Sing Your Praises

There are lots of stories in the Bible. Stories about God, stories about Jesus, stories about people that loved God with all their hearts. Did you know there are even songs in the Bible? What kinds of songs do we sing at church? What do we sing about? Allow children to name some songs/topics we sing. Guide them to the idea that we sing about our love for God and God’s love for us. People have been singing about God for a long time. Some of those songs ended up in the Bible in a book called Psalms. Even now people create songs about the Psalms.

Today I want to share Psalm 19 with you. Read a version of the Psalm that is appropriate for the age of children you will be working with. Some examples can be found here, here, and here. There are two main parts to this Psalm, the beginning talks about how even the sun and the night sky sing God’s praises. The second part talks about trying to live the way God wants us to live. To be the best people we can be, and that our words and thoughts might bring praise to God. For me, one way I praise God is through song. And when I read this psalm it reminded me of a song. Let’s listen and sing it together! Play “God of Wonders.” Many versions exist both in audio and video. I like this one best.

Did you notice the similarities between Psalm 19 and the song God of Wonders? What did you hear that was the same? Help children compare the song with the Psalm. This season of Lent is all about growing closer to God. One way I connect with God and Jesus is through song. Especially when I find ways to sing scripture. Let’s sing our praises this week!

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Every Wednesday I share a lesson based on the lectionary. These lessons are meant to be used for a children’s moment (aka children’s sermon, children’s liturgy, children’s church, etc), sunday school, or even as a family devotion in your own home.

I have taken the lesson above and written it into a lesson plan format. I have also added a Respond and Extend section to the downloadable lesson. These are additional ideas for the children to respond to the main lesson and then an extension activity for them to do at a later time. The extension activity includes a handout to send home with directions.

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Mindfulness Monday {Relaxing}

I had lots of should do’s yesterday. I should start some laundry. I should pick up the house. I should make dinner. I should write this week’s blog posts. I should, I should, I should…but I didn’t. I took the afternoon off. I read a book. I napped. I went for a walk with my family. I sat and talked with my husband while my boys played outside. I relaxed. And I’m so thankful that I let go of my shoulds and took advantage of the day of rest.

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The Good Samaritan {A Bible Box Activity}

Today I want to share another Bible Box activity with you. Even if you haven’t made your own Bible Box yet, you can still easily use this activity with your child(ren). Today let’s look at the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:25-37. I like the version in My First Bible.

  1. Read Luke 10:25-37 aloud to your child(ren).
  2. Ask them what props they want to use to act out the story. For this story I gathered a green napkin (grass), a felt path (the road), a few people, a bandaid, and some blocks (for the inn). You can use any toy people you have. Lego people, Barbies, Little People, whatever! I have Tales of Glory figurines so that is what I used. But they certainly aren’t necessary.
  3. Allow your child(ren) to set the scene with the props they collected.
  4. Read the scripture again as your children act it out with the figurines

Here’s a peek at the story in images only…let’s see how well you know the story! 🙂

Hope you and your child(ren) have fun acting out the Good Samaritan!

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