2021 Gopher Buddies Quiet Time (Sample)

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A note to parents This Quiet Time is a great opportunity to help your child develop a relationship with God. Enjoy having fun with your child as you explore the Bible together. Each day has a Scripture passage for you to read to your child. Next, share the instructions for one of the many activities that will help your child develop key skills as they learn. Finally, read the I Can Pray section to your child as you guide them in prayer. What a wonderful time you will share with each other as you have a quiet time together! Here are some tips to help your child with their quiet time: 1. Have a pencil and crayons available for activities. 2. Sit down together at a regular time each day. 3. Use the Bible to look up references with your child. 4. Talk through the activity and personal application. 5. Complete the week by documenting how many days were completed and writing an encouraging note.

Family Devotions Word of Life publishes a Quiet Time for all age groups. Each Quiet Time uses the same Scripture passage for the week. This makes it easier for your whole family to discuss the Word of God together.

The Gopher Buddies Program If your child is participating in a Gopher Buddies ministry at your church, go to the back of this book to find program requirements and the foldout Gopherville progress chart.

God loves you and wants to spend time with you! Parents’ Note: Read this section to your child. A quiet time is a special time that you have each day to learn more about God and how He wants you to live. During this time, God speaks to you through His Holy Word, the Bible, and you speak to God through prayer. What an exciting adventure! Having this time every day with God will help you grow closer to Him. Your Quiet Time will help you have this time each day with God. Every day you will have a Bible verse read to you. After you listen to the verse, there is a fun activity for you to do. Then you can spend a special time with God in prayer.

Meet Your Gopher Buddies

Introducing the Gopher family! Father, Mother, Andy, and Emily want to go with you on your adventure this year. Together, you can start digging deeper in God’s Word.

Spending time with God in prayer Keeping a personal prayer diary will help you to remember to pray for people and their needs. It also reminds you to thank God and to tell others when He answers your prayers. Use the spaces on the prayer pages to draw pictures or write the names of special people you want to pray for. Don’t forget to include the things for which you are thankful.

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My Prayer Diary These pages are where you can draw a picture or write words to remind you to pray for special people or things that you care about.

Ephesians 1:5

God knows all things. When you believe in Jesus, God calls you His child.

Color the picture below. Are you part of His family? Talk to your parents or an adult at church if you are not sure.

Thank God for His great love for you.

Ephesians 1:12

As a child of God, you should obey His Word and do things that make Him happy. When you obey God, you are telling Him thank you for making you His child.

Write the beginning letter sounds on the lines to spell out what your good actions say to God.

Ask God to help you do things that make Him happy.

Ephesians 1:19

God has great power and mighty strength. He shares this with you so you can do great things for Him.

Power begins with the letter sound P. Draw a around the pictures that begin with the letter sound P. Write the letters P and p in the blanks.

Thank God for giving you strength to do good things when you ask Him.

Ephesians 2:4-5

God is kind, forgiving, and loving. He wanted to save you from your sin even before you knew Him.

Draw a    from 1 to 12. Trace the letters written on the cross to see what God says to you. 7• 6• •9

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Thank God for being so kind and forgiving.



Ephesians 2:8-9

By believing that Jesus died for your sins, God saves you from your sin. It is His gift to you. You cannot work for the gift. You only have to accept it.

Jesus offers the free gift of salvation to everyone. Use the color code to color the picture.

Thank God for His free gift of salvation.

Ephesians 2:18

You can pray to God without having someone else pray for you. You can pray to God anytime you want.

These children are praying at different times of the day. Write 1, 2, or 3 in the circles to show the order.

Tell God thank you for always listening when you pray.

Ephesians 2:19

When you ask Jesus to save you from your sin, you are part of God’s family and no longer a stranger to God.

Others who are saved are called your brothers and sisters in Christ. Draw a to take the boy through the path to meet Jesus.

Thank God for your church, Christian friends, and family.

What is Gopher Buddies? Gopher Buddies is a special program designed to teach Early Learners foundational truths from Scripture.

