Sunday, May 31: God Claims His People

Let’s Start!

God was starting a whole new country with His people, Israel.

Imagine that you were starting your own country! What would your flag look like? What rules would the country have? Take some time to design a flag and write 5 rules for your imaginary country (you can do this individually or with your siblings).

  • If you’re very interested in countries, maps and flags, here is a great resource to learn about how kids can pray for the world!
  • And, here is a link for grown-ups and older kids to see flags and learn about how to pray for the world.

Once you’ve made your flags (or looked at other flags and countries!) set them aside for a moment and let’s pray and ask God to help us to focus, learn what He wants to teach us, and grow to know Him better.

Jesus, thank you so much for making us part of your family. We ask You to give us listening ears and hearts that are soft towards your voice today. Help us to grow as your children, to love you, and know your truth.

Let’s Watch!

Today we have two videos to watch: Moses in the Wilderness and The 10 Commandments.

Let’s Talk!

  • Every group needs rules and ideas that define them and make them a group.  Were you ever part of a sports team or club? What were the rules you had to follow? Do you have rules in your family?
  • Why do we have rules? To live safely, to show right from wrong, to help us to be fair
  • Did you notice that God’s people complained a lot? What did God do when they complained? He took care of them. He gave them food to eat and water to drink. That’s kind of like what parents do for babies, right? They cry and parents hold them and feed them.
  • God wanted His people to be part of his family, his special treasure.
  • Being part of God’s family was different than being part of anything else. The rules weren’t the same as other groups around them. What are some rules that you have in your family that are different than other families you know? Screen time rules, bedtimes. . .
  • Like a good parent, God provided for Israel what they needed, and He gave them rules to help them learn right from wrong.
  • What were the rules God gave called? The 10 Commandments
  • Do you know them? (If you can say them all, send us a video!) The 10 Commandments are all about loving God, putting Him first, and loving and respecting other people.
  • Just like God’s people did then, we live in a broken world and sometimes do things that aren’t good for us. As we grow to know God, He teaches us how to live in the best way and gently corrects us when we get off track.
  • When is a time when you followed God and it affected a choice you made? Maybe you chose to shut off a show that you know wasn’t best for you, you let your sister get ice cream first, or you worked hard in the backyard when your parent asked you to – without complaining. . . Those are wonderful ways to show that you’re growing as part of God’s family!

Let’s Do!

Option 1: “Manna” (for toddlers and preschoolers)

What you need:

  • a bedsheet or blanket
  • “manna” (dry cereal, oyster crackers, raisins or another solid, dry snack)
  • small bowls

What you do:

  • Spread a bedsheet onto the floor or grass.
  • Have children lay on the ground to the side of the sheet and pretend to sleep (remind them that God put the manna on the ground while the people were sleeping).
  • Place a little bit of “manna” (dry cereal, oyster crackers, raisins, etc.) on the sheet.
  • “Wake” the children and have them search for and collect the manna in the bowls.
  • If you only place a little at a time, you can play this for quite a while 😉

Option 2: Hand Decoration Response (for older children)

What you need:

  • 2 sheets of paper
  • colored pencils, markers or crayons
  • decorations (paper, stickers, magazine cut outs. . .)

What you say: God says that we are His treasured possession. What is your most treasured possession? Do you take special care of it? How?

What you do:

  • Trace and cut out two handprints
  • On one of the hands, write your name.
  • Spend a few minutes talking and listening to God. Thank Him for making YOU His treasured possession.
  • Then, decorate the hand.
  • For the 2nd hand, think of someone that could use some encouragement that they are God’s treasured possession. Write their name on the hand and decorate it for them!
  • Pray for them and ask a parent whether you should give it to that person.

Let’s Pray!

Father God, thank you make us part of your family and call us your special treasure because of Jesus. Help us to always remember that we belong to You and that you take care of us. Thank you for giving us rules to keep us safe and so that we can know how to love you and people better. Thank you that you call us back to you when we mess up. You are so good to us. Thank you.

Let’s Memorize!

But God chose you to be His people. You are royal priests. You are a holy nation. You are God’s special treasure. You are all these things so that you can give Him praise.

1 Peter 2: 9a

To help you learn the verse this week, do a call and response!

Have one child (or parent) call out the first part and the other children (or child/parent) answer with the second part. After you’ve mastered that, switch parts so you can learn them all!

