Kid’s Sunday School

Some Lessons for kids.  Also Look under Lessons on the right column. Smile God Loves YOU 🙂

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  1. Down through the Roof based on Mark 2:1-12

    [1] And again he entered into Capernaum, after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.
    [2] And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
    [3] And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
    [4] And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
    [5] When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
    [6] But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
    [7] Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
    [8] And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
    [9] Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
    [10] But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
    [11] I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
    [12] And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.


    How does it feel to have a sick loved one ?

    How can we help others ?

    How would you feel if you were one of the people who saw this miracle taking place?

    If you were crippled like this man, and Jesus made you walk again, what would you do?

  2. Jesus Blesses the Children based on Mark 10:13-16

    Lots of people came to hear Jesus tell about God’s love. The Children wanted to see Jesus too.
    Jesus’ helpers told the children to go away. They said Jesus was too busy for children.
    Jesus said, “Let the children come to Me. God loves children very much. Learn from the children how to love Me and be happy.”
    Jesus hugged the children and prayed for them. The children were happy. Jesus was their friend.

    Preschool Kids: Create a maze with blocks.
    Let the children find their way through their maze.
    Then, explain if we want to find Jesus, all we need to do is pray!

  3. Jesus Feeds 5,000 People based on John 6:5-13

    [5] When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
    [6] And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
    [7] Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
    [8] One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him,
    [9] There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
    [10] And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
    [11] And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
    [12] When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
    [13] Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

    Why do you think Jesus wanted to feed the 5,000 families?
    What did Jesus feed them with ?
    How do you think the little boy felt ?
    What if there were not enough swings in the play ground and everyone wanted to swing, what would you do?

    SHOW: To show what a big number 5000 is, you might put together some fruit loops or candy corn. Pretend that this is for five people. Then make 10 piles for 50 people. Put all of those together and explain that 10 piles like that would be enough for 500. And once you had enough for 500, 10 of those piles would be enough for 5000! Only Jesus could feed so many with one lunch.

  4. A widow Shares What She Has base on 1 Kings 17:8-16

    Preschool Lesson:

    Elijah was very hungry. He asked a woman for some food. The woman looked sad. She said, “I have only a little flour and oil.”

    Elijah told her to make him some bread. Elijah said, “Don’t worry. Share what you have. God will give you oil and flour.”

    The woman baked bread for Elijah. Then God put more oil in her jug. And He put more flour in her jar.

    Then the woman made bread for her son and herself. Every day God gave her oil and flour because she shared what she had.

    The woman only had just A LITTLE TINY bit of what?
    If the woman used all of her ingredients, How would she eat later?
    Did the woman Share with Elijah, even though she did not have much ?
    Was God happy that the woman Shared ?
    Does God want us to share with others ?

    ACT IT OUT: Pretend Play.
    Need Bowls And Playdough
    Make bread and Share with others

    CRAFT: Make a Sharing Hands Wreath
    Trace tiny hands and color and glue to make a wreath.

  5. Joseph’s Brothers Come to Egypt
    Bible Story: Genesis 43:1-8; 15-17; 26-30
    Devotional and Background Study: Genesis 42:1-20

    Memory Selection: “But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first.” Acts 7:12

    The famine was in all parts of the earth. In the land of Canaan, Jacob and his family were running out of food. Jacob hears that there was food in Egypt. He sent 10 of his sons to Egypt to buy food. Jacob kept Benjamin at home, because he was afraid that he might be hurt. Remember that Joseph and Benjamin were the only sons of Jacob and Rachel, his favorite wife. Jacob thought that Joseph was dead. He could not stand to think of anything happening to Benjamin.

    Jacob’s 10 sons had to come to Joseph to buy food. These were the brothers that had sold Joseph to be a slave in Egypt about 20 years earlier. Joseph knew them, but they did not recognize Joseph.

    Joseph did not tell them that he was their brother. He pretended that he thought they were spies. They told him who they were and where they were from. This let Joseph find out that his father, Jacob was still alive and that Benjamin was well.

    Joseph wanted to see his brother Benjamin very much. He told his other brothers that to prove that they were honest men and not spies, they would have to bring Benjamin back to Egypt with them. To make sure that they did this, Joseph would keep Simeon in prison until Benjamin was brought back.

