Sunday, March 28: Palm Sunday

Today’s lesson is based on: Matthew 21:1–11John 12:12–19

Let’s Start!   

Today we’re going to celebrate Palm Sunday by making our own Palm Branches!

Option 1: Print the file below, color it in green, and cut along the lines to make a palm branch. To make it stronger, tape or glue your palm branch onto a paint stick, straw, or a stick from outside.

Option 2: cut your own palm branches out of green construction paper or tape thin paper strips onto a stick!

Let’s Watch!

  • Do you know what next Sunday is? Easter!
  • Next week we’ll learn more about what Easter means, but today we’re going to take some time and talk about another important day – Palm Sunday!
  • Before Jesus’ died and rose again, He and his disciples went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Passover was a special feast to celebrate how God set His people free from slavery in Egypt.
  • That day, Jesus made quite the entrance to Jerusalem. In fact, years before, the prophet Zechariah had talked about it (check it out in Zechariah 9:9). Let’s watch and see what happened!

Let’s Talk!

  • If you could ride into town on any sort of animal (real or imaginary), what would it be?
  • Why do you think Jesus rode into town on a donkey? A donkey was a symbol of humility and peace.
  • What did the people do when they saw Jesus? (check out Matthew 21:9) They waved their palm branches and shouted “Hosanna!”
  • Hosanna means “save us!” The people wanted Jesus, as their king, to defeat the Romans and set up his own kingdom – but Jesus’ kingdom looked different than the people expected. What is Jesus’ kingdom like? Jesus is the King of Kings! He is the King over all because he is God. He did come to rescue his people, but, instead of bringing huge armies and winning battles, he rescued them by defeating sin and death when he died on the cross and rose again.
  • What Kind of King is Jesus? Look up the following verses and talk about how they describe Jesus as King:
    • Psalm 24:8: He’s the King of glory, He’s strong, and He wins every battle
    • Isaiah 32:1: He’s righteous (makes the right decisions and pleases God)
    • Revelation 1:5: He’s a loving king who chose to die to free us from our sin.
  • When we know Jesus as our King, we can cry out to Him: “Hosanna! Save us!” We can ask him to forgive us for our sins and help us to live our lives for Him!

Let’s Do!  

  • Download and print the donkey poster and tails below, or draw your own donkey and use string or paper as it’s tail!
  • Have one person at a time wear a blindfold and spin around, then try to place the tail on the donkey. Whoever is closest wins!

Let’s Memorize!

Let’s Pray! 

Make sure you have your palm branches available for today’s prayer time!

  • How does it make you feel to know that Jesus is the king over everyone and everything?  
  • Have you ever had to surrender to Jesus as King by doing something you knew He wanted you to do even though it was hard? (to surrender means to give up what you want and do what He wants instead) What happened?
  • Let’s spend a few minutes asking Him if there is anything you need to give to Him today:
    • Maybe you need to ask Jesus to forgive you for not doing something he wants you to do (like being kind to your siblings or obeying your mom or dad).
    • Maybe you’ve been praying about something and it hasn’t happened – and you need to give that to Jesus and say: “I trust you.”
    • Or, maybe you just need to say to Him, Jesus: Thank you for being my king! You are strong and mighty and right, and I love you and trust you!
  • We can honor Jesus as King in our lives just like the people did on Palm Sunday by giving Him control of our lives and worshipping Him! As you pray, write down whatever you think of on your palm branches and then hold them out to Jesus.
  • If you’ve never asked Jesus to be King of your life, you can do that today! The Bible says that if we believe in our hearts that He is God and that He came and died and rose again to take away our sin, and we ask Him to be King in our lives, we get to be part of His kingdom! He’s not only the most powerful King ever, he’s also the BEST king ever. He loves you SO much, and He wants you to know Him.
  • If you do pray to ask Jesus to be king in your life, we’d love to celebrate with you! Send us an email to let our team know!

Let’s Bless!

Parents, end your prayer time by speaking the following blessing over your child(ren):

January 24, 2020: God is the Beginning and the End

Today’s lesson is based on Revelation 19:11–2121—22

Let’s Start!

