Willamette Kids at Home: May 24

Online video and curriculum for you to do as a family at home!

Check here Thursdays to see new curriculum with videos, discussion questions and downloadable crafts for you to do at home!

1. Watch the Worship & Bible Story Video!

2. Do the Activities as a Family!

BEST GIFT EVER!

What You Need: Box or gift bag

Find a box or gift bag and gather your family together. Tell your child(ren) that you are going to surprise each other with some of your favorite things. Send your child off to get their favorite stuffed animal, toy, or item of clothing to put in the box to surprise you. When you open the box make it really fun and exciting.

Play several rounds, taking turns putting surprises in the box.

WHAT YOU SAY: I loved seeing so many of your favorite things! These would all make such great gifts! When God gave us Jesus He gave us the best gift because Jesus loves us so much!

NOTHING CAN SEPARATE

What You Need: Paper, glue

Tell your child that you each are going to draw a picture of something you love (parents participate too!). Once you and your child have finished coloring your pictures, have your child glue the two pictures together (with the drawings on the outside). Let the glue dry and then show your child how just like these two papers can’t be separated, we can’t be separated from God’s love!

God is My Rock

Ask an adult to go outside with you and see if you can find a small rock. Paint the rock and write on it, “God is my rock.” Keep this rock in your pocket and the next time you are scared, hold it and remember that God is our rock so we don’t have to be afraid!

Thanks Jesus that you don’t have to be scared because He is on your side!

Pray for Others

All month long, you’ve prayed for determination for yourself. But you probably also know some other people who are struggling to keep going. Who do you know that is facing a hard journey—perhaps because of sickness, death, losing their job, or having to move? If you can’t think of anyone, just ask an adult—they’ll likely know of someone who you can pray for. Use the sample prayer below to ask God to help them to keep going even when they don’t know the end of the story.

“Dear God, please be with who is having a really hard time because of page1image52189952. I imagine they are scared because page1image52190144. It’s so hard when we don’t know how things will turn out. . . but we do believe that you know how things will turn out. You know the end of the story, and we can trust you no matter what. Please help page1image52190336to remember that, and to keep going even when they’re scared. In Jesus’ Name, we pray.

Amen.”

Keep Going

Whenever someone is going through something scary, it means so much to know that other people are cheering you on. No matter how you choose to encourage your friend, be sure and continue to pray for them to keep going. Here are some ways to encourage the person you just prayed for:

• Make them a card. Consider including a Bible verse to encourage them, like Psalm 27:1.
• Send them a text or email and just let them know you’re praying for them.
• Give them a call so they know you’re thinking of them.

• Bake them some cookies or drop off some flowers at their house.

For memory verses, discussion questions, and prayer, please download the PDFs below!

Our staff talks about parenting in this COVID season

Parents! We invite you into our candid Zoom call as we talk through how we’re in the midst of this time with you. Hope you can take a few moments and exhale with us. We love you and are here for you.

Meet Hope & Murisa!

Through the faithful generosity of our Willamette Kids, we are privileged to support Hope and Murisa, our Africa New Life sponsored students!

During this time when we aren’t meeting in the building, your kids can continue to give online with adult help, or they can drop off donations at church.

We believe that one of the ways your child will grow in their spiritual development is through the act of giving. We invite you as parents to lead your child in the act of giving sacrificially to God. 1 Timothy 6:18-19 teaches us, “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

Hope & Murisa’s sponsorship of just $39 per month covers a school uniform, shoes, school fees, medical insurance, and participation in discipleship through Africa New Life. If our offering exceeds $78 per month, the additional proceeds will go towards occasional gifts for Hope, Murisa, and their families such as food, bedding, and clothes.

Our prayer is that your children will actively participate in this opportunity to give generously!

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Kaliza Hope

Gender: Female
Birthday: 12/17/10
Community: Kigali
School level: Primary
Best Subject: Kinyarawanda
Hobby: Tennis
Dream Job: Minister or Governor of the World Bank
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Mutesa Remi Murisa

Gender: Male
Birthday: 11/2/09
Community: Kigali
School Level: Primary
Best Subject: Math
Hobby: Riding Bikes
Dream Job: Doctor