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Lesson #7: What Jesus wants
October 24th 2021

What Jesus wants

Pray: Lord Jesus, thank you for being our Friend. Help us to learn more about our special relationship with you. Amen.

GET READY: Last week, we learnt about saying sorry and being thankful to God. This week, we learn what Jesus really wants us to do.

Story: Do you have chores at your house? What is your least favourite chore? What is your favourite chore? Today, we're going to learn about when a woman named Martha was serving Jesus in her house. But Jesus taught her that there was something more important than her chores!

Bible passage: Luke 10:38-42

Quiz: 

1. Whose house was Jesus at?

2. What was Martha doing while Jesus was there?

3. What was Mary doing?

4. Why was Martha upset?

5. What did Jesus tell Martha when she complained to him about it?

6. How can you spend time with Jesus?

Activities:

1. Mary and Martha Word Scramble

2. Mary and Martha Word Line Up

3. Mary and Martha Colouring Sheet

Lesson #6: Saying "Sorry", Being Thankful
October 17th 2021

Saying "Sorry", Being Thankful

Pray: Lord Jesus, Thank you for being our Friend. Help us to learn more about our special relationship with you. Amen.

GET READY: Last week, we learnt of Jesus forgiving a paralyzed man his sins. Only God can forgive sins. Jesus must be God! To prove this, he also... (do you remember?) Amazing!

This week, we learn about someone who said "Sorry" to Jesus.

Bible passage: Luke 7:36-50

Quiz: 

1. What did the woman do to Jesus' feet?

2. What did Simon NOT do for Jesus, who was his guest at dinner?

3. Jesus told Simon the story of the two men. Both had their debt forgiven. What does this mean for them?

4. When we behave badly, why should we say "sorry" to God?

Activities:

1. Jesus Forgives a Woman Colouring Page (hint: after colouring, spray some perfume onto the page)

Lesson #5:Being Restored
October 10th 2021

Being Restored

Pray: Lord Jesus, Thank you for being our Friend. Thank you that we can learn more about You. Thank you for Your goodness. Help us to learn more about You and love You more. 

GET READY: Last week, we learnt that Jesus is the fulfilment of God's promises, and the Prophets foretold His coming 600 years before he was born. This week, we learn more about Jesus and why He was sent to this world. 

Bible passage: Luke 5:17-25

Quiz: 

1. What did the paralyzed man's friends do?

2. Why did Jesus tell this man his sins were forgiven?

3. Why did this shock the Jewish teachers of the law and the Pharisees?

4. Why did Jesus heal the paralyzed man?

5. What did the people who saw this miracle do?

Activities:

1. Print out and build a model of the house

2. Colouring pages

Lesson #4:Running Thread
October 3rd 2021

Running Thread

Pray: Lord Jesus. Thank you for being our Friend. Thank you for loving us and being with us. Help us to learn more about You and to love You more. Amen.

Did you know?: Jesus is the fulfilment of God’s promises. His birth, mission and death were all foretold by the Prophet Isaiah about 600 years before Jesus was born. Today, we find out why Jesus was sent by God to us.

Bible passage: Luke 4:16-30

Quiz: 

1. What was the book of the Bible that Jesus read from?

2. Who was the Prophet talking about?

3. What was the good news that Jesus told to the people?

4. Why were the people angry?

Activities:

1. Colour in Isaiah 61:1

2. Make a booklet of this story of Jesus preaching at Nazareth 

Lesson #2:Being Included
September 5th 2021

Being Included

Pray: Jesus, we thank you for your love and care for us. Help us now to learn about you, to build up our love and trust in you.

Think: What if you are different to other people? Have you been left on the outside of a group? Have you been told to "go away"? Have you felt racism?

Bible passage: Matthew 15:21-28

Clues: 

1. Jesus goes to Tyre and Sidon to get some rest, away from the people who are crowding him because of his miracles (eg. feeing the 5000).

2. The Canaanites and the Israelites are NOT friends at all. The Israelites believed only they would receive the blessings and promises of God.

3. Jesus seems to be very rude to this woman. Did you feel it in verses 24 and 26?

4. The Canaanite woman was not giving up! She WANTED Jesus' help for her daughter and was able to change Jesus' mind about including non-Jews in his circle.

Quiz: 

1. Were Canaanites and Israelites the same or different groups of people?

2. Why did Jesus help this Canaanite woman?

3. How does this story change your understanding of whom Jesus came to earth to help and save?

Activities: Share the story! Colour the activity page and fold it to create a story book.

Lesson #1:Being Accepted
August 29th 2021

When you look for a friend, do you choose:

a) Someone who is friendly to you

b) Someone who has lots of friends already

c) Someone who has no friends at all

Who is the person most disliked in your class? What did they do to deserve this? Who you go and be a friend to this person?

When Jesus came to earth, he gathered a group of followers. Here is the story of one man, Matthew. He was a tax collector, and EVERYONE HATED tax collectors.

Jesus Chooses Matthew

Bible passage: Matthew 9:9-13

Key Lesson: Jesus has a heart for the lonely and for those who are excluded. He calls them and says "come to me". Jesus knew that Matthew was a sinner (we all are!), but Jesus also knew that Matthew needed God (we all do!). Jesus accepts us as we are. Jesus loves us and wants us to be a part of His family. Think about who you can share this good news about Jesus with this week.

Activities: Colour the memory verse, and thank Jesus for being a great friend to everyone, especially those who have no friends. 

Jesus is my best friend

SEVEN PART SERIES

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Come and discover the BEST reason to love Jesus, over these next 7 lessons!

