Big Idea: God is FaithfulMemory Verse: “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good!” – Genesis 1:31
Bible Story Focus: And It Was Good (The Creation Story)
In this lesson children will hear the story of creation. All seven days will be covered with particular focus on the phrase “it was good.” Children will see that God was very pleased with the perfect world he created and God loved all of creation. Children will understand that the world we live in today is fallen and broken; but we are promised an eternal life in heaven that is perfect. God is faithful to those who follow him.
Monthly Topic: The book of Genesis
Big Idea: God is Faithful to those who follow Him
Memory Verse: “His faithfulness continues through all generations” -Psalm 100:5
Bible Story Focus:
“The Fall and the Flood” (The Story of Noah | Genesis 6-9
In this lesson children will hear the story of Noah. Children will hear how sin had corrupted the world and God was going to destroy it, but Noah found favor with the Lord. Children will hear of the flood that covered the entire earth and how God spared Noah, his family, and the animals. After the waters receded God promised never to flood the entire earth again, and put a rainbow in the sky as a reminder of that promise. God is faithful in that promise, just like He was in His promise to send a savior, and how He will be in His promise to give us eternal life in heaven.
I Wonder Questions…
I wonder… Why did God decide to flood the Earth?
(Because sin had come into it).
I wonder… God saved Noah because He was righteous. How was Noah righteous to God?
(He loved and followed God.)
I wonder… How was God faithful in His promise to save us?
(He sent us Jesus.)
Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will use a sensory tub of blue rice to understand the parts of the story. They will also be making a rainbow necklace of froot loops. At 9:30 children will sort multi-colored poms and will paint cotton rounds using watercolor to see the effects of water.
Unit Title: God Created the World
Key Concept of Unit: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them.
Memory Verse for Unit: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 (NIRV)=
Objectives for Unit: Children will:
- Know that God created the world.
- Recognize that God created man in His image.
- Worship as they see how God celebrated when He saw his creation and that it was good.
- Understand the importance of being still and that God rested, declaring a time of holy worship and rest.
- Consider ways to be stewards of God’s creation, to “tend the garden.”
In the Beginning: A gardening workshop. In this workshop, children will learn qualities of God: God is Creator. God is Creative. God sees the big picture and the small details. Children will discuss the qualities of a garden, of plants and trees that grow and produce seeds so that they continue filling the earth.
Let there Be Light: A drama workshop. In this workshop, children will hear and act out the creation story, noticing the repeated references to how perfectly God created the world.
In His Image: A craft workshop. In this workshop, children will look at what it means to be made in God’s image and to claim our identity as God’s children.
It is Good: A music and art workshop. In this workshop, children will notice how God saw his creation and called it good. Through music, a version of the creation story, and through children’s own creations with Model Magic, children will consider how good it is to be in God’s world, to be creative like our Maker.
Fellowship with God: A game workshop. In this workshop, children will discuss why God created the heavens and the earth and why He created man and woman. The answer: to Glorify God. By playing games and making a snack together, children will experience the joys of fellowship with one another.
No One Like You from Have You Heard CD
God is Creator from Seeds-The Character of God
Indescribable by Chris Tomlin
Grapple Question:Can Being a Christian Ever Be Fun?
Kids Learn: Friendship With Jesus Is Fun
Dig Into the Bible: John 10:10; 15:15; Philippians 3:4-9
Can you imagine the twinkle in Jesus’ eye when he walked across the water to the dis- ciples while they were in the boat? Or what about the time Jesus multiplied the bread and fish so everyone could eat. He told great stories and invited kids to sit on his lap. How often do you think Jesus laughed?
Too often, our kids see only the serious side of our faith. Laugh at your mistakes, and rejoice in God’s sense of humor. Tell a joke or two. You and your preteen will both have fun with this. It’s great fun to be a Christian!