February 28, 2021: God Gives New Life

Today’s lesson is based on Exodus 12-14

Let’s Start!   

Draw lines for each letter of this week’s theme (God gives new life) on a piece of paper or dry erase board as illustrated below:

_ _ _ | _ _ _ _ _ | _ _ _ | _ _ _ _

Have children guess a letter at a time until it’s filled in!

Let’s Do!

Alternate Activity: RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK! Set up a series of challenges that students have to complete in one minute. Leader will explain the challenge, set a timer and say go! Some ideas are:

  • Build the tallest tower they can out of cups or legos
  • Complete a puzzle
  • Sort objects by color
  • Carry something (crumpled pieces of paper, stuffed animals) from a basket on one side of the room to a basket on the other side of the room

Let’s Watch!

Last week we talked about what happened when Moses when to the Pharaoh and told him to let God’s people go. Even after God sent plagues to show that He really was God (and more powerful than the Egyptian gods!), the Pharaoh still didn’t want to let the Israelites go. Let’s find out what happened next.

Let’s Talk!

  • For today’s activity, you didn’t have much time to find an object for the scavenger hunt or complete the challenges. In today’s Bible story, who else was told that there wouldn’t be much time? The Israelites.
  • What did God tell them to do to be ready to go right away? Pack their things, make bread without yeast in it, and eat dinner in the clothes they would travel in.
  • God knew Pharaoh would set them free and wanted them to be ready to get up and go. During the very last plague, what did God tell his people to put on their doorframes? Blood from a lamb or goat. 
  • It might seem like a strange way to protect his people, but God was giving them a picture of what was going to happen years later. You see, not only did the people in Egypt need to be saved, ALL of God’s people, you and me included, need to be saved from something too. Do you know what that is? Sin.
  • That’s right. God showed his people that not only was he going to protect them and get them out of slavery in Egypt and give them a new life, He was going to make a way for ALL of us to have a new life – Through Jesus!
  • The meal that the Israelites ate that night became known as Passover. Did you know that we still celebrate Passover today when we take communion?
  • The night before Jesus died, he broke bread with his disciples to celebrate Passover with them. He told them to keep celebrating together – to remember his sacrifice for us and to celebrate the new life we have in Him!
  • When we celebrate communion, the bread represents Jesus’ body which was broken for us. And the juice represents his blood, just like the blood of the passover lamb, that was shed so that our sins could be forgiven and we could have new life with Him.
  • Even though we don’t bring a suitcase with us when we take communion, we’re still saying to God: “I trust you – and I’m ready to see what you’re going to do in MY life!” because we know that God Gives New Life.

From the EGC Kids Team: Want to go deeper? Parents, we have a communion guide available here that you can use when you’re talking about communion with your kids or taking communion at home as a family!

Let’s Memorize!

Let’s Pray!

  • In Exodus 13:3, Moses tells the people to celebrate the Passover to remember how God saved them with his MIGHTY hand.
  • What do you think mighty means? Can you use an action to show might? (show off your muscles, lift something heavy)
  • Ok. Before we pray, let’s practice some motions we’ll use when we pray. [practice taking a step, walking in place, and taking a giant leap. As you pray, they’ll do these motions when you say “step, walk, or jump.”]
  • Dear Jesus, Help us to trust you. Help us to always step toward you. Help us to walk in the new life you give us, and be ready to jump into whatever you call us to do! Amen.

Let’s Bless!

Parents, end your prayer time with the following blessing:

February 21, 2021: God is the Lord: Part II

Today’s Lesson is based on Exodus 5-11

Let’s Start!   

Let’s Do!

Did you know that in Ancient Egypt, when a Pharaoh died (a Pharaoh was their ruler), they would wrap him up because they thought that doing so could make him live forever! We know that Jesus is the one who gives us eternal life, not a bunch of strips of cloth. But we’re still going to have some fun with it anyway and make our own mummy!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • A roll of toilet paper or streamers

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Choose one person in your family to be the “mummy”
  • Have the rest of the family stand around the person in the center and wrap them up from head to toe in toilet paper (remember to make sure they can still breathe though!)
  • To make this more challenging: make it a competition! Choose two people to be mummies and see who can cover their mummy the fastest!

Let’s Watch!

** Today, we’re going to continue the story of Moses and find out what happened when he went to free the Israelites in Egypt. We’re going to be learning this story in two parts, so stop this week’s video at 4:20.

