Maundy Thursday

EGC KIDS TIP: Matthew 26:26-28 tells us that “As they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'” This is why we take communion! If you’re interested in taking communion together as a family this weekend or would like more information, we have a helpful guide for you here!

April 5, 2020: Jesus is King (Palm Sunday)

A Note to our Parents and Guardians: Each week, we are posting a short lesson or video to watch with your child(ren), suggested worship videos for preschool and grade school students, and crafts or activities that you can do at home! These can be done on Sunday mornings or throughout the week. (For more information and parent resources, check out the For Parents tab!)

Let’s Start!

Before you watch this week’s Bible video, take a moment and pray with your family that God would help you each to focus. Ask him to give you open ears and open hearts to receive what He wants to say to you. Take a moment of silent prayer to allow each person to give God all of the things that distract them or are heavy on their hearts.

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

{ASK} When Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey:

  • Did the people realize that He was a king? (Yes, but they expected that the Messiah would be a warrior king, someone who rule by force).
  • Jesus had a bigger plan. What was it? (Jesus came to save people by dying on the cross for their sins and rising again. He came to bring them and us into relationship with God.)

{DISCUSS} The Bible tells us many ways that Jesus is King:

  • Jesus is the King immortal. That means He lives forever (1 Timothy 1:17). 
  • Jesus is the King of glory. He is strong and wins every battle (Psalm 24:8). 
  • Jesus is a righteous King. He makes right decisions that please God (Isaiah 32:1). 
  • Jesus is a loving King. The powerful Ruler of all chose to free us from our sins by dying for us (Revelation 1:5). 

When we know Jesus as our King, we can cry out to Him, “Hosanna! Save us!” just like the people in the Bible. We can ask Him to help us bow down to His leadership and what He wants to do in our lives. We can trust Him and do what He asks, even when it’s something that we don’t understand (like the disciples did when they went to get the donkey)!

  • Where in your life do you see Jesus as the mighty King of Kings? (Are there parts of your life where you are living like Jesus is the King of that thing? For example, are you not afraid of the dark because you know that Jesus is the boss of the dark?)
  • How does it make you feel to know He rules over everything and everyone?
  • Are there areas of your life you need to let Jesus be king of? Take a few moments to talk to God about these things.

EGC KIDS TIP: Give time for this. As a parent, it can be tempting to “guide” the child into something that you want them to work on. God might highlight this for your child Himself or He might show him/her another area that He thinks is important right now. Trust God with your children. He knows them and loves them best. Note: if the coronavirus comes up in this discussion, we have some tips for how to talk with your family about current events here.

Let’s Do!

Today, we are going to make our own palm branches!

  1. Gather some paper (construction paper or copy paper, 2 pages per person).
  2. Cut out 3-4 long strips from one side of the paper and glue them together to make a sturdy branch for your palm leaves (alternately, you can use a paper towel roll, a clean stick from outside or a paint stir stick).
  3. Trace your hands (as many as you can fit on the papers) and cut them out.
  4. Glue the handprints to the “branch,” with fingers pointing out.
  5. On the handprints, write about how Jesus is King in your life! You can also write some of the things that Jesus talked to you about when you asked Him about areas of your life where you need to let Him be king.

Let’s Pray!

Take a few minutes together and pray about the things written on the palm branches. Give them to Jesus and ask Him to be the king and boss of every area of your lives.

EGC KIDS TIP: Sometimes having something to hold or an action to do helps our kids connect with the words they are praying. As they pray, you can have them take their palm fronds and lay them down on the ground – just like they did in the story – to show that they are choosing to make Jesus the King in their lives!

During the week as you pray, ask Jesus to help you remember that He’s the King over everything.

Let’s Memorize!

EGC Kids Tip: Try to learn the verse by acting it out together. Use the palms you made or some coats from the closet (or be creative)! Take a video and send it to egckids@elimgospel.org or upload it to social media and tag it #egckidsathome. We’d love to see it!

Let’s Bless!

Take time to bless each family member with the following blessing:

May you trust Jesus to be the King and the boss of every area of your life. May you always know that you can call to Him and he will save you. May you know that the King of Kings loves you and cares for you and that you are His!

March 29, 2020: God Keeps His Promises (Part II)

A Note to our Parents and Guardians: Each week, we are posting a short lesson or video to watch with your child(ren), suggested worship videos for preschool and grade school students, and crafts or activities that you can do at home! These can be done on Sunday mornings or throughout the week. (For more information and parent resources, check out the For Parents tab!)

Let’s Start!

Before you watch this week’s Bible video, (below) take a moment and pray with your family that God would help you each to focus. Ask him to give you open ears and open hearts to receive what He wants to say to you. Take a moment of silent prayer to allow each person to give God all of the things that distract them or are heavy on their hearts.

Let’s Watch!

God’s Story: Jacob Wrestles

Let’s Talk!

Ask some follow-up questions about the video:

  • What were the names of the twins in the story? (Jacob and Esau)
  • What did Jacob do that made Esau mad? (Jacob tricked his father and took Esau’s blessing)
  • What did Jacob send ahead to Esau? (lots of gifts)
  • Why did Jacob stop at the river? (he was scared)
  • What happened when Jacob was by the fire at night? (a man came and wrestled him)
  • What new name did the man give Jacob? (Israel – God Fights)

There are times in life when we make choices that hurt people (like Jacob). There are also times in life when things don’t go the way we plan or hope. But God is still God even in those times, and He’s still in charge! He knows everything about us. He still keeps his promises to be with us and help us.

  • When is a time when you’ve done something to make someone mad and they’ve forgiven you? (try to keep this conversation positive ;))
  • Tell us a time when something hasn’t gone the way you wanted it to. How did you feel? How was God good to you in that situation? (look for what God did)
  • What is something special that God knows about you or has said about you?

