BOTTOM LINE: Jesus is our protector in tough times.
OBJECTIVE: Kids will learn to rely on Jesus in hard times.
KEY PASSAGE: Mark 4:35-41, Jesus Calms the Storm.www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mark%204:35-41&version=NIV Storms can be bad on the beach, especially when a hurricane blows in. Life has its storms as well, but with Jesus we can ride out any storm. The disciples were terrified. Many of them were fishermen, and they knew how dangerous these storms could be. If their boat tipped over, they were too far out to swim to shore. The waves, the wind, and the rain would be the end of them. As the disciples ran around in a mad panic, Jesus slept. If he knew there was a storm, it’s very clear he wasn’t even worried about it. The disciples were, and they woke him up, begging him to do something! Jesus spoke two sentences and the storm was gone. Just like that! In a second, not only did he show his power, he showed the disciples how silly they were for worrying. Jesus was more powerful than any storm, and as long as they had Jesus, they had nothing to fear. When storms come along, the first thing we need to do is the same thing the disciples did. We need to call on Jesus. We need to ask Jesus to stand up and stand with us in the storm. Having Jesus gives us comfort to face each day. He gives us the strength to keep going when we want to quit. He gives us hope, knowing that Jesus will work out everything for his glory and for the good of those who love him. Jesus came to Earth to have a personal relationship with each one of us. He will be with us in good times and in bad. Even in the worst of storms.
Read Mark 4:35-41 Where were the disciples when the storm hit? How did the disciples react to the storm? What did Jesus say when the disciples woke him? How was Jesus able to calm the storm? Can Jesus help us through our storms of life?
BOTTOM LINE: We need to be on guard against temptation.
OBJECTIVE: Kids will learn the importance of preparing to face temptation.
KEY PASSAGE: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Warnings About Sin www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%2010:1-13&version=NIV Paul warned the Corinthian church about sin by pointing them to the Old Testament, to the stories of Israel. God delivered Israel from slavery in Egypt, but when the people sinned, they were punished. Paul tells the Corinthians not to be like the Israelites in the wilderness, but to be holy, to resist sin, and to do what is right. How do you keep yourself from getting a sunburn? Protect yourself with suntan lotion and sunglasses. How do you keep from giving in to temptation to do things God does not want you to do, known as sin? Protect yourself by reading the Bible. The Bible is a great tool for living; resisting temptation is just one of its many uses. The Bible teaches us what sin is. Moses summarized them in the Ten Commandments, and the rest of the Bible helps us understand what sins means. The Bible tells us we are sinners, and try as we might, we’ve all messed up. The Bible also reminds us there is hope. Jesus died for our sins so that we could live forever with him. We have Jesus on our side, and Jesus can give us the strength and courage we need at times to stay faithful to God. The Bible also reminds us that we are forgiven. Jesus died for everyone and every sin. If we stumble and fall, Jesus will forgive us. He will help us get back on track, and he will help us to start over.
Object lesson ITEMS NEEDED: Sunglasses Pass out a few cool pairs of sunglasses, and let the kids try them on. Can someone tell me why we use sunglasses and sunscreen at the beach? Too much sun can be harmful to us. It can harm our skin and our eyes. We use sunglasses for the same reason we use sunscreen - to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of the sun. One of the reasons we have the Bible is so we can protect ourselves from something else that is harmful: sin. The Bible tells us what sin is, so we know it when we see it. The Bible also tells us to get away from sin and to rely on God to help us resist sin. The Bible also tells us that when we do mess up, Jesus is ready to forgive us. You have to think ahead when you go to the beach. You need to bring sunglasses and sunscreen if you want to avoid the damage of the sun. Be sure to protect yourself from sin by planning ahead. Rely on God and on his word to protect yourself. He will not fail you.
Craft Decorate a pair of sunglassses to keep to remind you to protect yourself from the sun and use the Bible to protect yourself from sin. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Read 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 What does Paul warn the Corinthians about? What Old Testament story does Paul use to warn the Corinthians about obeying God? Why did the people of Israel rebel against God? What lesson does Paul say we can learn from this story? How do we know Jesus forgives us when we still mess up?
SIMPLE PRAYER Dear God, Forgive us for our sins, and teach us to remember the past so that we can be on guard against sin. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Memory Verse Song youtu.be/tIF_V4aZUYQ BOTTOM LINE: When we keep our eyes on Jesus, he can use us to do amazing things.
