How to use this section: On this page, you'll find Fun Stuff, monthly activities for your family, and Did You Know, an interesting story to tell your kids. On the pages that follow, you'll learn a new Bible verse a week. The verses are divided into three parts: Preschoolers memorize the words in bold. Elementary kids memorize the words in bold and italics. Teens and parents learn the complete verse.
Moms in the Bible Quiz (May 7)
Here are some of the mothers mentioned in the Bible. Can you name their children?
|Hannah||1 Samuel 2:18-21|
|Eunice||2 Timothy 1:5 ; 3:14-15|
|Bathsheba||2 Samuel 12:24|
Creation Diorama (July 21)
- one empty shoebox for each diorama
- green, brown, yellow, and blue fabric scraps or paint
- small plastic animals or other small toys
Go for a walk and gather small natural objects. Then use the paint or the fabric to create the sky, water, sun, and grass in your shoebox. Use your natural objects to create scenic elements. Finally, add small figures to complete the scene.
Dirt Cake (June 5)
- 1 package instant chocolate pudding
- 2 cups milk
- 1 (12 oz.) container Cool Whip
- crumbled chocolate cookies
- gummy worms and gumdrops (optional)
- small, clean unglazed terra cotta flowerpot
Sterilize pot by heating it in a 350º oven for 2 hours. Mix the pudding with the milk and chill until firm. Combine pudding with whipped topping. If there is a drainage hole in the bottom of the pot, use a whole cookie to cover it up. Put some of the crumbled cookie mixture on the bottom of the pot, then fill the pot with the pudding. Sprinkle the rest of the crumbled cookie mixture over the top of the pudding. Stick a gummy worm or two in the dirt.
Did You Know
Johannes Kepler (July 2)Johannes Kepler lived in Weil der Stadt, Germany, back in the 1500s. He taught math and became the district mathematician. Dr. Kepler is known for discovering that planets move around the sun in an orbit that's an ellipse. He also figured out that planets move faster the closer they are to the sun.
Most important, Dr. Kepler loved God. Because he believed that God, an intelligent Designer, created the world, he believed that the design must also be intelligent. That's why he studied the planets. One of Dr. Kepler's favorite verses was Psalm 147:5: "Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit."
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. To learn more about Awana and locate an Awana club near you, visit www.awana.org/about.asp
Serving the Lord
|Week 1 LoveJohn 13:34: "A new command I give you: Love one another.As I have loved you, so you must love one another."|
|1 Read John 15:11-17.||2 Learn John 13:34.||3Family Fun: Today is National Repeat Day. Tell someone "I love you" today and ask them to repeat it.||4Family Forum: Talk about John 13:34. What does it mean to love one another as God has love us?||5 Make dirt cake.|
|Week 2 Do Good Works2 Thessalonians 2:16-17: May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.|
|6 What are five ways the people in your church help others?||7 Learn 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17.||8 Think of one person you can help this week.||9 Run an errand for someone.||10 Read 2 Corinthians 9:8-12.||11 Name a Bible character who served the Lord. Read about that person in a Bible storybook.||12 Help serve supper tonight. You can help prepare the food, set the table, or clear the dishes.|
|Week 3 GiveRomans 12:13:Share with God's people who are in need.Practice hospitality.|
|13Family Forum: Discuss the different ways the church offering is used.||14 Read Romans 15:24-29.||15 Learn Romans 12:13. How can you share with people in need?||16Family Fun: Gather food to donate to a local food shelf.||17 Take your food to the food shelf as a family.||18 Find three verses in the Bible that talk about helping others.||19 Write down then reasons why you love your dad.|
|Week 4 Show Hospitality1 Peter 4:9:Offer hospitalityto one another without grumbling.|
|20 Give your dad your list (and a hug)!||21 Celebrate the first day of summer by eating your favorite summer food.||22 Learn 1 Peter 4:9.||23 Read .||24Family Forum: What does it mean to show hospitality?||25 Think of ways to show hospitality to your friends.||26 Invite a friend to play with you and try using some of your hospitality ideas.|
|Week 5 Be KindEphesians 4:32: Be kind and compassionate to one another,forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.|
|27 Look through a hymnbook. Find five songs that talk about serving the Lord.||28 Learn Ephesians 4:32.||29 Read Colossians 3:12-15.||30 Do something kind for each person in your family today.|
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