Monthly Archives: March 2013

Preschool-Kindergarten, Sun Mar 31: Jesus is Alive!

Bible Text: Mark 15:43-16:16

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 396-401

Key Point of Passage: Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to the disciples so they would go and tell everyone the good news and be saved when they believed.

Memory Verse: God loved the world so much that He gave His Son (John 3:16). 

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Jesus was buried in a tomb that had a big heavy stone door. But when Mary and the other women went to the tomb, what had happened to the stone?

2)      And what had happened to Jesus?

3)      Did the disciples believe it when they first heard that Jesus had risen from the dead? What about after they saw Him for themselves?

4)      God tells all of us to go and tell the good news that Jesus died for our sins and then rose from the dead. Can you think of anyone you know who you can tell this good news to?

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The Truth Is… (Easter Sunday March 31)

 

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In the beginning, God showed His love when He made the Garden of Eden. In this Magnificent Paradise, God walked with His people, taught them, spent time with them face-to-face. But His people went their own way when Adam and Eve broke God’s rule, and they turned their backs on Him. Even then, God had a plan to rescue His people.

Through generations, God reminded His people of His love. He showed Abraham His love when He provided a sacrifice to take 

Isaac’s place. He showed the Israelites His love when He protected them at the Passover. He sent Prophets, like Isaiah, who delivered message after message of God’s love.

 

 

Then, when the time was right, God sent His very own Son, Jesus, to show His love to His people. Jesus walked with people and taught them. Though He lived like us with struggles and temptations, He never sinned. Yet His enemies betrayed Him and handed Him over to be crucified. It was a confusing time for His followers, but God knew it was part of His rescue plan.

“God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son. Anyone who believes in Him will not die but will have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIrV) God sacrificed Jesus to take our place. Because we are protected by Jesus’ blood, we can have a relationship with the God who loves us.

 

But God’s rescue plan didn’t end with Jesus dying for us. Three days later God brought Jesus back from the dead! God proved that His love is more powerful than anything—even death! 

No matter what circumstances we face, even today, we can trust God because we believe in the sacrifice He made, walk in a relationship with Him, and know the power of His love.

This week, we’re discovering:

In this week’s Bible story, we’re examining some of the amazing things Jesus said and the most amazing thing He did. (John 3:3,16; 14:1-6, 28-29; John 18–20) Jesus made some incredible statements about Himself, so incredible that some people had trouble believing everything He said. And when Jesus died, even some of His followers doubted that His words were true. But then the most amazing miracle happened: Jesus came back to life! At that moment, all the incredible things He said came true!

Our Bottom Line is: when Jesus came back from the dead, it proved that what He said was true. Even after He came back to life, He lovingly explained God’s Big Story to the followers who had doubts. When we have doubts about God, we can remember He kept the biggest promise of all. We can trust Him to keep His other promises to us.

 

There are no at-home sheets this week.  Have a Happy Easter!

 

 

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Trinity Kids Easter Choir– Don’t Miss It!

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Precious families of 1st through 5th graders:
We are so excited that the kids will be doing fun things for the Easter service! Would you please be praying for the Lord to come powerfully through every aspect? Please pray about and put feet to asking people to come on Easter. Please practice with your kids–they have lines to say all together in between older children reading. They are also singing 2 songs. One change–I think we will drop the two lines of “He is Risen” just before “Good News” song, so help your kids to remember that, even though it is on the cd that way.
We will be practicing at the church the 28th (Thursday night) at 6:30 and need every possible child there. Thank you so much in advance for getting them there during this busy week. I’d love for a few of you to help during the rehearsal if you’re available.  This is the last Sunday we will be able to practice in Sunday school. so I asked them last week to have everything memorized by Sunday.  Thanks again for helping them do this!
Joyfully,
Ann Schwaar 🙂

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday Mar 24: Jesus Dies on the Cross

Bible Text: Mark 14:1-15:39 

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 378-387, 393-395

Key Point of Passage: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was betrayed and crucified by men.

