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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

God Lights Our Way

god lights our wayGod Lights Our Way

Theme : Lights, glow sticks

Memory Verse : Psalm 119:11

Bible Truth: Hiding God’s Word in my heart will help me not to sin.

 

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

God’s Word is described as light and as a guide for living. Light is a brightness that enables us to see. Light is also something that brings understanding or shows the way. It gives us instructions on how to live as a child of God. It was given to us by God for our own good – not to hurt us, but to help us.

Psalm 119:105  NKJV     “Your word is a lamp to my feet

And a light to my path.”

 

Psalm 119:11  NKJV    “Your word I have hidden in my heart,

That I  might not sin against You.”

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ___________________________________

2. ___________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Psalm 119:105  NKJV     “Your word is a lamp to my feet

And a light to my path.”

5. Bible Pledge

Bible Pledge

I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s holy Word.

I will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

And I will hide it’s words in my heart that I might not sin against God.

6. The Bible Is Our Guide  / Instruction Book

Proverbs 6:23  NKJV     “For the commandment is a lamp,

And the law a light;

Reproofs of instruction  are the way of life”

         God’s Word is a guide book for living. It gives us understanding and guidance. It enables us to see the path that we are on as well as the path that we should be on. It shows us all that is in store for us as well as the pitfalls and snares that the enemy tries to place in our path.

God’s Word should be our constant companion, always in our minds and hearts giving instructions and directions. When we are not living up to God’s standards the Bible will shine a light on were we need to change. Even when it gives us words of rebuke it shows us how to change and offers words of hope, encouragement and love.

7. GameBottle Toss

Need: two tables and bottles of water

Divide the group into two teams. Line the teams into two rows. Set up two tables a short distance from each group and mark a line three feet away from each table. Give the first person on each team a bottle of water. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the line and toss the water bottle onto a table and get it to land upright. When they do they will run back to their team and the next person will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

8. Walk In The Light

As a Christian we are instructed to walk in the light.

Ephesians 5:8-14  NKJV     “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things that are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says:

‘Awake, you who sleep,

Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give you light.’ ”

9. Game – Tweezers Relay

Need :

1 pair of tweezers for each team

Small breath mints

2 small bowls for each team

Divide the group into teams. Line each team into rows. Place mints and tweezers on tables a short distance from each team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their table and use tweezers to relocate five breath mints from one bowl to another. They will then run back to their team. The next person on the team will run and do the same as the first person. The process is repeated until everyone on the team has had a turn. The first team to finish is the winner.

10. The Light Of Christ Will Change Us

1 John 1:5 – 7   NKJV     “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

          When we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior our position changes. We were once in darkness, evil, but at salvation we become righteous and full of light through Christ Jesus. We were spiritually dead but are made spiritually alive.

God expects our walk to change since our position changed. We must walk worthy of the Lord and the forgiveness that we received. There is no darkness or evil in God. If we truly want fellowship with God we can’t have any in us either. We must have God’s standards and God’s morals. When we hide God’s Word in our heart it will keep us from sinning against God.

John 3:18-21  NKJV     “He who believes in Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

          As we allow God to shine a light into our life it will change us. The Light of Jesus Christ was sent to this world by God the Father so that not none would be lost and that all would receive eternal life. If we believe in Jesus and His name we are not condemned and we receive life instead of judgment.

John 5:24  NKJV     “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”

John 6:40  NKJV     “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

11. Game – Separate The Candles

Need:

Small boxes of birthday candles – four different colors

8 small bowls (need two sets of four bowls marked with the colors of candles that you are using.)

Divide the children into two teams. Give each child a small box of birthday candles.  Line the teams into two rows. Place 4 bowls on tables a short distance from each team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their table and put their candles into the correct bowls. They will then run back to their team. The next person on the team will run and do the same as the first person. The process is repeated until everyone on the team has had a turn. The first team to finish is the winner.

12. Jesus Is The Light Of The World

Jesus is the Light of the World. Jesus is the only way to God. Those that do not believe in Jesus or His name are condemned and they will receive judgment. God sent His Son, Jesus, to this world to light the way to Himself. Throughout history and in this present age, people offer many excuses for not accepting Jesus as their Savior and the Lord of their life. The excuses they give are an attempt to hide what is really in their heart. Deep in their heart they do not want to accept Jesus as the Lord of their life. They do not want the light of Jesus to shine in them because if it does it will show them for what they really are – a sinner that does not want to change and who does not want to draw closer to God.

