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Children's Ministry Weekly Resources

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

Journey through [email protected] Resources (Nov 1-29)
(For hard copies of lesson plans for this 5 week study please contact Jeff Diener)

HOW TO USE: 
0)Consider 5-10 minutes of prep time each week
1)Give Key Word/Theme (Review throughout lesson)
2)Follow "Keeping it Simple Lesson Plan" 
3)For the Scripture Reading...consider reading it from the Bible or watching one of the Videos (what portion to watch is in parenthesis)
4)Listen/sing the recommended song(s)
5)Use "Additional Activities" as alternate or supplemental opportunities
**Please note an 8 week study is being consolidated to 5 weeks.  Some weeks include two lessons.

November 29 (Lesson 5 in Jonah Series)(SCROLL DOWN FOR LESSONS 1-4)
Key Words/Theme:  God Loves Our Enemies...and us too (even though we all sin) WOW...really think about this theme.  Many times we say God loves everyone.  But it sounds different when we say God loves our ENEMIES.  God desires that everyone is saved.  God desires that everyone listens to and follows Him.   His grace is for everyone.  Perhaps older kids could understand better how mean people can be.  Yes--even murderers can be saved.  Repentance is key.  You could relate God's forgiveness of the Ninevites to Jesus forgiveness of the thief on the cross (Luke 23:39-43).   Talk to the kids about how unfair it might seem  that someone who has been so mean can have the same grace as us.  What we don't always remember...is how much grace God is already giving to us.  We deserve death and to be separated from him.  IT IS ONLY THROUGH JESUS DEATH that we can be with God.  There's nothing we can do (Ephesians 2:8-9) 
Scripture:  Jonah 4:1-11
Keeping it Simple Lesson Plan
Additional Activities (Indepth Lesson Ideas—includes activity and journal pages)
Video:  Choose one of these videos and watch part each week as you make your way through the book of Jonah (look in the parenthesis to see what portion you should watch)

Option A: Jonah and the Whale - The Beginners Bible (22:20-25:20)
Option B:  Jonah and the People of Ninevah (15:32-18:30)
Recommended Song(s):  Trading my Sorrows  Matthew 22:39   

November 1 (Lesson 1 in Jonah Series)
Key Words/Theme:  Meeting Jonah/God’s Direction --How many times do we think we're in charge and we know best?  Jonah hears God's voice and still turns the other way.  Are we spending time with God to know when he speaks?  And when he does speak, do we listen?  How do we know God's direction for us.  Starts with His Word.  And being in conversation and community with those in His word.  When decisions are being made--do we pray?  Do we look at things through the eyes of the Bible...even the upcoming election?  Jesus connection:  LIke Jonah, Jesus knew he was going to face some tough times in sharing the Truth.  Jesus got it right and listened to God from the beginning.  It resulted in His death...but the bigger picture results in Eternal life for all believers.
Scripture:  Overview/Jonah 1:1-10
Keeping it Simple Lesson Plan
Additional Activities (Indepth Lesson Ideas—includes activity and journal pages)
Video:  Choose one of these videos and watch part each week as you make your way through the book of Jonah (look in the parenthesis to see what portion you should watch)
Option A: Jonah and the Whale - The Beginners Bible (1:25-10:00)
Option B: Jonah and the People of Ninevah (0-7:50)
Recommended Song(s):  Step By Step  Be Bold

November 8  (Lesson 2 in Jonah Series)  
Key Words/Theme:  Just Like Jesus--As the waves are crashing in and the people on the boat are terrified, Jonah knows the storm is happening because of him.  He wasn't listening to God.  He knows if he is thrown overboard, all will be well for those in the boat.  So he "sacrifices" himself and is thrown overboard.  You may consider relating Jonah's sacrifice to Jesus' sacrifice.  Why did Jonah make his?  Perhaps you can talk about how the people on the ship changed based on their observations.  Connect this to what Jesus says in Matthew.  Do we have opportunities to make sacrifices like Jonah's?  Why is hard to live like Jesus?

