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May 30-31, 2020 | Listening to God- Week 3

Discuss with your Child:

           Last week we learned that Jesus wants us to follow Him and become fishers of men. To follow Him, we have to learn to listen to Him. What does listening mean to you? Listening means more than just hearing someone’s words. It means to pay attention; heed; and obey. We want to make sure that when we are listening to God, we are focused on what He is saying, and then putting it into action. It is our job to listen so we can learn and hear ideas from God in order to follow His purpose for us!
             To really hear someone well, we first need to be quiet. Imagine trying to listen to someone while also having a conversation with someone else. That would be hard! When we are quiet with God, He shares with us how to live here on Earth. He gave us a guideline in His word and keeps us on track! He also shares how to get rid of fear, guilt and hurt. He wants to fill us with His joy! When we listen, we can learn how to love God and others. He will show us how to play and talk to one another, so we can make new friends and keep old ones! Listening can also help us to be filled with God’s love and power. He wants to fill us so that we shine bright with His love for others! 
         Listening to God doesn’t mean we have to be quiet all the time, but there are certain times when it is helpful to be quiet. We are quiet when we read our bibles - we read and think “what does God want to teach us about what we just read?”.  We are also quiet when we pray and are talking with God. Notice how I said talk-ing WITH. That means that we talk TO God, but sometimes, we are just quiet in his presence. When we are quiet, it gives God a chance to talk back!
         Other than reading your Bible and praying, can you think of any other way we can listen to God? Oftentimes we can learn things from others, such as pas-tors, teachers, adults, parents and friends. God can use people to help us learn and listen to Him! We always want to make sure that we check to see if what a person says lines up with the truth in God’s Word, but listening to people you trust who know God can be a great way to learn more about Him!  Let’s put our listening to the test. We are going to conduct an experiment to see how well you can listen.

EXPERIMENT: Can you listen?

(Play one sound) have your child sit quiet and play a sound. Can they hear the sound? What sound is it?Think about what we just did. We had to be quiet to hear the noise, right? We had to spend time thinking about it too. Sometimes we get it right away and other times we have to think about it. God wants us to do the same thing when we listen to Him. Listen to what He is telling us and think how it will affect us!

 Memory Verse

Matthew 11:15 - And He said to them, He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Mission

This week we are learning about listening to God and how to quiet in order to hear his voice. This week spend a minimum of 5 minutes a day praying and listening to God (this means being quiet!!) What is God saying to you?

May 23-24 , 2020 | Listening To God - Week 2

Discuss with your child:

In the Bible, Jesus calls us to follow Him. Last week we discussed Jesus calling His disciples to follow and learn from Him. The Red Letter teachings are from Jesus. Another way Jesus called His disciples to follow Him was to be Fishers of Men.

We are the light of the world. We show others how Jesus lived by how we live. The more time we spend with God and studying His word, the brighter we shine. The brighter we shine, the more likely we are to draw people to Him. We are full of His light when we hear His voice with our spirit. When we listen to Him, the kingdom is first and we share what has happened with others. Remember, even in the hard times, God is allowing His message to be shown through us so others can learn.

Discuss the video with your child:

This is a great promise of His confidence in us! He believes that we will be successful sharing about Jesus because He trusts us. He knows that if we follow Him, He will teach us what we need to know to do a good job. He doesn’t just call people who are trained in those areas, but He calls the unskilled. When He uses people who are not experts, we see His Glory move even more! There wouldn’t be any way we could be successful without God helping us in something we are untrained in. We don’t need to fear that we won’t be good at something God has told us to do, because He is the greatest teacher ever! He will show us all we need to know. Think about the fishermen on the boat. Even though they had doubts that they wouldn’t catch a lot of fish during the day, Jesus made it so they caught the most they had ever seen! With God on our side, we won’t fail! All we have to do is listen to Him !

Watch How Jesus Taught His Disciples to Fish

Let’s break down what Jesus said to them:

To follow Jesus, you have to walk away from everything in the world, just as the disciples did to follow Him.
“Follow me”= This command Jesus gave is our mission in life. We want to follow Him no matter what and listen to what He says!
“I will”= This is a promise He makes us when we have a personal relationship with Him.
“Make you”=This shows that Jesus transforms us. He will teach us, mold us, and show us the way. We just need to listen!
“Fishers of men”=This is our purpose here on Earth. We will go out and spread His Word and His love with others, drawing them to Jesus!

