November 8, 2020: Jesus changes everything.

Today’s lesson is based on Acts 9

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

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

Let’s Talk!

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

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

Let’s Do!

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

Challenge #1: Spell it!

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

Challenge #2 Write it!

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

Challenge #3 Walk it!

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

Let’s Pray!

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

Parents / Guardians: What about you? Have you ever chosen to give your life to Jesus? The Bible tells us that we ALL have sinned (Rom 3:23), and that sin separates us from God. The gospel – the good news of Jesus – is so much more than a cute story for our kids to learn about in kids’ church on Sunday mornings. The gospel says: no matter who you are, no matter what you’ve done: you are loved by a God who would go to incredible lengths to forgive you, to welcome you home, and to make you new. He wants to do that for you, today. If you, or someone in your home would like to make a commitment to follow Jesus, there are some resources below that can help! If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone here at EGC about what it means to follow Jesus, you can reach a member of our pastoral staff here our our kids min team here.

Additional Resources for Families:

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

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

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

Let’s Memorize!

Let’s Bless!

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

November 1, 2020: God’s Power Changes Everything

This week’s lesson is based on Acts 3:1-10

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • What does power mean? Authority, control, might, strength
  • Who is the most powerful person you know? (Answers could include: The president, a bodybuilder or athlete, Superman. . . etc).
  • In today’s video, who went to the temple to pray? Peter and John
  • When they got there, they saw a man who couldn’t walk sitting outside the temple. Why did the man sit there every day? To beg (which means ask people for things he needed – like food or money).
  • Peter said: I don’t have any money, but I’ll give you what I have! In the name of Jesus, ____what_____? Get up and walk!
  • Peter reminded all the people that it wasn’t HIS power that healed the man, it was God’s power.
  • When have you seen God’s power in your life? (Answers could include: God healing someone, providing something you really needed, a time when he spoke to you or through you, or the cool things he created!)

EGC Kids tip: Make a list as a family of the times you, or someone you know, has experienced God’s power in their life! This would make a neat poster to hang somewhere in your house to remind you how powerful God is!

Let’s Do!

Something that athletes have to do in order to be strong and powerful is build up their muscles. Here are some challenges for your family to complete: see if you can POWER through them together!

  • Wall-Sit: Stand with your back against the wall and then squat down so that your upper legs run parallel to the floor (feet flat on the floor). Hold this position for as long as you can!
  • Hold it Up: Find two small objects and hold them in your hands, and then stretch your arms out to either side: see how long you can hold your arms at shoulder height without dropping them!
  • Plank: Kneel down and put your hands on the floor in front of you, palms flat. Then, stretch your legs out behind you so that your body is in a straight line (only your hands and toes should be touching the floor). Hold the plan for as long as you can, OR: Have a parent or older sibling see how long they can hold a plank with YOU on their back!
  • Move the Giant: Choose one person (a parent or adult/older sibling) and have them stand and plant their feet on the floor. Your goal is to try to get them to move by pushing or pulling them (while they try to stand still). Hint: you can team up with another parent or sibling for this challenge!

Let’s Pray!

  • Whew! Some of those were really hard, right?! I’m sure glad God doesn’t expect us to be able to do everything in our own strength, aren’t you?!
  • Everyone in today’s story could see the man who was sitting outside the temple. Some people probably even tried to help him by giving him some money. But Peter saw that what he really needed wasn’t money – he needed to be healed!
  • Sometimes, we have to look at things differently. Instead of thinking: “that’s too hard” or “what could I do?” we need to ask “What can GOD do?” His power can work through YOU just like He did through Peter!
  • Where do you need God to move powerfully in YOUR life? Can you think of anyone that needs God to help them, provide for them, or heal them?
  • Once everyone in your family has a chance to share: take turns praying for each other that God would move powerfully in those situations!

To our parents / guardians: Have your children pray over the other members of your family, or the people they think of. If they are uncomfortable praying or don’t know what to say, encourage them that God loves them, that he wants to answer them, and that He can work through their prayers in a powerful way, just like he did through Peter in today’s story!

Let’s Memorize!

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

Ephesians 3:20 NLT

To help you memorize your verse this week, print the file below and cut on the dotted lines. Mix up the sections of the verse and see if you can put them back in order again!

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing (based on Ephesians 3) over your child(ren):

May you always have faith to believe that God can do even more than you could ask or think. May you see his power at work in your life, and may he use you to show his power to the world around you.

October 25, 2020: God’s Spirit Changes Everything

This week’s lesson is based on Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1-2

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Video 1: Jesus’ Ascension and the Great Commission (by Saddleback Kids)
Video 2: God Sends the Holy Spirit (by Saddleback Kids)

Let’s Talk!

PARENTS/GUARDIANS: before you begin, find a flashlight and remove the batteries (but keep them close by!) If you don’t have a flashlight, anything that requires batteries – or electricity – will work. Just adjust the questions below to fit your item!

