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Children's Ministry Weekly Resources

Children's Ministry Weekly Resources
Children's Messages reflect what is being taught in Worship for the week

Lectionary Series (May 2-Today)
Parents you may use the question and answers below for a Children's Message/Sunday School Lesson.  Also consider livestreaming the worship service.
 
June 20  (SCROLL WAY DOWN FOR JUNE 27th!)
Option 1:  Jesus Calms a Storm (Mark 4:35-41) 
Option 2:  (Scroll down)  Focus on Your Father (Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4)
 
Option 1--Key Words/Lesson Summary: Jesus Take Care of Us--The account of Jesus calming the storm provides a starting place for many people who need assurance of God’s control over forces that seem out of their own control. The disciples in the sinking boat faced overwhelming fears. But when Jesus so quickly calmed the storm, their fears were quickly replaced with awe and worship.  Many of us—especially children—carry the burden of fear, perhaps not realizing that we can run to Jesus for safety. But Psalm 91 tells us that a person “who dwells in the shelter of the Most High…will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day.” As we present our fears to our heavenly Father in prayer, we, too, can be assured of the comfort that comes from trusting the one who loves us and who has the power to protect us in all circumstances. Let us thank and praise Jesus, who has the power to calm our fears!
Background for Parents-especially with older kids:  Jesus’ suggestion to go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee sounds to us like a simple procedure. However, several factors made such a journey difficult. First, few inhabitants of the west side of Galilee ever ventured to the east side. That side was inhabited mostly by non-Jews who worshipped a variety of gods, which naturally made God-fearing Jews uncomfortable. Second, the boats Jesus’ disciples used were small fishing boats. They were not intended for traversing the middle of the lake, which was 14 miles long by 8 miles wide. And finally, the geography surrounding the lake made it susceptible to sudden storms that could turn a calm lake into a violent sea.
Many lives were at stake when a furious storm arose. However, many of the disciples were experienced fishermen and expert sailors. So one might expect that they would handle things on their own. The fact that they turned to Jesus for help likely meant that they were at the end of their means—they had tried everything they knew to combat the storm and had failed. At the point of pure desperation, they woke Jesus with screams of terror.
When Jesus awoke, he immediately demonstrated that he was in control. There was no hint of worry or concern in his words. He simply said, “Quiet!” He then said, “Be still,” a term that literally means “muzzle yourself and continue to be silent.”
Life Application:    We have the benefit of knowing how the story of Jesus’ calming the storm ends. But imagine the disciples’ amazement when the raging waves instantly became calm. Even today, with our advanced technology, we don’t have any control over the weather and can’t always forecast it very accurately. In Jesus’ day, controlling the weather was known strictly as the domain of God. In the instant the storm ceased, the disciples began to realize more fully who Jesus was. He had demonstrated his power in healing people, but never before had he done anything of this magnitude.
Jesus then asked some pointed questions. He seemed surprised that the disciples’ faith was so weak. After all they had seen, they hadn’t fully grasped who Jesus was or what he was capable of. But now they had seen something so powerful, so awesome, that they were terrified to think about who Jesus really was.  The disciples’ terrified response is understandable when we consider God’s power and purity in light of our own weakness and imperfection. But the disciples came to learn that no matter how bad a situation seemed, the first thing they needed to do was turn to Jesus.
THE LESSON:
0) Optional Prep  Oil and Water: Gather a 12-ounce clear plastic cup and two small paper or foam cups.   Put 2 inches of white vinegar in each clear cup, 1 tablespoon of baking soda in one of the small cups and 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in the other small cup.
1)Share some things that make you scared.  Why are they scary?  What do you do when you're scared.  
2)Today's lesson comes from the very mouth of Jesus as Mark tells us.   Read Mark 4:35-41
OR Watch on of these two videos: Jesus Calms a Storm (Kids teaching) 
                                                       Jesus Calms a Storm (Animated...kid favorite!  Hey ohh :)
3)What an exciting day that must have been for the disciples—first to be caught in that terrible storm and then to see Jesus take control of the weather and change it with only his words.
Ask:  What do you think the disciples were most afraid of? How did Jesus calm the storm? How did Jesus calm the fears of the disciples during the storm? Can Jesus calm your fears? How do you think he does that?
4)  Say: Jesus is the Son of God, creator of the universe. We can count on him to calm the storms in our lives. When a fear seems to take hold of us, we can call out to Jesus in prayer and know that he hears us just as he heard the disciples’ cries for help.
5)DO OPTIONAL ACTIVITY (AS YOU PREPARED IN QUESTION "0")  In this activity, the kids will be mixing materials to create a harmless chemical reaction. This activity can be messy, so be prepared with towels. Set out the supplies you prepared before hand.
Say: Let’s try this experiment to see what happens when we let Jesus take care of our fears. Let’s pretend that the clear cup represents you. The white powder represents the things that scare us. The oil in the other cup represents Jesus.
**Sprinkle the white powder into the large cup. While you watch what happens, think about how you feel when you’re scared. Pour in the oil. Watch what happens and think about Jesus. Ready? Go ahead.
Debriefing Questions:  Why do you think people get scared?  Is it wrong to be scared? Why or why not? How was this science experiment like the way Jesus calms our fears? What happens when we let Jesus deal with our fears? Why do you think Jesus doesn’t want us to be afraid?
Say: Jesus loves us more than we can imagine. He wants us to feel safe and secure. Jesus calms our fears because of his love. Whenever we’re afraid, we can ask Jesus to be with us, to comfort us, and to calm us. Jesus will be with us just as he was with the disciples when they were scared.
6)Pray:  Almighty God, you have calmed our hearts and given us peace. Thank you.  Remind us of your love and care each day.  Help us to listen.  Amen
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)Sing "Faith" and Review one or more songs from the last couple of weeks.  
*Faith (Galatians 2:20)
Be Bold (Diener Family Version)   Phillippians 4:13 (I can do all things...)  
Ephesians 2:8 (For by grace...)        Romans 6:23 (For the wages of...)
We Believe(Diener Family Version)

