Table Talk: Week of March 11, 2018

Whether or not your children were able to make it to Sunday school, you can still engage them in this week’s story. Please read the summary, look up the story online, in your bible, or a children’s bible, and begin the discussion. Increasing your child’s biblical knowledge will be foundational in their faith development. What a gift to provide a child! Adults also reap the benefit of digging in deeper to these stories.

Amazing Grace & The Fourth Sunday in Lent

In our 3rd – 5th grade classroom, the children talked about what it is like to earn things. (rewards for good grades, places on teams, money for doing chores)

Unfortunately, children already tie their sense of self-worth to what they have earned and they observe this in the adult world too. It is a challenge for Christians of all ages to accept God’s grace as an unearned, unmerited gift of enduring acceptance, love and mercy. Grace is God’s loving mercy for us, no matter what.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” – Ephesians 2:8

In our 1st & 2nd grade classroom and our prek/k classrooms we focused on the season of Lent and anticipating Easter. Remind children that Lent is the season that we prepare for Easter. We move toward Easter by hearing stories of Christ’s journey towards the cross and resurrection. We first told stories about Christ as a newborn child, how Jesus was lost and found and then the One who was baptized and blessed. Next Sunday, we’ll continue the story.

Table Talk Questions

3rd – 5th grade questions:

  1. What is God’s grace?
  2. What do you say is amazing about God’s grace?
  3. What is the difference between a gift and a prize? What is the difference between a gift and a reward?
  4. What do you think Paul means when he says (Ephesians 2:8) that God’s grace is a gift?

1st & 2nd Grade questions / PreK/K

  1. Who did God choose to be the mother of Jesus? Who did God choose as His father?
  2. When Jesus was lost, where did Mary & Joseph find him?
  3. Do you remember who baptized Jesus?