November 1, 2020: God’s Power Changes Everything

This week’s lesson is based on Acts 3:1-10

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • What does power mean? Authority, control, might, strength
  • Who is the most powerful person you know? (Answers could include: The president, a bodybuilder or athlete, Superman. . . etc).
  • In today’s video, who went to the temple to pray? Peter and John
  • When they got there, they saw a man who couldn’t walk sitting outside the temple. Why did the man sit there every day? To beg (which means ask people for things he needed – like food or money).
  • Peter said: I don’t have any money, but I’ll give you what I have! In the name of Jesus, ____what_____? Get up and walk!
  • Peter reminded all the people that it wasn’t HIS power that healed the man, it was God’s power.
  • When have you seen God’s power in your life? (Answers could include: God healing someone, providing something you really needed, a time when he spoke to you or through you, or the cool things he created!)

EGC Kids tip: Make a list as a family of the times you, or someone you know, has experienced God’s power in their life! This would make a neat poster to hang somewhere in your house to remind you how powerful God is!

Let’s Do!

Something that athletes have to do in order to be strong and powerful is build up their muscles. Here are some challenges for your family to complete: see if you can POWER through them together!

  • Wall-Sit: Stand with your back against the wall and then squat down so that your upper legs run parallel to the floor (feet flat on the floor). Hold this position for as long as you can!
  • Hold it Up: Find two small objects and hold them in your hands, and then stretch your arms out to either side: see how long you can hold your arms at shoulder height without dropping them!
  • Plank: Kneel down and put your hands on the floor in front of you, palms flat. Then, stretch your legs out behind you so that your body is in a straight line (only your hands and toes should be touching the floor). Hold the plan for as long as you can, OR: Have a parent or older sibling see how long they can hold a plank with YOU on their back!
  • Move the Giant: Choose one person (a parent or adult/older sibling) and have them stand and plant their feet on the floor. Your goal is to try to get them to move by pushing or pulling them (while they try to stand still). Hint: you can team up with another parent or sibling for this challenge!

Let’s Pray!

  • Whew! Some of those were really hard, right?! I’m sure glad God doesn’t expect us to be able to do everything in our own strength, aren’t you?!
  • Everyone in today’s story could see the man who was sitting outside the temple. Some people probably even tried to help him by giving him some money. But Peter saw that what he really needed wasn’t money – he needed to be healed!
  • Sometimes, we have to look at things differently. Instead of thinking: “that’s too hard” or “what could I do?” we need to ask “What can GOD do?” His power can work through YOU just like He did through Peter!
  • Where do you need God to move powerfully in YOUR life? Can you think of anyone that needs God to help them, provide for them, or heal them?
  • Once everyone in your family has a chance to share: take turns praying for each other that God would move powerfully in those situations!

To our parents / guardians: Have your children pray over the other members of your family, or the people they think of. If they are uncomfortable praying or don’t know what to say, encourage them that God loves them, that he wants to answer them, and that He can work through their prayers in a powerful way, just like he did through Peter in today’s story!

Let’s Memorize!

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

Ephesians 3:20 NLT

To help you memorize your verse this week, print the file below and cut on the dotted lines. Mix up the sections of the verse and see if you can put them back in order again!

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing (based on Ephesians 3) over your child(ren):

May you always have faith to believe that God can do even more than you could ask or think. May you see his power at work in your life, and may he use you to show his power to the world around you.

October 25, 2020: God’s Spirit Changes Everything

This week’s lesson is based on Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1-2

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Video 1: Jesus’ Ascension and the Great Commission (by Saddleback Kids)
Video 2: God Sends the Holy Spirit (by Saddleback Kids)

Let’s Talk!

PARENTS/GUARDIANS: before you begin, find a flashlight and remove the batteries (but keep them close by!) If you don’t have a flashlight, anything that requires batteries – or electricity – will work. Just adjust the questions below to fit your item!

  • What is this? A flashlight!
  • A flashlight has a really, really important job. What is it? To give light.
  • When would you use a flashlight? Have you ever needed one in order to see? What happened?

Instruct your child to turn on the flashlight. (It won’t work).