Option 2--Key Words/Lesson Summary: Thank you for our Father--Regardless of our relationship with our earthly father it is important to know that we have a Heavenly Father that always has and will love us.  
0)Try one of these Father's Day Games:
Find Dad’s Tie! Before kids arrive, hide a tie in the facility. (A construction paper tie works well, too.) Let kids search for the tie. Whoever finds the tie becomes the new “Dad” and gets to hide the tie. You can play this game over and over again.
Father’s Day Word Scramble: Print the words “Father’s Day” at the top of a piece of page. Set a timer for 1 minute and tell kids to make as many words as they can with the phrase. Whoever has the most words wins a special prize. If you have a chalkboard, let kids write the words on a board.
1)Consider this activitity with the Father (or a male father figure) in your child's life.  "Celebrating Fathers"
2) When these words are spoken Daddy, Dad, Pa, or Papa what comes to mind?  (Father)
3)What do you think the job of a Father is? (Share answers--then read Proverbs 22:6)
4)Are fathers perfect?  Consider reading and or discussing these points:
**By God’s perfect design the first family began when He created the first man named Adam and the first woman Eve. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:7-8, 15-25
*This couple became the very first Dad and Mom in God’s creation. (Genesis 4:1-2)
**Adam and Eve began the history of mankind as the first parents.  They were given one rule to follow as they lived in the beautiful garden called Eden.  Do you remember it?  (Not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil.  Genesis 2:16-17) *Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s one rule and as a result sin entered God’s perfect world. 
*Every person who has been born after Adam and Eve are born with sin in their heart.  That sin keeps men, women, boys and girls from living a life that pleases God.  As a result sin has affected God’s perfect design for what He created families to look like.
*The Bible is filled with a history of fathers.  (Depending on the exposure of Scripture of your kids have you could ask for examples of good fathers and fathers who were not a good example.) Some of these men were good examples as Dads.  Some of these men were not good examples of fathers. 
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Nobody was perfect – and nobody was all bad. When a dad doesn’t follow God’s plan it causes hurt for his whole family.
*The same is true today.  We know men who are good fathers to their children.  Maybe we know some men who have not been good fathers to their children. If we don’t know about these men personally, we can read about them in the newspaper or see them on the news.
*Some children have never met their fathers, or they have lost their father through death.  Sometimes they no longer live in the same house with the rest of the family because of a divorce.  Some dads are not always at home because they bravely serve our country and go to other countries to protect our freedom for long periods of time.
*God’s normal plan for a family is for a child to have loving fathers and mothers who take care of their children. Parents are supposed to teach children how to love God and live a life that pleases Him.
*We don’t always understand why; sad things can happen and children don’t get to be with their dad.
*If we know our fathers, we need to praise God and give Him thanks. Even if dad is not perfect or has made bad choices. We need to show our thanks and appreciation for our dads and let them know we love them.

