Hi Family! We've been going through the Bible in Children’s Church. While we can't get together in person, each week we'll be posting the lesson and links to help you to teach your children at home. Most weeks, there will also be a 5 day short devotional that you can use for the next week to build on the Sunday lesson's theme.
These are just some ideas. Please feel free to change them as you see fit.
September 20, 2020 Peter & Cornelius - The Gentiles Receive The Gospel Acts 10:1-11:18
Memory Verse (All Ages) Acts 10:43… whosoever believes in him shall receive forgiveness of sins.
Crafts Make Stick People Help children collect some sticks that could be used to make people. Use a marker to put a face on them, yarn for hair and fabric scraps for clothing. Ask children to explain the similarities and differences between the “people”. We all are similar to each other in ways and different in other ways. God has made each one of us unique and loves us all. He wants everyone -- no matter where they come from or what they look like -- to know his Son Jesus. When we believe in Jesus to forgive us of our sins, God adopts each one of us into one family - His Family.
September 13, 2020 Philip Sent To The Ethiopian Acts 8:26-40
Memory Verse [When the Ethiopian asked what prevents me from being baptized, Philip said] (Ages 3-6) Acts 8:37 If you believe with all your heart, you may. (Ages 7-10) Acts 8:37 If you believe with all your heart, you may. And he said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Crafts Philip & The Ethiopian (Michelle Paige Blogs) You can make a chariot pulled by a horse with people inside the chariot! (See Picture on the Link Above) This is a more involved craft but will enable your children to retell the story over and over. For this craft you will need yogurt cups (Fage cups with 2 compartments work best but you could use others), doll pins and doll pin stands, large Popsicle sticks, clothes pins, felt scraps, glue gun, scissors, brown pipe cleaners.
For a simpler craft, use this one: Philip Baptized A Man From Ethiopia from Lambsongs. You can print out the chariot, Philip and the angel and pull the chariot with a string. The instructions for making the chariot are on the chariot page. Then have children retell the story as they put Philip in the chariot with the Ethiopian and pull the chariot along.
Black & White - Children Can Color These First Chariot
Object Lesson On paper, make 3 columns with headings of Simon the Sorcerer, Ethiopian, Both. Discuss the differences and similarities between the responses of Simon the sorcerer and the Ethiopian to the gospel. Use Acts 8:9-40. Decide if the response was Simon’s or the Ethiopian’s or both, and write it under the correct heading. Eliminate the writing portion for younger children.
Crafts What Is Baptism? (Pursue God Kids) – Younger Children Scroll to the middle of page 2 for the Baptism Craft Instructions. Print out the template on page 5 and follow the instructions from page 2. You will need a paper plate and a brad to do this project. You can find a brad in your craft supply box.
We Are The Church – All Ages The building is often called “The Church”. But the church is really the people who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and gather together to fulfill God’s mission to the world – to become like Jesus and save the lost.
On paper, card stock or construction paper, have children draw a church building on the left third of the page. Then have them draw people of all ages on the larger right side. Over the church building, write or glue on a label that says “This is the church building”. Over the people, write or glue on a label that says “This is the church.”
Then look at Acts 2:42-47. What kinds of things did the church do? Write these things over the people on the right side of the page. (Examples would be teaching, fellowship, sharing, praying, met together, praised God, had joy)
For younger children, parents can make these activities into labels for younger children to glue on.
Through The Week Put a puzzle together. Talk about how the puzzle is made up of many pieces. Each piece is different and needed. Together the pieces of the puzzle fit together perfectly to make a beautiful picture. That’s how the church is. We each look different and have different abilities, but we all are needed to show the picture God wants the world to see. God wants the church -- the people -- to show the rest of the world what God's love looks like. Then they will see how much God loves them, and they also can be a part of God's family.
Discuss what a family is and how a family works together to accomplish something. The house is not the family. The family lives in the house. The house is a building that makes it easier for the family to work together and build relationships.
What are some roles in the family? Discuss how though each role is different, we all work together for common goals.
What are some other areas where teamwork is required?
August 23, 2020 Stephen - His Service To The Lord & Others - The First Martyr Acts 6:1-7:60
Memory Verse (Ages 3-6) Acts 6:5 ... They chose Stephen, a man full of faith … (Ages 7-10) Acts 6:5 ... They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost
Songs Sing "There Is A River Of Life Flowing Out Of Me" With Your Children
Crafts Acts Of Love - All Ages Stephen was one of the first deacons in the church, which is simply one who serves. He would help widows get the food they needed. Help your children learn who are the widows in the church. Make a card, a small gift, or even a video to encourage at least one of the widows in our church, and send it to them this week.