We must never forget that the Light of Jesus Christ reveals sin and enables us to see ourselves as we really are and as God sees us. The true believer, however, welcomes the light of Jesus shining in them. The light will help people see what they need to do in order to draw closer to God.

Ephesians 5:8  NKJV     “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light”

          When we accept Jesus as our Savior we are changed. We were once children of darkness and sin but, we become children of the light  and righteousness.

Our new life must reflect that change in us in every area of our lives. We must allow God to light our way.

13. Worship Song – ________________________________

14. Challenge – Altar

Just as God lights our way, we too should be a light for others. Our lives are a message to everyone we come in contact with. We are to let our light shine everywhere we go. In life people listen more to what we do than what we say.

Matthew 5:14-16  NKJV     “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

     Through you others will see Jesus. You will either brighten their world or you will darken it by your behavior, your thoughts, your words, and your actions. You have an effect on those around you.

15. Refreshments or a light meal 

16. Craft 

17. Dismissal

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Gifts For Jesus

GIFTS FOR JESUS   Gifts For Jesus 

Theme: Christmas theme

Memory Verse: Matthew 2:11 

Life Application: The three gifts represented the three offices (positions) that Jesus would hold: king, priest, and  prophet.

 

1. Open In Prayer

2. Opening – Wise Men Seek Jesus

Matthew 2:1-11  NKJV     “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.’ When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. So they said to him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophets.

‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler

Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ” Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.’ When they heard the king they departed’ and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him. And when they opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

     When Jesus was born some wise men from Persia saw a certain star and they knew that a king had been born. They set out to find him so that they could worship him and give unto him gifts. They followed the star until it led them to the house where Joseph, Mary, and Jesus lived.

Upon entering the house the wise men saw Jesus sitting on his mother’s lap. By this time Jesus was almost two years old.

The wise men immediately fell down on their knees and worshipped Jesus, the King. They gave Him three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The three gifts represented the three offices (positions) that Jesus would hold: king, priest, and  prophet.

3. Memory Verse

Matthew 2:11  NKJV     “And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

4. Praise and Worship Songs

1. __________________________________________________

2. __________________________________________________

5. Jesus Is Our King

Gold is a shiny, bright metal, precious metallic element which resists rust and chemical changes. Gold has always been a metal of great value and something very precious. Throughout the Bible gold represents deity and kingship. A king ruled and reigned over a territory. A king had the right and the power to rule as he chose.

The gold that was given to Jesus represented His deity and kingship. Jesus was and is the King of Kings. He has a right to rule over us, and in the future He will rule as King over all people.

Psalm 10:16  NKJV

“The Lord is King forever and ever;

The nations have perished out of His land”

         The Lord is King and that will never change. Nations will rise and fall, but the Lord will continue to be the true King throughout eternity.

Matthew 2:1-2  NKJV     “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.’ ”

         Some time after Jesus was born the wise men (astrologers) from the East asked king Herod where they could find the King of the Jews (Jesus). They told king Herod that they has seen His star in the sky which announced His birth and they had followed it to that area.

The wise men’s words about Jesus being the King of the Jews brought fear and anger to king Herod. Herod did not want to recognize that Jesus was the true King. Herod wanted to continue to rule and reign and he saw Jesus as a threat to his kingdom.

Throughout history and even today there are people just like Herod. They don’t want to recognize Jesus as the King of Kings. They want to rule and reign over their own lives. They don’t want to surrender their lives to the lordship of Jesus. Despite their efforts to ignore that Jesus is their true King and the Lord of their life, one day they will bow down before Him.

Revelation 19:16  NKJV     “And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

6. Game – Bucket And Balls Relay

Need: 2 buckets for each team and 6 balls for each team

Divide the children into teams of two. Give each team a bucket and six balls. One child throw balls to the other child who tries to catch the balls in a bucket on their head. The first team to catch three balls in their bucket is the winner.

7. Jesus Is Our High Priest

Frankincense was the main ingredient used in making perfume (incense) for use in the most holy place, the holy of holies. The frankincense that was given to Jesus represented His priesthood. Jesus is our High Priest.

During the Bible times a priest offered sacrifices and prayers to God on behalf of the people. Once a year the High Priest would enter into the Most Holy Place with the blood of a goat and pour it on the ark of the covenant as a sacrifice to God for the sins of the people. This sacrifice was temporary, it would not remove or wash their sins away, it only carried them forward for one more year.

