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Abiding Heart

During August we are looking at John 13-16 and considering what it means for us to be friends with Jesus and have a heart that abides in him.

Each week we will have a story, songs, a craft and a challenge (as well as a few extras for older children), all lovingly provided by members of our Grace Church family.

Any questions, get in touch: mikeholding@gracechurchexeter.org

Final entries

Last Sunday, the challenge was to make a slow-motion video of you walking (with another person). We showed you what the Roach and Down families got up to but take a look at the video to find out who else responded to our final challenge...

It’s not too late to share your videos! Parents, you can submit your challenge videos via WhatsApp directly to Mike or Susy or contact mikeholding@gracechurchexeter.org for details.

New entries this week (week 5)

Last week, the challenge was to make something small look really big and/or to make something big look really small. You might have seen what we could come up with but take a look at the video to find out who else responded to the Humble Heart challenge...

It’s not too late to share your videos! Parents, you can submit your challenge videos via WhatsApp directly to Mike or Susy or contact mikeholding@gracechurchexeter.org for details.

Week 5: Abiding Heart

Story

Join Hannah and Co as they tell us this lovely story about a donkey who wants to spend time with the God of all things. This book is called 'Just as you are' by Suzy Senior

For older ones, check out this video about remaining in Christ: The True Vine

This series we have been looking at abiding in Jesus. What can you remember from across this series? Try looking at these verses, John 15: 1-17, about living in the vine and try to unpack them together as a family.

Questions to consider:

How do you like to spend time with other people? What do you like to do?

When Jesus says “I am the true vine,” what does that mean?

Family Worship

Join the Greenhalgh family as they sing 'Jesus’ love is very wonderful'. Let’s praise God because His love is all around us, wherever we go.

Older kids head to: Who You Say I Am

This song is from week one- can you learn the actions? My Best Friend (Hillsong)

Challenge

Join Mike to see what the final challenge of the series will be…we would love to see what you can come up with!

Parents, you can submit your challenge videos via WhatsApp directly to Mike or Susy or contact mikeholding@gracechurchexeter.org for details.

Craft

BEE YOURSELF: Try making a bee picture or design, thanking God that we can come to God, just as we are.

For older children, try drawing a self-portrait, reminding children see themselves as God sees them.

Memory verse

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

- John 15:13 (ESV)

Going deeper

If you want to try studying the bible together as a family, then look at John 15:1-17, using the abide cards found here.

Also, a reminder that the lovely printables Ashleigh has made for each bible verse can be accessed from the email sent out at the start of the series.

Prayer for families

Join Debbie as she prays for our parents and families on this, the fifth and final week of the series.

New entries this week (Week 4)

Last week, the challenge was to follow a set of instructions in the order they were given. We have already seen what the Goode and Riddlestone families got up to but take a look at the video to find out who else has responded to the Obedient Heart challenge...

It’s not too late to share your videos! Parents, you can submit your challenge videos via WhatsApp directly to Mike or Susy or contact mikeholding@gracechurchexeter.org for details.

Week 4: Humble Heart

Story

Join Rach as she tells us a story about children coming to Jesus. This lovely book is called 'Never too little' by Steph Williams

For older ones, try looking this story up in your bible and see if you can follow along with the video!

Questions to consider:

Why did Jesus say, let the children come to me?

What does this tell us about Jesus?

How can we draw close to Jesus now?

Family Worship

Join the Bartlett and the Greenhalgh families as they sing 'He’s got the whole world in his hands' and 'Our God is a great big God'. Let’s humble ourselves before our great big God, worship and thank him that he has us all (and everyone else) in His hands.

Who might you pray for today? Thank you God that all our prayers are important to you.

For older kids head to You are good (Israel and the New Breed) or Goodness of God (Bethel music)

This song is from week one- have you learned the actions? My Best Friend (Hillsong)

Challenge

Join Mike to see what the next challenge will be…We would love to see what you can come up with!

Parents, you can submit your challenge videos via WhatsApp directly to Mike or Susy or contact mikeholding@gracechurchexeter.org for details.

Craft

Try making this 'Let the children come to me' hands around the world craft to remind us that God wants us to come to him and he cares for us all.

Memory verse

I tell you the truth. My Father will give you anything you ask for in my name.

- John 16 v 23 (ICB)

Going deeper

If you want to try studying the bible together as a family, then look at John 16:16-24, using the abide cards found here. If you want Printed cards dropped off please get in touch with us.

Also, a reminder that the lovely printables Ashleigh has made for each bible verse can be accessed from the email sent out at the start of the series. If you would like to have them resent or printed and brought to you please to get in touch!

Prayer for families

Join Debbie as she prays for our parents and families on this, the fourth week of our series.

New entries this week (Week 3)

Last week, the challenge was to talk (and listen) for as long as possible. We have already seen what the Davis and Taylor families got up to but take a look at the video to find out who else has responded to the Listening Heart challenge...

