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.

I am the target text.

  • 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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Stay On Target

We finished up the Healthy Church series this week by studying Titus 3:8-10. Pastor Bobby and Pastor Randy drew from the text that a healthy church insists on the right things and resists the wrong things, and each part is essential to profitable growth of the christian life. The enemy wants to tangle the Christian in unessential issues, but the Christian must stay focused on the Gospel in order to live a profitable and godly life.

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DISCUSSION STARTER

What Do I Really Need?

All Christians have an active enemy whose sole goal is to distract them from what is really important. That is why Jesus tells Christians in Matthew 6 to focus on what really matters, His redemption, and He will take care of the small things.

Play ‘What do I really need’ with your family to demonstrate how someone cannot be equipped for what he/she needs to do unless he/she focuses on what is important for the task.

Give each family member a sheet of paper and a pencil. Before the game starts, oldest member of the family should think up a few made-up trips the family could go on make a list of essential and non-essential items for each trip. For example:

Going to the zoo:

  • Important: sunscreen
  • Not important: silly string
  • Important: water bottles
  • Not important: life-sized stuffed panda
  • Important: tickets
  • Not important: spaghetti
  • (Other ideas include going camping, flying on a plane, swimming at the pool, and throwing a birthday party.)

The oldest member should then read off the activity and each item aloud. Each family member should write down what they think is essential or non-essential for the trip. After the oldest member finishes reading the list, he should explain the reason why each item would be important or not important. He should include that if the non-important items were brought along for the trip, it would replace space for truly important items.

It would be impossible to go to the zoo if you brought spaghetti but forgot to bring your tickets! This silly example shows how a Christian can’t grow to be equipped for life if he/she is focused on what doesn’t matter. After reading the Bible passage of this guide, discuss with your family about what is important and not important for you to focus on as Christians.

READ Matthew 5:25-33 (NLT)

25    “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?

26    Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?

27    Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28    “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing,

29    yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.

30    And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31    “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’

32    These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

33    Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”


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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.

Jesus said he already knows what we need, so he doesn’t want us to worry. Instead of focusing all of our attention on what we’ll wear or what we’ll eat, what do you think we should focus on?

Jesus said we need to seek His Kingdom, which can mean read his Word, talk to Him, tell others about Him, and pray other people will trust in Him instead of turning away from Him.

What are important things you need to focus on during the day to help out your family?

This could be reading your Bible, doing your morning chores, helping out siblings, getting yourself ready for school, or listening to teachers. Parents and guardians, share with your kids about ways they can help each other or friends at school by what they do in the home.

What did Jesus focus on when He was tempted to worry about little things? (Matthew 4:1-11)

Jesus remembered and said verses that helped Him focus on what was really important when satan tempted Him to focus on small things. We can stay focused by remembering verses about Jesus’ love and sacrifice for us.

What is one thing you can do to help you focus on what is important?

This could be something very small, like putting a reminder by your bed to read a verse in the morning or writing down a list of friends to pray for that don’t know about Jesus.

APPLY IT THIS WEEK

Parents, share your favorite verse or passage with the kids that pushes you to remember what is important. Purpose to read it with them every day to help you as a family remember what you need to focus on.

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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 giving us His love by sending Jesus to save us.

PRAYER 2

Ask God to help you focus on what is important.

PRAYER 3

Pray that by staying focused you will grow to be like Him and push others to be like Him.

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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 started a new unit covering Jesus’ parables, with this week focusing on the parable of the sower and the seed. 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 verse is longer than most verses we learn, but we have six weeks to work on it! 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 #26 – “Joseph reveals himself to his brothers” found on pg. 52.  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.