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Session 12
Thanksgiving
Psalm 100

Psalm 100 is a reflection of two important aspects of our relationship with God:
God made us – God’s creative power.
God gives us everything we need to exist – God’s providence.
Psalm 100 compares us to sheep and God as our shepherd. Sheep don’t worry when they know the shepherd is nearby.
Help kids find gratitude as they reflect on what they are thankful for this year.

Bible Passage:
Psalm 100
Locate and read from the Bible.
What do you think this passage is all about?
In the psalm we hear about worshipping and praising God.
What are some ways we can worship and praise God?

Activity Sheets:

Freeze Dance of Thanks:

Needed: Lively music
 Download 12E (1 per child)
index cards
pencils
Use the download to learn ways of saying “thanks” in different languages.
Have the kids write down their favorites on an index card.
Play lively music letting the kids dance.
Periodically pause the music.
Children freeze in place when the music pauses.
Children shout out a word of thanks while paused.
Our Bible passage invites us to shout our praise to God and to be thankful for the ways God has blessed us.

Practice Bible Verse:
Psalm 119:12
“You, Lord, are to be blessed!  Teach me your statutes.”

Needed: Lively music
 Download 12E (1 per child)
index cards
pencils
Use the download to learn ways of saying “thanks” in different languages.
Have the kids write down their favorites on an index card.
Play lively music letting the kids dance.
Periodically pause the music.
Children freeze in place when the music pauses.
Children shout out a word of thanks while paused.
Our Bible passage invites us to shout our praise to God and to be thankful for the ways God has blessed us.

Practice Bible Verse:
Psalm 119:12
“You, Lord, are to be blessed!  Teach me your statutes.”

Read the Responsive Reading.

One Room Kids Comic:
Carmen and Kahley are taping leaves onto a picture of a tree they drew. Let’s see what happens.
Read the comic together.
Do you think you could go a day without complaining or using negative words? Discuss.
Let’s try it this week.

Family Devotion:
Talk with your family about your favorite holiday traditions.

Prayer:
Dear God,
Thank you for your promises. Thank you for the ways you love us.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Session 11
God Knows Me
Psalm 139:1-12

The writer of Psalm 139 contemplates the wonder of God’s presence. We may take it for granted that God can be anywhere and everywhere at the same time. This is an amazing thing to children.
Objectives:
Understand Psalms are a form of poetry.
Learn that we can thank God.
Learn that God keeps promises.

Applications for Kids Today:
God loves me.
God makes promises to me.
God helps me when I’m afraid.
Psalm 139 helps me know God is always present.

Bible Passage:
Psalm 139:1-12
Locate and read this passage from the Bible.
Psalms are a special kind of writing similar to poetry. Sometimes they are put to music and sung as songs.
What do you think this psalm is all about?
We hear that God is always with us. When is God with us?

Activity Sheets:
God Is Always with Me – preschool download 11a
Darkness Is Light to You – younger elementary download 11b
Darkness Is Light to You – older elementary download 11c

God Is with Me Wherever I Go:

Needed: download 11D one per child
ink pads
blank sheets of paper
wet wipes
coloring tools
Demonstrate how to press your index finger to ink pad and making fingerprints on blank paper.
Have children practice making fingerprints on blank sheets of paper.
No one in the world has a fingerprint just like yours.
Have children compare finger prints with each other.
Show reproducible. Ask what it is (map of the world).
Have children color the map.
Use ink pads to spread fingerprints across the map.
Wherever you go in the world, God is there.

God Goes With Me:

Needed: download 11E
pencils
coloring tools
What are some of your favorite activities?
Who do you do your activity with?
What makes this activity your favorite?
Complete reproducible.
Share.

My Unique Hands:
Create a sample before hand.
Needed: pen
coloring tools
scissors
colored card stock
No one in the world has hands that look like yours.
Have each child trace his/her hand on a piece of colored cardstock using a black pen or marker.
Inside the hand outline have kids draw designs and color them in.
Think about different kinds of lines to draw – wavy, swirly, straight.
Add different shapes – stars, moons, circles, etc. between the patterns lines.
Cut out.

Take Home Pages:

Read the Responsive Reading.

One Room kids Comic:
In today’s comic, the power goes out. Let’s see what happens.
Read the comic together.
Have you ever been in total darkness like Carmen was?
What was it like?
Were you afraid?
Being afraid is normal. But if we think about how God is with us, it can help us not be afraid.

