Children’s Church: Who is God to me?

Talk: Remind the children of all they have looked at over the last few weeks in Children’s Church, God has said lots of things about himself, but today we’re going to look at what we think about God and who God is to us.

Activity: Lay some pictures out on the tables (planets, church, cake, mess, trees, animals, people, buildings, storms, anything you can think of). Allow the kids to pick one that makes them think about God. Allow them to think for a few moments and then ask why that picture makes them think about God. All answers here are right.

Activity: Write on a sheet of paper or a body shape, What we know about God. Get the kids to say their answers. When all who want to have said their bit (all answers are right) we move onto the reading. As we go through, prompt the kids to shout out if they remember, or hear something new about God we don’t have on our sheet.

Story: Acts17:16-34.

When Paul entered Athens he talked to everyone that would listen to him and told them all about Christ.  He told people who were like him and he told people who were very different from him.  The people of Athens could have had Paul kicked out of the city or sent to jail for proclaiming that Jesus was God’s son, but he trusted God and boldly told them about God anyway.  The people in Athens were typically educated and enjoyed debating the latest religions, even though they didn’t understand that what Paul was saying was true

While wandering through the city Paul saw an alter that said: To an Unknown God.  He took this opportunity to tell the people about the one and only true God.

Paul teaches that God is the Creator. He created the world.  He created us. 

Paul teaches that God is the Ruler of the world.  He created all of the people in the world and determined their lives.  He rules over everything that happens in the world and has placed us in a place where we can best serve him. 

He also told them we are dependent upon God.  God is the Sustainer.  He sustains our life and allows us to continue to live on this Earth.  He sustains us through good times and bad times.  We need him in our lives.  Without him we could do nothing.

Paul teaches them we are called God’s children.  That means that we are his children.  We have been adopted into his family.  God is a Father to his children.  He is not an image or an idol that we cannot reach, but our Father.  He loves us because we are one of his own. 

The people listened to what Paul had to say.  Some believed and others did not.  But, Paul was not discouraged and staying in Athens and continued to teach the people about God.   

(This version of the Acts reading was stolen from http://ministry-to-children.com/bible-lesson-from-acts-17-who-is-god/ I hope they don’t mind)

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Children’s Church: I AM the Alpha and Omega

 

Activity: Spread out on the tables the letters of the alphabet including some characters from the Greek alphabet and ask the kids to put the letters in the correct order. (If you want to be mean you could print out the whole of the Greek alphabet and watch them scratch their heads).

After a few short puzzled moments explain that today we’re looking at what God means when he says that he is the Alpha and Omega.

Gather everyone together and explain that the Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, which is the language that the New Testament was originally written in. And what is being said here is that God is the beginning and the end, the first and the last. We could say he is the A and the Z.

Story: First few verses of Genesis ‘In the beginning God created…’ (We used The Lion Storytellers Bible)

Revelation 1. 7-8 ‘I am the alpha and omega’ (My First Message Bible has a good kids version of heaven from revelation)

Craft: Each of the kids are going to make their own timelines, making out when they where born, went to school, made friends, joined a group, fell over, went on holiday, got a pet etc. Give them each a piece of paper and get them to draw a line, at one end should be the day they were born, at the other today and in-between important events.

Before the end of the session, ask them to re-cap what you’ve been talking about, (God being beginning and end), ask the kids how many of them put God into their timelines?? God is the beginning and end, even of their own lives.

They could write it in or you could have stickers prepared.

Children’s Church: I am the resurrection

6th August

Game: In small teams, one member is wrapped up in toilet roll to look like a mummy. The team that does the neatest job with their roll wins.

Story: Sitting down, the story of Lazarus is read from a children’s bible.

Possible questions to ask after the story:

  • What’s amazing about this story?
  • Can you think of any other stories where Jesus bring people back from the dead?
  • Do miracles still happen today?
  • What miracle would you ask God for?

Craft: Each child is given a small cut out person (Wilkinson) and they are to decorate it into a mummy using some of the toilet roll from the game.

Children’s Church: I AM the light of the world

Activity: Blindfold a volunteer (sensible one). Give then face paints, or girls make up. Sit someone opposite who will have their face made up by the blindfolded child.

Give a min or two for creativity to take place, at the end of the time, give the victim (child with make up on face) a mirror and let the blindfolded child take the blindfold off.

They should both be horrified at the sight!

Give out baby wipes so that they can clean their faces.

Activity: Give all the children a piece of paper and a pen, get them to close their eyes (no cheating) and get them to draw something familiar (a house). See how well they’re able to do it without being able to see.

Talk: Explain that that when we are in the dark it’s not easy to see and most activities become really hard. Ask if any of them have ever gone out wearing something that looks bad because they got dressed in the dark and couldn’t see what they were doing? – But in the light we can see everything that looks wrong!

Story: Find a story from a children’s bible, maybe one of the healing stories of the blind man or using John 8.12

Activity: Divide the children into small groups and give each a piece of lining paper or they could do individual sheets. Ask them to draw a line across their paper to make 2 sides. On one side they should write “light” and on the other, “Dark”. Ask them to make 2 pictures – one about light and one about dark! They could put the things people do in the light and the dark as well as what things actually look like.