Jun 032015
 

We hope your child had as much fun as we did Wednesday night at Kids Club. Here is a sneak peek into what we did.

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Unfortunately Winnie and Eddie once again lost tonight’s challenge from the Dark Knight and another unlucky 4th Grader was tar and feathered.

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At Bible Story, we learned that real faith is humble, not proud.  We saw this as God humbled King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4.

Quest – Kids Club 2015 – King Nebuchadnezzar's Story from The Crossing on Vimeo.

Quest – Kids Club 2015 – Wednesday Night Bible Story Intro from The Crossing on Vimeo.

Bible Story Overview: During our week together, children will learn what real faith is by examining several stories in the Book of Daniel. We will learn that real faith lives differently to make a difference in a broken world, trusts God in the face of suffering, is humble not proud, and perseveres to the end.

Memory Verse: The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. Daniel 11:32b (ESV)

Tonight’s Objectives:

  1. We are all separated from God until we humbly acknowledge God is our King.
  2. Real faith comes from God alone who can rescue anyone, no matter how far away they are.
  3. There is no one too far away that God cannot rescue them.

Bible Story Connection: Daniel 1-4 (Reviewing what we know about King Nebuchadnezzar and how God humbles him/uses Daniel to bring King Nebuchadnezzar to faith in the one true God.)

Supporting Scripture: Acts 9; 1 Timothy 1:15; Titus 3:3

Question(s) of the Night

1. What did we learn about faith tonight? Real faith is humble, not proud. 

2. What does it mean to be humble? Thinking less of yourself and more of God. 

3. What was Nebuchadnezzar like before God changed his heart? He was proud. He loved being 

powerful and in control. He lost his temper and didn’t care who he hurt. 

4. What was Nebuchadnezzar like after God changed his heart? He was humble. He knew that he 

was not in control, God was. His heart softened towards people. He became a completely different 

kind of person. 

5. Practice the memory verse together.

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Worship Music:

The Quest (Daniel 11:32b) – Seeds Family Worship 

The Glory of Our King – Matt Redman

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Preschool Craft: Service Project Stenciled Canvas Bags and Crowns to Take Home

Elementary Craft: Service Project for Refugees (tying fleece blankets, decorating pencil bags and pillow cases)

Preschool Game: Medieval Obstacle Course

Elementary Game: K-1st—The Quest (Obstacle Course) and Medieval Games, 2nd-3rd—Fire Game (Capture the Flag), 4th-5th—Knight Ball

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As you can see from the pictures below, there was also plenty of time for laughter, food, friendship, serving, dancing, worship, and fun.

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We can’t wait to see you tomorrow.

Jun 022015
 

We hope your child had as much fun as we did Tuesday night at Kids Club. Here is a sneak peek into what we did.

Unfortunately Winnie and Eddie once again lost tonight’s challenge from the Dark Knight and another unlucky 5th Grader was tar and feathered.

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At Bible Story, we learned that real faith trust God in the face of suffering.  We saw this in the lives of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego as we heard the story of the Fiery Furnace and also discussed what this looks like in our lives today.

Quest – Kids Club 2015 – Tuesday Night Bible Story Intro from The Crossing on Vimeo.

Bible Story Overview: During our week together, children will learn what real faith is by examining several stories in the Book of Daniel. We will learn that real faith lives differently to make a difference in a broken world, trusts God in the face of suffering, is humble not proud, and perseveres to the end.

Memory Verse: The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. Daniel 11:32b (ESV)

Tonight’s Objectives:

  • There is one true God, the only one worthy of our worship and praise.
  • In this life, we will all face furnaces/suffering. (1 Peter 4:12, Job 5:7)
  • We have a God who enters into the furnace/suffering with us. No God rescues like this! (Daniel 3:24-25; 29/The Gospel)

Bible Story Connection: Daniel 3 (Action Bible p. 476-479 “Facing the Heat”)

Supporting Scripture: 1 Peter 4:12; 1 Peter 1:7; Isaiah 43

Follow Up Questions:

1. What is suffering? (Something challenging or painful.)

2. What type of suffering did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego face? (They had to choose between worshiping the one true God or bowing down to a statute/idol. If they refused to worship the idol, they faced death by being throne into a fiery furnace.)

