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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Sunday, May 17: God is Warrior

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Let’s Start!

“If you had to choose one, would you rather eat a frog or a bug?”

I (Miss Melanie) ate a bug once that my Sunday School teacher brought in for us as a snack! She wasn’t joking! Good thing we’re doing church at home now just in case EGC Kids teachers had the same idea, huh?!

Before we get started today, let’s invite God into our time! Open up your hands to God and close your eyes.

Holy Spirit, we invite you into our time this week. We ask you to speak to us and show us what You’re like. We thank you that you hear us when we talk to you and that You have everything under control.

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • First, let’s review:
    • Where were God’s people slaves? Egypt
    • Do you know what they did as slaves? Make bricks and build things.
    • What did Pharaoh say when Moses told him to let God’s people be free and go? No!
    • What were some of the things that happened to Egypt when Pharaoh said that? Can you name 3?
      • Plagues: water turned to blood, frogs, lice, flies, animal sickness, people sickness, hail, locusts, darkness, someone from each house died
    • What happened to God’s people while all those plagues were happening? They were safe.
    • Did Pharaoh finally change his mind? Yes!  What did God’s people do when he did? Pack up and leave!
  • Did God’s people do anything special to fight the Egyptians? No.
  • Who fought for them? God.
  • Have YOU ever felt like you were faced with a problem that you couldn’t fight on your own? What kinds of problems? Possible answers to consider: trouble sleeping because of fear, other kids being mean, feeling bad/guilty because you did something wrong?
  • Things inside of us can feel very heavy sometimes, especially when we’re going through problems that feel like battles. Sometimes loneliness, pain, guilt or fear can feel like a heavy brick inside (like the heavy bricks God’s people had to make for the Egyptians). God wants us to know that He is a Warrior. He fights for us!
  • Get your Bible and look up Exodus 14:14 to see what Moses said to God’s people. What does it say? The Lord will fight for you. Just be still.
  • What do you think that means about your battles and hard times?
  • God, who is a Warrior, is the same one who fought for His people. He fights for you!
  • Can you think of a time when God fought for you are someone you love? Tell about it.

EGC KIDS Tip: Parents, this would be a great time for you to share a way that God has fought for you in your life! Sharing testimonies of God’s faithfulness with our children is one way to help them connect with God in their own lives.

  • Look up Psalm 55:22. What does it say to do with our worries? Give them to God.

Let’s Pray!

Lord, you know all of the heavy things on our heart. You know all the stuff that we worry about. Right now, we give them to you (pause and take a moment to give God the stuff that feels heavy).

We know that you are a warrior and that you fight for us. You take care of the things we can’t control or do on our own. We thank you that you are the strongest and are fighting for us. We trust you to take care of us.

Take few minutes to pray and ask God to come help you in any battles you’re currently facing. Write them down somewhere and see what God will do!

Let’s Memorize!

This week’s Remember Verse comes from Psalm 55:22. Try playing this song after dinner or before bed a few nights this week to learn the verse.

Let’s Do!

NOTE: THERE ARE TWO OPTIONS FOR THIS GAME BASED ON THE AGE AND NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN YOUR HOME

Can you imagine how stinky it must have been in Egypt when all those frogs were there? In this activity, we’re going to collect the frogs as fast as we can!!

For this activity you will need:

  • Construction or colored paper
    • OPTION 1 : 3-5 colors (best for 1-2 children or young children)
    • OPTION 2: 1 color per child (for larger families or older children)
  • An area with a space to run around (living room, backyard etc.)

How to play:

  1. Cut the paper into 8-12 pieces per page. You can cut circles, squares, or if you’re very talented with scissors: FROGS!
  2. Spread the “frogs” all over the room or yard.
  3. OPTION 1:
    • Parent or older child shouts: “Go” + a color. [ie: Go, Blue!] tip: make sure you pick a color that corresponds with the ones you have spread out! lol
    • The child/children should go and collect the frogs of that color as quickly as possible. *if you have older or more competitive children, you can time how long it takes for them to do it!
    • Spread the papers out again and repeat the game with a different color!
  4. OPTION 2:
    • Assign each child a different color.
    • Shout “GO!”
    • Each child should run and collect his/her frogs as fast as possible
    • The first one back with all their “frogs” is the winner!

