Children's Ministry Lesson for March 14

Children's Ministry News You Can Use!
We will have our Tots class (ages 1-2 year old) up and running this Sunday.   The Tykes, Kids and Students will sit with their parents in the service but there will be activity sheets available in the back of the sanctuary.  Please email Mona at [email protected] if you would like your 3 year-old to attend Tots this Sunday.

Don't forget the time change this weekend!  Love it or hate it, at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 14 clocks will move forward an hour for its annual “spring forward.”  

And now for this weeks Bible lesson...

Barnabas in Antioch

This upcoming Sunday your child will learn about: Barnabas in Antioch
Story Point:  Even though some people tried to stop it, the gospel spread throughout the earth—not only to Jews but also to Gentiles. The good news about Jesus is for everyone. God calls us to celebrate when others believe and help them know and love Jesus more.
Family Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles 16:31
Big Picture Question: What is the gospel?
Big Picture Answer:  The gospel is the good news that God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to rescue sinners!

Dear Parents,
In the face of persecution, the early church saw growth as believers dispersed following Stephen’s death. (See Acts 7.) As they went, they carried the good news with them. Jesus’ disciples had cared for the church from Jerusalem, but God began to call them out as missionaries too.

As the message about Jesus went out, churches were started. One of these churches was in Antioch, which was the capital of Syria. When the church at Antioch began, it was made up only of Jewish Christians. But, as Acts 11:20 reveals, some Christians from Cyprus and Cyrene went to Antioch and began sharing the gospel with Greeks (Gentiles). Many Gentiles believed.
When the church in Jerusalem heard about this, what was their response? They sent Barnabas to Antioch to encourage the believers there! Then even more people believed in Jesus. The Bible tells us that Antioch was the place where believers were first called  “Christians.”

As you talk this week, emphasize the story point: Barnabas went to Antioch to encourage believers. Even though some people tried to stop it, the gospel spread throughout the earth—not only to Jews but also to Gentiles. The good news about Jesus is for everyone. God calls us to celebrate when others believe and help them know and love Jesus more.

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.  You can get that app here.  

Gospel Gems to Discuss at Home
Gospel Tots
  • The good news is about Jesus.
  • Believers celebrate when others believe in Jesus.
  • Some of the Gentiles in Antioch trusted in Jesus.
  • Barnabas and Paul taught people about Jesus.
  • Christians are glad when people trust in Jesus.
Gospel Tykes/Kids Combined
  • The gospel continued to spread.
  • What is the gospel? The gospel is the good news that God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to rescue sinners.
Gospel Kids
  • Barnabas went to Antioch to encourage believers.
  • What is the gospel? The gospel is the good news that God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to rescue sinners.

Watch the video lesson below!
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