Aug 212016
 

Early Childhood August Overview

Basic Truth: God loves me.

Key Question: Who does God love?

Bottom Line: God loves me.

Memory Verse: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord.”–Jeremiah 29:11a (Toddler Blue is just “For I know the plans I have for you.”)

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Toddler Blue: August

Bible Story Focus: Adam and Eve Sin Genesis 3

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about sin entering the world. Children will hear how sin makes good things bad, and God’s world wasn’t perfect anymore. Children will also learn how God loves us and has a plan for us, even though we make bad choices God has a plan to save us.

Toddler Green & Preschool Purple: August 21st and 28th

August 21st and 28th

Bible Story Focus: The Garden and the Fall • Genesis 3:14-15, Genesis 12:1-3

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about how sin entered the world. Children will see that even though Adam and Eve disobeyed God, He still loved them and has a plan for all of His people. This lesson will reinforce the idea that God loves His people and introduce the idea of keeping a promise.

Circle Time Question: (Preschool Purple Only)

August 21: What is something that grows in a garden?

August 28: What are some rules you have to follow in your home?

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Preschool Orange and Red: August 21

Bible Story Focus: The Fall • Genesis 3

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson children will learn about sin entering the world. Children will know that even though we sin against God, He still has a plan for us. We are all a part of God’s Big Story and even though we are sinful, God loves us.

Circle Time Question: What are some rules you have to follow in your home?

I Wonder Questions:

  • What was the rule about the special tree in the garden?
    • Adam and Eve’s only rule was not to eat the fruit on the special tree.
  • Did Adam and Eve follow that rule?
    • No, Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree.
  • Does God love us, even when we sin?
    • Yes! God loves us, even when we sin.

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will play blocks and talk about how rules keep us safe and then make a craft stick snake to take home. At 9:30 children will play Red Light, Green Light and make a pasta snake to take home.

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Elementary: Kindergarten-5th Grade

SUMMER OVERVIEW

This summer, Elementary Crossing Kids will take a closer look at The Apostles’ Creed.  The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest, most widely used Christian creed in the world with its earliest versions dating back over 1,600 years ago.  For centuries, parents and pastors have taught the Apostles’ Creed as “Christianity 101” to their children.  The Creed states in simple, scriptural language the essential facts of our faith, from creation of the world to the coming of Christ and the eternal life promised to all who believe.  Historically the creed has been used to correct error by reminding people of what’s true about the God of the Bible.  These words not only shape and affirm what we believe but also connect us to other Christians who have spoken these words throughout the centuries.

August 21st—I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH, THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS

Lesson Summary: After reviewing what they know about the Apostle’s Creed, children will learn the communion of saints is the body of Christ.

Kindergarten-4th Grade Classroom Activity: Children will write/draw different people who are a part of the communion of saints on blank puzzles.

Key Scripture:1 Corinthians 12:12-27

Ways to Follow Up:

  • What does it mean that we are the “body of Christ?” (It means we are all connected to Christ and connected to each other. God has brought us together into a family and we work together like a body has parts that work together.)
  • Who are the people in our church that you think have really important jobs? (Discuss people you know.)
  • Do you know that you and I also have a special role to play in our church? What are things we could do to serve or help friends at church? (Brainstorm ideas.)
  • If we are all in the body of Christ, how should we care for the other members? (We should love and support them however we can. When they hurt, we should hurt with them. When they are joyful, we should rejoice with them.)

Sermon Resources for Volunteers & Parents

August 21—The Holy Christian Church, the Communion of Saints

http://www.thevillagechurch.net/resources/sermons/detail/the-holy-catholic-church-the-communion-of-saints/

Aug 142016
 

Early Childhood August Overview

Basic Truth: God loves me.

Key Question: Who does God love?

Bottom Line: God loves me.

Memory Verse: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord.”–Jeremiah 29:11a (Toddler Blue is just “For I know the plans I have for you.”)

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Toddler Blue: August

Bible Story Focus: Adam and Eve Sin Genesis 3

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about sin entering the world. Children will hear how sin makes good things bad, and God’s world wasn’t perfect anymore. Children will also learn how God loves us and has a plan for us, even though we make bad choices God has a plan to save us.

Toddler Green & Preschool Purple: August 7th and 14th

Bible Story Focus: Creation Day 7: I am special to God • Genesis 2: 1-3, Psalm 139:13-15a, Jeremiah 1:5

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God resting after all that he created. Children will celebrate God’s creation, and learn that God made each of them too. Children will know that God loves them and has a plan for each of them, because He made them.

