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
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 31st
Bible Story Focus: God said it was all good. Day 7: Creation Celebration • Genesis 2:1-3
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.
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 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!)