Craft Print out one of the coloring pages of Peter and John listed below under "Other Activities". After coloring the people, glue them onto construction paper and glue prison bars (made of craft sticks) in front of the 2 disciples. Don’t forget the angel.
Retell the story using this page.
Activities Obeying God In Turkey (Kids Of Courage) Scroll halfway down to "Current Story: Nuray Makes A Choice". Read the story of Nuray in Turkey who made a choice to obey God rather than men. Answer the questions under "Discussion Options" Also, there are recipes to make some "Turkish Treats"! Other Activities Resources (Calvary Curriculum) - Coloring Page (for Younger Children), Word Searches & Mazes (for 1st-6th Grade)
August 9, 2020 A Lame Man Is Healed & Peter Preaches The Gospel Acts 3:1-26 Memory Verse (Ages 3-6) Acts 3:6 ... In the name of Jesus Christ ...rise up and walk. (Ages 7-10) Acts 3:6 ... Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
There are several things you can do with these scenes: Play “Concentration” – a matching game. Mix up the scenes and turn them face down on a table. Turn over 2 cards at a time. If they match, you keep the set. If they don’t match, return them to their original positions and REMEMBER where each scene is. Then the next person turns over 2 cards, trying to remember where each scene is located, so they can get 2 matching cards. Whoever has the most sets at the end, wins.
Have children put the scenes in order (the pages are numbered or you can cover up the numbers). Then make a booklet by either stapling it together, or punching holes in the sheets and use yarn or string.
Peter And John Heal A Lame Man (Children’s Bible Lessons) - Older Children Scroll about ¾ way down the page to “ACTIVITY: Lame Man Healed”. You will need tan construction paper (or another color you prefer), marker, scissors, crayons, two 1/4" round fasteners, glue. Parents will need to help younger children with this.
Activities Our memory verse says: Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Rise up and Walk!
Peter and John didn’t have money to give the lame man. They had something better! There are lots of things we can give that are more valuable than money - especially if God helps us. Draw a picture of 3 things that you can give someone in the name of Jesus without needing any money. (Some examples might be: kindness, love, time, sharing. )
August 2, 2020 Pentecost - The Holy Spirit Arrives Acts 1:1-14; 2:1-47 Memory Verse (Ages 3-6) Acts 2:4 ... they were all filled with the Holy Spirit ... (Ages 7-10) Acts 2:4... they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues …
Lesson Overview We have studied the life of Jesus on earth and his teachings. We know He died on the cross for our sins and then rose again. After the disciples had seen him with their own eyes and talked and ate with Jesus, they finally knew that Jesus really was alive. Jesus taught them for 40 days, helping them to understand what the scriptures had said about him. He told them to wait in Jerusalem until God’s power came on them, the Holy Spirit that Jesus had told them about. They needed the Holy Spirit to help them remember all that Jesus had said. Then they were to go preach the good news about Jesus to all the world. After he said this, he ascended into heaven. And the disciples went to Jerusalem and waited. Then on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came to live inside them and be with them forever – just like Jesus had said. Today, we will learn more about what happened on the day of Pentecost and what it means for us today.
Activities To Do Together - All Ages The Day Of Pentecost (Calvary Curriculum) – Scroll down to “Getting Wet” on the last page This is a simple demonstration to show how the Holy Spirit fills us and overflows to others. You will need a clear glass, a pitcher of water, a large plate or platter, and some dry sponges.
July 26, 2020 The Gospel (Good News) Parents, this week’s lesson is a review of God’s plan for us, and a presentation of the gospel message. The scripture references are familiar scriptures used in presenting the gospel. Use these activities to help your children understand their need for a Savior. And if they are already disciples of Jesus, help them understand how to help others know about Jesus and what He has done.
John 3:16; Romans 3:23,5:8,6:23,10:9-10,13; John 1:12,14:6; 1 Corinthians 15:3-7; Revelation 3:20 Memory Verse (All Ages) John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Make Your Own Wordless Book (Let The Little Children Come) - All Ages This is an excellent way to help children understand the gospel, and they don’t have to be able to read! Older Children can make this craft with some guidance. For Younger Children: Have them help you make the booklet, and then follow the instructions in the next section for how to use it. You need to print 1 page. Instructions for cutting and folding are given (follow them exactly). You will also need some glue.
