December 3rd - The Shepherd

This week our elementary students will be looking at Micah 5:2-5 while our preschool and toddler room will be focusing on the story "Operation 'No More Tears'" from the Jesus Storybook Bible. We will also be celebrating the second week of advent. For details on advent, please see the "how to celebrate advent" section of the discipleship guide found on this website.

BIG IDEA: 

The Child of God Brings Peace

MEMORY VERSE: 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6

THIS WEEKS LESSON: 

In both rooms, we celebrate advent. This is the summary of what they discussed:

Ask the kids if they know what Christmas is

Ask the kids if they know what Advent is (approach, coming). You can even do what Pastor Kyle does and ask a teacher to go out the back door and knock, and then the kids can open the door. That’s what the coming of Jesus is like! We are excited and we celebrate that Jesus has already come, and we look forward to when Jesus comes back.

Last week we celebrated the hope that Jesus gives us by rescuing us. Today we are celebrating that Jesus is our shepherd. 

What is a shepherd? Why do sheep need a shepherd? Why do we need a shepherd?

Hold up a Candy Cane. Talk about how it is shaped like a shepherds cane, remembering the shepherds that visited Jesus at his birth, and that Jesus is our great shepherd. Give out Candy Canes at this time if you wish (or afterwards)

On Advent we will light a candle for each week leading up to Christmas to celebrate the coming of Jesus into the world. Because Jesus came, we have peace with God! And so today, we light our second candle.

Light the second candle (purple)

In preschool/toddler room, they read the story "Operation 'No More Tears'" from the Jesus Storybook Bible, and then discussed the following:

What did God write to his people? Did God send us a letter?

What was the promise that was in the letter?

Are we still waiting for someone to save us?

How does Jesus give us peace with God?

Close in Prayer, and sing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” or “Angels we have heard on high” with the kids

In the elementary aged room, they are reading Micah 5:2-5 together and discussing the questions below.

Read Micah 5:2-5 together. Then ask these questions:

What is the promise in this letter?

Did this happen yet, or are we waiting for the person that this talks about?

How did Jesus fulfill this promise?

How does Jesus give us peace with God?

How do you ask Jesus to lead you as a shepherd today?

Close in Prayer

These are the activities and object lessons we are using in our room this week to drive home the lesson. Our activities are always built around enforcing the lesson:

Coloring Page - For whatever room wants to use it, image below

Water Relay - For Commons, I’ve been wondering how to get the kids involved for Year End Gift and this is my idea. Divide the kids into teams of 5. One kid is going to fill up empty water bottles and one kid is going to dump them into a bucket. The first kid fills the water up, closes it, tosses it to the next kid, and so on until the last kid who dumps it out. If they drop the water bottle they have to start again at the beginning. Every time a kid dumps the water out they all switch positions and begin again. The team that fills a bucket of water the most in 4 to 5 minutes wins.

The tie in to this is that Living Water provides water to kids that don’t have clean water in their schools. What would we do if we had to leave school to get clean water, or had to drink dirty water that had lots and lots of germs in it? When we give at the Y.E.G., half of that money goes to give kids and families all the clean water they need! Start talking to your family about giving to the Year End Gift.

Find the City - Specifically for Blue Room. You have access to several pictures where the kids have to find an object, or maps where they have to find a city. This is what God did when he said the savior was coming from Bethlehem!

The Shepherd Leading the Blind - For Blue or Commons, have one shepherd chosen that directs kids with their eyes closed to a section of the room.

November 26th - The Son

This week our elementary students will be looking at Genesis 3:15, while our preschool and toddler room will be focusing on the story "The Terrible Lie" from the Jesus Storybook Bible. We will also be celebrating the first week of advent. For details on advent, please see the "how to celebrate advent" section of the discipleship guide found on this website.

BIG IDEA: 

The Child of God Brings Hope

MEMORY VERSE: 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6

THIS WEEKS LESSON: 

In both rooms, we celebrate advent. This is the summary of what they discussed:

Ask the kids if they know what Christmas is

Ask the kids if they know what Advent is (approach, coming). You can even do what Pastor Kyle does and ask a teacher to go out the back door and knock, and then the kids can open the door. That’s what the coming of Jesus is like! We are excited and we celebrate that Jesus has already come, and we look forward to when Jesus comes back.

On Advent we will light a candle for each week leading up to Christmas to celebrate the coming of Jesus into the world. Does anyone know when God first offered the hope of Jesus to humans? It was all the way in Genesis 3:15, right after sin entered the world! Let’s read God’s promise together!

We’re going to talk about this a little more, but first, let’s pray and thank God for promising Jesus to save us!

Light the first candle

In preschool/toddler room, they read the story "The Terrible Lie" from the Jesus Storybook Bible, and then discussed the following:

What did Adam and Eve do?

What happened after they did it?

What did God promise he would do to fix the problem?

How can we celebrate that love given to us now?

In the elementary aged room, they are reading Genesis 3:1-15 together and discussing the questions below.

What did Adam and Eve do?

What happened after they did it?

How did God show them love, even in the middle of their sin?

What did God promise he would do to fix the problem (verse 15)?

Does Jesus give you hope? Why?

These are the activities and object lessons we are using in our room this week to drive home the lesson. Our activities are always built around enforcing the lesson:

Coloring Page - For whatever room wants to use it, image below

Two Trees - For Commons or Orange, This is a drawing exercise. Divide the room into two teams, except for 3 or 4 “judges”. Each team needs to pick a “tree”. The room has 5 minutes to draw pieces of fruit. Every piece of fruit they draw gets cut out and taped to their tree! The tree with the best looking fruit wins. This is an activity that we didn’t get to last week that focuses on the idea of the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. To adapt this for Orange Room, just use pieces of paper.