Family Devotion:
Share how each member of your family is special to you and to God.

Practice Bible Verse:
Psalm 119:12
“You, Lord, are to be blessed! Teach me your statutes.”

Prayer:
Dear God,
Thank you for loving us. Thank you for never leaving us.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Session 10
Solomon’s Wisdom
Proverbs 3:5; 6:6-8; 17:17

Background:
The book of Proverbs is a book of wisdom.
We can learn how to live from God.
God cares about communities.
We can work hard so that it benefits our neighbors.
Explore ways to be friends at school, at church, and in our neighborhoods.

Bible Passages:
Proverbs 3:5, 6:6-8; 17:17
Where in the Bible would you find Proverbs?
Locate and read the passages from the Bible.
Proverbs is a special kind of writing called wisdom literature.
What did you hear in the Proverbs we read?

Ant Farm Observation:
Find a video online of real ants working in an ant farm.
Have children view video.
There’s a proverb in the Bible about the ant. It invites the “lazy person” to observe ants and learn from them.
Discuss why.
Complete download 10D

Activity Sheets:

Building Up Bible Skills/Bible Verse:
Needed: 21 plastic cups
3 different colors permanent markers
Prepare ahead: Write one word of each verse on a cup.
Write Bible verse reference for each on a cup.
Use a different color marker for each verse.
Lord teach me your statutes. Psalm 119:12
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Proverbs 3:5
Friends love all the time. Proverbs 17:17
Have the kids work together to stack the cups in a pyramid.
Have one kid gently knock it down.
Have kids work together to put cups in order to make the Bible verses.
Psalm 119:12 is our Bible verse for the month.
Proverbs 3:5 and 17:17 are the verses we are learning about today.
Practice this month’s Bible verse.

Star of David:

Needed: download 10E; one per child 
Coloring tools
Scissors
The Star of David is a symbol of both King David and King Solomon from the Bible. David wrote many of the psalms. Solomon wrote many of the proverbs. Psalms and Proverbs are scriptures to live by.
Color the Star of David.
Carefully cut out.
Use stars to decorate the room.
The Star of David represents how God protects us from harm.

Take Home Pages:
Download pages 89-90.
Read the “Responsive Reading.”

One Room Kids Comic:
In today’s comic, J.D. is coloring a picture with ants.
Read the comic together.
Have you ever felt like J.D. when you have to complete a task?
Discuss how J.D. ’s coloring pages reminds us of Proverbs 6:6-8.

Family Devotion:
Continue praying for two or three friends this week.

Prayer:
Dear God,
Thank you that you love us. Thank you that you help us do what’s right.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Session 9
Peaceable kingdom
Isaiah 11:6-9

Background:
This month begins a new unit – “Scriptures to Live By”. The Bible is more than a collection of stories. It also has teachings, words of encouragement, and words of worship and praise.
Today’s scripture passage tells about a future time where peace will prevail on earth. The Book of Isaiah was written to comfort the people of Israel as they experienced political turmoil. Foreign nations and kings made life difficult for Israel.
God has not forgotten Israel and he hasn’t forgotten us either. We can trust God to bring about times of peace. We can also be people who help bring about that peace.

Bible Story:
Isaiah 11:6-9
Read the scripture from the Bible and discuss.
What did you hear in this scripture we just read?
Discuss what the word “prophecy” means. Look it up in a dictionary.
This Bible passage uses the idea of animals who normally don’t live together as a way of imagining peace in the world.

Activity Sheets:

Activity – My Flag of Peace:

Needed: My Flag of Peace (Download 9D) – 1 or more per child
Examples of flags from different countries
Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
Each country in the world has its own flag. The things on the flag tell something about the country.
What is on our country’s flag?
What do the stars and stripes represent?
In today’s scripture we learned about a peaceable kingdom. Think about the word “peace.”
What does it mean?
If we invent a country known for peace, what might go on its flag?
Kids design their own flags.
Share designs.

Bible Verse:
Psalm 119:12
“You, Lord, are to be blessed! Teach me your statutes.”
Locate and read this verse from the Bible.
Is it located in the Old or New Testament?
Where is Psalms located in the Old Testament?
What chapter are we looking for?
What is the verse number?
Discuss what this verse means.

Read the “Responsive Reading.”

One Room Kids Comic:
Read the comic together.
Discuss the comic.

Family Devotion:
This week think of two or three special friends and pray for them each day.

