The First Church (Grades 4-6) (Sunday School Lessons For Children)

Date Class Scripture Title
October 10, 2010 456rs Acts 2:37-47 The First Church

Arranged/Written by Teresa Klassen

This year we are planning for 45 minutes of class time; after this the children join in with “Big Church” for worship/The Lord’s Supper

1: Opener – Guess What’s Important? (8 minutes)

Teacher: What are important things that we should do every day?  I have some doors here on the blackboard with important things behind them. Can you guess what they are? I have prizes for whoever can guess them

You can give hints if the kids are stumped

Door 1: Get a good sleep

Door 2: Brush your teeth

Door 3: Eat good meals

Door 4: Read the Bible

Door 5: Pray

Door 6: Learn

Door 7: Play/Have fun

Door 8: Do things with friends

Mini chocolate bar prizes for those who get answers (and whoever else you randomly want to give chocolate to)

Teacher: Now, I want you to think imagine you were one of the very first Christians ever. What if you invited Jesus into your heart, and you were baptized; you might have asked yourself – what should I do now??

Teacher: The Bible says that the very first Christians began to find each other and group together forming the VERY FIRST CHURCH. Today we are going to look at what Church is…what Jesus wanted it to be.

2: What is the Church? (5 minutes)

Teacher: First I need to ask you, what is “the church”?

Is it this? (point to the picture of the outside of a church building)

Is it this? (point to the picture of the inside of a church building)

Is it this? (point to the picture of the group of people)

Teacher: The church isn’t a building at all…the church is a group of people who love God and want to learn together how to live God’s way. The church is people who want to learn together, and work with one another, and know one another, and help one another…the church is people who love Jesus and have the same goals.

Teacher When the first group of Christians began to group together they did some things that were really important. We are going to discover what those things are, because those are the same things we want to do!

We are going to remember those important things by remembering one word:
C H U R C H.

To help us really get it, I am going to need you guys to help me make some props to go with these letters as we go along.

3-8: The Church Looks Like This (20-25 minutes)

* For each of the symbols the kids make, put one on the center table as a reminder of the “clue” for each letter

3 –             Cupcakes & Icing

Teacher Let’s start with the letter C

When the first Christians got together the Bible tells us that they ate together. You know when you sit around the table and you tell stories about your day and listen to one another and get to know your friends really well over a meal? Well that is what that first church did. They ate together a lot!

Do: So to help you remember what the first church did, and what we should do too…C stands for “Cake and ice-cream – they ate together!”

To help us remember this first letter – we are going to eat together too (bring out the cupcakes, let them put on their own icing)

What does C stand for? (Cake and ice-cream, they ate together!)

4 – plasticine

Teacher Next is the letter H

When the first Christians got together the Bible tells us that they listened to teachers talk about the Bible.  They learned how to live God’s way by hearing people teach from the Bible. Kind of like you are doing today, but not always on a Sunday, many times when they met together they heard about Jesus’ words, and stories about him.

Do: So to help you remember what the first church did, and what we should do too…I have some plasticine here and I need all you guys to make something that represents “hearing”, you can make a set of ears, you can write the word “hear” you can make some earphones…something that reminds you of the word “hear”

Give them some time to do this…

What does C stand for? (Cake and ice-cream, they ate together!)

What  does H stand for? (Hearing)

5 – Lego

Teacher Next is the letter U

When the first Christians got together the Bible tells us that they prayed together. They talked to God together, and they prayed for one another.

So to help you remember what the first church did, and what we should do too…U stands for “U pray, I pray, we pray!”

What does C stand for? (Cake and ice-cream, they ate together!)

What  does H stand for? (Hearing and learning!)

What does U stand for? (U pray, I pray, we pray!)

Do:            OK, since praying is just talking to God, I thought a good way for you to remember this would be by making a cell phone. So I am dividing you in two and giving you 5 minutes to make a cell phone out of Lego.

6 –             Art materials to draw a hand

Teacher Next is the letter R

When the first Christians got together the Bible tells us that they reached out to other people in their city, sharing the Good News about Jesus, and helping with needs in their city. They wanted EVERYONE to know about Jesus so they reached out and told them!

So to help you remember what the first church did, and what we should do too…R stands for reaching out to others.

What does C stand for? (Cake and ice-cream, they ate together!)

What  does H stand for? (Hearing and learning!)

