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

Sleeping Through the Storm

Based on: Mark 4:35-41

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

 

During the worst year of my life, I received a unique gift: a tiger swallowtail butterfly. It had been rescued from the middle of the busiest, dirtiest street in the city, plucked from certain death in an improbable way and placed in a take-out box. In an impossible place, this delicate creature had rested and been graced with a rescue as it rested. Its presence in my hands reminded me of the lack of rest in my own life as I scrambled to fix everything myself, on my own terms.

 

As Jesus slept through the howling wind and crashing waves, His peaceful nap reminds us that He had made this water and called forth this wind— they were His! Jesus’ actions astonished His disciples, mainly because they didn’t fully understand yet who He was. Today, we have complete information about Him. Knowing fully that He is the Savior sent by God, we also must answer His questions: “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:40). He is still Lord, still able!

 

From the outside, the peace Jesus offers us may look as improbable as a butterfly resting in the middle of a busy street—or as Jesus Himself sleeping peacefully through a storm! But as we rest in His peace, we receive the ability to sit tight in the middle of the worst possible situation, trusting Him to do more than we can imagine!

 

Activity One:  Read the intro. Watch the video of the story.

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

Worship: Singing 

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

Activity Four:  Bless your children 

 

 

Activity 1:  STORY

 

Introduction to read the children:

Jesus and His friends were near the Sea of Galilee. They were with a huge crowd of people who had come to see Jesus. All day long, Jesus was teaching and healing. He and His friends were getting tired, but even when it got late, the people stayed. They weren’t going anywhere!

 

Jesus turned to His friends and said, “Let’s get into the boat and travel to the other side of the sea.” This would give Jesus and His friends a chance to rest before another crowd of people gathered!

 

Watch video:

 

 

Conclusion to read to the children

 

Jesus proved that He has power over all of creation. He can keep us safe in any storm. He can give us peace in any scary situation. Show bike lock. Does your bike have the ability to keep itself safe from being stolen? No! That’s why you lock it up. Then you have peace of mind that it is safe! In the same way, when times are hard and scary, there is no one like Jesus to depend on. When we ask for His help and remember His power, it gives us peace of mind in scary times.

Our Bible verse today tells us the BEST way to lock onto that peace! Read aloud Philippians 4:6.  “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”  Don’t worry! In every situation, we can pray and trust Jesus! When we thank Him and trust Him, He gives us peace. He helps us feel safe and cared for.

 

Activity 2:  DISCUSSION

  • Why do you think Jesus continued to sleep during such a bad storm? (He knew God would take care of them. He knew He had power over the storm.)
  • Why did Jesus’ friends think He didn’t care about them? How did Jesus show them He would help them when they asked?
  • Why do you think Jesus’ friends were so amazed when He stopped the storm? (They didn’t realize He had power over wind and waves. They didn’t realize how powerful He really was.)
  • What do you think a kid who needs peace should do? (Ask a trusted person for help. Pray.) What does Philippians 4:6 tell us to do? (Tell God your worries.)
  • What are ways to have peace when you are worried or afraid? (Pray. Believe Jesus. Trust God. Thank God for His help.)

Let’s pray now and ask God for peace for something that is bothering us and to trust Him to take care of it.

Encourage children to pray for God to help them with something they need peace with this week in their own words. Then, transition into a time of prayer for personal requests.

 

Worship Songs:

 

 

Activity 3: RESPONSE ACTIVITY #1

Jesus Brings Peace Crayon Resist Art

 

Help kids remember this Bible story about Jesus calming the storm and bringing peace for the disciples and for us, too, with this craft.

 

Supplies

  • white crayon (or a wax candle)
  • watercolor paint
  • cardstock or watercolor paper
  • paintbrushes

 

Instructions:

  1. Have children write (or you write) “Jesus gives me peace,” or Jesus gives me peace in scary times,“ or the verse Phillipians 4:6 on the cardstock using a white crayon.
  2. Paint over the cardstock with watercolor paint.
  3. Let dry, and voila! Crayon resist art!

 

Activity #2  Print and Color

Activity 4: CLOSING BLESSING

 

This week when I’m at work or home, I’m going to talk to God about things that worry me. I’ll pray that you remember to talk to God, too.

 

(______________), may God bless you with His peace this week and forever!

 

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

Working on the Sabbath?

Based on: Mark 2:23-28; 3:1-6

 

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

 

One Sunday, I watched as a visiting family arrived early to the worship service and chose a place to sit. A few moments later, a family who had attended our church for many years came and found that “their” seats were taken. Instead of finding another place to sit, they left, and the following week they made sure they arrived at church earlier. It was sad that the family missed out on seeing God at work in the visitors’ lives.

 

If we’re not careful, we can find ourselves in similar situations. That’s what happened to the Pharisees. They stuck to their traditions and were upset when Jesus healed someone during “their” Sabbath service. This week, examine areas of your life where traditions or being comfortable where you are may hinder you from being a part of something wonderful that God has planned.

 

When Jesus’ actions on the Sabbath went against the established rules of the Pharisees, He showed the authority given to Him as God’s Son, the Savior. When we decide to be followers of Jesus, we give Him authority over our lives, too. We choose to love Him and follow His example of loving others.

 

Lisa Pham, Editor

 

Activity One:  Read the intro. Watch the video of the story.

