July 26 | Ruth: Celebrating that God makes us part of His family

Let’s Start!

Have you ever been to a feast? In the Bible, people celebrated feasts for holidays. One of them was called the Feast of Harvest (sometimes called the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost). It was during harvest time – the time when the veggies in the garden were ready to pick and the grain was ripe in the fields.

Have you seen the big rolls of hay in the fields around here lately? Have you had any fresh tomatoes, blueberries, or cucumbers? It’s harvest time here now. The Feast of Harvest was a time where people remembered how God gave them the 10 Commandments. They celebrated the way that God took care of all of their needs, including making a way for them to know Him. They also gave the first things they picked as an offering to God.

Today, we’re going to talk about Ruth. Her story takes place during harvest time too.

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • How did God take care of Ruth’s need for food? By helping her to find Boaz’ field.
  • How did God take care of Ruth’s need to be part of His family? By having her marry Boaz and become part of God’s people, Israel.
  • Nowadays, we don’t have to marry someone to become part of God’s family (phew!!).
  • How do we become part of God’s family now? Through Jesus. He died and rose from the dead to take our sin and adopt us as His kids into His family.
  • Open your Bible and read Matthew 9:37. This time, Jesus wasn’t just talking about wheat. He was talking about people. Jesus was explaining that people all over the world are ready to hear about Him and believe Him.

Let’s Do and Bless!

For this activity, you will need some different types of crackers, bread, or dippable veggies and a variety of dips (maybe hummus, veggie dip, marinara, ranch dressing etc.)

  • Cut the breads into dip-able sizes.
  • Lay out a plastic tablecloth on the floor or set a table with the breads and dips.
  • Have each family member make a plate with a variety of breads and dips and sit down.
  • As you’re enjoying the snack together, parents and guardians should share the story of how they came to trust in Jesus.
  • To keep conversation going, consider the following questions:
    • How have you said yes to God in the past few weeks?
    • How have you noticed God’s blessing in your life the past few weeks?
    • Whom have you been able to bless lately?
    • What helps you to remember that God is trustworthy?

At the end of the snack time, bless each other with Psalm 67:1-2:

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us – so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.

Let’s Pray!

  • Open your Bible back up to Matthew 9:37. Read verse 37 and 38.
  • What does Jesus say to pray for? To ask the Lord of the Harvest (God) to send workers out into the harvest fields (the places where people are ready to hear about Jesus).
  • Did you know that we are workers? We’re the people who get to invite other people into God’s family!

When veggies grow, you have to watch them so you can see when they are ripe and ready to be picked. Then, when they are ready, someone has to go pick them! When Miss Melanie went on vacation, no one was there for pick her veggies and some of them dropped off the plants and got rotten. (yuck!) In the same way, we want to be ready when our friends and family are “ripe” to trust Jesus and become part of His family.

Think of a few people that you know who don’t trust Jesus yet.

Take a few minutes and pray for them. Ask God get them ready to trust Him. Also ask Him to bring other workers to them to share Jesus too.

Now, take a minute and ask Jesus to help you be a worker in His field – to tell people the good news of Jesus’ love.

Let’s Memorize!

This week, we’re going to play “Verse Potato!”

  • Write the Remember Verse on a big piece of paper.
  • Crumple the paper into a ball.
  • Sit in a circle (or across from one another if there are fewer people playing)
  • Have someone be the “tunes controller” (he or she will control the music as in hot potato)
  • As the music plays, toss the paper ball back and forth to each other.
  • When the “tunes controller” stops the music, whoever has the paper has to stand up, un-crinkle the paper and read the verse out loud (or have help if they are a non-reader).
  • Play a few rounds until everyone knows the verse!

From all of us here at EGC Kids: Have a fantastic week! We are praying and believing with you for opportunities to share Jesus with your friends and loved ones as you celebrate the new life Jesus has given you this week!

July 19, 2020: God is Trustworthy

This week’s lesson is based on 1 Kings 7-11 and continues Solomon’s story from last week!

Let’s Start!

