HotRock at Home

We’ve put together weekly resources for parents and children to use at home.

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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.

Resources and support for parents

Care for the Family interview with John Mark Comer   “We’re really excited to be able to share with you a brand new, exclusive interview with John Mark Comer. Whether you are self-isolating or out working on the front line, life is challenging and different at the moment. This is a tense and difficult time, but it also brings with it an opportunity. An opportunity to slow down and evaluate life – to look at what things we’re missing, and why we’re missing them – or not, as the case may be!  Katharine Hill recently had the chance to interview John Mark Comer, author, pastor and dad from Portland, Oregon. He is currently best known for his latest book, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry.  In this interview, John Mark talks about family life, slowing down, finding rhythms of life that help us and our families connect with God, and the importance of Sabbath. It seems fitting for the season that we find ourselves in.”

Care for the Family Interview

Ten Tips for tired parentsOur world is in crisis, and we are in the middle of a pandemic. Lockdown has been enforced, schools were closed, and parents were asked to work from home, while teaching their children simultaneously. Parents are stressed, confused, and tired. In an effort to restore normalcy, and bring rest, here are ten tips for tired parents”.

Ten Tips for Tired Parents

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that STAR Academies Trust has launched StarLine a national helpline for parents who are home-schooling in England. The free telephone helpline aims to offer confidential advice to families from qualified teachers and parenting experts, including advice on behaviour and timetabling as well as help for those looking after children with special educational needs or disabilities.

StarLine Website

These are some lovely discussion sheets for you to use to chat to your children if they are struggling to understand about Coronavirus and are asking Why did God allow Coronavirus?

Why did God allow Coronavirus - younger childWhy did God allow Coronavirus - older children

This is a helpful Parent Podcast from Faith in Kids taking an honest look at the highs and lows of lockdown:

Faith in Kids Podcast

Parenting for Faith is a wonderful website full of resources made to help us raise God-connected children; children who have a personal relationship with Jesus and don’t just know about Him. There are short encouragement videos, videos addressing specific topics that you may be confronting as a family and podcasts and Facebook Live sessions too. We are currently running their Parenting for Faith course and the content is really helpful and practical for enabling our children to chat to and access God’s voice for themselves. We plan to run this course again in the future.

Parenting for Faith Website

Parenting for Faith have produced some great downloadable activity sheets to help you chat to your children about what God is doing in their lives in this season

Parenting for Faith - COVID 19

I really recommend their resources for equipping you to have honest and powerful conversations with your children and to equip them to meet with God for themselves.  Please show us what you or your children write or make a video telling us.

  • If you were in charge of church online what would you do?
  • What bible character do you feel most like? Why?
  • Draw God at home with you? What are you and God doing together?
  • Draw ways you have been catching from/listening to God this week?
  • Who from the Bible would you choose to be in lockdown with?

Thinking Kids Press have produced a great gospel chat pack for you as a family to use over meals together to help you talk about sharing your faith. If you subscribe to their emails she sends you other free resources you can use at home with your family.

Thinking Kids Press

Care for the Family have produced a wide variety of resources available to support parents. “Raising children can be a physical and emotional rollercoaster! And that’s why mums and dads need all the support they can get – not only to help them through the joys and challenges of being a parent, but also to keep their own relationship strong. Here’s a selection of articles to help you to build a healthy family.”

Care for the Family

YouVersion Bible App: God has not asked us to parent alone. He has so much in the Word to help us and Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be our guide and helper. There are some great Bible reading plans on parenting on the YouVersion Bible App. Go to this link to find one that suits you in your family’s situation at this time:

YouVersion Bible App

Limitless God connected family time daily ideas to meet with God together at home

Limitless

King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Maudsley Charity have launched a series of eight short films to help families struggling under the coronavirus pandemic. The Families Under Pressure series offers parenting tips and advice on topics including: keeping positive and motivated; building your child’s self-confidence and trust in you; promoting better behaviour; how to limit conflict; and using sanctions carefully.

Families under pressure

The world has been shaken and challenged by events of injustice which is calling each of us to challenge our own consciences and how we love a world tearing itself apart. This is a great resource designed by Together At Home to help us have these conversations with our children and to use the Bible to see God’s advice on bringing justice and how to pray for it. Let’s equip our children to show equality and to love as Jesus loves.

What is justice?

www.10ofthose.com has some great resources for parents. Use this link to take you to their page of resources for parents, many of which are reduced in their sale at the moment:

10 of Those SALE

Here’s a great tip from the Kitchen Table Project: It can be much easier to connect with just one family than everyone, especially if you have screen fatigue right now! Is there someone in your church that you’re close to, that you could catch up with regularly for a short time each week? You could play games, share stories or pray together. Spending time with other Christians will help both you and your children stay connected to your church family.

Parentcue: This is a short but helpful article that invites parents to ask themselves four key questions when talking to our children about racism.

Perentcue

Parenting for Faith have gathered suggestions for different ways you might want to explore social and racial injustice with your children and teens, thinking about it under five headings: God’s heart: what does God think about justice and injustice, God’s command to bring justice: how he wants us to partner with him, power in the middle: we have power and can speak truth and challenge injustice, putting ourselves at risk: laying down our lives for each other, the humble beauty of together: being part of the beautiful one body of Christ

Parenting For Faith

Psalm 91 Video

Psalm 91 has, for many, been a chapter in the Bible that has given hope and peace during the COVID-19 lockdown. Enjoy watching the children and families of Living Rock Church giving their version of this fantastic Psalm. It is our prayer that as you watch and listen to the children you will know God’s love, peace and protection in your life, and that any plan of the enemy will be silenced.