Jesus our Great High Priest offered a sacrifice for each one of us – His own blood. After His crucifixion, He entered into the Most Holy Place in heaven with His own blood and poured it on the ark of covenant.

Hebrews 9:11 NKJV    “But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once and for all, having obtained eternal redemption.”

          Jesus’ sacrifice removes or washes our sins away, it does not just carry them forward for one more year. When we come to Him in true repentance He completely washes away our sins and forgives us for them. Once Jesus forgives us of our sins those sins are completely forgiven, never more to be remembered.

Hebrews 9:24-25  NKJV     “For Christ has not entered the holy place made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another”

          The sacrifice that Jesus made was much, much better than the sacrifice that the high priest made in the earthly sanctuary. Jesus entered into the true sanctuary in heaven. He entered into the very presence of God on our behalf.  Before Jesus’ sacrifice only the priest had direct access to God

Matthew 27:51  NKJV     “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

          Access to God was given to us through Jesus’ sacrifice – His death on the cross. Now we can have direct fellowship and communication with God. We can enter into God’s presence whenever we want to.

Hebrews 4:14-16  NKJV     “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

          As a Christian we can approach God in prayer anytime and anywhere we want to. We do not have to be afraid because God Himself longs for us to draw close to Him. He desires for us to love Him and have a close personal relationship with Him. That relationship is possible through Jesus Christ, our High Priest.

Today there are many people who try to have access to God without going through Jesus Christ. All their attempts, sacrifices, works, deeds, and prayers will not grant them access to God’s presence. Jesus is the only way to God.

John 14:6  NKJV    “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

8. Game – Tweezers Relay

Need : 2 pair of tweezers and small breath mints

Divide the group into two teams. Line each team into rows. Place mints and tweezers on tables a short distance from each team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their table and use tweezers to relocate five breath mints from one bowl to another. They will then run back to their team. The next person on the team will run and do the same as the first person. The process is repeated until everyone on the team has had a turn. The first team to finish is the winner.

9. Jesus – God’s Messenger

Myrrh is a fragrant gum resin with a bitter taste. It is used as an astringent (medications), in perfumes, and incense. It is obtained  from certain small trees, of the same family as frankincense. It is bitter, but sweet smelling at the same time.

The Myrrh that was given to Jesus represented His office (position) of a prophet. Jesus is our voice from God.

A prophet is someone that speaks for God, giving His message to others. Prophets are a gift to the church. Prophets in the Bible days, and today, give rebuke, correction, instructions, and encouragement. They foretell God’s future actions as well as proclaiming what God has spoken. In the Old Testament, direct revelation from God was given by prophets.

John 8:38  NKJV     “I speak what I have seen with My Father…”

         Jesus spoke for God, not just about God. Throughout Jesus’ ministry He gave God’s gave message to everyone He came in contact with. He gave rebuke, correction, instructions as well as  encouragement. Jesus foretold God’s future actions as well as proclaiming what God has spoken – He clarified the meaning of the instructions given in the Old Testament. Jesus had direct communication with God the Father and He passed that revelation on to man. Jesus truly is a gift to the church

On the road to Emmaus the two disciples stated that Jesus was a prophet.

Luke 24:19  NKJV     “And He said to them, ‘What things?’ So they said to Him, ‘The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people”

         At the feeding of the five thousand, people recognized Jesus as a prophet

John 6:14  NKJV     “Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, ‘This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.’ ”

          Not only is Jesus the Son of God, He was a prophet, God’s messenger, proclaiming God’s ways to man. Even though Jesus was a great prophet many people still rejected what He had to say.

Luke 4: 24  NKJV     “Then He said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, no greater prophet is accepted in his own country.”

John 8:40  NKJV     “But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I  heard from God”

10. Game- Can Stack Relay

Need: 10 cans and 8 paper plates

Divide the children into two teams. Give each team 5 cans and four paper plates. Line the children into rows. Place 5 cans and 4 paper plates on tables a short distance from each team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their table and stack five cans with paper plates in between each can ( start with a can). They will then unstuck them and run back to their team. The next person on the team will run and do the same as the first person. The process is repeated until everyone on the team has had a turn. The first team to finish is the winner.

11.  Review Game

Need:

26 slips of paper

26 small pieces of candy

Write the questions on slips of paper, Have the children tale turns drawing a questions. If they can answer the question correctly they earn a piece of candy.