5)What do we do if we have a father who doesn’t look like the kind of father that God desires us to have?  What do we do if we don’t have an earthly father at all?  The best place we can go for the answers is God’s Word.
Look up:  Psalm 10:14 “But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand.  The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.” 
If a child has no earthly father, he/she can trust that God will help them.  God knows every need we have and cares for us.  

Look up:  Psalm 103:13-14 “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for He knows how we are formed, He remembers we are dust.” 
A human father who is not controlled by sin loves his children and has compassion on them.  If an imperfect earthly father can have love and compassion for his children, how much more does God the perfect Heavenly Father have for His Children?

Look up:  Isaiah 64:8  “Yet, O LORD, you are our Father.  We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand.” 
God has created each man, woman, boy and girl to have a relationship with Him.  He desires to be our Father.  The sin problem we inherited from Adam and Eve keeps us from that relationship with Him.

Look up:  John 3:16  “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, (Jesus) that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 
You and I can have a relationship with God the Father by believing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried and rose again.  Once a person believes by faith that Jesus paid the price for his/her sins he/she becomes a child of God.

Look Up:  Acts 17:26-27 “From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.  God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.”

Each one of us has different experiences with our families.  If you have been blessed with a godly father and mother praise God and thank Him for that gift.  God will help you to develop into the man or woman He desires you to be through their example. 

Keep your eyes on Jesus and walk with Him every day so you will not live a life controlled by sin. You can celebrate Father’s Day knowing that you have become a child of God the Father.

Close in prayer.

June 27 I Believe (Mark 5:21-43)
Key Words/Lesson Summary: Believe/Faith--
I want to draw our attention back to something I posted a few weeks ago: 
PARENTS:  What do you believe?  How are you teaching this to your kids?  
THE WORLD is teaching our kids worldly things every day.  What are we doing to prevent drifting away from what we believe.
Consider reading the following to help assess what you believe--and teach your kids:
Answers in Genesis statement of Faith  (Do you agree?  Why?  Why Not?)
The more that that world creeps in, the more our faith is important.  The more that it must be grounded and unshakable.  This means a constant growing in the Word. 
0A)Make up some statements and ask your kids to guess which ones are true or not true.  If your kids are older...have them try creating statements.
0B)What would people from 100 years ago not believe about what we are able to do today (think of cellphones, computers, refrigerators, planes, all technology!)
1)Can you think of any miracles that Jesus has done?  How did he do them?  What would go through your mind if you saw one?
2)Today Jesus performs 2 miracles...listen to Mark as he shares the very words of Jesus.
Read Mark 5:21-43 
OR Watch this video:  Mark 5:21-43
3)What was Jesus doing when Jairus and the sick woman come to him?
• What did Jesus say to the woman after she admitted she was the one who touched him?
• What happened when Jesus made it to Jairus’ house?
• Jesus says that the woman’s faith made her well. What does it mean to have faith?( Faith means having complete trust and confidence in Jesus. It means we believe in God and the power of God.)
• Do you think something has happened to you because of your faith? (kids & parents should try to answer this one!)
• When we have faith in Jesus, Jesus can do even more than we think – like raising the dead and healing people no one else can! Those things are called miracles. Have you ever witnessed a miracle? (kids & parents answer this one too!)
• Is there something going on in your life where you need to have faith? 
4)We have faith in a chair...that will hold us up.  People have faith in airplanes that they will fly.  What other things do we have faith in? 
5)How do we get to the point that we have the same faith in God/Jesus that we do in things of this world?  
6)What would that faith look like in our lives (how would our lives be different if we have a faith that strong)
7)Pray for God to give you great faith! Ask Jesus to heal what it broken in the world and in your family’s life. Give your kid(s) a chance to pray.
8)Sing "Faith" and Review one or more songs from the last couple of weeks.  
*Faith (Galatians 2:20) We Believe(Diener Family Version)
Be Bold (Diener Family Version)   Phillippians 4:13 (I can do all things...)  
Ephesians 2:8 (For by grace...)        Romans 6:23 (For the wages of...)
 
June 13 God's Kingdom/Faith (Mark 4:26-34)
Key Words/Lesson Summary: God's Kingdom/Faith--
What is faith?  What do we have faith in?  If people looked at me, what would they say I have faith in?  Where is my time and energy being spent?  Thy Kingdom come...Thy will be done.  Do you recognize those words.  Do you believe these?  By faith, we can experience a taste of God's Kingdom here on earth.  NO...it is not heaven and YES we should long for that.  But by believe that to live is Christ and to die is gain we can experience a life like no other.  It doesn't make sense (especially to nonbelievers).  May we be intentional in living out our day to day lives reflecting the faith we have in Jesus--who lived a perfect life, died taking our sins, and rose-defeating the devil, death and our sin.  Eternal life awaits...let's spread the Word!
IF POSSIBLE--TRY TO HAVE SOME SEEDS AVAILABLE (or a picture!)
0A)Give you kids a piece of paper and have them make some simple, small dots.
0B)Bring out some seeds and talk about how/why they grow and what they grow into.
1)Talk about "Tiny Things"  What are some of the smallest things you can think of? Land animal, Air animal, Water animal, pet, plant, word, toy, book, item in the room, food?
2)Today's lesson comes from the very mouth of Jesus as Mark tells us.  
Read Mark 4:26-32 
OR Watch these two videos:  Mark 4:26-29   Mark 4: 30-34
3)What is Jesus talking about? (Seeds--these seeds are about the size of dots you draw on a paper)
4)What are the seeds doing?  (Growing--and look at how large they can grow, look at the fruit they create)
5)How does this relate to us?  (The seed is the Kingdom of God or faith.  It starts off small and simple...but when planted, it will grow!  When nourished and watered it can become great and huge!  Even a little faith can become a great thing.  Faith produces Love, joy, peace, patience and more--read Galatians 3:22)
6)How does it become a great thing?  Through the Holy Spirit.  Through God's Word. 
7)For older kids...consider going deeper  (Younger go to 8)
A)Watch and discuss Kids and the Mustard Seed
B)Answer   What is Faith?  (Believing/trusting--without seeing) 
C)Read Hebrews 11  Describe the faith of the people you read about.  
8)What are you going to do help the seed planted (faith) in you to grow?  
9)Pray right now that God may help your faith to growth.  (And thank him for being your God and always being with you!)
10)Sing "Faith" and Review one or more songs from the last couple of weeks.  
*Faith (Galatians 2:20)
Be Bold (Diener Family Version)   Phillippians 4:13 (I can do all things...)  
Ephesians 2:8 (For by grace...)        Romans 6:23 (For the wages of...)
We Believe(Diener Family Version)

