Grace United Methodist Church
Friday, May 14, 2021
Valley Stream, New York
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Sunday School Around the World. Grace Sunday School will be starting a series of special Sundays entitled, “Sunday School Around the World,” beginning May 16, 2021 at 11:45 AM. This program will be for both our younger kids and our older kids. We are asking some of our church members who grew up in other parts of the world to share what it was like to be a child in church in their home country. Look for more information to come!  Sunday School Team and Diversity Committee 
 
 
 
We have Zoom Sunday School each Sunday. Our teachers rotate among a small group. The young kids start at 11:45 AM with fellowship and a Bible story. Kim Neri leads all the kids, younger and older, in singing from 12:00-12:15. The older kids (6th grade through high school) stay on after the singing for fellowship, a lesson, and discussion until about 12:30.
 
Zoom Sunday School started July 12, 2020.
 
 

 

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.

 

 

August 30,2020 

We had three kids and 8 people in all for Zoom Sunday School on Aug. 30. We had two first-time Sunday School Zoomers in the younger kids group, so Katherine caught them up to the class with the first part of the Zacchaeus story. Kim taught us praise songs, and we sang “This Little Light of Mine” with hand motions and the Zacchaeus song. Kim sang us a book about one sun shining on all the people in the world. Sunday School Zoom is taking a week off for Labor Day, but we hope all our kids will join us on September 13 for Zoom Sunday School! Katherine Perkins and the Sunday School Team

September 13, 2020

On September 13, we had two kids and 7 in all for Zoom Sunday School. Our apologies to those who had trouble trying to join the Zoom! That problem has been fixed now. We sang praise songs with Kim, and she taught us “Clap Your Hands.” Julie DiSalvo told us the parable from the Bible of the seeds falling on different kinds of soil and told the story of the good Samaritan. We talked about how our small acts of kindness and encouragement can change a person’s day or even week for the better.

 
September 20, 2020

 

On September 20, we had four kids and 7 in all for Zoom Sunday School. Our apologies to those who had trouble trying to join the Zoom! We fixed one problem and developed another. Please hang in there and keep trying! Katherine told the second half of the Zacchaeus story, and we learned that Knowing Jesus Changes You into a Better Person. Then we sang the Zacchaeus song and "This Little Light of Mine" and "Deep and Wide." 

 

September 27, 2020
We had 4 kids and 7 in all for Zoom Sunday School on September 27. Our Bible verse was from Matthew 4:19: Come, follow me, Jesus said, and I will make you fishers of men. We talked about how we can share God's love with the people in our lives and draw them closer to Jesus. We sang, "I will make you Fishers of Men" and said a prayer together. Kim led us in singing "Shalom," "This Little Light of Mine," and more. We also sang the song Katherine taught us the week before, "Deep and WIde," which is describing the river of God's love. It has hand motions and is fun to sing.
 

October 4, 2020

We had 4 kids and 10 in all for Zoom Sunday School Oct 4. Julie DiSalvo did the younger kids’ lesson based on John 14:15-31, in which Jesus says, “If you love me, you will keep my commands.” And He says that He will ask his Father to send the Holy Spirit to be with us always. Then Kim Neri led us in singing, “This is the Day that the Lord Has Made” and “We love because God first loved us.” We learned a new song, “Love, love, love, That’s what it’s all about.” We also sang, “Sing and Celebrate” and “Shalom my good friend.” Ekow Eshun did the older kids’ lesson. It was based on Isaiah 41:9-10.

I took you from the ends of the earth,
    from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
    I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

We talked about what we are afraid of and how God is with us so we do not need to be afraid.

 

October 18, 2020
We had two children/youth and 8 in all for Zoom Sunday School on October 18. Kim Neri taught us two new songs, the Johnny Appleseed Grace and “Bless This House.” We also sang “Sing and Celebrate” and “Happy Birthday” to Eden. The Bible verse for the lesson was from Matthew 5:14-16, which ends with “Let your light so shine before the people, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Katherine talked about the history of the song, “This Little Light of Mine,” and how it has been a song of the Civil Rights Movement, and we heard it sung by the civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer on Youtube.
 