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

Worship: Singing 

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

Activity Four:  Bless your children 

 

Activity 1:  STORY

 

Introduction to read the children:

 

By now, Jesus and His friends had become pretty well known. And no matter what Jesus did or said, it seemed that there was always someone watching Him who complained, argued or even told Jesus that He was breaking a rule! Today’s Bible story starts on one of those days when the Pharisees, the religious leaders, were watching Jesus.

 

Watch video:

 

Conclusion to read to the children

 

Jesus showed what God’s love is really like when He cared about the needs of the people around Him. And He chose to do that every day, not just on days when other people thought He should!  Jesus wants us to show God’s love every day, too.

 

Following Jesus is about more than just obeying a bunch of rules. When we follow Jesus, we do the things He did—we show love to other people and care about their needs. And we choose to do these things because we know that Jesus really loves us! 

 

A Bible verse tells us how we can show God’s love to others! Galatians 6:2 says: Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  We carry each other’s burdens when we help each other and care about problems that other people have.

 

Activity 2:  DISCUSSION

  • Why were the Pharisees upset with Jesus? (They cared more about their way of doing things than about showing love to others.) 
  • What did Jesus want them to do instead?
  • What did the Pharisees choose to do? Why?
  • What would Jesus tell kids your age about doing what’s right?
  • What do you think the law of Christ is? (Following Jesus by showing His love to others. What does Galatians 6:2 tell us to do? (Carry each other’s burdens. Help each other.) Helping and caring for others is a way to do what’s right in Jesus’ eyes! How have you helped someone who was having a hard time? How has someone helped you?

Encourage children to pray for God to help them with helping others this week in their own words. Then, transition into a time of prayer for personal requests.

 

Worship Songs:

 

Activity 3: RESPONSE ACTIVITY #1

Jesus Heals Craft

 

Help kids remember this Bible story about Jesus healing the man with the withered hand and how we need to help others for Jesus. 

To make this helping hands craft, you will want to cut hands out of brightly colored construction paper.

 

Next, have kids tape (or you could glue) hands to make a circle. We found that 7 was the perfect number and made a good size circle.

 

Have the child write by themselves or with help ideas of how they can use their hands to serve Jesus by helping others. Some of the ideas included:

  • set the table
  • do my best in school
  • hold the door open for someone else
  • hug my grandma
  • rake neighbors leaves
  • clapping praise during worship

 

Response Activity #2  Print and Color

Activity 4: CLOSING BLESSING

 

Helping each other is a way to do what’s right. No matter what you do this week, look for ways to do what’s right in Jesus’ eyes!

 

(______________), once again, may you find ways to go beyond what is expected in helping others this week

 

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

Friendship and Forgiveness

Based on: Mark 2:1-12

 

 

EQUIP:  

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

 

A few years ago, a major league baseball player became a media sensation simply because he showed up for every game to do his job. Because our culture doesn’t have  very high expectations of sports stars, it became a big deal that the player had perfect attendance!

Today’s Bible story shows us the beauty of doing more than is expected—both on the part of the four friends and also on the part of Jesus Himself! Helping others may sometimes require courage and creativity as we follow Jesus’ example to go beyond what is expected in showing love.

 

For me, the times others have gone out of their way to help me are memories that I treasure. And they motivate me to want to take extra measures in helping others. But the abundant love of Jesus is the real life changer! There is no way to pay back His love. We can only live a life of love in grateful response to the way that Christ has loved us.

 

Jesus’ healing of the paralyzed man gives us a complete picture of how Jesus intervenes in our lives. Jesus, God’s Son, not only healed the man’s legs, but healed the man’s soul as well. The healed man was a living witness to Jesus’ power over sin. We, too, when we believe in Jesus, can be forgiven of our sin and be witnesses of His power in our lives.

 

Mary Davis, Senior Editor

 

Activity One:  Read the intro. Watch the video of the story.

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

Worship: Singing 

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

Activity Four:  Bless your children 

 

Activity 1:  STORY

 

Introduction:To read the children:

 

Wherever Jesus went, there was plenty of excitement! On this particular day, Jesus and His friends were in Capernaum. Of course, news spread like wildfire—”Jesus is here!” Once people found out where Jesus was, what do you think happened? (a) They set off fireworks. (b) They gathered for a fish fry on the beach. (c) They crowded in and around the house where Jesus was staying. Pause for students to respond. And the answer is C! People crowded inside the house. When it was full, more people crowded around the windows and doors and all around outside! The house was packed, inside and out!

 

Watch video:

 

Activity 2:  DISCUSSION

  • What does it mean to be paralyzed? (Cannot move. Cannot move arms and/or legs.)
  • What did the friends of the paralyzed man do to meet the needs of their friend? (They carried their friend to see Jesus. They dug a hole in a roof and lowered the man down.)
  • What did the friends expect Jesus to do? (Heal their friend.)
  • How did Jesus go beyond what was expected?  (He healed the man AND forgave his sins.)
  • What can you do this week to follow Jesus’ example in helping others? (Look for people to help. Try to help people in my family before they ask for help. Treat friends kindly and respectfully.)

Encourage children to pray for God to help them with helping others this week in their own words. Then, transition into a time of prayer for personal requests.

 

Worship Songs:

 

Activity 3: RESPONSE ACTIVITY #1 

Supplies

  • Card stock
  • Crayons
  • Glue
  • Yarn in a variety of colors
  • Scissors

We can use our hands to help others. What are some ways you can use your hands to help someone at school? At home? This week, see if you can not only meet a need by helping someone, but also see if you can go beyond what is expected!

