Apr 172016
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: Our Forever King changes us.

Memory Verse: We are being changed to be more like Him. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Bible Story Focus: Paul’s Conversion | Acts 9

Song: I Like To…

Lesson Overview:  In this lesson, kids will hear the conversion of Paul, understanding that Jesus changes us.  Paul hated Christians until Jesus changed his heart, then he wanted to tell everyone about Jesus.

 

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Preschool

Big Idea: Jesus, our Forever King, changes us to be more like Him

Memory Verse: “We are being changed to be more like Him.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18

Monthly Image: Scepter

Story: Paul’s Conversion, part two (Acts 9:10-19)

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear part two of Saul’s transformation from Christian persecutor to a believer in Christ.  Kids will pick up from the previous week and hear of how Saul travelled to Damascus and met Ananias, a person God used to help Saul see again. Kids will understand that Jesus, our Forever King, can transform the heart of anyone.

Circle Time Discussion: What are some things that your parents ask you to do, but you don’t like to do them?  (clean room, come inside, go to bed)

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder… Who did Jesus ask to go see Saul?

* Ananias

I wonder… What happened when Ananias touched Saul?

           * Scales fell off his eyes and he could see again

I wonder… Did Saul hurt Ananias?

*No, Jesus changed him and he was baptized and loved Jesus instead 

 

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will watch dirty pennies change to clean ones and make light switch covers to take home. At 9:30 children will watch daisy transform with food coloring and do blindfolded drawings to talk about what Paul might have felt like without his sight.

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Elementary: Kindergarten-4th Grade, and 8:00 5th Grade

THE CHURCH: UNIT OVERVIEW:In this unit, students will learn that the Church is the community of all true believers for all time. Students will study the book of Acts, which highlights the spiritual transformation that took place in the early church. Each week, we’ll take a closer look at a story or theme from this New Testament book and the implications it has on us as believers today. Students will learn about what happened after Jesus ascended into heaven, what happened at Pentecost, and how the Gospel changed the life of a man named Saul/Paul.

KEY CONCEPT:The Church is the community of all true believers for all time. (Grudem, p. 853)

MEMORY VERSE:“Let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us cheer each other up with words of hope. Let us do it all the more as you see the day coming when Christ will return.” Hebrews 10:25

CHURCH UNIT WORKSHOPS

WHAT IS THE CHURCH?: SCAVENGER HUNT

In this lesson, children will discuss their favorite part of church. Then they will read and discuss Acts 2:42-47. Afterwards, the children will go on a tour of the church to learn more about what a church really is.

A NEW WAY TO SEE: DRAMA WORKSHOP

In this lesson, children will act out the story of Paul and his conversion (on the road to Damascus). They will discuss how God intervened in Paul’s life and changed everything. They will also be given time to discuss and reflect on how God intervenes in our lives.

PASSING THE BATON: GAME WORKSHOP

In this lesson, students will participate in a relay race to discover the importance of teamwork. The concept of passing the baton will then be tied to sharing the Gospel and how the book of Acts tells the story of what this looked like in the early church. Students will read about/discuss Jesus ascending into heaven and his last words, “make disciples of all nations.” Students will then create cardstock batons to reflect/remember the concept of passing the story of Jesus on to others.

PENTECOST: ART WORKSHOP

In this lesson, children will discuss what they know about fire. They will read/listen to the story of Pentecost and discuss how God’s Spirit changes our hearts and allows us to share His message with other people. They will then create torn paper flames with a section of Acts 2 as a way to remember.

THE BIG GOD STORY: SUMMARY WORKSHOP

In this lesson, students will review key concepts from this year in Crossing Kids. After listening to “The Big God Story,” students will draw and place important events on the timeline to show how the Big God Story began and continues on today.

 9:30 & 11:00 5th Grade

Grapple Question

HOW COME I’M NOT PERFECT?

Overview

Sometimes, when we compare ourselves to others, we get so caught up in our own failures we could think, Everyone is perfect except me. Use this lesson to help kids understand that when God looks at us, he sees his beloved children created in his perfect image. Even though we make mistakes and aren’t perfect, God loves us perfectly. When we grasp God’s overflowing love, we can’t help but feel great about who God made us to be.

Key Faith Foundation

Self-Acceptance and God’s Unconditional Love

Key Scriptures

Genesis 1:26-27, 31; Psalm 139:13-16; Romans 8:35-39

Team Building/Relational Time

This week at the end of the hour all 5th graders will join together for a game!

Feb 022016
 

lent

Growing up in a liturgical church setting, Lent was a somber time of contemplation.  Ashes crossed foreheads.  The hymn selection on the old pipe organ only included minor, dissonant sounding chords.  Black cloth draped the altar.  Items were given up.  I remember hearing many of my friends complaining about unsingable melodies and the number of services they attended during Holy Week.  While I kept my mouth shut about how I really felt, Good Friday, was actually one of my favorite days of the year.

