BCC Kids at Home Archive

In-Home Church for Your Kids: May 17

In light of all that has unfolded surrounding COVID-19, we as a church are online!

While nothing can replace meeting together in person, we’re committed to providing a weekly pre-school and elementary experience for your kids and you to worship together from your living room. Meet Ollie the Owl or enjoy the So and So Show while learning life-changing Bible stories. Download the PDFs below for the full worship experience!

WATCH THE BIBLE STORY VIDEO

Click HERE for the worship and story by age group.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

HIDE AND SEEK

Play a game similar to hide and seek. Have your child help you gather several of their stuffed animals, dolls or toys. Hide these items around the room. When
you call them out have your child find them around the room. When the items are found, have your child shout “You were lost, but now you are found!”

CELEBRATION FEAST

Have a celebration feast! Have your child spread a tablecloth over the kitchen table and decorate it with anything you have to make it feel special (paper plates, streamers, confetti, balloons, or bright colored napkins.) Let your child(ren) enjoy a sweet treat.

While they is eat their treat, talk about the story of the prodigal son and thank God for his forgiveness when we make wrong choices and celebrate God’s love.

PIG PEN

Using blocks, pillows or bins build a pig pen together with your child. Have your child(ren) pretend they are a pig in a stinky pig pen! Talk about how the son felt sad being away from his family and for the choices he made. Then celebrate that the son went home because his father loved him so much. Share with your child that God loves us that much too!

Be Tough When It Gets Tough

Below is a list of some challenges and your goal is to try and hold each one for 30-seconds each. Ask an adult to time you if they can. Ready, set, go!

  • Stand on one foot
  • Stand on one foot WITH your arms crossed
  • Touch your toes
  • No blinking
  • Attempt to touch your nose with your tongue
  • Spin around
  • Stand like a statue
  • Close your eyes

Great determination! How can we really find the determination to “stick with it” in real life challenges? That’s right, we go to God. We take the things that feel hard and He will give us what we need to stick with it!

Ask God to help you keep going even when it gets tough!

Keep Running

Following Jesus is a bit like running a tough race. The twists and turns on the course a runner faces are like the hard things that happen to us. Just like a runner gets tired and has to push on, we have to keep going even when we’d rather give up.

With an adult’s permission, challenge yourself to run around the block. If that feels fairly easy, challenge yourself to run around the block again.

Ask God to help you push forward with determination. He will help you even when it gets tough.

Finish What You Start

What is an obstacle you often find yourself running into when it comes to finishing what you’ve started? Maybe you get:

Circle one or two things that you struggle with sometimes. Now look up these verses next to those obstacles. Pick the verse that you feel like you need the most, and write it out somewhere you can see it. Whenever you find yourself starting to want to give up, read the verse and be encouraged: You can keep going even when it gets tough.

For memory verses, discussion questions, and prayer, please download the PDFs below!

In-Home Church for Your Kids: May 10

WATCH THE VIDEO

Click HERE for the worship and story by age group.

Preschoolers will meet Ollie the Owl, K-3rd will meet Erica and her fixer-upper, and 4th-5th will watch the So and So Show!

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

KING, MAY I?:

Have your child(ren) line up start at one end of the room. Start with one child and give them a number and a movement to do. Example: three jumps. Before the child moves ask them to say “King May I?” Then you say, “Yes, you may” and have the child do the movements. Repeat with all family members with different numbers and movements. Examples of movements: Jumps, baby steps, marching, one leg hops, giant steps, and walking on tippy toes. Try to keep the numbers under five.

WHAT YOU SAY: Great job playing ‘King, May I!’ Today, in our Bible story, we will hear an awesome story all about how a woman asked a king a very important question.

CROWNED WITH JEWELS:

WHAT YOU NEED: Attached crown page, play doh

WHAT YOU SAY: “I have a crown for you. But something very important is missing. Do you know what it is? (Pause.) Yes, jewels! You can’t have a crown without jewels! Let’s make some of our own out of Play-Doh. Take a small amount, the size of a coin or small rock, and shape it into a jewel to add to your crown.”

(After they finish) “Your crown is so beautiful! Just like God had a plan for Esther, God has a plan for you too!”

Keep Going!

