Family Activity (7/1-2)

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend in CedarVille, we learned what it looks like to follow God. When we follow God people will know we do by our actions.

Scripture:

As a family read about an interesting battle Joshua lead (Joshua 6). Also take time to read a key verse from this weekend in James:
“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?” -James 2:14

Family Discussion Questions:

What did God ask Joshua and the Israelites to do at Jericho? How many times were they supposed to walk around the city? What were they supposed to do on the last day? What happened to the city? Did everything happen just like God said it would? What do you think about Joshua fighting a battle the way he did? Would you have believed God’s plan if you were an Israelite?

Family Activity:

Joshua followed God, even when the instructions God gave him were a little bizarre. The Israelites knew Joshua followed God and knew they could trust him by his actions. As a family, talk about your actions, and if they are ones that show the world you follow God or not. Take a piece of paper and draw a horn on it to remember how Joshua’s actions proved he followed God. Then write out an action you are going to do to prove to the people around you that you follow God. Put the paper somewhere in your house so you see it and remember to show people you follow God.

Memory Verse:

In CedarVille, we have the opportunity to memorize a verse and earn a special treat. It makes all the difference when families work on memorizing the verse together! This week take time to practice Philippians 4:4-5. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

Preschool:
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again — Rejoice!” – Philippians 4:4

Elementary:
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again — Rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.” – Philippians 4:4-5

Family Activity (6/24-25)

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend in CedarVille we learned that God’s way should be our way. We should always follow God, and make sure God’s way is my way!

Scripture:

As a family read about Nehemiah in Nehemiah 2:1-4:23, 7:1-3. Since there are a few chapters to read, try reading a few verses each day. Also take time to read a key verse from this weekend:
“When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard about it, they were frightened and humiliated. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God. –Nehemiah 6:16

Family Discussion Questions:

Why did Nehemiah look sad? What did Nehemiah ask of the king? What did the king do in response to Nehemiah? Did Nehemiah get the help he needed to build the wall? Was everyone around Jerusalem happy the wall was being built? When the people building the wall found out other people were not happy with them, what did they do? Was the wall completed?

Family Activity:

Nehemiah followed God and made God’s way his way. He also knew he couldn’t do it on his own, so he prayed and asked God for help to rebuild the wall. We know from the key verse that God helps us do what pleases Him, but we need to also make sure we are trying our best to make His way our way and talking to Him about our life, just like Nehemiah did. Is there anything in your life that you know God wants you to do but is hard for you to do? Talk with your family about a few of those situations. Take a piece of paper and draw bricks on it, making it look like a wall. Then write on the top of the paper “God’s way is my way.” Below that write out a prayer asking God to help you make the right choice. Put the paper somewhere that will remind you to keep God’s way your way.

Memory Verse:

In CedarVille, we have the opportunity to memorize a verse and earn a special treat. It makes all the difference when families work on memorizing the verse together! This week take time to practice Philippians 4:4-5. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

Preschool:
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again — Rejoice!” – Philippians 4:4

Elementary:
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again — Rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.” – Philippians 4:4-5

Family Activity (6/17-18)

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend in CedarVille, we learned God is #1. No matter what we need to always keep God as #1 in our lives.

Scripture:

As a family read about Elijah (1 Kings 18:15-39). Also take time to read a key verse from this weekend in James:
“But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, ‘God opposes the proud but favors the humble.’” James 4:6

Family Discussion Questions:

Did the people trust Elijah? Did everyone worship God, or did they have other gods they followed? What did Elijah ask the prophets of Baal to do? What did Elijah have poured over his offering? Would something that had water all over it catch fire? What did God do to the offering Elijah prepared? When the offering was all burned up, what did the people do?

Family Activity:

This story from Elijah’s life shows us how God is better than anything else. Take a piece of paper and color a campfire on it. The fire will represent the fire that God sent down to the offering. Once you have colored the fire write “God is #1” on the paper. Put this somewhere for you to see often and remember that God should be first in your life and that he is the best. No one compares to God!

Memory Verse:

In CedarVille, we have the opportunity to memorize a verse and earn a special treat. It makes all the difference when families work on memorizing the verse together! This week take time to practice Philippians 4:4-5. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

Preschool:
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again — Rejoice!” – Philippians 4:4

Elementary:
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again — Rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.” – Philippians 4:4-5

Family Activity (6/10-11)

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend in CedarVille we learned how God can give us hope. Even when we feel completely hopeless, God is always there with us to give us hope.