But God chose you | to be His people.

You are | royal priests

You are | a holy nation

You are | God’s special treasure

You are | all these things

So that | you can give him praise!

. . .

Let’s Bless!

Children and parents take turns blessing each other by placing a hand on the other’s shoulder and saying:

(Name), you are God’s special possession, and He loves you very much.

Sunday, May 24: God is Victorious

Let’s Start!!

If you were going to go on a long trip, what would you bring?

God’s people, the Israelites, were going on the longest trip they’d ever taken. They were finally going to be free from slavery in EGYPT!

If you want, grab your own “travel buddy” (a sibling or a stuffed animal) as you learn about their journey in our lesson today!

First, Let’s take a minute and settle down and ask God to help us to have fun and hear Him talk to us.

Holy Spirit, we ask you to come and fill us as we spend time studying your word. We pray that you would fill us fresh with your love, joy and peace. We give you all of the busy thoughts in our head and ask you to help us to focus on You. We love you, Jesus.

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!!

Wow! That’s an amazing true story!!

  • Imagine that you were Israel. How might you feel about having God’s cloud lead you? Excited, safe, amazed… HINT: (Act out how you imagine you would feel, or show it with your face!)
  • How might you feel when you found out the Egyptians are chasing you and there was a big lake in front of you (and no boats!)? Scared, nervous, afraid, trapped … (Show on your face what you might have looked like!)
  • Get your Bible and look up Exodus 14:13-14. Can you read it out loud? If not, have a parent/guardian read it out loud for you.
  • What did Moses tell the people to do? Don’t be afraid. Stand firm. Be still.
  • Who would do the fighting in this battle against the Egyptians? God
  • God fought the battle for his people, Israel and saved them by opening up the Red Sea. The people walked across on dry ground. What an amazing way to win a battle!
  • When the people reached the other side, they put their trust in God and sang songs to Him and praised him for the victory.
  • What does victory mean? To win! God won the battle. Did you know that one of God’s names is Victorious? It means that He is a winner. God always wins every battle.
  • Read Exodus 15:13 in your Bible. What do you think that means? Can you put it in your own words? *Hint, this is part of the words to a song that the people were singing to God. When they say “you” it means God.
  • Did the victory over Pharaoh and his army happen the way everyone expected? No.
  • It’s the same with us. The victories that God wins in the battles in our lives don’t always look like we expect them to. But because God’s love is so faithful and strong, we can trust Him.

Let’s Do!!

For today’s activity you’ll need:

  • the biggest sheet you can find (or use two)
  • two rows of chairs set up back to back with a 2-3ft space between the backs
  • lots of stuffed animals

What you do:

  • Set up the chairs and put the sheet(s) over the top of them
  • Have a grownup or teenager pull the sheets down into the middle so there is a wall of sheets on each side to create a walk-through-on-dry-land tunnel.
  • Secure the sheets by placing heavy books are other non-breakable items on the chairs.

How to play:

  1. Have each person participating take one stuffed animal and walk through the tunnel one at a time.
  2. Continue to walk through the tunnel one at a time, adding one more stuffed animals each time through.
  3. The person that can carry the most stuffed animals through the tunnel at a time (without dropping any!) is the winner
  4. Give the winner a hug and a high-five.

Let’s Memorize!

Today, we’re learning our verse with actions!

Let’s Pray!!

  1. Think about it: what are some victories that God has won in your life? (There are some examples below to get you started, but make them unique to YOU!)
  • Jesus won the victory over sin for us when He died on the cross.
  • Set us free from being afraid of the dark.
  • Set us free from biting our fingernails.
  • Helped us to stay calm and be kind when a sibling was bugging us

2. Thank Him! Let’s take a minute and thank Jesus for those victories.

Jesus, we thank you that You are Victorious! You always win. Thank you for helping me to have victory when _______________. (use the phrases you wrote down or shared earlier!)

3. Ask Him! Now let’s take a minute and ask Him for His help in areas where we need victory in our lives.

Jesus, I need your victory in __________. (Tell Him what area you need help in: being patient with schoolwork, speaking kindly to a sibling, falling asleep at bedtime, obeying parents. . .)

Let’s Bless!

After prayer, parents/guardians bless your children with this blessing:

(Name), may you always know that God is victorious, and He will care for you.