Let’s Talk!

  • When Moses went to talk to the Egyptian leader and tell him that God wanted him to let His people go, what did the Pharaoh do? Kicked them out and instead made the Israelites work even harder!
  • Last week, when Moses asked God what his name was, God said something that seemed kind of strange. Do you remember what it was? I AM
  • That’s right! God said to tell the people that “I AM” had sent him. God wanted the people to know not just who he wasn’t, but who he was.
  • God didn’t say: “Well, I’m not pharaoh, isn’t that good enough? Anyone should be better than him!”
  • If you asked me what my name was and I said: “I’m NOT William.” Does that help you at all? What if I said: “I’m not Abraham Lincoln?” Yeah, not super helpful.
  • So, who is this God who called Moses? Well, for starters, he wasn’t one of the Egyptian Gods. He wasn’t the god of the Nile River or the God of the Sun. Who was He? He was THE God. He was THEIR God. The same God who called Abraham and set them apart as His people.
  • How did God prove who he was to all the people in Egypt? Sending Plagues
  • What plagues did God send? Turned the Nile river into blood, filled the country with frogs, gnats, and locusts, made the animals and people sick, sent darkness and hailstorms.
  • Now, imagine that you believed there was a god that controlled the Nile River and gave you all that amazing water. Then imagine that the water gets yucky and you can’t use it and no amount of praying to your god can fix it. Would you start to think maybe Moses’ God was real? Yes! God was showing the people through the plagues that HE was the true God. He was ‘I AM.”
  • Can you think of anything else he proved he was more powerful than in today’s story? The weather, false gods, the pharaoh, the people, sickness and heath, animals and bugs.
  • Even though the Pharaoh still didn’t want to set His people free, God was proving to Him, and to the Israelites He was and always will be I AM. The one who is king over all. He is the Lord and there is no one like him! (even after all that, the Pharaoh still refused to let God’s people go free, at first. But there’s more to the story! Join us next week to find out what happened next!)

Let’s Memorize!

The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40:28

Let’s Pray!

  • God showed the Israelites that He was all-powerful and that He loved them and had heard their cries for help.
  • Where do you need God’s help today? Maybe you need his strength to do something you don’t feel like you can do. Maybe you need his power – for healing in your body or in a relationship. Maybe you need His wisdom to know what to do.
  • Where does the world around us need God? What’s happening in your family, your school, our country or around the world? Where can you ask God to move in a powerful way?
  • Take some time to pray for those things now. Ask him for help for things in your life – and spend some time as a family lifting up other people or other situations that are heavy on your hearts. Remember, God’s promises aren’t just for the Israelites, they are for you too! He is with you, He hears you, and He still moves in a mighty way because HE IS LORD.

Let’s Bless!

Parents, end your prayer time by praying the following blessing over your child(ren):

February 14, 2021: God is the Lord

Today’s lesson is based on Exodus 2-4

Let’s Start!   

Can you guess what something is just by the way it sounds? Watch this video to see how many you can guess!

Let’s Do! (Name scramble / scavenger hunt)

  • Grab some post it notes or scraps of paper and on each one, write the letters to each family member’s name (one letter per piece of paper)
  • For younger kids: Scatter the papers around the room and have your child hop on one foot to collect each one. Once they have all of them, help them unscramble the letters to spell their name!
  • For older kids: Hide the pieces of paper around your house for each child to find like a scavenger hunt! First one to find all their letters and unscramble their name wins!

Bonus activity: Do you know what your name means? Take some time this week to look up the meaning of each of your family members’ names!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Do you think you would answer back if a burning bush started talking to you – or would you run as far as you could the other direction?
  • Moses had a hard time believing that God would talk to him, let alone ask Him do something for Him! Moses felt like a nobody. He didn’t seem to fit anywhere and he didn’t feel like anything special. But God knew who he was.
  • Have you ever felt like you aren’t good enough for God?
  • What did God want Moses to do? To go tell the Pharaoh to let his people go! (remember, the Israelites were slaves in Egypt).
  • Moses still felt unsure. He asked God what to say if the Israelites didn’t believe Him and asked who told Him to come. Let’s find out what God said!
  • Read Exodus 3:14-15 together.
  • What did God call Himself? I am.
  • That might sound like a strange name, I mean, it really isn’t even a name at all, is it? But what God is saying by using the name I AM is:
    • I am the God who created you. I am powerful, and I know you.
    • I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I was with them, and I am with you.
    • I am real. I am not like the false gods the Egyptians worship.
    • I am Your God, and you are my people.
    • I am everything I say I am. You can trust me.
  • God wanted the Israelites to know that He was the one true God, the one who rules over ALL things, and that they belonged to Him and He wanted them to know Him. And he wants you to know Him too!

