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
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)
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!
Preschool Orange and Red: July 3rd
Bible Story Focus: God made animals. Day 6: Animals • Genesis 1:24-25
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.
Elementary: Kindergarten-5th Grade
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 17th–Suffered 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.)