Friday Family Bible Time: Shining Like Stars in the Universe (Creation Day 4)

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Friday, October 3, 2014

We are on day 4 of creation for our Friday Family Bible Time.  This week we will look at how God created the sun, moon, and stars (and the seasons of the year, as well!).  I love how God created LIGHT before He created the sun.  That is absolutely amazing to think about!  This week we will discuss how our universe points to an awesome creator and how God wants US to shine like stars in the universe.

It is a new month . . . so if you have not yet gotten your October prayer calendar, get it now.  It only takes a couple minutes a day, and it can really add a lot to your child’s prayer time.  We use the calendar every day before lunch.  The other day I forgot to get the prayer calendar out, and my four year old pointed to the refrigerator where it was hanging and said, “What about that?”  And it’s not just the four year old.  It is quite common for us to have two or three of our kids volunteer to pray for lunch now.  Our lunch time prayers have  become much more meaningful.

Here’s the link for the October prayer calendar:

https://cherilynngamble.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/october-prayer-calendar/

And here’s the pdf if you want to print off your own copy of this week’s Family Bible Time:

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Family Bible Time Week 4

Topic: Creation Day 4

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Theme: On day four of creation, God made the sun, moon, and stars, and He wants us to shine like stars in the universe.

It would be really cool to read these Bible verses outside at night where you can see the stars while reading. However, since this is not possible in many places, try to recreate the solar system in your house. Turn the lights off in the house and shine a few flashlights up on the ceiling to make “stars”, or get glow in the dark stars to hold up while the Scriptures are being read. (The one who reads can use a flashlight to help him see the words.) You could also read the Scriptures to a musical background . . . perhaps one that reminds you of outerspace. Here are two sites where you can find some space sound effects to use in the background: (Just make sure the reading of the Scripture is not downplayed – sound effects should enhance the mood, not distract from the reading).

https://www.sounddogs.com/results.asp?Type=1&CategoryID=1047&SubcategoryID=10

http://soundbible.com/tags-outer-space.html

Scriptures:

Genesis 1:14-19
Philippians 2:14-15

Discussion Questions:

1.  What did God create on the fourth day of creation?
2.  Can you name all the planets in our solar system?
3.  What was the purpose of the lights in the sky? What do we have as a result of the lights in the sky? (hint: see Genesis 1:14)
4.  According to Philippians 2:14-15, how are we supposed to do all things?
5.  What would this look like lived out in your life?
6.  Why do you think we appear as lights (or as stars in the universe) when we are in the world?
7.  How can we make sure we shine even brighter? (What are some practical ways your family can shine like stars?)

Activities: (choose from this list, or come up with one of your own. Do as few or as many as you want.)

1.  Go outside in the country at night and star gaze. Count all the stars you can see. See if you can find any constellations. Discuss how God created the stars and how He wants us to shine like stars.
2.  Discuss the seasons of the year. Do an art project together that shows the different seasons of the year. Here is a good idea to get you started:

http://www.redtedart.com/2013/01/23/the-four-seasons-winter-craft/

3.  Get a package of glow in the dark star stickers and stick them on the ceiling in your child’s bedroom. Discuss how God created the stars and how we are to shine like stars. Remind your child of this whenever you look up at the stars shining on the ceiling.
4.  Make star shaped sugar cookies. Decorate them and then share them with a neighbor.
Discuss how incredibly large the universe is. Our God is the one who created the whole thing – and He wants to have a personal relationship with us!! Watch this video together to get a cool glimpse of God’s universe:  (this truly is an amazing video, let me encourage you to view it with your family!!)

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=9F9C2MNU

5.  If you have a musical family, you may enjoy the following songs together:

Prayer Time:

Have each family member cut a large star out of construction paper or cardstock. In each point of the star, have each family member write a specific prayer request for that week (or, if you want to focus on praise, have each family member write one amazing fact about outer space on each point of the star). Then spend time praying together, using the stars as a guide. After you pray, punch a hole in the top of each star, run string or yarn through them and attach them to a coat hanger to make a star mobile. Hang this somewhere in the house where you can use it to help you in your prayer time this week.

Outreach Ideas:

Serving as a family can be a powerful experience. Choose an activity to serve together this week as a practical way to live out your faith. Examples include the following:

1.  Make star cookies and deliver them to a local organization (such as the fire department or police department) as a way to thank them for their hard work in your community.
2.  Take care of your planet by picking up trash.
3.  Our verses this week told us to do everything without complaining or grumbling. Pick a service project that you could do and then do it without complaining or grumbling!!!
4.  Paint or draw a picture of the universe. Choose a Bible verse to put on it and then make or buy a frame for it. Take these pictures to a local nursing home and give them away to the residents.

