper airplanes. Kids can decorate or draw on them to make them look like doves. Talk about how the Spirit of God descended like a dove from the sky. Have paper airplane races, or see who can get theirs to go the highest, or who can be the most creative in decorating.

 

HAVE AN AWESOME WEEK AND REMEMBER………

GOD IS WITH YOU ALWAYS!

 

Preschool

Bible Passage: Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3; John 1

Story Point: John baptized Jesus.

Key Passage: John 3:30

Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to rescue sinners.

 

The BIBLE Story

Jesus’ Baptism

Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3; John 1

John the Baptist lived in the wilderness, far away from the city. His clothes were made out of camel’s hair, and his belt was made of leather. When John was hungry, he ate locusts and wild honey.

John began telling people, “Repent and be baptized! God’s kingdom is coming. It is almost here!”

“Who are you?” the people asked.

John said, “I am not the Messiah.”

Many years before John was born, Isaiah the prophet said, “Someone is shouting in the wilderness. He says, ‘Get ready for the Lord; make way for Him!’” Isaiah had been talking about John! John had a very important job. He was supposed to get people ready for Jesus—the Messiah God promised.

People listened to John, and they started to repent; they were sorry for their sins and asked God to forgive them. Then John baptized them in the Jordan River.

John said, “Someone greater than me is coming. I am not good enough to even untie His sandals. I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with God’s Spirit.”

Now Jesus was in the land of Galilee. He went to see John the Baptist at the Jordan River. Jesus asked John to baptize Him. John was surprised. He didn’t think he should baptize Jesus.

John said, “I need You to baptize me. Why do You want me to baptize You?” John only baptized people who were sorry for their sins. Jesus never sinned!

Jesus said, “Let Me be baptized. God says this is the right thing to do.”

So John baptized Jesus. When Jesus came up from the water, the sky opened and Jesus saw God’s Spirit coming down on Him like a dove. Then God’s voice came from heaven. “This is My Son,” the voice said. “I love Him, and I am very happy with Him!”

 

Christ Connection: Jesus never did anything wrong, but He was baptized like sinners are baptized. Baptism reminds us that Jesus died and came back to life. People who know and love Jesus are baptized to show they are following Jesus.

 

Activities

Activity page

Ask your child to circle the pictures that show the clothes they would choose and then the foods they would choose.

Say • Did you choose clothes that you have on today? A man in today’s Bible story wore clothes made of camel hair! Did you choose honey? What about the locust? The man in our Bible story ate honey and locusts. This man’s name was John. We learned about his birth a few weeks ago. John was born to get people ready for Jesus. 

 

Draw someone strong and powerful

Take a piece of paper and crayons or markers. Encourage your child to draw someone strong and powerful.

Say • The Jewish people knew that God had promised to send a Messiah, or Savior. They thought God would send someone strong and powerful. They had been waiting for many years for this Messiah to come. They were probably very excited when they heard John say that his job was to get people ready for the Messiah. John said Someone greater than him was coming. 

 

Make a paper plate dove

Take the dove body and two paper plate pieces. Have your child glue the points of their triangles to the back of their dove body to create wings. Encourage children to draw eyes and a beak on the dove’s body. Older preschoolers may wish to cut the paper plate wings “fringe-style” to give dimension to the wings. Read the text written on the doves and review the Bible story.  

Say • When John baptized Jesus, the sky opened and Jesus saw God’s Spirit coming down on Him like a dove. Then God’s voice came from heaven. “This is My Son,” the voice said. “I love Him, and I am very happy with Him!” Baptism reminds us that Jesus died and came back to life. People who know and love Jesus are baptized to show they follow Jesus.

 

Play out the Bible story with water

Spread a towel on a table and cover the floor around the table with additional towels. Place a plastic bin on the table. Fill the bin with a couple inches of water to represent the Jordan River. Set out several plastic people figures and a plastic bird. Lead your child to play out the Bible story. 