When it comes to following God, He gives you what you need to keep going because He promises He will never leave you. Blow up a balloon and practice tapping it to keep it in the air as you repeat the words of the bible verse. For an extra challenge, try it with two or three balloons!

Thank God for the reminder that you can keep going with determination because He will never desert you.

Learn from a Friend

Who is the most determined person you know? Maybe it’s someone who has accomplished some things that seem impossible to you. Or maybe they’ve had to overcome some really hard obstacles in their life, but they’ve never given up.

With your parent’s help, reach out to that person today and ask them what helps them keep going no matter what—how do they keep working, moving toward their goal? Is what helps them keep going something that you can use on your journey toward your own seemingly impossible goal?

Talk with God

Talk to God about something you’re facing right now that seems impossible. As you pray, walk around either outside in your backyard or even just inside your room. Don’t stop moving the entire time you’re praying.

Tell God:
• What you’re facing that seems impossible • Why it seems impossible
• How you feel about it
• How you need His help to keep going

Lastly, end your prayer by thanking God for His presence and His power. When you’re done praying, you can stop walking. But even after you stop walking, keep going toward what seems impossible, and remember God will give you what you need to keep going.

For memory verses, discussion questions, and prayer, please download the PDFs below!

In-Home Church for Your Kids: May 3

In light of all that has unfolded surrounding COVID-19, we as a church are online!

While nothing can replace meeting together in person, we’re committed to providing a weekly pre-school and elementary experience for your kids and you to worship together from your living room. Meet Ollie the Owl or enjoy the So and So Show while learning life-changing Bible stories. Download the PDFs below for the full worship experience!

WATCH THE BIBLE STORY VIDEO

Click HERE for the worship and story by age group.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

HEART PRINTS

WHAT YOU NEED: Attached heart page, ink pad or paint

WHAT YOU SAY: Hearts show love! We are going to make a heart with their fingerprints. Your fingerprints are just for you! No one else has your fingerprint. God made us all special. This heart will remind us that God loves you!

Use the stamp pads or paint to have your child decorate their heart with their fingerprints. Hang in a special place to see all week and remind your child that God made them.

COLOR PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED: Colored paper or markers

Gather different colors of construction paper or markers (or anything in a variety of colors). When you hold up a color have your kid(s) say thank you to God for making something that color. (Ex: for blue maybe you say thank you God for making the ocean or sky) After you pray with the colors pray a thank you to God for making your child.

WHAT YOU SAY: We are going to do a color prayer! We can talk to God anytime about anything. Sometimes we close our eyes to pray, but today we are going to pray with colors!

Yes, You Can!

Do you remember the first time you tried to ride a bike? It seemed so hard right? Maybe even impossible! And now, I bet you can ride your bike without even thinking about it! In fact, you could probably make a whole list of things that you used to think were impossible. Grab a piece of paper and something to write with. Make a list of all the things you can think of that you used to not be able to do but now, you can do it!

Look for more things to add to your list this week and let it remind you to keep going even when it seems impossible.

Let’s Do This!

What is something that you believe Jesus is calling you to do that seems impossible right now? Maybe it’s like the disciples: to tell others about Jesus. Or maybe it’s being nice to your little brother or sister, and some days it just doesn’t seem possible. Fill in the blanks below and ask God to help you.

“Dear God,

I believe You want me to ___________________, but it feels very overwhelming and even impossible at times. I believe that Jesus has the power to help me do this, and He is with me always. Help me to take one step today by ___________________, remembering that Jesus is always with me. In His Name, I pray.

Amen.”

For memory verses, discussion questions, and prayer, please download the PDFs below!

In-Home Church for Your Kids: April 26

WATCH THE VIDEO

Click HERE for the worship and story by age group.

Preschoolers will meet Ollie the Owl, K-3rd will meet Erica and her fixer-upper, and 4th-5th will watch the So and So Show!

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT

Play Red Light, Green Light as a family. One person stands across from everyone else on the other side of the room. This person is the caller. When the caller says “Green Light” everyone walks, runs, hops (your choice!) toward them. When the caller say “Red Light” everyone has to freeze.

Play several rounds, taking turns with who is the caller.

WHAT YOU SAY: Do you know what it means when we get a green light when we’re driving the car? It means we get to go! Jesus gave His friends the “Green Light” telling them to GO and make disciples in the whole world! We get to help do that too because we can tell others that Jesus is alive!

