Category Archives: Kids Classes

Memory Verses (Week of February 6)

We know how hard it can be to keep up with all the little papers we give your little squirts every week, so we’re going to start putting your childrens’ memory verses up here just in case you lose it.

Little Lifers Verse for Wednesday, February 9
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to Whom belong wisdom and might.”  -Daniel 2:20

Preschool Verse (Sherry & Cheryl’s Class) for Sunday, February 13
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  -Matthew 4:17

Older Kids Verse (Nikki & Gina’s Class) for Sunday, February 13
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  -Matthew 5:10

 

Music Recommendation

Sovereign Grace Ministries just released a new kids CD, this one based on the book of Proverbs.  Their purpose in making kids albums is exemplary and should be commended.  Bob Kauflin stated it best on his blog:

While the number of “worship CDs” for children has increased exponentially in recent years and may have reached a saturation point, many of them assume that kids are already Christians. One of our aims in making kids’ albums is to help parents raise children in the “discipline and instruction of the Lord.” We write most of the songs in a way that proclaims truth rather than simply being an expression of a child’s heart.

This approach can make the album sound less “worshipful,” but in the long run, we think it better represents what’s happening when kids sing. They’re memorizing words that will hopefully influence the way they view God, themselves, and the world. While there’s certainly a place for kids singing songs of praise to God directly (Mt. 21:16.), music is also a tool to teach teach kids truths about God, God’s Word, how we’re relate to him and each other, and most importantly, who Jesus is and what he did to rescue us from our sin.

You can buy the CD for $12 from the Sovereign Grace online store, or download the MP3 album for $9. You can also hear samples at the Sovereign Grace Music site, and download a free song, “Lazy Bones.”

Vacation Bible School

Thompson Road Baptist Church has invited our kids to join them for their Vacation Bible School! 
Monday, June 21-Friday, June 25
7:00-9:00 p.m.
4 years old – Teens

THEME:  OPERATION SPACE | A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH GOD’S WORD
Emphasizing the unique preeminence, priority, and power of God’s Word in our lives.
Bible B.A.S.I.C.s:
Book of Books:  the unique character and nature of the Bible
Absolute Authority of the Bible because God is its Author
Salvation Story revealed in the Bible
Impact and Influence of the Bible on the history of the world and on our lives
Challenge of the Bible for each of us:  LOVE, LEARN, LIVE it!

[Read a little bit more about the material, if you’re interested!]

Kids Class Update 5.19.2010

So I just wanted to share how thankful I am for the kids at NLBC.  In my class tonight, we talked about how Paul had beautiful feet because he shared the Good News with others!  (Isaiah 52:7)  I don’t know who had the more precious quote about sharing the Gospel with their friends: Ethan, Michael, or Olivia.

Ethan went through the Gospel and how he’s going to share it with his friend tomorrow, even if they put him in jail like Paul, and he’ll “just keep on praisin’ Him!”  🙂

Michael was thankful God had washed away our sins, especially his own sins because he had a lot of them. 

Olivia has beautiful feet (Isaiah 52:7) because she runs to tell her friends at recess good news.  Sometimes she shares a Bible story or reminds them God is holy and sent His Son to die for us. 

How precious is that?!  Oh, that’s nothing…they also melted my heart when their sweet little voices sang, “Tell Me the Story of Jesus” and “The Gospel Song” a cappella.

Pray they will continue to be bright shining lights for our King and that the hearts of those who don’t know Him as their Savior yet will be quickened very soon.

Kids’ Own Worship 4.8.09

Thanks to those of you who prayed for our kids last week!  Tonight was one of those nights where you don’t want to let them go home.  Seriously.  I love it when the Lord surprises you with a class like that every once in a while…it’s so encouraging!  :o)  Much better than 0 kids last week!!!!  You know you’ve had a good night when you get an in-depth answer from a 7-year-old, a connection to another miracle from another, a “that’s disgusting” from a 4-year-old, a request for “At the Cwoss” from a 2-year-old, a historical connection from an 8-year-old, and a “that was a really cool lesson” from another 8-almost 9-year-old, and then HUGS from all of them!!!!  :o)  Love them! 