For a long time, saying so made me feel a little bit guilty and morbid.  Sure I loved watching the sunrise through stained glass windows on Easter and hearing Lutheran voices belting out “He is risen indeed” with more emotion and joy than you’d hear the congregation use all year long.  But what I found equally, if not more, compelling was the quiet reverence and aching sorrow that echoed as each station of the cross was described.  The realness of my sin exposed.  The penalty willingly endured and paid for by Immanuel–God with us.  Even from a young age, I realized that Easter only came through Good Friday.  Both equally necessary for redemption to occur.

Lent in many ways has gotten a bad wrap.  The idea of giving something up for the 40+ days before Easter in some ways has become highly ritualistic and unattached from what the season really is about.  People abstain from certain foods or vices with a desire not to draw closer to God, but to lose weight, be a better person, or even as a way to earn forgiveness.  Others attempt to sacrifice because of a desire to win the approval of man or from a distorted view of obligation.  On the other extreme, Easter in many ways has become a holiday for consumers.  Jelly beans, eggs, and bunnies encourage us to bypass the crucifixion and instead focus on cultural icons tied more closely to sugar and spring than anything else.

The truth is, Lent is about the gospel.  It is…

…a time for us to slow down and focus on the work of Christ.

…a season to repent from sin and trust in His work on the cross. 

….a reminder that the empty tomb only comes through the cross.

…meant to help us prepare ourselves for the joy of the resurrection as we enter into the sorrow and pain that came first.

…a reminder that we live in the “already, but not yet.” 

Lent lasts 40 days excluding Sundays, which makes it about 46 days altogether.  This season, we invite your family to participate in a weekly devotional designed to help prepare your family to celebrate the fullness of what Easter truly is.  Each week, you will participate in a brief scripture reading, discussion, and prayer time.  At the end, you will use candles to remember the darkness of sin and later, the living hope of Easter. Instead of lighting a candle like we might do during Advent, we will extinguish a candle each week as we contemplate the brokenness of sin and Jesus’ journey toward the cross.  During the last week, we will relight all 7 candles as a way to celebrate the promise both of the resurrection and what it ultimately points to—the day when Jesus returns to make all things new. You can pick up a copy of the devotional along with a set of seven tea lights while supplies last at the Crossing Kids registration area.  You can also download the devotional here.

Since Lent may be a new season for you or a season desperately in need of redemption given your past experiences with it, we have provided a list of additional reading that might help you better understand its significance. Please know that we are praying for you as you help your family contemplate and prepare this season.

Dec 032015
 

At last night’s Family Christmas Celebration, we learned that Jesus is God’s greatest gift of generosity to sinners like you and me.  When sin entered the world, it broke our perfect relationship with God and others. Because of this, we need a rescuer/redeemer.  God sent Jesus to be this rescuer/redeemer. He is the greatest gift of all and the real reason we celebrate at Christmas time.  God generously gave us His Son, even while we were sinners.  Understanding God’s great generosity changes how we treat others. We can love, serve, and give to others during this season because God first loved, served, and gave to us.

One way that you can encourage your family to apply what we learned is to create a Generosity Jar.  If you attended the event, you should have left with a copy.  If you were unable to make it, we have extra copies available for pick up on Sunday morning near the Crossing Kids checkin area.  We’ve also included a copy of the instructions below.

 

Generosity Jar
Family Christmas Celebration 2015
Take Home

Introduction
Ask: Have you ever heard of the word “generosity?” What does it mean to be generous? Can you think of a time where someone did or gave something generous to you? Can you think of a time where you were generous to someone else?

Say: When we attended Family Christmas Celebration together, we learned a lot about the word generous. We learned that generosity is giving more of something than what is expected. We learned that Jesus is God’s greatest gift of generosity to sinners like you and me.  Do you remember the memory verse they shared with us? Let’s practice it together now.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.
Isaiah 9:6

Generosity Discussion
Ask:  Why was it generous for God the Father to send Jesus to the world? (The world was broken and filled with sinners like you and me. Our relationship with God was broken because we sin, or disobey God with our thoughts, words, and actions. We can’t fix this brokenness on our own. We need God to do it for us.)

How has Jesus been generous to you and me? (He left his throne in heaven and came to our messy, broken world. He lived a perfect life in our place, died, and rose again so that we could have a relationship with him and spend forever in heaven with him if we trust in Him as our Savior. He gives us everything we need. All of the good gifts we have on earth come from him.)

Say: When we understand God’s great generosity to us, it changes how we treat others. We can love, serve, and give to others during this season because God first loved, served, and gave to us. Let’s read a few verses about generosity together now.

1 Chronicles 29:14—But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.

What does this verse say about generosity? (Everything we have comes from God already. We can only give what he’s first given to us.)

