July 21

Session Titles: People Prayed for Peter

Life Point: People can pray for others

Unit Bible Verse: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15

Weekly Bible Verses: “First of all, then I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone.” 1 Timothy 2:1

Bible Passage: Acts 12:5-19

Extras from LifeWay (GREAT Ideas Here): http://blog.lifeway.com/biblestudiesforlife/leaderextras/by-age-group/

Craft: Pray for Others Bucket
Decorate a bucket with words, stickers, and pictures that have to do with prayer. On popsicle sticks, the bigger ones would probably work better, have students write the names of people they can pray for. They can then take the bucket home and pull different sticks on the different days to help them pray for people. Also give some blank sticks to they can add to their buckets.

Five Finger Prayer
The site below does a great job of explaining how to teach the five finger prayer to children. This kind of prayer will help them to know who and what to pray about in their prayers.

Game: Prayer Balloons
Come up with a list of names to write on a card. These names could be people you know of that need prayer, or groups of needy people throughout the world. Place the names separately on small cards or pieces of paper that can be rolled up and placed within the balloon before blowing up the balloons. Have the kids toss the balloon into the air and have them try to keep the balloon up in the air for at least 30 seconds. When this is complete, ring a bell or call time. The child who catches the balloon pops it and the name on the paper is read out loud. The class then says a simple one or two sentence prayer for the name on the list.

Game: Musical Chair Prayers
Write out cards that have the names of people and tribes that might not get to hear about Jesus. Tape three of these to each chair in various places. Start the music and have the kids walk around the chairs. When the music stops have them kneel in front of a chair and find one of the hidden cards. Have them pray for a minute for the name on the card. Pick up the cards and repeat the activity until the cards are all gone. Then show the children how many different groups they have prayed for.

July 14

Session Titles: The Antioch Church Helped

Life Point: God works through people to do his work in their communities

Unit Bible Verse: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15

Weekly Bible Verses: “My dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, Immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

Bible Passage: Acts 11:19-30

Extras from LifeWay (GREAT Ideas Here): http://blog.lifeway.com/biblestudiesforlife/leaderextras/by-age-group/

Way to Introduce the Story
Explain and discuss “encouragement”– to do or say something that gives someone courage or confidence. Older children might look this up in the dictionary. Give each child a piece of paper and pencil. Explain that you will give them three minutes to list as many encouraging words or phrases as they can. Encourage them while they are writing! That will give them answers too. At the end of three minutes see how many all the children came up with. Younger children can just call out phrases and you can write them on the board. If you give a prize to the one who has the most phrases be sure to encourage them and also give a prize and encourage the other students! “There is someone in the book of Acts who was so good at encouraging people that his name actually meant ‘son of encouragement’. The church in Jerusalem asked him to go to a new church in the city of Antioch and encourage them there. Let’s listen to the story…”

Activity: What’s the Difference
Bring pictures of flowers from books or magazines or allow your class to cut some out of magazines. Tell your class that you want to show them something very special that God makes for all of us to enjoy. Briefly show them the pictures. Then bring out real flowers and pass them around the room. Ask the children to tell you the difference between the pictures of flowers and the real ones.

Explain to your class that the world has a lot of opinions about what a Christian is, but unless they have actually seen a Christian that is surrendered to Jesus and filled with His Holy Spirit, they have only seen pictures; they have not seen the real thing. In order to make a difference in the world, we need to let Jesus make a difference in us.

Craft: Offering Satchel
All the instructions and pieces for this craft are on the pdf attached below. You will need to scroll down a little bit in order to get to the activity. The materials to be printed for it are at the end of the PDF.

Activity: Growth Circles
Supplies: basket type coffee filters, washable markers, spray bottle filled with water

Do:    –  Read Acts 11:19-21

– Tell the children because the disciples shared their faith with others, the church grew

– Read Acts 11:22-23

– Tell the children God sent Barnabas to help the growing church. He organized the church and continued to preach, and the church continued to grow.

– Give each child a coffee filter. Have the children press the filter down like a circle.

– Allow the children to choose their favorite color of washable marker.

– Have the children draw a symbol of our faith on this circle. Ideas of symbols are fish, butterfly, lamb, shell, or dove.

– Spray the filters with water. The colors will running bleed as they to grow.

– Tell the children just like these colors spread out, the love of God spread as the Christians shared their faith with one another. in fact, they shared more than words; they shared food and other gifts, as they brought offerings for others in need.

Game: Clothespin Relay
Hang a 2 clotheslines in your room. Have clothespins ready on the line. Make 2 sets of cards for each of the words in the life verse (older kids) or weekly bible verse (younger kids). Mix up the cards.