Review Questions

1. Why did Peter and Andrew listen to Jesus? (Jesus told them)
2. How many boats did Peter and Andrew need in order to get all the fish? (two boats)
3. What would happen if Peter and Andrew followed Jesus? (They would fish for men to follow Jesus as well - or tell others about Jesus later in their lives.)
4. Who should be first in our lives and we share about His great teachings? (Jesus!!)

Memory Verse

Matthew 4:19
And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Mission

This week we learned about Jesus calling us to be Fishers of Men. We are to follow Him and share with others about Him. Jesus wants to be first in our lives. Read your bible every day and bring back one new thing you have learned from reading the bible this week. Also do not forget to keep sharing about Jesus and God with your friends and families! Remember we are ALL Fishers of Men! 

May 16-17 , 2020 | Listening To God

Discuss with your child:
When Jesus was on the Earth, he did not just pick men of great wealth, nor did he choose men of great standing in the eyes of the people. He chose everyday people. People like you and me! He wants us to go out and share all the great things he did and all of the great things God has for us as his children! How cool is this, we are all children of God! That means we are very special to him.
Because God is our father, we must listen to him as we listen to our fathers here on Earth. God tells us many things throughout our day. He also helps us! If we are having a hard day at school, we can ask him to help, just like we ask our parents for help at home. God talks to us when we pray and read our bibles. That’s when He reveals to us His big plans for our lives! So we have to spend time reading the bible, so we know what he is saying.

Click here to watch the video about how Jesus chose his 12 disciplines to follow him!
 
Discuss the video with your child:
Wow! Jesus just said the words “Follow me”, and they all did! The disciples knew Jesus was special and left everything to follow him. Can you imagine leaving everything to follow some-one you didn’t know? We see that Jesus asked them first to come with him. Then he prayed. This is important. Prayer is like talking with God. We can talk to him and he can help us un-derstand during this time. Jesus taught his 12 disciples The Red Letter Teachings. Remem-ber, the red letters in the Bible mean that Jesus spoke those words! He then told them in The Great Commission to go share all of the good things they had learned!

Read Matthew 28:16-20 with your child:
Matthew 28:16-20 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Discuss Matthew 28:16-20 with your child:
Those 12 people did and were obedient. Look at what has happened! Now many people know about Jesus and His love for us because they were obedient. We get to carry on their mission now and spread the word of God. How exciting! We all have the choice to share about Jesus and listen to him. When we listen to God, we are obedient!

Memory Verse – Matthew 4:19
And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Mission
This week we are learning about listening to God as we begin by learning about how to follow Him. This week read your bible every day. This way we can learn what God wants from us!

Here are two links where you can find sample Bible reading plans for children:
https://kayleneyoder.com/bible-reading-plan-for-kids/ 
https://www.crossway.org/articles/kids-bible-reading-plans/

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES  (Fresh Lesson Each Week)
Children 3-4 
Children 5-6  
Children 6-10 
Children 10-12 
Bible App 


May 9-10 , 2020 | Mother's Day 

GOD WANTS US TO LOVE OUR MOMS!
Did you tell your Mom you love her today? You better have said, “I love you” already! Today of all days, you need to say it. Today is Mother’s Day, and it’s a day we set aside to honor our Moms.
Being a Mom is a full-time job. That doesn’t mean 40 hours a week like most full-time jobs. It means 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Being a Mom means that you have
to be flexible and be willing to change plans at a moment’s notice. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a full-time paid job, or even go out and have fun. But it does mean that if someone starts throwing up, you have to leave before the movie is over and race home because the babysitter doesn’t want to clean up any more of your barf!
Moms do so much for us, we simply don’t have time to list it all. They teach us how to sit up, roll over, stand up, walk, talk, feed ourselves, and dress ourselves. They teach us to use manners and share with others. They provide us with food and clothing and medicine and toys, and sometimes most important of all - those reassuring hugs when we need it.
Moms are also tasked with the most important job of all: teaching us to follow Christ. If you’re listening today, it means you have parents that take God’s commands to teach children to love God seriously. More than anything, they want you to become people who love God and love others so that one day, you can teach your own children the same.
Moms do all this without collecting a paycheck. They rarely get time off, and even when they do get a moment or two alone, you’re never far from their thoughts. They don’t parent because they get something in return. They parent because they love. God wants us to love them in return.
There’s a beautiful story about a mother and child in the Old Testament. The child wasn’t even the mother’s child; she was her daughter-in-law. But Ruth still set an example for us to follow; learning to love our mothers the way God wants us to.

