Big Idea: God cares for us.
Memory Verse: “The Lord is my strength” – Exodus 15:3
Bible Story Focus: God parts the Red Sea | Exodus 14
This lesson describes how God asked Moses to lead His people into the wilderness to protect them. Because the Egyptians thought the Israelites were lost in the wilderness, instead of following God, they decided to go and try to capture them and make them slaves again. God gave Moses a staff and when the people got to the Red Sea, God told Moses to touch it with the staff and the water separated into two walls and the Israelites walked right through the Sea! Since they were going through, Pharaoh and the Egyptians followed after them. But Moses touched his staff to the water again and the Sea came back together and washed the entire army away, and protected the Israelites from becoming captured again. God saved His people and showed everyone what an amazing protector He is!
God Loves You and Me from One Big Gulp CD
Monthly Topic: The Book of Exodus
Big Idea: God protects us and provides us with everything we need.
Memory Verse: Exodus 15:2 “The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him.”
Bible Story Focus: God provides for the physical needs of His people in the wilderness – Exodus 15:22 – 17:7
I Wonder Questions:
I wonder…what is manna? (a type of food).
I wonder…how did God provide for His people in the desert? (he gave the manna, quail, water)
I wonder…who did God provide to save us from our sins? (Jesus!)
Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will be listening to a song about rain and will be creating a food collage to talk about the ways God provided for the Israelites in the wilderness. At 9:30 children will be doing a manna grab with cotton balls and then will use their “manna” to make a picture to take home and remind them about God’s provisions.
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”