Children bless each other with this blessing:

(Name of sibling), may you always be aware of God’s victory in your life.

From the EGC Kids Team: Parents, may YOU always know that God is victorious and that He cares for you. May you sense His presence with you this week in all that you do. We love you!!

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Sunday, May 17: God is Warrior

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Let’s Start!

“If you had to choose one, would you rather eat a frog or a bug?”

I (Miss Melanie) ate a bug once that my Sunday School teacher brought in for us as a snack! She wasn’t joking! Good thing we’re doing church at home now just in case EGC Kids teachers had the same idea, huh?!

Before we get started today, let’s invite God into our time! Open up your hands to God and close your eyes.

Holy Spirit, we invite you into our time this week. We ask you to speak to us and show us what You’re like. We thank you that you hear us when we talk to you and that You have everything under control.

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • First, let’s review:
    • Where were God’s people slaves? Egypt
    • Do you know what they did as slaves? Make bricks and build things.
    • What did Pharaoh say when Moses told him to let God’s people be free and go? No!
    • What were some of the things that happened to Egypt when Pharaoh said that? Can you name 3?
      • Plagues: water turned to blood, frogs, lice, flies, animal sickness, people sickness, hail, locusts, darkness, someone from each house died
    • What happened to God’s people while all those plagues were happening? They were safe.
    • Did Pharaoh finally change his mind? Yes!  What did God’s people do when he did? Pack up and leave!
  • Did God’s people do anything special to fight the Egyptians? No.
  • Who fought for them? God.
  • Have YOU ever felt like you were faced with a problem that you couldn’t fight on your own? What kinds of problems? Possible answers to consider: trouble sleeping because of fear, other kids being mean, feeling bad/guilty because you did something wrong?
  • Things inside of us can feel very heavy sometimes, especially when we’re going through problems that feel like battles. Sometimes loneliness, pain, guilt or fear can feel like a heavy brick inside (like the heavy bricks God’s people had to make for the Egyptians). God wants us to know that He is a Warrior. He fights for us!
  • Get your Bible and look up Exodus 14:14 to see what Moses said to God’s people. What does it say? The Lord will fight for you. Just be still.
  • What do you think that means about your battles and hard times?
  • God, who is a Warrior, is the same one who fought for His people. He fights for you!
  • Can you think of a time when God fought for you are someone you love? Tell about it.

EGC KIDS Tip: Parents, this would be a great time for you to share a way that God has fought for you in your life! Sharing testimonies of God’s faithfulness with our children is one way to help them connect with God in their own lives.

  • Look up Psalm 55:22. What does it say to do with our worries? Give them to God.

Let’s Pray!

Lord, you know all of the heavy things on our heart. You know all the stuff that we worry about. Right now, we give them to you (pause and take a moment to give God the stuff that feels heavy).

We know that you are a warrior and that you fight for us. You take care of the things we can’t control or do on our own. We thank you that you are the strongest and are fighting for us. We trust you to take care of us.

Take few minutes to pray and ask God to come help you in any battles you’re currently facing. Write them down somewhere and see what God will do!

Let’s Memorize!

This week’s Remember Verse comes from Psalm 55:22. Try playing this song after dinner or before bed a few nights this week to learn the verse.

Let’s Do!

NOTE: THERE ARE TWO OPTIONS FOR THIS GAME BASED ON THE AGE AND NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN YOUR HOME

Can you imagine how stinky it must have been in Egypt when all those frogs were there? In this activity, we’re going to collect the frogs as fast as we can!!

For this activity you will need:

  • Construction or colored paper
    • OPTION 1 : 3-5 colors (best for 1-2 children or young children)
    • OPTION 2: 1 color per child (for larger families or older children)
  • An area with a space to run around (living room, backyard etc.)

How to play:

  1. Cut the paper into 8-12 pieces per page. You can cut circles, squares, or if you’re very talented with scissors: FROGS!
  2. Spread the “frogs” all over the room or yard.
  3. OPTION 1:
    • Parent or older child shouts: “Go” + a color. [ie: Go, Blue!] tip: make sure you pick a color that corresponds with the ones you have spread out! lol
    • The child/children should go and collect the frogs of that color as quickly as possible. *if you have older or more competitive children, you can time how long it takes for them to do it!
    • Spread the papers out again and repeat the game with a different color!
  4. OPTION 2:
    • Assign each child a different color.
    • Shout “GO!”
    • Each child should run and collect his/her frogs as fast as possible
    • The first one back with all their “frogs” is the winner!