Let’s Bless! (Psalm 144:2)

Parents/guardians: have your children stand with you with their hands open and palms up, in a posture of receiving a blessing from God. Read Psalm 144:1-2 and then pray this blessing over them.

I bless you to know God as Warrior, as a place of safety and a shield. May you see the ways God fights for you this week.

If you have more than one child, have them repeat, “May you see the ways God fights for you this week” over one another!

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Sunday, May 10, 2020: God is I AM.

Weekend hangouts will resume next week! Parents, please check your email for details, and scroll down to the bottom of this page to see our Mother’s Day video!

Let’s Start!

How would you describe yourself? First, write your name at the top of a piece of paper. Below that, write words or draw pictures of things that describe you (don’t use your name again).

Note to Parents: If children have trouble, suggest things like: number of siblings, sports or hobbies they enjoy, favorite colors or foods, personality traits etc.

Wow! You are amazing! You have different personality traits, interests and strengths.

You are a lot of things at once! If we were reading that list or looking at the pictures, would people be able to guess that we’re talking about you?

Let’s take a minute and welcome God. Open your hands and close your eyes.

God, we thank you that you know us and made us each unique, no two of us are the same. We thank you that you made us in your image. We invite you to come and remind us of who You are and what You’re like. 

Let’s Watch!

Moses, Part I: Exodus 1-2
Moses, Part II: The Burning Bush

Let’s Talk!

Grab your Bible and look up Exodus 3:14 and read it out loud together.

  • What did God say His name was? I AM who I AM
  • What do you think that name means?
    • This name for God is a very important name. God is not like anyone or anything else. It shows that God is the only true God. He’s God over all things and yet is personal and wants to be near to us.

DID YOU KNOW? 5 times in the conversation between God and Moses at the burning bush, it says: “But Moses. . .” Moses complained, was afraid, and had excuses, but each time God responded by reassuring Moses that He would be with him and help him!

  • Have YOU ever felt like Moses? Like something God wanted you to do (or your parent or teacher asked you to do) was too hard?
    • Tell about it!
    • What do you think God would say to you, if you told Him? **Remember what He said to Moses!
  • In the times when we think things are too hard, we can know that God is I AM. He is everything at the same time! He’s strong. He’s gentle. He’s loving. He’s powerful. He’s our helper. He’s our king. He knows everything about us and wants to be close to us!

Let’s Do!

Option 1: It’s science time! For this activity you will need:

  • 1 black non-permanent marker
  • 1 coffee filter (you can also use tissue paper, white construction paper, or even toilet paper folded 3-4 pieces high).
  • Something to drip with (an eye dropper or a medicine dropper work well, or try gently squeezing a wet paper towel to get one drop of water at a time).
  • Scissors
  • Water (1-2 tablespoons)
Science Experiment: Coffee Filter and Black Marker

Step 1: Cut the filter or paper into a biggish circle and put it onto a dinner plate.

Step 2: Draw a circle about the size of a quarter onto the paper (fill it in).

Step 3: Drip 10 drops onto the black circle. (You might need a little more if you’re using construction paper, a little less if using toilet paper)

Step 4: Watch the black circle. What happens? It should change colors or create different colored rings around it.

This is what God is like!! Even though the marker ink looks like it is just black, it’s actually made up of a lot of different colors. And God is like that too! He has all of those different names and character traits all at the same time!

Alternate or additional activity: Make a tree out of paper and label it with all the different names of God that you can think of (make sure you add the ones that you know He’s been to you – like kind, loving, king, helper etc.)           

Let’s Pray!

God, we thank you that you are so good. You are everything that we need and have everything under control. We ask you to show us this week what you’re like. Help us to see your faithfulness, your peace, your help, your strength and whatever else you want us to see about you. We love you and are so glad to be your kids. Thanks!

