Parent Helps from the 4/26 Sermon on Romans 7

Parents, we want to give you some guidance when talking through the sermon from this Sunday with your kids. Maybe you can do a recap tonight during your family worship time or during dinner.

Be sure to check out the kids lesson for this Sunday. Here are some discussion starter questions to connect what they are learning with the sermon:

  • Preschool
    • Pastor Ed talked about battles today. Do you know what a battle is? (When something isn’t right and there is a fighting to prevent more bad things from happening.)
    • Pastor Ed told us about a battle we cannot win and a battle we will definitely win (or we cannot lose).
    • The battle we can’t win is that we have sin and we can’t just do good things to get rid of our sin on our own. Do you remember what we said sin was a few weeks ago? (Sin is when we have an icky heart. We don’t honor and glorify God with our words and actions because our heart is icky.)
    • There is a second battle. We can’t lose that battle because Jesus has already won it for us. What did Jesus save us from? (Our sins.)
    • Jesus was the only person that could save us.
    • Look at today’s kids Bible story about Joseph and see if you can find ways that God took care of him. (e.g. God put him in a safe place, even if it was a jail. God explained the dream to Joseph so he could explain the dream to Pharaoh. God gave Joseph favor with the Pharaoh.)
    • How does God take care of you?
  • Elementary
    • In this weeks sermon Pastor Ed talked about The Struggle. In the struggle he mentioned 2 battles. Do you know what a battle is? (When something isn’t right and there is a fighting to prevent more bad things from happening.)
    • What were the 2 battles Pastor mentioned? (The battle we cannot win and the battle we cannot lose.)
    • The battle we cannot win is that we have sin and we can’t just do good things (or just obey a list of rules, the law) to get rid of our sin on our own. Do you remember what we said sin was a few weeks ago? (Sin is when we have an icky heart. We don’t honor and glorify God with our words and actions because our heart is icky.)
    • There is a second battle. The battle we cannot lose. We cannot lose because Jesus has already won it for us. Jesus won the battle against our sin for us. Do you know how He won this battle? (He lived a perfect, sinless life and died on the cross to take the punishment for our sins so we could have a relationship with God again.)
    • Joseph seemed to be in a battle he could not win when he was sold into slavery. Do you remember who sold him into slavery? (His brothers.)
    • In today’s story kids Bible lesson can you think of another battle Joseph was in where God had to protect him against someone? (Potiphar’s wife.) Did God protect Him even in this battle? (Yes, even though he was thrown in jail God had a plan and that was part of the plan.)
    • God is with us and he fights the battle for us because He is in control. We know God rescued Joseph even in this story.
    • Look at the story of Joseph and see if you can find ways that God took care of him. (e.g. God put him in a safe place, even if it was a jail. God explained the dream to Joseph so he could explain the dream to Pharaoh. God gave Joseph favor with the Pharaoh.)
    • Name some ways that God is taking care of you right now.

We hope this helps you talk with your kids about worship and tie the information in with our weekly lessons which are only available on the blog. Remember the Bible is one big story and it is important for us to learn that whole story!

Communion: A Resource to Support Parents

REDEMPTION CHURCH, LET’S BREAK BREAD TOGETHER! 

In Acts 2 we are told that the Church celebrated the Lord’s Supper, or communion, every day in their homes. Communion is a sweet time where we remember the cross of Christ and the sacrifice He made for you and me, as well as give us each a chance to examine our own hearts, to see where we are in our current walk with Jesus. We wanted to give you plenty of time to prepare and celebrate communion with us this coming Sunday at both our 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM services.   

A couple things we want to remind you of as you prepare:  

  1. This is a real opportunity to lead your family into deeper conversation about the Gospel. 
  2. Purchase the elements you will be using to participate: crackers, bread, etc. (to represent His body) and juice or something red (to represent His blood). 
  3. PARENTS/Families: use the above video as a resource to help prepare you to explain communion to your children.  
  4. Don’t overthink it, but please take this time seriously as the Bible has encouraged us to when we participate.      

We love you church! We love being the church! We are praying for you every day and can’t wait to hear how God will use you!  

Parent Helps from the 4/19 Sermon on Romans 6:6-21

Parents, we want to give you some guidance when talking through the sermon from this Sunday with your kids. Maybe you can do a recap tonight during your family worship time or during dinner.

