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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,
Psalm 19:14

Kids Own Worship (3.18.09)


Jesus Feeds Another Crowd
Mark 8:1-10

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,
Psalm 19:14

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

Kids Class Review 3.4.09

Kids’ Own Worship
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
A Gentile Woman’s Faith
Mark 7:1-30
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We learned:
-God looks at what is in our heart.
-Jesus came to save all types of people.
-The Gentile woman had faith.
-We are Gentiles.

We sang: with Mrs. Janna!

What to review:
1. Why did the Jewish leaders criticize Jesus?
     His disciples did not wash their hands the right way according to the Jewish laws.
2. What did Jesus say was more important—the outside or inside of a person?
     The inside—-the heart.
3. What did the Gentile woman ask Jesus to do for her?
     To heal her daughter from the evil spirit.
4. Why did Jesus help the Gentile woman?
     Because of her faith.
5. Jew vs. Gentile
6. What each of these represented:
    Children: Jews / Dogs: Gentiles / Crumbs: Jesus’ Message
7. The Map on the back of the paper (if you’re on the blog, see me Sunday to get a copy)
(The Lesson:  I don’t go word-for-word here and I add my own stuff, but you’ll get a general glimpse). 

Key verse:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” -Hebrews 11:1

Those in attendance: Cheyenne, Hannah, Micheal, Olivia, Landon, Ethan, Sarah, Janna

A Note from Sarah:
What an interesting lesson! I was so blessed this week as I reflected on God’s grace that is portrayed in the last half of this chapter. Christ had revealed Himself to a Gentile woman. Wait a second…I’m a Gentile! Hey, that’s me! He’s so good! I am praying the eyes of your children will one day be opened to the beauty of His marvelous grace!

Oodles of Love in Christ who was so merciful to give me a crumb,
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,

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)

Kids Worship Summary (October 8, 2008)

Kids Worship Summary
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Mark 1:14-20
Jesus Chooses Followers

We learned:

  • —Jesus chose two sets of brothers to follow him: Simon & Andrew and James & John.
  • —They were hard-working fishermen and were not rich or educated, but that did not matter because Jesus cared about what was in their heart.
  • —The fact that the men left everything to follow Jesus shows their great faith.
  • —When a person accepts Christ, they must leave all of their sinful ways and follow Jesus.

We sang:

♪      Work – Ephesians 6:7
♪      He Leadeth Me

♪      Treasures – Matthew 6:20-21
♪      Trust in the Lord – Proverbs 3:5-6
♪      I Will Make You Fishers of Men

Other things to talk and think about:

  • Review the passage.  See how much your child can recall.
    -Where did Jesus go when He began preaching?  Galilee
    -Who were the first two men Jesus called?  Andrew and Simon
    -Who were the next two men Jesus called? James and John
    -What did these men do when Jesus called them?  They left their nets and boats and followed Him.
    -Why did Jesus choose fishermen to follow Him?  He was looking at their hearts and knew they had a lot of faith.
  • Talk to your kids about how Jesus called you as I disciple and how you have followed Him.
  • Emphasize that Christ chose His disciples (1 John 4:19).
  • Key Verse: And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”  (Mark 1:17)

Kids Class Summary (July 9)

Kids Own Worship Summary
adapted from the Group Material
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Daniel 1:1-20
“God helps us make the right choices.”

We learned:

  • God gave Daniel the ability to stand strong and choose God over anything else.
  • As Daniel obeyed God, God showed Daniel favor and gave him strength and wisdom beyond his years.
  • Sometimes the king wanted Daniel to make wrong choices, but God always helped Daniel make the right choices.
  • God gave us the Bible to help us make right decisions.
  • God cares about our choices because God wants us to have the good lives He planned for us (Jeremiah 29:11).
  • Although the Bible talks a lot about the food that Daniel ate, the most important part was that God helped Daniel choose God’s way in every area of his life. We also have choices to make, and God will help us, too.
  • The most important decision we have in life is to choose Christ as Savior.

We sang:
♪ The Plans I Have for You – Jeremiah 29:11
♪ Treasures – Matthew 6:20-21
♪ Work – Ephesians 6:7
♪ Come Boldly Before the Throne – Hebrews 4:16
♪ Trust in the Lord – Proverbs 3:5-6

All of these songs are pretty much straight Scripture.  They should know “Trust in the Lord” best.  I can almost guarantee you that if you prompt them on that one, they can finish it!  ;o)  Try and see!!!!

Other things to talk and think about:

  • Review the passage. See how much your child can recall.
  • Pray about choices together.
  • Talk about a time where you had a hard time making the right decision, but God helped you do what was right.
  • And…if your kid is a picky eater, you could definitely bring in the fact that Daniel ate his vegetables! :o)

Storing Up God’s Word in our Heart!

This is not only the cutest video you’ll probably ever see, it is also a good reminder that you’re never too young (or old!) to hide God’s Word in your heart. 

If this little girl (who is barely three!) can quote all of Psalm 23, how much more can we be storing up in our hearts?! 

This is exactly what we learned about in the kids’ class last night.  We discussed Deuteronomy 6

 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

We learned that the Jews wore phylacteries and mezuzahs, but most importantly, they hid God’s Word in their hearts!  We even stored up another verse in our hearts last night: “I have stored up Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.”  [Psalm 119:11]

We should be teaching our children the importance of God’s Word.  How will they ever believe us unless we live it out ourselves and store it in our hearts first?  It is my prayer that the kids at NLBC will always have someone they can look up to who is hiding God’s Word in their heart.  I pray that we will always teach those precious words to them diligently and talk about spiritual things at home, whether while we eat, ride in the car, take a walk, go to bed or even when we visit the homes of others. 

Even though I do not have any children, I still take this verse very personally.  I believe it is my duty to help these children store up as much as they can in their little hearts and minds! 

As Corrie Ten Boom said, “Gather the riches of God’s promises.  Nobody can take away from you those texts from the Bible which you have learned by heart.” 

I hope you have started (and are continuing) with Psalm 119
Little Girl Saying Psalm 23

[I guess we can call this my once a month soapbox extravaganza!]