Say • John taught and preached. Many people came to hear him. When the people said they were sorry for their sins and asked God to forgive them, John baptized them. John was surprised when Jesus asked to be baptized, but John baptized Jesus. Then God’s Spirit came down on Jesus like a dove. God’s voice came from heaven. “This is My Son. I love Him, and I am very happy with Him!” John knew Jesus was God’s Son.

 

How old was Jesus in today’s story? (12 years old)

What did Mary and Joseph realize after they were on their way home to Nazareth? (Jesus was not with them; they couldn’t find Jesus.)

Where did Mary and Joseph find Jesus? (the temple)

Why did Jesus stay at the temple? (to listen to the teachers and ask questions, to be in His Father’s house)

Nursery

Touch your ears and get really really quiet. Now let’s bow our heads and fold our hands to talk to God

Prayer
-Thank you Lord for Jesus. Jesus shows us how to obey God perfectly. Everything Jesus does makes God happy. Let us work towards making you happy too . AMEN!!!

Get your sway on by rocking side to side with your children/create your own motions
Song: (tune of Mulberry Bush)
With Jesus’ help, I can do my best, do my best, do my best
With Jesus’ help, I can do my best,
Lord, I want to make you happy!

***Show them a video/picture of your baptism-share that people are baptized to show they follow Jesus***

Chapel Lesson/Story-John the Baptist was a messenger for God. John told the people before being baptized that they should say sorry for their wrong choices. When the people went under the water, they showed that God had forgiven them. Jesus asked John to baptize Him. Jesus never makes wrong choices but God wanted John to baptize Jesus. A voice from heaven said, “You are My beloved son. I am happy with you.” sing song from above to reinforce story points

After Chapel Activities to enjoy together:

Reenact a figurine or make a stick person--yes out of real sticks and some cloth for clothes- being baptized to show how others follow Jesus

Finger or water paint on sidewalks/sidewalk chalk elements from the story: clouds from heaven, happy faces, water, crosses, stick people-John and Jesus

Simply play a fun game: Gather items to place in a water bowl ...Will it sink or float?

Sunday, March 29th Service

Main Service

Gathering Prayer

Heavenly Father, you are the source of all true and lasting joy. We praise you for your power which is beyond compare. We worship you for your wisdom which is beyond understanding. You can meet all our needs. You restore the brokenhearted and heal the wounded. You have revealed yourself to your people and are building your church, against which the gates of hell can not prevail. How great you are Lord! Fill our hearts with love as we respond by singing praises to you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Word

Watch our service below.  Please sing along and encourage those around you to as well.  We sing because we are a people of hope, and display that by standing tall on His word and promises.  After the singing, make sure you catch the 1st week of our Colossians series where Kevin and Nathan talk about Paul's prayer for the church.

Table

This point in our service, we remember Christ's sacrifice for us by taking and giving.

Communion - When we read in the book of Acts, each time the believers got together they "broke bread and ate together" (Acts 2:46). We encourage you and your family to do the same; feel free to use bread or crackers with juice to represent Jesus' body and blood poured out for us. Read a few of the following verses and reflect on them during this time. Isaiah 53, John 6:32-40, 1 Peter 3:18. After praying God's blessing over your elements, partake in communion.

Generosity - God's presence is active no matter our location. God's Kingdom moves no matter our circumstances. Our generosity is not bound to a building or a perfect set of circumstances. Our generosity is expressed everyday in every season. One way you can show God your generous heart is by giving back to Him, and you can click here to engage in generosity this morning. You can also mail in or call the office to find a time to drop off you gift in person.

Sending Prayer

Father, may our worship be acceptable before you. Let the peace that surpasses all understanding be with us as we finish this time. Help us to make a difference in the world this new week. Let our words and actions align with your word. Help us to practice what we have learned here today. Bless us and help us to be a blessing to everyone that we meet and interact with this week, whether in person or online. Help us never to forget that you’re with us always. In Jesus’ name, we believe and pray, Amen.

