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.
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!
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).
- Water (1-2 tablespoons)
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.)
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!
EGC Kids Tip: To learn the verse this week, take turns to see who can say it the loudest!!
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.