Hope Kids at Home: Week of October 24-29

Dear Parents,

Isn’t it amazing that God created your kids’ minds?   This week we pray that God gives you special insight about how He has designed your children to learn.  We pray that you run with that insight as you continue to bring devotions into your home.  Do your kids need to move while you read to them?  Run with that!  Do they remember the weekly hope phrase better when it is in a song?  Run with that!  Do they thrive when they write their thoughts rather than speaking them?  Run with that!  Let’s do whatever it takes to get the word of God into their hearts and minds!

Devotion Overview

Read: The First Sin Genesis 3
Practice: Repeat the Weekly Hope phrase
Engage: Talk with you child, using the guided question and response as a starting point.  Take on the suggested activity together or create an activity on your own!
Worship: God’s Not Dead by Newsboys
Pray: Pray together.  Encourage your child to feel comfortable and open talking to Jesus.

Week of October 24th-29th

Yellow: Ages 2-3

Weekly Hope:  God helps me!
Story:  Genesis 3
Ask Your Child:  Are God’s rules good for you?

Yes!  God’s rules are good!  We follow His rules because He loves us and we love Him!  His rules give us life, keep us safe, and help us live the great life He has given us!

Activity:  Eat apple slices together.  As you eat each slice, say “God’s rules make me....healthy, strong, safe, etc!”.  Pray together thanking God for creating rules that are good for us.

Red: Ages 4-5

Weekly Hope:  God’s rules are good!
Story:  Genesis 3
Ask Your Child:  Where do we find God’s rules?

We find God’s rules in the Bible!  When we listen to the Bible we learn about the rules that God created for us to follow.  When we learn about His rules they stay in our hearts forever!

Activity:  Cut an apple across the core so that the inside of the apple shows the shape of a star.  Talk about how God’s rules are hidden in our hearts just like the star in the middle of the apple.  The rules are good and they cause the rest of our lives to be healthy and good, just like the fruit that surrounds the star core of the apple!  Pray together thanking God for putting His rules in our hearts.

Purple: K-2nd Grade

Weekly Hope:  God’s good fruit brings life and light!
Story:  Genesis 3
Ask Your Child: What does it mean to choose good fruit?

Choosing good fruit means making choices daily to follow God’s rules.  With Jesus’ help, we get to choose to follow God and enjoy the life He has given us!  When you obey your parents, say kind words to someone who feels lonely at school, and forgive your siblings when they hurt your feelings, you are choosing good fruit!  

Activity:  Cut an apple across the core so that the inside of the apple shows the shape of a star.  Talk about how God’s rules are at the core of all that we do.  Dip the apples into paint and press them on paper so that they core star can be seen.  Pray together thanking God for putting His rules in our lives so that we can fully enjoy His plan for us.

Checkered: 3rd-5th Grade

Weekly Hope:  God’s good fruit brings life and light
Story:  Genesis 3
Ask You Child:  How can you tell if you are choosing good fruit?

If you have ever eaten a piece of rotten fruit, you know that it makes you feel sick.  Eating good fruit gives you strength and health.  Choosing to follow God’s rules (good fruit) is like choosing to eat good fruit - it brings life, hope, peace, and joy!  However disobeying God (bad fruit) brings sadness, fear, worry, and death.  Let’s choose good fruit and live!

Activity:  Put some fruit in a basket to be used for lunches or snacks.  Place a sign in front of the basket that says “Choose Good Fruit!”.  Use this as a daily reminder that following God’s rules brings life!  Pray together thanking God for giving us rules that bring hope and joy.