PREK & ELEMENTARY
WEEK OF SUNDAY, JUNE 21
Bible Passage: Daniel 7
Story Point: God showed Daniel that God’s Son will rule forever.
Key Passage: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
What is God Like: God is trustworthy.
Theme for Unit: Prayer - We trust God and He hears us.
CHRIST CONNECTION: When Daniel was confused, the Bible tells us that He asked God to help him understand the dream. God used Daniel’s dream to show that Jesus is King over all kings. God allows people to rule for a short time, but one day Jesus will return and set up His perfect, eternal kingdom. Daniel had seen many rulers come and go. He knew God was in charge over them all. Through it all, we know God is the forever King.
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:
- Is there something that we are scares us in our world right now? How could we pray for it?
- What are some ways we see that God has been faithful to us?
3. MORE QUESTIONS FOR CONVERSATION
- What came out of the water in Daniel’s dream? (four big creatures)
- When Daniel saw heaven with thrones, who sat down on a throne and took away the creatures’ power? (God)
- Who did God give the power to rule over everything forever? (God’s Son)
- Who told Daniel what the dreams meant? (God)
- How long will God’s Son’s kingdom last? (forever)
- What did Daniel see in his dream? (four mysterious creatures that looked like animals, Dan. 7:3-7)
- Who was sitting on the throne? (God, the Ancient of Days; Dan. 7:9)
- What did God do while sitting on the throne? (judged the creatures, Dan. 7:10-12)
- Why do you think God gave Daniel this dream? Guide the kids to see that God was showing that He is ultimately in control. God gave Daniel (and us) hope for eternity so we can know that no matter what kind of ruler we have, God is still on the throne. He is in charge. Someday, Jesus will return and destroy all evil, restoring the world. Those who trust in Him will live with God forever.
- What does this story teach us about what God is like?
- What can you do when you feel scared? Share what you may do in scary times. Remind one another that even in scary times we can still trust God. If we have trusted in Jesus, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit for all eternity. (Eph. 4:30) Even though bad things sometimes happen while we wait for Jesus to return, we don’t have to fear anything—not even death. God is bigger than anything we could ever fear, and He will destroy all evil someday.
ACTIVITIES FOR THIS WEEK
BLOW PAINT CREATURES
WHAT YOU NEED: construction paper, googly eyes (or color eyes with a Sharpie), washable paint, water, eyedroppers, straws
WHAT YOU DO: Mix water and paint in a bowl. Put on smocks and roll up sleeves, if needed. Give a child a sheet of paper. Invite her to stick googly eyes on her paper. Demonstrate how to use an eyedropper to add a few drops of paint around the googly eyes. Show a child how to blow through the straw, directing her breath through the straw and toward the paint to spread the paint away from the eyes and across the paper to make a body. Talk about the strange-looking creature she is creating.
WHAT YOU SAY: What strange creatures Daniel dreamed about! But then Daniel saw God sitting on a throne in heaven. God took away the creatures’ power. The dream was about things that will happen one day. God showed Daniel that God’s Son will rule forever, and everyone who trusts in Jesus will be a part of His forever kingdom.
MAKE PLAYDOUGH CREATURES
WHAT YOU DO: Set out play dough and play dough tools. (use some of the play dough from your kids life packs this month!) Create creatures with play dough. Explain that a creature is simply something created. We are God’s creatures because He made us. Ask children about their creatures as they work. Join in and make your own creatures too!
WHAT YOU SAY: These are very interesting creatures you all made! In this week’s Bible story, Daniel had a dream about four creatures. The creatures came up from the sea and each one was different from the others. Honestly, they were pretty strange creatures, but God used Daniel’s dream and the creatures in it to tell us something important about the future. Do you remember what was so important in the dream?
THE PERFECT KINGDOM
WHAT YOU DO: Sit in a circle as a family (this is a great activity around the dinner table). The first person will say, “If I were king, I would ... ” and then give a short answer to fill in the blank. For example, a kid could say, “If I were king, I would build a huge playground for the kingdom.”
The next person gives his answer to fill in the blank, but must also say the first kid’s answer. (“If I were king, I would have candy for every meal and build a playground for the kingdom.”)
Family members will continue around the circle until everyone gets a chance to share what he would do if he were king.
WHAT YOU SAY: Many kings have ruled on the earth, but no king has been perfect. They have all made bad decisions. Every king reigns for a while, and then his reign ends. Today we are going to learn about the only eternal King who will one day set up His perfect kingdom and reign forever.
KEY PASSAGE ACTIVITY
WHAT YOU DO: Practice saying the key passage together. Create motions.
PRESCHOOL: constantly, (praying hands) give thanks (ASI for thanks) in everything (spread arms wide). 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
ELEMENTARY: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
PRESCHOOL AND TODDLERS...
PRETEND TO SLEEP/WAKE
WHAT YOU DO: Invite toddlers to lie down and pretend to sleep. Play soft lullabies as toddlers are “sleeping.” When the music stops, invite toddlers to yawn, stretch, and wake up. Retell the Bible story.
WHAT YOU SAY: WE CAN TALK TO GOD. God showed Daniel in a dream what would happen. We dream sometimes while we sleep.
LOOK AT HABITATS
WHAT YOU NEED: books with animals and their habitats
WHAT YOU DO: Look at age-appropriate books about different animal habitats. Point to a lion, bear, leopard, and animals with horns, if applicable. Retell the Bible story.
WHAT YOU SAY: Daniel had a dream with creatures that came out of the sea. Daniel was confused! WE CAN TALK TO GOD like Daniel did.
PRACTICE THE STORY POINT
WHAT YOU DO: Invite toddlers to follow your pattern of stomping your feet and clapping your hands. For younger toddlers, just clap your hands. Chant the story point to the rhythm. Invite older toddlers to say it after you. Retell the Bible story.
WHAT YOU SAY: WE CAN TALK TO GOD. God showed Daniel in a dream what would happen. Jesus is God’s Son and will rule 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.