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 Time of Rome, Maps, New Testament (January)

Please do THREE of the following, including the one starred.  Get the reporting sheet here.

Reading

The apocrypha is a group of books that Roman Catholics and Orthodox churches include in the Bible. Most protestant denominations do not. However, this group of books were written in the time between the Old and New Testaments. Some of the books add to stories already in the Bible, like Daniel and Esther. Others are completely different stories. Choose one of the books of the apocrypha and read 7 or 8 chapters. What is the story about? Does it tell you anything about what was important to the people in the times between the Old and New Testaments? If so, what?

 

*Writing

Take a look at this world map (find it here). Use the maps in the back of your Bible to color and label where New Testament Israel is. Next, choose a different color to color and label the entire Roman empire from Jesus’ day. Find, color, and label Egypt as well. Look at a modern map. What countries are in this area today? List them on the side of your map.

On this larger map of Israel (find it here), label some of the important cities that Jesus visited during his travels. Include Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Bethany, and Sidon and Tyre. Hint: one of the maps at the back of your Bible can help you with this.

 

Listening

Ask three different people about their memories of a major event that happened before your time. It might be the moon landing, 9/11, the assassination of John F. Kennedy or some other major historical event before you were born. Ask them what they remember and how it has made a difference in their life.

Now think about a major historical event you remember, something like the pandemic, and consider how you think this event might change how you live or what you believe.

 

Watching

Think about a TV show or movie that depends on another TV show or movie in order to make sense. Try watching an episode of a TV show you’ve never seen starting in the middle of a season or series. Was it easy or hard to figure out what was happening without the previous episodes?

Would you say the New Testament is a spin-off of the Old Testament? A sequel? Part two of a series? How important do you think it is to know something about the Old Testament when you read the New Testament?

 

Creating

FAMILY   On a piece of paper (no bigger than 11x17), invite your family to join you in drawing some of your and their favorite activities and places. Each person can draw their own favorite activities and places but try and do it all at the same time on that one piece of paper.

How did it go? Did you have to negotiate space and elbow room? Did one person get more space than others?

The Holy Land, the place where Jesus’ life and the New Testament focuses attention is home to three major religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. They often have trouble living in peace as they attempt to share sacred spaces and land. What makes it difficult to share sacred space with others?

 

Doing

FAMILY   Have a crazy utensil meal at your home. (This is a fun activity we sometimes do at camp.) Choose a meal and then choose some of the wackiest kitchen utensils and tools you can find in your kitchen. Give one crazy utensil to each person as their “silverware” for the meal. Enjoy your dinner! Afterwards, think with your family about how easy or frustrating it was to have the wrong tools or missing tools for something as simple as eating a meal.

 

 Psalms, Wisdom Liturature, and Job (December)

Please do THREE of these options including the one starred.  Get the reporting sheet here.

*Reading

The books of wisdom are Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, Psalms, and the Song of Solomon (also sometimes called Song of Songs). Choose one of these books to do some reading in.

If you choose Proverbs or Psalms, choose any 8 chapters to read.

If you choose Job, read chapters 1-3, 38-42.

If you choose Ecclesiastes read chapters 1-3 and 9-12.

If you choose Song of Songs, read the whole thing (it is only 8 chapters).

What is one thing you learned about the book as you read? Did you find the poetry interesting or difficult to understand? Why?

 

Writing

Do a little reporting this week: interview 5 people and ask them to share their wisest words of wisdom. Follow up by asking why those words are so important to them. Put your findings together in a news story.

 

Watching

Watch the music videos for Turn Turn Turn by the Byrds(an adaptation of Ecclesiastes 3), and Song of Solomon by Melody Niche (an adaptation of Song of Solomon).

As you watch, what lyrics or phrases stand out to you? What do you hear in the words? Why do you think these Bible readings are labeled as wisdom?

 

Listening

Listen to the radio (any station), choose 4 songs you hear to look up the lyrics and see if you can categorize them as one of the four types of psalms (thanksgiving, lament, praise, or miscellaneous).

 

Creating

At the end of Job, God and Job both talk about how amazing the world that God created is. Create a collage of some of God’s spectacular creation. You can use whatever media you would like (photos, art, actual pieces of creation, or anything else) to create your work of art.

 

Doing

Make a list of people you know are suffering or having a hard time right now. They might be friends, family members, church members, or others that you have heard about who could use a pick-me-up.

Pick one person off your list to offer support or words of encouragement to and determine how best to do that. Think about what you would want to hear or receive if you were in their shoes. It may be someone could use a card, or a phone call, or a gift card, or a specific item to make their lives a little easier. Do what you think is best to support them during their difficult time.