  • Why do you think it won’t work? It doesn’t have any batteries!
  • Without batteries, can the flashlight do its job? No
  • Jesus gave the disciples a pretty big job when He left too. Do you remember what that was? To go into all the world and tell people about Him.
  • Could they do the job on their own? No.
  • Who did Jesus say he would send to be with them and help them? The Holy Spirit!

Place the batteries inside of the flashlight, (or plug in your item).

  • Jesus knew that the job he was giving the disciples was too big for them to do on their own. He knew they would need the Holy Spirit to give them His POWER and wisdom. It’s kind of like when you put batteries inside of the flashlight! Now see what happens when you try to use it! Have your child turn the flashlight on and shine it around.
  • After the disciples received the gift of God’s Holy Spirit, what happened? They could speak in other languages, they performed signs and miracles, they worked together and helped others – and more and more people came to know Jesus!
  • The Holy Spirit wasn’t just for the disciples! Jesus’ death on the cross made a way for you to be in relationship with God, and receive the Holy Spirit too. And the Bible says he’s with us always. He comforts us, guides us, gives us power, teaches us, and helps us to be more like Jesus!

Let’s Pray!

  • How does it make you feel to know that God is always with you?
  • Can you think of a time when you heard the Holy Spirit speak to your heart, or when you knew God was with you and helping you? What happened?
  • What do you need the Holy Spirit to help you with this week? (Choosing kindness, to not be scared about something, to tell someone about Jesus).
  • Let’s take some time right now to pray for the Holy Spirit to be with you and help you! While we pray, let’s spend a few minutes being quiet and listening for Him to talk to us.

Let’s Do!

Option 1: [For older children] Flashlight Tag

  • If you want, you can play this like a game of normal tag after dinner in your backyard, once it’s dark! The person with the flashlight is “it.” When their flashlight beam touches another family member, they are now “it,” and the game continues.
  • You could also play this in your house, like hide and seek. Turn off all the lights and let the “seeker” use a flashlight to try and find the rest of the family. Take turns being “it” and hiding.

Option 2: [For younger children] Catch the Light

  • Turn off all the lights in the room that you are in, and – using a flashlight beam – dart the light around the room: including on the ceiling, walls, and floor.
  • At random times, stop the light. When the light stops, your child has to run to stomp on it, jump up to smack it on the wall, etc. to make the light move again.

Let’s Memorize!

“So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And you can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end.”

Matthew 28: 19-20 NIRV

>> To help you memorize today’s verse, practice saying it in a dark room, using a flashlight behind you to make shadow puppets or your silhouette on the wall to act it out! (for example: run really fast for “go,” lay down and stand back up for baptize, open a “book” for teach. . . etc). See what creative movements or shadow puppets your family comes up with!

EGC KIDS TIP: For younger children, use just the second half of verse 20 this week: “You can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end.”

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing (based on Ephesians 3:16-19) over your child(ren):

May you truly know how wide and long and high and deep Jesus’ love is for you. May you be changed by His Spirit from the inside out, and be filled with his joy, his presence, and his power – and may you share His love with those around you wherever you go.

October 18: God Restores Relationship

This week’s lesson is based on Luke 22:63-24:8

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Can you think of some real (or imaginary) people who rescue others? Firefighters, policemen, superheroes!
  • All of those people rescue others from something, right? Whether it’s from a fire or an emergency or an imaginary villain, they rescue people who need their help!
  • Did you know that Jesus came to rescue us? It’s true!
  • In the beginning, God created Adam and Eve – and their relationship with God, and each other was perfect! But then, what happened? Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and do what they wanted to do – eat the fruit he told them not to!
  • Their disobedience was called sin, and their sin separated them from God, and brought death and sickness and pain into the world.
  • But, God loves people and wanted to fix His relationship with us, so he had a plan. What was God’s plan to rescue us from all those things? Jesus!
  • At first, God’s plan didn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense. Jesus died! It seemed like death had won. But, what happened on the third day? Jesus rose from the dead!
  • Did everyone believe that Jesus had risen from the dead at first? No. It sounded crazy to people. And, even people who saw him didn’t recognize him at first.
  • When Jesus died, he took the punishment for sin that we deserve. Does anything stand in between us and God now? NO! Not even death!
  • Can ANYONE become part of God’s family? Yes. Anyone who believes in Jesus and decides to follow Him becomes part of His family because of God’s plan to rescue us through Jesus!