Memory Verse: God loved the world so much that He gave His Son (John 3:16).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Why did the priests want to kill Jesus?

2)      Who did Jesus say was His Father?

3)      How did Jesus die?

4)      Why did He have to die?

5)      What happened three days later? Does anyone know? We’ll learn all about that story next week!

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Judas, The Giant Liar (Judas Betrays Jesus)– Sunday March 24

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Honesty is important because it builds trust. Honesty is choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do. What God says is true. He has shown us that time and time again. And that’s one of the reasons we know we can trust God.

This week, we’re discovering:

In this week’s Bible story, Judas betrays his Teacher and Friend for thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14-16, 20-25, 45-50; 27:1-5). Judas spent every day with the Truth but still chose dishonesty. Many people believe Judas had created his own version of reality, which was all about the power he could get when Jesus took the throne. So, instead of trusting Jesus and being honest about his plan, Judas decided to take things into his own hands.

In John 12, we learn that Judas struggled with stealing. This leads us to believe he had a pattern of dishonesty in his life. Our Bottom Line is: you can lie so much that it’s hard to remember what’s true. So often in our lives, one lie leads to another, as we have to cover up the stories we told before. After so long, it becomes hard to remember the truth.

The monthly memory verse is: An honest person has respect for the Lord.” Proverbs 14:2a, NIrV We know Truth is important to God because, even in spite of what Judas did, God still kept His promise to us. He raised Jesus to life. Truth prevailed.

At Home 

Download this week’s GodTime (March, Week 4)

Download this week’s Parent Cue (March, Week 4)

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Resources for Teaching Children About Honesty

This month, our elementary children are learning about the importance of honesty and truthfulness. Here are some resources and ideas for activities you can do at home to teach this important concept to your children:

For All Ages

Honesty Family Devotional Guide— for all ages from Focus on the Family (Canada). Includes prayers, blessings, memory verses, crafts, Bible stories, and creative discipline ideas! Part of a series of parenting resources.

Object Lesson about Lying— from Ministry to Children

Learning Not to Lie– article from Family Life Today

Modeling Integrity to Your Child– article from Family Life Today

For Toddlers and Preschoolers

Piglet Tells the Truth by Mary Manz Simon  (First virtues for toddlers)

A Children’s Book About Lying by Joy Wilt Berry (Help Me Be Good)

Honesty Lesson Plan for Preschoolers from Hubbard’s Cupboard

Innocent Little Liars– article from Orange Parents

For Elementary Kids 

Truthfulness Lesson Plan from The Character Journal

5 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Tell the Truth article from Orange Parents

DVD

Pistachio: A Lesson in Listening to Your Parents 

Larry-Boy And the Fib From Outer Space

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All the Small Things (Jesus and Zacchaeus)– Sunday March 17

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Honesty is important because it builds trust. Honesty is choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do. What God says is true. He has shown us that time and time again. And that’s one of the reasons we know we can trust God.

This week, we’re discovering:

In this week’s Bible story, Zacchaeus was a thief and considered a traitor to his people (Luke 19:1-10) when he met Jesus. When Zacchaeus trusted Jesus, he decided to change to an honest life. But to earn his community’s trust, he had to make things right by repaying everything he had stolen, and then some.

When we admit we have not been truthful, we can earn back others’ trust. Our Bottom Line is: when you are truthful and make things right, you build trust. So often we think it’s going to pay to tell a lie and cost to tell the truth, but really it often costs to tell a lie and pays to tell the truth.

Our memory verse this month is: An honest person has respect for the Lord.” Proverbs 14:2a, NIrV Often our relationship with God helps us realize the areas in our life where we need more honesty. Apologizing to others and working to make things right not only builds trust with others, it shows our respect for God.

At Home 

Download this week’s Parent Cue (Week 3- March 17, 2013)

Download this week’s God Time (Week 3- March 17, 2013)

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