OBJECTIVE: Kids will learn the importance of keeping Jesus first.
KEY PASSAGE: Matthew 14:22-33, Peter Walks on Water. www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2014:22-33&version=NIV Surfers love to ride on top of the waves. Jesus gave Peter the chance to walk on water. When we keep our eyes on Jesus, he can use us to do amazing things. Peter had a lot of faith. It took great courage to get out of that boat and set foot on the water. He also had his eyes on Jesus, and that’s the main reason he succeeded. When he looked at the waves and took his eyes off of Jesus, he ran into trouble. But Jesus was quick to reach out and catch him. Peter’s story isn’t one of failure. It’s a success story that should encourage us all. God can use us to do great things if we focus on Jesus and refuse to take our eyes off of him.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Read Matthew 14:22-33 What did the disciples see on the water during the storm? What did Peter ask Jesus? Why did Peter start to sink? What can God do with us if we stay focused on him? What will happen if we take our eyes off of Jesus?
Object Lesson ITEMS NEEDED: Putter Golf ball Cup Set the cup on its side on the ground. Drop the golf ball about five feet away. Ask for a volunteer who thinks they can putt the ball into the cup. Encourage them to keep their eye on the ball. It isn’t easy sinking that putt. It takes a lot of concentration, doesn’t it? You have to keep your eye on the ball and not get distracted. If you do that, you can hit that putt from even further away than this. In today’s story, Peter has a chance to do something more amazing than a twenty foot putt. He got to walk on water! As long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, he remained on top of the water, but as soon as he looked away, he sank in the saves.
Craft Have the kids fold and make a paper boat and draw the disciples on it, like the ship they were in during the storm. Here are some simple instructions for folding a paper boat: www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Paper-Boat
SIMPLE PRAYER: Dear God, Help us to focus on your son so that you can use us to bring glory to your name. In Jesus’ name, Amen
7/11/21 There is no children's church today so that the children can enjoy the Gospel Singing group that will be singing.
BOTTOM LINE: True freedom only comes from knowing Jesus.
OBJECTIVE: Kids will be able to state what Jesus sets us free from.
KEY PASSAGE: Acts 16:16-34, Paul & Silas In Prison July 4th is American Independence Day, when we celebrate the freedom that we have in this country. True spiritual freedom, which comes only from God, can be experienced wherever we are: in another country, in prison, in school, and in our homes. The death and resurrection of Jesus was a greater revolution than any war ever waged on Earth. The Bible tells us that the punishment for sin is death, but when Jesus rose from the grave, he defeated death once and for all. Jesus offers us eternal life, but he also offers us freedom that no one can take from us, not even the mightiest governments on Earth. Jesus gave his life for your eternal freedom, and he’s waiting for you to receive that free gift. God has blessed us with a free country, but he blessed us even more through Jesus. Jesus has given us freedom from sin, and that’s a freedom no one can ever take away from us!
Discussion Questions Read Acts 16:16-34 Why were Paul and Silas in jail? Why didn’t Paul and Silas run away? Why did the jailer ask to be baptized? What does Jesus set us free from? Can anything take away the freedom we have in Jesus?
Object Lesson: ITEM NEEDED: The American flag Who can tell me what the fifty stars on the American flag represent? Who can tell me why there are thirteen stripes on the American flag? Now, who can tell me what the red stripes represent? The freedom we celebrate was bought with blood. The citizens of America’s thirteen colonies fought a long, hard war to win that freedom. Many men gave their lives and shed their blood so that we could live in a land of freedom. Jesus paid for our freedom from sin with his blood. He died on a cross so that he could set us free from sin. The freedoms we enjoy in America are great, but they are nothing compared to freedom in Christ. When Jesus sets you free, you are no longer a slave to sin. You have a new life, and you can have eternal life with Jesus. As we celebrate our freedom as Americans this Independence Day, let us also celebrate our freedom in Christ. Even if we lose the freedoms we have in America, nothing can separate us from the freedom we have in Jesus.
CRAFT Using construction paper, scissors, and glue, have the kids make a Christian flag to take home. Use a white piece of construction paper or cardboard as the background. Cut out a smaller rectangle of blue and then a red cross. Or let kids color the included coloring sheet.
SIMPLE PRAYER: Dear God, Thank you for setting us free from sin. In Jesus’ name, Amen
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Read Philippians 2:1-11 What does Paul say Jesus did for us? Why does God want us to live like Jesus? What are some of the things we will do if we live like Jesus? How can we learn more about Jesus? How can living like Jesus show others that Jesus loves them?
