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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...

God’s Word is Absolute Truth

Obey the Instructions Items Needed: slip of paper with the name of a destination written on it (oak tree in backyard, dryer in laundry room, trunk of car, etc.) Reward (yummy treat, small gift, whatever you like) Hide a reward at a specific destination without the...

God Revealed Truth

Grow in the Word Items needed: Packet of seeds, Flowerpots or starter pots, Soil, Water The Bible is God’s truth and contains all we need to grow to be more like Jesus. It can help us learn how to get to heaven, to be a good friend, to forgive our enemies, and to grow...

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

Why? Because! Items Needed: slips of paper or index cards; pencils; two small bowls (to hold the slips of paper) Play Why? Because! Give each person two slips of paper and a pencil. Ask them to write a question on one that starts with Why? (Why is milk white? Why do I...