This week the church is studying various passages relating to the doctrines of our faith. Our elementary students will be looking at Ephesians 2:8-9, while our Preschool and Toddler room will be focusing on John 3:16. This week we have no catechism question.
or God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. - John 3:16, ESV
For God —> Point Up
so loved—> cover heart
the world—> encompass an imaginary globe with your hands
that he gave—> hands that are in brought out
his only son—> hold up one finger
that whoever believes—> one hand cupped by head pointing down, one hand by heart pointing up, clap together by heart.
should not perish—> fall down
but have eternal life —> stand back up
Toddlers and Pre-K (Orange Room)
God so loved the world that he did what?
And what did he give us?
And who is God’s only son?
What do you have to do to receive eternal life?
Do you have to do anything else except believe and follow Jesus? - No!
After the memory verse, talk about John 3:16 and what it means. Focus on the gift of God, Jesus Christ, and what is done by those who receive eternal life (belief). Then read Ephesians 2:8-10 together.
What is grace?
What is faith?
What have we done to deserve God saving us?
When we believe in God, do we have to do good works for him to save us?
When we believe in God, do we do good works? Why do we do them?
What are the good works that we do?
Close in Prayer and talk about baptism again.
The activities the rooms are doing are varied. Both rooms have access to this video on youtube about the life of Martin Luther: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tox2TflUH90
Orange Room has Coloring Sheets, and both rooms have the game "pin the beard on the reformer" ready. This is a chance to talk about the various contributions of the reformers. The Elementary Room is also doing a bible smuggle relay to commemorate the past and present work of getting the scriptures to the people in their own common language.