3. What did they choose? (To worship the One true God only and face the furnace.) 

4. What did we learn about real faith tonight? (Real faith trusts God in the face of suffering.)

5. Practice the memory verse together.

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Worship Music:

The Quest (Daniel 11:32b) – Seeds Family Worship 

The Glory of Our King – Matt Redman

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Preschool Craft: Fire Tile Coasters

Elementary Craft: Helmets and Tiaras

Preschool Game: Dragon Games

Elementary Game: K-1st—Storm the Castle, 2nd-3rd—The Quest (Obstacle Course), and 4th-5th—Fire Game (Capture the Flag)

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As you can see from the pictures below, there was also plenty of time for laughter, food, friendship, serving, dancing, worship, and fun.

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We can’t wait to see you tomorrow.

Jun 012015
 

We hope your child had as much fun as we did Monday night at Kids Club.  Here is a sneak peek into what we did.

We were introduced to two new characters–Winnie and Eddie.

Quest – Kids Club 2015 Opening Video from The Crossing on Vimeo.

Unfortunately they lost tonight’s challenge from the Dark Knight and one unlucky 5th Grader was tar and feathered.

At Bible Story, we learned that real faith lives differently to make a difference in a broken world.  We saw this in the life of Daniel in Babylon and also discussed what this looks like in our lives today.

Quest – Kids Club 2015 – Monday Night Bible Story Intro from The Crossing on Vimeo.

Bible Story Overview:

During our week together, children will learn what real faith is by examining several stories in the Book of Daniel. We will learn that real faith lives differently to make a difference in a broken world, trusts God in the face of suffering, is humble not proud, and perseveres to the end.

Memory Verse:

The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. Daniel 11:32b (ESV)

Tonight’s Objectives:

  1. Daniel knew that God was the one true King and lived differently because of this.
  2. Real faith doesn’t blend in or hide from the people and beliefs around us; instead, real faith follows God while seeking to do good wherever we live and wherever we go.

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Tonight’s Bible Story Connection: Daniel 1-2

Questions of the Night

1. What is faith? (A lifelong trust in God as our King.)

2. What did we learn about faith tonight? (Real faith lives differently to make a difference in a broken world.) 

3. Daniel’s quest was to follow God and trust Him in some very challenging circumstances. What made Daniel’s quest so difficult? (He was taken from his homeland into Babylon; He is treated like a Babylonian/given special privileges, and encouraged to forget God and what he was commanded to do as an Israelite. He was supposed to live in Babylon and do good for the city without changing his identity as someone who followed God. He was almost put to death because of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.) 

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Worship Music:

The Quest (Daniel 11:32b) – Seeds Family Worship 

The Glory of Our King – Matt Redman

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Preschool Craft: Goblets

Elementary Craft: Tunics

Preschool Game: Jousting and Javelin Relay

Elementary Game: K-1st—Fire Game (Capture the Flag), 2nd-3rd—Storm the Castle, 4th-5th—Knights and Squires (Sharks and Minnows)

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As you can see from the pictures below, there was also plenty of time for laughter, food, friendship, serving, dancing, worship, and fun.

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We can’t wait to see you tomorrow.

Mar 112015
 

Little Ones 

Monthly Topic: “M” is for Miraculous

Big Idea: Jesus is Mmm, Mmm, Miraculous!

Memory Verse: “With God, all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26

Bible Story Focus: Jesus calms a storm | Mark 4 :35-41, Matthew 8 :23-27

Lesson Overview:

This month, kids will learn that Jesus is Miraculous. They will hear the story of how Jesus calmed the storm and will have the chance to make their own storm.  They will learn that only He can calm a storm just by using His voice!

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Preschool

Monthly Topic: “M” is for Miraculous

Big Idea: Jesus performed many miracles, proving He was God. He is Mmm, Mmm, miraculous!

Memory Verse: “With God, all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26

Bible Story Focus: Jesus brings Jairus’ daughter back to life | Luke 8 : 40-56

Lesson Overview:

Children will hear the story of how Jesus brought Jairus’ daughter back to life from Luke 8.  They will learn that Jesus is miraculous and only He can perform miracles.  Children will get to close their eyes and imagine what it would be like to see Jesus bring someone back to life.  They will learn that no miracle is too hard for Jesus.  The Story Street friends are trying to take care of a plant, but it dies and they are sad.  People who die, can’t come back to life, but Jesus could do this because He is our miraculous God!

Circle Time Discussion:

Have you had anyone in your family or a pet die?  How did it make you feel?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder…what miracle did Jesus perform for Jairus?

*He brought his daughter back to life.

I wonder…can we bring people or pets back to life?

*No, only Jesus has conquered (or has power over) death.  He can do things we can’t do because He is God and we are not.

I wonder…what other Bible story tells us about how Jesus conquered death?

*The Easter story tells us about how Jesus died on the cross, but rose again and lives with us.  He was so miraculous and so powerful that death could not keep Him in the grave.