TELL THE WORLD

What You Need: Paper or attached template, decorating supplies

Explain to your child that we get to share the Good News that Jesus is alive with everybody! Spend some time making megaphones with the attached template or a sheet of paper. Encourage your child to color or decorate their megaphone and then tape it together. Go in the yard or dance around the house saying, “I have good news! Jesus is alive!”

Hot & Cold Discovery

Find an object from your home (a toy or small object). Have one person hide it while everyone else has their eyes closed. Once the item is hidden everyone can open their eyes. Play Hot or Cold to help them discover the hidden object.

If they are far from the object say, “cold,” as they get closer say, “getting warmer,” when they are super close to the object say, “hot!” Once they have discovered the object you can switch and play again! Talk about how our faith and relationship with Jesus is a discovery too.

Trivia

Play trivia with your kid(s) and see if anyone knows the answers to the questions below.

1. Which animal never sleeps? (A bullfrog)
2. How many times better can a dog can hear than a human? (4 times)
3. Which baseball pitcher holds the record for the most complete games in an MLB career? (Cy Young)
4. Who was the only person in NBA history to be named Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year? (Larry Byrd)
5. In Aladdin, what is the name of Jasmine’s pet tiger? (Rajah)
6. How many keys are on a piano? (88)
7. Who painted the Sistine Chapel? (Michelangelo)
8. In what type of matter are atoms most tightly packed? (Solids) 9. What instrument is used to measure wind speed? (Anemometer) 10. How often does Halley’s Comet pass Earth? (Every 76 years)

Talk about what they already knew and what they learned. Discuss how we learn from games like this that we don’t know everything and there’s always more to learn.

For memory verses, discussion questions, and prayer, please download the PDFs below!

In-Home Church for Your Kids: April 19

WATCH THE BIBLE STORY VIDEO

Click HERE for the worship and story by age group.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

BREAKFAST WITH JESUS

WHAT YOU NEED: Play food or bowls, plates & utensils

Reenact the story together! Gather play food or bowls/plates and utensils and pretend to have breakfast with Jesus! Pretend making foods (flipping pancakes, breaking eggs, pouring milk…) and “eating” together. Ask your kids what special foods they would enjoy if they had breakfast with Jesus.

Ask them how they would feel seeing Jesus alive again. Take turns making surprised faces.

WHAT YOU SAY: Jesus’ friends were so happy to see Jesus alive again! We can be happy too, because Jesus wants to be our friend forever.

HELP ME SERVE

WHAT YOU NEED: Plate, ball and stuffed animals

Have your child set up a group of stuffed animals on one side of the room. Using the ball on the plate, tell your child you are going to pretend the ball is your breakfast and we need to serve it to our friends!

Guide them to carefully walk from one end of the room and back while balancing the ball (breakfast) on the plate. If they drop the ball, they may pick it back up and keep going. Have kids and grown ups all take a turn!

WHAT YOU SAY: Great job serving our friends! Today we heard about how Jesus prepared breakfast for His friends. Why were they so excited to see Jesus? Because He is alive!

Upside Down Water Experiment

WHAT YOU NEED: Drinking glass or jar, water, plastic tub, towel, pieces of cardstock

WHAT YOU SAY: Working over the plastic tub to protect from spills, fill a jar or drinking glass to the brim with water. Place the piece of cardstock over the top of the glass and hold securely. Quickly turn the glass upside down (over the plastic tub) while maintaining pressure on the cardboard. Slowly remove the hand that is holding the cardstock. Repeat the experiment by letting kids give it a try. Be sure to fill the jar to the brim and use a dry piece of cardstock each time.

Click HERE for a visual of the experiment.

Praying Hands

Have your kids trace their hands. Talk about how one way we can put others first is to pray for them. Have your kids write out 5 people they want to pray for this week and write a name on each finger of their paper hand. They can decorate the paper, if desired. Put the hand in a place in their room or your home that will remind your family to pray for others this week.

Option for Older Kids – Use index cards for kids to create their own prayer cards. You can also use the attached prayer sheets (from Lifeway and Raising Prayerful Kids) to lead your kids in prayer during the Pandemic.

For memory verses, discussion questions, and prayer, please download the PDFs below!