Do you remember the name of the wise king from last week’s lesson? (If you said King Solomon, that’s right!) Today, we are going to learn more about him and God’s Story!

Let’s Watch!

From the EGC Kids Team: Did you know that Solomon also built the temple in Jerusalem? If you would like more info about that part of his life, click here!

Let’s Talk!

  • What does it mean to have self-control?
  • What does it mean to give your whole heart to God?
  • Do you think those two things are related? Yes. When we don’t trust God to take care of us, or satisfy our hearts, we sometimes make choices that aren’t the best for us –  just to make us feel good at the time.
  • God is Trustworthy. He’s worthy of our trust. How has God shown that He is trustworthy in the Bible? There are lots of ways God has shown that he’s trustworthy! He promised that He would send a Savior and He did, Jesus! He kept His promises, took care of people, won battles – can you think of any other examples?
  • What things – or parts of your life – do you trust God with?
  • What areas of your life do you think you need help to trust Him more? Stop and take some time to pray about them now and give them to God! Jesus wants to share our lives and be a part of everything we do.

Let’s Do!

Play a game of “Would You Rather”

How you play:

  1. Choose one of the questions below (or make up your own)
  2. Let each person in your family decide (silently) which option they would choose.
  3. Try to guess what each person thought! (You can choose to keep individual score, team scores or play with non-scoring rounds).

Questions to Use:

Would you rather:

  • Only be able to crawl or only be able to walk backwards?
  • Be the funniest person alive or the smartest person alive?
  • Be able to fly or be able to turn invisible
  • Never have to shower again or never have to clip your toenails?
  • Have the chance to design a new toy or direct a movie?
  • Be a bird or a horse?
  • Eat a beetle or get stung by a bee?
  • Be able to change the color of your hair whenever you want or be able to change the length of your hair whenever you want?
  • Have 3 legs or 3 arms?
  • Have to wear a clown wig or a clown nose for a year?
  • Be friends with Superman or Spiderman?

Let’s Memorize!

This week, to help you learn your verse, hold a “Remember Verse Race!”

What you will need:

  • 2 buckets, baskets, or containers
  • Small balls, beanbags or toys
  • A starting line and a turn-around line (A container is placed at each line. The starting line bucket should contain all the balls or toys to begin).
  • A parent or sibling who will stand at the turn-around and listen to the verse!

What you do:

When a parent or guardian says “go,” pick up a toy or ball, run to the turn-around, place the toy in the bucket and say, “But I trust in your faithful love. My heart is filled with joy because you will save me. Psalm 13:5” Then high-five the parent or friend and run back to the starting line. If you have a lot of family members playing, tag the next person (who will do the same thing). If you are playing with just a parent or guardian, take the next toy and repeat the run. Continue to play until all of the toys are moved to the turn-around bucket.

Let’s Bless!

Bless each other with this blessing:

May you seek God with your whole heart and life. May you follow and trust Him each day.

July 12, 2020: God Blesses

This week’s lesson is based on 1 Kings 1-6.

Let’s Start!

Imagine that you were in a contest to eat a feast of pizza, ice cream, candy, cookies, donuts, and chips as fast as you could. You could scoop it right into your mouth!

Wow! Yum, right?

But wait. Would it be WISE to eat that much junk food at one time? (Yeah, you’re right! Eating that much junk might make you sick!)

Have you ever heard the word “wisdom”? Do you know what it means?

Wisdom is knowing the right thing to do at the right time. Today we’re going to learn about someone in the Bible who was very wise: King Solomon.

Let’s Watch!

Want to go a little deeper? You can learn more about Solomon’s wisdom here!

Let’s Talk!

Wow! What do you think it would be like to be the wisest person to ever live?

God really blessed Solomon in a lot of ways. And He loves us and pours his blessings into our lives too!

How do you think God blesses us? God’s blessings aren’t something that we earn or have to try hard to receive. We can’t do anything to make God love us more or less. We can’t earn His love or take credit for working hard when God blesses us. It all flows from His love. He loved us so much He sent Jesus, the biggest blessing of all.

