Big Idea: Heaven is Glorious, just like God is!
Memory Verse: “It is written, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has known, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
Bible Story Focus: What is heaven like? | John 14:1-3, Revelation 21:3-4, Revelation 21:18-19
Lesson summary: In this lesson, kids will have a chance to learn about a wonderful place God is preparing for His believers called heaven. They will learn what heaven will be like and how we get there.
Like His Love by Crossing Music
Unimaginable by Crossing Music
Kindergarten – 4th Grade
Echoes of Eden: Week 3
JUNE MEMORY VERSE
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also given men a sense of what he’s been doing down through the ages. But they can’t completely figure out what he’s done from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
In this unit, children will examine the way The Gospel helps us to make sense of all of life—including art. Together we will enjoy high quality children’s literature, search for places where the beauty of the Gospel intersects and points to the greatest story of all, and discover how to engage with our culture in winsome ways.
Objectives: At the end of the unit, children will be able to:
- That all great art contains an “echo of Eden”—memories of a good creation, the tragedy of our current condition, and a longing for redemption
- How to use literature to notice Gospel themes, find common ground with others, and discuss these truths in winsome ways.
- To enjoy literature, engage in culture, and understand what it means to be created in the image of a creative God.
- To learn how to “hunt and gather truth” in a variety of contexts.
- The Gospel is not just for saving souls, but redeeming all of creation.
The Best Cat in the World by Leslea Newman
Key Concept: God brings us His comfort when we are sad.
Book Summary: Victor is very sad when his beloved cat, Charlie, dies. After mourning the loss of his pet, Victor gets a new cat that is very different from Charlie. Over time Victor grows to love his new cat. We are reminded that God sees our grief and brings us peace and comfort in our sadness.
Activity Summary: Children will reflect through painting about a time they were brokenhearted while listening to worship music. They will then have time to share how God helped them and pray in small groups.
Lesson Verse: Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Grapple Question: Do I Have to Tell Others About My Friend God?
Kids Learn: Sharing My Faith With Others
Dig Into the Bible: 5:15-16; 10:32-33; 28:19-20; 1 Peter 3:15
Most children figure out the concept of sharing as preschoolers, but it’s time to talk about it again. Preteens are starting to realize they shouldn’t keep the good news about Jesus to themselves, but they might not know what to say to their classmates and neighbors. Try this experiment with your child: Place a tablespoon of milk in a glass of water. As you watch the milk spread through the water, talk about three ways your child can spread the news about God to friends.