Kid’s Prayers “God Is Our Provider” Lesson

This past weekend, we chatted with the elementary age children about how God is our provider based on the scriptures of Exodus 15 – 16.

During the worship response time, we talked about how even though God is big, He cares about the small details of our life. We gave all the children slips of paper and had them think about an area of their life where they needed prayer. Some didn’t take it seriously, but others did.

Here are the results that I got.

“I want to pray for my MAP test for me to get a good grade”

“I pray that Northern California stay safe”

“I pray for everyone to stay safe”

“My family”

“Drink”

“I want got to know”

“Pray for my aunt”

“For everyone to be safe and love by God”

“I want an amazing Christmas”

“New friends”

Throw in a few for a dog, and surprised a lot of them want robots (which shows that they haven’t seen the Terminator movies).

One of the joys of Kidmin is that children surprise me every week. They are not supposed to be mature; then you see great maturity. I love that some of them thought past their needs and wanted, and prayed for the safety of others.

I am very proud of these special ones, and I pray for their needs (and wants). Lord hear their prayers.

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Being Fishers of Men Creative and Physical Activity

In our Midweek Children’s program, we are learning about being “Fishers of Men.”  After the lessons our teens come down and lead kids into a creative or physical activity.  Here is this week’s activities.

Creative Group

Prepare: Have kids sit at a table facing each other.  Assign one person to be the leader and the other(s) the follower(s). Ask the leader to do some physical gestures or facial expressions that the follower(s) are to try to match exactly. After the desired amount of time, have the roles switch, so a follower becomes the leader. Continue until everyone has had a chance to be both a follower and a leader.

Ask: Was there any gesture or expression in our game that was hard to follow?  Why or Why Not?  Why do you think it is hard for others to be followers of Christ?

Say: Following Jesus is a significant decision because it will change your life.  With Jesus, the ordinary can be made extraordinary.  

Ask: How can we become “fishers of men?”

Active Group

Prepare: Divide the kids into two teams, or have the kids versus the teens.  

Needed Items: Balls, Ball Pit or Kiddie Pool, and Laundry Bags for each team

Do: We are going to play a game in which you have to catch as many balls as possible.  When the game starts, one a time someone is going to run up to the pit, grab a ball and throw it at someone on your team holding a bag.  Then run back to the end of the line.  When all the balls are out of the pit, the game is over.  The team with the most balls wins.  

Ask: Was this game hard or easy for you?  Why or Why not?

Say: In our story, Jesus told them they would be fishers of men.  In our game, you were trying to catch balls, which is fun but outside of fun, it has no importance.  As Christians, we want to be “fishers of men,” we want others to be followers of Christ because following Jesus is turns the ordinary into the extraordinary.  

Ask: How can we become “fishers of men?”

 

Family Chat: God Is Our Provider

Items Needed: Gross water, spring water, donut holes, large donuts

In today’s story, we find the Israelites are finally free from slavery. And at first, they were excited. So excited they sang a song celebrating their freedom. That is like Disney level of excitement. But it didn’t take long for them to start grumbling.

They were thirsty! Can you give me your best grumbling…

So Moses showed them water that was a little disgusting. The Bible say’s it was bitter. Have you had something bitter… (Give them a cup of water that is a little gross)

So what do you think Moses did? Well just as any normal person would do, he threw in a piece of wood. Seriously he threw in a piece of wood, and the water became fit to drink. Who knew, wood could do that?! Thankfully they ended up in a beautiful place with spring water (Give them a clean cup of water)

And things were good, but what do you think happened next?

Read verse Exodus 16:3

The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt!There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” (NIV)

Doesn’t that sound like teenager complaining about being grounded

Now they are hungry. Give me again your best grumbling…

So God provided the food bread from heaven, which tasted like wafers with honey. How awesome would that be! (Give them donut holes)

So God has provided drinks and food, but do you think that made them happy? No, they wanted meat. One more time give me your best grumbling

Now I don’t have meat, but I do have something a little bigger (Give them bigger donuts)

God showed His people over and over again that He knew what they needed and what they wanted. Still, the Israelites continued to question God’s provision. Thankfully our God is patient; we learn more about His patience much later in God’s Big Story. Even when they saw ten plagues, the crossing the red sea, making the water drinkable, bread and quail coming out of the sky, and we learn in Chapter 15 God providing water out of a rock. All of this shows God Provides.

Worship Response

Supplies: Bird Seed, Pencil, Glue Stick, Large Stripe of Paper

God Provides for you and me, as a worship response, I want you to write your name on the stripe of paper. When you are done, then you are going to trace your name with the glue stick. After that is done, we are going to give you some bird seeds, to scatter over your paper.

When you are doing that, be a reminder how God provided for His people, and know that He provides for you today.

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Family Moments With WWE

We are a pro-wrestling family. I will allow you to take a few moments for your judgments and disgust….

Are you done? Nope?! Okay, a few more moments….

There is something about pro-wrestling that I still love even as a grown adult. The fight between good and evil. The resilience of the undergod to finally succeed. The battle for the championship.

The story of an individual could last months or even decades, and as a spectator, you just enjoy the journey.

This past week, WWE reunited the fan favorite faction that broke up a few years ago, The Shield. This particular group holds a great deal of history with my family.