What are some good responses to being blessed? Thankfulness, joy …

Open up your Bible to Matthew 10:8 and read it. What did Jesus tell his disciples about receiving and giving? Freely you have received; freely give.

We are blessed so that we can bless others too! When we share the blessings that God gives to us, the world sees what God is like.

Take a few minutes to write a list of the ways that God has blessed you!

Let’s Do!

Parents/guardians, surprise your children with a special treat or snack. When you give it to them, tell them that you are blessing them. Talk about how God has blessed you as a family and help them to think of other ways that God has blessed them. And then, come up with a creative way to bless someone outside your family this week!

Let’s Memorize!

This week’s Remember verse is Ephesians 2:8.

Now, or at the end of your lesson time, find a comfy space in your home, spread out or sit or lay down and relax. Listen to the song above let God remind you of how good He is!

This week, try to listen to this song every day to learn your verse!

Let’s Bless!

Bless your family with this blessing:

“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

From the EGC Kids Team: Parents/guardians, below is a fantastic song based on this week’s blessing Scripture from Numbers 6:22-26. We pray that this song blesses your heart this week!

July 5, 2020: God is Sovereign

Let’s Start!

Have you ever had to wait a long time for something? What was it? Was it hard to wait?

Let’s Watch!

Today’s lesson is based on 2 Samuel 2; 5-7.

Let’s Talk!

  • What does “sovereign” mean? It means to be a king or ruler and have ultimate power. He’s in control of everything.
  • How did God show that He was sovereign to David? He was in charge of the timing of David’s life. He kept His word to David that he would be king someday.
  • God made a promise to David that his family line would last forever! Do you know how that happened? Jesus was David’s great-great-great-great-great-great. . .25 times grandpa!
  • God is our Sovereign King. He is good and fights for His people. In our lives, we need God to care for us, fight for us, and show us that He’s in control of everything. What does that make you think about or feel?
  • Do you have any areas of your life that you need to give to God and trust Him with? Take a few minutes to stop and talk to Him about it.

Let’s Memorize/Do!

Be strong, all you who put your hope in the Lord. Never give up.

Psalm 31:24

Make a poster to hang in your room to help you remember this verse. Read it for 6 days in a row when you first wake up. See if on the 7th day you can remember what it says without looking at it.

Let’s Bless!

Read Ephesians 1:16-23 together and pray this blessing over your child(ren):

“May you be strong in the Lord and never give up. May you know God as an all-powerful, promise-keeping God who loves and cares for you.”

Parents: we sent out an important survey this week about future planning for EGC Kids! Please take a few minutes to fill that out and give us your input! (link in email)

June 28, 2020: God is Victorious

Let’s Start!

Can you remember a time when you won at something? (A game, a sport, a raffle, a competition?) Tell us about it! What were you thinking when you won? How did you feel? Did you win because you were good at something, or did you win because of chance?

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Why were the Israelites afraid to fight Goliath? They might get hurt or lose the battle. (He was a big dude!)
  • Why wasn’t David afraid? He knew that God was with him.
  • What did David use to fight Goliath? stones and a slingshot.
  • Who defeated Goliath for David? God! God won the victory.
  • What does victorious mean? It means “won” – the winner.
  • God is victorious in our lives too. It might not always mean that we will get what we want or win every battle that we face. It means that God will always be the winner over everything in the end. There is nothing that God can’t have victory over. He always wins.
  • Going Deeper: Where have you seen God being victorious in our world? How about in your own life and heart?

EGC Kids Tip: Parents, this is a great opportunity to talk with your children about where you have seen God’s victory in your own life! They probably won’t find themselves in a battlefield opposite a giant – but they will face their own challenges. Your stories help them see beyond a giant and a slingshot to a God who they KNOW to be victorious in the Bible, in your life, and in theirs!

Let’s Memorize!

But let us give thanks to God! He gives us the victory because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done.

1 Corinthians 15:57

To help you memorize your verse this week:

Make a maze on your driveway, sidewalk, or patio with the words to this verse written along the lines. Follow the maze and say the verse until you know it (Parents: you can write symbols along the maze for non-readers).