READ RUTH 1:6-17
Naomi had lost everything, her husband and her two boys. She had no choice but to go home and hope that someone in her family would take pity on her. She didn’t want Ruth to suffer with her, and she selflessly told Ruth to go home.
Ruth refused. Ruth loved Naomi like a mother. She vowed to take care of Naomi. She would provide for them both, and she would worship God with her adopted mother. Ruth showed Naomi the same selfless love Naomi had shown her.  She followed God’s command, to love and honor her mother.

OBJECT LESSON:
PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICH

How many times do you see one of these in your lunch ?
Do you groan when you see that peanut butter and jelly sandwich because you see it EVERY day?
When we eat the same thing every day, it gets old. We get bored of it, and we want something new. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that this peanut butter and jelly sandwich means something. It means that back home, there’s a mom who loves you enough to make you this sandwich and feed you every day.
Maybe you don’t get peanut butter and jelly. Maybe you get bologna. Or even hot lunch. Whatever your lunch habit may be, it’s Mom who makes it happen.
Moms do all kinds of things we take for granted. They kiss our boo boos, they read us stories, they sing songs to us, they drive us places we need to go and fun places we want to go. Moms are always putting your needs ahead of their own, not because they think you’ll pay them back, but just because they love you.
Moms work hard, and they deserve as much thanks and love as we can give. Tomorrow morning, whatever Mom does for your lunch, tell her thank you. Then tell her you love her.

Discuss with Your Child
When you think about all that your Mom does for you every day, one day seems hardly enough to say thank you. Mom is always going the extra mile. How many times has Mom raced you to a birthday party? Or given up her own plans to take care of you when you’re sick? How hard does she work every day just to keep you healthy, well-fed, and strong?
If you said, “I love you” to your Mom this morning, that’s great. You should say it again this afternoon. Say it tomorrow when you head off to school, and say it tomorrow night as well. Say it every day, several times a day. Mom is a special lady, and you can never say you love her enough.
Here’s another way to tell Mom you love her: take action. Do something to show her how much you appreciate her. I don’t mean buy her gifts and cards and flowers. Do something around the house! Do one of her jobs so she can have a break. Let her watch one of her shows instead of forcing her to watch Frozen for the 900th time. Moms sacrifice for their kids all the time! All of us can sacrifice a little time and a little hard work for Mom, right?
Moms are special ladies. They are a gift from God, and they will always be there for us. Let Mom know you love her every day. In words and in actions, let’s all remember to say “I love you” every day of the year!

Memory Verse
Ephesians 6:1 (NIV) -“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES  (Fresh Lesson Each Week)
Children 3-4 
Children 5-6  
Children 6-10
Children 10-12 
Bible App 


May 2-3 , 2020 | Go the Second Mile (continued)

Read Together:  Matthew 5:42  (NIV)
"Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. "

Discuss with your child:
  1. What are some circumstances where you can do more that is required? 
  2. Some things are a distraction from what is important, and we shouldn’t spend extra time on those things, name some. (Wealth, Fame… Invite ideas from kids)
  3.  What are some things that people may do to us for doing the extra mile (acknowledge there are negatives too like getting called “teachers pet”)?
  4. Be more like Jesus in our reactions. What reactions are Christ like versus non-Christ like?
  5. Choose others over ourselves even if it costs us something. What does it cost us?  We can show to others the love and generosity of Jesus. When we do that it creates a door of opportunity for sharing our faith.

