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Family Sunday school: March 15

Dear Parents, 

Certainly we all feel tense during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are the times we lean into God as a church family. As the psalmist says, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from. My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Ps. 121:1). 

So that our worship of and fellowship with the Lord may continue as a family, we are providing a lesson plan online that families can use to have Sunday school together. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to experience the joy, closeness, and richness of fellowship with God together. 

The following is a lesson structure for “Family Sunday School.” Parents, I know this may be a touch intimidating, but it’s worth it! The following plan should make it relatively easy to facilitate Family Sunday School as a group in thirty minutes or less. 

Preparatory Resources

  1. 3/3’s Method for Family Worship – Canon Matt Schneider has provided this format to use as the structure for Family Sunday School. The first page provides some principles; the second page is the actual lesson. Obviously, you can pick and choose these elements you would like to use.
  2. Teaching on the 3/3’s Method for Family Worship – Canon Schneider taught two classes on family worship and the 3/3’s Method in our Faith and Family in February. You can access these resources at the following links: Class #1 – February 9 and Class #2 – February 16.

As you go through Family Sunday School, refer to the PDF for the 3/3’s Method. Below, I have included some helpful resources to supplement the method, such as music for the praise section and a video to introduce the Bible passage and series. 

Step #1: Look Back
Refer to the recommended practices in “Step #1 – Look Back” in the linked PDF. In addition to prayer and sharing, this section includes the option to sing songs, among others. Sometimes it can be awkward to sing a capella. Linked below are two familiar songs to Advent families with audio and lyrics on the video. Play it loud! It makes it less awkward to sing out!

Song #1 – Surely It Is God Who Saves Me
Song #2 – Fairest Lord Jesus

Step #2: Look Up

Over the next three weeks, we will go through a series, “Trusting God in Scary Times.” Each Bible passage will relate to one key attribute of God that enables us to trust him in times of fear: His goodness, sovereignty, and favor. For Family Sunday School, we want you, as a group, to read and analyze the passage. 

Today’s passage, Psalm 34, shows the prevalence of the goodness of God in times of trouble. 

Click this link for a video introduction to the series and some background on this psalm, then come back to read the psalm and complete Step #3. 

Psalm 34
1 I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together!
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant,
    and their faces shall never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
    and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.
8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
    Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
    for those who fear him have no lack!
10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;
    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Step #3 — Look Ahead
You can finish up the lesson with the content on Step #3 — Look Ahead — of the 3/3’s Method.

Click here to access this lesson as a PDF.  

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