For Our Children

At the New Church of Concord we want to help your children develop a love for the Lord and His Word. Every Sunday at 10:30am we have a worship service that includes a talk for children. If you cannot make it to church on any given Sunday, this page will provide you will the material you need to still provide your children with their weekly serving of spiritual food and drink! Below you will find:

  1. A short video for your children to watch where the Pastor summarizes what was talked about in church this Sunday.
  2. A written guide of what to read and talk about with your children if you choose to have a home worship service.
  3. Links to this week’s Sunday School lessons and projects.

We hope you find this page a useful tool as you work to raise your children in the light of the Lord’s Word.

Counting Our Blessings (November 19, 2017 – Thanksgiving Service)

Here are some suggestions for a family worship service or discussion based on this week’s children’s talk:

  • The Lord had promised Abram that he would have many descendents. In this story Abram is sad and concerned because he is old and has not yet had any children.  Listen for how many descendents the Lord tells Abram he will have.
  • Read Genesis 15:1-6.
  • What did the Lord tell Abram to do in order to appreciate how many descendents he would have?
  • Can you really count all the stars in the sky?  How many are there? The Lord was trying to tell Abram that He would have so many descendants that they couldn’t be counted.
  • We are told that the same things is true with the number of blessings the Lord gives us.  Elsewhere the Lord speaks of His blessings as being as numerous as the sand.
  • We can make a list of some of the things the Lord provides us with and that we are thankful for.  But what if we were asked to make a list of ALL the good things the Lord blesses us with?  Could we do this?
  • This Thanksgiving remember that part of being thankful is remembering that the true gifts and blessings the Lord gives us are without number!

 

Why Is Heaven Like A Mustard Seed? (October 22, 2017)

For starters, here is a video you can show your children where our Pastor summarizes the children’s talk he gave on Sunday:

Here are some suggestions for a family worship service or discussion based on this week’s children’s talk:

  • When the Lord was in this world He told many parables.
  • Some of these parables help us to better understand what heaven is like and what we must do if we want to become angels.
  • This week we read a parable that says heaven is like a mustard seed.
  • Read Luke 11:1-10.
  • A mustard seed starts off very small, but eventually grows into a big tree.
  • How is this like heaven?
  • Think about angels. Angels are angels because they have two things inside of them. 1) A lot of wisdom; and 2) A lot of love.
  • When we are first born, do we have a lot of wisdom? Does a little baby know a lot about the Lord and heaven?
  • When we are first born, do we have a lot of love? We can’t really love the Lord if we don’t know a lot about Him.
  • So when we are first born we only have a small amount of wisdom and love. Our wisdom and love is like a small mustard seed.
  • The Lord still loves us and is always working to help our wisdom and love grow!
  • As we grow in genuine wisdom and spiritual love, we gradually become an angel in heaven.
  • This is why what the Lord means when He says that the kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that starts off small, but eventually grows into something very big and beautiful.

 

Praying Persistently (October 15, 2017)

For starters, here is a video you can show your children where our Pastor summarizes the children’s talk he gave on Sunday:

Here are some suggestions for a family worship service or discussion based on this week’s children’s talk:

  • In the reading for this week the Lord teaches His disciples how to pray. He provides them with the beautiful words to the Lord’s prayer!
  • After this the Lord tells His disciples a parable that teaches us something very important about how we should pray.
  • Read Luke 11:1-10.
  • A person came to his friend’s house at midnight.
  • Why did he come and what did he ask for?
  • At first the owner of the house did not give him what he wanted. Why didn’t he?
  • What made the owner of the house eventually give the man what he wanted? He was persistent! What does this mean?
  • The Lord uses this parable to teach us that we should pray persistently.
  • When we see the good things the Lord wants to give us should we pray for them one time? No! We should pray for them many times.
  • Ask the children to think of things that we should persistently pray for?