June 6  United (Mark 3:20-35, Genesis 3)
Key Words/Lesson Summary: United---
There are so many things that divide us.  Covid and the recent pandemic exemplify this.  But even prior to this...even the church has dealt with division.  What can we agree upon?  Let's start there!!!  Focus today on being united as a team, as a family, as a Christian family.  Some additional questions to ponder with your kids:  What things separate/divide us?  What do we believe as Christians?
PARENTS:  What do you believe?  How are you teaching this to your kids?  
THE WORLD is teaching our kids worldly things every day.  What are we doing to prevent drifting away from what we believe.
Consider reading the following to help assess what you believe--and teach your kids:
Answers in Genesis statement of Faith  (Do you agree?  Why?  Why Not?)
Knowing what we believe helps us stay on the same team.
IF POSSIBLE--TRY TO HAVE SOME BUILDING BLOCKS AVAILABLE TO WITH QUESTION 4/5
0)Consider trying a 3 legged race with the people in your family.  Find some rope or a bandana and tie ankles together.  Trying doing some type of course (maybe even with obstacles)  THEN ASK:  So what did you think about that three-legged race?  Did anyone think it was really difficult?  What made it so hard?  Did anyone think it was easy?  Why do you think it was easy?The only way to make a three-legged race work is to work as a team. 
1)Have you ever been on a team before?  There are all kinds of teams you can be part of, like maybe an athletic team like soccer, or a music team in a band, or a school team for a group project.  Even when people grow up they are still doing things as a team.  The have a team at work, with their coworkers, and a team at home as parents.  We all work together in teams at some time or another.And the most important part of working as a team is working together instead of on our own or against each other.
2)Now I have a hard question for you, so listen carefully and think about it for a minute.  What about being on a team by yourself?Does that make any sense?  Can you tell me what that could mean?Jesus spoke about this once and He described it as a house that is divided.  It says in the Bible that sometimes our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak.  That means sometimes we do bad things even though we don’t want to do them.  Jesus spoke about this once and He described it as a house that is divided.
3A)Read Mark 3:24-25 
3B)Older kids--watch and discuss this video on Mark 3:20-35   (You can watch :16-4:03)
3C)Consider reading Genesis 3--to help kids understand how sin entered the world/effects
4)Build a house (out of blocks) All  you to do is build a basic house with four walls. 
5)So we have our house.  So far everything seems ok, right?  This is what it’s like when you work together as a team.  With all four walls working together our house is standing strong.
6)But what happens when we want to work separately or against each other?  Everyone pick a wall, and when I say “GO” I need you to pull the bottom block on your wall towards yourself.  Ready?  GO!
7)So how does our house look now?  This is a house divided.  This is what happens when we work against each other and ourselves, instead of working together.  It just can’t work.  A house divided cannot stand.  It will always fall.
8)That’s why God tells us to listen to the spirit.  If we do what is right, and what the spirit says we should do, our house can stand strong.  But if we don’t listen, and just do whatever we want, our house will fall.  And who wants to live in a fallen house?  Not me!  With the walls in a pile, and no roof over my head?  No thanks!  I want to live in a strong house, where I know I am safe.So let’s work together, with each other and ourselves, to do what is right, keep our house strong, and please God.
10)Pray ask God to help us work together with each other and help doing what is right.
11)Try reviewing some of these songs from last week:
Be Bold (Diener Family Version)   Phillippians 4:13 (I can do all things...)  
Ephesians 2:8 (For by grace...)        Romans 6:23 (For the wages of...)
We Believe(Diener Family Version)

May 23  Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21)

Key Words/Lesson Summary:  Pentecost/Fruit of the Spirit--The lesson this week is going to provide further discussion on the works of the Holy Spirit and assumes some knowledge from the May 9 lesson.  (Feel free to scroll down to May 9 for a lesson on understanding the Holy Spirit, an integral part of Pentecost)
 
Did you know that Pentecost has its roots in the Old Testament.  The Feast of Pentecost originated in the Pentateuch as an offering of firstfruits, decreed for Israel on Mount Sinai. Throughout Jewish history, it has been customary to engage in an all-night study of the Torah on the first evening of Shavuot. Children were encouraged to memorize Scripture and rewarded with treats.  The Feast of Pentecost or Shavuot has many names in the Bible: The Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Harvest, and the Latter Firstfruits. Celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover, Shavuot is traditionally a joyous time of giving thanks and presenting offerings for the new grain of the summer wheat harvest in Israel.  
 
0)Go and find any fruits you have in the house.  Talk about your favorite fruits.  Share how they grow (usually from a vine/branches)
1)At the time of Pentecost (reread this if you don't recall it from May 9 Acts 2:1-21) the disciples received the Holy Spirit.  You might recall that we can't "see" the Holy Spirit, but we see the effects of the Holy Spirit--many times called the Fruit of the Spirit
2)Read Galatians 5:22-23  Do you understand each of the fruit of the spirit?  
3)Talk about people (in your family or beyond) that show each fruit
3)Share which characteristic is a strength of yours and which is an area to grow in.  
4)Watch this video:  Fruit of the Spirit  
5)How do we stay connected to Jesus? (Bible, pray, church, spending time with other believers)
6)How are you doing with these? 
7)Choose a fruit of the spirit you want to work on begin praying today that God will help you.  Committ to praying for this for 7, 14 or even 30 days.  And pay attention to how God helps you.  
 
