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.

August 23, 2020: God Helps

Let’s Start/Do!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • When the woman came to Simon’s house to see Jesus, what did she do? She knelt at Jesus’ feet, crying, wiped his wet feet clean with her hair, kissed them, and then poured expensive perfume on them!
  • Earlier in the story we heard that the woman was known as someone who had sinned a lot. The Pharisees were so focused on being sin-free that they wouldn’t hang out with people that they said sinned a lot. So, Simon couldn’t believe Jesus was letting this woman anywhere near him! But Jesus knew that everyone had sinned, and everyone needed His help.
  • What was the story Jesus told Simon? Two men who owned someone money. When the man forgave their debt (told them that they didn’t have to pay him back), the man who owed him MORE was more thankful, and loved him more.
  • What did Jesus tell the woman at the end of the story? Your sins are forgiven, go in peace.
  • How do you think that made the woman feel? Loved, accepted, happy
  • Can you think of other stories where Jesus helped people? There are lots of examples! He healed people, fed 5,000, told people about God, raised them from the dead, helped them change their lives (Zaccheus, the disciples. . .)
  • Did Jesus ever turn people away and tell them they weren’t good enough for him? No.
  • We all come to God needing His help. We need him to forgive our sins and make us clean and help us to be like him. We’ll never be perfect (only He is!), and He knew that. In fact, that’s why Jesus came: to pay the price for our sins, and to forgive us, just like he did for the woman that day!

Let’s Memorize!

Talk about it: What do you think it means to approach God with confidence? When we come to God, we come boldly as His sons and daughters, knowing that we belong there, and that He loves us!

To help you learn this week’s verse: use one of the exercise challenges that Miss Erin used in her video above (or make up your own challenge)! You could:

  • Hold a wall sit while you repeat the words to the verse
  • Do your verse to jumping jacks (one word per jump)
  • Run around your backyard in swim goggles and shout your verse! (Please send us a video if you use this one!!)

Let’s Pray!

Read Hebrews 4:16 together.  

  • Have you ever felt like you weren’t good enough at something? (Maybe you got picked last for a sports team, or your drawing wasn’t as good as someone else’s, or you made a really big mistake during a performance).
  • Have you ever felt like God would think you weren’t good enough, or that he would be too busy to help you?
  • He’s not! He loves you SO much. He wants you to come to Him, and He wants to help you!
  • Where do you need God’s help in your life today?
    • Are you worried about something?
    • Do you need help treating others with kindness and patience?
    • Are you hurt or sick and need Him to heal something in your body (or know someone does?)
    • Do you need His strength to do something really hard?
  • Let’s take a few minutes and talk to God about the things that you need help with. Remember, God wants to help us!

EGC Kids tip: Parents, give gentle guidance as needed, but let your children take the lead here, allowing them the time to process and share what is on their hearts. If they are not used to praying out loud, encourage them that they don’t need to have all the “right” words. Like the woman in our story today, they can go boldly to Jesus and ask for His help with anything (no matter how big or small it seems!)

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, bless your child with this blessing:

May you always know that a touch from Jesus brings life. May you never doubt his love for you – and always go to Him for help. May God comfort you, heal you, be close to you, and give you peace.

August 16: God Forgives

*This week’s lesson is based on Mark 2:1-12

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Why was it so crowded around Jesus? People wanted to see him heal people, and they wanted to hear what he had to say.
  • What did the friends do to get the paralyzed man into the house to see Jesus? They cut a hole in the roof and lowered him down!
  • What did Jesus say to the paralyzed man? Hint, look in Mark 2:5.
  • Jesus made a big deal about forgiving sins. The teachers of the law were upset. They tried super hard not to sin AND avoid anyone who might be “dirty” with sin. Jesus didn’t do that. He never sinned, but he wasn’t afraid that others’ sin would make him dirty too.
  • Have you ever sinned and felt shame, or like you wanted to hide it? Have you ever felt like your sin was something dirty or heavy in your heart?
  • By telling the paralyzed man that he was forgiven, Jesus was showing us that the most important reason that He came was so He could forgive our sins, take away our shame and guilt, and make a way for us to have a healthy, loving relationship with God.
  • Sometimes it can be hard for us to talk about our sins. But God is good. He always loves, listens and forgives us when we ask.
  • Read 1 John 1:9 together.

Let’s Memorize!

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

1 John 1:9

This week, make up a song, rap, or dance to help you to memorize your verse!

Let’s Do!

Cutting a hole in your roof to reenact today’s story may NOT be the best idea. . . so instead, today you’re going to test your strength by pulling your family members around in a blanket!

  • First, find a blanket or a bed sheet that you know your mom is ok with you using (the antique quilt that Great Aunt Ethel sewed may NOT be the best one to use)
  • Then, take turns showing off how strong you are by pulling one family member at a time across the room – using the blanket as a sled! (Just make sure you watch out for corners and hard furniture as you pull!)
  • Note: younger children could pull a stuffed animal instead of a sibling or parent. Or, if you have a winter sled and a hill at your house, you could do some summer sledding like Miss Melanie and Pastor Greg did with their family in today’s video!

Let’s Pray!

Read 1 John 1:9 together. Then take a few minutes to confess your sins to God. Don’t worry about thinking up too many sins, just confess the ones that you know weigh heavy on your heart, or ones that the Holy Spirit helps you to remember.

From the EGC Kids Team: Parents/Guardians, as you do this together, gently allow the Holy Spirit to guide your kids as they confess their sins. Don’t force them or “bring to their memory” sins they should confess. Allow God to do that work in them. This will help them to hear God’s voice and prompting for themselves. If you notice that he/she confesses the same sin situation over and over, remind them that God loves us and forgives us once and for all time.

Then take a few minutes to thank God for sending Jesus and forgiving you. You are free of that weight and sin! God’s forgiveness washes it away and His grace covers the place where it was!

This might be a great time to praise God together. There are some great worship songs on the worship tab to pick from!

Let’s Bless!

May you always run to God’s grace and healing. May you always trust that His grace covers your sins.