Dear Parents, This week in The Gospel Project® for Kids, our journey takes us to the church that Paul planted in Thessalonica. The Bible says that the Day of the Lord will be a time of judgment for evildoers (Mal. 4:1) and a time of salvation and deliverance for believers (Rom. 11:26). The Day of […]
This week was Faith in Action Sunday. We spent the day out in the community BEING the church. If you missed us, you can always do something to better the world around you during the week! Below are a few ideas you can do together as a family.
1. Make cards for Senior Citizens.
2. Donate kids’ craft kits to a local children’s hospital.
3. Organize a board game night at your local nursing home. Gather your friends and favorite classic games, and plan a fun afternoon.
4. Decorate placemats for Meals on Wheels.
5. Organize a food drive in your neighborhood, church, or school.
6. Have a garage sale or lemonade stand for your favorite cause.
7. Plan an afternoon of fun: crafts, a movie and popcorn afternoon, or a kickball tournament at a children’s home or refugee center. Plan a day of fun!
8. When school supplies are very cheap at the beginning of the year, pack up a backpack and supplies for a local child in need (the YMCA frequently collects these, in addition to other organizations).
9. Bring gently used board games and decks of cards to a local homeless shelter.
10. Put on gloves and pick up litter at your local park.
11. Write a letter to your elected official about a cause you believe in.
12. Collect DVD’s and videogames you no longer use/watch and donate them to a Children’s Hospital for patients, or to KidFlicks, an organization that set up movie libraries in the children’s wards of hospitals.
13. Volunteer at an animal shelter- play with the dogs and cats, help to brush them, and clean up after them.
14. Read stories to or share your talent with younger neighborhood children.
15. Stuff warm socks with snacks and fruit to pass out to people who are homeless.
16. Secretly rake leaves or shovel snow for a neighbor in need.
17. Make sure your school is recycling- talk to your city hall to get recycling bins for all of the classrooms and make posters to explain what materials can be recycled.
18. Hold a “dog wash” to raise money for a local animal shelter.
19. Volunteer to read letters or the newspaper to residents in nursing homes.
20. Collect used sporting equipment and donate to communities that do not have access (such as Level the Playing Field to help kids in the US or IAYS that works with the Peace Corps to deliver worldwide).
21. Go through the books you’ve grown out of and donate them to the waiting room of a local dentist or doctor.
22. Grow extra fruit and vegetables in your garden to donate to a food bank.
23. Hold a spa day at a nearby nursing home for residents: paint their nails and do their hair and make-up.
24. Donate your gently used stuffed animals to a local firehouse or police station to give to children in emergencies.
25. Find out when the next sporting event is for your local Special Olympics teams, and go there as cheerleaders for the participants with signs, balloons, and noisemakers.
26. Work with your friends to make a “New Student” guide to your town that includes your favorite parks, a map of the neighborhood, and fun things to do.
27. Plant a garden or tree that your school or neighborhood can enjoy.
Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. Last week, kids learned that through the prophet Agabus, the Holy Spirit had told Paul that he would be bound if he went back to Jerusalem, and that’s exactly what happened in today’s Bible story. Some Jews in Jerusalem accused Paul of teaching against God. They tried to kill him, but a Roman army commander stopped them and arrested Paul. Paul had been born a Roman citizen, and his status as such protected him from an unjustified beating.
While in prison, the Lord told Paul that he would one day teach about Him in Rome. Rome was one of the most powerful and influential cities of that day. But Paul spent two years in prison before he was sent to Rome to give his defense to Caesar. Along the way, the ship Paul was sailing on wrecked near the island of Malta. But God kept everyone safe, and Paul had a chance to pray for people who lived on the island. He even healed some of them.
Months later, Paul reached Rome. He was still a prisoner, but he was allowed to stay in a house by himself with a guard. He taught everyone who visited him about Jesus and the kingdom of God. Everyone there knew Paul was in prison for teaching about the Messiah. (Phil. 1:12-13)
Paul’s work to spread the good news of Jesus continued in Rome. No punishment or suffering kept Paul from telling others about Jesus. The Holy Spirit gives believers power to share the gospel all over the world so people will know and love Jesus.
If weather permits, take a trip with your family to a lake, pond, or creek. Make boats out of leaves and twigs and sail them on the water. Open your Bible to Acts 27 and briefly review Paul’s shipwreck. Invite a family member to read Acts 27:24-26. Guide kids to write “Take courage” on sticky notes as a reminder that God helps us carry out His mission.