God Gives Me Strength! (Preschool) (Sunday School Lessons For Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
Sept. 26/10 Preschool Story of Samson God gives me strength!

Written/Arranged by Mikaela Klassen

10 Little Things

Teachers you can do all of these things or some of these things, in any order.

1. Free Time


Play with the kids, and encourage them to play together.

2. Read the story of Samson from the children’s Bible

Explain to the kids that God can give us physical strength like Samson but he also gives us strength to do what is right!

Ask the kids:       “Is it sometimes hard to say I am sorry?”

“Is it sometimes hard to share our toys?”

“Is it sometimes hard to obey our parents?”

Tell the kids:      “God can make us strong to do what is right!”

3. Testing Our Strength

Remind the children how Samson was VERY strong then have the kids do little activities like run from one end to the other 3 times, have them do 5 push ups, carrying a book to one end to the other, how far they can throw a stuffed animal etc. to show how strong they are.

Teacher says: Now let’s see how strong God made Samson!

4. DVD

Using the Read And Share Bible DVD, Volume3, story 2 “Samson”

5. Song Time

(Sing this, or play the song on the CD or DVD provided)

“My God is so Big”

My God is so big, so strong and so mighty

There’s nothing my God cannot do

My God is so big, so strong and so mighty

There’s nothing my God cannot do.

The Mountains are his, the valleys are his, the stars are his handiwork too

My God is so big, so strong and so mighty

There’s nothing my God cannot do

6. Bible Verse

“Jesus asks me to be fair”

Jesus-point to the sky

Asks-make a motion with your hand from your mouth

Me-point to yourself

To Be-make wings with your arms and buzz like a bee

Fair-hold to hand up, palms facing the sky and tilt back and fourth like a scale

7. Snack!

Get a couple of kids to help hand it out. Have someone pray over the snack.

8. Craft Time!

Glue the strong boy that says “God makes me strong” onto a colored piece of paper. Get the kids to color it.

9. Pray

Pray with the kids to

– Let God give them his strength

– To have the strength to listen to what God says

– To have the strength to follow what God asks them to do

10. Play/Small Group Time

Play with the kids until their parents come. Talk to the kids that want to talk, ask them about what they have learned and how God’s strength can help them.

Clean up

When it comes time to clean up, ask “Who is strong enough to put this away”…

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The Welcome Mat (Preschool) (Sunday School Lessons For Children)

Date Class Theme/Title
Oct. 24 Preschool Class The Welcome mat

Written/Arranged by Mikaela Klassen

10 Little Things

(Teachers you can do these in any order and do all 10 or just choose the ones that work, depending on the attention level of the preschoolers)

1. Three Things We Know!

  • One, two, three (count with your fingers) Jesus loves me (on the word “love” draw a heart over your heart)
  • Look and see (turn around) Jesus made me (point to yourself with your thumbs)
  • From the beginning (stretch your hand out far to the left) to the end (stretch your hand far to the right) Jesus is my friend (give yourself a hug)

2. Bible Story

There is no specific bible story, but you can talk to the kids about how God welcomes everyone no matter who they are and what they look like!! Talk about how God welcomed people even when everyone else didn’t. You could ask the kids if they know anyone they could welcome (or in simpler words “say hi to”)

3. Welcoming Everyone Activity

There will be flash cards with different types of people on them (someone who is sick, someone who is sad, someone who is angry, someone who is little, and someone who is old….etc.)

Show the kids a flash card, describe it to them, and ask them if God loves them and welcomes them to come to Him! Do this with all the flash cards.  Talk about how we also welcome people, and at church as well, everyone is welcome!

4. Take two steps forward Activity

Have the kids stand at one end of the room, and the teacher at the other end. Say the phrases below and ask the kids if it is welcoming or not. Get the kids to put up their hand if their answer is yes. If they say the right answer they can take two steps forward. Who ever gets to you first wins!

– “Hi, my name is….”(is this welcoming? yes)

– “Come over here”(is this welcoming? yes)

– “Go Away!”(no)

– “Come sit with me”(yes)

– “I don’t like you”(no)

– “You smell”(no)

– “What’s your name”(yes)

– “I’ll share with you”(yes)

– “You look funny”(no)

– “Come to church with me”(yes)

5. Songs

Sing “Jesus loves me” and “My God is so big.”

6. Bible Verse

“God is Love” 1 John 4:8

Do actions with the kids

God is (point to the sky)

Love (put your hand on your heart)

Try your best to get them to memorize 1 John 4:8, but the main focus is “God is Love”

Once you feel they are ready, have them say it BY THEMSELVES. Tell them who ever can say it by themselves will get to go eat snack first!