Lesson #1: Burning a Scroll
August 15th 2021

Burning a scroll

Bible passage: Jeremiah 36

Aim: To discover that God's Word can't be stopped from being heard. 

In today's story, Jeremiah continued to warn the people of Judah that their nation would be destroyed if they did not repent (say they were sorry and change their ways) and follow God.

Burning a scroll

The Lord commanded Jeremiad to write these warnings on a scroll and read it to the people. Jeremiah dictated the words to his secretary, Baruch, and then told him to go to the temple and read it to the people. 

Eventually, the scroll was read to King Jehoiakim. But he did not want to repent so he cut the scroll into pieces and threw the pieces into a fire.

He wanted Baruch and Jeremiah arrested but the Lord kept them safely hidden.

Jeremiah and Baruch wrote the scroll again and began preaching that the nation of Judah would be destroyed because the king and the people did not repent.

 

There is also a YouTube video to watch with your child: 

(You may want to slow down the speed to 0.75, as the narrator speaks very fast!)

Lesson #2:Down a well
August 22nd 2021

The Story of Jeremiah

Jeremiah was given a very tough mission by God. For forty years, he tried to warn the people of Judah and each of their last 5 kings that serious trouble was coming. He hoped they would listen and repent. Our Grades 1-3 will discover GOD's enduring words of HOPE and PURPOSE in these lessons.

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Down a well

Bible passage: Jeremiah 38:1-13

Aim: To be encouraged to speak up for God, even in difficult situations.

In today's story, Jeremiah told the people of Judah to surrender to the invading Babylonians so they could live in exile and wait for God to bring them back. Otherwise, they would all die. 

Some of the officials asked King Zedekiah to kill Jeremiah because his message was weakening their fight. King Zedekiah let these officials do what they wanted. So they put Jeremiah down a well that had mud at the bottom, leaving him to die there. 

When a servant of King Zedekiah called Ebed-Melech heard of this evil deed, he told the king. King Zedekiah then instructed Ebed-Melech to take 30 men and rescue Jeremiah from the well, which he did as gently as he could. 

The Babylonians captured and destroyed Jerusalem, but God protected Jeremiah and Ebed-Melech (Jeremiah 39).

The Story of David

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Everyone thinks of this famous story when David is talked about.

But what happened afterwards? What happened when he became King?

 

Our Grades 1-3 are learning some important lessons over four weeks from the 10th book of the Bible: 2 Samuel

This week, we dive into Lesson #3...

David: a King who goes wrong

Bible passage: 2 Samuel 11: 1-12, 15

Aim: To recognise that we all make mistakes, but God forgives us if we ask Him,

          and He always loves us

In today's story David makes some bad choices.

David saw a beautiful woman, called Bathsheba, bathing on a rooftop and he fell in love with her. David wanted to marry Bathsheba but she was already married to a soldier in David's army called Uriah. So David gave orders to have Uriah sent to the fiercest part of the fighting so that he would be killed. Uriah was killed and David married Bathsheba.

God was angry with David for killing Uriah and taking Bathsheba to be his wife. God spoke to a prophet called Nathan and told him to go and see King David, to rebuke him. Because the message was a difficult one, Nathan decided to tell David a story.

'There was once a rich man who had lots of sheep and a poor man who had nothing except one little lamb. He looked after the lamb carefully. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a child to him and they were happy together.

Now a traveller came to visit the rich man, and the rich man wanted to give him a meal. Roast lamb would be just right! But the rich man did not take one of his own sheep to cook for the meal. Instead he stole the lamb that belonged to the poor man and got it ready for the traveller's meal.'

When King David heard this he was very angry with the rich man and told Nathan that the rich man should be punished for what he had done. Then Nathan said to David: 'You are that rich man because you took something that didn't belong to you. You saw a beautiful woman and wanted her as your wife and so you had her husband killed so you could marry her!' When David heard this, he realised that God knew what he had done and he behaved just like the rich man. He was really sorry and begged God to forgive him. Nathan said that God would forgive him but, even so, the new baby that he and the beautiful woman had would die. This made King David very sad but he knew that he had done wrong. David was happy that God still loved him. 

Even though David had done a terrible thing, God forgave David, and continued to bless him. 

Key Lesson: We all make mistakes at times and do things that are unkind and dishonest. Sometimes our actions hurt other people. When we do this, we need to tell God we are sorry and ask for His forgiveness and to change us.

Activities:

  1. Print out the board game. To play, you will need a dice and counters. As you play it, think of times you have felt sorry for something you have done wrong. How did you feel when someone forgave you?

  2. Print out the colouring page and colour page and colour it in your best style. Share your work on our NBBC Kids Church WhatsApp site. 

We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

For a recap of the first two lessons, and a more detailed look at today's story, see this: https://slideplayer.com/slide/6174049/ or use the attached PPT below.

Click here for the Powerpoint

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Colouring page
Board game for David goes wrong

Who is Jesus?

FOUR WEEK SERIES- 'Jesus Came to...'

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Imagine trying to tell some-one who Jesus is.  What would you say?

 

This was the mission of Mark when he wrote his book.  No one had done it before him. Up till then, the news about Jesus had been passed on by word of mouth. Mark was not one of the 12 disciples, but he was a close companion of Peter.

 

    The Book of Mark

First written story of Jesus

Shortest Gospel

Action-packed

 

Mark 1:1 “This is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”  (Good News Translation

Lesson 4

Read Mark, Chapter 5: 21-43 

(this is a long passage so you may want to stake it in turns reading a few verses each with another person)

 

International Children’s Bible

Jesus Gives Life to a Dead Girl and Heals A Sick Woman

21 Jesus went in the boat back to the other side of the lake. There, a large crowd gathered around him. 22 A ruler from the synagogue, named Jairus, came to that place. Jairus saw Jesus and bowed before him. 23 The ruler begged Jesus again and again. He said, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her. Then she will be healed and will live.” 24 So Jesus went with the ruler, and many people followed Jesus. They were pushing very close around him.