Students (Middle and High School)

  • High School girls online Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen discussion and study.  Contact Lacey Poag (lpoag@fcnewburgh.com) if you are interested.
  • Student's Sunday 9am on Zoom .  All Middle and High Students are welcome!
    http://us04web.zoom.us/j/6189272864
  • Small groups are virtually connecting in different ways.  
  • Sunday night at 5pm, check out the church's Facebook page or  here for a short worship service led  by our youth.
  • Two more free online opportunities that anyone can use on their own...
  1. The Bible Project videos and studies.  https://bibleproject.com/about/
  2. Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen     https://www.jennieallen.com/gooyh enter your email on page to...
    GET THE FREE GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD BOOK CLUB KIT
    AND READ IT WITH YOUR PEOPLE!

Kids Bible Story and Music Videos

Elementary

Fun Activity:

Take some time to measure or even weigh your child. Have your child say some ways in which we can grow. If they don’t mention wisdom, then explain how this is one way we can grow!  Ask them how we can do that? Tell them today we will learn how Jesus wanted to grow in his wisdom even at a young age of 12!!!

Scripture:

Have your child read Luke 2 :41-52 or you can read to your child

Watch the video! 

Follow this link and then click on Kids Bible Story and Music. Scroll down to the Bible story that is posted:

https://www.fcnewburgh.com/worshipathome/

Discussion questions:

  1. Why did Jesus’ family go to Jerusalem? For the passover
  2. How old was Jesus in the story? 12
  3. How long did it take for Mary and Joseph to realize Jesus was not with them? 1 full day
  4. How long did it take for them to find him? 3 full days
  5. Where was Jesus? Jesus said he was in his Father’s House
  6. Have you ever been lost?
  7. How did it make you feel?
  8. What are you doing to grow in wisdom?

Challenge

Read one verse of the Bible for the next 5 days! At the end of the 5 days, share your favorite verse with me through email!!! 🙂 callen@fcnewburgh.com

Preschool

The BIBLE Story

Jesus as a Child

Matthew 2; Luke 2

After Jesus was born, wise men came to Bethlehem to worship Him as King. When they left, an angel told Joseph in a dream to leave Bethlehem because King Herod wanted to hurt Jesus. So Mary, Joseph, and Jesus went to Egypt until Herod died. Then they went back to Israel and lived in Nazareth. Jesus grew up in Nazareth.

Every year, Jesus’ parents took a trip to Jerusalem for a special celebration called Passover. On Passover, the Jewish people got together to remember when God saved His people from slavery in Egypt. They celebrated all the things God had done for them.

When Jesus was 12 years old, He went with Mary and Joseph to Jerusalem. After the celebration, Mary and Joseph started to go home. They traveled with a large group of people, but Jesus was not with them. Mary and Joseph thought that Jesus was somewhere in the group, but He had stayed behind in Jerusalem.

Mary and Joseph walked for a whole day. Then they started looking for Jesus. They searched among their friends and family, but they could not find Jesus anywhere! Mary and Joseph hurried back to Jerusalem. They looked for Jesus, but they could not find Him. Jerusalem was a big city, and Jesus was just a boy.

Finally, Mary and Joseph found Him in the temple. Jesus was listening to the teachers and asking them questions. The people were surprised at how much Jesus understood. Jesus’ parents were surprised too. Mary said, “Son, why have You done this? Your father and I were worried. We’ve been looking everywhere for You.”

Jesus asked, “Why were you looking for Me? Didn’t you know that I had to be in My Father’s house?”

Mary and Joseph did not understand what Jesus was talking about. Jesus went home with Mary and Joseph. He always obeyed them, and Mary remembered these things. Jesus grew taller and wiser. God was happy with Him, and so was everyone who knew Him.

 

Christ Connection: Jesus came to earth to do God’s plan, and even as a boy, Jesus knew that. Jesus got ready to do what God sent Him to do. God sent Jesus into the world to die on the cross and rescue people from sin.

Activities

Activity page

Guide your child to use the key to find and circle Jesus. Then circle Mary and Joseph.

Say • Jesus was 12 years old when He went to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration with His parents. After Passover, Mary and Joseph realized that Jesus was not with them. They found Him in the temple, listening to the church teachers and asking them questions. 

 

Play “Where Is It?”