7. Snack

(Whatever was planned for snack that day)

8. Craft

Welcome Mats- There will be one piece of paper for each of the kids; the front side will be like a mat, and it will say “Welcome” and the other side will say “I Welcome” at the top. There will be pictures of people that they can stick on to the back (a person in a wheel chair, a sick person, a sad person, an angry person, and a person from a different country) Let the kids stick them on, and then they can color the back and the front.

9. Pray

Sit in a circle holding hands, and pray with the kids. Make sure that you ask if any of the kids want to pray. When you pray make sure to pray that they will always welcome everyone, because God welcomes us.

10. Clean up together

Play with the kids and clean up!

LESSON CHECKLIST FOR THE OFFICE:

(Use this if the SunLand Intern is piecing your lesson together)

Item Amount Needed Instructions
Activity #3 Flash Cards 8 different flash cards. Have pieces of paper each with one kind of person on it:

-a sick person

-a sad person

-a person in a wheel chair

-an angry person

-a person from a different country

-an old person

-a young person

Make it look very clear what they are.

Activity #7 Snack

8 Peanut Free snack provided
Activity #8 Craft (Welcome mats)

8 mats

8 of each individual person

Each kid gets one piece of paper. On one side it looks like a welcome mat that says “Welcome”, make sure it can be colored(an example of a mat is at the link below), and on the other side it says “I Welcome” at the top. Then make 5 people that they can stick onto the back of their mat

1. a person in a wheel chair

2. a sick person

3. a person from a different country

4. a mean person

5. a sad person

Make sure that these people are separate so that the kids can stick each of them individually onto their mat, also make sure that the people are able to be colored.

Example of a welcome mat: http://www.clipartguide.com/_named_clipart_images/0511-0809-2219-3131_Welcome_Mat_Clip_Art_clipart_image.jpg

Staying At The Table (Grades 4-6) (Sunday School Lessons For Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
October 24, 2010 456rs Acts 2: 4: 6: Staying At The Table

Written/Arranged Teresa Klassen

This year we are planning for a 45 minute class time/discussion; after this the 456rs join in with Big Church for worship/The Lord’s Supper.

This whole lesson will center on the symbol of the table.

1: Opener – The Game of Spoons (10-15 minutes)

Credit to http://boardgames.about.com/od/cardgames/a/spoons.htm for game instructions.

Teacher: (sitting at the table) Some of the greatest times we will have with people are around a table. We share great meals, we have great conversations, we discuss things, we talk things over, sometimes we play games…all around the table. So that’s where we are starting today…playing a game at the table…

Supplies needed:

• Enough spoons for each player, less one.

• Deck of cards

The Goal of the Game: to be the first to collect four cards of the same rank. If someone beats you to it, you don’t want to be the last one to clue into that.

Setup

• For each player in the game, you need four cards of the same rank from the deck. For example, with 5 players you could use the Aces, 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s.

• Shuffle the cards and deal them to the players. Each player will have four cards.

• If you’re playing Spoons, put the spoons in the middle of the table so that every player can reach them.

Gameplay

• Players simultaneously choose one card from their hands, pass that card to the opponent on their left, and pick up the card they’ve received from the opponent on their right.

• Each player can never have more than four cards in his hand, so it’s illegal for a player to pick up a new card before passing one to the left.

• When a player collects four of a kind, as subtly as possible, take a spoon and place it in front of yourself.

• When one player does this, every other player must do likewise as quickly as possible. The last player to grab a spoon is the loser.

• Instead of knocking people out of the game, just keep score on who loses – give them -2 points for every loss

• Play a few rounds

Teacher: You may wonder why we would start today playing a game around this table…normally when you play spoons, someone is eliminated, meaning, if you lose, you are out. I want you to think about the church like a group of people gathered around a table like this. A whole bunch of different people, just like we are all different from each other. Jesus said that the church will be like this, some people doing well at life, some people losing out at times, but He said…stick together, don’t leave the table, be with each other and support each other…stay at the table.

2: Bible (10-15 minutes)

Teacher: (sitting at the table still) Can anyone remember what book of the Bible we have been learning from these past weeks? (Acts). Well, we are still in Acts – as you know by now, Acts is all about the very first church. Last week we talked about how the church spread all over the world. Today I want to bring it back home…literally. I want to talk about what it means to make a church your home. And to do that, I want us to flip over to a book called 1 Corinthians – as you might have guessed, if we have a first Corinthians it means we have a……you guessed it, second Corinthians. These books are actually letters, written by Paul, a great man who was a big part of starting the first churches.

Paul writes something interesting…(pass out a copy of the verses to each student) does anyone want to read this?