Watch it on YouTube

Week 14

Sunday 21st June

Watch & Listen

Sing this week’s song

Preschool

Sing this week’s song

Primary

Watch this week’s Bible story

Preschool

Watch this week’s Bible story

Primary

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

Group publishing Sunday school channel has a series of videos on empowering courageous kids with teaching, worship song and visual experiments and demonstrations to illustrate the teaching point
Subscribe to their YouTube channel to get the whole series of 8 lessons so far

Make & Do

This week:

Colouring pages: Try these great colouring pages for preschool children from Joanne Gilchrist. Fill in the blank speech bubbles with your own ‘Ask-a-Grown-Up’ question or ‘Chat with a grown up’ topic and begin ‘God conversation’ while doodling, painting, crayoning etc.

God for Kids Colouring Pages

Try these ideas from homeforgood to celebrate God’s fatherly character 

Father’s Day cards You will need: A4 card; crafty decorations; pens Make and decorate a Father’s Day card each and write it out to someone who has shown loving care to them in the past year. It may be an uncle, grandparent, teacher, social worker or family friend. All members of the family could make one to show we never stop needing father-figures. 

Herb growing You will need: a small herb cutting (basil works really well); a clear glass, jam jar or plastic water bottle; patience This is a chance to reflect on nurturing and patience as parts of God’s fatherly character. Fill your jar or equivalent with room temperature water and pop your herb cutting in it. Place it on a windowsill or somewhere where it gets lots of sunlight. Keep an eye on it for about two weeks and you will see roots grow

Den building You will need: sheets, cushions or anything your imagination brings to mind. Set about as a family building a den together. You could do it inside or in an outside space if the weather suits or your house has one nearby. Once you’ve built it, you could make it a prayer space or quiet space for a story.

Father’s day activity sheet : let your Dad know all the things you love about him!

Activity Sheet

Father’s day colouring sheet : let your Dad know all the things you love about him!

Colouring Sheet

Father’s Day Minibook Celebrate all the things you love about your Dad with this mini book from paththroughthenarrowgate

Mini book to print

We love to see the things you make so remember to share them on our HotRock Families Facebook group or on Instagram @livingrockchurch

Sunday Service! What does it mean to me?

Join us on Sunday morning at 10:00am for worship and our interactive Sunday message brought to you this week by David Lyon. This Sunday we would encourage you all to use this activity sheet Sunday message Activity Sheet: Sign-Up in Lock-Down as a family to help you interact with today’s message.

These are some activities you can print off for your family to use during the Sunday morning message. This week we have a wordsearch, a craft, spot the difference and a chat activity looking at what it means to be sent out by Jesus. 

Living Rock Online

Use this Sunday message activity sheet with your primary children to help them engage with today’s message

Message Activity Sheet

Use this activity sheet to chat with your children about the commission to tell the world about Jesus that He gave us, using Matthew 28: 16-20

A Passage to unpack

Jesus appears to his disciples word search

Wordsearch

Make this craft to remind us to believe even when we can’t see. Follow the link to watch a video to see how to make it

Doubting Thomas craft

Can you spot the differences in this activity?

Spot the difference

Encounter Jesus Together

This week:

You could make a door hanger like this one to help you remember to take time with Jesus to listen and pray, to chat and catch, with Him

Use this great idea from adventureswithjesus to chat to your child about how God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill us with His power and to help us; how though we can’t see Him, we can see what He does.

Windmills

This week’s HotRock Families Facebook challenge:

We would love to hear ways you are showing God’s love to people around you. This week we would love you to draw a picture or make a card for some of our homeless friends or post a letter to someone in another country to remind them you are praying for them. If you want to make a picture or card for one of the homeless friends then please post it to my home address which can be found either by looking on ChurchSuite or by emailing me at [email protected]. I know these pictures will bring a lot of smiles and love to our friends. Thank you. 

Join us at 2pm each week on our HotRock Families Facebook group for HotRock live! 

Week 13

Sunday 14th June

Watch & Listen

Sing this week’s song

Preschool

Sing this week’s song

Primary

Watch this week’s Bible story

Preschool

Watch this week’s Bible story

Primary

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

The BibleApp is a great tool to use to help children understand the meaning of the last supper. Here is a blog they have produced to help you as parents use the App to remember Jesus and what He has done for us.

The Last Supper - The BibleApp

Worship for everyone have a channel on Youtube which you can subscribe to for children’s worship songs, some of which may be familiar as those they sing at school

Worship For Everyone

The Action Bible is a wonderful bible for fans of DC and Marvel comics as this bible is made by the same illustrator!! This comic style bible has been loved by our boys particularly and is ideal for children who love a more pictorial Bible or who find reading more of a challenge. It is aimed at children aged 9-12. They have published a great new book of devotionals to help your children engage with the Word. See what you think by using this link to 8 free devotionals from the book.

8 Free Devotionals

Hands on Bible 365 Devotionals In HotRock we use the Hands On Bible for children which is a New Living Translation and is a brilliant bible with lots of interactive activities and profiles to help children dig in to the Word in creative ways. They have brought out a companion book of Devotionals, one for every day of the year! This looks a great resource for primary children to use with their Bibles and for you as families to use together. You can purchase this book both from Eden and Amazon

AmazonEden

Make & Do

This week:

This week our activities will be focusing on breaking bread and what it means.

Maybe you could bake some bread together and then have a time of breaking bread as a family using the freshly baked bread.

Bread Recipe

Make a paper version of the bread and wine to help you remember what Jesus has done for you on the cross. Use this link to find the printable template for the bread and wine images and stick on coloured paper to fill in the wine and crayons to colour the bread.

Paper Bread and Wine

We love to see the things you make so remember to share them on our HotRock Families Facebook group or on Instagram @livingrockchurch

Sunday Service! What does it mean to me?

Join us on Sunday morning at 10:00am for worship and our interactive Sunday message brought to you this week by Richard Jones. This Sunday we would encourage you all to use this activity sheet Breaking Bread Activity Sheet for Sunday Message as a family to help you interact with today’s message. Children and parents can draw or write how they understand the words shared in the message to describe the meaning of breaking bread. 