Look around your house and choose an item. Describe the item to your child, mentioning its color and shape. Give additional clues and ask them if they know where the item is. Guide them to walk over and point to the item. Allow your child to take turns describing items and guessing where each item is. Be prepared to offer assistance as needed.

Say •  When Jesus was 12 years old, He went with His parents, Mary and Joseph, to Jerusalem. After the celebration, Mary and Joseph started traveling home with a large group of people. Later, they discovered Jesus was not with them! They did not know where He was. 

 

Measure height

Have your child to stand tall with their back against the wall. Place a ruler horizontally on top of their head to determine their height. Print their name on a strip of tape and attach it to the wall to mark how tall they are. Have your child stretch a tape measure and read the numbers to see how tall they are.

Say • The last two weeks, we heard Bible stories about when Jesus was a baby. In today’s Bible story, Jesus was 12 years old. The Bible says Jesus got taller, just like you are getting taller! 

 

Review

Why did Jesus’ family travel to Jerusalem? (for a special celebration called Passover

How old was Jesus in today’s story? (12 years old)

What did Mary and Joseph realize after they were on their way home to Nazareth? (Jesus was not with them; they couldn’t find Jesus.)

Where did Mary and Joseph find Jesus? (the temple)

Why did Jesus stay at the temple? (to listen to the teachers and ask questions, to be in His Father’s house)

Nursery

Touch your ears and get really really quiet.  Now let’s bow our heads and fold our hands to talk to God

Prayer-Jesus came to Earth to do God’s plan.  Jesus IS God’s plan for you. Help us to know, worship, and praise Your Name.  AMEN!!!

Get your sway on by rocking side to side with your children/create your own motions

Song:  (tune of Frere Jacques)

-Where is Jesus, Here is Jesus!

Growing up, Growing up...

Going to the temple, Going to the temple

He is 12, He is 12

-Where is Jesus, Where is Jesus?

Is he lost, Is he lost?

Everyone is looking, Everyone is looking

Where is he, Where is he?

-In the temple, In the temple

He is there, He is there...

Talking to the teacher, talking to the teachers

In God’s House, In God’s House!

 

Chapel Lesson/Story-When Jesus was 12 yrs. Old, He went with His family to the temple to celebrate Passover.  After Passover, Jesus’ family went home. Mary and Joseph thought Jesus was with them, but He was not.  They couldn’t find Jesus so they were worried. They ran back to the city and looked everywhere for Jesus.  

Do you know where they found Him???  Sing  highlighted part of the above song and ask the same question afterwards!

They found him in the temple, talking to the teachers about God.  Jesus said, “I had to be in My Father’s house.” Jesus went back home with his family to grow wise.  He knew God was with Him!

 

After Chapel Activities to enjoy together

  1. Make a card/poster with art supplies to send to a family member or hang in your window 
  2. Play out driving to church as a family only allow your kiddos to be in the driver’s seat!--pretend only...ha ha
  3. Go for a nightly walk around the yard with a flashlight and shine light on Jesus and what he created

Sunday, March 22nd Service

Main Service

Gathering Prayer

Father, we thank you for uniting us with Your Holy Spirit, which allows us to be connected to you and each other in spite of our location. Your presence is among us and we pray You would speak to us in amazing ways. Now, we draw close to you, ask You to bring peace, and speak life to us today. May all we do be glorifying to you. Amen.

Word

Watch our service below.  Please sing along and encourage those around you to as well.  We sing because we are a people of hope, and display that by standing tall on His word and promises.  After the singing, make sure you catch the 4th week of our Big Blocks series where Kevin talks about what the end looks like.

Table

This point in our service, we remember Christ's sacrifice for us by taking and giving.

Communion - When we read in the book of Acts, each time the believers got together they "broke bread and ate together" (Acts 2:46). We encourage you and your family to do the same; feel free to use bread or crackers with juice to represent Jesus' body and blood poured out for us. Read a few of the following verses and reflect on them during this time. Isaiah 53, John 6:32-40, 1 Peter 3:18. After praying God's blessing over your elements, partake in communion.