Circle Time Question: (Preschool Purple Only)

August 7: What is your favorite thing that God made?

August 14: Tell me one thing you know about babies.

Activities:

August 7: Children will play an alarm clock game.

August 14: Children will make a poster to take home.

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Preschool Orange and Red: August 14

Bible Story Focus: God made everything we could ever need. The Garden • Genesis 2:8-15

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about the Garden of Eden. Children will understand that God created a perfect paradise for Adam and Eve to live in because He loved them. Children will know that this is where God wanted all of His people to live because God loves all of His people.

Circle Time Question: What is something that grows in a garden?

I Wonder Questions:

  • What was the garden called that Adam and Eve lived in?
    • The garden was named Eden.
  • Were Adam and Eve alone in the garden?
    • No, it had animals and God was with them sometimes too.
  • What has God made to take care of you?
    • Children’s answers will vary.

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will play a game where they hunt for food and make a little garden to take home. At 9:30 children will play a “guess that job” game and make a good-smelling painting to take home.

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Elementary: Kindergarten-5th Grade

SUMMER OVERVIEW

This summer, Elementary Crossing Kids will take a closer look at The Apostles’ Creed.  The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest, most widely used Christian creed in the world with its earliest versions dating back over 1,600 years ago.  For centuries, parents and pastors have taught the Apostles’ Creed as “Christianity 101” to their children.  The Creed states in simple, scriptural language the essential facts of our faith, from creation of the world to the coming of Christ and the eternal life promised to all who believe.  Historically the creed has been used to correct error by reminding people of what’s true about the God of the Bible.  These words not only shape and affirm what we believe but also connect us to other Christians who have spoken these words throughout the centuries.

August 14th—I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

Lesson Summary: After reviewing what they know about the Apostle’s Creed, children will hear and see what it was like for Jesus’ followers to receive the Holy Spirit and learn that when we believe in Jesus we receive the Holy Spirit too.

Kindergarten-4th Grade Classroom Activity: Children will create a pinwheel to remind them of the wind that blew through the room when the apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit.

Key Scripture: Acts 1-5, John 15

Ways to Follow Up:

  • Release a balloon (you can purchase biodegradable balloons from Amazon) and watch it ascend into the sky. The balloon shows how Jesus ascended into Heaven.
  • What did the disciples see and feel when the Holy Spirit came into their hearts? (strong wind, flames that
    didn’t burn on everyone’s heads, they felt God’s promise in their hearts that they were God’s child.)
  • Can only the apostles receive the Holy Spirit? (No. The Bible tells us that all who believe in Jesus can
    receive the Holy Spirit.)
  • What did the disciples do after they received the gift of the Holy Spirit? (They went out and told people about Jesus!)

Sermon Resources for Volunteers & Parents

August 14—I believe in the Holy Spirit

http://www.thevillagechurch.net/resources/sermons/detail/i-believe-in-the-holy-spirit/ 

Aug 072016
 

Early Childhood August Overview

Basic Truth: God loves me.

Key Question: Who does God love?

Bottom Line: God loves me.

Memory Verse: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord.”–Jeremiah 29:11a (Toddler Blue is just “For I know the plans I have for you.”)

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Toddler Blue:

Bible Story Focus: Adam and Eve Sin Genesis 3

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about sin entering the world. Children will hear how sin makes good things bad, and God’s world wasn’t perfect anymore. Children will also learn how God loves us and has a plan for us, even though we make bad choices God has a plan to save us.

Toddler Green & Preschool Purple: August 7th and 14th

Bible Story Focus: Creation Day 7: I am special to God • Genesis 2: 1-3, Psalm 139:13-15a, Jeremiah 1:5

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God resting after all that he created. Children will celebrate God’s creation, and learn that God made each of them too. Children will know that God loves them and has a plan for each of them, because He made them.

Circle Time Question: (Preschool Purple Only)

August 7: What is your favorite thing that God made?

August 14: Tell me one thing you know about babies.

Activities:

August 7: Children will play an alarm clock game.

August 14: Children will make a poster to take home.

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Preschool Orange and Red: August 7

Bible Story Focus: I am special to God. • Psalm 139:13-15a, Jeremiah 1:5

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will understand that God made them and they are special to Him. Children will see that they are all different and unique and that’s part of what makes them so special. God did no make us all the same, he made just one of each of us and he loves us.

Circle Time Question: Tell me one thing you know about babies.

I Wonder Questions:

  • Who made you?
    • God made me!
  • Why did God make you?
    • God made me So I can praise Him.
  • How did God make you special?
    • (Allow kids to answer as they wish)

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will listen to an action song about how God made them. Then they will make a fingerprint craft to take home. At 9:30 children will make a face snack **please check outside your child’s door for allergies. Snack will include apples, carrots, and banana** and will make a poster to take home about themselves.