Let’s Bless! (Psalm 144:2)

Parents/guardians: have your children stand with you with their hands open and palms up, in a posture of receiving a blessing from God. Read Psalm 144:1-2 and then pray this blessing over them.

I bless you to know God as Warrior, as a place of safety and a shield. May you see the ways God fights for you this week.

If you have more than one child, have them repeat, “May you see the ways God fights for you this week” over one another!

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Sunday, May 10, 2020: God is I AM.

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Let’s Start!

How would you describe yourself? First, write your name at the top of a piece of paper. Below that, write words or draw pictures of things that describe you (don’t use your name again).

Note to Parents: If children have trouble, suggest things like: number of siblings, sports or hobbies they enjoy, favorite colors or foods, personality traits etc.

Wow! You are amazing! You have different personality traits, interests and strengths.

You are a lot of things at once! If we were reading that list or looking at the pictures, would people be able to guess that we’re talking about you?

Let’s take a minute and welcome God. Open your hands and close your eyes.

God, we thank you that you know us and made us each unique, no two of us are the same. We thank you that you made us in your image. We invite you to come and remind us of who You are and what You’re like. 

Let’s Watch!

Moses, Part I: Exodus 1-2
Moses, Part II: The Burning Bush

Let’s Talk!

Grab your Bible and look up Exodus 3:14 and read it out loud together.

  • What did God say His name was? I AM who I AM
  • What do you think that name means?
    • This name for God is a very important name. God is not like anyone or anything else. It shows that God is the only true God. He’s God over all things and yet is personal and wants to be near to us.

DID YOU KNOW? 5 times in the conversation between God and Moses at the burning bush, it says: “But Moses. . .” Moses complained, was afraid, and had excuses, but each time God responded by reassuring Moses that He would be with him and help him!

  • Have YOU ever felt like Moses? Like something God wanted you to do (or your parent or teacher asked you to do) was too hard?
    • Tell about it!
    • What do you think God would say to you, if you told Him? **Remember what He said to Moses!
  • In the times when we think things are too hard, we can know that God is I AM. He is everything at the same time! He’s strong. He’s gentle. He’s loving. He’s powerful. He’s our helper. He’s our king. He knows everything about us and wants to be close to us!

Let’s Do!

Option 1: It’s science time! For this activity you will need:

  • 1 black non-permanent marker
  • 1 coffee filter (you can also use tissue paper, white construction paper, or even toilet paper folded 3-4 pieces high).
  • Something to drip with (an eye dropper or a medicine dropper work well, or try gently squeezing a wet paper towel to get one drop of water at a time).
  • Scissors
  • Water (1-2 tablespoons)
Science Experiment: Coffee Filter and Black Marker

Step 1: Cut the filter or paper into a biggish circle and put it onto a dinner plate.

Step 2: Draw a circle about the size of a quarter onto the paper (fill it in).

Step 3: Drip 10 drops onto the black circle. (You might need a little more if you’re using construction paper, a little less if using toilet paper)

Step 4: Watch the black circle. What happens? It should change colors or create different colored rings around it.

This is what God is like!! Even though the marker ink looks like it is just black, it’s actually made up of a lot of different colors. And God is like that too! He has all of those different names and character traits all at the same time!

Alternate or additional activity: Make a tree out of paper and label it with all the different names of God that you can think of (make sure you add the ones that you know He’s been to you – like kind, loving, king, helper etc.)           

Let’s Pray!

God, we thank you that you are so good. You are everything that we need and have everything under control. We ask you to show us this week what you’re like. Help us to see your faithfulness, your peace, your help, your strength and whatever else you want us to see about you. We love you and are so glad to be your kids. Thanks!

Let’s Memorize!

EGC Kids Tip: To learn the verse this week, take turns to see who can say it the loudest!!

Let’s Bless!

Bless each other by writing notes beginning with “I bless you to know God as …

Here are some examples:

  • I bless you to know God as your Helper with math.
  • I bless you to know God as your Peace as you fall asleep.
  • I bless you to know God as your Friend as you go outside to play.

Sunday, May 3, 2020: God Saves

Let’s Start!

