Faith@Home | July 2021

Philip Helps a Traveler | Acts 8:26-40

Chapter 8 of Acts begins with a persecution of the followers of Jesus following the stoning of a Greek man named Stephen, who had become a deacon of the followers of The Way.  Saul (who later became Paul, the transformed Apostle of Jesus), began “to destroy the church.” (Acts 8. 3 NIV) In response, believers scattered throughout the region to escape from him…..

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Faith@Home | June 2021

Living Together | Acts 2:42-47

Click Here to get suggested Faith Formation activities for your family for the month of June. Options for different age groups to do at home with your family as well as community events to attend in-person.

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Pentecost: May 23, 2021

Acts 2: 1-42

Jesus asked the disciples to stay in Jerusalem until a helper came to them. On the Jewish festival of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came to the disciples. It appeared as the sound of a wind and looked like tongues of fire above the disciples. The Holy Spirit filled the disciples so that they could tell the Good News about Jesus’ death and resurrection to all the pilgrims gathered in Jerusalem. 3000 people were baptized that day, which is why we call this day the birthday of the church.
Things to note about Pentecost. The liturgical color for Pentecost is red. Pentecost comes from the Greek meaning 50 and was the Greek word for the Jewish Feast of Weeks which comes 50 days after Passover. The Jews would bring their harvest offering, the first fruits to the Temple.

Watch this reading of a wonderful  explanation of Pentecost for all ages.

Each child received a bag with some fun things to use to celebrate Pentecost. We invite you to have some fun and celebrate the Church’s birthday!

 

Ascension:

Acts 1:4-14
Watch for a delivery to your home early next week with suggestions on ways to celebrate Jesus’ Ascension (May 16)  and the Birthday of the Church  on Pentecost (May 23).

The story of Jesus’ ascension is told by Matthew and includes what the church calls the Great Commission. Gospel writer Luke also tells of Jesus’ ascension in his second volume, Acts of the Apostles. 
In each story, Jesus commands the disciples to DO something. The version in Acts tells the disciples that they will be Jesus’ witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.  They are to remain in Jerusalem until they receive the Holy Spirit.
As Jesus finishes his command he is taken up into heaven. The disciples stand there dump-founded until 2 men in white robes appear to tell them It’s time to move on!
Children can be followers of Jesus’ command in the simple ways they include friends in their Sunday morning rituals and in the way they share their faith simply and openly. Helping your child find ways to spread the news of Jesus to their world is a wonderful challenge and honor.

Faith At home: Easter Surprises

Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed. Here are 5 stories of Jesus’s appearances after His resurrection to share with your family. The pdf below gives you a flow for your time together:  Share the story using your own Bible reading or listening to one of the audio stories provided from Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible; discuss the story using wondering questions provided; choose 1 or more family activities to do together to help family members connect the story to their life.

Easter Surprises – Faith at home

Woman at the Tomb-Luke 24:1-12

Story version| Commentary on Luke 24

Memory and Surprise-Luke 24:13-35

story version| Commentary on Luke 24

Mary Finds her friend-John 20:11-18

Listen to the Story Here 
In the Garden | Optical illusions for Kids
Commentary on passage

Thomas Wants to see-John 20:19-31

Listen to the story 

Music video | story by kids | commentary on passage

Jesus Gives Peter a Job-John 21:15-19

Stories Jesus told-Parables

March 7: The Generous Landowner-Matthew 20:1-16

Listen to the story from Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible    Password in the Thursday e-letter

Commentary

You are also invited to check out the Lent resources provided to families Here

February 28: The Pearl Matthew-13:45-46

Listen to the story from Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible    Password in the Thursday e-letter

Commentary

February 21: Something Big from something small-Matt. 13:31-33

Listen to the story from Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible    Password in the Thursday e-letter

Faith at Home Resources
Commentary  | Recipe for kid friendly slimeMarvelous Mustard Seed

February 14: The Good Neighbor-Luke 1025-37

Listen to the story from Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible

Password is in Thursday e-letter

Faith At Home resources

 Commentary  | Color your world with kindness |Who is my Neighbor?