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Elementary: Kindergarten-5th Grade

SUMMER OVERVIEW

This summer, Elementary Crossing Kids will take a closer look at The Apostles’ Creed.  The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest, most widely used Christian creed in the world with its earliest versions dating back over 1,600 years ago.  For centuries, parents and pastors have taught the Apostles’ Creed as “Christianity 101” to their children.  The Creed states in simple, scriptural language the essential facts of our faith, from creation of the world to the coming of Christ and the eternal life promised to all who believe.  Historically the creed has been used to correct error by reminding people of what’s true about the God of the Bible.  These words not only shape and affirm what we believe but also connect us to other Christians who have spoken these words throughout the centuries.

August 7th—HE WILL COME AGAIN TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

Lesson Summary: After reviewing what they know about the Apostle’s Creed, children will hear how Jesus is our judge and knows everything we’ve ever done, said, or thought.

Kindergarten-5th Grade Classroom Activity: Children will write and draw sins to confess on coffee filters then watercolor over them to show Jesus covered their sins.

Key Scripture: Revelation 20:11-15; Romans 3:23

Ways to Follow Up:

  • Who is our judge sitting on a great, white throne? (Jesus.)
  • Is this the same Jesus who came and died for the sins of the world? (Yes!) What else do we know about Jesus? (good, kind, loving, our judge)
  • Why is it good news that Jesus is the one who will judge us and not someone else? (Because we know Jesus is our judge, we know He loves us and wants to make us as pure as this water! He is not eager to punish us. He calls everyone to come to Him because He is able to and willing to save everyone who comes to Him. He calls everyone to repent and trust in Him!)

Sermon Resources for Volunteers & Parents

August 7th– He Will Come Again to Judge the Living and the Dead

Jul 312016
 

Early Childhood July Overview

Basic Truth: God made me.

Key Question: Who made good things?

Bottom Line: God made good things.

Memory Verse: “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Genesis 1:31, NIV

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Toddler Blue:

Bible Story Focus: Genesis 1:20-2:3, Creation Days 5-7

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about the second half of the creation story. Children will know that God made good things, especially people. Children will hear that God made Adam and Eve to be like Him and to love him.

Toddler Green & Preschool Purple: July 17, 24, 31

Bible Story Focus: Creation Day 6

Day 6: Animals, Adam, and Eve • Genesis 1: 24-32, 2:4-22

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God creating the animals and Adam and Eve. Children will hear that God make people in His own image, and know that God makes good things. Throughout the summer children will learn that God made the whole world and everything in it. 

Circle Time Question: (Preschool Purple Only)

July 17: Have you ever been to a Zoo? What animals did you see?

July 24: What is the biggest animal you have ever seen? What’s the smallest?

July 31: What is your favorite thing your body can do? (Ex: Run, jump, hop, dance)

Activities:

July 17: Children will create animal magic scratch masks.

July 24  Children will play an animal surprise game.

July 31 Children will sing Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes to remind us God made all our parts!

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Preschool Orange and Red: July 31st

Bible Story Focus: God said it was all good. Day 7: Creation Celebration • Genesis 2:1-3

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson children will celebrate everything God created. We will review all of the weeks of creation and understand that on Day 7 God rested. This lesson will also reiterate the fact that God made good things.

Circle Time Question: What is your favorite thing that God made?

I Wonder Questions:

  • What did God do on Day 7?
    • He rested.
  • Who made the world?
    • God made the world.
  • Is this the same world God created all those years ago?
    • Yes! God created the world we live in

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will play an alarm clock game to talk about how God rested. Then they will make a creation poster to take home. Children at 9:30 will do a celebration freeze dance and make a creation wheel to take home.

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Elementary: Kindergarten-5th Grade

SUMMER OVERVIEW

This summer, Elementary Crossing Kids will take a closer look at The Apostles’ Creed.  The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest, most widely used Christian creed in the world with its earliest versions dating back over 1,600 years ago.  For centuries, parents and pastors have taught the Apostles’ Creed as “Christianity 101” to their children.  The Creed states in simple, scriptural language the essential facts of our faith, from creation of the world to the coming of Christ and the eternal life promised to all who believe.  Historically the creed has been used to correct error by reminding people of what’s true about the God of the Bible.  These words not only shape and affirm what we believe but also connect us to other Christians who have spoken these words throughout the centuries.