(Teacher, I have added questions in the text in bold…ask these AS YOU GO ALONG. Stop the reader at these points to discuss it with the students)

14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. What does this mean? I know it might seem obvious, but someone explain it in your own words…

15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body.

16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body?

17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. Why do you think Paul wrote this verse, verse 18. What is important about this verse? Why do we need to know this?

19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Imagine that for a second, what do you think Paul is thinking about when he says this…what is he imagining?

20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. Like what?

23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, Like what?

24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. What does THIS mean? Now it seems Paul is talking about people not about body parts…what does he mean by this?

25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. Put this in your own words…what does this mean?

26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. Put this in your own words…what does this mean?

27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. Why do you think Paul used the picture of a ”body” to try to explain what the church is?

3: If Something Was Missing (10 minutes)

Teacher: (Pull out plastecine man) Alright, here we have a “body” and – poor guy – I have a knife. What should we call this guy? (get them to name him). Ok, so I am going to pass ____ around and I want you to really carefully cut off a piece of the guy. Please do it neatly, because I want to make sure everyone gets a part.

Save your piece once you have it, don’t wreck it, just put it in front of you…

(Let kids cut of a “piece”)

Teacher: OK, now explain to me, what is the piece you cut off…and if ____ didn’t have that piece, how would that affect him?

(Have them share)

Teacher: The Bible is saying that the church is like ____. The church is made up of pieces. We are the pieces. And every piece is important. EVERY PIECE…and that means you too.

When one piece is hurting or a piece leaves the table, or goes missing…the body is missing something. It is out of balance. It hurts.

Everyone has an important part to play in the Body…

So, as we sit around the table like this…we need to find out what our part is.

4: What Am I Like? (10 minutes)

• Teacher, this is a bit like a personality test. It is based on a book by Gary Smalley and John Trent

• We will have 4 animals – an otter, a lion, a golden retriever, and a beaver with a strip of descriptive sentences by each animal, all will be covered except the first one.

• You will have them look at the first sentence, then after that the next, and then the next.

• There is a signing sheet beside each picture and they should sign their name beside one or at the most two animals for each sentence we uncover – the sentence that is most like them.

• In the end, they will go to the picture that has the most signatures (of their signature) and then we will talk about each one, and how each personality is unique and important.

Teacher: (Still at the table) So who are you? What are you like? In grade 4 or 5 or 6 you are beginning to understand what you are good at. As you grow up as a follower of Jesus, you will also begin to see what He has gifted you to do in the world and at the table –- as a part of a local church.

If I asked you right now, “What are you like?” It might be kind of hard to say…so this morning we are going to do something to try to get at it.

You will see four animals in the room.

Under each animal I have a sentence….actually a list of sentences but you can only see one right now.

What I want you to do is go and look at the sentences you can see right now and find the one that is most like you…just pick one or two at the most, no

more then that. I am only going to give you a few seconds to decide. Once you have that figured out, then we will look at another sentence…

Teacher, when you are done, read out the descriptions of what each personality is like. I have included the script for this at the end of the lesson. Acknowledge that they might not be totally like this, but maybe a little like it. Affirm who they are!

Close by saying: “You are an important part of the Body – you are needed as a part of the gathering of Christians, and you are needed in your neighborhood among your friends to share the love of Jesus. As you grow older – remember that. Remember to stay at the table and be a part of your church, forgive one another, learn together, stick together, work it out together, lead together, reach out to others together…

• LISTEN TO THE MONITOR FOR WHEN THE MUSIC STARTS – but if you need more time in class, no worries.

• IF YOU RUN OUT OF LESSON, play spoons again!! ☺

• PLEASE TIDY UP THE ROOM AND TURN OFF THE HEAT AND THE LIGHTS WHEN YOU LEAVE.

PERSONALITY CHART

SENTENCES THAT WILL BE UNDER EACH ANIMAL

Lion Otter Gold Retriever Beaver
I have a lot of good ideas and like it when people want to try my ideas. I like having a good time with people; whatever looks fun, that’s where I want to be. People say that I am a good, loyal friend. I like people, but I don’t mind being alone and doing what I want to do.
I like being the leader on a team. I love to laugh, I love telling stories or jokes and being the life of the party. I am laid back and easy-going. I like being with people, I am a good listener I like to think and figure things out.
I am a positive person. If there is a problem, I like to figure out a solution. People think I am funny; I make people laugh. I am a good team-mate. I like doing things that make people happy. I am neat and organized. I can be quiet and sometimes serious, especially when I am working on something.
I like to share what I think. I am outgoing. I like entertaining people. I am a good listener and I have an easy time going along with other people’s ideas. I am good at reading instructions and figuring out the steps to get something done or put together.
Sometimes I am stubborn and really want my way. Sometimes I am disorganized and messy and it frustrates people. I get my feelings hurt easily. Sometimes I don’t stand up for myself and go along with the crowd. I can be hard on myself because I want to do things perfectly.
I like trying new things and coming up with better ways of doing things. I like a lot of change, and I really like being busy and on-the-go I say “yes” to a lot of things. If you ask me if I will help you with something, I almost always will. I like to learn about things and research things. I like doing things with my hands and putting something together the right way.

