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.

September 20, 2020: God is Near

This week’s lesson is based on:  Matthew 14:22–36John 6:16–21

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Have YOU ever ridden in a boat or on a raft? What was it like?
  • Imagine that you were in your boat, and it started to storm. Imagine that the wind was blowing like crazy and your boat was bouncing up and down in huge waves. How do you think you would feel?
  • Do you think the disciples wished Jesus was there when the storm first started? Why or why not? They had seen Him do lots of other miracles, so they probably would have thought that He could save them if he was there!
  • What they didn’t know was that He WAS there! They had left him back on the shore, but He was closer than they thought! In fact, He was walking right toward them, on TOP of the water!!
  • What happened when Jesus told Peter to come out on the water with him? At first, Peter walked on the water too! But then he took his eyes off of Jesus and focused on the wind and the waves around him and was afraid and started to sink.
  • What did Jesus do next? He reached out and helped Peter back up. Then they both got back in the boat and the wind and waves died down.
  • Sometimes, the way we talk about God makes Him seem far away. Like He’s “up in Heaven,” somewhere far off where we can’t see Him or go to Him. But, let’s look up this week’s memory verse together. What does Psalm 145:18 tell us about God? He is near to those who call on Him.
  • What does it mean that God is near to you? He’s not far away, we can always talk to Him, He hears us when we pray. . .
  • Peter learned that it was better to keep his eyes on Jesus than to focus on the storm. There are lots of things that can feel like a storm in our lives; things that make us feel sad or worried or scared.
  • Is there anything you are worried about today?
  • Take a minute and pray together about those things! Remember, God is near to you too. He loves you and He wants to help you and fill you with His peace instead of fear.

Let’s Do!

  • First: grab a large blanket or tarp. If you’re inside, you can throw on some small, soft stuffed animals, small balls, or crumpled papers. (If you’re outside, you could use a tarp and some leaves! – just make sure you don’t have any sticks on your tarp!)
  • Have everyone in your family grab a corner or an edge of the blanket or tarp and, keeping it close to the ground, shake it quickly up and down to create ripples/waves across the blanket.
  • Then, take turns having one person at a time try to walk across the blanket while the “storm” is raging.

Let’s Memorize!

The Lord is near to all who call on him.

Psalm 45:18a

To help you memorize your verse this week, make some toilet paper roll binoculars!

What you need:

  • Two toilet paper rolls or one paper towel roll cut in half (or cardstock rolled into two tubes),
  • Tape or glue,
  • A marker or the printout of this week’s verse
  • Decorations of your choice (stickers, markers, colored pencils, glitter, etc).
  • String and a hole punch (optional!)

What you do:

  1. Take your two toilet paper rolls or rolled cardstock tubes and glue or tape them together.
  2. Take a piece of paper a little shorter than the length of the toilet paper rolls and wrap it around them, gluing or taping it in place.
  3. On one side of your binoculars, write this week’s memory verse. (Parents or guardians can help do this for younger children, or you can print out and glue on the verse from this week’s printable, below).
  4. Decorate the other side of the binoculars however you’d like!
  5. Optional: punch holes in the sides of your binoculars and tie on a string, so that you can put them around your neck!
  6. Every time you use your binoculars, read your verse out loud!

EGC Kids tip: There is a helpful tutorial on making binoculars here:

Let’s Pray!

If you had been in Peter’s shoes, would YOU have gotten out of the boat and tried to walk on the water to Jesus? Why or why not?

Sometimes, I (Bethany) think I would have jumped out of that boat to walk to Jesus in a hurry! Sometimes, though, I wonder if I would have taken a look at the wind and the waves and thought: “no way!”

Following Jesus sometimes takes some big, bold faith. Let’s pray together that God will help us to trust Him, and to give us that big, bold faith: to jump out and follow Jesus even if what He tells us to do seems totally crazy!

Let’s Bless!

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

May you know that God is always near you. May you trust God’s goodness and boldly follow His voice. And, may you be filled with His peace as you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.