July 31—He Ascended to Heaven and Sits on the Right Hand of God the Father

Lesson Summary: Children will hear and see what it was like for Jesus’ followers to see Jesus ascend into Heaven.

Kindergarten-4th Grade Classroom Activity: Children will create a paper cup craft to remember Jesus’ ascension.

5th Grade at 9:30 and 11:00 Classroom Activity: Guess Who Left? game and small group discussion

Key Scripture: Acts 1:1-12

Ways to Follow Up:

  • Release a balloon (you can purchase biodegradable balloons from Amazon) and watch it ascend into the sky. The balloon shows how Jesus ascended into Heaven.
    • Ask: Can you imagine what it would be like to watch Jesus rise into Heaven? What did you think of when you watched the balloon? 
  • Will Jesus come back to earth someday? (Yes, he’s going to come down the same way he went up. He will be riding on the clouds and come back down to earth and we will see him with our own eyes.)
  •  Do we know when Jesus will come back? (No. The Bible tells us about Jesus’ return and no one knows when it will be. The Bible says to be ready at all times!)

Sermon Resources for Volunteers & Parents

July 3rd– He Ascended to Heaven and Sits on the Right Hand of God the Father

Jul 242016
 

Early Childhood July Overview

Basic Truth: God made me.

Key Question: Who made good things?

Bottom Line: God made good things.

Memory Verse: “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Genesis 1:31, NIV

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Toddler Blue: July 3-24

Bible Story Focus: Genesis 1:20-2:3, Creation Days 5-7

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about the second half of the creation story. Children will know that God made good things, especially people. Children will hear that God made Adam and Eve to be like Him and to love him.

Toddler Green & Preschool Purple: July 17, 24, 31

Bible Story Focus: Creation Day 6

Day 6: Animals, Adam, and Eve • Genesis 1: 24-32, 2:4-22

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God creating the animals and Adam and Eve. Children will hear that God make people in His own image, and know that God makes good things. Throughout the summer children will learn that God made the whole world and everything in it. 

Circle Time Question: (Preschool Purple Only)

July 17: Have you ever been to a Zoo? What animals did you see?

July 24: What is the biggest animal you have ever seen? What’s the smallest?

July 31: What is your favorite thing your body can do? (Ex: Run, jump, hop, dance)

Activities:

July 17: Children will create animal magic scratch masks.

July 24  Children will play an animal surprise game.

July 31 Children will sing Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes to remind us God made all our parts!

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Preschool Orange and Red: July 24th

Bible Story Focus:

Bible Story Focus: God made people so we can know Him.  Adam and Eve • Genesis 2:7,20-23; 3:8

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God creating people. Children will understand that God wanted us to know him; He wanted someone he could have a relationship with. Children will understand that they were designed by our creator, God.

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will sing Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes and make a stick person with sand to take home. At 9:30 children will play with different people figurines and make their own “person” to take home.

Circle Time Question: What is your favorite thing your body can do? (Ex: Run, jump, hop, dance)

I Wonder Questions:

  • What was the other thing God made on Day 6?
    • On day 6, God made people.
  • What did God say when He made people?
    • He said, “It is VERY good.”
  • Why did God make people?
    • God made people to praise Him!

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Elementary: Kindergarten-5th Grade

SUMMER OVERVIEW

This summer, Elementary Crossing Kids will take a closer look at The Apostles’ Creed.  The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest, most widely used Christian creed in the world with its earliest versions dating back over 1,600 years ago.  For centuries, parents and pastors have taught the Apostles’ Creed as “Christianity 101” to their children.  The Creed states in simple, scriptural language the essential facts of our faith, from creation of the world to the coming of Christ and the eternal life promised to all who believe.  Historically the creed has been used to correct error by reminding people of what’s true about the God of the Bible.  These words not only shape and affirm what we believe but also connect us to other Christians who have spoken these words throughout the centuries.

July 24—The Third Day He Rose Again from the Dead

Lesson Summary: Children will hear and see what it was like for Jesus’ followers to find an empty tomb and learn Jesus was raised from the dead.

Kindergarten-4th Grade Classroom Activity: Children will create a handprint craft to remember what it means that Jesus rose from the dead.

5th Grade at 9:30 and 11:00 Classroom Activity: Knot Challenge and discussion

Key Scripture: Matthew 27:59 – 28:20; Luke 24:1-32; John 19:38 – 20:18

 Ways to Follow Up:

  • What would it be like to know Jesus died a horrible death but then to see him alive again with your own eyes?
  • Which disciple didn’t believe Jesus was alive until he touched to wounds in Jesus’ hands? (Thomas.) Why do you think it was hard for him to believe Jesus was alive? Would it be hard or easy for you to believe?
  • How did the disciples know Jesus was really alive and not just a spirit or a ghost? (They touched him and saw him eat food. He ate breakfast with them.)

