October 4, 2020: Jesus is Life

This week’s lesson is Based on John 11

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

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

Let’s Talk!

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

Let’s Do!

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s Memorize!

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

Let’s Pray!

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

Let’s Bless!

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

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

September 27, 2020: Jesus Restores

This week’s lesson is based on John 9.

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • How did Jesus heal the blind man? He spit in the mud and put it on his eyes. When the man washed it off, he could see!
  • Why were the Pharisees angry that Jesus healed the man? Because Jesus healed the man on the Sabbath (a day of rest) and they said that making mud counted as working!
  • When Jesus went back to talk to the man, he asks him about the “Son of Man.” Who is the Son of Man? Jesus! The Son of Man is one way Jesus refers to himself!
  • At the end of the story, the man who was healed believed in Jesus and then did what: Worshipped Him!
  • What does the word restore mean? To repair, return, or bring something back to its original condition.
  • If I had a really old car that was broken down and covered in rust, and I took out all the old parts, cleaned it all up, polished it, painted it, and made it look and run like a brand new car, that would be restoring it! Jesus, in the story, restored the man’s eyesight, but he also restored his heart – because he came to know and believe in Jesus.
  • How does Jesus restore us today?
    • He heals our bodies.
    • He heals our hearts. (by giving us his peace instead of fear, or joy instead of sadness).
    • He restores our relationship with God: By dying on the cross for us, and taking our sin, Jesus restores our relationship with God. Remember, sin separates us from God. But the Bible says that when we confess our sins and believe in Jesus (like the healed man did in today’s story), we are made new! We’re restored. And our broken relationship with God is restored too.
    • Someday, Jesus will restore ALL things. All sickness, all sadness, all pain, it will all be gone, forever!
  • Think about the things in the list above. Is there a place in your life that you need God to restore? What is it?
  • Take some time and ask Jesus to restore those things right now!

Let’s Do!

EGC Kids Tip: Today, we’re making “mud” at home! If you don’t want to make the recipe below, you could play with play doh, modeling clay or kinetic sand instead. As you squish it around with your hands, talk about what it would have felt like when Jesus put mud on the man’s face! What do you think the man was thinking? Why do you think Jesus used mud?

Click HERE for tutorial video!

What you need:

  • Large bowl
  • Flour (2 ½ cups)
  • Salt (1 cup)
  • Water
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Tarp or disposable tablecloth (optional)

What you do:

  • Cover the table with the tarp or tablecloth (if desired).
  • Put all of the ingredients except the water in the bowl. If you have food coloring, add it to the water!
  • Then, slowly pour the water into the bowl and help your child(ren) mix it with their hands. Divide the “mud” for everyone to play with!

Let’s Memorize!

To help you memorize your verse this week, have an adult trace around your shoulders and head on large piece of paper or poster board.  Glue on (or draw) a red heart where your heart would be, and write “Jesus Restores Us” at the top of the page. Then write the words to this week’s verse on your poster (or print them off via the file below) and hang it up where you can see it and practice it!

Let’s Pray!

  • The verse right after our remember verse says that God has given US the ministry of reconciliation. We get to be part of his plan to restore others!
  • Do you know anyone who needs God to restore something for them? Maybe they need to be healed, or they don’t know Jesus. Take some time to pray for them right now. Pray that they would come to know Jesus, and that God would heal the broken things in their life too!

Let’s Bless!

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

May you experience the redeeming Love of Jesus today. May you see Him restore your heart and life—and may you help bring restoration to others.