Give each child a sheet of cardstock and a crayon. Child traces one of their hands on the piece of paper and then applies a thin line of glue to the crayon lines. Child places a length of yarn on the line of glue. Child then prints on the card stock a word or phrase as a reminder to help others. Students add designs with glue, covering the glue with different colors of yarn.  Using crayons instead of markers to trace hands will help students avoid getting marks along the edges of their hands.

Response Activity #2  Print and Color

Activity 4: CLOSING BLESSING

There were lots of unexpected actions in this story! The four friends not only carried their friend to Jesus but also tore a hole in the roof! And, best of all, Jesus not only healed the man’s legs but also forgave his sins! The man’s needs were met in unexpected ways. Every day we can look for ways to meet the needs of others, too.

(______________),  May you find ways to go beyond what is expected in helping others this week

 

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

One Busy Day!

Based on: Mark 1:21-34

 

 

EQUIP:  

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

 

Trusting people or things can be difficult! I have difficulty putting my trust in roller coasters. When I see one speeding down a large dip into a loop, it is hard for me to remember that it is really securely attached to a track. This is similar to my relationship with Christ. I know that I can trust Him, because He loves me; but when I see troubles ahead or I’m not sure where the next turn is going to take me, I sometimes feel afraid.

 

One thing that always helps me stay on track is the Bible. When I spend time in God’s Word, I read the many stories of how God has loved, helped, healed and saved His people. When I read those stories, it reminds me of all the reasons I have to trust and praise Him.

 

The Gospel of Mark is a book of action! Mark presents Jesus as the Servant, emphasizing the way in which Jesus helped others. By showing what Jesus accomplished on Earth and how His coming changed the world, Mark proves that Jesus is the Son of God. When we believe in Jesus and choose to follow Him, He changes our lives, too! Jesus is our Savior and helper.

Lisa Pham

Editor

 

Activity One:  Read the intro. Watch the video of the story.

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

Worship: Singing 

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

Activity Four:  Bless your children 

 

Activity 1:  STORY

 

Introduction:To read the children:

 

Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen. They had been at the Sea of Galilee, throwing and mending their fishing nets, when Jesus had called out to them and asked them to come and follow Him. So they left their jobs and started to follow Jesus right then and there! They were Jesus’ disciples. At this time, Peter was known as Simon.

 

Jesus’ disciples traveled with Him. One day they came to Capernaum, the town where Peter lived with his wife and her mother.

 

On Saturday, Jesus went to the synagogue along with most everyone else in Capernaum. (A synagogue was like a church.) In the synagogue, Jesus taught the people about God, reading and explaining the Old Testament to them.

Just about the time Jesus finished speaking, a man began to shout at Him! The shouting man was controlled by an evil spirit—and the words were coming from that spirit. That evil spirit knew EXACTLY who Jesus was! And it was AFRAID! Jesus simply and sternly said to the spirit, “Be quiet! Come out of him!” And of course, the evil spirit DID come out—because even evil spirits have to obey Jesus!

Can you imagine the scene? Listen as I read Mark 1:27. You’ll hear what the people thought and said after this happened.  “All the people were amazed. So they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching! And with so much authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits, and they obey him.”

This huge roomful of people must have been completely silent as they watched Jesus deal with that evil spirit. Then, when the evil spirit left, the people probably all talked at once! 

This Jesus, this rabbi friend of Peter’s, was VERY different! When He taught, He acted like He knew what He was talking about! And He wasn’t afraid of a screaming evil spirit. He ordered it to leave, and it OBEYED!

 

Then Jesus and His friends went from the synagogue to Peter’s house. At Peter’s house was one person who had stayed home. Peter’s mother-in-law was very ill. Let’s see what Jesus did when He found out.

 

Watch the video: Then read the conclusion to the children.

 

 

 

Read to the children after watching the video:

 

Soon people brought all of their sick friends and family members to Jesus. As it began to get dark, it didn’t get quiet! A big crowd gathered outside Peter’s house. Everyone who knew someone who needed help had brought those people to see Jesus! And what did Jesus do? He went from person to person, kindly healing the sick ones. 

 

What do you think the people in Capernaum did after they learned about Jesus and saw what He did? Every day, the news spread farther, as traders traveled, as farmers went into different towns and as fishermen unloaded their catch in other villages. This was the BIGGEST news!

 

Activity 2:  DISCUSSION

 

  • Who needed help in this story?
  • What did Jesus do to show that He was a leader people could trust? (Taught about God. Helped people. Healed people.)
  • What did the people in Capernaum do or say when they heard about Jesus?  (They were excited and brought sick people to Jesus. They spread the news about Jesus.)

 

Many people in today’s Bible story discovered that Jesus was an amazing, wonderful person. Many of them decided to let Him be their leader. They wanted Jesus to be in charge of their lives. We can decide to follow Jesus, too.

 

How can you show that Jesus is in charge of your life? (Pray to Him. Obey commands in the Bible.)

 

Let’s pray now and let Jesus know He is in charge of our lives.

 

Encourage children to pray for these things with their own words. Then, transition into a time of prayer for personal requests.

 

Worship Songs:

 

 

 

 

Activity 3: RESPONSE ACTIVITY #1 

Response Activity #2  Print and Color

Activity 4: CLOSING BLESSING

We can trust Jesus, because we know He loves us and has taken care of us in so many ways already. We can trust Him to be in charge of our lives. It makes me happy to know that Jesus’ love for us will never, ever, ever, EVER end.

