The First Passover

Scripture: Exodus 11: 4 – 9, 12:1 – 13, 12:24 – 42 or pages 117 – 119 in The Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Exodus 11 or pages 117-119 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

  • What was the 10th plague?  At midnight every firstborn son in Egypt would die.
  • What were the two qualifications for the lamb? A year old male that had no defects.
  • What were they to do with the blood of the lamb? They were to paint the doorposts of their houses with it.
  • Do you ever decorate your doorpost?  Christmas wreaths at Christmas, welcome sign, “Gone Fishing”, “Do Not Disturb”, “Open”, “Closed”, etc.
  • What we put on our doorpost tells people on the outside a lot about those of us inside, doesn’t it?  When the people put the blood of the lamb on their doorposts, what were they telling God? That they trusted Him to save them.
  • That night they were to eat the lamb.  How were they to prepare it? Roasted over a fire with bitter herbs and with bread made without yeast.  If any was left over, they were to burn it.
  • What were they to wear when they ate it? Their traveling clothes and with staffs in their hands.
  • Why were they to eat in these clothes? Because they were to be ready to leave.
  • Why was the bread made without yeast?  Because they had to leave in a hurry and didn’t have time to let the bread rise.
  • What would God do that night? God would pass through Egypt and kill all the firstborn of people and animals.
  • Which houses would escape this plague? Those that had the blood on the doorposts. Those houses would be passed over.
  • Can you think of another time in the Bible when a Lamb was sacrificed?  Jesus was the Lamb of God who was crucified on the cross.
  • Which ones of us will escape from the consequences of our sins? Those of us who are covered with the blood of Jesus.
  • How do we obey and become covered with Jesus’ blood? We pray and ask him to forgive our sins.
  • Have you done that? (Don’t force anyone to answer.  Give the children a little time to ponder this.)
  • What did Pharaoh do when the firstborn were found to be dead? He called for Moses in the middle of the night, and he told him to take the people and go and worship the Lord as he had asked.
  • How long had the people lived in Egypt? 430 years.
  • Let’s pray and ask Jesus to cover us with His blood to save us from the slavery of sin…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Memorize the verse.

Exodus 12: 13b  “when I see the blood, I will pass over you.”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1  from Messianic Trust.    An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Show this video, Yeshua, Our Passover Lamb. Or this one, Passover Lamb.  These two are also very good. #1 Plagues   #2 The Lamb of God

Share the story “God to the Rescue” from “The Jesus Story Book Bible”.  (Make sure that you order the collector’s edition, which has the DVD with the stories animated and narrated.  It’s wonderful.)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children act out this little skit from Kid’s Sunday School.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children fill in one of these worksheets from Calvary Children’s Curriculum. Or have them do this one from Bible Wise.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Make the “Two Houses at the Passover” craft or do the worksheet from Gospel Hall. Go to the activities index and search for lesson 211. (The teachers guide is very helpful with the worksheet.)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sing “Plagues” and “What Seems Impossible”  by Mary Rice Hopkins from the Dancing in the Desert album.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Play the “Moses Says” game.  Make sure that Moses says, “Paint your doorpost with the blood of the lamb.”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Print out Passover Paper Dolls from Messianic Trust, and have the children use them to tell the story.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Buy or bake matzah bread and have the children have a piece to taste.     Talk about how Jesus body was like the un-leaven bread in a Seder.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

There are more ideas here at The Last Supper lesson.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the  Parents’ Page.

<<< Previous Lesson

Next Lesson >>>

Lesson Index

Advertisements

The First Passover Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Dear Parents,

Today we learned about The First Passover from Exodus 11: 4 – 9, 12:1 – 13, 12:24 – 42.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Help your child memorize the verse.

Exodus 12: 13b  “when I see the blood, I will pass over you.”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Take time to share one of these  devotionals each evening.

http://www.ccstpete.com/cm/devotionals/DEVNT269.pdf

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/the-first-passover/

The Plagues of Egypt

In the last lesson, God called Moses to go to deliver the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt.  After he and his brother Aaron spoke with Pharaoh, he refused to let the people go. In fact he made the people work harder by making them find their own straw to make bricks.  This is where today’s story begins…

Scripture: Exodus 7: 6 – 25, 8:1 – 30, 9: 11 – 35, 10: 1- 29 or pages 108 – 117 in the Children’s Golden Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome: Prepare lots of origami frogs and spread them out all over the table, chairs, floor etc. so that as the children enter the room they are greeted with a plague of frogs. This will generate a lot of excitement and interest in the story. (Make sure that you gather them up again until after story time so that they listen to the story.)

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Exodus 7 or pages 108 – 117 in The Golden Children’s Bible. (This story is long, so for small children you might abridge it, or read a shortened version such as this one from Sharon Whittaker.)