Proverbs 11:25—A generous person will prosper whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

What does this verse say about generosity? (Being generous doesn’t just bless the person we’re being generous to, it blesses us as well. Being generous takes our eyes off of ourselves/what we want and places it on other people.)

Matthew 6:21—Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy and where thieves cannot break in and steal. For wherever your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

What does this verse say about generosity? (Our hearts are always connected to what we treasure. When we struggle to give/be generous, it’s likely because our hearts are holding onto something/valuing something too much. Giving generously reminds us that our true treasure is in heaven, not on earth.)

1 John 3:1a—See what great love the Father has lavished* on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are.

1 John 4:19—We love because God first loved us.

What do these verses say about generosity? (God has given so much to us! Because He made us His children/He first loved us, we can love and give generously to others.)

*Note that lavished just means to give generously.

Say: There are three main ways that we can give generously to other people—through our time, through our treasure, and through our talents.

Ask:

What do you think it means to give generously through our time? (Spending our time loving/serving other people.)

What do you think it means to give generously through our treasure? (Using our money or resources to buy or give something to someone else.)

What do you think it means to give generously through our talents? (Using the things we’re good at/gifted at to bless other people.)

Generosity Jar Activity Directions

Say: Tonight we’re going to create a Generosity Jar. In this jar, we will brainstorm ways that we can give generously to others using our time, our treasure, and our talents. We’ll write down these ideas on a slip of paper and place them into the jar. We’ll take some time throughout the month of December to pull these ideas out of the jar and use them as ways to give to others.

Step One: Decorate your jar.

Step Two: Brainstorm/record ideas of ways to give generously. Use the categories time, treasure, and talent, to help you.

Option for Older Kids: Give each child a few slips of paper and have them discuss and write down ideas they have.

Option for Younger Kids: Brainstorm ideas together as a family. Write down the ideas onto the paper for them.

Step Three: Pull slips of paper from the jar throughout the month of December and give generously to others. You can also use the jar to collect spare change to give away at the end of the month.

Pray
God thank you for giving your Son Jesus to us as the greatest, most generous gift of all. Please help us to understand your great generosity to us more and more so that we can love, serve, and give to others this season because you first loved, served, and gave to us. Amen.

*We’d love to see how your family uses your Generosity Jar. Take pictures and share them on our Facebook page this month. https://www.facebook.com/CrossingKids

Nov 222015
 

Little Ones

Monthly Image: Scroll

Big Idea: Following God’s Law Brings Great Joy

Memory Verse:  “The rules of the Lord are right…” Psalm 19:8a 

Bible Story Focus: Josiah finds God’s Word

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear of King Josiah finding God’s Word on a scroll after the reign of all of the “bad” kings. The children will learn that Josiah loved the Lord and wanted everyone to follow God’s commands. Children will learn that God gave us rules because He loves us, so we should follow God’s word.   

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Preschool

Monthly Image: Scroll

Big Idea: Following God’s Law Brings Great Joy

Memory Verse:  “The rules of the Lord are right, they bring joy to our hearts” Psalm 19:8a

Bible Story Focus: Josiah Dies: Isaiah Tells of the Promised Forever King | 2 Chronicles 35:20-36:1; Isaiah 9:1-7

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, kids will learn how Josiah went to war with Necho the king of Egypt. Josiah dressed in different clothes so his people wouldn’t recognize him. He was shot with arrows and taken back to be buried in his tomb. He did many things in his life to show he was faithful to the Lord. Isaiah tells us of a better king, our promised Forever King who will be a light and bring us joy.

Activities Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will play pin the jewels on the crown. Children at the 9:30 service will make a self portrait. All children will make a thankfulness card to take home.

Circle Time Discussion: Have you ever dressed up and pretended to be someone else? In today’s story we’ll hear about a time king Josiah pretended to be someone else.

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder… Was Josiah a good king? (Yes, he honored God with the things he did)

I wonder…Was Josiah the king his people needed? (NO! Jesus is our Forever King, the one we need most)

I wonder…Who is the king we need most of all? (Jesus our Forever King)

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Elementary:

All Kindergarten-4th Grade Classes, and 5th Grade at 8:00

Advent Unit Overview: In this unit, students will study how Jesus fulfills Old Testament Prophecy and how God kept His greatest promise of all—a Savior.  In addition to examining both the Old and New Testaments, each workshop will also be connected to an image our culture often associates with Christmas. Students will learn that Jesus is the ultimate “Gift” that God gave the world He loves at Christmas. This will be connected to the fact that just like other gifts, grace is given freely; it is not earned. Students will learn that Jesus is “the Light” that rescues us from the darkness of our sin.  Students will learn about the “Tree” that Jesus suffered and died on to rescue his people.  They will also learn that while we often celebrate and “Feast” with our families at Christmas, Jesus promises that someday he will return and we will be a part of the ultimate family celebration with him in heaven.  Finally, students will discuss that, just as the people of the Old Testament waited many years for the birth of the Savior, we are waiting for Jesus to come again so that we may join God’s feast in heaven for eternity.