Divide children into two groups. Give each group a set of cards and assign them to a clothesline. Have children race to see which group and pin the verse in the right order first

July 7

Session Titles: Peter and Cornelius

Life Point: Christians tell people about Jesus

Unit Bible Verse: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15

Weekly Bible Verses: “Declare his glory among the nations, his wondrous works among all peoples.” Psalm 96:3

Bible Passage: Acts 10

Extras from LifeWay (GREAT Ideas Here): http://blog.lifeway.com/biblestudiesforlife/leaderextras/by-age-group/

Activity: Animal Sort
After you tell the story. Have two signs one that says yes and one that says no. Have a variety of stuffed animals or plastic animals and have the students classify the animals based on the story.

Way to Introduce Story
Before class prepare small pieces of paper–one for each child. Write the letter “J” on a few of the cards and the letter “G” on the rest. Tape the pieces of paper underneath each chair in your classroom. When you are ready to begin class tell the children that you have something wonderful to tell them. It is the best news in the whole world. Ask them to look underneath their chairs. “All of you who have the letter “J” may come up and here the good news.” Whisper “Jesus loves you” in the ears of those who have the letter “J.”

How does it feel when you only get to hear the good news if you have the letter “J”? In the days when our bible story took place the Jewish people thought that only Jews should hear the good news about Jesus. That means that they would have to be born into a Jewish family. If you weren’t born into a Jewish family then you were a gentile. The only way you could hear about Jesus was to first study and learn about God and then promise to follow the Jewish religion. Let’s see what God had to say about that.

Love Others or Love Self
Respond either by saying, “Loving others” or “Loving self.” The teacher’s answer key is in parentheses.

(LO) 1. Meagan carries her brother’s backpack because he is too tired.

(LO) 2. Jerry cooks dinner for his parents while they are working.

(LS) 3. Clarence takes his brother’s toy without asking because he wants it.

(LS) 4. Monique decides she wants to go watch a movie instead of help with the church fundraiser.

(LS) 5. Robby shoves into line at the potluck because he is hungry.

(LO) 6. Jonathan gives up his seat on the bus to an elderly woman.

(LO) 7. Sarah helps her neighborhood friend with her homework every week.

(LO) 8. Jeremy helps an old man load groceries into his vehicle.

(LS) 9. Mason sees someone waiting for a parking space, but he hurries up and takes it before the other person can.

(LS) 10. Erica wants to watch her favorite TV show, so she ignores her mother’s instructions.

(LO) 11. You spend time volunteering at an orphanage every weekend.

(LO) 12. You see someone who doesn’t appear to have much money, so you pay for his lunch.

(LS) 13. Devon sees that someone left their wallet at the pool. He takes it, hoping there is some money in it so that he can buy a video game.

(LS) 14. Bonita sits down next to a person on the bus who is crying but just turns her music up louder, planning to drown out the sound.

(LO) 15. Levi just got an ice cream cone when he sees a smaller child is crying because he dropped his. Levi offers the boy his ice cream.

(LS) 16. Martin sees someone walking behind him, but when he goes through the door he doesn’t bother to hold it open for them. He figures they can open it themselves.

(LS) 17. Loretta is driving home from work and sees someone who is having car trouble. Instead of stopping to help, she just continues home because she wants to have time to soak in the tub.

(LO) 18. Although Reagan is still hungry, she gives the rest of her food to her baby sister who did not get enough to eat and is crying.

(LO) 19. Josh wants to play a different video game than his brother, but he lets his brother choose.

(LO) 20. Even though this little kid in the neighborhood really irritates you, you still agree to play with him for a while.

Craft: Time to Tell Clock
This craft is pretty simple. It would be just finding cds to use whether it be blank ones or used ones. You could use the verse to write on there or a simplified part of the verse. You could also add a ribbon to be able to hang the clock.

Craft: Cards for Missionaries
Find out the names of some of the missionaries that your congregation supports and share facts about their work with the students. You might write notes or send a picture of your class to the missionaries.

June 30

Session Titles: Saul’s Conversion

Life Point:
God helps people obey His commands

Unit Bible Verse: “The Lord does whatever he pleases in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all the depths.” Psalm 135:6

Weekly Bible Verses: “All those led by God’s Spirit and God’s sons.” Romans 8:14

Bible Passage: Acts 9:1-31

Extras from LifeWay (GREAT Ideas Here): http://blog.lifeway.com/biblestudiesforlife/leaderextras/by-age-group/

Craft: Saul to Paul Mask
Easy craft to do for younger grade. All instructions and template on website.

