Hope Kids at Home: Week of October 9-15

Dear Parents,

These next few weeks we will be exploring the story of the first sin.  It can be challenging to help kids understand the concept of sin.  Our prayer for your kids this week is that as they begin to deepen their understanding of their own need for our Savior, they will be filled with great hope and faith in knowing that sin is not the end!  As they become more aware of the sin in their lives, may they be drawn closer to their BIG GOD who created the perfect rescue plan!

Devotion Overview

Read: The Fall 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 9th-15th

Yellow: Ages 2-3

Weekly Hope:  God Helps Me!
Story:  Genesis 3
Ask Your Child:  When does God help you?

God is always with us and helping us!  He never ever leaves!  When we listen to mom or dad, He is helping us!  When we make a mistake and don’t listen to mom or dad, He is helping us!  He is always our helper, even when we make the wrong choice.  He knows that we need His help!

Activity:  Play a clean up game.  Ask your child to clean up (toys, dishes, etc).  Work together saying “God helps me listen!” each time you put one piece away.  Pray together thanking God for helping us listen.

Red: Ages 4-5

Weekly Hope:  God Makes Me Whole!
Story:  Genesis 3
Ask Your Child:  Are we broken?

Yes!  You know when your toys break and they don’t do what they are supposed to anymore?  (Give examples.)  That’s how we are when we make mistakes and don’t obey God.  We still have arms that move, feet that walk, and mouths that talk, but our hearts are broken away from God.  We are broken and we need God to fix us!  He makes us whole again!

Activity:  Using legos or blocks, create a tower together.  Then say, “God made us but when we sin we are broken!” and break the tower together.  Then rebuild the tower while you say, “God makes us whole again!”.  Pray together thanking God for making us whole.

Purple: K-2nd Grade

Weekly Hope: God Makes Me Whole!
Story:  Genesis 3
Ask Your Child:  What does it mean for us to be broken?

God designed us to be perfect, and that’s how Adam and Eve were before they ate the forbidden fruit.  Once sin entered the world, we became broken, no longer perfect.  Even though we may look okay on the outside and our bodies may be working really well, we are broken because sin breaks our connection with God.  We need Him to make us whole again!

Activity:   Hold out a long string, explaining that this is what God’s plan was for us when He created us.  He wanted us to be connected to Him with nothing in the way.  Then sin (a pair of scissors) came in and broke that connection (cut the string).  Even though we are broken, this is not the end!  God has a rescue plan in store to reunite us (tie string together again) with Himself.  Turn this string into a bracelet or tie it on a backpack zipper as a reminder that we are broken but God makes us whole!  Pray together confessing sins and thanking God for healing our broken hearts.

Checkered: 3rd-5th Grade

Weekly Hope:  God Makes Me Whole!
Story:  Genesis 3
Ask Your Child:  Why did sin change everything?

Sin has broken our connection with God.  That was never His plan for us.  When He made us in His image, He wanted us to be in His presence all of the time, enjoying our relationship with Him.  Since God is perfect, sin cannot be in His presence.  So, when we began to sin, we had to leave His presence.  Thankfully this is not the end!  God knew sin would separate us from Him, and He created a perfect rescue plan to reunite us with Him!

Activity:  Hold out a long string, explaining that this what God’s plan for us when He created us.  He wanted us to be connected to Him with nothing in the way.  Then sin (a pair of scissors) came in and broke that connection (cut the string).  Even though we are broken, this is not the end!  God has a rescue plan in store to reunite us (tie string together again) with Himself.  Turn this string into a bracelet or tie it on a backpack zipper as a reminder that we are broken but God makes us whole!  Pray together confessing sins and thanking God for healing our broken hearts.