Jesus Heals a Blind Man
Mark 8:22-26

We learned:
Jesus healed a blind man in an unusual way.
Jesus can remove our spiritual blindness.
Spending time with Jesus helps us see Him more clearly.
We also discussed 1 Corinthians 13:12.

We sang with Mrs. Janna:
Alive, Alive>God’s Not Dead!
At the Cross
I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy
God is So Good

What to review:
We were in the town of Bethsaida. 
1. Jesus led the blind man out of the village. What did He do next?
He spit in the man’s eyes and touched Him.
2. Jesus asked the man what he could see. What did He say?
The man said he could see people who liked trees moving.
3. What did Jesus do to completely heal the man’s eyes?
He touched the man’s eyes again.
4. What’s the only way to remove our spiritual blindness?
Trusting in Christ and His finished work on the cross.
5. What helps us see Christ more clearly? 
Spending time with Him in His Word and prayer.

Key verse:
“Open my eyes to see the miracles in Your teachings.” -Psalm 119:18

A Note from Sarah:
This story is a great reminder for all those who have experienced God’s mercy. I am so glad God opened my eyes to His grace and that He continues to reveal more and more of Himself to me daily.

Oodles of Love in the omnipotent Savior Who opens the physical and spiritual eyes of the blind,
Sarah
Psalm 19:14

Kids Own Worship (3.18.09)

 

Jesus Feeds Another Crowd
Mark 8:1-10

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We learned:
>Jesus wanted to care for the people’s needs.
>The disciples seemed to forget what Jesus could do.
>Feeding this crowd showed Jesus’ love for the Gentiles.  (The Decapolis was a Gentile region.  The feeding of the 5,000 took place in a Jewish region). 
>It is important to remember the good things God does. 
>The Israelites remembered what God had done for them in the wilderness by setting up rocks.  (Joshua 4)
>KEY: Remember to remember!  Some rocks we can set up: journal, prayer journal, sermon notes, pictures, videos, etc. 
>The most important thing for us to remember is that God sent His Son to die for our sins so we might have eternal life. 

We sang with Mrs. Janna!

What to review:
1. Where did this miracle take place?  Decapolis (which stands for the Ten Towns), a Gentile region.
2. How long had the crowd been with Jesus? Three days.
3. How many people were in the crowd that day? Around 4,000.
4. How many loaves of bread and fish did the disciples have? Seven loaves of bread and three small fish.
5. How much food was left over? Seven large baskets full.Key verse:
“Remember His miracles and all His wonders.” -Psalm 105:5

 

A Note from Sarah:
These lessons may be intended for little kids, but the Lord sure uses them in my own life! This week, I have been humored at how much I am like the forgetful disciples. They just saw Jesus feed 5,000 people on the shore of the Sea of Galilee with 5 loaves and 2 fish. Now, they’re in the Decapolis with 4,000 people, 7 loaves and 3 fish. They have more stuff and less people (not to mention the omnipotent Son of God) and they can’t figure out how all these people are going to eat. *Psh…hello! Look at the previous chapter!* But that’s easy for me to say…I am just like them and I’m sure you are, too. “How will I ever get through this storm?” you ask. Look at the last one He carried you through. He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able, I know my Lord is able to carry me through!  Oh what a blessing your children are in my life!  :o)

Oodles of Love in the omnipotent Savior, remembering the great things He has done, Sarah (Psalm 19:14)
*Please note that the Little Lifers Kids Choir Sunday will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Kids Map

I’ve had a request to post the map we have been working with in the kids’ class on Wednesday night.  I’m no cartographer, but I hope it will suffice for my 4-year-olds!  🙂

Kids Map

A brief overview of what has happened in all these places solely during our study of Mark. 