In-Home Church for Your Kids: April 12

In-Home Church for Your Kids: April 5

WATCH THE BIBLE STORY VIDEO

Click HERE for the worship and story by age group.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

WALK THE PATH

WHAT YOU NEED: Masking tape, Little People® figures, small toy cars, and/or small plastic animals

Use the masking tape to create a line down the center of a table or the floor in the activity area to create a path. Then place the figures, cars, and animals on the table. Encourage the children to use the items to walk down the path.

WHAT YOU SAY: This looks great! All of our people and animals are down the path! In our Bible story today, we are going to hear about how Jesus went down a path, too!”

PALM LEAF PARACHUTE

What You Need: Parachute or sheet and palm leaves

Print and color the palm leaves provided on the next page or make your own from green paper. Then, lay the parachute or sheet flat on the ground and have each person grab the sides.

Say, “We’re going to bounce these leaves and shout ‘Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!’ just like the people in Jerusalem when Jesus entered on the donkey.

Flipped Upside Down

WHAT YOU NEED: One or several water bottles

Fill the water bottle(s) 1/4 to 1/3 full with water and put the cap on tightly. Hold the bottle loosely by the top and toss it forward (so the bottom rotates away from you). Try to throw the water bottle so it does one complete flip and lands upright without falling over. See how many times you each can get the water bottle to do a full flip.

WHAT YOU SAY: Jesus flipped everything upside down! Being arrested and taken to the cross is not what the Disciples would have expected. It was confusing. But Jesus was going to do something even more unexpected!

Humility Jar

Create a humility jar for this month and write, “put others first” on your jar as a reminder. Pick any item you would want to add; such as, pom poms, cotton balls, or M&M’s. Anytime you see a family member put another family member or friend first, add one item to the jar. See if you can fill the jar by the end of the month and then celebrate with a special treat.

WHAT YOU SAY: It’s easy to think about ourselves and without a plan we will default to putting ourselves first. Let’s take some time to think about how we can put others first. Then we can ask God to help us!

For memory verses, discussion questions, and prayer, please download the PDFs below!

In-Home Church for Your Kids: March 29

WATCH THE VIDEO

Click HERE for the worship and story by age group.

Preschoolers will meet Ollie the Owl, K-3rd will meet Erica and her fixer-upper, and 4th-5th will watch the So and So Show!

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

BLINDFOLDED FOLLOW THE LEADER

Pick one person in your family to be the leader. They get to lead everyone in a game of follow the leader around your house. Try things like skipping, jumping, or hopping. Try turning on music and follow the leader’s dance moves or follow ‘Simon Says’ style.

WHAT YOU SAY: Today we heard a Bible Story about Jesus’ disciples. They followed Jesus! Who can you follow? We can follow Jesus, just like the disciples!

HOW WE SHOW LOVE

WHAT YOU NEED: Band-aid, toy, food item

Place the three items around one room in your home. Say the following phrases and have your child(ren) run to the item that matches. “You can show love by helping someone when they’re hurt(band-aid). You can share love by sharing your toys (toy). You can show love by giving food to someone is hungry (food item).

WHAT YOU SAY: That was so much fun! Jesus wants us to follow Him by loving one another. We love each other when we help and share. Who can I follow? I can follow Jesus!

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS COMPETITION:

Have a family rock, paper, scissors competition. Set up multiple rounds or keep track of total wins.

WHAT YOU SAY: That was fun! Were you sad the times that you lost during the rounds? Sometimes it’s hard to lose. That’s kind of like forgiveness. When we don’t forgive, we lose out.

MAKE ME LAUGH:

Tell your kids that you are going to tell some jokes. It’s their job to try no to laugh at all. The last person to laugh is the winner. Invite your kids to tell their own jokes too.

JOKES:
Q: What do you call a dinosaur that is sleeping?
A: A dino-snore!

Q:Why did the kid cross the playground?
A: To get to the other slide!

Q: Why did the cookie go to the hospital?
A: Because he felt crummy.

Q: Why can’t Elsa have a balloon?
A: Because she will let it go.

Q:How do you make an octopus laugh?
A: With ten-tickles!

WHAT YOU SAY: Wasn’t it hard to keep a straight face during the jokes? The whole point of telling jokes is to laugh and have fun. When we choose not to forgive we miss out. God invites us to forgive because when we hold onto hurt and pain we miss out on the freedom forgiveness offers.