Let’s Do! (PART 1): Beginning and the End.

Do you ever feel like your days are just totally random? It might feel like that sometimes, but the Bible tells us that God’s story isn’t random (and it makes a whole lot more sense than that story did!!) In fact, the Bible talks about how God is the BEGINNING and the END. He the one who created everything in the beginning, and knows what’s going to happen at the end of the story – and everything in between. Not only that, but you’re part of His story too!

We’ll talk more about that in a minute, but for now, we’re going to talk about some other things that have a beginning and an end by playing a fun game!

What you do:

  • Place two objects (chairs, blankets, etc). as far apart as you can in the room (or do this outside if you have space!).
  • Designate one object as the “beginning” and one object as the “end”
  • As you list off things that have a beginning and an end, have your child(ren) run to stand/sit on the end they prefer!

“Would you rather be at the beginning or the end of . . . .”

  • School year
  • A line
  • Summer break
  • The superbowl
  • A really long day
  • A movie
  • A school bus ride
  • A shopping trip
  • A vacation
  • A roller coaster ride
  • A book
  • A long train

Let’s Watch!

Now, let’s take a look at part of God’s story together (*we promise this story makes more sense!)

Let’s Talk!

  • Think about the beginning: when God created the world. What was it like? It was perfect! There was no sickness or sadness or hurt – and God’s people (Adam and Eve) walked with God!
  • We all know what happened though, right? People chose to do what THEY wanted instead of what God wanted – Sin separated people from God and let all kinds of bad things into the perfect world – God had a plan – He sent Jesus – Jesus defeated sin and death and made a way for us to be with God forever – And now we can live as His children!
  • But that STILL isn’t the end of the story! The Bible says that Jesus is coming back, and when he does he is going to make the world perfect again.
  • Can you find the very last book in your Bible? What is it? Revelation
  • Do you know what Revelation means? A revelation is like a secret that’s being told.
  • What does the book of Revelation tell us about? What it will be like when Jesus comes back!
  • Imagine that you could create a brand new, perfect world. What would it be like?
    • Would you eat pizza every night for dinner?
    • Would there be puppies everywhere to play with and snuggle?
    • Would it be like the best-ever summer vacation that lasts forever?
  • What are some of the things Revelation tells us about the new, perfect world we will live in when Jesus comes back? It’s filled with his glory, Jesus is there, there is a river of life, there is no more pain or sadness or sickness. . .
  • There’s a lot we don’t know about what it will be like, but we do know this: it will be AWESOME. Why? Because Jesus will be there!!

Let’s Memorize!

Let’s Do! (Part 2):

Grab a piece of paper or a large piece of poster board and write Jesus on the top. Then, make a list of things you know about Jesus. What is he like? (Think about stories in the Bible, or who he’s been in your life, or what the Bible says about Him.)

Let’s Pray!

  • What is your favorite thing that we wrote down about Jesus?
  • It’s kind of fun to imagine what it will be like when Jesus comes back! But it’s important to remember that he’s still here with us now, too. He still talks to us and helps us now!
  • In fact, let’s take some time to talk to him today! Play the song HERE (or your favorite quiet music) and spend some time talking to Jesus and listening for Him to talk to you! Here are some ways you could start:
    • Jesus, thank you for . . .
    • Jesus, I love you because . . .
    • Jesus, I’m worried about . . .
    • Jesus, I need your help . . .

EGC Kids tip: Sometimes, listening for God to speak to us can feel awkward and strange. But we believe that our kids can hear from Jesus and that he wants to speak to them! Encourage them to spend some quiet time listening for his voice as they pray and then talk about it together. Remember, God can talk to us in lots of ways! How did they feel as they prayed? Did they see, hear or sense anything? Did something or someone specific come to mind? Encourage them that God loves them, and LOVES to spend time with them!

Let’s Bless!

May you know that God is the Beginning and the End. May you know that you are a child of God and that He talks to you. May you know and love Jesus, now, and forever. And may His promises fill your heart and give you peace.