Through The Week Review God's plan of salvation. The colors help children (and adults) to remember the most important things. The link below has different activities to do to help children understand sin, the price Jesus paid, and how he made us clean. Try some of these during the week.
Each of the following links below can be used to review the lessons we have learned – God’s history with people. Older children can probably do them without much assistance. Younger children will need to have someone read the questions to them - either an adult or an older sibling.
Lesson Overview & Activities To Do Together This parable teaches about pride and humility, and how God resists one and is pleased with the other. Particularly, we are not to have pride that we are better than others or look down on others. Discuss what pride and humility are and are not, and what they look like. Then ask the child(ren) to demonstrate words or actions that are prideful or show humility.
Craft The Pharisee and The Publican Lesson Page (Children’s Bible Lessons) There is a lesson page to create, and then they can match phrases that each man said to the correct person. This also contains an excellent lesson overview for parents and some discussion questions. You need construction paper, white paper, glue, scissors, marker, and crayons.
Object Lesson The Heart Of The Matter Activity (Calvary Curriculum) This activity requires a little preparation from the parent, but is a very good well to help children of all ages understand that God looks at our heart! The activity is described on page 4. You need 2 bags or boxes that you can decorate.
Lesson Overview & Activities To Do Together Teacher Guide (Calvary Curriculum) Please read the above lesson. It has a lot of insights into this familiar parable. There are 2 activities in this lesson to do with your children. The Repentance Activity (Page 1) - to help children understand what sin and repentance looks like Mean or Loving Activity (Last Page) - to help children understand that sometimes the loving thing isn’t always what feels good at the moment.
Crafts Have A Party! And celebrate the love that God has for us to welcome us home when we come back to him.
Make A Party Hat! Have children write the memory verse on the hat.
The Lost Is Found This week we are going to learn about 2 parables Jesus told - The Lost Coin & The Lost Sheep Luke 15:1-10 Memory Verse (Ages 3-6) Matthew 18:11 … the Son of man came to save the lost … (Ages 7-10) Matthew 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
Snack Have kids make a sheep out of marshmallows and pretzel sticks. Use a miniature marshmallow for the head and use a pretzel stick to attach it to the bigger marshmallow body, and use pretzel sticks for the legs
Hide The Sheep Hide a sheep (perhaps one of the sheep crafts made) and have the children find the sheep. Explain that just like they were happy when they found the lost sheep, Jesus as the good shepherd rejoices when he finds one lost sheep.
Lesson Overview & Activity Probably the best way for children to understand about sheep ... their needs and what a shepherd does ... is to act this out with your children.
Explain that shepherds would take the sheep out during the day to eat good grass. The shepherd would also call his sheep by name. The sheep would listen, and once they realized it was the voice of their shepherd, they would come and follow the shepherd wherever he went. If anyone else called them that is not their shepherd, they would not come!! Demonstrate this to your children. Call them by name. You might even have them close their eyes. Do they know your voice? Likewise, Jesus said his sheep know his voice, and He knows them. (This is a great time to go over the memory verse!)
The shepherd leads the sheep to good grass (food) and water. He also protects the sheep from danger. Sheep are defenseless on their own (Discuss this with your children: Do sheep have claws? Sharp Teeth?) They need a shepherd to provide for them and protect them.
Do your children have any pets? This would be a good example to show how in the same way a shepherd cares for his sheep, Jesus cares for us. And if we get into danger, He protects us.
If someone is hired to take care of the sheep and doesn’t love them, but only does it because he gets money, when sheep get into danger, the hireling shepherd will run to keep himself safe. He does not care about the sheep. (Act this out. Have someone be the sheep, the wolf that growls, the good shepherd that protects, and the hireling shepherd that runs.)
Unlike the hireling, Jesus is the good shepherd! And He cares for us so much that when we were in danger of being separated from God forever because of our sins, He laid down his life to save us from our sins. And then He rose again to ever be our Good Shepherd!
Crafts Paper Plate Sheep (Crafting The Word Of God)- All Ages Scroll down about 1/3 way down on the page. Print the template out on card stock (We'll be doing the lost sheep puppet next week when we study The Parable Of The Lost Sheep.)
If you didn't make these sheep back in April, now is the time to do it! Or add to your collection! Yarn Sheep (The Inadvertent Farmer)- All Ages You only need clothespins, yarn, paint (or markers), cardboard, felt (or other fabric), glue If you don't have yarn, you could use cotton balls!
