Be Prepared to Tell Your Hope

Be prepared to tell of your hope

Bible: “Be prepared to tell of your hope”  1 Peter 3:14-17

Lesson: In the Bible Peter tells us to “Be prepared to tell of your hope.”  What is hope?  Hope is knowing in your heart that something good is going to happen, even if you can’t see it (point to your eyes).  We put our hope in Jesus and something good…like going to Heaven… will come.  This good, that we know will happen, makes us happy.  (Put some cookies in the middle of the table.)  How would you feel if I were to tell you that you may not eat these cookies, but I am going to keep them there on the table? –sad!  Now, how would you feel if I told you that you will be able to have a cookie after the lesson?  Does that give you hope? Hope is very important!  It gives us something good to look forward to, especially if bad things are happening right now.  When you believe in Jesus, He gives us hope to go to Heaven.  Jesus is the only one you should put your hope in.  He is the only one that can get you into Heaven.  Hope is something very special!  “I want to tell other people of my hope.”  How can I tell other people about my hope in Jesus?
Your testimony!  My testimony is a big word for the good things God has done for you.  What is my testimony?  My testimony telling people the story of the good things God has done in my life.  This is how God has helped you.  All of you should have a testimony so you can tell others.  It is simply a list of ways God has helped me.  Lets write a list of things God has done in our lives.  Tell me how God has helped you.  (Write examples on the board that the children yell out.  These will be mostly things they can see.)(house, hospital, doctors, dentist, paper, clothes)
Did you know there are ways God is helping you right now even though you can’t see them?  The Bible says that God gives breath.  Breath in and out.  (Let the kids do this several times.  It will help focus them.) Without God we couldn’t do that.  Without breath we would be dead.  So thank you God for breath.  In the Bible God has also told us the best ways to live.  Have you heard about the Ten Commandments?  If your mom and dad are married and happy, you can write that down as something God has done for you.  You may not know how great that is unless you know someone that doesn’t have both their mommy and there daddy together.  There are lots of ways God helps us even though you can’t see them right now.  Can we think of some ways God helps us even though we can’t see them?  Some of these thing you might not even think are blessings…like school.  But they are! Lots of kids can’t go to school and they have to dig through garbage.  (God made you, Jesus loves you, school, good friends that don’t hurt you, able to go to church, allowed to read the Bible…)  We are going to write a testimony that you can share.

Important Point: Be prepared to tell people how God has helped you in your life.

Direction: Have two plates of cookies.  (Each should have enough cookies to give one to each child.)  Hide one plate and have one to put on the table at the beginning of the lesson.  (When it says to)  The hidden one will come out at the end of the lesson.  Print out one  Large Testimony Book, and Be Prepared to Tell about Jesus for each child.   The books are to be printed front and back of the papers.  Cut them apart on the dotted lines and fold them on the slashed lines.  Staple the books in the middle.  Glue the large book in the middle of the large open space of the Be Prepared to Tell About Jesus page.  Help the children fill out their large book.
Materials: Two plates of cookies (each has one for each child), Colors, scissors, stapler, and glue.

Tell of your hope (Click to download pdf)

Learning Moments:

I totally messed up the pdf Testimony books!  I will need some more time to be sure they are in order, and how exactly we should print them.  I improvised this Sunday. We glued the pictures to a new smaller booklet.  It was just fine, but I don’t want you to have to go through the confusion of saddle stitch books.  I’ll work this out before I up load the pdf.

I got them to work!  Yeah!

Prepare for Christmas 2010

Preparing Sunday School for Christmas

I understand that in Sunday Schools all over the world, preparation for Christmas is starting.  (if it hasn’t started already for larger churches)   Every year I like to do something special for Christmas.  Last year we set-up a stage and had costumes available for family pictures of the nativity.  We are still discussing options for this year.  I wanted to make my Christmas lessons available for download ahead of time.  I start 4 weeks before Christmas, around Thanksgiving.  Two of the lessons are after Christmas and 4 are before Christmas.  It really is one of my favorite times of the year.  In addition to the “special thing,” I like to make something special for the children to take home to help the them remember the story.  I also want the children to have an opportunity to make a gift for their family.  Lots to think about!

Christmas 1: Zachariah and the Angel (Click to download the lessons)

Christmas 2: Mary and the Angel (Click to download the lessons)

Christmas 3: Joseph and the Angel (Click to download the lessons)

Christmas 4: Birth of Jesus (Click to download the lessons)

Christmas 5: Prophesy at the Temple (Click to download the lessons)

Christmas 6 Wisemen (Click to download the lessons)

Show Proper Respect

Show Proper Respect

Bible: 1 Peter 2:17 NIrV
17 Show proper respect to everyone. Love the community of believers. Have respect for God. Honor the king.