Jordan River– John the Baptist baptized Jesus (Mark 1)
Sea of Galilee- Jesus called Simon, Andrew, James & John as disciples (Mark 1:16-20); Jesus called Levi=”Matthew” as a disciple (Mark 2:13-17); Jesus told the Parable of the Sower beside the sea (Mark 4:1-9); Jesus calmed the storm (Mark 4:35-41); Jesus walked on the water (Mark 6:45-52)
Capernaum– Jesus healed Simon Peter’s mother-in-law (Mark 1:29-34); Jesus healed a paralytic (Mark 2:1-12);
Galilean side of sea (not a specific city)- Jesus heals Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:21-43)
Decapolis– Jesus healed a man with unclean spirits, whom they called “Legion” (Mark 5:1-20); Jesus healed a deaf and mute man (Mark 7:31-37); Jesus feeds the 4,000 (Mark 8:1-21)
Bethsaida– Jesus fed the 5,000 (Mark 6:30-44)
Gennesaret– Jesus healed and talked to the Pharisees (Mark 6:53-7:23)
Tyre & Sidon, Phoenicia– Jesus healed the daughter of a Gentile Woman
Nazareth– Jesus’ hometown (Mark 6:1-6)

*More to come!

Kids Class (3.11.09)

Kids’ Own Worship
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Jesus Heals a Deaf and Mute Man
Mark 7:31-37
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We learned:
*Jesus healed a man who could not hear or speak.
*Everything Jesus does is good.
*We can trust Jesus to work good in our lives.
*Ephphatha=be opened

We sang with Mrs. Janna! 

What to review:
1. Where did Jesus go after He healed the woman’s daughter?
     Decapolis (which stands for the Ten Towns)
2. Who did the people bring to Jesus?
     A man who was deaf and mute.
3. Where did Jesus take the man?
     Away from the crowd.
4. How did Jesus heal the man?
     He placed His fingers in the man’s ears; He spit and touched the man’s tongue.Key verse:
“They were completely amazed and said, ‘Everything He does is good! He even heals people who cannot hear or talk.‘”  -Mark 7:37

 

A Note from Sarah:
It’s so easy for me to just read over something like this because Jesus healed so many people. But I have to stop and remind myself how miraculous this is and that it is something only our omnipotent Savior could do. I hope to convey the amazingness of this miracle to your children. And may God open our spiritual ears to hear His voice. “O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise, the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of His grace…Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb, your loosened tongues employ; ye blind, behold your Savior come, and leap, ye lame, for joy.” 

Oodles of Love in Christ, who is music to my sinful ears,
Sarah
Psalm 19:14

*Please note that the Little Lifers Kids Choir Sunday will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Kids Class (11.19.08)

Summary of Wednesday Night Kids Class 11.19.08
Warning: This post basically ended up being a journal for me, preserving the memories of this evening’s kids class.
Thank you so much for letting me teach your kids.  I always feel so inadequate for the job, but the Lord always gives me grace in preparing the lesson and helping me through the actual class.  Tonight was just one of those nights where I wanted to freeze time for a second and keep your kids at that age for the rest of their lives.

Hannah, Joseph, Olivia and Conner were there.  They were missing quite a few of their friends, but we had a lovely time together anyway.  I love the way God arranges our class.  The chemistry is always different because it’s always a different combination of kids.  This week was neat because Hannah was making some really deep interesting observations which got Olivia and Conner thinking and helped them understand more, too!  And Joseph took it all in as well!  He was so cute…our lessons have been coming from the book of Mark and this lesson was on the calling of Matthew.  So when I said Matthew’s name, Joseph said, “Mark, Luke, John.”  It was precious!

We have such a fun time singing Scripture together.  Tonight alone, we sang Ephesians 6:7, Matthew 6:20-21, Isaiah 61:1 and about John 10/Psalm 23.  We learn crazy big new words like omniscient, omnipotent and perseverance.

We’ve been trying to learn the names of the disciples.  Another light bulb turned on for some tonight: Simon Peter is one person.  :o)  Just like Conner Riley is one person, Hannah Renee, Joseph Kenneth, Olivia Grace and Sarah Caroline (yes, kind of like the state!).

