Thanks for joining us again as we do Children’s Worship from home!
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GOD MADE A PROMISE
Activity One: Read the intro. Watch the video. Read the conclusion.
Activity Two: Discuss the story using provided questions as prompts.
Activity Three: Respond to the story by doing the activity.
Activity Four: Bless your children
(It’s not an activity, but just a little background on the story for you, the parent, to read.)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of mankind. (John 1:1–4)
The Lord God is the Creator of all things and gives life to all things. He created mankind to be in perfect relationship with Himself for all eternity. When sin entered the world, the harmony of the relationship man shared with God broke. But He didn’t leave us alone. In the moment we sinned, the Lord put in place a plan to restore and heal what had been lost. The great I AM humbled Himself, took on human form, and died the death of sacrifice. He completely redeemed us—bought us back—from death so our relationship with Him could be restored once and for all—for eternity. “For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen” (Romans 11:36).
Activity 1: STORY
Lead children in a Prayer of Release to pause, be still, and ask the Holy Spirit to quiet their hearts and minds.
Intro to video: (to read to the children)
God made the whole world and everything in it. Can you name some of the things God made? What was the best part of His world? Yes, the people, Adam and Eve. After God created everything Adam and Eve obeyed God and talked with Him everyday. But one day something happened to change all that. Today we learn what happened in the garden where Adam and Eve lived and about God’s love and how He keeps His promises.
Conclusion: (read to child/children)
Is this the end of the story? No, it’s just the beginning. The Big God Story is all about God and His plan to save us from sin. Because Adam and Eve sinned, sin came into the whole world and the Bible says we all have sinned.
But because God loves us so much, He made a promise to send a Savior who would rescue us from sin. That’s good news! Who is the promised Savior? Yes, Jesus! He is the One God promised to send. God made a promise. And because of that promise, we can be with God forever!
Activity 2: DISCUSSION
I wonder … What did the garden look like?
I wonder … How Adam and Eve felt after they disobeyed God?
I wonder … How did Adam and Eve feel when they heard the promise God made?
After discussing the Wonder Questions, take a moment to pray with your group:
Dear God, thank you for making our world and everything in it, the sun, the clouds, the animals, and the fish in the ocean and for making us, your people. Thank you for making a very important promise that a Savior, Jesus, would come one day to take away all our sins.
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God Responds into your everyday life as a family.
Activity 3: RESPONSE ACTIVITY
When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they had to leave Eden. But before they went away, God made a promise. We know that when God makes a promise He keeps it, no matter what. We can trust Him to do what He says He will do. God promised that the Savior would come to rescue us from sin. That Savior is Jesus. Let’s make a picture to remind us that God kept His promise.
A black piece of construction paper or cardstock.
Start by “drawing” your picture on your black paper with the white glue. (Keep this to simple outlines. It doesn’t work well when you fill big chunks of the paper in with glue.) Next, sprinkle salt all over the glue.
Then pour off the excess salt. You do not have to wait for the glue to dry before painting.
The reason why you want to use black paper is so if any of the paint gets somewhere that’s not the salt, you don’t see it. Encourage the children to just touch their paintbrushes to the salt and let it spread. You have to be gentle so as not to disturb the wet glue under the salt. These do not last forever so after a few days you may have to gently remove them from the house.
Activity 4: CLOSING BLESSING
As you finish, pray a final prayer of blessing over the children:
May you know that God made a promise to send us Jesus.
May you remember that God is mighty. May you always trust His promises.