December 13, 2020: God is Hope

Today’s Lesson is based on 2 Samuel 7Matthew 1Isaiah 7:1–14

Let’s Start!

Let’s Talk about Hope!

  • Last week, we talked about the prophets, and how God told them that he had a plan to save His people by sending a rescuer.
  • The prophets told the people lots of things about the rescuer that was coming.
    • He was going to be called Immanuel. (which means God with us!)
    • He would be born in Bethlehem
    • He would be part of David’s family tree.
  • God’s promises gave people HOPE even when things were hard. (Hope is a feeling of excited trust about what is going to happen.) And even though it took a long, long time. . .God kept ALL of the promises he made!
  • Let’s watch what happened:

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk about Promises!

  • Who told Mary she was going to have a baby? An angel!
  • What do YOU think it would be like to have an angel give you a message from God? She probably was excited and scared. . .
  • Who else did an angel talk to? Joseph
  • What did the ruler decide that he wanted to do? Count all of the people.
  • Where did Mary and Joseph have to go? Bethlehem.
  • Do you know what’s cool about this story? God kept all of the promises he had given his people!
    • Mary was part of David’s family.
    • Mary and Joseph (even though they didn’t live in Bethlehem had to travel there!)
    • Jesus, even though he came as a baby, is the Son of God!
  • Has anyone ever promised you something? What was it? Did they keep their promise? How do you feel if someone doesn’t keep their promise?
  • God ALWAYS keeps his promises. His promises STILL give us hope, because we can still trust that he’s going to do what he says he’s going to do!
  • Christmas is about celebrating the promises God kept, AND celebrating what he’s STILL going to do. We have HOPE no matter what happens because he always keeps his promises.

Let’s Memorize!

*Note: the prophet Isaiah wrote these words many years before Jesus was born. But he trusted that God was sending a rescuer like he promised – and He did!

Let’s Do: Trust Falls

  • Have a parent (or a trustworthy older sibling) stand behind you and hold out their hands.
  • Fold your arms across your chest, make your body totally stiff, and fall backwards like you’re a tree! – TIMBERRRRR…
  • Take turns until everyone has a chance to try it!

Let’s Pray!

  • God promised us a rescuer – and the rescuer came! What are some other things God has promised us? (we’ve listed a few below to get you started!)
  • Which promise do you need God to remind you of this week? (Maybe if you’re worried about something you need God to give you his peace, or you have a big decision to make and you need God to give you his wisdom).
  • Take some time to pray that God would help you to remember His promises – and ask him for what you need and to fill you with his hope! Remember, He ALWAYS keeps His promises!

Let’s Bless!

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

Let’s Share Hope!

Who do you know that could use some hope right now? Perhaps someone who is sick, or can’t see family for Christmas, or has been going through a hard time. Make a plan as a family to do something for them this week (Ideas: send a card, call them on the phone, order something to be delivered).

December 6, 2020: Jesus is Immanuel

Today’s lesson is based on Isaiah 7:149:1–7

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • What is a prophet? Someone who hears from God and shares it!
  • What was the main message that the prophets in the Bible told people? Their sin was going to cause all sorts of problems for them – but God had a plan, a rescuer was coming!
  • What is sin? Sin is disobeying God. It can mean doing what we aren’t supposed to, or living the way we want to and choosing not to follow God.
  • Can anyone choose to just stop sinning and be perfect on their own? No.
  • The prophets told about someone who was coming to save people from their sin. Who? Let’s find out together!
  • Read Isaiah 7:14.
  • Who is this verse talking about? Jesus!
  • What does Immanuel mean? God with us.
  • The rescuer couldn’t just be any old person who decided to come help people out of the mess they made, the rescuer had to actually be able to save people from their sin – which meant that he had to be sinless, AND have power over sin and death.
  • God is the only one who fits that description, so Jesus came to earth to be with us, and to rescue us! And that’s what we celebrate at Christmas!

Let’s Memorize!

*Note: the prophet Isaiah wrote these words many years before Jesus was born. But he trusted that God was sending a rescuer like he promised – and He did!

Let’s Do!

  • Take turns thinking of someone (real or fictional character) that people in your family would know.
  • Have them ask you yes or no questions until they guess who it is! First person to guess gets to pick the next name! Examples of questions to ask: Is your person still alive? Is your person a girl?
  • Some name suggestions to get you started: Grandma or Grandpa, Cookie Monster, Mr. Incredible, Miss Crystal. . .

Let’s Listen!

Listen to this song and then take some time to talk about it together!

  • How is the story of Christmas a story of amazing love? Hint: Look at John 3:16 & Romans 5:8.
  • Jesus was the rescuer that God told the prophets about. And God didn’t just send anyone – He sent Jesus. Because God’s plan wasn’t for someone else to come and fix things, it was for HIM to fix things. The savior of the world would be Immanuel: God with us. The fact that Jesus was willing to come and be with us and die for us is the story of amazing love!
  • Christmas is a reminder that God keeps his promises and that he loves us so, SO much.