Let’s Memorize!

Follow along with Miss Crystal this week and use motions to learn your verse!

Let’s Pray!

  • In today’s story, Moses heard God’s voice from a burning bush! You might not hear God speak to you from a bush (and you definitely shouldn’t try to set your mom’s shrubs on fire to find out if they start talking!) but you can hear from God too!
  • Can you think of some ways that God speaks to us? Dreams, visions, words, knowing something we couldn’t have known otherwise, through His word, through other people.
  • One of our EGC Kids core truths is “God Talks to Me,” because we believe you can hear from God too. God wants you to know His voice!
  • Today, instead of a large group prayer, take some time to pray on your own! You can tell God about your day or things you’re worried about, but be sure to leave some time where you just sit quietly and ask Him to speak to You! Remember, sometimes when He speaks we see something, sometimes we hear something, and sometimes we just know something in our hearts. If you don’t hear anything specific this time, that’s ok. Keep asking Him to talk to you and keep listening! You’ll get to know His voice just like Moses did!

Let’s Bless!

Parents, end your prayer time with the following blessing over your child(ren):

February 7, 2021: God is Worthy of Worship

Today’s lesson is based on Genesis 11-12; 15

Let’s Start!

Let’s Do! Build a Tower

  • For YOUNGER kids: Gather some building materials and see how tall of a tower you can build – either on your own or work as a group! Below are some ideas of what to build with:
    • Building toys: legos, blocks, etc.
    • Household items: rolls of toilet paper, pillows, plastic cups
    • Outdoor option: snow!
  • For OLDER kids: Make it a challenge! See how fast you can build your tower, and then try to beat that time on the next round. Make it extra fun by recording a slow-mo video of you knocking it down in between!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • What was your favorite part about building towers?
  • What made it hard?
  • Do you think that today’s story means that God really doesn’t like towers? No. . .
  • IS there a rule in the ten commandments that says “Thou shalt not build towers?” No!
  • If God doesn’t have anything against towers, what was today’s story about? Today’s story isn’t really about whether or not we should build towers, it’s about what we do with the creativity and strength and knowledge that God gives us. He wants us to use those things to honor him, and to follow him. The people in today’s story had a different idea. They wanted to become powerful. They wanted everyone to know them. They wanted to be the biggest and the best and they wanted to prove they could do it without God.
  • What happened next? God made it so that they all spoke different languages!
  • Woah, crazy, right? How many languages do YOU speak? Do you know anyone who speaks a different language?
  • You see, the people thought they could come up with the best plans on their own, but God ALREADY had a plan. In fact, a couple chapters later He told a man named Abram that He was going to have lots and lots and lots of kids and grandkids and great grandkids and great great grandkids and. . . well, you get the idea!
  • Read Genesis 12: 1-3 together
  • The people who wanted to build the tower thought they needed to make their own plans, but God already had a plan. They didn’t have to build a tower so that people would know them, God was going to make a great nation! It wasn’t about proving how powerful they were, it was just about following Him!
  • What do you think it looks like to follow Jesus?

Let’s Memorize!
The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40:28

Let’s Pray!

  • Have you ever tried really hard to impress someone else or get them to like you? Have you ever done something to prove that you were bigger or stronger than someone else?
  • When we do those things, it’s like we’re worshipping other people (or ourselves!) – because we’re saying that what they think is more important than what God thinks.
  • Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that only God is worthy of worship. Not other people, and definitely not ourselves! We need to remember that HE has a plan for us, and that we can trust Him because He’s good and He loves us.
  • Today as we pray, think about things that are important to you: things like other people, your favorite toys, maybe something you really want or wish you had. . . And then ask God if you’ve been treating those things as MORE important than Him. Maybe you’ve been too focused on them, or you’ve made some poor decisions because of them. If you have, ask him to forgive you and to help you to trust in HIM and His plan!

Let’s Bless!

Parents, end your prayer time by praying the following blessing over your child(ren):