 

(______________),  May you always trust Jesus to be in charge of your life!

 

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

 

Mission Possible!

Based on: Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:1-11

 

EQUIP:  

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

 

As a shy kid, I felt like the Great Commission was the worst duty Jesus had put on my to-do list. Tell others about Him? Scary! But I finally realized that my view was wrong: Jesus did NOT give this task as a duty; rather, He was inviting His followers to join Him in the great adventure of reconciling the world to Himself!

 

What could be more exciting than talking about the One you love the most? What could be more fun and fulfilling than helping people follow Jesus and live forever in amazing joy? It’s a “can’t keep it to myself” outflow of love!

 

I pray that my love might overflow into gracious actions—actions that are marked by a family likeness to Jesus.

 

The Great Commission given by Jesus not only includes a command but also a promise: “I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). These words are significant, because they represent God’s plan for Jesus from start to finish. The prophet Isaiah told of the child who would be born and called “Immanuel” (see Isaiah 7:14). Matthew told us the meaning of “Immanuel”: “God with us” (see Matthew 1:23). From Isaiah to Matthew and then from Jesus Himself, we learn of the One sent by God to be with us and bring us salvation.

 

Mary Davis

Senior Editor

 

Activity One:  Read the intro. Watch the video of the story..

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

Worship: Singing 

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

Activity Four:  Bless your children 

 

Activity 1:  STORY

 

Introduction:To read the children:

 

After He died and rose again, Jesus spent time in Jerusalem with His friends. For 40 days, Jesus and His disciples ate together, walked together and talked together

 

What do you think Jesus wanted His friends to know about Himself? 

 

Jesus wanted His friends to understand why He had died and come back to life. He wanted them to know that when He rose from the dead, He showed everyone that He is stronger than ANYTHING, even death. Now all people could have their sins forgiven, join God’s family and live forever with Him!

 

Watch the video:

 

Activity 2:  DISCUSSION

  • What did Jesus want His disciples to do?
  • What things do you think Jesus’ disciples would have told others about Jesus? (The miracles they saw Him do. The things He taught them.)
  • Why did Jesus think His disciples would be able to do this job? (Jesus promised to be with them. The Holy Spirit would give them power.)
  • What do you think Jesus wants His followers today to do? (Tell others about Jesus.) 

Let’s talk about how we can follow Jesus’ command. Let’s brainstorm some ways that our words or actions could help people know the good news about Jesus. 

As children tell responses (“say ‘Jesus loves you,'” “show God’s love by being kind,” “invite someone to church,” etc.), write ideas on a piece of paper.

Encourage children to pray for these things with their own words. Then, transition into a time of prayer for personal requests.

 

Worship Songs:

Activity 3: RESPONSE ACTIVITY #1 Witness Bracelets

 

Our art project can help us tell others about Jesus.  The colors of the bracelet can help us remember what it means to follow Jesus.

Materials Needed:

One strip of leather 16 1/2 inches long by 1/8 inches wide
One each of the following colored pony beads: clear, grey, red, white, blue, green and yellow

Instructions:

  1. String the beads onto the leather strip in the following order: grey, red, white, blue, green, yellow. It is important to have the beads in the correct order as the order tells the Gospel message.
  2. Center the beads on the leather strip and tie a knot on each end of the group of beads. This will help to hold them in place.
  3. Take the clear bead and string one of the leather ends through it. Take the other end of the leather strip and start it into the hole in the bead – entering in the opposite direction. (You will not be able to push it through, but by holding the two strips of leather together on the one end and pulling on the single strand on the other end, it will pull it through.)
  4. Tie a knot on each end of leather. The clear bead will allow you to adjust the bracelet to fit any wrist.

Meaning of the Colored Beads:

Clear – God is invisible, pure and holy (Is 6:3).
Gray – We are separated from God by our sin (Rom 3:23).
Red – Because God loves us, He sacrificed His Son, Jesus, for our sin (Rom 5:8). White – Now God sees us as righteous, pure and forgiven of sin (Eph 1:7-8).
Blue – We are baptized into the family of God through baptism (Gal 3:26-27).
Green – We read the Bible and pray to grow in faith & disciple others (2 Peter 3:18a). Yellow – We will receive the crown of life (Rev 2:10b).

Response Activity #2  Print and Color

Activity 4: CLOSING BLESSING

 

When we talk to God, it’s good to know that He gives us the courage and power we need to tell others about Jesus. 

 

(______________),  May you always remember that God sent His Son, Jesus, to save us from our sins. Jesus went back to heaven but He sent His Holy Spirit to be with us always.

 

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

Happy Easter!

Worldwide News!

Based on: Matthew 26:1—28:10

EQUIP:  

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

 

The story of Jesus’ death and resurrection is the high point in God’s big story of redemption. The amazing events of this first Easter give us the proof that God’s plan to save us is true. Because of Easter, we can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God loves us. We can be confident in the forgiveness of sin and in the promise that we can live now and forever in the presence of the risen Christ!

 

Activity One:  Read the intro. Watch the video.

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

Worship: Singing 

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

Activity Four:  Bless your children 

 

Activity 1:  STORY

Introduction:To read the children:

 

Jesus had arrived in Jerusalem to shouts of joy, welcomed like a much-loved king. EVERYONE knew He was in town! And although many people loved Him, most of the religious leaders HATED Him.