Review KEY points:
  • Go the extra mile, it’s never crowded.
  • The extra/second mile is the secret to success in life.
  • The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the extra mile.
  • The first mile is always the hardest. But the second mile is what separates people.
  • It only takes ones second miler in the house to change the entire environment.
  • What are some ways you can do MORE than what’s required of you? To go the EXTRA mile?
  • We are made in the image and likeness of God.
  • Each of us is responsible for our actions and for being obedient and faithful to God.
That’s when we are our best selves. That’s when we will see others as Jesus sees them.

Practically, think of ways your child can go the extra mile!
1. What are some things your parents ask you to do around the house?
 How could you go the extra mile in those tasks?
2. Do your teachers ever ask you to help with something?
 How could you do more?
3. Often times going the extra mile costs us something, most of the time it is only time we lose
 In the examples we have talked about what did you lose?
4. Helping others when it costs us something is an example of being like Jesus
 How does it feel when someone helps you?

Help your child see that we reflect to others the love and generosity of Jesus when we go the extra mile!
1. When someone helps you are you more or less interested in who they are and what they have to say?
2. What are some things we can tell people we help? (Tell them about Jesus)

Complete this worksheet to reinforce what we learned today!
Worksheet
Answer Key 

Memory Verse
Matthew 5:42 (NIV) - "Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. "

“You Do” (Your Mission)
Your mission this week is to serve others without being asked and without their knowledge!

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES  (Fresh Lesson Each Week)
Children 3-4 
Children 5-6  
Children 6-10 
Children 10-12 
Bible App 


April 25-26 , 2020 | Go the Second Mile

Read Together:  Matthew 5:41  (NIV)
 "If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. "

Jesus called his disciples to have a completely different attitude than anyone else.
Instead of giving in to anger, he called us to show the love and grace of God by going the extra mile.

Jesus wants his people to exemplify kindness and grace, even when something bad happens to us. He wants us to do more than expected, and better than expected!

It means that as people who love Jesus, we always seek to have a great attitude no matter what—even if we are being mistreated. It means that we show the love of God to people who don’t “deserve” it. It means we do more than we have to, and we do it with a great attitude.

We need to have a “second-mile” attitude—in everything we do at school, in sports, in friendship, and at home. We should always look for ways to serve and give, above and beyond what we are asked to do.

Perfection is not the goal, but their heart is. I don’t for a second think Jesus thinks we will be perfect at going the extra mile. Sometimes we may not even be sure what that would look like in a particular situation and we are just doing the best we know how to do at the moment.
What Jesus really cared about was the heart of the person willing to go the extra mile.

How did Jesus GO THE EXTRA MILE?
Jesus died on the cross!Jesus went WAY above and beyond for us! He made sure we had everything we needed, and he would have done it even if YOU were the only one that would benefit
With Jesus in our hearts, the Holy Spirit in us helps us know what are the right things to do, and be able to do them!

MAIN POINTS
· Jesus tells us we must GO THE EXTRA MILE!
· Following Jesus means living by God’s law of love
· Jesus wants us to respond in a way that reflects that we have freedom and we love Jesus

DISCUS WITH YOUR CHILD
What are some ways you can go the extra mile ?

Memory Verse
Matthew 5:41 (NIV) - If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.

“You Do” (Your Mission)
When someone asks you to do something for them this week, find a way to go ABOVE AND BEYOND!

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES  (Fresh Lesson Each Week)
Children 3-4 
Children 5-6 
Children 6-10 
Children 10-12 
Bible App 


April 18-19 , 2020 | Turn the Other Cheek

Read Together:  Matthew 5:38-42   (NIV)
Eye for Eye
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[a] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Activity:  Cover some marble with foil for this lesson. 

Jesus was Eye for Eye really telling us to forgive and turn the other cheek.
  • We have the choice to do that.
  •  When we don’t forgive others our heart is covered and we cannot feel the beauty of the Lord like the covered marbles.
  • But when we uncover them we can see that they are all different and have lots of beauty. Just like us.
  • When we forgive others and give them another chance they can see the beauty in us.
  • We CANNOT control what other people do to us, but we DO have control over how we respond. 
  • YOU have control over how you are going to handle a situation by the thoughts you think, the images you visualize in your head and heart and then choosing the action that best fits.
  •  Jesus tells us we must do even more than just forgive
  •  We must GO THE EXTRA MILE!
  •  We can choose to react differently than we normally would
  • Jesus frees us to live by His direction
  • Following Jesus means living by God’s law of love
  • Jesus wants us to respond in a way that reflects that we have freedom and we love Jesus

Memory Verses
Matthew 5:38 (NIV) - You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.”
Matthew 5:39 (NIV) - If anyone strikes you on the right jaw or cheek, turn to him the other one too.”

