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Family Time with God: March

Daily Bible activities for families

For Christian parents, integrating faith into family life is a top priority. One of the best ways parents can model a living, active relationship with Christ is to emphasize the importance of the Bible in your family's day-to-day life. You can hide God's Word in your own hearts and the hearts of your children by learning verses as a family and discussing together what those verses mean in your lives. These calendar pages from Awana will help you do just that!

How To Use These Pages:

To help make this a family project, we've divided the verses into three parts. Preschoolers memorize the words printed in bold. Elementary kids memorize the words in bold and italics. Older teens and parents learn the complete verse.

Calendar Highlights

March 17 St. Patrick Patrick was just 14 when he was captured and taken from his home country of England to live as a slave in Ireland. Ironically, it was during his enslavement that he found freedom in the love of Christ.

Years later, Patrick escaped and went back to Britain. But he believed that the people of Ireland were lost without Christ. He returned as a missionary and spent the rest of his life telling the Irish people about Christ and starting churches all across the country.

Saint Patrick's writings are a testimony to God's grace and our need for his presence in our lives. A song many of us sing in church, "Christ Be Beside Me," is from St. Patrick's statement of his beliefs.

March 21 Responsive Bible Reading Have Dad and Mom read the verses in bold print and the kids read the verses in the regular print.

Psalm 148:7-13

7 Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8 Lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding,
9 You mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars,
10 Wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds,
11 Kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 Young men and maidens, old men and children,
13 (All read). Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.

What is Awana?

Awana is a nondenominational youth ministry committed to reaching boys and girls with the gospel of Christ and training them to serve him. Each week, more than one million kids in over 110 countries attend Awana clubs where they play games, memorize Bible verses, and learn practical truths from God's Word. From preschool through high school, Awana offers a fun environment in which children and youth hear the life-changing message of the Bible. To learn more about Awana and locate an Awana club near you, visit www.awana.org/about.asp.









Week #1 Daniel's Faith
Daniel 2:20Praise be to the name of God for everand ever; wisdom and power are his.

1 Learn Daniel 2:20.

2 Write a story or draw a picture about something you learned at church today.

3 Read Daniel 1:1-21.

4 Daniel ate vegetables to show his faith in God (Daniel 1:8-16). Help Dad or Mom fix a vegetable for supper.

5 Read Daniel 2:1-23.

6 According to the early Roman calendar, March was once the first month of the year.

7 Ask God to help you follow him even when it isn't popular, just like Daniel did.

8 Say your verse to a friend.

Week #2 Daniel's Faithfulness
Daniel 2:23I thank you and praise you, O God of my fathers: (You have given me wisdom and power.)

9 Make a list of ways your family can praise God, one for each day of this week.

10 Read Daniel 6:1-23.

11 Act out the story of Daniel in the lion's den.

12 Learn Daniel 2:23

13 Don't forget to praise God!

14 Share your verse with a friend. Tell that person the story of Daniel.

15 Talk about a time you had to stand up for what is right.

Week #3 Patrick's Faith
Mark 10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God;all things are possible with God."

16 Learn more about the real story of St. Patrick (see page 14).

17 Happy St. Patrick's Day! Why do you think we celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Talk about ways people celebrate the day.

18 Patrick believed that all things were possible with God. Think of something that would be impossible without God.

19 Does your church support any missionaries? Pray for them today.

20 Happy Spring! Read the responsive reading on page 14.

21 Say your verse to a friend.

22 Patrick shared God's love with people who had hurt him. Pray for someone who has hurt you.

Week #4 Patrick's Faithfulness
Ephesians 4:6One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

23 Look for signs of spring on your way to church.

24 Pray for your school teacher today. (If Mom is your teacher, pray for her!)

25 Learn Ephesians 4:6.

26 Why is it hard to love our enemies? Why does God want us to?

27 Think about the stories of Daniel and Patrick. How are they similar?

28 Ask God to help you show his love to all of his people.

29 Say your verse to a friend.

30Take a walk and thank God for his amazing love.

31 Say all four verses you memorized this month.

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