    Then Joseph had their bags filled with grain for food, and all their money was put back into their bags. They went back home to Canaan not knowing that the ruler of Egypt who had sold them food was their brother Joseph.

    When they got home, they could not understand how their money got back into their bags. They were afraid the Egyptians would think they had stolen the money.

    They told Jacob all that had happened to them. Jacob would not even consider allowing Benjamin to be taken to Egypt. But soon the grain they had brought back was gone and they needed food again. Jacob told his sons to return to Egypt. He still did not want to let Benjamin go. Jacob’s son, Judah, reminded him that the man in Egypt (who was really Joseph) had said they MUST bring Benjamin if they were to buy more food and get Simeon out of prison. So Benjamin went to Egypt with his brothers.

    When Joseph saw that they had returned with Benjamin, he had his servant prepare a meal for him to eat with his brothers. Joseph went to his own room and cried when he saw his brother Benjamin that he loved so much.

    All these things were happening according to God’s plan.


    Match each phrase at the top with the correct name on the bottom.

    1.Land where Jacob lived
    2.Father of Joseph
    3.Land that Joseph ruled
    4.Jacob’s youngest son
    5.Jacob thought this son was dead
    6.Was kept in prison in Egypt
    7.Persuaded Jacob to let Benjamin go to
    8.Mother of Joseph.
    9.Name given to Jacob by God.
    10.King of Egypt


  6. Fishers of Men

    Bible Story: Matthew 4:18-22; 13:47-50
    Devotional and Background study: Luke 5:1-11

    Memory Selection: “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make You fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19

    As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers fishing; Simon who was called Peter and Andrew. They had been fishing and had not had any luck.
    He called unto them and told them to follow Him and He would make them “fishers of men.” They left their nets and followed HIM.
    They went on from there and Jesus saw two other brothers; James, the son of Zebedee and John. They were in the ship with their father, Zebedee and were fixing their nets. He told them also to follow Him and HE would make them “fishers of men”. They left their nets and followed Him as Peter and Andrew had done.
    Here we see that Jesus was calling together the material that John the Baptist had prepared. These four men and three others would be the nucleus around which the church had its beginning.
    After we are saved the Lord wants us to tell others about HIM. We become “fishers of men” when we try to tell sinners about Jesus.
    In today’s lesson we also find Jesus explaining what the Kingdom of Heaven is like. He compared it to a net that caught every kind of thing in the sea. When the net was brought to shore the bad was thrown away.
    This is the way it will be at the end of the world. Sinners will be separated from saved people and the sinners will be cast into hell where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
    We learn from this that as soon as we become accountable we should seek the Lord with all our heart and the Lord will hear our prayer and save our soul.

    Things to do:

    1. Name the men in today’s lesson that Jesus called and said he would make fishers of men.__________________
    2. The men all worked as _______________.
    3. Jesus was calling these men together to form the _______________________ of the church he was organizing.
    4. Look up the meaning of the word nucleus. Write it here ____________________________.
    5. Jesus compared the Kingdom of Heaven to a ________________.

  7. The woman at Jacob’s Well
    Bible Story: John 4:1-15
    Devotional and Background Study: Isaiah 55:1-3

    Memory Selection: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”Matthew 5:6.

    One day Jesus and His disciples were traveling through Samaria. Jesus sat down by a well to rest while the disciples went to buy something to eat.
    A woman came to the well to draw water. Jesus asked her for a drink. She was so surprised. She could tell that Jesus was a Jew. The Jews hated the Samaritans. They wouldn’t even talk to them if they could help it.
    “How is it that a Jew is asking a favor of a Samaritan woman?” Jesus said, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is asking the favor, you would have asked me for living water and I would have given it to you.”
    Jesus was talking about salvation, but the woman didn’t understand.
    “You don’t have a bucket or a rope. How can you give me water?”
    Jesus pointed to the well and said, “Whosoever drinks this water will go thirsty again. When you drink of the water I give, you will never thirst again.”
    Jesus often used the words thirst and hunger when He was talking about being saved. Our bodies must have water and food to live on earth. Our souls must have heavenly water and food to live in Heaven. Only Jesus can give it to us.
    Once Jesus said, “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” He was talking about people who wanted to be saved more than anything else.
    The Samaritan woman at the well believed in Jesus and got saved. The Bible says she was so happy and excited that she left her water pot and ran into the city telling others about what Jesus had done for her.