January 17, 2020: God Calls us to Life with Him

Today’s lesson is based on Acts 23-26

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Why did the Jewish leaders say that Paul was a troublemaker? Because He told people about Jesus.
  • Governor Felix didn’t really want to deal with it, so instead he just put Paul where? In prison.
  • Do you think Prison was a nice place? No.
  • Things didn’t really get any better for Paul either! He kept being put in prison, then he was shipwrecked, and lots of people got really angry at him for talking about Jesus.
  • If it seemed to cause so many problems, why do you think Paul kept telling people about Jesus anyway? Paul knew that the good news that Jesus had died set people free was the BEST NEWS EVER. He knew that God loved everyone, no matter who they were or what they did.
  • Look up Acts 26:22 together.
  • Who did Paul say he would tell about Jesus? Everyone! Both small and great.
  • Paul loved God and was filled with God’s love for other people. God even helped him to love the men who put him in prison – instead of being angry at them for what they did, he just kept telling them all about Jesus! He wanted them to know Jesus too!

Let’s Memorize!

Click on THIS LINK to have Miss Crystal show you the movements to the verse!

Let’s Do!

Did you know??! At one point, Paul was allowed to live at home, but had a guard with him at ALL times. In fact, some people think the guard might have been chained TO him and they had to go everywhere together! Today, test your coordination with the following tied-together activities!  

  1. Tag-Team snack: Find a buddy (a sibling or a parent) and have someone tie your arm to your buddy’s arm. Next: try to BOTH eat a snack (using only the hands that are tied together!)
  2. Three-legged race: Find a partner and tie your right leg to their left leg with a scarf or bandana. See if you can run to a finish line together (You can’t break apart or you have to start over!)
  3. Balancing Act: Grab your favorite stuffed animal. See how long you can keep your animal balanced on your head while: walking down the stairs, getting a drink of water, or putting on your shoes!

Let’s Pray!

  • Have you ever felt left out or been really, really mad at someone else for something that they did? What happened? Maybe they made fun of you, took something of yours, or you got in trouble for something you didn’t do.
  • It can be really hard to love people when they aren’t kind to us. And it can be really, really hard to serve Jesus and do what he wants when everything seems to be going wrong! Living for Jesus isn’t always easy, but the Bible says that we don’t have to do it on our own: God gives us his Holy spirit to help us.
  • As you pray together today – think about the times or people you talked about when you felt hurt or angry. Then, ask the Holy spirit to fill you with His love for others. God wants to fill You with his love, just like he did for Paul. And he wants to give you the boldness to love other people and tell them about Jesus. 

From the EGC Kids Team: Take some time here to gently prompt and ask questions if your child(ren) want to share anything specific. If they do, try not to use this time to explain: “maybe that person didn’t really mean to______” but to listen, and let your child express how they felt. Encourage them to bring those feelings to Jesus and ask the Holy spirit to help them to respond to people with His love instead of anger. (Note: this does not mean that we do not take action as needed. If your child is being bullied, hurt, or treated unfairly, sometimes other action is warranted – and important! But we can choose whether to let these circumstances make us bitter and angry, or let the Holy Spirit guide us to act in love).

Let’s Bless!

January 3, 2020: Jesus is King

Today’s lesson is based on Matthew 2 

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Who was the king of Judea when Jesus was born? Herod
  • What did the wise men follow to Jesus? A star
  • Why was Herod angry to hear that there was another king? He was the king! He didn’t want there to be a different one.
  • How did King Herod try to trick the wise men? He told them where to find Jesus and asked them to come back and tell him where he was so that he could worship him.
  • Did King Herod actually want to worship Jesus? No
  • What did the wise men give Jesus? Gifts fit for a king! (Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh)
  • The wise men knew that Jesus was the king of ALL kings. The highest ruler of all. So they honored him by bringing him gifts and worshipping him. If you were going to see a king, what would YOU bring him? Ideas: Something valuable, something that you made
  • Can you think of a way you could honor Jesus as king in YOUR life? Hint: We can honor Jesus in lots of ways, even if we don’t have any money or things to give, or can’t go very many places! Below are some ideas to get you started:
    • We honor Jesus as king when we live like He wants us to (Romans 12:2)
    • We honor Jesus as king when we are kind to others (Matthew 25:40)
    • We honor Jesus as king when we worship him (Psalm 95:6)

Let’s Memorize:  

  • To help you memorize your verse this week, have a parent or guardian hold their hands out straight in front of you. Every time you say a word, give them a high five (use your right hand to hit their right hand, then your left hand to hit their left hand).