 

Because of their hatred of Jesus, the religious leaders agreed to arrest Jesus and kill Him—but they wanted to be sly about it! With so many people in Jerusalem, arresting Jesus could start a riot, so they had to be careful. Judas, one of Jesus’ own disciples, came to them and offered to bring them to Jesus when there weren’t crowds of people around. The leaders gave him 30 pieces of silver for helping them arrest Jesus. 

 

On the night Jesus was going to be arrested, He celebrated the Passover meal with His disciples. (Passover was a holiday to remember the way God had rescued His people from slavery in Egypt.) But this Passover was different! First, Jesus used the wine and bread on the table to explain to His friends that He was going to give His own body and His own blood so that their sins could be forgiven.

 

That same night, Jesus and His friends went to Gethsemane, the garden where they often gathered. Jesus prayed and prayed. What do you think Jesus prayed about? He knew what was coming—and He knew it was going to be painful. But Jesus prayed, “Father, not My will but Your will be done.”

 

Soon after that, Judas led a crowd of men with swords and clubs into the garden. After Judas greeted Jesus with a kiss, the men arrested Jesus—even though Jesus had done nothing wrong! Immediately, one of Jesus’ disciples took out a sword and cut off a man’s ear. “Put the sword back,” Jesus said. “My Father could send angels to protect Me!” Suddenly, even though Jesus didn’t seem to be afraid, ALL of the disciples were terrified. What do you think the disciples did? They turned and RAN!

 

Watch video:

 

Activity 2:  DISCUSSION

  • Why do you think some of the people in Jerusalem first welcomed Jesus but then wanted Him to be killed? (They didn’t believe He was God’s Son.)
  • Why did Jesus have to die? (Jesus never sinned, so He is the only One who could take the punishment for our sins.)
  • What is the most important thing kids your age need to know about God’s plan for Jesus? (God sent Jesus to make a way for us to be part of God’s family forever.)

The story of Jesus’ death and resurrection is the part of God’s big story that we’ve all been waiting for! The amazing events of the first Easter show us that God’s plan to save each and every person is true. What better way for God to prove His love for us than to send His own Son to take the punishment for our sin—and then to raise Him from the dead so that we can live with Him now and forever!

What can you say to God for this great gift?  Let’s pray and thank Him right now!

Encourage children to pray for these things with their own words. Then, transition into a time of prayer for personal requests.

 

Worship Songs:

 

Activity 3: RESPONSE ACTIVITY #1 Resurrection Buns

 

Here is a delicious and fun project to do with small children. 

Ingredients

  • 1 package refrigerated crescent dough
  • 1 bag of large marshmallows
  • ½ cup of butter, melted
  • ¾ cup of white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  1. Grease a muffin tin pan and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a small bowl.
  3. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a separate small bowl.
  4. Unroll the crescent dough and separate into the triangles (along the dough perforations). Explain that the dough represents the tomb that they put Jesus into after his crucifixion.
  5. Next, hold up a white marshmallow and explain that it represents Jesus. Roll the marshmallow in butter and then in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Explain that it represents the oils and spices that was rubbed on Jesus after his death before they placed him in the tomb.
  6. Place the marshmallow onto a dough triangle near the larger end. Wrap each side of the dough up and over the marshmallow and explain that the dough represents the tomb where they buried Jesus. Roll the dough in your hands until all of the marshmallow is covered and sealed.
  7. Dip the rolled dough in butter and then dip in the cinnamon/sugar mixture and place in the greased muffin tin.
  8. Repeat until all of the dough has been used.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool then cut the “tomb” (rolls) down the middle. Before cutting, ask if the kids remember what happened on the third day (or why we celebrate Easter). Remind them that when they went to the tomb where Jesus was buried, the tomb was empty because Jesus rose. Cut through the roll and show the kids how the “tomb” is now empty.

Make sure you get the classic crescent dough that can be separated into triangles.

You may want to place the muffin tin on a cookie sheet before baking in case there is any spillover.

 

RESPONSE ACTIVITY #2 Paper Plate Empty Tomb

Here’s a simple craft for Easter. I couldn’t find instructions but it looks pretty simple to replicate. Notice the black background in the tomb. You could add an angel or the women for more detail. Use the coloring page to color and cut out the figures, if desired.

 

Activity 3: RESPONSE ACTIVITY #3 Print and Color 

Activity 4: CLOSING BLESSING

 

(______________),  May you always know that Jesus didn’t have to die on the cross. But He made that choice so you can be part of God’s family.

 

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

Today is Palm Sunday and marks the beginning of Holy Week. If you would like to delve into this week in a more in depth way with your children the CRC Curriculum,
DWELL, has a great resource to use. It is attached here:

 

https://network.crcna.org/faith-nurture/how-help-families-celebrate-holy-week-home

 

RESURRECTION BUNS

Here is a fun project to do for Easter. It’s also posted in the Easter Lesson but if you’d like to start early on Easter morning it’s here, too. Also, you may need to pick up some ingredients if you don’t already have them.

Ingredients

1 package refrigerated crescent dough

1 bag of large marshmallows

½ cup of butter, melted

¾ cup of white sugar

2 Tablespoons cinnamon

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a muffin tin pan and set aside.

Melt butter in a small bowl. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a separate small bowl. 

Unroll the crescent dough and separate into the triangles (along the dough perforations). Explain that the dough represents the tomb that they put Jesus into after his crucifixion.

Next, hold up a white marshmallow and explain that it represents Jesus. Roll the marshmallow in butter and then in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Explain that it represents the oils and spices that were rubbed on Jesus after his death before they placed him in the tomb.