Sermon Resources for Volunteers & Parents

July 24th– The Third Day He Rose Again from the Dead 

Jul 172016
 

Early Childhood July Overview

Basic Truth: God made me.

Key Question: Who made good things?

Bottom Line: God made good things.

Memory Verse: “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Genesis 1:31, NIV

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Toddler Blue: July 3-24

Bible Story Focus: Genesis 1:20-2:3, Creation Days 5-7

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about the second half of the creation story. Children will know that God made good things, especially people. Children will hear that God made Adam and Eve to be like Him and to love him.

Toddler Green & Preschool Purple: July 17, 24, 31

Bible Story Focus: Creation Day 6

Day 6: Animals, Adam, and Eve • Genesis 1: 24-32, 2:4-22

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God creating the animals and Adam and Eve. Children will hear that God make people in His own image, and know that God makes good things. Throughout the summer children will learn that God made the whole world and everything in it. 

Circle Time Question: (Preschool Purple Only)

July 17: Have you ever been to a Zoo? What animals did you see?

July 24: What is the biggest animal you have ever seen? What’s the smallest?

July 31: What is your favorite thing your body can do? (Ex: Run, jump, hop, dance)

Activities:

July 17: Children will create animal magic scratch masks.

July 24  Children will play an animal surprise game.

July 31 Children will sing Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes to remind us God made all our parts!

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Preschool Orange and Red: July 3rd

Bible Story Focus: God made animals. Day 6: Animals • Genesis 1:24-25

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson children will learn about God creating the animals. Children will understand that this is something people cannot do, only God. Children learn about the sixth day of creation by hearing about different animals God created.

Circle Time Question: Have you ever been to a zoo? What animals did you see?

I Wonder Questions:

  • What did God make on Day 6?
    • On day six, God made Animals.
  • Why do you think God made animals?
    • God made animals for us to enjoy and take care of.
  • Who makes good things?
    • God makes good things.

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will do an animal sort and make a craft with animal stampers. At 9:30 children will play an animal surprise game and make an animal magic scratch mask to take home.

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Elementary: Kindergarten-5th Grade

SUMMER OVERVIEW

This summer, Elementary Crossing Kids will take a closer look at The Apostles’ Creed.  The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest, most widely used Christian creed in the world with its earliest versions dating back over 1,600 years ago.  For centuries, parents and pastors have taught the Apostles’ Creed as “Christianity 101” to their children.  The Creed states in simple, scriptural language the essential facts of our faith, from creation of the world to the coming of Christ and the eternal life promised to all who believe.  Historically the creed has been used to correct error by reminding people of what’s true about the God of the Bible.  These words not only shape and affirm what we believe but also connect us to other Christians who have spoken these words throughout the centuries.

 

July 17thSuffered Under Pontius Pilate; Was Crucified, Dead and Buried

Lesson Summary: Children will hear the story of Jesus’ trial, death, and resurrection.  They will learn that Jesus gave his life to rescue us from the power of sin.  He died the death that we deserve so that all who believe in Him and trust in Him as their savior can have everlasting life.

Classroom Activity: Cross Craft

Key Scripture: John 18-19

Ways to Follow Up:

  • Why was Jesus arrested? (The leaders felt threatened by him and they didn’t believe he was the son of God.)
  • Did Jesus deserve to be arrested? (NO – he was the perfect, holy son of God. Innocent in every way.)
  • What happened next?  (They took him to Pontius Pilate.  The people chose to free Barabbas rather than Jesus.  They beat him badly and nailed him to a cross.)
  • Why did Jesus die?  (Jesus gave His life for you and for me.  He died to rescue us from the power of sin.  He died the death that we deserve so that all who believe and trust in Him as their Savior can have everlasting life.)
  • All of the things that happened in this part of the Apostles’ Creed happened on a day we call “Good Friday.” Why do you think Christians can call what happened on this day “good?” (In order for our sin to be forgiven and for us to no longer be separated from God, Jesus had to die on the cross. Because of what happened on Good Friday, we are forgiven if we believe and trust in Jesus to be our Savior.)

Sermon Resources for Volunteers & Parents

July 3rd– Suffered Under Pontius Pilate; Was Crucified, Dead and Buried

Jul 032016
 

Early Childhood July Overview

Basic Truth: God made me.

Key Question: Who made good things?

Bottom Line: God made good things.