It’s not too late to share your videos! Parents, you can submit your challenge videos via WhatsApp directly to Mike or Susy or contact mikeholding@gracechurchexeter.org for details.

Week 3: Obedient Heart

Story

Join the Evans family as they tell us a parable of two sons. You can find this story in the book 'Stories Jesus Told' by Nick Butterworth.

Questions to consider:

Can you remember what each son did? What was better to do?

Why did the sons change their actions from their words?

What do we learn from this story about Jesus and the gospel? Maybe spend time talking about how we can obey to Jesus.

For older ones check out this video here Parable of the two sons

Family Worship

Join Liz and Jonny as they lead us in song. Thank you God that we can know your love and follow in your ways.

For older kids head to Every Move I Make I make in you

This song is from week one- can you learn the actions? My Best Friend (Hillsong)

Challenge

Did you take part last week? Watch Mike set the next challenge; we have asked a few families to submit some examples early to give you an idea. Take a look at their efforts and then share what you have get up to!

Parents, you can submit your challenge videos via WhatsApp directly to Mike or Susy or contact mikeholding@gracechurchexeter.org for details.

Craft

Try drawing around your feet to make these flip-flops, then write on them the ways you can follow Jesus. A popular craft we did a few terms ago, we hope that children enjoy it!

Memory verse

Truly, truly I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do;

- John 14:12 (ESV)

Going deeper

If you want to try studying the bible together as a family, then look at John 13:31-38, using the abide cards found here.

If you want Printed cards dropped off please get in touch with us on WhatsApp directly to Mike or contact mikeholding@gracechurchexeter.org for details.

Prayer for families

Join Debs as she shares a new prayer for our families this week. We hope you are encouraged by her prayers.

New entries this week (Week 2)

Last week, the challenge was to wash someone's feet in an interesting or unique way. We have already seen what the Holding, Bartlett and Burbidge families got up to but take a look at the video to find out who else has responded to the Servant Heart challenge...

It’s not too late to share your videos! Parents, you can submit your challenge videos via WhatsApp directly to Mike or Susy or contact mikeholding@gracechurchexeter.org for details.

Thank you to the Davies family who sent in a photo of their excellent craft work from last week.

Great job Emma and Luke!

Week 2: Listening Heart

Story

Join Anna and Noah as they share a story about two of Jesus’ friends Mary and Martha read from the book The best thing to do by Steph Williams

Questions to consider

Why did Mary sit and listen to Jesus?

Why was Martha running around?

What do we learn from this story about Jesus and the gospel? Maybe spend time talking about how we can listen to Jesus.

For older ones, check out this video here all about our identity in Christ and why we should spend time listening to God Your Identity in Christ

Family Worship

Join the Bartlett family as they lead us to sing prayer is like a telephone! Thank you God that we can talk to you everyday. See if you can remember the second song from week one, Jesus is my Friend.

For older kids Nothing is Impossible- Planetshakers

This song is from week one- can you learn the actions? My Best Friend (Music video) - Hillsong Kids

Challenge

Did you take part last week? Watch Mike set the next challenge; we have asked a few families to submit some examples early to give you an idea. Take a look at their efforts and then share what you have get up to!

Parents, you can submit your challenge videos via WhatsApp directly to Mike or Susy or contact mikeholding@gracechurchexeter.org for details.

Craft

Try making yoghurt pot telephones to talk to each other, or for younger ones try these listening ears: Listening ears craft

Memory verse

I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you.

-John 13 v 34 (ICB)

Going deeper

If you want to try studying the bible together as a family, then look at John 13:31-38, using the abide cards found here.

If you want Printed cards dropped off please get in touch with us on WhatsApp directly to Mike or contact mikeholding@gracechurchexeter.org for details.

Prayer for families

Join Debs as she shares a new prayer for our families this week. We hope you are encouraged by her prayers.

Week 1: Servant Heart

John 13: 1-20

Story

Join Sarah and Co. as they tell the story of Jesus washing his disciples feet.

For older ones, check out this video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv5ajWNrnt4

Family Worship

Join us, Mike and Susy (and family), as we sing you a couple of songs. We came up with the first song, which is all about asking God to teach us His kind ways. See if you can follow along with the actions…

The second song, Jesus is my friend, will be coming up each week as our series theme song.

For older kids, head over to Hillsong’s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fD4bCYalEc

Challenge

Mike is setting the first challenge of the series…will you accept?

We have asked a few families to submit some examples early to give you an idea.

Parents, you can submit your challenge videos via WhatsApp directly to Mike or Susy or contact mikeholding@gracechurchexeter.org for details.

Craft

Create a heart shape with painted footprints.

Or you could try making a tissue paper washing bowl; https://www.thriftyfun.com/Making-a-Tissue-Paper-Bowl.html

Memory verse

'I tell you the truth. A servant is not greater than the master. A messenger is not great than the one who sent him.'

- John 13 v 16 (ICB)

Prayer for families

Join with Debbie Butcher as she prays for our Grace Church families this week.

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