Hey KidsHere is your  At-Home Devotional and Activity Page


Dear Children's Church Families at Clinton First United Methodist Church,

Here are some Family Devotional Lessons to do at home during the coming weeks when we are not meeting together.  There is a symbol for each day, with a scripture lesson and suggested activities.  The dates are times when we normally would have church services or youth group. 


 Get dressed up or come as you are, and watch the FUMC worship service on-line.  It is broadcast on facebook or fumcclinton.com,                         and on KROS Radio (1340 AM or 105.9 FM) Sundays at 11:30 a.m.  The on-line service includes sing-along hymns                        and a message just for the children, something for everyone!


Sunday, May 24 – The Journey of Life       

Today in our on-line church worship service, we are honoring the high school seniors for completing their education from kindergarten through 12th grade.  Many of you are on this path, and look forward to each grade level, as you learn new skills, and grow in knowledge.  As you journey through life, it is important to take with you the wisdom God is teaching you through His Word (the Bible), your parents, Sunday School teachers, your pastors and youth leaders, and other Godly examples.  We must stay on the straight and narrow path, where God is leading, and not be tempted to wander away from Him.  Think of your life as a road, and make sure you listen to God’s Positioning Service (GPS).

Read Proverbs 3: 5-6, and 4:25-27, 14-15, and note the reference to paths.

Sing “Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet”.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Afz0q0cQjlI

Did you know that the lyrics of the chorus is a quote from Psalm119:105?  Memorize the refrain of the song, and you will have learned this scripture.  Each time you open your Bible, sing this passage to remind you to listen to God’s directions.

What kind of career might you choose in life?  The opportunities are endless…fireman, teacher, truck driver, banker, mail carrier, farmer, chef, etc.  It’s fun to imagine what kind of job you might have as an adult.  When your parents ask you to do a chore, think of this as an experience that might prepare you for your life work.  Do the job cheerfully and do your best, as if you are doing it for the Lord.

Play a game of charades where you must act out a profession and see if your family members can guess what it is, OR draw a picture of yourself with the caption “When I grow up, I want to be a ___________________.”  Be sure to date it, and while you’re at it, have your parents check your height and weight and record these measurements on the paper.


Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day  

If we were still attending school, there would be no classes today.  This is a national holiday, which first began in 1868, as an observance of all the soldiers who died in the Civil War.  Since that time, it is a day to remember all the brave men and women who have died defending our country while serving in the military.  Originally celebrated on May 30th, it is now always the last Monday in May.  It is sometimes called Decoration Day, because we decorate the graves of those who have died.  Often fallen war heroes have graves marked with American flags.  Today, take time to pray to God, thanking Him for those who fought valiantly to make sure we have freedom in our nation.  Look up this verse and commit it to memory, John 15:13 - “Greater love hath no man than this that he lay down his life for a friend.”  Jesus lay down His life for us, and He wants us to be willing to do the same.                                                            As a family, visit the cemetery or the monument by Riverfront Drive.  Proudly display an American flag in front of your home, or put out a sign of remembrance and thanks in your yard.

Call or visit someone you know who has been in the Military, thanking him/her for serving, and asking about what it was like or if they remember a comrade who was killed.

Look up on-line information about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.


Wednesday, May 27 – The Parable of the Sower

There is still time to get those seeds in the ground.  Here is a parable, or story used by Jesus to prove a point or teach a lesson of life.

As a family, read the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8:4-15.

Just as Jesus told the fishermen, Peter, James, and John to be fishers of men, Jesus is using the picture of a sower or farmer.  Instead of sowing seed, we are to sow or broadcast the Gospel.  In other words, tell people about Jesus.  God will do the rest.  Pray that the message will fall on good soil, meaning a heart and mind ready and open to accept that Jesus loves them and wants them to follow Him.  He loved them so much, in fact, that He gave His life, so that they might live forever with Him.  Now that’s Good News worth sharing with everyone!

Take a walk, share a smile and words of kindness to those you meet (while still keeping your distance).

Make heart shaped messages and place them on your neighbors’ door.

Check out this version of the parable.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb7bvF5Ucrk



Check back next week for more at-home devotionals.  We are praying for you!



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