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FOREVER - JUNE WEEK 5

FOREVER

This series is called forever. ‘Forever’ is a pretty mind bending subject, something pretty hard to get your head around. The best way to see it is like a perfect circle. There is no beginning or end, it just keeps going! That’s what forever is like, we will spend forever with God in heaven, living on into eternity with Him!

This month we’re focusing on amazing people from the Bible who we’ll get to know in Heaven! This weekend we’ll be focusing on one of the Apostle Paul’s main disciples, Timothy.

TIMOTHY’S LIFE

KEEP HOLDING ON! Timothy came to Jesus and started his relationship with God after he heard about Him through Paul, and was faithful to both God and to Paul for his life. Being faithful means that we do what we say we will do, being reliable and trustworthy. We’d like to be able to say that we’re faithful all the time, but not one of us are perfect, we all mess up and we make mistakes. Here’s the good news, even when we mess up, God is still faithful to us. In Paul’s second letter to Timothy he said, 2 Timothy 2:11-13 (NIRV) “Here is a saying you can trust. If we died with him, we will also live with him. If we don’t give up, we will also rule with him. If we say we don’t know him, he will also say he doesn’t know us. Even if we are not faithful, he remains faithful. He must be true to himself.” God is always faithful, no matter what. It’s who He is! He is perfect and will always do what He says He will do, fulfilling every promise. 

We can be Forever heroes when we hold on, trust in God and remain faithful. God chose us, you and I to serve Him and continue the work that Timothy and the other church leaders in Acts started. It’s our job now to be faithful in building the church too! We don’t do it by ourselves, Jesus gives us strength and we’re never alone. We have God’s word and the example of those that have gone before, the unlikely heroes we’ve been learning so much about. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 (NIRV) “The God who has chosen you is faithful.” God is faithful to us and we can be faithful to Him.

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. Who is someone in your life you can always count on to be faithful?

2. What is one thing you hope to be faithful in?

3. How do we know that God is faithful?

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FOREVER - JUNE WEEK 4

FOREVER

This series is called forever. ‘Forever’ is a pretty mind bending subject, something pretty hard to get your head around. The best way to see it is like a perfect circle. There is no beginning or end, it just keeps going! That’s what forever is like, we will spend forever with God in heaven, living on into eternity with Him!

This month we’re focusing on amazing people from the Bible who we’ll get to know in Heaven! This weekend we’re focusing on the most important one of all, Jesus.

JESUS’ LIFE

BELIVE IN JESUS! This Sunday we learned that no matter what, Jesus made a way for you to get to heaven.

Jesus is the son of God and the savior of the world. The reason the world needs to be saved is because after God made this world perfect, something awful happened - people disobeyed God. Even still, God loved us more than anything. Jesus was sent by God to earth from heaven. He healed the sick, did so many miracles, and even raised people from the dead! Not everyone believed in Jesus, so they killed him but three days later he rose from the dead!

Jesus’ death on the cross was very special because even though He was perfect, He let himself be punished for the wrong things we have done. The Bible says,

“Though your sins are like scarlet,

I will make them as white as snow.

Though they are red like crimson,

I will make them as white as wool.
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Isaiah 1:18

And now, since we have Jesus to take away our sin, if we believe in Him and follow Him, we can live forever!

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. What is it like to follow Jesus?


2. How do we begin our relationship with God?

Romans 10:9 -” If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”

3. How can we grow in our relationship with God?

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FOREVER - JUNE WEEK 3

HAPPY FATHERS DAY

Dads love their kids! Dads teach us new things, cheer us on at sports games, help us to be brave, wipe away our tears and have fun with us!

I bet your dad has some great dad jokes too. How about these ones...

How many apples grow on a tree? All of them.
Why couldn’t the bike stand up by itself? It was two tired. Dad, I’m hungry? Hello hungry, I’m Dad

Where do you learn how to make Ice-cream? Sundae School.

What do you call somebody with no body and no nose? Nobody knows.

God gives us dads to love us, care for us, protect us and teach us. Your dad might be a hard working genius, a strong brave hero, the best BBQ chef or the funniest guy ever. No matter what your dad is good at, the best job he has is to love you! Today we take time to honour our dads. Did you know that honouring parents is the only commandment that promises long life as a reward; Ephesians 6:1-3 (CEV) “Children, you belong to the Lord, and you do the right thing when you obey your parents. The first commandment with a promise says, “Obey your father and your mother, and you will have a long and happy life.” God teaches us to honour our parents and we will have a looooong and happy life. That sounds pretty good to me! On Father’s Day no matter what the situation in your family is. Take the time and honour the men in your life. Who knows, you could live a loooooong life until you’re a 130!

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This past Sunday we learned about the awesomeness of dadsl. Print out the picture below and color it in!

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FOREVER - JUNE WEEK 2

FOREVER

This series is called forever. ‘Forever’ is a pretty mind bending subject, something pretty hard to get your head around. The best way to see it is like a perfect circle. There is no beginning or end, it just keeps going! That’s what forever is like, we will spend forever with God in heaven, living on into eternity with Him!

