Jesus' Death and Resurrection (Matthew 27:31-28:10)
Date: March, 2024
Early Childhood Essential: I am a sinner who needs Jesus.
Memory Verse: “… Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8
Bible Story Focus: Jesus' Death and Resurrection (Matthew 27:31-28:10)
Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, children will learn of Jesus’ death and resurrection. They will hear that even though his death was very sad, that was the way that Jesus rescued his people. That’s why we all need Jesus as our forever king; I am a sinner who needs Jesus.  


Date: March 3, 2024
Early Childhood Essential: I am a sinner who needs Jesus.
Memory Verse: “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8
Bible Story Focus: Palm Sunday (John 12: 12-19)
Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, children will hear of Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey. As Jesus entered Jerusalem, the people praised him and called him their king, but they didn’t understand the kind of king that Jesus was. Jesus is our saving king, who we need because of our own sin. I am a sinner who needs Jesus. This lesson will also introduce the concept of Holy Week, helping children understand when these events happened.

Circle Time Questions: (Preschool Purple Only)
  • Have you ever been to a parade? What was it like?
Activities:
  • Triumphant Entry Relay Race

Date: March 3, 2024
Early Childhood Essential: I am a sinner who needs Jesus.
Memory Verse: “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” –Romans 5:8
Bible Story Focus: Triumphant Entry (Matthew 21:1-11)
Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, children will hear of when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey. They will learn that the people were asking for a special kind of king, but they didn’t understand what kind of king they really needed. Children will learn that we are all sinners who needed a savior-king, not a warrior king. Children will hear that the same people that cheered for him as he entered the city are the same people that crucified him a week later. I am a sinner who needs Jesus. 

Parent Devotional: Read Matthew 21:1-11 When Jesus entered the city all the people shouted “Hosanna!” They were overjoyed to see the Forever King and laid their coats at his feet. They praised God with their words and actions. What are things you could do to praise God in your everyday life? A week later these same people were the ones to crucify Jesus. What are ways that you deny Christ in your own life? Take some time to think about this and pray for forgiveness.

Circle Time Questions:
  • Have you ever been to a parade?
I Wonder Questions (Snack Time Discussion):
  • What did the people shout when Jesus entered the city?
    • The people shouted “Hosanna!”
  • Why do we need Jesus?
    • We need Jesus to rescue us from sin.
  • What kind of king is Jesus?
    • Jesus is the forever king.
Activities:
  • 8:30am/11:00am: Balloon Keep in the Air- Palm Branches
  • 9:45am: Triumphant Entry Relay Race

Lazarus
Date: March 3, 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: Puppet Show
Lesson Overview:

Kids will read and discuss the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Each child will create their own set of finger puppets and backdrop to retell the story at home.

Lesson Scripture: John 11
Lesson Objective: Retell the story of Lazarus so they can share it with others.
Lesson Application: I can share the good news that Jesus has power of sickness, sadness, and death with other people.

Grace and Forgiveness: The Story of Peter
Date: March 3, 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: Repent and Turn to God
Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, kids will explore what the word “repent” means while looking at the story of Peter denying Jesus three times. Kids will discuss what they’ve learned about Peter’s life, Peter’s need to repent, and what it looks like for us to repent. To help them remember what it means to repent and why we repent, kids will create an art project using the memory verse (Acts 3:19). 

Lesson Scripture: John 13:36-38, John 18:15-27, Mark 14:22-31, Mark 14:66-72
Lesson Objective: Kids will identify what repentance means. (Feeling regret about something that we’ve done and turning to Christ, who forgives, to help us change.)
Lesson Application: I know that I am going to mess up, but I can confess my sins to God.


Proverbs
Date: March 3, 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, students will take a closer look at what the book of Proverbs has to say about what a wise life looks like on a variety of subjects, including our words.

Lesson Scripture: Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 21:23, Proverbs 6:16-19, Proverbs 6:6-11, Proverbs 26:11
Activity: Students will pick a favorite Proverb from our unit and create a notecard they can hang up at home.