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God Can Be Trusted

Strong Inside Do the following experiment to start a conversation about God’s presence in us, which can help us get through hard times. Ask: What do you want to do when bad things happen? (Get angry; feel sad; cry; etc.) Do you ever feel like you will just explode?...

God Changes People

As Sure as the Stars Stay up late, go outside, put a blanket on the ground, look up, and count the stars. God made a promise to Abraham that his descendants (children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, etc.) would be as many as the stars in the sky (Genesis...

God Gives Grace

God’s Gift Items Needed: A small gift for each child (favorite candy; small toy; gift card for fast food or ice cream; favorite treat; etc.); gift box or bag Wrap and give each child a small gift. Talk about this week’s theme of grace. What did you have to do to get...

God Provided a Sacrifice

Really, Really Hard Things Read the story aloud from Genesis 22:1-19. What are some hard things God has asked us to do? (Forgive others; love certain people; obey the first time; etc.) God asked Abraham to do something very hard, but God knew all along that He would...

God Promises Blessings

As Sure as the Stars Stay up late, go outside, put a blanket on the ground, look up, and count the stars. God made a promise to Abraham that his descendants (children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, etc.) would be as many as the stars in the sky (Genesis...

Lost and Found

Lights, Camera, Action! Act out the story of the prodigal son. Choose parts (father, son, friends, pigs, servant—find a part for each family member) for the characters in the story. Read the story aloud from Luke 15:11-24 and the actors will do what is happening in...

Love Your Neighbor

Who Is Your Neighbor? Item needed: a box of Band-Aids Encourage “compassion-showing” all week by rewarding kids (with a “Good Samaritan” award—a Band-Aid) when they think of others. What is a Good Samaritan? (The name comes from a story Jesus told about a Samaritan—a...

What’s Your Attitude?

The Great Eight Jesus taught the people a new way to live in His Sermon on the Mount. He taught the people about the kingdom of God and how to live as a follower of God. Jesus shared eight attitudes we should have, and He tells us when we have these attitudes, we are...

Jesus Is Our Example

Baptism Example This week’s lesson was about Jesus’ baptism. Share a simple object lesson and then talk about your own baptism. (How old were you? What did it mean to you? Show them your baptismal certificate or a picture of your baptism, if available.) Hold up a...

The Promised Messiah is Born

Celebrate His Birth! Act out Gabriel’s visits to Mary and Joseph as a family as you read about it out loud from the Bible (Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25). You might want to video this performance and watch it throughout the Christmas season. Chances are your child...