Memory Verse: “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Genesis 1:31, NIV

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Toddler Blue: July 3-24

Bible Story Focus: Genesis 1:20-2:3, Creation Days 5-7

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about the second half of the creation story. Children will know that God made good things, especially people. Children will hear that God made Adam and Eve to be like Him and to love him.

Toddler Green & Preschool Purple: July 3rd & 10th

Bible Story Focus: Creation Day 5: Fish and Birds • Genesis 1: 20-23

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God creating the birds and the fish. Children will celebrate the beauty of what God made, and know that God makes good things. Throughout the summer children will learn that God made the whole world and everything in it.

Activities:

July 3: Children will have Rainbow Fish story time.

July 10: Children will play a game where they walk like different birds.

Circle Time Question: (Preschool Purple Only)

July 3: What is your favorite creature in the ocean?

July 10: What is your favorite kind of bird?

Preschool Orange and Red: July 3rd

Bible Story Focus: God made objects in the sky. Day 4: Sun, Moon, Stars, Day, and Night • Genesis 1:14-19

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God creating day, night, and the heavenly bodies. Children will understand that this is something people cannot do, only God. Children will act out the fourth day of the creation story, expanding on their knowledge of what God created.

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will play a moving moons game and make a start dot-to-dot with pretzels and marshmallows. Please alert your child’s teacher if they cannot eat their pretzels or marshmallows. Children at 9:30 will play a bouncing suns game and make a sunshine memory verse craft to take home.

Circle Time Question: What is your favorite thing to look at in the sky?

I Wonder Questions:

What did God make on day 4? God made the Sun, Moon, and Stars on day 4.

What is your favorite thing God made in the sky? Sun, stars, moon, galaxies

What does God’s creation of the universe teach us? That God is a big God!

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Elementary: Kindergarten-5th Grade

SUMMER OVERVIEW

This summer, Elementary Crossing Kids will take a closer look at The Apostles’ Creed.  The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest, most widely used Christian creed in the world with its earliest versions dating back over 1,600 years ago.  For centuries, parents and pastors have taught the Apostles’ Creed as “Christianity 101” to their children.  The Creed states in simple, scriptural language the essential facts of our faith, from creation of the world to the coming of Christ and the eternal life promised to all who believe.  Historically the creed has been used to correct error by reminding people of what’s true about the God of the Bible.  These words not only shape and affirm what we believe but also connect us to other Christians who have spoken these words throughout the centuries.

Sunday, July 3rd Lesson Summary

Children will hear the story of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus. In this story, all three members of the trinity are present. After focusing on what it means that Jesus is the Father’s only son, we’ll examine what it means that He is our Lord.

Key Scripture

Matthew 3

Classroom Activity:

Kindergarten–4th Grade, and 5th Grade at 8:00 and 11:00: Puppet Theater
5th Grade at 9:30: Giants, Wizards and Elves game, and God the Son small group discussion

Follow Up Questions

  • In the story of Jesus’ baptism, we see each part of the trinity.  How does each person of the trinity appear?  (God the Father speaks, God the Son (Jesus) is being baptized, God the Holy Spirit descends as a dove.)
  • What does it mean that Jesus is Lord?  (He has all power and authority.  The word “Lord” is a lot like the word “boss.”  It means a person who is in control, who we can trust and should listen to.  In fact, Jesus’ name means “The Lord saves.”)

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July 3rd– And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord

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Jun 262016
 

Early Childhood June Overview

Basic Truth: God made me.

Key Question: Who made the world?

Bottom Line: God made the world.

Toddler Green and Preschool Memory Verse: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

Toddler Blue Memory Verse: “God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

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Toddler Blue: June 5-26th

Bible Story Focus: Creation Days 1-4 Genesis 1:1-19

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson children will learn about what God made the first four days of creation. Children will understand that only God can make something out of nothing, He is all-powerful. Children will also know that God made good things, in fact the world God created was perfect.

Toddler Green & Preschool Purple: June 19th and 26th

Bible Story Focus: Creation Days 3 and 4 (Day 3: Land, Seas, and plants. Day 4: Sun, Moon, and stars • Genesis 1: 9-19)

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God creating the land, seas, and plants as well as the sun, moon, and stars. Children will understand that this is something people cannot do, only God. Throughout the summer children will learn that God made the whole world and everything in it.

Activities:

June 19: Children will do a dirt find and talk about the plants God made.

June 26: Children will play a bouncing suns game

Circle Time Question: (Preschool Purple Only)

June 19: Have you ever been to the Ocean? What was it like?

June 26: What is your favorite thing to look at in the sky?

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Preschool Orange and Red: June 26th

Bible Story Focus: God made land and sea. God made sky and water.