(Dress-up to be strictly business.)  “I am ‘strictly business’ because of my tie.  I like manners, because it tells the people I meet that I respect them.  I want to tell you about someone in the Bible that reminds us to show proper respect.” 1 Peter 2:17 says, “Show proper respect to everyone. Love the community of believers. Have respect for God. Honor the king.”
What is respect? is showing others they are special through your actions and words.
Who does this verse say we are to show respect to? –everyone. You need to show respect to people you like and people you don’t like!
How? Luke 6:31 says,  “Do to others as you want them to do to you.”
Why? -Because God says so is a good answer.  I also want to point out another verse.  Genesis 1:27 says,” So God created man in his own likeness.  He created him in the likeness of God.  He created them as male and female.”  Each person should be respected, not necessarily for what they do, but for who they are…made in the likeness of God.  Both boys and girls are made in the image of God.  Image is a word we use for likeness.  An image can be a picture of something.  It is not that thing, it is just a picture.  The Bible says we are made in the image of God.  We are not God.  We were made to look something like Him.  (Show them a picture of something.  Point out the difference between the picture and the thing in the picture.)  Using your manners is a good way to show proper respect.
What are manners? -the nice things we do to make people feel special. These are the same manners we want others to use with us (Luke 6:31).  There are different manners for different places around the world.  You should learn the manners for the place you are so that everyone you meet fills respect.  If you kiss someone’s cheek that you just met in the USA, they think you were a little strange.  But in some parts of the world that would be a normal greeting.  We are going to talk about how you can show respect through your “Greeting Manners” in the USA.
Greeting Manners in the USA
1.  Stand up to show respect in the USA (in other countries you might bow to show humility)
2.  Look in their eyes (everybody is created in the image of the God, Genesis 1:27)
3.  Posture (shoulders straight, chin up and smile)- you are a representative of the God 1 Peter 2:9
4.  Hand shake (offer the right hand, web-to-web, not too tight and not loosy-goosy)
5.  Say a friendly “hello” or “how do you do.”
6.  Use a title if they are older them you or have a special position (“Mrs, Mister, Sir, Teacher, Doctor, President…)
*As the teacher (with a small class) go around the room and greet each child with the new greeting manners.
Materials: A business coat, tie and hat (if you have one)–to be “strictly business”

Important Point: Everyone is created in the image of God.  Show proper respect toward everyone you meet.

Direction: Print out Show Proper Respect Top and Bottom.   Cut the top on the dotted lines and fold-up on the dashed (slanted) lines.  Glue the top to the bottom being sure they line up to see the bottom pages answers.
Materials: Colors, scissors, and glue.

Proper respect (Click to download PDF activity sheets)

Learning Moments: I am still getting use to having a “real preschool” class.  They are so cute but I have to scale back my information.  My lessons really can span into 2nd or 3rd grade.

Paul: Armor of God

Armor of God

Bible: Ephesians 6:10-17

Lesson: How would you like to be a knight in shining armor?  I want to wear shinning armor!  Did you know that the bible tells us how to put on God’s Shinning Armor?  In Ephesians 6, Paul who is in a roman jail, was looking at the soldier guarding him.  May be he was thinking, “I want to that kind of shinning armor.”  Do you know what shinning armor does?  –It protects you from getting ochies.  While he was thinking about the shinning armor, God told him of the shinning armor that he was already wearing.  Do you know that, if you have Jesus in your heart, you can put on God’s Shinning Armor too?   I’m wearing some right now.  This is armor you can’t see.  So that you can better imagine my armor, I’ll put on tinfoil. (make a pile of 6 -3foot pieces of tinfoil)
Helmet of Salvation (make a helmet out a tinfoil)
Breastplate of Righteousness (tuck this piece in around your neck to stay on)
Belt of truth (Make a belt)
Shield of Faith (fold it flat two times)
Sword of the Word (The Bible and a tinfoil sword)
Shoes of the gospel of Peace (wrap around your shoes)

Important Point: Go to God to get your God’s Shinning Armor.

Direction: Print out Armor of God and Armor of God Puzzle.  Cut out a puzzle for each child.  Cut on the dotted lines to separate the pieces of armor and paper clip each stack.  Be sure to cut on the dotted squares.  This will lessen the impact of cutting out so many little pieces.  Have the children glue the pieces of the armor puzzle to the Armor of God paper.  Allow the children to color.
Materials: Colors, scissors, and glue.
Activity Materials: Tin foil, Bible

Armor of God PDF for SSP(Click to download pdf activity sheets)

Learning Moments: This year is so different from last year.  I really have a preschool class this year.  All of my big girls have moved up to the next class.  The mean age has dropped by years.  And Teach Carol has move on to other ministries and the lovely and very talented Teacher Amanda is now teaching the older kids.  When I get the chance I will video her (if she will let me :)).  I’m looking forward to this Sunday school year.  I hope you are too.

Road Post: Adventures in Odyssey

Whit’s End

If you are unfamiliar with Focus on the Family’s kids audio drama, Adventures in Odyssey, then you should check it out.  My whole family loves it. (Along with many of my friend’s children)  They have a funny and exciting approach that drags the kids into a story line and teaches them a moral lesson.  The stories are set in a small idealistic town called Odyssey.  Whit’s End is an ice cream shop owned by a wise grandfather-like character named Whit.  On the Focus on the Family campus in Colorado Springs, CO, they have a whole floor dedicated to an Odyssey-like kids play area.  The place includes an ice cream emporium, a 3 story slide, and much more.  We had fun visiting it during our trip.  Check it out at: