The Bible says in Psalm 78, “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.” All throughout Scripture, parents are given the responsibility to pass on the gospel story to their children.

What story is your family telling? What is the overarching story that your kids are seeing played out in your home? How are you creating opportunities for these grand stories of God’s work to be told? Based on your familial habits what story do your children see as important?

It’s our desire as the church to come alongside of you and help you answer those questions in a way that reflects the Bible’s call on our life as parents. The following is meant to be a tool to help you, as the parent, develop healthy habits for family discipleship. As you think about the various facets of the Christian life – it’s our hope to provide suggestions, resources, and a guide to find what fits best for leading your family in each of those areas.

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  • Mercy Hill Church Kids Ministry - Family Resource Center - Parent Resources

If you were to ask any parent if they wanted to parent well, the obvious answer is going to be yes, but the next question usually is about how we do that. Many of us have the desire, but often we don’t know where to begin. We want to help you by providing resources to equip you in effective parenting. We’ve broken these blogs, books, and videos down into sections so that you may choose what is relevant to your family and the stage of life that your kids are in. Please click the images below for a list of relevant resources. If there are areas that you would like more information about, or are not listed on this page, feel free to email us.

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  • Mercy Hill Church Kids Ministry - Family Resource Center - Family Devotions

In the busyness of life, we often want to train our kids to become disciples, but either struggle to find the time or aren’t sure exactly what it looks like to train kids in the Bible. We understand that this is something that we want to excel at, so that our kids are equipped to live out the gospel through their childhood and into their adult life. In light of this, we are providing a basic framework for doing family devotions. Though it may be difficult to start, through consistently viewing the Bible as a family, we make it a priority for our lives, and will definitely see the results in our families, as we live out the gospel. Please click the images below for a list of relevant resources.

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  • Mercy Hill Church Kids Ministry - Family Resource Center - Kids Guide

Each week while you hear the sermon, your kids are learning about the Gospel as well! We want to equip you to have Gospel-centered conversations with your kids on a weekly basis. The Kids Guide will help you each week to engage your child about what God is teaching them, and create a time for your family to grow together around the Gospel.

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Who Rules?

This Sunday Pastor Hopper continued through 1 Samuel by preaching about the Israelite’s rebellion against God’s rule. They rejected that God was the best and perfect king for them and demanded another king. This week we’re going to talk about how God is our perfect ruler in every way because of his love and sacrifice for all mankind.

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DISCUSSION STARTER

Who says?

God is the greatest ruler for all men because He is the most loving and sacrificial of all kings, princes, and even presidents! Play “who says?” As a way to talk about different types of rulers and how they lead people groups.

Place a chair at the front of your family space and pick one family member to go first. This game is basically Simon Says, only each family member should pick a different type of ruler instead of being Simon. For example, the first family member would say, “Princess says, touch your toes!” The second family member could say, “Emperor says, jump up and down five times!” And so on. Other examples of rulers are presidents, kings, queens, chiefs, commanders, barons, or empresses.

Once everyone has had a turn to be a ruler, read through the Bible passage from the guide and talk about how God is the holiest of all rulers on earth.

Read Isaiah 9:6-7 (ESV)

6  For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7  His government and its peace
will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen!

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TABLE TALK

These questions are designed to help students learn about the Bible story or passage you just read with them. Use them at dinnertime or in the car to talk about what you’re learning in community group, or find a specific time for your whole family to work through these questions together.

God says He is our greatest Ruler, but he has set smaller rulers over us to help guide us such as our parents and teachers. Who are a few other rulers in your life? What do they do?

Our pastors help teach us about the Bible and how to understand God’s love for us. Our leaders at our jobs help us work diligently. Our city and State leaders give us laws to help uphold safety and peace.

Read through the Bible passage. What words are used to describe God?

He is called wonderful, mighty, everlasting, and prince of peace. Talk through what these words mean and how they can only be truly attributed to God because of His perfect character.

Since all human leaders are sinful, only God is the perfect leader. What has He done for you to show He loves you?

A great leader sacrifices and loves the people he leads. Jesus is the greatest leader because He led the way to God by dying for our sins.

How can you lead like Jesus leads?

In Micah 6:8 Jesus says to love what is right and to say what is true. He wants His children to be like Him and lead rightfully. So when you lead at home, school, MercyHill, and other activities, think about how Jesus thought about other people before Himself and loved them even when they didn’t love Him back.

APPLY IT THIS WEEK

Go through the “Gospel, God’s Plan for Me” graphic we’ve provided in this guide. Talk about the reason why Jesus died and why we need His salvation to be with God. This is an excellent tool for saved and unsaved children, because the Gospel is what gives all Christians hope on a day to day basis.

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PRAYER TIME

Use these prayer points to pray throughout the week and to keep the conversation going about the topic being discussed.  Be open with your child about ways in which you are praying through these issues.

PRAYER 1

Thank God for leading us in love and giving us Jesus to sacrificially lead us. 

PRAYER 2

Ask God to help you lead in a right way just like Him.

PRAYER 3

Pray that you will be able to show other people Jesus’ love for you by how you lead them.

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LESSON AND MEMORY VERSE

Be sure to check out the Gospel Project  curriculum, which we use each week in our Kids Ministry. If you haven’t yet, you can download their easy to use App here. It has incredible new features to help make the Bible come alive for the kids and to help equip parents to disciple your child at home.  

This week we learned about the parable of the wicked tenants who rejected their leader. Our updated curriculum has incredible new features to help make the Bible come alive for the kids and to help equip parents to disciple your child at home. Each week take advantage of the Big Picture card that your child brings home. This week’s Big Picture Question was: Why did Jesus tell parables? (Answer: Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom).

Our memory verse is Mark 6:34, “When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. This the last week of our verse! Write it down on little note cards and put them up around the house, like on the bathroom mirror, in the stairwell, on cupboards and bookshelves. Keep them at your child’s eye-level so he/she can learn it easily!

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READING PLAN

We want to see our children learn to love reading the Bible. Therefore, we have laid out a Bible reading plan that goes along with the Gospel Story Bible. We have these Bibles for sale each week. I would highly encourage your family to pick one up if you do not already have one and follow along in our yearly reading plan.

 

THIS WEEK

This week in the Gospel Story Bible – read story #30 – “God sends plagues against Egypt” found on pg. 61. Read this story each day for the entire week.

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  • Mercy Hill Kids Ministry - Family Resource Center - Sermon Notes

Mercy Hill Kids Sermon Notes are available for kids who are attending service with their parents, as a means of giving them a fun way to interact with the sermon. Our hope is that kids and Route 56 students will engage in a greater way with the truths of the gospel preached each week and learn how to identify and apply these truths to their lives. You can download the sermon notes by clicking below, or you can pick them up at the kids space at your campus each weekend.