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Quest for Identity 2014
These suggested activities are designed to help families communicate about what the children are learning in Sunday School.
We hope they will increase both parent and child's understanding of the bible stories and grow your faith.
February 2014: Zacchaeus
February 2 Read the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19: 1-10. Discuss around the dinner table or in the car, why you think Zacchaeus was so eager to see Jesus.
February 9 Read Matthew 9:9-11. The religious leaders of Jesus’ time saw sinners as outcasts, people who shouldn’t be included in God’s love unless they changed their ways. But Jesus had dinner with them! What words would you use to describe Jesus? What kind of person is he?
February 16 Jesus is the best kind of friend to us. He came to be with us and die for us because he loves us so much. Find a way to remember each day that Jesus loves you. How can you show God’s love to someone who feels left out by others at school?
February 23 Zacchaeus became a changed man. He offered to give half of his many possessions to the poor. Consider donating some outgrown clothes or toys/household items that you no longer want, to the Acton Congregational Church Thrift Shop.
September 2013: Jacob & Esau
September 8 Read the story of Jacob and Esau found in Genesis 25: 19-34. What did Esau do that showed that God was NOT important to him? Share a true story of something you did that shows God is important to you.
September 15 Read about God changing Jacob's name to Israel in Genesis 32:22-30.
"Israel" means to struggle with God. Many Bible people have names that tell something about them. Abraham means "father of many". Do some research online or ask family members the meaning of your name. For fun, pick a name for each member of the family that describes them. Use your new names for a day or two!
September 22 Read about Esau's anger at his brother Jacob in Genesis 27: 1- 46. Talk about times you have had a dispute with a friend or relative. How did you resolve it? If unresolved, talk about how it might be made right.
Teaching Conflict Resolution
September 29 Recall the story in Genesis 27:1-4, 15-33; 28:10-17. What are some of the consequences Jacob faced as a result of his choices? When have you made and broken a promise? When has someone done the same to you? What were the consequences? Why do you think God continues to love and bless God's people, even in such circumstances?
October 2013: Joseph & His Brothers
October 6 Read Genesis 37: 1- 11. Talk about what each person’s special “coat” , that is, each one’s special gifts and talents. Cut out a simple coat from copier paper and write everyone’s gifts and talents in multiple colors!
October 13 Read Genesis 37:1-11 aloud. Talk about favoritism in families. What could Joseph and his father have done differently
to make the family feel closer and happier?
October 20 For a fun family night, try watching “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
October 27 Read Genesis 39: 1-23. Draw a comic strip story, telling about a time when life wasn’t fair to you. Have two of the pictures show what you did after you were treated unfairly. Life wasn’t fair to Joseph. What happened to him? How did he react? Look back at your comic strip. Were you sulking or did you work harder? Redraw the last two pictures to show what Joseph would have done. How can God help you when you are in the “pit”?
November 2013: Joseph in Egypt
November 3 Talk about times that God has taken a terrible event and brought good out of it.
Say a prayer of thanksgiving to God for that blessing.
November 10 Talk about what makes your family relationships strong or not so strong. Make a list of all the things you love about each member of your family. Create a photo album of people, things, and events for which you are grateful. Under each picture, label what you are grateful for.
November 17 Joseph told Pharaoh that his dreams were a warning. After seven years of feast, there would be seven years of famine. Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of saving food from the abundant years so the people would have enough to eat during the famine. Help your child learn the principles of "saving for a
rainy day" by helping him or her set aside something for the future. Perhaps start a food pantry, a savings account, or a place to keep warm clothing for the winter. Help your child understand that God is able to provide whatever we need to carry out His purpose, but that may also mean saving some of what He provides for the future.
November 24 Read Matthew 6:14-15 to your child. "If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins." Come up with several situations that require forgiveness. Ask your child if it would be easy or hard to forgive in each situation and explain why he or she believes so. Here are some examples:
a. Your younger brother or sister accidently loses your homework
b. A friend starts a bad rumor about you
c. Your friend breaks your bike
d. Your friend gets mad and starts a fight with you
e. Someone laughs at what you are wearing or the way you look