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Bible Story:

God loves me and sent Jesus to be my friend forever.

GOD GAVE HIS ONLY SON  

JOHN 3:16

 

“Today we will learn that God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to be our friend forever. That’s a lot of love! But wait, there’s more! Nothing at all can ever separate us from God’s love either. It’s true! And the Bible verse we are learning will help us remember how much God loves us. Yes, God loves you and everyone in the whole world SO much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to be our friend forever.”

 

Memory Verse:

“Nothing at all can separate us from God’s love.” Romans 8:39

 

*Say the Memory Verse and do the following motions.

“Nothing at all (shake your head and wave your arms in front of you) can separate (lock your fingers together) us from God’s (point up with both hands) love (hug yourself). Romans 8:39.” (Open your hands like a book.)

Key Question:

Who loves you?

 

Bottom Line:

God loves me.

 

Prayer:

“Dear God, thank You for loving us SO much You gave us Jesus to be our friend forever. Thank You for loving me, and everyone else in the world. You really are the best! In Jesus’ name, amen.”

 

Activity:

FREEZE DANCE

 

WHAT YOU NEED: Music player and “God Loves Me Specially” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX0VKi1h4tM

 

WHAT YOU DO: BEFORE THE ACTIVITY: Have everyone stand in front of you.

 

DURING THE ACTIVITY: Turn the music on and ask everyone to dance. After about 30 seconds, turn off the music and ask everyone to stand very still or FREEZE. Ask everyone say the bottom line, God loves me, when they FREEZE. Replay the music and everyone to dance again. Repeat the activity several times in 30 second increments.

 

WHAT YOU SAY: BEFORE THE ACTIVITY: “Let’s dance! God gave us Jesus!”

 

DURING THE ACTIVITY: “I’m going to play our song for this month. When you hear the music, dance. When the music stops, everyone FREEZE! (Demonstrate.) Are you ready?” (Do activity.)

 

AFTER THE ACTIVITY: “Whew! That was so much fun! God loves us so much that He gave us Jesus! Who loves you? God loves you!”

elementary

May’s Theme: Unstuck – Don’t give up

Bible Verse: Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up.”

Life App: Determination – Deciding it’s worth it to finish what you started.

Bible Story: Keep Holding On (Stephen) • Acts 6:1–7:60

Bottom Line: Keep going because God knows the end of the story.

Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

 

  1. Activity #1: In The Know

Made to Play: an activity that encourages learning through following guidelines and working as a group

What You Need: Timer or stopwatch

What You Do:

  • Play charades with your family! Remember, no talking or making any noises. Take turns so everyone gets a chance to play. Play in teams if you have at least 4 people.

 

Sample charades words: (feel free to come up with some of your own)

  1. Dog

  2. Fireman

  3. Surfer

  4. Football coach

  5. Soccer player

  6. Teacher

  7. Fish

  8. Shark

  9. Figure skater

  10. Mail carrier

 

What You Say:

“I love a good game of charades! You all did a great job of telling a story with no words so your friends could figure out what you were. What do you think was the easiest to guess? (Allow time for responses.) What do you think was the hardest to guess? (Allow time for responses.) [Transition] Today in Large Group, we’re going to learn about someone who knew a lot of different stories. I guess that means He would be a really great charades contestant!”

 

WATCH the Bible Story Video or READ the story from the Bible.

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Prayer: “Dear God, thank you for loving us and showing us how brave Stephen was. He knew a lot about God and stories from the Old Testament. Help us to be brave like him and also find out more about those who loved God in the Bible so we can learn from them. We know you are working on us everyday and we can keep going because you know the end of the story. We love you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

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Recap the Story: The Stories of Old

What You Need: Play-Doh®

What You Do:

  • Remind kids that in today’s story, Stephen told the Sanhedrin stories from Israel’s history.

  • Ask kids to recall some of the stories they’ve learned in Small Group throughout this school year.

  • Encourage them to use the Play-Doh to shape a character or item from the story.

  • As kids work, ask them what they’re making and what the story was about.

  • If kids need help remembering stories, here are some highlights:

    • Noah

    • Joseph’s story

    • Moses and the burning bush

    • Israel crossing the Red Sea

    • David and Goliath

    • Daniel and the lions’ den

    • Jesus’ birth

    • John the Baptist baptizing Jesus

    • Jesus at Mary and Martha’s house

    • Zacchaeus

    • The story of the lost son (the prodigal son)

    • Jesus’ death and resurrection

 

What You Say:

“You are all great Bible storytellers! So was Stephen. He told the leaders all about God and His chosen people, the Israelites, and about Jesus. But the leaders were angry with him. They didn’t like what he was saying. So they were very mean to him, they shouted at him, and they threw stones at him. It wasn’t fair! But Stephen kept going and kept living and speaking for God until his last breath. He even asked God to forgive the leaders. He knew that God knew the end of the story, and he trusted God with everything he had. We can do the same. We can [Bottom Line] keep going because God knows the end of the story. We might not ever be in a situation like Stephen is, but we face tough times sometimes, too. When we do, we can remember that God knows everything, and we can trust Him!”

  1. Bible Verse Review: Galatians 6:9 (See above)

    1. Talk about the Bible verse and discuss what it means to you. Ask the kids what it means to them.

    2. Play a Game with the verse to help kids memorize it.

    3. Toss a ball around the circle as each person with the ball says the next word of the verse.

    4. After doing this a couple of times, every family member should join in and say the whole verse together. 😊

AWANA

​Don’t forget about your children’s Awana handbooks! Work it into your day with them. We would love for them to complete their books by the end of April so we can have a big party to celebrate together! We may miss some time meeting together but we can still give them God’s Word every week.