Let’s Do!

This week, you’ll be playing a fun game as a family! (We’d love to see who wins! If you play the game this week, be sure to get some video and tag #egckidsathome !)

** You’ll need 2 coins to play this game (pennies and nickels work best)

How to Play:

Let’s Bless!

Parents and guardians, bless your children with this blessing:

May you trust in nothing but God to give you victory in your life. May He be victorious in your heart and give you peace and joy.

Children, bless each other with this blessing:

May you know that God is victorious in your life.

June 21, 2020: God is Powerful

Let’s Start!

What makes the lights in your room work? Electricity! Electricity is power coming through the wires to help things in your house to work, light-up and move.

Today we’re going to talk about God’s power!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • What did God tell Joshua and Israel to do to defeat Jericho? March around and then shout.
  • How did God use His power to help them? God made the walls fall down!
  • God showed his power to Israel in many ways. Because they had seen Him do those things, they could trust Him.
  • Is there anyone in your life who shows you what it looks like to follow God and trust in His power? Who?
  • Why do we need God’s power in our lives? To help us fight the battles we have.
  • How have you seen God’s power in your life?

Let’s Do!

What you need: This activity requires a dark room and a glow stick, a dim flashlight, or dim headlamp.

What you do:

  1. Have a parent or adult hide a small toy or sticker in a room (parents can adjust the item and difficulty for age level).
  2. Turn off the lights and search for the item. After a minute, turn on the flashlight or glow stick and search.

Talk about it:

  • How did it feel to search in the dark?
  • How did your light source help?
  • Read Psalm 119:105 together.
  • Think about your life. How do you see God guiding your steps?

Let’s Pray!

God loves and wants to protect each of us. No matter what you’re going through right now, no matter what struggle, pain or trouble – God wants to show you His power in your life. He still wins battles today. We can trust Him. Sometimes, we don’t see the victories right away, or they don’t look like we expected. We can still trust God. He’s always good and always loves us.

  • What is an area in your life where you need God’s power?
  • How has He shown you His power in the past?
  • As you pray, thank Him for showing His power to you in the past and pray and ask Him to help you today.

Let’s Memorize!

I hold on to you tightly. Your powerful right hand takes good care of me.

Psalm 63:8 NIRV

To memorize your verse this week: Grab a small ball, bean bag or squishy toy. As you read the verse, squeeze it when you get to “tightly” and “powerful.” When you say “good care” hold it out in your hands and smile. Repeat this until you know the verse!

Let’s Bless!

Stand up and say this blessing over each other:

May you know that God is powerful, and may you see His power in your life.

Don’t forget!

EGC’s Family Department is hosting a drive-through celebration on Monday evening! Let us help your family celebrate the end of the school year with a fun spot to take pictures, prizes to win, and a gift bag for each of your children (ages 0-12th grade). This event is open to the public, so tell your friends & we’ll see you there!

email egckids@elimgospel.org with questions!

June 14, 2020: God is Strength

Let’s Start!

Have you ever jumped over a big puddle or stream? Act out what you did!

This week, we’re going to be talking about a big river that was way too big to cross without God’s help. First, let’s invite the Holy Spirit to come and be with us as we learn.

God, thank you for helping us grow. We pray that you would fill us. We give you ourselves and ask that you would give us soft hearts to receive what You speak to us today.

Let’s Watch!

Today we have two videos to watch! The first one tells about Joshua as the leader of God’s people, the Israelites (Joshua 1). The second one tells the story of crossing the Jordan River (Joshua 3-4)

Let’s Talk!

