December 2

Unit: Jesus Was Born

Session Titles: Prophets Told About Jesus

Life Point: God planned for Jesus from the beginning of time
Unit Bible Verse: “The virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
Weekly Bible Verses: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
Bible Passage: Isaiah 7:14;9:6;11:1-5; Micah 5:2

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

Craft: Isaiah 9:6 Ornament

Students will make an ornament to remind them of the prophecy Isaiah had about Jesus’ birth. All the instructions are on the website

http://blog.jennimullinix.com/christmas-crafts-for-toddlers-preschoolers/

Craft: Names of Jesus Advent Chain

Children will make an advent chain that will help them remember the names of Jesus and remind them of the reason for the season. All the instructions are on the website below. This is a craft that would require a lot of prep or need to do with older students since there is a lot of writing involved. 

http://www.survivingourblessings.com/2012/12/names-of-jesus-advent-chain.html

Beginning or Ending Activity: What is His Name?

Students will complete the worksheet by looking up the verses to find the names of Jesus. You could also do this as an activity with the whole class to look up the verses.

http://www.biblewise.com/images/kids_korner/fun_games/2010/dec/whats_his_name.pdf

Game: Blind Artist

Ask your class to form pairs. You will need one blindfold for each pair of children, a marker, and one sheet of butcher paper for each pair large enough for both children to draw on together. Ask the partners to choose which person will be the blindfolded person. Next, give each child a marker and ask the partners to stand or sit next to each other. Tell them, “When I say, ‘go’ you will have three minutes to draw your best picture of baby Jesus in the manger.” Say, “go” and allow for 3 minutes.

At the end of three minutes, say, “Stop.” Have the blindfolded children take off their blindfolds to see their pictures. The pictures drawn by those children without the blindfold should be noticeably better.

The nation of Israel was in a state of great darkness. But Isaiah gave them a message of great hope–the Messiah, Jesus, would come. He would take them out of darkness and show them light. Before we came to know Jesus, we were in spiritual darkness. Like our pictures we drew while blindfolded, our lives would be a disaster apart from Jesus’ glorious light. When we receive the light of the Gospel of Jesus, the blindfold is removed; and the Lord can make something very beautiful out of our lives.

http://children.cccm.com/OTTeacherGuidePDF/CUROT172.pdf

Craft: What’s In A Name Banner?

For this craft, you will need a straw for each child, string (approximately 12”) for each child, scissors, light weight tissue or paper, glitter and glue. Cut a 1/2” slit on each side of the straw. Tie knots on each end of the string. Slide the knotted ends of the string into the slits in the straw, one on each end to hold the banner up. Cut the paper to the width of the straw and leave it about 12” long or longer. Fold and glue the top edge of the paper over the straw.

Ask the children to choose their favorite name from the list of names for Jesus in Isaiah 9:6 and write the name on the banner along with the scripture reference, Isaiah 9:6. Decorate with the tissue, glitter, or perhaps sequins, stickers, or other decorative things to make their banner look unique.

http://children.cccm.com/OTTeacherGuidePDF/CUROT172.pdf

November 25

Unit: Worship God at Church

Session Titles: The People Sang

Life Point: People can worship God through singing to Him

Unit Bible Verse: “Come let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” Psalm 95:6

Weekly Bible Verses: “I will rejoice and boast about you; I will sing about your name Most High.” Psalm 9:2

Bible Passage: Ezra 2:1, 68-70, 3:1-13

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

Craft: Maracas
Instruments that can be used to praise God

 http://www.whatsupfagans.com/2013/12/m-is-for-music-preschool-lesson-plan/#_a5y_p=1325148

Craft: Rebuilding the Temple Puzzle
By putting together this temple puzzle, each child can rebuild the temple like Joash. Below are links to instructions and a temple coloring sheet that will need to be cut into puzzle pieces prior to the activity. 

http://www.growingkidsministry.com/ages-and-stages/day-8-rebuilding-the-temple-31-days-of-bible-crafts/

https://craftingthewordofgod.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/solomons-temple-coloring-page.jpg

Craft: “Jesus, You Make My Heart Sing”
This paper craft will remind the kids that they can worship God through singing. Below is a link to instructions and a copy of the hymn “Holy, holy, holy.” 