Object Lesson ITEMS NEEDED: Potted plants Bring in a few potted plants. Let the kids see them, and tell them what they are. Be sure to tell them how much sun they require. Plants, like people, love the sun. They need it to survive. Water and carbon dioxide just aren’t enough for them. If a plant doesn’t get the sun it needs, it can’t grow properly. God wants us to get some “sun” too - his son Jesus. God sent his son to Earth so that we could know him personally. We have the gospels that tell us who Jesus was and what he did for us. We have prayer as a means to get to know him ourselves. Knowing Jesus allows us to live like Jesus. We learn to be humble and put other people first. We learn to love the way Jesus did. We live lives that are holy. We avoid sin, and we point others to Jesus. The more time we spend with the Son of God, the better we know him. The better we know him, the more we become like him. Ask Jesus to reveal himself to you. He will not let you down!
Game Capture the Son Who is God’s Son? (Jesus) What ways can we bask in the Son or get to know Jesus better? Form 2 teams. Each team needs to capture the Son by getting the prayer pin, the Bible pin, the church pin without getting tagged. If someone is trying to take your pin you can tag them and they have to freeze until someone comes and fees them from their team by tagging them. You cannot go outside the chairs.
SIMPLE PRAYER: Dear God, Thank you for giving us Jesus. Teach us to be like him so we can share his love with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen
6/20/21 Song youtu.be/oZhwagxWzOc BOTTOM LINE: Be thankful for your Dad or your uncle or mom or grandfather or step dad.
OBJECTIVE: Kids will learn that Dad’s or other's forgiveness is a reflection of God’s forgiveness.
God has given us fathers or other people in our lives, like our step dads, mothers, uncles or grandfathers, who love us even when we mess up and make the wrong decisions. These people are not perfect, and they don’t hold it against us for being imperfect. We should appreciate and be thankful for our fathers or others in our life, and remember our Heavenly Father who forgives our sins. Bible Lesson Video youtu.be/DJgROx4wFKM
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: Read Luke 15:11-32 What did the younger son ask his father to do? What did the younger son do with his money? When did the son decide to go home? What did the son’s father do when he saw him coming home? How does a Dad’s forgiveness remind us of God’s forgiveness?
BOTTOM LINE: God wants us to grow and mature in our faith.
OBJECTIVE: Kids will learn the importance of going deeper in their faith.
Today as we start our Beach series, we want to challenge you to go deeper with Jesus. We want you to grow in Christ, and we want you to strengthen your faith. As we will read in today’s scripture, God has a very good reason for wanting us to grow in our faith and become strong believers.
KEY PASSAGE: Ephesians 4:1-16, www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%204:1-16&version=NIV One Body in Christ It’s fun to let the waves rock us back and forth, but when it comes to our faith, we need to grow so we will no longer be tossed about. This isn’t the only time Paul describes the church as the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians, Paul describes us as one body with many parts, saying we all have a role to play in the church. Here in Ephesians, Paul takes that a step further. We need to grow strong in our faith so that we can do that work. This summer, commit yourself to growing up in Jesus. Set aside time to pray, to read the Bible, and go to church. Get involved serving, and look for opportunities to show God’s love to others. Bible video youtu.be/3xATznd9M3A
Object lesson ITEMS NEEDED: Wrist brace Sling Bring one of the kids up. Have them put on the wrist brace and sling, and see how well they can move their arm with both on. There’s a reason that we need casts, braces, and slings when we have severe injuries. In order to heal our bones and joints, we have to immobilize them. It can be a challenge doing things without that arm or leg for a while, but it’s critical in order for our bodies to heal. What happens after the braces, casts, and slings come off? That arm isn’t as strong as it once was. We need to use it, exercise it, and rebuild it so it will be strong. We are the body of Christ. We are his hands, his arms, his feet. We are the parts that make up the whole. Just as we need every part of our body to be healthy and strong, God needs all of us to be spiritually healthy and strong. God doesn’t need spiritual babies. He needs spiritually mature believers. We need to exercise our faith through prayer, through service to others, and through love so that we can be healthy and strong parts of Christ’s body.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS How does Paul describe the church? What are some of the jobs people have in the body of Christ? Why does Paul say we need to grow up spiritually? What are some things Paul says we will do when we are no longer infants? How can reading the Bible and going to church help us to grow? Craft Activity Use the coloring sheet to create your own image of the body of Christ. SIMPLE PRAYER: Dear God, Help us to go deeper with you this summer, to grow in our faith, and to be more like you. In Jesus’ name, Amen
6/6/21 Song youtu.be/drkqqCy8emM MEMORY VERSE: “Every house is built by someone. But God is the builder of everything.” -Hebrews 3:4 (NIrV) Memory Verse Song youtu.be/XEzCfIcSJI4 2nd Memory Verse Song youtu.be/s45i89c7ktE BOTTOM LINE: God wants us to see things through to the end. OBJECTIVE: Kids will learn the importance of finishing what they start.
