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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Joy in Learning and Living the Word

This past Sunday, we began the series, Abide. We need to abide in the vine, which is Jesus. As the caretaker of the vineyard, God removes branches that are not bearing fruit and prunes the branches to make them bear even more fruit. To be fruitful Christians, we must endure the good discipline of the Father. This week, in Hebrews 12:5-11, we look at the Lord’s discipline.

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DISCUSSION STARTER

Command Creation

Gather your kids together and explain to them that a command is something that must be done, and that God’s commands are good for us. Tell them that everyone gets to make one command for the family, and set the following guidelines:

  • The command must be good for someone
  • The command must be able to be done at home
  • The command must be able to be done in a set time
  • Parents have the right to approve or deny the command

Go first and give them an example (for example, everyone must make mom coffee, or everyone must play UNO, etc.). After the commands are completed, explain to the kids that God also gives us commands, and that those commands are for His glory and our good, so we can find joy in them!

READ Psalm 119:169-176 (NLT)

169 O LORD, listen to my cry; give me the discerning mind you promised. 170 Listen to my prayer; rescue me as you promised. 171 Let praise flow from my lips, for you have taught me your decrees. 172 Let my tongue sing about your word, for all your commands are right. 173 Give me a helping hand, for I have chosen to follow your commandments. 174 O LORD, I have longed for your rescue, and your instructions are my delight. 175 Let me live so I can praise you, and may your regulations help me. 176 I have wandered away like a lost sheep; come and find me, for I have not forgotten your commands.

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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.

How do you usually feel when someone gives you commands?

Often it’s not a fun feeling getting told what to do and how to obey. We want to do what we want all of the time!   

Why are God’s commands actually good for us?

Tell your kids that God knows everything, so He can make the best decision. Also tell them that God loves them so much, so they can trust that when He gives them commands they are for His glory and their good.

How do we know God’s commands?

We know God’s commands by reading His word. It’s important for us to read God’s word so that we can see how God desires for us to live.

Can we obey God’s commands perfectly all of the time?

No we can’t, but we can trust that Jesus has obeyed God perfectly in our place! Reading God’s word not only teaches us how God desires for us to live, but what He has done for us through Jesus’ life, death, burial, and resurrection!

APPLY IT THIS WEEK

This week read through Psalm 119, in which the psalmist writes about his love for God’s word. Each night, think of something different you love about the Bible and make a list to post on the refrigerator.

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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 His good commands.

PRAYER 2

Thank God that, even though we don’t, Jesus has obeyed perfectly in our place.

PRAYER 3

Ask God to help you live out His commands out of a thankful heart for the gospel.

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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 that Mary praised God. Your child learned that Mary praised God when she learned that she would carry the Messiah. 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: What makes Jesus different? (Answer: Jesus is fully God and fully man).

The memory verse this week is 1 Timothy 1:15.

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

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 #16- “Jacob and Esau” found on pg.33. 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.