1. How did the wise men from Persia know that a king had been born?

2. The wise men set out to find the king. Why?

3. Where did the wise men find Jesus? 

4. What was Jesus doing when the wise men found Him?

5. What did gifts did the wise men give Jesus?

6. The three gifts represented the three ________________________ that Jesus would hold

7. What were the three offices (positions)? 

8. Throughout the Bible gold represents ________________ and kingship.

9. The _______________ that was given to Jesus represented His deity and kingship. 

10. The wise men’s words about Jesus being  ____________  ______  ________  ____________ brought fear and anger to king Herod.

11. One day everyone will __________   _____________ before Jesus.

12. The frankincense that was given to Jesus represented His _________________________.

13. During the Bible times what did a priest do?

14. Jesus ,our Great High Priest, offered a sacrifice for each one of us – His own ____________.

15. When we come to Jesus in true ______________________ He completely washes away our sins and forgives us for them.

16. Before Jesus’ sacrifice only the priest had direct ________________ to God

17. We can approach God in ____________________ anytime and anywhere we want to. 

18. God desires for us to love Him and have a close personal ___________________ with Him.

19. How is a relationship with God possible?

20. Man cannot have access to God without going through _____________  ____________. 

21. The Myrrh that was given to Jesus represented His office (position) of a _______________.

22. What is a prophet?

23. Jesus spoke for God, not just ____________ God.

24.Jesus gave rebuke, correction, instructions as well as ________________________.

25. Many  people ________________ what Jesus had to say.

26. When people reject what Jesus had to say they are actually rejecting who?

12.  Worship Song – ______________________________

13. Challenge and Altar – Who Is Jesus To You?

Today there are those who continue to reject Jesus as a messenger from God. When people reject what Jesus had to say they are actually rejecting God Himself.

Revelation 19:16  NKJV   “And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thundering, saying, ‘Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!

Do you recognize that Jesus is your King and allow Him to rule and reign in your life?

Do you recognize that Jesus is your High Priest and your only access to God?

Do you recognize that Jesus was God’s Messenger and embrace the message that He brought to you?

Allow time for the children to pray.

14. Crafts

15. Refreshments or light meal

16. Dismissal

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The Tortoise And The Hare – Keep On Going

tortos and hareThe Tortoise And The Hare – Keep On Going

Theme: Turtle and Rabbit

Memory Verse: Galatians 6:9

Bible Truth: We will be rewarded if we keep going and don’t give up.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction -What Is Perseverance?

     In Galatians, Paul uses the example of sowing and reaping to teach about perseverance. Perseverance is keeping on though the job is hard or discouraging without complaining or quitting. It is also going through hard times without grumbling or giving up.

Galatians 6:9 NKJV     “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

     God expects us to persevere in all that we go through, both individually and as a group. Sometimes we go through discouraging situations for extended periods of time, but if we don’t give up we will be rewarded. There is a season for everything, but we must wait for it no matter how slow the process seems.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _________________________________________

2. _________________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Galatians 6:9 NKJV     “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

5. What Is Steadfast?

1 Corinthians 15:58  NKJV     “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

     We must remain steadfast. Steadfast means a firm purpose: loyal and unwavering; firmly fixed; not moving or changing. As a Christian must remain firm and constant in what we believe and be determined in what we do. Our steadfastness will be rewarded, in God’s time – not ours.

6. Game – The Tortoise And The Hare Memory Verse Relay Race

Need: a sign with the memory verse written on it.

Galatians 6:9 NKJV     “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

Divide the group into two teams and have them line up in two rows. At the signal the first person on each team is to hop like a rabbit to the front. Stand up and say the memory verse, then crawl like a tortoise back to their team. The next person on their team will do the same thing. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. Examples Of Steadfast People

The Bible gives us many examples of people who persevered, even in the face of opposition. Giving up was not on option to them. Noah, Job, Daniel, Joseph, Hannah, Nehemiah, and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are all wonderful examples of people who remained steadfast in their faith, goals and dreams.

In our Christian walk we must remain steadfast and strive for the goal ahead of us.

Philippians 3:12-14  NKJV     “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended, but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize  of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

8. Game –  Persistence Relay Race

Need:  Two packages of seeds. Write the memory verse on two small pieces of paper and attach them to the packages of seeds and a poster board sign with the word “Persistent” written on it.