Friday Family Bible Time: Creation Day 3

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September 26, 2014

Welcome back to another Friday Family Bible Time!  We are continuing with our study through the days of creation and this week we are on the third day.  On this day, God formed the seas and the land.  Then He made the first plants, trees, shrubs, and fruit!  I don’t know about you, but I LOVE fruit!  I am so thankful for the creativity of our Heavenly Father who gave us such a wide variety of fruit to eat.  Our New Testament connection this week is found in John 15, where Jesus tells us that WE are to produce fruit, as well.  We can only do this by staying connected to HIM.   Apart from God, we can do nothing.

Keep scrolling down and you can find this week’s study.  Or, if you prefer a printable study, the link to the pdf is below.

Family time Creation Day 3

Family Bible Time Week 3

Topic: Creation Day 3

Theme: On day three of creation, God made the land, the seas, and the vegetation. He made trees that would produce fruit after their own kind. God wants US to produce fruit, too.

Bring an apple with you to your Family Bible Time. Give the apple to one of the members of your family and have everyone sit in a circle. Then have someone read the Bible verses. Every time the word “fruit” is read, the apple must be passed to the next person in the family. Whoever has the apple at the end, can eat it 🙂 (It is probably best to have other apples available for everyone else to eat, too.)

Scriptures:

Genesis 1:9-13
John 15:1-6

Discussion Questions:

1.  What did God create on the third day of creation?

2.  What are your favorite plants and fruit?
3.  How does new fruit grow?
4.  What does the Bible mean when it tells us to produce fruit?
5.  What kinds of fruits can we produce?
6.  In order to produce any kind of fruit, what do we need to do? (see John 15:4)
7.  What are some ways that we can abide in Christ?

Activities: (choose from this list, or come up with one of your own. Do as few or as many as you want.)

1.  Make a fruit salad together. Discuss the different fruits of the spirit (see Gal. 5:22-23) that we should have in our lives as well as the ways we can produce fruit by telling others about Jesus. For added fun, take the fruit salad to a neighbor and share God’s love with them.
2.  Visit an orchard and pick your own fruit. Discuss how we bear fruit while you are picking the fruit. Share the fruit you pick with another family.
3.  Plant a tree. Discuss today’s Scriptures as you are planting it. (This is also a great lesson to use when planting a garden. If the season is right, let your kids plant a garden. Then you can use the garden as an object lesson all summer long!)
4.  Collect a bunch of branches and make a campfire. Discuss how the branches are dead because they are apart from the tree. In the same way, if we are not with God, we will be dead spiritually. Then we are good for nothing except to be burned! Roast marshmallows or hot dogs over your fire and discuss how we need to stay connected to God so we can continue to bear fruit and bring others to Him.
5.  Cut up an apple and examine the seeds. Discuss how God made it so that each seed grows the fruit that it is from. You can’t get an orange from an apple seed!
6.  If you have a musical family, sing the following fruit of the spirit song. This is LOTS of fun!!!

Prayer Time:

Draw a picture of a tree on a large piece of paper. Then cut several pieces of fruit out of construction paper. On each piece of fruit, write a different person that you want to share Jesus with. Then pray for that person as you glue the fruit on the tree. Keep the tree in a place where you can use it in your prayer time this week.

Outreach Ideas:

Serving as a family can be a powerful experience. Choose an activity to serve together this week as a practical way to live out your faith. Examples include the following:

1.  Take care of the earth God created – pick up garbage in your neighborhood or at a local park.
2.  Visit an orchard and donate the items you pick to a local homeless shelter.
3.  Rake leaves for an elderly neighbor. Do this all season to make even more of an impact!
4.  Plant a tree or flowers or pull weeds at an area park or another location that could use some sprucing up!
5.  Pick up sticks at a local park or another area that could use it.
6.  Bake a couple apple pies and give them away to a neighbor . . . or, invite your neighbor over to have an apple pie with you!

If you have any ideas to add, share them in the comments below!

If you have not gotten your October Prayer Calendar yet, why don’t you get it now?  Help your kids PRAY BIG!!

https://cherilynngamble.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/october-prayer-calendar/

(link to October prayer calendar)

Also, don’t forget to check out the Monday Marriage Moments.  Every Monday, I  post a Bible study that you can do with your spouse to help your marriage.  We are currently going through the fruit of the spirit . . . which would fit perfectly with this week’s family time!  REMEMBER . . . your family is the most important ministry you have!!!

 https://cherilynngamble.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/monday-marriage-moment-love/

(link to Monday Marriage Moment)

May God bless you and your family this week!

Cheri

Friday Family Bible Time: Creation Day 2

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September 19, 2014

Welcome to Friday Family Bible Time!   This week we are on the second day of creation — God separated the waters from the waters and made heaven and earth.  Our study for this week is going to focus on two passages of Scripture — Genesis 1:6-8 and Isaiah 66:1-2.   God made the heavens and the earth, and He is so powerful that the heavens serve as His throne and the earth is merely a footstool.  Wrap your minds around that one!