Key Concept: God kept His ultimate promise by sending Jesus to be our Savior.

Memory Verse: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17

Workshop Descriptions:

A Gift (Isaiah 9:16, John 3:16, James 1:17, Romans 6:23)

Games Lesson Summary: All Earthly gifts will fail and break. There is only one perfect gift, and that is Jesus. Students will learn that no gift will compare to Jesus, and although we give gifts at Christmas time, Jesus is the ultimate gift. Students will play a game to learn what the Bible teaches about gifts, specifically God’s greatest gift to us, Jesus. In response to Jesus’ love for us, we give to others. The students will practice this by making cards to be delivered to a nursing home.

A Light (Isaiah 9:2, Luke 2, John 8:12)

Science Lesson Summary: Jesus is the light in this dark world. Students will begin by looking at darkness and discussing how sin is the darkness in this world. They will do a science experiment to see the affects light has on darkness. Students will then discuss how Jesus overcomes sin just as light overcomes darkness. Jesus is the light in this dark, sinful world.

 The Tree (Genesis 3, 1 Peter 2:24)

Art Lesson Summary: Students will study Genesis 3 and learn how sin entered the world by Adam and Eve eating from the tree God forbid them to eat from. Children will decorate one side of a Christmas ornament to represent this tree and what sin means for us. Students will then learn how Jesus overcame death and sin through death on a tree. The children will decorate the other side of their ornament to signify this forgiveness and Jesus’ death for us on the cross.

 The Feast (Revelations 3:20, Isaiah 25:6-9)

Music Lesson Summary: Students will discuss that feasts are tasty and important for nourish our bodies, but they are temporary. We will get hungry again after an Earthly feast, but we have the promise of an eternal feast in heaven. The students will study the lyrics of Sandra McCracken’s “We Will Feast in the House of Zion” to learn what our eternal, heavenly feast will be like.

 The Wait (Isaiah 25:6-9, James 5:17, Luke 2:25)

Cooking Lesson Summary: The Bible is one big story from creation to now to Jesus’ second coming. Students will look at a timeline showing major events that happened throughout the Bible. They will learn that the people in the Old Testament waited for Jesus’ birth for thousands of years. Just as they waited for Jesus to be born, we are waiting for Jesus to return again. Once Jesus returns, there will be no need to watch a clock or wait because we will be with our Savior for eternity. Students will explore this idea of waiting through a cooking lesson.

8:00 Workshop Lessons

Kindergarten & 1st Grade: The Gift

2nd & 3rd Grade: The Tree

4th & 5th Grade: The Feast


9:30 and 11:00 Workshop Lessons

Kindergarten: The Gift

1st Grade: The Tree

2nd Grade:The Wait

3rd Grade: The Feast

4th Grade: The Light

 

5th Grade Classes at 9:30 & 11:00

Grapple Question: Is God a Party Pooper?

Key Faith Foundation: God Encourages Celebration (Fun!)

Key Scriptures: Leviticus 23:6-8, 23-25, 33-36; Psalms 16:8-11; 21:1-6; Romans 13:13

Oct 282015
 

_DSH0798There is something happens when a child hits 4th or 5th grade. They can focus on a task or activity longer, they can read more difficult text, they develop true friendships, they begin to smell (terribly), and many of them also develop attitudes that are less than desirable. But what if I told you it’s just a phase? Would you want to hurry through the phase, or join the kids in the here and now? Here in Crossing Kids we encourage you to do the latter, to leverage the time you have with your 4th and 5th graders each week. Here are some things to think about as you work with kids in this phase of their life.

 

 

 

 

The “I’ve got this” Phase

4th and 5th graders want to be seen as independent. They can pick out their own clothes, get their homework done on their own, and often make choices that lead them down the wrong path. Our job, as leaders, is to be there when they do mess up, and to treat them with grace in the midst of their failures. We can do this in two ways…

  1. Teach them that failure is part of the spiritual journey, and that the church is a place of grace upon return.
  2. Be more intentional about admitting our own messiness. We need to tell real stories about God that evoke a response to follow Jesus.

They wonder, “Do I have friends?”

This is the phase where kids begin to value friendships and peer approval. They want approval from adults too, which is where we come in as leaders because we can help them feel loved and accepted. We need to be ready by knowing what they like, and that comes from serving consistently. We can ask kids about…

  • Their interests
  • Sports they play
  • What special events they have coming up

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We need to engage their interests

According to the reThink group, we need to gauge kids interests, “so they can trust God’s character and experience God’s family.” We can do this by…

  • Connecting them with a faith community.
  • Praying with and for them.
  • Reading Bible stories and helping them answer questions that they have about God and the world around them.