Place the marshmallow onto a dough triangle near the larger end. Wrap each side of the dough up and over the marshmallow and explain that the dough represents the tomb where they buried Jesus. Roll the dough in your hands until all of the marshmallow is covered and sealed.

Dip the rolled dough in butter and then dip in the cinnamon/sugar mixture and place in the greased muffin tin.

Repeat until all of the dough has been used.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Allow to cool then cut the “tomb” (rolls) down the middle. Before cutting, ask if the kids remember what happened on the third day (or why we celebrate Easter). Remind them that when they went to the tomb where Jesus was buried, the tomb was empty because Jesus rose. Cut through the roll and show the kids how the “tomb” is now empty.

Make sure you get the classic crescent dough that can be separated into triangles.

You may want to place the muffin tin on a cookie sheet before baking in case there is any spillover.

 

May you and your children have a blessed and meaningful Easter!  He is Risen!

The Loudest Parade

Based on: Matthew 21:1-16

 

EQUIP:  

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

 

As we start to think about how the people in Jerusalem responded to Jesus on the first Palm Sunday, let’s take some time to think about our own responses to Jesus. For me, I know that I asked Him to be my Lord and Savior a long time ago. But what about my everyday responses? And what about yours?

 

It can be easy to ignore Jesus, especially when things are going well in my life. Other times, I expect Him to answer my prayers according to MY idea of what should happen! But when Jesus rode into Jerusalem, He wasn’t coming to meet the crowd’s expectations, He was coming to do His Father’s will. He was concerned with God’s best, not His own desires. When I put aside my ideas of what should happen in my life and recognize Jesus as my King, my Savior and my God, I respond to Him with praise for His goodness, His love, His wisdom—because He is the great I AM.

 

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on the Sunday before Passover, He was clearly communicating who He is and why He had come. Riding a donkey showed that He was the King, bringing peace, not war. And He was fulfilling Isaiah’s and Zechariah’s prophecies about the coming of the Messiah, the One God had promised to send to save His people (see Isaiah 62:11; Zechariah 9:9). Jesus has not changed. Jesus is still the King who brings peace and the Savior who forgives our sin.

 

Debbie Barber

Senior Editor

 

Activity One:  Read the intro. Watch the video.

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

Worship: Singing 

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

Activity Four:  Bless your children 

 

Activity 1:  STORY

Introduction:To read the children:

 

As Jesus and His friends walked down the road toward Jerusalem for the Passover celebration, Jesus told two of His friends to go ahead of them to the next small town and bring back a donkey with her colt, or baby. So they went and found the donkey and the colt to bring back.

 

Listen as I read Matthew 21:4-5 to find out why this was so important!   4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”

 

These words were written by the prophet Zechariah about 500 years before Jesus was ever born! This donkey was fulfilling something God had said long, long ago. Anyone who knew Zechariah’s words and saw Jesus riding down the road would have immediately thought, Look! It’s the promised KING!

 

So Jesus’ friends brought the donkey to Jesus. Pulling off their coats, they spread them across the donkey’s back to make a place for Jesus to sit. Jesus got on and began to ride down the dusty road to Jerusalem.  Let’s see what happens!

 

Watch the video:

 

Activity 2:  DISCUSSION

  • Why were the people on the road to Jerusalem so excited? (Jesus, the King, was coming to Jerusalem.) 
  • What special words of praise did they say to Jesus?  (Hosanna, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.)
  • What did Jesus say when the men told him to tell the people to stop praising Him?  (The rocks would start praising Jesus.)
    • Why was Jesus so sad he began to cry? (The people he came to rescue were missing it. They didn’t want Jesus to save them.)
  • Who welcomed Jesus and praised Him? (The ones who were healed and saw the miracles of Jesus.)
  • Who was unhappy with Jesus? (The ones who would reject him.)

Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem to show that He is the King and Savior God had promised to send. He did exactly what prophets in the Old Testament said the promised Savior would do (see Isaiah 62:11; Zechariah 9:9). Jesus hasn’t changed. He is still the Savior who forgives our sin, and He wants us to follow Him as our King.

 

Some people in our story today were angry with Jesus. They didn’t recognize Jesus as  the true King. And they missed out on knowing and loving Him. But the children and others in Jerusalem who praised Jesus that day recognized that Jesus was the King they had been waiting for. They praised Him and thanked God for sending Him.

 

Read Psalm 47:1-2 aloud.  1 Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. 2 For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.

 

 We can all praise and celebrate Jesus because He is the great King over all the earth! When we stop and think about who Jesus really is and how He came to make it possible for us to become part of God’s family, the best response is to follow Him and praise Him.

 

Let’s take some time to praise and thank Jesus for who He really is and how He made it possible for us to become part of God’s family.

 

Encourage children to pray for these things with their own words. Then, transition into a time of prayer for personal requests.

 

Worship Songs:

 

The people who waved palm branches and shouted at Jesus used the word hosanna. What does that word mean? It is a word used to express adoration, praise, or joy. They were happy and excited to see Jesus coming as a King. ““Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.“”

 

 

 

Activity 3: RESPONSE ACTIVITY #1  Make a paper bag donkey

 

https://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mbagdonkey.htm

     

RESPONSE ACTIVITY #2   Print and Color and or Dot to Dot

Activity 4: CLOSING BLESSING

Remember that Jesus is our King! We can honor Him in the things we do and say every day. That’s a great way to follow Him! 

 

(______________),  May you always honor King Jesus by making Jesus the King of your life everyday.