    Unscramble the letters to make words from the lesson.


  8. Pumpkin Prayer Carving Craft (requires an adult to help carve the pumpkin)

    Get a Pumpkin and Carving tool.

    1. Cut off the top:
    Lord open my mind and fill me with your wisdom and guidance.
    2. Scoop out the Yuckies:
    Lord take out all of my fussies and frownies and fill me with your love.
    3. Carve out the eyes:
    Lord, open my eyes to see all of the beautiful things you have made.
    4. Carve out the nose:
    Lord help me to be a sweet, sweet fragrance for you.
    5. Carve out the mouth:
    Lord help me always speak Your words of love and kindness.
    6. Place a candle:
    Lord, let me be a light to others for you have filled me with your light.

    • Col. 3:17
      [17] And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

  9. God keeps his Promises Puppet Skit

    Boys and girls today we are going to learn about Hannah , Samuel, and Eli. In the Bible, God’s word, it tells the true story of when Hannah gave God a special promise. You see, Hannah did not have any kids and she wanted a child very much. She prayed to God and made him a promise.

    Hannah: (Praying) Dear God, please send me a son. I promise I will give him to you Lord to do work for you. Please just give me a son.
    (Dismiss from stage)

    Narrator: God gave Hannah a son.
    Samuel: (arrives on stage)

    Narrator: She named him Samuel. There’s Samuel Hello Samuel.
    Samuel: Hello boys and girls.
    Narrator: Samuel is bigger now and Hannah remembered her promise to God, so she gave Samuel to a priest named Eli , so he could help and work in the temple for God.
    Samuel: That’s right and I help and work in the temple for God. Just like my mom promised I would.
    Eli: (arrives on stage)
    Samuel : Hello Eli.
    Eli: Hello Samuel. It’s been a long day. We should go to bed.
    Samuel: (yawns) Yes , I am tired and we have a lot of work to do for God tomorrow. Good Night.
    Samuel and Eli: (Lays down to sleep)

    Narrator: (Trying to be quiet) It was on this night Samuel was Laying in his bed and God called his name.

    Samuel: (Getting up from bed) Eli, is that you calling me?
    Eli: No, I did not call you. Go back to bed.
    Samuel: (laying back down)

    Narrator: God called Samuel again.

    Samuel (Getting up from bed) Eli, did you call my name?
    Eli: No, It was not me calling you. Go back to bed.

    Narrator: And guess what boys and girls, God called Samuel again.

    Samuel (Getting up from bed) Umm, Eli, I am sorry to bother you again, but did you call my name this time? I really hear someone call my name.
    Eli: No, but if the voice calls you again, answer it by saying “Speak Lord for I am your servant and I hear you”

    Narrator: That’s exactly what Samuel said to the Lord and God gave him a very important message to give to Eli.

    Eli: (Leaves stage)
    Samuel: (standing) I am glad my mother kept her promise to give me to God. I know how important it is to worship and serve God through my mother’s example and working with Eli in the temple. I followed Eli’s instructions and answered God’s call. I even always put God first and served him.
    Narrator: Yes Eli, you obeyed like a good boy and said your prayers too.

    Samuel: Boys and girls, did you know God heard my prayers for others. That’s right God saved the lives of an entire nation.

    Narrator: Thank you for praying Eli. God hears everyones prayers. We should all answer God’s call by praying and we could be saved too. God promises us heaven when we are saved.
    Bye Samuel. Thanks for the lesson.

    Samuel: Bye boys and girls, Remember: God keeps his promises. Just pray and talk to God when he calls you.

