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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Devoted to Truth

Pastor Andrew continued our sermon series through Titus by focusing on the elder’s role of teaching the truth and the Christian’s role in living the truth. The elder’s responsibility is to be on the lookout for false teaching and protect the flock by teaching right doctrine. Though it is the elder’s responsibility to lead truthfully, all christians should live truthfully. All christians must be devoted to truth.

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DISCUSSION STARTER

Two Truths and a Lie

We have a ferocious and active enemy fighting against us to pollute our walk with the Lord. This is why it is vital for all christians to be devoted to truth and aware of false teaching. Some false teaching can be masked by proclaiming only half of the truth, so we must be watchful for deviation from the Gospel in any way.

Play two truths and a lie with your family to show how a lie can sometimes pose as truth. Sit in a circle and select one family member to begin. He or she must say two truths and one lie about themselves, and the rest of the family must guess which fact was a lie. Examples could be “I broke my right/left arm”, “I’ve been to a this State/Country,” or “I like this type of food.” Give each family member a turn before continuing your discussion.

Talk about the game afterwards and show how lies can be hard to spot, especially if they are accompanied by truth. The only way to be sure of biblical teaching is if we know the truth, and we know the truth by studying God’s Word. Emphasize how God’s Word is true without spot or blemish and should be used as the foundation in testing all worldly teaching (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

READ ACTS 20:25-32 (NLT)

25    And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.

26    Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all,

27    For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.

28    Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.

29    I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;

30    And from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.

31    Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears.

32    And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.


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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.

As christians we are told to be truthful in all things, even when it’s hard. Can you think of a time where it was hard for you to tell the truth?

Parents, feel free to use this time to show your kids that though being truthful can be hard and painful at times, it is always the right and loving thing to do.

Why is it important to listen to church leaders, such as your Mercy Hill Kids Leader or Mercy Hill Pastor?

It’s important because God has chosen them to help you follow Him! He promises to help lead us through life, and one way He does this is by choosing godly people to lovingly direct us in what is right.

God tells us to be devoted to truth. What do you think being devoted to something means?

Devoted means loving something so much you never want to leave it. If you have a favorite stuffed animal or blanket that you can’t live without, you are devoted to it! God wants us to love the truth, His Word, so much that we will always follow it.

Being devoted to truth means you love it so much you want to tell others about it! Do you know anyone who you could tell about the truth of God’s love?

Many of us have friends at school or in our neighborhood who haven’t heard about Jesus. Encourage your kids to share the truth with their friends even if it’s a little scary. God promises to give us courage when we’re afraid!

APPLY IT THIS WEEK

Continue praying for our church leaders and staff as they lead the church family in biblical truth (http://mercyhillgso.com/staff). Pray for an opportunity to share the truth of Jesus’ love with one person this week. Share with your family who you were able to tell!

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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 choosing wise leaders to lead Mercy Hill.

PRAYER 2

Ask God to continue to give our church leaders wisdom as they lead the church family.

PRAYER 3

Pray that you will be able to share truth with one person this week.

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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 your child learned about how John the Baptist slowly stepped down from his ministry so Jesus would be magnified. 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: Who did Jesus say He is? (Answer: Jesus said He is the Messiah).

Our memory verse is John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Think up creative ways to practice this verse with your kids, such as saying it while pretending to be an animal, or saying it while hopping up and down on one foot.

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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 #22 – “Joseph’s Dream” found on pg.45.  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.