Wednesday, February 20, 2013

PACT for the 3rd week of February


You Are Unique
Items needed: pencils, white paper or card stock
Make a set of fingerprints. (from
  • Step 1: Use a pencil to scribble a dark section on a piece of paper.
  • Step 2: Rub one fingertip across the section of paper.
  • Step 3: Stick a piece of clear tape onto the darkened finger. (Packing tape works very well, but any clear tape will do.)
  • Step 4: Carefully remove the tape from the fingertip, and stick the tape onto a piece of white paper or card stock.
Every person has a unique set of fingerprints.
What does unique mean? (Different, only one, etc.) 
No one in the whole world has the same fingerprints as you (even identical twins have small differences that make their prints unique). Just as our fingerprints are unique, God has a unique purpose for each person. What an honor that the eternal God created each of us with a special purpose! Even before Samson was born, God had a purpose for him. We will be happiest when we accept and live out God's purpose. 
A Special Purpose 

Choose an activity your family can do together (make a meal, organize the playroom, do an art project, make a dessert, etc.) Break the activity down into different roles or steps. For example: If you choose to organize the playroom, the different roles could be: put the books on the shelf, pick up toys and place them in the right bin, gather and organize the art supplies, make labels for the bins, etc.
Set the timer and give everyone a chance to fulfill their role. When finished, ask:
What would have happened if you hadn't done your part or job? (It would have been left undone; it would still be messy, etc.) 
Each person had a specific job or purpose to do. We all need to do the job given us. God has a special purpose for each one. It is up to us to fulfill the job He gives us to do.
Becoming Stronger
Lead your kids in some exercises: running in place, jumping jacks, touching toes, stretching, sit-ups, knee raises, and kicking.  
How do you get stronger? (Eating good food, exercising, etc.)
As a baby, you were weak and helpless. You couldn’t even roll over by yourself. But as you ate, you began to grow stronger. First, you crawled, then you walked (falling down a lot at first) and soon you could run and jump. Exercising your muscles made you stronger and able to do things you couldn’t do before.
What would happen if you laid on the couch all day, every day? (You would get weaker, your muscles would go down, etc)
How can you get stronger in the Lord? (Depend on Him for strength, read the Bible, pray, believe God, serve Him, give, tell others, obey, etc.)
The more you do each of these, the stronger you will become. God will help you to be stronger inside to make right choices and do what pleases Him. It takes more than doing them once a year or even once a month. Just as you need to physically exercise daily, you need to do these things often to build strong spiritual muscles.  
Review the Bible verse, Ephesians 6:10b. Say it at least once a day, maybe at the same meal each day.
    On this journey with youm

    Pastor Beau

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    PACT for the second week of February

    God Delivers His People
    The Israelites were in a bad cycle—they went away from God, God sent a judge to deliver them, they followed God...they went away from God, God sent a judge to deliver them, they followed God. This was repeated over and over. Eventually, you read that God delivered the Israelites through Gideon, a judge.
    Act out the story of Israel's victory. Assign parts for Gideon, the Israelite army, and the Midianite army. Read Judges 7 aloud as the kids act out their parts.
    How did God deliver Israel?
    (He saved them from the Midianite army that was stealing their food and other possessions.)
    God is strong and can deliver His people from those who hurt them. 

       Be Strong in God
      Items needed: 
      copy or construction paper
      markers or crayons
      Help your child memorize Ephesians 6:10b.
      When Gideon thought he was ready to fight the Midianites, God told him he needed to take away some soldiers. God reduced the size of Gideon’s army from 32,000 to 300! God wanted Gideon and the Israelites to depend on Him instead of their own strength or power. Gideon needed to focus on God and what HE said and not on the BIG problem or job before him. When Gideon did not see a way for them to be free from the evil Midianites, God had a plan and directed Gideon on what to do. When we depend on God's strength, He can take away our fear and do amazing things.
      How did Gideon rely on God's strength? (He trusted in God to help them, he did what God told him to do, he obeyed even though he may have been afraid, etc.)
      How can we be strong in God? (Pray and ask Him to help us with our problems, believe that He will guide us to know what to do, read and focus on what He has said, etc.)
      Ask kids to illustrate the Bible verse. Talk about a problem they may have and how God can help them. Post the Bible verse in their room as a reminder that God wants to help them face the big problems.
        Celebrating God's Love
        Items needed: supplies to make cookies or cupcakes, pieces of paper (or small hearts)
        Celebrate Valentine's Day by showing love to others. Just as God used Gideon to deliver the Israelites from their trouble, God can use us to help others. Think of someone you know who is going through a hard time (sickness, loss, sadness, etc.). Bake cookies, make a card (with a message of encouragement, such as: We are praying for you, We love you, We believe God will help you, etc.) Deliver some of the goodies and say a short prayer with them before you leave.
        Play a game of finding the letters to an important message. Write each letter of the phrase, God loves you, on a slip of paper or heart. (Make at least one set for each kid, with some extras to make it easier to find them.) When kids aren't looking, hide the letters. Invite the kids to find the letters and an important message. Let them exchange letters, if they need to.
        Celebrate God's love with some of the goodies you made!

        On this journey with you,

        Pastor Beau


        Wednesday, February 6, 2013

        PACT for first week of February


        Sin Is Bad for Us

        Item needed: moldy bread (or other food)
        Find and offer some moldy bread or food (the moldier the better) to your kids. Or follow the steps to grow some mold.
        • Collect dust on a cotton swab. You can slide the swab along a dusty shelf, floor, or any other surface with a thick coating of dust. Since dust contains the spores from which mold grows, you will want to collect as much dust as possible. (Mold spores exist in the air and can drop to the floor or onto objects as dust.)
        • Rub the cotton swab over the entire surface of your bread slice, coating it with the dust. The moisture from the bread combined with the spores contained in the dust creates an ideal breeding ground for mold. You can also drop a few sprinkles of water on the bread slice.
        • Seal your bread in an airtight environment (in a sandwich bag or wrap it in firmly in plastic wrap) to lock in the dust.
        • Place your bread in a warm, dark environment to accelerate the growth process. For example, the website Science Fair Adventure recommends placing the bread in an old milk carton (preferably one with traces of milk still left behind) and sealing the lid. Leave the bread alone for approximately 24 to 48 hours and then remove.
        Would you like to eat this? Why or why not?

        At one time, this food was good, but now it has become corrupted. We too can become corrupted by sin. With the right conditions and our sinful desires, we tend to give in to sin, which will be bad for us.
        How is sin bad for us?
        (It makes us feel guilty; it draws us away from God and what is right; it hurts our testimony; it leads us to do other wrong things, etc.)

         Link Up With Jesus

        As a family, read 1 Corinthians 15:57 and memorize it together.
        Ask your child to do something that he or she cannot do. (Pick up a heavy object, complete a difficult chore, write something, etc.) When they get frustrated or tell you they can't do it, come alongside of them to help.
        How were you able to do what I told you to do?(You helped me)
        The best way to do something hard is to ask someone stronger for help.
        How does the Bible verse say we can have victory—be a winner?
        (Through Jesus Christ)
        The best way to win over sin is to link up with Jesus. When we ask, He will take away our sin and then send His Holy Spirit to live inside us to help us do what is right. God will help us know the right thing to do and give us the strength to do it. When we link up with God, He will hold us tight. He is strong so we must stay as close as we can to Him. He will help us! 
        Pair up kids and have them help each other learn the verse. Toss a small ball (or stuffed animal) back and forth with each person saying the next word in the verse when they catch the ball. 

        On this journey with you,

        Pastor Beau