Galatians 6:9 NKJV     “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

Divide the group into two teams. Line the two teams up in rows. Give a package of seeds to the first person on each team. At the signal the first person on each team is to run to the sign, say the memory verse, then run back to their team. The next person on the team will do the same thing. The team that finishes first is the winner.

9. Story – “The Story Of Tommy And Harry”

One bright and sunny day Tommy tortoise went for a walk. He enjoyed going for walks and looking at and listening to all the wonderful things that God had created.

After a short period Tommy slowed down to admire some very small flowers growing next to the path. The flowers were so delicate and they had a sweet smell that filtered out into the air.

“Slow poke!” shouted Harry the hare as he came up behind Tommy. “You’re so slow you’re blocking the path.”

“I’m sorry I was in your way, anyway I’m not that slow,” replied Tommy.

“If you got any slower the grass would grow up around you!” teased Harry. Harry was not a nice hare and he enjoyed making fun of others, especially Tommy. “You need to find another path and leave this path to the really fast.”

“You’re not as fast as you think you are,” replied Tommy. He did not like it when Harry made fun of him. It made him feel sad inside. All the sudden Tommy remembered what his Sunday school teacher had read from the Bible last week – “You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.” Before Tommy realized it he said, “I challenge you to a race! We’ll see who the slowest person is.”

“A race? You mean a race between you and me?” asked Harry. “Even my great-grandmother could go faster than you!”

“Are you afraid I might win?” asked Tommy.

By this time many of the animals in the meadow had come to see what was going on. They looked at Harry with questioning eyes. Was he going to accept Tommy’s challenge or not?

Harry knew what the crowd was thinking and he didn’t want them to think he was afraid of Tommy’s challenge to a race, so he quickly said, “I’m definitely not afraid that you might win! In fact, I know you will lose! Let the race begin!”

Standing close by was Sammy the squirrel who said, “I’ll help you with the race.” After going over the details of the race, the path it would take and where it would end, Sammy lined up Tommy and Harry. It was time for the big race to begin. Sammy held  his handkerchief high in the air. “On your mark, get set, GO!” yelled Sammy, as he brought his handkerchief down to his side.

The race was off. Harry was running as fast as he could go down the path. Tommy was walking his normal slow pace.

Harry looked back over his shoulder and he saw Tommy moving ever so slowly. It did not take long before Harry was way out of sight. Harry continued to run until he came to the farmer’s garden beside the path. When he looked at the garden he immediately thought of all the delicious, crisp vegetables growing in it. Then he remembered the race. “Tommy is so far behind he’ll never catch up,” said Harry to himself. “It would not hurt for me to stop and eat some of these scrumptious vegetables!” The carrots, Harry’s favorite food, were growing on the far side of the garden next to a wonderful shade tree. As fast as he could Harry made his way there. He ate, and ate, and ate. It wasn’t long before Harry began to feel sleepy, probably from eating so many carrots. Once again Harry said to himself, “Tommy is so far behind he’ll never catch up. I think I will take a nap under this shade tree.” As soon as Harry laid down He was fast asleep.

Meanwhile, Tommy continued with the task at hand. Ever so slowly Tommy walk on and on. Each step that Tommy took, no matter how small, brought him closer to the goal. As much as he like the flowers and the things growing along the path, he never stopped nor was he distracted. Even when he passed by other animals that teased him about being slow it did not discourage him or make him want to give up.

Finally, after what seemed like an eternity to Tommy, he could see the finish line up ahead, just past the farmer’s garden. It had been a long day for Tommy as he journeyed toward the finish line. Thoughts of his Sunday school came back to his mind. All the things that the teacher had taught began to have a new meaning for Tommy. “I truly can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,” thought Tommy as he placed his foot over the finished line.

Harry was awakened from his sleep by the sounds of cheering. He jumped up and took off running as fast as his legs could go. As he rapidly approached the finish line his eyes caught a glimpse of Tommy, already there. “Oh no!”

When Harry arrived at the place where Tommy was standing he asked him, “How did you get here before me?”

“By not giving up or stopping.” replied Tommy.

Perseverance is always rewarded. It paid off for Tommy and it will us too.

10. Game – Memory Board Game

The Bible gives us many examples of people who persevered, even in the face of opposition. Giving up was not on option to them. Noah, Job, Daniel, Joseph and Nehemiah are all wonderful examples of people who remained steadfast in their faith, goals and dreams.

Need:  9 note cards with the following written on them.

