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Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one

 April verse

April 5, 2020

This weeks lesson topic is: 

(Palm Sunday/crucifixion) The most violent (powerful) act of love ever! (The Cross)

Our Key Verse to focus on is:  

For Christ died for sins once and for all, a good man on behalf of sinners,

in order to lead you to God …1 Peter 3:18 Good News Version!

6When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. Romans 5:6-11 

First, find your bible. Read  Luke 19:28 to 23:55 From Palm (coat) Sunday to crucifixion.

When your done reading the story, you can work on

Confident, Connected and Powerful.

Connected:

Follow Jesus to the cross, “lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil! His death restores our friendship with God.

 

Activity: Resurrection Eggs, 

Please see attachments

Instructions for Eggs

Story Cards

Confident:

Jesus death on the cross is the most powerful act of love every recorded in human history.

Watch the following clip (or watch it live during CM time this week)

Isnt that cool???? Because of what he did for us, our sins are gone! We are forgiven!!!!!! What if as our act of powerful love to him, we sing our favorite praise song to him??

Powerful:

At the cross Jesus defeated every power of satan, sin and death, he delivers us from evil!

 

Soaking- print the soaking page below “The cross” . During soaking time, kids ask “what is a sin I want to get rid of?” (eg: lying to parents, fighting with sibling). Write the sins he gives you on cross. Feel free to color or journal.

For parents:

Reflection: Take some time to meditate on the scriptures above, chat with God and let your your heart connect with the power of love revealed by Jesus’ journey to the cross…. Treasure the fact that He is the one “who loved me and gave himself for me”.

 

LOVE MADE HIM DO IT!Follow Jesus to the cross and you will see God answer the prayer Jesus taught his disciples when he encouraged them to ask God, “to lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” That’s exactly what Jesus did going to the cross. For the adults we will name it as the most violent act of love, for the kids, the most powerful act of love ever recorded in human history. God in the flesh, defeating Satan, Sin and Death by dying a death on the cross. And in doing so fulfilling promises He made from within the Garden of Eden and throughout the Old Testament. The cross is God’s Love revealed! The potential for friendship with God is restored because of the cross! A full on assault on the powers of darkness, a victory like no other in the universe! LOVE MADE HIM DO IT!

 

If you have a few minutes, I strongly encourage you to watch the following clip of “what happened at the cross”. I encourage you to watch alone first, and deciding if your children would benefit from seeing it. It's a great clip, but is a little more graphic.

You tube: Joseph Prince what happened at the cross.

 

Bonus scripture:

 

 

10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.   Ephesians 6:10-12

And forgive our debts as we forgive the debts of others

 March verse

March 29, 2020

This weeks lesson topic is: 

You don’t have to be “blue” when people are mean to you for following Jesus

This weeks Beatitude: 

Blessings on you, when people slander you and persecute you, and say

all kinds of wicked things about you falsely because of me!

Our Key Verse to focus on is:  Each time Jesus said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”

So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.2 Corinthians 12:9-10

First, find your bible. Read 2 Cor 11:23-33 and 2 Cor 12:1-10 Paul’s Rant and Rave: “Celebrates and rejoice”!

When your done reading the story, you can work on

Confident, Connected and Powerful.

Confident:

When people say means things about you because of Jesus, know that Jesus has something better to say.

 

Activity:

as we as we forgive the debts, the walls come down.

(parents to set up ahead of time)

If you have Jenga, get some paper strips and cut them to size to fit the edge of some of the jenga peices. Come up with some nice words like :

friend, helper, greatness, fruitfullness, gentleness, love

Write the examples onto the paper strips then tape to the jenga peices. Build the tower with the labelled peices facing in.


Have the kids play Jenga. When they pull out a Jenga peice with one of the words, have them give an example of something that they could have forgiven for to recieve that reward.


If you don't have jenga you could do similar with building blocks or tupperware. Or why not try a deck of cards and build a card house? Here's your chance to get creative!

Connected:

Getting teased about loving Jesus? Don’t worry, stay connected. “My power works best in weakness” is what he’ll tell you.

Find a flashlight. Take it into your kitchen or a room with lots of windows. Turn it on and shine it around the room. Does it help you to “see things”?. Now, go into your bathroom or any room in your house without windows. Turn off the lights and shut the door. Now turn on the flashlight. What do you see? When things in our life seem “dark” or not as clear, Jesus can help us to see what we need when we turn to him.


