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):

January 31, 2021: God is Redeemer

Today’s lesson is based on Genesis 1 & 2

Let’s Start!

Let’s Do! (PART 1): What Can YOU Create?

  • First, raid your recycling bin or find some leftover craft supplies at your house! Some ideas are: popsicle sticks, old soda bottles or tin cans, empty cardboard boxes, etc.
  • Once you’ve gathered a pile of supplies, let each of your children sift through and choose the items they would like to use to make something! (parents, you can join in on this too and make your own creation)
  • What should they make? Anything they want! Encourage them to be as creative as they can!
  • Once they’ve made their masterpiece have everyone show off what they made.

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

**Before you start, make sure you have a mirror and a dry erase marker nearby.

  • What is your favorite thing that God created? Is it the prickly porcupine? A giant elephant? Juicy oranges? Trees that you can climb in? The salty ocean?
  • Of all the things that God created, one was extra special. Do you know what that was? People!
  • Why were people extra special? People are created in God’s image.
  • Hold up a mirror, or go stand in front of a mirror in your house and then ask: When you look in this mirror, what do you see? Myself!
  • That’s right! But God designed you so that not only would people see YOU when they look at you, they’d see HIM too! What are some ways that we show other people what God is like? Our creativity, our kindness, when we love others or help others. . .
  • But, when Adam and Eve sinned, and chose what they wanted to do, here’s what happened. (draw on the mirror with a dry erase marker, obscuring the image). Our sin makes it so that we don’t reflect God’s image anymore. It separates us from God – just like it did for Adam and Eve. Not only that, but sin made it so that things like pain and sickness entered the world. People started feeling guilty and ashamed, especially around God because he’s so good and Holy!
  • But God had a plan to send a redeemer – a rescuer. Do you know who that was? Jesus!
  • That’s right! Jesus! Jesus came to take our sin and make us new again. Just like this: (erase the marker smudges from the mirror).

From the EGC Kids Team: From the beginning, God had a plan to make things right! For the next few months, we’re going to be talking about what we call the BIG GOD STORY: the story that God has been writing from the very beginning. This week we’re at the VERY beginning of his story: creation. But something that you’ll find out is that no matter what story we look at or where in the Bible it is, it all points to Jesus and God’s plan to redeem his people: to set them free from their sin and restore their relationship with God, so that they could reflect His image to the world!!

Let’s Memorize!

Let’s Pray!

  • When Adam and Eve sinned, they knew they had done something wrong and did what? Hid from God.
  • When we do something wrong, sometimes it makes us feel guilty or ashamed. Sometimes we’re scared about what would happen if someone found out. Sometimes we lie to try and cover it up like Adam and Eve tried to cover up in the garden. And sin can make us feel really yucky inside. But, God doesn’t want us to hide from Him. He wants us to come to him. He wants to forgive us and set us free from those things!
  • Today, we’re going to spend some time talking with God. What has been hard for you lately? What things do you need Jesus’ help with? Maybe you need to ask Jesus to forgive you from sin. Maybe you know he’s forgiven you but you still feel guilty about something or ashamed of something. Maybe there’s something that you’ve been really worried about.
  • Take some time right now and talk to God about those things! Remember, he loves you and he wants you to be free.

Let’s Bless!

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

January 24, 2020: God is the Beginning and the End

Today’s lesson is based on Revelation 19:11–2121—22

Let’s Start!

Let’s Do! (PART 1): Beginning and the End.

Do you ever feel like your days are just totally random? It might feel like that sometimes, but the Bible tells us that God’s story isn’t random (and it makes a whole lot more sense than that story did!!) In fact, the Bible talks about how God is the BEGINNING and the END. He the one who created everything in the beginning, and knows what’s going to happen at the end of the story – and everything in between. Not only that, but you’re part of His story too!

We’ll talk more about that in a minute, but for now, we’re going to talk about some other things that have a beginning and an end by playing a fun game!

What you do:

  • Place two objects (chairs, blankets, etc). as far apart as you can in the room (or do this outside if you have space!).
  • Designate one object as the “beginning” and one object as the “end”
  • As you list off things that have a beginning and an end, have your child(ren) run to stand/sit on the end they prefer!

“Would you rather be at the beginning or the end of . . . .”