Activities

Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will be sorting items that are living and non-living. Then they will be making girl puppets to take home. At 9:30 children will making marble paintings and doing a sensory coloring sheet with scraps of fabric to take home.

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Kindergarten-4th Grade

Title of Unit: The 10 Commandments

Dates:  Unit 5: February 15 – March 15, 2015

Overview Relativism is the cultural air we breathe.  The idea of something being black or white, right or wrong often rubs us the wrong way.  Some may wonder whether or not devoting an entire unit to the Ten Commandments is a good idea.  Isn’t it just being legalistic, old fashioned, or boring?  What does the law have to do with grace?

The truth is we need the Ten Commandments now more than ever.  We need them not because our end goal is to create classrooms of perfectly behaved children or because we can earn God’s forgiveness through obedience.  We need them because God’s law not only shows us how life works best, it also reveals our need for a Savior.  In God’s perfect law we see our depravity and inability to meet His standards.  The law shows us our sin and points us to Jesus who kept it perfectly.

Key ConceptGod’s law shows us how life works best and reveals our need for a Savior.

Objectives: 3-6 overall objectives for this unit. Objectives should be concrete and measurable.

Children will:

  1. Know through Jesus, we are accepted by God who gives us the command and power to obey.
  2. Recognize that God’s commands show us how life works best.
  3. Identify idols and ways that we fail to keep God’s commands in our daily lives.
  4. Retell the story of God giving Moses the 10 Commandments on Mt. Sinai.
  5. Memorize the 10 commandments.
  6. Understand that just like Israel failed over and over to keep their end of the covenant, we fail to follow God perfectly, too.  We need God’s Son, Jesus, to do this for us.

Memory Verse Options: 
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.  Matthew 22:37-39

Key Scripture: Exodus 20; Matthew 5

Workshop Descriptions

  1. Honor Your Father and Mother (Drama)
Children will play a review game to help them memorize the 10 commandments.  Afterwards, they will discuss and act out four different scenarios where it might be difficult to honor and obey those in authority over us.
  2. Do Not Lie (Games)

Children will play a review game to help them memorize the 10 commandments.  Afterwards, they will play the game “Lie Detector” to recognize what this commandment means for our lives at home, school, and with others. 

  1. Mt. Sinai (Writing)

Children will play a review game to help them memorize the 10 commandments.  Afterwards, they will watch a short video of God giving Moses the 10 Commandments on Mt. Sinai and split into small groups to create their own comic book retellings of this historical event.

  1. No Other Gods (Art)

Children will play a review game to help them memorize the 10 commandments.  Afterwards, they will discuss the first and second commandment, read the story of the Golden calf, look for idols in our lives, and discover why our God is greater than all others.  They will create miniature sculptures that show the difference between the idols we hold onto and the true, living God.

  1. Murder (Stations)

Children will play a review game to help them memorize the 10 commandments.  Afterwards, students will participate in two different stations that help us better understand the sixth commandment and what Jesus has to say in Matthew 5.

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5th Grade

Grapple Question:  What if It Doesn’t Feel Wrong?

Kids Learn:  Practicing Discernment

Dig Into the Bible:  Proverbs 1:1-7; 3:21-26; Romans 14:20-23; Galatians 5:16-17

You probably talk to your kids about how you want them to respond to peer pressure and temptation. But you can’t always be there looking over your son’s or daughter’s shoulder, especially when they’re at school or other activities. How are you supposed to make sure they learn right from wrong when they spend so much time away from you?

Good news—God sent the Holy Spirit to be a constant guide. When your preteen feels a tug at his or her conscience, that’s the Holy Spirit nudging him or her toward the right decision or away from temptation. You can be reassured, knowing that you have a Par- enting Partner to help your child make good choices.

Feb 082015
 

Little Ones

Monthly Topic: “H” is for Healer

Big Idea: Jesus is our greatest Healer

Memory Verse: “He heals the brokenhearted…” Psalm 147:3

Bible Story Focus: Jesus Heals Two Blind Men | Matthew 9:27-34

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, we will learn of two blind men in the book of Matthew that ask Jesus to heal them. The men were able to see again but more than that, we see that Jesus healed more than just their sight; he also healed their hearts.

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Preschool

Monthly Topic: “H “ is for Healer

Big Idea: Jesus is our greatest Healer

Memory Verse:  “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” Psalm 147:3

Bible Story Focus: Jesus forgives and heals a paralyzed man

-Matthew 9:1-8 and Luke 5:17-26

Lesson Overview:

This lesson will be centered around Jesus’ healing of a man unable to walk and the faith that the man and his friends displayed by coming to Jesus.   Children will learn how Jesus healed the man and why Jesus’ first response to the man was “your sins are forgiven”.