  • Remember how God rescued His People from Egypt? After that, God made a covenant with them and gave them laws (the 10 Commandments) as guides to help them to know how to be His People.
  • Well, God’s People stopped trusting Him and disobeyed. So, God disciplined them and told Moses that he wouldn’t be able to go into the land. They had to wander in the desert for 40 years! But, God took care of them while they were there.
    • Have you ever missed out on something fun because of discipline? It sure is disappointing.
  • After Moses, Joshua became the leader of Israel. God promised to be with him, just like he was with Moses. He told him to be strong and courageous.
    • What does it mean to be strong?
    • What does it mean to be courageous?
  • God didn’t just want Joshua to be physically strong, He wanted him to be spiritually strong. God told Joshua to read through the law (the 10 Commandments). He knew that it would strengthen Joshua’s faith. God reminded Joshua that He would be his source of strength and courage. God’s people agreed to let God be their leader and strength.
    • What are some ways that you can help your faith to grow stronger? Reading and studying the Bible, praying, participating in church, talking about Jesus with friends and family, and worshipping are some ideas!
  • Then, it was time to cross the river into the Promised Land. What happened? God dried it up so they could cross. Does that remind you of any other part of God’s Story that we talked about recently? When God’s People crossed the Red Sea with Moses.
  • What did the leaders do after they crossed, before the water went back? They collected big stones to make a memorial of how God helped them.
  • It can take courage to follow God’s way for our lives and to obey God. It especially takes courage when we are tired or don’t know what will happen next. Joshua didn’t know how things were going to go either.
  • BUT GOD IS WHO WE GET STRENGTH AND COURAGE FROM!! God is Strength! He gives it to us when we need it.

Let’s Do!

Collect a few rocks or pebbles from around your house or street. Glue them together with craft glue (or have a parent help you with a glue gun) onto a piece of wood or paper in a shape that will remind you that God is strong. Some good ideas are: a big muscle, the word “strong”, or a pile of stones like God’s People made!

Let’s Pray!

Take a few minutes and sit quietly. Think of some situations in your life where you need God’s strength or courage. Then ask God to fill you with His strength and courage. Sit for a moment longer and let Him fill you up.

Let’s Memorize!

Our verse this week is a great one for acting out! We bet you can come up with some actions that will help you to learn the verse. Practice it a few times this week until you really get it!

Let’s Bless!

Parents and guardians, take a minute to share with your kids a time when God gave you strength or courage. Then read Psalm 27:1 & 4 together and bless them with this blessing:

May you know that God alone is the source of your courage and strength. May your faith grow and may you be filled fresh with His Holy Spirit.

June 7, 2020: Made in God’s Image

Let’s Start!

What’s an image? A picture of something or something that looks the same as that thing. A photo of someone is an image of the that person. (Sometimes we call this a “likeness”)

Last week, we talked about how we are God’s special treasure. This week we are going to take a little more time to talk about that.

Let’s start by praying.

Jesus, we thank you that each one of us is your special treasure. We’re so glad that you love us. Help us today to hear your voice speaking to us in our hearts. We give you all the things that are distracting us from feeling and believing your love today. We welcome you to come and fill us up with more of your love and peace.

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Knowing that people are God’s favorite creation is special. How are people different from animals? We are made in God’s image. We have abilities, talents, ability to communicate our feelings. We have a soul and a spirit. God made us like Him. (He didn’t make the animals like Him, just us.)
  • How does it make you feel to know that you are special to God? Is everyone special to God? Yes! Each one of us was made in God’s image. He made us to look like him, so that other people to be able to see us and think of Him.
  • You know what’s super interesting about looking like God? We all look different, but we all look like God. Think about that. We all look different. We have different sizes and shapes. Some of us have curly hair, some have straight. We have all different shades of eye color and skin color. Some of us have freckles, moles, birthmarks, beauty spots, bald spots and all sorts of interesting things.

What is something extra interesting about you?