Scripture:

As a family read about Noah and how God helped him in Genesis 6-9:17. There are a few chapters to read, so try reading a little bit each day this week! Also take time to read a key verse from this weekend:
“We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield.” Psalm 33:20

Family Discussion Questions:

What did God think of the people of the earth? Who was still honoring God? What did God ask Noah to do? Who went on the ark? How long did it rain? Did the things that weren’t on the ark survive the flood? How did Noah know when it was safe to open the ark? How do you think you would react to God asking you to build an ark?

Family Activity:

This weekend’s Bright Idea was “God Gives Me Hope.” How would you describe hope? As a family talk about a time when you needed hope. Did you get hope? How did it help you? Take a piece of paper and draw a self-portrait of when you have had hope in your life. Describe to your family what parts of the picture show you have hope!

Memory Verse:

In CedarVille, we have the opportunity to memorize a verse and earn a special treat. It makes all the difference when families work on memorizing the verse together! This week take time to practice Philippians 4:4-5. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

Preschool:
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again — Rejoice!” – Philippians 4:4

Elementary:
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again — Rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.” – Philippians 4:4-5

Family Activity (6/3-4)

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend in CedarVille, we learned that God Has a Plan for Me! God has a special plan for your life, and He wants to use you to do great things.

Scripture:

As a family, read about John the Baptist in Matthew 3. Also take time to read the key verse from this week found in 1 Corinthians 2:9:
“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.’”

Family Discussion Questions:

What did John the Baptist tell people to do? For whom was John preparing a way? What did John wear and eat? Which important person did John baptize? How does the story of John’s life show that God had a plan for him? Whose plan is better: ours or God’s? How is God’s plan for our lives better than our own plan?

Family Activity:

God had a special plan for John the Baptist. John helped prepare the way for Jesus to come to Earth so he could be our Forever Friend if we ask! Just like John the Baptist, God has a special plan for each of our lives. As a family, write down some of your favorite memories and some memories you’d like to make together in the future. Hang these somewhere in your house as a reminder of the great things God has done and the good things God could have in store for your family in the future!

Memory Verse:

In CedarVille, we have the opportunity to memorize a verse and earn a special treat. It makes all the difference when families work on memorizing the verse together! This week take time to practice Philippians 4:4-5. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

Preschool:
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again — Rejoice!” – Philippians 4:4

Elementary:
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again — Rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.” – Philippians 4:4-5

Family Activity (5/27-28)

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend in CedarVille, we discovered how God hears our prayers. We know that He always hears us and answers in the best way and at the best time.

Scripture:

As a family read about Solomon (1 Kings 3:1-15). Also take time to read a key verse from this weekend:
“And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.” 1 John 5:14-15

Family Discussion Questions:

What did Solomon ask for? What is wisdom? Did God hear Solomon’s prayer? Why was God pleased with Solomon asking for wisdom? If you could ask God for anything, what would you ask for? Read the key verse again. How do we know we can be confident in our prayers?

Family Activity:

Solomon trusted God and knew that he could ask Him for anything. We can ask God for anything too, but we also should get in the habit of talking to Him about our life. As a family, talk about each person’s “you go!” moments (great, good things to celebrate) and “uh oh” moments (low, not so great things) for the day. Then pray for one another! God loves to hear about all the highs and lows of our days. He wants us to thank Him and ask Him for help.

Memory Verse:

In CedarVille, we have the opportunity to memorize a verse and earn a special treat. It makes all the difference when families work on memorizing the verse together! This week take time to practice Philippians 4:4-5. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

Preschool:
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again — Rejoice!” – Philippians 4:4

Elementary:
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again — Rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.” – Philippians 4:4-5

Family Activity (5/20-21)

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend in CedarVille, we learned how God’s love can change us. Sometimes we make bad choices, but God’s love can change us and helps us make good choices!

Scripture:

As a family read about Saul’s life and how he changed his life and name (Acts 9: 1-31). Also take time to read a key verse from this weekend in James:
“ Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.”

Family Discussion Questions:

In the beginning, how did Saul treat people who followed Jesus? What happened to Saul after Jesus talked to him? What happened to Saul when Ananias came to see him? Did Saul start believing in Jesus? How did Saul change from the beginning of the story to the end?

