At City Chapel, we don't babysit kids on Sunday mornings. We empower families to raise up kids who love Jesus. That's why we have this resource to help you, as the parent, bring the teaching from Sunday morning to your dinner table.
Please read over the content with your kids and discuss how the lesson applies to their lives.
Be sure to check the challenge at the end. Thank you for taking the time to invest in your children's spiritual growth!
For toddlers (3-5 yrs)
For the next few weeks, we’ll be studying six of Jesus’ most famous parables. Each one of these stories is short, each one has a sweet message, and each one is full of truth to help us grow in our faith.
BIBLE COOKIES | CHIPS AHOY - CHIPS FOR EVERYONE
IN THE CAR: Ask your child what they learned about this week:
Chips Ahoy cookies are so full of chips, you’ll taste one in almost every bite. The
parable of the laborers in the vineyard shows that same reward, Jesus' love is for everyone and the reward of eternal life awaits everyone who trusts in him. Matthew 20:1-16, Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
WORKERS IN THE VINEYARD
DURING DINNER: Here are some great discussion starters:
- What did the master pay his workers at the end of the day?
- What reward does God want to give to us?
- Why does God give the same reward to each of us, no matter who we are?
PARENT TIME: What you need to know:
The gift of Heaven is so big and so awesome. It’s a reward we could never earn on our own. Thank God for the love of Jesus and his blessings and ask God to help you share that gift with someone this week.
“Apply your heart to what you are taught. Listen carefully to words of knowledge.”
Proverbs 23:12 (NIRV)
Help us to share Jesus with everyone we meet!
In Jesus’ name, Amen
Encourage your child to share the story of Jesus with someone today.
FOR ELEMENTARY (6-11 YRS)
IN THE CAR:
Ask your child what they learned about this week on the drive home:
This lesson on adoption follows the Apostle Paul’s use of rich words describing family--words like brothers, sons, Father, heirs, love, offspring, and child—to help children understand what it means to be adopted into the family of God. The animated feature in this lesson further describes adoption by
telling the story of a young beggar who goes from a penniless outcast to a son and heir of a powerful family. This contrast is captured by describing his condition before and after the redeeming act of adoption.
AT DINNER: Here are some great discussion starters:
-Did the Apostle Paul think he had done anything to deserve to be adopted by God?
-What privileges was the boy given?
-The Apostle Paul wrote about what glorious mystery?
Romans 8:15: "For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have
received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
PARENT TIME: What you need to know:
Jesus died on the cross to pay the required price for redemption so we could be free to become His very own sons and daughters. We are his adopted children of God. With this adoption, we have become heir to all of his promises. With God as our Father, we are protected, trained, disciplined and cared for and we are never alone.
Have the children come up with words that describe what it’s like to be a part of a family.
Discuss how each description also applies to being a part of God’s family.
Examples might include:
1. Relationship: God is your Father and you can personally call him Father.
2. Protection: No matter what comes up in your life, your Father cares and He can be trusted.
In His time, He will deliver you from every trouble.
3. Training: The Bible provides training that shows us how to live and the Spirit of God reveals
4. Discipline: The Bible says do not be surprised if you are disciplined by God just as you are
disciplined by your own parents. Motivated by love and with the intention of molding you into
5. Inheritance: every promise God makes, He will fulfill