Let’s Do!

Get out some paper and scraps of recycling or craft supplies. Make a poster that says, “GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES.”

EGC Kids Tip: If you don’t have poster-sized paper at home, you can tape together some regular-sized paper to make a poster or use a large piece of cardboard!

  • Have each family member contribute to the poster.
  • As you decorate the poster, talk about the good things God has done in your lives. How has He kept His promises to you, even in hard times?
  • As you decorate, talk about how God has made each family member unique. Talk about the special gifts, talents, strengths, etc. each family member has!
  • Hang up your poster somewhere you can all see it this week.

From the EGC Kids Team: We’d love to see your poster! If you want, take a picture of your family with the poster and email it to us, or tag @egckidschurch or #egckidsathome on Facebook or Instagram!

Let’s Pray!

Pray together that God would help you to notice God’s promises and faithfulness in your family and in your individual lives.

Take a few minutes together before bed (or another time where you can all come together – mealtimes are great if kids all go to bed at different times) to slow down and talk to God. Have each family member think of one promise that God made (for example: to be with us all the time, to take care of us, to help us, to grow the fruit of the Spirit in us) and how you saw Him do it that day.

EGC Kids Tip: Sometimes this can be hard. Keep at it! God is doing good things in your family every day. He wants you to look for it and notice!

Let’s Bless!

Open your Bible and read Psalm 139:1-3

EGC Kids Tip: if you have children who can read, help them to find the verse in their Bibles as well. Hint for explaining – If you open your Bible to the middle and then go a little to the left, you’ll find Psalms! The big number (139) is the chapter and the little numbers (1-3) are the verses.

This week, we want to take turns blessing each other!

What you say: “(Family member’s name) I bless you to know that God keeps his promises to you when you are (choose somewhere they go for example: playing outside, sitting at the table, working on schoolwork, etc.). It should sound something like, “Joseph, I bless you to know that God keeps his promises to you when you are getting out of bed each morning.”

Then, when everyone has taken turns blessing the person beside them, finish up with a family blessing.

Family, I bless you to become more aware of what God is doing in your life – to recognize His voice and His presence, and to trust Him because He is a promise keeper.

Let’s Memorize!

This week’s REMEMBER VERSE is Psalm 24:1.

EGC Kids Tip: If you have readers, it helps to have the verse written down and hung up for reference the first few times around. To download and print this week’s remember verse: click on the link below!

To learn the remember verse this week, try this game:

Have your family stand in a circle. Choose a stuffed animal (or a ball if you have super brave parents or can do this outside!). Have the person with the stuffed animal say the first word of the verse and then throw it to someone else. That person will say the next word of the verse and toss the animal to another person and so on. Do this until everyone learns it and you can say the verse super quickly. (If you can get it and record it in under 14 seconds, we’ll share it in our Instagram story!!)

Let’s Stay Connected!

Looking for more tips and fun from your EGC Kids team? Follow us on Instagram! And, don’t forget to tag us in your pictures and videos of the lesson and REMEMBER VERSE activities!

March 22, 2020: God Keeps His Promises

A Note to our Parents and Guardians: Each week, we will be posting a short lesson or video to watch with your child(ren), suggested worship videos, and crafts or activities! (For more information check out the For Parents tab!) This week we’ll be learning about God’s faithfulness through the story of Abraham and Sarah.

Let’s Start!

Before you watch the video (below), pray with your family that God would help you each to focus and to have open ears and hearts to what He wants to say to you. Take a moment of silent prayer to allow each person to give God all of the things that distract them or are heavy on their hearts.

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Do!

Build a tent/fort from sheets and blankets and imagine you are Abraham and Sarah. Imagine that God has called you to go somewhere you’ve never been with no directions! Sit in your tent, play a game, or eat a snack, and talk through the following questions about Abraham and Sarah:

  • What would it be like to do what they did to leave their home to obey God?
  • How might you feel about it? Would you rather go camping or stay at a hotel? Why?
  • How many stars do you think there are?
  • What things has God blessed you with as a family? How has God kept His promises to you?
  • Have you ever had to wait for something like Abraham and Sarah had to wait for Isaac? Was it hard or easy?
  • Are there things that you are still waiting for?
  • What are some ways that you can trust and obey God at home or while you’re all together?

Let’s Pray!

Pray together that God would help you as a family to trust and obey him.

EGC Kids Tip: If you don’t pray regularly as a family, this is a great time to start. Take a few minutes together before bed (or another time where you can all come together) and slow down and talk to God. Don’t just have the adults pray, give relaxed time for your children to pray too! Encourage them to think of one other person they can pray for as well.

Let’s Bless!

Open your Bible and read Psalm 107: 1, 8-9

EGC Kids Tip: if you have children who can read, help them to find the verse in their Bibles as well. Hint for explaining – If you open your Bible to the middle and then go a little to the left, you’ll find Psalms! The big number is the chapter (107) and the little numbers are the verses.

Bless your child(ren) by saying something like, “(Child’s Name), I bless you to recognize the goodness of the Lord, to understand and experience His unfailing love in your life. May you trust God and obey Him all your days and recognize His faithfulness and provision.”

Let’s Memorize!

Psalm 90:2 – “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”

This month’s REMEMBER VERSE reminds us that God is everlasting! He’s been around since before the earth was made and will be around forever and ever!

EGC Kids Tip: Try playing a game to learn the verse! Have each person hop on one foot and take turns giving high fives as you say the verse together (one hop per word).

Let’s Stay Connected!

Looking for more tips and fun from your EGC Kids team? Follow us on Instagram! Miss Erin will be posting fun ideas to learn the verse and ways that you can grow in Jesus while you are at home!