Let’s Pray!

  • What’s on your mind today? Take some time and talk to God about it! Whether you’re worried about something or excited about Christmas or just got a brand new pair of sneakers, God cares about it all because he cares about YOU! He wants to spend time with you and to be with you – and he can speak to YOU too, just like he spoke to the prophets!

Let’s Bless!

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

November 29, 2020: God is the Living God

Today’s lesson is based on Acts 17

Let’s Start!

Let’s Talk!

  • One day Paul traveled to the city of Athens to tell the people there about Jesus. The people in Athens believed that there were many different gods. They believed in a god of the sun, a god of music, a god of farming, a god of fire. . .In fact, they believed there were so many gods it was impossible to remember or even name them all, so they even worshipped “the unknown god” in case they had missed one – they didn’t want to make one angry by forgetting him!
  • Why did they worship so many gods? Well, they thought all those gods were in charge of those things. Like, if you wanted sunshine for your birthday party you’d ask the sun God. If you wanted your crops to grow, you’d give money to the farming god.
  • Have you ever heard stories about how to make sure you had a snow day the next day like Miss Erin tried? What do people say you’re supposed to do? Sleep with your pajamas inside out and backwards, put your pillow case on inside out, sleep with cotton balls under your pillow, do a special dance before you go to sleep.
  • Let’s say you did ALL that, but woke up the next day and it didn’t even snow!! What do you think might have gone wrong?
    • Did you not use enough cotton balls?
    • Was your dance too boring?
    • Did none of that actually have anything to do with whether or not you’d have a snow day?
  • The people of Athens thought that if they didn’t get what they wanted the gods must be angry because they didn’t give them enough gifts. But Paul came and told them something else. Something that seemed totally crazy! Paul said:
    • There is only ONE God, not many.
    • That ONE God not only controls ALL those other things, he CREATED them!
    • God isn’t some angry person floating up in the air somewhere, He loves you and wants to know you – and wants you to know Him!
  • Let’s watch this video to see how the message Paul shared with them was different:

Let’s Watch!

  • When the video ends, talk about it together:
  • What is God trying to remind his people? How much He loves them!
  • How is God’s story different than what the people in Athens believed? God created people and He loves them. He’s been writing a story from the very beginning that shows people His love. He’s not floating up in the air somewhere, and he’s not “unknown.” You can know God – and he wants you to be part of his family!

Let’s Do: 

What you do:

  • Place a few objects in a bag and have your child(ren) take turns reaching into the bag – without looking! And holding an object in their hand. Have them try to guess what the object is just by touch!
  • If they don’t have any idea, you can give them clues!

What you say:

  • That was tricky guessing what things were just by touch! We don’t have to guess what God is like, though, we know what he’s like because we read about Him in the Bible, He speaks to us, and we see what he’s like in his creation.
  • See if your family can make a list together of what God is like! Some ideas to get you started: Loving, caring, powerful. . .

Let’s Pray!

  • Take a look at the list you made of who God is:
  • Which one of those is your favorite, and why? For instance, I love that God is powerful because it helps me to remember that He is bigger than things that feel scary or hard!
  • Which one do you need God to help you to remember? Ie: I need God to remind me that he is always there because sometimes I feel alone.
  • Pray together and thank God for who He is, and ask him to reveal himself to each person the way they need him to this week!

Let’s Memorize!

Let’s Bless!

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

November 22, 2020: God is Good | A Lesson in Thankfulness

This week’s lesson is based on Acts 16: 16-35

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Woah! What a crazy story!
  • What do you think prison was like for Paul and Silas? Was it a nice place to be? No! They were chained, there were many other prisoners, cells were probably not nice to be in.
  • How do you think YOU would feel if you were locked in a cell with chains around your arms or legs so that you couldn’t leave? Scared, angry, confused.
  • Sounds like a pretty lousy day for Paul and Silas, right?
  • Have you ever had a really, really lousy day? What happened?
  • Remember, Paul used to be a very different person before he met Jesus. In fact, he used to track down Christians and throw THEM in prison, and now he’s the one stuck in a jail cell! You’d expect Paul to be pretty grumpy about that, right? But what did Paul and Silas do while they were in prison? Praised God and sang songs.
  • Wait, what?! They were stuck in some stinky jail cell, chained up, and they SANG praises?!
  • Why do you think they did that? Possible answers: to focus on something else, they loved Jesus, there was nothing else to do. . .
  • Paul and Silas could have let their grumpiness about their lousy day take over, but they didn’t. Because they loved Jesus and wanted to serve Him, even if that meant being thrown into jail.
  • In fact, PRAISE is a way of telling God how much you love him, and how THANKFUL you are for who He is and what He’s done – even on the lousy days! Paul was able to praise God even from prison because Jesus had totally changed His life, and He knew that no matter what happened God was ALWAYS with him.
  • What do YOU have to be thankful for? Family, friends, food, Jesus. . .
  • What do you think would happen if you chose to be thankful (focus on the good things – like who God is and what he’s done for you) even on really hard days?