25 A woman was there who had been bleeding for the past 12 years. 26 She had suffered very much. Many doctors had tried to help her. She had spent all the money she had, but she was not improving. She was getting worse. 27 When the woman heard about Jesus, she followed him with the people and touched his coat. 28 The woman thought, “If I can even touch his coat, that will be enough to heal me.” 29 When she touched his coat, her bleeding stopped. She could feel in her body that she was healed.

30 At once Jesus felt power go out from him. So he stopped and turned around. Then he asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

31 The followers said, “There are so many people pushing against you! And you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”

32 But Jesus continued looking around to see who had touched him. 33 The woman knew that she was healed. So she came and bowed at Jesus’ feet. Shaking with fear, she told him the whole story. 34 Jesus said to the woman, “Dear woman, you are made well because you believed. Go in peace. You will have no more suffering.”

35 Jesus was still speaking to her when some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. The men said, “Your daughter is dead. There is now no need to bother the teacher.”

36 But Jesus paid no attention to what the men said. He said to the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; only believe.”

37 Jesus let only Peter, James, and John the brother of James go with him to Jairus’s house. 38 They came to the house of the synagogue ruler, and Jesus found many people there crying loudly. There was much confusion. 39 Jesus entered the house and said to the people, “Why are you crying and making so much noise? This child is not dead. She is only asleep.” 40 But they only laughed at Jesus. He told all the people to leave. Then he went into the room where the child was. He took the child’s father and mother and his three followers into the room with him. 41 Then he took hold of the girl’s hand and said to her, “Talitha, koum!” (This means, “Little girl, I tell you to stand up!”) 42 The girl stood right up and began walking. (She was 12 years old.) The father and mother and the followers were amazed. 43 Jesus gave the father and mother strict orders not to tell people about this. Then he told them to give the girl some food.

 

Synagogue:  Place of worship and study for the Jews

 

 

By the time of this episode, Jesus is famous all over.  Word has spread all around about his amazing powers and teachings. Huge crowds are following him.  But again, like other times, he wants to keep the news about his powers almost a secret.  Why????

 

 

1. Who was Jairus?  (verse 22)

                       As a ruler of the synagogue, Jairus is a Big Cheese (a very important person in the community). He would                           have known that other Jewish leaders were trying to trap Jesus and accuse him of a crime (see last week’s                         lesson).

 

2. What did Jairus do when he saw Jesus? (verse 22)

 

3.What did he ask Jesus to do? (verse 23)

 

4. Why do you think Jesus agreed to Jairus’ request?  (Jairus had belief that Jesus would heal his daughter)

 

5. What was wrong with the woman in the crowd? (verse 25)

 

6. What did she do? (verse 27-28) And what happened straight-away (verse 29)

 

7. Why couldn’t she talk directly to Jesus and ask him to heal her?

                         She was an outcast from people because of her disease. So, she had to keep her presence in the crowd a                             secret.

 

8. Why did she get healing? (verse 34)

9. Why did Jesus force her to reveal herself? (verses 32-34).

                         He wanted to make sure everyone knew she was healed and no longer had to be an outcast. 

 

10. What did people say to Jairus? (verse 35, 40)  What did this show about the faith of these people?

 

11. But what did Jesus say to Jairus in response? (verse 36)

 

12. What happened to Jairus’ daughter (verse 41-42).

 

13. Why do you think Jesus ordered Jairus not to tell anyone about this? (verse 43)

 

 

 

 

Activity:

1. On a clean sheet of paper, write: “Jesus, you are amazing. Nothing is impossible for you.”
             Draw a picture of one of the amazing acts of Jesus we’ve learnt about in these four lessons.

             Ask your parent to share your wonderful work on the What’sApp group.

 

 

2. Add the final page to the book you’re creating about Jesus: “Gospel according to…”, modelling it on the Book of 

  1. Fifth page:                                                                                                                                                                                                                    a) Words at the top: “Jesus came to reward our faith”.​                                                                                                                      b)  Ask your parent to post some pictures of your completed book on the What’sApp group                                                c)  Draw a picture of the woman reaching her hand out to touch Jesus’ clothes.

 

 

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 19:26

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man, this is impossible, but with God all things are possible

This Weeks Lesson:

"Who is Jesus" Part 4

Lesson 3

Read Mark, Chapter 3: 1-6

 

International Children’s Bible

Jesus Heals a Man’s Crippled Hand

Another time when Jesus went into a synagogue, a man with a crippled hand was there. 2 Some people there wanted to see Jesus do something wrong so they could accuse him. They watched him closely to see if he would heal the man on the Sabbath day. 3 Jesus said to the man with the crippled hand, “Stand up here in front of everyone.” 4 Then Jesus asked the people, “Which is right on the Sabbath day: to do good, or to do evil? Is it right to save a life or to destroy one?” But they said nothing to answer him. 5 Jesus was angry as he looked at the people. But he felt very sad because they were stubborn. Then he said to the man, “Let me see your hand.” The man put his hand out for Jesus, and it was healed. 6 Then the Pharisees left and began making plans with the Herodians about a way to kill Jesus.

 

Synagogue:  Place of worship and study for the Jews

 

Pharisees:  Experts and teachers of Jewish law.  They taught strict obedience to rules and commandments.

 

Sabbath:  Jewish holy day of rest and worship. 7th day.  Commandment number 4.  No work is allowed.