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • What was the first plague? Moses struck the Nile with his staff and the Nile turned into blood. (Talk about how the fish would have died and how it all would have smelled, and how desperate they would have been for fresh water to drink.)
  • What was the second plague? frogs (Talk about what a nuisance that would have been.)
  • What was the third plague?  Moses struck the dust with his staff and the dust became gnats.
  • What did the magicians say about the gnats? “This is the finger of God.”
  • What wast the third plague?  Flies
  • What was the fourth plague?  The livestock (farm animals) would get sick and die.
  • What was the fifth plague?  Moses took soot and threw it into the air – then all the people got boils on their skin.
  • What was the 6th plague?  Thunder, lightening and hail that destroyed everything, including the crops.
  • What did the Egyptian people say before the 7th plague? “How long will this man be a snare to us? Let the people go, so that they may worship the LORD their God. Do you not yet realize that Egypt is ruined?”
  • Did Pharaoh listen to the people? No.
  • What was the 7th plague? Locusts that ate all the fruits and anything green.
  • What was the 8th plague?  Darkness for 3 days.
  • Have you ever been in pitch darkness that you couldn’t even see your hand in front of your face?  That would have been terrible, wouldn’t it.
  • We’re going to save the 10th plague for next week, but does anybody know what that one was?  The firstborn son would die that night unless there was the blood of a lamb smeared on the doorpost.
  • Why did God bring these ten plagues? The Egyptians had many gods, so God wanted them to understand that He was the one and only God. Exodus 7:5 says “And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”
  • Have you ever gone through a very hard time or a tragedy and wondered why God allowed that?  Do you think that God might have had a reason for allowing you or someone you are close to to go through that hard time? Maybe He just wanted you to know that He is God and that He is in control – not you.
  • What things do you think that He might be asking you to do today?  Treat my brothers and sisters with kindness, help my mom and dad, do my best in school, believe in Him, trust in Him, etc.
  • If God asks you to do something, do you think that you should do it right away? Yes!
  • Let’s pray and ask the Lord to help us to do whatever He asks us to do and to trust Him in every situation…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Memorize the verse.

Exodus 7:5 “And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Show one of these videos. #1 ,   #2 ,  #3  ,  #4

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children act out the story with this cute play from Faith Quest.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1   This site has some good color pages.    Here is a color book featuring this story.   An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Play the Plagues File Folder Game from The Catholic Blogger. When I do a file folder game in the classroom, I make enough file folders for two children to share each folder.  That way everyone can see and reach the board easily.  I also give each pair a dice.  This keeps the game moving along quickly.  Kids love these games and are quick to learn the details of the story when they play them.  Have a prize for the winner, but also a prize for each contestant when playing with younger children.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Here are some great craft ideas from Bible Story Hour.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This is a cute craft from a “Creative Jewish Mom”.   For a whole classroom of kids you might make the templates smaller and use popsicle sticks instead of dowels. This craft is similar.  You might use the 10 plagues printable from 1+1+1=1.        Here are also some game cards.   (Take note that the Jewish 10 plagues are slightly different than the 10 plagues in the Christian Bible.)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children make this flip book.  Page #1   Page #2

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Scroll down at this site to make The Ten Plagues Booklet

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

For older kids, use this page from The Crafty Classroom to have them draw their own versions of each plague and label each one.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children do some worksheets.  Sheet #1 ,   Sheet #2,   Sheet #3  (for older kids), Sheet #4 ,  Sheet #5

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

There are some good ideas for discussion at this site.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

There are several ideas at the Catholic Toolbox.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Scroll down at this site for some games related to this story.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sing “Plagues” by Mary Rice Hopkins from the Dancing in the Desert album.

Or sing “The Ten Plagues Song” which is sung to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.  Or sing “The Plague Song”, which is sung to “This Ol’ Man”.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

For snack serve cherry Kool-aid to symbolize the Nile River and big pretzel sticks to represent Moses’ staff.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

<<< Previous Lesson

Next Lesson >>>

Lesson Index

The Plagues of Egypt Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Dear Parents,

Today we learned about The Plagues of Egypt from Exodus 7: 6 – 25, 8:1 – 30, 9: 11 – 35, 10: 1- 29.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Help your child memorize the verse.