A Note to parents: Choosing to be thankful even in the hard times helps gives us a totally different perspective. It changes our internal thoughts, our external behavior, and the way we respond to those around us. In fact, like the jailer in today’s story who came to know Jesus because of how Paul and Silas acted – when we choose thankfulness: focusing on who God is and what he’s done for us – it not only changes OUR perspective, but can change the perspectives of those around us, too. For many of us, this has been an incredibly challenging year. We feel it, our kids feel it, our neighbors and our friends feel it. As you talk with your family this week, think about these questions: Where can you choose to see God’s goodness? How can you cultivate an atmosphere of praise and thanksgiving in your home? How would it change your perspective?

Let’s Do:   

What you need:

  1. Child safe paint (finger paint or tempera paint would work) (Brown plus other colors of your choice)
  2. A sharpie
  3. A piece of white paper.

What you do:

  • Paint your child’s palm and thumb with brown paint (for the turkey’s body). Then paint the bottom of each finger with a different color of paint (to make the feathers).
  • Place their hand on the paper and gently press down, leaving a turkey print. Set aside to dry fully. (you could paint the face and legs now or draw them with a marker later)
  • Once the Turkey print is dry, have your child think of four things they are thankful for and write them on the tail feathers in black sharpie!

EGC Kids Tip: You could do this activity by tracing your child’s hand on construction paper and cutting out colored feathers instead of using paint.

Let’s Pray!

  • Go around the room and have each person your family share something they are thankful for.
  • Then, take some time to thank God together for the things you have on your list!

Let’s Memorize!

Let’s Bless!

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

November 15, 2020: God Wants Everyone to Know Him

This week’s lesson is based on Acts 11: 19-30

Let’s Watch!

“The church of Antioch” by Saddleback Kids

Let’s Talk!

  • When the church in Jerusalem heard that there were a lot of people in Antioch who believed in Jesus, who did they send to check things out? Barnabus
  • As the church grew and grew, who did Barnabus ask to join him in Antioch and help him teach people about the Gospel? Paul
  • Antioch was the first place where people who believed in Jesus were called what? Christians (which means follower of Christ)
  • When a prophet told the Christians in Antioch that there was going to be a famine, what did they do? They sent a gift to the leaders in Jerusalem to help them.
  • If someone asked you: “What is the church?” what would YOU say?
    • A place where you go to learn about God?
    • The place that hosts crazy cool fall festivals and drops eggs from helicopters?
  • Well, let’s watch this next video together and see what it has to say about the church.
“What is the Church?” by Life Kids
  • After watching that video, how would you describe the church (would you change your answer at all from before? We are the church.
  • Look up John 13:35 in your Bible and read it out loud together.
  • How did people know that Christians were Jesus’ disciples? They loved others! (Like the church in Antioch who sent money and gifts to help Jerusalem or the man who sold his field and gave all the money to the church to help people who needed it).
  • The Bible says that more and more people became Christians because of the powerful things that God did through His people (the early church), and because of the way that Christians treated others with love.
  • Can you think of a time that you felt Jesus’ love because of something that someone else did for you? What happened?

Let’s Do!  

What you do:

  1. Print out the donkey poster and tails below (or draw a funny donkey shape on a piece of paper and cut thin strips of paper to use as a tail).
  2. Place a small piece of poster putty or a rolled up piece of tape on the back of the tail and hand it to your child.
  3. Place a blindfold on your child’s eyes and gently guide them to spin around 3 times and then walk to the poster to pin the tail on the donkey.
  4. Make sure everyone in your house gets a turn, and then compare who’s tail was the closest!

Then, repeat the game but this time use a map or a globe.

  1. Have each person spin around (or spin the globe) and then randomly put their finger down somewhere on the map. (if they end up in the middle of an ocean somewhere, they can take another turn).
  2. Write down the name of the country they landed on.
  3. During your prayer time today, take some time to pray for the people living in that country that they would come to know Jesus and trust Him as their savior!

EGC Kids tip: If you’d like to take this activity a step further, you (or your child) can do some research here or here about the countries you landed on so that you have some specific things to pray about this week!

Let’s Pray!

  • God wants all people to know Him. And he wants us, as the church, to tell others about him, and to love other people the way He loves us!
  • Let’s take a few minutes and ask God to show us who we can show his love to this week.
    • Maybe it’s being kind to a sibling or family member
    • Maybe it’s sending someone a card or dropping off a meal or something they need.
  • Then, spend some time praying for that person – and for the people in the country you chose in the pin the tail on the donkey activity.

