Jesus Calms the Storm
Date: July, 2024
Early Childhood Essential: I am a sinner who needs Jesus.
Memory Verse: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” –John 7:37
Bible Story Focus: Jesus Calms the Storm
Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, children will hear of the miracle of Jesus calming the storm. Children will learn that only Jesus has the power to tell the wind and the rain to stop. Jesus can do anything, and we need him to be our protector.


Date: July 21, 2024
Early Childhood Essential: I am a sinner who needs Jesus.
Memory Verse: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” –John 7:37
Bible Story Focus: Jesus Calms the Storm (Mark 4:35-41)
Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, children will hear of the miracle of Jesus calming the storm. Children will learn that only Jesus has the power to tell the wind and the rain to stop. This story is a great example of God’s protection over us. Jesus can do anything and our hearts thirst for his goodness. 

Circle Time Questions: (Preschool Purple Only)
  • Have you ever seen a really big storm? What was it like?
Activities:
  • Jesus Calms the Storm Game

Date: July 21, 2024
Early Childhood Essential: I am a sinner who needs Jesus.
Memory Verse: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” –John 7:37
Bible Story Focus: Jesus Calms the Storm (Mark 4:35-41)
Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, children will hear of the miracle of Jesus calming the storm. Children will learn that the disciples feared for their safety and that they failed to trust in Jesus as their protector. This story will show us that Jesus protects his people! When we face scary things in life we can put our hope in Jesus, our protector. 

Circle Time Questions:
  • What is something that you are afraid of?
I Wonder Questions (Snack Time Discussion):
  • What did Jesus do once he got into the boat?
    • Jesus fell asleep.
  • Why were the disciples so afraid when Jesus was sleeping?
    • Because a storm came
  • How did Jesus calm the storm?
    • He told it to stop, even the wind and waves obey his voice!
Activities:
  • 8:30am/11:00am: Create Your Own Storm
  • 9:45am: Jesus Calms the Storm Song

Date: July 21, 2024
Elementary Essential: God is Glorious: He is worthy of all praise.
Unit Overview:

Not only are books a way to connect and build community, but they can also teach us, help us understand emotion, and give us perspectives that may be different than our own. Echoes of Eden is a curriculum written by Crossing Kids that uses popular children’s picture books and helps pull in concepts of the Gospel, or “Echoes of Eden.”

In this unit, kids will examine how the Gospel helps us to make sense of all of life—including art in the words and illustrations of great books. Together we will search for places where the beauty of the Gospel intersects and points to the greatest story of all and discover how to engage with our culture in winsome ways. Each week kids will read a book and hunt for Gospel truths within while focusing on one key verse connected to the literature. They’ll do an activity (ex. craft, game, science experiment) to help them have a tangible reminder of what they just learned.


Lesson Title: Why?
Lesson Overview:

Each page focuses on an animal’s unique characteristic by posing a question. “Why do zebras have stripes?” “Why do lions have manes?” “Why do camels have humps?” Humorous answers scatter the page along with the true answer on a text box along the side. Prap’s work encourages kids to ask their own questions and marvel at creation. Kids will act out parts of Psalm 148 and identify who/what the verse calls to praise the Lord.

Lesson Scripture: Psalm 150:6
Lesson Objective: Identify why God is worthy of all praise.
Lesson Application: I can worship God who is worthy of all praise by singing and marveling at his creation.

The Lord’s Prayer: Teach Us to Pray
Date: July 21, 2024
Unit: The Lord’s Prayer: Teach Us to Pray
Elementary Essential: God is relational: He invites us to talk to him through prayer.
Unit Overview:

Jesus’ friends and followers asked Jesus how to pray. He gave them the Lord’s Prayer as a model. Jesus gave this prayer for his followers then, but also for his followers today. Throughout the summer, kids will learn that prayer is talking with and listening to God. They will explore what prayer is, how to pray, and work to memorize The Lord’s Prayer. Each week will unpack a phrase of this famous prayer in hopes that kids will understand why Jesus uses this as a model prayer to teach us how to pray to God.  


Lesson Title: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
Lesson Overview:

This week we’ll focus on the phrase: “Give us this day our daily bread.” We’ll read and discuss a portion of the Beatitudes that remind us that we don’t need to worry because God feeds the birds and clothes the lilies of the field, in the same way he provides for what we need.

Lesson Scripture: Matthew 6
Lesson Objective: Kids will understand God as Jehovah-Jireh, the God who provides.
Lesson Application: I can trust God when I feel worried and afraid. I can know God takes care of me and loves me.


Questions Jesus Asked
Date: July 21, 2024
Unit: Questions Jesus Asked
Elementary Essential: God is our 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 fix this problem on our own. We need a rescuer.
Unit Overview:

In this 13-week unit, 4th and 5th graders will spend their time looking at some of the questions Jesus asked real people in the New Testament. Each week, students will explore a question and the context surrounding it. They will discover that Jesus did not ask questions to learn the answer but rather to help us learn more about him.

Students will explore the life and ministry of Jesus, and most importantly, they will learn about Jesus who sees us, hears us, and loves us. Students will discover that far more than our outward actions, Jesus cares about the desires of our hearts and invites us into a relationship with him.

Each lesson will be rooted in building a greater understanding of how the entire Bible points to Jesus’ work on the cross. All of Jesus’ encounters with people were built around pointing them toward the good news of his death and resurrection and how that brought us into a reconciled relationship with our Heavenly Father.  


Lesson Title: Do You Understand What I Have Done for You?
Lesson Overview:

Students will explore the question Jesus asked when he washed the disciples’ feet, “Do you understand what I have done for you?” Jesus washing the disciples’ feet was a picture of how he would cleanse them from their sins on the cross. Students will also look at all the questions we have explored so far and write on the front of a notecard a question Jesus might ask them if he was in the room with them today. On the back of the notecard, they will write something they learned or something that encourages them from Psalm 139.

Lesson Scripture: John 13:1-13
Lesson Objective: Students will understand that Jesus knows all their sin and still loves them so much to go to the cross for them.
Lesson Application: Because of Jesus, I can experience God’s forgiveness and have new life.