What do our volunteers find to be important?

Erin, one of our 5th grade volunteers recognizes that this phase is a “tweener” phase. One of his favorite parts about volunteering is “how the kids and I build a personal relationship within our Sunday mornings together…They are figuring out that friends and relationships can be difficult at times, and it’s exciting to see them grow…physically, intellectually and spiritually.”

Kerry, another 5th grade volunteer, likes tying the lesson to a real life testimony. When he does this, he’s helping kids see how God works, and engaging them in real-life stories.

_DSH0521So whether we are helping kids view the church as a place of grace, connecting kids to a faith community like Erin, or engaging their interests like Kerry, we are working to leverage the phase that these kids are in now. It’s a phase that won’t last, and we don’t want to miss the chance to make an impact. 4th and 5th graders have an average of 468 weeks until graduation, and we want to make every week count.

 

*Most of this information was taken from the book, It’s Just a Phase so Don’t Miss It by Reggie Joiner & Kristen Ivy, and from the Orange Tour conference.

Sep 272015
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: God is with His people.

Monthly Image: Temple

Memory Verse: “I will live among my people.” (1 Kings 6:13)

Bible Story Focus: Solomon asks for wisdom

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will have the chance to learn of Solomon asking God for wisdom. The children will learn that God granted this request, and blessed Solomon. Children will also hear of Solomon building a Temple, a house for God, so that God could be with His people.

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Preschool

Monthly Image: Temple

Big Idea: God dwells with his people.

Memory Verse: “I will live among my people Israel.  I will not desert them.” (1 Kings 6:13)

Bible Story Focus: Solomon turns away from God |* 1 Kings 11:1-13  

Lesson Overview: This lesson will show that just as all of the earthly kings before him, Solomon was an imperfect king. Children will hear how Solomon’s greed led him to disobey God, even though God had already given him so much. Children will hear how God planned to punish Solomon, but was still faithful to David. We will then discuss that in the Kingdom of Heaven there will be no more sin or sorrow for God will dwell with us.

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will play a game called Good Choice, Bad Choice and do a thumbs up/ thumbs down activity sheet. At 9:30 children will make sugar cube temples to knock down and then play a game similar to Duck Duck Goose and talk about good and bad choices. 

Circle Time Discussion:  Have you ever done something you were told not to do? What happened?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder… Why was God angry with Solomon? He was greedy and turned his back on God.

I wonder… Did God keep His promises to King David? Yes! God always keeps His promises.

I wonder… How is God with His people? He was with them in the temple, He was with us in Jesus, He is with us now, and He will be with us in Heaven!

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Elementary:

All Kindergarten-4th Grade Classes, and 5th Grade at 8:00

Noah Unit Overview: Through the study of Noah and the flood, students will learn how God is just and merciful. God saved Noah and his family from a vast flood that destroyed every other living thing on earth, including all humans. The story shows us that God hates sin and judges those who participate in it and that He is faithful to those who turn from their sin and put their trust in Him. It also foreshadows what is to come when God will destroy the Earth of all wickedness and rescue his people once and for all.

Memory Verse: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Key Concept:  We can trust and obey God because He is faithful and always keeps His promises.

Workshop Descriptions

  1. Art: Students will read Genesis 8:17-9:13 and learn about the covenant God made to Noah. Students will explore how a rainbow, the symbol and reminder of God’s promise, is formed using light and water. They will also discuss how the covenant made to Noah points to God’s bigger plan to one day send His own Son, our ultimate Rescuer. After the discussions, children will use a variety of art supplies to create a rainbow that will act as a reminder of how God always keeps His promises.
  1. Drama: The students will reenact the story in the Bible of Noah and the Flood. The students will explore the concepts of obedience and faithfulness by “living out” the story with props, costumes, and a bit of water!
  1. History: The Bible tells us what we need to know about God. Faith is knowing who God is and trusting that He will keep His promises. In this lesson, children will study the memory verse and discuss the meaning of faith and trust. Then they will search the Bible for examples of people who are commended for their faith. Their findings will be used to set-up a timeline in their classroom to highlight the “Big God Story” throughout the year.
  1. Science: In Genesis, we learn about how God used water to destroy and judge the earth because of man’s sin. In this lesson, students will learn how water is an important resource but is also destructive. Even more so, they will learn about how God hates sin but rescues His people from sin and eternal destruction.
  1. Building: Students will read Genesis 6:11-22 and discuss the dimensions God gave Noah to use when building the ark. They will predict and then measure the actual dimensions of the ark. Students will also discuss the parallels between the ark, which God used to rescue Noah and his family, and the cross, which God sent His Son to die on to rescue us from our sin.

