March 14, 2021: God is Provider

Today’s lesson is based on Exodus 15:22-17:7

Let’s Start!   

  • Do you know the difference between a want and a need? A need is something you can’t live without. A want is something you’d really, really like, but it isn’t a necessity.
  • Watch the video below with your family and decide whether each item is a WANT or a NEED. *Hint: you might not all agree on the answers and that’s ok!

Let’s Watch!

  • Sometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference between wants and needs. When you really, really want something, it starts to feel like a need! And sometimes what you want or need changes, or is different from someone else’s needs. For instance, a shiny red bike might be something you really want – if you need the bike to get to work so that you could make money to buy food for your family, well, then that want becomes a need!
  • Sometimes we don’t think we need something, but we do! (like when we want to stay up late and don’t think we need sleep!)
  • But, even if we can’t always perfectly tell what we need, there’s someone who ALWAYS can. Do you know who? God!
  • Let’s find out what happened to the Israelites after they were freed from Egypt, and how God met their needs!

Let’s Talk!

  • Why did God bring His people out of Egypt? (Ex. 5:1) He had heard their cries when they were in slavery, and he wanted them to be free to worship Him.
  • When they got to the Red Sea and it looked like there was nowhere to go, what did God do? Parted the waters of the sea and they walked through on dry land
  • Woah. You’d think the Israelites would have trusted God then, right? After all – He had done all kinds of crazy things in Egypt through plagues to prove His power, and then they were set free, and even the sea couldn’t stop them! But did they trust Him? No.
  • What did they complain about? (Ex. 15:24, 16:3) They were hungry and they didn’t have much food.
  • Is food and water a want or a need? A need
  • Did God know what they needed? Yes!
  • How did God give the people the food and water they needed? (Ex. 15:25, 16:3, 17: 5-6). He provided manna on the ground that they could make into bread, and meat, He even made fresh water flow from a rock.
  • God even provided a day of rest! Can you remember what that was called? (Ex. 16:23). A Sabbath.
  • Even though the people were wandering through a desert, God provided for all their needs. He led them with a cloud and a pillar of fire. He gave them water and food and rest. Have you ever seen God provide for you and your family? How?

Let’s Do!  

DID YOU KNOW: One time, the Israelites came upon a spring of water but the water tasted bitter. God told Moses to place his staff (like a walking stick) into the water and it became sweet and good to drink! Today we’re going to pretend to make some water sweet by playing a fun game (don’t drink it though!!)

What you need:

  • Plastic cups (or containers, totes or buckets)
  • Masking tape
  • Wooden craft sticks (or find some small sticks outside)

WHAT you do:

  • Set up two cups filled about halfway with water (if dividing your family into two teams) or use one cup per child.
  • Note: you could also use small bins or plastic containers, you just want something that won’t dump over easily.
  • Make a tape line a few feet away from the cups where you want child(ren) to stand. 
  • When you say “go” each team or child starts throwing craft sticks towards the containers. The first team or child to have all their sticks in their container wins!

Let’s Memorize!

Let’s Pray! 

** Before you start, make sure that each person has a blank piece of paper to write on. You’ll also need a special snack (maybe a bowl of popcorn or a plate of cookies)!

  • What happened when the Israelites tried to gather too much food and save some for the next day? It went bad / it was full of bugs.
  • Why do you think God didn’t want them to gather food for other days? He wanted them to trust Him. If they only gathered enough food for one day, it meant they trusted that God was going to provide for them the next day too!  
  • It was hard for the Israelites not to worry that there wouldn’t be enough food. After all, they were in a desert! They wondered if God really saw them and really cared about them. Sometimes, we worry about things too. We might worry if we’ll have enough food, or if someone will get sick, or if we’ll mess up in school and everyone will make fun of us.
  • On your strip of paper, write or draw something that you’re worried about. If you don’t want to write it, you could just think about it as you hold your paper. “What have you been worrying about? What’s been bothering you?” (parents, allow some time for them to think and write/draw!)
  • God sees you too, and He cares about your worries! Do you know what the best part is? He wants you to give them to Him! He wants you to trust him just like the Israelites did – because He loves you.
  • But, sometimes, instead of trusting God, we take our worries and we hold onto them tightly (have child(ren) tear their papers in half and then crumple them and hold each piece tightly – one in each hand). What happens to our worries when we hold them tightly? Do they disappear? No! Eventually, it’d hurt your hand to squeeze that paper so hard, right?
  • The Bible says that God is a good God and he wants to give good gifts to his children. So now, without letting go of your paper, I want you to try and hold this good gift. (have child try to take a snack from the bowl or eat a cookie with their papers still in their hands).
  • That’s hard to do with your worries crumpled up in your hands, right? God knows that too. So he wants us to give our worries to Him. He wants us to trust Him because He is our provider and He will take care of us too!
  • As a family, open up the papers and talk about the things you’ve been worrying about. Then, bring those worries to God together in prayer. When you are done, have each child take their crumpled papers and toss them into a garbage can.

Let’s Bless!

Parents, end your prayer time with the following blessing:

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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