“You Do” (Your Mission)
Find at least one way to exercise self-control this week. Respond in love and forgiveness to a situation when your instinct is to respond harshly.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES  (Fresh Lesson Each Week)
Children 3-4 
Children 5-6 
Children 6-10 
Children 10-12 
Bible App 


April 11-12 , 2020 | Easter

This weekend we celebrate Easter! I think Easter is pretty great! I just love all the things we get to do – decorate eggs, egg hunts, eat lots of candy!

But there is a lot more to Easter than all that…
What important event do we remember at Easter? The resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Easter is such an exciting and important day because we remember how Jesus rose from the dead. We’re going to look at the accounts in the Bible that tell us about this true historical event.

Remember how the Jews-God's special family-were waiting for a king to come rescue them? Well, Jesus was the king and this rescue was the whole reason he came to earth.

So one night, Jesus told his friends about the rescue. Exciting, right? But talking about this rescue was sad. That's because Jesus was going to rescue the world by dying. Every mean or bad thing we do deserves punishment. By dying, Jesus took our punishment.

Lots of things in life have good parts and bad parts. (Like how candy bars rot your teeth but also taste delicious!) And just like candy bars are mostly good-as long as you brush your teeth after you eat one-this story is a REALLY good one.

Anyway, talking about the rescue made Jesus sad, since he didn't really want to die. Thankfully, we can talk to God when we're sad, so Jesus took a few friends into a garden to pray.

In the garden, a guy named Judas, who people thought was Jesus' friend, came with some people to help arrest Jesus. Peter, one of Jesus' true friends, was so mad he cut off a servant's ear with his sword. But Jesus didn't want his friends to hurt others. So Jesus healed the ear and let them arrest him.

Then Jesus was taken to trial. One of the most powerful men in the city, Pontius Pilate, wanted to let Jesus go. But many of the people wanted Jesus to die. They didn't believe he was the son of God-or any kind of king. Even after all the miracles Jesus did, like healing sick people and making blind people see, they didn't believe in him.

The people were so mad, they started yelling, "Kill him!" So Pontius Pilate let the sol-diers take Jesus. The soldiers made fun of the idea that Jesus was a king. They put a crown of thorns on his head and nailed him to a cross. Many people watched. But not all of them wanted Jesus to die. His mother and close friends were there too. Just imagine how they must have felt!

Once Jesus was up on the cross, the sun stopped shining for three whole hours, in the middle of the day! But those soldiers kept right on making fun of him. They said, "If you're really God's son, why don't you just call on some angels to save you!?" Jesus COULD have called on angels to save him, but he loved us so much that he wanted to rescue us. So instead, he prayed to God, "Father! I place my life into your hands!"

At that moment, Jesus died. And when he died, the soldiers who had just killed him realized he really was the son of God.

A few hours later, Jesus was put into a tomb and a big rock blocked the entrance. Jesus' friends thought that was the end. But three days later, God sent an angel to roll the stone away. Don't worry though, Jesus could have gotten out on his own.

The angel moved the rock so everybody else could see the tomb was empty. Jesus' friends were the first to stop by the tomb, and the angel got to share the good news with them. The angel said, "He has risen," which is another way of saying, "Jesus is alive!"

Nobody could believe it! Jesus took our punishment and then proved he really IS the son of God by coming back to life. Now, if we choose to follow Jesus, God forgives us for all the wrong things we do because Jesus already took our punishment.

And THAT'S the story of Easter.

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL THERE IS!
Here's a quick version of what happened AFTER the angel told the good news: Jesus' friends got scared. Jesus appeared to them. They saw his scars. It was really him! Now they could share the good news too. Jesus appeared to more than 500 people. He went back up to Heaven. And the best part? He promised to come back someday for everybody who follows him!

And all THAT is a part of God's story.

