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Hi Journey Kids parents!

One of the earliest followers of Jesus was a man named Joseph. Only nobody called him that. He was always building others up, so his friends nicknamed him Barnabas – which means “son of encouragement.” Isn’t that a great nickname to have? When others were in need, Barnabas gave generously. When others were struggling, Barnabas jumped in to help. When others were feeling discourages, Barnabas was ready with an encouraging word. The church needed – and still needs – men and women like Barnabas!

When it’s time to begin, start your morning of family worship by watching the short lesson video with your kids. [You can access the video here.] It’s a great way to engage spiritually with your family.

Here is a snapshot of the lesson details for this week:

Bible Story: Barnabas the Encourager

Big Idea: God wants us to build His church by encouraging others.

Memory Verse: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11a (NIrV)

After the video lesson and music, you can use the attached materials to help take your family deeper into the lesson:

God calls us to be encouragers – to build one another up. Who can you encourage this week – through generosity, through help, or just through a kind word? If you can’t think of anyone, ask God to open your eyes to opportunities to carry on Barnabas’ legacy of encouragement.


Jennifer Foley

Jennifer Foley is the Children's Ministry Leader at Abundant Life.


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