PERSONALITY DESCRIPTIONS

Pieces taken from these websites:
http://koinonia-all.org/homeschool/personality.htm
http://weirdblog.wordpress.com/2007/02/22/personality-types-lion-beaver-otter-and-golden-retriever/
http://proverbs4.blogspot.com/2006/03/what-animal-are-you.html

ARE YOU A….LION??

Words that describe you might be:

• Extroverted

• task-oriented

• optimistic

• leader

• energetic

• outgoing

• daring/risk-taker

• self-sufficient

• competitive

• assertive

• organizes and delegates well

• problem solver

• strong-willed

• likes to be in control

• stubborn/agumentative

Lions are often leaders. They are determined, confident, and bold, they take charge and get the job done. They enjoy challenges, are good at making decisions and are great problem solvers. Their motto is “Let’s do it now!” Those are all strengths, but there are weaknesses too. Lions can be opinionated, arrogant, and unsympathetic. They are easily bored with details and can be difficult to please. Because they are less sensitive than others, they can easily hurt other people’s feelings. You will find lions in positions of leadership, crusading for causes, and participating in athletics. “Classic lions” will generally pursue their education with initiative and great care and will be your top students. As you grow up as a Lion, make sure you work on being tolerant of others and work hard to be compassionate.

ARE YOU AN….OTTER?

Words that describe you might be…

• playful

• love people

• love attention

• life of the party

• fun loving

• hate isolation

• love to entertain

• love to talk

• energetic

• disorganized

Otters are the life of the party, making new friends at every opportunity. Otters seem to know everyone. They make good first impressions, are enthusiastic, and live for the present moment. Taking risks without a care, their motto is “Trust me; it’ll work out!” On the down side, otters are unpredictable, lacking in self-control, and disorganized. They can be messy and are easily distracted. They often have a lot of unfinished projects. Otters make the best salesmen, actors, and motivators. On a leadership team, they spark vision and enthusiasm. A combination lion/otter personality would be a “fun boss.” Because otters are such socializers, school is a low priority for them. If they get their assignments done at all, it will be in a last minute flurry of activity. Otters don’t like paperwork for any job or school work. Never one for details, they will scurry through the things they have to do like a whirlwind, leaving the details for those behind them. Training an otter can be frustrating, especially if your personalities clash. If you are an Otter, you will need to learn self-control, reliability and integrity (being a person who can be counted on!)

ARE YOU A…GOLDEN RETRIEVER?

Words that describe you might be:

• people-pleaser

• laid back

• happy

• undemanding

• avoid conflict

• avoid responsibility

• crushed by getting yelled at

• can be selfish and lazy

• go along with the crowd

• hard time saying no

• chameleon

The golden retriever is calm, dependable, good-natured, and easy to get along with. They are peace-loving people. Golden retrievers are faithful friends, good listeners, and stable. Because they dislike any kind of confrontation, they will compromise to keep the peace at whatever cost. Sometimes they can be passive, unenthusiastic, and very stubborn. Since golden retrievers hate change, their motto is “Let’s keep things the way they are.” An interesting thing about Golden Retrievers is that they can change to become more like the other personalities if they need to rise to the occasion. If golden retrievers ever need to lead, they can lead and they make great leaders because they direct with a gentle, pleasant manner that lions lack. If they see that people need some fun, they can be an Otter. If things need organizing, they can be more like a Beaver. Their temperament makes excellent counselors, diplomats, and elementary educators. As “homebodies,” they love to putter around the house. Working well under pressure, they handle school adequately, although they are not motivated to do more than is required. If you are a golden retriever you will need to find ways to be motivated and to also take the initiative at times.

ARE YOU A….BEAVER?

