The Church in Action:
Our kids often see the church as the building they walk into on Sundays, and if we are honest with ourselves so do we. But the church is so much more than the four walls that keep the rain out. The church is the people, boots to the ground, caring for others, loving others, and making disciples by sharing Jesus with others. As we study the book of Acts your family will have the chance to talk about what the Holy Spirit looks like as it moves through the lives of God’s people, creating change hearts and moving in ways we could not even dream up. The book of Acts is the church in action, and the church isn’t the church unless we see action. During this series you will hear your kids talking about and asking questions about the Holy Spirit, making disciples, sharing the gospel, caring for those who are hurting, and getting out of their comfort zones to make Jesus known to the ends of the earth- even if that just means the other end of the street for them. Join them as a family to take a look at what faith lived out looks like. We can’t wait to see Vintage Church move and grow through this series.
Catechism Question To Review As A Family:
Question 48: What is the church?
Answer: God chooses and preserves for himself a community elected for eternal life and united by faith, who love, follow, learn from, and worship God together. God sends out this community to proclaim the gospel and prefigure Christ’s kingdom by the quality of their life together and their love for one another.
Verse to Memorize:
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Our new memory verse this month comes from Matthew 28:19-20. Write this verse somewhere in your house where your family can see it and practice it weekly. Say it in the car, while cooking dinner, while playing. Coming back to this verse as a reminder will help your children remember Jesus’ call on our lives as members of his church!
Watch this video from one of our Vintage Volunteers. Have your bible ready!
Want to engage in the lesson but looking for a different format? Join us on our Vintage Kids Podcast as we share the lesson in a short, family friendly way that allows you to listen on a walk, before dinner, or in the car.
Activity with Your Kids
The Spread of the Gospel Experiment
You will need:
• Plastic Plate (must be plastic or even glass- not paper)
• Food Coloring
• Dish Soap
Gather students around a table and let them know we will be doing an experiment today (if large group of students this can be done in small groups/turns- use teacher discretion)
Put plastic plate on table and put thin layer of milk on the bottom. In the center drop a few drops of food coloring, sharing that these drops represent Christians at the beginning of acts. They were all in one place- the gospel was all centered in one location. What do kids notice? (Talk about how all the white has not heard the gospel, the gospel is clustered.)
Now take a dish soap-soaked q-tip and hold it up. This q-tip represents persecution, or hard things that happen. What are some hard things that happened to the Christians? (jail, being hurt, being killed.) Touch the q-tip in the center of the food coloring. What happens?!?
Talk about how the color, or the disciples scatter, and so does the word about Jesus. It begins to reach far and wide. How does the plate look now after persecution? The whole thing is full of color! The gospel spread to the very ends of the plate- to the ends of the earth!