July 26 | Ruth: Celebrating that God makes us part of His family

Let’s Start!

Have you ever been to a feast? In the Bible, people celebrated feasts for holidays. One of them was called the Feast of Harvest (sometimes called the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost). It was during harvest time – the time when the veggies in the garden were ready to pick and the grain was ripe in the fields.

Have you seen the big rolls of hay in the fields around here lately? Have you had any fresh tomatoes, blueberries, or cucumbers? It’s harvest time here now. The Feast of Harvest was a time where people remembered how God gave them the 10 Commandments. They celebrated the way that God took care of all of their needs, including making a way for them to know Him. They also gave the first things they picked as an offering to God.

Today, we’re going to talk about Ruth. Her story takes place during harvest time too.

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • How did God take care of Ruth’s need for food? By helping her to find Boaz’ field.
  • How did God take care of Ruth’s need to be part of His family? By having her marry Boaz and become part of God’s people, Israel.
  • Nowadays, we don’t have to marry someone to become part of God’s family (phew!!).
  • How do we become part of God’s family now? Through Jesus. He died and rose from the dead to take our sin and adopt us as His kids into His family.
  • Open your Bible and read Matthew 9:37. This time, Jesus wasn’t just talking about wheat. He was talking about people. Jesus was explaining that people all over the world are ready to hear about Him and believe Him.

Let’s Do and Bless!

For this activity, you will need some different types of crackers, bread, or dippable veggies and a variety of dips (maybe hummus, veggie dip, marinara, ranch dressing etc.)

  • Cut the breads into dip-able sizes.
  • Lay out a plastic tablecloth on the floor or set a table with the breads and dips.
  • Have each family member make a plate with a variety of breads and dips and sit down.
  • As you’re enjoying the snack together, parents and guardians should share the story of how they came to trust in Jesus.
  • To keep conversation going, consider the following questions:
    • How have you said yes to God in the past few weeks?
    • How have you noticed God’s blessing in your life the past few weeks?
    • Whom have you been able to bless lately?
    • What helps you to remember that God is trustworthy?

At the end of the snack time, bless each other with Psalm 67:1-2:

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us – so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.

Let’s Pray!

  • Open your Bible back up to Matthew 9:37. Read verse 37 and 38.
  • What does Jesus say to pray for? To ask the Lord of the Harvest (God) to send workers out into the harvest fields (the places where people are ready to hear about Jesus).
  • Did you know that we are workers? We’re the people who get to invite other people into God’s family!

When veggies grow, you have to watch them so you can see when they are ripe and ready to be picked. Then, when they are ready, someone has to go pick them! When Miss Melanie went on vacation, no one was there for pick her veggies and some of them dropped off the plants and got rotten. (yuck!) In the same way, we want to be ready when our friends and family are “ripe” to trust Jesus and become part of His family.

Think of a few people that you know who don’t trust Jesus yet.

Take a few minutes and pray for them. Ask God get them ready to trust Him. Also ask Him to bring other workers to them to share Jesus too.

Now, take a minute and ask Jesus to help you be a worker in His field – to tell people the good news of Jesus’ love.

Let’s Memorize!

This week, we’re going to play “Verse Potato!”

  • Write the Remember Verse on a big piece of paper.
  • Crumple the paper into a ball.
  • Sit in a circle (or across from one another if there are fewer people playing)
  • Have someone be the “tunes controller” (he or she will control the music as in hot potato)
  • As the music plays, toss the paper ball back and forth to each other.
  • When the “tunes controller” stops the music, whoever has the paper has to stand up, un-crinkle the paper and read the verse out loud (or have help if they are a non-reader).
  • Play a few rounds until everyone knows the verse!

From all of us here at EGC Kids: Have a fantastic week! We are praying and believing with you for opportunities to share Jesus with your friends and loved ones as you celebrate the new life Jesus has given you this week!

July 19, 2020: God is Trustworthy

This week’s lesson is based on 1 Kings 7-11 and continues Solomon’s story from last week!

Let’s Start!

Do you remember the name of the wise king from last week’s lesson? (If you said King Solomon, that’s right!) Today, we are going to learn more about him and God’s Story!

Let’s Watch!

From the EGC Kids Team: Did you know that Solomon also built the temple in Jerusalem? If you would like more info about that part of his life, click here!

Let’s Talk!

  • What does it mean to have self-control?
  • What does it mean to give your whole heart to God?
  • Do you think those two things are related? Yes. When we don’t trust God to take care of us, or satisfy our hearts, we sometimes make choices that aren’t the best for us –  just to make us feel good at the time.
  • God is Trustworthy. He’s worthy of our trust. How has God shown that He is trustworthy in the Bible? There are lots of ways God has shown that he’s trustworthy! He promised that He would send a Savior and He did, Jesus! He kept His promises, took care of people, won battles – can you think of any other examples?
  • What things – or parts of your life – do you trust God with?
  • What areas of your life do you think you need help to trust Him more? Stop and take some time to pray about them now and give them to God! Jesus wants to share our lives and be a part of everything we do.

Let’s Do!

Play a game of “Would You Rather”

How you play:

  1. Choose one of the questions below (or make up your own)
  2. Let each person in your family decide (silently) which option they would choose.
  3. Try to guess what each person thought! (You can choose to keep individual score, team scores or play with non-scoring rounds).