http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/bible-themes-praise-singing.html

http://www.hymnary.org/page/fetch/HFLC1974/7/low/1

 

November 18, 2018

THIS WEEK: JUST LIKE BARNABAS: BELIEVING

“Only Luke is with me. Bring John Mark with you, for he is useful to me in the ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:11

“The righteous chose their friends carefully.” Proverbs 12:26

Upcoming Events/News:

Barnabas Curriculum
Attached you will find this week’s lesson as well as the prints outs it mentions. In your classroom, you will each have a copy of the Braille Activity. Thank you for being flexible as we emphasize this vision series with our church. This is the last lesson in this series. On November 25th we will return to the last lesson in your FALL 2018 Curriculum. Then we will begin the WINTER curriculum in December. Please let the children’s ministry staff know if you have any questions about this.

Journey to Bethlehem
Wednesday, December 12 | 6:00P | Begins at Entrance H
A walk-through Christmas event celebrating the birth of our Savior! RSVP online by December 10 to select a specific time for your family. All ages are welcome. Plan for a minimum of 30 minutes for the complete experience.

Holiday Absences
The holiday season is quickly approaching please let your wing coordinator know if you are going to be out so that they can plan for substitutes for your class. Especially if you are going to be out on November 25th (the Sunday after Thanksgiving). We will not have LIFEgroups December 23 and 30.

November 11

THIS WEEK: JUST LIKE BARNABAS: DEFENDING

“Barnabas wanted to take along John Mark” Acts 15:37

“I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6

Upcoming Events/News:

Barnabas Curriculum
Attached you will find this week’s lesson as well as the prints outs it mentions. In your classroom, you will each have a copy of the Telling Others Activity, Code Activity, and Tell the Story Activity. Thank you for being flexible as we emphasize this vision series with our church. We are working hard to get these lessons to you all as soon as we receive them. We are hoping to have the last one soon so you can start planning. Please reach out to anyone on the Children’s team if you have any questions regarding this series!

Journey to Bethlehem
Wednesday, December 12 | 6:00P | Begins at Entrance H
A walk-through Christmas event celebrating the birth of our Savior! RSVP online by December 10 to select a specific time for your family. All ages are welcome. Plan for a minimum of 30 minutes for the complete experience.

Holiday Absences
The holiday season is quickly approaching please let your wing coordinator know if you are going to be out so that they can plan for substitutes for your class. We will not have LIFEgroups December 23 and 30.

November 4

THIS WEEK: JUST LIKE BARNABAS: EVANGELISTIC

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19

Upcoming Events/News:

Barnabas Curriculum
Attached you will find this week’s lesson as well as the prints outs it mentions. In your classroom, you will each have a copy of the cross word puzzle, missionary story, and a take-home page. Thank you for being flexible as we emphasize this vision series with our church. We are working hard to get these lessons to you all as soon as we receive them. We are hoping to have the last two soon so you can start planning. Please reach out to anyone on the Children’s team if you have any questions regarding this series!

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Holiday Absences
The holiday season is quickly approaching please let your wing coordinator know if you are going to be out so that they can plan for substitutes for your class. We will not have LIFEgroups December 23 and 30.

October 7

Session Title: Just Like Barnabas – Encourages

Life Point: God uses the encouragement of other believers to strengthen a believer’s ministry and fortify his or her faith.
Weekly Bible Verses: “And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works.” Hebrews 10:24
Bible Passage: Acts 4:36; Hebrews 10:23-25

Craft: Kindness Cootie Catcher
Easy little craft for kids to do while they are coming in. Directions are on the website link below
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Craft: High Five Stick
Have kids trace their hands and decorate them with markers, crayons, stickers, etc. Glue to a paint stick (you will need to go pick some up) and then attach “Encourage One Another” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 to the stick.
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September 30

Unit: God Created the World

Session Title: Noah Worked Hard

Life Point: People can praise God for His creation
Unit Verse: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
Weekly Bible Verses: “How countless are your works, Lord! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” Psalm 104:24
Bible Passage: Genesis 6:9-8:22

