I have provided a basic outline, not a word-for-word format, because your children will enjoy hearing things from your perspective. Their answers and understanding will dictate how deep your conversations go and what direction they will take. Have fun!
Whooo is God? An Autumn Family Bible Adventure
Bats: God, Our Protector, Never Sleeps
Intro: What do you know about bats? When do they sleep? What makes bats creepy to some people? Are bats creepy because they stay awake at night?
Here are some fun facts about bats.
Prayer: Name some things that you think are creepy or don’t like. Thank God for being bigger than our fears and the things we don’t like. Thank him for His protection.
Thoughts to Ponder:
- Just because we don’t like something, does that mean that is dangerous? Can you think of something you don’t like that isn’t dangerous at all? There is probably a fruit or vegetable that you don’t like, even though you aren’t allergic to it. Sometimes things we don’t like might actually be good for us!
- When you do encounter scary or dangerous things, does knowing God is always with you make you feel better? Did you know that God never sleeps and He always knows what is happening with us? God is awake at night, when the bats are out flying about. Bats rarely ever hurt people, so we don’t need to be afraid. But even if we did, God would be there watching, even in the middle of the night.
- In times when you are scared, how can you draw on the strength of God to help you?
Key Verses: Psalm 121 HCSB
The Lord Our Protector
1 I lift my eyes toward the mountains.
Where will my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to slip;
your Protector will not slumber.
4 Indeed, the Protector of Israel
does not slumber or sleep.
5 The Lord protects you;
the Lord is a shelter right by your side.
6 The sun will not strike you by day
or the moon by night.
7 The Lord will protect you from all harm;
He will protect your life.
8 The Lord will protect your coming and going
both now and forever.
If you like something a bit more traditional, try Don Moen’s “He Never Sleeps.”
- Enjoy a bat cupcake together.
- Do some educational bat activities together, as suggested by the Wild Kratts. You could even build a bat house!
Spread the Love:
- Learn about The Pillowcase Project and pack a pillowcase with emergency preparedness supplies.
- Make a pillowcase for a sick child. Give it to someone locally or donate it to the One Million Pillowcase Challenge.
Check out the bats on my Fall Pinterest Board for more ideas!
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