Jesus loves Children (Mark 10:13-16, Matthew 19: 13-14)
Date: February, 2024
Early Childhood Essential: Jesus loves me FOREVER.
Memory Verse: “His love endures forever.” -Psalm 136:1
Bible Story Focus: Jesus loves Children (Mark 10:13-16, Matthew 19: 13-14)
Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, children will hear of Jesus’ love for children through the story in Matthew and Mark. They will learn that Jesus loves all people including little children. 


Date: February 25, 2024
Early Childhood Essential: Jesus loves me FOREVER.
Memory Verse: “His love endures forever.” – Psalm 136:1
Bible Story Focus: Jesus loves Sinners (Luke 15:11-32)
Lesson Overview:

This lesson will reinforce the idea that Jesus loves us, even though we don’t love him the way we should. By hearing the parable of the prodigal son, children will see that even though we mess up and fail to love others and love God the way we should, it doesn’t stop Jesus from loving us. Jesus loves me FOREVER. 

Circle Time Questions: (Preschool Purple Only)
  • Have you ever made a mistake? What happened?
Activities:
  • Make a party hat craft

Date: February 25, 2024
Early Childhood Essential: Jesus loves me FOREVER.
Memory Verse: “His love endures forever.” –Psalm 136:1
Bible Story Focus: Jesus Loves Children (Mark 10:13-16)
Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, children will hear that Jesus loves them. By hearing how Jesus made time for children and valued them, children will know that they don’t have to be grownups for Jesus to love them. This lesson will reinforce the idea that Jesus loves me FOREVER. 

Parent Devotional: Read Matthew 19:13-15 and Mark 10:13-16. Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” What does Jesus mean by this and how does it apply to you?

Circle Time Questions:
  • Is there anything that you are too little to do?
I Wonder Questions (Snack Time Discussion):
  • Why did Jesus want to be with the children?
    • Jesus loved them, no matter how small they were.
  • Who does Jesus say heaven belongs to?
    • The Children
  • Does Jesus only love us for a little while?
    • No! Jesus loves me FOREVER!
Activities:
  • 8:30am/11:00am: Jesus Loves the Children Accordion
  • 9:45am: Jesus Loves Me Cross

Lazarus
Date: February 25, 2024
Unit: Lazarus
Elementary Essential: God is good: Even in the midst of hard things.
Memory Verse: "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even if he dies." -John 11:25
Unit Overview:

The miracle in John 11 of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, is rich with theological significance for our lives. It gives us a picture of what happens spiritually in our own dead hearts when Jesus calls us to life, as well as foreshadows Jesus’ and his friends’ own physical resurrections one day. Not only that, but we get a peek behind the curtain of how our sovereign God uses even pain and suffering in our lives for his glory and our good. Kids will gain an understanding of these truths and be encouraged to believe in Jesus personally as “the resurrection and the life” in this unit.


Lesson Title: All Things Together for Good
Lesson Overview:

Kids will do a science experiment to make sour milk, an ingredient that can work together with other ingredients to create something delicious. They will read and discuss the story of Jesus raising Lazarus in John 11 and eat a treat made with sour milk as a reminder that God can work all things together for good. 

Lesson Scripture: John 11, Romans 8:28
Lesson Objective: Kids will know that God can use the hard things in our lives for his glory.
Lesson Application: I can trust that Jesus knows about and cares about the hard things in my life.

Grace and Forgiveness: The Story of Peter
Date: February 25, 2024
Unit: Grace and Forgiveness: The Story of Peter
Elementary Essential: God is Relational: Through Jesus, we can have a relationship with him.
Memory Verse: [Peter said,] “Repent, then, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” -Acts 3:19
Unit Overview:

It is easy for us to identify with Peter, for Peter’s disposition demonstrates that of a man who wants so desperately to follow Jesus, but human frailty gets in the way. Peter tried to walk on water, only to sink as he became fearful. Peter promised never to leave or deny Jesus; and only a short while later he was hiding and had denied Jesus three times. After Jesus’ death and resurrection, Peter continued to be an active disciple, preaching and sharing the message of Jesus all over the region. Along with Paul, he was very influential in continuing the growth of the church and the spreading of the Gospel. 


Lesson Title: Let’s Meet Peter
Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, kids will learn about Peter being called as a disciple, discuss some important events in Peter’s life, and understand how he impacted the early church. They’ll learn that Peter had a relationship with God and wanted others to know about him, and we can do that too. For their activity, kids will play “Peter Trivia” to help them remember Peter’s role in the Big God Story.

Lesson Scripture: Matthew 8:14-15, Matthew 14:25-33, Matthew 16:15-18, Matthew 17:1-3, Acts 2:38-39
Lesson Objective: Kids will understand who Peter is and how he impacted the early church.
Lesson Application: Jesus called Peter to follow him and teach others about him. I can tell others about Jesus too!


Proverbs
Date: February 25, 2024
Unit: Proverbs
Elementary Essential: God is good: He knows what is best, he does what is best, he gives what is best. He is wise and his word provides guidance for our lives.
Memory Verse: “If you really want to become wise, you must begin by having respect for the Lord. To know the Holy One is to gain understanding.” -Proverbs 9:10
Unit Overview:

The book of Proverbs uses a special kind of writing. Proverbs aren’t promises; they are good advice or things that are usually true but not always. A proverb is a wise saying that is useful for instruction or teaches wise living. In this unit kids will use the book of Proverbs to learn more about wisdom, or wise living. As they do they’ll learn that wisdom is the ability to choose not just between right and wrong, but to choose between what is good, what is better, and what is best and do it (Paraphrased from Tim Keller). Like Solomon, we can ask for wisdom and know that God provides guidance to each of us. As we grow in understanding and wisdom, we see God’s loving hand, we hear his warnings, and put our trust in him.

Over the course of this unit students will:

  • Identify what a proverb is and what they teach
  • Discuss God’s wisdom and the way it shows up in nature
  • Learn what it means to “fear the Lord”
  • Explore what the book of Proverbs says about friendship
  • Discover what a wise life looks like

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, we’ll take a closer look at what the book of Proverbs has to say about friendship. After looking at these passages, we’ll look at a few additional ones that show how Jesus fulfills all of them and is the ultimate friend we can trust.

Lesson Scripture: Proverbs 17:17, Proverbs 27:17, Proverbs 3:3-4, John 15:9-17
Activity: Students will make friendship bracelets.