PREK & ELEMENTARY
WEEK OF SUNDAY, April 26
JEREMIAH, PROPHET TO JUDAH
Bible Passage: Jeremiah
Story Point: Jeremiah told God’s people about a new and better covenant.
Key Passage: If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. - 2 Chronicles 7:14
Big Picture Question: How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.
CHRIST CONNECTION: Just like the people of Judah, we need a heart change so that we can obey and follow God. We obey God because He loves us, not because we are trying to earn His love. We already have it!
God forgives our sin through His Son, Jesus. He changes us and gives us power through His Spirit to obey His commands.
CHECK OUT THE BIBLE STORY
OPTION 2: WATCH IT
2. SHARE YOUR STORY
Consider questions that pursue the heart of your child during natural points of connection. Here’s one for the lunch or dinner table in relation to this week’s Bible story.
- Is there anything that you are excited about being a grown up? Anything that is scary? Share something you really looked forward to being able to do as an adult.” Turn it around. Is there anything the adults at the table really enjoyed about being a kid. Share examples.
Remind the kids that some things about being grown up can be very exciting and some of them can be scary. God is with us in all those times no matter how old we are. If appropriate, tie back to Bible story - Jeremiah was really nervous about doing God’s work and thought He was too young. But God promised to be with Him. God is with us too.
- What's something you're learning or remembering with Jesus this week.
3. MORE QUESTIONS FOR CONVERSATION
1. Yes or No? Before God called Jeremiah to be a prophet, he was a priest. (Yes!)
2. What does a prophet do? (listens to God and tells people what God said)
3. What bad news did Jeremiah tell the people? (God would punish them for disobeying.)
4. What good news did Jeremiah tell the people? (God would forgive them and give them power to obey.)
5. How did God plan to fix what sin broke? (God planned to send Jesus.)
- Who was king of Judah when Jeremiah was called as a prophet? (Josiah, Jer. 1:2)
- What did God tell Jeremiah to say about peoples’ hearts? (They are sick and trick us to sin, Jer. 17:9)
- What did King Jehoiakim do with the scroll Jeremiah and Baruch wrote? (burned it up bit by bit, Jer. 36:23)
- What are some ways our hearts are tricky? Guide kids to discuss the things like money, power, or fame that we may chase after. Help the kids see that those things cannot satisfy us and often lead us away from God. When we worship anything—even a good thing— besides God, it is sin. Only God deserves worship. Discuss the idea that sin isn’t just wanting or doing bad things, but also wanting or doing things in ways that don’t honor God’s plans.
- Why is the new covenant better? Guide kids to see that under the new covenant, God not only gives the commands to the people, but writes them on their hearts. Under the old covenant, when you broke the rules, you got punished if you kept breaking the rules over and over again. People were scared of what the consequences would because they stopped listening to God. Remind kids that under the new covenant, God promised not to remember our sin, but forgive it. When we trust in Jesus, we don’t have to afraid of punishment because Jesus died on the cross for our sin. We still have consequences to our bad choices, but we know God forgives us. This is good news.
- When did the new covenant start? Guide kids to discuss the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus as the beginning of the new covenant. Explain that Jesus’ perfect and complete sacrifice undid the curse of sin and made it so that believers no longer need to offer sacrifices for forgiveness. Explain how the Holy Spirit, who lives in the hearts of believers, helps us remember and obey God’s teachings.
ACTIVITIES FOR THIS WEEK
NEW AND BETTER ACTIVITY
What to Do: Have kids pick some type of technology and brainstorm a new and improved version. Encourage kids to do this in whatever way they want: verbally, building a model, using play-doh or drawing.
- If desired, here’s an activity sheet as a starting point.
- Do you have old gaming systems or toys in the basement? Get out some out and have the kids give their feedback on if the older or newer version is better.
- Assign each member of the family a household item. Have them make a commercial (can use a phone, make a poster, etc.) and pitch their product as new and improved
SAY • Encourage one another in the ideas shared. Remind kids that a lot of us are using a lot of technology these days in new ways. Something considered state of the art one year may be considered old or useless when a newer version is created. New and improved changes all the time! The Bible story promised to make a new and better covenant with His people. Why might the new one be better?
KEY PASSAGE ACTIVITY
What to Do: Practice saying the key passage together. Create motions.
ELEMENTARY: If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. - 2 Chronicles 7:14
PRESCHOOL : If my people (stretch arms out wide like all of the room) ... turn from their evil ways, (turn to left and then turn to the right) then I will ...forgive their sin, (ASL sign for forgive) and heal their land (ASL for healing).
PRESCHOOL AND TODDLERS...
During the week, try and have a snack that includes something you could “roll up.” For example, Serve cheese slices and pretzel sticks for snack. Invite preschoolers to “write” with the pretzel sticks on the cheese slice, then roll up the cheese like a scroll before eating.
Talk about how Jeremiah told about a new and better covenant (promise), and Baruch wrote God’s words on a scroll. Remind kids that the scroll reminds us that the God made a great promise. This promise came true when He sent Jesus to forgive our sin.
DRAW YOUR PLAN
Ask children to think about what jobs they would like to do when they grow up. Encourage children to draw a picture of themselves doing one of those jobs. Invite preschoolers to share their self-portraits and what they hope to do with the rest of the family.
SAY: Those are great plans! Did you know that God has a plan for you, too? God made you and has a special job for you to do. In our Bible story this week, God told a priest named Jeremiah that he would be a prophet. God chose Jeremiah to do this special job before he was even born!
Provide a variety of toy food, empty food boxes, and two baskets. Or use actual food from your pantry! Invite preschoolers to place foods they like in one basket and foods they do not like in the other basket. When all the food is sorted, dump the food out of the baskets again and help children sort food by healthy or not healthy. Comment on the differences between what children like and what is healthy.
SAY • A lot of us want to eat foods that are not good for us, and we don’t want to eat foods that are good for us. We learned in our Bible story this week that our hearts trick us into wanting things that are not good for us because of sin. How did God plan to fix what sin broke? God planned to send Jesus.
TAKE A NATURE WALK
Take a nature walk with your kiddo and look at all the new things coming to life this spring. In today's story we talked about God's new plan for his people. How cool to see reminders outside that God is making all things new.
OPTION: Take a bag along with you to collect items.
READ BOOKS ABOUT BABIES
Read books that have picture of babies.
SAY: God chose Jeremiah before he was born to tell His words. Jeremiah said
God made a new promise to forgive His people. GOD PLANNED TO SEND JESUS. God sent Jesus to forgive His people forever.
journalingFOR 4TH-6TH GRADE
Guide kids to think about and answer one or two journaling prompts. Be sure to join them.
- What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?
- What does the story teach me about myself?
- Are there things God is asking me to do in this story? How are they for God’s glory and my good?
- Are there any promises in this story to remember? How do they help me trust and love God?
- What characteristics of God do I see in this story?
- What does the story teach me about people around me?
- If I’m honest, what parts of this are hard to understand or believe?
talking to kids about the gospel...
Here’s one way we talk about the gospel with elementary kids
A- We are God’s most treasured creation! Created to be with Him. However, there’s a problem. It’s sin. Sin is anything we do that isn’t what God wants for us. We’ve all done it, even me. And sin gets in the way of us having a relationship with God. We need to admit we have this problem!
B- Believe that Jesus is who He says He is and did what He said He did in order to make a way for our relationship with God to be made whole again...specifically He loves you SO MUCH that...”Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would. He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be.” (1 Cor. 15: 3-4) He took the punishment we deserved.
C- Choose to put your faith in Jesus. Jesus says that our response, or the way we accept it is by faith. In other words putting our trust in Him.