Activities

Children at 8 and 11 will be doing a bear relay and making a weaving mat. Then at 9:30 children will be doing different activities to talk about how their legs work and making a paralyzed man craft to take home.

Circle Time Discussion:

Do you know anyone or have you ever seen anyone who can’t walk? How do they get around?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder…how did Jesus heal the man?

*He helped him walk and forgave His sins

I wonder…why did friends bring the man to Jesus?

*They knew Jesus could heal him.

I wonder…what was the best thing Jesus did for the man who couldn’t walk? Forgive His sins or help him walk?

*The best thing Jesus did was forgive His sins because now He can be with Jesus forever.

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Kindergarten-4th Grade

Title of Unit: Ruth–A Sweet and Bitter Providence 

Dates: January 11 – February 8

OverviewThe Book of Ruth is a story of deliverance for Naomi and Ruth who sought refuge under God’s wings in the midst of great suffering. Through this unit, children will see how this Old Testament story of redemption points to our ultimate redemption in Jesus Christ.

Key ConceptGod is in control of all things and is the ultimate redeemer. We can trust Him even when difficult things happen.

Objectives: 

Children will learn:

  1. Retell the story of Ruth.
  2. Know that we can trust God even when we face difficulties.       He works all things together for our good and His glory.
  3. See and connect God’s big story of redemption in both the Old and New Testaments.
  4. Recognize God’s sovereignty and love for His people both in Ruth’s life and in our lives today.
  5. Know that God cares for the marginalized and hurting and that we should as well. 

Memory Verse: Blessed be the LORD who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned. Ruth 4:14

Workshops

  1. Redemption (Word Study Workshop)
    In this lesson, children will take a closer look at the word “Redemption.” After brainstorming what they already know about the word, they will watch a short video clip from “What’s in the Bible” that shares the story of Ruth and follows the redeeming geneology of Jesus. Children will end their time together by making a family take home activity that encourages families to study the word redemption.
  1. Cinema Preview
    In this lesson, children talk about movie previews. They will watch several examples and discuss whether the preview is better than the movie. They will use this illustration as a way to examine the ways that the story of Ruth and Boaz point to the greater story of God redeeming His people through Jesus.
  1. Puppet Show
    In this lesson, children will take a closer look at the story of Ruth as it is retold using a flannel graph. After the retelling, children will create a set of puppets to help them retell the story at home using a script.
  1. Mosaic Art
    In this lesson, children will examine the broken and difficult parts of Ruth and Naomi’s life by reading the story in The Action Bible. Together, we will see that God ultimately uses the brokenness to bring about their good and His glory. We will illustrate this important truth by creating mosaics from broken items in order to create something beautiful.
  1. Service Project—Hesed Love
    In this lesson children will learn that love sacrifices for others. After reviewing the story of Ruth, children will discuss the sacrificial way that God demonstrates His love for us and that we ought to love one another with. Children will put together small On-the-Go Kits to take home and distribute to those in need in our community.

Music:
“You Alone Can Rescue” from We Shall Not Be Shaken by Matt Redman

“Hey Man” from Seeds of Faith by Seeds Family Worship

“All Because of Jesus” from Chase the Light

5th Grade

Grapple Question: What if I Pray Really Hard, and God Says No?

Kids Learn: Accepting God’s Answers

Dig Into the Bible: 2 Samuel 12:15-23; Proverbs 15:29; Mark 14:32-36; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

It’s pretty disappointing for kids when they really want something, but they don’t get their way. (Hey, that’s still hard for most adults!) As a parent, you have to tell your kids no sometimes—especially if it’s for their physical or emotional safety. It might be tough when you see that your child is upset, but you know you’re looking out for his or her best interests.

God also has our best interests in mind. God can see the big picture and always makes the right decision that will help us grow in our faith. Share with your preteen a time that God didn’t answer a prayer the way you’d hoped—and how you grew from that experience.

Dec 142014
 

Little Ones

Monthly Topic: “I” is for Immanuel

Big Idea: Jesus is called Immanuel, which means God with Us

Memory Verse:  “…He will be called Immanuel…” Matthew 1:23

Bible Story Focus: Jesus is Born

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, children will hear the story of Jesus being born in Bethlehem.  They will hear that Jesus is God who came to live with His people.  They will learn that Jesus is called Immanuel because that means “God with us.”