2 cards with the name Noah written on them, 2 cards with the name Nehemiah written on them, 2 cards with the name Joseph written on them, 2 cards with the name Daniel written on them, and 1 card with the memory verse written on it.

Divide the group up into teams. The teams will take turns turning over two cards. If the cards match they will remove them and earn a point, if they do not match they will turn them back over. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

11. Worship Song  – _______________________________________

12. Challenge And Altar

Each of us must earnestly pursue our goal of heaven. We must persevere no matter how long, slow, hard or alone the journey may seem. In times of discouragement we should not complain or quit. The Holy Spirit will help us to not grumble or giving up, however we must admit that we need help and ask Him.

Revelation 3:10  NKJV     “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on earth.”

     Perseverance is always rewarded. Revelation 3:10 is a wonderful verse because it gives us an extraordinary promise from God. If we obey God’s commandment to persevere we will be greatly rewarded. For those that persevere God will remove them from earth (trough the rapture of the church) before He sends a time of testing to the earth (the Great Tribulation).

Sometimes, as a Christian, we may feel like we are moving at the pace of a turtle while those in the world seem to be moving at the speed of a rabbit. There is a children’s fable that teaches us a very good lesson about perseverance. The story “The Tortoise And The Hare” reminds us that we will be rewarded if we keep going and don’t give up.

Allow the children time to pray.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior, making heaven your home?

Are you following after God with all your heart?

Have you, or someone you know, given up on God’s promises?

Are you, or someone you know,  weary, discouraged, or tired?

God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us during these times.

13. Refreshments or a light meal 

14. Crafts

15. Dismissal

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Masquerade

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Theme: Masquerade / Princess Ball

Memory Verse: Esther 4:14 

Bible Truth: Sometimes God allows for us to be put in desperate situations in order to save others.

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction-  What Is Purim

Purim is a festival (holiday) from the book of Esther that celebrates God’s protection for His people. The word Purim is an Aramaic word meaning “lot”. Lots, somewhat like drawing straws, was used in the book of Esther to determine the date in which the Jews were to be destroyed.

Esther 3:7  NKJV    

In the first month, which is the month of Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, they cast Pur (that is, the lot), before Haman to determine the day and the month, until it fell on the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar”

     Purim was instituted when God lead the enemies of His people to their own destruction. Purim is therefore about deliverance.

 

Esther 9:18-19  NKJV  

“But the Jews who were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day, as well as on the fourteenth; and on the fifteenth of the month they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. Therefore the Jews of the villages who dwelt in the unwalled towns celebrated the fourteenth day of the month of Adar with gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and for sending presents to one another.”

Esther 9:26-32  NKJV  

“So they called these days Purim, after the name Pur. Therefore, because of all the words of this letter, what they had seen concerning this matter, and what had happened to them, the Jews established and imposed it upon themselves and their descendants and all who would join them, that without fail they should celebrate these two days every year, according to the written instructions and according to the prescribed time, that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city, that these days of Purim should not fail to be observed among the Jews, and that the memory of them should not perish among their descendants. Then Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter about Purim. And Mordecai sent letters to all the Jews, to the one hundred and twenty-seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth, to confirm these days of Purim at their appointed time, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had prescribed for them, and as they had decreed for themselves and their descendants concerning matters of their fasting and lamenting. So the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim, and it was written in the book.”

3. Praise and Worship Songs:

1.) __________________________________

2.) __________________________________

 

4. Memory Verse

Esther 4:14  NKJV    

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

5. A Reminder of God’s Faithfulness

The feast of Purim is an annual reminder of God’s faithful on behalf of His people. It is celebrated on the fourteenth and fifteenth day of Adar.

Esther 9:18 NKJV  

   “But the Jews who were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day, as well as on the fourteenth; and on the fifteenth of the month they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. Therefore the Jews of the villages who dwelt in the unwalled towns celebrated the fourteenth day of the month of Adar with gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and for sending presents to one another.”

6. Game – “Cup Stacking”

Need:  20 plastic or paper cups and a table (could use the floor also)

The cups should be stacked like this:

X

XX

XXX

XXXX

     Divide the class into two equal teams. A short distance away from the teams set the cups (divided into two equal sets) on a table. Tell the teams which cups belong to their team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the cups and stack them, then take them down again. When finished they will run back to their team and the next person will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. A Reminder of God’s Providence and Protection

We can learn many things from the story of Esther and from the feast of Purim. As a child of God, we too, are in the hand of God’s providence and protection. God intervenes on our behalf. As we look back on our life we can see where God has been working on our behalf.

