Here is something that you can choose to participate in the holiday if you want to.
Here is a link for a clip of some fun drawing tips from France. Enjoy doing these with your parents.
I also include a song clip of a beautiful song by Colin Buchanan. Play it many times and learn it and we can sing it together.
Firstly, here is a link to the Australian blessing. Listen, learn it, as we gather back in the church building for worship.
Here is a story of how Christ helps us to put things together:
A pastor was struggling to prepare his sermon and didn’t want to be disturbed by his five-year old daughter, so he removed a map of the world from his study, tore it into pieces and gave it to his daughter to assemble with the promise that he would answer all her questions and play with her when she was done. He knew she would never be able to fix it.
To his amazement, in less than five minutes, she returned to him in his study with the map in perfect shape, every continent and every country in its place.
The surprised father asked, ”Honey, you don’t know anything about geography, so how did you fix the world so easily and quickly?”
The five year old girl smiled sweetly and replied, ”The picture of JESUS was at the back of the map and I knew that if I have JESUS in the right place, the whole world would be in perfect shape.”
That was just the right inspiration he needed for his sermon. He thanked his daughter and prepared a powerful sermon on the subject – ‘Fix your world by placing JESUS at the right place’ ….. and your life will be in order.
Do you really understand this?
Parents please read this story to your young children and try to emulate this for your children and show them how the child was able to put the map of the world together without even looking at it.
Here are some ideas for a scavenger hunt.
Here is a saying or two for you to think about and to tell others about and to talk to others about.
Inspired by these thank-yous can you sit and think of and make a list of other people we can give thanks to God for and send them to me by e-mail.
I have included a link to some 5-minute crafts that can help you keep your parents and grand-parents busy for a short while.
Here is a prayer to pray for your family and for yourself.
Dear Lord Jesus, hear us as we pray.
We thank you God for giving us other people to be part of our lives.
For parents and the love which brought us into the world. O Lord, we give You thanks today.
For our mothers who have cherished and nurtured us. O Lord, we give You thanks today.
For our fathers who have loved and supported us. O Lord, we give You thanks today.
For brothers and sisters with whom we share our home. O Lord, we give You thanks today.
For relatives and friends who share our hopes and joys. O Lord, we give You thanks today.
For all who first spoke to us of Jesus. O Lord, we give You thanks today.
Help us to live as those who belong to you and to one another, now and always. Amen.
Here is a link to a very special piece of music. Listen to God’s hand in this music.
Hallelujah from Heaven
Here is a reminder of, who you are, and what you are, responsible for. And also a picture where the girl does not know it is a statue and so she went to help. What are the things you can do to help Jesus this week?
Here is an idea or two to help keep you engrossed in activity in the midst of being at home. Parents, I ask you to help your children and grand-parents to assist your grandchildren in partaking of these activities.
Here is a link of a two-year-old praying the Lord’s Prayer. Do you know it off by heart? If you do, then pray it. If you don’t know it, then spend this week learning it.
Here is the version that we pray in church when we meet together.
God be with you as you learn this prayer.
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are Yours.
Now and forever. Amen.
The Bible App for Kids is so much more than an app. Find episodes to stream or download and fun downloadable resources to help your kids fall in love with God at the following link.