Dear FPC Families,
I hope that your family will find some time in the next few days to relax, get comfy, and discuss this week’s “LivingRoom Lesson.” If you have thoughts or questions to share, please post those in the comments section below!
Deep Blue Kids Episode 5:
Step 1: Read the Scripture
Before watching the video linked below, please read this scripture passage aloud with your family. Get creative – act out the parts if you wish!
Matthew 26:36-46 (NIV)
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
Step 2: Watch the video Deep Blue Kids Episode 4: Jesus Prays
Step 3: Discussion
- Jesus asked his friends to stay awake with Him while He prayed, but they fell asleep. Tell about a time that you wanted to stay awake, but you were just too tired.
- Who prays with you when you are anxious or worried?
Step 4: Craft and Activity Time
This week, we have a maze activity as well as a print, color, cut, and paste activity. As you work with your children on the activities, you can discuss the following:
Even though Jesus was sad and afraid, He looked to God, His Father, in prayer. This story reminds us to go to God in prayer when we are scared and to obey His commands, even when we don’t understand them. He is faithful, and the best way to live is to follow Him and His plan for our lives.
**Outreach Activity Challenge**
As you probably know, many people who live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities are not allowed to have any visitors at this time. This week, I challenge our FPC families to send cards/letters to members of our FPC congregation in local care facilities! The following members would love to hear from you and you can find their addresses in the PFC directory – if you need an electronic copy emailed to you, please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to send you one!
Please write to:
I miss all of you so much! I’m praying that you’re staying safe and healthy! I hope we will be together again soon. 😊
Love and Blessings!