Scripture: Jonah 1:11-16/Matthew 12:40
Keeping it Simple Lesson Plan
Additional Activities (Indepth Lesson Ideas—includes activity and journal pages)
Video:  Choose one of these videos and watch part each week as you make your way through the book of Jonah (look in the parenthesis to see what portion you should watch)

Option A:  Jonah and the Whale - The Beginners Bible (10:00-15:48)
Option B: Jonah and the People of Ninevah (7:50-12:27)
Recommended Song(s):  Step By Step  Be Bold

November 15 (Lesson 3 in Jonah Series)
Key Words/Theme:  Grace/Talk to God--How can being swallowed by a whale be a good thing?  When God's involved!  After Jonah jumps in, knowing he's the cause of the rough waters, he's going to die.  But God has other plans for Jonah.  He saves him even though he doesn't deserve it.  Talk to your child about GRACE--undeserved love.  Relate it to a present.  Consider talking about Ephesians 2:8 (Here's a song)  You can also talk about PRAYER (TALKING TO GOD) as Jonah prays to God.  You can indeed pray anywhere!  Many times we ask for things when we pray...but we can also thank and praise God in our prayers.  We can also confess and ask for forgiveness.  Talk to child about an ACTS prayer (Adoration, Confession, Thanks, Supplication--asking).  Practice!

Scripture:  Jonah 1:17/Jonah 2:1-10
Keeping it Simple Lesson Plan
Additional Activities (Indepth Lesson Ideas—includes activity and journal pages)
Video:  Choose one of these videos and watch part each week as you make your way through the book of Jonah (look in the parenthesis to see what portion you should watch)

Option A: Jonah and the Whale - The Beginners Bible (15:48-19:37) 
Option B: Jonah and the People of Ninevah (12:27-13:20)
Recommended Song(s):  Create In Me Psalm 150 

November 22 (Lesson 4 in Jonah Series) 
Key Words/Theme: 
Second Chances--There are two second chances given:  Jonah gets a second chance to go to Nineveh.  The people of Nineveh are given a second chance to follow God.  And this is directly connected to our lives.  We are given a second chance (and third and fourth etc).  Consider talking about repentance (feeling bad for our sins/turning from our sins).  Review Grace (undeserved love). Ultimately our sins are forgiven in the name of Jesus--who never sinned and yet was sacrificed for us.  Don't forget--there is a consequence for sin.  Did you know that the book of Nahum (in the Bible) shows how Nineveh again turns its back on God  and ultimately falls.  Fortunately--like the theif on the cross next to Jesus, we have until our last breath to repent and acknowledge Jesus as our Lord and savior.  We just have to be careful as we don't know when that last breath will take place.   
Scripture:  Jonah 3:1-10
Keeping it Simple Lesson Plan
Additional Activities (Indepth Lesson Ideas—includes activity and journal pages)
Video:  Choose one of these videos and watch part each week as you make your way through the book of Jonah (look in the parenthesis to see what portion you should watch)

Option A:Jonah and the Whale - The Beginners Bible (19:37-22:20)
Option B:Jonah and the People of Ninevah (13:20-15:32)
Recommended Song(s):Wounded Soldier Second Chances (a fun Veggietales song)

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Ask:  How were Naomi and/or Ruth underdogs?  Why did it seem like they wouldn't be able to succeed?
Ask:  How does God provide for them?
For music this week, consider one of the songs from our Children's Ministry List

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Click here for Sadness/Jesus crying for Lazarus video--referenced in Children's Message video for the weekend
 
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Please pick up a kit/visit our @Home VBS Web Page for continued at home faith experiences. 
 
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Because of @Home VBS over the next 2 weeks...there will not be any additional study question for our Sunday/Children's Message topic.
Please pick up a kit/visit our @Home VBS Web Page for continued at home faith experiences.