Tip for Parents / Guardians: You can help your child memorizing by saying the words with them. Each time they start over, skip a different word as you recite it and see if they can still say the verse!

Let’s Do:

Option 1: Funny Phrases (For older kids)

What you do: King Herod, the magi, and many others had to decipher some clues (by reading prophecies!) to figure out where Jesus was supposed to be. Today you’re going to decipher some clues too!

  • Print out the funny phrases worksheet (below) – be sure to print it front to back so that the answers are on the backs.
  • Cut apart the cards on the dotted lines, and then place them all face up on the table in front of you (so that the answers are hidden).
  • See if your family can figure out what the phrase means! (EGC Kids Tip: The sounds are all the same in the answer phrase, but you have to separate the words to be able to solve it!).

Option 2: Find the King

  What you do:

  • Find an object in your home to be the baby Jesus (a baby doll, part of your Christmas nativity set) and hide it somewhere in the room without your child looking.
    • When you say “Go” they have to hunt for Baby Jesus! You can guide them (like the star did!) by telling them whether they are hotter (closer) or colder (farther away).
    • Play as many rounds as time allows.

Let’s Pray:

  • Think about all the ways that you can honor Jesus as king that you listed earlier. Which ones do you think are easy to do? Are any of them hard for you to do? Today as we pray, let’s do two things:
    • Worship Jesus as king! What does Jesus mean to you? Tell Him! Tell him how awesome he is, thank him for the things he’s done, and spend some time worshipping Him. You could turn on some quiet music, sing a worship song as a family, or just go around in a circle and praise Him for who he is and what he’s done!
    • Ask Him to help you make Him king in YOUR life. Our memory verse tells us that everything we do should show that Jesus is king. But sometimes that’s really hard to do. He wants to help us, though! Today as you pray – if you’ve been having a hard time doing one of the things we talked about (being kind to others, choosing to obey) talk to God about it and ask him for his help!

Let’s Bless:

Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing over your child(ren):

December 27: 2020, Christmas Review!

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Who was the rescuer that everyone was waiting for? Jesus
  • Why did we need a rescuer? Because our sin separates us from God. Jesus came to defeat sin and death, and make a way for us to be with God forever as part of his family.
  • Where was Jesus born? Bethlehem
  • Who announced Jesus’ birth to the shepherds? Angels
  • Who followed a star to see Jesus? Wise men
  • Can you remember what the wise men gave Jesus? Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh
  • Who wanted to kill Jesus? King Herod (but God kept him safe!)
  • What is YOUR favorite part of the Christmas story?
  • What was your favorite thing that you did with your family this year? Getting a tree, decorating cookies...
  • What was your favorite gift (either that you gave, or that someone gave you)?
  • What are you most excited about for NEXT year?

Let’s Memorize!

This is our last week with our December memory verse. Can you say it on your own?

Let’s Do!

Make some paper snowflakes!

  • You can use these printable templates for some extra fancy designs, or just grab a piece of white paper and fold like this.
  • See what designs YOU come up with. If you’d like to share them with your egckids teachers, post them to Instagram or facebook and tag #egckidsathome

Let’s Pray!

Jesus, Thank you for all the ways you bless us. For family and friends, for Christmas trees and snowy days, for holidays and all that makes them special. Thank you for coming to be our rescuer, and for always being with us. Thank you that you are our peace and our hope. We love you. Amen.

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing over your child(ren):

December 20, 2020: Jesus is the Promised Savior

Today’s lesson is based on: Isaiah 9:1–26–7Luke 2

Let’s Start!

