Welcome to Crossing Kids! This summer our Early Childhood friends will be learning about creation, and our Elementary friends will take an in depth look at the Apostles’ Creed and what it means for us as believers. Each week we’ll post lesson summaries, activity descriptions, and more!
Early Childhood (Toddlers and Preschool)
Basic Truth: God made me.
Key Question: Who made the world?
Bottom Line: God made the world.
Toddler Green and Preschool Memory Verse: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
Toddler Blue Memory Verse: “God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
Bible Story Focus: Creation Days 1-4 Genesis 1:1-19
In this lesson children will learn about what God made the first four days of creation. Children will understand that only God can make something out of nothing, He is all-powerful. Children will also know that God made good things, in fact the world God created was perfect.
Toddler Green & Preschool Purple
June 5th and 12th
Bible Story Focus: Creation–Day 1: Light and Dark, Day 2: Sky and Water • Genesis 1:1-8
Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God creating the light and darkness and the sky and water. Children will understand that this is something people cannot do, only God. Throughout the summer children will learn that God made the whole world and everything in it.
June 5: Children will do a light and dark freeze dance.
June 12: Children will do a parachute cloud toss.
Circle Time Question:
June 5: Have you ever been somewhere really, really dark? How did you feel?
June 12: Where are some places we can find water? (The ocean, lakes, our sink, in bottles at the store…)
Preschool Orange and Red
Bible Story Focus: Creation Introduction | Genesis 1:1-5
Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will explore the idea of the “beginning.” Unlike other stories where the “beginning” is just a jumping off point, the beginning of the creation story is truly the start of it all. Children will hear that God existed before anything else because God is the creator of everything we know. Throughout the summer children will learn about God creating the whole world and everything in it.
Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will read the creation story from a children’s Bible. Then they will paint a memory verse coloring sheet with watercolors. At 9:30 children will pull different objects out of a box and talk about how they were made by God. Then they will color a memory verse coloring sheet.
Circle Time Question: Tell me about a time you made something. What did you do?
I Wonder Questions:
I Wonder… Can we trust the Bible? Yes! The Bible is God’s word, so we can trust it is true.
I Wonder… What was there before God made the world? There was nothing before God made the world, only God.
I Wonder… Can we make something out of nothing? No! Only God can make something out of nothing.
Elementary: Kindergarten-5th Grade
This summer, Elementary Crossing Kids will take a closer look at The Apostles’ Creed. The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest, most widely used Christian creed in the world with its earliest versions dating back over 1,600 years ago. For centuries, parents and pastors have taught the Apostles’ Creed as “Christianity 101” to their children. The Creed states in simple, scriptural language the essential facts of our faith, from creation of the world to the coming of Christ and the eternal life promised to all who believe. Historically the creed has been used to correct error by reminding people of what’s true about the God of the Bible. These words not only shape and affirm what we believe but also connect us to other Christians who have spoken these words throughout the centuries.
Sunday, June 5th Lesson Summary
Children will learn that a creed is a brief statement about what Christians believe. It comes from the Latin word “Creedo” which means, “I believe.” They will learn that The Apostle’s Creed wasn’t written by the Apostles, but by church leaders who came after them who wanted to help remind people what was important to remember and believe about Christianity. Over the years, this creed has been used to fight against heresy, or untrue beliefs about who God is. It has been used to do this by many church leaders throughout history, including a man named Augustine. After this brief history lesson, children will watch a Torchlighters video about Augustine.
Children will play the game “telephone” to learn what happens when a message is distorted as it’s passed around. After large group they’ll work on an activity pack that helps them remember some of the important things they learned about Augustine.
Follow Up Questions
- What was the name given to the special people that Jesus sent to lead the church and tell others about Him? (Apostles)
- What is a creed? (A creed is a brief statement about what Christians believe. It comes from the Latin word “Creedo” which means, “I believe.”
- Who wrote the Apostle’s Creed? Why did they write it? (The creed wasn’t written by the Apostles, but by church leaders who came after them who wanted to help people know what was important to remember and believe about Christianity.)
Sermon Resources for Volunteers & Parents
June 5 & 12 – I Believe In