Memory Verse – John 11:25 (NLT)
Jesus said unto her,” I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES  (Fresh Lesson Each Week)
Children 3-4 
Children 5-6 
Children 6-10 
Children 10-12 
Bible App 


April 4-5 , 2020 | Palm Sunday 

Today we are starting to look ahead to a special holiday. What is it? Easter. What do we celebrate at Easter?
Easter is about remembering the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. What does that word “resurrection” mean?

Resurrection is rising from the dead! That is an amazing event! It can be easy to forget about this in all the excitement of getting together with family, eating chocolate, or hunting for Easter eggs.
 But what Jesus did when he came to earth about 2,000 years ago was very important to every single person—including you and me!

Why did Jesus come to earth? It has to do with a problem we all have. Our problem is sin. We are born with it and continue to sin by breaking God’s laws.
God is holy and cannot sin. Because we are sinners, we are separated from God and deserve punishment. But God promised to send a Savior, the Messiah, and that was Jesus. We celebrate his birth at Christmas. At Easter, we remember his death and resurrection. Today, we’ll take a closer look at his death and why we should remember it.

When Jesus was about 30 years old, he began to travel from place to place teaching people about the kingdom of God, healing people, and training his disciples. Many people were excited about Jesus and the miracles he did. They wondered if he could be the promised Messiah. Jesus and his disciples began the journey to Jerusalem, where the temple was. Jerusalem was the center of worship for the Israelites.

If we knew someone important were coming to our city, what are some things we might to do welcome him or her? We might have a parade and all come out to cheer and wave. We may put on a special program with speeches and music. Some famous people, like actors and celebrities, even walk down a red carpet while photographers jostle to get pictures of them. But how would the people in Jerusalem welcome Jesus when he came? Let’s go to our Bibles to find out!

THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY
Turn to Matthew chapter 21. Matthew is the first book in the New Testament, and the first of the four Gospels. Read Matthew 21:1–11
Matthew 21:1-11 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King
21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
5 “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[a]
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c] “Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!”
10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
And things happened just as Jesus said they would! The disciples found the animals and brought them to Jesus. Mark’s account of this event tells us that Jesus rode on the colt, which was the young donkey.

ASK THESE QUESTIONS TO YOUR CHILD
  • What did the people do when Jesus came riding into Jerusalem?  Matthew 21:8. They spread their garments (cloaks) and tree branches on the road. Back in Jesus’ day, spreading clothing on the road was used to honor someone of royalty, like a king!
  •  What did the people shout? Hosanna to the son of David. Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
  • Does anyone know what Hosanna means? Allow guesses. Hosanna means “save now,” so the people were hoping that Jesus was their Savior, or Messiah. They called him the Son of David, which was the family line God promised the Messiah would come from.  
  • Jesus’ coming stirred up the whole city. People thought he was there to fight the Romans and take back the city for them. But is that what Jesus came to do? No. What did Jesus come to save us from? Our sins.

Print out this craft and put it together with your child: From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday  

COMMUNION
Communion is a special thing Christians do. Maybe you’ve seen adults do this in the big service where they take a piece of bread and some juice and eat it. It might sound pretty silly but there’s a very important reason Christians take communion.

Communion Is Jesus’s Idea
Jesus had this idea when he was having a special dinner with his disciples. The dinner was to remember something called Passover which had happened a long time before Jesus was born. It was a miraculous event where an angel of the Lord passed over the land and protected the Israelites from being killed by a mean king. Every year, the people would celebrate the Passover to remember how God had saved them. That’s what Jesus and the disciples were celebrating at the time of the first communion.
But, this meal was important for another reason. It was the last meal Jesus would have with his disciples. Jesus knew what was about to happen to him. He was going to go to the cross to die for the sins of the people. But the disciples didn’t know that yet. So, Jesus used this last supper to explain what he was about to do for them.

Communion Is a Way to Remember What Jesus Did on the Cross
That’s why Christians still take communion to this day. It’s about being reminded of what Jesus did for us on the cross and it’s a time to celebrate how he has saved us. When you do communion the bread and juice symbolizes what Jesus did for us. The bread is a symbol of his body that was broken for us. The juice symbolizes his blood that was spilled to pay for our sins.
Luke 22:19b "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
Communion helps us to never forget all that Jesus did for us. He came to earth, lived a sinless life, and then died for our sins.

