Here’s a look at what we did this morning in Crossing Kids.
Big Idea: God Always Keeps His Promises
Bible Passage: Joshua and Jericho—Numbers 13; 14:26-33; Joshua 5:13-6:27
God made the walls of Jericho fall down when His people obeyed Him.
Remember Verse: “The Lord causes His miracles to be remembered. He is kind and tender” Psalm 111:4 (NIrV)
Monthly Song: “Good, Good Friend” from One Big Gulp & “I’m Gonna Walk” from Have You Heard?
Big Idea: God Wants Me to Know His Voice
Bible Passage: God Speaks to Samuel— 1 Samuel 3
Remember Verse: “The Lord causes His miracles to be remembered. He is kind and tender.” Psalm 111:4
Monthly Song: “I Like To…” from One Big Gulp
Dinner Table Discussion
Discuss the following questions as a family during dinner this week. They’re meant to prompt further conversation about what was experienced on Sunday morning.
Say: Today in the Big God Story we heard about a young boy named Samuel and the very first time God spoke to him. He didn’t know it was God right away. But when Samuel knew it was God’s voice he would be hearing, he waited. God called to him again. God wants to speak to you— and me, too. He wants us to know His voice.
I wonder … What are ways you can see and hear God today?
I wonder … How should we respond to God’s voice?
I wonder … How can we obey and listen to God today?
Kindergarten – Fourth Grade
Bible Passage: Matthew 26: 1-56 (Jesus: The Garden, Betrayal, Tried)
Main Point: God’s Love Compels
Memory Verse: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life,… neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8: 38-39
Sunday Summary: This week, the children followed Jesus through the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus went through the suffering of the Garden because He is compelled by His love for us.
Follow-Up: One evening, after dark, take your Bible, some blankets, and a flashlight into your yard or patio. Listen to the night noises. Notice the silhouettes against the night sky. Then read about Jesus in the Garden in Matthew 26: 36-50.
Explain that Jesus prayed in the Garden the night before He died on the cross. Talk about the grief He felt over what He knew He needed to do. Ask, “Why did Jesus go through all this pain?”
Together, thank Jesus for His great love for us- love that compelled Him to die on the cross for our sins so that we can be in relationship with His forever. Ask, “Does knowing God’s great love for us change anything?” Pray your family will experience more of His love.
Grapple Question: Why Is Church So Long?
Kids Learn: Church Practices
Dig Into the Bible: Psalm 100:1-3; Luke 22:19-20; 2 Corinthians 9:7; 1 Timothy 2:8, 4:13
Do your kids complain about how much time you spend at church each week? Do this object lesson as a family to remind everyone of the importance of spending time with God each week.
Measure and cut a rope or string to make it 168 inches long (that’s how many hours are in a week). Then attach a 1-inch piece of masking tape to the string (one hour is the average length of a church service). Stretch the string out so your family can see it. Then read Psalm 150 as a family. Spending time at church is just one small opportunity to worship God. Talk about how you could spend the other 167 hours a week praising him!