Happy Father’s Day to all of our awesome Crossing dads! I hope that you are relaxing with your kiddos today. Here is a look at what we learned this morning in Crossing Kids:
Big Idea: God Always Keeps His Promises
Bible Passage: Joshua and Jericho—Numbers 13; 14:26-33; Joshua 5:13-6:27
God made the walls of Jericho fall down when His people obeyed Him.
Remember Verse: “The Lord causes His miracles to be remembered. He is kind and tender” Psalm 111:4 (NIrV)
Monthly Song: “Good, Good Friend” from One Big Gulp & “I’m Gonna Walk” from Have You Heard?
Big Idea: God Takes Care of Us
Bible Passage: Ruth— Ruth 1-4
Remember Verse: “The Lord causes His miracles to be remembered. He is kind and tender.” Psalm 111:4
Monthly Song: “I Like To…” from One Big Gulp
Dinner Table Discussion
Discuss the following questions as a family during dinner this week. They’re meant to prompt further conversation about what was experienced on Sunday morning.
Say: Today in The Big God Story we heard about the ways God took care of Naomi and Ruth in a time when many sad things were happening in their lives. God provided a home and food for them when they didn’t have a place to go or anything to eat. He gave Ruth a husband and Naomi a family to love. Just as God took care of them, He also takes care of us.
I wonder … How did Ruth feel when she moved to a new land with new people?
I wonder … Did Ruth know God was taking care of her?
I wonder … How can I know God is taking care of me?
I wonder … How can I tell others that God will take care of them?
Kindergarten – 4th Grade
Bible Passage: John 11 (Jesus Raises Lazarus)
Main Point: Jesus has power over death
Remember Verse: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life,… neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
Sunday Summary: This week, the kids learned about how Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead. They learned that Jesus has power over death and uses that in our lives because He loves us.
Follow-Up: Play a game of hide-and-seek. If you can’t find someone, yell “Come out, come out, wherever you are!” Gather your family and tell them about a time when Jesus called his friend to “Come out!” Read John 11: 32-44.
Be amazed that Jesus has power over death, including His own. Because of this, He has power to give life to those who believe in Him. Ask your children how they think the people watching felt when Lazarus came out of the tomb. Discuss how Jesus loved Lazarus and his family enough to weep with them. Share that Jesus loves them that much too. Ask “Is there anything you’d like to share with Jesus that is making you sad?” Share a time of prayer together.
Grapple Question: What Am I Supposed to Do at Church?
Kids Learn: The Purpose of Church
Dig Into the Bible: Matthew 22:37-40; 28:18-20; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:6-12; Ephesians 3:8-12; 4:11-13
Being part of a church community serves a lot of different purposes. We develop a sense of belonging, learn about Jesus together, and have an opportunity to learn about the gifts God has given each of us.
Romans 12 explains that everyone has different spiritual gifts—gifts of encouragement, teaching, giving, showing kindness, and so on. As a parent, you probably already see some unique qualities emerging in your preteen. Send your child an e-mail or text message today to point out a character trait that makes your child unique and special.
If your child doesn’t have an e-mail account or cell phone, write a card or simply tell your child about the unique and special character trait you see. Encourage your son or daughter to use that gift to tell others about Jesus.