  10. Kids Lesson

    [1] Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
    [2] And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
    [3] And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
    [4] So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
    [5] And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

    [6] And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.
    [7] And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
    [8] And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.
    [9] And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
    [10] And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.
    [11] And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:
    [12] Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.
    [13] Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.
    [14] And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.
    [15] The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.
    [16] And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.
    [17] And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife.
    [18] And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
    [19] Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.
    [20] And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

    [1] And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
    [2] And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
    [3] And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai;
    [4] Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
    [5] And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
    [6] And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.
    [7] And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
    [8] And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
    [9] Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
    [10] And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
    [11] Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
    [12] Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
    [13] But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
    [14] And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
    [15] For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
    [16] And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.
    [17] Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
    [18] Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.
    Abraham, Sarah, and Lot packed to travel with all their belongings. God told Abraham the land of Canaan would be his and his children’s’. Abraham went to Canaan. Food would not grow in Canaan , so Abraham moved to Egypt. There was lots of food in Egypt. However, God wanted Abraham to live in Canaan. Abraham went back to Canaan. Abraham believed God’s promises. He built an altar and worshiped God. God would keep all of his promises.

  11. Joy in Serving God
    Lesson Text Luke 10:1-3; 17-20

    Luke 10:[1] After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
    [2] Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
    [3] Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
    Luke 10:[17] And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
    [18] And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
    [19] Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
    [20] Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

    Memory Selection: “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalms 126:6

    Are you happy today? If not, why are you not happy/ If you are, why are you? As you greet friends and family at church are you glad that you could come to church? Happiness and joy come from doing things with people we like and with whom we enjoy spending time.
    Do you enjoy doing chores your parents ask you to do? Do you put forth your best effort in doing those chores? When we do things we are asked to do to the best of our ability, we can take satisfaction in a job well done. You are asked to help both because your help is needed and to teach you responsibility. Learning this responsibility helps prepare you for adult life.
    God is our creator. God not only made us, but He also made everything around us. God knows all things so He knows what is best for us. Just as our parents ask us to do things for them, God has things that He wants us to do in His service. If we do as God expects of us, He will bless us and let us know that He is pleased with our actions and service.
    The first and most important thing that God expects from us is to seek Him for salvation when He calls us into account for our sins. When a soul meets the conditions of repentance and faith in Jesus it gives the Lord great joy to save that soul. Luke 15:10 says, “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” Likewise when the Lord saves a soul, the person feels peace and joy. In Romans 15:13 we read, “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
    After being saved, God’s spirit will be there to lead and guide us if we will let Him (John 16:7-14.) Seeking and following God’s leadership and guidance enables us to serve Him with joy. 1 Peter 1:8 teaches, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, through now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.”
    The lesson text tells about Jesus sending out seventy disciples to spread the good news (gospel) of His coming and His saving grace. As He sent them out Jesus emphasized to them that there was a great harvest of souls but few labors to help bring in that harvest. He also warned them that He was sending them as lambs among wolves. Jesus did not send them out without instruction or without power from Him. The passage of Luke 10 between the lesson text verses records the instructions Jesus gave to the ones sent. He instructed them on where to go, how to conduct themselves and what to do. He gave them power to heal the sick and to preach His gospel.
    The seventy returned to Jesus in great joy. They were joyful because of God’s power they had witnessed and experienced. They told Jesus, “Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.” No doubt Jesus rejoiced with them but the lesson tells that He warned and taught them not to rejoice in the wrong things. He told them that He would give them power to walk on poisonous snakes and scorpions and power to overcome the powers of Satan, whom He had seen cast out of heaven. But Jesus warned them not to rejoice in these powers, but to rejoice because their names were written in heaven – because they had been saved.
    The instruction Jesus gave to the returning seventy is true for us. If we are saved we need to rejoice and praise God for it. We should look for ways to use the talents and abilities with which He has blessed us to serve Him with joy. We should never rejoice in any of those talents or abilities but in the fact that our name is written in the Lamb’s book of life in heaven.
    Study references: Nehemiah 4:6; Nehemiah 12:43; Psalm 40:8; Psalm 100:2, John 4:36; Acts 11:22-23.

  12. Esau and Jacob Choose to Get Along
    Based on Genesis 27:1-28:4; 32:3-21; 33:1-11

    Esau had been born a few minutes ahead of Jacob. Their father wanted Esau to be in charge of the family. One day Jacob saw Esau go hunting.
    When Esau came back, he learned that Jacob had tricked their dad. Now Jacob was in charge. Esau was angry, and Jacob ran far away.
    Years later, Jacob had his own family. But he wanted to see his brother again. He said to a servant, “Take these animals as gifts to Esau.”
    Jacob hoped Esau would not be angry. He wasn’t. The twin brothers hugged each other. They chose to get along.