Let’s Memorize!

EGC Kids Tip: To learn the verse this week, take turns to see who can say it the loudest!!

Let’s Bless!

Bless each other by writing notes beginning with “I bless you to know God as …

Here are some examples:

  • I bless you to know God as your Helper with math.
  • I bless you to know God as your Peace as you fall asleep.
  • I bless you to know God as your Friend as you go outside to play.

Sunday, May 3, 2020: God Saves

Let’s Start!

Let’s start with prayer! Let’s put our hands out in front of us like we’re giving or receiving a gift. After you pray, take a quiet moment to just let Jesus help you to relax and focus on Him.

Jesus, we thank you that we belong to you. We give you ourselves fresh to you today. Fill us with your Holy Spirit again and help us to have teachable hearts! We love you.

Let’s Watch!

Remember last week we learned about Joseph and dreams? This week, we’re going to learn about the rest of his adventurous life! First, lets watch today’s story video:

Joseph: The Rest of the Story

Let’s Talk!

We are part of God’s Big Story, just like Joseph. Because God is in control, our life with Him is an adventure! We never know how God will use our lives to help other people to come to know Jesus and be saved.

God used Joseph’s life to save THOUSANDS of PEOPLE! All of Egypt was saved, plus Israel. Remember how God changed Jacob’s name to Israel? Jacob’s family eventually got so big they became their own people group, who we call “Israel” or the Jewish people. God saved nations using Joseph’s life.

  • Was Joseph’s life easy? No!
  • Was Joseph alone in hard times? No. God was with Joseph through it all.
  • How did God use Joseph’s life to save people? He gave him the ability to save up food and give it to people when there was no food available. People even came from far away to get food from Joseph.
    • Read Genesis 45:5. It’s a conversation that Joseph is having with is brothers when he tells them who he really is.
  • Have you ever thought about how God might use you like Joseph?
    • What are some dreams or ideas that God put on your heart to do?
    • Have you given them to God, making Him the boss about how it’s going to happen?
  • Think back to Joseph’s first 2 dreams. Can you remember what they were? Bundles of grain bowing down to his bundle, 11 stars and the sun and moon bowing down to his star.
    • Did the dream Joseph have come true? If so, how? Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt and bowed down to him when he was giving them grain and they didn’t know who he was.
    • Do you think that Joseph guessed that this was the way God was going to make his dream happen? I don’t think he could even imagine that it would happen this way!
  • You are part of God’s story! You have a purpose in God’s story, just like Joseph. God has plans for your life that you might never know ahead of time. You might not even understand why certain things happen, and that’s okay! He’s with you through it all and He’s got people to save through you!

Let’s Do!

Let’s pretend we’re Joseph’s family moving to Egypt to be with him across the hot sand of the desert.

PARENTS: For this activity you’ll need some floor space and paper plates or something that you can use like stepping stones (pillows, washcloths, or sheets of paper would all work too!)

  • Spread the plates (or whatever you are using as stepping stones) across the room like a path from one end of the room to the other. Keep the “stones” fairly close together at first.
  • Start at one side and try to jump from plate to plate without stepping on the “hot sand” floor.
  • Then, have a parent or sibling remove a plate at a time and try again!
  • How many plates can you get rid of and still get across?

After this, gather up all of your stuffed animals and try to drag them to “Egypt” on a towel or in a laundry basket. Do you think they had an easy trip walking all of their stuff from Canaan to live with Joseph? Take turns dragging your sibling(s) next. Can you do it? Can you drag your parent??

Let’s Pray!

Father God, we thank you that we get to be part of your story! Thank you that you have good plans for us. We say yes to you and your plans. We know that we can trust you and that you’ll be with us the whole time. We love you!

EGC KIDS TIP: Pray for some people that you know need Jesus’ love and comfort today.

Let’s Memorize!