What does U stand for? (U pray, I pray, we pray!)

What does R stand for? (Reaching out to others)

Do:            Have kids trace their hand and color it if they want

7 – Gift bag

Teacher Next is another letter C!

When the first Christians got together the Bible tells us that they cared for each other and shared everything that they owned with each other. If you were sick, I would come and care for you. If you needed help, I would care and come help! If you needed to use something that I owned, I would share it with you.

So to help you remember what the first church did, and what we should do too…this C stands for Care and Share!

What does C stand for? (Cake and ice-cream, they ate together!)

What  does H stand for? (Hearing and learning!)

What does U stand for? (U pray, I pray, we pray!)

What does R stand for? (Reaching out to others)

What does C stand for? (Care and share!)

Do:            Ok, to help remind us of this point, we are going to put together a gift bag of stuff and then I need one of you to give it to a random person in church during the service when we go in (*Teacher, make sure it isn’t their parent or another SunLand teacher…it should be someone they are not directly connected to – you as a teacher should help guide them. Scan the audience, pick someone you think could use a little treat). There will be a card that explains the package which will just be some simple treats and the card will say “Today we learned about what the early church was like and how we ought to remember why we are the church.  One of the things the church is to be about is caring and sharing. We would like to share this with you today and hope it is encouraging to you in some way.  God bless. From the Grade 4-5-6 class” and have all the kids sign their names.

8 – Balloon

Teacher Next is another letter H

The first  Christians just liked to get together. They knew if they would be together, they could encourage one another, help make each other strong, and become really awesome friends to one another. They called this “fellowship” but for our lesson today, we will call it “hanging out.”

So to help you remember what the first church did, and what we should do too…this H stands for Hanging out!

What does C stand for? (Cake and ice-cream, they ate together!)

What  does H stand for? (Hearing and learning!)

What does U stand for? (U pray, I pray, we pray!)

What does R stand for? (Reaching out to others)

What does C stand for? (Care and share!)

What does H stand for? (Hanging out)

Do:            So to remind you about hanging out  I thought about how when you hang out you just have fun and get to know each other. I have a ball here and we are going to toss it back and forth and name a cartoon character, but you have to do it in 3 seconds or less and get that ball out of your hands or you are out.

Review

Just look at the stuff on the table and review what the C H U R C H  is all about. See if the kids can remember all the points.

9: Be The C H U R C H

Listen to the monitor to see if the music has started – this will be between 11 and 11:10. If it has, then head into the auditorium…do the gift bag project. Then find your row of seats, reserved for 456rs at the front by the screen.

If it hasn’t, crack open a bag of chips and hang out and get to know each other a little better…here are some questions you can use to get the kids to talk

1.     What was your favorite toy when you were little?

2.     Have you ever had a dream that you thought was real? What was it?

3.     Why do you think some people only like dogs and some people only like cats?

Clean Up

–                Please make sure the room is neat and tidy when you are done

–                Please make sure heat is off

–                And everything that needs “powering off” is powered off

CHECKLIST (For Office Use)

Item Number needed Description
Doors 8 Door 1: Get a good sleep

Door 2: Brush your teeth

Door 3: Eat good meals

Door 4: Read the Bible

Door 5: Pray

Door 6: Learn

Door 7: Play/Have fun

Door 8: Do things with friends

These can be simple, hand written or done on the computer.

Tape them onto the cupboards in the Gazebo so they hide the answer but are still easy to open for the teacher.

Pictures 4 Same as K-3

Picture of church

Picture of inside of church

Picture of group of people

Page spelling C H U R C H

Tape this onto another section of the cupboards

Cupcakes and icing Enough for 10 Teresa will bring
Plasticine Enough for 10 golf size balls of plasticine
Lego Teresa will bring
Paper and crayons/or felts/or pencil crayons Enough for 10 Look in the gazebo, there may be felts there already in the plastic drawers on counter

Just get blank photocopy paper to use, 1 full sheet per child – so about 10

Gift bag 1 Teresa will get this, since I have to go shopping anyway. I will drop it off
Balloon, blown up and ready to go 2 (better make 2 in case one pops…write the word “hanging out” in black marker on both
Bag of chips Teresa will pick up
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One response to “The First Church (Grades 4-6) (Sunday School Lessons For Children)

  1. Thanks, it helps me a lot.

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