  • School year
  • A line
  • Summer break
  • The superbowl
  • A really long day
  • A movie
  • A school bus ride
  • A shopping trip
  • A vacation
  • A roller coaster ride
  • A book
  • A long train

Let’s Watch!

Now, let’s take a look at part of God’s story together (*we promise this story makes more sense!)

Let’s Talk!

  • Think about the beginning: when God created the world. What was it like? It was perfect! There was no sickness or sadness or hurt – and God’s people (Adam and Eve) walked with God!
  • We all know what happened though, right? People chose to do what THEY wanted instead of what God wanted – Sin separated people from God and let all kinds of bad things into the perfect world – God had a plan – He sent Jesus – Jesus defeated sin and death and made a way for us to be with God forever – And now we can live as His children!
  • But that STILL isn’t the end of the story! The Bible says that Jesus is coming back, and when he does he is going to make the world perfect again.
  • Can you find the very last book in your Bible? What is it? Revelation
  • Do you know what Revelation means? A revelation is like a secret that’s being told.
  • What does the book of Revelation tell us about? What it will be like when Jesus comes back!
  • Imagine that you could create a brand new, perfect world. What would it be like?
    • Would you eat pizza every night for dinner?
    • Would there be puppies everywhere to play with and snuggle?
    • Would it be like the best-ever summer vacation that lasts forever?
  • What are some of the things Revelation tells us about the new, perfect world we will live in when Jesus comes back? It’s filled with his glory, Jesus is there, there is a river of life, there is no more pain or sadness or sickness. . .
  • There’s a lot we don’t know about what it will be like, but we do know this: it will be AWESOME. Why? Because Jesus will be there!!

Let’s Memorize!

Let’s Do! (Part 2):

Grab a piece of paper or a large piece of poster board and write Jesus on the top. Then, make a list of things you know about Jesus. What is he like? (Think about stories in the Bible, or who he’s been in your life, or what the Bible says about Him.)

Let’s Pray!

  • What is your favorite thing that we wrote down about Jesus?
  • It’s kind of fun to imagine what it will be like when Jesus comes back! But it’s important to remember that he’s still here with us now, too. He still talks to us and helps us now!
  • In fact, let’s take some time to talk to him today! Play the song HERE (or your favorite quiet music) and spend some time talking to Jesus and listening for Him to talk to you! Here are some ways you could start:
    • Jesus, thank you for . . .
    • Jesus, I love you because . . .
    • Jesus, I’m worried about . . .
    • Jesus, I need your help . . .

EGC Kids tip: Sometimes, listening for God to speak to us can feel awkward and strange. But we believe that our kids can hear from Jesus and that he wants to speak to them! Encourage them to spend some quiet time listening for his voice as they pray and then talk about it together. Remember, God can talk to us in lots of ways! How did they feel as they prayed? Did they see, hear or sense anything? Did something or someone specific come to mind? Encourage them that God loves them, and LOVES to spend time with them!

Let’s Bless!

May you know that God is the Beginning and the End. May you know that you are a child of God and that He talks to you. May you know and love Jesus, now, and forever. And may His promises fill your heart and give you peace.

January 17, 2020: God Calls us to Life with Him

Today’s lesson is based on Acts 23-26

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Why did the Jewish leaders say that Paul was a troublemaker? Because He told people about Jesus.
  • Governor Felix didn’t really want to deal with it, so instead he just put Paul where? In prison.
  • Do you think Prison was a nice place? No.
  • Things didn’t really get any better for Paul either! He kept being put in prison, then he was shipwrecked, and lots of people got really angry at him for talking about Jesus.
  • If it seemed to cause so many problems, why do you think Paul kept telling people about Jesus anyway? Paul knew that the good news that Jesus had died set people free was the BEST NEWS EVER. He knew that God loved everyone, no matter who they were or what they did.
  • Look up Acts 26:22 together.
  • Who did Paul say he would tell about Jesus? Everyone! Both small and great.
  • Paul loved God and was filled with God’s love for other people. God even helped him to love the men who put him in prison – instead of being angry at them for what they did, he just kept telling them all about Jesus! He wanted them to know Jesus too!

Let’s Memorize!

Click on THIS LINK to have Miss Crystal show you the movements to the verse!

Let’s Do!

