We are excited you have come to be a part of our gathering, and are thankful you've invited us into your lives. We know the online community is another facet of what God is doing in the midst of us each week. We pray that what happens in your heart as you engage with us online translates into "off-line" conversations you have with the people in your life this week, as you share with them what God is doing in you.
You don’t have to do this alone! Our heart is to encourage you to connect with others and explore together ways God wants to work in and through you. Consider inviting others in your world - friends, family, neighbors - to share this time with you.
No matter where you are, or where you're coming from, know that we're praying for you — that Christ, by his Spirit, would draw you into a place of dependence on his Life and availability to his leading, to the glory of the Father.
Worship with us in Early Childhood this week by watching the large group video below, then use the conversation starters to help you connect the main idea from the Bible story with your child's everyday life. These questions are designed to help you share your faith with your child, and hear how your child is thinking about God and Jesus.
In our second episode of The Market, Lily takes a spill at the grocery store when she is carrying too much and it makes such a mess that she swears she can't go back to the store. But our Storyteller reminds her that it's okay to ask for help; after all, the deaf man in our Bible story came to Jesus because he needed Jesus to help him. Jesus helped him by healing him. And we can go to Jesus for help, too, because we all need Jesus. After the story, Lily realizes that she could have asked for an extra hand and avoided the big mess, and she also realizes that she needs Jesus, too, and can go to him whenever she needs help.
Older 3's & Up
For PARENT and KID: What sounds would you miss hearing if you couldn't hear?
For PARENT: Share a time when you asked Jesus for help and he helped you.
For KID: How do you think the man responded the first time he realized he was able to hear and talk?
TOGETHER: Let's ask Jesus to remind us to come to him when we need help. What are some things we could come to him for help?
DRIVE TIME: In the car, put on some music and have a dance party. Remind your little one about the man who couldn't hear and how joyful he was when Jesus helped him.
BATH TIME: Take turns splashing in the tub and listening to the different sounds it makes. Remind your child that the deaf man couldn't hear splashes like that until he asked Jesus for help.