Hope Kids at Home: Week of November 20-26

Dear Parents,

Holiday crazy is beginning!  Parties are being planned, stores are reminding us of all of the decorations we need to buy, and pinterest is challenging us to try all of those “super simple diy crafts” that come with a guarantee of a perfect holiday home.  Amidst the crazy, let’s continue to make space for the most important thing this season.  Let’s begin the holidays by explaining to our kids that we need to be rescued and God’s great rescue plan is coming; Jesus is coming!  Let’s make it our goal this season to help our kids understand the reason for this time of year.  Let’s enjoy every minute of it - the busy schedules, the delicious treats, and the beautiful decor.  Let’s enjoy every minute of it as we fill every minute with this reminder....Get Ready!  God promises to rescue us!  Jesus is coming!

Devotion Overview

Read:  Nehemiah 8 (Jesus Storybook Bible: “Get Ready!”)
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: Here’s My Heart Lord by Lauren Daigle
Pray: Pray together.  Encourage your child to feel comfortable and open talking to Jesus.

Week of November 20th - 26th

Yellow: Ages 2-3

Weekly Hope:  God sees me!
Story:  Nehemiah 8
Ask Your Child:  What does God see?

God can see everything!  He can see the things that are outside - the trees, grass, flowers, and animals.  He can see the things that are inside - our food, clothes, toys, and beds.  He can see all of the people He made - you, me, our family,  and our friends.  He can see the things that are inside of us - how we feel, what we want, and what we need.  He can see everything!

Activity:  Walk around outside and inside.  Ask you child, “What can God see?”.  Show you child how to point to things around him/her and say, “God can see _____”.  Pray together thanking God for seeing everything.

Red: Ages 4-5

Weekly Hope:  God promises to rescue us!
Story:  Nehemiah 8
Ask Your Child:  What does it mean to be rescued?

Have you ever seen a firefighter?  A firefighter rescues people from dangerous fires.  Have you ever seen a lifeguard?  A lifeguard rescues people from dangerous waters.  When someone is rescued, they are taken from a dangerous place and made safe again.  God rescues us! He takes us from the dangerous place of being away from Him and He makes us safe with Him again!

Activity:  Play a rescue game.  Encourage your child to choose a place in the house while you close your eyes and count.  Then when you say, “Where are you?”, your child responds, “Rescue me!”.  Run to you child and rescue him/her!  Pray together thanking God for promising to rescue us.

Purple: K-2nd Grade

Weekly Hope:  God promises to rescue us!
Story:  Nehemiah 8
Ask Your Child: Why do we need to be rescued?

When we sin, we are separated from God.  No matter how hard we try, we cannot stop sinning.  Only God can rescue us, can save us, from our sin.  We need to be rescued so that we can be close to God again!  When He rescues us we are safe and secure again!  God promises to come to our rescue with His great rescue plan!

Activity:  Draw a picture of someone who rescues (firefighter, lifeguard, etc).  Then write these words on the picture, “God rescues me!”.  Pray together thanking God for coming to our rescue.

Checkered: 3rd-5th Grade

Weekly Hope:  God promises to rescue us!
Story:  Nehemiah 8
Ask Your Child:  What do we need to be rescued from?

We are sinners.  We cannot be perfect.  Even though we may try our very best, we cannot live without sin.  Sin separates us from God.  We need God to rescue us from our sin so that we can live with Him again!  When we are rescued, we are still going to sin and make mistakes.  The difference is this - when we are rescued, God does not see our sin.  Instead, we are close with Him again!  We need to be rescued from our sin so that we can be close to God again!

Activity:  Write the weekly hope in a creative font and draw a picture to match.  Talk about how God’s perfect rescue plan (Jesus!) is on it’s way!  Pray together thanking God for promising to rescue us.