 

 

In this story, Jesus confronts the Jewish leaders and the people around them.  He is angry with them, and sad at the same time.   They are watching him very closely, waiting for him to make just one wrong move.

 

 

 

  1. What was wrong with the man in the synagogue?  (He had a crippled hand).

 

        Think about all the things you use your hands for (playing games, playing sport, cooking, brushing your teeth).

        Can you imagine having a hand that doesn’t work?  What activities would be hard to do with only one hand?  Try using a            computer or iPad. Or, can you tie your shoelaces with only one hand? Was that hard or easy?

    2. How do you think the man felt when Jesus asked him to stand up in front of everyone?  (afraid, embarrassed, excited)

 

    3. In the eyes of the Pharisees, why was it wrong for Jesus to heal this man?  (It was a Sabbath day of rest.)

    4. What did Jesus do to heal the man? (He spoke, “Let me see your hand”.)

    5. In healing the man, what did Jesus show about himself?  (He is greater than the Law of Moses.  In fact, He is the      

        ultimate authority.)

    6.. How did the Pharisees feel about this? (They wanted to kill him because he showed them they were wrong in their      teaching.  In fact, they were so angry with Jesus, they were prepared to work together with the Herodians, whom they      hated).

 

 

Activity:

  1. Look up a dictionary or the internet. Find “authority”.  How many words can you find or think of that have a similar meaning? Write them down.

 

              Examples: “in charge”, “command”

 

   2. Add to the book you’re creating about Jesus: “Gospel according to…”, modelling it on the Book of Mark.

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                          a. Words at the top: “Jesus came to show his authority”.

                       b. Trace your hand on the paper.  At the bottom, write “Let me see your hand.” The man put his hand out for                              Jesus, and it was healed. Colour the hand in any way you like.

                       c. Ask your parent to post a picture of your wonderful work on the What’sApp group.

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 19:26

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man, this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

This Weeks Lesson:

"Jesus Heals a Man's Crippled Hand"

Lesson 2

Read Mark, Chapter 1: 40-45

 

International Children’s Bible

 

Jesus Heals a Sick Man

40 A man who had a harmful skin disease came to Jesus. The man fell to his knees and begged Jesus, “I know that you can heal me if you will.” 41 Jesus felt sorry for the man. So he touched him and said, “I want to heal you. Be healed!” 42 At once the disease left the man, and he was healed. 43 Jesus told the man to go at once. But Jesus warned him strongly, 44 “Don’t tell anyone about what I did for you. But go and show yourself to the priest. And offer a gift to God because you have been healed. Offer the gift that Moses commanded.[a] This will show the people that you are healed.” 45 The man left there, but he told everyone he saw that Jesus had healed him. So the news about Jesus spread. That is the reason Jesus could not enter a town if people saw him. He stayed in places where nobody lived. But people came from all the towns to wherever he was.

 

 

In the time of Jesus, skin diseases were taken as a sign of a person being “unclean”. The law required him to stay away from others, and warn people coming near, not to touch him.

 

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RakGtZyz9s

 

 

  • There are some diseases which can be spread by contact.  Can you think of one or two?

 

  • Did the sick man believe Jesus had the power to heal him?

 

  • Why did the sick man leave the choice of healing to Jesus?     What can we learn from this when we pray/speak to God?

 

  • Why did Jesus touch him?  How would you have felt, if you were this man? What does this show you about Jesus?

 

  • Why did Jesus tell the man not to tell anyone that Jesus had healed him?

 

  • Why did the man disobey and tell everyone that Jesus had healed him?

 

 

 

 

Activity:

 

Add to the book you’re creating about Jesus: “Gospel according to…”, modelling it on the Book of Mark.

  • Third page:

    • Words: “Jesus came to heal”.

    • Picture:  Draw a picture of Jesus healing this man.

    • Put at the bottom some important things your learnt about Jesus from this story.  For example, “God is ready and willing to heal if we ask him.  He will choose the timing.”

 

  • See if you can improve the Front Cover and the first pages of your book.

    • Eg. Add colour or additional drawings or scenes.

 

 

 

Key Verse: Mark 1:45

“So the news about Jesus spread.”

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Lesson 1

Read Mark, Chapter 1: 9-39

 

  1. What was the FIRST thing Jesus did after his baptism? (you will find this in verses 14, 15).

  2. What does “preach” mean?

  3. What did Jesus do when he went into the town of Capernaum? (verses 21, 22).

  4. How was he different from the other teachers?

  5. How did the people respond? (verses 22, 27-28)

  6. Why did Jesus go to other villages? (verses 38, 39)

 

 

Activity:

 

Start making your very own book: “Gospel according to…”, modelling it on the Book of Mark.

  1. Front cover

    1. Words: “Who is Jesus?”.

    2. Picture:

    3. Author: You

 

  1. First page:

    1. Words: “This is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God”.

 

  1. Second Page:

    1. Words: “Jesus came to teach”.

    2. Picture:  Draw a picture of Jesus as a teacher.

 

Well done.  We will be adding to this book in the next 3 lessons, so hang onto it!

Lesson 1: Question Sheet

Lesson 1: Picture Resources

Jesus' Power

FOUR WEEK SERIES

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JESUS showed AMAZING POWERS which touched many people.  What really happened? And what do these powers mean for us? 

 

Over these four lessons, we will discover why JESUS was not only a special teacher, but came to show us the special truths about GOD.

Lesson 4

"POWER TO SUPPLY"

Introduction:
Last week we heard about Jesus and the disciples in a storm and how Jesus calmed the storm.

Today we will learn about another time when Jesus demonstrated that he has power in every situation.

 

Have you ever been hungry? Have you ever eaten food and still felt hungry afterwards?