Day 3: Land, Plants, and Sea • Genesis 1:9-13

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God creating the land, plants, and sea. Children will understand that this is something people cannot do, only God. Children will act out the third day of the creation story, expanding on their knowledge of what God created.

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will have a dirt find sensory activity and make play doh flowers to talk about the flowers God made. At 9:30 children will do a pumpkin seed toss and make a tree craft.

Circle Time Question: Have you ever been to the ocean? What is it like?

I Wonder Questions:

  1. What did God make on the third day? On the third day, God made the Land and Sea.
  2. What are the land and the water used for? God made the land and water to help people and animals to live.
  3. Who made the world? God made the world

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Elementary: Kindergarten-5th Grade

SUMMER OVERVIEW

This summer, Elementary Crossing Kids will take a closer look at The Apostles’ Creed.  The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest, most widely used Christian creed in the world with its earliest versions dating back over 1,600 years ago.  For centuries, parents and pastors have taught the Apostles’ Creed as “Christianity 101” to their children.  The Creed states in simple, scriptural language the essential facts of our faith, from creation of the world to the coming of Christ and the eternal life promised to all who believe.  Historically the creed has been used to correct error by reminding people of what’s true about the God of the Bible.  These words not only shape and affirm what we believe but also connect us to other Christians who have spoken these words throughout the centuries.

Sunday, June 26th Lesson Summary

Children will learn that God is both intimately involved in the details of our life as our Father while also being infinitely in control of all things as the almighty maker and sustainer of our universe.  After watching a video that captures God’s majesty from Psalm 104, children will read and discuss the book Zoom to see how God knows and is in control of all things, both big and small.

Key Scripture

Psalm 104

Classroom Activity:

Creation Snack Mix

Follow Up Questions

  1. Is there anywhere in the creation or is there anything you’ve seen in creation that has made you feel like, “Wow! God you are amazing?
  2. Who created you? (God.)
  3. When bad things happen in the world, is God still in control of those things? (Yes. Nothing is a surprise to God. Nothing is outside of His control.)

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June 19th and 26th– God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth

Jun 192016
 

Early Childhood June Overview

Basic Truth: God made me.

Key Question: Who made the world?

Bottom Line: God made the world.

Toddler Green and Preschool Memory Verse: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

Toddler Blue Memory Verse: “God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

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Toddler Blue: June 5-26th

Bible Story Focus: Creation Days 1-4 Genesis 1:1-19

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson children will learn about what God made the first four days of creation. Children will understand that only God can make something out of nothing, He is all-powerful. Children will also know that God made good things, in fact the world God created was perfect.

Toddler Green & Preschool Purple: June 19th and 26th

Bible Story Focus: Creation Days 3 and 4 (Day 3: Land, Seas, and plants. Day 4: Sun, Moon, and stars • Genesis 1: 9-19)

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God creating the land, seas, and plants as well as the sun, moon, and stars. Children will understand that this is something people cannot do, only God. Throughout the summer children will learn that God made the whole world and everything in it.

Activities:

June 19: Children will do a dirt find and talk about the plants God made.

June 26: Children will play a bouncing suns game

Circle Time Question: (Preschool Purple Only)

June 19: Have you ever been to the Ocean? What was it like?

June 26: What is your favorite thing to look at in the sky?

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Preschool Orange and Red: June 12th

Bible Story Focus: God made sky and water.

Day 2: Sky and Water • Genesis 1:6-8

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God creating the sky and water. Children will understand   this is something people cannot do, only God. Children will use streamers to act out the second day of the creation story. Throughout the summer children will learn that God made the whole world and everything in it.

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will do a parachute cloud toss and make a water swirl craft. At 9:30 children will play a water bucket game and make a water/sky parfait snack

Please note snack will contain Jello and dairy free whipped topping. Please let your child’s teacher know if they cannot participate

Circle Time Question:

Where are some places we can find water?

(The ocean, lakes, our sink, in bottles at the store…)

I Wonder Questions:

  • What did God make on day 2?
    • God made sky and Water on day 2.
  • What did God say when He made the sky and water?
    • He said, “It is good.”
  • Why do you think God made the sky and water?
    • Children will have varying answers. Ex “God made air so we could breathe.”

 

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Elementary: Kindergarten-5th Grade

SUMMER OVERVIEW

This summer, Elementary Crossing Kids will take a closer look at The Apostles’ Creed.  The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest, most widely used Christian creed in the world with its earliest versions dating back over 1,600 years ago.  For centuries, parents and pastors have taught the Apostles’ Creed as “Christianity 101” to their children.  The Creed states in simple, scriptural language the essential facts of our faith, from creation of the world to the coming of Christ and the eternal life promised to all who believe.  Historically the creed has been used to correct error by reminding people of what’s true about the God of the Bible.  These words not only shape and affirm what we believe but also connect us to other Christians who have spoken these words throughout the centuries.