September 20, 2020: God is Near

This week’s lesson is based on:  Matthew 14:22–36John 6:16–21

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Have YOU ever ridden in a boat or on a raft? What was it like?
  • Imagine that you were in your boat, and it started to storm. Imagine that the wind was blowing like crazy and your boat was bouncing up and down in huge waves. How do you think you would feel?
  • Do you think the disciples wished Jesus was there when the storm first started? Why or why not? They had seen Him do lots of other miracles, so they probably would have thought that He could save them if he was there!
  • What they didn’t know was that He WAS there! They had left him back on the shore, but He was closer than they thought! In fact, He was walking right toward them, on TOP of the water!!
  • What happened when Jesus told Peter to come out on the water with him? At first, Peter walked on the water too! But then he took his eyes off of Jesus and focused on the wind and the waves around him and was afraid and started to sink.
  • What did Jesus do next? He reached out and helped Peter back up. Then they both got back in the boat and the wind and waves died down.
  • Sometimes, the way we talk about God makes Him seem far away. Like He’s “up in Heaven,” somewhere far off where we can’t see Him or go to Him. But, let’s look up this week’s memory verse together. What does Psalm 145:18 tell us about God? He is near to those who call on Him.
  • What does it mean that God is near to you? He’s not far away, we can always talk to Him, He hears us when we pray. . .
  • Peter learned that it was better to keep his eyes on Jesus than to focus on the storm. There are lots of things that can feel like a storm in our lives; things that make us feel sad or worried or scared.
  • Is there anything you are worried about today?
  • Take a minute and pray together about those things! Remember, God is near to you too. He loves you and He wants to help you and fill you with His peace instead of fear.

Let’s Do!

  • First: grab a large blanket or tarp. If you’re inside, you can throw on some small, soft stuffed animals, small balls, or crumpled papers. (If you’re outside, you could use a tarp and some leaves! – just make sure you don’t have any sticks on your tarp!)
  • Have everyone in your family grab a corner or an edge of the blanket or tarp and, keeping it close to the ground, shake it quickly up and down to create ripples/waves across the blanket.
  • Then, take turns having one person at a time try to walk across the blanket while the “storm” is raging.

Let’s Memorize!

The Lord is near to all who call on him.

Psalm 45:18a

To help you memorize your verse this week, make some toilet paper roll binoculars!

What you need:

  • Two toilet paper rolls or one paper towel roll cut in half (or cardstock rolled into two tubes),
  • Tape or glue,
  • A marker or the printout of this week’s verse
  • Decorations of your choice (stickers, markers, colored pencils, glitter, etc).
  • String and a hole punch (optional!)

What you do:

  1. Take your two toilet paper rolls or rolled cardstock tubes and glue or tape them together.
  2. Take a piece of paper a little shorter than the length of the toilet paper rolls and wrap it around them, gluing or taping it in place.
  3. On one side of your binoculars, write this week’s memory verse. (Parents or guardians can help do this for younger children, or you can print out and glue on the verse from this week’s printable, below).
  4. Decorate the other side of the binoculars however you’d like!
  5. Optional: punch holes in the sides of your binoculars and tie on a string, so that you can put them around your neck!
  6. Every time you use your binoculars, read your verse out loud!

EGC Kids tip: There is a helpful tutorial on making binoculars here:

Let’s Pray!

If you had been in Peter’s shoes, would YOU have gotten out of the boat and tried to walk on the water to Jesus? Why or why not?

Sometimes, I (Bethany) think I would have jumped out of that boat to walk to Jesus in a hurry! Sometimes, though, I wonder if I would have taken a look at the wind and the waves and thought: “no way!”

Following Jesus sometimes takes some big, bold faith. Let’s pray together that God will help us to trust Him, and to give us that big, bold faith: to jump out and follow Jesus even if what He tells us to do seems totally crazy!

Let’s Bless!

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

May you know that God is always near you. May you trust God’s goodness and boldly follow His voice. And, may you be filled with His peace as you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.

September 13, 2020: Jesus is Compassionate

This week’s lesson is based on: Matthew 14:13–21John 6:1–15

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Why did crowds of people follow Jesus? They saw or heard that He performed miracles!
  • Right before this story happened in the Bible, Jesus learned that John the Baptist had died. Jesus was sad and decided to go away by himself to get some space. But the people still found Him.
  • Have you ever wanted some space from someone else but they wouldn’t leave you alone? How did you respond?
  • Sometimes, it can be hard to be patient with someone who is doing something you don’t like, or to not get angry when someone makes you change your plans. But the Bible says that Jesus, when he saw all those people, had compassion on them, and healed those that were sick.
  • What is compassion? Compassion is the feeling we have when we see someone who is lonely, sad, or hurting, and feel bad and want to help them. It’s more than just feeling sadness though: it’s feeling what they’re feeling so strongly that we HAVE to do something to help them!
  • Can you think of a time when you saw someone who was hurt or sad and felt compassion? What did you do?
  • If you follow Jesus, the Bible says that He has given you His Holy Spirit to help you. Sometimes, we don’t feel very compassionate on our own – we need God to change our hearts. If we ask Him, He will help us love other people like He does!
  • Take some time right now to ask God to help you to be compassionate like He is! If you thought of a time when you didn’t respond very kindly when someone messed up your plans, tell Him about it. Ask him to forgive you, and to help you to love others like He does!