They’re so precious and you never know what they’re going to say.  I love them each very much and am so thankful the Lord has placed them in my life.  It is my prayer that they will have a deeper desire to learn more about Christ and grow in Him daily through the short time we spend together on Wednesday nights.
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Kids Own Worship Summary
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Mark 2:13-17
Matthew Follows Jesus

We learned:

-About a tax collector named Matthew who Jesus chose to follow Him.

-Following Jesus is worth more than all the money in the world.

-Jesus wanted everyone to know of God’s love and forgiveness of sin.

-Jesus came to earth to invite sinful people.

-Tax collectors were considered “sinners,” a label that caused people to stay away from them much like they stayed away from lepers.

-Jesus knew people’s hearts (because He’s omniscient=all knowing) and knew that all people have done sinful things.

-Jesus can change us and make us into a new person.  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

We sang:

♪       He Leadeth Me (Psalm 23; John 10)

♪       Treasures (Matthew 6:20-21)

♪       Work (Ephesians 6:7)

♪       I’ve Got a River of Life (Isaiah 61:1)

Other things to talk and think about:

o        Review the passage.  See how much your child can recall.
1. What did Matthew do before Jesus called him to be a disciple?
(He was a tax collector.)
2. What did people think about tax collectors?
(They thought they were stealing their money; “sinners.”.)
3. Jesus said He came to help what kind of people?
(“Sinners” – those who knew they needed Him to forgive them.)

o        Key Verse: I have come to get sinners to follow Me. (Mark 2:17)

A Note from Sarah:
I really enjoy teaching your kids.  Since they have probably heard a lot of these stories in Sunday School already, I try to throw in a few little “extras.”  For example, as we have been going through the book of Mark, I have really tried to highlight the geography.  Ask them this week what country these stories have taken place in so far.  (Galilee)  Another thing I have been emphasizing is the names of the disciples and how some of them are related.  (So far, we have Simon Peter and Andrew who are brothers.  We also have covered James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who are brothers.  Tonight, we added Matthew.)  And…a comment on the lesson: It thrills my heart to know that Jesus came to ransom sinners ’cause I are one!
“Guilty, vile and helpless we; Spotless Lamb of God was He.  Full atonement, can it be?  Hallelujah, what a Savior!”

Oodles of Love in Christ,
Sarah

Kids Class Review (Oct. 15)

Kids Own Worship Summary
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Mark 1:21-34
Jesus Heals Many
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We learned:

  • Jesus is omnipotent=has power over everything.
  • Jesus presented Himself as a servant.
  • When Jesus gave up His life for us on the cross, He gave us a way to heal our heart.

We sang:

♪      For the Glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)

♪      Treasures (Matthew 6:20-21)

♪      Those Who Hope (Isaiah 40:31)

♪      I’ve Got a River of Life (Isaiah 61:1)

Other things to talk and think about:

o        Review the passage.  See how much your child can recall.

-Why were the people amazed at Jesus’ teaching?  He taught with more wisdom than the normal teachers.
-Jesus healed a man in the synagogue.  What was wrong with the man?  He had an evil spirit in him.
-Who was sick at Simon’s house?  His mother-in-law. How did Jesus heal her?  He helped her to stand up.
-Many people showed up at Simon’s house after sunset.  Why did they come?  They wanted Jesus to heal them. Was He able to help them?  Yes.

o        Key Verse: We saw His glory-the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father. (John 1:14)

o        Reiterate what “glory” means.

We are going to start using our own songbooks sometime within the next couple of weeks.  Hopefully, this concept will transfer over into the main worship services and the kids will be involved with the hymnal and singing with everyone!  I am so thankful the Lord has blessed me with your children.  Thanks for bringing them to learn more about Him!

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We only had three in class on Wednesday, so that means we missed you!  But, thanks to Hannah, Olivia and Micheal for being great listeners and singing their hearts out!  It was really neat for me to teach them the word omnipotent.  I distinctly remember learning that word at school when I was in third grade (along with omnipresent and omniscient).  So it was kind of ironic that Olivia and Micheal are both in third grade and Hannah is in fourth.  Anyway, I would love to see your beautiful children there next week as we continue in the book of Mark!  Don’t forget to take time to invest in eternal things!  :o)