May 16  Philip and the Ethiopian (Acts 8:26-40)
Key Words/Lesson Summary:  Speak/Listen/Understand
  With Philip and the Ethiopian there are definitely two different points of view that can be processed.  Phillip, with this new Holy Spirit, is listening and ready to speak boldly.  If you read earlier in Acts 8, you see how God is working.  Phillip is on the look-out.  Are we on the look-out?  On the opposite end, the Ethiopian reminds us of the need to be learning and hearing the scriptures.  We need people to help explain to us what we are reading.  We are meant to live in Christian community.  Who are the people that are feeding us with God's Word (share as parents/teacher who is feeding you--just as you are feeding the kids/students).  We need to learn, know and be living out God's Word so that we can go and share.  With the weather getting nicer and more people around each other...now is a perfect time to take what we've been learning and GO
QUESTIONS TO PONDER/DISCUSS:  How do we listen?  How do we know when the Holy Spirit is speaking to and guiding us? How do we know what to say to others:  Here are some guidelines for knowing if the Holy Spirit is speaking:    Does it exalt Christ? (John 16:14) Is it scriptural? Scripture is our authority. God does not contradict himself. (Proverbs 30:5-6) Do other Christians confirm it? Share what you've heard and see if others heard something similar. (Proverbs 15:22 and 2018) Does it actually happen? (Isaiah 55:11, Deuteronomy 18:21-22)
0A)Try to listen/guess the sounds in this video   
0B)Why did you get the ones right that you did?  (You probably heard those sounds before--in order to know what something is, you have to first be shown/taught it so you are familiar and can recognize it.  
1)Do you recall, from last week, what the Holy Spirit is?  How would you know/recognize it?
2)In today's account from the Bible, Phillip is listening to the Holy Spirit...let's see where it guides him:
Read:  Acts 8:26-40 OR
Watch a video Videos:  Option 1  (Saddleback/Animated)
              Option 2 (Real Life)
              Option 3  (Animated)
              Option 4 (Kids tell story)
3)What is Phillip led to do?
4)Do you know where Ethiopa is (compared to Israel)?Secret Israeli 'Rescue' From Ethiopia Revealed - FailedMessiah.com
5)What is the Ethiopian struggling with?  Do you ever to struggle what you're reading?  Who helps you understand it?
6)Parents--do you ever struggle to understand the Bible?  Who helps you?
7)What happens after Phillip explains the scriptures?  (a baptism!)
8)Are you more like Phillip or the Ethiopian in the story?  How are you like both?
9)Why is it important that we read the Bible?  Why is it important to go to church? (learn and understand the scriptures)
10)Are there Ethiopians in your life that you can help explain the Bible too?  How would you explain the message of the Bible (Consider Romans 6:23, John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9)
11)Pray for God to help you and your family to be more like both Phillip and the Ethiopian
12)Consider singing one of these songs: Be Bold (Diener Family Version)  Ephesians 2:8 (For by grace...)  Romans 6:23 (For the wages of...)