  • Have you ever had really big news to share? Something you couldn’t wait to tell someone about? What was it?
  • Lets say you had some suuuuper exciting news. Like, the most exciting news you could possibly ever have. How would you tell people about it?
  • Jesus’ arrival was some REALLY big news. They didn’t have telephones or FaceTime or news stations to get the news out, but that didn’t mean no one heard! Let’s watch and see what happened!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • What is a shepherd’s job? To take care of sheep
  • Imagine that you were in charge of watching a bunch of sheep out in a field and an angel showed up and started talking to you. What do you think that would have been like?
  • What does “Glory to God” mean? Glory means honor and respect: they’re worshiping God.
  • After seeing Jesus, the shepherds went and told EVERYONE they could about him. Why do you think they did that?
    • Because Jesus was the cutest baby ever?
    • Because they had never seen a baby before?
  • God’s people had been waiting for a LONG time for the rescuer to come. And here he was. God had kept his promise! That was BIG news!
  • If you were to ask the Shepherds when they met Jesus, they would tell you that they met him as a baby after the Angels told them about Him, right?
  • How about you? How did YOU meet Jesus? Did someone tell you about Him?
  • If you’ve never met Jesus, would you like to meet him?

From the EGC Kids Team: The Bible tells us that we ALL have sinned (Rom 3:23), and that sin separates us from God. But God promised a rescuer, and that’s what we’ve been talking about the past few weeks. Jesus came to earth, died, and rose again to defeat the powers of sin and death. He came to make us new. That’s why the Christmas story is so powerful: no matter who you are, no matter what you’ve done: you are loved by a God who would go to incredible lengths to forgive you – and make you a part of his family.

If you don’t know Him, but would like to, there are some resources below that can help! If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone here at EGC about what it means to follow Jesus, you can reach a member of our pastoral staff here or our our kids min team here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
What is the Big God story? This video tells the story of the Bible from creation to Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection to what it means for us today. It’s a great summary for early elementary ages.
Leading Kids to Jesus Below is a document provided by TruStory about leading kids to Jesus (TruStory is the curriculum we base our lessons on each week).

Let’s Memorize:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Check out the video below to learn fun movements to our memory verse with Ms. Crystal!

Let’s Do!

Option 1: Do you see what I see?

  • Have each person in your family take turns spotting an object that is in the room with you. Without telling people what it is, try giving people two clues about your object to see if they can guess what it is.
  • For instance, if you chose a lamp, you could say: “It’s bright and you plug it in.”
  • The person who guesses what your object is gets to take the next turn!

Option 2: Do you hear what I hear?

  • Play a game of telephone! Have one person think of a sentence or phrase and whisper it into the ear of the person next to them (without repeating anything!)
  • That person then whispers what they think they heard to the next person in line, who tells the following person. . . until it makes it back to the last person. The final person has to say what they heard out loud to see if the message stayed the same or got totally mixed up!

Let’s Pray!

  • Can you think of a time when God did something really BIG in your life? What was it? (Has he healed you or someone you know? Provided something you needed? Given you courage to do something?)
  • Our stories about meeting Jesus or what we’ve seen Him do are called our testimonies. Testimony is a big word, but it basically means “telling.” We tell others about who Jesus is and what he’s done – just like the shepherds did!
  • When the shepherds told other people about Jesus, many were excited and began praising God. YOU can help people come to know Jesus too, by sharing your story with them.
  • Today, let’s pray and thank Jesus together for all the things He’s done!

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing over your child(ren):

December 13, 2020: God is Hope

Today’s Lesson is based on 2 Samuel 7Matthew 1Isaiah 7:1–14

Let’s Start!

Let’s Talk about Hope!

  • Last week, we talked about the prophets, and how God told them that he had a plan to save His people by sending a rescuer.
  • The prophets told the people lots of things about the rescuer that was coming.
    • He was going to be called Immanuel. (which means God with us!)
    • He would be born in Bethlehem
    • He would be part of David’s family tree.
  • God’s promises gave people HOPE even when things were hard. (Hope is a feeling of excited trust about what is going to happen.) And even though it took a long, long time. . .God kept ALL of the promises he made!
  • Let’s watch what happened:

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk about Promises!