Hope Relay - The Old Testament Prophets carried the message of the gospel all the way to Jesus. For this game, use two balls. The kids have to balance the ball between their heads, then balance it on their head long enough to switch to the next person in line. The team that passes the ball all the way to the end wins.

November 19th - The Struggle is Real

This week our elementary students will be looking at Romans 7:14-25, while our preschool and toddler room will be focusing on Romans 7:25. We will also be looking at questions 11 and 12 from the New City Catechism (newcitycatechism.com). It is also available as an app.

BIG IDEA: 

We are in a battle of what God wants us to do and when we don’t want to do what God wants.

MEMORY VERSE: 

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 6:23

Hand Motions we are using in class

For the wages —> Make a money symbol by rubbing your fingers together
of sin—> rooms have been doing this in different ways. One is to look sad. The ASL sign for this is fingers pointing at a smiling face and then spiraling down.
is death—> fall down
but the free gift—> hold out hands as if offering a gift
of God—> point up
is eternal life—>roll your hands in a circular motion
in Christ Jesus our Lord—> Point to a cross in the room

THIS WEEKS LESSON: 

In preschool/toddler room, we are doing questions 11 and 12 of the New City Catechism App (newcitycatechism.com) and then we are doing the memory verse. After that, we are discussing the Romans 7:25:

Why do we sometimes do what God wants us to do, and other times we don’t?

What has Jesus given us to help us with our sinful nature?

How does the Holy Spirit help us?

What did Jesus do to give us the Holy Spirit?

In the elementary aged room, we are reading Romans 7:14-25 and discussing the questions below.

Why do we sometimes do what God wants us to do, and other times we don’t?

What has Jesus given us to help us with our sinful nature?

How does the Holy Spirit help us?

What did Jesus do to give us the Holy Spirit?

These are the activities and object lessons we are using in our room this week to drive home the lesson. Our activities are always built around enforcing the lesson:

Ten Commandments Cardboard - For Orange and Commons, use during Catechism. This is a great way to talk about the 10 commandments with the kids and to memorize them together! There are 10 strips of cardboard per room to write the commandments on. they are velcro’d on, so you can take them off every week to help with memorization!

For either room, this can also be made into a great game. You can hide the 10 commandments around the room for orange room and have the kids find them all! Also, Orange Room, theres a craft for this.

Rope Trick - For the Orange and Commons, here’s a great way to teach about the struggle between flesh and spirit. For Orange use volunteers or older kids, for Commons two regular, same size and age volunteers.

Two Side Cups - For Commons, This is a very physical exercise. You have lots of cups at your disposal to put all around the room. Put them half up and half down. The kids are split into two teams. The up-siders and the down-siders. The two teams have 3 minutes to flip as many cups to their preferred side before the time comes up, without blocking or touching each other. This can help reflect the struggle between the Spirit and the Flesh, but you also need to clarify that in the end, the Spirit is more powerful than the sinful nature, and through Jesus the Spirit will be the victor!

November 12th - Law and Gospel

This week our elementary students will be looking at the entire passage (Romans 7:1-6), while our preschool and toddler room will be focusing on Romans 6:23. We will also be looking at question 10 from the New City Catechism (newcitycatechism.com). It is also available as an app.

BIG IDEA: 

We have been set free from sin by Jesus, so now we serve God!

MEMORY VERSE: 

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 6:23

Hand Motions we are using in class

For the wages —> Make a money symbol by rubbing your fingers together
of sin—> rooms have been doing this in different ways. One is to look sad. The ASL sign for this is fingers pointing at a smiling face and then spiraling down.
is death—> fall down
but the free gift—> hold out hands as if offering a gift
of God—> point up
is eternal life—>roll your hands in a circular motion
in Christ Jesus our Lord—> Point to a cross in the room

THIS WEEKS LESSON: 

In preschool/toddler room, we are doing Question 10 of the New City Catechism App (newcitycatechism.com) and then we are doing the memory verse. After that, we are discussing the questions below:

What is the sabbath day? What does worship look like?

How do we love and honor our father and our mother?

How does Jesus set us free to do both of these things?

In the elementary aged room, we are reading Romans 7:1-6 and discussing the questions below.

What is this analogy in verses 1-3? How can we break this down to our language?

What are ways that we serve righteousness?

Now that we belong to God, what do we produce? What does producing ‘fruit’ mean?

What’s the difference of serving in the new way of the spirit vs. the old way of the law?

These are the activities and object lessons we are using in our room this week to drive home the lesson. Our activities are always built around enforcing the lesson:

Ten Commandments Cardboard - For Orange and Commons, use during Catechism. This is a great way to talk about the 10 commandments with the kids and to memorize them together! There are 10 strips of cardboard per room to write the commandments on. they are velcro’d on, so you can take them off every week to help with memorization!

Days of the Week (Musical Chairs spinoff) - For the Commons, play this game like musical chairs but instead of music, have a leader say the days of the week, or holidays. Whenever the leader says “Sunday” or “Sabbath”, everyone sits in a chair.

Bearing Fruit - For Commons, This is a drawing exercise. Divide the room into two teams, except for 3 or 4 “judges”. Each team needs to pick a “tree”. The room has 5 minutes to draw pieces of fruit. Every piece of fruit they draw gets cut out and taped to their tree! The tree with the best looking fruit wins. You can have both trees win if desired. Tie this to the idea of bearing fruit for Jesus.

Showing Honor - To use as an activity for honoring your father and mother if desired, ask the kids how honor is shown to different types of people like soldiers, adults, teachers, etc. Then ask them some yes or no questions of how to honor their father and mother.