This month we’re focusing on amazing people from the Bible who we’ll get to know in Heaven! Week one is Peter.

PAUL’S LIFE

NEVER GIVE UP! This Sunday we learned that no matter what Paul faced in his life, he didn’t give up. He faced so many hardships, more than most, but never gave up because he knew he had God on his side.

The key to never giving up in our walk with God is knowing that Jesus is with us. The Holy Spirit inside of us pushes us onward with encouragement deep down no matter what is happening around us. Even if it takes a long time to see what we are hoping for, we can find strength in God!

To give you a bit of an idea of what Paul went through, read 2 Corinthians 11:26-28. Here Paul says,

26I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.”

But at the end of his life Paul also says this: “I have finished the course. I have kept the faith.” (2 Tim 4:7)

With God’s help we can live a life for Him and never give up! Just as Paul never gave up, we also can live a life for God till the very end!!!

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. When have you wanted to give up but you didn’t?


2. What helps us run the race and not give up?

3. Who cheers you on?

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This past Sunday we learned about the life of Apostle Paul. Print out the picture below and color it in!

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FOREVER - JUNE WEEK 1

FOREVER

This series is called forever. ‘Forever’ is a pretty mind bending subject, something pretty hard to get your head around. The best way to see it is like a perfect circle. There is no beginning or end, it just keeps going! That’s what forever is like, we will spend forever with God in heaven, living on into eternity with Him!

This month we’re focusing on amazing people from the Bible who we’ll get to know in Heaven! Week one is Peter.

PETER’S LIFE

Peter lived a life with lots of changes. From fisherman, to disciple of Jesus, to leader of the early church, his life was full of ups and downs! One super memorable thing that Peter did was walk on water with Jesus! Peter had faith to ask Jesus to come out on the water with him because he had spend a lot of time with Him. Our main point this weekend was “Grow with Jesus” and that is one thing that we can learn from Peter’s life. The more we grow with Jesus, the more faith we will have in God!

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 says, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” We don’t want to get wiped out part way through our race, we want to make it to the finish line victorious! To run the race well, we need to train and practice. Our training comes from spending time with Jesus, getting into His Word, talking with Him and being in His presence.

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. How can you grow in your relationship with God?


2. What is something you would like to do that you need God’s help for?

3. How does growing closer to God help us?

COLORING SHEET

This past Sunday we learned about Peter walking on water. Print out the picture below and color it in!

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FOREVER - MAY

FOREVER

This series is called forever. ‘Forever’ is a pretty mind bending subject, something pretty hard to get your head around. The best way to see it is like a perfect circle. There is no beginning or end, it just keeps going! That’s what forever is like, we will spend forever with God in heaven, living on into eternity with Him!

It’s hard to imagine what this place will be like, it may even make us have more questions than answers. Will we get tired? What about sleep? Will we eat? Do I get to fly? So many questions! One thing we do know is we will never suffer again. The book of Revelation, right at the end of the Bible speaks about eternity: Revelation 21:4 (NLT), “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

Wow! No more death or tears or pain. What an incredible promise. I believe Jesus will return and we will be with Him in heaven.

OUR ETERNAL HOME

When I’ve been away, maybe on a holiday or a special trip, I always love that feeling of coming home. A place that is our own, where we can feel safe and comfortable. Where we are now, may not be our home forever, but God has made an eternal home for us! Hebrews 13:14 (NLT), “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.”

Right now you might be a citizen of your country, like America or maybe somewhere else if that’s where you were born. The Bible says that as Christians, we have another home, and we are citizens of another place - Heaven! Philippians 3:20 (NLT), “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Saviour.”

The Bible describes this eternal home as being pretty spectacular, Revelation 21:11 (NIRV), “It shone with the glory of God. It gleamed like a very valuable jewel. It was like a jasper, as clear as crystal.” A home designed by God especially for us.

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. What do you imagine heaven will be like?

2. Who is someone you are looking forward to seeing in Heaven?

3. What does it mean when the Bible says, “Our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20)?

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This past Sunday we learned about John’s vision of heaven in Revelation. Print out the picture below and color it in!

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APRIL WEEK 4 / / TRUE STORY

GOD IS WITH US

The Bible tells us the true story of how Jesus lived his life, died on the cross, and rose again for us! After that Jesus promised to be with us always and ascended into heaven. That may not make a whole lot of sense - I mean, Jesus said, “I’ll always be with you” and then left. Like, seriously Jesus? You literally just said you’d always be here and you’re leaving?

Thats probably because He meant He would be with us in our hearts. Jesus had told His disciples, “I will ask He will give you another helper, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.” John 14:16-17. And it happened exactly the way Jesus said it would! The Holy Spirit came upon the disciples and they started telling everyone about Jesus! And now, even today, the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives helping us live our lives for God!