 
October 25, 2020
On October 25 we had four kids and eight in all for Zoom Sunday School. For the younger kids’ lesson, Katherine talked about the book of Psalms, which is found in the middle of the Bible. We read Psalm 150, “Hallelujah! Yes, praise the Lord!” We liked the part that said, “Praise him with cymbals, yes, loud, clanging cymbals.” We also found the words to one of our Sunday School praise songs in Psalm 118:24, “This is the day that the Lord has made, Let us Rejoice and be glad in it.” Then Kim Neri led us in singing, “This is the Day that the Lord Has Made.” She also taught us a fun new song, ““Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah, Praise Ye the Lord.” For the older kids’ lesson, Katherine continued the previous week’s lesson about Fannie Lou Hamer using Christian songs during the Civil Rights Movement. We listened to Fannie Lou Hamer sing, “Go Tell It on the Mountain, Let My People Go.” We talked about the story in Exodus of Moses saying to Pharoh, “The Lord God says: Let my people go.”
 
November 1, 2020
On November 1 we had four kids and eight in all for Zoom Sunday School. For the younger kids’ lesson, Katherine told how Jesus healed many people and told the story from Mark chapter 2 about how the four men cut a hole in the roof to lower their paralyzed friend down to Jesus to be healed. Kim Neri led us in singing, “This is the Day that the Lord Has Made” and “Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah, Praise Ye the Lord” and “We love because God First Loved Us.” She also taught us a new song, “Whisper a prayer in the morning, whisper a prayer at noon, whisper a prayer in the evening, to keep your heart in tune.”  Ekow Eshun led the older kids’ lesson. His Bible verse was from Ezekiel 28:13. He spoke about how God had made Satan as a beautiful angel, but how Satan became full of pride and sin and was cast out of heaven. We talked about how God is more powerful than evil.
 
November 8, 2020
We had four kids and nine in all for Zoom Sunday School on November 8. For the younger kids’ lesson, Katherine told the story of the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. She had faith that if she just touched the hem of Jesus’ cloak she would be healed, and she was. We sang, “This is the day that the Lord has made” and “Love, love, love, that’s what it’s all about” and ”We love because God first loved us.” For the older kids’ lesson, we talked about 1 Corinthians chapter 13, the love chapter, or “the most excellent way.” The chapter ends with, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
 
November 15, 2020

We had two kids and nine in all for Zoom Sunday School on November 15. We missed our younger kids. Kim led us in singing, “This is the Day the Lord Has Made” and “Sing and Celebrate.” Then she taught us a new song, “We Were Made to Love the Lord.” Julie led the older kids’ lesson about the parable of the talents We shared our perspectives on the parable, especially about the third man who buried his talent in the ground. Please join us next Sunday for a Thanksgiving-themed Sunday School. Kids, please draw a picture of something or someone you are thankful for so that we can share them during Sunday School!

November 22, 2020 

We had 5 kids and 11 in all for Zoom Sunday School on November 22. Katherine told the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. We talked about how the boy had 2 fish and 5 small loaves of bread, and that Jesus gave thanks to God for the food, and passed it out to the crowd, and how the food was multiplied and fed everyone, with food left over. We each talked about what we are thankful for. Kim led us in singing, “This is the day that the Lord has made” and “Sing and Celebrate,” and then she taught us two Thanksgiving songs. One of them had hand motions. Ekow led the older kids’ lesson. He used the passage from Luke chapter 17 about the 10 lepers who were healed by Jesus, but only one came back to thank him. We talked about how giving thanks to God and to each other should be a thing we do always and often. We should give thanks in all circumstances with grateful hearts.

