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.

October 4, 2020: Jesus is Life

This week’s lesson is Based on John 11

Let’s Start!

Let’s Watch!

God’s Story: Lazarus by Crossroads Kids’ Club (via youtube)

Let’s Talk!

  • What are the names of Jesus’ good friends in the story? Mary, Martha, and Lazarus
  • Martha knew the only one who could heal Lazarus was who? Jesus!
  • Did Jesus leave right away when he heard that Lazarus was sick? No! In fact, he stayed where he was for two more days!
  • By the time Jesus got there, Lazarus had already been dead for days! Mary and Martha were sad, and probably felt a little angry at Jesus for not coming and healing him (after all, he healed all sorts of other people, and he was their friend!
  • Have you ever felt angry or sad because God didn’t do something you asked him to do?
  • Jesus was sad that Lazarus had died too. In fact, do you know what the shortest verse in the Bible is?! It’s in today’s story! (Hint: check out John 11:35).
  • But Jesus, because he was the Son of God, was more powerful than _________. (death)
  • How do you think YOU would have felt if you watched a dead man get up and walk out of his grave?!
  • What do you think would have showed the people how powerful God was more: healing Lazarus when he was sick or raising him from the dead? Why?
  • Why is it important for us that Jesus is more powerful than death? Because part of God’s plan was that Jesus was going to die too. And when he died, he did it to take our sin – rescuing us from pain and sadness and the bad choices we make. But because Jesus is more powerful than death, he rose again too!  Because Jesus is life, he gives US new life. When we believe in Him, not only do we get to live forever with him someday, but we get to live our lives with him now!

Let’s Do!

This week, we’re going to make some mummy clothes! For this activity you’ll need:

  • Toilet paper or crepe paper streamers (1 roll)
  • Masking tape (optional)

*In our story today, Jesus told Lazarus to come out of the tomb. When he did, he still had his grave clothes wrapped around him. Today you’ll wrap up one of your family members like Lazarus would have been wrapped up, using toilet paper (or streamer)!

What you do: Choose one person to be the “mummy,” and have the rest of the family wrap them up – being careful not to cover their eyes/nose/mouth. You can use tape to hold sections of the toilet paper if it tears easily, or you can just tuck in the ends and keep going.

EGC KIDS TIP: After your mummy breaks out of their grave clothes, save the pieces to use for our Remember Verse activity below!

Let’s Memorize!

  • To help you memorize this week’s verse, grab a handful of the discarded “grave clothes” and crumple them into a ball. Take turns tossing the balls into a basket or garbage bag as you say the words to the verse (one word per throw!)
  • To make this more challenging, set a timer! At the end, dump the basket out and do it again to see if you can beat your previous time.

Let’s Pray!

  • Ephesians 1:18-20 tells us that as children of God, we will know God’s great power. What do you think that means? That the same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead is STILL at work today!
  • Jesus, in today’s story, showed that he had power over everything. Even death! What are some ways that You need Jesus’ power in your life?
  • Take some time to talk about those things with God, and ask him to move powerfully in your life too. Whether you need healing, provision, strength, or his help to make right choices – He can do it!  

Let’s Bless!

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

May you know that only God has power over death and that He alone gives life. May you know His love and experience his power in YOUR life as you walk with Him.

Easter Sunday: Jesus is Alive!

Let’s Start!

This week’s topic is so exciting. Jesus is alive! Take a few moments to ask Jesus to fill you fresh with wonder and understanding about what He’s done to rescue us by dying on the cross and rising from the dead. Ask Him to help you to be aware of how He’s with you all the time.

Let’s Watch!

EGC KIDS TIP: Want to go deeper? Yesterday’s video was a great summary of the whole story and tells about how Jesus’ death and resurrection fits into God’s BIG story: His plan to redeem mankind from the very beginning. You can find that video here!

Let’s Talk!

  • When Jesus died what happened to the sun? It went dark for 3 hours.
  • Where did they put Jesus’ body after he died? In a tomb with a stone rolled in front of it.
  • When the women went to the tomb after a few days, what did they see? An angel, and the stone rolled away.
  • What did the angel say? “Jesus isn’t here. He has risen!”
  • What does “risen” mean? Jesus isn’t dead anymore. He is alive again!

Jesus’ death took the punishment for our sin. His resurrection won the battle over sin and death for us. We can trust Jesus to forgive us and rescue us from our sin, shame and fear. His life set us free and gives us new life.

Jesus went further than just giving us new life, though, He promised us that we could have a full life in Him. That means that every day, all day long – morning, noon, and night, God is at work giving us life because He is alive. 

  • Describe what you think a full life in Jesus means.

FOR PARENTS: The resurrection of Jesus is center of the Christian faith. If there was no resurrection, there would be no proof that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our sins was accepted (1 Corinthians 15:17). In the resurrection, Jesus showed his authority over all things, even the power of death. The resurrection of Jesus broke the power of death for all of us who trust in Him as Savior. His resurrection gives us hope in life for the resurrection we will receive when He returns (1 Corinthians 15:23, 42-44). In the meantime, we have hope when we endure hardship, struggles, and suffering because Jesus, who overcame death and gives us new life – is with us now and forever.

Let’s Memorize!

For our online challenge, say the Remember Verse while doing a wall sit and take a video! Check out Miss Erin’s video below, and be sure to tag #egckidsathome

Wall-Sit Remember Verse Challenge #egckidsathome

Let’s Do!

This week, we’re going on an Easter Egg Puzzle Hunt! First, print out the Remember Verse printable (above) or write the verse out on a piece of paper. Then choose the option below that works best for you!

Option 1: If you have plastic eggs at your house.

  • Cut the Remember Verse pdf into puzzle pieces.
  • Place the puzzle pieces inside plastic eggs.
  • Hide them around your house.
  • Let your family find the pieces and assemble the puzzle!

Option 2: If you do not have plastic eggs at your house.

  • Print out the Easter Egg document below and color the eggs in! (Alternately, you could draw a large easter egg and color that!)
  • Glue the pages together so that the verse is on one side and the eggs are on the other.
  • Cut the paper into puzzle pieces
  • Hide the pieces around your house.
  • Let your family find the pieces and assemble the puzzle!

Let’s Pray!

Take turns thanking Jesus for the new life that He has given. Have each family member think of one thing they can be thankful for and happy about that Jesus has done in their lives.

Pray that you would each have a new awareness of the goodness of God, full life in Jesus, and His “with-us-ness.”

Let’s Bless!

Pray this blessing over your children:

May you experience the full, abundant, real life of Jesus here on earth and in eternity. My you have joy, strength and peace through His life. I bless you to always remember and rejoice in the truth that Jesus is alive!