 

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

Listen Up!

Based on: Matthew 21:33-45

 

EQUIP:  

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

When I think about Jesus’ parables, I like to remember the story of the prodigal son or the good Samaritan. I don’t think I would ever have selected the parable of the tenants—the Bible story for this lesson—as a favorite! After all, this story includes beatings, stonings and killings! To be honest, in most of my readings of the story, I’ve skipped over its true significance.

 

But I’ve discovered new meaning to this parable that includes the description of Jesus  as the capstone! I recently observed several kids trying to position large blocks into a beautiful arch held in place by a perfectly positioned block (the capstone). The arch fell to the ground time after time, until the block that was the capstone was put in just the right spot. Now when I read this parable, I see with fresh eyes how Jesus was put into our world at just the right time to fulfill God’s plan to make salvation possible for me and for you.

 

Jesus told the parable of the tenants to vividly summarize God’s patience in dealing with His rebellious people. Prophet after prophet was sent by God to deliver the message of hope and redemption. The ultimate messenger was Jesus,  God’s own Son—sent to both Jews and Gentiles. Jesus is the capstone of our faith. The whole Bible tells that salvation depends on Him.

 

Sheryl Haystead   Senior Managing Editor

 

Activity One:  Read the intro. Watch the video.

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

Worship: Singing 

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

Activity Four:  Bless your children 

 

Activity 1:  STORY

 

Introduction:To read the children:

 

It was the final week of Jesus’ life on Earth, and He was in Jerusalem, teaching and healing people. Many of the people LOVED Jesus; but the Pharisees, the religious leaders, HATED Him! Why do you think the leaders didn’t like Jesus? Jesus’ popularity was making these leaders VERY nervous! 

 

While the religious leaders grumbled about Jesus among themselves, Jesus said, “Listen to this parable.” This is the story He told.

 

Watch the video:

 

 

Activity 2:  DISCUSSION

 

What do you think the leaders did after hearing Jesus’ story? They were not sad. They didn’t say Jesus was right. No, they wanted to arrest Jesus right then! Jesus had told them the truth—but it only made them MORE angry!

  • What did you learn about Jesus from this story? (He is God’s Son. God sent Him.)
  • Why do you think the religious leaders didn’t accept Jesus? (They wanted people to follow them and not Jesus.)
  • Why do you think Jesus told this story? (So that people would know that God sent Jesus and would not reject Him.)
  • How do people today show that they reject Jesus? (They don’t pray to Him. They don’t learn about Him.)

Parents: On a piece of paper, draw a line to make a timeline. Draw a circle to represent the creation of the world at the left end of the timeline, and draw a cross in the middle of the timeline to represent the time when Jesus lived on Earth. 

 

Who told God’s messages before Jesus? Write names of prophets (Elijah, Daniel, Jeremiah, etc.) on the timeline between the circle and the cross. Draw a stick figure near the right end of the timeline to represent people alive today. 

 

Today we can choose whether or not we will accept Jesus and believe that He is the only way to be saved.

  • Who has helped you learn what is true about Jesus? (Parents, Teachers, Pastor.)
  • What are some things you do to show that you believe Jesus is the only way to be saved? (Try to learn more about Him. Pray to Him. Ask His help to obey.)
  • When you think of God’s plan for salvation through Jesus, what can you thank Him for?

Encourage children to pray for these things with their own words. Then, transition into a time of prayer for personal requests.

 

Worship Songs:

 

Activity 3: RESPONSE ACTIVITY #1 

 

Our art projects can help us and others think about Jesus. We can remember that believing in Him is the only way to be saved.

 

Supplies

  • Pencils
  • 12×18-inch (30.5×45.5-cm) construction paper
  • 12-inch (30.5-cm) lengths of crepe-paper streamers in a variety of colors or even ribbon or cording might work
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers

Students use a pencil to lightly print “JESUS” on their papers, making large letters. Then  students choose crepe-paper streamers, twist the streamers and glue twisted streamers to cover the letters. (Some letters may need more than one streamer.) Children may draw decorations on their papers with markers.

Response Activity #2  Print and Color

Activity 4: CLOSING BLESSING

 

This week, let’s see if we can remember to thank God every day for sending Jesus!

 

(______________),  May you always remember that God sent His Son, Jesus, to save us from our sins. Jesus is the only way to get to heaven.

 

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 Is Worthy Of Worship

Based on: John 9:1-41

 

EQUIP:  

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

 

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.   Psalm 100:1-2

Activity One:  Read the intro. Watch the video.

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

Worship: Singing 

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

Activity Four:  Bless your children 

 

Activity 1:  STORY

 

Introduction:To read the children:

 

The book of John tells us about when Jesus was on earth and shows us that Jesus is God’s Son.   There was a man who was blind when he was born. For all his life he was blind and couldn’t see a thing. But something happened that made him “see” that God is worthy of worship. Let’s find out what a man in the Bible did when Jesus helped him to see.

 

Watch the video:

 

Activity 2:  DISCUSSION

  • How did Jesus heal the man who was blind? (Jesus spat on the ground and made mud, which He put on the man’s eyes. Then Jesus had the man go wash in the Pool of Siloam.)
  • What did the Pharisees think about Jesus healing the man? (They were mad because He healed on the Sabbath, the Jewish day of rest.)
  • When the man found Jesus and heard who He was, what did he do? (He worshiped Jesus.)