KEY PASSAGE: Genesis 6:9-7:5,www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%206%3A9-7%3A5&version=NIV Noah’s Ark What would have happened if Noah had not finished the ark? Do you think God would have held the rain? Or do you think God would have sent the rain and punished Noah and his family? What do you think would have happened if Noah hadn’t filled the ark with animals? How many different kinds of life would be missing from this Earth? Noah’s story shows us just how important it is to finish what we start. Noah had to finish to save his family. He had to finish to preserve life on Earth. If Noah had quit, the world we know would not exist. Noah finished what he started, and he challenges us to do the same when God gives us a task. Once you get started, you want to keep building until you’re done. Kids will learn that we need to keep walking with God until the end.
Lesson video youtu.be/AJoYJ0gk1Uw Dear God, Give us perseverance so that we will finish what we start. And please finish the good work you have begun in us. In Jesus’ name, Amen Object Lesson: ITEMS NEEDED: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with no top slice of bread Is anyone a little hungry this morning? I brought a few snacks if anyone needs one. Anyone want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Actually… does anyone notice anything wrong with these sandwiches? A sandwich isn’t a sandwich with just one slice of bread, is it? We’ve got the bottom slice, peanut butter, and jelly, but we stopped before the job was finished. So many dreams go unfulfilled because people leave them half done. They start projects and then they abandon them, leaving the world filled with half-written songs, half-written books, half-painted rooms, half-finished furniture, and so on. Pull out some bread and finish the sandwiches. When God gives you something to do, do it. Start it, and then finish it. See it through to the end. If you grow weary, pray for strength. God will give you the endurance you need to finish what you’ve started.
5/30/21 Song youtu.be/drkqqCy8emM BOTTOM LINE: God wants us to put him and others ahead of ourselves. OBJECTIVE: Kids will learn what it means to sacrifice for God and others. KEY PASSAGE: Romans 12:1-2. Living sacrifices. Sacrifice is not natural for us, especially in our world today. We are selfish people who think only of ourselves. Jesus wants us to be different. He wants us to be living sacrifices that will put God and others ahead of ourselves. MEMORY VERSE: “Every house is built by someone. But God is the builder of everything.” -Hebrews 3:4 (NIrV) Memory Verse Song youtu.be/XEzCfIcSJI4 2nd Memory Verse Song youtu.be/s45i89c7ktE Lesson video youtu.be/tr7FOhavKpM Douglas Talks youtu.be/37zbPRpDqSE SIMPLE PRAYER: Dear God, Forgive us for our selfishness. Teach us to put others first so that we can be living sacrifices for you. In Jesus’ name, Amen
We can build all kinds of awesome things with LEGO bricks. If we are willing, God will build something awesome in us.
5/23/21 Song youtu.be/drkqqCy8emM BOTTOM LINE: God is always working in our lives. OBJECTIVE: Kids will learn that God’s work in our lives never stops. KEY PASSAGE: Genesis 28:10-22, Jacob’s Dream of a Staircase Once you’ve finished working on one piece, you immediately want to get started on making something new. Kids will learn that God is always working in our lives, making us new. MEMORY VERSE: “Every house is built by someone. But God is the builder of everything.” -Hebrews 3:4 (NIrV) Memory Verse Song youtu.be/XEzCfIcSJI4 2nd Memory Verse Song youtu.be/s45i89c7ktE Bible Lesson Lego Video youtu.be/wftAoos0bs0 Bible Lesson youtu.be/ZjpnsWzHVGM Lesson Song youtu.be/a4pvkbgOai8 SIMPLE PRAYER: Dear God, We thank you for the work you are doing in our lives, and we ask you to make us more like Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen DROP IN THE BUCKET ITEMS NEEDED: Two similar Lego buildings Two Lego storage buckets INSTRUCTIONS: Choose two players for this game. Hand each player a Lego building, and set a storage bucket on the floor in front of them. The players will have one minute to strip the bricks off their building and drop them in their bucket. The person with the most bricks in their bucket after one minute wins. Bricks that are still connected to other bricks and bricks that fall outside the bucket do not count! VARIATION: An alternative for little kids is to build two DUPLO structures and see who can disassemble theirs the quickest. WHAT’S THE POINT? God is constantly tearing down and rebuilding, making us more like Christ.