Activity: Name Transformer
To start this activity – let children first be silly and transform their own names, using ONLY the letters that are in their names but switching the letters around to make a silly name. Then tell children about Saul’s name being changed to Paul after he met Jesus and let children make a banner that will hang over their shoulder with a name that might describe a child of God — such as Faithful, Christian, Believer, or ideas from our lesson today.

Activity: Blindfold Drawing
Have the kids be blindfolded and then ask them to draw different things. Some can be hard and some easier. The kids will have a great laugh looking at what they drew but will also understand what its like to be blind.

June 23

Session Titles: Philip and the Ethiopian

Life Point: God is real, the only true God

Unit Bible Verse: “The Lord does whatever he pleases in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all the depths.” Psalm 135:6

Weekly Bible Verses: “The Lord does whatever he pleases in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all the depths.” Psalm 135:6

Bible Passage: Acts 8:26-40

Extras from LifeWay (GREAT Ideas Here): http://blog.lifeway.com/biblestudiesforlife/leaderextras/by-age-group/

Craft: Speak the Truth Megaphone (1st and 2nd)
Make a paper megaphone that helps kids to remember to always speak the truth. There is a die-cut for a megaphone in the preschool resource room. You can have the students decorate the megaphone with stickers or rhinestones. You could also have them draw places that might be hard to talk about Jesus. Of course have them write their memory verse, speak the truth on the megaphone.

Game: Telephone
A classic game that is about telling people. This would be a great game to help drive the point about telling people but also making sure your message is clear so it does not get messed up between people

Craft: Jesus Loves You Doorknob Hanger
Children can share the messages of Jesus love with others by making them doorknob hangers. Cut a piece of card stock to be 2 feet long and 6 inches wide. Cut a hole out of the top big enough to fit over a doorknob. Color the words “Jesus Loves Me” on a piece of colored construction paper. Cut it out and staple, or glue it just under the hole for the doorknob. Next, cut four hearts out of construction paper and write one letter on each heart so that you spell out “LOVE.” Staple or glue the hearts single file from top to bottom on the doorknob hanger. Share the verse John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” with the person you give the doorknob hanger to.

Craft: Great Commission Craft
Even though the great commission is not a part of this lesson but it works with what the lesson is about. This is a great craft to remind the kids they can tell about Jesus anywhere from their home to the world.

Craft: Chariot
The instructions as well as the template for this craft is on the website below. This would be a good craft for 2nd-4th grade.

Snack: Scroll
Use fruit by the foot and pretzel sticks to make a scroll that the kids can actually eat as well. Use to talk about the scroll in the story.

June 2

Session Titles: The Ascension

Life Point: Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would be a helper

Unit Bible Verse: “The Lord does whatever he pleases in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all the depths.” Psalm 135:6

Weekly Bible Verses: “He poured out his Spirit on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.” Titus 3:6

Bible Passage: Acts 1:4-11

Extras from LifeWay (GREAT Ideas Here): http://blog.lifeway.com/biblestudiesforlife/leaderextras/by-age-group/

Craft: Jesus Ascension Window Craft
The website has all the instructions for this craft. This craft is more suited for 1st-3rd grade.

Craft: Jesus Ascension Windsock
A fun and easy craft that kids will love to make. We have streamers in the resource room or you could use something different on the bottom.

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Game: Back and Forth Ascension Game
This is a fun game but needs to be done with children 2nd and up. There is a little mess that could happen with this game : ) but if contained would be fun for the kids.

Science Experiment: Ascension
A fun experiment to do with kids about Ascension and what it means. Any age kids can do this.

May 26

Session Titles: The Holy Spirit Helps Us Pray

Life Point: The Holy Spirit helps Christians pray

Unit Bible Verse: “Everything you pray and ask for – believe that you received it and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24

Weekly Bible Verses: “The Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should.” Romans 8:26

Bible Passage: Romans 8:18-30

Extras from LifeWay (GREAT Ideas Here): http://blog.lifeway.com/biblestudiesforlife/leaderextras/by-age-group/

Object Lesson: Holy Spirirt
This blog has a great illustration to help kids understand the Holy Spirit as well as the trinity.

Craft: Pinwheel
Make a pinwheel and talk about the wind to help the children understand how we cannot see the holy spirit but we know he moves and is among us. The website below goes into more detail about the craft and how to make the pinwheel.

Object Lesson: The Holy Spirit Gives Power
Glasses of water

Before class, fill two glasses with water. Mix a few teaspoons of into one of the glasses until the salt dissolves completely.

Before Jesus left earth for heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit filled believers and empowered them.