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Preschool

Monthly Topic: “I” is for Immanuel

Big Idea: Jesus is called Immanuel, which means God with us!

Memory Verse: “…and they will call Him Immanuel, which means God with us.” – Matthew 1:23

Bible Story Focus: The Angel Visits Mary – Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, kids will hear the story of the angel visiting Mary to tell her she would have a child, Jesus. They will understand that Jesus is God himself and is sent to rescue us from our sin.

Circle Time Discussion:

What is the most wonderful news you have ever heard?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

What did the angel tell Mary when He came to visit? (The angel told Mary that she was going to have a baby, God’s Son and He will be called Jesus)

What did the angel say to Joseph? (The angel told Joseph that Mary would have a baby and He would be called Immanuel, which means God with us).

Who is the Promised One that God planned to send? (Jesus; He is God’s Son but also God himself).

 Activities

At 8:00 and 11:00 children will play “Angel Says” (like Simon Says) and make a paper angel to take home. Children in the 9:30 service will be playing a game where they “send” the angel to Mary. Then they will be making a color-your-own-angel to take home.

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Kindergarten-4th Grade

Proverbs: God is Wise

Overview: Like Solomon, we can ask for wisdom and know that God provides guidance to each of us. As we grow in understanding and wisdom, we see God’s loving hand, we hear his warnings, and we trust in Him.

Key Concept: God is wise and His word provides guidance for our lives.

Memory Verse: If you really want to become wise, you must begin by having respect for the Lord. To know the Holy One is to gain understanding. Proverbs 9:10

Objectives for Unit:

Children will learn:

  1. that a proverb is a wise saying and useful for instruction.
  2. that we seek to obey God out of our love for him.
  3. that God is wise in all things.

Workshop Descriptions

Drama – I Kings 3:5-14
In this workshop, students will learn about Solomon: who he was and how he asked God for wisdom. Children will discuss how God blessed Solomon with wisdom; this wisdom was beyond riches and wealth.

Art – Proverbs 1 & 3:19-20; 8:22; 33:6
In this workshop, children will focus on God’s Wisdom. As children create images (trees, insects, birds), they will discuss God’s wisdom as shown in his creation.
“By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations.” 3:19. “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made”
(Prov. 33:6).

Story – Proverbs 1-2; 9:10
In this workshop children will again consider “what is wisdom” by looking at what Proverbs says and means about fearing the Lord and about understanding. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Prov. 9:10). Through the illustrated version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, children will see how the image of Aslan, “good but not safe,” can help us understand our reverence for, yet fear of God.

Games – Proverbs 3 & 4
In this workshop, children will practice applying the wisdom from the Proverbs, answering the question “How do we gain wisdom?”
Children will play “Sticky Situations” to practice role-playing decisions that help them apply the principles of wisdom into their own lives.

Service Project – Proverbs 10:12; 28
In this workshop children will talk about the Bible, exploring the genre and definition of a proverb. A proverb is a short statement of wisdom and instruction and many of them are geared for children. Like a textbook for life, Proverbs uses repetition to teach how to live a Godly life. Children will also prepare a service project by decorating collection envelopes (for new Bibles to give to children in Foster Care and in Guatemala) and bookmarks.

Music:
“I Fear the Lord” from The Shore
“I Will Trust Him” from Forever/Home
“Glory to God Forever” from JUMP!

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5th Grade

Grapple Question: What Difference Can I Make?

Kids Learn: Serving Others

Dig Into the Bible: Mark 10:42-45; Luke 10:38-42; Romans 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 12:5-11

Young children tend to be egocentric—feeling like the world revolves around them. But preteens are starting to become aware that there are other countries and cultures around the world—many without adequate food, water, and shelter. Your child might become overwhelmed by the thought of trying to help so many hurting people. How can one person make a difference?

Think of a time one person made a difference in your life. Maybe a teacher, youth leader, pas- tor, friend, or family member has made a big impact on you. Share that experience with your preteen to remind him or her that one person can make a difference.

Nov 302014
 

Little Ones

Monthly Topic: “S” is for Sovereign

Big Idea: God is Sovereign; He is in control of our lives

Memory Verse:  “I know the plans I have for you” – Jeremiah 29:11

Bible Story Focus: Joseph’s Life

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, kids will hear the story of Joseph being sold as a slave to Egypt.  They will learn that God planned to send Joseph to Egypt so that He could one day He could help rescue God’s people when there was no food.  Kids will learn that God is Sovereign; He is in control of our lives.