5/16/21 Song youtu.be/drkqqCy8emM BOTTOM LINE: Be thankful for your Mom. OBJECTIVE: Kids will learn that God has given them mothers to teach and care for them. KEY PASSAGE: Judges 7:1-22, Gideon’s Army When you get to building, the pieces just start to fall into place. Kids will learn that when they give everything to God, he makes all things work together perfectly. MEMORY VERSE: “Every house is built by someone. But God is the builder of everything.” -Hebrews 3:4 (NIrV) Memory Verse Song youtu.be/XEzCfIcSJI4 Bible Lesson Lego Video youtu.be/GPjtWNN8baU SIMPLE PRAYER: Dear God, Take our lives and make them something great. Put the pieces together for us according to your plan. In Jesus’ name, Amen HIGH TOWERS OBJECT LESSON ITEMS NEEDED: A big box of Legos, two Lego building platforms INSTRUCTIONS: Choose two players for this game and give each one a building platform. Start the clock, and give the players 60 seconds to build a tower. At the end of 60 seconds, compare the two towers. The player with the tallest, standing tower wins. If a tower topples before time expires or even after, measure the tower to the tallest brick left standing. VARIATION: Instead of Legos, you can do a building contest with cardboard brick blocks. WHAT’S THE POINT Let God build your life, one piece at a time, and he will build it right.
5/9/21 Song youtu.be/drkqqCy8emM BOTTOM LINE: Be thankful for your Mom. OBJECTIVE: Kids will learn that God has given them mothers to teach and care for them. KEY PASSAGE: Ruth 1, Ruth Honors Naomi Moms have a hard job. They spend the first few years of our lives just keeping us alive, and they spend the rest of our lives teaching us how to love God and be wise. Moms have a special role in our lives, and we should appreciate our mothers and be thankful for them. MEMORY VERSE: “Every house is built by someone. But God is the builder of everything.” -Hebrews 3:4 (NIrV) Memory Verse Song youtu.be/s45i89c7ktE Bible Lesson Video youtu.be/31EjO3gbGJg
5/2/21 Song youtu.be/drkqqCy8emM BOTTOM LINE: God wants us to follow his direction. OBJECTIVE: Kids will learn why they need to follow God’s lead. KEY PASSAGE: 1 Kings 17:7-24, Elijah and the Widow The widow followed the directions that God gave her through Elijah the prophet and God continued to feed her and her son. If you want your finished project to look the way it does on the box, you had better follow the directions. Kids will learn that in our lives we need to follow God’s directions.
MEMORY VERSE: “Every house is built by someone. But God is the builder of everything.” -Hebrews 3:4 (NIrV)
Memory Verse Song youtu.be/s45i89c7ktE Lesson Video youtu.be/P7rHv-sb1bU OBJECT LESSON ITEMS NEEDED: A bag of seeds, potting soil, water, and a cup Has anyone here had any experience planting seeds? Can someone tell me what I need to do with these four things in order to plant a seed that will grow? Have one of the kids give you directions. Put the soil in the cup, plant the seed, then water it. Have one of the other kids follow the steps as they are laid out and plant the seed. What would happen if we added the water without the soil? What would happen if we poured the water outside the cup instead of inside the cup? Often in life, we have to follow directions. We have to do things in a specific order if we want to be successful. That goes for planting. That goes for learning in school. That goes for serving the Lord. God gave us a book of directions, the Bible. If we follow God’s plan for our lives, he will make us successful. God will lead us down the road he has prepared for us, and he will use us to do great things in his name. Don’t neglect the directions. Read the Bible. Learn God’s plan for living and follow it. God will bless you greatly when you live life his way. CRAFT Plant some seeds in dirt in a cup and decorate it to give to your mother for Mother's Day. SIMPLE PRAYER: Dear God, Give us direction so that we may live a life that brings glory to your name. In Jesus’ name, Amen
