October 22nd - True Self

This week the church is studying Romans 6:1-14. Our elementary students will be looking at the entire passage, while our Preschool and Toddler room will be focusing on Romans 6:11. We will also be looking at Question 8 from the New City Catechism (newcitycatechism.com). We highly recommend this app, as it has short answers and songs that go with each question.

BIG IDEA: 

Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:11)

MEMORY VERSE: 

ut here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8

Next week we will be switching to a new memory verse.

Hand Motions we are using in class:
Here —> Point Down
is how God—> Point Up
has shown—> fists out in front, palms up, then open them suddenly
his love—> cover heart
for us—> point around
while we were still sinners—> 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.
Christ died for us—> Point to a cross in the room

THIS WEEKS LESSON: 

In Toddlers and Pre-K, we are reading Romans 6:11 and then using an object lesson to illustrate to the kids the power of sin before Jesus and after Jesus. The teacher will loosely tie a rope around the hands of our adult helper and talk about how this illustrates sins power over our life before we are Christians. Then they will be untied. When Jesus frees us from sin, we no longer have to follow sin! Then these questions will be discussed.

Now that Jesus has set us free from sin, what can we do to thank him?

How can being set free from sin help us with our parents and our siblings? What about our friends?

Close in Prayer

There is also a 10 commandments coloring sheet.

In the elementary room, this is the lesson they will be discussing.

This passage talks about baptism. Who can tell me what baptism is?

Who gets baptized? Are any of you baptized? Are any of you Christians and need to talk to your parents about getting baptized?

What does it mean that we have been set free from sin? What does it mean that we will live with Jesus?

How did God set us free, and make it to where we are going to live with him? (You may want to use the “tied to sin” activity below).

What does being free from sin allow us to do? 

How can we thank God for his salvation, and how can we tell others about Jesus so they can be set free from sin too?

Close in Prayer

These are the activities being done in the Elementary Room:

Tied to Sin - Explain beforehand that when we are in sin, we are not able to do the things we want to do for God. so the things we talked about for the law, we can’t do. Loosely tie the hands up of the volunteer with one end of the rope, and hold the other end while wearing the sign that says sin. Have the kids call the volunteer over, but make sure the rope is short and that they aren’t able to. Then, gently, show that the power of sin keeps us ensnared.

Then, have another volunteer or a child pretend to be Jesus and set free the volunteer. Now that they are free, why would they listen to sin anymore? The answer is, not! So when Jesus sets us free from sin, we are truly set free!

Everyone’s Out - A tag game where everyone is it at the same time. If someone is tagged, they sit down but they can still tag peoples legs. The last person standing wins. You can adapt this for the lesson by making the last second person the Jesus character, who tags people back in.

 

 

 

October 15th - In Christ Alone

IN CHRIST ALONE

October 15th

Big Church: Romans 5:12-21

2 to 5 year olds: Romans 5:12 and 21

6 and up: Romans 5:12, 15-21

Catechism Question: Question 8 (Next Two Weeks)

BIG IDEA: 

Just as Sin entered the World through Adam, So everyone is saved from sin who trusts in Jesus.

MEMORY VERSE: 

ut here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8 (Next Two Weeks).

Hand Motions:

Here —> Point Down

is how God—> Point Up

has shown—> fists out in front, palms up, then open them suddenly

his love—> cover heart

for us—> point around

while we were still sinners—> 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.

Christ die for us—> Point to a cross in the room

For Commons, you can use the memory verse sprint! Some of the services have been erasing words of the verse and are about halfway through erasing verses this week.

Question 8

What is the law of God stated in the Ten Commandments?

Answer: You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You shall not covet.

Find this question and more at newcitycatechism.com, or by downloading the app.

MAIN LESSON: 

2 to 5 year olds

What was the One rule that God gave Adam and Eve in the garden?

Did they keep that rule? 

Read verse 12. What bad things came into the world because of sin?

Read verse 21. How does Jesus rescue us from this? By making us right with God, God has given us grace and he has saved us.

What will Jesus do to all the bad things in the world one day? He’s going to get rid of death, sickness, and we get to live with God forever!

Close in prayer.

6 and up

Read the verses.

How did sin enter the world through Adam? What did Adam do? He broke the rule that God had given him and sinned against God.

Did we stop breaking God’s law that we talked about, or do we still break it?

What bad things have come into the world because of sin?

So if sin came into the world through one man, how do we get rid of sin? How do we get the gift of grace listed in this passage?

What did Jesus do to set us free from sin?

And what is Jesus going to do one day to all of the things that have happened because of sin?

Who can we talk to this week about the goodness of Jesus? Are there any of you that have become a Christian recently?

Close in Prayer

Activities:

Two Boxes - This is for both rooms. First, use tape on the floor to mark two seperate boxes. Especially for Commons but also for Orange, make a box that will uncomfortably fit all the students in your room. So if Commons has 25, make a box that will just fit 25 kids if they squeeze together very tight. The kids have 1 minute to go from one box to the other, but they can only go one at a time. The illustration that this highlights is that all in Adam, one box, are in sin. But all in Christ, the other box, are made alive. For us to be forgiven of sin is for us to belong to a whole new family.

The second version of this game involves buckets. The kids have one minute to get all the tin foil balls from one box to the other. For orange room, underhand throw only. For Royal room, team everyone up, one kid gets to hold the catching bucket, and the other kid throws to get into the bucket. Again, the idea here is that we have to switch from being under Adam, to under Christ.

Memory Verse Sprint - For Commons, Have the kids fill in the words for the memory verse in a race to fill in the blank words!

Fruit Elimination Game - For Commons, Adam and Eve ate of the one piece of fruit that they weren’t supposed to. Have everyone stand in a circle, and starting with one child, have every kid name a piece of fruit. When they have reasonably ran out of fruits (they probably aren’t going to go for persimmons and elderberries), then move onto vegetables. This can be an engaging game that has no winners or losers.