Generosity - God's presence is active no matter our location. God's Kingdom moves no matter our circumstances. Our generosity is not bound to a building or a perfect set of circumstances. Our generosity is expressed everyday in every season. One way you can show God your generous heart is by giving back to Him, and you can click here to engage in generosity this morning. You can also mail in or call the office to find a time to drop off you gift in person.

Sending Prayer

God we pray you send us into our community to speak Your Name and Good News. We pray for the courage to love You with all our lives and to practice that love with action.  As we conclude this time, we ask you to guide our hearts with expectation to see You move among us this week.  In the name and power of Jesus Christ we pray, Amen!

Kids Bible Story and Music Videos

Elementary

Before you start this week’s lesson, set out a food item or a special treat that your child can have AFTER the lesson. Make sure it is something that they really would like to have.

 

Read through Luke chapter 2

 

Next watch the video (you will find the video on our church home page)

Questions

  1. Who was the man who waited a long time to meet Jesus? Simeon
  2. Who appeared to the shepard’s to tell of Jesus’ birth?  Angels
  3. Did Simeon obey God? Yes
  4. Who else was in the temple the day Simeon met Jesus?  Anna
  5. How old was Anna? 84
  6. How hard is it to wait for something you really want?
  7. Is it easier to wait for it if you can see the item you want? Why or why not?

Please give your child the item you had laid out for them.

  1. Was your treat worth the wait? How did it make you feel?

Discussion

Talk with your kids about a time you had to wait for something. Explain how sometimes it is hard to wait for things, but how important it is that we learn to wait. We are going through a time right now, where waiting is the new normal. Remind your child that God’s timing is ALWAYS BEST! HE IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL!! No matter what we are going through or how long we are going through it. We must trust and have faith in God ALWAYS! 

 

GameTime

Use a ball or a balloon to praise Jesus. Depending on how many people you have to play, toss the ball or attempt to keep the balloon off of the floor. Whoever drops the ball or allows the balloon to touch the floor, then they must say , “God I praise you because…”

Simeon and Anna praised God when they finally got to meet Jesus. We should take time to praise Jesus daily for the many things he has provided, but for most of all the gift of salvation.

 

Challenge

Make a phone call, send a text, send an email, or face-time someone to tell them what you learned today. Then end the conversation with a praise that you might have. Be sure to ask them for a praise they would like to share:)

Please let me know how your challenge went by having your parents post a picture on the church FB page, sending me an email, or write a letter/draw a picture!

Have an AWESOME week and remember ….

 

God is good all the time, all of the time God is good!!!!!

 

Preschool

Bible Passage: Luke 2

Story Point: Simeon and Anna worshiped Jesus.

Key Passage: John 1:1

Big Picture Question: Is Jesus God or a human? Jesus is both fully God and fully human.

The BIBLE Story

Jesus Was Dedicated

Luke 2

Jesus came to earth as a baby. He was born in Bethlehem. Jesus’ parents on earth were Mary and Joseph. They took care of Jesus.

One day, when Jesus was still a baby, Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple. The temple was the place where people went to pray and worship God. Many years before, God had given special rules to all the people of Israel. One rule was, “When a woman’s first son is born, his parents must present him to God.” Another rule was that the child’s parents should give an offering to God. Mary and Joseph obeyed God and brought two birds as an offering.

A man named Simeon lived in Jerusalem, and he loved God. He knew that God had promised to send someone special to save people from sin. God had told Simeon that he would not die until he saw the Messiah who would rescue people from their sins. Simeon trusted God.

That day, God told Simeon to go to the temple. Simeon saw Jesus there, and he picked Jesus up in his arms. Simeon was so happy! Simeon knew that Jesus was special. Simeon praised God. He prayed, “God, I am ready to die. You kept Your promise, and I have seen the One who will save people from sin.”

Mary and Joseph heard Simeon say those important words. Jesus was going to save people from sin! Simeon talked to Mary and Joseph. He said being Jesus’ mother would be very good, but it would be very hard. Some people would love Jesus, but other people would not like Him at all. Some things would happen that would make Mary very sad.