Key Points:
1. Communion is Jesus’s idea. ·
2 . Communion is a way to remember what Jesus did on the cross. (Luke 22:19.)
3. Communion is for anyone who has asked Jesus into their hearts.

Additional Resources
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March 28-29 , 2020 | Names of God (cont.)

The last few weeks we have been discussing the different names of God. Today we continue to discuss more names! All the names we have talked about came from the Old Testament, but what about the New testament? Well, Jesus’s name is another name of God. Jesus is from God. He is His son, sent to Earth. The New Testament starts with the story of Jesus, and the rest is all about what we can do in His name!
He gave us our salvation through His name. We gather together in His name. We pray in His name. There is so much we can do in His name! A very important mention of the name of Jesus is in Philippians chapter 2: 9-11.

READ TOGETHER
Philippians 2:9-11 "Therefore God exalted him (Jesus) to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee
should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

COLOR THE NAMES OF GOD ALPHABET CARDS
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JESUS IS OUR SALVATION!
God gave Jesus the ultimate name, a name that is greater than any other name! There is a really cool story about Jesus and the woman at the well. Watch this video and learn about it:  CLICK HERE.
• As we saw, there is a woman who is surprised by Jesus asking her for a drink at the well. Normally, a Jew would not speak to her. Did Jesus look down on this sinning Samaritan? No! Jesus loves everyone, no matter what they have done. He told her that He had living water, which if she drank it she would never be thirsty again! Was He talking about the kind of water we drink from the faucet? No! He was talking about the life He can give through His name!
• This woman did not understand this though yet. She had a lot of questions for Jesus. She did not know anything about her salvation. She was able to learn about God from him. Jesus wasn’t scared of her questions, but answered them honestly. When He told her things about herself that He shouldn’t have known, she was convinced He was from God! He was a great example of what we are to do in our lives. We share and answer our friend’s questions about God. Sometimes we might not know all the answers, and this can be scary and make us not want to share. This is a great time to ask your mom or dad for help! They can help find the answer with you!
• We are here to share God with others. We have the ability to share all that God gives us. He gives us all of these names we have learned to show others what God is able to do. There are so many names we could study for years! Jesus is the best name because He gives us salvation. He gives us the ability to have a conversation with Him and God without needing another person. God is truly amazing! When we need God, we can call to Him by the name we need, and He will always answer!

MEMORY VERSE
John 14:14 : "If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it."

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March 21-22,  2020 | Names of God 

Last week we learned that God has different names. We talked about the story of Moses, and how God is called
"I Am" . The name we will talk about this week is Yahweh. This name occurs in the Old Testament. The first time we see this name used is with
Abraham. He used Yahweh as a name of God in worship. Now Yahweh has many names attached to it that change the meaning.

READ THE NAMES OF GOD TOGETHER
1. Yahweh Jireh (Yireh): “The Lord will provide.” Stresses God’s provision for His people (Gen. 22:14).
2. Yahweh Nissi: “The Lord is my Banner.” Stresses that God is our rallying point and our means of victory; the one who fights for His people (Ex. 17:15).
3. Yahweh Shalom: “The Lord is Peace.” Points to the Lord as the means of our peace and rest (Jud. 6:24).
4. Yahweh Sabbaoth: “The Lord of Hosts.” The Lord is the commander of the armies of heaven (1 Sam. 1:3; 17:45).
5. Yahweh Maccaddeshem: “The Lord your Sanctifier.” Portrays the Lord as our means of sanctification or as the one who sets believers apart for His purposes (Ex. 31:13).
6.  Yahweh Ro’i: “The Lord my Shepherd.” Portrays the Lord as the Shepherd who cares for His people as a shepherd cares for the sheep of his pasture (Ps. 23:1).
7.Yahweh Tsidkenu: “The Lord our Righteousness.” Portrays the Lord as the means of our righteousness (Jer. 23:6).
8. Yahweh Shammah: “The Lord is there.” Portrays the Lord’s personal presence in the kingdom (Ezek. 48:35).
9. Yahweh Elohim Israel: “The Lord, the God of Israel.” Identifies Yahweh as the God of Israel in contrast to the false gods of the nations (Jud. 5:3.; Isa. 17:6).


