August 30: Remember and Celebrate

Let’s Start!

To our Parents/Guardians: The Bible talks about many feasts that God’s people would celebrate throughout the year to remember [looking back at something God had done] and celebrate [praising God, and looking ahead expectant for what he would to]. Here at EGC Kids, we host Remember & Celebrate weekends where we learn about the feasts, and apply the same principles to OUR lives! Today, we’re learning about the Feast of Trumpets!

Let’s Watch!

** Parents:  This week’s video includes a craft (Constellation Cups!). If you want to make the craft with your children, you will need to gather the following supplies before watching the video (they’re all things you probably have at your house).

  • Paper cup (one per child)
  • Flashlight
  • Thumb Tack
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Glue stick (optional)
  • Pictures of constellations (optional)

Let’s Talk!

  • What is your favorite thing in God’s creation? The stars, sunsets, waterfalls, animals, mountains. . .
  • What does it mean that God is faithful? He never changes. He stays the same.
  • How does it make you feel to know that God, who created the world, and knows all there is to know about everything, ever, also knows you and loves you and wants to spend time with you? Pretty special!
  • Why is it important to remember that God never changes? We can believe that He’s good and that He loves us even when we sin, or when we are having a bad day, or when things don’t go how we want them to go.
  • If I gave you just one piece of a puzzle, would you be able to explain what the whole puzzle would look like when it was done? No! You can’t see the whole puzzle until the pieces are put together!
  • God sees the whole puzzle. He sees you, and exactly where you fit – because He made you!
  • Can you think of ways that you can be faithful? Doing what you say you will do, being a good friend to someone, remembering something important. . .
  • How has God been faithful to YOU?

Let’s Do!

Host your own “Feast of Trumpets!” Here are some suggestions:

EGC Kids Dance Party Playlist

Let’s Memorize!

What the Lord says is right and true. He is faithful in everything he does.

Psalm 33:4

Use this video to help you learn this week’s verse:

Let’s Pray!

Read Psalm 100:4-5 together, and then:

  • Praise God for who He is! He is mighty, faithful, loving, righteous, bigger than we could ever imagine. . .
  • Thank God for what He’s done: How has God been good to you? Where have you seen His faithfulness this week? This year? What are you thankful for today?

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, bless your child with this blessing:

May you trust in God’s unfailing love. May you always know, no matter what happens, that God hears you, loves you, and is faithful in all He does. May you see His faithfulness this week.  

August 23, 2020: God Helps

Let’s Start/Do!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • When the woman came to Simon’s house to see Jesus, what did she do? She knelt at Jesus’ feet, crying, wiped his wet feet clean with her hair, kissed them, and then poured expensive perfume on them!
  • Earlier in the story we heard that the woman was known as someone who had sinned a lot. The Pharisees were so focused on being sin-free that they wouldn’t hang out with people that they said sinned a lot. So, Simon couldn’t believe Jesus was letting this woman anywhere near him! But Jesus knew that everyone had sinned, and everyone needed His help.
  • What was the story Jesus told Simon? Two men who owned someone money. When the man forgave their debt (told them that they didn’t have to pay him back), the man who owed him MORE was more thankful, and loved him more.
  • What did Jesus tell the woman at the end of the story? Your sins are forgiven, go in peace.
  • How do you think that made the woman feel? Loved, accepted, happy
  • Can you think of other stories where Jesus helped people? There are lots of examples! He healed people, fed 5,000, told people about God, raised them from the dead, helped them change their lives (Zaccheus, the disciples. . .)
  • Did Jesus ever turn people away and tell them they weren’t good enough for him? No.
  • We all come to God needing His help. We need him to forgive our sins and make us clean and help us to be like him. We’ll never be perfect (only He is!), and He knew that. In fact, that’s why Jesus came: to pay the price for our sins, and to forgive us, just like he did for the woman that day!

Let’s Memorize!

Talk about it: What do you think it means to approach God with confidence? When we come to God, we come boldly as His sons and daughters, knowing that we belong there, and that He loves us!

To help you learn this week’s verse: use one of the exercise challenges that Miss Erin used in her video above (or make up your own challenge)! You could:

  • Hold a wall sit while you repeat the words to the verse
  • Do your verse to jumping jacks (one word per jump)
  • Run around your backyard in swim goggles and shout your verse! (Please send us a video if you use this one!!)

Let’s Pray!

Read Hebrews 4:16 together.  

  • Have you ever felt like you weren’t good enough at something? (Maybe you got picked last for a sports team, or your drawing wasn’t as good as someone else’s, or you made a really big mistake during a performance).
  • Have you ever felt like God would think you weren’t good enough, or that he would be too busy to help you?
  • He’s not! He loves you SO much. He wants you to come to Him, and He wants to help you!
  • Where do you need God’s help in your life today?
    • Are you worried about something?
    • Do you need help treating others with kindness and patience?
    • Are you hurt or sick and need Him to heal something in your body (or know someone does?)
    • Do you need His strength to do something really hard?
  • Let’s take a few minutes and talk to God about the things that you need help with. Remember, God wants to help us!