Trace a circle the same size as the top of you flashlight, preferably in black paper. Cut it out, then cut out a cross shape in the center of the paper. Put the paper back on top of the flashlight and turn on again!!!! Look at the power of the cross in action.

Powerful:

More powerful than being teased is God’s truth that “when I am weak, then I am strong”

 

Egg speriment. Strength of an egg.

 

Overtop of a bowL;

 

First, hold the egg between your thumb and forefinger and squeeze the top and bottom of the egg. Are you covered in egg yolk? Why not?

Next, place the egg in the palm of your hand. Close your hand so that your fingers are completely wrapped around the egg. Slowly squeeze the egg by applying even pressure all around the shell. To everyone’s amazement (mostly your own) the egg will not break (as long as you've maintained equal pressure).

 

Next, hold the egg in the palm of your hand, again. This time press only on one side of the shell. Do not squeeze the egg – just press on the side. Uh oh!

 

OR

 

Now, try it with a ring on one of the fingers of your squeezing hand. Try to squeeze evenly around the entirety of the egg. What happens this time?

 

The egg’s unique shape gives it tremendous strength, despite its fragility. Eggs are similar in shape to a 3-dimensional arch, one of the strongest architectural forms. The egg is strongest at the top and the bottom (or at the highest point of the arch). That’s why the egg doesn’t break when you add pressure to both ends.

 

The curved form of the shell also distributes pressure evenly all over the shell rather than concentrating it at any one point. By completely surrounding the egg with your hand, the pressure you apply by squeezing is distributed evenly all over the egg. However, eggs do not stand up well to uneven forces which is why they crack easily when you push on just one side or wear a ring (or why it cracks on the side of a bowl). The uneven pressure of the ring against the shell will result in an amusing display of flying egg yolk for your audience members. This also explains how a hen can sit on an egg and not break it, but a tiny little chick can break through the eggshell – the weight of the hen is evenly distributed over the egg, while the pecking of the chick is an uneven force directed at just one spot on the egg.

 

The point: Because the egg has a 3 dimensional arch it's strong. What do we know that has 3 equal parts that can give us strength? (The trinity-God, Jesus, Holy spirit). When we are consistent and let ourselves be equally surrounded by this force (trinity) we are STRONG.

When we allow an uneven force (like your finger) or a sharp object to make us “uneven” (just like unforgiveness), we can crack. Let's use this strength in our favor.

For parents:

Thank you for taking this time to reflect on the lesson that we would have been sharing. My hope is that you go through this together as a family, and are encouraged. I have altered our original lesson to make it more of a take-home lesson. Hope you are as blessed as we are Sunday Mornings.      ~Karen

Reflection:

This is such an important foundation to lay for our children. Several years ago surveys were saying that for Young people “raised” in “successful” large Christ-centred youth groups only 3 in 10 youth keep their faith beyond high-school. Imagine our kids growing to love Jesus just like the early disciples did. Nothing like peer pressure, pop-culture or differing world views would be able to sway them from their love for Jesus and the people who persecute them! Yep, asking God to “forgive us our debts as we forgive the debts of others” is truly a God thing. And it’s going to be a key thing in their daily walk with Jesus too, today and in the future. Learn it now and they’ll know forever that “you don’t have to be blue when people are mean to you for following Jesus”!

 

Extra scripture:

Celebrate and rejoice: there’s great reward for you in Heaven! Matthew 5:11-12

March 22, 2020

This weeks lesson topic is: 

God’s Way… good to your last breath!

This weeks Beatitude: 

Blessings on people who are persecuted because of God’s way! The kingdom of heaven belongs to you. Matthew 5:10

Our Key Verse to focus on is:  Dear brothers and sisters,[a]when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-4

First, find your bible. Turn to Acts 6:8-15 and Acts 7:48-59  and read the story.

When your done reading the story, you can work on

Confident, Connected and Powerful.

Confident:

You live in the Kingdom when you do things God’s way here on earth!

 

Kindness checklist- attached is a “Kindess checklist”. One one side is a list of different kind dees that you can do. When you've completed one you can color the square. You could also put the date on the back that you completed it as a reminder.

Kindness Sheet

Connected:

Holy Spirit always wants to give you God’s perspective!

Watch “a tale of 2 beasts.” Isn't it great that because of

our connection to Holy Spirit God can share his perspective with us???