November 29, 2020

We had 6 kids and 11 in all for Zoom Sunday School on November 29. Pastor lit the first candle on the Sunday School Advent wreath, the candle of Hope. We talked about how we have four Sundays before Christmas and will light one more candle each Sunday during Sunday School until all 4 of the outer candles are lit. Katherine told the story of Jesus calming the storm when he was in the boat with his disciples. We talked about how we should call on Jesus to help us. He is powerful enough to calm the wind and waves and can surely help us in any situation. Kim led us in singing, “This is the day that the Lord has made” and “Sing and Celebrate,” and the two Thanksgiving songs we learned last week. We also sang, “Whisper a Prayer in the Morning to Keep Your Heart in Tune” and talked about what we think the song means when it says, “Keep your heart in tune.”

 

December 6, 2020

We had 5 kids and 10 in all for Zoom Sunday School on December 6. We lit the first and second candles on the Sunday School Advent wreath. In the younger kids’ lesson, we talked about how Jesus is the light of the world and how He wants us to let our light shine so that we can be the light of the world with Him. Then Kim Neri led us in singing, “This is the day the Lord has made,” “Sing and Celebrate,” and “This little light of mine.” We also sang a song, “It’s about …hope, peace, Love, joy” for the four candles on the Advent wreath. Then we sang “Father Abraham” and got a workout from all the motions that go with the song. Julie DiSalvo led the older kids’ lesson. We talked about how Advent is a time of preparation. Julie had us think of things we can do to prepare our hearts, our environment, and our relationships for the coming of Christmas, and we filled them in on an Advent calendar. 

 

December 13, 2020

We had 9 kids and 14 in all for Zoom Sunday School on December 13. We lit the first, second, and third candles on the Sunday School Advent wreath. In the younger kids’ lesson, we talked about how an angel appeared to Mary and then to Joseph to tell them that God had a plan for their lives: Mary would have a son who was to be named Jesus, who would be the son of God and save the people from their sins. Then Kim Neri led us in singing, “This is the day the Lord has made” and “Sing and Celebrate.” We also learned a new song, “Let’s get ready, a Savior is coming.” Ekow Eshun led the older kids’ lesson. We talked about how the third candle of Advent is the Joy candle. Jesus’ birth brought joy into the world. How can we bring joy to another person this week?

 

December 20, 2020 

We had 4 kids and 9 in all for Zoom Sunday School on December 20. We lit the first, second, third, and fourth candles on the Sunday School Advent wreath. The fourth candle is the candle of Love. In the younger kids’ lesson, we talked about how Jesus was born in the stable and wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in the manger. Then the angels appeared to the shepherds, saying, “Glory to God in the Highest,” and told the shepherds about the birth of the Savior, and the shepherds came to see Baby Jesus. Then Kim Neri led us in singing, “This is the day the Lord has made” and “Sing and Celebrate” and “Let’s get ready, a Savior is coming.” Then we learned, ”Away in a Manger.” Julie DiSalvo led the older kids’ lesson. We talked about how Jesus is our Savior and King, and what that means for us. We wish all of you a Joyous Christmas! 

December 27, 2020

We had 9 kids and 16 in all for Zoom Sunday School on December 27. We lit the Christ candle on the Sunday School Advent wreath. In the younger kids’ lesson, we talked about the wisemen who followed the star and brought gifts to the baby Jesus. Then we talked about the gifts that we can give Jesus. Then Kim Neri led us in singing, “This is the day the Lord has made,” “Sing and Celebrate,”  “Let’s get ready, a Savior is coming,” and ”Away in a Manger.” Then we learned, “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” Ekow Eshun led the older kids’ lesson. We talked about smart goal setting for the new year, and Ekow read us Luke 14:28 and Proverbs 21:5 about planning. We wish all of you a Blessed New Year! 
 

January 3, 2021

We had 5 kids and 9 in all for Zoom Sunday School on January 3. In the younger kids’ lesson, Katherine told the story of Mary and Joseph losing Jesus in Jerusalem when he was 12 and finding him in the temple with the teachers. Then Kim Neri led us in singing, “This is the day the Lord has made,” “Sing and Celebrate,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are,” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” We learned that the day the wise men came is called Epiphany and is celebrated this Wednesday. In the older kids’ lesson, we discussed James chapter 2, verses 1-6, which tells us we should not show favoritism but should treat all people as children of God. We talked about how we should care more about what God thinks of our actions than what the world thinks because God has chosen us out of the world (John 15: 18-20). 