 

Bringing Good Out Of Evil (October 8, 2017)

Here are some suggestions for a family worship service or discussion based on this week’s children’s talk:

  • See if the children remember anything about the story of Joseph.
  • Remind them of the following basics: Joseph was one of twelve brothers; he was his father’s favorite son; his brothers were jealous and sold him into slavery; in Egypt the Lord blessed Joseph; Joseph became a great ruler second only to pharaoh.
  • Eventually a famine struck the land. Thankfully Joseph had helped the Egyptians save up much food before the famine stuck. People from all over the land came to Joseph to buy food during the famine.
  • Eventually Joseph’s brothers came to buy food. At first they did not recognize Joseph.
  • Read Genesis 45:1-15 about the time when Joseph revealed himself to his brothers.
  • Was Joseph angry at his brothers? Remember that they had sold him as a slave!
  • Why wasn’t Joseph angry? Because even though his brothers did something bad, the Lord was able to still bless Joseph and bring something good out of it.
  • Talk to the children about how the Lord is always able to bring good, even out of evil. This is one of the things that makes the Lord the Lord.
  • How does the story of Joseph illustrate this?
  • Tell the children that this is true with them as well!
  • The Lord can alway bring good things into their life IF they continue to follow the Lord and keep His commandments.

 

I Am The Vine, You Are The Branches (September 24, 2017)

For starters, here is a video you can show your children where our Pastor summarizes the children’s talk he gave on Sunday:

Here are some suggestions for a family worship service or discussion based on this week’s children’s talk:

  • Ask the children if they want to go to heaven some day.
  • In the story we will read, the Lord reminds us that if we want to go to heaven and be happy forever, we need to be conjoined to the Lord. What does the word “conjoined” mean?
  • Read John 15:1-11.
  • Talk about grape vines. If you can, find a picture of a grape vine to show them. Explain how there is a main vine and then branches that are attached to it.
  • What would happen if one of the branches was cut off? It would not be able to grow any grapes AND it would eventually die!
  • The Lord uses this as an example of how we must be conjoined to Him in order to live and thrive spiritually.
  • Why do we need to be conjoined to Him? Because all life and everything good and true comes from Him.
  • Ask the children HOW they think we can be conjoined to the Lord. The reading answers this question! By obeying His commandments.

 

You Shall Not Commit Adultery (September 17, 2017)

Here are some suggestions for a family worship service or discussion based on this week’s children’s talk:

  • Start by seeing if the children can remember any of the Ten Commandments.
  • One of the commandments is that we should not commit adultery.  Explain that this commandment has to do with marriage.
  • When we get married we make a promise to only love one other person in a very special way. Adultery happens when we love of lust after somebody that is not our spouse. Adultery also happens when someone lusts after another person’s husband or wife.
  • Read Genesis 12:9-12 explaining that this story is about a man who almost committed adultery because he did not know that a certain woman was another man’s wife.
  • Why did Abram want Sarai to pretend she was his sister?
  • Why did the Lord bring plagues upon Pharaoh and his house?
  • When Pharaoh found out that Sarai was actually Abram’s wife what did he do?
  • Pharaoh ended up doing the write thing.  This story reminds us of how important marriage is and how wrong and destructive adultery is.

 

Building Your House On The Rock (September 10, 2017)

For starters, here is a video you can show your children where our Pastor summarizes the children’s talk he gave on Sunday:

Here are some suggestions for a family worship service or discussion based on this week’s children’s talk:

  • Explain that when the Lord was in this world He taught people many thing about how we should live in order to go to heaven.
  • The Lord knew that there were two kinds of people who were listening to Him: 1) Those who would hear His words/teachings and do them; 2) Those who would hear His words/teachings but not do them.
  • Read Matthew 7:24-29.
  • Talk about building a house on a strong rock. This is an image of the strength we will have if we hear AND DO the things the Lord teaches us. The Lord will be able to protect us.
  • Ask the children if they have ever gone to the beach and played in the sand. Would it be a good idea to build a house on the sand? Why not?
  • If you built a sand castle on the beach, what would eventually happen to it when the tide came in? Below is a fun video you can show them of a beautiful sand castle being destroyed by the tide coming in.
  • This is an image of what happens to us when we hear the Lord’s words/teachings but DO NOT obey them. We become weak and the Lord is not able to protect us.
  • Which kind of person do you want to be?