Psalm 37:23  NKJV   

  “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.” 

     Just like the Jews in the book of Esther, we too, have an enemy that is out to destroy us.

I Peter 5:8  NKJV   

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

      God’s hand of providence and protection on behalf of His people is evident throughout the book of Esther even though His name does not appear once in the book. The hand of God, working on behalf of His people is seen throughout the entire book. God’s plan of deliverance saved the Jewish people from a plot to destroy them. Just like the Jewish people in Esther, God has planned a way of deliverance for us from Satan, our enemy too.

8. Game – Pass The Ball Relay Race

Need: 2 balls.

Divide the children into two teams. Each team is to line up in a row. Hand a ball to the first person on each team. They are to pass the ball to the person behind them and so on. When the ball gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line and say the memory verse, then pass the ball to the person behind them and so on. When the original first person is back in the front of the line the game is over. The team that finishes first is the winner.

9. Ways To Celebrate God’s Promise To Preserve His Children.

Purim has evolved into a holiday about rejoicing. Traditionally on Purim the entire book of Esther is read from a megillah (scroll). As the book of Esther is read the children make a noise with a noise maker every time the name of Haman is read. Also, the name of Haman may be written on the bottom of their shoes and then they stomp their every time the name of Haman is read.

Sometimes children celebrate Purim by dressing up as Queen Esther, Mordecai, and Haman and parading through the streets. People sometime wear costumes on Purim because Esther had to keep her identity a secret when she first became queen. She had to disguise her true identity.

Esther 2:10  

   “Esther had not revealed her people or family, for Mordecai had charged her not to reveal it.”

Ways To Celebrate Purim

* Dress up in costumes and masks

* Have a drama (play) about Esther

* Make baskets of holiday treats to give to someone you love

* Have a bonfire and burn a replica of Haman

* Make “Haman Ear” (Hamanitaschen) cookies

* Sending presents to one another

* Parading through the streets dressed up as Queen Esther, Mordecai, and Haman

* Wear costumes to keep your identity a secret

* Have a bonfire – burn a replica of Haman

* Make a “snowHaman” then burn rags and wood at its feet until the snow is melted.

* Build a life-sized “Haman” scarecrow.

* Draw pictures and make cut-outs of Haman on wooden board and cardboard. During the reading of the book of Esther throw these pictures on the floor and stomp on them and make a lot of noise when they hear the name “Haman.”

No matter how you may choose to celebrate Purim ( if you do) , you should always remember that God’s promise to preserve His children cannot be overcome. God is in control, even while He is concealed.

10. Game – “What’s In The Basket”

Need: A basket, a small cloth to cover up the basket, 10 small items  to put in the basket, paper and pencils.

Pass around the basket with the items in it for everyone to look at. Cover up basket. Give each person a piece of paper and a pencil. Instruct everyone to write down what was in the basket (as many things as they can remember).

11. What We Can Learn From The Book Of Esther.

* God will lead our enemies to their own destruction.

* When we take time to find out what the King of Kings likes, what pleases Him, we will find favor in His sight.

* We must prepare ourselves to go into our Kings presence.

* When we take time to find out what our King likes and prepare ourselves to go into His presence, we will be able to be used by Him to deliver others.

* We must be properly clothed (we must cloth ourselves with the righteousness of Christ) – we must prepare ourselves to look like the bride of Christ.

* As we stand before our King, properly clothed and prepared, we will not be separated from His presence by death.

* God’s promise to preserve His children cannot be overcome.

* God is in control, even while He is concealed.

* God is faithful to His people.

* As a child of God, we are in the hand of God’s providence and protection.

* God intervenes on our behalf, even when we are unaware of it.

* You must realize that you are in danger, know who can save you, then go to the person that can save you. Our salvation comes only from God.

* We should never stop rejoicing in the salvation that God has given us.

* Our footsteps are ordered by God.

* Sometimes God allows for us to be put in desperate situations in order to save others.

12. Game – “Review Tic-Tac – Toe”

Need: poster board , 16 index cards , tape.

Draw a large tic-tac-toe board on the poster board. On 8 index cards write a “O” and on 8 index cards write an “X”.

Divide the class into two teams. Place the tic-tac-toe board a short distance from the teams. Give one team the “O” cards and the other team the “X” cards.