Let me explain how the Holy Spirit helps us. Place one egg into plain water. If the egg is fresh, it will sink in plain water. Watch the egg sink. Use a spoon to remove the egg from plain water. What do you think will happen when I place the egg in this second glass of water? Place the egg into the salt water. It will float.

Would you like to know how I did that? In this experiment, the first and second glasses look pretty much identical, but there is an important difference. I added salt to the water in the second glass. Salt makes the water dense so the egg floats.

The experiment helps us imagine what it was like for the disciples before and after the Holy Spirit came to them. At first, they had no power to what Jesus commanded them. After the Spirit came the disciples probably looked about same, but they had power they did not have before  – The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit helps Christians follow Jesus.

May 19

Session Titles: Jesus Prayed in the Garden

Life Point: God wants people to pray to Him daily

Unit Bible Verse: “Everything you pray and ask for – believe that you received it and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24

Weekly Bible Verses: “Pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

Bible Passage: Luke 22:39-46

Extras from LifeWay (GREAT Ideas Here): http://blog.lifeway.com/biblestudiesforlife/leaderextras/by-age-group/

Craft: Prayer Journal
Make a prayer journal using any of the templates below for the inside pages. You could have them decorate a cover as well and encourage them to use it daily.



Activity: Ask for Help (Younger Kids)
Ping Pong Balls (One per child)
Plastic Spoons (one per child)
Clean bucket

Tape a start line on the floor. Place the bucket across the room.

The majority of the children should stand at the start line. Enlist other children to stand along the race path, at the ready in case a player needs help.

In turn, each child will speed walk to the finish line with the ping pong ball balanced on a spoon. If the ball falls, the player should say: “Help, please!” Any one of the helpers standing along the path should pick up the ball and place it back on the spoon. The walker takes three giant steps backward and then continues toward the finish line. When the player arrives at the finish line he drops the ball in the bucket and returns the spoon to the next player.

When everyone has successfully dropped a ball in the bucket have the children talk about how when we pray for help, God hears our prayers and will help us.

Source: Bible Skills Activities for Kids

Game: Finger Frenzy
This finger play game involves simple math and can be played by two or more players. Pair off players with each person holding one finger out on each hand facing the opponent.

Players move around the room with Player 1 trying to take Player 2. When player 1 taps Player 2’s hand with her finger, Player 2 “adds” an additional finger on that hand. Player 2 then becomes the tagger. When player 2 tags Player 1 with her 2 fingers, Player one will have to “add” two more fingers on her hand so that now she has three. Play continues. When one player has 5 fingers stretched out on one hand, that hand is “out”.

For a fun twist, players can also “divide” an even number of fingers across both hands, so if a player has four fingers on one hand and none on the other, she can split them into two and two. The last player to have a hand still in play wins.

Connecting the Game

This game is fun and challenging. There was simple math but you had to stay focused. Your fingers were doing a lot of work as well. Have you ever been taught how to pray using the finger method? Read and discuss 1 Thessalonians 5:17, then use the finger suggestions below to teach players how to pray.

Thumb – Say a prayer for those closest to you

Pointer – Say a prayer for those who teach you (school, church, dance, sports, etc.)

Middle – Say a prayer for the president and those in authority over you

Ring – Say a prayer for the lost and sick

Pinky – Say a prater for yourself

Source: Bible Games for Kids

Object Lesson: Prayers for Protection

Select a volunteer and give him or her an umbrella. Give paper to the other kids. Prompt them to make paper wads to toss at the volunteer. Direct the volunteer to use the closed umbrella as protection against the paper wads. Instruct the kids to collect the paper wads and prepare to throw them again. Give the kids the signal to toss their paper wads again but this time the volunteer will open their umbrella to block the paper wads. Guide kids to collect the paper wads and throw them in the trash.

Talk about how God is our protection, like the umbrella was the second time. He hears and answers our prayers. He is ready to help us all we need to do is ask.

Ask: How is God like a shield? When do you need God’s help the most?

Source: Object Lessons for Kids

Mother’s Day: Fingerprint Flower Pots
The instructions are on the site below. This would be an easy craft to do with any age. You will need to buy the flower pots for this.


May 12

Session Titles: Jesus Gave Thanks for Food

Life Point: People can thank God for things that He gives them

Unit Bible Verse: “Everything you pray and ask for – believe that you received it and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24

Weekly Bible Verses: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his faithful love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1

Bible Passage: John 6:1-13

Extras from LifeWay (GREAT Ideas Here): http://blog.lifeway.com/biblestudiesforlife/leaderextras/by-age-group/

Craft: Thankful Sunflower
I did this craft last year and it was a hit!!! Basically what I did was have the petals drawn on pieces of yellow paper, give each child two and have them write things or people they are thankful for. Then they will cut out the petals. They will glue them on to a paper plate. Then you can have circles for the middle and they can glue sunflower seeds down. And then last is the green Popsicle stick for the stem. You will want to do this at the beginning of class so they have time to dry before the end of class.