 

Why We Worship The Lord (July 30, 2017)

For starters, here is a video you can show your children where our Pastor summarizes the children’s talk he gave on Sunday:

Here are some suggestions for a family worship service or discussion based on this week’s children’s talk:

  • Read Revelation chapter 4. Before reading, explain that this is a vision that John had on the Island of Patmos.
  • What did John see?
  • Focus on what the 24 elders wore on their heads (golden crowns).
  • Crowns are given to angels as a sign of their wisdom.
  • What did the 24 elders do with these crowns? (cast them before the Lord)
  • Why did these 24 elders cast their crowns before the Lord? To illustrate their understanding that all wisdom comes from the Lord alone.
  • It’s only when we know and acknowledge this that we can be truly wise.
  • We don’t have golden crowns to cast before the Lord. But we can worship the Lord! Worship is a time for us to humbly acknowledge that all good things come from the Lord alone and that without Him we can do nothing.

 

Recognizing and admitting our mistakes (July 9, 2017)

Here are some suggestions for a family worship service or discussion based on this week’s children’s talk:

  • Explain that King David had done something very evil: He saw another man’s wife (Bathsheba) and wanted her for himself. So King David had this woman’s husband (Uriah) killed!
  • Read 2 Samuel 12:1-13.
  • Help the children understand the story about the poor and rich man that Nathan told David.
  • When King David heard this story, he was angry at the rich man and thought he should be punished.
  • But King David did not realize that the story was really about him! Can you see how the story was really about King David?
  • When David realized that, “He was the man,” he was sorry for what he had done.
  • Talk to the children about why the Lord wants us to see and admit our mistakes.
  • Does the Lord still love us when we make a mistake?  Did the Lord still love King David?
  • The Lord wants us to see and admit our mistakes because He wants us to be happy.  He knows that as long as we are doing what is wrong, we cannot be truly happy.

 

By The Pool Of Bethesda (July 2, 2017)

For starters, here is a video you can show the kids where our Pastor summarizes what this week’s children’s talk was about:

Here are some suggestions for a family worship service or discussion based on this week’s children’s talk:

  • Read John 5:1-9.
  • The children will enjoy talking about this pool that had the special ability to heal people.
  • Where was the pool?
  • Who would come to “disturb” the water?
  • What happened when the water was disturbed?
  • What did the Lord ask the man who was sick for 38 years?  How did the man answer?
  • What did the Lord tell the man to do?
  • Talk to your children about our need to cooperate with the Lord if we want Him to be able to help us. We must “stand up” and “walk” in the ways that He commands.
  • Try to think of examples where the Lord wants to help us, but we must respond in order to receive His help.

Stars In the Lord’s Right Hand (June 11, 2017)

For starters, here is a video you can show the kids where our Pastor summarizes what this week’s children’s talk was about:

Here are some suggestions for a family worship service or discussion based on this week’s children’s talk:

  • Seven small glowing stars floating above the palm of an open handRead Revelation chapter 1.
  • Ask your children if they can remember any details about how the Lord is described in this vision.
  • What was the Lord holding in His right hand (7 stars).
  • Can they remember any other stories in the Word where stars are mentioned? (wise men)
  • Stars are meant to remind us of all the good and true things the Lord teaches us in His Word. Each star is like one thing we learn.
  • In heaven, angels who know many good and true things are often seen with stars around their heads.
  • In the vision John had, notice that these stars were in the Lord’s hand. This reminds us that everything good and true comes from the Lord alone. We must approach Him if we want to learn about these things.

 

Loving Your Neighbor MORE Than Yourself (May 28, 2017)

For starters, here is a video you can show the kids where our Pastor summarizes what this week’s children’s talk was about:

Here are some suggestions for a family worship service or discussion based on this week’s children’s talk:

  • Read Matthew 23:35-40.
  • Talk about our need to, “love our neighbor as ourselves.” What does this look like? Can they think of any examples of doing this?
  • On Sunday we talked about the fact that in heaven our love for other people grows. So while in this world the Lord tells us to love our neighbor “as ourselves,” in heaven we come to love our neighbor MORE than ourselves.
  • Imagine a community where EVERYBODY loved other people MORE than themselves! What would that be like?
  • We see glimpses of this kind of love in this world: A mother’s love for her children; a soldier’s love for his country; the Lord’s love for us all.

 

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