Family Activity:

The story of Saul shows us that God’s love can really change us! To show the change that happened in Saul’s life, draw a picture of him before he started to love God. How did Saul act? Would his face look grumpy and mean, or nice and happy? Take this picture and cover up Saul’s eyes with pieces of paper or by coloring over them. Saul was blinded so that he could eventually see God’s love! Now draw a new picture of Saul after he was no longer blind and God’s love changed him! Did he stop making bad choices? Would his face look happier now? God’s love changed Saul, and God’s love can change us too! We can start making good choices because of God’s love and follow Him!

Memory Verse:

In CedarVille, we have the opportunity to memorize a verse and earn a special treat. It makes all the difference when families work on memorizing the verse together! This week take time to practice Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭NLT. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” – Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭NLT

Family Activity (5/13-14)

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend in CedarVille, we learned that God loves when we are kind! In all circumstances, we should be kind to others and show them that they matter!

Scripture:

With your family, take time to read about Jacob and Esau in Genesis 25:19-34, 27: 1-46, 32:3-21, 33:1-11. Also take some time to read a key verse from this weekend:
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud.”
-1 Corinthians 13:4

Family Discussion Questions:

Who are Jacob and Esau’s parents? What was Jacob doing when he was born? Why was it so special to be the firstborn son? What did Esau exchange his birthright for? When Isaac was old and blind how did Jacob trick him? After taking the blessing, what did Jacob do? A few years later Jacob was married and living in another place. What did Esau bring to him? What did he say and do? Do you think they forgave each other; why?

Family Activity:

This week we learned about showing someone we love them by being kind. One way to be kind is by our actions. We can speak kindly to someone, help someone up when they fall, or high five someone for doing a good job. There are all sorts of things you can do to be kind! As a family make a plan on what you could add to your week to show kindness to someone. Take a piece of paper and write or draw your plan. Then have everyone in the family sign it as a contract to follow through! Have fun and be creative!

Memory Verse:

In CedarVille, we have the opportunity to memorize a verse and earn a special treat. It makes all the difference when families work on memorizing the verse together! This week take time to practice Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭NLT. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” – Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭NLT

Family Activity (5/6-7)

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend in CedarVille, we learned that God keeps his promises. Even when it’s hard, we should be patient and trust in God’s promises because God is trustworthy.

Scripture:

As a family read about Abraham’s life (Genesis 17:1-7, 18:1-19, 21:1-7). Since there are a few chapters to read, try reading a little section each day! Also take time to read the key verse from this week found in Psalm 145:13b:
“The LORD always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does.”

Family Discussion Questions:

What did God promise Abraham? Were Abraham and Sarah the age of normal parents? How old were they? Did God fulfill his promise? Was God’s promise fulfilled right away, or did Abraham and Sarah have to wait and be patient? Is it easy or hard for you to wait and be patient? How do you act when you have to wait for something you were promised?

Family Activity:

Talk about some promises you have made and kept. Who did you make the promise with? Was it easy to keep your promise? Then talk about some promises people made for you and kept. Did they fulfill those promises right away? How did you feel when they kept their promise? The great thing about God is that he will always keep his promises to us, and we don’t need to worry about Him not keeping them! Take a Post-It note, and write on it “God Keeps His Promises.” Then put it somewhere you will see it often to remember that God is trustworthy!

Memory Verse:

In CedarVille, we have the opportunity to memorize a verse and earn a special treat. It makes all the difference when families work on memorizing the verse together! This week take time to practice Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭NLT. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” – Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭NLT

Family Activity (4/29-30)

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend in CedarVille, we learned how we can be joyful! Even when things aren’t going our way we can be joyful. We should worship God every day in every way.

Scripture:

As a family, read the story of Paul and Silas in jail in Acts 16:22-34. Also take time to read a key verse from this weekend found in James 1:2-3:
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”

Family Discussion Questions:

Where were Paul and Silas? What did Paul and Silas do in prison? What happened while they were in prison? Did Paul and Silas escape? Do you think Paul and Silas were ever scared when they were in prison, why or why not? When Paul and Silas were in jail, did they complain?

Family Activity:

Paul and Silas were in a terrible situation, yet they were able to be joyful and thanked God for all He did for them! Often it can be hard to choose joy during tough situations when we just want to be mad or upset. But we can rely on God to help us when we choose joy. Talk as a family of things that bring you joy. List them or draw them on a piece of paper. When you are in a situation where you know you should choose joy, look at this list and remember what brings you joy!

Memory Verse:

In CedarVille, we have the opportunity to memorize a verse and earn a special treat. It makes all the difference when families work on memorizing the verse together! This week take time to practice Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭NLT. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” – Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭NLT