Love God
  • Read Matthew 5:1-12.       
  • What do you think "blessed" means?  
  • When do you feel blessed? 
  • How can you feel good when bad things happen?
  • Click here for a coloring sheet of the Bee-Attitudes.  
  • Verse of the week: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9
  • Pray:  Dear God, help me to remember that I am blessed.  Help me to share your blessings with everyone I meet.  In Jesus' name, amen. 
Love People  
  • When do you have a good attitude?
  • When do you have a bad attitude?  
  • What affects your attitude?   
  • Can you tell about a time you were able to keep a good attitude even when not so good things were happening?  How did you keep a good attitude?  
  • Who helps you learn about God's love?  
  • Who do you help to learn about God's love?  
Serve the World
  • One way to begin to understand what Jesus is talking about is to find out what it's like to bless others.  There is a need among the low-income families at Paris Elementary School in Aurora for 90 Thanksgiving baskets so that all may celebrate the holiday.  Last year GGCC gave 46 baskets, so this is a big jump!  Consider how your family might help to bless others with the gift of a basket.  Consider inviting friends, neighbors and extended family to join you.  
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Devotional Note for Parents  

We are headed into (perhaps already there!) the time of year when it seems the only way we and our children can feel blessed is if we have the best and biggest feast; and, if we get all the things we want and we want lots and lots of things.  Being humble, peaceful, merciful or in mourning don't fit the cultural lifestyle of the "holidays."  


Jesus invites us to consider living a different way.  God's blessings are available to us right now in the way we treat one another, in the way we chose to serve instead of be served, in the way we act counter-cultural and allow God to be the source of our blessings.  Jesus knew that happiness isn't about the things that happen to us, or from the things we get.  It comes from recognizing what God has done, is doing and will do for us.   

Sunday to Home
Connecting Worship, Children's Church and Home

November 6, 2011

Worship Theme

The Beatitudes

Faith @ Home

We can have attitudes like Jesus  


Bible Story 
Matthew 5:1-12

Bible Background

 We celebrated All Saints Sunday.  One way a saint was described: someone who made or makes the world a more beautiful place by sharing God's love with us.

The text we used to consider our saints was the beginning of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.  These verses are known as the Beatitudes.   The word Beatitudes is a Latin translation of the word blessed. 

These statements can be a little difficult for children to understand - how can it be a good thing to be poor in spirit, to mourn, to be persecuted?
Most things Jesus talked about turn our understandings upside down.  The Beatitudes are ways of understanding that even though things don't always go our way, our relationship with God allows us to know that there's more than superficial happiness in life, but a true joy of that comes from God.   

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Sunday, November 13:
Rev Leon Kelly of Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives joins us for worship and to share the sermon. 

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