  • Who told Mary she was going to have a baby? An angel!
  • What do YOU think it would be like to have an angel give you a message from God? She probably was excited and scared. . .
  • Who else did an angel talk to? Joseph
  • What did the ruler decide that he wanted to do? Count all of the people.
  • Where did Mary and Joseph have to go? Bethlehem.
  • Do you know what’s cool about this story? God kept all of the promises he had given his people!
    • Mary was part of David’s family.
    • Mary and Joseph (even though they didn’t live in Bethlehem had to travel there!)
    • Jesus, even though he came as a baby, is the Son of God!
  • Has anyone ever promised you something? What was it? Did they keep their promise? How do you feel if someone doesn’t keep their promise?
  • God ALWAYS keeps his promises. His promises STILL give us hope, because we can still trust that he’s going to do what he says he’s going to do!
  • Christmas is about celebrating the promises God kept, AND celebrating what he’s STILL going to do. We have HOPE no matter what happens because he always keeps his promises.

Let’s Memorize!

*Note: the prophet Isaiah wrote these words many years before Jesus was born. But he trusted that God was sending a rescuer like he promised – and He did!

Let’s Do: Trust Falls

  • Have a parent (or a trustworthy older sibling) stand behind you and hold out their hands.
  • Fold your arms across your chest, make your body totally stiff, and fall backwards like you’re a tree! – TIMBERRRRR…
  • Take turns until everyone has a chance to try it!

Let’s Pray!

  • God promised us a rescuer – and the rescuer came! What are some other things God has promised us? (we’ve listed a few below to get you started!)
  • Which promise do you need God to remind you of this week? (Maybe if you’re worried about something you need God to give you his peace, or you have a big decision to make and you need God to give you his wisdom).
  • Take some time to pray that God would help you to remember His promises – and ask him for what you need and to fill you with his hope! Remember, He ALWAYS keeps His promises!

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing over your child(ren):

Let’s Share Hope!

Who do you know that could use some hope right now? Perhaps someone who is sick, or can’t see family for Christmas, or has been going through a hard time. Make a plan as a family to do something for them this week (Ideas: send a card, call them on the phone, order something to be delivered).

December 6, 2020: Jesus is Immanuel

Today’s lesson is based on Isaiah 7:149:1–7

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • What is a prophet? Someone who hears from God and shares it!
  • What was the main message that the prophets in the Bible told people? Their sin was going to cause all sorts of problems for them – but God had a plan, a rescuer was coming!
  • What is sin? Sin is disobeying God. It can mean doing what we aren’t supposed to, or living the way we want to and choosing not to follow God.
  • Can anyone choose to just stop sinning and be perfect on their own? No.
  • The prophets told about someone who was coming to save people from their sin. Who? Let’s find out together!
  • Read Isaiah 7:14.
  • Who is this verse talking about? Jesus!
  • What does Immanuel mean? God with us.
  • The rescuer couldn’t just be any old person who decided to come help people out of the mess they made, the rescuer had to actually be able to save people from their sin – which meant that he had to be sinless, AND have power over sin and death.
  • God is the only one who fits that description, so Jesus came to earth to be with us, and to rescue us! And that’s what we celebrate at Christmas!

Let’s Memorize!

*Note: the prophet Isaiah wrote these words many years before Jesus was born. But he trusted that God was sending a rescuer like he promised – and He did!

Let’s Do!

  • Take turns thinking of someone (real or fictional character) that people in your family would know.
  • Have them ask you yes or no questions until they guess who it is! First person to guess gets to pick the next name! Examples of questions to ask: Is your person still alive? Is your person a girl?
  • Some name suggestions to get you started: Grandma or Grandpa, Cookie Monster, Mr. Incredible, Miss Crystal. . .

Let’s Listen!

Listen to this song and then take some time to talk about it together!