 

Jesus was on a mountainside, teaching the people and healing the sick for three days. He realised that they were hungry and had not had food. He wanted the disciples to feed the people but they were out in the country and there was nowhere nearby to find food.

 

 

Read:  Matthew 15:29-38 together.

 

How much food did the disciples have?  (7 loaves of bread and a few small fish)

 

What did Jesus do with the bread and the fish? (He gave thanks, broke them and gave them to the disciples to share out)

 

How many people were fed? (4000 men, plus women and children)

 

How much food was left over? (7 baskets)

Discussion:

 

Jesus performs this miracle two times:  Matthew 14:13-21, and Matthew 15:29-38, in two different locations, so it is not a fluke. It is also the only miracle story that is found in all four Gospels.

 

What does this show us about Jesus?  Yes, he can do the impossible. And…

 

  1. It starts with us seeing a need.  Jesus pointed out to his disciples that the people needed food.  The disciples wanted to just send the people away.  But Jesus had compassion for these people.

 

  1. Next, we bring all we have.  Then add Jesus.  Invite him to multiply our limited time, money, whatever resource, and miracles can happen. We will have more than enough to meet the need.

 

 

Memory verse:

 

Matthew 19:26

 

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible,

but with God all things are possible.”

 

 

Activity #1.pdf

 

Make a mini-book about today’s lesson. Colour in the panels, and then you can cut out each panel. Have a grown-up help you to staple the 8 panels together into a book.

 

 

Activity #2.

 

Fish and Loaves Game:

https://www.churchhousecollection.com/fish-and-loaves-game.php

 

 

 

Prayer

 

Jesus, YES, you are the Lord of EVERYTHING. Help us to see the needs of others around us, and give us the willingness to bring everything we have for you to bless and use.

Lesson 3

"POWER TO CALM STORMS"

Introduction:
Have you ever been in a big storm? What was it like? Were you afraid?

Do you remember our lesson a few weeks ago about Paul when he was in a ship in a storm and got shipwrecked?

 

In today’s lesson, Jesus and the disciples go out in a boat on a lake. A huge storm comes up.

How do you think the disciples felt?

 

 

Read:  Mark 4:35-41 together.

 

The disciples were afraid and thought that they would drown.

Jesus got up and told the wind and the waves to stop, and it became calm.

 

Wouldn’t that have been amazing? The disciples were still learning about who Jesus was, and saw with their own eyes that he had power over the wind and waves.

Activity #1.pdf

There are five outlines of faces where you can draw the faces of the disciples. Think about the story of Jesus in the storm and when the disciples would have been frightened, surprised, peaceful, happy and amazed.

 

 

 

 

Activity #2.pdf

Solve the maze, and fill the blanks.

 

 

Isn’t it wonderful to know that God loves us and has the power over every situation we find ourselves in! What good news!

 

 

Prayer

 

Jesus, YES, you are the Lord of EVERYTHING. You have amazing power to help and to heal. And today, we learn that you have power to calm storms. We ask that you calm the storms in our lives.  Amen.

 

Mark 4:39  “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!”. Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

 

 

Music:  Sing “Oceans” along with actions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgGWxBLOIRo

Lesson 2

"POWER TO HELP"

Introduction:
How often do you ask for help? Do you ask for help now as often as you did when you were younger?

 

Powerful people normally don’t easily ask others to help them. Why?  (discuss possible reasons with your child(ren). Powerful people normally order others to do the work for them.

 

However, to have Jesus help us in our lives, we can’t just “order” Jesus to do this or that. We need to “ask” him AND BELIEVE that he will do what is best for us.  Our “believing” is called “FAITH” and this is really important, as this story will show us.

 

In Jesus’ time, the land was under the control of the Roman Empire. Roman soldiers guarded all the important towns. These soldiers (legionnaires) were organized into groups, and a Centurion was in command of about 80 of them. One day, a centurion came to Jesus, asking him for help.

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Read:  Matthew 8:5-11 together, and watch this video

Please answer these questions:

  1. Is a Centurion an important man?

 

  1. Why did the Centurion need Jesus’ help?

 

  1. Jesus did not go into the Centurion’s house. How then, did the Centurion believe Jesus would help?

 

  1. Why was Jesus so impressed with this man?

 

  1. When we ask Jesus to help us, how can we be like this man?

 

 

Life Application

 

This story reminds us about trusting Jesus and believing that he has great power. Jesus had the power to heal the Roman centurion’s servant, even though he had not even seen him!

 

When we pray and ask Jesus to help us, we are asking this of a God who not only cares about us, but is able to do amazing wonders, even when we can’t see him in person.

 

Jesus really does have power, and we have access to this power only if we have faith.

 

 

Prayer

 

Jesus, you are the Lord of everything. You have amazing power to help and to heal. We ask that you teach us to humble ourselves and have faith in you, just like this Roman Centurion, so that we will be able to see you work in our lives.  Amen.

 

 

Matthew 8:2  “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Activity

 

Make a poster with the words “Jesus is POWERFUL to help”.  Write short prayers on post-it notes and arrange them on the poster.

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PAUL

FOUR WEEK SERIES

Paul wasn’t one of the original disciples of Jesus. 

 

Yet, he was the BIGGEST FACTOR in the early church.

 

              He wrote 13 of the 27 books in the New Testament.

 

              He went on more than four missionary journeys.

 

              He greatly helped the spread of the gospel (imagine like taking Aussie-Rules internationally!).

 

Through his life and writings, we learn many IMPORTANT  lessons.

 

              God can use anyone he chooses.

              God will lead and show us the way.

 

              Even when times are tough, God is still there.