 

Babylonian Captivity and the Prophets (November)

Please do THREE of these options including the one starred.  Get the reporting sheet here.

Reading

The call story of many of the prophets have a similar pattern to them. There is a divine encounter, and introduction or greeting, an objection to the call, a commissioning statement, and a sign of empowerment. Look up 2 of the following readings about the prophets and read the passage listed.

Isaiah 6:1-13,  Jeremiah 1:4-19,  Ezekiel 1:1-3:11,  Daniel 10:2-21

THEN

Fill in the chart on the recording sheet with a brief description of the part of the story that matches each part of the pattern and where you found it in the Bible.

 

*Writing

Think about some of what we have learned about the prophets of the Old Testament. They are called and often have some resistance to God’s call. They spoke for God to the people and often had difficult messages for the people and kings where they lived, and they often suffered for delivering their message from God.

Now look at the world around you and modern history. Who are other prophets that you see in our modern world? Pick one, do a little research about their lives. See if you can find information about each topic, their sense of call, their message, the community they primarily speak to, and if and how they have suffered for that message. Why would you call them a prophet? Write a brief 1-2 page “research paper” on the prophet you chose including what you learned.

 

Watching

FAMILY   The movie “Bruce Almighty” is not quite about a prophet, but it is about an encounter with God. Watch the movie with your family. See if you can spot certain scenes, like when Bruce asks for a sign and misses many, like the Israelites missing the signs that God wanted them to change their ways, or when Bruce finally figures out that he does indeed have the power of God and what he does with it at first, and then later when he begins to take things more seriously. What messages from God does Bruce have to deliver? Is he a good messenger of God? Why or why not?

 

Listening

Like the Israelite people, many around the world still live in all kinds of captivity. Some are forced into captivity and others, like refugees, make choices that still land them in an environment they can not control or leave. Take some time to listen to the story of a refugee. Click here to hear one.

 I would suggest "Episode Five: Salem’s Story" or "Episode Six: Afaf’s Story" as they are a little shorter. What is one thing you learned about the refugee situation from this person's story? What was most surprising to you?

 

Creating

Create a map. Be as creative as you would like as you think about how to put your life in a map form. Remember, maps use symbols and signs to convey their meaning. Think about, where have you come from? What wrong turns have you made over the years? What road finally got you to the present? Consider how you would symbolize your current location and then draw where you see your future going as well as some of the wrong ways you could go. What might keep you moving in the direction you want?

 

Doing

FAMILY   Think about what it must be like to not have a home or place to call your own. Consider what you might need while on the move or traveling for a long time. Research what current needs are at homeless or women’s shelters in your area and make a donation of some of those items.

  

Law, Judges, Ruth, Esther, and Kings (October)

Please do THREE of these options including the one starred.  Get the reporting sheet here.

Reading

We don’t often hear about the women of the Bible. Choose either the story of Esther or the story of Ruth and read the book in the Bible (neither are super long, don’t worry!). Make a timeline of the events of the story. What is one thing you can learn from these important women of the Bible?

 

Writing

Read about 2 of the judges in the book of Judges. Think about what qualities were important to a judge in those days. Now, create your own story of a judge. Give them a fun name, and then think about what makes them unique (do they have any special abilities), what “battle” they need to fight or problem then need to solve, and then how they would do it.

 

*Watching

Watch the VeggieTale video, King George and the Ducky.  Think about the good parts having a king, and the not so good parts of having a king.

THEN

The greatest king of Israel is King David, but David was not perfect. Watch this summary of David’s life as a king. Before he is a king, David is a lowly shepherd, and then a hero who defeats his enemies. But as a king, David is both a wonderful leader and a sinful human being. What is one thing good that David does while king? What is one really bad thing he does?

 

Listening

Look for someone in your life who may be different from you (ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, different social status, etc.) Talk to them about rules or laws that they find difficult to follow or that discriminate against them in some way. Think about any rules or laws that may discriminate against you or your family. How should any of these rules be made different? Should they even exist at all?

 

Creating

FAMILY Learn about the Jewish festival of Purim and make Hamantaschen, the traditional treats, with your family. Here’s a good recipe.  

Here is a little information about Hamantaschen

Here is a little information about Purim.

 

Doing

FAMILY   In the story of Esther, God is never mentioned, but God is definitely at work. What are some of the ways God is at work in your life? Ask your parents about a time that they knew God was working in their lives.

Who are some of the people that have show you that God is with you when you really needed it? Write a letter to one of these people. Thank them for being a part of your life, and for how they helped you to see God in your life.