How does the program work? Children grow through applying the following five disciplines:

Quiet Time

Quiet Time is a time your child spends each day having the Bible read to them and learning to apply it to their lives. It also includes a time of prayer and an ageappropriate activity.

Scripture Memory

Your child will be learning a Bible verse each month by playing review games at Gopher Buddies. You can review these verses with your child at home using the verse list in the front of your child’s Quiet Time.

Bible Study

A Bible lesson is taught each week using various teaching techniques to help young children learn about God, the Bible, Jesus, Sin, Christian Growth, and the Church. There are also lessons to help teach your child character traits as well as themed lessons for Christmas, Easter, Parent and Friend Nights.

Selected Reading

Your child will enjoy listening to carefully selected books as they are read throughout the year at Gopher Buddies.

Christian Service

Christian Service activities listed in the front of the Quiet Time give you and your child the opportunity to learn about serving God and others together. There will also be Christian Service activities at Gopher Buddies for the children to do as a group throughout the year.

Requirements Membership, Levels 1, 2, 3

Your child can earn a membership sticker by attending Gopher Buddies three times; saying one Bible verse; and saying the Gopher Buddies motto (Digging Deeper in God's Word). The membership sticker is to be placed on the identification tag of their tote bag. There are three levels of achievement your child can earn throughout the year. To complete each level, your child needs to be faithful in Quiet Time; complete one Christian Service activity at home or at Gopher Buddies; learn and say three Scripture memory verses; and read or listen to one selected reading book at Gopher Buddies.

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You will find a fold-out chart of Gopherville, home of the Gopher family, in the back cover of this Quiet Time. As your child completes each activity or requirement for the various levels of achievement, they will be awarded a sticker to place on the Gopherville chart. You will want to make note of new stickers your child receives and encourage their progress along the way.

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Verse 5

Stickers are placed on the Gopherville chart in the white areas from the top of the chart to the bottom.

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When a level is completed the character sticker is awarded.

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Verse stickers are placed numerically as they are learned.


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James 1:22

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Psalm 48:1a Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised.

John 3:2b For no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

Luke 18:1b That men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Please refer to the Home Connection pages for the verse your child should be learning. (This Quiet Time contains scripture memory verses in five translations. You may remove any sheets that are not needed.)


Psalm 5:161a hew122: Matt

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works.

Proverbs 25:28 Exodus 24:7b All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient.

s 3:13 ssian118: Colo 1a b Psalm

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good.

Ephesians Proverbs 12:22 4:32a And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another.

1b 35c 89: Actslm20: Psa

With my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.