4/25/21 Bottom Line: Jesus wants us to go and tell others He came to set us free from sin. Key Passage: John 28: 16-20 The Great Commission www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+28&version=NIV Jesus told his followers that He wanted them to tell others about Him and baptize them and teach them about Jesus. Easter Song: youtu.be/CcKr17gqwpY MEMORY VERSE: “When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIrV) Memory Verse Song: youtu.be/ZYgG7vvFRzg PursueGod Kids: youtu.be/JbzIEYALSpY Object Lesson: youtu.be/tc9jqX-wvbI Go Song: youtu.be/SLISGZhdrVM Prayer; Dear God, Help us to remember to let others know about You and that you came to save us from our sins. Amen. 4/18/21 Bottom Line: Following Jesus brings great rewards. Objective: Children will learn that they are accepted by Jesus. Key Passage: John 21:5-6 (NIV) Breakfast with Jesus Peter denied Jesus 3 times. After Jesus rose again He helped the disciples catch some fish, made them breakfast and then let Peter say he loved Jesus 3 times and told him to feed His sheep. Showing Peter that he was still accepted. Easter Song: youtu.be/CcKr17gqwpY MEMORY VERSE: “When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIrV) Memory Verse Song: youtu.be/ZYgG7vvFRzg PursueGod Kids:youtu.be/05VTOME8q_A Douglas Talksyoutu.be/BA6sUC3gJ6Q Object lesson :youtu.be/MrWizzwUK4c Origami fish:youtu.be/wEOOuI0srng Prayer: Father, we know that you have wonderful blessings in store for us when we faithfully follow our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that we will always be obedient disciples. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. 4/11/21 BOTTOM LINE: Jesus can give us new life. OBJECTIVE: Kids will be given the opportunity to ask Jesus to be their Savior. KEY PASSAGE: Luke 24:36-49, Jesus Appears to the Disciples On Easter morning, God raised Jesus to new life again. Kids will learn that because of Jesus we can have a new life on earth and eternal life with God forever. SIMPLE PRAYER: Dear God, Thank you for giving us new life. In Jesus’ name, Amen Easter Song: youtu.be/CcKr17gqwpY MEMORY VERSE: “When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIrV) Memory Verse Song: youtu.be/ZYgG7vvFRzg Science Lesson: ITEMS NEEDED: Smooth plate Clear drinking glass Penny Votive candle Colored water (water with a few drops of food coloring Set the plate down. For some of us, it might be hard to really understand what happened when Jesus died on the cross. What does that mean for you? Let’s look at it this way: Imagine this is you. Bring out the penny. Set it on the plate.No matter how hard we try to be good, all of us have done bad things. We call this sin. Pour the colored water into the plate.* Sin covers us up. We’re drowning in it. There’s no way out for us on our own. But then God sent his son, Jesus. Place the lit candle onto the plate. The candle needs to be setting in the water but not covering the penny. Jesus came to be a light. He lived a perfect life. And then he died on the cross. Place the drinking glass over the candle. (After a few seconds, the light will go out and then the water will soak up inside the glass.) That amazing act of love takes our sin away. If we accept Jesus and ask for his forgiveness, he will forgive us of our sins. They are gone forever. That’s what Easter is all about. Lesson Video: youtu.be/_eqYs30C1uY Lesson Video: youtu.be/vLqX5VQTCbg Butterfly Video: youtu.be/G3VMl-EY2DM Just like the caterpillar builds a cacoon and comes out a butterfly, Jesus was put into the tomb and came out alive. 4/4/21 BOTTOM LINE: Jesus can give us new life. OBJECTIVE: Kids will be given the opportunity to ask Jesus to be their Savior. KEY PASSAGE: Luke 24:36-49, Jesus Appears to the Disciples On Easter morning, God raised Jesus to new life again. Kids will learn that because of Jesus we can have a new life on earth and eternal life with God forever. Easter Song: youtu.be/CcKr17gqwpY MEMORY VERSE: “When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIrV) Memory Verse Song: youtu.be/ZYgG7vvFRzg Science Experiment www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/vanishing-jelly-marbles/ When the woman went to the tomb they found that Jesus had disappeared. Unlike the jelly marbles, Jesus was truly gone. He was alive. Douglas Talks youtu.be/wapJaFbTPDY Lesson Video youtu.be/ZUmRD90kPzA Lesson Video youtu.be/HL8R158Ujp4 3/28/21 BOTTOM LINE: We should praise God for saving us from our sins. OBJECTIVE: Kids will share a reason they want to praise God. KEY PASSAGE: Mark 11:1-10, Palm Sunday When Jesus came into Jerusalem, the entire city came alive with excitement and