God is worthy of worship! He is good and deserving of respect, praise, and attention.   Have your child/children complete these statements to have them think of reasons they should worship God.  Write their answers on a whiteboard or piece of paper.

“God can _____.” 

“God is _____.”

“God always _____.” 

“God gives ______.” 

Or they can finish the statement, “God is good and deserving of respect, praise, and attention because…”

Use this prayer time to worship God using the statements they created.

Then, transition into a time of prayer for personal requests.

 

Worship Songs:

 

 

Activity 3: RESPONSE ACTIVITY #1 Worship Mobile

 

God is worthy of worship. Worship means we give honor to God. We thank and praise God for who He is and what He does for us. There are lots of ways to worship God. Let’s make worship mobiles that you can use to remember to  worship God in different ways throughout the week.

     

Supplies

Printed page   Bonus Lesson 14 Worship Mobile – Elementary Spring 2020

Markers

Scissors

Tape

18 inch length of  yarn for each child

 

Distribute supplies. Let the children color the shapes. They can write in the blank shape a way they like to worship God. Then show them how to tape the shapes along a length of yarn to create a mobile.

    

RESPONSE ACTIVITY #2   Print and Color

Activity 4: CLOSING BLESSING

 

Lead in a guided prayer: 

 

God, we worship You because You are _________. Going around the circle, let the children finish the sentence. Thank You, God for sending Your Son, Jesus, to help us see Your power. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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

 

Talent Uncovered

Based on: Matthew 25:14-29, Colossians 3:23

EQUIP:  

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

 

I remember hearing today’s story as a kid. The teacher wanted us to think about how we could use our own talents to serve God. But I knew I didn’t have any talent worth showing to anyone— nothing for a talent show, no sports skills, nothing that would cause anyone to say, “You are so talented!” I was simply ordinary. It took a while before I could figure out that serving God doesn’t require special abilities. What He really wants is for His children to use to the best of their ability what He has given to them.

 

Not needing to be “talented” is comforting! Colossians 3:23 asks us to focus on the process of living for God, not the end result, or the product. Whatever we do, let’s work at it with all our hearts, all our energy and all our love, because we are working for the God who loves us more than we can imagine.

 

Jesus told the parable of the talents to teach the value of service. Jesus told all who follow Him to be prepared for His return by serving Him. Throughout the book of Matthew, we see Jesus as the King who we can serve. Living for Jesus demands our very best. It’s the kind of service we give to the King who came to Earth to love us and make our salvation possible: King Jesus!

 

Debbie Barber

Senior Editor

 

Activity One:  Read the intro. Watch the video.

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

Worship: Singing 

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

Activity Four:  Bless your children 

 

Activity 1:  STORY

Introduction:To read the children:

 

Jesus had told His friends that He was going away someday. He wanted them to know what to do while He was gone. This is a story Jesus told to help His friends know what He wanted them to do.

 

Watch the video:

 

Activity 2:  DISCUSSION

  • What did the first two servants do with the money they were given?
  • Why was the master angry with the servant he’d given one talent? (The servant did nothing to earn more money for the master.)
  • What do you think Jesus wanted people to learn from this story? (To use the talents and abilities God gives us. To be trustworthy and dependable. To always do our best.)

Each one of us is unique. There is no one else on Earth exactly like you. And no one else has the combination of talents and abilities God has given you. No one else can sing quite like you. No one else can play soccer exactly the way you do. You might already know the talents God has given you, or you might be just starting to discover them. But you can know for certain that God has made you in a wonderful way!

 

Read aloud Colossians 3:23. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

 

How does this verse tell you to work or use your abilities? (Work at it with all my heart. Do my work for the Lord.)  Whatever you do, you can do it for God. Construction workers can do their best work for God. Teachers and bus drivers can, too! Kids and grown-ups can serve God in everything they do! The next time you are sitting in class at school or doing your chores at home or playing basketball, remember that God has made you to do everything to the best of your abilities.

 

When we are working for the Lord, we try to do our best to love Him by serving others. God has given each of us some unique abilities. We can use the talents that God has given us to help others. Helping others is a way to show God that we love Him. Be ready to find ways that you can help serve someone this week.

 

When have you used a talent or ability to serve God?  Let’s pray and ask God to help us find a way to serve someone this week.

 

Encourage children to pray for these things with their own words. Then, transition into a time of prayer for personal requests.

 

Worship Songs:

 

 

Activity 3: RESPONSE ACTIVITY #1 Chromatography Science Experiment

 

This looks like a fun science experiment to help children see that God has given each of us many hidden “talents” to share with others. This website does not emphasize that aspect of our lesson so you will have to relate it to the story and the theme of this lesson with an introduction.

 

You will need washable markers

Coffee filters

Shallow glasses of water

Paper plates or paper towels

Popsicle sticks or plastic straws (optional)

Tape

Coffee Filter Science | Easy Science Experiment for Toddlers

Introduction: 
God made each of us special and different with unique talents and abilities. God wants us to use these talents and abilities to serve Him while He is away from us in heaven.  Let’s try a little experiment to see what happens when we use our talents and abilities to serve God. Sometimes we don’t see anything happen right away but after a while we may notice how beautiful those things can become.      

     

RESPONSE ACTIVITY #2   Print and Color

Activity 4: CLOSING BLESSING

 

Let’s all show God that we love Him with all our heart by doing our best in everything we do this week and finding some way to use an ability or talent to serve God. 

 

(______________),  May you always remember how special you are to God and serve Him with your whole heart!