Game: Thankful Scattergories Game (3rd-5th)
Play a game of Thankful Scattergories.

Step #1 – Take a sheet of paper, list the alphabet in two rows as seen in the picture to the left of this. Make enough copies for each guest to have one

Step #2 – Ask each student to fill in the sheet using each  letter to describe something they are thankful for.

Step #3 – Go around the room or table and share what each person wrote for each letter. If anyone has the same answer as another person , cross it off, and the person with the highest number of NOT crossed off items WINS .  Add a little more fun with prizes for the winners.  We found this fun game idea  on http://247moms.com/2013/11/thankful-scattergories-game/

Mother’s Day: Love you because flowers
This is a cute craft for kids to do for their mother. The site says to use foam flowers but you could definitely do this craft with construction paper as well and it may be easier because you can use regular markers.

Mother’s Day: I love you with a cherry on top
Cute craft that has the kids think of adjectives to describe their moms. Could be made into a card but the example on the site is more poster like.

Here is a site to a lot of mother’s day card ideas, which are very cute and easy to do as well.

Mother’s Day: Fingerprint Flower Pots
The instructions are on the site below. This would be an easy craft to do with any age. You will need to buy the flower pots for this.

May 5

Session Titles: Jesus Taught About Prayer

Life Point: Jesus taught people that prayer is important

Unit Bible Verse: “Everything you pray and ask for – believe that you received it and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24

Weekly Bible Verses: “Everything you pray and ask for – believe that you receive it and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24

Bible Passage: Mark 5:1-2; 6:5-13

Extras from LifeWay (GREAT Ideas Here): http://blog.lifeway.com/biblestudiesforlife/leaderextras/by-age-group/

Craft: Lord’s Prayer Bracelet
Students will create a bracelet that will help them to remember the Lord’s Prayer as well as share it with others. The site below will walk you through how to explain the colors and the bracelet to the students

Craft: Praying Hands
This craft has the students trace their hands on the fold of a piece of paper to make them look like praying hands. Then inside they can paste the Lord’s prayer. You can use construction paper or decorative scrapbook paper

Snack: Prayer Pretzels
Make the Praying Pretzels ahead of time or at the beginning of class with the kids.  Or buy some pretzels and explain that pretzels were first made by monks who gave them as rewards to children who had learned their prayers. The special twisted shape looks like the folded arms of a child praying. The word pretzel means reward.

Prop Lesson to learn Lord’s Prayer
Using everyday ordinary household items as props can help us in understanding the Lord’s Prayer. You can use any props you like, but suggested examples are listed below. You may find that discussing what props to use before you pray is the most interesting part of the whole exercise!

Our Father in heaven: a picture of a parent and child.
Hallowed be your name: an honors board, a prize-giving program, or a picture of an Oscar or Nobel Peace Prize being presented.
Your kingdom come: a national flag, or a postage stamp.
Your will be done: a recent newspaper, a dog lead, or a map.
On earth as it is in heaven: a picture of earth from space, or a newspaper.
Give us today our daily bread: a loaf or pictures of food, clothing and houses.
Forgive us our debts: a toy gun, or toy handcuffs, or a jail.
As we also have forgiven our debtors: a cross.
And lead us not into temptation: adverts for expensive items.
But deliver us from evil: a bottle labelled ‘poison’ (note: don’t use a real poison bottle!).
For yours is the kingdom: a crown (which could be made of paper).
And the power: foreign money, a toy weapon, or a picture of Parliament.
And the glory: a palm branch, or a picture of fans at a concert or football match.
For ever. Amen: a stopped clock.

You can use this prayer activity in three ways:

  • You can project images of the items using an OHP or digital projector as you pray rather than using the real props, making sure you give space for reflection on each image. If each line of the prayer was printed alongside the image, people would know when to say the next line.
  • You could distribute the props amongst the people in the room. Discuss together which item belongs to which line of the prayer. Then attempt to put them in order! Pray the prayer slowly while each person holds their item up.
  • Gather all the props/items together and place them in the centre of your group. As you pray each line of the prayer, pass the appropriate item around your group, pausing long enough for it to make its journey around everyone. Finally, return the items to the middle of the room. Use the time to reflect on each items and the relevant line of the prayer.


Game: Prayer Hop
This game is good for learning the Lord’s prayer and the order it goes in.

Source: The Humongous Book of Games for Children’s Ministry

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