HE WILL NEVER LEAVE US

God has always been really good about taking care of His people. After Moses led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, it was time to find a new person to lead the people of Israel. God chose Joshua and told him, “No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5). Us today are a lot like the people of Israel, since we have been led out of spiritual slavery to sin just like they were led out of slavery in Egypt. And the promise that God will always be with us is the same too!

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. Have you ever asked the Holy Spirit to fill you? If you haven’t, you should!

2. How can we listen to the Holy Spirit’s voice in our lives?

3. How do you know if Jesus is speaking to you through the Holy Spirit?

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APRIL WEEK 3 / / TRUE STORY

THE MEANING OF EASTER

The Bible tells us the true story of how Jesus lived his life, died on the cross, and rose again for us! Jesus is the son of God and the Savior of the world! While He was on earth, He taught everyone about God’s love and healed them from their sickness. He did many miracles like calming storms and raised people from the dead. But not everyone liked Him, so the religious leaders of that day made a plan to kill him. But Jesus, knowing that it was time to give His life, willingly died on the cross. Not because He had done anything wrong, but because He was giving his life as a sacrifice - taking the punishment for our sins on himself.

Three days later though, He rose from the dead! This proved that He was God’s son and meant that if we make Him our Lord, then we will rise again one day to to live forever in Heaven! And that is the meaning of Easter - it is the day we celebrate all of these things that Jesus has done for us. We celebrate His resurrection from death, and the life that we have as His followers.

JESUS MADE A WAY

Through Jesus, we have a way to be saved! No matter how good or how bad you are, you can go to heaven if you believe in Jesus! Doing this is as simple as ABC…

A – Ask – For Jesus to forgive you.
B – Believe - That Jesus died and rose from the dead three days later
C – Confess – that you have done wrong so that you can be forgiven.

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. Have you ever asked Jesus to forgive you? And if not, would you like to?

2. Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?

3. What do you think it will be like when we rise again like Jesus did in heaven?

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APRIL WEEK 2 / / TRUE STORY

ALWAYS REMEMBER JESUS

The Bible tells us the true story of how Jesus lived his life, died on the cross, and rose again for us! This simple truth is something that Jesus wanted us to always remember. During the last dinner that Jesus had with His disciples, he explained to them that whenever they take communion, they should remember what Jesus did on the cross. His body is like the bread of communion, which was broken so that we could be made whole, and the drink is like the blood He shed in taking the punishment for our sins, so that we don’t have to. When we remember what Jesus did on the cross, we remember that it is because of Him that we are going to heaven! Romans 5:1 says, “Since we have been made right in God’s sight… we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.” So let’s remember and never forget what Jesus has done for us!!!

REMEMBER TO REMEMBER

Remembering is something that has been extremely important to God since the beginning. The more we remember what God has done for us, the more we will be able to live our lives the way we were made to live them. Thousands of years ago, after God led the people of Israel out of Egypt and freed them from slavery, Moses told the people, “Be careful and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” (Deuteronomy 4:9) So you see, it is important that we remember to remember what God has done in our life, and communion helps us do just that!

Good Friday is coming on April 19th, 2019 and Reach Church is going to have a special communion service. Will you be joining us???

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. What are some things other than communion that we can do to remember what Jesus has done for us?

2. Read Isaiah 53:5 and answer the following question: What has Jesus given us through dying on the cross other than being able to go to heaven? “But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.”

3. How do you know if you are ready to take communion?

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APRIL WEEK 1 / / TRUE STORY

THE LORD NEEDS YOU

The Bible tells us the true story of how Jesus lived his life, died on the cross, and rose again for us! But in order for people to know about it, believe, and be saved, they need to first hear about it! That is why the Bible says in Romans 10:14, “how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” Thats where we come in - we have to tell people about Jesus!

Its a lot like when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey - the donkey was not the star of the show, but Jesus still needed it to fulfill the prophecy about Him which said, “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey” Zechariah 9:9

We have the exciting responsibility of sharing Jesus with others. We carry Him in our hearts, and others can see Him through us! The Lord needs you!!!

HOW DO I TELL PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS?

A lot of people are super worried about how they share the good news about Jesus. The simplest way is to just bring them to church! But if you ever want to tell someone about Jesus yourself, just keep it simple. Tell them about what Jesus means to you, and what He has done in your life. You can also share a little bit about why Jesus died (to take the punishment for our sins), and that He rose from the dead proving that He is the son of God! You don’t have to know all of the details in order for your sins to be forgiven by Jesus, you just need to have a relationship with Him! Check out the video below to see a super fun video of kids trying to tell the easter story the best they can! And remember, its okay not to have all the details right sometimes.. Especially when you’re a kid. Its all about the relationship with Jesus!

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QUESTIONS

1. How do you think the best way to share the good news about Jesus with others?
2. What is the greatest thing Jesus has done in your life that you can share with others?
3. Why is it important to believe that Jesus rose from the dead?

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