The Good Shepherd (Children’s Bible Lessons) - Older Children This is a page children can make that summarizes and helps them remember Jesus is the Good Shepherd. You need construction (or colored) paper, cotton balls, glue, scissors, crayons, and a marker.
Father's Day Ephesians 6:1-3, Deuteronomy 5:16, Proverbs 1:8, 4:1, 23:22
Memory Verse (All Ages) Proverbs 4:1 Hear ... the instruction of a father ....
Story Time Dads, this is your day! Tell a story of your life (such as how you came to know Jesus, something from your childhood with your dad, how you met mom or something that happened in your child's life when they were younger). Choose a story that illustrates the love and care of a father. If dad or another male (such as a grandparent, uncle, or friend) is not available, then moms tell a story about a similar event in their own lives.
Before you tell the story, go over the memory verse. God tells us to hear the instruction of a father which means to listen with attention to our father (or someone who may be like a father). Then tell your story. Make sure you make it short - not more than 5 minutes. If they ask questions, then go longer! Children love to hear stories about their parents or other adults, particularly if it includes other children (especially them)! Tell them how much you love them and care about them, and then tell them about how much their heavenly Father cares about them! When we listen to our fathers, it shows we respect and listen to our heavenly Father, who lovingly placed special people in our lives to teach us about Him.
For children without a father in the home, remind them that they always have a Heavenly Father (Psalm 27:10) Who will never leave them, nor forsake them (Hebrews 13:5)
Then sing a song together! (Ideas could be: I Love You, You Love Me Song From Barney or 1,2,3, Jesus Loves Me)
Fathers In The Bible (Bible Pathway) Scroll Down to the "Bible Pathway Adventures, Bible Quiz, Fathers in the Bible" image (on left of page). Right Click the Image, then Click "Open Image In New Tab", and then Click on the new tab and hit "Ctrl-P" to Print
Through The Week Review What Honor Means – Scroll to the Mother’s Day Lesson (May 10th) Help your child think of ways to honor dad (or other important men in their lives) this week
June 14, 2020
The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37
Memory Verse: (All Ages) Luke 10:27 …Love … your neighbor as yourself.
Lesson Overview Sheep Or Goats? (Sermons 4 Kids) Emphasize that Jesus says to the righteous they inherited the kingdom. Be sure children understand that doing good works doesn’t get us into heaven, but if we really are Jesus’ sheep, we will do the things he asks of us. Because the more we do the things He does, the more we will look like Him.
Through The Week Discuss what 1 thing your family can do this week to help someone in need.
May 31, 2020
The Parable Of The Talents Matthew 25:14-30,Colossians 3:23 Memory Verse: (Ages 3-6) Colossians 3:23Whatever you do, do it with all your heart for Jesus … (Ages 7-10) Colossians 3:23Whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord …
(Please note that the memory verse has been changed from the children’s church schedule.)
Crafts & Activities Making Talent Coins Think about your child / children and what talents you have observed in them.
Have them make “coins” by tracing quarters (or other larger circular item) on cardboard or card stock and cut them out. You may need to do this step depending on the age of your child. Have them cover the coins with aluminum foil. While they are making the coins, talk to your children about how God gives everyone at least 1 talent. Discuss what talents they have and how they can use their talents to serve God. Dome examples of Talents are: Art Music Singing Encouragement Being kind Being Friendly Cooking Reading Serving Others Praying Helping Others Generosity (Being a Giver) Smiling
Label the coins with the different talents. You can write labels on paper or card stock and tape them to each coin. Hide the talents, and have the children find them. Talk to them about what it means not to hide or bury your talent. Have children write the memory verse on a small paper bag, lunch bag, envelope or small box and decorate it. Place the coins in the bag and keep it in a location so it be seen often and remembered.
Through The Week Plan a talent show with your child (children), and have them present it to the rest of the family! And please feel free to make a video and send it to Brother Ricky so we can show it at church!
May 24, 2020 For the next couple of months, Lord willing, we will be going through some of the parables of Jesus. (A parable is a short story designed to teach a spiritual truth.)
The Unmerciful Servant Matthew 18:21-35, Matthew 5:7,Ephesians 4:32,Colossians 3:13 Memory Verse: (Ages 3-6) Ephesians 4:32 Forgive one another … as God has forgiven you. (Ages 7-10) Ephesians 4:32Forgive one another … as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. (Please note that the memory verse has been changed from the children’s church schedule.)