  • With all of our differences, somehow, we ALL LOOK LIKE GOD! Our different interests, hobbies and talents all look like God too. How can it be that people so different can all look like God?
  • Think of it this way:
    • What is something that you like to do? List anything.
    • Does everyone like to do that thing as much as you? Probably not.
    • Does everyone have to like it as much as you do? No.
    • Why not? Because people like different things.
    • Does what you like show what God is like? Probably! How? If you like to paint, or do crafts, it shows that God is creative. If you like to do sports or work hard, it shows that God is strong. If you like to be with friends, it shows that God likes to be with people. If you like quiet, it shows that God loves the quiet, peaceful times. If you like to organize things, it shows that God plans things out. If you love to run and jump, it shows that God has lots of energy.
  • How about these things?
    • If you are kind, you are showing that God is kind.
    • If you are patient, you are showing that God is patient.
    • If you are gentle, you are showing that God is gentle.
    • If you are helpful, you are showing that God is helpful.
    • If you are get upset when someone else is hurt, it shows that God is just.
  • What are some other ways you act that show God’s image?
    • There are SO many different things about God that He shows through people. We can learn what God is like by watching for the good things in each other.
    • When someone is very different from you, you can look for God’s image in them and you will find it! Each person is special and valuable and shows what God is like.

Do people always do things the way God would?

No! We all sin, which makes it hard to see God’s image. It looks cloudy, like a foggy mirror. We all need Jesus. When we put our trust in Him, He changes us to show His image more and more! (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Want to go deeper?

Get your Bible and look up these verses: John 13:35, Romans 12:4-6a, Romans 12:9-16. They are good examples of how we can love people and show God’s image more clearly.

To our Parents and Guardians: The Bible Project has some fantastic companion resources for our lesson this week for you, or for older children. If you’d like to explore the idea of God’s IMAGE and JUSTICE in more depth this week you can check them out here (image) and here (justice).

Let’s Do: Rock Painting

What you need:

  • Some rocks (smooth pebbles work best) – maybe go for a walk and look for them as a family if you don’t have any at home.
  • Paint (tempera/poster paint or acrylic).

What you do:

  • Decorate your rocks by painting some words that describe God’s image (ex. kind, creative, funny, gentle, loving, peaceful, happy, just, strong).
  • Put them along a path in your local park or neighborhood or place them where people will see them when they walk by your house.
  • Take a picture and tag @egckidschurch – we can’t wait to see what you create!

Alternate Activity: (if you don’t have rocks or paint, or need something less messy!)

Use sidewalk chalk to decorate your driveway or sidewalk with words that describe God’s image. Then post a photo and tag us or email it to ECG Kids! We’d love to see it!

Let’s Memorize!

Tip for memorizing your verse this week:

  • Grab a ball and go outside.
  • Bounce the ball back and forth with a sibling or a parent, saying one word at a time until you’ve learned the whole verse.
  • If the ball rolls away, start over!

Let’s Pray!

From the EGC Kids team: Today’s lesson is a good reminder for each of us – to see ourselves, and those around us, the way that God sees us: as image bearers of the King of Kings. With that in mind, there are a few things we should pray about today.

  • Ask God to help you to show His image clearly. If there are things in your life (sins) that you know are making His image look cloudy to other people, ask Him for forgiveness and help.
  • Ask God to forgive you if we’ve forgotten to look for His image in other people. Ask Him to help you to see Him in other people.
  • Thank Him for making you in in His image. Tell him the things that you love about being a person and being you. He wants to hear it – after all, he created you and He loves you very much!

Let’s Bless!

Parents/guardians, bless your children with this blessing:

I bless you to always see God’s image in those around you without judgment. I bless you to live a life that is a light in the darkness and a clear reflection of the character of God. May you never lose sight of the goodness of God.

Sunday, May 31: God Claims His People

Let’s Start!

God was starting a whole new country with His people, Israel.

Imagine that you were starting your own country! What would your flag look like? What rules would the country have? Take some time to design a flag and write 5 rules for your imaginary country (you can do this individually or with your siblings).

  • If you’re very interested in countries, maps and flags, here is a great resource to learn about how kids can pray for the world!
  • And, here is a link for grown-ups and older kids to see flags and learn about how to pray for the world.

Once you’ve made your flags (or looked at other flags and countries!) set them aside for a moment and let’s pray and ask God to help us to focus, learn what He wants to teach us, and grow to know Him better.

Jesus, thank you so much for making us part of your family. We ask You to give us listening ears and hearts that are soft towards your voice today. Help us to grow as your children, to love you, and know your truth.