Quiet Time Schedule Options The following chart displays the Bible books and chapters for this year’s quiet times. All quiet times cover the same passages each day so the whole family can stay connected to God’s Word. Two schedules have been included, or you can create your own for your group or family. 2021-22 2022 Academic Calendar Week # Books/Chapters Schedule Schedule Schedule week 1 Ephesians 1-2 Aug 29 - Sep 4 Jan 2 - Jan 8 week 2 Ephesians 3-4 Sep 5 - Sep 11 Jan 9 - Jan 15 week 3 Ephesians 5-6 Sep 12 - Sep 18 Jan 16 - Jan 22 week 4 2 Samuel 5-15 Sep 19 - Sep 25 Jan 23 - Jan 29 week 5 2 Samuel 18-24 Sep 26 - Oct 2 Jan 30 - Feb 5 week 6 John 1 Oct 3 - Oct 9 Jan 6 - Feb 12 week 7 John 2-3, Psalm 119 Oct 10 - Oct 16 Feb 13 - Feb 19 week 8 Psalm 119 Oct 17 - Oct 23 Feb 20 - Feb 26 week 9 John 4-5 Oct 24 - Oct 30 Feb 27 - Mar 5 week 10 John 5, Psalm 119 Oct 31 - Nov 6 Mar 6 - Mar 12 week 11 Psalm 119, John 6 Nov 7 - Nov 13 Mar 13 - Mar 19 week 12 John 6-8 Nov 14 - Nov 20 Mar 20 - Mar 26 week 13 John 8, Psalm 107 Nov 21 - Nov 27 Mar 27 - Apr 2 week 14 Isaiah 1-40 Nov 28 - Dec 4 Apr 3 - Apr 9 week 15 Isaiah 40-66 Dec 5 - Dec 11 Apr 10 - Apr 16 week 16 Philippians 1-2 Dec 12 - Dec 18 Apr 17 - Apr 23 week 17 Philippians 2-4 Dec 19 - Dec 25 Apr 24 - Apr 30 week 18 Hebrews 1-3 Dec 26 - Jan 1 May 1 - May 7 week 19 Hebrews 4, John 9-10 Jan 2 - Jan 8 May 8 - May 14 week 20 John 10-11 Jan 9 - Jan 15 May 15 - May 21 week 21 John 11-12, Exodus 1 Jan 16 - Jan 22 May 22 - May 28 week 22 Exodus 1-4 Jan 23 - Jan 29 May 29 - Jun 4 week 23 Exodus 5-8 Jan 30 - Feb 5 Jun 5 - Jun 11 week 24 Exodus 9-11, Hebrews 5 Feb 6 - Feb 12 Jun 12 - Jun 18 week 25 Hebrews 5-7 Feb 13 - Feb 19 Jun 19 - Jun 25 week 26 Hebrews 7-9 Feb 20 - Feb 26 Jun 26 - Jul 2 week 27 Hebrews 10, Psalm 139 Feb 27 - Mar 5 Jul 3 - Jul 9 week 28 John 13-14 Mar 6 - Mar 12 Jul 10 - Jul 16 week 29 John 14-17 Mar 13 - Mar 19 Jul 17 - Jul 23 week 30 John 17-19 Mar 20 - Mar 26 Jul 24 - Jul 30 week 31 John 19-21, Exodus 12 Mar 27 - Apr 2 Jul 31 - Aug 6 week 32 Exodus 12-14 Apr 3 - Apr 9 Aug 7 - Aug 13 week 33 Exodus 15-17, Revelation 1 Apr 10 - Apr 16 Aug 14 - Aug 20 week 34 Revelation 1-3 Apr 17 - Apr 23 Aug 21 - Aug 27 week 35 Rev 3, Psalm 114, Exodus 19-24 Apr 24 - Apr 30 Aug 28 - Sep 3 week 36 Exodus 24-34 May 1 - May 7 Sep 4 - Sep 10 week 37 Exodus 40, Romans 1-2 May 8 - May 14 Sep 11 - Sep 17 week 38 Romans 2-5 May 15 - May 21 Sep 18 - Sep 24 week 39 Romans 5-8 May 22 - May 28 Sep 25 - Oct 1 week 40 Romans 8, 2 Chronicles 1-9 May 29 - Jun 4 Oct 2 - Oct 8 week 41 2 Chronicles 12-34 Jun 5 - Jun 11 Oct 9 - Oct 15 week 42 2 Chronicles 34, Hebrews 11 Jun 12 - Jun 18 Oct 16 - Oct 22 week 43 Hebrews 12-13 Jun 19 - Jun 25 Oct 23 - Oct 29 week 44 2 Timothy 1-2 Jun 26 - Jul 2 Oct 30 - Nov 5 week 45 2 Timothy 3-4 Jul 3 - Jul 9 Nov 6 - Nov 12 week 46 Proverbs 14-16 Jul 10 - Jul 16 Nov 13 - Nov 19 week 47 Proverbs 16-26 Jul 17 - Jul 23 Nov 20 - Nov 26 week 48 Romans 9-11 Jul 24 - Jul 30 Nov 27 - Dec 3 week 49 Romans 12-15 Jul 31 - Aug 6 Dec 4 - Dec 10 week 50 Romans 16, Proverbs 20-21 Aug 7 - Aug 13 Dec 11 - Dec 17 week 51 Proverbs 21-23, Revelation 4-5 Aug 14 - Aug 20 Dec 18 - Dec 24 week 52 Revelation 19-22 Aug 21 - Aug 27 Dec 25 - Dec 31