December 19, 2021

This Week's Focus:

 Jesus:

God's Gift of Faith for a

 Trusting Heart

Here is Karen's instructional video for this week's Children's Lesson.

Karen Richardson

Children's Ministry Team Lead

December 12, 2021

This Week's Focus:

 Jesus

God's Gift of Faith for the Broken Hearted

Here is Karen's instructional video for this Children's Lesson.

What do you do when you're sad?  Have you ever had your heart hurt?  Do you like to run and hide to be by yourself for a while, or do you prefer to have someone to comfort you?  In this week’s story, we see how Mary handled some heart break.

Scripture: Luke 1:39-55

Let's get started by reading our bible story. Luke 1:39-55

 

In this story we see Mary a few days after the angel visited her with the great news that she was going to have a baby.  Joseph was trying to bring honour to both her and God, and broke off their engagement quietly.  I’m sure Mary must have been heartbroken.  She left to go see her cousin Elzabeth who lived far away. The moment that Elizabeth saw Mary, her baby “lept inside her” with joy- and the Holy Spirit filled her.  You see God had this all planned out.  When the baby lept and Elizabeth spoke to Mary, it was confirmation that this was all part of God’s plan,  And because both women trusted in the words they were given, their faith rewarded them.

Activity and Lesson

You will need your activity box, butter knife

Let’s open up our boxes- you will see a package of clay.  Open it up and pull out a tan type colour and a red type colour (you may want to save some of the tan for other weeks)

First take the tan one and roll it into a cross shape.

Next take the red and make a heart shape.

 

In the story we learned that Mary had a broken heart. Take a butter knife and put a big jagged line down the centre of the heart to make it “heart broken”.  

 

Next, take the cross that you’ve made and form it into a person (top into head, sides are the arms, the bottom the legs. Next take the 2 pieces of the broken heart and mold those around the new body to make clothing.  Now feel free to use some of the clay to finish making your Mary figure.  You have some googly eyes in your kit.  The gold stretchy string can be used to turn your figure into an ornament.

 

You see when we are sad or broken hearted, we just need to have FAITH that he has us.  Sometimes he uses others (like he used Elizabeth in this story) to comfort us and to let us know to just trust in him.

 

Can you think of a time where you were upset and God has sent someone to comfort you and let you know he is with you? I know I’ve had some hard times in my life and then suddenly I will get an encouraging word from someone who would have no idea what i’ve been going through.  When we quit trying to figure things out sometimes and just have faith that he’s got us, he makes a way.  What a great God eh?

Soaking Song

Let’s soak to : Lauren Daigle - Light Of The World with lyrics

During the time ask God to show you times in your life where he has placed certain people in your life during some hard times

When the song is done write a thank you letter to God for placing those people in your life during those times.

Karen Richardson

Children's Ministry Team Lead

November 28, 2021

This Week's Focus:

 Church Jesus

The Holy Place and

The Holy of Holies!

                

Message:

CHURCH JESUS:  Everyday People   

Items Needed From Home:  

  • bible

  • oil - vegetable/olive/ baby… doesn’t matter.

 

For this week you will need to keep out of your kit:

  • the little jar

  • the rest of the clay

  • the silver box I gave your parents

  • the  jenga set (with your lampstand and cornerstone piece)

This week we are finishing up our lesson on the temple/tabernacle/tent .  If you haven’t seen our past 3 week’s lessons, it may be a good idea to watch them first to get caught up with what's going

Key Scripture: 1 Peter 2:4-6 &9

Let’s start off by reading this Month’s Key Scripture again (see below) 1 PETER 2:4-6 & 9

 

You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.

And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.

 

……..for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

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Lesson

And again, let’s build up that temple.  Take out the jenga blocks and make your temple. Don’t forget to include the cornerstone piece that you made last week (In verse 4 we learn that Christ is the “living cornerstone” of God’s temple). Also, make sure to include your lampstand that you made last week. 

If you have pictures PLEASE send them to me!. 