Let’s start with prayer! Let’s put our hands out in front of us like we’re giving or receiving a gift. After you pray, take a quiet moment to just let Jesus help you to relax and focus on Him.

Jesus, we thank you that we belong to you. We give you ourselves fresh to you today. Fill us with your Holy Spirit again and help us to have teachable hearts! We love you.

Let’s Watch!

Remember last week we learned about Joseph and dreams? This week, we’re going to learn about the rest of his adventurous life! First, lets watch today’s story video:

Joseph: The Rest of the Story

Let’s Talk!

We are part of God’s Big Story, just like Joseph. Because God is in control, our life with Him is an adventure! We never know how God will use our lives to help other people to come to know Jesus and be saved.

God used Joseph’s life to save THOUSANDS of PEOPLE! All of Egypt was saved, plus Israel. Remember how God changed Jacob’s name to Israel? Jacob’s family eventually got so big they became their own people group, who we call “Israel” or the Jewish people. God saved nations using Joseph’s life.

  • Was Joseph’s life easy? No!
  • Was Joseph alone in hard times? No. God was with Joseph through it all.
  • How did God use Joseph’s life to save people? He gave him the ability to save up food and give it to people when there was no food available. People even came from far away to get food from Joseph.
    • Read Genesis 45:5. It’s a conversation that Joseph is having with is brothers when he tells them who he really is.
  • Have you ever thought about how God might use you like Joseph?
    • What are some dreams or ideas that God put on your heart to do?
    • Have you given them to God, making Him the boss about how it’s going to happen?
  • Think back to Joseph’s first 2 dreams. Can you remember what they were? Bundles of grain bowing down to his bundle, 11 stars and the sun and moon bowing down to his star.
    • Did the dream Joseph have come true? If so, how? Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt and bowed down to him when he was giving them grain and they didn’t know who he was.
    • Do you think that Joseph guessed that this was the way God was going to make his dream happen? I don’t think he could even imagine that it would happen this way!
  • You are part of God’s story! You have a purpose in God’s story, just like Joseph. God has plans for your life that you might never know ahead of time. You might not even understand why certain things happen, and that’s okay! He’s with you through it all and He’s got people to save through you!

Let’s Do!

Let’s pretend we’re Joseph’s family moving to Egypt to be with him across the hot sand of the desert.

PARENTS: For this activity you’ll need some floor space and paper plates or something that you can use like stepping stones (pillows, washcloths, or sheets of paper would all work too!)

  • Spread the plates (or whatever you are using as stepping stones) across the room like a path from one end of the room to the other. Keep the “stones” fairly close together at first.
  • Start at one side and try to jump from plate to plate without stepping on the “hot sand” floor.
  • Then, have a parent or sibling remove a plate at a time and try again!
  • How many plates can you get rid of and still get across?

After this, gather up all of your stuffed animals and try to drag them to “Egypt” on a towel or in a laundry basket. Do you think they had an easy trip walking all of their stuff from Canaan to live with Joseph? Take turns dragging your sibling(s) next. Can you do it? Can you drag your parent??

Let’s Pray!

Father God, we thank you that we get to be part of your story! Thank you that you have good plans for us. We say yes to you and your plans. We know that we can trust you and that you’ll be with us the whole time. We love you!

EGC KIDS TIP: Pray for some people that you know need Jesus’ love and comfort today.

Let’s Memorize!

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the things he planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:10

STEP 1: Write this week’s verse in on a piece of paper and then cut each of the words out.

STEP 2: Draw a picture of yourself on another big piece of paper or poster board (you might want to tape 2 pieces together so you have room if you’re using paper).

STEP 3: Glue the words you cut out, in order, on the paper around yourself to make a poster of you with this verse all around you.

STEP 4: Every time you glue on a word, say the verse out loud.

Let’s Bless!

FROM THE EGC KIDS TEAM: As a parent, sometimes it’s hard to trust God’s plans for our kids. We want to keep them as safe and close as possible. But, having a healthy, vibrant relationship with Jesus is the best thing our kids can have in life. His plans are so much bigger than ours. This week take some time to surrender your children into God’s care and plans – and ask Him to write His story in their hearts. Ultimately, we want them to follow His plans more than ours – His are better!

Bless each other with this blessing:

I bless you to live fully in God’s plans for your life. May your life be used to honor God and help people to come to know Jesus. May you always know that your life is full of purpose in God.