Another woman was in the temple, a prophetess named Anna. Anna was very old. Anna did not have a family, so she stayed at the temple all the time and worshiped God.

Anna walked toward Simeon, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. When Anna saw Jesus, she thanked God. People had been waiting a long time for God to send the special One who would save people from sin. Anna told other people the good news: Jesus the Savior is here!

Mary and Joseph did everything they were supposed to do at the temple. Then they went back home. Jesus grew up, and He was strong and healthy and wise. God was happy with Jesus.

Christ Connection: God had promised His people that a Savior was coming. When Simeon and Anna saw Jesus, they knew He was the Savior. Jesus came to save people from sin. We can trust Jesus to save us from our sins; and like Simeon and Anna, we get to tell others the good news.

Activities

Play “Which Church?”

Before the session, gather four sheets of construction paper in four different colors. Draw or cut out a basic church outline on each paper. Tape each church to a wall in different locations in the classroom. Tell your child when you close your eyes, you must move to one of the churches. Before opening your eyes, call out a color. Open your eyes to see which church they chose to stand by.

Say •  Jesus’ earthly parents, Mary and Joseph, obeyed God by taking Jesus to the temple. While they were there, they met two people who had been waiting a long time to meet the Messiah. 

Wait for it

Suggest a simple action, such as run in place, pat your head, or shake a friend’s hand. Instruct your child to wait to begin moving until a signal is given. Watch a clock’s second hand as they anticipate beginning to move. Build excitement and finally give the signal for themto move. Continue playing and emphasize the waiting, pre-movement time.

Say • Simeon and Anna waited a long time to meet Jesus. God promised Simeon that he would not die until he saw the Savior who would rescue people from sin. How happy he was when he met Baby Jesus! When Anna saw Jesus, she thanked God and told people that Jesus the Savior had been born. Simeon and Anna worshiped Jesus and told others the good news. 

Make worship streamers

Tape one end of the streamer to a craft stick to serve as a handle. Provide markers and allow your child to decorate a streamer. Play worship music and encourage your child to wave their streamer, sing, and worship Jesus.

Say • Simeon and Anna worshiped Jesus when they saw Him. Anna thanked God, and Simeon was happy. Simeon talked to Mary and told her about what it would be like for Jesus as He grew. Simeon and Anna knew Jesus was the One who would save people from sin. We can trust Jesus to save us from our sins; and like Simeon and Anna, we get to tell others the good news.

Sunday, March 15th Service

Main Service

Gathering Prayer

Father, we thank you for uniting us with Your Holy Spirit, which allows us to be connected to you and each other in spite of our location. Your presence is among us and we pray You would speak to us in amazing ways. Now, we draw close to you, ask You to bring peace, and speak life to us today. May all we do be glorifying to you. Amen.

Word

Watch our service below.  Please sing along and encourage those around you to as well.  We sing because we are a people of hope, and display that by standing tall on His word and promises.  After the singing, make sure you catch the 3rd week of our Big Blocks series where Kevin talks about what you can expect from a life with Jesus.

Table

This point in our service, we remember Christ's sacrifice for us by taking and giving.

Communion - When we read in the book of Acts, each time the believers got together they "broke bread and ate together" (Acts 2:46). We encourage you and your family to do the same; feel free to use bread or crackers with juice to represent Jesus' body and blood poured out for us. Read a few of the following verses and reflect on them during this time. Isaiah 53, John 6:32-40, 1 Peter 3:18. After praying God's blessing over your elements, partake in communion.

Generosity - God's presence is active no matter our location. God's Kingdom moves no matter our circumstances. Our generosity is not bound to a building or a perfect set of circumstances. Our generosity is expressed everyday in every season. One way you can show God your generous heart is by giving back to Him, and you can click here to engage in generosity this morning. You can also mail in or call the office to find a time to drop off you gift in person.

Sending Prayer

God we pray you send us into our community to speak Your Name and Good News. We pray for the courage to love You with all our lives and to practice that love with action.  As we conclude this time, we ask you to guide our hearts with expectation to see You move among us this week.  In the name and power of Jesus Christ we pray, Amen!

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