These are some activities you can print off for your family to use during the Sunday morning message. This week we have colouring sheets, a playdough mat, and a crossword:  

Living Rock Online

Use this activity sheet during Richard’s message to see what breaking bread means to you

Message Activity Sheet

Colour this picture of us all being one with Jesus

Colouring Sheet

Use this colouring sheet to remind you why we break bread together

Do this in remembrance of me - Colouring Sheet

Complete this crossword based on the story of the last supper

Last Supper Crossword

Print this playdough mat to make your own playdough bread and wine and chat together about how we use breaking bread to remember what Jesus has done for us

Playdough Mat

Encounter Jesus Together

This week:

Breaking bread as a family is a really important practise we can do over a meal together. We would really encourage you to take some time over dinner this week to chat together about what it means to break bread and share the wine with your children. Let’s make this a regular and significant time for our families to remember Jesus and what his death on the cross means for each of us.

Spend time as you share breaking bread together to listen to God and share what He tells you about what breaking bread means in your life. Pray together for healing as you share the cup, bless one another and pray for unity in our land as we are one body sharing one bread and one cup.

This week’s HotRock Families Facebook challenge:

We would love to know one word you would use to describe what breaking bread means to you. Let us know on our Facebook page so we can see how it means so many different powerful things to us. 

Join us at 2pm each week on our HotRock Families Facebook group for HotRock live! 

Week 12

Sunday 7th June

Watch & Listen

Sing this week’s song

Preschool

Sing this week’s song

Primary

Watch this week’s Bible story

Preschool

Watch this week’s Bible story

Primary

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

Have fun with more crazy antics from Loo and Rolls and enjoy this special zoo- themed episode of Duggie Dug Dug’s “Crazy Stay at Home Roadshow” or why not subscribe to his channel

Subscribe on YouTube

Bill Johnson (Bethel church) has co-written a book for children called “The King’s Way of Life” “Prince is in line to be king, but when the time comes, will he have the courage to take on this role? And how will he know how to make wise decisions? His Father, the king, left him with everything he needs for the task, including a compass to show him the way. Will he accept this kingly mantle, or walk away? Prince’s destiny awaits!”

The book is available to buy online using the button provided.

The King’s Way of Life

Make & Do

This week:

This week our activities will be focusing on Psalm 23. This is a great Psalm for our children to learn as it helps us focus on so many great truths and promises. Why not try to learn it as a family or ask your child to make a poster for the fridge so you can all say a verse over dinner or as you walk into the kitchen?

Take a closer look at each verse and what it means to you using this template to help you:

A Passage to Unpack

Try these fun activities for all ages looking at what it means when Jesus says He is our good shepherd:

The Good Shepherd activities

Make a handprint sheep to remind you that Jesus is the good shepherd, who takes care of us, by going to this website:

Handprint Sheep - Craft

We love to see the things you make so remember to share them on our HotRock Families Facebook group or on Instagram @livingrockchurch

Sunday Service! What does it mean to me?

Join us on Sunday morning at 10:00am for worship and our Sunday message brought to you this week by Christopher Alton.

These are some activities you can print off for your family to use during the Sunday morning message. This week we have a wordsearch, a colouring picture, a sermon notes template and a craft to help you talk about what it means to come like a child and be born again into God’s family.

Living Rock Online

See if you can find all the words in this word-search from Sermons 4 Kids to find out what it means to be born again

Born again wordsearch

Use these sermon notes to help you interact with today’s message:

Sermon notes - primary

Try this great craft to show us how Jesus gives us a new heart, just like Nicodemus

Jesus gives us a new heart

Colour this sheet from Ministry Ark as you talk about how and when you can come to Jesus. What does it mean to be like a child?

Let the children come colouring

For some helpful tips on how to chat to your children about what it means to be born again try this website:

Gospel project website

Encounter Jesus Together

This week:

Take some time to ask Jesus how special He thinks you are. Get a mirror and try this great activity from PowerPack Ministries.

This week’s HotRock Families Facebook challenge:

Please keep sending in your videos to help us make our awesome HotRock video to tell the world all about Jesus; who He is and what He has done for us. We want you to share your story, your testimony, in one sentence: “Jesus is…… because …..” For example: “Jesus is my healer because he healed my hand when it broke and the doctors were amazed”. Encourage children to use props/big poster words to illustrate their story.  Please make one to two each so we  have a selection of different testimonies to what Jesus is or has done in our lives. Then simply email/Messenger/Whatsapp them to Lisa to make a great video we can use to share what we have on the inside out to others.

Join us at 2pm each week on our HotRock Families Facebook group for HotRock live! 

Week 11

Sunday 31st May

Watch & Listen

Sing this week’s song

Preschool

Sing this week’s song

Primary

Watch this week’s Bible story

HotRock Stories

This week Louise Warren is reading you the wonderful story called The One O’clock Miracle all about the power of Jesus’ words! Jesus can heal just by speaking! Find out more as you listen to the story.

Click on the image to play 

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

Minno is a great website full of videos, devotionals and resources for children and families. “Jesus says “Abide in me and I will abide in you” (John 15:4). Another way to say it is: Live with me and I’ll make my home in you. Inspired by this invitation, our goal is to help families connect with God through amazing stories, books, and resources.” There is a free weekly trial but prices are incurred for regular use.

Subscribe to isingPop channel on Youtube to watch great videos and fun teaching about Jesus

Make & Do

This week:

We love these colouring sheets from Seek and Find Old Testament Bible Stories. Give them a go!

Your teachers are working very hard to keep sending you work or teaching you in the classroom or nursery and checking you are ok. They would love to hear from you so why not send them this lovely activity sheet to tell them all about what it is like for you and to tell them you are praying for them?

Dear Teacher

As you are out and about on your walks or in your garden use this fun scavenger hunt to thank God for all the things He has done for you and given you?

I can pray... An outdoor scavenger hunt

We love to see the things you make so remember to share them on our HotRock Families Facebook group or on Instagram @livingrockchurch

Sunday Service! What does it mean to me?

Join us on Sunday morning at 10:00am for worship and our Sunday message brought to you this week by Stephen Russell.

