Teaching the Word of God
so that children can come to know and love Jesus
and put their faith and grow in Him.
Union Kids at Home
Although we aren’t able to meet in person for the unforeseeable future doesn’t mean we aren’t able to learn about God’s great love together! God gave parents everything they need to take care of their children, including being their spiritual guide and this is a great opportunity for families to come together and open God’s word. While we are in quarantine our ministry has been able to provide meaningful weekly lessons to guide your family through your church time. Our lessons have been keeping with our new study that we began in the beginning of this year, The Gospel Project for Kids (LifeWay) and each week parents on our mailing list and in our Facebook group receive:
We desire to empower our students to learn, worship, and ask kid-friendly questions all in a safe environment. We seek to come along students and their families as their friends and mentors and to embody God’s love for them, all through the power of the Holy Spirit, God’s Word, and Prayer.
The Lesson for this Week
We've been learning in our recent church lessons about how God led the Israelites out of Egypt after hundreds of years of slavery. Before it was finally time to go and make their way to the promised land they had been instructed by God to make an unleavened bread, or bread without yeast, because there was too little time. When God told them to quickly leave they were able to grab their bread dough along with their other few belongings and follow Moses to the Red Sea.
You can make your own matza bread, or unleavened bread right at home. To follow Jewish rules for baking this bread you should use kosher salt, but for our fun learning purposes any salt will do. You would also need to make this bread from the time you pour the water into the flour until you pull it out of the oven in only 18 minutes. This is because it is believed the Israelites only had 18 minutes to pack their belongings and leave. This is a fun challenge to try, but again since we're just having fun you don't need to time yourselves. Follow the recipe below and watch the video to follow along.
I also encourage you to read the story of Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread in Exodus 11 and 12 while you enjoy your Matza as a snack!
1 cup all-purpose flour (plus extra)
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon olive oil
½ teaspoon (kosher) salt
Preheat oven to 475°F with pizza stone or heavy cooking sheet already in the oven so it heats up with the oven.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, oil and water together until a ball comes together. Use more flour or more water if needed (the dough shouldn’t be too wet or too dry, and should be like a ball of play-doh).
Divide the ball into 6 pieces. Sprinkle flour on to your cooking surface and on rolling pin as needed so dough doesn’t stick. Roll each piece very, very thin. Way back in the day, matzoh wasn’t square, so just let the dough dictate the shape, we’re just concerned about getting it as thin as possible.
Slide the dough on to the preheated baking stone and bake for about 2 to 3 minutes and then flip the dough to bake the other side.
The matza will be golden and crisp when it is done. Let it cool on a rack.
Union Kids Children’s Church
Every Sunday morning during both services, kids will begin the time with their parents and then be dismissed to gather for Children’s Church. This is a time each week where they will learn to grow together, in community, and follow a fun and God-centric curriculum.
We began 2020 by learning through the Bible with The Gospel Project for Kids (LifeWay). Each week we learn together through a different Bible story in chronological order. Our morning is spent learning our story and then separate into appropriate age groups and participate in an engaging activity to help emphasize what the students have learned that day. We begin and close each class with prayer, in which we encourage our students to actively participate.
This class is for kids ages 4-12 years and meets in the Anderson Room located on the first floor.