    Act it out: Act out the story of Jacob’s return with your child. You may want to use towels and bathrobes for simple costumes. Stand on opposite sides of the room. You can play Esau. You might want to cross your arms and pretend to be solemn. Your child can be Jacob and come to you bringing a favorite stuffed animal, pet, or toy as a gift. When you see your child coming, run and giver her a big hug as you say, “I want to get along. Let’s not fight anymore.”

    Discussion: Since we are human, we don’t get along together all the time-not matter how hard we try. Discuss this with your child and plan how to settle disagreements that arise between siblings in your family or between neighborhood children and your child. To lighten moments of disagreement with a smile, use this rhyme for the next difficult time.
    We get mad and sometimes fight.
    We might even pout or frown.
    God would rather see us smile,
    So get the frowns turned upside down!

    Sing: If your Happy and you Know it
    and Down in my Heart

  13. Thanksgiving Lesson
    Bible Verse: Psalm 107:1
    “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
    Why We Celebrate This Holiday:
    Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for God, friends, family, food, shelter and anything else you are thankful for. As most people know, the very first Thanksgiving was celebrated after the Pilgrims learned how to farm and fish from the Indians. The pilgrims were thankful that they survived a long winter and now had enough food to eat. They celebrated by hosting a feast and inviting those who helped them. Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving in much of the same way-we have a big traditional Thanksgiving meal with family and friends.
    Lesson Ideas:
    1.I am Thankful Because: Children will reflect on their life and how they are thankful for the things in which God provides.
    2.Jesus Heals: The Bible teaches us how Jesus heals those who are sick and they are thankful for him. Talk to the children about how Jesus helped the people of his time and why they were thankful.
    3.Food We Eat: This is a good time to talk about healthy eating. Have the children cut out pictures from magazines showing the different food groups.
    1.Decorate the room with fall decorations such as leaves, pumpkins and hay.
    2.Place a large cornucopia on the table and fill it with fruit and nuts.
    3.Hang pictures of pilgrims, Indians and turkeys in the room.
    Thanksgiving Placemats
    Take a large sheet of construction paper and make a placemat. Paint the child’s hand in brown paint and press onto the paper. Make a turkey out of the handprint by adding eyes, gobbler and a beak. Add legs. When it has dried, laminate and use as a placemat.
    1.Have a mini-Thanksgiving feast. Serve turkey sandwiches, cranberry flavored Jello-o jigglers, popcorn and carrot sticks.
    2.Make sugar cookies in the shape of turkeys, pumpkins and any other Thanksgiving shapes. Give the kids frosting and fall colored sprinkles and let them decorate.
    Game:Pumpkin Bowling
    Set empty two liter bottles out in the shape of bowling pins. Give the kids a small pumpkin and let them roll it across the room to see how many pins they can knock over.
    Gift Idea:
    Give each child a small pumpkin to take home, or make or buy a pilgrim hat for them to wear home.

  14. Veterans Day Lesson Plan
    Bible Verse
    This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalm 118:24
    Why We Celebrate This Holiday
    Veterans Day is a day in which Americans recognize and honor their military veterans of war. This is a federal and a state holiday and is celebrated the Monday of the week of November 11. This holiday was first called Armistice Day and was proclaimed on November 11, 1919 by President Wilson. Later, on November 8, 1954, this day became known as Veterans Day. This is a day where we should pause and consider the sacrifices made by those serving in the U.S. military. Ceremonies and celebrations are held across the United States to make this recognition. While there is, of course, nothing in the bible that talks about this day, children can learn that we should be happy and rejoice in those that made our lives better by serving for our country.
    Lesson Ideas
    1. Patriotism: there are many lessons in the bible about patriotism and standing up for your beliefs. Use these lessons to reinforce the ideas of Veterans Day. Those that served in the military believed in their country and made a stand to make the United States a better place.
    2. Sacrifices: Those in the military often make the ultimate sacrifices in order to protect the country. Talk about those in the bible that did the same thing.
    3. Joyfulness: We should be joyful that we have brave people looking out for our country. Talk about what it means to be joyful.