These are some activities you can print off for your family to use during the Sunday morning message. This week we have a colouring sheet, a hanging heart craft to remind you Jesus heals, sermon notes and a maze! 

Living Rock Online

Make a hanging heart to remind you that Jesus heals and to pray for anyone you know who is sick to be healed in Jesus’ name

Jesus heals hanging heart

Centurion’s servant colouring sheet

Centurion's servant colouring sheet

Help the centurion find Jesus maze

Maze activity

Jesus heals craft

Jesus heals

Get some playdough and pray for people you know who need to be well as you make hearts.

Playdough mat

Use these sermon notes to help you interact with today’s message:

Sermon notes - Primary

Encounter Jesus Together

This week:

We recommend these bible reading plans to help you and your children get into their Bibles with you and find out who God is who they are through Him.

Reading plans

Preschool prayer: Get out a doctors kit and play together as you pray for poorly people you know to be well in Jesus’ name

Doctor Jesus

Primary Prayer idea from Flame Creative Kids Get stickers or plasters with names of people you want to pray for in Jesus’ name. Stick them on the bandage and take turns to pray for them, knowing that our words bring healing wherever we are and even if we can’t see people. Just like when Jesus healed the centurion’s son.

Flame Creative Kids Bandage

This week’s HotRock Families Facebook challenge:

This week we are making another HotRock video to tell the world all about Jesus; who He is and what He has done for us. We want you to share your story, your testimony, in one sentence: “Jesus is…… because …..” For example: “Jesus is my healer because he healed my hand when it broke and the doctors were amazed”. Encourage children to use props/big poster words to illustrate their story.  Please make one to two each so we  have a selection of different testimonies to what Jesus is or has done in our lives. Then simply email/Messenger/Whatsapp them to Lisa to make a great video we can use to share what we have on the inside out to others.

Join us at 2pm each week on our HotRock Families Facebook group for HotRock live! 

Week 10

Sunday 24th May

Watch & Listen

Sing this week’s song

Preschool

Sing this week’s song

Primary

Watch this week’s Bible story

HotRock Stories

This week Megan Walls is reading a story called The Storm that Stopped all about how Jesus brings peace in storms and that He is always in control.

Click on the image to play 

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

This week why not make a family activity circuit and do some spiritual circuit training?! Set up stations around your home and visit each as a family and use it to help you pray and meet God together.

The Action Bible is a great Bible for children who love comics or who may be reluctant readers. It has fantastic illustrations. Go to the link to find some great pictures from the Action Bible for you to colour of Bible stories you may know; there are even some bookmarks at the end you could use to put in your bible as you read it.

Make & Do

This week:

Ephesians 3: 14-21 is a passage we often pray over the HotRock children and families. It talks of God’s huge love and how His desire is that everyone has strong deep roots into His love; that Christ will make his home in our hearts and we would be empowered with the full power of the Holy Spirit.  Use this activity sheet from Together at Home to look more closely at this passage and use it to pray for families you know:

Unpack Ephesians 3:14-21

Plant a seed or a little plant in good soil together. Chat about how the plant or seed needs good soil to grow, they need light and water. God gives us all these things to make us grow too: the Bible, each other and the Holy Spirit are all given to us to help us grow! As you care for your plant or seeds talk about how God helps us grow in his love for us. Go to this link for some tips on growing seeds and plants with your children:

Spring nature scavenger hunt

Talk about how we grow strong roots into God’s love as you go for a walk. Look at the tall trees and see how big their roots are! Look at the little flowers and talk about how they have roots too to stand strong. Try this nature Spring scavenger hunt ticklist from teachingmama.org to see how many different signs of Spring growth you can find!

How to plant seed

The parable of the sower is a great story to look at together to think about the right conditions seeds need to grow in. Try this link which will take you to some great activities to try linked to this story:

Trueway Kids - Parable of the Sower

Try these activity sheets to find out what helps the seeds grow! You might need your maths skills for these!

Will it Grow? activity sheets

We love to see the things you make so remember to share them on our HotRock Families Facebook group or on Instagram @livingrockchurch

Sunday Service! What does it mean to me?

Join us on Sunday morning at 10:00am for worship and our Sunday message brought to you this week by Debora Lyon.

These are some activities you can print off for your family to use during the Sunday morning message. This week we have sermon notes to help you interact with today’s message, a colouring page, a newspaper to make, a wordsearch and two crafts to help you remember the memory verse and to help you pray. 

Living Rock Online

Use these sermon notes to help you remember the key parts of today’s message:

Sermon Notes

God loves us so much and He loves all our friends and family too. Colour this picture of John 3:16 and pray for people you know who need to know Jesus loves them

John 3v16 Colouring Page

Jesus was praying in the garden why? Answer this and other questions in this newspaper activity from https://freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com/ based on the garden of Gethsemane

Jesus prays in the garden Newspaper

Why not make a gate of prayer to remind you to pray always. Go to this link to find out how!

Gate of prayer - Craft

Make this wheel craft to help you remember the words from John 3:16. For instructions and printable templates follow the button below

Wheel - Craft

Try this word search based on John 3:16. Can you find all the words?

John 3v16 Wordsearch

Encounter Jesus Together

This week:

Try this Prayer Scavenger Hunt together to pray for people in all sorts of circumstances who need our prayer:

Indoor Prayer Scavenger Hunt

This is a great activity from Powerpack Ministries to help your child know the “bigness” of God’s love for them. Grab your biggest teddy or a huge blanket and make some space and time for them to just enjoy the presence of God and His great love. Encourage your children to listen to what God is saying as they hug the teddy or blanket. Encourage each member of your family to take a turn!

God's Love is Big

This week’s HotRock Families Facebook challenge:

This week we would love you to look around your garden or on a walk for things that are growing in soil. Maybe you could plant a seed or grow a plant and show us how you are caring for it and watching it grow, just like God cares for us and wants us to grow strong roots into His deep deep love. What can you sow of God’s love around you today? 