 

             We can put our complete trust in God, because he cares for us.

Lesson 1

"POWER TO HEAL"

Introduction:
We stay away from things that are dirty and diseased, in case we might get sick too.  A good example is the Coronavirus and the lockdown that Melbourne has been going through.

 

In Jesus’ time, the disease of leprosy was universally feared.  There was no cure then.  People were to keep 2 meters away, and if a wind was blowing towards you from the leper, you were to keep 50 meters away!  People treated lepers badly to keep them from coming near – they threw rocks at them and despised them. They saw lepers as people being specially punished by God, deserving no pity or mercy. Today, we learn of Jesus meeting a leper

Read:  Matthew 8:1-4 together.
 

Do the Crossword:

  1. How many people were with Jesus?   (7, Down)

 

  1. The leper knelt in front of Jesus and called him “L…..” (2, Down).  Why?  (note: this is the first time in Matthew’s Gospel that Jesus is called Lord by someone, and it is from the lips of a leper.)

 

  1. The leper also said “If you are w…….   (1, Down), you can make me  c ……..  (5, Down)”.

 

  1. Did the leper believe that Jesus had the power to cure him? 

  2. What did the leper believe would stop Jesus from healing him?

  3. Why did the leper ask to be “cleaned” and not just “cured”?

 

  1. How did Jesus treat the man?  He t….   (6, Across) him, and answered the man’s request.

 

  1. How did Jesus return this man into the community?    He asked the leper to show himself to a p……  (4, Down), and give his testimony. 

 

Crossword

Answers to Crossword

Life Application

Jesus reached out and touched the leper!  The crowd would have been horrified – nobody ever dared touched a person with leprosy.

 

But Jesus did more than that.  He not only cured the man, he made him “CLEAN”!  He returned the man into the community. The man was healed both physically and given back a normal life.  Not even a doctor can do that!

 

Jesus showed that God deeply cares for everyone, including those no-one cares about.  And He has the power to really heal them

Jesus and the Leper
Colouring Sheet

Lesson 4

"We can put our complete trust in God, because he cares for us"

Introduction:
Do you remember last week’s lesson? We learnt about Paul and Silas praising God while in prison, and how they were able to share God’s good news with the jailer and his family.

 

Paul continued to travel all over the Roman Empire to start new churches and preach the Good News for over 10 years. Along the way, many people came to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

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Eventually, Paul arrived back in Jerusalem.  Shortly after his arrival, some angry Jews accused Paul of bringing Greeks into the temple (Acts 21:28) which was forbidden by Jewish law. They started a riot and even tried to kill him. The Roman commander stepped in to arrest Paul and put him in protective custody. They kept him in jail for two years. During this time, he argued his case before many officials. Finally, Governor Festus and King Agrippa sent Paul to Rome and stand trial before Caesar (Acts 25:12).

 

Along with many other prisoners, Paul boarded a ship for Rome. As they sailed, the weather started to get rough. Paul warned the ship's captain not to go on, but he didn't listen. Eventually, they found themselves in the midst of a fierce hurricane.

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Lesson 3

"Even when times are tough, God is still there"

Introduction:
Do you remember the first two lessons?
We have been learning about Saul and his encounter with Jesus and how his life was
transformed. We also learned about Saul sharing the Good News of Jesus and how he was
persecuted.


In today’s lesson, Paul continues to follow God's will and share the Good News throughout
the region. Sometimes Paul finds himself before angry mobs, and even winds up in prison.

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Paul & Silas in Prison
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Lesson 2

"GOD will lead and show us the way"

Introduction:
After Saul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, he was blind for three days. Then he met a man named Ananias, who helped him regain his sight. Immediately after that Paul (Saul) believed and was baptized. Before, he was an enemy of those who followed Jesus, but now he’s a follower too.

 

In this next account of Paul's ministry, he starts immediately telling others about this wonderful news about Jesus. But this does not go down well with many people, and they try to stop him, with violence…

 

Read Acts 9:19-31

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Lesson 1

"GOD can use anyone he chooses"

Introduction:
Today, we’re in a time soon after Jesus’ death and resurrection.  The good news about Jesus was spreading and many people were becoming followers.  However, there was increasing and violent opposition from the rulers and leaders at that time. One of those leading this terror was a man named Saul. He was a mean man, who wanted to put everyone who followed Jesus in jail.  (Read: Acts 8:3).

One day, on the way to Damascus to arrest the Christians there, Jesus came to Saul as a blinding light…

 

Read Acts 9:1-19

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DANIEL

THREE WEEK SERIES

“Mum, Dad, everyone else is doing this!”….

 

Have you ever used this as a reason in your argument and thinking?

 

Is it always best to do and behave like everyone else?  Is the majority or the popular choice correct?

 

As our world moves further and further away from faithfulness and belief in God, should we too follow the crowd?

 

Daniel faced similar problems, and we will learn from some of the challenges he faced:

 

Chapter One: Eat the King’s food or die

 

Chapter Three: Worship the King’s idol or die

 

Chapter Six: Don’t pray to your God. If you do, you die.

Lesson 3

"A Reputation of Faithfulnes"

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Daniel in the Lions Den

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Lesson 2

"Reputation for Courage and Obedience"

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Today we are continuing our series from the Book of Daniel.

Do you remember last week’s lesson? Last week, we discovered that a reputation is built by doing something over and over. Daniel and his friends had to make some difficult choices. Today we will learn about another difficult situation which involved Daniel’s three friends.

 

Read Daniel 3:1-30 together.  Suggestion: Have your child follow along in their Bibles as you read this passage. Except each time you come to the names of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, have the child say these names with you out loud.

