Kid Life Groups: Easter Sunday

Crucifixion and Resurrection

Today’s Bible story teaches about Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment for the sins of people and rose from the grave three days later. Because Jesus paid our sin debt, He made a way for anyone who believes in Him to have a right relationship with God.

Use these simple steps to guide your family during today’s Life Group time.


Step 1: Print Activity Pages

Print one for each child. This is a great tool to have as you go through the videos. Each download includes the Activity Page for your child and a One Conversation page for you to use with the Bible reference and story.


Step 2: Watch Bible Story Video

Before you press play, sit together and pray. Thank God for this special day to worship and learn about Him. Then, watch the Bible story video together.


3. Read & Discuss The Bible Story Together

Use the Activity Page and One Conversation Page you printed to read and discuss the Bible Story together. Select an activity and talk about how it goes along with the story.

Activities

Babies-Kinder

1s & 2s:
Jesus Helped His Friends,
based on John 13: 1-7, 14-15

Wash Baby Feet
Gather: Towel, Baby doll, washcloth and small pan of water or baby wipes,
activity page

  • Print the activity page for 1’s – 2’s
  • Place pan of water on a towel.
  • Encourage child to wash the doll’s feet using the washcloth and water, or the baby wipes
  • Remind child that Jesus washed His friends’ feet
  • Say, “Jesus loved His friends and wanted to do something for them
  • Look at/talk about the picture on Page 1 of the Activity page if you printed it out

Match Shoes
Gather: different shoes – doll, baby, kid, adult

  • Place one of each shoe in a pile on the floor
  • Place one shoe in front of the child and let him find its match in the pile
  • Ask, “What did Jesus do to His helpers feet?” (wash them)
  • Finish matching the shoes. Let the child dress up and wear the adult shoes if he wants to.

3–Pre-K & Kinder:
Jesus is Alive,
based on Matthew 28: 1-10

Build a Tomb
Gather: Activity page, Bible, chairs, sheet, blocks, craft paper, other building materials

  • Print out the activity page for your age group.
  • Point out the tomb in the picture on Page 1 of the Activity page, Encourage the child to use the building material to build a tomb or cave.
  • Find and item that could be used as a stone (chair, paper plate, blocks, etc) and put the stone at the entrance to the tomb.
  • Invite children to retell the Bible story, and to pull the stone away from the tomb at the appropriate time.
  • Remind the child that Jesus is no longer in the tomb, but He is alive!
  • Help the child find the story in the Bible.

Kindergarten:
Jesus is Alive,
based on Matthew 28: 1-10

Sort Stones
Gather: Bible, smooth river stones, permanent marker, dishpan

  • Print each of these names on a stone: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John. Mix these stones with blank stones.
  • Let the child explore and sort the stones. They can sort by size, color, or other attribute.
  • Guide him to set aside the stones with names.
  • Talk about the Bible story. Mention the large stone that covered the entrance to the tomb. Help the child understand how the stone was moved from the entrance. Say, “Jesus is Alive!”
  • Show the Table of Contents in the Bible. Help the child put the stones with names in order as they would be found in the Bible.
  • Say, “Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are books in the Bible called Gospels. Gospel means good news. The Gospels tell about Jesus’ life”.

1st-5th Grade

TUG OF WAR

  • Spread a rope across the room.
  • Appoint your oldest child to go to one side of the room and hold one end of the rope.
  • Have the rest of the family to go to the opposite side of the rope.
  • Everyone should grab onto the rope and hold on tightly. Instruct your oldest to start tugging on his end of the rope. The rest of the family should tug on the opposite end of the rope.
  • Call time when you notice the single child becoming frustrated.
  • Ask if pulling the rope alone if it was difficult.
  • Explain that Jesus was alone on the cross. He was separated from God. Like the one child at the end of the rope, Jesus was separated from everyone else. Share that Jesus took the whole weight and sin of the world on His own. But He chose to die for us. And then He rose again. Because of His sacrifice, we can experience salvation!
  • Repeat the activity with other family members.