Words that describe you might be:

task-oriented

• worker

• orderly/organized

• neat

• scheduled

• serious

• quiet

• talented

• musical

• artistic

• intense

• creative

• like to research

• good student

• high standards

• hard on themselves

• can get depressed easily

• avoid noise and confusion

Beavers love those details that otters despise! Creative, self-disciplined, and intellectual, beavers strive for quality. They are sensitive, predictable, and orderly. Their motto is “How was it done in the past?” As perfectionists, they tend to be overly critical. Beavers get discouraged more easily and are more likely to take revenge or to be moody; beavers can be difficult to get along with because they need things to be done a certain way all the time. Our best teachers are beavers; they never tire of drilling our heads with phonics rules and the multiplication tables. The “creative” occupations are filled with beavers — musicians, artists, writers, tailors/designers, culinary arts, interior decorators/architects, etc. Beavers fill the ranks of accountants, inventors, and philosophers. In school, beavers’ assignments will be the neatest and most thorough. However, their attention to detail will cause them to work and worry over exams and projects. Beavers, you need to know that sometimes things can be “imperfect” and it is OK. You also need to know that not everyone can or wants to do things the way you want them done. You will also need to work harder than others to not be negative or pessimistic.

CHECKLIST FOR OFFICE USE:

Item Needed Number Description
Spoons Provide 12 Spoons for spoons game/opener
Deck of cards 1 For opener, spoons game
Piece of paper/pen 1 For scorekeeping
Bible 1
Copy of 1 Corinthians 12 for students 12 I have put a copy of the verses, minus the teacher’s questions, after this checklist, you can use this to make your copies. Place the copies inside the Bible just to give the visual of the verses coming out of the Bible when the teacher hands them out to the students.
Plastecine figure on a pan 1 Make a plastecine figure on a pan, almost like a gingerbread man. Make sure you include ears and eyes and a nose and a mouth. Make a full person with arms and legs. Figure should be 10-12 inches tall on a baking pan.
Plastic knife 1 To cut off parts of the plastecine figure
Pictures Lion

Otter

Golden Retriever

Beaver

Tape these onto the wall in the four corners of the room
Personality descriptions 4 For each of the personalities, using the personality chart, print out the list of descriptions leaving a space between each one. Cover each sentence with another piece of paper that can be taken off. Just leave the top sentence exposed so that this can be your starting point. Do this for each of the “animals”
Signing page 4 Under each of the animals have a signing page that students can sign their names to
Pencils/felts/pencil crayons 12 Have enough pencils or felts or pencil crayons for each student so they can write their name
Personality descriptions 12 Using the personality descriptions pages (not the chart, the description pages that give more details), make enough copies (you can do this back to back) so that each student can take one home.
A table A table or a few tables if you have many children, and you will need a leader at each table

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part.

15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body.

16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body?

17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it.

19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part!

20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.

23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen,

24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity.

25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other.

26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. Put this in your own words…what does this mean?

27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. Why do you think Paul used the picture of a ”body” to try to explain what the church is?

Prayer (Grades K-3) (Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Topic
Sept. 19/2010 K-3 Acts 1:12-26 Prayer

Written/Arranged by Sherry Jackson

STATION 1 – GETTING TO KNOW YOU (10 minutes)

Have 2 children stand at the front and have a conversation about what they want to be when they grow up.

Then have 2 more at the front and have a conversation about what they are going to do after church.

Then 2 more about people they don’t get to see often and miss  (ie. grandparents or friends who have moved away)

TEACHER:    We had time to talk to friends about what we want to be when we grow

up and what we are going to do after church and about family and friends we miss, today we are going to learn how to talk to God about our dreams wants and things that make us sad.

STATION 2 – THE BIBLE (5-7 minutes)

TEACHER:            We were reading in the Book of ACTS last week and we are going to continue reading there today.  The book of ACTS tells us what Jesus wants us to do.  Today we are going to learn that Jesus wants us to pray before everything we do.

READ:                        ACTS  1 : 12-26

TEACHER:            Did you notice in that verse how it said that all the friends were together and they prayed CONSTANTLY?  Constantly means “a lot!!!”

What do you think prayer is? Let kids give some ideas

TEACHER                Praying is what you did earlier; it is having a conversation but with

God instead of your friends.

You can’t see him but you can talk to him anytime you want to.  Your friends you can only talk to when you see them or call them on the phone but God is always right there waiting for us to talk to Him.


STATION 3  – ACTIVITY (10 minutes)

I will supply a big picture of a clock on the wall

TEACHER:            Ask the kids what things they can pray for  (ie. having a good day, help studying for a spelling test or being angry because a friend hurt them.)

Write these on a piece of paper and tape it to different times  on the clock to show the kids they can pray anytime of the day and God will listen.

STATION 4 – SKIT  (5 minutes)

TEACHER:            Now we are going to see a little drama about prayer

Teacher, have 3 volunteers  WHO CAN READ help you. If you are short of readers, then have the adults do the skit.

