Kid's lessons 1/14-1/20

Dear families,
Here is what we are learning this week at RPC Kids!

In the final chapter of Luke’s Gospel account, we receive insight into how Christ made His resurrection power known. The manner He chose to reveal His newly resurrected body teaches us how we can share and receive His gospel truths in the present day. Since Christians today represent the body of Christ in action, we serve as living, tangible proof of His resurrection power in the world. Just as the earliest followers sought to make His life, death, and resurrection known within their circles, we too must seek to share the gospel with the world today.
Why did Christ return to the people after His crucifixion? What knowledge did He seek to impart to them amidst their weariness and confusion?  
Though Christ now sits at the right hand of God, shortly after His resurrection He chose to stand in His followers’ midst, that His resurrected humanity might become apparent to them. The first greeting He offered was that of peace through the gift of His presence.
The questions He posed were rhetorical: “Why are you troubled? For what reason do you doubt?” Jesus recognized their fear and welcomed His disciples to see and touch His body so that their fear may be overcome with belief. His desire was that they would realize their need for His peace and be assured by the power of His resurrected presence.
As you talk with kids about Christ’s resurrection, reflect on the peace that His presence provides. He left the comfort of heaven that we would have peace with the Father through His death and resurrection. The disciples saw and believed in Christ's resurrection and would later come to profess His peace throughout the world. Only Jesus provides peace to all who trust in Him as Savior. By teaching this story to your group, you’re extending the legacy of the earliest church members!

FAMILY TALKING POINTS
Family Discussion Starters:
• How did Jesus prove He is alive?
• How do the stories of God’s faithfulness in the Bible
help you trust in what you haven’t seen?
Family Activity:
Visit a museum or an exhibit with historical artifacts. Alternatively, visit an online virtual tour of a museum to view artifacts. Discuss how these artifacts provide evidence of people, places, and events in the past. Remind kids of the evidence we have in Scripture that prove Jesus is God’s Son and that He is alive.

CHRIST CONNECTION
This is the big idea of how this week’s Bible story points to Jesus.
Babies & Toddlers: God made Jesus alive again! We can tell others this good news.
Younger Preschool: God made Jesus alive again! Jesus is still alive today. He wants us to tell others this very good news.
Older Preschool: God made Jesus alive again! Jesus visited many people so they would know He is alive. Jesus is still alive today. He wants us to tell others this very good news.
Kids: For 40 days, Jesus presented Himself to over 500 people and proved that He is alive. (1 Corinthians 15:3-8) Jesus is still alive today. He sends out believers to tell others about Him.

CATECHISM QUESTION & ANSWER
Preschool: Catechism 62
Question: Can you repent and believe in Christ by your own power?
Answer: No. The Holy Spirit changes my heart.
1ST-5TH: Catechism 62
Question: Can you repent and believe in Christ by your own power?
Answer: No. I cannot repent and believe unless the Holy Spirit changes my heart.

MEMORY VERSE: John 15:4-5
"4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."
For help memorizing- We suggest the song: “I Am the Vine- Slugs and Bugs"
https://youtu.be/gZxdSlEoEdE?si=cmI4a7qLZ-6IqpVQ

** Next week: Jesus Appeared to Thomas (John 20)

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