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

Science Experiment: Rainbow in A Jar
This looks like a fun thing to do with the children and something they would enjoy watching you do. You maybe could do it with 2 groups if you have a larger class so everyone could see. All the instructions are on the website.
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Craft: God’s Promises Rainbow Craft
As your class reads and learns about Noah’s ark, you can make this simple craft to help your children make some of their own covenants.  They can be promises between them and God, or between them and their parents.
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Craft: Ark Paper Plate Basket
Don’t miss the boat on this amazing idea for learning about an essential part of the Bible. The Noah’s Ark Paper Plate Craft is the perfect way to learn about Noah, his ark, the animals, and the lessons behind the story. Paper plate crafts are inexpensive ways to get creative, and this frugal find is beneficial in more than one way. Stay interested in this important lesson by designing your ark as you listen to the key plot points. You can even fill your craft project with animal crackers to make this a deliciously educational experience.
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Craft: Rainbow Ribbon Dancer
A fun craft for kids and they will love playing with it. All the instructions are on the website. (Disclaimer: Ideas is from a catholic website)
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September 23

Unit: God Created the World

Session Title: Cain and Abel 

Life Point: People should value you others as God does
Unit Verse: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
Weekly Bible Verses: “I praise you because I have been remarkably and wondrously made.” Psalm 139:4
Bible Passage: Genesis 4:1-16

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

Craft: Love One Another Stained Glass
This craft is more involved but a good craft to help children to remember to love one another even when their family and friends make them upset. Detailed instructions on the website
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Object Lesson: Sin Will Touch Others (Older Kids)
A good object lesson but pretty mature so I would do with 2nd grade and older. Easy instructions and materials.
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Bible Story: Genesis 4 – A Murder Mystery
Another way to tell the story a good way to keep the kids interested in the story.

Here’s an activity for telling the story of Cain and Abel. You could do this activity in small groups, or if your class is small you could do it in one group.

Explain to the children:

A terrible tragedy has happened. The world’s first murder has taken place. It is our job to find out who did it and work out a suitable punishment for the murderer.

Ask the children the following questions:

  • What do we know about Adam?
  • What do we know about Eve?
  • Read Genesis 4:1-4a. What do we learn about Cain from this Bible passage? What do we learn about Abel?
  • What words describe what God is like?

Here are the suspects: Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel, God, A stranger

Give the children one clue each. They read out the clues in chronological order, but don’t show their clue to other children.

  • God was pleased with Abel’s offering.
  • God wasn’t pleased with Cain’s offering.
  • Eve loved Cain and Abel.
  • Adam and Eve had another son to replace the one who was murdered.
  • Cain said to his brother Abel, “let’s go for a walk”.
  • God asked Cain, “where’s Abel?” and Cain answered, “I don’t know, am I supposed to look after my brother?”
  • God said to the murderer, “you will never be able to farm your land again”.
  • The murder happened outside.

Children put all the clues together and work out the following:

  • Who did it?
  • Where did he or she do it?
  • Why did he or she do it?

Ask children:  What do you think the punishment should be?

Read Genesis 4:10-16: What was God’s punishment?

  • What does this story tell us about God?
  • How are we like Cain?
  • How are we like Abel?

Why do you think this story is in the Bible?

Lesson ideas for Genesis 4 – a murder mystery

Object Lesson: Cain and Abel’s Hearts
Half fill one clear glass with water. Half fill an identical clear glass with white vinegar. Tell the children that these glasses represent Cain and Abel’s hearts. (Point to the glass of water) Abel’s heart was good and he wanted to give his best to God. (Put a drop or two of green food coloring in the vinegar glass and give it a stir.) The green glass represents Cain’s heart. He was jealous of his brother and he didn’t give his best to God. Let’s see what happens to their hearts when they gave gifts to God. Ask one child to put a teaspoon of baking soda in the glass of water (nothing will happen to the water). Abel gave his gift and God was pleased. Abel felt good in his heart because he knew he had given his best. Now let’s see what happened to Cain’s heart. (Have another child put a teaspoon of baking soda in the green vinegar glass). As the water bubbles and boils talk about how jealousy made Cain’s heart upset and angry.
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Object Lesson: Candy Fairness
Using m and m’s or skittles (or anything like it) divide in cups in different amounts. Pass out to kids but don’t let them see they are different. After you have passed out all the cups and the kids start to figure out that they are not the same. Ask about how they feel that it is not fair. Talk about if it is worth getting really mad about. After discussing fairness and how it applied to the story of Cain and Abel see if the kids can work it out to make it fair for everyone to have the same amount. (Remember allergy alert sign)