LETTER TO JESUS FROM YOU

  • Explain to your children that just like Jesus, it’s important for us to pray to our heavenly Father.
  • Share that sometimes besides praying out loud or praying quietly, it’s also helpful to write our prayers down on a piece of paper.
  • Distribute paper and a pen or pencil to each child.
  • Instruct the kids to write out the following:
    • List the qualities of Jesus. (Answers will vary but may include: He is brave, sacrificial, holy, humble, and perfect.)
    • List out the blessings you have received from God (home, family, friends, school, sports, music, a bike, a guitar).
    • Pray for the people on your heart, or the people you know that need prayer.
    • Thank Jesus for how He is working in your life. Thank Him for giving you a new day. Thank Jesus for being willing to die on a cross so salvation is possible. Thank Him for His death and resurrection. Thank Him for saving you so that you can experience eternal life!
  • Encourage your children to put them in a place where they can review them every morning.
  • For younger children have them draw out what they are thankful for.

JESUS LOVES ME HEART
Items needed: white heavyweight paper, markers, yarn (multiple colors), glue, scissors, pencils, clear tape
Before the session, fold white heavyweight paper in half. Trace and cut a heart shape on the front of the card. Make one card for each of your children to use.

Option: Instead of decorating the inside of the card to show through, use a small hole punch to make holes around the open-heart shape on the card. The children will use long strands of yarn, threading the yarn through the holes across the heart to decorate the heart cards.

  • Review the Bible story. Explain how much Jesus loves people. He was willing to die for our sins on the cross.
  • Distribute the paper cards to each child. Instruct your kids to close the cards so the heart cutout is on the front. With a pencil, kids will trace the heart shape onto the inside of the card (the right side of the paper). They will decorate the heart drawn on the inside of the card so that when the card is closed, the decorated heart shows through the heart cutout on the front.
  • The children can decorate the heart by cutting and gluing pieces of yarn across the traced heart or by coloring it with markers.
  • Have your children decorate their hearts and play some fun music
  • After they have decorated the inside traced heart, close the card and use clear tape to close the unsealed edges of the paper. Using a marker, write Jesus Loves Me and John 14:6 on the outside of the card, over or under the heart.
  • Take a moment to ask who would like to praise God for everything he has done

4. Missions Emphasis

Review the missions story. Remind kids that missionary Grant Waller tells about a time when more than 50 Mahafaly men and women stood up and said: “I believe in Jesus.” Pray that more Mahafaly people will believe in Jesus.


5. Pray

  • Ask your children to think about how they would have felt if they had seen the empty tomb like Mary Magdalene and the other Mary.
  • Ask everyone to stand. Encourage your kids to show you what their reactions would have been if the angel had told them that Jesus had risen from the dead.
  • Take a moment to review the definition of sin and explain that sin separates people from God. Sin is actions, attitudes, words, or thoughts that do not please God. Discuss how Jesus’ willingness to die for our sins (take the punishment He didn’t deserve) makes our rescue from sin and death (salvation) possible. ʹ
  • Ask your children to pray with you. Guide them to think about their own sin in their lives. Thank God for sending Jesus to die on the cross for all sins and for raising Him from the dead.

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Kid Life Groups: April 5, Palm Sunday

The Crowd Welcomed Jesus

Today’s Bible story helps children learn that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior of the world. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, fulfilling a prophecy from Zechariah. The people welcomed Him joyously, like a king. They knew that Jesus was special.

Use these simple steps to guide your family during today’s Life Group time.


Step 1: Print Activity Pages

Print one for each child. This is a great tool to have as you go through the videos. Each download includes the Activity Page for your child and a One Conversation page for you to use with the Bible reference and story.


Step 2: Watch Bible Story Video

Before you press play, sit together and pray. Thank God for this special day to worship and learn about Him. Then, watch the Bible story video together.


3. Read & Discuss The Bible Story Together

Use the Activity Page and One Conversation Page you printed to read and discuss the Bible Story together. Select an activity and talk about how it goes along with the story.

Activities

Babies-Kinder

1s & 2s: DRAW ON MAPS
Gather: old maps cut into manageable pieces (if you don’t have any, you can print one from the computer) , chunky crayons or markers

  • Invite child to draw on the map paper.
  • Point to a road on the map. Say, “Jesus traveled down a road.”
  • Ask, “What did the people shout as Jesus rode by?” (Hosanna) Practice saying it together.
  • Say “God loved us and sent His Son.”