Ask the teams questions, one at a time. If they answer the question correctly the may place one of their cards on the board. The first team that gets three of their cards in a row is the winner.

1. What is Purim?

Purim is a festival (holiday) from the book of Esther that celebrates God’s protection for His people.

2. The word Purim is an Aramaic word meaning ____________________.

Lots

3. God is ___________________________________.

Faithful

4. God _____________________________________ on our behalf.

Intervenes

5. Who is the enemy that is out to destroy us?

Satan

6. When we take time to find out what the King of Kings likes, what pleases Him, we will find _____________ in His sight.

Favor

7. We must prepare ourselves to look like the ______________ of Christ.

bride

8. God promises to ____________________- You cannot be overcome.

preserve

9.  God is in control, even when you cannot ____________ Him.

See

10. God intervenes on our behalf, even when we are _____________________ of it.

Unaware

11. We should never stop ____________________ in the salvation that God has given us.

Rejoicing

12. Sometimes God allows for us to be put in desperate situations in order to ____________ others.

save

13. Every person born is in danger of ___________________________ from God because of sin.

Separation

14. Every person has an enemy that would love to see them ___________________ in the Lake of Fire (away from God’s presence.)

thrown

15. You must realize and admit that you have _________________.

Sinned

16. Jesus is the only _____________ we can be saved.

way

17. It is only through Jesus’ _______________ that our sins are washed away.

Blood

18. Many times we are like Esther. When the Holy Spirit tries to draw us to the King (God) for salvation, we think of ______________ not to go.

Excuses

19. At Jesus’ death the ___________ in the temple was torn into, from the top to the bottom, by God.

Veil

20. Today you are to go directly to God (in prayer) to receive salvation through the ___________________ of Jesus.

blood

21. Salvation is a _________________ thing. You must go directly to the King (God) yourself.

personal

13. Worship Song- ________________________

14. Esther’s Example

Step One: Realize That You Are In Danger

Esther was made aware of the fact that the Jews lives were in danger. A plot had been made to kill them.

Esther 4:7-8  NKJV    

“And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews. He also gave him a copy of the written decree for their destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people.”

     Every person born is in danger of separation from God because of sin. Every person has sinned. Every person has an enemy that would love to see them thrown in the Lake of Fire (away from God’s presence.) You must realize and admit that you have sinned.

1 John 1:8  NKJV    

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

Romans 3:23  NKJV    

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Romans 6:23  NKJV    

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Step Two: Know Who Can Save You.

Esther knew who could save her and her people. She knew that the king held the power to save them.

Esther 4:16  NKJV    

“Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

    We must know who can save us. Jesus is the only way we can be saved. It is only through His blood that our sins are washed away.

John 14:6  NKJV  

   “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Romans 10:9  NKJV     “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Acts 16:31  NKJV   

  “So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Step Three: Go To The Person That Can Save You.

Esther went directly to the king to tell him about the plot to destroy the Jewish people. She did not send a message to him by someone else. She went personally to the king.

Esther knew her life would be put in danger by going to the king personally. At first Esther was not willing to do what she knew that she had to do. She did not go to the king. Then Esther realize that if she did not go to the king that she would be separated from His presence forever by death.

Esther 4:13  NKJV    

“And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.”

     Many times we are like Esther. When the Holy Spirit tries to draw us to the King (God) for salvation, we think of excuses not to go. We are afraid of loosing our own life. But the truth is, if we don’t go to the King (God) for salvation we will be separated from His presence forever.

At Jesus’ death the veil in the temple was torn into, from the top to the bottom, by God.

Matthew 27:51  NKJV   

  “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

     Today you are to go directly to God (in prayer) to receive salvation through the blood of Jesus. There is no man, church, or religion that has the power, or authority, to save you. You can’t send word by someone else that you want salvation. Salvation is a personal thing. You must go directly to the King (God) yourself.

Hebrews 10:19-20  NKJV    

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh”

1 John 1:9  NKJV   

  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

15. Challenge / Alter

When we accept Christ as our Savior we must prepare to be His bride. Just like Esther there is a preparation period. Our preparation period is from the moment that we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior to the moment that we stand before Him.

How are you preparing yourself to stand before your King? What are you putting on? A few things that we should put on, just to name a few,  are: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, longsuffering, kindness, meekness, self-control, obedience, humility, brokenness.

Give the children an opportunity to pray.

 

16. Refreshments or a light meal.

 

17. Crafts

18. Dismissal

 

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