Family Discipleship for Sunday, April 1

April Memory Verse:
“”Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14 (NIV)

When Adam and Eve decided that their way was better than God’s way and broke God’s rule, they changed the relationship between God and His creation. When once everything and everyone could be in the presence of God, now we were at odds with God. God could have done anything He wanted, including wiping us out and starting over. But instead, God decided to make peace with us. Ultimately God did this through His Son, Jesus.

Our story comes from Colossians 3:15.

Worship & Story Video:

Family discussion and prayer

Say: We can make peace with others in a lot of different ways. We can show how much we care for our friends, family, and neighbors by the things we say and do, and even by our attitude.

Say: Our Bible Story reminded us that we are all part of one body and should be at peace with the other parts. That means that we are all a part of the same team. With God’s help, we can really act like teammates, every single day. We can think about what’s best for others instead of only what’s best for us.

Ask: When is the last time you made peace with someone? What had happened? How did you feel before and after?

Say: Our verse says “as much as you can do” or “as much as it depends on you” to live in peace with others.

Ask: What can you do when you want to make peace but others don’t?

Say: When we all act like one body, like we’re a part of the same team, we can make peace with others.

Pray: Dear God, thank You that we can make peace with others because You first made peace with us. Please help us this week to make peace with those around us in all of these different ways that we’ve planned. We love You, and we ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Something Fun to Do: Walk the Bridge

What You Need: Large plastic cups, PEEPS®, and “bridge”

What You Do: 

  • Gather the group at one end of your “bridge.” Your bridge can be a tape line on the floor or a long 2 by 4.
  • Give each kid a cup and a marshmallow PEEP®.
  • Instruct each kid to walk the “bridge,” balancing the cup on their head, with the marshmallow inside.
  • Explain that if the cup falls and the marshmallow falls out, they have to start over.

What You Say: Congratulations! You got your [kind of PEEP] across the bridge! Making peace is hard work—just like it was hard to cross the bridge without dropping your [kind of PEEP].

Say: What was the best method to cross the bridge and keep your cup upright? (slow and steady; one foot at a time) When we’re working to make peace with others, sometimes it’s not just hard work, it’s slow work! Sometimes it goes much slower than we want it to. And a lot of times, we can make peace with others one step at a time.

Ask: What’s a first step you can take towards making peace with someone this week?

[Make It Personal] (Share an age-appropriate situation in which you needed to make peace with someone. What did you do first? How did the other person respond? What were some of the steps you took to make peace together?)

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