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the things he planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:10

STEP 1: Write this week’s verse in on a piece of paper and then cut each of the words out.

STEP 2: Draw a picture of yourself on another big piece of paper or poster board (you might want to tape 2 pieces together so you have room if you’re using paper).

STEP 3: Glue the words you cut out, in order, on the paper around yourself to make a poster of you with this verse all around you.

STEP 4: Every time you glue on a word, say the verse out loud.

Let’s Bless!

FROM THE EGC KIDS TEAM: As a parent, sometimes it’s hard to trust God’s plans for our kids. We want to keep them as safe and close as possible. But, having a healthy, vibrant relationship with Jesus is the best thing our kids can have in life. His plans are so much bigger than ours. This week take some time to surrender your children into God’s care and plans – and ask Him to write His story in their hearts. Ultimately, we want them to follow His plans more than ours – His are better!

Bless each other with this blessing:

I bless you to live fully in God’s plans for your life. May your life be used to honor God and help people to come to know Jesus. May you always know that your life is full of purpose in God.

Sunday, April 26: God is in Control

Let’s Start!

Have you ever had a strange dream? Not the scary kind, the kind that’s just plain weird?

We have! Sometimes our dreams are just dreams, but sometimes they have a meaning from God. Did you know that? It’s true, God can speak to us in our dreams. This week, we’re going to be learning about someone who had some strange dreams AND the gift from God to know what they meant!

Let’s take a minute to ask God to help us have open hearts and minds to hear Him and learn what He wants us to know.

God, thanks so much for speaking to us through so many different ways. Help us to have open hearts to learn and take in what you want as we study your Word.

Let’s Watch!

TO OUR PARENTS: There are two videos today. The first covers the early portion of Joseph’s life, and the second covers a little more of his story. (We’ll be watching one final video next week!)

Joseph Part I: At Home
Joseph Part II: In Egypt (before the famine)

Let’s Talk!

  • What were Joseph’s dreams about when he was at home?
  • How did Joseph get to Egypt?
  • Why was he in jail?
  • How did he get out of jail?
  • How do you think Joseph felt about all those bad things happening to him?
  • Was God with Joseph?  (Hint: Look up Genesis 39:2, Genesis 39:21, and Genesis 39:23)

EGC KIDS TIP: The story of Joseph is found in Genesis 37 & 39-48 and is one of the most detailed stories of one person’s life in the book of Genesis! It contains some intense situations, so you may want to read ahead before you read it out loud with your kids. It’s a wonderful story, though, so don’t let that deter you. We are going to be spending two weeks on Joseph’s story, so don’t read too far ahead! 🙂 Today’s lesson covers his early life through his first years in Egypt (before the famine).

Even in the really hard times that Joseph had, God was with Him and strengthened Him. God spoke some really neat things to Joseph in his dreams, but it didn’t seem like they were happening! God gave him what he needed to be okay in his heart in those situations. God wants to give us everything we need in the hard times that we go through in life too!

  • What is a hard thing that you are going through in your life?
  • How is God helping you?
  • Has God spoken to you about something in your future? What is it?
  • Remember, He is going to help and take care of you. It might not happen the way you imagine, but remember last week’s verse? We learned in Philippians 4:6-7 that we don’t have to be anxious because He is in control!

Let’s Do!

  • Draw a picture or cut out pictures from a magazine to tell about a funny or interesting dream you had.
  • Make up an interesting meaning for your dream. For example, if you drew a car with a lamb driving up a hill of lettuce, you might think “Eat more veggies, kid!” or “Whoa, not so much salad tomorrow night!”
  • Draw a second picture or poster of something that God has said to you (or draw a picture of you doing what you think He wants you to be when you grow up). Hang it up on your fridge or wall to look at this week!

Let’s Memorize!

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

This week we have another song to help us memorize our verse! Check out the video below and practice it throughout the week!

EGC KIDS TIP: To learn the verse, make up your own actions for the words “fear/dismayed,” “strengthen,” “uphold” (hint, think “hold you up”). Say or sing the verse (using the actions) to your pet, houseplant, stuffed animal, or younger sibling 10 times this week.