Let’s Watch!

Today we have two videos to watch: Moses in the Wilderness and The 10 Commandments.

Let’s Talk!

  • Every group needs rules and ideas that define them and make them a group.  Were you ever part of a sports team or club? What were the rules you had to follow? Do you have rules in your family?
  • Why do we have rules? To live safely, to show right from wrong, to help us to be fair
  • Did you notice that God’s people complained a lot? What did God do when they complained? He took care of them. He gave them food to eat and water to drink. That’s kind of like what parents do for babies, right? They cry and parents hold them and feed them.
  • God wanted His people to be part of his family, his special treasure.
  • Being part of God’s family was different than being part of anything else. The rules weren’t the same as other groups around them. What are some rules that you have in your family that are different than other families you know? Screen time rules, bedtimes. . .
  • Like a good parent, God provided for Israel what they needed, and He gave them rules to help them learn right from wrong.
  • What were the rules God gave called? The 10 Commandments
  • Do you know them? (If you can say them all, send us a video!) The 10 Commandments are all about loving God, putting Him first, and loving and respecting other people.
  • Just like God’s people did then, we live in a broken world and sometimes do things that aren’t good for us. As we grow to know God, He teaches us how to live in the best way and gently corrects us when we get off track.
  • When is a time when you followed God and it affected a choice you made? Maybe you chose to shut off a show that you know wasn’t best for you, you let your sister get ice cream first, or you worked hard in the backyard when your parent asked you to – without complaining. . . Those are wonderful ways to show that you’re growing as part of God’s family!

Let’s Do!

Option 1: “Manna” (for toddlers and preschoolers)

What you need:

  • a bedsheet or blanket
  • “manna” (dry cereal, oyster crackers, raisins or another solid, dry snack)
  • small bowls

What you do:

  • Spread a bedsheet onto the floor or grass.
  • Have children lay on the ground to the side of the sheet and pretend to sleep (remind them that God put the manna on the ground while the people were sleeping).
  • Place a little bit of “manna” (dry cereal, oyster crackers, raisins, etc.) on the sheet.
  • “Wake” the children and have them search for and collect the manna in the bowls.
  • If you only place a little at a time, you can play this for quite a while 😉

Option 2: Hand Decoration Response (for older children)

What you need:

  • 2 sheets of paper
  • colored pencils, markers or crayons
  • decorations (paper, stickers, magazine cut outs. . .)

What you say: God says that we are His treasured possession. What is your most treasured possession? Do you take special care of it? How?

What you do:

  • Trace and cut out two handprints
  • On one of the hands, write your name.
  • Spend a few minutes talking and listening to God. Thank Him for making YOU His treasured possession.
  • Then, decorate the hand.
  • For the 2nd hand, think of someone that could use some encouragement that they are God’s treasured possession. Write their name on the hand and decorate it for them!
  • Pray for them and ask a parent whether you should give it to that person.

Let’s Pray!

Father God, thank you make us part of your family and call us your special treasure because of Jesus. Help us to always remember that we belong to You and that you take care of us. Thank you for giving us rules to keep us safe and so that we can know how to love you and people better. Thank you that you call us back to you when we mess up. You are so good to us. Thank you.

Let’s Memorize!

But God chose you to be His people. You are royal priests. You are a holy nation. You are God’s special treasure. You are all these things so that you can give Him praise.

1 Peter 2: 9a

To help you learn the verse this week, do a call and response!

Have one child (or parent) call out the first part and the other children (or child/parent) answer with the second part. After you’ve mastered that, switch parts so you can learn them all!

But God chose you | to be His people.

You are | royal priests

You are | a holy nation

You are | God’s special treasure

You are | all these things

So that | you can give him praise!

. . .

Let’s Bless!

Children and parents take turns blessing each other by placing a hand on the other’s shoulder and saying:

(Name), you are God’s special possession, and He loves you very much.

Sunday, May 24: God is Victorious

Let’s Start!!

If you were going to go on a long trip, what would you bring?

