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