July 25/26
Don’t miss the Weekend Worship Services
> Join worship online at saintandrews.churchonline.org!
> Four services are available: Saturday 5 p.m. (Contemporary), Sunday 9 a.m. (Traditional), Sunday 10:15 a.m. (Contemporary), and Sunday 4 p.m. (The Depot Church).

Getting Ready:

You will need:
  • internet access for song and activity links;
  • Spark Story Bible or Connect Bible.

What is Faith5?

Faith5 is a simple faith practice that can be done at bedtime, after a meal, or at a special time for quiet each day. Faith5 includes five simple steps:
  • Share your highs and lows
  • Read a Bible verse or story
  • Talk about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows, or what you heard that feels important
  • Pray for one another’s highs and lows
  • Bless one another

Our July 25/26 Faith5 Lesson:

Gather everyone in a comfortable spot and get settled in.
  1. Invite each member of your family to share their highs and lows for the day. You can use the words blessings and bummers instead. Someone might choose to pass or not have anything to share, and that’s ok.
  2. Read the Gospel text found in Matthew 14:13-21 on page 1090 in the Connect Bible, or read Jesus Feeds 5,000 (Spark Story Bible pg. 426).
  3. Talk about the Spark Bible story or Gospel text, taking turns offering what you heard that relates to high/lows or what felt important.
  4. Pray for one another’s highs and lows. These words can help you get started – “Dear Jesus, thank you the blessings you give us each and every day – a warm bed to sleep in, good food to eat and people who love us. Please bless others with what they need, too. Thank you for (blessings). Today, please help me with (bummers). Please help me share the love of God, today and every day. Amen.”
  5. Bless one another. Take turns making the sign of the cross on each other’s foreheads, saying simply, “God loves you and so do I.”
Song: “My God is So Big”
God can do anything! Sing along with this favorite – enjoy doing the motions!
My God Is So Big | Bible Adventure Worship | LifeKids

Activity: Faith5 Bonus Devotion and Learning

Read 2 Kings 4:42-44 for a mid-week devotion after dinner or at bedtime. This is an Old Testament story about the prophet Elisha feeding 100 people with just 20 loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain from a sack. Ask: how is this story similar to the Parable of the Loaves and Fishes? What do you know about Elisha? Do a Google search and find out about Elisha’s life as a prophet. He lived in the 8th Century BC! What amazing things have you seen God do in the world to provide for people in need? How does God call us to action? How does God stir your heart to make a difference?
Bonus Content: Jesus Feeds 5,000 Extras
Check out faithsprouts.blogspot.com (linked above) for excellent ways to reinforce this story, including an object lesson, a game and crafts. These are perfect activities for a rainy day and the supplies should be readily available in your home.