Welcome to Week 1
Watch this video first!
This is our opening video each week where we will introduce new songs, the lessons for the week, and some different challenges for you to try!
This week look for someone who helps you do hard things!
Immanuel's VBS Facebook Group
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Begin by reading through the "Tough Stuff" activity on page 4 of your Tracking with Jesus book and talking about the questions as a family.
Then, as a family, read the story about Ananias helping Paul (p.5-10) in your Tracking with Jesus book.
Try a Trust Fall
Take turns with each family member falling backwards (stiff as a board) into the outstretched arms of another family member who will catch them. That's what trust feels like!
Talk about Hard Things
We started by talking about the things that might be hard to do in life. What are some things that are hard in your life right now?
Take a minute to let each family member share, then pray for each person, asking that God would give you power to do hard things, just as he gave Ananias the power to do hard things in today's story.
Jesus Power Helps Us Do Hard Things
- Dominic loves karate, even though it's hard. What's something in your life that you like to do even though it can be hard?
- How did Jesus help Dominic do the hard things we saw in the video?
- Jesus is always with us, and he knows about every hard thing we face.
- Dominic knows that Jesus Power helps us do hard things!
- Is there something you'd like to try, but haven't done it because it seems too hard?
Questions for Preschoolers
- What is something that makes you special?
- What are some sports and games you like to play?
- What hard things did Dominic do?
- What is something hard you have to do at home?
- The Bible tells us that Jesus' power helps us do hard things!
Exploring the Bible
Philippians 4:13 - "For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength."
This verse tells us that no matter what hard things we have to do or get through, we can do it because Jesus will give us his strength and power!
Try This At Home
- Show your off-rail roller to your parents. They'll have a hard time knowing what it does - because it can't do anything on it's own, it has no power.
- When you wind it up and let it go, the rubber band gives it amazing power!
- That's like us. Without Jesus, we have no power. But Jesus' power helps us do hard things!
- Remember what Philippians 4:13 says, "For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength."
On Track to Splash!
Two buckets (one filled with water), sponge balls or sponges (3-5 total), Two foot lengths of yarn or string
1. Place buckets on either side of your yard, place sponges in bucket with water in it. Lay yarn between buckets so family members can't reach each other, but can easily toss a sponge ball to one another.
2. Have family members line up on the yarn marks with their feet together, balancing on the yarn, and work together to move every sponge ball from the filled bucket to the empty bucket without falling off their "tracks."
3. For an added challenge, time how long it takes to get the sponges from one bucket to the other. Then try to beat your best time!
Wrap Up Questions
- What was the hardest part of the game for you?
- What strategies did you figure out that made things easier?
- What are some things in life that used to be hard for you to do, but you are better at now?
Doing hard things can get easier. God gave us these amazing brains that learn as we struggle. Sometimes we may get tired of trying, but when we feel like we are at the end of our own power, Jesus power helps us do hard things!
Individually wrapped granola bars (one per family member), Twizzlers Pull 'n' Peel candy ropes
1. Granola bars look like an important part of a train track called a railroad tie. Wooden railroad ties can weigh up to 300 pounds each, and they must be placed first to build a strong railroad. (Place one granola bar per family member in a row to form your own railroad ties.)
2. Pull apart the Twizzlers and use the individual ropes to form the railroad tracks.
Bible Point Reminder
Our snack railroad reminds us we sometimes have to do a hard thing first to put us on track to what's best - and Jesus will help us! Today's Bible verse, Philippians 4:13, says, "For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength."
Jesus power helps us do hard things!