3 kids at the park 2 playing 1 sitting still at the edge praying

2 kids walk up to the 3rd kid and start asking

kid 1 –WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

kid 3 –I AM PRAYING

kid 2 –WHY

kid 3 –BECAUSE MY GRANDPA FELL AND BROKE HIS HIP. HE IS IN

THE HOSPITAL AND I WANT HIM TO GET WELL SOON

kid 1 –WHAT IS PRAYING GOING TO DO?

kid 3 –PRAYING IS GOING TO LET GOD KNOW THAT I AM ASKING

FOR HIS HELP AND I KNOW GOD LISTENS TO OUR PRAYERS

kid 2 –DON’T YOU HAVE TO BE IN CHURCH TO PRAY?

kid 3 — NO YOU CAN PRAY ANYWHERE.  WE PRAY IN THE CAR ON

THE WAY TO SCHOOL THAT GOD IS WITH US AND WE HAVE A

GOOD DAY.

2 WEEKS LATER

kid 2 –walks up to kid 3 –HEY HOW DID THOSE PRAYERS WORK FOR

YOU?

kid 3 –GREAT MY GRANDPA IS STILL IN THE HOSPITAL BUT HE IS

STARTING TO WALK AROUND WITH SOME HELP AND WILL GET TO GO HOME SOON.  WHY?

kid 2 –BECAUSE I AM HAVING SOME TROUBLE IN SCHOOL AND I

WANT TO LEARN HOW TO PRAY…THIS BOY IS BEING A BULLY

AND I WANT HIM TO STOP.

kid 3– I CAN TEACH YOU HOW TO PRAY ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS

TALK TO GOD

kid 2 — BUT HOW? WHAT DO I SAY? HOW DO I START? WILL HE

LISTEN?

kid 3 — JUST TALK LIKE YOU WERE TALKING TO ME.  GOD IS THE

BEST FRIEND YOU CAN HAVE HE ALWAYS LISTENS.

kid 2 — OK I WILL TRY …….DEAR GOD I NEED YOUR HELP I WANT

THIS BOY TO STOP HURTING ME THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.

AMEN

kid 3 — THAT WAS PERFECT NOW LETS GO PLAY– GOD KEEP US

SAFE WHILE WE PLAY AND BE WITH US IN OUR NEW

FRIENDSHIP.  PLEASE HELP US TO HAVE FUN AND THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO OUR PRAYERS.  AMEN

STATION 5 – SMALL GROUPS (10 minutes)

PART A

We are going to learn some simple prayers. Break into smaller groups and teach by saying and repeating one or both of these prayers

SMALL GORUP LEADER:            Some prayers are prayers that people have written like

this one…

A)             NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP

I PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO KEEP

IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE

I PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO TAKE

GOD BLESS FAMILY AND FRIENDS

AMEN

SMALL GROUP LEADER: And this prayer is a prayer that Jesus taught His friends

B)             OUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN

MAY YOUR HOLY NAME BE HONOURED

MAY YOUR KINGDOM COME MAY YOUR WILL BE DONE

ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN

GIVE US TODAY THE FOOD WE NEED

AND FORGIVE US THE WRONGS THAT WE HAVE DONE

AS WE FORGIVE THE WRONGS THAT OTHERS HAVE DONE TO US

DO NOT BRING US TO HARD TESTING

BUT KEEP US SAFE FROM THE EVIL ONE

FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM POWER AND GLORY

FOREVER AND EVER

AMEN

NOW….discuss what you could pray if

–your best friend was moving away

–someone you know is in the hospital

–you just had your birthday party and you want to thank God for all

your friends and presents

STATION 6

TEACHER : God asks us to pray before everything we do this includes eating.  We sometimes call it grace but it is praying and thanking God for the food He has provided.  So before we have a snack we need to thank God for this food.

–            then bless the food before offering the kids a bag of cheerios

CLOSE  teacher closes in prayer

FREE TIME, PLAY IN THE ROOM

Be My Witness: Telling the story of Jesus (Grades K-3) (Sunday School Lessons For Children)

Date Grade Scripture Title
Sept 12 K-3 Acts 1:1-8 Be my witness: telling the story of Jesus

By Teresa Klassen

STATION 1 – Opener (10 minutes)

  • Have two children stand at the front and introduce them.
  • Tell the other children to look at them for about 10 seconds.
  • Then send the children to a place where they won’t be seen
  • Have the other children tell you as many things about them as they can; you write them down.
  • You can ask them questions to prompt them (“Where they wearing a jacket?” “Did they have anything in their hands?” “What color were their shoes?”)
  • Then bring the other children back and see how well you did, see what you missed

Teacher:  We had a lot of words to talk about these two people. Now, if you left this room and someone said, “Tell me about (child’s name”) you could talk about them because you have looked at them closely.  Today we are going to hear how Jesus asked his friends to talk about him.