January 10, 2021
We had 9 kids and 14 in all for Zoom Sunday School on January 10. In the younger kids’ lesson, we talked about John the Baptist telling the people that Jesus was coming soon. He was called John the Baptist because he baptized people in the Jordan River. Then Kim Neri led us in singing, “This is the day the Lord has made,” “Sing and Celebrate,”  “The B-I-B-L-E,” “Father Abraham,” and “This Little Light of Mine.” Julianne DiSalvo led the older kids’ lesson. We talked about how God has a plan and a purpose for our lives. We should all help take care of each other.
 
January 17, 2021

We had 7 kids and 11 in all for Zoom Sunday School on January 17. In the younger kids’ lesson, we talked about Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River and how the heavens opened and the voice of God said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Then Kim Neri led us in singing, “This is the day the Lord has made,” “Sing and Celebrate,”  the John 3:16 song, “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” and “Rise and Shine and Give God the Glory, Glory.” Ekow Eshun led the older kids’ lesson. He linked the story of the Good Samaritan with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He also shared that when we are listening to others, we should be listening not for planning our reply, but rather, we should be listening for understanding.

January 24, 2021 

We had 5 kids and 9 in all for Zoom Sunday School on January 24. In the younger kids’ lesson, we talked about Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. Then we sang, “This is the day the Lord has made,” “Sing and Celebrate,” “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” “This Little Light of Mine,” and we learned “Every Day with Jesus Is Sweeter than the Day Before.” Julie DiSalvo led the older kids’ lesson. She talked about the disciples leaving their nets to follow Jesus, and we talked about whether we would be able to drop everything to follow someone. Pastor shared what it was like to leave her secular job to become a minister.

 

January 31, 2021

We had 9 kids and 15 in all for Zoom Sunday School on January 31. In the younger kids’ lesson, we talked about Jesus calling his disciples by the Sea of Galilee. Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John were fishermen who left their fishing nets to follow Jesus. Then Kim, Stephanie, and Timothy Neri led us in singing. We sang, “This is the day the Lord has made,” “Sing and Celebrate,” “I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down in My Heart,” “He’s My Rock, My Sword, My Shield,” “Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah, Praise Ye the Lord,” “Father Abraham,” and “Day is Done, Gone the Sun.”  Ekow Eshun led the older kids’ lesson. He used the Bible verses Genesis 1:26-27 and Psalms 139: 13-16 to lead us in a discussion of how we were made in God’s image, and God sees value in us, even when we get down on ourselves.

 

February 7, 2021

We had 11 kids and 17 in all for Zoom Sunday School on February 7. In the younger kids’ lesson, we talked about Jesus teaching his disciples to pray, and we started learning the Lord’s Prayer and talking about what the words mean. Then Kim Neri led us in singing, “This is the day the Lord has made,” “Sing and Celebrate,” the Lord’s Prayer song, and “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus.”  We talked about “things I would ask Him to tell me if He were here.” Julie DiSalvo led the older kids’ lesson. She led us in a discussion of what superpower we would choose if we could and then we examined our choice-- did we choose that superpower because it would allow us to help other people? In the Bible passage, Mark 1:29-39, Jesus uses his superpower to heal a woman and to bring people to God. 

 

February 14, 2021 

 

We had 6 kids and 9 in all for Zoom Sunday School on February 14. In the younger kids’ lesson, we continued learning the Lord’s Prayer and talking about what the words mean. We learned that God will forgive our sins if we forgive those who sin against us. Then Kim Neri led us in singing, “This is the day the Lord has made,” “Sing and Celebrate,” “Keep Yourself in the Love of God,” “It’s about Love,” “I’ve Got that Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down in my Heart,” and the Lord’s Prayer song. In the older kids’ lesson we shared Bible verses about love. One of our favorites was 1 Corinthians 13: 4-6. 