3–Pre-K: MAKE A LEAF
Gather: several different leaves (including a palm branch if available), tape, crayons, thin paper.

  • Tape the leaves to a table or counter top with vein side up.
  • Help the child hold thin paper firmly over a leaf.
  • Rub the paper with the side of a crayon to make a print of the leaf.
  • Comment: People laid their coats and palm branches on the ground in front of Jesus. They knew Jesus was special and wanted to see Him. We know Jesus is God’s Son. God sent Jesus because He loves us.

Kindergarten: WORK A PUZZLE
Gather: Paper or cards, scissors, crayons or markers.

  • Print this verse on a piece of paper: “God loved us and sent His Son.” 1 John 4:10
  • Read it aloud together.
  • Practice saying the verse. Stand up to say the first word, sit down to say the second word, and continue alternating standing and sitting as you repeat the verse a few times.
  • Say, “God sent Jesus to help people because He loves them.”
  • Let the kindergartner create his own puzzle by writing the verse on a card or paper, decorating it, then cutting it into two or more pieces.
  • Take turns working his puzzle. Save the pieces in a zip loc bag to play with later.
  • Pray and thank God for loving children and sending His Son for them.

Kindergarten: MAKE A BANNER
Gather, if available: a long piece of craft/butcher paper or posterboard, various art supplies such as paint, markers, crayons, puffy paint, stickers and sticky notes, Bible.

  • Print the word HOSANNA on the paper.
  • Point to the word, and say it together.
  • Remind the children that when people welcomed Jesus, they shouted, “Hosanna!”
  • Decorate the banner using the art supplies. The sticky notes can be placed on top of the lines to create the letters of the word.
  • Say “God sent Jesus because He loves us.”
  • Mark your Bible ahead of time, and open the Bible to 1 John 4:10 and read, “God loved us and sent His Son.”
  • Hang the banner in your house for the rest of the day. Or hang it on your porch or fence for your neighbors to see!

1st-5th Grade

Learn John 14:6

  • Find the verse in the Bible and have someone read it out loud.
  • Define the words way, truth, and life. Explain that Jesus is the Messiah sent by God. Because Jesus gave up His life for us, we can spend eternity with God in Heaven.
  • As a family, come up with hand motions for the words way, truth, and life.
  • Read the verse together, showing the hand motions your family created.

Sending Some Help

  • Review the Bible story and have your kids help review what happened in the story.
  • Parents choose a child. Tell him you need an item that is in the house (any item you choose). Ask your child to find the item and bring it to you, but do NOT tell the name of the item. Give your child a hint of what the item is by its description or what it can do. (Example: something that can help me clean up a spill on the floor—broom.) Give all your children the opportunity to find an item for you.
  • Ask the following question:
    – Who in the Bible story sent for something?
    – Who did He send to get the item?
    – What were they going in the village to get?
    – What did Jesus tell them to say if anyone asked why they were taking it?
  • Help your child find Zechariah 9:9 in the Bible. Read the verse together. Remind your child that Jesus coming into Jerusalem on a donkey was a fulfillment of prophecy. It was another way for Jesus to show that He is the Messiah promised by God.

Easter Invitations
Many people only attend church on Easter, so now is a great time to invite people who might not attend church very often to watch it online Easter Sunday.

  • Get creative: Put a color invitation on someone’s doorstep, make a poster board and put in your window/yard, make a video and send in a text or email.
  • Suggest to your child to brainstorm messages such as Hosanna! Jesus is Alive! Celebrate Jesus! Be sure to include our website, ww.championforest.org, and service times, 10:00 am for English and 11:30 am for Spanish.
  • Take time to pray for the friends who will receive these invitations.

Limbo Game

  • Find a broom stick, rope, or anything you can play Limbo with.
  • Play “The Savior King” to the game of Limbo. If you touch the stick, you are out.
  • Lower the stick a small amount once everyone has gone under the stick. Repeat until a winner is declared.
  • Jesus is the Messiah and can do anything and so many greater things than winning a limbo contest. He was part of God’s plan from the beginning.
  • Remind children we should humble ourselves just a Jesus did.

4. Missions Emphasis

Watch and talk about the mission video.
Explain: “It is so important for missionaries to tell people God’s love and about Jesus.” Pray that the Mahafaly people will learn that God loves them so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to be their Savior.


