family ministry

CARING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY 

FAMILY WORSHIP Saturdays 4pm

We know it has been a hard season for families with younger children, especially as it has been more difficult or impossible for some of us to worship together on Sundays. We hope to remedy that a little with a special, family-focused time where we can more safely pray, praise, and proclaim Jesus together and still get home for a family dinner!  

We'll be using our engaging Family Ministry videos with mini Gospel lessons in a compact, child-friendly service. Our printed handouts will be available to take home in both younger and older child versions.  

HELPFUL REMINDERS

  • We will use the front entrance.

  • We will meet in the Sanctuary. In addition to the Sanctuary being sanitized, meeting on Saturdays means no one has been in the Sanctuary for several days.

  • We will sit together as families, social distancing by spreading out across the Sanctuary. 

  • Masks are required for all. This will help keep everyone healthy. You can bring your own and we will also have provide masks. 

  • Sanitizer is available throughout the Sanctuary. 

  • The Cafe bathrooms will be available as will the family bathroom and Nursery. 

  • On Communion weeks, we will share Communion with sealed packages of bread and juice. 

  • You can give using the offering box in the Sanctuary. 

Lead your children at home with all of our Sunday resources

Zechariah the Prophet

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KIDS AGES 4-6
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KIDS AGES 7-11
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Zechariah the Prophet

Zechariah was a priest who had been born in Babylon. He had returned to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel. At this time, the prophet Haggai was bringing God’s message to His people. The Judean exiles were struggling to finish rebuilding God’s temple. In fact, several years had passed without progress on the temple when God called Zechariah to prophesy to His people.

 

Zechariah’s message was twofold: first, look back and remember the past. Second, look forward and prepare for the future. God wanted His people to learn from the mistakes of their parents and grandparents who had ignored the prophets’ warnings. Zechariah set out to encourage the people.

 

The Book of Zechariah is organized into eight visions, four messages, and two oracles. The visions Zechariah saw each symbolized something God would do—such as rebuild Jerusalem, judge Israel’s enemies, and remove national sin. (See Zech. 1–6.) A couple of years later, God spoke to Zechariah again. This time, God spoke four messages to respond to a question the people had about fasting. (Zech. 7:3)

 

In the last six chapters, Zechariah changed the subject to the future of God’s kingdom. Chapters 9–12 are rich with Messianic prophecy; the words are quoted often in the New Testament. Compare Zechariah 9:9 with John 12:15; Zechariah 11:13 with Matthew 27:9; and Zechariah 12:10 with John 19:37.

 

Remember God’s promise: “A king is coming.” Zechariah’s visions were significant to the reality of God’s people at that time, but a greater reality awaited. Zechariah pointed to Jesus, the coming deliverer who would be struck and pierced to take away sin. God would deal with His people’s enemies. He would cleanse His people. “They will call on my name, and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God” (Zech. 13:9). Under the rule of King Jesus, our future is incredibly bright.

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Stay Connected 

Stay discipling 

Step 1 On Sunday, start off by praying with your whole family. Let your children know that you're entering into a time of worship and are seeking the Lord's help in understanding what He will reveal to us. 

 

Step 2 Use the videos and teaching prompts to guide your children through the lesson. It is helpful for children to practice holding the Bible, looking up the Scripture, and reading or hearing you read directly from the Bible.  

 

Step 3 Continue the learning with the age-specific Handout. Throughout your week, the lesson can be reinforced through the page's creative activities, Bible story review and application questions, the Christ Connection main idea, and activities you can share as a family. 

Step 4 Continue to regularly share the Gospel with your children. This useful primer HOW TO PRESENT THE GOSPEL TO A CHILD will be helpful. 

GRACE RIVER 
PO BOX 1036
CLAREMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE 03743

603.542.2344 // office@graceriver.life

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