Be sure to check out the kids lesson for this Sunday. Here are some discussion starter questions to connect what they are learning with the sermon:

  • Preschool
    • What was your favorite part of today?
    • What is something you are good at? (e.g. jumping, laughing, smiling, singing, running, etc.)
    • That is awesome that you do that really well! I bet you like to talk about what you are good at. One other thing we like to talk about is God because we love Him and want to serve Him.
    • What is one thing you can share about God with someone? (e.g. God loves us.)
    • Who is one person you can tell? (e.g. friend, grandpa, aunt. Consider calling them today.)
  • Elementary
    • In this weeks sermon Pastor Ed spoke about being reckoned. He was talking about know where we find our identity. Ask your kids if they know what the word identity means. (Our identity is how we define ourselves or what we find to be most important thing about us.)
    • Now ask your kids what they think is the most important thing, the one thing they would want someone to know or think about them? (Various answers.)
    • Remind kids that we have a lot of talents and things we think are important but the most important thing we want someone to know about is that we know and love God.
    • In today’s kids Bible story, about Joseph and his brothers, Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery. In that story Joseph could have been known for being the youngest brother or for being his dad’s favorite or for being a slave but the most important thing about Joseph was that he knew God, loved God, and trust God. His identity was found in God.
    • Pastor Ed also talked about presenting ourselves to Christ. What do you think it means to present ourselves to God? (This means that we surrender or give control of everything in our lives to God for His use.)
    • Because Joseph didn’t find his identity (the most important thing about him) in his family and he was willing to give God control over everything in his life, God used him as a part of the ultimate rescue plan, Jesus!
    • Will you choose to let God use you as a part of His plan?

We hope this helps you talk with your kids about worship and tie the information in with our weekly lessons which are only available on the blog. Remember the Bible is one big story and it is important for us to learn that whole story!

Parent Helps from the 4/12 Sermon on Romans 6:1-5

Parents, I want to give you some guidance when talking through the sermon from this Sunday with your kids. Maybe you can do a recap tonight during your family worship time or during dinner.

Be sure to check out the lesson for this Sunday and let the kids watch the Easter story. It is found here. Here are some discussion starter questions to connect what they are learning with the sermon:

  • Preschool
    • What was your favorite part of today?
    • Last week we talked about sin. Remind kids of the definition of sin. (It means we have an icky heart. We don’t honor and glorify God with our words and actions because our heart is icky.)
    • Ask, Do you and I have sin in our hearts? (Yes)
    • Ask them if they remember who saves us from our sin? (Jesus saves us from sin.)
    • Ask if they know the Easter story.
    • Share with them that Jesus lived a perfect life; meaning he never sinned. Tell them how Jesus died on a cross to rescue us from our sins. Jesus died on the cross and was dead for 3 days. He rose to life of the third day and left an empty tomb. Jesus had defeated death. We celebrate this on Easter.
  • Elementary
    • Let’s review…What is sin? (It means we have an icky heart. We don’t honor and glorify God with our words and actions because our heart is icky. Older kids: And we desire to honor and serve ourselves more than we desire to glorify God)
    • Who does the Bible tell us has sinned? (ALL)
    • Who was the one person that lived a perfect, sinless life? (Jesus)
    • Who saves us from our sins? (Jesus saves us from our sins.
    • How did Jesus save us from our sins (Be sure to tell us how the Easter story is a part of it)? (God loved His creation. His creation was perfect until they sinned then all peopled sinned! God is Holy and He cannot even look at sins. People’s sin separated them from God because he cannot be in a friendship with sin, He is Holy. God had a plan though! He would send His son Jesus to rescue us! Jesus lived a perfect sinless life so He could take the wrath and punishment for our sins. Jesus died on the cross and was dead for 3 days. He rose to life of the third day and left an empty tomb. Jesus had defeated death. We celebrate this on Easter. Jesus took our sins and took them to the cross and died with them. He also gave us His perfect righteousness aka right appearance before God. How cool is that! All of this happened because God loves us and wants to be able to have a relationship with us. Our job is to respond to this free gift of Jesus. To respond we have to admit that we are sinners and want to change, believe the Jesus is God’s son and did died on the cross to rescue us, and finally we need to commit our life to live in a way that bring Glory to God because we love Him and want to honor Him!)

Check out this video for a little help. It walks through the The Gospel.

  • See if you can remember the words and the motions to show your parents. (At the end, challenge the kids to think of one person they could share The Gospel with. Even tell someone that knows is good practices and helps make them more comfortable sharing it.)
  1. God rulesMake a circle with your two hands and place it over you as though setting a crown on your head.
  2. We sinnedCross your forearms in front of you to make a large over your chest.
  3. God providedRotate the you are making 90 degrees so that it resembles a cross.
  4. Jesus giveshold both hands together in front of you as though giving a gift or cupping water.
  5. We respondHold both arms over your head with hands open as though praising God. 

I hope this helps you talk with your kids about worship and tie the information in with our weekly lessons which are only available on the blog. Remember the Bible is one big story and it is important for us to learn that whole story!

The Easter Story: Videos of the Story for Kids

A group of children’s ministers throughout the community got together and divided the Easter story into 12 stories. Each video tells one of those stories and invites your child to participate by finding something in your house to help connect to the story. We hope you walk through the Easter story with us!

  1. The Triumphal Entry
  2. The Last Supper
  3. Jesus’ Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane
  4. Judas’ Betrayal
  5. Jesus was Beaten
  6. Crown of Thorns
  7. Jesus’ Crucifixion
  8. Soldiers Gamble for Jesus’ Clothes
  9. The World Responds to Jesus’ Death
  10. Jesus’ Body Wrapped & Buried
  11. The Stone was Rolled Away
  12. Resurrection: The Empty Tomb