5. Pray

Tell your child about when Jesus became your Savior. Encourage the kids to take a moment to think about how Jesus was willing to be our Savior. After a pause, pray, thanking God for sending Jesus to be the one and only Savior of the world.


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Kid Life Groups: March 29, 2020

Jesus Taught About Giving

Today’s Bible story helps children learn about giving. Jesus taught that when we give, we worship and honor God. In the story of the poor widow, Jesus knew her heart in giving was different from all the others who gave much.

Use these simple steps to guide your family during today’s Life Group time.


Step 1: Print Activity Pages

Print one for each child. This is a great tool to have as you go through the videos. Each download includes the Activity Page for your child and a One Conversation page for you to use with the Bible reference and story.


Step 2: Watch Bible Story Video

Before you press play, sit together and pray. Thank God for this special day to worship and learn about Him. Then, watch the Bible story video together.


3. Read & Discuss The Bible Story Together

Use the Activity Page and One Conversation Page you printed to read and discuss the Bible Story together. Select an activity and talk about how it goes along with the story.

Activities

Babies-Kinder

1s & 2s: LISTEN FOR SOUNDS
Gather and set out various containers of different sizes, and lids (flat canning lids are ideal.)

  • Demonstrate how to drop the lids into the containers.
  • Listen for the difference in the sounds.
  • Comment to boys and girls the differences in pitch and tone.
  • Talk about the Bible story and how some people dropped many coins that made much noise.
  • Remind the children that Jesus said the woman gave the most because she gave all she had

1s & 2s: LOOK THROUGH BINOCULARS
Gather: A Bible, or another favorite book; purchased toy or homemade binoculars (cardboard tubes, tape)
Do: Make homemade binoculars by taping two tubes side by side.

  • Invite a child to look through the binoculars.
  • Mention that Jesus and His helpers watched people give their offerings.
  • Suggest children look out windows or at specific areas of the classroom.
  • Let children look at the book through their binoculars as you read it aloud.
  • Comment that Jesus taught about giving to God. Say we can give because Jesus loves us.

3–Pre-K: SORT COINS

  • Place a variety of coins in a small bowl beside a muffin pan. Suggest the preschoolers sort the coins in the muffin pan by color, type, or size. Talk about how the coins are similar or different.
  • Talk about the Bible story. Say that even though the woman only gave two coins, Jesus said she gave the most. She gave all she had to God.
  • Encourage preschoolers to talk about any experiences they have giving money at church. Perhaps they have put money in an offering plate or basket or carried an offering envelope to church with their families.
  • Remind the children that Jesus taught His disciples about giving to God.

Kindergarten: COIN TOSS

  • Place a bucket near a wall. Make a tape tossing line several feet from the bucket.
  • Invite a child to toss “coins” (canning lids) into the bucket.
  • As the child tosses, talk about the Bible story. Comment that Jesus saw the woman give two small coins and she gave all she had.
  • After the child has tossed all the “coins,” help him say the Life Point: Jesus taught about giving to God.

1st-5th Grade

1st-3rd Grade: OFFERING ENVELOPES
Materials: envelopes, fine-line markers, paint pens, foam shapes, glue sticks

Give each kid an envelope. Tell kids to use the art supplies to decorate their envelope to use to collect their offerings to bring to church. Talk about the Bible story as the kids work. Suggest they write the words of Mark 12:44 on the backs to their envelopes to remind them how much the widow gave. Say the Life Point. Tell kids to collect money during the week and bring their offerings next time.

4th-5th Grade: GIVE IT AWAY
Materials: paper, masking tape

In your home, garage, or outside, use masking tape to create one square area for each family member. Wad paper to make a lot of paper balls. Each family member stands in a square. Divide the paper balls between family members. On your signal each family member “gives” the paper balls to the other family members by tossing the balls into the other squares. The goal is to give away all of your balls. After a minute or so, call time. Count the paper balls in each square. Determine which family member has the fewest paper balls. Ask that family member a question about the story. Redistribute the paper balls and play again. Continue until you have reviewed the Bible story. Talk about the Life Point.