STATION 2 – The Bible (5-7 minutes)

Move children to the couches and stools and you sit in front on the chair

Teacher:             There is a book in the Bible called ACTS. Can you say that with me?  It is in this half of the Bible. The book of ACTS talks about what happened AFTER Jesus died, and AFTER he rose again…it talks about what Jesus said just before he went to heaven and the instructions he gave to his followers. The book of ACTS talks about how the first church was started.

Read:                        Acts 1:1-8 (or have someone in grade 3 read it)

Teacher:             What do you think that word “witness” means? (Let the kids give some ideas)

Teacher:            Being a witness is exactly what you did a minute ago when you talked about what those two kids looked like and what they are wearing.  If you knew them, you would also talk about the things they like and don’t like, and how much fun they are, and where they live, and what they are good at.  That is called being a “Witness.” That is what Jesus asked us to do. Talk about Him to other people. Tell other people what he Is like, what he is good at, why he is such a good friend, how much he loves everyone…describe him to others!

STATION 3 – Activity (10 minutes)

  • For this activity we have pieces, like big puzzle pieces, of Jesus. On the back is a description of what Jesus is like. For example, one piece will say, “Forgiving” and a reader can read it out to the group and then they can tape it up on the larger piece of paper that has the outline of Jesus.

Teacher:            So, if we are going to describe Jesus to other people, we need some words to do so. I am going to  divide you up into 7 groups and I need one person who can read in the group to read what is on the back these papers. Then we are going to talk about Jesus and put his picture together here like a puzzle.

STATION 4 – DVD (12 minutes)

Teacher:             I am going to show you a few stories about Jesus that comes from the Bible. I want you to watch these, and then after the little movie is done, I will ask, what have you learned, what would you say about Jesus to other people

Show:                        Show the Read & Share DVD Bible, Volume 1, Episode 12

“Jesus loves children”

Lead a discussion about what this video tells us about Jesus. What would you tell other people about him after knowing these things about him?

STATION 5 – Drama Sketch (10 minutes)

Teacher:            There are so many people who need to hear about how wonderful Jesus is. When we share the good news about Jesus, this is called being a witness. He can help us, and He can help others.

Choose 2 older kids who can read and have them “Act out” this little sketch

Person 1:            I am feeling very worried.

Person 2:            Why are you worried?

Person 1:            I have to give a speech in front of my class and I am nervous about it. I don’t want to do it.

Person 2:            You can do it!

Person 1:            I don’t know if I can. My stomach even hurts because I am so nervous.

Person 2:            Well….I will pray for you that you won’t be nervous.

Person 1:            Pray? How will that help?

Person 2:            Well, Jesus says that we can tell Him anything, and that we don’t need to worry about anything. He says we can pray to Him and he will help us.

Person 1:            Really? I have never prayed about anything before. I don’t even know anything about God.

Person 2:            That’s OK, I will pray for you.  If you want to know more about Jesus, we can talk about it sometime. Or maybe you can come with me to SunLand sometime.

Person 1:            OK. Well thanks, I guess. That makes me feel better that you care and its nice that you are going to pray for me. Thanks.

Teacher:            Sometimes we just need to do something kind for someone else, or say something kind, or…like this person, pray for someone.  That is all being a witness for Jesus.

STATION 6 – Smaller Groups (10 minutes)

Each small group will have a bag of Honeycombs.

Leader:             The Bible says that our kind words are sweet to other people, sweet like Honeycomb.  So, I have these honeycombs and we are going to think of kind words we can say to others. Jesus says when we use kind words, and do kind things for others, that is being a witness for Him.

What are kind things we could say or do when…

1. Someone is moving away and they are sad about it

2. Someone is feeling lonely because they don’t have very many friends

3. Someone is afraid

4. Someone is sick and can’t go out, maybe they are even in the hospital

5. Someone is sitting all by themselves at school

CLOSE – Teacher closes in prayer

FREE TIME, PLAY TIME IN THE ROOM

The Church Spreads (Grade 4-6) (Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Sripture Theme
October 17, 2010 Grade 4-6 Acts 9:31 The Church Spreads Across the World

By Teresa Klassen

This year we are planning for a 45 minute lesson; after class the 456rs join in with Big Church for worship/The Lord’s Supper

1:SPREAD IT! (10 minutes)

Teacher:            So, to start off this morning, we are going to build a domino                                                 course…I’ll explain why later!

Get out the dominoes and time them for 5 minutes and let them build a domino course. Then watch the domino championships on the DVD:

2: WATCH IT! (5 minutes)

This is the YouTube link we will use: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeF7yLkEECs

Teacher:            So the way dominoes work, of course, is that one domino bumps into                                     the next one and everything spreads from there.