Join us at 2pm each week on our HotRock Families Facebook group for HotRock live! 

Week 9

Sunday 17th May

Watch & Listen

Sing this week’s song

Preschool

Sing this week’s song

Primary

Watch this week’s Bible story

HotRock Stories

This week Victoria Heptonstall is reading to us from The Friend Who Forgives, a story about Peter who didn’t always think before he spoke! Thankfully for us all we have a friend in Jesus who forgives us. Read this story to find out more:

Click on the image to play 

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

Godventure is a great website full of resources to help parents nurture faith in the home. Victoria Beech has lots of brilliant family devotional/activity sticker books, prayer cards and downloadable resources and new products are being produced all the time.

Make & Do

This week:

Use this sheet to look at Ephesians 6: 10-18 together and discover how we are given the armour of God to help us face all our challenges and bring peace

Armour of God - Explore Passage

Let’s bring God’s peace to others. Send a letter to one of your HotRock friends and their family to see how they are and share what you are liking about the Bible:

Letter of Encouragement

Try this Armour of God matching game to remind yourself what each piece of armour represents:

Armour of God - Matching Game

You can colour this helmet picture as you remember that God will protect your mind and only speak His truth to you:

Helmet of Salvation - Colouring Sheet

Go to this website to find some great shields you can print and decorate – why not stick them on a piece of cardboard or an old cereal box and make your own suit of armour!!

Make your own armour

We love to see the things you make so remember to share them on our HotRock Families Facebook group or on Instagram @livingrockchurch

Sunday Service! What does it mean to me?

Join us on Sunday morning at 10:00am for worship and our Sunday message brought to you this week by Roger Aubrey.

These are some activities you can print off for your family to use during the Sunday morning message. This week we have colouring and activity sheets, sermon notes for primary children to interact with today’s message and a fun scavenger hunt using this week’s story to match clues and verses together.

Living Rock Online

Use these sermon notes to help you remember the key parts of today’s message:

Sermon Notes

Try this wordsearch to help you find key words from the story:

Wordsearch

This colouring sheet will remind you how we need to say thank you to Jesus for what He has done:

Colouring Sheet

Encounter Jesus Together

This week:

Preschool children might like to get out their digging vehicles and use them to do this fun prayer activity focusing on God’s strength and power to help us:

Dig it Activity

Try this great visual prayer idea to pray God’s protection over your child, your family or someone they know using oranges! Ask Jesus to show you what to pray for them and let them know!

Visual Prayer Activity

Use this lovely prayer to help your children pray through each piece of the armour over themselves every day

Armour of God Prayer

This week’s HotRock Families Facebook challenge:

This week we would love you to dress up in the full armour of God. Maybe you could get a selection of things from around your house (with parents permission!). You could use a colander for the helmet, or a broom for a sword, a lid for a shield, one of your belts and so on. Get creative!!

Or you could paint a rock with an image like Crystal said such as a heart or a cross to remind you God is with you or to give to someone who needs to know God loves them. 

We’d love to see your armour and rock photos!! 

Join us at 2pm each week on our HotRock Families Facebook group for HotRock live! 

Week 8

Sunday 10th May

Watch & Listen

Sing this week’s song

Preschool

Sing this week’s song

Primary

Watch this week’s Bible story

HotRock Stories

Are you ready for a super story. This week it is called God’s very Good Idea. We can all enjoy being part of God’s big family. Written by Trillia Newbell and Illustrated by Catalina Echeverri and published by The Good Book for Children.

Click on the image to play 

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

Make and Pray

Scripture Union have recently launched a series of “Make and Pray” activities which are practical object lesson/craft based activities you can do together at home and use as an opportunity to pray together.

Make and Pray - Scripture Union

The Little Worship Company

The Little Worship Company is a lovely website with resources for families to buy as well as having their own YouTube channel with songs and bible stories for children

The Little Worship Company YouTube

They have also made a free App (extra purchases are necessary to access the full site) called Little Worship Company World. It contains a rich variety of content designed to help both children up to 7 years and their grown-ups discover God together. This inspiring experience includes games, stories, prayers, Bible studies, arts and crafts and worship songs.

Get the app today!

Duggie Dug Dug - Crazy Stay at Home Roadshow

Duggie Dug Dug has released another Crazy Stay at Home Roadshow. This episode touches on mental wellbeing and looks at how the Holy Spirit wants to help us. Expect lots of puppet craziness, songs, breakdancing and “Wow!” crazy science as Duggie Dug Dug, Loo and Rolls present Episode 3 of the “Crazy Stay at Home Road Show!”. Filmed in Duggie Dug Dug’s front room it’s based on Isaiah 41 v 10 “So don’t worry because I am with you. Don’t be afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and will help you…” (ICB) Doug uses some awesome Crazy Science to explain how God promises to be with us by his Holy Spirit just like he was with Jesus.

Make & Do

This week:

Why not make a rainbow mobile to hang in your kitchen to remind you to pray for friends from church and others who need to know Jesus? Try this great craft by going to the link below. You could write 1 Corinthians 12: 27 “ All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it” on the cloud. 

This week it would be great if you could make some time as a family to pray for and colour our world. Pray that people all over the world will know Jesus and His love and protection and choose to follow Him. The colouring sheet below will allow you to pray and colour in a country when you’ve prayed for them!

Make a garden of plants by sowing seeds and watching them grow. We as the church are like God’s garden and we want lots of different people to join us and know Jesus as their friend. How many different seeds can you find? 

Friday 8th May is the 75th anniversary of VE day. Why not celebrate by having a family picnic together and thanking God for keeping our country safe. 

Find ideas for crafts using the links below. You can even make your own bunting to decorate your house and there are more stay at home VE day party ideas and recipes.

We love to see the things you make so remember to share them on our HotRock Families Facebook group or on Instagram @livingrockchurch

Sunday Service! What does it mean to me?