Let’s Do!

  • Gather some papers and make a pile (scrap paper works great for this!)
  • Place a bucket or basket a few feet away.
  • Have everyone in your family stand in a single file line and take turns grabbing a piece of paper, crumpling it into a ball (or “loaf of bread”), and tossing it into the basket.
  • If you miss the basket, run and collect your “bread” and go to the back of the line.
  • If you make it, go to the back of the line, and at your next turn: grab another piece of paper, crumple it and shoot it at the basket.
  • Before you start – set a timer for 1 minute.
  • When the timer goes off, see how many bread loaves you have in your basket. If you want, you can play this multiple times and try to beat last round’s score!

Let’s Memorize!

The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.

Psalm 145:8

To help you memorize your verse this week, have each person take one of the crumpled pieces of paper from earlier in the lesson and stand in a circle. Each time you say a word of the verse, hand your paper to the person next to you. (Two people could toss the paper back and forth).

Let’s Pray!

First, read Psalm 145:8 together. Then find a comfy spot (you could even play some quiet music if you’d like) and take some time for each person in your family to pray quietly on their own. As they pray, encourage them to ask God:

“Who do you want ME to show compassion to this week?”

From the EGC Kids Team: Listening for God to speak to us is an important part of praying, but it’s something we can have a hard time with even as adults. It’s hard to be quiet and listen! But God wants to speak to us, and He wants to speak to your kids! It’s important for us as parents to create space for them to hear God’s voice for themselves, and for us to model what it is to listen to Him! It’s ok if your child(ren) fidget or are unsure of what to do at first. Explain that when God speaks, we don’t always hear a voice (though we can sometimes!). The Holy Spirit might give them a thought or idea, or they might see a picture in their mind. Tip: For some kids, having a piece of paper that they could write or draw on as they listen can help.

After you take some time to listen for God to speak, talk about it together!

  • What did you hear, see, or think of?
    • If God spoke to you about a person or a situation – make a plan for how to show them compassion this week!
    • If you didn’t hear anything right now, that’s ok! Keep asking God this week to show you who He wants you to show compassion to, and keep listening! 🙂

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, bless your child with this blessing:

May you hear and know God’s voice in your life – and always take the time to listen. May you see God’s miraculous power in your life, for He is compassionate and gracious. May His love compel you to show compassion and grace to others.

September 6, 2020: The Big God Story

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Where can you read about God’s story? The Bible!
  • Grab your Bible and open it up. Flip through some of the pages and read the names of some of the books out loud (Hint: The names of the Books should be at the tops of the pages, or you can find them in the table of contents at the beginning!). Some are hard to pronounce, right?
  • Now open up to the very first book. What is it? Genesis
  • Flip through a few pages in Genesis. Can you point out the chapters? (Hint: Each chapter should be labeled with a BIG number).
  • Do you know how to find a verse? (Hint: each chapter has lots of verses, they’re the smaller numbers on the pages next to the words!)
  • In Genesis, we learn that God created the world and we meet people like Adam and Eve and Noah and Abraham, and Moses! But we also find out that people decide to do things their own way instead of following God. That’s called sin. And sin separates us from God.
  • Do you sometimes do things YOUR own way? Of course! We all do!
  • Was God surprised that people would do things their own way? No.
  • God had a plan all along. Do you know what that plan was? To send Jesus.
  • That’s right! Jesus came to earth to save people from their sins, and repair their relationship with God.
  • Now, can you find the book of Romans? (Hint: Romans is the 6th book in the New Testament). Look for Chapter 10, verse 9. What does it say? “Say with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord.’ Believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead. Then you will be saved.
  • What do you think that means? When we believe in Jesus, and that He died and then rose again to take away our sins – and we ask Him to be the king in our life (instead of choosing our own way), he makes us NEW!
  • God’s big plan wasn’t just for the people in the Bible, it was for us too! For you, and me, and your friends, and your family, and your neighbors, and your teachers, and everyone all over the world. He loves us SO much and He wants us to be part of His family.

