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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

Shine!

The Lesson(s) I Learned From an 8-year-old
Olivia Grace had a soccer game last night. This wasn’t just a regular soccer game either. It was a scrimmage played at halftime of the UK Women’s soccer game against Auburn. To the “Infernos,” Olivia’s team, that was a big deal! Olivia told her mom that she was excited because it was “just another platform for her to perform on.” She was thrilled to get to show off the talents God has blessed her with to a bigger crowd and on a better field.

When I heard what Miss Olivia Grace said, I couldn’t help but think of Philippians 2:14-16.

“Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you

shine

as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.”

You see, Olivia Grace realizes that each opportunity she is given is a chance to shine, not only for her family and friends, but also for her Heavenly Father.

Olivia also loves to sing. She sings at home a lot! But, when the school talent show rolled around, she used the bigger platform to shine even more!

Every time we play Scrabble, Olivia always wins (and keep in mind she’s the youngest of those playing). Who knows, she might play in the Scrabble Championships one day!

Her 65-point word!

God has given each one of us different platforms to perform on.  We have stages at work, school, at social events, church, outreach ministries and just in everyday life.  Sometimes it may be a small platform and sometimes He blesses us with a big one, but whatever kind of platform He chooses to give us, we need to use it to glorify Him.

So, thank you, Miss Olivia Grace, for reminding me to shine for Christ and always do everything for His glory!

“You could be a scientist. You could be a soccer player. It doesn’t matter as long as you do it all for the glory of God. So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (Our Song from 1 Corinthians 10:31)

14, her favorite verse)!

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 3:14, her favorite verse)!