The Family Table
Feeding the Faith of LEFC Families
The Family Table – December 25, 2023
December 25, 2022
Dear LEFC Parents,
I hope your whole family experiences joy, peace, hope, and love today because of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ!
The Gospel Project at Home
Today in our worship gathering, Emigh Modzel taught the kids present about how a candy cane can remind us of Who Jesus is, what He did for us, and why He came that first Christmas.
There was no Children’s Church this morning, but there is a Gospel Project at Home link with a Christmas lesson if you want to gather your family together and use it for family devotions today. It’s called “God Keeps His Promises.”
And for Dessert…
Next Sunday is the first day of the new year. It’s time now to be thinking ahead about family discipleship in 2023, and especially how to get more Bible into our family’s minds and hearts. What is your own plan for reading the Bible in 2023? We have some in the foyer, as usual. I tend to use this one. How about for your kids?
David Murray has produced one specifically designed for kids ages 6-12 called Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids which is worth a look. It’s a workbook they can write in, and has weekly entries with:
– Daily Bible readings
– Prayer points
– Memory verse
– Discussion questions
– Space for sermon notes and reflections
Let me know if your family uses it. I hope your family eats it up.
P.S. Thank you for reading these “Family Table” emails the last two months. Let us know if you find them helpful. As we head into the new year, we will be evaluating whether they ought to continue and/or how to improve them.
EXPLAINER: THE GOSPEL PROJECT AT HOME
For the last several years, our Children’s Church ministry has utilized The Gospel Project as our Bible study curriculum. The Gospel Project is really excellent–it takes our Little Learners and Bible Explorers chronologically through the whole Bible over the course of three years while always focusing on Jesus as the center of the big story. If your student was in Little Learners or Bible Explorers this morning, they received a coloring page and take-home sheet that corresponds to this lesson. You have also been given a full-color Big Picture Card that you can use to reinforce the lesson with your child, as well.
To reinforce what your kids are learning each week in Children’s Church, you can now access The Gospel Project At Home online. Each week in this email, there will be a link to follow to get this free resource which includes:
1. A guide to using the Gospel Project at Home.
2. Scripture to read and discuss with a recap video of the Bible Story (Preschool and/or Elementary).
3. Scripture memory verses and a song to sing together.
4. Prayer prompts and family activities that correspond to the lesson.
Please consider setting aside at least 10-15 minutes once a week for a family devotional time using this resource as a guide. We are hoping The Gospel Project At Home will help keep all of our LEFC kids “on the same page,” and feed their faith in Jesus.
This might be especially helpful if for some reason your child has to miss a week of Children’s Church. You can show them the Bible story video to keep them up to speed on what the other children are learning.
**Note: The first time you access the link, you will need to register a free account with Lifeway’s Ministry Grid. This will also provide you ongoing access through the “training” tab to many other discipleship resources including the Gospel Project at Home for previous weeks. Many hours of excellent things to absorb for free!