Prayer:
Dear God,
Thank you for loving us. Thank you for giving us Scriptures to live by.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Session 8
The Blessing
Genesis 27:1-46

Background:
This week we see another example of Jacob playing a trick. His parents, Isaac and Rebekah, are also involved. At the beginning of Genesis 27, Isaac believed he would soon die. Before he died, Isaac wanted to give Esau a blessing. Isaac sent Esau out to hunt for game and prepare a meal for him. Then Isaac would bless Esau.

Jacob tricked his father into giving this special blessing to him. This time it was his mother Rebekah who arranged this trick.

Read Genesis 27:1-46:
Kids should realize that Rebekah and Jacob’s actions were not okay. They told a lie. Jacob got the blessing he wanted but things would never be the same in his family. God still loved Rebekah and Jacob. Even when we experience God’s grace, bad behavior often has consequences we can’t anticipate.

Bible Story:
Genesis 27:1-46
Depending on the age of the children:
Adult reads the scripture and retells the story.
Children read the passage from the Bible and discuss.
What did you hear in today’s Bible story?
What did Isaac want to do?
What trick was played?
Who played the trick?
Were Jacob and Rebekah forgiven by God?

Have the children retell the story using the Isaac, Rebekah, Esau and Jacob puppets previously made.

Activity Sheets:

Genesis in 50 Words:

Needed: activity sheet 8D/one per child
colored pencils/crayons
It takes 50 chapters to tell the stories found in the book of Genesis. We have the story of Genesis written here in just fifty words.
Read the story together. Discuss.
Draw/color pictures illustrating the stories in each panel.

Bible Verse:
Genesis 2:2
“I will make of you a great nation and will bless you.”

Bible Verse Seed Box:
Repeat Bible verse activity from last week.

Take Home Pages:

Read the “Responsive Reading.”

One Room Comic:
The kids are talking about things that have been passed down to them from their parents of other family members.
Read the comic together.
Have you had something passed down to you from a parent or other family member?
Isaac gave his sons a blessing. Sometimes parents and relations give us words of kindness and encouragement to help us grow.

Family Devotion:
This week your family should give each other special blessings.

Prayer:
Dear God,
When we do something foolish, you still love us. Thank you for your wonderful plans and for family.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Session 7
The Birthright
Genesis 25:29-34

Background:
As the older son of Isaac and Rebekah, Esau was entitled to the birthright. In that time and culture, the oldest son would receive an inheritance greater than the other sons. But that’s not what happened. Jacob, the younger son, tricks Esau into trading his birthright for some lentil stew. Because of this, the nation of Israel comes from Jacob and his twelve sons.

Kids should understand that what Jacob did was unfair and he was not rewarded for his bad behavior. Jacob is actually his own worst enemy. This action and others like it will make Jacob’s life a struggle at times. But God is always gracious to him and still has a good plan.

Impatient Game:
Needed: t-shirt
Kids stand in line two body widths apart.
First in line holds out one leg, knee slightly bent.
Adult places a t-shirt on child’s foot.
This child passes the t-shirt with the foot to the next child who is holding out a leg, knee slightly bent to receive the t-shirt.
Continue until everyone has a turn.
Ask: Was this game fun or frustrating?
In today’s Bible story, Jacob is frustrated because he can’t have something he wants. He gets impatient and frustrated and does something wrong.

Bible Story:
Genesis 25:29-34
Depending on the age of the children:
Adult reads the scripture and retells the story.
Children read the passage from the Bible and discuss.
What did you hear in today’s Bible story?
What did Esau do that was foolish?
What did Jacob do?
What does “birthright” mean?

Have children retell the story using the Esau and Jacob puppets made last week.

Activity Sheets:

Bible Verse:
Genesis 2:2
“I will make of you a great nation and will bless you.”

Bible Verse Seed Box:

Needed: a shallow container with birdseed, download 8E printed on colored card stock. 
Laminate.
Cut out.
Hide in birdseed.
Children find the cards and arrange to put the Bible verse in order.
Save the container to use again next week.

Seed Craft:

Needed: Download 7E copied on white card stock/ one per child
White glue.
Birdseed in small containers.
Crayons, markers or colored pencils
Read the words on the paper “God keeps promises.”
Color the letters.
Decorate around the letters using glue and birdseed. Let dry.

Take Home Pages:
Download pages 83-84

Read the “Responsive Reading.”