Sunday, June 19th Lesson Summary

After reviewing what they know about the Apostle’s Creed, children will read My Dad by Anthony Browne and use it to brainstorm what they know/think they know about fathers.  They will then look at a few verses that describe what it means that God is our Heavenly Father.

Key Scripture

1 John 3:1, Matthew 7:9-11, James 1:17

Classroom Activity:

Father’s Day Card for God the Father

Follow Up Questions

  1. Read the verses listed in the key scripture section. What do they tell us about God being our Father
  2. How is God the Father different from earthly dads? (He is perfect!  He never makes mistakes.  He will never leave us, change, or fail us.  We can trust Him completely even if/when our earthly dads make mistakes.)

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June 19th and 26th– God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth

Jun 122016
 

Early Childhood June Overview

Basic Truth: God made me.

Key Question: Who made the world?

Bottom Line: God made the world.

Toddler Green and Preschool Memory Verse: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

Toddler Blue Memory Verse: “God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

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Toddler Blue: June 5-26th

Bible Story Focus: Creation Days 1-4 Genesis 1:1-19

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson children will learn about what God made the first four days of creation. Children will understand that only God can make something out of nothing, He is all-powerful. Children will also know that God made good things, in fact the world God created was perfect.

Toddler Green & Preschool Purple: June 5th and 12th

Bible Story Focus: Creation–Day 1: Light and Dark, Day 2: Sky and Water • Genesis 1:1-8

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God creating the light and darkness and the sky and water. Children will understand that this is something people cannot do, only God. Throughout the summer children will learn that God made the whole world and everything in it.

Activities

June 5: Children will do a light and dark freeze dance.

June 12: Children will do a parachute cloud toss.

Circle Time Question:

June 5: Have you ever been somewhere really, really dark? How did you feel?

June 12: Where are some places we can find water? (The ocean, lakes, our sink, in bottles at the store…)

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Preschool Orange and Red: June 12th

Bible Story Focus: God made light and dark.

Day 1: Light and Dark • Genesis 1:1-5

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson children will learn about God creating the light and darkness. Children will understand that this is something people cannot do, only God. Children will use glow sticks to act out the first day of the creation story. Throughout the summer children will learn that God made the whole world and everything in it.

Activities:

Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will do a light and dark freeze dance and do a scratch art craft. At 9:30 children will play I Spy with a flashlight and make a light and dark painting.

Circle Time Question:

Have you ever been somewhere really, really dark? How did you feel?

I Wonder Questions:

  • What did God make the first day?
    • God made Light and Dark on the first day.
  • Who made the world?
    • God made the world.
  • Why do you think God made the light?
    • Children will have varying answers ex: “God made the light to help us see.”

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Elementary: Kindergarten-5th Grade

SUMMER OVERVIEW

This summer, Elementary Crossing Kids will take a closer look at The Apostles’ Creed.  The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest, most widely used Christian creed in the world with its earliest versions dating back over 1,600 years ago.  For centuries, parents and pastors have taught the Apostles’ Creed as “Christianity 101” to their children.  The Creed states in simple, scriptural language the essential facts of our faith, from creation of the world to the coming of Christ and the eternal life promised to all who believe.  Historically the creed has been used to correct error by reminding people of what’s true about the God of the Bible.  These words not only shape and affirm what we believe but also connect us to other Christians who have spoken these words throughout the centuries.

Sunday, June 12th Lesson Summary

Children will learn the difference between knowing about something and believing in it by looking at a story about two different travelers and a rickety bridge along with some verses that describe believing faith.

Key Scripture

Hebrews 11:1, James 2:14-19

Classroom Activity

Creed Take Home Puzzle and Believing Bridge Craft

Follow Up Questions

  1. What does it mean to believe in something? (Accept something as true; feel sure of the truth of.  Be convinced by, trust, have confidence in, consider honest, consider truthful.  To have faith that acts and respond.)
  2. Is believing in something the same thing as knowing about something? Why or why not? (No.  You can know a lot about something but still not believe it to be true.)
  3. Is knowing a lot about Jesus the same as believing in Him? (No.  Belief is more than just knowing about Jesus.  Real faith responds and acts in confidence (see today’s key scripture for additional follow up.)

Sermon Resources for Volunteers & Parents

June 5 & 12 – I Believe In