We are one church, one family made of so many different people. Some are older some are younger, some have curly hair, some have straight hair. Some are happy and some may be lonely. But Jesus came for us all. We would love you to send a card to someone in the church to encourage them this week, to let them know you are praying for them. Use these cards to send to people you know in the church. Their addresses can be found on ChurchSuite.

Dharma’s Sunflower Seeds, Photograph © Tim Geiss

Why not get different seeds and compare them. Look at the different shapes and think of all the different people you know.God made each of us special and different but He wants us all in His garden. Maybe you could plant some different seeds and pray for a person each time that they would grow to know God for themselves. See how different but amazing each one becomes. Together we are God’s special garden. 

Use these sermon notes found below to help you remember the key parts of today’s message. There is also a colouring sheet for Preschool/Younger primary age children with today’s verse.

God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell and Catalina Echeverri: You might like to read this book together which looks at how even though we are all different we are all part of God’s big family. It is available to buy using the link below.

Join us on Sunday morning at 10:00am for worship and our Sunday message brought to you this week by Richard Jones.

These are some activities you can print off for your family to use during the Sunday morning message. This week we have prayer cards to send to people from church to encourage them, sermon notes to use during Sunday’s message and a colouring verse sheet for our younger ones.

Encounter Jesus Together

This week:

We would love you to pray for a friend who does not yet know Jesus or a neighbour who lives near you. Click on the images to use the resourses

You could use some of the idea on this website to help you:

Ideas website

Make a card for your friend with verses that tell them He loves them, then ask God what He wants them to know

Make a picture of your friend and ask God how your friend is feeling and write what God wants to say to them on the back of the picture then pop it in the post

Make a journal with pictures of all your friends and pray for them and ask God what He wants to say to each of them. Use the journal to pray for them to know Him each day.

This week’s HotRock Families Facebook challenge:

This week we’d love to see photos of you sowing some seeds and praying for someone this week to grow to know Jesus. Show us how you planted them! Or show us your bunting and your homes decorated for VE day or your rainbow prayer mobiles or other things you have made or done to show God’s love to your friends and neighbours. We love seeing your photos and how you are caring and praying for people to know Jesus. 

Join us at 2pm each week on our HotRock Families group for HotRock live! 

Week 7

Sunday 3rd May

Watch & Listen

Sing this week’s song

Preschool

Primary

Watch this week’s Bible story

Preschool & Primary

Older Primary

HotRock Stories

This week Lisa is reading “Jesus and the Lion’s Den”. This is a brilliant story about Daniel and the lions but looks at signs in the story that point to Jesus and how we can pray to God just like Jesus and Daniel did. The story is ideal for all children aged 3-9

Click on the image to play 

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

As parents you can access some great YouTube worship songs for children. Here are some channels we recommend you subscribe to to watch at home and sing along to with your children: 

A selection of great worship songs and online children’s services

Hillsong Kids

A channel offering great preschool and primary songs

KidSpring Children's Ministry

Great preschool songs for children

YancynotNancy

Make & Do

This week:

We are going to focus on prayer and listening to God. God has so much to tell us if we make time to listen to Him. We would love all our children and families to find this an exciting and significant time of growing in their personal relationship with Jesus, where children know Him and grow in their love for Jesus more than ever before. He is the rock on which they can depend in these shakeable times.

Go on a rock hunt on your daily exercise. Collect as many different shaped rocks as you can find and use this great activity sheet to use the rocks to pray to God for different situations and people, the activity sheet can be found below.

Use the activity sheet (found below) to find out how you could paint a rock this week and hide it with a verse on to encourage someone else to know that God is their rock. You could pray over your rock and ask God what to write and where to put it. You might like to use one of these verses:  

Psalm 18:2 “my God is my rock, in whom I find protection” 

Psalm 18:31 “For who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock?” 

Isaiah 26:4 “Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.”

As parents we know you may be needing some encouragement this week to know that God has everything under control and will provide all you need at this time. You may like to download these lovely bookmarks (found below) with verses of hope for you or your children to put up in your home or in your Bible to remind you that God loves you and holds you close at this time.

Other rock painting ideas

Click on the images to enlarge

We love to see the things you make so remember to share them on our HotRock Families Facebook group or on Instagram @livingrockchurch

Sunday Service! What does it mean to me?

Join us on Sunday morning at 10:00am for worship and our Sunday message brought to you this week by David Lyon

These are some activities you can print off for your family to use during the Sunday morning message. This week we have a specially designed Sermon notes sheet to go with Sunday’s message for primary aged children, a crossword,

Encounter Jesus Together

This week:

We would love you to prioritise spending time listening to Jesus this week and asking the Holy Spirit to show you what He wants you to do each day. The activities we are suggesting this week are really powerful and begin to create an expectation and understanding that God wants to speak to us all the time, anywhere, about anything or anyone.

Here is a great guide (found below) for you to talk through with your children to chat about the different ways we can access the voice of God; it helps children to know God uses lots of different ways for us to know His voice.

For preschool children you can use this lovely activity (found below) from Adventures with Jesus to listen to God together while you wash your hands.

For primary aged children you could collect a selection of household objects (ideally pray first to ask God which ones to use) and listen to God together about what He wants to say using the objects. Is the message for you, or for someone else? What does God want them to know and how could you make sure they get the message? See this activity (found below) from Powerpack Ministries for how you could do this at home.

This is a great document (found below) from Parenting for Faith with loads of suggestions for ways you can talk about Jesus in the everyday moments of your life at home together. Choose one each day or look for opportunities to chat about and to God together so your children know He is interested in everything you do. 

This week’s HotRock Families Facebook challenge:

As adults we know the importance of time alone with God, just us and Him. This week we would love you to particularly encourage your children to do the same in creative and appropriate ways for them. Each child and family will be different but we would encourage you to help them make time in their day to talk to and listen back to what Jesus has to say to them. This is not only powerful but a great habit to get into for a life of knowing the voice of God. Once they have heard from God, encourage them to do what He says. Children are so great at accessing the voice of God as they don’t overcomplicate or explain away things God says so do encourage and enable them and be ready to be blessed! 

