Kids lesson 2/18-2/24

The Disciples Replaced Judas (Acts 1)

Dear families,
In the latter half of Acts 1, Jesus’ eleven disciples were at a turning point in their ministry. Jesus had ascended to heaven, and His followers recognized the gap Judas left. They came together, united in mission and motive as they waited for the promised Holy Spirit.
How did the disciples take their next step without Christ’s physical presence guiding them like before? To what did they cling for hope and clarity?  
Verse 14 explained that a zealous prayer life knitted together the eleven disciples and their fellow believers. This eagerness to commune with the Father not only bound them together in fellowship; it also unified them as they sought out the next leader to take Judas Iscariot’s place.
While they followed Jesus' command to wait in Jerusalem, the disciples leaned on God's Word as the cornerstone of their faith. Peter stood up among their community of believers, reminding them of Scripture’s supremacy and foresight. He reassured them of the Holy Spirit’s movement throughout the Old Testament and emphasized His presence and guidance amidst this new turning point for the church.
Continuing to unite themselves in prayer, they sought out the next apostle to join them as a leader. They trusted the character and direction of the God whom they served and called for Matthias to join them. Through prayer and meditation over God’s Word, they were certain about the call on this new disciple’s life.
Consider the example set by the early church in Acts 1. When they found themselves at a crossroads, they turned to the same resources we have available today: prayer, biblical community, Scripture, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As you prepare to lead your kids this week, be encouraged that you are using the same tools to prepare for your family ministry as the early church used. God is faithful to use us for His kingdom purposes just as He faithfully used the early church to complete the mission He gave them.
Check out The Gospel Project At Home for resources designed to help you lead a family worship experience as well as suggestions for morning and evening prayer times and family activities.


This is the big idea of how this week’s Bible story points to Jesus.

Babies & Toddlers: God wants us to work together to tell others about Jesus.
Younger Preschool: Matthias was chosen to join Jesus' friends to tell others about Jesus. God wants us to work together to tell others about Jesus, too.
Older Preschool: Matthias was chosen to join the disciples to tell others about Jesus. God wants us to work together to tell others about Jesus, too.
Kids: Matthias was chosen to join the apostles in sharing what they learned about Jesus. God calls us to join in this mission of sharing the gospel, working in community, and seeking Him in prayer.

Preschool: Catechism 63
Question: How can you get the help of the Holy Spirit
Answer: Pray.
Question: How can you get the help of the Holy Spirit
Answer: God has told us to pray for the Holy Spirit’s help.

MEMORY VERSE:Memory Verse: Matthew 13:31-32
31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

For help memorizing- We suggest the song: “You Forgave Me- Slugs and Bugs"

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