Our God is a GREAT BIG GOD!!  Which reminds me of a song . . . .

And now, here is this week’s study.    The link to the printable pdf is below, or just keep scrolling and find it in this post.

Be sure to check back on Wednesday to get the prayer calendar for October!  In fact, to make sure you don’t miss anything here at Ministry Mom,  follow this blog or follow me on twitter and facebook!

Have a great week!

Cheri

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Family Bible Time Week 2

Topic: Creation Day 2

Theme: God separated the waters from the waters and made heaven and earth. God does not need us to make anything for him – but He wants us to have a humble and contrite heart.

Before reading the Scriptures, choose half of your family to serve as footstools for the other half. The ones that are serving as footstools should make themselves really small and go near the ones who are not footstools. The ones who are not footstools should sit on a chair or couch and put their feet on the ones who are footstools. Have them stay this way while someone reads the following Scriptures. After you have read the Scriptures, you may want to have everyone switch positions and read them again. Then have everyone go back to normal and continue with the study.

Scriptures:

Genesis 1:6-8
Isaiah 66:1-2

Discussion Questions:

1.  What did God create on the second day of creation?
2.  What do you think the Bible means when it says, “Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool”?
3.  Is it possible for us to make anything that can contain God? Explain.
4.  How did everything come into being?
5.  What qualities does God want us to have in our lives (hint: Is. 66:2)?
6.  How did it feel when you were the one serving as a footstool? What were you thinking? Would you want to keep    being a footstool for a long time?
7.  How is being a footstool similar to being humble and having a contrite spirit?
8.  What does it mean to tremble at the Word of the Lord?

Activities: (choose from this list, or come up with one of your own. Do as few or as many as you want.)

1.  Work together to build a house or a fort out of whatever materials you have available. You may choose to use blocks, cushions, sticks, etc. When you are finished, look the fort over. Then ask, “Do you think God could live in this fort?” Discuss how God is so big that He doesn’t need us to make Him a home . . . in fact, He made us a home when He made the earth!
earth2.  On day two of creation, God separated the waters and made heaven and earth. How hard is it to separate water from water? Let your family find out. Get a pan and fill it with water. Then try to separate it into two different sections – without removing the water from the pan. Is it possible for you to do it? Our God is an awesome, powerful God!
3.  If you have a musical family, sing “Humble Yourself in the Sight of the Lord” or another song about being humble. You can use this one if you want:

4.  If you have an artistic family, make an actual footstool. (or you can draw a picture of a footstool if it is too hard to make one.) Decorate the footstool with pictures to remind you of the Bible lesson, or write Is. 66:1-2 on it. Here is an idea of how to make a footstool with kids.

http://www.ehow.com/how_4819382_make-a-footstool.html

5.  Make a paper mache earth. Then discuss how God created the earth so that it is perfect to live on, yet it is so small that compared to Him, it is like a footstool! You can make a paper mache earth by blowing up a balloon and then putting old newspapers around it. You can then paint it to look like an earth. This project may take a whole week. For even more fun, make it a paper mache earth pinata. Then you can stuff it with candy and break it open on your last day . . . a reminder of how small the earth really is compared to God. Here are instructions on how to make a paper mache pinata:

http://familycrafts.about.com/od/makeapinata/a/papermachepinata.htm

Prayer Time:

earth-from-spaceearth-from-spaceGod made the perfect home for us when He made the earth. Play a game of “spin the globe” for your prayer time. Take out a globe and spin it, placing your fingers in random spots. Wherever your finger lands, pray for that nation. You can extend this by researching the countries to find out specific things to pray for. Pray for that particular  country (or countries) every day this week. If you do not have a globe, use a virtual one:

http://spintheglobe.net/

Outreach Ideas:

Serving as a family can be a powerful experience. Choose an activity to serve together this week as a practical way to live out your faith. Examples include the following:

1.  Take care of the earth God created – pick up garbage in your neighborhood or at a local park.
2.  Give away free bottles of water to people you see at the park. Place a Bible verse tag on each water bottle, or invite them to church with you.
3.  Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Eat the meal that you serve . . . with the people who are eating there.
4.  God does not need a church to live in . . . but you still have a church to take care of.  Volunteer to clean your church or do some other act of service around your local church.

