Big Idea: God Protects Us.
Memory Verse: “He is…my God in whom I trust” – Psalm 91:2
Bible Story Focus: Daniel and the Lion’s Den (Daniel 6)
In this lesson, children will hear the story of Daniels faithfulness to God and God alone. After King Darius wanted people to only pray to him, Daniel continued to only pray to the One True God. As a way to punish Daniel, he was thrown into the lion’s den. But, God kept the lion’s mouth’s shut and protected Daniel because of his faithfulness. God protected Daniel, and He protects his other followers too.
Monthly Topic: The book of Daniel
Big Idea: Trust in the Lord, He is our Protector
Memory Verse: “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust” -Psalm 91:2
Bible Story Focus: Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream | Daniel 2
In this lesson, kids will hear about when Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that no one could interpret. Frustrated, Nebuchadnezzar ordered all the wise men to be executed. Then Daniel came forth after asking God for the wisdom to interpret the dream and explained it to Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel found favor with Nebuchadnezzar and spared him and his friends. Kids will learn to trust the Lord, He is our Protector.
Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will build a tall tower and decorate cardboard glasses to talk about how Daniel could see the king’s dream. At 9:30 children will recreate famous statues out of play dough and make sleep cap pictures to remind themselves of Daniel’s ability to interpret the king’s dream.
I Wonder Questions
I wonder…what was the king going to do to the men who couldn’t interpret the dream?
He was going to have them killed.
I wonder…how did God protect Daniel and the other wise men? God gave Daniel the ability to understand and see the kings dreams so the men would not be killed
I wonder…what did the dream teach us about God’s Kingdom?
It taught that hat it is the only Kingdom that will last forever!
Title: Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be
Topic: The Fall/Story of Adam and Eve—Genesis 3
Dates: October 13 – November 10
Overview: Through the story of Adam and Eve, we learn about the fall of creation. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, their sin corrupted God’s beautiful and perfect creation. Their relationship with God was broken, nature started to unravel, and sickness and death entered the world. It was no longer the way it was supposed to be. By examining the story of The Fall, children will learn the consequences of sin and our need for a Savior.
Key Concept: Sin has ruined God’s perfect creation, and we need a Savior to make things right again.
Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:22 (NIRV) “Because of Adam, all people die. So because of Christ, all will be made alive.”
- Recall the story of Adam & Eve from Genesis 3.
- Know that sin entered the world through Adam & Eve and is still a part of our lives today.
- Realize that our sin breaks the perfect relationship we were meant to have with God which can only be restored through Christ.
- Recognize that sin spoils our relationships/friendships with others.
- Understand that sin has caused God’s creation to unravel, come undone, and go wrong.
- Know that sin brings death and destruction into our lives—we need a Savior to give us new life.
1. The Terrible Lie—Sin enters the world (Genesis 3)
To become familiar with the story of Adam and Eve, children will watch the Jesus Storybook Bible video of “The Terrible Lie.” In small groups, they will play “2 Truths and a Lie” and discuss how sintered the world through a lie (you don’t need God/God doesn’t love me) and how that lie is still being told today. Finally, children will learn that the Bible tells us the truth about God’s love for us. They will also take home a “2 Truths and a Lie” game to play with their family.
2. Hiding From God—Sin breaks a perfect relationship (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3:8; Hosea 6:7; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
After hearing about Adam and Eve’s sin and how they hid from God in the garden, children will play a “disguise” relay race game. In small groups, children will discuss and realize that because of our own sin, our relationship with God is not the way it’s supposed to be; but because of Jesus, we don’t need to hide or “disguise” our sin from God. He wants us to come to him with an honest and true heart.
3. The First Marriage—Sin spoils the first friendship (Genesis 2:18, 23, 25; Genesis 3:12-13)
Children will hear about the first “best friends,” Adam and Eve. They will learn that God made them to be perfect companions and helpers for each other but that sin spoiled their perfect friendship/marriage. In small groups, children will discuss their own friendships and how sin can spoil our friendships today. Finally, children will apply what they learn from Romans 12:15 by interviewing a friend in the class.
4. Nature—Sin unmakes God’s perfect world (Genesis 1:28-31; Genesis 3:18)
Children will watch a short video clip of some of the beautiful things in God’s creation and learn that God said the world he created was “very good.” In small groups, children will learn that because of sin, some things in the world today are not “very good” anymore. In their groups, children will make a picture collage contrasting things in nature that are not the way they should be with God’s promise to one day create a new heaven and a new earth.
5. Life—Sin brings death into the world (Genesis 2:7; Genesis 3:19; Romans 5:12-19; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Revelation 21:3-5)
Children will become scientists for the morning and study dead and alive insects, flowers, and foods. After their investigation, children will share their observations with the class. Finally, they will discuss the memory verse (1 Corinthians 15:22) and learn that because of sin, all people will die, but because of what Christ has done for us on the cross, all who believe in him will live forever in heaven.
Music: Nothing But the Blood by Matt Redman
You Alone Can Rescue by Matt Redman
Ways to Follow Up:
Read and discuss the Story of The Fall from Genesis 3 or a children’s Bible
Play the “2 Truths and a Lie Family Game”
Grapple Question: Why Are My Friends So Mean Sometimes?
Kids Learn: Forgiving Friends Who Hurt Us
Dig Into the Bible: Proverbs 17:9; 18:1, 19; Colossians 3:13
Think of the bully you knew way back when, or recall a time your friend ripped your guts out with one thoughtless comment. Talk to your preteen about that time. Words hurt! There’s little you can do to morph your child’s friends into the kindhearted angels you’d like them to be. That’s why your love, encouragement, hugs, and faithful friendship mean so much. Your acceptance is like a shield that will buffer your child through perilous pubescence.