Grace United Methodist Church
Friday, September 18, 2020
Valley Stream, New York

Summer Sunday School

Zoom Sunday School started July 12, 2020.

Zoom Sunday School will happen each Sunday in the summer. The young kids start at 11:30 AM with fellowship and a Bible story. Kim Neri leads all the kids, younger and older, in singing from 11:45-12:00. The older kids (6th grade through high school) stay on after the singing.
 

 

July 12, 2020

 

Sunday School story for younger kids: Jesus Knows Your Name and the Story of Zacchaeus

Once upon a time, about 2000 years ago, there was a man named Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus lived in a town called Jericho. Zacchaeus had been hearing that there was a man called Jesus who had been visiting towns in the area. Jesus was a wonderful teacher. He taught the people about God. Jesus was also a powerful healer. He had healed many sick people and even made blind people see again. Big crowds followed Jesus everywhere he went. Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus very badly. He knew there was no chance that he could talk to him, but he wanted to just see Jesus. He thought to himself, “How can I see Jesus?” Zacchaeus was a very short man, and he had never been able to see over big crowds. He was too short.  He thought, “Could I climb a tree?”

The next morning, Zacchaeus heard that Jesus was coming now. He ran to the main road, but he could not see over the crowd! Then he ran ahead of the crowd, up the road to the sycamore tree, He climbed up as high as he could and waited for Jesus to come. Zacchaeus heard the noise and saw the crowd approaching from his perch in the tree. “Here he comes, here he comes!” Zacchaeus was so excited! He was going to be able to see Jesus! The crowd got closer and closer, and then, there was Jesus below him. All of a sudden, Jesus looked up and looked directly at Zacchaeus. Jesus then did something that Zacchaeus would never have imagined. Jesus said in a loud voice, “Zacchaeus, you come down quick! I am coming to your house today.” Zacchaeus almost fell out of the tree! He could not believe that Jesus had called him by name out of that whole crowd! Zacchaeus was filled with joy and climbed down from the tree and took Jesus to his home.

 

Even though there are over 7 billion people in the world, Jesus knows your name!

 

Dear Jesus,

We know that you know all of our names. Thank you for loving us. Help us to love you and to love each other. Amen

 

 

 

Sunday School for older kids July 12, 2020

 A lot is going on in the world. It can make us sad or depressed or uncertain or upset or scared. We wrote those words down on the paper, and Julianne crumpled the paper and said we have our Savior Jesus Christ who cares for us, saves us from these feelings, and makes all things new. She shared with us the story of Paul from the Bible from 2 Corinthians where Paul tells us he has been in prison and beaten and stoned and has been shipwrecked three times. In chapter 4 Paul writes, "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." Because we have Jesus Christ inside us. Amen!


July 19, 2020

We had 6 kids and 16 people in all for Zoom Sunday School July 19. Julie was prepared to do the younger kids’ lesson on the mustard seed story from the Bible, but our younger kids did not come this week, so we teachers and parents chatted until it was time for the music, when the older kids joined us. Stephanie and her friend led us in singing a Camp Quinipet song that Casey also knew. Then Kim led us in singing some songs, and she sang “Inch by inch, row by row,” the garden song, which came with pictures.  After the singing, Ekow led the older kids’ lesson. He used James, chapter 4 for inspiration. We talked about telling the difference between needs and wants and that we should care more about God than about the material things of the world. We also talked about not judging other people. We should humble ourselves and draw near to God, and he will draw near to us. We had a great time of fellowship and learning. Next time Casey is bringing pictures from the garden she planted behind the parsonage. Please join us!  Katherine Perkins and the Sunday School team


July 26, 2020
We had 7 kids and 13 people in all for Zoom Sunday School July 26.  Julie DiSalvo told the parables of the mustard seed from the Bible and had a real mustard seed to show us.  Eden shared that her love for her baby sister is like the mustard seed, growing bigger and bigger every day.  Kim Neri led us in singing “Sing and Celebrate” and “This is the Day the Lord Has Made” and “Inch by Inch, Row by Row.”  Kim shared pictures of her garden, and we also saw some photos that Casey and Jenn sent of the church garden and some tomatoes and vegetables they grew in it.  The older kids’ lesson had the theme, “Knowing Jesus Changes You,” and Katherine Perkins told the story of the light man and shared the story of Paul on the road to Damascus from Acts Chapter 9.  Please join us next time!
 
 

Aug. 2, 2020

We had 4 kids and 9 people in all for Zoom Sunday School Aug 2. Katherine was ready to tell the second part of the story of Zacchaeus, but we did not have any younger kids, so she will share that story this coming week. Kim Neri led us in singing, “Sing and Celebrate” and “This is the Day the Lord Has Made.” She also taught us two new songs, “Clap Your Hands” and “Don’t Laugh at Me.” Ekow Eshun led the older kids’ lesson, which had the theme, “God’s Power Is Inside You,” and he shared Ephesians 3:20: “ Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” We hope you will join us this week!   Katherine Perkins and the Sunday School Team

 

Aug. 9, 2020

Kim Neri led us in singing praise songs. We also sang, "Don't Laugh at Me" and got to hear Eden's beautiful voice. Julie DiSalvo led the older kids' lesson. She talked about the original sin in the Garden of Eden. Our sins will be forgiven by God, but there can still be consequences from our sinning. Apologies to anyone who tried at 11:30 on Aug. 9 and missed us; Sunday School on Aug. 9 started a little late.

 

Aug. 16, 2020

We had 2 kids and 8 people in all in our Sunday School Zoom on August 16. Kim Neri led us in singing praise songs. One song we sang was, “I’ve got that joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.” Kim shared a new song that was illustrated: “All God’s critters have a place in the choir.” Then Ekow Eshun led the older kids’ lesson. The Bible verses he shared were John 16:33: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world," and 2 Corinthians 4:16-18: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” We were blessed.  We hope our younger kids are back next Sunday, and we welcome anyone who wants to join us! 

 

Aug. 23, 2020

We had 2 kids and 8 in all for Zoom Sunday School on August 23. We sang praise songs, and Kim had a new song called, “Rise and shine and give God the Glory,” which was fun to sing. Katherine led the older kids’ lesson. The Bible verse was from 1 Corinthians 12:27: “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” She shared the lyrics of a song that can be found on YouTube:

Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world.
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.
Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

Please join us next Sunday, August 30 on Zoom!  -Katherine Perkins and the Sunday School Team