 

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCXcHR1QWpQ

Questions:

1. When were the people commanded to worship the golden image? (Whenever they heard the music played.)

 

 

2. What would happen to someone who was caught not worshiping the image? (Killed in a furnace.)

 

 

3. Why did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego have the courage to refuse to bow down to the statue? (verse 17,18)  (They had faith that God would save them, but even if He didn’t, they would still not bow down).

 

4. What did Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego do that impressed the king so much? (verse 28)  (They trusted in God and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any other god.)

 

5. Who did the king praise after the three came out completely unharmed? (verse 28,29) (God.)

 

To have a reputation for being courageous and obedient during times of difficulty and worldly pressure, we must seek God's help over and over through prayer and reading God's Word. Hopefully we will never be faced with a life or death situation like that of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. However, if we give in to the pressure or turn our backs on doing what it right, it could be very damaging to us or to others. It takes courage to tell others what the Bible says, what the truth is, and how Jesus is the Lord. But we can do it because God will always be there to help.

 

Application:

Print the Reputation 03.pdf

 

Ask your child to write down three situations where they would need to be courageous to remain obedient to God.  After they’ve done this, please share this out on our What’s App page.  For example: when other kids make fun of a child’s belief in God, or uses the name of Jesus in a wrong way.

 

 

Memory Verse:

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NIV

Write the memory verse on the board and have the children say it a few times. Then erase one of the words, such as "guard" and have them say it again. Then erase another word, then another, each time having the kids say the verse correctly from memory. Continue until all the words are erased.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please show us how to always be courageous and obedient to you. Help us never to deny our faith.  Help us to build a strong reputation that honours you.

 

Craft:  

Make a Fiery Furnace

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hints:

  1.  If you don’t have coloured paper, use white paper and have your child colour it afterwards.

  2. Put words on the bottom half:  Eg.  “Be courageous and obedient”  or put the memory verse.

 

 

 

Sources:

 

https://www.kidssundayschool.com/gradeschool/lessons/old-testament/the-prophet-daniel/ a-reputation-of-courage

 

http://www.greenlawn.org/images/stories/TeachingMinistry/BibleClassResources/Fiery_Furnace_Gets_Hotter_Instructions.pdf

 

 

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Lesson 1

"Reputation of Doing Good"

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Start here: Print out the “ Whatsmyreputation” pdf, and have your child complete it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explanation: “Reputation” is what people think of you.  It comes from what you say, do, or stand for.

 

For example, if some of your friends at school used swear words, or teased or bullied a fellow student, would you join in, or would you say “NO” AND tell your teacher?

 

Your reputation will depend on what choice you make, and how fast you made it. You will make your reputation, time and time again.

 

Read: Daniel, chapter 1. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+1&version=ERV

 

Watch: 

Whatsmyreputation

Notes:

  1. Jehoiakim, the king of Judah at that time, was extremely evil and in fact, boasted of his godlessness.

  2. Eating King Nebuchadnezzar’s food, signified loyalty and obedience to this king. (https://readingacts.com/2020/01/23/daniel-18-16-what-was-wrong-with-the-kings-food/)

 

Questions:

 

1. Why did the servant want Daniel and his companions to eat the king's food? (So they would be strong and healthy like the others.)
 

2. Because he didn't want to eat or drink anything unclean, what did Daniel ask to be served instead? (Vegetables and water.)
 

3. How did Daniel prove he and his companions didn't need to eat the king’s food? (After a 10 day test, they were stronger and looked better than those who ate the king's food.)
 

4. How was Daniel rewarded for having a strong reputation of one who honors God? (He was given knowledge and wisdom and allowed to serve before the king.)
 

5. What kind of things do we have in our life today that might be considered unclean and forbidden? (Answers will vary.)

Application:

Print the Reputation 02.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ask your child to write down on this 10 or more ways they can build a reputation for doing good.  After they’ve done this, please share this out on our What’s App page.

If they need some examples, here are 188 ways!: https://www.kidssundayschool.com/gradeschool/lessons/old-testament/the-prophet-daniel/a-reputation-of-strength/a-strong-reputation-for-doing-good

 

 

Memory Verse:

Proverbs 20:11  Even children show what they are by what they do; you can tell if they are honest and good.  (Good News Translation).

 

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please show us how to always do good and follow your ways. Help us never to do what’s easy or popular if that is wrong as you have taught us.  Help us to build a strong reputation that honours you.

 

 

 

Sources:

https://www.kidssundayschool.com/gradeschool/lessons/old-testament/the-prophet-daniel/a-reputation-of-strength

PSALMS

FIVE WEEK SERIES

Over the past four weeks, we have heard a lot about David. God’s servant David also wrote many of the songs in the Book of Psalms.  What is this special book all about?

Introduction video

Lesson 5

"TIME TO BE WISE"

Last week we read a Psalm written by God’s servant, David, and we learnt how God cares for us like a shepherd cares for his sheep. Today we are reading another Psalm.

 

Some special facts about this Psalm:

  1. It is in the MIDDLE of the Bible.

  2. It is the LONGEST chapter of the Bible.

  3. It has 22 sections, each with 8 verses. Every verse in each section starts with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet.  For example, every verse in the first section starts with the letter “Aleph”.

 

 

This Psalm teaches us how to live a life that is pleasing to God.

Read together Psalm 119:9-16 (Good News Translation)

 

Obedience to the Law of the Lord

 

9 How can young people keep their lives pure?

    By obeying your commands.

 

10 With all my heart I try to serve you;

    keep me from disobeying your commandments.