Let’s Do!

What you need:

  • Three plastic non-see-through cups.
  • One small item that won’t make noise inside a cup (ie: cotton ball).

What you do:

  • Place all the cups upside down on the table in a single row.
  • Take the cotton ball (or item of choice) and place it under one cup.
  • Without moving the cups off the table, move them around and then place them back in the single row.
  • See who can guess where the cotton ball is, or if they find the “empty tomb!”
  • Take turns as a family guessing or moving the cups. As you play, talk about what it must have been like to have found an empty tomb! How would you have felt? What would you have done?

Let’s Memorize!

To help you memorize this week’s verse, take one of the cups from the empty tomb cup challenge and try to balance it on your head while you say your verse! See if you can say the whole thing before the cup topples off! (Hint: for older children, you can add in an extra challenge – like standing on one foot, or spinning in a circle). If the cup falls off before you complete your verse, start again!

Let’s Pray!

  • Jesus had to go through some really hard things when he died. You can read about his death and resurrection with your family in Luke 22:63-24:8 or in your favorite Children’s Bible.
  • For older children the Gospel Project gives a really fantastic summary here:
  • After you read (or watch), take some time as a family to thank Jesus for taking the punishment that you deserved and repairing your relationship with God.
  • Thank him for being your rescuer, and for defeating death, so that you can live (now, as a child of God, and with Him forever!)

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing over your child(ren):

May you know that Jesus has defeated sin and death. May you walk in the victory of new life, as a son or daughter of God.

October 11, 2020: God’s Love Compels

Based on: Matthew 26:1-56; John 17

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • What was the feast of Passover? A time for God’s people to remember when God brought his people out of Egypt!
  • Where did Jesus and his disciples go to celebrate Passover? Jerusalem
  • What was Jesus talking about when he said “the hour has come?” He knew that he was going to die soon.
  • Was Jesus surprised by that? No! (In fact, it was part of God’s plan from the beginning. Jesus knew that he was going to go through a lot or really hard things: He’d be betrayed by his friends, feel sadness and pain, and would be put to death. But, he also knew that he was doing it all to take the punishment for our sin and restore our relationship with God).
  • Even though Jesus knew he was going to die, who did he spend time praying for? His disciples, and all the people who would come to believe in God (that includes YOU!)
  • What did Jesus pray? That the disciples would be protected, that they would show God to others, and that all people who followed him someday would help others come to know Jesus and believe that he died for their sins.
  • What does the word COMPEL mean? To drive or urge; a strong desire to do something! For example: if you spilled your sister’s paint on her carpet you might feel compelled to run away before she sees that you were the one who did it!
  • God’s love compelled Jesus to do the opposite. He didn’t run away, he went through all those horrible things willingly – all because he loved us and wanted to fix what was broken in our relationship with God.
  • Have you ever felt compelled to do something for someone? What happened? (Maybe you shared something special that belonged to you, or gave clothes or food to someone in need).
  • Who is someone you can share God’s love with this week?

Parents / Guardians: can you think of a time when God compelled you to step out in love? What happened? Sharing your story can help your child understand practical ways to share Jesus’ love with those around them! If you want to do something special as a family to share Jesus’ love this week, some ideas would be: donate to a local food pantry or shelter, bringing a meal to someone, or write cards/notes to family or friends and mail them.

Let’s Do!

What you need:

  • Clear, plastic glass
  • Water
  • Strong (child-safe) magnet
  • Paper clips (or small nails/ other small items that would stick to a magnet)

What you do:

  • Fill the glass of water halfway with water and place it on a table. Drop the paper clips (or other small metal items) inside the cup.
  • Hold the magnet to the side of the glass and move it around, watching how the paper clips respond to the magnet.
  • If your child is old enough to safely handle the magnet, allow them a chance to feel the tug of the magnet on the items in the cup.
  • Follow up with the questions below!

EGC KIDS TIP: For our families with young children, if you do not want to use magnets or small objects like paper clips, you could instead use a straw and a cup filled with cereal pieces that are lightweight but larger than the end of the straw (suck through the straw to “stick” the pieces of cereal to the end of the straw, or blow through the straw to move them around the table).

Let’s Pray!