God’s people, the Israelites, were going on the longest trip they’d ever taken. They were finally going to be free from slavery in EGYPT!

If you want, grab your own “travel buddy” (a sibling or a stuffed animal) as you learn about their journey in our lesson today!

First, Let’s take a minute and settle down and ask God to help us to have fun and hear Him talk to us.

Holy Spirit, we ask you to come and fill us as we spend time studying your word. We pray that you would fill us fresh with your love, joy and peace. We give you all of the busy thoughts in our head and ask you to help us to focus on You. We love you, Jesus.

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!!

Wow! That’s an amazing true story!!

  • Imagine that you were Israel. How might you feel about having God’s cloud lead you? Excited, safe, amazed… HINT: (Act out how you imagine you would feel, or show it with your face!)
  • How might you feel when you found out the Egyptians are chasing you and there was a big lake in front of you (and no boats!)? Scared, nervous, afraid, trapped … (Show on your face what you might have looked like!)
  • Get your Bible and look up Exodus 14:13-14. Can you read it out loud? If not, have a parent/guardian read it out loud for you.
  • What did Moses tell the people to do? Don’t be afraid. Stand firm. Be still.
  • Who would do the fighting in this battle against the Egyptians? God
  • God fought the battle for his people, Israel and saved them by opening up the Red Sea. The people walked across on dry ground. What an amazing way to win a battle!
  • When the people reached the other side, they put their trust in God and sang songs to Him and praised him for the victory.
  • What does victory mean? To win! God won the battle. Did you know that one of God’s names is Victorious? It means that He is a winner. God always wins every battle.
  • Read Exodus 15:13 in your Bible. What do you think that means? Can you put it in your own words? *Hint, this is part of the words to a song that the people were singing to God. When they say “you” it means God.
  • Did the victory over Pharaoh and his army happen the way everyone expected? No.
  • It’s the same with us. The victories that God wins in the battles in our lives don’t always look like we expect them to. But because God’s love is so faithful and strong, we can trust Him.

Let’s Do!!

For today’s activity you’ll need:

  • the biggest sheet you can find (or use two)
  • two rows of chairs set up back to back with a 2-3ft space between the backs
  • lots of stuffed animals

What you do:

  • Set up the chairs and put the sheet(s) over the top of them
  • Have a grownup or teenager pull the sheets down into the middle so there is a wall of sheets on each side to create a walk-through-on-dry-land tunnel.
  • Secure the sheets by placing heavy books are other non-breakable items on the chairs.

How to play:

  1. Have each person participating take one stuffed animal and walk through the tunnel one at a time.
  2. Continue to walk through the tunnel one at a time, adding one more stuffed animals each time through.
  3. The person that can carry the most stuffed animals through the tunnel at a time (without dropping any!) is the winner
  4. Give the winner a hug and a high-five.

Let’s Memorize!

Today, we’re learning our verse with actions!

Let’s Pray!!

  1. Think about it: what are some victories that God has won in your life? (There are some examples below to get you started, but make them unique to YOU!)
  • Jesus won the victory over sin for us when He died on the cross.
  • Set us free from being afraid of the dark.
  • Set us free from biting our fingernails.
  • Helped us to stay calm and be kind when a sibling was bugging us

2. Thank Him! Let’s take a minute and thank Jesus for those victories.

Jesus, we thank you that You are Victorious! You always win. Thank you for helping me to have victory when _______________. (use the phrases you wrote down or shared earlier!)

3. Ask Him! Now let’s take a minute and ask Him for His help in areas where we need victory in our lives.

Jesus, I need your victory in __________. (Tell Him what area you need help in: being patient with schoolwork, speaking kindly to a sibling, falling asleep at bedtime, obeying parents. . .)

Let’s Bless!

After prayer, parents/guardians bless your children with this blessing:

(Name), may you always know that God is victorious, and He will care for you.

Children bless each other with this blessing:

(Name of sibling), may you always be aware of God’s victory in your life.

From the EGC Kids Team: Parents, may YOU always know that God is victorious and that He cares for you. May you sense His presence with you this week in all that you do. We love you!!

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