  15. Jesus Visits Special Friends

    John 12:1-3

    Mary, Martha, Lazarus, and Jesus were good friends. They always enjoyed being together.
    Mary, Martha, and Lazarus Planned a special meal for Jesus. Before Jesus came Mary got a gift of perfume for Jesus. Martha prepared food.
    When Jesus arrived for the visit, Martha served the food. Lazarus and some other guests ate with Jesus. They talked with each other about things they had been doing.
    After the meal Mary poured her jar of perfume on Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair.
    Everything Mary, Martha, and Lazarus did showed Jesus that He was their special friend.

    What is a friend?
    A friend is someone you like and whom you enjoy spending time with.
    Name some of Jesus’ special friends and what did they do to get ready for Jesus to visit?
    How did they show love for Jesus after He came?

    In Bible times cool, sweet smelling perfume felt good on hot, bare feet.

    What kind of things can we do for our friends?
    (Give them a cool drink, provide guest soap and towels so they can wash their hands, let them play with our toys.)

    To Do:
    Plan a Friendship Party.
    Play Games with friends.
    Make a mural of friends playing together.
    Sing “Jesus is my best friend I Love him. Jesus is my best friend I love him. I Love Jesus”

  16. Exhortations Concerning Conduct
    Hebrews 12:14-24

    [14] Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
    [15] Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
    [16] Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
    [17] For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
    [18] For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
    [19] And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
    [20] (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
    [21] And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
    [22] But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
    [23] To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
    [24] And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

    Memory Verse: “For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest” Hebrews 12:18

    The transition word, “wherefore”, again appears in Hebrews 12:1. The transitional though in this verse is : since we have such a great number of witnesses let us demonstrate our faith. The great cloud (number) of witnesses refers to heroes of faith from the previous lesson. The first few verses of chapter 12 offer encouragement to the reader. These verses remind the reader of the men and women who by faith had lived honorable lives for God (Chapter 11). Although some of them were persecuted terribly and some even killed, they held to their faith in God. With these lives as examples, the readers are encouraged to live by faith also, so that our lives might be a witness to others.
    The Race
    The writer compares life’s course to a race, the Christian race. The participant, each individual Christian, is admonished to perservere (persist) in patiently running the race. In order to better learn how to conduct his/her life the runner should look away from things of the world that hinder our faith and service looking to Jesus and His example. A runner in a race does not carry extra or heavy items not needed for the race, because such things would hinder and cause difficulty in finishing the race victoriously. Similarly in the Christian race a person that gets involved in the sins of the world will be hindered in his/her faith and work for the Lord.

    Chastisement with Love
    Some of the other background verses explain how God as a loving Father watches over His saved children. The devil and his evil forces have always opposed the good work of the Almighty God. Satan tries to influence people to think that evil things are not really that bad or that no one will ever know. However, God knows everything that each person does, says or even thinks! Alcohol and drugs are some things the devil uses to attempt to draw people away from God. The use of such things cannot bring real or lasting enjoyment. On the contrary these or any other sins will cause problems between the child of God and his/her heavenly Father.
    An earthly father who really cares for his children teaches them correct behavior and corrects and punishes them when they misbehave. The correction and punishment, if necessary, is for the good of the children to help them learn right from wrong.
    On a much higher level the Heavenly Father knows even the future perfectly. When a person is saved, a special relationship with God is established. The person is adopted into God’s family (Romans 8:14-16). God cares deeply for His redeemed children. God wants us to enjoy the best things in life. When a child of God does wrong, God lovingly chastises (corrects) that person. His chastisement may come in many different forms. Hebrews 12:8 teaches that those who receive no chastisement from God for wrong doing do not belong to him.
    A Negative Example
    There is an illustration in verses 16-17 of the lesson text of a foolish decision. Esau and Jacob were twin brothers born to Isaac. Esau was born first. As the oldest it was Esau’s birthright to receive a double portion of inheritance. This was a special privilege. Yet, Esau showed little regard for this special right. One day he came home hungry and sold this special privilege to his brother, Jacob, for a small amount of food, making a foolish decision concerning his birthright.
    Many people act just as foolishly concerning their eternal soul. They seek the pleasures of the world or in some other way delay or avoid seeking the salvation of their souls.
    The best route to follow in life is the way that the Lord leads. Assembling regularly in God’s house for study, prayer, singing and fellowship with others who love God will enrich our lives and help us to overcome temptations.