Did you know??! At one point, Paul was allowed to live at home, but had a guard with him at ALL times. In fact, some people think the guard might have been chained TO him and they had to go everywhere together! Today, test your coordination with the following tied-together activities!  

  1. Tag-Team snack: Find a buddy (a sibling or a parent) and have someone tie your arm to your buddy’s arm. Next: try to BOTH eat a snack (using only the hands that are tied together!)
  2. Three-legged race: Find a partner and tie your right leg to their left leg with a scarf or bandana. See if you can run to a finish line together (You can’t break apart or you have to start over!)
  3. Balancing Act: Grab your favorite stuffed animal. See how long you can keep your animal balanced on your head while: walking down the stairs, getting a drink of water, or putting on your shoes!

Let’s Pray!

  • Have you ever felt left out or been really, really mad at someone else for something that they did? What happened? Maybe they made fun of you, took something of yours, or you got in trouble for something you didn’t do.
  • It can be really hard to love people when they aren’t kind to us. And it can be really, really hard to serve Jesus and do what he wants when everything seems to be going wrong! Living for Jesus isn’t always easy, but the Bible says that we don’t have to do it on our own: God gives us his Holy spirit to help us.
  • As you pray together today – think about the times or people you talked about when you felt hurt or angry. Then, ask the Holy spirit to fill you with His love for others. God wants to fill You with his love, just like he did for Paul. And he wants to give you the boldness to love other people and tell them about Jesus. 

From the EGC Kids Team: Take some time here to gently prompt and ask questions if your child(ren) want to share anything specific. If they do, try not to use this time to explain: “maybe that person didn’t really mean to______” but to listen, and let your child express how they felt. Encourage them to bring those feelings to Jesus and ask the Holy spirit to help them to respond to people with His love instead of anger. (Note: this does not mean that we do not take action as needed. If your child is being bullied, hurt, or treated unfairly, sometimes other action is warranted – and important! But we can choose whether to let these circumstances make us bitter and angry, or let the Holy Spirit guide us to act in love).

Let’s Bless!

January 10, 2020: God Calls Us His own

Today’s lesson is based on Ephesians 1 & 2

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • What is something YOU love to eat?
  • What is something you love to do?
  • What is something unique about you?
    • Do you have a special talent?
    • Are you really good at sports or acting or math?
  • All of those things are really cool, and a lot of fun, but they don’t make you, YOU. What does? God does! After all, He’s the one who created you! Check out the following verses together as a family to see what He has to say about who you are:
    • Ephesians 1: 4-5; 7 God chose you! He forgives you and makes you part of His family!
    • Ephesians 2: 10 God made you just the way you are! He made each one of us unique and special, just like an artist who creates a beautiful masterpiece.
    • Ephesians 1: 13 You were created to glorify God. Not just by doing “good” things, but because he created you in His image! You were created to show other people how incredible God is!
  • So, who are you?? You are a child of God! You’re his masterpiece. Your identity isn’t in what you do (or what you can’t do) – it’s given to you by God, who created you and loves you and makes you part of His family!

Let’s Memorize

To help you memorize your verse this week, Print off one of the coloring pages below or draw your own self portrait. Write (or have a parent write) the words to the verse underneath your portrait and hang it up at your house. Every time you see it, practice saying your verse with YOU in it (see below).

I am God’s creation. He created me to belong to Christ Jesus.”

Let’s Do!

What you need:
– Ink Pad
– Paper
– Magnifying glass (optional)

What you say:
Did you know that one way you can tell that God made you unique is by looking at your fingers? It’s true! At tips of your fingers are some special lines that make up your fingerprints! No two people’s fingerprints are the same!

What you do:
– Have each person in your family take their finger and place it on the ink pad and then on the paper to make their fingerprint.
– Compare everyone’s fingerprints! Can you tell if they look different (a magnifying glass might help).

Let’s Pray!

  • Have you ever really, really wanted to belong, to be chosen, or to be picked for something? What was it? Were you chosen? Or were you disappointed?
  • The Bible tells us that NO matter WHAT happens in your family, or at school, or with your friends: whether or not you get the lead part in the play or are chosen last for a soccer team – you can know that you HAVE been chosen, by God to be part of His family! In fact, that’s why Jesus came! Jesus came to make a way for you to be part of God’s family. And God loves you no matter what. It doesn’t matter what you do or what anyone else thinks!