Great news!! No one can measure up to God’s glory and perfection. But God loves you. He sent Jesus to die on the cross so that you can be forgiven.

For memory verses, discussion questions, and prayer, please download the PDFs below!

In-Home Church for Your Kids: March 22

WATCH THE BIBLE STORY VIDEO

Click HERE for the worship and story by age group.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

FOLLOW THE LEADER

Pick one person in your family to be the leader. They get to lead everyone in a game of follow the leader around your house. Try things like skipping, jumping, or hopping. Try turning on music and follow the leader’s dance moves or follow ‘Simon Says’ style.

WHAT YOU SAY: Today we heard a Bible Story about Jesus’ disciples. They followed Jesus! Who can you follow? We can follow Jesus, just like the disciples!

FOLLOWING FEET

Get our some paper and have each family member trace their foot (or help trace it for them!). Cut the feet out and have kids draw a picture inside their foot of how they can follow Jesus this week.

Ideas: pray, show kindness, read the Bible…

WHAT YOU SAY: We can follow Jesus in everything we do! This week we get to practice following Jesus. We can pray for helpers or share our toys or draw a picture for a neighbor. When we love others we are following Jesus!

Foiled:

Grab a piece of foil from the kitchen. Crumple it into a ball and then spread it back out on the counter. Can you make it look as shiny and smooth as it did before? Nope! Explain to your kids that this is kind of how our lives look when we mess up. Share how everyone messes up. We all look like that crumpled up piece of foil. God knows that no matter how hard we might try, we can never fix all those mess-ups on our own. But God LOVES us deeply. He is full of mercy.

Next, grab a ball point pen and draw a large heart in the center of their piece of foil. Use the pen to create a cool design inside the heart, creating ridges in the foil. Color in your design with permanent markers.

Target Practice:

Grab a piece of paper and draw a target on the center. Wad up a few pieces of paper to use as your “darts.” Hang up the target and stand several feet away. See if you can hit the target right in the center, standing in the exact same spot, 15 times in a row. Probably pretty difficult, right?

WHAT YOU SAY: Sin is a little word that causes a lot of big problems. To sin means to miss the mark. Sin isn’t just a problem for you, it’s a problem for everyone. Imagine if God said, “Hey, if you want to have a relationship with me, then you need to hit the bullseye every single time.” That would be like God saying, “If you want to have a relationship with me, you have to be perfect.”

Great news!! No one can measure up to God’s glory and perfection. But God loves you. He sent Jesus to die on the cross so that you can be forgiven.

For memory verses, discussion questions, and prayer, please download the PDFs below!

In-Home Church for Your Kids: March 15

WATCH THE VIDEO

Click HERE for the worship and story by age group.

Preschoolers will meet Ollie the Owl, K-3rd will meet Erica and her fixer-upper, and 4th-5th will watch the So and So Show!

ACTIVITIES & REVIEW

PRESCHOOL (Read the story in Matthew 9:9-18)

Activity: Coin Press
What You Do: With a few coins and play-do, press the coins into the play-do to make designs.
What You Say: “Let’s make good impressions in this play-do. Just like Matthew we can make good choices. What are some good choices you can make this week? How can we love our neighbors?

Memory Verse with Motions
‘“Come (motion toward yourself with hand) and follow me (march),’ Jesus said (hands to mouth like yelling).”
Matthew 4:19

Prayer
“Dear God, Thank You for sending Jesus to be our friend forever. Thank You that Jesus wants us to follow Him and helps us make right choices. We want to follow Jesus and do what He does. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

ELEMENTARY (Read the story in Luke 19:1-10)

Activity: TRY Bracelet
Write the word TRY on a wide rubber band with a pen. As you wear the bracelet this week, remember to take the first step as you try to forgive.

Memory Verse
“Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you.” -Colossians 3:13

Prayer
“Dear God, Thank you for sending Jesus to forgive me, and the wrong things I do, think and say. Help me to forgive others, and help me to show kindness and love to everyone around me. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Questions to Ask
What does it feel like to be forgiven? How can I love those around me this week?

FAMILY RESPONSE

BE THE HOPE THIS WEEK…

  • Write a letter of encouragement to a neighbor and take fresh-cut or potted flowers to them.
  • Read Isaiah 41:10 with your family and repeat around the dinner table every night.