celebration because they thought Jesus was going to become their king. They didn’t realize that he was already their king, but that he would have to die for their sins and then do what seemed to be impossible - come back to life. Kids will learn that we should praise God for doing the impossible for us at Easter. Easter Song: youtu.be/CcKr17gqwpY MEMORY VERSE: “When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIrV) Memory Verse Song: youtu.be/ZYgG7vvFRzg Science Experiment www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/egg-in-bottle/ Lesson video youtu.be/SvikD4NnFus How to make a palm cross youtu.be/znDyR8_POCU Douglas Talks youtu.be/orzXw5gSQv0 Prayer: Dear God, Thank you for doing the impossible for us! In Jesus’ name, Amen 3/21/21 Bottom Line: We can trust God even when we are scared. Objective: Kids will ask God to help them with one of their fears. Key Passage: Mark 14:66-72, Peter Denies Jesus When Jesus was arrested, Peter was scared and denied that he even knew Jesus. Kids will learn that we should trust God even when we're scared. Easter Song: youtu.be/Ts3iW54ICGo MEMORY VERSE: “But here is how God has shown His love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8 (NIrV) Memory Verse Song: youtu.be/ZYgG7vvFRzg Science Experiment youtu.be/H_8Sdpigs0E Lesson Video youtu.be/EQ-IhXlhkE0 Prayer: Dear God, Take our fears, and teach us not to be afraid. In Jesus's name, Amen
3/14/21 Patrick was a missionary to Ireland Objective: Children will realize that Patrick went to Ireland to tell others about Jesus and the trinity even though they had kidnapped him as a youth and used him as a slave. Memory Verse; “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:43-44 Easter Song: youtu.be/Ts3iW54ICGo Douglas Talks: youtu.be/uTS8s4bIXW4 Prayer: Dear God, Help us to remember, like Saint Patrick, to be a missionary even to our enemies. And how he taught about the trinity. Amen.
3/7/21 EASTER SCIENCE: THE FORGIVENESS EXPERIMENT OBJECTIVE: Kids will state why Jesus died on the cross. KEY PASSAGE: Luke 23:35-47, The Death of Jesus Jesus died on the cross for our sins. When we believe in Jesus he removes all of our sin. Jesus’ perfection made him the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He took the punishment of death upon himself so that he could offer all of us eternal life. Jesus conquered sin and death when he rose from the grave, and if we believe in him, we can receive forgiveness and eternal life. Easter Song: youtu.be/Ts3iW54ICGo MEMORY VERSE: “But here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8 (NIrV) Memory Verse Song: youtu.be/ZYgG7vvFRzg Science Experiment: www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_8Sdpigs0E Lesson Video: youtu.be/HL8R158Ujp4 Douglas Talks: youtu.be/QvFG5QLvPpM Prayer: Dear God, Thank you for saving us from sin. In Jesus’ name, Amen
2/28/21 Jesus Celebrates the Passover Jesus wants us to love others as He loved us. Objective: Kids will recognize that Jesus wants us to love others the way He loved us. Key passage: John 13:1-5. Jesus washes the disciples’ feet.
Many people believed the Messiah would be a conquering king, coming to claim what was his. Instead, Jesus humbled himself, made himself nothing, and poured himself out for our sake. Jesus wants us to follow his example; to feed the hungry, care for the sick, and love the least of these.
Prayer: Dear God, Thank you for leaving your throne in Heaven to show us how much you love us. Teach us to be servants like You and to love everyone we come in contact with. In Jesus' name, Amen.
2/21/21 The Uninvited Guest Showing our love for Jesus. Luke 7:36-38 Mary shows her love for Jesus by pouring perfume on Jesus' feet. Have you ever heard of anyone who heard about a party and went to the party, even though they were not invited? Usually, we don't go to a party unless we are invited, but our Bible lesson today tells about a woman who did exactly that. I think we may be surprised to learn what Jesus said about her. MEMORY VERSE: “But here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8 (NIrV) Memory Verse Song: youtu.be/ZYgG7vvFRzg Lesson Video youtu.be/Cs-g6I8-w1g Douglas Talks youtu.be/dZQUbs3A9VE Prayer: Jesus, our Saviour, may the love which we show for you be a reflection of the love which you show for us. Amen.