  • What is this? A flashlight!
  • A flashlight has a really, really important job. What is it? To give light.
  • When would you use a flashlight? Have you ever needed one in order to see? What happened?

Instruct your child to turn on the flashlight. (It won’t work).

  • Why do you think it won’t work? It doesn’t have any batteries!
  • Without batteries, can the flashlight do its job? No
  • Jesus gave the disciples a pretty big job when He left too. Do you remember what that was? To go into all the world and tell people about Him.
  • Could they do the job on their own? No.
  • Who did Jesus say he would send to be with them and help them? The Holy Spirit!

Place the batteries inside of the flashlight, (or plug in your item).

  • Jesus knew that the job he was giving the disciples was too big for them to do on their own. He knew they would need the Holy Spirit to give them His POWER and wisdom. It’s kind of like when you put batteries inside of the flashlight! Now see what happens when you try to use it! Have your child turn the flashlight on and shine it around.
  • After the disciples received the gift of God’s Holy Spirit, what happened? They could speak in other languages, they performed signs and miracles, they worked together and helped others – and more and more people came to know Jesus!
  • The Holy Spirit wasn’t just for the disciples! Jesus’ death on the cross made a way for you to be in relationship with God, and receive the Holy Spirit too. And the Bible says he’s with us always. He comforts us, guides us, gives us power, teaches us, and helps us to be more like Jesus!

Let’s Pray!

  • How does it make you feel to know that God is always with you?
  • Can you think of a time when you heard the Holy Spirit speak to your heart, or when you knew God was with you and helping you? What happened?
  • What do you need the Holy Spirit to help you with this week? (Choosing kindness, to not be scared about something, to tell someone about Jesus).
  • Let’s take some time right now to pray for the Holy Spirit to be with you and help you! While we pray, let’s spend a few minutes being quiet and listening for Him to talk to us.

Let’s Do!

Option 1: [For older children] Flashlight Tag

  • If you want, you can play this like a game of normal tag after dinner in your backyard, once it’s dark! The person with the flashlight is “it.” When their flashlight beam touches another family member, they are now “it,” and the game continues.
  • You could also play this in your house, like hide and seek. Turn off all the lights and let the “seeker” use a flashlight to try and find the rest of the family. Take turns being “it” and hiding.

Option 2: [For younger children] Catch the Light

  • Turn off all the lights in the room that you are in, and – using a flashlight beam – dart the light around the room: including on the ceiling, walls, and floor.
  • At random times, stop the light. When the light stops, your child has to run to stomp on it, jump up to smack it on the wall, etc. to make the light move again.

Let’s Memorize!

“So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And you can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end.”

Matthew 28: 19-20 NIRV

>> To help you memorize today’s verse, practice saying it in a dark room, using a flashlight behind you to make shadow puppets or your silhouette on the wall to act it out! (for example: run really fast for “go,” lay down and stand back up for baptize, open a “book” for teach. . . etc). See what creative movements or shadow puppets your family comes up with!

EGC KIDS TIP: For younger children, use just the second half of verse 20 this week: “You can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end.”

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing (based on Ephesians 3:16-19) over your child(ren):

May you truly know how wide and long and high and deep Jesus’ love is for you. May you be changed by His Spirit from the inside out, and be filled with his joy, his presence, and his power – and may you share His love with those around you wherever you go.

October 18: God Restores Relationship

This week’s lesson is based on Luke 22:63-24:8

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Can you think of some real (or imaginary) people who rescue others? Firefighters, policemen, superheroes!
  • All of those people rescue others from something, right? Whether it’s from a fire or an emergency or an imaginary villain, they rescue people who need their help!
  • Did you know that Jesus came to rescue us? It’s true!
  • In the beginning, God created Adam and Eve – and their relationship with God, and each other was perfect! But then, what happened? Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and do what they wanted to do – eat the fruit he told them not to!
  • Their disobedience was called sin, and their sin separated them from God, and brought death and sickness and pain into the world.
  • But, God loves people and wanted to fix His relationship with us, so he had a plan. What was God’s plan to rescue us from all those things? Jesus!
  • At first, God’s plan didn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense. Jesus died! It seemed like death had won. But, what happened on the third day? Jesus rose from the dead!
  • Did everyone believe that Jesus had risen from the dead at first? No. It sounded crazy to people. And, even people who saw him didn’t recognize him at first.
  • When Jesus died, he took the punishment for sin that we deserve. Does anything stand in between us and God now? NO! Not even death!
  • Can ANYONE become part of God’s family? Yes. Anyone who believes in Jesus and decides to follow Him becomes part of His family because of God’s plan to rescue us through Jesus!

Let’s Do!

What you need:

  • Three plastic non-see-through cups.
  • One small item that won’t make noise inside a cup (ie: cotton ball).

