Family Devotionals


Gratitude-Letting others know you see how they've helped you.

November 2020 • Week 1 Family Home Lesson

Today's Bible story: I Could Not Ask for More (Lord's Supper / Last Supper) • 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Exodus 12

Monthly memory verse: "Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. His faithful love continues forever."  Psalm 136:1 NIrV

Memory Verse for 2's - Pre-K: Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good."  Psalm 136:1a NIrV

Life Application: Gratitude-Letting others know you see how they've helped you.

Suggested songs: Be Strong In the Lord, How Great is Our God and What a Beautiful Name

Praise & Pray: Sing along with the provided worship videos and pray. Access songs here

What you might pray: "Dear God, we are grateful to you for sending your Son. Please help us to get into the habit of remembering how Jesus give his life to save you and me. In Jesus' name we pray, amen."

Read God's Word together: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Exodus 12 (Need a kid-friendly Bible? Check out our suggestions.)

Family Devotional & Discussion

What you do: Watch the complementary video together as a family and discuss today's question.

What you discuss: "Jesus rescued the whole world when He became the sacrifice for our sins. That is why we celebrate communion today. We take communion or the Lord's Supper to help us remember Jesus' sacrifice on the cross for us. He died to save us of our sins so that if we believe in Him and ask him into our hearts we can live with him in heaven. What helps you remember to be grateful?"

Bible Story Review

What you need: Bible

What you do: Read Luke 22:19-20 remind kids that Jesus took an old habit of gratitude, the Passover, and turned it into a BRAND NEW habit of gratitude-the Lord's Supper, or Communion.

  • What does Jesus ask us to remember when we eat bread during Communion? (to remember his body broken for us; the His sacrifice he made on the cross to save us of our sins)
  • What does Jesus ask us to remember when we drink from the cup during Communion? (to remember is blood shed for us; His sacrifice on the cross to save us of our sins)
  • Why is it important to remember what God has done for us? (He died and rose again to save us of our sins so that we can have eternal life in heaven with Him. All we have to do is choose to believe him in and ask Him into our hearts.)
  • What are three things God's done that you feel the most grateful for today?
  • What are some things you can do when you don't feel like celebrating what God has done?
  • Why do you think there are times we don't show gratitude to those who help us, especially those people who help us all of the time?
  • If we can't think of a way to show gratitude, we can think how we would like to be treated. What are some of those ways and how can you use those ideas to thank someone else?
  • What are some ways we can show God we remember how He has helped us?

Pray and bless your family

What you need: No supplies needed

What you do: Use the conversation below to lead kids into prayer.

What you say: "Because of Jesus, we don't have to try to prove to God that we're good enough. All we have to do is believe that Jesus came to rescue us and choose to follow Him! And THAT is something we can get in the habit of being grateful for! Let's pray.

What you might pray: Pause briefly after each sentence, leading kids to whisper the sentence after you.)

"Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus. Thank You that He rescued us from our sins. Thank You that we can be Your friend forever. Thank You for Your goodness. Thank You for Your never-ending love. We love You, Lord. Amen."

Additional Activities

What you need: 2 Buckets or containers, painters tape or yarn, 2 balls, bean bags, or balled up socks

What you do: Give each child/family member a bean bag, ball, or a balled up sock.

  • Create two teams. Make a starting line that family members will stand behind with tape or yarn with your container approximately 6 - 15 feet away depending on the age / ability of your children.
  • Explain the rules:
    • You will read a review question.
    • Any kid / family members who thinks they know the answer can try to toss their bean bag / ball / sock ball into the container.
  • The team that makes the ball/bean bag/sock ball go into the container first gets to try to answer the review question. If the team answers correctly, award them a point. The team with the most points, wins!
  • Play the game. Here are the questions:
    • What happened during the first Passover? (God saved His people from the last plague in Egypt by passing over the houses of the people who had lamb's blood painted on their doorposts.)
    • Why did people continue to celebrate Passover? (to remember that God rescued them from slavery)
    • What are some of the things that were a part of the Passover celebration? (People ate a big feast with lamb and flat bread) Depending on the answer, you can ask follow up questions. For example: Why did they eat flat bread? Why did they eat lamb?
    • Who celebrates communion/the Lord's Supper? (people who follow Jesus) A good follow-up question is: What makes someone a Jesus follower? (someone who believes Jesus is their Savior and chooses to follow Him)
    • Why do followers of Jesus celebrate communion/the Lord's Supper? (to remember Jesus rescued us)
    • What's one of our Bottom Lines from this month? (You always have something to be grateful for. Celebrate what God has done. Say thank you. Adjust your attitude. Get in the habit of being grateful.)
    • Recite this month's memory verse. (Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. His faithful love continues forever, Psalm 136:1

What you say: "Passover is a celebration of how God rescued His people, the Israelites, from Egypt and slavery. Communion, or the Lord's Supper, is a celebration of how God rescued us from sin and death. Communion is a way Jesus asks us to remember that He died on the cross to rescue us. Communion is a habit of gratitude celebrated by churches all over the world. It is important to celebrate communion and to get in the habit of being grateful for all He has done. When we remember that God sent Jesus to make a way for us to have a relationship with God that lasts forever, it helps us be grateful. We definitely want to get in the habit of being grateful for Jesus and what He has done!"

What you need: Provided in Kit: Last Supper Pop Up Activity Page (DONWLOAD HERE), At Home Supplies: Colored pencils or crayons, scissors

What you do:

  • Kids will first color their 'Last Supper Pop Up' activity page.
  • Second, fold the paper so the picture is facing you on the indicated line.
  • Third, while the paper is folded, cut on the dotted line.
  • Forth, fold the flap you cut both ways, backwards and forwards.
  • Fifth, fold the extra side flaps where you cut back.
  • This is a video of how to cut and fold the craft:

What you say: "Jesus took an old habit of gratitude-the Passover meal-and turned it into a NEW habit of gratitude-the Lord's Supper/communion. Now, the Lord's Supper/communion is a celebration of how God made it possible for EVERYONE to be rescued from sin and death, all because Jesus lived, died, and came back to life!

During communion when we eat the bread and drink the juice we remember what Jesus has done for us. And we can be grateful. Some churches celebrate the Lord's Supper/communion every Sunday or every month. Others do it a few times a year. People use different kinds of bread or wafers, wine or juice. But in every case, the habit is the same. It's a beautiful chance to remember together the amazing way that God rescued us-and to get in the habit of being grateful for all that Jesus did."

Read to Me Books (the same all month)

Crossroads Community Church