APRIL 2021

PRESCHOOL & ELEMENTARY

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WEEK OF April 11

Three Parables

Bible Passage: Luke 15

Story Point: Jesus came to seek and save the lost.

Key Passage: He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. - Colossians 1:13-14

Preschool Version: He has rescued us …and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.

What is God Like? God is savior

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

PRESCHOOL:

  1. Who told stories to teach people about God? (Jesus)

  2. What did the man who lost one of his sheep do? (He left his other sheep to find the one that was lost.)

  3. What did the woman who lost a coin do? (She searched until she found it.)

  4. Did the younger son make good choices? (no)

  5. What did the father do when his younger son came home? (welcomed him and celebrated)

ELEMENTARY:

  1. What did the Pharisees and scribes complain about? (Jesus’ welcoming sinners, Luke 15:2)

  2. How did the three characters from the parables react when what they lost was found? (by rejoicing and celebrating; Luke 15:6,9,32)

  3. Why was the older brother angry at the end of that parable? (He felt his father was treating him unfairly, Luke 15:29-30)

  4. Do you ever feel like running away from God to live your own way? Guide kids to think about the choices they make. Help them think through times when it may feel like obeying God is a burden. Encourage kids to speak openly about when it is hard to obey God.

  5. Do you ever feel like it’s unfair for God to love people who disobey Him? Help kids see that all people are sinners. We often try to rank our sin or compare it to other people’s sin to justify why we chose to sin. Help kids understand that all sin deserves death.

  6. How should we react to a person becoming a believer in Jesus? Direct kids to remember how God reacts to sinners’ repenting. Discuss the fact that God welcomes sinners and loves them. Help them see that we should respond like God does, with joy and celebration, not with doubt or skepticism.

ALL AGES ACTIVITY

PLAY EMOTION CHARADES

WHAT YOU DO: Describe a situation, then say, “I would feel …,” and play out that emotion without saying anything. Invite children to guess your emotion. Play out emotions one at a time. Ask, “How would you feel?”

WHAT YOU SAY:  Most of us feel sad when we lose something special, and we feel happy when it is found. Some of us might feel excited if our brother got a cool new toy while some of us might feel jealous or angry. How we act when we feel those emotions is very important. In our Bible story today, we will hear about people who felt many different emotions.

WEEK OF April 4 - EASTER

Jesus' Resurrection

Bible Passage: Matthew 28; John 20

Story Point: Jesus rose from the dead and is alive.

Key Passage: He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. - Colossians 1:13-14

Preschool Version: He has rescued us …and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.

What is God Like? God is savior

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

PRESCHOOL:

  1. Who went to the tomb on the third day after Jesus died on the cross? (Jesus’ friend Mary)

  2. What did Peter and John see in the tomb? (The cloths that had been wrapped around Jesus’ body.)

  3. Who did Mary see that she thought was the gardener? (Jesus)

  4. What did Jesus tell Mary to do? (go and tell the others that He was going back to the Father)

  5. Where is Jesus now? Jesus is in heaven.

ELEMENTARY:

  1. Who fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy about listening and not understanding? (those who didn’t understand Jesus’ parables, Matt. 13:13-14)

  2. How is the kingdom of heaven like a mustard seed? (It looks small but grows large and provides shelter, Matt. 13:32)

  3. How is the kingdom of heaven like a buried treasure? (It is valuable and worth giving up everything to get, Matt. 13:44)

  4. Have you ever had to give up something to follow Jesus? Guide kids to discuss situations they may have faced where they had to choose obedience over popularity, comfort, or another thing the world can offer. Be prepared to share your own experiences too.

  5. Would you give up everything to follow Jesus? Help the kids think through the kinds of sacrifices some believers must make, such as missionaries or those living in places hostile to Jesus. Remind them that God may not tell them to give up everything, but they are called to be ready if necessary.

  6. How can you help God’s kingdom grow? Talk through ways kids can live on mission. Help them come up with ways to show love to others and creative ways they can share the gospel with friends and loved ones. Remind them that the Holy Spirit gives us wisdom and courage to know God’s will and obey it.

ALL AGES ACTIVITY

PAINT WATERCOLOR CROSSES

WHAT YOU NEED: heavyweight paper, tape, water, paintbrushes, watercolors

WHAT YOU DO: Use painter’s tape to make crosses on heavyweight paper. Invite kids to paint over the crosses. As preschoolers paint, review the Bible story. Encourage the children to tell as much of the story as they remember. Add any details that they do not share. As preschoolers finish painting, set aside their artwork to dry. When the paint is mostly dry, write Jesus is alive and pull off the tape.

WHAT YOU SAY: Today’s Bible story is so important that we have a holiday for it! Jesus died on the cross for our sin. Today, we heard the part of the story that Jesus rose from the dead and is alive! God raised Jesus from the dead to be the King over everything.