Exodus 7:5 “And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Teach your child the song “Plagues” by Mary Rice Hopkins from the Dancing in the Desert album  http://www.maryricehopkins.com/songs/songs.htm.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Do and online activity with your child at the Garden of Praise. http://gardenofpraise.com/bibl7s.htm

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson and do a craft that we didn’t do today. https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/the-plagues-of-egypt/

Moses and the Burning Bush

In the last lesson, Moses had grown up in the Pharaoh’s palace as a son of the Pharaoh’s daughter.  But, when he grew up, he was disturbed to see the Hebrew people abused in slavery.  One day he saw a guard beating a Hebrew, so he killed the guard to protect him.  Knowing that Pharaoh now wanted to kill him for that crime, he fled to Midian where he started a new life as a shepherd.  This is where the story begins…

Scripture: Exodus 3: 1 – 22 and Exodus 4: 1 – 17

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Exodus 3 or pages 102 – 105 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

  • What did Moses see when he was watching his flock of sheep?  A burning bush.
  • What was strange about the burning bush?  It didn’t burn up.
  • What did Moses hear when he got close to the bush?  God speaking to him.
  • What did God tell Moses to do?  To take off his shoes because he was standing on holy ground.
  • What did God say that He was concerned about?  The suffering of his people in Egypt.
  • What did He want Moses to do?  To go and bring the people out of Egypt.
  • Did Moses say yes and go right away?  No.
  • Why? He didn’t think he was able to do it. “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
  • What was God’s answer?  I will be with you.
  • What did Moses ask then?  What if they ask who sent him?
  • How did God answer him?  ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” and “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’
  • What would cause the Egyptians to let them go?  God would strike them.
  • What else would help to persuade the Egyptians? God would turn Moses’ staff into a snake.
  • If the Egyptians weren’t persuaded by the snake, what sign would God give them next? Moses’ hand would turn leprous in his cloak.
  • What was the third sign?  Water from the Nile would turn to blood.
  • What was Moses’ next objection? I’m not a good speaker.
  • How did God answer him?  “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
  • Finally what did Moses say?  Please send someone else.
  • Did God like that answer? No. He got angry and told him that his brother Aaron would speak for him.
  • In what ways do you think that Moses was perfectly suited for this job? He lived in the palace and was well educated, he cared about the Hebrews, he was humble, he was obedient, etc.
  • Do you think that God speaks to you today?  How? Through the Bible, our parents and teachers. Through sermons and Christian music. Through things that happen to us. etc.
  • Do you think that God can use you to do something very important – even if you feel very ordinary?
  • Who will always go with you wherever you go and help you in whatever you do? God
  • Let’s pray and thank God for being there for us to help us to do his will…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Memorize the verse.

Exodus 4:12b “I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Share this children’s sermon from sermons4kids.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Here are some activity suggestions from sermons4kids.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1   Color page #2   Color page #3   Color page #4   Color page #5  Color page book featuring Moses   An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children follow this maze to the burning bush.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children make one of these burning bush crafts. Craft #1 Craft #2 Craft #3

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Scroll down to several crafts and activities at Danielle’s Place.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children do one of these worksheets from Calvary Chapel.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Read the story “Your Burning Bush” from Keys for Kids.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the older kids act out the story.  Here is a script for a short skit.   Or have them act out this application skit.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This burning bush activity will help kids to think about things that they can do to serve God.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Make a burning bush and have the children gather around it for prayer.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Here are some games and puzzles.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sing “Little is Much”(Moses Version) or “What’s in Your Hand” or “Why Me?” by Mary Rice Hopkins from the Dancing in the Desert Album

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Serve one of these Burning Bush snacks.

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the  Parents’ Page.

<<< Previous Lesson

Next Lesson >>>

Lesson Index

Moses and the Burning Bush Parents’ Page

Dear Parents,

Today we learned about Moses and the Burning Bush from Exodus 3: 1 – 22 and Exodus 4: 1 – 17 .   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Help your child memorize the verse.

Exodus 4:12b “I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Read the story “Without a Script” from Keys for Kids http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=767

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Do an online memory puzzle with your child. http://songsofpraise.org/imagepuzzle.php?puzzleid=30

Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/moses-and-the-burning-bush/  

Pentecost

Scripture: Acts 2: 1 – 17 and 40 – 47

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Acts 2 or pages 462 – 463 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion: 

  • What 3 signs happened on the day of Pentecost?  There was a loud sound of rushing wind.  There were what looked like tongues of fire on their heads.  The disciples began to speak in other languages.
  • When the people in Jerusalem heard all the noise, what did they do?  They gathered around the disciples.
  • When they heard that they were speaking in foreign languages so that every foreigner there could understand them, what two things did they say? “What does this mean?”  and  “They have had too much wine.”
  • If you were there, do you think that you would have asked “What does this mean?”  or would you have said, “They have had too much wine.” ?
  • How many of the people believed the message and were baptized that day?  3,000
  • What did they do after that?  They met together every day for fellowship.
  • What did God do?  He added to their numbers every day.
  • Let’s give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit… 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Memorize the verse.

