Easter Week Activities for Your Family!

Easter Egg Hunt: Drive-Thru Edition

When: This Saturday and Sunday (April 11 & 12) during daylight hours

Where: In the Church Parking Lot!

Yep! You read correctly, drive-thru edition! Gather your family in the car, coordinate with neighbors or friends to caravan, and self-cruise through BCC’s parking lot and hunt with your eyes for hidden wooden eggs!

After you’ve driven through BCC’s, head to Willamette Christian and Hope City for their drive-thru hunts! Download the Easter Egg Hunt PDF and see if you can find all 10 specific eggs amongst the other ones from your car!

Easter Services

Our Easter Services will include great music, fun stories, and a powerful message appropriate for the whole family. Our kids’ team has put together special materials for your kids to follow along in the message with you. If you have young ones at home, Print the Sermon Note PDF and snuggle in for a great celebration. Join us at 8:30am and 10am online.

Preschool Easter Treasure Hunt

Join us for a Treasure Hunt! Your preschooler will find a box from around your home and fill it with all kinds of treasures as they learn the story of what happened leading up to Jesus going to the cross. Ultimately we learn that Jesus is the best treasure because He rose again and wants to be our friend forever! Download the Prechool Treasure Hunt PDF and enjoy this simple and fun Easter activity as a family.

Elementary Family Easter Challenge

Nothing makes a story more personal than being the one to tell it! The Easter story is such an important part of everything we believe about who Jesus is and God’s plan to redeem the whole world. Between now and Wednesday afternoon, we are challenging our families to send in a simple and short video retelling pieces of the story of Easter. This is a great time for kids to flex their creative muscles and put together something to share with other kids and families! Plus, there are some great prizes up for grabs! Check out the Family Easter Challenge PDF to learn more! 

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.

BCC Kids is a caring community designed just for kids! All kids, birth through fifth grade, experience safe and fun environments where they can grow in relationship with friends, leaders, and God. The Bible is taught in creative and relevant ways so that your child can grasp and understand God’s Word. Our desire is to partner with you as parents to be another voice in your child’s life so your child will know, love, and live their life for Jesus Christ.

Your family is invited to join us in BCC Kids during our 8:30am and 10am Worship Services.

When you arrive, follow the BCC Kids signs downstairs to the check-in where we will check your child into their room. At check-in you and your child will be given matching security tags that will be used during check-out time, or should we need to contact you during the service.

Classes meet at 8:30am and 10am. Infants and toddlers alike feel loved and cared for in our clean, well staffed nursery area. They learn that God loves them and that they are special.

Babies in the infant nursery can play, rock, sleep, etc. Toddlers participate in age-appropriate activities, Bible stories, singing and prayer, and snack time.

Early Childhood age children (3 years through Kindergarten) will experience age-appropriate Bible teaching and active learning, worship through singing and prayer, crafts and snack time.

At 8:30am and 10am, our grade school children build a firm foundation as they are taught the Word of God through Bible study and appropriate applications for their daily living. We give them opportunities to accept Jesus as their personal Savior and teach them early to depend upon the Holy Spirit to give direction to their lives.

Can I bring my child if he/she isn’t feeling well?

Our desire is to offer safe, healthy and quality ministry to children. Children with the following symptoms cannot be left in our care. Children must be symptom free from cold or flu for a minimum of 24 hours.

  • Yellow/green runny nose.
  • Elevated fever during the past 48 hours (99.6 or above and without the use of fever reducing medication) and experiencing symptoms of diarrhea and/or vomiting.
  • Eye drainage or infection.
  • Contagious rash and specifically any open wound caused from itching a rash.
  • Persistent coughing or sneezing that is not allergy related.
  • Exhibiting signs of a contagious health condition such as lice, croup or chicken pox.

What curriculum do you use?

Orange is a strategy that combines two influences to fuel faith in the next generation. It’s what happens when you combine the light of the church (yellow) and the heart of the family (red) to lead a generation toward God.

How does drop-off and pick-up work?

Classrooms open 15 minutes prior to the start of the service. After your child has been checked in at a computer, they can head to their classroom where they will be signed in by a leader in the room. To ensure a continued safe environment, we ask parents/guardians to pick up their children immediately following the service unless paged beforehand.

If there is anyone who is not allowed to pick up your child or you have custodial information of which we should be aware, please be sure to notify a check-in attendant who will direct you to a BCC Kids staff member.

How do you determine classroom placement?

Infants through 5th graders at BCC Kids have been placed in a classroom based on their birth date as it applies to Oregon’s state standard for school placement. All children in each classroom must be the age or grade of that specific class before September 1st of the year they are entering school.

At BCC Kids, all children move up to their new classrooms together, one time each year. This means when your child has their birthday they will remain in the same classroom in which they currently attend. We structure our classrooms this way because we highly value the relationships your child is forming with leaders and friends in their classroom. Similar to your child’s weekly school or preschool routine, your child will remain in the same classroom for the entire school year and then graduate to the next classroom on our Move Up Sunday in the summer.

What if my child has special needs?

If your child has special needs, please contact the church office to speak to a member of the BCC Kids staff prior to attending on a Sunday morning so we can discuss your child’s needs.

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