Let’s Bless!

During a meal this week, take turns speaking the Remember Verse over each member of the family, like a message from God to them!

Easter Sunday: Jesus is Alive!

Let’s Start!

This week’s topic is so exciting. Jesus is alive! Take a few moments to ask Jesus to fill you fresh with wonder and understanding about what He’s done to rescue us by dying on the cross and rising from the dead. Ask Him to help you to be aware of how He’s with you all the time.

Let’s Watch!

EGC KIDS TIP: Want to go deeper? Yesterday’s video was a great summary of the whole story and tells about how Jesus’ death and resurrection fits into God’s BIG story: His plan to redeem mankind from the very beginning. You can find that video here!

Let’s Talk!

  • When Jesus died what happened to the sun? It went dark for 3 hours.
  • Where did they put Jesus’ body after he died? In a tomb with a stone rolled in front of it.
  • When the women went to the tomb after a few days, what did they see? An angel, and the stone rolled away.
  • What did the angel say? “Jesus isn’t here. He has risen!”
  • What does “risen” mean? Jesus isn’t dead anymore. He is alive again!

Jesus’ death took the punishment for our sin. His resurrection won the battle over sin and death for us. We can trust Jesus to forgive us and rescue us from our sin, shame and fear. His life set us free and gives us new life.

Jesus went further than just giving us new life, though, He promised us that we could have a full life in Him. That means that every day, all day long – morning, noon, and night, God is at work giving us life because He is alive. 

  • Describe what you think a full life in Jesus means.

FOR PARENTS: The resurrection of Jesus is center of the Christian faith. If there was no resurrection, there would be no proof that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our sins was accepted (1 Corinthians 15:17). In the resurrection, Jesus showed his authority over all things, even the power of death. The resurrection of Jesus broke the power of death for all of us who trust in Him as Savior. His resurrection gives us hope in life for the resurrection we will receive when He returns (1 Corinthians 15:23, 42-44). In the meantime, we have hope when we endure hardship, struggles, and suffering because Jesus, who overcame death and gives us new life – is with us now and forever.

Let’s Memorize!

For our online challenge, say the Remember Verse while doing a wall sit and take a video! Check out Miss Erin’s video below, and be sure to tag #egckidsathome

Wall-Sit Remember Verse Challenge #egckidsathome

Let’s Do!

This week, we’re going on an Easter Egg Puzzle Hunt! First, print out the Remember Verse printable (above) or write the verse out on a piece of paper. Then choose the option below that works best for you!

Option 1: If you have plastic eggs at your house.

  • Cut the Remember Verse pdf into puzzle pieces.
  • Place the puzzle pieces inside plastic eggs.
  • Hide them around your house.
  • Let your family find the pieces and assemble the puzzle!

Option 2: If you do not have plastic eggs at your house.

  • Print out the Easter Egg document below and color the eggs in! (Alternately, you could draw a large easter egg and color that!)
  • Glue the pages together so that the verse is on one side and the eggs are on the other.
  • Cut the paper into puzzle pieces
  • Hide the pieces around your house.
  • Let your family find the pieces and assemble the puzzle!

Let’s Pray!

Take turns thanking Jesus for the new life that He has given. Have each family member think of one thing they can be thankful for and happy about that Jesus has done in their lives.

Pray that you would each have a new awareness of the goodness of God, full life in Jesus, and His “with-us-ness.”

Let’s Bless!

Pray this blessing over your children:

May you experience the full, abundant, real life of Jesus here on earth and in eternity. My you have joy, strength and peace through His life. I bless you to always remember and rejoice in the truth that Jesus is alive!

Good Friday

Have you ever wondered why they call today “Good” Friday? Let’s take a look at what happened on the day that Jesus died and what it means for you and me!

Watch the video below and then use the teaching guide to discuss with your family as you take some time today to remember together a Savior who gave His life to set us free.