Early Childhood August Overview
Basic Truth: God loves me.
Key Question: Who does God love?
Bottom Line: God loves me.
Memory Verse: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord.”–Jeremiah 29:11a (Toddler Blue is just “For I know the plans I have for you.”)
Toddler Blue: August
Bible Story Focus: Adam and Eve Sin Genesis 3
Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about sin entering the world. Children will hear how sin makes good things bad, and God’s world wasn’t perfect anymore. Children will also learn how God loves us and has a plan for us, even though we make bad choices God has a plan to save us.
Toddler Green & Preschool Purple: August 7th and 14th
Bible Story Focus: Creation Day 7: I am special to God • Genesis 2: 1-3, Psalm 139:13-15a, Jeremiah 1:5
Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God resting after all that he created. Children will celebrate God’s creation, and learn that God made each of them too. Children will know that God loves them and has a plan for each of them, because He made them.
Circle Time Question: (Preschool Purple Only)
August 7: What is your favorite thing that God made?
August 14: Tell me one thing you know about babies.
August 7: Children will play an alarm clock game.
August 14: Children will make a poster to take home.
Preschool Orange and Red: August 14
Bible Story Focus: God made everything we could ever need. The Garden • Genesis 2:8-15
Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about the Garden of Eden. Children will understand that God created a perfect paradise for Adam and Eve to live in because He loved them. Children will know that this is where God wanted all of His people to live because God loves all of His people.
Circle Time Question: What is something that grows in a garden?
I Wonder Questions:
- What was the garden called that Adam and Eve lived in?
- The garden was named Eden.
- Were Adam and Eve alone in the garden?
- No, it had animals and God was with them sometimes too.
- What has God made to take care of you?
- Children’s answers will vary.
Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will play a game where they hunt for food and make a little garden to take home. At 9:30 children will play a “guess that job” game and make a good-smelling painting 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.
August 14th—I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
Lesson Summary: After reviewing what they know about the Apostle’s Creed, children will hear and see what it was like for Jesus’ followers to receive the Holy Spirit and learn that when we believe in Jesus we receive the Holy Spirit too.
Kindergarten-4th Grade Classroom Activity: Children will create a pinwheel to remind them of the wind that blew through the room when the apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit.
Key Scripture: Acts 1-5, John 15
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.
- What did the disciples see and feel when the Holy Spirit came into their hearts? (strong wind, flames that
didn’t burn on everyone’s heads, they felt God’s promise in their hearts that they were God’s child.)
- Can only the apostles receive the Holy Spirit? (No. The Bible tells us that all who believe in Jesus can
receive the Holy Spirit.)
- What did the disciples do after they received the gift of the Holy Spirit? (They went out and told people about Jesus!)
Sermon Resources for Volunteers & Parents
August 14—I believe in the Holy Spirit