APRIL 2021

PRESCHOOL & ELEMENTARY

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WEEK OF April 25

Jesus Raised Lazarus

Bible Passage: John 11

Story Point: Jesus has power over death.

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. Which friend of Jesus got sick and died? (Lazarus)

  2. How long was Lazarus in the tomb? (four days)

  3. Did Martha believe Jesus could do a miracle? (yes)

  4. What did Jesus do? (Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.)

  5. Does Jesus have power over death? (yes)

ELEMENTARY:

  1. How long had Lazarus been in the tomb when Jesus arrived in Bethany? (four days, John 11:17)

  2. Who did Martha say Jesus is? (the Messiah, the Son of God; John 11:27)

  3. What happened when Jesus told Lazarus to come out? (Lazarus obeyed, John 11:44)

  4. How can we know Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God? Guide kids to think about what Jesus said about Himself, what others said about Jesus, and what Jesus’ actions communicated. Remind the kids that only God has power over death. Jesus is God the Son, and we can trust what the Bible says about Him.

  5. What does it mean to live even if you die? Direct kids to think about the new life we receive through Jesus. Help the kids think through both the abundant life we receive as soon as we become Christians and the resurrection and eternal life we are promised in the future. Eternal life starts right away.

  6. How do you feel when you think about death? Help kids process the complexity of grief. Remind kids that sadness about death is normal and healthy. Explain that death was not part of God’s original design for creation. Point out that Christians have hope even in sadness because we know that death is not the end for those in Christ. All believers who die are reunited with God and live in His perfect kingdom forever.

ALL AGES ACTIVITY

PAINT STONES

WHAT YOU NEED: stones, paint, brushes or sharpies

WHAT YOU DO: Go outside and choose a stone. Give each child a stone, foam plate with paints, and a paintbrush. Invite preschoolers to paint their stones. Older children may choose to use other paints or sharpies.

WHAT YOU SAY:  A big stone covered the opening to the cave where Lazarus was buried. Jesus told the people to move the stone. Then Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead! He showed that He has power over death. Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead. Those who trust in Jesus will live forever with Him. Keep this stone somewhere and remember that Jesus has power over death - He can give us eternal life.

WEEK OF April 18

Jesus' Hard Teachings

Bible Passage: John 6

Story Point: Many people misunderstood Jesus’ teaching.

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. What did the people want from Jesus? (bread)

  2. Who is the bread of life? (Jesus)

  3. Where did Jesus say He came from? (heaven)

  4. Why did many of Jesus’ followers decide not to follow Him anymore? (Many people did not understand Jesus’ teaching.)

  5. Did Jesus’ twelve disciples go away too? (no)

ELEMENTARY:

  1. What did Jesus say God wants people to do? (believe in Him, John 6:29)

  2. Who will have eternal life? (everyone who believes in Jesus; John 6:40)

  3. Why did many of Jesus’ followers go away from Him? (His teaching was difficult to understand and accept, John 6:60-66)

  4. How can we eat Jesus’ flesh and drink His blood? Remind the kids that Jesus was not speaking literally. Guide them to think about the way Jesus’ body would be killed and His blood spilled to make the way for us to be saved. Discuss how believers consume the Lord’s Supper to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us.

  5. Who can help you understand the Bible? Direct the kids to parents, relatives, small group leaders, other adults that may be in cell group with their family and so forth. Remind them that God has sent the Holy Spirit to live within believers. He helps us understand God’s Word with the help of other believers.

  6. How can we help people who don’t know Jesus come to understand and believe in Him? Guide kids to practical steps they can take, like offering to read their Bibles with friends or inviting them to church. Remind the kids that only the Holy Spirit can make other people understand the truth, but we should try to give them the opportunity to hear it. Talk about what living on mission means and how it accomplishes that goal.

ALL AGES ACTIVITY

BREAD OF LIFE CLIPS

WHAT YOU NEED: clothes pin or chip clip, sharpies, stickers, etc.

WHAT YOU DO: Provide each kid with a large bag clip that could be used to keep bread sealed. Help the kids write Jesus is the bread of life along the clip. Allow the kids to decorate their clips with markers, adhesive jewels, or other craft supplies.

WHAT YOU SAY:  Many people misunderstood Jesus’ teaching. Jesus called Himself the bread of life. He said that people must eat His flesh and drink His blood. Jesus did not mean that He is literally bread or that people should literally eat Him. Jesus was teaching that He is the source of life. He is all we need. He fills us spiritually and gives us life. Anyone who does not allow Jesus to satisfy his heart will not be free from sin or live with God in His kingdom.

Use these clips and remember that Jesus is the bread of life, who satisfies our spiritual hunger. Normal bread can go stale or grow mold, especially if you don’t take steps to keep it fresh. Jesus is always all we need, and the life He gives lasts forever.

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.