Parents/Guardians, pray the following blessing over your children to close your time today and then thank God for each one individually and who He has uniquely created them to be!

Let’s Bless!

January 3, 2020: Jesus is King

Today’s lesson is based on Matthew 2 

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Who was the king of Judea when Jesus was born? Herod
  • What did the wise men follow to Jesus? A star
  • Why was Herod angry to hear that there was another king? He was the king! He didn’t want there to be a different one.
  • How did King Herod try to trick the wise men? He told them where to find Jesus and asked them to come back and tell him where he was so that he could worship him.
  • Did King Herod actually want to worship Jesus? No
  • What did the wise men give Jesus? Gifts fit for a king! (Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh)
  • The wise men knew that Jesus was the king of ALL kings. The highest ruler of all. So they honored him by bringing him gifts and worshipping him. If you were going to see a king, what would YOU bring him? Ideas: Something valuable, something that you made
  • Can you think of a way you could honor Jesus as king in YOUR life? Hint: We can honor Jesus in lots of ways, even if we don’t have any money or things to give, or can’t go very many places! Below are some ideas to get you started:
    • We honor Jesus as king when we live like He wants us to (Romans 12:2)
    • We honor Jesus as king when we are kind to others (Matthew 25:40)
    • We honor Jesus as king when we worship him (Psalm 95:6)

Let’s Memorize:  

  • To help you memorize your verse this week, have a parent or guardian hold their hands out straight in front of you. Every time you say a word, give them a high five (use your right hand to hit their right hand, then your left hand to hit their left hand).

Tip for Parents / Guardians: You can help your child memorizing by saying the words with them. Each time they start over, skip a different word as you recite it and see if they can still say the verse!

Let’s Do:

Option 1: Funny Phrases (For older kids)

What you do: King Herod, the magi, and many others had to decipher some clues (by reading prophecies!) to figure out where Jesus was supposed to be. Today you’re going to decipher some clues too!

  • Print out the funny phrases worksheet (below) – be sure to print it front to back so that the answers are on the backs.
  • Cut apart the cards on the dotted lines, and then place them all face up on the table in front of you (so that the answers are hidden).
  • See if your family can figure out what the phrase means! (EGC Kids Tip: The sounds are all the same in the answer phrase, but you have to separate the words to be able to solve it!).

Option 2: Find the King

  What you do:

  • Find an object in your home to be the baby Jesus (a baby doll, part of your Christmas nativity set) and hide it somewhere in the room without your child looking.
    • When you say “Go” they have to hunt for Baby Jesus! You can guide them (like the star did!) by telling them whether they are hotter (closer) or colder (farther away).
    • Play as many rounds as time allows.

Let’s Pray:

  • Think about all the ways that you can honor Jesus as king that you listed earlier. Which ones do you think are easy to do? Are any of them hard for you to do? Today as we pray, let’s do two things:
    • Worship Jesus as king! What does Jesus mean to you? Tell Him! Tell him how awesome he is, thank him for the things he’s done, and spend some time worshipping Him. You could turn on some quiet music, sing a worship song as a family, or just go around in a circle and praise Him for who he is and what he’s done!
    • Ask Him to help you make Him king in YOUR life. Our memory verse tells us that everything we do should show that Jesus is king. But sometimes that’s really hard to do. He wants to help us, though! Today as you pray – if you’ve been having a hard time doing one of the things we talked about (being kind to others, choosing to obey) talk to God about it and ask him for his help!

Let’s Bless:

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

December 27: 2020, Christmas Review!

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Who was the rescuer that everyone was waiting for? Jesus
  • Why did we need a rescuer? Because our sin separates us from God. Jesus came to defeat sin and death, and make a way for us to be with God forever as part of his family.
  • Where was Jesus born? Bethlehem
  • Who announced Jesus’ birth to the shepherds? Angels
  • Who followed a star to see Jesus? Wise men
  • Can you remember what the wise men gave Jesus? Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh
  • Who wanted to kill Jesus? King Herod (but God kept him safe!)
  • What is YOUR favorite part of the Christmas story?
  • What was your favorite thing that you did with your family this year? Getting a tree, decorating cookies...
  • What was your favorite gift (either that you gave, or that someone gave you)?
  • What are you most excited about for NEXT year?