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Preschool

Monthly Topic: “S” is for Sovereign

Big Idea: God is Sovereign; He is in control of our lives

Memory Verse: ““For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord.”  – Jeremiah 29:11

Bible Story Focus: Jacob comes to Egypt/Joseph saves many lives – Genesis 45:25-Genesis 47

Lesson Overview:

In the last lesson of Joseph’s life, kids will hear the story of Jacob’s family settling in Egypt to live. They will learn that God was in control of Joseph’s life but that His plan was so much bigger than Joseph alone.  They will learn that through this family, God’s people settled in Egypt for a long time and God’s story of sovereignty continues even after.

Circle Time Discussion:

Have you ever moved to a new place or house?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder…what happened after Jacob heard Joseph was alive?

*Joseph moved to Egypt.

I wonder…is God’s big story over? 

*No!  God’s big story is stilling going with us today.

I wonder…who is in control of all things?

*God is in control of all things!

Activities

Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will pretend to “move” the toys in the classroom and talk about Jacob’s family moving to a new land. Then they will make fall memory verse frames to take home. At 9:30 children will play follow the leader and make a family tree of Jacob’s family to take home.

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Kindergarten-4th Grade

Proverbs: God is Wise

Overview: Like Solomon, we can ask for wisdom and know that God provides guidance to each of us. As we grow in understanding and wisdom, we see God’s loving hand, we hear his warnings, and we trust in Him.

Key Concept: God is wise and His word provides guidance for our lives.

Memory Verse: If you really want to become wise, you must begin by having respect for the Lord. To know the Holy One is to gain understanding. Proverbs 9:10

Objectives for Unit:

Children will learn:

  1. that a proverb is a wise saying and useful for instruction.
  2. that we seek to obey God out of our love for him.
  3. that God is wise in all things.

Workshop Descriptions

Drama – I Kings 3:5-14
In this workshop, students will learn about Solomon: who he was and how he asked God for wisdom. Children will discuss how God blessed Solomon with wisdom; this wisdom was beyond riches and wealth.

Art – Proverbs 1 & 3:19-20; 8:22; 33:6
In this workshop, children will focus on God’s Wisdom. As children create images (trees, insects, birds), they will discuss God’s wisdom as shown in his creation.
“By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations.” 3:19. “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made”
(Prov. 33:6).

Story – Proverbs 1-2; 9:10
In this workshop children will again consider “what is wisdom” by looking at what Proverbs says and means about fearing the Lord and about understanding. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Prov. 9:10). Through the illustrated version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, children will see how the image of Aslan, “good but not safe,” can help us understand our reverence for, yet fear of God.

Games – Proverbs 3 & 4
In this workshop, children will practice applying the wisdom from the Proverbs, answering the question “How do we gain wisdom?”
Children will play “Sticky Situations” to practice role-playing decisions that help them apply the principles of wisdom into their own lives.

Service Project – Proverbs 10:12; 28
In this workshop children will talk about the Bible, exploring the genre and definition of a proverb. A proverb is a short statement of wisdom and instruction and many of them are geared for children. Like a textbook for life, Proverbs uses repetition to teach how to live a Godly life. Children will also prepare a service project by decorating collection envelopes (for new Bibles to give to children in Foster Care and in Guatemala) and bookmarks.

Music:
“I Fear the Lord” from The Shore
“I Will Trust Him” from Forever/Home
“Glory to God Forever” from JUMP!

5th Grade

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

Lesson Summary: God is not a party pooper! Yet it’s sad but true that some people think God needs to stay locked up in a church building—they never involve him in the fun parts of their lives. Use this lesson to encourage kids to quit thinking that God doesn’t want them to have fun! Remind kids to invite God along when they’re playing video games with friends or just hanging out.

Nov 242014
 

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What story will most capture your child’s heart this holiday season?

Children begin to form their understanding of what Christmas is about from very early on. The only real question is who or what will have the most influence in shaping it.

The biblical story of Christmas can be confusing to kids who are bombarded with our culture’s holiday icons and values at every turn. You have an opportunity this December to spend time not only decorating, wrapping gifts, and going to parties…but, most importantly, focusing your family’s hearts on who it’s all for.

Start your Christmas season off with a night that focuses all your senses on Jesus at our Family Christmas Celebration on Wednesday, December 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Crossing. Your family is invited to experience a night in Bethlehem during the time of Jesus’ birth. Visit various interactive shops, meet characters all over town, and watch the live story of the Nativity come to life.

One thing your family will make that night is a keepsake Nativity set from Caravan Shoppe like this one…

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And, as you leave, we’ll hand you a simple, hands-on Christmas devotional that you can do with your kids throughout the holiday season, too!