 

WE learned the second week that GOD PROVIDES ALL WE NEED!!!!  We remembered that by making bread and sharing it with others.  Last week we learned  how HE IS THE LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS.  We made our own lampstands with lights to remember this.

Now, this week we are going to learn that God’s heart is for the people.

 

I remember once on facebook someone was asking to borrow something, but they weren’t able to find anyone to lend them what they needed.  When I found out who it was that needed it, I remember saying “I wish I would have known that it was for you.  If I had realized that I would have lent you mine”.  Man, was I foolish.  Let’s read this week’s story and find out why.

Bible Story: Matthew 25:31-46

Let’s take out our bibles and read Matthew 25:31-46.

 

You see from this story God asking us to treat all others like we would treat him- remember the good old “ do unto others……”  Same thing.  If we can go to the world helping any and all others (not just the people you know), you are actually helping him.

 

This week as we learn about our final  object in the temple (the incense).  It was one priests job to  make sure the incense with filling the air, making its way to heaven 24/7. The burning incense was symbolizing the prayers of the people, everyday, all day! Just like Paul invites us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:16-18).  God’s heart is for the people as we saw in the bible story today.

Activity

Make sure you have your temple set up- complete with cornerstone and lampstand.

 

Next it’s time to ask for that silverbox from your parents. Open it up- it’s your very own bottle of “incense”.  Now we can’t ACTUALLY burn incense…. so let’s make it at least smell like it….

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Let’s get the clay and the little jar out.  You are going to first fill your little jar.  You can either fill your jar with only the stuff from your smelly jar, or you can make your own using some of the drops and some oil (can be olive/baby/vegetable oil-doesn’t matter).  Make sure to screw the lid on once you are done.  Next take your clay and mould it so it becomes a holder for the incense. You can make it into a bowl shape or into a stand (like your light last week).  You can do the same carving into the clay to make a design like you did last week. Make sure to find a special place in your tabernacle to place your incense holder.  Then you can take the lid off.  Just like the priests would light the incense so it would rise to the skys (representing our prayers), by us leaving our “prayers” open they are getting to him.  We now know that we can pray anytime, anywhere!

Soaking Song

Making sure that your light  is turned on and your oil jar is open, soak to the song:Worthy of It All - Josie Buchanan | Moment

During it let’s ask God to remind us that we are the tabernacle-he lives in us and does his work through us.  He provides for us, he is our light, and we are his everyday people.  Just as the priests all had a “job”, we get to have and receive all the same jobs….

Karen Richardson

Children's Ministry Team Lead

November 21, 2021

This Week's Focus:

 Church Jesus

The Holy Place and

The Holy of Holies!

                

Message:

CHURCH JESUS: EVERYDAY fire!  

Items Needed From Home:  

  • bible

 

For this week you will need to keep out of your kit:

  • the battery candle

  • the package of clay

  • the jenga set

 

IGNORE all the other things-keep them in the box for next time!

So we are still learning about the temple/tabernacle/tent .  If you haven’t seen our last two week’s lessons, it may be a good idea to watch them first to get caught up with what's going on.

Key Scripture: 1 Peter 2:4-6 &9

Let’s start off by reading this Month’s Key Scripture again (see below) 1 PETER 2:4-6 & 9

You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.

And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.

 

……..for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

 
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Next let’s build that temple again.  Take out the jenga blocks and make your temple. Don’t forget to include the cornerstone piece that you made last week (In verse 4 we learn that Christ is the “living cornerstone” of God’s temple). If you have pictures PLEASE send them to me!

WE learned last week that GOD PROVIDES ALL WE NEED!!!!  We remembered that by making bread and sharing it with others.  This week we are going to learn how HE IS THE LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS.

Have you ever heard the expression : “I was kept in the dark?”. 

 It simply means that you really had no idea what was going on.  Have your parents ever taken you somewhere but didn’t tell you where you were going?  You were “kept in the dark”

 

When I do this to my kids, a lot of times they ask me “how far are we going?” or “do I need to bring a snack?”. They ask because they want to be prepared.  In this week’s story we will see how important it was to be prepared.

