July 19, 2020: God is Trustworthy

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

Let’s Start!

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

Let’s Watch!

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

Let’s Talk!

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

Let’s Do!

Play a game of “Would You Rather”

How you play:

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

Questions to Use:

Would you rather:

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

Let’s Memorize!

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

What you will need:

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

What you do:

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

Let’s Bless!

Bless each other with this blessing:

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

July 12, 2020: God Blesses

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

Let’s Start!

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

Wow! Yum, right?

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

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

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

Let’s Watch!

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

Let’s Talk!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s Do!

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

Let’s Memorize!

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

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

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

Let’s Bless!

Bless your family with this blessing:

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

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