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This free event is geared for families with children ages 3 through 5th grade. It’s a great opportunity to invite others to hear about the Christmas story. Childcare is available for ages 2 and under by RSVP.

Sign up online HERE or in the foyer through November 30, if you plan to attend.

We hope to see you and your friends there!

Nov 162014
 

Little Ones

Monthly Topic: “S” is for Sovereign

Big Idea: God is Sovereign; He is in control of our lives

Memory Verse:  “I know the plans I have for you” – Jeremiah 29:11

Bible Story Focus: Joseph’s Life

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, kids will hear the story of Joseph being sold as a slave to Egypt.  They will learn that God planned to send Joseph to Egypt so that He could one day He could help rescue God’s people when there was no food.  Kids will learn that God is Sovereign; He is in control of our lives.

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Preschool

Monthly Topic: “S” is for Sovereign

Big Idea: God is Sovereign; He is in control of our lives

Memory Verse: ““For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord.”  – Jeremiah 29:11

Bible Story Focus: Joseph Rises to Power/His brothers come to Egypt – Genesis 41:37- Genesis 42:8

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, kids will hear of Joseph’s rise to power in Egypt and how God had planned all along to use him as a help to his brothers. Kids will learn that God is sovereign and has a plan for our lives.  He plans to make ALL things good again through His Kingdom some day

Circle Time Discussion:

Have you ever been really, really hungry?  Tell me about it.

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder…what did Joseph do after he got out of prison? (He became a wise leader).

I wonder…how did Joseph help all the people? (He helped them get food during the good years and save food so they wouldn’t be hungry during the hard years.).

I wonder…How has God been sovereign over Joseph’s life so far? (If Joseph hadn’t become a shave, he never would have become a leader and helped all the people).

Activities

At 8:00 and 11:00 children will play “Joseph says” and make a “food bag” from a burlap sack they can take home to remind them of the story. At 9:30 children will try their hand at weaving baskets and make a crown to take home to remind them how God redeemed Joseph.

Kindergarten-4th Grade

Proverbs: God is Wise

Overview: Like Solomon, we can ask for wisdom and know that God provides guidance to each of us. As we grow in understanding and wisdom, we see God’s loving hand, we hear his warnings, and we trust in Him.

Key Concept: God is wise and His word provides guidance for our lives.

Memory Verse: If you really want to become wise, you must begin by having respect for the Lord. To know the Holy One is to gain understanding. Proverbs 9:10

Objectives for Unit:

Children will learn:

  1. that a proverb is a wise saying and useful for instruction.
  2. that we seek to obey God out of our love for him.
  3. that God is wise in all things.

Workshop Descriptions

Drama – I Kings 3:5-14
In this workshop, students will learn about Solomon: who he was and how he asked God for wisdom. Children will discuss how God blessed Solomon with wisdom; this wisdom was beyond riches and wealth.

Art – Proverbs 1 & 3:19-20; 8:22; 33:6
In this workshop, children will focus on God’s Wisdom. As children create images (trees, insects, birds), they will discuss God’s wisdom as shown in his creation.
“By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations.” 3:19. “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made”
(Prov. 33:6).

Story – Proverbs 1-2; 9:10
In this workshop children will again consider “what is wisdom” by looking at what Proverbs says and means about fearing the Lord and about understanding. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Prov. 9:10). Through the illustrated version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, children will see how the image of Aslan, “good but not safe,” can help us understand our reverence for, yet fear of God.

Games – Proverbs 3 & 4
In this workshop, children will practice applying the wisdom from the Proverbs, answering the question “How do we gain wisdom?”
Children will play “Sticky Situations” to practice role-playing decisions that help them apply the principles of wisdom into their own lives.

Service Project – Proverbs 10:12; 28
In this workshop children will talk about the Bible, exploring the genre and definition of a proverb. A proverb is a short statement of wisdom and instruction and many of them are geared for children. Like a textbook for life, Proverbs uses repetition to teach how to live a Godly life. Children will also prepare a service project by decorating collection envelopes (for new Bibles to give to children in Foster Care and in Guatemala) and bookmarks.

Music:
“I Fear the Lord” from The Shore
“I Will Trust Him” from Forever/Home
“Glory to God Forever” from JUMP!

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5th Grade

Grapple Question: What kind of movies should I watch?

Key Faith Foundation: God’s Guidelines for Making Good Movie Choices

Key Scriptures: Romans 12:2; Philippians 4:8

Lesson Summary: It’s so easy to watch movies just because everyone else is watching them—whether they’re good for us or not. Use this lesson to help preteens learn to choose movies based on what God says.