Powerful:

Your connection to Jesus is more powerful than bad things going on around you.

 

Look at the picture below. It's the same situation, but looks a WHOLE LOT DIFFERENT depending on how you look at it.

During a time of soaking, reflect on the picture. Which picture do you connect with, which one are you?? Ask God to change your perspective on that situation. On a blank journal page, draw it out.

For parents:

Thank you for taking this time to reflect on the lesson that we would have been sharing. My hope is that you go through this together as a family, and are encouraged. I have altered our original lesson to make it more of a take-home lesson. Hope you are as blessed as we are Sunday Mornings.      ~Karen

Reflection:

For centuries, since the time Jesus walked the planet, died, was raised from the dead and then ascended to heaven, Christ followers have been killed, beaten and mocked for choosing to live God’s way.My prayer is that stories like Steven’s will give our kids both the courage and the tools (Holy Spirit relationship/revelation) to navigate the often difficult journey that it is to live for Jesus and do things His way in today’s world. But even so, right up until his death, Steven chooses to live God’s way, so much so that he uses his last breath of life to forgive.


 

As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that he died.Acts 7:59-60 Yes God, “forgive us our debts as we forgive the debts of others” ….STEVEN, YOURS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN!!! May the same be said to each of us who choose to live in Christ, daily living our lives God’s way here on earth!

 

Extra scripture:

For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living  a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.Romans 14:17

 

If you want the “coles notes” of the Old Testament, read Steven’s version in Acts Chapter 7!!!!!

This weeks lesson topic is: 

How does God “make” peace?

Our Key Verse to focus on is: He made peace with everything in Heaven and earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. 

Colossians 1:20

First, find your bible. Turn to Mark 15:33-39 and read the story.

When your done reading the story, you can work on

Confident, Connected and Powerful.

This weeks Beatitude: 

Blessings on the peacemakers! You’ll be called God’s Children. Matthew 5:9

Connected:

It’s your connection to Jesus that will help you forgive others (Col 3:13).

 

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God." (Matthew 5:9)

 

Activity: Grab 2 magnets and a paperclip.

One magnet is you. The other magnet is forgiveness. Try to join two magnets of like poles (the magnets repel one another). Just like these magnets, sometimes things in life feel like they are working against you. But when we add the peacemaker cross (the paperclip) between,

Confident:

To become a “peacemaker” is to become a forgiver!

To remind us of this, we are going to make a pinwheel

 

First, gather the following materials

1.Colored Papers
2. Straws
3. Paper Pin Fasteners
4. Pencil
5. Sharp Pointed Tool (any)
6. Scissors
7. Single Hole Puncher
8. Blu Tac (optional)


 

Follow the instructions on :https://www.instructables.com/id/Pinwheel/ to make the pinwheel. Before you put the pinwheel together on each fan blade write or draw on something you could forgive someone for. Then, turn the paper over and write down something that can bring you peace. Put it together as the instructions say, then blow air to the pinwheel to make it spin. Sometimes we compare holy spirit to the air we breathe. Isn't that neat? Just as we use our air to make the pinwheel work, we use holy spirit to help us connect to God to receive the peace that comes from forgiveness.

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Powerful: 

God made peace with everything in Heaven and earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. Colossians 1:20

 

Soaking page: see attachment.  Picture of a cross. Use pencil crayons color what “peace” feels like over the situation.

March 15, 2020

For parents:

Thank you for taking this time to reflect on the lesson that we would have been sharing. My hope is that you go through this together as a family, and are encouraged. I have altered our original lesson to make it more of a take-home lesson. Hope you are as blessed as we are Sunday Mornings.      ~Karen

Reflection:

“Forgives us our debts as we forgive the debts of others”….. How does God make “peace”…? He defeats the power of sin, satan and death itself! How? God makes peace through his mighty power revealed by His death on the cross, His resurrection from the grave, His resurrection from the dead, His going up to heaven and the out pouring of the Holy Spirit upon followers of Jesus! This“ACT OF GOD” that speaks loud and clear about FORGIVENESS  That’s how God made peace with everything! Want to be a “peacemaker”? Become a “forgiver” and help others learn to do the same. Do this and you’ll be walking in the light as God is in the light!. {see 1 John 1:5-10}


 

Colossians 3:10-17

Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.11In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile,[c]circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized,[d]slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

12Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.13Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.14Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.15And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

16Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts17And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

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