February 7: The Sower Luke 8:4-15

Listen to the story from Growing in God’s Love: a Story Bible

Faith at Home Resources
Commentary  | Bread of the world | Animated story

Growing in God’s Love – Healings and Miracles

We explore four unique healing stories of Jesus.

January 10

Friends Who Help

Luke 5:17-26

Listen to the Story Here

Commentary Link |Binkle’s Time to Fly |Friendship Soup

January 17

Jesus Heals a Woman and a Girl

Luke 8:40-56

Listen to the Story Here

Commentary | Mem Fox book

January 24

Jesus Heals with Words

John 4:46-54

Listen to the Story Here

Commentary | God gave us Words

January 31

A Canaanite Woman Does not Give Up

Matthew 15:21-28

Listen to the Story Here

Commentary |Ruby Bridges

Growing in God’s Love – Advent

These Stories are to Accompany Advent

Advent – Week 1 (Nov. 29) | “How Can This Happen?” p. 186 & 187 | Listen to the story here
Advent – Week 2 (Dec. 6) |  “A Prophet is Born” p. 188 & 189 | Listen to the story here
Advent – Week 3 (Dec. 13) | “A Baby is Born” p. 190-191 | Listen to the story here
Advent – Week 4 (Dec. 20) | Surprise Visitors” p. 192-193 | Listen to the story here

Growing in God’s Love: People Jesus Met Unit

November 1

Session 8: People Jesus Met – The Short Man
Luke 19:1-10 | Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible, p. 242
Listen to the story here
Connecting Links from pg. 0 in the Parent Guide:
Story Commentary | What Defines U.S. Poverty?

November 8

Session 9: People Jesus Met – The Thankful Woman
Luke 7:36–48 | Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible, p. 234
Listen to the story here
Connecting Links from pg. 0 in the Parent Guide:
Story Commentary | Gratitude & Giving Back

November 15

Session 10: People Jesus Met – The Thankful Man
Luke 17:36-48 | Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible, p. 244
Listen to the story here
Connecting Links from pg. 13 in the Parent Guide:
Story Commentary | Anti-Racism Resources

Growing in God’s Love: Jacob and Esau Unit

October 4

Session 4: How the Twins were Born
Genesis 25:19-28 | Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible, p. 30
Listen to the story here
Connecting Links from pg. 9 in the Parent Guide:
Jacob and Esau Commentary | Parenting Multiples | Grand-parenting Tips

October 11

Session 5: Jacob and Esau Both Want Their Share
Genesis 27:1-29 | Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible, p. 32
Listen to the story here
Connecting Links from pg. 17 in the Parent Guide:
Jacob & Esau Conflict Commentary | PCUSA Peacemaking Resources

October 18

Session 6: When Things Get Really Scary
Genesis 32:22–32 | Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible, p. 34
Listen to the story here
Connecting Links from pg. 27 in the Parent Guide:
Jacob Wrestles Commentary | United Nations Main Tasks | Prayers for Peace

October 25

Session 7: How Esau and Jacob Got Over It
Genesis 32-33 | Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible, p. 36
Listen to the story here

Growing in God’s Love: Creation Unit

September 13

Session 1: How God Made Everything
Genesis 1:1-2:4a | Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible, p. 20
Listen to the story here | Purchase the Story Bible on Amazon here
Connecting Links from pg. 7 in the Parent Guide:
Genesis 1 Commentary | Earth-Care-Congregations

September 20

Session 2: We Were All Farmers Once
Genesis 2:4b-22 | Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible, p. 22
Listen to the story here
Connecting Links from pg. 21 in the Parent Guide:
 Genesis 2 Commentary Feeding America

September 27

Session 3: When the World Started Over Again
Genesis 6-9 | Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible, p. 24
Listen to the story here 
Connecting Links from pg. 27 in the Parent Guide:
Flood Podcast Flood Commentary | Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

For Parents: Go Deeper with Todd Jones
Check out Pastor Todd’s Lecture Series on Genesis Part 1 & 2
Click here for Lectures

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