Questions to Use:

Would you rather:

  • Only be able to crawl or only be able to walk backwards?
  • Be the funniest person alive or the smartest person alive?
  • Be able to fly or be able to turn invisible
  • Never have to shower again or never have to clip your toenails?
  • Have the chance to design a new toy or direct a movie?
  • Be a bird or a horse?
  • Eat a beetle or get stung by a bee?
  • Be able to change the color of your hair whenever you want or be able to change the length of your hair whenever you want?
  • Have 3 legs or 3 arms?
  • Have to wear a clown wig or a clown nose for a year?
  • Be friends with Superman or Spiderman?

Let’s Memorize!

This week, to help you learn your verse, hold a “Remember Verse Race!”

What you will need:

  • 2 buckets, baskets, or containers
  • Small balls, beanbags or toys
  • A starting line and a turn-around line (A container is placed at each line. The starting line bucket should contain all the balls or toys to begin).
  • A parent or sibling who will stand at the turn-around and listen to the verse!

What you do:

When a parent or guardian says “go,” pick up a toy or ball, run to the turn-around, place the toy in the bucket and say, “But I trust in your faithful love. My heart is filled with joy because you will save me. Psalm 13:5” Then high-five the parent or friend and run back to the starting line. If you have a lot of family members playing, tag the next person (who will do the same thing). If you are playing with just a parent or guardian, take the next toy and repeat the run. Continue to play until all of the toys are moved to the turn-around bucket.

Let’s Bless!

Bless each other with this blessing:

May you seek God with your whole heart and life. May you follow and trust Him each day.

July 12, 2020: God Blesses

This week’s lesson is based on 1 Kings 1-6.

Let’s Start!

Imagine that you were in a contest to eat a feast of pizza, ice cream, candy, cookies, donuts, and chips as fast as you could. You could scoop it right into your mouth!

Wow! Yum, right?

But wait. Would it be WISE to eat that much junk food at one time? (Yeah, you’re right! Eating that much junk might make you sick!)

Have you ever heard the word “wisdom”? Do you know what it means?

Wisdom is knowing the right thing to do at the right time. Today we’re going to learn about someone in the Bible who was very wise: King Solomon.

Let’s Watch!

Want to go a little deeper? You can learn more about Solomon’s wisdom here!

Let’s Talk!

Wow! What do you think it would be like to be the wisest person to ever live?

God really blessed Solomon in a lot of ways. And He loves us and pours his blessings into our lives too!

How do you think God blesses us? God’s blessings aren’t something that we earn or have to try hard to receive. We can’t do anything to make God love us more or less. We can’t earn His love or take credit for working hard when God blesses us. It all flows from His love. He loved us so much He sent Jesus, the biggest blessing of all.

What are some good responses to being blessed? Thankfulness, joy …

Open up your Bible to Matthew 10:8 and read it. What did Jesus tell his disciples about receiving and giving? Freely you have received; freely give.

We are blessed so that we can bless others too! When we share the blessings that God gives to us, the world sees what God is like.

Take a few minutes to write a list of the ways that God has blessed you!

Let’s Do!

Parents/guardians, surprise your children with a special treat or snack. When you give it to them, tell them that you are blessing them. Talk about how God has blessed you as a family and help them to think of other ways that God has blessed them. And then, come up with a creative way to bless someone outside your family this week!

Let’s Memorize!

This week’s Remember verse is Ephesians 2:8.

Now, or at the end of your lesson time, find a comfy space in your home, spread out or sit or lay down and relax. Listen to the song above let God remind you of how good He is!

This week, try to listen to this song every day to learn your verse!

Let’s Bless!

Bless your family with this blessing:

“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

From the EGC Kids Team: Parents/guardians, below is a fantastic song based on this week’s blessing Scripture from Numbers 6:22-26. We pray that this song blesses your heart this week!

July 5, 2020: God is Sovereign

Let’s Start!

Have you ever had to wait a long time for something? What was it? Was it hard to wait?

Let’s Watch!

Today’s lesson is based on 2 Samuel 2; 5-7.

Let’s Talk!

  • What does “sovereign” mean? It means to be a king or ruler and have ultimate power. He’s in control of everything.
  • How did God show that He was sovereign to David? He was in charge of the timing of David’s life. He kept His word to David that he would be king someday.
  • God made a promise to David that his family line would last forever! Do you know how that happened? Jesus was David’s great-great-great-great-great-great. . .25 times grandpa!
  • God is our Sovereign King. He is good and fights for His people. In our lives, we need God to care for us, fight for us, and show us that He’s in control of everything. What does that make you think about or feel?
  • Do you have any areas of your life that you need to give to God and trust Him with? Take a few minutes to stop and talk to Him about it.

Let’s Memorize/Do!

Be strong, all you who put your hope in the Lord. Never give up.

Psalm 31:24

Make a poster to hang in your room to help you remember this verse. Read it for 6 days in a row when you first wake up. See if on the 7th day you can remember what it says without looking at it.

Let’s Bless!

Read Ephesians 1:16-23 together and pray this blessing over your child(ren):

“May you be strong in the Lord and never give up. May you know God as an all-powerful, promise-keeping God who loves and cares for you.”

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