PREK & ELEMENTARY
WEEK OF SUNDAY, MAY 10
JUDAh taken captive
Bible Passage: 2 Chronicles 36
Story Point: Judah did not listen to God’s warning.
Key Passage: 2 Chronicles 7:14
Big Picture Question: How did God plan to fix what sin broke? God planned to send Jesus.
What is God Like?: God is in control. (sovereign)
CHRIST CONNECTION: God was right to punish His people because they sinned. But God still loved them, and He was going to give His people a good king, just like He said He would. Many years later, God sent His Son, Jesus, to be our King forever. Jesus took the punishment we should get for our sin.
1. 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 are a couple for during a walk or at the dinner table this week:
- When’s a time you didn’t listen to a warning? Tell us about that time. How did it work out?
- What's something you're learning or remembering with Jesus this week.
3. MORE QUESTIONS FOR CONVERSATION
- Were any of Josiah’s sons good kings? (no)
- Did the people listen to the prophets’ warnings? (no)
- Who attacked the people in Judah? (the king of Babylon and his armies)
- What did they destroy? (the temple, the wall around Jerusalem, anything that was left)
- Where did the king of Babylon take the people? (to Babylon)
- How did God plan to fix what sin broke? God planned to send Jesus.
- How were God’s people punished? (Jerusalem was destroyed and her people taken captive, 2 Chron. 36:17-20)
- How does God punish sin? Lead kids to discuss the two ways sin will be punished. For those who believe in Jesus, their sin was punished through Jesus’ death on the cross. Help kids see that believers will not face punishment for sin. On the other hand, those who reject Jesus will face punishment for their sin. Help kids see that God’s loving justice means all sin must be punished, but God’s mercy and grace provides the way for us to avoid bearing that weight.
- What happens when believers sin? Help kids understand that believers cannot lose their salvation. Guide them to see that believers will be guided by the Holy Spirit, who will help them love and obey God. Remind them that sin still has consequences and will damage our relationships with God and other people.
- When will believers be completely free from all sin? Help kids see that, though we are free from the punishment of sin, we still live in a world broken by sin. When Jesus returns, He will fix all that is broken and will restore it. He will destroy all evil.
ACTIVITIES FOR THIS WEEK
REVERSE RED LIGHT - GREEN LIGHT
WHAT YOU DO: Choose one child to stand in front of the family, and line up everyone else directly in front of him. Explain that when the child at the front turns his back, everyone may sneak away from him. But when he says “turn back!” and spins around, everyone must freeze and face him. If he catches anyone moving when he looks, person child must return to her starting position. Whoever reaches the other side of the room first may lead the next round.
SAY • These past few weeks, we have been learning about some of the prophets and kings who told people to turn back to God. But the people did not listen. God is good to give us a second chance to turn back to Him!
VOTE ON RULES
WHAT TO DO: Invite a child to name a rule for the family to obey for a day. It can be a real rule or a made-up one. Write a brief paraphrase of the rule on a large sheet of paper or dry erase board, then take a vote on whether to establish the rule for the day. Make a tally mark for each yes or no in separate columns, then count the vote with each member of the family. Determine whether the rule received more yes votes than no votes to establish the family rule. Repeat with more rules suggested by other members of the family.
SAY • Some of these rules are silly! I’m glad we could vote on which of these rules we want to follow. All of God’s rules are good! He wants us to follow all of them because He made them for our good and our joy. Some people don’t think that God’s rules are good or that we should follow all of them. Our Bible story this week will reminded us what happened to people who did not honor God’s good law.
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...
TAKE A NATURE WALK
WHAT TO DO: Loosely loop duct tape around a toddler’s wrist, sticky side out. Lead the toddlers on a nature walk. Invite them to stick flowers, pebbles, or other nature items to their bracelet. Retell the Bible story outside.
SAY • The king of Babylon took away the people of Judah. They lived in a different place for a long time. GOD PLANNED TO SEND JESUS. Jesus took the punishment for our wrong choices.
PACK A BAG
WHAT TO DO: Help children pack items they would need for a trip, such as dress- up clothes, empty travel size bottles, and so forth. Retell the story.
SAY • The people stopping obeying God. The king of Babylon took away the people of Judah. GOD PLANNED TO SEND JESUS to take away our wrong choices. Jesus is the perfect King who obeyed God.
KNOCK DOWN DOMINOES
WHAT TO DO: Show children how to set dominoes on end in a row. Gently knock down the first domino and watch the rest follow. Allow children to set up and knock down their own domino sequences.
SAY • When you knocked down the domino, the rest followed. That is how it works with leaders of people, too. When a leader does wrong things, often the people do wrong things. God was right to punish His people because they sinned. But God still loved them, and He was going to give His people a good king, just like He said He would. How did God plan to fix what sin broke? God planned to send Jesus. Many years later, God sent His Son, Jesus, to be our King forever. Jesus took the punishment we should get for our sin. Because our King Jesus obeyed perfectly, those who follow Him are rewarded too!
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.