 

February 21, 2021

 

We had 5 kids and 7 in all for Zoom Sunday School on February 21. In the younger kids’ lesson, we continued learning the Lord’s Prayer and talking about what the words mean. We learned that sometimes in our lives we will encounter times when we are tempted, but God will lead us in the right path and protect us from evil. Then Kim Neri led us in singing, “Into My Heart, Come into my Heart Lord Jesus,” “Share a Little Bit of Your Love,” the Lord’s Prayer song, “Father Abraham,” “This is the day the Lord has made,” and “Sing and Celebrate.” In the older kids’ lesson we shared Bible verses about how we should not worry but instead pray to God. We listened to, “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God” using a Youtube link, a song whose words come from Matthew 6: 33.  

 

February 28, 2021

 

We had 9 kids and 14 in all for Zoom Sunday School on February 28. In the younger kids’ lesson, we heard the story about when Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.” We learned that we may be too young or too short for some things, but we are never too young or too short for talking with Jesus. Jesus loves children and wants to spend time with them. Then Kim Neri led us in singing, “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” “Into My Heart, Come into my Heart Lord Jesus,” the Lord’s Prayer song, “This Little Light of Mine,” and “All of God’s Critters Have a Place in the Choir.” In the older kids’ time, Julianne’s lesson was inspired by Mark 8:31-38. We affirmed that Jesus is our leader, and we should keep our eyes on Him and trust His guidance for ourselves and for our loved ones.

 

March 7, 2021

 

We had 8 kids and 13 in all for Zoom Sunday School on March 7. In the younger kids’ lesson, we talked about the story of Jesus’ visit to Mary and Martha (found in Luke 10:38-42). Then Kim Neri led us in singing, “Shalom,” “This is the day the Lord has made,” “Sing and Celebrate,” the Disciples song, and the Lord’s Prayer song. In the older kids’ lesson, we talked about the Parable of the Rich Fool from Luke 12 and the verse found in both Matthew and Luke: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” We also listened to the song “Rise Again” on YouTube.

 

March 14, 2021

We had 8 kids and 12 in all for Zoom Sunday School on March 14.  In the younger kids’ lesson, we talked about the story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the donkey and people waving palm branches and shouting, “Hosanna.”  Then we said the Lord’s Prayer together.  Then Kim Neri led us in singing the Lord’s Prayer song and “Come Into My Heart Lord Jesus,” “This is the day the Lord has made,” “Sing and Celebrate,” and the Disciples song.  Then Stephanie Neri taught us the John 3:16 camp song with hand motions.  In the older kids’ lesson, we talked about John 3:16:  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

 

March 21, 2021

 

We had 8 kids and 13 in all for Zoom Sunday School on March 21. In the younger kids’ lesson, we heard the story of Jesus and his disciples at the Last Supper and the story of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. Then Kim Neri led us in singing, “This is the day the Lord has made,” “Sing and Celebrate,” “Come Into My Heart Lord Jesus,” the Disciples song, “Twelve is Not Enough,” and “For God So Loved the World.” In the older kids’ lesson, Julie DiSalvo led us in a discussion of John 12: 20-33.

 

March 28, 2021 

We had 7 kids and 10 in all for Zoom Sunday School on March 28. In the younger kids’ lesson, we remembered the stories of Palm Sunday and the Last Supper, and then we talked about Jesus dying on the cross to save us from our sins. We discussed why the day Jesus died is called “Good Friday” instead of “Bad Friday.” Then Kim Neri led us in singing, “Shalom,” “This is the day the Lord has made,” “Sing and Celebrate,” the Palm Sunday song, and “This Little Light of Mine.” We were delighted and blessed to hear one of our youngest Sunday School children singing “This Little Light of Mine.” In the older kids’ lesson, we talked about Peter denying that he knew Jesus three times. Then we listened to a group of youth and young adults from South Korea sing “Raise A Hallelujah” on YouTube.