Let’s Memorize!

To help you memorize your verse this week, pair up with a sibling or parent and take turns saying the verse two words at a time.

(PERSON 1) | (PERSON 2)
By this | everyone will
know that | you are
my disciples | if you
LOVE ONE ANOTHER

  • When you get to “love one another” give each other a big hug and say the words at the same time.
  • Then, high-five your partner when you say “John 13:35”

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing based on Philippians 1: 9-11 over your child(ren):

November 8, 2020: Jesus changes everything.

Today’s lesson is based on Acts 9

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Paul, Jesus, and the Road to Damascus | by LifeKids via Youtube

Let’s Talk!

  • Before Paul was known as Paul – what was his name? Saul
  • What did Saul do to people who followed Jesus? He captured them and put them in prison. Some were even killed.
  • When Saul was on his way to Damascus, what happened? He saw a bright light and Jesus talked to him! After that, he couldn’t see for three days.
  • Ananias also heard the voice of Jesus. What did Jesus tell Ananias? To go to Saul and pray for him so that he could see again.
  • How did Ananias feel about that? He was scared! He knew what Saul did to people who believed in Jesus. It was hard for him to believe he could change.
  • The moment Ananias laid hands on Saul, his eyes were opened. From then on, Paul began to share the good news of Jesus with everyone! Talk about a big change!!
  • How has knowing Jesus changed YOUR life?

Parents / Guardians: This is a fantastic opportunity to share a bit of your testimony with your child. When did you come to know Jesus? What changed after you gave your life to him? (be honest and open with your kids, but keep it age appropriate). For some of us (adults or kids), our testimony might not include a dramatic conversion like Paul’s. Perhaps you’ve always known and served Jesus. If that’s the case – he’s been changing you all along to be more like Him – and still is! Think about ways that your life would have been different if you didn’t know him, or ways that he is helping you change or grow.

Let’s Do!

When Saul met Jesus, everything changed! We’re going to try some “change it up” challenges today to see how well YOU do with change!

Challenge #1: Spell it!

  • For this challenge, first choose a word that your child is able to spell and ask them to spell it for you out loud.
  • Then, tell them that the rules have changed and they have to spell the word backwards!
  • Backwards is trickier, right? How about this challenge:

Challenge #2 Write it!

  • Have your child write their name on a piece of paper.
  • Then, tell them that the rules have changed again, and they must write their name with their non-dominant hand.
  • Have them write their name again and compare the two! (to add to the challenge, you could have them try it again and write their name with their eyes closed!)

Challenge #3 Walk it!

  • Have your child walk from one designated point to another point in the room.
  • Then, tell them that the rules have changed (again!) and they must walk back to the starting point but this time, with their eyes closed, AND walking backwards!
  • (EGC Kids Tip: Stay close by and assist as needed so that no one gets hurt!)

Let’s Pray!

  • The good news about Jesus is that HE changes us. God doesn’t expect us to just be able to switch and do something backwards and instantly be different all on our own. That’s what Jesus does!
  • Paul was created by God, and loved by God – and so are you and I. But sometimes, we choose to do what we want instead of choosing God. The Bible calls that sin. In fact, that’s the whole reason Jesus came! When Jesus died and rose again, he defeated sin and death once and for all.
  • Now, when we choose to believe him and give him our lives, everything changes. He forgives us and makes us new again (2 Cor 5:17) and we become part of God’s big story – part of his family forever (John 1:12). Not only are we changed into a new person, but he helps us to keep changing – to keep becoming more and more like Him.
  • Have you ever given your life to Jesus? If not, would you like to today?

Parents / Guardians: What about you? Have you ever chosen to give your life to Jesus? The Bible tells us that we ALL have sinned (Rom 3:23), and that sin separates us from God. The gospel – the good news of Jesus – is so much more than a cute story for our kids to learn about in kids’ church on Sunday mornings. The gospel says: 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, to welcome you home, and to make you new. He wants to do that for you, today. If you, or someone in your home would like to make a commitment to follow Jesus, 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 our our kids min team here.

Additional Resources for Families:

  • 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 (the curriculum we base our lessons on each week.

If you, or someone in your family prayed today to ask Jesus into your life, we’d love to celebrate with you! Send us an email at egckids@elimgospel.org and let us know!

  • If you’ve already made a commitment to follow Jesus, hooray! That’s awesome! Do you know someone who doesn’t know Him yet? Maybe a friend or someone in your family, a leader, or someone at school (maybe even someone who isn’t usually very nice to you)?
  • Jesus loves them too – just like he loved Saul, and just like he loves you! Take some time right now to pray for them, that they would come to know Jesus! And, pray that God would give you the courage to talk to them about Him, just like Ananias in today’s story.

Let’s Memorize!

Let’s Bless!

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

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!