Family Activity (2/11-12)

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend in CedarVille, we learned that Jesus is #1! It’s important to rest and remember that our relationship with Jesus is most important.

Scripture:

With your family, take time to read about Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42. Also take time to read the key verse from this week:
The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” –Luke 10:27

Family Discussion Questions:

Before visiting Mary and Martha, where were Jesus and the disciples planning on going? What was Mary doing? What distracted Martha? Why was Martha upset with Mary? What did Jesus say about Mary and Martha? What did Jesus say is the one thing worth being concerned about?

Family Activity:

We learn from Mary’s example that we should make sure Jesus is #1 and we should make time every day to spend with Jesus. Mary knew that spending quality time with Jesus was important, and it’s important to spend quality time with the people in our lives, especially our families! As a family, make a list of things that your family likes to do to spend time together. Maybe you like having family dinner, going to the movies, or family game night! Now choose one thing from your list to do together, and pick a specific day to do it. Setting the day will make sure spending quality time with your family is a priority!

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 Colossians 3:14. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” – Colossians 3:14

Family Activity (2/4-5)

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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 memory 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 2:13. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” – Philippians 2:13

Family Activity (1/28-29)

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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 to give us hope.

Scripture:

As a family read about Noah and how God helped him in Genesis 6-9:17. Since there are a few chapters to read, try reading a little bit each day. 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 had hope in your life. Describe to your family what parts of the picture show you 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 2:13. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” – Philippians 2:13

Family Activity (1/21-22)

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend in CedarVille, we learned that God loves good choices! We should try to choose the right friends who will help us make good choices!

Scripture:

As a family, read about Adam and Eve in Genesis 3. Also, take time to read the key verse from this week found in Proverbs 3:5-6.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

Family Discussion Questions:

How would you feel if a serpent started talking to you? What did the serpent ask Eve? Which tree did God tell Adam and Eve not to eat from? What was the choice they made? Because of their choice, what did God say would happen?

Family Activity:

We learned in this true story from the Bible that the choices we make can affect our lives in good and bad ways. We also know how important it is to have people in our lives that helps us make the best choices. As a family talk about some people you have in your life that can help you make the right choices. They should be people that Love Jesus, Serve Others and Tell the World about Christ! People who do those three things care about what choices God would love. Make a thank you card for your friends telling them you are thankful for their help and send it to them this week!

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 2:13. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” – Philippians 2:13

Family Activity (1/14-15)

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend in CedarVille, we learned that Jesus’ love is a free gift! No matter what we try to do we can’t earn Jesus’ love; it’s completely free!

Scripture:

With your family, take time to read about Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42. Also take time to read the key verse from this week:
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” –Ephesians 2:8

Family Discussion Questions:

Before visiting Mary and Martha, where were Jesus and the disciples planning on going? What distracted Martha? Why was Martha upset with Mary? What did Jesus say about Mary and Martha? What did Jesus say is the one thing worth being concerned about?

Family Activity:

We learn from Martha’s example that there is nothing we can do to earn Jesus’ love. Sometimes we think we have to act a certain way or do certain things to make Jesus love us, but none of that is true. He just loves us no matter what! As a family discuss some things that we think we can do to earn Jesus’ love. Draw a picture of one of things. Then take another piece of paper and draw a picture of a gift. Cut out the gift and glue or tape it on top of the picture to remind you that we can’t earn Jesus’ Love; it’s a free gift!

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 2:13. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” – Philippians 2:13

Family Activity (1/7-8)

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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:

Who was the important person that John baptized? What is sin? What does it mean when John the Baptist tells people to “repent of their sin”? Can you explain the ABC Prayer that we talk about in CedarVille?

Family Activity:

John the Baptist loved to tell the world about Christ. Eventually, Jesus himself asked John the Baptist to baptize him in the Jordan River. Draw a picture of Jesus being baptized in the river. Then write the ABC Prayer, “Admit Believe Commit,” at the top in fun letters. Use it to remind you that we should ask Jesus to be our Forever Friend, follow his example, and be baptized when we are ready!

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 2:13. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” – Philippians 2:13

Family Activity (12/31-1/1)

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend we had Church at Home, and we heard about God’s love changing us. We may make bad choices, but God’s love changes us, and He 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 mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.” James 3:2

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 believe in Jesus? Do you think there was anything Saul regretted or wished he had done differently? How did Saul change from the beginning of the story to the end? What is Saul’s new name?

Family Activity:

Did you know that most of the New Testament was written by Paul? Even though he made some bad decisions in his life, God changed him and he began sharing God’s love with people. Paul was able to use his experiences from his past to relate to people and help them grow closer to God. Take some time as a family and think about the last year. Pull out a piece of paper and write “January 2016” at the top. Then start listing anything that happened to your family in January. Move on to “February 2016” and work all the way through the year. Write anything that happened, things you celebrated and things that were sad. Eventually you will have a list of all the highlights from your family’s year. Look through the list and try to find out how God has changed you this year. You have grown and learned so much about God’s love this year! Happy New Year!

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 Titus 3:4-5a. 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:
“He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” – Titus 3:5a

Elementary:
“But—When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” – Titus 3:4-5a

Family Activity (12/22-24)

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend in CedarVille, we learned that Christmas is all about Jesus! We had fun experiencing the first Christmas together!

Scripture:

As a family read about the birth of Jesus in Luke 1:26-38 and Luke 2:1-20.

Family Discussion Questions:

Who met Mary? What did this messenger tell her? Who was Mary’s husband? Why were they traveling to Bethlehem? Who visited them when the baby after the born? How did they know the baby was special? Why is Jesus so special?

Family Activity:

Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas, but there are a lot of things that we like about Christmas, such as decorating a Christmas tree! As a family, cut out a star from a piece of paper, punch a hole in the top, and color a picture of the first Christmas on the star. Tie a string through the hole on the top of the star. You could even write on it “Christmas Is All About Jesus” on it! Then hang your new ornament on your Christmas tree as a reminder of why we celebrate Christmas!

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 Titus 3:4-5a. 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:
“He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” – Titus 3:5a

Elementary:
“But—When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” – Titus 3:4-5a

Family Activity (12/17-18)

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend in CedarVille, we learned that God hears our prayers. We know that God always hears our prayers and answers them in the best way.

Scripture:

As a family read about Hannah and Samuel (1 Samuel 1). Also take time to read the key verse from this weekend found in James:
“Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray, Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.” James 5:13

Family Discussion Questions:

What did Hannah not have that she wanted? What was her reaction to not having children? Who did she talk to when she asked for a child? Did God answer her prayers?

Family Activity:

God answered Hannah’s prayer in the right way and at the right time. We can ask God for all sorts of things, but He might not answer them the way we think is the right way. He has a perfect plan, which might not fit with what we ask for. As a family make a list of prayer requests you have. Write the date on the top of the paper and hang it on the fridge. Pray for the list regularly. Soon you will see how God answers your prayers. Sometimes He will answer them with a “yes,” sometimes a “no,” and sometimes He says, “not right now”, but He is always listening and wants us to talk to 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 Titus 3:4-5a. 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:
“He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” – Titus 3:5a

Elementary:
“But—When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” – Titus 3:4-5a

Family Activity (12/10-11)

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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 changes us and helps us make good choices!

Scripture:

As a family read about Saul’s life and how he changed his life (Acts 9: 1-31). Also take time to read a key verse from this weekend in James:
“Indeed, we all make mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.” James 3:2

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 Titus 3:4-5a. 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:
“He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” – Titus 3:5a

Elementary:
“But—When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” – Titus 3:4-5a