April 4, 2021

We had 11 kids and 16 in all for Zoom Sunday School on Easter, April 4. In the younger kids’ lesson, we remembered the stories of Holy Week, and then we talked about Jesus’ resurrection and how we would have felt if we were Mary Magdalene. Then Kim Neri led us in singing, “This is the day the Lord has made,” “Sing and Celebrate,” “He is Risen-Jesus Loves Me,” and “Allelu.” In the older kids’ lesson, Julie DiSalvo talked about how something being empty is usually associated with sadness or disappointment, but the empty tomb instead brings us joy.  

April 11, 2021

We had 9 kids and 12 in all for Zoom Sunday School on April 11. In the younger kids’ lesson, we remembered Jesus’ death on the cross and his resurrection, and we talked about how Jesus appeared to the disciples after the resurrection and showed Thomas the nail marks in his hands. We learned that Jesus said, ”Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Then we sang, “This is the Day the Lord has Made,” “Sing and Celebrate,” “Deep and Wide,” “This Little Light of Mine,” “Into my Heart,” and “Every Day with Jesus is Sweeter than the Day Before.” In the older kids’ lesson, we remembered the story about Peter denying that he knew Jesus three times. Then we read from John 21 when Jesus asked Peter three times, “Do you Love Me?” and said, “Feed my sheep.” Then we listened to Don Francisco sing “Feed My Sheep” on YouTube.

 

April 18, 2021

 

We had 9 kids and 13 in all for Zoom Sunday School on April 18. In the younger kids’ lesson, we remembered the story of Jesus’ death on the cross and his resurrection, and how he showed Thomas the nail marks in his hands. Then we heard the story of how Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to come, and then they watched Him ascend into heaven. Then we sang, “This is the Day the Lord has Made,” “Sing and Celebrate,” “He is Risen-Jesus Loves Me” with sign language, the Easter song, and “This Little Light of Mine.”  In the older kids’ lesson, Julie led us in talking about Jesus’ time with his disciples after the resurrection and how he inspired them to spread the Good News.

April 25, 2021

We had 4 kids and 9 in all for Zoom Sunday School on April 25.  In the younger kids’ lesson, we remembered the story of Jesus ascending into heaven as the disciples watched and about how he told them to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to come.  Then we talked about the day the Holy Spirit came like wind and flame and rested on the disciples, giving them power and courage to share the Good News of Jesus.  Then we sang, “This is the Day the Lord has Made,” “Sing and Celebrate,” “Clap your Hands,” and “He is Risen-Jesus Loves Me.”  In the older kids’ lesson, we remembered the story of Peter, how he denied Jesus three times, and how Jesus later told him three times to “Feed My Sheep.”  Then we talked about the day that Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, healed the lame man in Jesus’ name.  Pat shared a song she sang when she was growing up about that Bible passage, and we listened to “Easter Song” (hear the bells ringing) on YouTube.

 

 May 2, 2021

We had 9 kids and 14 in all for Zoom Sunday School on May 2.  In the younger kids’ lesson, we remembered the story about the day the Holy Spirit came like wind and flame and rested on the disciples, giving them power and courage to share the Good News of Jesus.  Then we heard the story of Peter, who was filled with the Holy Spirit, healing the man who could not walk in the name of Jesus.  After he was healed, the man was leaping and praising God, and the people were amazed.  Then we sang, “This is the Day the Lord has Made,” “Sing and Celebrate,” “Clap your Hands,” “We love because God first loved us,”  “Father Abraham,” and “This Little Light of Mine.”  In the older kids’ lesson, we talked about John 15: 5-17, Jesus the Vine and us the branches, bearing fruit for God.  Katherine said she thinks of Love as the sap in the vine, going down the branches to the fruit.  Then we listened on YouTube to Kris Kristofferson sing his song, “Why Me Lord,” and tell the story behind it.

 

Please join us next Sunday for Zoom Sunday School!  The younger kids will begin at 11:45 with fellowship and a Bible lesson, and then the older kids will join with the younger kids at noon for a time when everyone will sing together, led by Kim Neri. From 12:15-12:30 the older kids will have a Bible lesson and a time for fellowship and discussion.

 

-Katherine Perkins and the Sunday School Team