PREK & ELEMENTARY

WEEK OF SUNDAY, MAY 17

EZEKIEL GAVE HOPE

Bible Passage: Ezekiel 37

Story Point: God planned to bring His people home and give them new life.

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: When we disobey God, we are like the dead bones God showed Ezekiel. The Bible tells us we are dead in our sin. Jesus died on the cross to save sinners and God raised Jesus from the dead. When we turn from sin and trust Jesus, He gives us life so we can be with God forever.

WORSHIP TOGETHER

LET'S HAVE A CONVERSATION

1. CHECK OUT THE BIBLE STORY

OPTION 1: READ IT

READ THE STORY HERE

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:

  • What's something you're learning or remembering with Jesus this week.
  • Prompt kids to talk about what they hope for and what it means to have hope. Ask them about their current hopes.
  • For older children, reflect on how sometimes we use the word hope as though it just means to wish for something or want something. Consider how the word “hope” has a quality of certainty in the Bible.

3. MORE QUESTIONS FOR CONVERSATION

PRESCHOOL

  1. What did Ezekiel see in the vision? (a valley filled with old, dry bones)
  2. What happened when Ezekiel spoke God’s words to the bones? (They came to life.)
  3. Who are the dead bones like? (God’s people, us)
  4. What did God promise His people? (to bring them home forever and to be with them)
  5. How did God plan to fix what sin broke? God planned to send Jesus.

ELEMENTARY

  1. What did God show Ezekiel? (a valley filled with bones, Ezek. 37:1-2)

2. What did God do with the bones? (caused them to reconnect, grow flesh, and come back to life; Ezek. 37:4-10)

3. What was God’s message to His people? (God would bring them back to life and fill them with His Spirit, Ezek. 37:13-14)

4. When did this prophecy come true? Guide kids to think about the two different fulfillments of this prophecy. God did bring His people back to their land as He promised. Also, God sent Jesus to die for sin and rise again to give life to believers.

5. What is our ultimate hope? Guide kids to think about our hope for the future. We know God is faithful, and He has promised to send Jesus back to earth. At that time, all of the damage sin has caused will be undone. We will be completely free from sin in every way. No matter how bad things may seem, we know that Jesus is victorious over sin.

6. When does our life with God start? Direct kids to see that our new life with God starts right away. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin and makes us new. The Holy Spirit comes to live in us and begin healing the damage sin causes. We gain God’s power to love Him, obey Him, and share the gospel.

7. Are there some things you are discouraged about? Share those things with one another. Pray for one another and for the eyes to see God’s hope even in those discouraging areas.

8. Is there a way you can encourage someone this week or share the hope of God?

ACTIVITIES FOR THIS WEEK

ALL AGES...

EXERCISE YOUR BODY

WHAT YOU DO: Lead children through various exercises, talking about which parts of the body you are using. You may run in place to get hearts pumping, do push-ups to work arm muscles, do jumping jacks to work leg muscles, and so forth. Ask one another to point to the place on the body where they feel the exercise working. Finish with stretches and deep breaths.

SAY • Our bodies are made up of lots of parts like bones, muscles, hearts, lungs, and brains. All of the parts work together, so we should take care of our whole body to stay healthy. Do you think a skeleton— that’s the bones in your body—could stand up by itself? God asked a prophet named Ezekiel a similar question in our Bible story today. Do you remember what happened?

DO A PUZZLE

WHAT YOU DO: Choose an age appropriate puzzle that works with your time factors and what you have at home. Help children work the puzzles.

SAY • Our puzzles looked like broken pictures before we started. But you brought all the pieces back together into one picture! God showed Ezekiel that He could bring dry bones back together into a living body. God also promised to bring the people of Judah and Israel back together into one nation. God planned

LIVING OR NON-LIVING

WHAT YOU DO: Have people stand up and scatter themselves around the room (or play outside) so they have room to move and dance without bumping their neighbors. Name different things. If the thing you name is living, kids should move and dance; if non-living, they should freeze in place. Suggested things: cats, rocks, trees, clouds, lightbulbs, clocks, mushrooms, skeletons, humans.

SAY • The difference between living and non-living may not always be obvious. Trees don’t move around, but they are living, and many machines do move, but they are non-living. Skeletons alone are not alive, but they are part of many animals that are. We heard a Bible story this week where bones come back to life.

KEY PASSAGE ACTIVITY

WHAT YOU 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 heal).

PRESCHOOL AND TODDLERS...

MAKE BONE ART

WHAT YOU NEED: washable white paint, dark construction paper. Optional (white crayon)

WHAT YOU DO: Use a paintbrush to put washable white paint on a toddler’s hand but not over the joints of her fingers. Guide her to press her hand onto dark construction paper to make an “X- ray.” Wipe hands immediately. Write the story point in white crayon.

SAY • God showed Ezekiel some dry bones to give His people hope. Only God can make dry bones come to life. GOD PLANNED TO SEND JESUS. God gives us hope through Jesus. Jesus gives us life with God forever.

READ BOOKS ABOUT THE WIND OR FOSSILS

WHAT YOU DO: Read a book where the wind (storm, flying kites, windy day, etc.) or fossils (dinosaurs, archaeology, a dog looking for his bone) plays a part in the story. Tell the Bible story.

SAY • God showed Ezekiel some dry bones. God breathed on the bones, and they came to life! GOD PLANNED TO SEND JESUS. Jesus gives us life with God forever.

OLDER ELEMENTARY...

journaling

FOR 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.