Let’s Pray!

Open your Bibles and read 1 John 4:9-10 together.

  • How does it make you feel to know that God wants you to be part of His big story?
  • Do you know Jesus?
  • Have you ever asked Him to be the King of YOUR life?
  • If not, would you like to?
    • If your child has already prayed to ask Jesus to forgive them and be part of their life, take some time now and thank Him!
    • If your child has never prayed to ask Jesus to forgive their sins and make them new, you can lead them to Him today!

From the EGC Kids Team: Remember, there is no perfect formula, and no prayer outline you have to follow to lead your children to Jesus. Take it slow and give them a chance to ask as many questions as they want and process their thoughts. It’s ok if you don’t know all the answers, start with what you DO know: that Jesus loves them, and that He wants them to know Him. Trust that the Holy Spirit will speak to their hearts and give you the words to say! Below is an excellent resource to help guide your discussion, with some verses you can use as you talk.

*If your child decides to follow Jesus, let us know here! We’d love to celebrate with them!

Let’s Do!

What you need:

  • A backpack, suitcase, basket, or grocery bag (one for each child)
  • Lots of heavy items (weights, rocks, canned goods).
  • Masking tape or sidewalk chalk
  • Timer or stopwatch (optional)

What you do:

  • Mark a starting line on the floor on one side of the room, and a finish line at the other end (alternately: you could do this activity outside, with sidewalk chalk lines, or race around your house).
  • Have your child run from the start to the finish, carrying their bag with them. (you can time them with the stopwatch if you want to).
  • Each time, add another heavy item to their bag, until it really slows them down or becomes too heavy for them.
  • Explain to them that sin is like that. It gets really heavy, and weighs us down. But Jesus promises to take our sins, and forgive us, and make us new.
  • Dump all the heavy items out of their bags again and have them run the race one more time.
  • Whew! That was way easier, right?! What do you think is a better idea? Running with all that sin? Or giving it to Jesus?!

Let’s Memorize!

Say with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord.” Believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead. Then you will be saved.

Romans 10:9

Use the following hand motions to help you learn your verse this week (or make up some of your own!)

Say with your | Put your hands on the sides of your mouth like you’re about to yell
Mouth | Point to your mouth
Jesus | Put your arms out to the sides to make a cross
Is Lord | Make the shape of a crown on your head
Believe in your heart | Put your hands on your heart
God | Point up
Raised Him from the dead | start out in a squat and then jump up
Then you | Point to each other
Will be saved | Give a thumb’s up

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, bless your child with this blessing:

May you know the immeasurable, incredible love of God this week. May you trust in Jesus, who died on the cross, to take your sins and make you new. May you walk in that newness as a child of God – knowing that YOU are part of God’s Big Story.

August 30: Remember and Celebrate

Let’s Start!

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

Let’s Watch!

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

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

Let’s Talk!

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

Let’s Do!

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

EGC Kids Dance Party Playlist

Let’s Memorize!

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

Psalm 33:4

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

Let’s Pray!

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

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

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, bless your child with this blessing:

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

August 23, 2020: God Helps

Let’s Start/Do!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

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

Let’s Memorize!

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

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

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

Let’s Pray!

Read Hebrews 4:16 together.  

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

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

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, bless your child with this blessing:

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

August 16: God Forgives

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

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

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

Let’s Memorize!

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

1 John 1:9

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

Let’s Do!

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

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

Let’s Pray!

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

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

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

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

Let’s Bless!

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

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

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

Let’s Start!

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

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

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

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

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

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

Let’s Memorize!

           

Let’s Do!

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

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

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

Let’s Pray!

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

Let’s Bless!

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

August 2: God is Faithful (John the Baptist)

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

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

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

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

Let’s Memorize!

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

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

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

Let’s Pray!

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

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

Let’s Bless!

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

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