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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.”)