HotRock at Home

Resources for you and your children to enjoy this season

On this page you’ll find regularly updated resources and activities you can do with your family any day of the week to help you meet with Jesus together. We’ll include sections with great ideas for worship, bible story videos, activities you can print off to do at home, suggestions of creative prayer ideas to help you meet with Jesus together at home, what to do on Sundays and some useful links to help you along the way.

We’re really excited by how God is going to use this season to draw us all closer to Him; your children are a key part of His plan at this time. Make time to do whichever of the activities suits your family situation and do get in touch with me at [email protected] if you have any great ideas or resources to share with our families. We also have our HotRock Families Facebook group where we can encourage one another and share good ideas and hopefully have lots of fun keeping connected to each other.

Click here for helpful advice from Parenting for Faith on how to talk about coronavirus with our children so they know God is in complete control:

Parenting For Faith: Coronavirus

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Week 2

Sunday 29th March

There are lots of ideas suggested below for this week which are all on the theme of Jesus meets Zacchaeus to link to my Sunday message. Make time to do whichever of the activities suits your family situation and do get in touch with me at [email protected] if you have any great ideas or resources to share with our families. Look out for this week’s challenge and show us your photos of you doing it on HotRock Families Facebook group so we can see what you’ve been up to!

Watch & Listen

Sing this week’s song

Watch this week’s Bible story

Listen to this week’s playlist

We have put together a playlist for you and your children to listen, sing and dance along to

Click on the links below to start listening!

SpotifyYoutube

Fun & Game Ideas

Hide and Seek: This week we want you to act out the story of Zacchaeus from Luke 19. You could use your teddies or with your brothers/sisters play hide and seek. One of you pretend to be Jesus looking for Zacchaeus and call him by name “Zacchaeus come down. I’m coming to your house for dinner”. The person or toy being Zacchaeus says “Thank you for finding and loving me Jesus”.

This week we are also recommending a website with TV episodes on bible fun and stories for you to look at All Star Kids Club Go

All Star Kids Club Go

Make & Do

In this section we will be sharing fun craft ideas and things you might like to print off to do at home to have fun exploring the Bible together. This week, as it’s all about Zacchaeus, we thought you could have some fun making the tree that Zacchaeus climbed up to see Jesus! You’ll need some wool, green paper, glue, scissors, hole punch.

Print off the resource below and cut on the dotted line, and cut out Zacchaeus. Punch a hole at the top and bottom of the tree.  Cut out approximately squares of green tissue paper. Use glue to attach the squares of tissue paper to the tree as leaves. Lace the wool through the holes and tie it behind the tree.  Use crayons to colour Jesus and Zacchaeus. Use tape to attach Zacchaeus to the wool. Move Zacchaeus up and down the tree to retell the story!

Sunday Service! What does it mean to me?

On Sundays we will be running a live pre-recorded message at 10:30am, It would be really great if you could join us then! The online platform allows us to chat, communicate and encourage one another live whilst watching the message. Just because we can’t meet in the building doesn’t mean the church can’t meet! let’s take this awesome opportunity to gather together with His people! This week I will be sharing the message and it will be an interactive message suitable for the whole family so do tune in.

These are some activities you can print off for your family to use during the Sunday morning message. There are colouring and activity sheets for younger children and one is a “sermon notes” template for older children to use to actively listen and interact with the message (or for you to use with them!) We’ve also included a memory verse sheet.

Encounter Jesus Together

In this section you will find ideas for creative ways to pray and listen to God together. This is a great time for you as parents to model what prayer is like and how God wants us to enjoy our chats to Him, but that He has exciting things to tell us too. Make this a relaxed activity where all the family join in. I honestly believe these will be one of the most significant activities you will do with your children.

This week:

Primary age:

Dinner with Jesus More ideas for older children to spend time with Jesus and key verses to use to help creative prayer

Preschool:

Encounter fun theme Tea party with Jesus – set up a tea set or lay a table as you would for dinner, just you and Jesus – what would you ask Him? Ask Him what he wants to tell you.

This week’s HotRock Families Facebook challenge:

Write out the memory verse below and climb up a fun, but safe place and shout it: send us your photos or write “Challenge done” 

Memory verse:
Luke 19:10 New Living Translation (NLT)
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”

Week 1

Sunday 22nd March

Watch & Listen

Worship is a key part of our lives, just because we can’t meet in a building doesn’t mean we have to stop worshiping, below is a link to a song you and your children can sing together and give him all the glory! Get dancing round your lounge together and proclaim that Nothing is Impossible for Jesus!

Fun & Game Ideas

In this section you will find suggestions for online resources to look at or websites you might like to use to help you have fun looking at a bible story, memory verse or bible game at home. This week we are recommending a Bible story app for you to look at which is free to download to phones or tablets:

The Bible app for Kids

Make & Do

In this section we will be sharing fun craft ideas and things you might like to print off to do at home to have fun exploring the Bible together. This week, as it’s Mother’s Day, we thought you could have some fun making a card for mum or your child’s favourite lady. No peeping mums!! There is also a lovely new resource for you to print off to post through the letterbox or via the post to someone to encourage them to know they are loved, much needed in these unusual times.

Sunday Service! What does it mean to me?

As you may be aware, Living Rock Church has cancelled every meeting of any size due to advice given by the government, so we have decided to do things a little differently. On Sundays we will be running a live pre-recorded message at 10:30 am. It would be really great if you could join us then! The online platform allows us to chat, communicate and encourage one another live whilst watching the message. Just because we can’t meet in the building doesn’t mean the church can’t meet! Let’s take this awesome opportunity to gather together with His people!

These are some activities you can print off for your family to use during the Sunday morning message. There are colouring and activity sheets for younger children and one is a “sermon notes” template for older children to use to actively listen and interact with the message (or for you to use with them!)

Encounter Jesus Together

In this section you will find ideas for creative ways to pray and listen to God together. This is a great time for you as parents to model what prayer is like and how God wants us to enjoy our chats to Him, but that He has exciting things to tell us too. Make this a relaxed activity where all the family join in. I honestly believe these will be one of the most significant activities you will do with your children.

This week:
Thank God that your mum/special lady does these things

  • you read to me
  • you help me when I’m hurt
  • you pray for me at bedtime
  • you hug me
  • you always listen to me
  • What else can you think of?

Primary age: listen to what God wants your mum/grandma/favourite lady to know today. Draw or write it so you remember what God said and then give it to them – you could even write it in the card activity we mentioned earlier in this email.

Preschool: blow bubbles and pray for people you know to know God’s peace come down to earth, send Jesus’ love to everyone, “I blow your peace to everyone”

This week’s activity: Blow bubble prayers!!

HotRock Parents

If you are a member of Living Rock Church or are a regular visitor and you have children in HotRock we encourage you to join our Hotrock Families Facebook group. Here we will keep you updated with all the latest news as well as you being able to communicate and join with others who also have children in HotRock.
If you would like to be a part of this group please email [email protected] and we will invite you to join.