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

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

Let’s Start!

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

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

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

What you do:

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

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

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

Let’s Watch!

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

Let’s Talk!

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

Let’s Memorize!

Let’s Do! (Part 2):

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

Let’s Pray!

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

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

Let’s Bless!

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

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

Today’s lesson is based on Acts 23-26

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

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

Let’s Memorize!

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

Let’s Do!

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

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

Let’s Pray!

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

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

Let’s Bless!

January 3, 2020: Jesus is King

Today’s lesson is based on Matthew 2 

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

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

Let’s Memorize:  

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

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

Let’s Do:

Option 1: Funny Phrases (For older kids)

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

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

Option 2: Find the King

  What you do:

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

Let’s Pray:

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

Let’s Bless:

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

December 27: 2020, Christmas Review!

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

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

Let’s Memorize!

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

Let’s Do!

Make some paper snowflakes!

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

Let’s Pray!

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

Let’s Bless!

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

December 20, 2020: Jesus is the Promised Savior

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

Let’s Start!

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

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

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

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

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

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

Let’s Memorize:

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

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

Let’s Do!

Option 1: Do you see what I see?

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

Option 2: Do you hear what I hear?

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

Let’s Pray!

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

Let’s Bless!

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

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):