CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES

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Here are a few ideas for your family to take the weekend's
Park Hills Church streaming worship service to your kiddo's level. Feel free to try just one or two, or all of them!

This Week's Big Ideas: 
A Symphony of Obedience: Jonah 3

  • Only God can save!
  • God is faithful all the time!
  • God carries out His plans no matter what!

Watch

Preschool and Toddler (Yellow):

Play

God, Jonah, and Nineveh
  1. Have your family briefly discuss Jonah 3 
  2. Then have each family member make a list of six6 Bible truths that they learned (this is such a great method for Bible study for any age!)
  3. Set a timer for 15 minutes, and collect 6 items that you would use to tell each of those truths
  4. After the 15 minutes are up, come back together as a family with the collection of items gathered
  5. Read each truth that you learned, and have each family member show the item they used to tell the Bible truth and explain why they picked it!

You can play as many rounds as you would like! You can make the list of Bible truths shorter, and grab bigger items that tell of those truths!

Memorize

Jonah 2:7
We know your families have been working HARD on memorizing new verses each week!  This week, we will focus on something familiar. 
God told Jonah to deliver His message to the people of Nineveh because His love for them was so great.  He wanted them to know the truth.  We talked a lot this week about WHO God loves.  We find it easy to think about God loving us.  We find it difficult to think about God loving EVERYONE, even our enemies, but…

For God so loved the world
that He gave His one and only son
That whoever believes in Him
shall not perish but have eternal life.  
John 3:16


Sing along until everyone in the family knows this truth!

Make

Making the characters of Nineveh

Supplies:
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Markers 
  • Paper of any color
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Instructions:
  • Take your popsicle sticks and design them however you want! Make sure to add a face!
  • You can use the paper to add clothing and hair
  • Once you’ve made some of the people (ex. Jonah, King of Nineveh, some townspeople, etc..) you can act out the story!
You can add funny voices, and have fun!


For Toddlers

Who will go?
(In the model of duck, duck, goose)


Slowly walk around touching each child's head, saying YOU, YOU, YOU. When they get to who they want to pick say, GO!
Have your child run around the circle and have them sit back in their spot and say why they love God. (Ex, He loves me, He made me)

Run to Nineveh!
  • Write on a piece of paper/cardboard- “Nineveh” and tape it to a wall
  • Have your child run to ‘Nineveh’ and tell everyone why they love God! 
  • God wants you to show everyone that you love Him, and that He loves you!

While your child is at ‘Nineveh’ have them recite the memory verse (John 3:16)

For Babies

Moms and dads, you work so hard to care for your little ones! This podcast is not related to Jonah, but it is related to your spiritual health! Which also benefits your baby!
Find time to listen and pray about what God is trying to show you.

Dig Deeper

If you are unsure how to retell the story to your younger kiddos this week, here is a very helpful script.  May sure you have YOUR Bible out as you share this with your little ones-they need to understand that this story is TRUE and comes from GOD'S WORD, the BIBLE!
 
A very long time ago lived a man named Jonah; God had a special job for Jonah, God wanted Jonah to go to the land of Nineveh and to tell the people that their evil ways had broken God’s heart. Jonah didn’t like this special job and so Jonah decided to run away. Jonah got onto a boat that was going in the opposite direction of Nineveh!

While Jonah was on the boat a storm rose up around him and it shook and blew the boat so much that the sailors thought the boat was going to break! Oh no, how scary! Jonah knew that God had sent the storm and so Jonah told the sailors to throw him into the water.
God loved Jonah and so God sent a big fish to swallow Jonah. Can you imagine being inside of a big fish? It must have been dark, and squishy, and smelled like the ocean! While Jonah was inside of the fish he prayed, and after he was done praying God commanded the fish to spit him up onto shore.

God still wanted Jonah to go to the land of Nineveh, and so Jonah obeyed God. Jonah told the people of Nineveh that their evil ways had broken God’s heart and that God was going to destroy them, and guess what, the people were sorry and the cried for God to forgive them. God loved his people so much that He decided to forgive them, God loved his people so much that he decided he was not going to destroy them.
The Bible says:  When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it. (Jonah 3:10, ESV)