Discussion Questions Who does the King represent in the parable? Who does the servant represent? The King chose to forgive all the servant’s debt. What does that tell you about God? Who owed the most: The first servant or the second? Why was the King angry that the first servant did not forgive his fellow servant?
Crafts Forgive, Forget, Forever, For Jesus! (Idea from Calvary Kids Pages – used by permission) This is a cute craft using the number 4, and is a great reminder that we forgive because Jesus forgave us. There is a color template and black & white template for those who want to color their own. The Instructions are on the Template. Just print it out on card stock. You need string or yarn and a hole puncher.
You could also use craft sticks to make the "fours".
Lesson Ideas Review the verses with your children and what Jesus means when He says He is the way. The activities below can help reinforce this teaching.
Set up a room with different paths using signs or string. Have 1 path lead to a prize. This could be as simple as a sign saying One Way to Heaven (or a picture of heaven for the younger ones) or some other prize your child might enjoy, depending on the age. Have them try to get the prize. Emphasize how there are other paths but only one right path, how we must stay on the right path to get to the prize (Jesus & Heaven) and how Jesus will help us stay on the right path if we listen to him. For older children, you could even blindfold them and have them listen to a voice to walk on the right path, demonstrating how we must listen to Jesus’ voice (through the Word and through the Spirit) to stay on the right path.
Get a map &/or compass, and explain how they can help us find our way, but only if we use them. Maps and compasses will not help us if when they tell you to go in one direction, and because you think you know better, you go another way. You will get lost. In the same way, Jesus told us He is the way to God. We must follow Jesus and listen for His directions. (God's map and compass to heaven is the Bible and the Holy Spirit; Our parents and other godly people in our lives teach us how to follow God's map & compass.)
The above link is actually an entire lesson you can review. Help for leading your child to Christ are on pages 4-5.
Traffic Light Craft This is an easy craft to do with any age, and has the memory verse on it. Please pick these up from Sister Tracy on Sunday (or let her know when you would like to pick them up) To see the craft, go to Oriental Trading
Happy Mother's Day!! Ephesians 6:1-3, Deuteronomy 5:16, Colossians 3:20 Memory Verse: (Ages 3-6) Ephesians 6:2 Honor your father and mother …(NIV) (Ages 7-10) Ephesians 6:2-3 Honor your father and mother ... that it may go well with you … (NIV)
Lesson When God says honor your father and mother, what does that mean? We typically think it means to obey them. And while honor includes obedience, it is much more. It is placing such a great value on someone that we cheerfully do what they ask. Honoring someone means treating them special. Take some time to discuss this with your child. Role play or describe different situations to your child and ask them what they think would be the honoring response. Then ask them what would be a dishonoring response? Which response shows your mom that you think she is special?
An example: You are playing and mom says pick up your toys; it’s time for dinner. What would be an honoring response? (To say yes and cheerfully do what is asked without delay) What would be dishonoring? (To not do it, or do it but pout or complain, or do the task sloppily)
Think of other occasions that you can use as examples. Children learn from doing, and so here you are describing real life situations and giving them an opportunity to think through beforehand what an honoring and loving response would look like. (Picking up your room, leaving the bathroom tub and sink clean for the next person, setting the table before being asked, ...)
Crafts These crafts are all similar but require different items and activities. Choose what works best for your family.
Object Lesson Object Lesson on Sharing The Gospel (Bible Lesson Stuff) A powerful, colorful way to demonstrate how we need the power of the Holy Spirit to fulfill the Great Commission. The video shows you how to do the lesson. You only need dish detergent, milk, a cotton swab, food coloring, a small dish, and a plate
Children love to move when memorizing, so make up some motions for the verse. Not every word has to have a motion, just a few to help them remember the key words.
Write out the verse in large print on paper or cardboard, then cut the paper / cardboard into several puzzle shaped pieces (3 or 4 for little children, 6-10 for older children) and have the children put the “puzzle” together.
For Children Who Can Read:
Write out the verse. Then have the child repeat it by reading. After the child can repeat it easily, cover one or two words, and have them repeat it again. Once they can do that, cover more words and repeat until the whole verse can be covered and the child can repeat it without seeing any words.
Write each word of the memory verse on a separate card or piece of paper. Then have the child put the words in order.
Free Resources From time to time, I get emails for free videos and other activities which are posted here.