    Questions/Fill in the blank:
    1. Who is the author and finisher of our faith
    2. Jesus the ___________ of the new covenant
    3. Follow peace with all men and _____________…
    4. What does God do to his disobedient children?
    5. lay aside every weight and _____to run the race of life effectively
    6. What are the kind of paths we should make for our feet?
    7. What did Esau sell for “one morsel of meat”
    8. God chastens us for our ___________.

  17. God Gives Rules For His People
    Exodus 20:1-17
    Memory Selection: “I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for He will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.” Psalms 85:8.

    The Israelites were going to the Promised Land, the land of Canaan. Every nation must have laws for the people to live by. The Israelites would have to have laws for their new nation.
    God brought His children out of slavery in Egypt. He was leading them to their new home. God would give them laws to live by. They would be holy laws.
    God came down on Mt. Sinai to give his laws to Moses. All the people heard God speak. They knew for sure that God was talking to Moses. God wrote His laws on two tablets of Stone. We call these rules the Ten Commandments. They are just as important for us as they were for the Israelites.
    1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. This law means that we should never worship any person or anything other than God in Heaven. Some people worship the sun. Some people worship fire. This law tells us that is wrong.
    2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. A graven image is a statue or carving or picture of something. God said we must not have these. We are not even supposed to make carvings of what we think God or Jesus looks like. We must never bow down to one of these idols or use them in our worship.
    3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
    4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
    5. Honor thy father and mother.
    6. Thou shalt not kill.
    7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
    8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. This law means that we should not lie.
    9. Thou shalt not steal.
    10. Thou shalt not covet. A person who covets wants something that belongs to someone else. He wants it so badly that, if he can get it, he doesn’t care what happens to the owner.

  18. Nehemiah Works for God
    Nehemiah 2:1-20; 12:27-43

    Memory Selection: “For we are labourers together with God; ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.” I Corinthians 3:9

    The Hebrew people loved their homeland. They were especially proud of their capital city, Jerusalem. Solomon’s Temple was there. God had promised that He would meet with His people there.
    But the Hebrews had disobeyed God. Their homeland was taken over by their enemies. Jerusalem had been ruined. Most of the people had been taken far away to be servants in Babylon.
    Nehemiah was a Hebrew. He lived far away from Jerusalem in the palace of the king. He was the king’s butler.
    Nehemiah was happy working for the king, but he had not forgotten about Jerusalem and his people who were still there. One day at the palace Nehemiah saw another Hebrew. He asked about Jersalem.
    “The wall is broken down and the gates are burned. The people are in much trouble.”
    How sad Nehemiah was! He prayed a sorrowful prayer to God. “Oh Lord God of Heaven. Hear my prayer for the children of Israel. We have sinned against you. We have not kept your commandments. Forgive us. Help us. Let me do something to save Jerusalem.”
    The king noticed how sad Nehemiah was. He said, “Nehemiah, what is wrong? I have never seen you look sad before. You are not sick. You must have a sad heart. What is wrong?”
    Nehemiah told the king he was sad because his fathers’ home land and Jerusalem were in ruin.
    “What do you want me to do?” asked the king.
    “Oh King. Let me go to Jerusalem. Let me rebuild the city.” The king gave Nehemiah permission to go.
    Jerusalem was truly in a bad shape. Nehemiah told the people how God had been with him. He told them not to fear. God would help them. So they began to work. Nehemiah was their leader.
    As they built the wall, they had their weapons handy in case they had to fight off their enemies. They worked from early morning till night until the wall was finished.
    How happy the people were. They dedicated the wall to God. They sang and prayed and thanked God for His help.

    Fill in the Blanks

    1. ___________ was a Hebrew.
    2. He was the king’s ___________.
    3. He wanted to go to ____________.
    4. Workers built the ____________ of the city.
    5. Along with their tools, they had their _______________.
    6. When the wall was finished, the people _________.

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