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We Are Family...

We Are Family...

...baptized into the Body of Christ!

Younger Set

• Ask, "What is your favorite activity to do with your family?"

• Say, "When you were baptized, God made you part of His family of believers. He is your Father and Jesus is your brother! :) Let's make the sign of the cross on our foreheads and chests to praise God for our baptisms." Adults and children do this together.

• Say, " Everyone at our church, Emmanuel, is also a big family. And our Connection Group is a smaller family of that larger family. That makes all of us sisters and brothers in Christ! What is your favorite activity to do with our Emmanuel family or Connection Group family?"

• Say, "I would like to say a prayer for all these families we have talked about. This is a prayer the Holy Spirit gave to Paul for God's church family in Ephesus and for our families today:

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, 21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." (Ephesians 3)

• Provide paper and markers, colored pencils, etc. for children/youth to draw a picture of their families while the adults continue their discussion time.

Points to Ponder - Praise God for His design of family! How has He worked in and through me with my birth/adopted family... with the Emmanuel church family... with the worldwide 'Body of Christ' family? Who do I know that does not yet belong to the 'Family of God'?  In what ways can my Connection Group help me live the Gospel with this person?

READ Ephesians 2:17-22 NIV

17He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

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