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Nov 022014
 

Little Ones

Monthly Topic: “S” is for Sovereign

Big Idea: God is Sovereign; He is in control of our lives

Memory Verse:  “I know the plans I have for you” – Jeremiah 29:11

Bible Story Focus: Joseph’s Life

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, kids will hear the story of Joseph being sold as a slave to Egypt.  They will learn that God planned to send Joseph to Egypt so that He could one day He could help rescue God’s people when there was no food.  Kids will learn that God is Sovereign; He is in control of our lives.

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Preschool

Monthly Topic: “S” is for Sovereign

Big Idea: God is Sovereign; He is in control of our lives

Memory Verse: ““For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord.”  – Jeremiah 29:11

Bible Story Focus: Joseph’s Dreams/Joseph is Sold – Genesis 37

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, children will begin a series on the life of Joseph. They will hear the story of Joseph’s dreams of reigning over his brothers and how his jealous brothers sold him into slavery. Kids will follow the life of Joseph and see that God is always in control and has a plan for our lives.

Circle Time Discussion:

Has anyone ever done something mean to you?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder…why did Joseph’s brothers hate him so much? (They hated him because Jacob loved Joseph the most)

I wonder…what happened to Joseph? (His brothers took his coat and threw him in a hole.  Then they sold him to other men and he became a slave).

I wonder…what does it mean that God is sovereign? (He is in control of our lives).

Activities

Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will draw their dreams on a classroom mural and make a bracelet of many colors to take home. At 9:30 children will pass around a bag of silver coins and talk about what they have to do with the story. Then they will make their own Joseph with a coat of many colors to take home.

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Kindergarten-4th Grade

Title: The Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Key Concept: There is one God in trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each are all fully God and fully different from one another.

Overview: Though the concept of the Trinity is difficult to grasp, it is important for every Christian to investigate and study in order to know God. Through his word, God has revealed who He is. In this unit, children will deepen their understanding of God: that He is One God in Trinity: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Gaining understanding of our Trinitarian God helps us to see God values difference and relationships, including a rich relationship with us: His children.

Memory Verse: “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he came up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened. Jesus saw the Spirit of God coming down on him like a dove. A voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, and I love him. I am very pleased with him.’” Matthew 3:16-17 (NIRV)

Objectives for Unit:

Children will learn:

  1. There is only One God.
  2. God is triune (three persons), who work together as one God
  3. Each person in the trinity is fully God and fully different from one another.
  4. We can delight in the trinity through God’s revelation.
  5. We cannot fully understand the trinity except though faith in God.

Workshop Descriptions

Games

Kids will read verses about God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and then run, hop, and crawl to various areas in the room as designated for the Trinity. Children will then discuss how God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit all are different persons, but are one God.

Science

Kids will do two experiments (make cloud dough and observe three states of water) to understand that no example can fully help us understand the trinity of God. They will see how both experiments fall short of helping us fully understand how the trinity works and God transcends human comprehension.

Music Video

Using the song, Heavenly Father, Beautiful Son (Sovereign Grace Music) kids will investigate the lyrics to understand the Trinity. They will then create visual illustrations, take videos and photographs, and locate images on kidtopia.com to add to the music that illustrate the Triune God. At the end of the unit, a video will be put together using all the kids’ work and the song will be shared in Large Group.

Puppet Theater

Children will create finger puppets to reenact the story of Jesus’ baptism, a story in Matthew 3:4-17 that highlights all three persons of the Trinity being present at once. After creating puppets and acting out story, children will refer to diagram to see how the trinity is three persons in one within the story.

Bookmaking

After investigating how knowledge of the Trinity helps us to pray, children will make triangle books they can use as a prayer journal.  The journal will help them remember they can pray to God the Father, through Jesus, and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Children will have time to pray using their prayer journal as they listen to Heavenly Father, Beautiful Son (Sovereign Grace Music).

Music:

Heavenly Father, Beautiful Son by Sovereign Grace Music

Doxology by David Crowder Band

How Great is Our God by Chris Tomlin

Holy, Holy, Holy by Steven Curtis Chapman

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5th Grade 

Grapple Question: What if Jesus is a loser?

Key Faith Foundation: Jesus is the biggest winner.

Key Scriptures: John 16:28-33; Colossians 2:13-15

Lesson Summary: Some people believe that Jesus is a big loser because he didn’t accomplish some things that we might think are important—he never attained much wealth or a high level of education, for example. Use this lesson to help kids understand that Jesus is the biggest winner. Jesus took on death and conquered it. He died on the cross and came back to life. No one but Jesus has ever done that.