 

11 I keep your law in my heart, so that I will not sin against you.

 

12 I praise you, O Lord; teach me your ways.

 

13 I will repeat aloud all the laws you have given.

 

14 I delight in following your commands, more than in having great wealth.

 

15 I study your instructions; I examine your teachings.

 

16 I take pleasure in your laws; your commands I will not forget.

Have you ever built a LEGO set? What is your favourite set?

Have you ever helped your parent to make a cake or a dessert using a recipe? Do you have a favourite recipe?

Have you ever helped to put a piece of furniture together?

 

What do all these things have in common?  They all come with instructions.

 

What would happen if you baked a cake but you didn’t follow the recipe?

Could you successfully build a large LEGO set with no instructions?

 

In the same way, God has given us a set of instructions for how to live

 

Do you remember when we learnt about the 10 commandments?

 

Jesus also told us how to live, in Matthew 22:36-40, when he was asked,

 ….“which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

 

37 Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and the most important commandment. 39 The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ 40 The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

 

If we love God and love others we will be following God’s commandments for this is the right way to live.

LEARNING BY DOING

  1. Print out the words of PSALM 119:9-16.

    1. Colour all the words that have the same meaning as “God’s Word” in blue.   How many did you find?

    2. Colour all the verbs in red. These are actions we are to follow.  How many of these did you find?

 

  1. Print the activity sheet. Colour in the pictures of only the people following God’s commands.

 

  1. Print and colour the words of Psalm 119:11. Memorize this special verse over this week.

 

  1. We found Psalm 119:105 (“Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light on my path.”) in two versions of music. Learn one of them.  Let us know which version you like more.

Psalm 119:9-16

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Lesson 4

"GOD IS GOOD"

Last term we learnt about God’s servant, David, and we have also been reading

from the book of Psalms. Today we are reading a Psalm that David wrote.

 

Do you remember when Samuel went to anoint the future king of Israel and

David wasn’t there because he was out looking after the sheep. David worked as

a shepherd for his father Jesse. The shepherd’s role is to care for and protect the

sheep.

Read together: Psalm 23

The Lord the Shepherd (International Children’s Bible)

A song of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd. I have everything I need.

2 He gives me rest in green pastures. He leads me to calm water.

3 He gives me new strength. For the good of his name,

he leads me on paths that are right.

4 Even if I walk through a very dark valley,

I will not be afraid because you are with me.

Your rod and your shepherd’s staff comfort me.

5 You prepare a meal for me in front of my enemies.

You pour oil of blessing on my head. You give me more than I can hold.

6 Surely your goodness and love will be with me all my life.

And I will live in the house of the Lord forever.

Can you picture David out in the field, caring for his sheep, leading them to

the good grass, and giving them fresh water?

David protected his sheep from wild animals and lead them to shelter from storms.

God cares for us, just as the shepherd cares for his sheep. He leads us away from danger, he protects us and provides for us.

 

Can you think of any ways in which God has provided for you?

Has there ever been a time when you needed protection?

Share your memory of this with your mum or dad.

Ask your parents if they remember any times when they needed protection.

 

This Psalm talks about a dark valley, and this is a picture of a time that is dark or sad. Have you ever felt sad or alone?

 

Some of us may feel afraid at this time because of the pandemic

David says that even when he walks through the dark valley he is not afraid

because God is with him and will comfort and protect him.

 

Isn’t it good to know that even though we can’t meet each other, God is still with us, He never leaves us, He always comforts and is always good.

Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8iO8_iWDbk

These words and music were written by an 11 yr old girl, Taylor Ferris.

Craft Ideas

 

1. Print out the picture of the staff and paste the parts of the verse onto the staff

 

2. Print out the poster of the verse and colour it in for your bedroom wall

 

3. Print out the activity sheet. Draw a picture of someone who looks after you

Psalm 23 Craft

Psalm 23 Activity

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Lesson 3

"GOD IS NEAR"

“LOST. FORGOTTEN. FAR AWAY. UNANSWERED. FRIENDLESS. SILENCE.”

How scary is that?

Has it ever happened to you?

Share your memory of this with your mum or dad. Ask your parents if they

remember a time when they (hopefully momentarily) lost you.

How happy were you and your parents when you were found again? Can

you remember the joy and relief?

Today’s special Psalm is Psalm 22: 1-5.

 

David is the King of Israel. He is in charge.

Yet he is LOST. Seriously LOST.

 

Read out loud: Psalm 22:1-5 (International Children’s Bible)

1 My God, my God, why have you left me alone?

    You are too far away to save me.

    You are too far away to hear my moans.

2 My God, I call to you during the day.

    But you do not answer

    And I call at night.

    I am not silent.

 

3 You sit as the Holy One.

    The praises of Israel are your throne.

4 Our ancestors trusted you.

    They trusted you, and you saved them.

5 They called to you for help.

    And they were rescued.

    They trusted you.

    And they were not disappointed.

Do you think God had abandoned David?

 

God had kept David safe from his early days.

 

When he was young, he looked after his dad’s sheep. Sometimes a big bear or ferocious lion threatened to steal the sheep, but he always fought them off. And God kept him safe.He fought Goliath and won. God had kept him safe!

King Saul didn’t like David and tried to get rid of him many times. But God still kept David safe.

 

Finally, David became king himself. He still got into trouble. Sometimes other countries attacked his kingdom. Sometimes, David was stupid and got himself into trouble. Sometimes, David had to say sorry to God, but God always forgave him and accepted him back. God always kept David safe.

So, when David felt God had abandoned him, was this true?

 

Ask you parents to share with you an example of how God had helped or

looked after them in the past, or had kept them safe.

 

Share this prayer with your parents:

 

“Thankyou God, that you can be trusted.

You are who you say you are.

You are always good.

You are always with us.”

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