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
Matthew Follows Jesus
-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)
♪ 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,