Clip art courtesy of http://www.webweaver.nu/clipart/earth.shtml

Friday Family Bible Time: Creation Day 1 — You are the Light of the World

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Welcome to Friday Family Bible Time!  Every Friday, I will be posting a different plan for helping your family get into the Bible together.  First, I am going to start with a series on creation.  I will be taking a different day of creation each week and posting some of my ideas of how you can study this day with your family.  This is our first one . . .the first day . . . LIGHT!  Isn’t it interesting how God created light before He created anything else?  It’s almost like He was giving us an object lesson from the very start — light came into the Darkness.  Later, He would send His Light (Jesus) into the darkness to save us, and then He would commission US to be His lights to a dark and dying world.

We are the Light of the World!

Since the song is now in my head, I will share it with you, too.  Check out this video . . . and then gather your family and have a great time together getting into the word of God!

If you want to print this off, you can do so here:

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Friday Family Bible Time Week 1

Topic: Creation Day 1: Light

Theme: To save the earth from darkness, God created light.
To save us from our sins, He sent His Light into the world.
To save the world from the darkness, He commissioned us to be His light.

This Bible study time would probably be most effective if it was done at night. Turn all the lights off in the house and gather together in a dark room.

Have someone read the following Scriptures out loud. Every time the word “Light” is mentioned, have someone turn on a light in the house. You could start by turning on a small flashlight in front of you, then a lamp, then an overhead light, etc. By the end of the Scripture readings, the house should be totally covered in light.

bible1Scriptures:

Genesis 1:1-5
John 1:1-5
Matthew 5:14-16

Discussion Questions:

1.  How did you feel when we started this time and it was totally dark?
2.  What happened the moment the first light was turned on?
3.  As each additional light turned on, what happened?
4.  Why do you think God’s very first creation was light?
5.  Who was the Light that John referred to?
6.  Why do you think the darkness did not understand the Light?
7.  What are we called to be?
8.  How can we be lights in our community? (encourage specific answers)

Activities: (choose from this list, or come up with one of your own. Do as few or as many as you want.)

1.  Play flashlight tag. Turn off the lights and give two of your family members a flashlight. One of them should shine his light anywhere he wants around the room and the other needs to try to “catch him” with the light from his flashlight. Let everyone have a chance to play. You may even want to have a small tournament and name a “flashlight tag” champion. After the game, discuss how the light chased the darkness away everywhere it went. Discuss this in relation to how we can make a difference in a dark world.
2.  Play a game of hide and seek in the dark. Turn all the lights off in the house and have everyone hide. Whoever is “it” needs to find each member of the family, but once a member of the family is found, he should help “it” in the search. For added fun, give each person in the family a tiny flashlight except for “it”. Every time someone is found, the flashlight he is holding can be used to help search for the others. Discuss how it was much easier to find people once the flashlights were able to be used. Isn’t this similar to how it is when we come to Jesus? We are stumbling around in the dark, trying to find our way, when we meet someone who has the Light. That person then shares his light with us, and we are able to find our way. Then, we need to share the light with others. (Note: If you have young kids who are scared of the dark, be sure to pair them up with a parent.)
light3.  If you have a musical family, sing “This Little Light of Mine” while holding flashlights (or use the above link for a more upbeat song for older kids).   Discuss what it means to let your light shine.
4.  If you have an artistic family, give each member of the family a small glass jar (such as a baby food jar) and glue multi-colored tissue paper all around it. Then place a tiny candle inside and light it. Watch the different patterns it makes. Discuss the effect that little light has on the room around it. What type of similar effects can we have on the world around us? (If you do not have an artistic family, you can still do this activity. Just use regular candles that you don’t have to make first.)
5.  If it is fall, carve a pumpkin together and then stick a candle in it and let it light up your porch. Discuss how we can light up the world around us.
6.  Give each family member a glow stick to take to bed with them that night. Encourage them to watch the glow stick as they fall asleep and to think and pray about ways that they can let their light shine in their world.

Prayer010Prayer Time:

Before you pray, draw a huge candle on a black piece of construction paper. Then take a white crayon and fill the candle in with specific names of people that you want to be a light to this week. Then pray for them by name. Try to remember to get this “candle” out every day this week and pray for the list you made (this would be good to add to your dinner prayers, for example).

Outreach Ideas:

Serving as a family can be a powerful experience. Choose an activity to serve together in this week as a practical way to let your light shine to those around you. Examples include the following:

1.  Bake cookies to take to your neighbors. Include a Bible verse with the cookies and an invitation to church.
2.  Rake leaves for an elderly person in your neighborhood.
3.  Offer to babysit for a family you know for free.
4.  Plan a neighborhood cookout. Invite your neighbors, no strings attached. Get to know them!
5.  Take your family and walk up and down your street (and maybe some adjoining streets) picking up trash or visit one of the parks in the area and pick up trash.
6.  Set up a day where you give “free car washes” for your neighbors. You could do this at your own house, or take your hose and supplies over to their house and clean their cars.

Got any other ideas for Friday Family Bible Time?  Share them in the comments below and then check back next Friday for a study on water . . .