May 9  The Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-21)
Key Words/Lesson Summary:  Holy Spirit--
Depending on the age and understanding of your kids, there are different depths to which the Holy Spirit can be taught.  It may be connecting it to the wind (can't see but feel the effects) or as part of the Trinity (relate to the 3 states of water).  It can be understanding what it does for us (Fruit of the spirit, helps us believe, gives us what we need to go and share the Gospel).  An even further understanding is how, as believers, we have the Holy Spirit.  Because of this our bodies are temples that should be loved and respected.  In this weeks story..we see the beginning of the early church.  The Gospel was shared boldly and confidently because of the spirit...and many came to believe.  The "church" was more about community than a building.  How does this challenge us today?
0)Talk about the three states of water.  How are they alike and different.  Can they all exist at the same time (watch this video to consider an example--pressure plays an important role)
1)How is God like the three states of water?  God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. (All 3 are equal, all are God as much as they are individual/special, all 3 always exist, have existed, will exist)
2)What do you know about the Holy Spirit?  What does it look like?  (Can't see it, but know the effects)
3)While the Holy Spirit existed in the Old Testament, in our account today, it is going to become a more special, intimate part of the lives of God's Followers.  Consider reading this account (Acts 2:1-21) or watching one of the videos below.  
Videos:  Option 1  (Animated/Saddleback--includes Peter's speech)
              Option 2  (God's Story--tells story/teaches--includes Peter's speech)
              Option 3   (More intentional with details/review--includes Peter's speech)
4)Share what you saw/learned about the Holy Spirit
5)What did the Holy Spirit enable God's people to do? (speak in different languages, heal, speak boldly)
6)How were God's followers to live? (share the Good News, love God, love others)
7)How did this look in the early church (everything was shared, people lived in community, unconditional love)
8)What does the Holy Spirit do for you?  How does it affect your life?  (Helps you believe, helps you make Biblical choices, helps you love God and others, helps you GO and share the Good News of Jesus)
9)Brainstorm some ways you live like the early church.
10) Pray that the Holy Spirit will give you what you need to live your life for God
11) Watch/Sing one of these video:  We Believe  (Diener Family Version)*You Will Be My Witnesses (Acts 1:8)

May 2  Matthias the Apostle (Acts 1:15-17,21-26)

Key Words/Lesson Summary:  Chosen/Sent  How does it feel to be chosen?  Perhaps you can "pick teams" for a game.  Help the kids see that while "lots" might seem like a "simple" way to choose the next apostle, God is part of this plan.  The two people  (Barsabbas and Matthias) were part of the narrowed down field because of their journey with Jesus.  Both were very qualified.  And just because Barsabbas wasn't selected doesn't mean he wasn't important.  God has a plan.  We're each part of His plan.  Talk to the kids about how we know and understand his plan (starts with prayer/reading the Bible)  Then as we make decisions, amongst other things, they shouldn't go contrary to the Bible and they should be affirmed by fellow believers.
Ultimately, we are all commisioned by Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20 to GO.  
  
0)Pick teams for a game (if you have enough people). Otherwise, simply offer something special..and flip a coin..or choose straws. 
(Consider watching this fun video:   PICKING TEAMS)
1)How does it feel to be chosen?  How does it feel to leave "picking" in someone else hands?
2)What is a disciple?  (One who learns from a teacher)
3)How many disciples did Jesus have?  What were their names (12--Peter and Andrew, the sons of John;  James and John, the sons of Zebedee; PhilipBartholomewMatthewThomasJames, the son of Alphaeus; Jude, or Thaddaeus, the son of James; Simon the Cananaean, or the Zealot; and Judas Iscariot.)
4)Which disciple betrayed Jesus?  (Judas Iscariot--for older kids, consider asking if they knew what happened to him after he betrayed Jesus?)
5)After Jesus died, rose and eventually ascended to Heaven, the disciples needed to pick a replacement for Judas.  Read Acts 1:15-17,21-26 (read vs 18-20 to see what happened to Judas) 
OR CONSIDER WATCHING THE VIDEO:  Option 1 
6)Why did the disciples want to choose someone?
7)How many choices did they have?  Who were they? (2--Matthias and Barsabbas)
8)How did they choose?  (Lots)
9)Do you think it was a good choice?  How do you know? (consider thoughts from Lesson Summary above)
10)Why are they now called Apostles (vs Disciples)   Disciples (learner) vs Apostles (sent). 
11)Which are we?  (Both!!!--Why is this important) 
12)  What qualifies us to be a disciple/apostle?  (Look at how ordinary anyone is that has been calle by God!) 
13)How can God use the gifts we've been given?  Can God use gifts that we don't even know we have?
14)Pray-Ask God to help you be a disciple--learning His Word and to be an apostle--sharing His Word with others.  
15) Consider singing/learning one of the following:
*You Will Be My Witnesses (Acts 1:8)
Gospel Light (Diener Family Version)
Matthew 28:19 (Therefore go and make...)