John 14:26 “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In some places in the world, Pentecost is celebrated with rose petals being thrown over the congregation, or origami doves being suspended over the congregation.  Worshippers may wave red fans or handkerchiefs or red balloons to symbolize the tongues of fire. Incorporate some of these in a church birthday party.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children make Tongues of Fire party hats.  Here is another similar idea with a flame template.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Make origami doves.   Make a mobile out of them.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This is a cute craft from Flame Creative Kids.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Show this video by Dan Stevers.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Here is a lesson plan from Ministry to Children that has some great ideas.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children make this pentecost pinwheel.   Or make this pentecost windsock.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Share this children’s sermon or this sermon from Sermons4kids.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Make theses Pentecost Spinners. (scroll down)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children do one of these worksheets from Calvary Chapel.   Or have them do have them do one of the worksheets from Sermons4kids (links at the bottom of the page).   Or have them do this worksheet from Sharon Whittaker.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Here are some group activities and games or these from Sermons4kids.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have helpers do this puppet skit on the Holy Spirit.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Make these wind twirlers from Danielle’s Place. (scroll down to Pentecost section)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1  Color page #2     An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sing “Father, I Adore You”

Father I adore you
I lay my life before you
How I love you

Jesus I adore you
I lay my life before you
How I love you

Spirit I adore you
I lay my life before you
How I love you

For older kids, play the song “The Wind Came Singing” by Wendy and Mary.  Discuss what the words mean.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

For snack time serve these flaming cupcakes  or these Holy Spirit Crackers.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the  Parents’ Page.

<<< Previous Lesson

>>> Next Lesson

Lesson Index


Pentecost Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Dear Parents,

Today we learned about Pentecost from Acts 2.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Help your child memorize the verse.

John 14:26 “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Use these devotions to talk with your child about Pentecost and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.   http://children.cccm.com/NTDevotionsPDF/DEVNT285.pdf

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Do some on-line activities with your child at the Garden of Praise. http://gardenofpraise.com/bibl54s.htm

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have your child help you make this dove mobile. http://passengersonalittlespaceship.blogspot.com/2011/06/whitsun-felt-dove-mobile.html

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/pentecost/

The Ascension

Scripture: Acts 1: 3 – 10 or page 461 in the Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Acts 1: 3-10 or page 461 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

  • How long did Jesus stay with the disciples after he had risen? 40 days.
  • What did he teach them about during that time? the kingdom of God
  • What did he tell them to do? To wait in Jerusalem for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
  • What were they to do after they received the baptism of Holy Spirit? They were to be witnesses for Jesus.
  • What do you think Jesus wants you to be doing until he comes back? Praying, telling others about him, etc.
  • Where were they to witness?  Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
  • Where do you think Jesus expects you to witness for him?  At home, at school, on the playground, everywhere that I go.
  • How did Jesus leave them?  He rose up into the clouds.
  • While they were looking up after him, what happened?  Two men dressed in white came and stood beside them.
  • What did the men say? Jesus would come back again in the same way that he left.
  • Matthew 28:20 says Jesus said,  Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Did Jesus really “leave” the disciples? No.
  • Jesus is with you, too, if you have asked him into your heart.  Let’s thank him for being there always…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Memorize the verse.

Matthew 28:20b “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Make the booklet, “Jesus Went Back to Heaven” from Lambsongs. (Scroll Down.)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Share this great children’s sermon from Sermons4kids.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Read the story “Till He Comes” from Keys for Kids.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Do some activities featuring Christ’s return.   This site also has some great activity ideas.  And this one has some cute games.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children make this ascension craft.  There is a template for this craft to the right of the booklet “Jesus Went to Heaven” from Lambsongs. (Scroll down.)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This lesson from Ministry to Children has some very helpful ideas for teaching this passage.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children fill out one or more of these worksheets from Calvary Chapel.  Or have the children do this crossword puzzle from Sermons4kids.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1 , Color page #2  ,  Color page #3 ,  Color page #4,   Color page #5 , Color page #6 ,  Color page #7 .    An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children do this Great Commission work sheet.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sing “Children Go Where I Send Thee” or “Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam” by the Countdown Kids.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the  Parents’ Page.

<<< Previous Lesson

Next Lesson >>>

Lesson Index

The Ascension Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Dear Parents,

Today we learned about Jesus’ ascension into heaven from Acts 1: 3-10 .   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Help your child memorize the verse.

Matthew 28:20b “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Help your child make this ascension craft from Ten Kids and a Dog.  http://tenkidsandadog.blogspot.com/2010/05/ascension-thursday-for-our-youngest.html

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Help your child do some online activities featuring the ascension.

http://gardenofpraise.com/bibl32s.htm

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2012/04/08/the-ascension/