Seedling’s Memory Verse
Everyone who heard him was amazed. Luke 2:47 (Click Here to learn the Motions)
Flipt Memory Verse
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much. Luke 16:10a
Jesus did amazing miracles. Peter and his friends were having trouble catching fish. The story is in this week’s Seedlings video. Have your kids watch it, then do this activity to help them remember that Jesus could do miracles, and Jesus is amazing!
You will need a large bowl; rice, beans, or water; and plastic cups. If you prefer, have your kiddos do this while in the bathtub. Fill the bowl with about two inches of beans, rice, or water. Gather around the bowl and fill up a cup with the rice, beans or water. Say, “Let’s play Full or Empty! (Fill the cup and hold it up.) Is this full or empty? (Pause.) That’s right, its’ full. (Pour out the contents.) What about now, full or empty? (Pause.) Yes, it’s empty! Let’s practice making our cups full or empty. Allow your children to fill, empty, and refill their cups as many times as long as time and interest allow.
Wrap up by having your Seedlings think about the Bible story. When Peter had been out fishing all night, were his nets full or empty? That’s right, they were empty. Were his nets full or empty after Jesus asked Peter to put his nets in the water again? That’s right, Peter’s nets were full! They caught so many fish that Peter and his friends had to get another boat to hold all the fish. Everyone was amazed. No one but Jesus could do that! Who is amazing? Jesus is amazing!
Here’s an activity you can do with your family to help you remember and talk about January 24th’s lesson.
Watch the Sunday Flipt video together if you haven’t already. (Find that video at flipsidechurch.org/flipt) Read Matthew 25 :14-30. Find some spare change (check those couch cushions!). See how many different ways you can make $.50 using the coins. Then, try again with some other amounts ($.75, $1.00, etc). Talk about how even though different coins were used, the value was still the same. We all have many different talents to share, but they are all valuable because God gave them to us for a reason. The key isn’t counting the number of talents or money or whatever you’ve got, it’s using it the right way to make the most of what you’ve been given.
You may meet or be friends with people who have things you wish you had—people with giant houses or fancy cars, athletes with incredible ability, or students so smart they go to college at 15. But your talents—what you have to share with the world as far as time, money, and ability—are worth just as much as theirs.
If you sing to a baby to calm them, you’re using what God gave you just as much as if you’d given a million dollars to the church. If you help a teammate learn a skill that you’re good at, that’s worth as much to God as if you made the winning basket in the big game. God doesn’t expect you to be an amazing athlete or American Idol singer. He expects you to use whatever you have to make the most of what you’ve been given.
Here are some conversation ideas for your family:
- How many servants did the master leave his wealth to? (three)
- What did the first servant do with the five bags of gold he was left? (he earned double the bags of gold, so ten total)
- What did the second servant do with the two bags of gold he was left? (he earned double the bags of gold, so four total)
- What did the third servant do with the one bag of gold he was left? (he buried it and didn’t earn anything)
- What did Jesus want to teach us through this story? (God wants us to make the most of what we’ve been given.)
If you have 4th/5th graders continue with these questions:
- What are some talents or abilities you have?
- What can you do if you feel like you have nothing to share—no special talent, no time, no stuff or money? (If you know your kids pretty well, use this opportunity to invest in them by sharing what you see in them. Talk about any traits they could lean into and develop as they grow into who God made them to be.)
- What is one area in your life where you can make the most of what you’ve been given?
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