EGC Kids tip: Parents, give gentle guidance as needed, but let your children take the lead here, allowing them the time to process and share what is on their hearts. If they are not used to praying out loud, encourage them that they don’t need to have all the “right” words. Like the woman in our story today, they can go boldly to Jesus and ask for His help with anything (no matter how big or small it seems!)

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, bless your child with this blessing:

May you always know that a touch from Jesus brings life. May you never doubt his love for you – and always go to Him for help. May God comfort you, heal you, be close to you, and give you peace.

August 16: God Forgives

*This week’s lesson is based on Mark 2:1-12

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Why was it so crowded around Jesus? People wanted to see him heal people, and they wanted to hear what he had to say.
  • What did the friends do to get the paralyzed man into the house to see Jesus? They cut a hole in the roof and lowered him down!
  • What did Jesus say to the paralyzed man? Hint, look in Mark 2:5.
  • Jesus made a big deal about forgiving sins. The teachers of the law were upset. They tried super hard not to sin AND avoid anyone who might be “dirty” with sin. Jesus didn’t do that. He never sinned, but he wasn’t afraid that others’ sin would make him dirty too.
  • Have you ever sinned and felt shame, or like you wanted to hide it? Have you ever felt like your sin was something dirty or heavy in your heart?
  • By telling the paralyzed man that he was forgiven, Jesus was showing us that the most important reason that He came was so He could forgive our sins, take away our shame and guilt, and make a way for us to have a healthy, loving relationship with God.
  • Sometimes it can be hard for us to talk about our sins. But God is good. He always loves, listens and forgives us when we ask.
  • Read 1 John 1:9 together.

Let’s Memorize!

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

1 John 1:9

This week, make up a song, rap, or dance to help you to memorize your verse!

Let’s Do!

Cutting a hole in your roof to reenact today’s story may NOT be the best idea. . . so instead, today you’re going to test your strength by pulling your family members around in a blanket!

  • First, find a blanket or a bed sheet that you know your mom is ok with you using (the antique quilt that Great Aunt Ethel sewed may NOT be the best one to use)
  • Then, take turns showing off how strong you are by pulling one family member at a time across the room – using the blanket as a sled! (Just make sure you watch out for corners and hard furniture as you pull!)
  • Note: younger children could pull a stuffed animal instead of a sibling or parent. Or, if you have a winter sled and a hill at your house, you could do some summer sledding like Miss Melanie and Pastor Greg did with their family in today’s video!

Let’s Pray!

Read 1 John 1:9 together. Then take a few minutes to confess your sins to God. Don’t worry about thinking up too many sins, just confess the ones that you know weigh heavy on your heart, or ones that the Holy Spirit helps you to remember.

From the EGC Kids Team: Parents/Guardians, as you do this together, gently allow the Holy Spirit to guide your kids as they confess their sins. Don’t force them or “bring to their memory” sins they should confess. Allow God to do that work in them. This will help them to hear God’s voice and prompting for themselves. If you notice that he/she confesses the same sin situation over and over, remind them that God loves us and forgives us once and for all time.

Then take a few minutes to thank God for sending Jesus and forgiving you. You are free of that weight and sin! God’s forgiveness washes it away and His grace covers the place where it was!

This might be a great time to praise God together. There are some great worship songs on the worship tab to pick from!

Let’s Bless!

May you always run to God’s grace and healing. May you always trust that His grace covers your sins.

August 9, 2020: God Leads (Jesus is Tempted)

**Today’s lesson is based on Matthew 3: 13-17, 4:1-11

Let’s Start!

Have you ever really wanted to do something you knew you shouldn’t do (or that a parent or adult told you not to do?) Some of our EGC Kids had a decision to make this week: Should they eat their cupcakes right away? Or should they wait like they were asked?

What do you think happened?! Could they say no to the deliciousness in front of them? Watch the video below to find out!

