Elijah on Mount Carmel (Kinder-5th Grade)
Today Kinder-5th Graders learn that God is the only God and deserves honor and obedience. On Mount Carmel Elijah called on God, and God showed His awesome power. God proved He was the one and only true God!
Review with your child how God showed His power to the people on Mount Carmel. Help her memorize the Weekly Bible Verse, 1 Kings 8:60. Pray with your child, thanking God that He is powerful and the only God.
God Sent Rain (Babies-PreK)
Today Babies-PreK learn that God told Elijah He was going to send rain, and He did! God can do all things. Name things that people can do and things only God can do. Ask your child to identify the things that only God can do.
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.
One’s & Two’s
Learn About Wet And Dry
Gather: Kids Activity Page, Ziplock bags, tape, flour, paper towels, water, 1/2 cup measuring cup.
- Add 1/2 cup of four to a zip lock bag. Make two bags. Add 1/2 cup of water to the flour in one of the bags. Seal both with tape. Dampen a paper towel.
- Allow your child to investigate the dry bag of flour as you talk about the Bible story from the Kids Activity Page.
- Offer the wet flour. Guide your child to notice the difference between the two bags. Talk about how wet and dry look.
- Ask your child to touch the dry paper towel. Repeat with the wet paper towel. Talk about how the wet and dry feel.
- Mention that it did not rain for a long time and the ground became too dry to grow food (show the dry flour or dry paper towel).
- Explain that God sent the rain and it made everything wet so that food could grow again (show the wet flour or wet paper towel).
- Repeat the weekly verse together: Psalm 73:1, God is good to us.
Three’s – PreK
Make A Rain Stick
Gather: Kids Activity Page, Music, cardboard tube, paper cut into circles the diameter of the tube, heavyweight tape, packing foam pieces (or something similar), dried beans, rice, markers, colored tape, scissors, and spoons.
- Cover one end of the tube with paper and secure with tape.
- Go over Kids Activity Page with your child.
- Encourage your child to decorate his/her tube as you discuss the Bible story.
- Help your child fill his/her tube loosely with foam pieces. Spoon in beans and rice. Secure the open end with paper and tape.
- Demonstrate how to turn the tube over and listen to the beans and rice fall. Remark that it sounds like rain falling.
- Turn the rain stick seven times and mention that Elijah told his helper to go back and look for clouds seven times. Recall the Bible story.
- Play music and encourage your child to turn the rain stick as the music plays.
Make A Mountain Collage
Gather: Kids Activity Page, construction paper (include green, brown, and other colors), sheet of paper, scissors, glue stick, markers or gel pens.
- Cut brown paper into a large triangle. Go over Kids Activity Page together. Give your child the brown triangle and tell him/her it is a mountain. Mention that Elijah went to Mount Carmel to prove that God is the only God. Suggest that your child make a collage by cutting tree and flower shapes to glue onto their mountain.
- Talk about the Bible story as he/she works on project. Remark that God sent fire and burned up the wood, the alter, and the water. God showed that He is the only God.
- Print (or have your child print) weekly verse onto his/her collage. Verse: 1 Kings 8:60, The Lord is God. There is no other god.
Supplies: Bag of Marbles for each team.
- Form two teams and give each player a marble. Teams will compete to collect the most marbles.
- Demonstrate how to knock marbles out of the circle by flicking a marble toward the marbles in the circle to knock them out. Explain that the team will get to keep the marbles if they correctly answers a Review Question.
- Repeat, allowing new players from each team to knock out marbles. Play until each child has a turn or until kids answer all the questions. If needed, supplement the Review Questions with true/false statements.
- Declare the team with the most marbles the winner.
- Whom did God tell Elijah to go and find? (King Ahab)
- What did Elijah say had caused trouble in Israel? (Ahab’s family had followed false gods.)
- What did Elijah ask the people to decide? (whether to follow God or Baal)
- What was Elijah’s plan to prove who was the true God? (Two bulls would be placed on altars. The God who answered with fire would be known as the true God.)
- What did Elijah do that made the contest more difficult? (He told helpers to pour water over his altar and sacrifice.)
- How did the contest end? (Nothing happened to the sacrifice to Baal. God sent fire to burn Elijah’s sacrifice. The people cried out that the Lord is God.)
- Where in the Bible is today’s story found?
- What is one way you obeyed God this week?
- What distractions keep you from making God number one in your life?
BIBLE SKILLS / Old or New Testament?
Supplies: Create cards on 3×5 note cards with all the books of bible
Sit in a circle. Spread the “Books of the Bible Cards” face down in the circle. Kids take turns picking one card. If an Old Testament card is chosen, the child will make up a dance move. The child continues to dance while each team member says the name of the book of the Bible. If the player picks a New Testament card, the player must make up a random sound. The child continues to make the sound while each team member says the name of the book of the Bible. Invite children to confirm the book has been identified in the correct part of the Bible. Continue the exercise until kids choose all the cards.
GAME / FOCUS ON THE BALL
Supplies: 3 Balls
- Guide the kids to form a large circle. Going around the circle, ask the kids to each say their first names. Afterwards, toss a ball to the child with the name that comes first alphabetically. Continue tossing the ball to each other in alphabetical order of the children’s names. Repeat tossing in alphabetical order for a few rounds.
- When children have a good rhythm passing the ball, toss a second ball to the first child as the first ball is thrown to the third child. After a few rounds of using two balls, add a third ball.
- Ask: “What made the game challenging?” Explain how hard it was to focus when there were so many balls in the circle. Sometimes there are things that distract us from making good decisions. For example, we might get busy playing a game and forget to clean our rooms. ʹ Explain that in today’s Bible story, the people of Israel were called to follow the one true God, but something happened.
4. Missions Emphasis
- Call attention to the “Map of the United States,” the “Utah Photos,” and the “Utah Photo Captions.”
- Invite kids to share things they remember about Luis and Betty Soto and the work they are doing in Salt Lake City.
- Show the “Intro to Salt Lake City” video.
- Remind kids that many of the people in Utah have heard of Jesus, but they do not know the truth of who Jesus is that is found in the Bible.
- Invite volunteers to pray that many people in Utah would discover the truth that Jesus is God’s Son and trust in Him as Savior.
- Heavenly Father thank you for all that you provide for us.
- Thank you for being the one true God.
- We pray for our church leaders and the decisions they have to make.
- Thank you for me family and friends.