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2020-2021 Sunday School 

Each week your BPC teachers will put together a series of lessons that you can do at home with your family or on your own. Follow the links below for fun videos, songs, and relaxation music. Be sure to download any PDF files for fun family activities. We hope enjoy learning about the ways in which you can find the presence of God in your lives through Jesus. 

Sunday School Lesson for January 17, 2021

This week we learn about "Friends Who Help" through the reading of Luke 5:17-26. As you listen for the Word, think about what it means to be friends in Christ. 

  • Click HERE and follow along with today's Growing in God’s Love video and story reading from BPC Children’s Ministry.
  • Talk about some of your friends and neighbors who may need help right now. What are ways you have or would try to help a friend dealing with a chronic illness or disability? Are there ways in which you can help them?
  • Watch the YouTube video “Friendship Soup Recipe” and wonder together: • What ingredients do you think are most important in friendship soup? • What ingredients do you think were missing from the video’s soup recipe? • Is all friendship soup the same or how might it vary between different people?
  • Have your family join together for a body prayer. Stand in a circle and have everyone repeat the following words and actions, being sure to begin and end the prayer with three deep breaths: 
    O God, you are above, (reach hands up to the sky)
    you are below, (bend down and touch toes)
    you are inside us, (place hands over heart)
    and all around us. (spread arms wide)
    I worship you. (reach hands up to the sky)
    I give myself to you. (bend down and then reach up and outward from toes)
    I love you (place hands over heart)with all that I am. (spread arms wide)
    Amen.

Sunday School Lesson for January 10, 2021

This week continues our Unit, “The Birth of Jesus.” The stories in this unit reflect the Annunciation, the birth, the visit of shepherds and the visit of the magi. These stories are important to our faith, telling the beginning of the journey of a babe who is the Son of God, the Messiah.

Our last lesson, “Visitors from the East,” highlights God’s love and trust. While many of us have learned about the three magi who visited Jesus as a baby, the bible provides very little information about the actual number! Maybe there were only two or maybe even ten – we just don’t know for sure. We know that the journey took them YEARS to complete and that Jesus was likely a toddler when they arrived. The magi were faithful in completing their task, trusting that the star would show them to the new king who they honored with gifts.

  • Click HERE to view today's Growing in God’s Love video and story reading from BPC Children’s Ministry
  • Watch the story of the Magi in this video.
  • We honor others by recognizing their needs when we provide them with meaningful gifts or do something for them. The children in “Giving Gifts for Kids in Need at Seattle Children’s Hospital” gave gifts to others because they understood that this was a difficult time in the lives of hospitalized children.
  • Children in higher grades may want to learn more. Take turns reading the following commentary from Working Preacher, “Magi Visit.” 
  • Have some fun and print by printing this activity Star and following the instructions below:
    • Collect markers, crayons, paint, etc.  
    • Think about a gift (or several gifts) that you could give to others this week and then write it on your star. Maybe it is taking out the garbage for your dad, sending a note to a friend who misses seeing others, playing your sibling’s favorite game even if you don’t really like it, setting the table, doing a sibling’s chore if they have a lot of homework, etc.
    • Decorate your star, cut it out, and then hang it up as a reminder for yourself. 

Sunday School Lesson for December 27, 2020

Hark the Herald, Angels sing! Glory to the newborn King! Christmas is the day that we celebrate Jesus’ birthday – Happy Birthday Jesus! As we celebrated the birth of Jesus on Friday, let’s continue to learn about the wonderful gift God shared with each of us, the best gift this year and every year.

Lesson for December 20 2020

This week continues our new Unit, “The Birth of Jesus.” The stories reflect the Annunciation, the birth, the visit of shepherds and the visit of the magi. These stories are important to our faith, telling the beginning of the journey of a babe who is the Son of God, the Messiah.

This second lesson, “A Baby is born,” highlights God’s love through giving and celebrates the birth of Jesus. God has given us the gift of God’s son Jesus in the world.  Did you know that you are also a gift to your family. You are a gift to your church community. Let’s wonder together how we can show God’s love by giving gifts to others and what these “gifts” might be.

Today's lesson:

  • Click HERE to view today's Growing in God’s Love video and story reading from BPC Children’s Ministry
  • Click HERE to watch a video celebrating the birth and gift of Jesus.
  • Just as Jesus is a gift to the world, let’s also remember that each of us has gifts to offer the world. as you watch "On the Night You Were Born

  • Let’s listen to and learn a Christmas carol that tells about Jesus’ Birth, Away in a Manger

  • Watch a video to connect to the census required in Nazareth. Mary and Joseph had to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem because the Emperor Augustus decreed that everyone be registered, or counted. The Roman ruler wanted a census taken. Watch the YouTube video “Getting an Accurate Count—2020 Census” to see how the census is taken in the United States today and why it is important.