4. Missions Emphasis

Watch and talk about the mission video.
Play a memory game by naming items kids might need for a missions journey to a Lesotho village that has no electricity or other modern conveniences. The first player begins: “I think I’ll pack a blanket.” The next player adds: “I think I’ll pack a blanket and a flashlight.” Continue the list until everyone participates or it becomes too lengthy to remember. Encourage kids to pray sentence prayers for the Flora family and the Basotho people.


5. Pray

Ask kids to whisper their prayers to God, telling Him what they thought about during your time together. When kids have finished their prayers, invite them to draw a picture of their prayer. Place the papers in a gift bag. When all prayer pages are gathered, say “Amen.” Place the gift bag in a special place in your home. Encourage children to write or draw prayers to God throughout the week and place in the bag.


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Kid Life Groups: March 22, 2020

Jesus Told Three Parables

Today’s Bible story focuses on how Jesus taught about God’s love. Jesus told three parables to emphasize how much God loves His people and how He rejoices when one person trusts Him as Savior and Lord.

Use these simple steps to guide your family during today’s Life Group time.


Step 1: Print Activity Pages

Print one for each child. This is a great tool to have as you go through the videos. Each download includes the Activity Page for your child and a One Conversation page for you to use with the Bible reference and story.


Step 2: Watch Bible Story Video

Before you press play, sit together and pray. Thank God for this special day to worship and learn about Him. Then, watch the Bible story video together.


3. Read & Discuss The Bible Story Together

Use your Activity Page and One Conversation Page you printed to read and discuss the Bible Story together. Select an activity and talk about how it goes along with the story.

Activities

Babies-Kinder

1s & 2s: Work People Puzzles
Materials: Teaching Picture 4, puzzles featuring people

  • Lay the Teaching Picture near the puzzles.
  • As a child works a puzzle, talk to her about the people who love and care for her.
  • Point to the Teaching Picture and talk about the Bible story. Comment that Jesus taught that God always loves.

3–Pre-K: Work Bible Verse Puzzles
Materials: Bible, 2 strips of paper, cardstock, permanent marker

  • Mark the Weekly Verse and the Unit Verse for today in the Bible with strips of paper. Print the two verses onto separate pieces of cardstock. Make a copy of each paper. Laminate each paper.
  • Cut one of each of the verses into four or five pieces to make a puzzle. Display the marked Bible with the puzzles. Invite a child to work a puzzle. Children can work the puzzles using the whole sheets as a guide.
  • Open the Bible and show children the verses in the Bible. Talk about the Bible story. Tell children that Jesus taught that God always loves.

Kindergarten—Draw Self-Portraits
Materials: paper, markers, nonbreakable mirrors

  • Invite boys and girls to use the supplies to draw their self-portraits. Encourage them to look into the mirror and draw what they see.
  • Talk about the Bible story as children draw. Comment that Jesus’ story about the son explained about God always loves.

1st-5th Grade

1st-3rd Grade: Drop the Coin
Materials: cardboard circle covered with foil
Choose a kid to be It. Guide the group to stand in a circle, facing inward. It holds the “coin” and walks around the outside of the circle. She drops the coin behind someone and walks quickly away. The chosen child walks around the circle quickly, trying to tag It before she gets back to the now empty spot. When It stands in the empty spot or is tagged, ask a review question. The chosen child answers to question. Then he becomes the new It and play continues. Talk about the Bible story with kids.

4th-5th Grade: Lost Sheep Relay
Materials: walking canes or yardsticks (one per team), whiffle balls or foam balls (one per team), cups
Arrange the cups into a zigzag course. Group the kids into two (or more) teams. Tell kids: “The ball is your team’s lost sheep. You will take turns moving your lost sheep back to the fold.” Give the first player on each team a ball and walking cane. On your signal, the players use the canes to move the balls around the course and back to the start line. The next team’s player takes the cane and moves the “sheep” through the course. The first team to complete the course with all team members wins. Talk about the Bible story. Ask: “How did the shepherd feel when he found his lost sheep?” Talk about how shepherds protect sheep and how God protects His people.


4. Missions

Watch and talk about the mission video.


5. Pray

God, thank you for the Bible. Thank you for loving us even when we disobey you. I am so sorry for ______________. Will you please forgive me? I want to follow Jesus and do what he says everyday.

Pray for each person in your family.
Pray for our church.
Pray for America.


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