Today in Church School we heard the story in John 9 about Jesus healing the blind man and by healing the blind man, Jesus knew that others would see His light and want to follow it. We talked about our eyes and our heart, how we know that our eyes help us to see and we know that our heart keeps our blood moving and our body alive. So we figured that by using our eyes to see Jesus it will help us to open our hearts as well to help others. Ephesians 1:18 says in part, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you”. When we prayed, we asked that Jesus help us to open our eyes so that we can love and serve those around us.
This week’s scripture teaches us about the woman at the well. We thought about how we cannot live without actual water as our bodies need it and we thought about how our bodies use water – to sustain us, to wash us clean and for enjoyment. Then we looked at what Jesus said -”Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” ~John 4:13-14. We learned that Jesus is what we need to sustain us, wash us clean and give us joy in our lives!
Valentine’s Day will be upon us this week, so our thoughts have turned to love. As children, we are thankful for the love we receive from our parents, and we are thankful for the love we receive from God, our Father in Heaven. Just as earthly parents provide guidance and boundaries, God our Father has provided us with the 10 Commandments. He has given us these commandments because he loves us and it is through obeying these commandments that we can grow as his children. In Church School this week, we reviewed the 10 Commandments and thought about how these commandments help us be better people and how as better people, we are able to share the love of God with others. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
Today in Sunday school, the children learned about being salt and light. Our scripture was taken from Matthew 5:13-16. We learned that what Jesus is telling us to do is to share His light through our actions so that others can see what life is like when following Jesus. And we are to add our own flavor to the world showing others how we live our lives abundantly with joy. Our craft this week was to draw a picture of a candle, showing the light that Jesus represents. We then outlined our drawing with glue sprinkled with table salt representing the flavor we can bring to our lives. We pray with thanksgiving that God allows us to be His salt and light to the world.
This week in church school we focused on Matthew 5:1-12 The Beatitudes. We learned that the word beatitude means blessing and this scripture teaches us that God’s gift of blessing is granted to those who choose to be disciples. We listened to the scripture and talked about how blessed we are already. But we also know that there are many times when we need God’s help. When we live our lives according to Jesus’ teachings and God’s word, The Beatitudes tells us that we will receive even greater blessings. We colored and created a Beatitudes spinner to help us remember them and we did a Beatitudes word search. As children, our students are pure in heart and as our scripture tells us “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”.
Mark 1:4-11 The Baptism of Jesus
We shared the story of John baptizing Jesus and we thought about the verse “And there was a voice from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I dearly love; in you I find happiness” ~Mark 1: 11 We learned that John encouraged people to be baptized to show that they had changed their hearts and lives. When Jesus is baptized, the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, descends on Jesus. A voice from heaven declares “You are my Son, whom I dearly love; in you I find happiness” This heavenly declaration affirms God’s love for God’s Son. God also shows us love in this act as well, as God happily claims us as his beloved children. We drew pictures of Jesus being baptized by John and painted with watercolors to show the blue water of baptism (our sins being washed away) and yellow sunshine representing God’s light and love for us. Then we made beaded bracelets with blue and yellow beads to remind us that God’s forgiveness and love goes with us wherever we go!
We set out on our Advent Adventure. We began at the beginning in the Garden of Eden with the plans and promises set forth and proceeded through the ages encountering plans, prophesies, predictions and promises until reaching Nazareth. Bethlehem is only 90 miles away (according to Google). Finally, Bethlehem.
There were 2 kids and 5 in all in Sunday School on November 6. We missed our other kids! We talked about the story from Genesis when Jacob wrestled with God and God blessed him and gave him a new name – Israel. We colored a picture, did a maze, and talked about our blessings. We sang, “Good things happen when you praise the Lord,” “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” “What a Mighty God We Serve,” and “This Little Light of Mine.” We hope to see you next week in Sunday School!
We had 6 kids and 8 in all for Sunday School on October 30. We talked about All Saints’ Day and special people in our lives. We read from II Timothy 1: 2-5 where Paul reminds Timothy of the faith of Timothy’s grandmother and his mother and how that faith has been passed on now to Timothy. We also told the rest of the story of Zacchaeus that Pastor Jeff started in the Children’s sermon. We colored a picture for All Saints’ Day, and we sang, “Jesus Loves Me” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” We hope to see you next week in Sunday School!
There were 6 children in Sunday School on October 6. Lenore Kurz taught a lesson on how Jesus healed the sick. The students then came across the street to church to participate in World Communion Sunday with their families.