8:00 Workshop Lessons

Kindergarten-1st Grade: Art

2nd Grade-5th Grade: Building


9:30 and 11:00 Workshop Lessons

Kindergarten:Building

1st Grade: Science

2nd Grade: Drama

3rd Grade: Art

4th Grade: History

5th Grade Classes at 9:30 & 11:00

Monthly Topic: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? Exodus 20:12

This Week’s Lesson: Why Can’t I Be an Only Child?

Key Faith Foundation: God’s Plan for Loving Our Siblings

Key Scriptures: Matthew 10:16-22; John 21:15-19; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Sep 202015
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: God is with His people.

Monthly Image: Temple

Memory Verse: “I will live among my people.” (1 Kings 6:13)

Bible Story Focus: Solomon asks for wisdom

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will have the chance to learn of Solomon asking God for wisdom. The children will learn that God granted this request, and blessed Solomon. Children will also hear of Solomon building a Temple, a house for God, so that God could be with His people.

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Preschool

Monthly Image: Temple

Big Idea: God dwells with his people.

Memory Verse: “I will live among my people Israel.  I will not desert them.” (1 Kings 6:13)

Bible Story Focus: Solomon dedicated the temple to God * 2 Chronicles 6-7 

Lesson Overview: This lesson will re-enforce the concept that a temple is where God dwells with His people. Children will hear of the temple being completed and Solomon dedicating it to God, and asked for His continued faithfulness. We will then review how God dwells with us.

Circle Time Discussion:  Have you ever been to a celebration, or a party? What did you do there?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

  • I wonder… What did King Solomon do once the temple was finished? (He prayed to dedicate it to God.)

    I wonder… Was God’s presence in the temple? (Yes! The flames from heaven came down, and God’s presence was in the temple.)

    I wonder… How did the people respond to God being in the temple? (They celebrated.)

Activities  At 8:00 and 11:00 children will play ring toss and make praying hands. Children at 9:30 children will have a bean bag toss, and make a bracelet with praying hands and straws.

 

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Elementary:

All Kindergarten-4th Grade Classes, and 5th Grade at 8:00

Noah Unit Overview: Through the study of Noah and the flood, students will learn how God is just and merciful. God saved Noah and his family from a vast flood that destroyed every other living thing on earth, including all humans. The story shows us that God hates sin and judges those who participate in it and that He is faithful to those who turn from their sin and put their trust in Him. It also foreshadows what is to come when God will destroy the Earth of all wickedness and rescue his people once and for all.

Memory Verse: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Key Concept:  We can trust and obey God because He is faithful and always keeps His promises.

Workshop Descriptions

  1. Art: Students will read Genesis 8:17-9:13 and learn about the covenant God made to Noah. Students will explore how a rainbow, the symbol and reminder of God’s promise, is formed using light and water. They will also discuss how the covenant made to Noah points to God’s bigger plan to one day send His own Son, our ultimate Rescuer. After the discussions, children will use a variety of art supplies to create a rainbow that will act as a reminder of how God always keeps His promises.
  1. Drama: The students will reenact the story in the Bible of Noah and the Flood. The students will explore the concepts of obedience and faithfulness by “living out” the story with props, costumes, and a bit of water!
  1. History: The Bible tells us what we need to know about God. Faith is knowing who God is and trusting that He will keep His promises. In this lesson, children will study the memory verse and discuss the meaning of faith and trust. Then they will search the Bible for examples of people who are commended for their faith. Their findings will be used to set-up a timeline in their classroom to highlight the “Big God Story” throughout the year.
  1. Science: In Genesis, we learn about how God used water to destroy and judge the earth because of man’s sin. In this lesson, students will learn how water is an important resource but is also destructive. Even more so, they will learn about how God hates sin but rescues His people from sin and eternal destruction.
  1. Building: Students will read Genesis 6:11-22 and discuss the dimensions God gave Noah to use when building the ark. They will predict and then measure the actual dimensions of the ark. Students will also discuss the parallels between the ark, which God used to rescue Noah and his family, and the cross, which God sent His Son to die on to rescue us from our sin.

8:00 Workshop Lessons

Kindergarten-1st Grade: History

2nd Grade-5th Grade: Drama


9:30 and 11:00 Workshop Lessons

Kindergarten: Science

1st Grade: Drama

2nd Grade: Art

3rd Grade: History

4th Grade: Building

5th Grade Classes at 9:30 & 11:00

Monthly Topic: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? Exodus 20:12

This Week’s Lesson:

God’s Plan for Handling Family Conflict: Genesis 4:1-12; Psalm 133; Colossians 3:12-15

Sep 132015
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: God is with His people.