September 16

Unit: God Created the World 

Session Title: Adam and Eve Sinned

Life Point: God loves people, even when they sin
Unit Verse: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
Weekly Bible Verses: “Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight” Deuteronomy 6:18
Bible Passage: Genesis 3

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

Object Lesson: Temptation
I have done this in a class before and it seems to really make the students think about temptation. Bring in cookies, candy, any food item the students would be tempted and want to take. Set it on the table at the beginning of class and put a do not touch sign by it. Students will ask about it and you just tell them they can’t touch it. You can even play with them a little bit and find a reason to leave the room (don’t leave the children alone though) and see if any of them touch them. Talk to them at the end of the lesson about if they were tempted or if it drove them crazy that they could not touch the item.

Craft: Snake
Have students make a snake that they can hang and remind them to walk away from temptation. The website gives pretty good instructions. This is a good short and easy craft if you don’t have much time left. You could make this out of construction paper or foam and could use a number of things to decorate it. You could even have them write the verse on the snake.

There is also a picture of a paper chain snake if you think that would be easier for your children.
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Craft: A Cord of Three (Older Kids craft)
Have the children make a bracelet to remind them that through Jesus we are in communion with God. Make three different colored 12” pieces of yarn for each child. Tie a knot about one inch from the end and braid the pieces together. Explain that one represents God the Father; the second, God the Son; and the third, God the Holy Spirit. When there is about one inch left after braiding, tie another knot.

Explain to the children that as they wear their bracelets, they can remember that we have a free relationship with God because of the price paid by Jesus.
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Game: Tree of Right and Wrong (written originally for teens but could be used for 3-5)
Adam and Eve thought they had good reasons for eating from the forbidden tree, but they failed at discerning right from wrong. To help students learn how to make correct discernments, draw or paint a tree on plywood or paper and designate one half of it as “Right” and the other half as “Wrong.” Cut apples from construction paper and label each one with a behavior that needs to be defined as right or wrong. Have the students take turns picking the apples from a basket and deciding which half of the tree they should be placed on. Some of the behaviors can be an obvious, such as cheating. Also include behaviors where the correct response might not be clear to young people, or where they may think they have a good reason for doing something questionable, such as covering for a best friend instead of getting them in trouble. Encourage students to discuss these tricky situations and guide them in searching the scriptures for guidance in discerning the correct response.
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Object Lesson: A Bite of Truth
Give each student an apple and tell them to enjoy a few bites then set it aside. Have them check the apple 15 minutes later and they will see that the inside has already started to turn brown. Present this as an analogy to Adam and Eve biting into the fruit and exposing the world to deterioration. Also compare it to our personal lives and how quickly they change and suffer when we open ourselves up to negative influences. Though simple, this analogy can make a memorable point.
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September 9

Unit: God Created the World

Session Title: God’s Plan for People

Life Point: God wants people to have a relationship with Him.
Unit Verse: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
Weekly Bible Verses: “God created man in his own image.” Genesis 1:27
Bible Passage: Genesis 2:4-24

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

Craft: Patterned Paper Self Portrait
Using different patterns of scrapbook paper in similar colors children will create a collage self-portrait. You are going to need to cut the pieces in to smaller pieces before class for the younger students but the older grades can do it themselves. I would also have maybe a template of a boy and girl for the younger students so they don’t get intimidated by drawing a picture of themselves.
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Craft: Adam, Eve, and Me Necklace
The instructions are pretty well explained in the PDF but this craft is creating a necklace that has a mirror on it (made of aluminum foil) and then on the back the saying “God created Adam, Eve, and Me”. The templates for the circle are also in the PDF.
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thumbnail of adam-eve-and-me-necklace

Game: In God’s Image
I am adapting this game from the PDF. Basically pick a token out of the bag, it will either say hands, mouth, feet, or ears. When you pull it out you will have children act out and tell you ways they can praise God using that body part. Example would be, you pull out hands and the students could say clap while singing, helping someone pick up something they dropped, making a card for someone who is sick, etc. It helps the studen t’s to think about how God made them and what they can do with what God has given them.
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Craft: God made me special
This is a pretty easy craft. The details are on the website below. We have boy and girl cutouts for the die cut which is located in the Preschool Resource Room.
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