  • How is the story of Christmas a story of amazing love? Hint: Look at John 3:16 & Romans 5:8.
  • Jesus was the rescuer that God told the prophets about. And God didn’t just send anyone – He sent Jesus. Because God’s plan wasn’t for someone else to come and fix things, it was for HIM to fix things. The savior of the world would be Immanuel: God with us. The fact that Jesus was willing to come and be with us and die for us is the story of amazing love!
  • Christmas is a reminder that God keeps his promises and that he loves us so, SO much.

Let’s Pray!

  • What’s on your mind today? Take some time and talk to God about it! Whether you’re worried about something or excited about Christmas or just got a brand new pair of sneakers, God cares about it all because he cares about YOU! He wants to spend time with you and to be with you – and he can speak to YOU too, just like he spoke to the prophets!

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing over your child(ren):

November 8, 2020: Jesus changes everything.

Today’s lesson is based on Acts 9

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Paul, Jesus, and the Road to Damascus | by LifeKids via Youtube

Let’s Talk!

  • Before Paul was known as Paul – what was his name? Saul
  • What did Saul do to people who followed Jesus? He captured them and put them in prison. Some were even killed.
  • When Saul was on his way to Damascus, what happened? He saw a bright light and Jesus talked to him! After that, he couldn’t see for three days.
  • Ananias also heard the voice of Jesus. What did Jesus tell Ananias? To go to Saul and pray for him so that he could see again.
  • How did Ananias feel about that? He was scared! He knew what Saul did to people who believed in Jesus. It was hard for him to believe he could change.
  • The moment Ananias laid hands on Saul, his eyes were opened. From then on, Paul began to share the good news of Jesus with everyone! Talk about a big change!!
  • How has knowing Jesus changed YOUR life?

Parents / Guardians: This is a fantastic opportunity to share a bit of your testimony with your child. When did you come to know Jesus? What changed after you gave your life to him? (be honest and open with your kids, but keep it age appropriate). For some of us (adults or kids), our testimony might not include a dramatic conversion like Paul’s. Perhaps you’ve always known and served Jesus. If that’s the case – he’s been changing you all along to be more like Him – and still is! Think about ways that your life would have been different if you didn’t know him, or ways that he is helping you change or grow.

Let’s Do!

When Saul met Jesus, everything changed! We’re going to try some “change it up” challenges today to see how well YOU do with change!

Challenge #1: Spell it!

  • For this challenge, first choose a word that your child is able to spell and ask them to spell it for you out loud.
  • Then, tell them that the rules have changed and they have to spell the word backwards!
  • Backwards is trickier, right? How about this challenge:

Challenge #2 Write it!

  • Have your child write their name on a piece of paper.
  • Then, tell them that the rules have changed again, and they must write their name with their non-dominant hand.
  • Have them write their name again and compare the two! (to add to the challenge, you could have them try it again and write their name with their eyes closed!)

Challenge #3 Walk it!

  • Have your child walk from one designated point to another point in the room.
  • Then, tell them that the rules have changed (again!) and they must walk back to the starting point but this time, with their eyes closed, AND walking backwards!
  • (EGC Kids Tip: Stay close by and assist as needed so that no one gets hurt!)

Let’s Pray!

  • The good news about Jesus is that HE changes us. God doesn’t expect us to just be able to switch and do something backwards and instantly be different all on our own. That’s what Jesus does!
  • Paul was created by God, and loved by God – and so are you and I. But sometimes, we choose to do what we want instead of choosing God. The Bible calls that sin. In fact, that’s the whole reason Jesus came! When Jesus died and rose again, he defeated sin and death once and for all.
  • Now, when we choose to believe him and give him our lives, everything changes. He forgives us and makes us new again (2 Cor 5:17) and we become part of God’s big story – part of his family forever (John 1:12). Not only are we changed into a new person, but he helps us to keep changing – to keep becoming more and more like Him.
  • Have you ever given your life to Jesus? If not, would you like to today?

Parents / Guardians: What about you? Have you ever chosen to give your life to Jesus? The Bible tells us that we ALL have sinned (Rom 3:23), and that sin separates us from God. The gospel – the good news of Jesus – is so much more than a cute story for our kids to learn about in kids’ church on Sunday mornings. The gospel says: no matter who you are, no matter what you’ve done: you are loved by a God who would go to incredible lengths to forgive you, to welcome you home, and to make you new. He wants to do that for you, today. If you, or someone in your home would like to make a commitment to follow Jesus, there are some resources below that can help! If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone here at EGC about what it means to follow Jesus, you can reach a member of our pastoral staff here our our kids min team here.