Last week we talked about the very first church, and today we are going to talk about how the very first church created a movement that  spread like dominoes across the world!

3: BIBLE (7  minutes)

Teacher:

Can anyone remember what Bible book we are studying from right  now? It begins with the letter A (Acts)

Today we are in Acts 9: 31: Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and  encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of  the Lord.”

Show them the map of how the gospel spread in the beginning…

The way that the church spread was simply by people living the way  God asked them to, Christians met together and encouraged each other, they shared what they had with others, they reached out and             helped people around them, they shared the Good News about Jesus and it caught on. Other people’s lives started changing and pretty soon  the church started spreading around the world!

4: GUESS HOW BIG THE CHURCH IS? (10 minutes)

These will be up on the wall, is a guessing game and whoever comes closest to the right answer will get a “prize” (chocolate bar)

Teacher: So we have a dozen or so churches here in West Kelowna, but do you have any idea of how many Christian churches there are in the world?

  • How many Christians do you think there are in India? [A: Approximately 27 million]
  • How many Christians do you think there are in Africa?  [A: Approximately 380  million]
  • How many Christians do you think there are in China? [A: Approximately 39 million]
  • How many Christians do you think there are in Canada [A: Approximately 3.8 million]

Teacher: There are millions of Christians around the world!!

  • But how many people live on planet earth right now? [A: Approximately 6.8 billion]

That means there are a lot, A LOT, of people who don’t know Jesus yet. That means that we need to keep spreading out like dominoes to tell   people about the good news about Jesus.

4: NOTHING CAN STOP IT (10 minutes)

Teacher:            Jesus said something interesting…in Matthew 16:18 Jesus said, “I will                                     build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”  In  other words, the church would be unbreakable…unstoppable! This isn’t because we as people are so great, or so strong or so smart…it is   because the church is God’s idea and God’s idea will not be stopped. He loves the church!

I guess the question is, what does that mean for you and me…if we are supposed to be like this domino [hold up a domino] what can you do, what can I do?

Jesus never asked us to FORCE His message on anyone. He asked us to treat people respectfully, to be ourselves, but to not be afraid to tell people about the Jesus who lives in our hearts…he said, wherever you  are, whatever you naturally are doing, treat other people the way I  would treat them and they will start asking about how come you are  different from other people…

What do you think Jesus meant when He said, “Be different from other people…”

Let’s write some way that we can be different from others…

(You will have a bunch of little blocks, write on each block a trait of being a Christian…loving instead of hating, forgiving, caring, generous, patient, praying for people, not gossiping, helping those in need…set these up like the dominoes…)

Conclude:            The church is people, being these things. That is what the church is. Us being out in the world, being these things, one person bumping into another, acting like Jesus so that the world notices and is changed…

Around 11 a.m. check the monitor in the class to see if the music has started.  If it has, try to move as soon as you can to the auditorium. A row has been reserved for the 456rs. Before you do, we are serving the Lord’s Supper, so make sure you explain this to the kids as follows…

EXPLAIN THE LORD’S SUPPER

Remind the kids that we are always going to be joining in the morning service for the second half (worship and the Lord’s Supper)

Today when we go into the morning service they are going to serve Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper. When Jesus was about to die he had one last supper with his friends.  That’s why it is called the Lord’s Supper. At this supper he said, when you eat this broken bread and drink the juice I want it to remind you that I died for you.  The bread represents my broken body, the juice represents the blood that was spilled for you to forgive your sins.

When we take communion, we take a piece of bread and we dip it in the juice and we go back to our seats and eat it there…and while we do, we think about the amazing gift that Jesus gave us. He died for you and for me so that we could be forgiven and be in a right relationship with God.

The Lord’s Supper is just a reminder of the decision some of us have made to follow Jesus

You don’t have to come and take the Lord’s Supper. If you haven’t asked Jesus to lead your life, or if you just want to know more about the Lord’s Supper before you take it, feel totally free to take a pass and stay in your seats.

–                Remind the kids to be quiet when we go into the room

–                Tell them they can sit with the group or go and sit with their parents

–                Make sure you go in WHEN THE MUSIC IS PLAYING.

–                The reserved seats are to the left, near the front, near the screen

IF YOU STILL HAVE TIME AT THE END OF THIS YOU CAN PLAY CHARADES AS FOLLOWS:

5: BE YOURSELF

Teacher:            Jesus wants you to be you. So when you want to share God’s love with                                     other people, he doesn’t expect you to suddenly be like a pastor, or your teacher, or your mom or dad…He just wants you to be you…so,  just for fun, let’s see who you are. We are going to play charades, but               the topic of this game is “Things you like” – so it can be things you like to do, things you like to eat, places you like to go…

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