Monthly Image: Temple

Memory Verse: “I will live among my people.” (1 Kings 6:13)

Bible Story Focus: Solomon asks for wisdom

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will have the chance to learn of Solomon asking God for wisdom. The children will learn that God granted this request, and blessed Solomon. Children will also hear of Solomon building a Temple, a house for God, so that God could be with His people.

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Preschool

Monthly Image: Temple

Big Idea: God dwells with his people.

Memory Verse: “I will live among my people Israel.  I will not desert them.” (1 Kings 6:13)

Bible Story Focus: Solomon builds a temple | 1 Kings 5-6

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear of how King Solomon built the temple that his father wanted to build years before.  We will expand on what a temple is, and the importance of them in Solomon’s time. Children will learn that in the Kingdom of Heaven, God dwells with us.

Circle Time Discussion:  Have you ever made something really special? How long did it take you to make it?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

  • I wonder… How long did it take Solomon’s men to build the temple? (7 years!)
  • I wonder… Why were temples so important in King Solomon’s time? (The temple is where God was with His people.)
  • I wonder… Do we need a temple to be with God today? (No! He is with us as the Holy Spirit, and He will be with us in Heaven!)

Activities  At 8:00 and 11:00 children will make a temple of boxes and then make a paper bag temple to take home. Children at 9:30 children will play temple bowling and then make envelope temples to take home.

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Elementary:

All Kindergarten-4th Grade Classes, and 5th Grade at 8:00

Noah Unit Overview: Through the study of Noah and the flood, students will learn how God is just and merciful. God saved Noah and his family from a vast flood that destroyed every other living thing on earth, including all humans. The story shows us that God hates sin and judges those who participate in it and that He is faithful to those who turn from their sin and put their trust in Him. It also foreshadows what is to come when God will destroy the Earth of all wickedness and rescue his people once and for all.

Memory Verse: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Key Concept:  We can trust and obey God because He is faithful and always keeps His promises.

Workshop Descriptions

  1. Art: Students will read Genesis 8:17-9:13 and learn about the covenant God made to Noah. Students will explore how a rainbow, the symbol and reminder of God’s promise, is formed using light and water. They will also discuss how the covenant made to Noah points to God’s bigger plan to one day send His own Son, our ultimate Rescuer. After the discussions, children will use a variety of art supplies to create a rainbow that will act as a reminder of how God always keeps His promises.
  1. Drama: The students will reenact the story in the Bible of Noah and the Flood. The students will explore the concepts of obedience and faithfulness by “living out” the story with props, costumes, and a bit of water!
  1. History: The Bible tells us what we need to know about God. Faith is knowing who God is and trusting that He will keep His promises. In this lesson, children will study the memory verse and discuss the meaning of faith and trust. Then they will search the Bible for examples of people who are commended for their faith. Their findings will be used to set-up a timeline in their classroom to highlight the “Big God Story” throughout the year.
  1. Science: In Genesis, we learn about how God used water to destroy and judge the earth because of man’s sin. In this lesson, students will learn how water is an important resource but is also destructive. Even more so, they will learn about how God hates sin but rescues His people from sin and eternal destruction.
  1. Building: Students will read Genesis 6:11-22 and discuss the dimensions God gave Noah to use when building the ark. They will predict and then measure the actual dimensions of the ark. Students will also discuss the parallels between the ark, which God used to rescue Noah and his family, and the cross, which God sent His Son to die on to rescue us from our sin.

8:00 Workshop Lessons

Kindergarten-1st Grade: Drama

2nd Grade-5th Grade: History


9:30 and 11:00 Workshop Lessons

Kindergarten: Drama

1st Grade: Art

2nd Grade: History

3rd Grade: Building

4th Grade: Science

5th Grade Classes at 9:30 & 11:00

Monthly Topic: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? Exodus 20:12

This Week’s Lesson: Why Do My Parents Always Say No? Exodus 20:1-17; Jeremiah 5:22; Ephesians 6:1-4

Jun 282015
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: Who is our Forever King? Jesus is our Forever King!

Monthly Image: Crown

Memory Verse: “The Lord looks at the heart” – 1 Samuel 16:7

Bible Story Focus: God chose David to be the next King.

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear the story of when Samuel anointed David as King when he was a young boy because even though he was only a shepherd, God was looking at the heart of David, a man who loved God.

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Preschool

Monthly Image: Crown-Forever King

Big Idea: Who is our Forever King? Jesus is our Forever King!

Memory Verse: “The Lord looks at the heart” – 1 Samuel 16:7

Bible Story Focus: David Protects His Sheep·–1 Samuel 17: 34-37

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, kids will hear the story of David protecting His sheep from a lion and a bear while watching over them in the field. This story helps us see that David trusted God with the lion and the bear and that he is faithful to watching over his sheep. Kids will understand that just like David loves and watches over his sheep, our forever King, loves and watches over us too.