Lesson

Bible Story: Matthew 25:1-13

Let’s take out our bibles and read Matthew 25:1-13
 

This week as we learn about another object in the temple (the oil lamps), we remember that without the light (which is God) we can’t see- we are left in the dark……

Just as last week we learned a bit of what it was like to be the priest whose job was to make sure there was fresh bread….. This week we are going to act like the priest whose job it was to keep enough oil in the oil lamps to make sure they were lit so those in the tabernacle could see.

Activity

start by getting the clay and the candle out.  Next turn over the candle-there is a little plastic tab that you have to pull to activate it.  You will also have to make sure it works by turning the switch to “on”.  

 

Now, take one of the 2 clay pieces and rip it in half.  Put the one half back in the ziplock bag and seal it up-you won’t be using it this week.

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Using the one and a half strips of clay, you are going to make a lampstand to hold the candle.  You can even take a toothpick (or something with a fine point) and carve into the clay some designs.  Make sure to design your lampstand so that the candle can come in and out for when you need to turn the candle off. 

 

Make sure to find a special place in your tabernacle to place your lampstand.

Soaking Song

Making sure to turn your light on, soak to the song:

 

Fresh Fire (feat. Brandon Lake & Naomi Raine) - Maverick City | TRIBL

Ask God to show you how YOU can be HIS LIGHT for all the world to see… during this song
 

-DON’T FORGET to put the stuff back into your box… it may be needed again

Karen Richardson

Children's Ministry Team Lead

November 14, 2021

This Week's Focus:

 Church Jesus

The Holy Place and

The Holy of Holies!

                

Message:

Made Fresh Every Day of Rest

Items Needed From Home:  

  • bible

  •  

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  • For this week you will need to keep out of your kit:

  • the battery candle

  • the package of clay

  • the jenga set

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  • IGNORE all the other things-keep them in the box for next time!

Key Scripture: 1 Peter 2:4-6 &9

So you all know that we are learning about the temple/tabernacle/tent right????? if you haven’t seen our women at the well video from this past Sunday-make sure to watch it!  Let’s start off by reading this Month’s Key Scripture: 1 PETER 2:4-6 & 9

 

You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.

And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.

 

……..for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

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Lesson

In verse 4 we learn that Christ is the “living cornerstone” of God’s temple.  So, let’s start out this week by building our temple.

 

Take out your box of Jenga blocks and grab your markers.  Let’s start by colouring Christ as the living cornerstone.

 

Next, let’s take the rest of those blocks and build our tabernacle.  Feel free to use the tissue paper from the kit to be your roof or part of your tabernacle.

Back in the days of the Old Testament, it was one of the  priests’  jobs to make fresh loaves of  bread every day of “rest”.   He had to make 12 loaves, one for each tribe.   Only the priests were allowed to eat the bread that had been made.  Have you ever smelled fresh bread cooking????  Now imagine you weren’t allowed to eat it.  That would be hard.  The bread made was to represent that God will provide for us.

Bible Story: Luke 6:1-5

Next let’s turn to the Bible Story for this week and read out loud.

Bible Story: Luke 6:1-5   THE BREAD OF LIFE, SAYS EAT THE BREAD! 

So what is super awesome is that WE know that GOD PROVIDES ALL WE NEED!!!!!. As a fun way of showing this, let’s make bread just like the priests did!

 

  • take the 4 ziplock bags-set 3 aside and use the one.

  • take the folded paper instructions and follow the recipe. You’ll notice that it is a “friendship bread”.  This means that you start it, and then give some to share with others.  

Soaking Song

During a time of soaking, (may I suggest Communion - Emmy Rose)

 I would love for you to pray and ask God 

  1. who should you give each of the 3 starter loaves to

  2. ask God to give you a word of encouragement for that person.

 

When you're  done, write those encouraging words on the outside of each of the ziploc bags.  Feel free to decorate the bag.

Karen Richardson

Children's Ministry Team Lead