This week we would like you to let us know some of the different ways your children have made time to listen to God. Maybe they had a tea party with Jesus, or played a game with Him. Maybe they chatted to God and drew a picture of what He said. Maybe they sang to Him and then listened to Him chat or sing to them. Maybe they played with their toys or wrote in their diary/notebook with Him. 

We don’t expect photos of this as we respect their time with God is personal but if they are happy for you to share photos of drawings/paintings/journal notes or a toy they played with with God then we’d love to see them!

Join us at 2pm each week on our HotRock Families group for HotRock live! 

Week 6

Sunday 26th April

Watch & Listen

Sing this week’s song

Preschool

Sing this week’s song

Primary

Watch this week’s Bible story

HotRock Stories

This week Will Lyon is reading our story. He is reading a lovely Bible storybook called “Bible Stories for Boys” which looks at lots of boys in the bible in simple powerful rhyming phrases. This story is ideal for boys, and girls, aged 0-6 but anyone will enjoy it!

Click on the image to play 

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

The Kitchen Table Project from Care for the Family  is a great resource to support you as parents in living your faith in your homes with lots of blogs, support and resources. This week they have linked up with Chip Kendall and his Praise Ship Orbitron to share some videos via his YouTube channel: Search Orbitron Channel on Youtube for Chip’s videos or click the link below

Make & Do

This week:

We are going to focus on thankfulness. There is so much God has given us to enjoy and we would like you to use the attached sheet to think of lots of different things we have to bless us right now or will look forward to.

Why not make a few thank you gifts or posters to say thank you to your postman or the bin man or someone who is taking care of you at the moment, maybe a teacher if you are still going to school or your mum or dad too.

Below are some ideas of things you could make to show them how grateful you are.

Maybe you could bake some biscuits and put them in a cellophane bag with a tag saying “Thank you”. Below is a simple recipe for you to try.

We love to see the things you make so remember to share them on our HotRock Families Facebook group or on Instagram @livingrockchurch

Sunday Service! What does it mean to me?

Join us on Sunday morning at 10:00am for worship and our Sunday message brought to you this week by Christopher Alton.  

These are some activities you can print off for your family to use during the Sunday morning message. This week we have a colouring sheet, a crossword, a missing words activity and a sorting activity – can you decide which actions show the most compassion and love like Jesus shows us? There is also a sermon notes sheet specially made for today’s message for primary children with some discussion questions to use to help them engage and respond to what is taught.

Encounter Jesus Together

This week:

This week spend some time chatting as a family to God about all the things He has done for you. Maybe get a pad of post-its and as a family choose a door to stick all the things you are grateful to God for this week on. Keep adding new things as the week goes by and see how many different things God has done! 

It says in Thessalonians 5: 18 “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good”. Why not colour this sheet and put it on your fridge to remind you to always thank Jesus for His goodness, no matter what is going on in your day?

For younger children and toddlers try this great idea from Adventures with Jesus: thread chunky pasta or beads or cotton reels etc on string and say thank you for something as you thread each thing

Older children: You could write a poem using the word “THANKS” and think of something you are grateful for beginning with each letter of the word?

Or you could colour in this mat to give you ideas:

This week’s HotRock Families Facebook challenge:

This week we would love to see photos of all the ways you are showing thankfulness to others. Maybe you could use the ideas from the Make and Do section above or other great ideas of your own. 

Join us at 2pm each week on our HotRock Families group for HotRock live! 

Week 5

Sunday 19th April

Watch & Listen

Sing this week’s song

Preschool

Primary

Watch this week’s Bible story

Duggie Dug Dug’s Crazy Stay at Home Roadshow

Have fun with Duggie Dug Dug’s Crazy Stay at Home Roadshow – a fun video with puppets, experiments and songs for Preschool and Younger Primary

HotRock Stories

This week I am reading you a book called “God knows all about me” by Kate Toms. This book is lovely for toddlers and preschool children (and even younger primary) and is all about how God knows everything about us and loves us soooo much!

Click on the image to play 

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

Spring Harvest are putting all their resources online for free this year and are looking throughout their sessions at the book of Acts. Subscribe to their Youtube channel to access the Spring Harvest conference hub with sessions for parents, youth and children of all ages

We recommend the teaching sessions and songs for 5-7s by Powerpack ministries which can be found using the youtube link below. Feel free to to download the accompanying activity books using the links below

Make & Do

Jesus is alive!! That is great news. Use the instructions to help you make a moving craft to show Jesus is alive and how He meets Mary in the garden

For this craft you will need the PDF printout (1 page per child), 2 half pint clear plastic cups, scissors, & glue.

Jesus said Mary’s name in the garden when He rose again. He knows your name too. Why not make a name plaque for your bedroom door using pens, collage material and write on it “Jesus knows my name”. Here a picture to give you some ideas:

We love to see the things you make so remember to share them on our HotRock Families Facebook group or on Instagram @livingrockchurch

Sunday Service! What does it mean to me?

Join us on Sunday morning at 10:00am for worship and our Sunday message brought to you this week by Phil and Sharon Chapman. 

These are some activities you can print off for your family to use during the Sunday morning message. This week we have colouring and activity sheets, a memory verse sheet and a notes template for primary children to use to follow the message.

Encounter Jesus Together

This week:

This week we would love you to go on a prayer walk around your home, praying in different rooms for people who are working hard to help us and keep us safe

I can pray a house

Prayer colouring activity: Pray for different people who take care of you as you colour or fill in this rainbow with coloured playdough stripes

Hope Rainbow

This week’s HotRock Families Facebook challenge:

This week we would like you to film your children and any parents saying all of Psalm 91 together!  We want to make a video of our children declaring God’s love and protection at this time which can be shared widely through social media and our webpage.  Please therefore only take part if you are happy to film your children for sharing in this way. No names of children will be used. We will use our HotRock name and link to our church website. 