Circle Time Discussion:

Have you ever been afraid of something before?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder…how did David protect his sheep?

I wonder…how is a shepherd like a king?

I wonder…how did our Forever King Jesus rescue his people?

Activities

During the 8:00 and 11:00 services the children will play a game called the sheep and the Shepard. One volunteer will the the Shepard and tell the students to do silly things like eat grass and take a nap. It will follow along the lines of Simon Says. They will then build a sheep out of pretzels and marshmallows.

During the 9:30 service children will play follow the leader with one of the volunteers in their classroom. They will then make a sheep picture using cotton balls.

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Elementary

Summer Curriculum Overview: This summer, Kindergarten-5th Graders will join Christian on his pilgrim journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City as we read an adapted version of Little Pilgrim’s Progress.  During our weeks together, children will learn that Christian’s story is the story of everyone who follows Jesus.  This story begins as God calls people to himself and continues as they walk the difficult journey of faith through many struggles, triumphs, temptations, and victories.

Memory Verse: Finally, let the Lord make you strong. Depend on his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor. Then you can remain strong against the devil’s evil plans. Ephesians 6:10-11

Lesson Summary: Children will read and discuss Chapter 4: “The Hill of Difficulty and the House Beautiful” from Pilgrim’s Progress. In this chapter, Christian climbs the Hill of Difficulty on the road to the Celestial City. Along the way, he faces many struggles from false pilgrims who scoff at the message of the gospel and make fun of him. Finally, Christian arrives at the House Beautiful where he gathers with other Christians who encourage him.

Objectives

  1. In this life, we will face suffering.
  2. God promises to enter into our suffering and pain with us. He also gives us other Christians to encourage us when our journey becomes difficult.
  3. God gives us His armor to protect us from the enemy’s attacks.

Supporting Scripture: John 10:1-4, 1 Thessalonians 5:6; 11, and Ephesians 6:10-18

Activities: Rolled Document Hunt and Body Armor Race

Jun 212015
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: Who is our Forever King? Jesus is our Forever King!

Monthly Image: Crown

Memory Verse: “The Lord looks at the heart” – 1 Samuel 16:7

Bible Story Focus: God chose David to be the next King.

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear the story of when Samuel anointed David as King when he was a young boy because even though he was only a shepherd, God was looking at the heart of David, a man who loved God.

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Preschool

Monthly Image: Crown-Forever King

Big Idea: Who is our Forever King? Jesus is our Forever King!

Memory Verse:  “The Lord looks at the heart” – 1 Samuel 16:7

Bible Story Focus: David is Anointed King (1 Samuel 16:1-13)

Lesson Overview:
In this lesson, kids will hear the story of how God rejected Saul as king because of his disobedience and then chose his new king, David.  They will hear the story of Samuel anointing David as King as a young boy because even though he wasn’t strong looking on the outside, God was looking at the heart of David, a man who loved God.

Circle Time Discussion:

Have you ever been told you are too small to do something? What?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder…why did God need to choose a new king? (Because Saul was not a good king to the people.)

I wonder…why did God choose David to be the King? (God looked at David’s heart and saw David loved God.)

I wonder…who is the Forever King that God sent many years later? (Jesus)

Activities
Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will use string to lace up hearts at the table they are sitting with. They will then decorate a door hangar craft to take home. Children at 9:30 will have a scavenger hunt around their classroom for red and pink hearts. They will then decorate their own heart puzzle.

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Elementary

Summer Curriculum Overview: This summer, Kindergarten-5th Graders will join Christian on his pilgrim journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City as we read an adapted version of Little Pilgrim’s Progress.  During our weeks together, children will learn that Christian’s story is the story of everyone who follows Jesus.  This story begins as God calls people to himself and continues as they walk the difficult journey of faith through many struggles, triumphs, temptations, and victories.

Memory Verse: Finally, let the Lord make you strong.  Depend on his mighty power.  Put on all of God’s armor.  Then you can remain strong against the devil’s evil plans.  Ephesians 6:10-11

Lesson Summary: Children will read and discuss Chapter 3: “Interpreter’s House and the Place of Deliverance” from Pilgrim’s Progress.  In this chapter, Christian arrives at the small gate.  He’s welcomed inside by Goodwill and starts on the straight and narrow path.  He stops at Interpreter’s House and learns several important lessons for the journey that lies ahead.  He continues traveling until he reaches the Cross at the Place of Deliverance.  Here his burden comes loose, rolls away, and disappears forever.  

Objectives

  1. The Holy Spirit draws sinners into a relationship with Jesus.
  2. The Holy Spirit guides, warns, and comforts Christians.
  3. Jesus died on the cross to get rid of our burden of sin and make us right with God

Supporting Scripture: Luke 11:9-10, John 14:26-27, and Romans 5:8-9

Activities: Enter the Gate and Wax Pictures