Date: January, 2023
Early Childhood Essential: Jesus loves me, FOREVER.
Memory Verse: “…he was called a friend of God.” - James 2:23
Bible Story Focus: “F” is for Friend
Lesson Overview:

This month, little ones at The Crossing will be learning that Jesus is their friend through the story of Zacchaeus. They will see that Jesus became a friend to Zacchaeus when no one else would because he believed in Jesus. They will learn that Jesus loves them, FOREVER.


Date: January 29, 2023
Early Childhood Essential: Jesus loves me, FOREVER.
Memory Verse: “He was called a friend of God." - James 2:23
Monthly Topic: “F” is for Friend
Bible Story Focus: Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)
Lesson Overview:

This month, little ones at The Crossing will be learning that Jesus is their friend through the story of Zacchaeus. They will see that Jesus became a friend to Zacchaeus when no one else would because he believed in Jesus. They will learn that Jesus loves them, FOREVER. 

Circle Time Questions: (Preschool Purple Only)
  • Have you ever been somewhere really high up? What did you see?
Activities:
  • Zacchaeus Sticker Scene

Date: January 29, 2023
Early Childhood Essential: Jesus loves me, FOREVER.
Memory Verse: "He was called a friend of God." - James 2:23
Monthly Topic: “F” is for Friend
Bible Story Focus: Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (John 4)
Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, children will learn about how Jesus talked to the Samaritan woman at the well, even though he was a Jew. Children will see how Jesus spread God’s word to her through his friendship. After meeting Jesus, the woman believed in him. Children will learn to believe in Jesus as their friend.  

Circle Time Questions:
  • Have you ever worked so hard that it made you really, really thirsty? What did you do?
I Wonder Questions (Snack Time Discussion):
  • Why was the Samaritan woman confused when Jesus asked her for a drink?
    • Because Samaritan people and Jewish people were NOT friends.
  • Did Jesus want to be her friend?
    • Yes! Jesus is a friend to all who believe.
  • How is Jesus the living water?
    • He is the living water because he is the one who gives eternal life!
Activities:
  • 8:30am/11:00am: Water Well Buckets
  • 9:45am: Water Bucket Relay

Date: January 29, 2023
Unit: Joseph: Trusting God through Difficult Times
Elementary Essential: God is good: We can trust him even in the midst of hard things.
Memory Verse: "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him." - Romans 8:28
Unit Overview:

Joseph faced many trials, including abandonment, slavery, unjust accusations, and imprisonment. During these times, Joseph trusted God and was placed in a position to do something good: save his family and many others from starvation. Through this story, students will learn that we can trust God through difficult times. They will also learn that Joseph’s life points us to Jesus, whose life, death, and resurrection made a way to save people from spiritual death. 


Lesson Title: God is Working for Our Good
Lesson Overview:

Students will examine individual ingredients for a smoothie. This will be used to illustrate their memory verse. While our circumstances and individual life events don’t always make sense to us, we can trust the person who knows how they will all work together for good.

Lesson Scripture: Genesis 42–50, Genesis 45:7
Lesson Objective: Kids will understand that God is still working in our lives today, just like he worked in Joseph’s life thousands of years ago.
Lesson Application: God has a plan for my life, even the hard parts.

Date: January 29, 2023
Unit: Miracles of Jesus
Elementary Essential: God is sovereign: Nothing is too hard for God.
Memory Verse: "But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the christ, the son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." - John 20:31
Unit Overview:

In this unit, kids will study five different miracles recorded in the gospel of John. Kids will learn that these miracles were supernatural events or signs that point people to God. Even more so, kids will explore how each miracle tells us about who Jesus is so we might continue to grow in our faith and relationship with him.  


Lesson Title: Walking on Water
Lesson Overview:

Kids will hear the story of Jesus walking on water to understand that Jesus is trustworthy no matter what storms come our way. Kids will view famous artwork of this miracle and make an “ocean in a bottle” to remember Jesus cares for us.

Lesson Scripture: John 6:16-21
Lesson Objective: Kids will learn Jesus has the authority over nature.
Lesson Application: When I am fearful or anxious, I can remember that the one who has authority over all things is always with me.


Date: January 29, 2023
Elementary Essential: God is rescuer: We all sin and fall short of God’s glory. God is holy, completely perfect. Our sin separates us from him. We can’t solve this problem on our own. We need Jesus.
Lesson Title: Nathan Confronts David About His Sin and David Repents
Lesson Overview:

Students will see God confront David’s sin through the Prophet Nathan. David responds by repenting and asking for God’s forgiveness. We learn how we can apply this type of repentance to our own lives when we fail to love God and others perfectly.

Lesson Scripture: 2 Samuel 12, Psalm 51, 1 John 1:7-9
Activity: Students will participate in a science experiment that demonstrates how sin, repentance, and forgiveness works through Christ.