Additional Resources for Families:

  • What is the Big God story? This video tells the story of the Bible from creation to Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection to what it means for us today. It’s a great summary for early elementary ages.
  • Leading Kids to Jesus Below is a document provided by TruStory (the curriculum we base our lessons on each week.

If you, or someone in your family prayed today to ask Jesus into your life, we’d love to celebrate with you! Send us an email at egckids@elimgospel.org and let us know!

  • If you’ve already made a commitment to follow Jesus, hooray! That’s awesome! Do you know someone who doesn’t know Him yet? Maybe a friend or someone in your family, a leader, or someone at school (maybe even someone who isn’t usually very nice to you)?
  • Jesus loves them too – just like he loved Saul, and just like he loves you! Take some time right now to pray for them, that they would come to know Jesus! And, pray that God would give you the courage to talk to them about Him, just like Ananias in today’s story.

Let’s Memorize!

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing over your child(ren):

October 18: God Restores Relationship

This week’s lesson is based on Luke 22:63-24:8

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Can you think of some real (or imaginary) people who rescue others? Firefighters, policemen, superheroes!
  • All of those people rescue others from something, right? Whether it’s from a fire or an emergency or an imaginary villain, they rescue people who need their help!
  • Did you know that Jesus came to rescue us? It’s true!
  • In the beginning, God created Adam and Eve – and their relationship with God, and each other was perfect! But then, what happened? Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and do what they wanted to do – eat the fruit he told them not to!
  • Their disobedience was called sin, and their sin separated them from God, and brought death and sickness and pain into the world.
  • But, God loves people and wanted to fix His relationship with us, so he had a plan. What was God’s plan to rescue us from all those things? Jesus!
  • At first, God’s plan didn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense. Jesus died! It seemed like death had won. But, what happened on the third day? Jesus rose from the dead!
  • Did everyone believe that Jesus had risen from the dead at first? No. It sounded crazy to people. And, even people who saw him didn’t recognize him at first.
  • When Jesus died, he took the punishment for sin that we deserve. Does anything stand in between us and God now? NO! Not even death!
  • Can ANYONE become part of God’s family? Yes. Anyone who believes in Jesus and decides to follow Him becomes part of His family because of God’s plan to rescue us through Jesus!

Let’s Do!

What you need:

  • Three plastic non-see-through cups.
  • One small item that won’t make noise inside a cup (ie: cotton ball).

What you do:

  • Place all the cups upside down on the table in a single row.
  • Take the cotton ball (or item of choice) and place it under one cup.
  • Without moving the cups off the table, move them around and then place them back in the single row.
  • See who can guess where the cotton ball is, or if they find the “empty tomb!”
  • Take turns as a family guessing or moving the cups. As you play, talk about what it must have been like to have found an empty tomb! How would you have felt? What would you have done?

Let’s Memorize!

To help you memorize this week’s verse, take one of the cups from the empty tomb cup challenge and try to balance it on your head while you say your verse! See if you can say the whole thing before the cup topples off! (Hint: for older children, you can add in an extra challenge – like standing on one foot, or spinning in a circle). If the cup falls off before you complete your verse, start again!

Let’s Pray!

  • Jesus had to go through some really hard things when he died. You can read about his death and resurrection with your family in Luke 22:63-24:8 or in your favorite Children’s Bible.
  • For older children the Gospel Project gives a really fantastic summary here:
  • After you read (or watch), take some time as a family to thank Jesus for taking the punishment that you deserved and repairing your relationship with God.
  • Thank him for being your rescuer, and for defeating death, so that you can live (now, as a child of God, and with Him forever!)

Let’s Bless!

Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing over your child(ren):

May you know that Jesus has defeated sin and death. May you walk in the victory of new life, as a son or daughter of God.