2/14/21 Bad Valentine; Loving the unlovely We need to love others as Jesus loved us! KEY PASSAGE: - John 8:2-11: Jesus forgives the sinful woman. We shouldn’t pick and choose who we love because, as Christians, we are called to love everyone. Jesus loved us and forgave our sins, just like he forgave the sins of the woman, so we need to be ready to love others. We have no room to condemn others because we have been forgiven. Just like Jesus, we need to love all people, no matter what and remind them to go and sin no more. Memory Verse; John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life." Memory Verse Song: youtu.be/jasoo3UDSwY Bible Lesson: youtu.be/lF0jeekjo_I Douglas Talks: youtu.be/VxTX3x_bt88 Bible Lesson and Experiment; youtu.be/UIvK0G9yqaU Prayer: Dear God, Thank you for loving us and sending your Son to die for us. We love you, and we ask you to teach us to love others the way you did. In Jesus’ name, Amen
2/7/21 EMOTIONS: JOY Jesus can turn our sadness and hard times into joy. KEY PASSAGE: Luke 19:1-9 Zacchaeus meets Jesus and finds JOY. Memory Verse: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your strength." Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV) Memory Verse Song: youtu.be/JWEpkbluTrQ Life is full of emotions, and not all of them are good. When we walk with Jesus, however, we find that God works all things out for our good. Jesus will take our anger, sadness, disgust, and fear and transform them into joy. Lesson Song: youtu.behq-HA5arHYw Toddler Bible Lesson: youtu.be/d6ukueUaFFk Bible Lesson: youtu.be/5BjtbJFz2ug Object Lesson: youtu.be/D6tFrGlkhDI
1/28/21 EMOTIONS: SADNESS God can comfort us when we are sad. KEY PASSAGE: John 11:17-44, Jesus Raises Lazarus From The Dead Memory Verse: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your strength." Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV) Memory Verse Song: youtu.be/JWEpkbluTrQ Sadness is unavoidable. As much as we want to always be happy, we all have times when we are sad. God sent his son so we need never be alone. When we are sad, we can find comfort in the arms of Jesus. Bible Lesson: youtu.be/_LBGkca_OXQ Douglas Talks: youtu.be/Pzmpwn4DLAg Object Lesson: youtu.be/rqQSlEViNpk
1/24/21 EMOTIONS: DISGUST God wants us to love everyone. KEY PASSAGE: Luke 17:11-19, Jesus Heals Ten Lepers Memory Verse: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your strength." Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV) Memory Verse Song: youtu.be/JWEpkbluTrQ We are conditioned from an early age to judge and evaluate people largely on exterior things. God wants us to look past labels and appearances and love people for who they are on the inside, just has he loves us. Bible Lesson: youtu.be/OIorvwGAX04 Douglas Talks: youtu.be/mGeTb3V_NE8
1/16/21 EMOTIONS:FEAR God can comfort us when we are afraid. Key Passage: Mark 4:35-41, Jesus Calms The Storm Memory Verse: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your strength." Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV) Memory Verse Song: youtu.be/JWEpkbluTrQ Fear is a defensive emotion that can keep us from harm or danger, but fear can get out of control. It can hold us back, and it can paralyze us. God is always there to comfort us when we are afraid and give us the courage to do what needs doing. Object Lesson: youtu.be/KJngx1XET1Q Bible Lesson: youtu.be/2hJ7N_9gcNg Douglas Talks: youtu.be/RJ7r63nkTrM Origami Boat: youtu.be/cYWIWi1g7_8
1/10/21 Emotions: Anger We need to be slow to get angry. Key Passage: James 1:19-27, Listening And Doing Memory Verse: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your strength." Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV) Memory Verse Song: youtu.be/JWEpkbluTrQ Summary: Emotions are not good or bad. They are all a part of or personality and who God made us to be. Anger is one of those emotions, but anger needs to be controlled and channeled so we do not use it to harm ourselves or others. Series Song youtu.be/CXP6WqbeBpk Lesson Video: youtu.be/dOkyKyVFnSs Lesson Video: youtu.be/pFkRbUKy19g
6/21/20 Good dads are a lot like superheroes. They're strong. They provide for us. They can protect us and make us feel safe. Even for those of us who don't have a dad, there is probably someone in your life who does some of these super things for you. We appreciate our "super dads" because when they take time to teach us things, and are patient with us as we learn and grow up, it reminds us that God is also patient with us and will forgive us when we make mistakes. Whoever that super person is deserves to now how much you appreciate them today.