DO THE NAMES OF JESUS MATCHING GAME
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TODAY WE WILL FOCUS ON ABRAHAM!
Abraham  was very special to God. He is the father of Isaac and Ishmael. Watch this video to find out more about him! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdqrwGJYePQ

The story of Abraham shows that God keeps His promises! It’s because of this that Abra-ham chose to celebrate God by calling Him Yahweh, or “The Lord of all”. He trusted that God would always protect and take care of him, and stay true to His Word! The coolest part is, God used Abraham to one day become one of Jesus’s ancestors! He always knew the spe-cial role Abraham would play in His story, even when Abraham couldn’t understand God’s purpose. It’s important that we remember that God is the Lord of All, and He loves us very much! He has a plan for each and every one of us, and all we have to do is trust in him!

MEMORY VERSE
John 14:13  " And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son."

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Children 6-10:  https://youtu.be/MwG5OFx9PEM
Children 5-6 : https://youtu.be/-tzauZC7xxA
Kids 2-4:  https://youtu.be/S_n8KzKLgOE



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Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me..."  Matthew 19:14

Introducing kids to Jesus on their level. Our mission is to help children become Kingdom Agents
as they speak and practice His life principles.

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We provide excellent care of infants and toddlers while sharing the love of Jesus through passionate team member and age-appropriate interaction and play.
An introduction to the life and words of Jesus with an age-appropriate version of the elementary curriculum and rewards.  Our goal is to use Bible story videos, interactive worship, songs, activities, crafts and group playtime to enforce the main idea.
The Spiritual Intelligence Agency (S.I.A.) is a fun way for children grades Kindergarten through 5th grade to learn what it means to be "Agents" in God's Kingdom.  This interactive program is designed to encourage children and families to follow up on the weekend's lessons through awards and "leveling" up while learning the Red Letter Teachings of Jesus.

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Our objective is to produce a program that encourages children to grow in their knowledge of God, while equipping parents with a step-by-step method to accomplish the mission through website, curriculum, and video production. The program is fun and will challenge children to apply their spiritual knowledge in their everyday lives. The S.I.A. program has both church and home activities that will expand our children’s knowledge of God and our discipleship efforts. Weekly activities are available online. A secret code for the week, pertaining to the children’s weekend message, will be made available to enter online.

Activities

Children will experience free time at the Training Grounds (Rock Climb Wall, Tires, Obstacles), The Lab (Craft room), Game Room (Video games, Ping Pong Table, Foosball, Air Hockey), Control Room (Computers where they can log in to see point status, scramble the code for the week, or play games), Break Room (Free play, Dance, etc.) 

Group Interaction

Large Group, which includes, worship, debriefing, the Bible lessons based on the Red Letter Teachings of Jesus, decipher the evidence, game, and Small Groups. 

Agent Status

Agents can earn points online as well as points for assigned missions during the week, at home, or in the community. The first step is for your recruited Agent to enroll in the program. All attenders are enrolled as Agents-in-training. On their first time in SIA, they will receive an ID card, then when a child reaches a certain amount of points, they officially become a Kingdom Agent. It may take approximately 6 months to earn Level 1 (silver status) where a child would receive Silver Status.

Reward Points

A mission is assigned along with a memory verse each week for the children to complete at home. AGENT STATUS Level 1 Silver (3,000 points) Level 2 Gold Level 3 Platinum Level 4 Super Agent ($1,000 scholarship to Bible College/University and a Super Agent Badge) There are many ways a child can earn points.
Examples of Agent Point Assignments include: Attendance(10pts), Being on Time (5pts), Bring Tithe/Offering (25pts), Memory Verse (50pts), Bring a friend (50pts), Bring your Bible (10pts), Completing the Weekly Mission (20pts), Bringing their ID/Badge to church each week (10pts), 1 year Perfect attendance (250pts).
Children will receive special rewards from the Agency Store monthly based on points earned throughout that month for activities such as attending church, reciting the Bible verse and bringing offering. A child can potentially earn 100 points weekly equaling 5,200 a year.

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