When the team was at its highest peak, my oldest son started getting into pro-wrestling. He would go hours into talking about whose his favorite wrestler. And it would change in minutes to another person. But one day, in all earnest, he told me his favorite wrestler was no other than Seth Rollins (one of the members of the Shield). We watched all their matches with such excitement that his favorite wrestler Seth Rollins and his friends were raising the ranks.

Then the unspeakable happened, Seth Rollins turned heel (a bad guy)

He was devastated, and he cried and cried. He ran upstairs into his room and balled his eyes out for a long time. Eventually, he came out of his room, holding in his hands a picture of his friends. And said, “Wrestling isn’t real, friends are real.” I would have laughed so loud, but my beautiful bride was standing behind giving me a look that said: “take him seriously.” So I hugged him and said “You are right.”

Fast forward today, during the reuniting of the Shield, even though my son played it cool, I could see the side of his face, and it had that smile of relief that his favorite wrestler was reunited again with his friends. It was an exceptional moment, and it was cool to share those moments with my son even if it was with pro-wrestling.

Encouragement to all parents, find those things that you can share with your kids, because you never know when one of those special moments show up.

 

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Creative And Active Activities for Psalm 91

Creative Activity

Prepare: Have kids sit in a line. Starting with the back of the line, have a volunteer, use only their finger, to draw a simple object on the first kids back. The kid that was “drawn” on will then draw on the person in front of them, what they think was drawn on them. And continue to the front of the line where they will try to guess what they believe to be the object. Have the front go into the back and do it all over again.

Objects: Cloud, flower, star, heart, Christmas tree, diamond, letter of the alphabet

Talk about: Psalm 91:2 say’s ”I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” Could you trust the person behind you? Why or why not?

Though we can’t see God, nor know what He is doing in our life, we can always trust God. He is our fortress, our rock.

Active Activity

Prepare: Divide the kids into two teams, or have the kids versus the teens. Each team will take a turn building and a turn destroying.

Objects: table, blocks (larger the better), bean bags, timer

Do: We are going to play a game in rounds. The first round, Team A will build the most reliable fortress they can in 2 minutes. When time is up, Team B will have one throw per person to knock down as many blocks as possible. Then we will switch, as Team B will build and Team will knock down. Team with the most blocks at the end of the two rounds will be victorious.

Talk about: Psalm 91:2 say’s ”I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” Could you trust the building structures you made? Why or Why not?

Though our buildings will fall, our God will stand forever. That is why we can trust in Him!

River Relay KidMin Activity

Bible Connect: Exodus 1 – 2:10
Best for Kindergarten and up

Supplies: Basket

Prepare: Make sure to have a medium to large open space. Have the children line up in a straight line facing all in one direction.

Do: Talk to the kids about waves and imagine the basket with baby Moses going down the river. Imagine the basket going up and down the waves of the Nile river. In this activity, the basket is going to over their head to the person behind them; then they run back to the end of the line. The person with the basket now passes it between their legs, then runs back to the back of the line.

So the basket goes over then under, over then under, and with the kids going to the back of the line, this activity can keep going all over the room.

Some extra ideas: 1) Lead the kids to the storytelling area. 2) Time the kids 3) Put a baby doll and make sure they don’t drop the baby

Talk about: Did baby Moses know about God’s protection? How did God protect baby Moses? How can God protect us today?

If you have any additional ideas, let me know.  I did this activity with 4s and 5s, and it was doable.  It took awhile to explain, but when it got going, the kids really enjoyed it.

Being Too Hard On My Boys

This past weekend was a memorial service for a beloved member of the church that I serve. Even though I haven’t been at the church any more than a year, it was nice to hear the stories of life served faithfully to the Lord. Not only faithfully, but with so much joy toward his friends and family.

It made me think of my memorial service someday and how my family will remember me when I am gone. Will they remember me as a person filled with joy and happiness or just a grump?

I say that because I know that I can be too hard on my children. I only know this to be true, because my wife lets me know and I am thankful for a spouse who isn’t afraid of honesty and letting me know that I am not fair with my boys.

The problem that I have with my children is that my expectation may be too high at times for their maturity level. It’s a mixture of my lack of patience with their mistakes and thinking too much into the future.

I came across a Bible story that I have read so much that sometimes I skim through it. But this time I looked a little closer.

It’s the story of the prodigal son. And I want to look more closely at verse 17-20.

But when he (the son) came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.” ’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him (ESV)

Something that I didn’t notice is that the son isn’t sorry for what he did. The story doesn’t show or tell of the son’s remorse for his mistakes; it only says that he noticed he was hungry and his father’s servants eat better food than what he is currently eating. So he comes up with a sappy speech to give to his dad.

Have you ever practiced a speech? If you have, you know prepared statements are not typically sincere. A prepared statement usually is trying to convince someone to act on something. Maybe you wanted to sell something? Perhaps you seek to win an argument? Sometimes it could be to show honesty or love, but not always. I don’t practice good loving speeches to my wife because you feel the words.

The son was not giving a feeling speech; he was trying to convince his father to hire him as a servant.

But the father does something that I have a hard time doing with my children when they make stupid mistakes. The father doesn’t ask the son anything the why? The father embraces and loves.

If this were me, I would have asked some questions? Maybe would have the least waited for an honest apology. But the father just embraces and loves.

What I take from this story, is that maybe I need to love first my children when they make mistakes. Instead of waiting for remorse, I should embrace them before they can go into their practiced speech.