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Family Time with God: April

Daily faith builders for the whole gang

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.

Heart Pillows (February 27)

You'll need:

  • 10" x 10" squares of red, white, or pink fabric, two squares for each person in your family
  • scissors, a Sharpie marker
  • a piece of cardboard or a heart-shaped stencil
  • red or white yarn, and a sewing needle
  • cotton balls

Use the cardboard to make a heart template. Trace the template to draw a heart on each piece of fabric. Cut out the hearts. Use a Sharpie to write "Jesus Loves _______ (insert friend's name)" on each heart. Lay one heart on top of the other with the words showing on top. Use the yarn to sew the hearts together, leaving a small opening. Stuff the heart with cotton, then sew the rest of the way. Give the heart to your friend.

Fish Food (March 8)

You'll need:

  • 1 package of blue Jell-O
  • 1 package of gummy fish
  • 1 clear bowl

Mix the Jell-O according the package, then pour into the clear bowl. When Jell-O is slightly set (about 11/2 hours), stir in gummy fish. Refrigerate until Jell-O is completely set. Let your kids "fish" with toothpicks, skewers, or chopsticks.

Flower Power (April 28)

Making pictures of pressed flowers has been a popular hobby since the 1800s. In Victorian times, children often made pressed-flower pictures right in the garden, covering the arranged "picture" with glass to make a stepping-stone. Here's how your family can make homemade pressed-flower pictures.

You'll need:

  • a variety of flowers, leaves, and grasses
  • an easy-to-assemble frame
  • pretty stationery, wrapping paper, or plain paper to use as a background for your flowers

Take the frame apart and cut your paper to fit the frame. Arrange your flowers on the paper. Children might want to draw a scene and include the real flowers in their picture, or use the flowers and leaves to make a collage or abstract image. Place the glass from the frame over the flowers, making sure the flowers are pressed down the way you want them. Carefully reassemble the frame and hang your flowers someplace special.

Did You Know …

The tilapia fish (March 18) is found in the Sea of Galilee. In Matthew 17:24-27 we read the story of a man collecting the temple tax. Jesus told Peter to go down to the Sea of Galilee, and that the first fish Peter caught would have the tax money in its mouth.

People thought the story was a myth, until scientists discovered the tilapia fish. These fish carry their eggs, then their young fish in their mouths. Sometimes the young fish come back to their mother and try to return to her mouth. To prevent this, the mother fills her mouth with anything she can find; many tilapia fish are found with coins or bottle caps in their mouths. Sounds like Jesus knew what he was talking about!

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

April

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1 Take a walk and enjoy spring!

2 Find a small basket you can decorate to make an Easter basket for someone special.

3 Keep working on your basket. Cut colored paper into small strips. Use them to line your basket.

Week 1 Forgiveness
1 Corinthians 15:3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sinsaccording to the Scriptures.

4 Today is Palm Sunday. Read Luke 19:29-40.

5 Learn 1 Corinthians 15:3.

6Family Forum: What is forgiveness? Why do we need forgiveness?

7 Write 1 Corinthians 15:3-4s on paper small enough to put in your basket. Decorate the paper.

8 Put the verse in your basket with a few pieces of candy.

9 Read John 19:28-35. Why do we call this "Good Friday"?

10 Give your Easter basket to someone special.

Week 2 Salvation
1 Corinthians 15:4He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.

11 Jesus Christ is risen! Celebrate!

12 It's National Turn Off Your TV Week. Read together tonight!

13 Learn 1 Corinthians 15:4.

14 Read John 20:1-9.

15 Salvation means Christ rescuing us from sin through his death and resurrection.

16Family Fact: April has two flowers: the sweet pea and the daisy.

17 Make egg salad with leftover Easter eggs.

Week 3 Prayer
Philippians 4:6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

18Family Forum: Why do we pray?

19 Learn Philippians 4:6. Petition is another word for "request."

20 Read Philippians 4:4-9.

21 April is National Poetry Month. Write a poem about spring.

22 Call Grandma (or another relative) and read your poem to her.

23 Make a list of five people you can pray for.

24Family Fun: It's Pig-in-a-Blanket Day. Make pigs-in-a-blanket (sausages wrapped in pancakes) for breakfast.

Week 4 Eternal Life
John 3:16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

25 What was your favorite song in church today?

26 Learn John 3:16.

27Family Forum: What is eternal life? How can we receive God's gift of eternal life?

28 Make a pressed-flower picture.

29 Read John 3:14-18 and Numbers 21:7-9.

30 Say the verses you learned this month.



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