Please use this New Living Translation version so it all joins up nicely. Please send your video to me via google drive or dropbox at [email protected] and we will mix together all the children proclaiming God’s truth to everyone and make one video of the whole Psalm. Please have fun doing this together, encouraging the children to use actions or props or emphasis to really help others know this great truth, that God will protect us and keep us safe from harm because He loves us! If you would rather not share a video just have fun together acting out the Psalm.

Psalm 91 (NLT)

Week 4

Sunday 12th April

Watch & Listen

Sing this week’s song

Preschool

Primary

Watch this week’s Bible story

Preschool

Primary

Duggie Dug Dug’s Crazy Stay at Home Roadshow

Have fun with Duggie Dug Dug’s Crazy Stay at Home Roadshow – a fun video with puppets, experiments and songs for Preschool and Younger Primary

HotRock Stories

This week we have the lovely Louise Ingram from HotRock 2 reading the story of “The Garden, The Curtain and The Cross” by Carl Laferton. This story is suitable for 3-6 year olds and is one of our favourite HotRock stories that we use in our Sunday HotRock teaching. Get your teddy and snuggle up as you listen to the story of why Jesus died and rose again, and how you can be part of the story too!

Click on the image to play 

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

Parents have some fun with your family by printing off this Easter egg hunt . Can you tell the difference between Bible truth and Easter tradition?

Easter Egg Truth Hunt

You can even print off this certificate for your children to congratulate them on finding the eggs or for completing the Easter Egg hunt at the end of this Sunday’s online message!

Easter Egg Hunt Certificate

Make & Do

This week we would like you to send Easter cards to a relative or person you know in a care home who needs to know God’s love and companionship this week.  We would love some of you to write to this care home near me where the residents have said they would really enjoy receiving a card to cheer them up while they can’t have visitors:

Cherrytree Care Home
123 Station Road
Countesthorpe
Leicester
LE8 5TD

Here are some designs to give you an idea you might like to try:

Or get the whole family to do an indoor Easter Scavenger Hunt!!

You could also bake some tombstone cookies or decorate a hardboiled egg

NB. Idea from https://www.messychurch.org.uk/resource/summary-easter-resources

We love to see the things you make so remember to share them on our HotRock Families Facebook group or on Instagram @livingrockchurch

Sunday Service! What does it mean to me?

Join us on Sunday morning at 10:30am for our Easter eggstravaganza! We’ve got worship from the LRC team, an all age Easter message, activities for kids and an online egg hunt! 

These are some activities you can print off for your family to use during the Sunday morning message. This week we have an Easter colouring sheet, a find and seek activity for the younger ones and a specially made Easter Sunday Message Notes sheet for the primary aged children to use to respond to this week’s message from Richard Jones. Stay online on Sunday to take part in our very special and super egg-citing Easter egg hunt – there’s even a prize to be one!!!

Encounter Jesus Together

Here are more fun ideas to look at the Easter Story as a family from Together At Home – this link includes a variety of prayer activities as well as colouring sheets for you to do

This week:

This week’s HotRock Families Facebook challenge:

This week we would like you to make a scene from the Easter story using either lego or any of your toys. Tell us which part of the story you are showing and post a photo to our HotRock Families Facebook group. 

Week 3

Sunday 5th April

Watch & Listen

Sing this week’s song

Let’s Dance!

Let’s get fit and have some fun with “The Monkey”.
Make sure your parents join in too!!

Watch this week’s Bible story

Older Primary

Pre School

HotRock Stories

Welcome to our HotRock Stories. Each week Lisa is going to share with you one of her favourite stories about the Bible. These are short videos for you to enjoy watching with your 3-7 year olds so snuggle up with your teddy and each other and enjoy!

Click on the image to play 

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

This week we are recommending a couple of great apps for your children to use at home on phones or tablets

Guardians of Ancora App 

A free virtual world app for 8-11 year olds which brings Bible stories alive.

Guardians of Ancora

Superbook Kids Bible App suitable for primary aged children 

This FREE Kids Bible App brings the Bible to life for the entire family with an easy to understand Bible, videos and fun engaging Bible games. Featuring 26 full-length, free episodes from the Emmy nominated Superbook animation series that includes David and Goliath, Daniel in the Lions’ Den, the Miracles of Jesus, The First Christmas, He Is Risen and more!

Superbook Kids Bible

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 we show you how to make a flip flop to walk with Jesus (preschool) or use rainbows to help you pray and encourage others. Let’s also make sure we show our thanks to everybody who is working to keep us safe and fed by making a big sign! 

We’d love to see photos of what you make so do share them at @livingrockchurch on Instagram or on our HotRock Families Facebook page.

Preschool

Primary

Go on a rainbow prayer hunt around your house. Can you find something to match each of the colours to help us to pray for lots of different people today? Make an encouragement rainbow to help other people on your street to know God’s promises – choose one of the verses on the sheet to help you. 

You could make playdough in different colours and pray as you make your rainbow 

All

Make a Thank You sign to go in your front window to say thank you to all those who are working to keep us safe – you could draw round your hands to decorate it.

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! 

These are some activities you can print off for your family to use during the Sunday morning message. There’s an adventure trail for the preschool and younger primary children and one is a “What does Sunday’s message mean to me” sheet for older and younger primary 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.

Memory verse: Hebrews 11:1 (ICB) Faith means being sure of the things we hope for. And faith means knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.

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:

I can Listen to God

NB. sourced from: https://adventureswithjesus.co.uk/

Preschool:

Messages from God

NB. sourced from: https://www.powerpackministries.co.uk/

This week’s HotRock Families Facebook challenge:

Try saying the memory verse while showing us your best dance moves! Shout out the verse and dance to this song “Dance” by Planetshakers or another one that is your favourite! Make up some actions too if you like!

Memory verse: Hebrews 11:1 (ICB)  Faith means being sure of the things we hope for. And faith means knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.

New: Join us for HotRock at Home Live every Thursday at 2pm on HotRock Families Facebook Live for fun bible story telling, silliness and games. We’d love you to join us

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.