What you do:

  • Place all the cups upside down on the table in a single row.
  • Take the cotton ball (or item of choice) and place it under one cup.
  • Without moving the cups off the table, move them around and then place them back in the single row.
  • See who can guess where the cotton ball is, or if they find the “empty tomb!”
  • Take turns as a family guessing or moving the cups. As you play, talk about what it must have been like to have found an empty tomb! How would you have felt? What would you have done?

Let’s Memorize!

To help you memorize this week’s verse, take one of the cups from the empty tomb cup challenge and try to balance it on your head while you say your verse! See if you can say the whole thing before the cup topples off! (Hint: for older children, you can add in an extra challenge – like standing on one foot, or spinning in a circle). If the cup falls off before you complete your verse, start again!

Let’s Pray!

  • Jesus had to go through some really hard things when he died. You can read about his death and resurrection with your family in Luke 22:63-24:8 or in your favorite Children’s Bible.
  • For older children the Gospel Project gives a really fantastic summary here:
  • After you read (or watch), take some time as a family to thank Jesus for taking the punishment that you deserved and repairing your relationship with God.
  • Thank him for being your rescuer, and for defeating death, so that you can live (now, as a child of God, and with Him forever!)

Let’s Bless!

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

May you know that Jesus has defeated sin and death. May you walk in the victory of new life, as a son or daughter of God.

October 11, 2020: God’s Love Compels

Based on: Matthew 26:1-56; John 17

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • What was the feast of Passover? A time for God’s people to remember when God brought his people out of Egypt!
  • Where did Jesus and his disciples go to celebrate Passover? Jerusalem
  • What was Jesus talking about when he said “the hour has come?” He knew that he was going to die soon.
  • Was Jesus surprised by that? No! (In fact, it was part of God’s plan from the beginning. Jesus knew that he was going to go through a lot or really hard things: He’d be betrayed by his friends, feel sadness and pain, and would be put to death. But, he also knew that he was doing it all to take the punishment for our sin and restore our relationship with God).
  • Even though Jesus knew he was going to die, who did he spend time praying for? His disciples, and all the people who would come to believe in God (that includes YOU!)
  • What did Jesus pray? That the disciples would be protected, that they would show God to others, and that all people who followed him someday would help others come to know Jesus and believe that he died for their sins.
  • What does the word COMPEL mean? To drive or urge; a strong desire to do something! For example: if you spilled your sister’s paint on her carpet you might feel compelled to run away before she sees that you were the one who did it!
  • God’s love compelled Jesus to do the opposite. He didn’t run away, he went through all those horrible things willingly – all because he loved us and wanted to fix what was broken in our relationship with God.
  • Have you ever felt compelled to do something for someone? What happened? (Maybe you shared something special that belonged to you, or gave clothes or food to someone in need).
  • Who is someone you can share God’s love with this week?

Parents / Guardians: can you think of a time when God compelled you to step out in love? What happened? Sharing your story can help your child understand practical ways to share Jesus’ love with those around them! If you want to do something special as a family to share Jesus’ love this week, some ideas would be: donate to a local food pantry or shelter, bringing a meal to someone, or write cards/notes to family or friends and mail them.

Let’s Do!

What you need:

  • Clear, plastic glass
  • Water
  • Strong (child-safe) magnet
  • Paper clips (or small nails/ other small items that would stick to a magnet)

What you do:

  • Fill the glass of water halfway with water and place it on a table. Drop the paper clips (or other small metal items) inside the cup.
  • Hold the magnet to the side of the glass and move it around, watching how the paper clips respond to the magnet.
  • If your child is old enough to safely handle the magnet, allow them a chance to feel the tug of the magnet on the items in the cup.
  • Follow up with the questions below!

EGC KIDS TIP: For our families with young children, if you do not want to use magnets or small objects like paper clips, you could instead use a straw and a cup filled with cereal pieces that are lightweight but larger than the end of the straw (suck through the straw to “stick” the pieces of cereal to the end of the straw, or blow through the straw to move them around the table).

Let’s Pray!

  • When we know and love God, how are our hearts like the paper clips? God’s love tugs on our hearts too – compelling us to follow his voice, and show other’s His love!
  • 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 tells us that the same love that compelled Jesus to die for us is the love that God puts in us when we know Him. When share God’s love, we’re showing others what Jesus is like, just like Jesus prayed we would.
  • Sometimes, especially when we’re angry about something, we don’t feel like acting in love. But God wants to change our hearts to make us more like Him – and give us HIS love for others.
  • Take some time to pray right now that God would help you understand and know His love, and that He would help you love others. If you haven’t been very loving lately, talk to him about it, and ask Him to forgive you (he always does!).

Let’s Memorize!

To help you memorize today’s verse, print it out (see printable below) and practice it a couple of times together. Then, cover one word at a time with one of the paper clips from the compelling magnets activity or a small piece of paper. See if you can still say the verse with some of the words covered up! (For older children, or to make it more challenging, cover more than one word at a time).

Let’s Bless!

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

May you sense God’s incredible love for you this week. May His love compel you to love others and to tell the world about Him!

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 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.