Dear Parents,

Thanks for joining us again as we do Children’s Worship from home!  

Note: Please let us know about how your family is enjoying Children’s Worship! Take some pictures of your family participating in Children’s Worship or share a story. You can post to the Gold Avenue Church Facebook page or send by email at goldavechurch@gmail.com

GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES

OVERVIEW:

Activity One:  Read the intro. Watch the video.

Activity Two: Discuss the story using provided questions as prompts.

Worship: Singing

Activity Three:  Respond to the story by doing the activity. 

Activity Four:  Bless your children 

 

EQUIP:  (It’s not an activity, but just a little background on the story for you, the parent, to read.) 

The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:1–3)

Out of the land of Ur and the worship of false gods, the Lord God called Abraham into relationship with Himself. His purpose was to establish a holy nation for the holy God. This would be a nation of people whose hearts and lives were committed to the Lord. The people were to live in such a way that the nations would know the God of Abraham was the one true God—the holy God.

Qadowsh is the transcribed Hebrew of the word “holy.” To be holy is to be set apart—removed from anything that acts as a contaminant. To be holy is to be pure and without blemish. Sacred. The very core of God is holiness. To know God is to first know He is holy. The complete and total “otherness” of God does not allow for comparison to anything or anyone else. The call to holiness was to be the distinctive of His people.

God promised Abraham, “I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore” (Genesis 22:17a). Salvation would come to the world through this chosen family. Jesus Christ is the Promised One who would redeem and restore mankind to God. The descendants of Abraham would stretch far beyond his human genealogy. All who call Jesus Lord and Savior have been adopted into this family through grace.

 

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: (read to children) In the Big God’s story today we learn that God promised Abraham that his family would grow big and important. God said Abraham’s family would be so big it would be like trying to count all the stars in the sky. Have you ever tried to count the real stars in the sky? There are so many we could never even count them all! God also promised Abraham that someone special would come from his family and that someone special was Jesus! But Abraham had a problem. How could this happen? It didn’t seem possible! He was too old to have children!  Let’s listen and find out if God kept His promise!

 

Watch video.

Activity 2: DISCUSSION

In The Big God Story, we heard how God promised Abraham He would give him such a big family that he wouldn’t be able to count them just like he couldn’t count the stars. God kept His promise! God has a great big family too, and He promises that anyone who believes in Jesus can be a part of that family.

 

I wonder … What was it like for Abraham when God spoke to him?

I wonder … What do I like about being part of God’s big family?

I wonder … Who is the special person God promised would come from Abraham’s family?

 

After discussing the Wonder Questions, take a moment to pray with your group:

 

Dear God, thank you for keeping your promises to Abraham. Thank you for sending Jesus to save us from our sins and then to make us part of God’s family.

 

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.

Worship Songs:

 

Activity 3: RESPONSE ACTIVITY 

Make a 3-D star wreath.

Needed: colorful paper, 10 inch piece of cardboard, scissors, glue gun, ruler, scissors

 

Using your scissors/cutting tool/machine, cut out 12 {5″} stars. The number of stars you will need can vary, but for a 10″ wreath, 12 stars is a nice amount to start with. You can layer it more or less from there.

 

Score your star 5 times. Once for each point. Start at the point and score directly across to the center between the two bottom points. Rotate star and score again until each point has been scored.

Fold each scored line and crease firmly.

There is your 3-D star! Now finish up the rest of them and you’ll be ready to assemble your paper wreath.

Cut out a 10″ ring for your wreath base using thin cardboard.

Hot glue the stars to the ring and each other. Since they stick out, you can’t glue them flat, so just apply a small amount of glue to the points where the stars overlap each other. Don’t skimp on the glue.

Attach a ribbon for hanging.

Activity 4: CLOSING BLESSING 

Bless the children together with the following words:

May you be filled with joy today and every day as you share God’s promise with others.