We make decisions every day! Can you name 3 choices or decisions that you have already made today? [hint: what to wear, if you should brush your teeth]

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Where did God lead Jesus after John the Baptist baptized him? The wilderness
  • What happened? The devil tempted Jesus 3 times. He even tried to use the Bible to tempt Jesus to do something he knew that God didn’t want Him to do!
  • Did Jesus give in to the temptation? No.
  • Is being tempted sin? No. But giving in to the temptation to do something wrong is sin.
  • The Holy Spirit in us gives us the power to overcome temptation. Open your Bible to 1 Corinthians 10:13. Read it out loud.
  • It says that God will ALWAYS provide a way out for us when we’re tempted. We don’t have to give in!
  • Something we do have to do, though, is to do the right thing. The Holy Spirit living in us gives us the power to walk away or say no.
  • What’s the best way to escape the temptation to take a cookie from the kitchen that you are not allowed to have? Walk away from it! That’s the escape God made for you. And the Holy Spirit gives you the power to do it! God always makes a way. (Another escape would be to tell a parent that you are tempted to take it so they can put it away somewhere else. Lots of times, the way that God makes for us to escape is not very complicated, we just have to make the choice to listen and let Him help us.)
  • If we don’t know a way out of temptation, we can ask the Holy Spirit to show us a way. He will always show us or tell us what to do. He’s always with us (living inside of us!) if we have given our lives to God.
  • Something that helped Jesus to overcome temptation was to remember Bible verses that He had memorized that reminded Him of the truth. That’s one of the reasons that we memorize verses together at EGC Kids.

From the EGC Kids Team: Parents, try to create an atmosphere in your home where your children feel that they can share their temptations with you. Be gentle as you listen and coach them to think about ways to overcome. When you see them make a choice that helps them overcome, let them know that you noticed and are proud of them. “I saw you walk away from that cookie. I am so proud of you for listening to God and taking His way out!” Being open to hear little things when they are little can create an openness for them to share bigger things when they are big.

Let’s Memorize!

           

Let’s Do!

This week we’re going to play a matching game! Here’s what you do:

  1. Print out the situation and Bible verse cards.
  2. Cut them apart on the dotted lines, mix them up, and spread them out on the floor.
  3. See if you can match the situation to the Bible verse!

EGC Kids Tip: If you have non-readers or younger children, play a game of hide and seek. As you find your children, hug them and remind them that God loves them and is always with them. When they find you, remind them that God loves them and will always help them.

Let’s Pray!

Take a minute and pray about some temptations that you’ve been struggling with. Ask God to help you. Thank Him for always being with you and giving you a way out. Ask Him to help you to see the way out and take it.

Let’s Bless!

I bless you to have victory over temptation. May God fill you with the power of the Holy Spirit and lead you every day of your life.

August 2: God is Faithful (John the Baptist)

Today’s lesson is based on Isaiah 40:3, Matthew 3

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Grab your Bible and look up Isaiah 40:3. Who do you think this verse is talking about? John the Baptist. Isaiah wrote that almost 700 years before John was born!!
  • God had a plan and waited until just the right time to do it. He was ready to bring the Savior, and John was the one to be able to let everyone know that Jesus was coming!
  • What was the main part of John’s message? Get ready and prepare because the Savior is coming!
  • Something else that John said was “repent, because the Kingdom of God is near.” What does it mean to repent? To turn away from doing wrong and turn to Jesus. It doesn’t just mean that you’re sorry, it means that you’re going to really turn away from those things.
  • Why was John called “the Baptist”? He baptized people.
  • What is baptism? It’s being dunked in water to show that you are leaving your old self behind to follow Jesus. It represents Jesus’ death when you go under, his burial (when you’re under) and his resurrection (when you come up out of the water). It’s saying to everyone that you belong to Jesus now for your whole life. When we get baptized, we’re saying to Jesus that He’s the boss of our lives forever and to other people that we are part of God’s family now.
  • God is faithful! He made the way, through Jesus, for us to be in happy relationship with Him. For all time, that is what He has wanted. He wants us to be part of His family and He did whatever it would take to save us.

From the EGC Kids Team: For more information about baptism, click here!

Let’s Memorize!

“But God is faithful and fair. If we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins. He will forgive every wrong thing we have done. He will make us pure.”

1 John 1:9
  • On your driveway or sidewalk, make a big hopscotch and write the verse in it. (You might have to make it extra long).
  • Hop along the hopscotch while you read the verse.
  • You could even replace some of the words with pictures, if it helps you to remember.

EGC Kids Tip: If you have children in your family who are not able to read, help them to learn it by chanting it as they hop the hopscotch to the rhythm of the words!

Let’s Pray!

No matter what you’ve done in the past or will ever do in the future, God is faithful and will never leave you.

  • Look up 1 John 1:9 in your Bible. Read it out loud.
  • Let’s spend a few minutes talking to God.
    • Ask Him to show you anything in your life that you need to repent of.
      • If you ask Him to forgive you, He will.
      • He will never stop loving you.
    • Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you and replace those sinful areas of your life with His light, love, and goodness.

Let’s Bless!

Listen to this song together before bed one night this week and then bless each other with the blessing below:

“I bless you to know God’s faithfulness in your life. He who began a good work in you will be faithful to keep doing it until He comes back.”