> Four services are available: Saturday 5 p.m. (Contemporary), Sunday 9 a.m. (Traditional), Sunday 10:15 a.m. (Contemporary), and Sunday 4 p.m. (The Depot Church).
You will need:
internet access for song, and video links;
Spark Story Bible or Connect Bible.
Faith5 is a simple faith practice that can be done at bedtime, after a meal, or at a special time for quiet each day. Faith5 includes five simple steps:
Share your highs and lows
Read a Bible verse or story
Talk about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows, or what you heard that feels important
Pray for one another’s highs and lows
Bless one another
Gather everyone in a comfortable spot and get settled in.
Note: This week’s lesson is a little different! The Gospel text from Matthew refers to how the story of Jonah has similarities to the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus. If you have younger learners at your house, you may want to read Matthew 12:38-42 yourself before reading from the Spark Story Bible (pg. 190) to have the complete framework for the lesson.
Invite each member of your family to share their highs and lows for the day. You can use the words blessings and bummers instead. Someone might choose to pass or not have anything to share, and that’s ok.
Read the Bible story that relates to the Gospel reading: Jonah and the Big Fish (Spark Story Bible pg. 190), or read the Gospel text, Matthew 12:38-42, on page 1086 in the Connect Bible.
Talk about the Spark Bible story or Gospel text, taking turns offering what you heard that relates to high/lows or what felt important.
Pray for one another’s highs and lows. These words can help you get started - “Dear Jesus, We know that we can come to you with our troubles and the things that make our hearts sad. Sometimes we feel like Jonah, with the winds blowing and waves rocking the boat. Help us remember what we learn from our Bible stories. Thank you for loving me every day and always being with me. Thank you for (blessings). Today, please help me with (bummers). Please help make good choices, today and every day. Amen."
Bless one another. Take turns making the sign of the cross on each other’s foreheads, saying simply, “God loves you and so do I.”
Song: "Jonah was a Prophet"
The VeggieTales gang sings a fun song to help us remember the story of Jonah.
For Older Learners:
Read the Old Testament lesson from
Jonah 1:17-2:10. Practice your Bible skills and look up this text for a mid-week Faith5 family devotion.
For Younger Learners:
Print the sheet from the
attached link, cut out the pieces and create your own Jonah and the whale. If you don’t have a color printer, simply color all the pieces or leave them black and white. Enjoy retelling the story!