Let’s Memorize!

This is our last week with our December memory verse. Can you say it on your own?

Let’s Do!

Make some paper snowflakes!

  • You can use these printable templates for some extra fancy designs, or just grab a piece of white paper and fold like this.
  • See what designs YOU come up with. If you’d like to share them with your egckids teachers, post them to Instagram or facebook and tag #egckidsathome

Let’s Pray!

Jesus, Thank you for all the ways you bless us. For family and friends, for Christmas trees and snowy days, for holidays and all that makes them special. Thank you for coming to be our rescuer, and for always being with us. Thank you that you are our peace and our hope. We love you. Amen.

Let’s Bless!

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

December 20, 2020: Jesus is the Promised Savior

Today’s lesson is based on: Isaiah 9:1–26–7Luke 2

Let’s Start!

  • Have you ever had really big news to share? Something you couldn’t wait to tell someone about? What was it?
  • Lets say you had some suuuuper exciting news. Like, the most exciting news you could possibly ever have. How would you tell people about it?
  • Jesus’ arrival was some REALLY big news. They didn’t have telephones or FaceTime or news stations to get the news out, but that didn’t mean no one heard! Let’s watch and see what happened!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • What is a shepherd’s job? To take care of sheep
  • Imagine that you were in charge of watching a bunch of sheep out in a field and an angel showed up and started talking to you. What do you think that would have been like?
  • What does “Glory to God” mean? Glory means honor and respect: they’re worshiping God.
  • After seeing Jesus, the shepherds went and told EVERYONE they could about him. Why do you think they did that?
    • Because Jesus was the cutest baby ever?
    • Because they had never seen a baby before?
  • God’s people had been waiting for a LONG time for the rescuer to come. And here he was. God had kept his promise! That was BIG news!
  • If you were to ask the Shepherds when they met Jesus, they would tell you that they met him as a baby after the Angels told them about Him, right?
  • How about you? How did YOU meet Jesus? Did someone tell you about Him?
  • If you’ve never met Jesus, would you like to meet him?

From the EGC Kids Team: The Bible tells us that we ALL have sinned (Rom 3:23), and that sin separates us from God. But God promised a rescuer, and that’s what we’ve been talking about the past few weeks. Jesus came to earth, died, and rose again to defeat the powers of sin and death. He came to make us new. That’s why the Christmas story is so powerful: no matter who you are, no matter what you’ve done: you are loved by a God who would go to incredible lengths to forgive you – and make you a part of his family.

If you don’t know Him, but would like to, there are some resources below that can help! If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone here at EGC about what it means to follow Jesus, you can reach a member of our pastoral staff here or our our kids min team here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
What is the Big God story? This video tells the story of the Bible from creation to Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection to what it means for us today. It’s a great summary for early elementary ages.
Leading Kids to Jesus Below is a document provided by TruStory about leading kids to Jesus (TruStory is the curriculum we base our lessons on each week).

Let’s Memorize:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Check out the video below to learn fun movements to our memory verse with Ms. Crystal!

Let’s Do!

Option 1: Do you see what I see?

  • Have each person in your family take turns spotting an object that is in the room with you. Without telling people what it is, try giving people two clues about your object to see if they can guess what it is.
  • For instance, if you chose a lamp, you could say: “It’s bright and you plug it in.”
  • The person who guesses what your object is gets to take the next turn!

Option 2: Do you hear what I hear?

  • Play a game of telephone! Have one person think of a sentence or phrase and whisper it into the ear of the person next to them (without repeating anything!)
  • That person then whispers what they think they heard to the next person in line, who tells the following person. . . until it makes it back to the last person. The final person has to say what they heard out loud to see if the message stayed the same or got totally mixed up!

Let’s Pray!

  • Can you think of a time when God did something really BIG in your life? What was it? (Has he healed you or someone you know? Provided something you needed? Given you courage to do something?)
  • Our stories about meeting Jesus or what we’ve seen Him do are called our testimonies. Testimony is a big word, but it basically means “telling.” We tell others about who Jesus is and what he’s done – just like the shepherds did!
  • When the shepherds told other people about Jesus, many were excited and began praising God. YOU can help people come to know Jesus too, by sharing your story with them.
  • Today, let’s pray and thank Jesus together for all the things He’s done!

Let’s Bless!

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