  • When we know and love God, how are our hearts like the paper clips? God’s love tugs on our hearts too – compelling us to follow his voice, and show other’s His love!
  • 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 tells us that the same love that compelled Jesus to die for us is the love that God puts in us when we know Him. When share God’s love, we’re showing others what Jesus is like, just like Jesus prayed we would.
  • Sometimes, especially when we’re angry about something, we don’t feel like acting in love. But God wants to change our hearts to make us more like Him – and give us HIS love for others.
  • Take some time to pray right now that God would help you understand and know His love, and that He would help you love others. If you haven’t been very loving lately, talk to him about it, and ask Him to forgive you (he always does!).

Let’s Memorize!

To help you memorize today’s verse, print it out (see printable below) and practice it a couple of times together. Then, cover one word at a time with one of the paper clips from the compelling magnets activity or a small piece of paper. See if you can still say the verse with some of the words covered up! (For older children, or to make it more challenging, cover more than one word at a time).

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing over your child(ren):

May you sense God’s incredible love for you this week. May His love compel you to love others and to tell the world about Him!

October 4, 2020: Jesus is Life

This week’s lesson is Based on John 11

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

God’s Story: Lazarus by Crossroads Kids’ Club (via youtube)

Let’s Talk!

  • What are the names of Jesus’ good friends in the story? Mary, Martha, and Lazarus
  • Martha knew the only one who could heal Lazarus was who? Jesus!
  • Did Jesus leave right away when he heard that Lazarus was sick? No! In fact, he stayed where he was for two more days!
  • By the time Jesus got there, Lazarus had already been dead for days! Mary and Martha were sad, and probably felt a little angry at Jesus for not coming and healing him (after all, he healed all sorts of other people, and he was their friend!
  • Have you ever felt angry or sad because God didn’t do something you asked him to do?
  • Jesus was sad that Lazarus had died too. In fact, do you know what the shortest verse in the Bible is?! It’s in today’s story! (Hint: check out John 11:35).
  • But Jesus, because he was the Son of God, was more powerful than _________. (death)
  • How do you think YOU would have felt if you watched a dead man get up and walk out of his grave?!
  • What do you think would have showed the people how powerful God was more: healing Lazarus when he was sick or raising him from the dead? Why?
  • Why is it important for us that Jesus is more powerful than death? Because part of God’s plan was that Jesus was going to die too. And when he died, he did it to take our sin – rescuing us from pain and sadness and the bad choices we make. But because Jesus is more powerful than death, he rose again too!  Because Jesus is life, he gives US new life. When we believe in Him, not only do we get to live forever with him someday, but we get to live our lives with him now!

Let’s Do!

This week, we’re going to make some mummy clothes! For this activity you’ll need:

  • Toilet paper or crepe paper streamers (1 roll)
  • Masking tape (optional)

*In our story today, Jesus told Lazarus to come out of the tomb. When he did, he still had his grave clothes wrapped around him. Today you’ll wrap up one of your family members like Lazarus would have been wrapped up, using toilet paper (or streamer)!

What you do: Choose one person to be the “mummy,” and have the rest of the family wrap them up – being careful not to cover their eyes/nose/mouth. You can use tape to hold sections of the toilet paper if it tears easily, or you can just tuck in the ends and keep going.

EGC KIDS TIP: After your mummy breaks out of their grave clothes, save the pieces to use for our Remember Verse activity below!

Let’s Memorize!

  • To help you memorize this week’s verse, grab a handful of the discarded “grave clothes” and crumple them into a ball. Take turns tossing the balls into a basket or garbage bag as you say the words to the verse (one word per throw!)
  • To make this more challenging, set a timer! At the end, dump the basket out and do it again to see if you can beat your previous time.

Let’s Pray!

  • Ephesians 1:18-20 tells us that as children of God, we will know God’s great power. What do you think that means? That the same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead is STILL at work today!
  • Jesus, in today’s story, showed that he had power over everything. Even death! What are some ways that You need Jesus’ power in your life?
  • Take some time to talk about those things with God, and ask him to move powerfully in your life too. Whether you need healing, provision, strength, or his help to make right choices – He can do it!  

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, close out your prayer time by speaking this blessing over your child(ren):

May you know that only God has power over death and that He alone gives life. May you know His love and experience his power in YOUR life as you walk with Him.