One Room Comic:
Last week Carmen and Nicolas were having an argument. Carmen said there was something in the box she brought for show-and-tell that would be an end to the argument. Let’s find out what she brought.
Read the comic together.
What did Carmen bring?
Do you think the item ended the argument? Why? Why not?

Family Devotion:
Make a meal together as a family and share a favorite recipe.
Continue to pray for each member of your family.

Prayer:
Dear God,
When we do something foolish, you still love us. Thank you for your wonderful plans.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Session 6 – October 11
Jacob and Esau
Genesis 25:19-28

Background:
This is the story of the third generation of Abraham’s family. Isaac and Rebekah have twin boys, Jacob and Esau, who are very different and at odds with each other. Esau develops a love for the outdoors and hunting. Jacob stayed indoors and cooked with his mother. Their parents had favorites – Isaac – Esau and Rebekah – Jacob. There are no clear “good guys” or “bad guys” in this story. Esau, Jacob, Issac and Rebekah all make mistakes. However, they all experience the love and acceptance of God.

Help the kids understand that God is gracious and God’s love is available to all.

Bible Story:
Genesis 25:19-28
Depending on the age of the children:
*Adult reads the scripture before hand and tells the story.
*Read the passage from the Bible and discuss.
Esau and Jacob were twins. How were they different from each other?

Activity Sheets:

Practice the Bible Verse:
Genesis 2:2
“I will make of you a great nation and will bless you.”

Highlight the Promises:

Needed: Download 6E
Follow the directions to find all the ways God planned to bless Abraham.
Complete activity sheet.
Discuss the 4 promises.
1. God will make Abraham’s family into a great nation.
2. God will bless Abraham.
3. God will make Abraham’s name respected.
4. Abraham will be a blessing.
Discuss what each of these promises mean.
Help kids understand that Abraham’s family did become a nation of people (Israel).
God intended to bless the whole world by blessing Abraham and his family.

Bible Story Puppets:
Using puppet patterns and directions from Lesson 2, make puppets for Esau and Jacob.
Retell today’s story using the puppets Esau, Jacob, Issac, and Rebekah.
Save the puppets for future use.

Download pages 81-82
Read the “Responsive Reading” together.

One Room Kids Comic:
Carmen and Nicolas are having an argument. What are they disagreeing about?
Read the comic together.
What did you notice in this week’s One Room Kids Corner?
What do you think was in the box?

Family Devotion:
Talk about the similarities and differences of the people in your family.
Pray for each member of your family this week

Prayer:
Dear God,
Thank you for making us different from one and other. Thank you for making wonderful plans.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Session 5, October 4
Issac and Rebekah
Genesis 24

Background:
This Bible story serves as a bridge between the stories of Abraham and Sarah to the continuation of Abraham’s family through the stories of Isaac, his wife Rebekah, and their twins sons, Esau and Jacob.

Isaac has grown up. Abraham wants him to marry and start a family. At this time in history, it was common for parents to find marriage partners for their children.

Abraham sends his servant to find a wife for Isaac. The servant isn’t sure how to proceed. He turns to God for help.

Help the kids see that we can turn to God for help. Point out the way in which we see God continuing to fulfill his promises that were first made to Abraham back in Genesis 12.

Activity – Who’s In My Family:

Needed: Reproducible download 5D
Writing/drawing tools
What does the word “family” mean?
Who are some people who are part of your family?
Who are some people who are not part of your family?
Families are made up of parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, etc.
Families are are also an important part of the Bible stories. We’re learning about in Genesis. Today we’ll learn about how Isaac married and started his own family.

Bible Story:
Genesis 24
Depending on the age of the children:
* Adult reads the scripture before hand and tells the story
* Read the chapter from the Bible and discuss.
Who was to find a wife for Isaac?
How did the servant find Rebekah?
How did Abraham’s servant ask for God’s help?

Activity Sheets:

Bible Story Puppets:
Using puppet patterns and directions from lesson 2 (below), make puppets for the servant, Isaac, and Rebekah.
Retell the story using the puppets.
Save for future use.

Bible Verse for October:
Genesis 2:2
“I will make of you a great nation and will bless you.”

Take Home pages:
download pages 79-80.

Read the “Responsive Reading” together.

One Room Kids Comic
Some of the kids are talking about a wedding.
Have you ever been to a wedding?
Read the comic together.
What did you notice in this week’s One Room Kids Comic?
Help the children to see that weddings are happy celebrations for families and friends.

Family Devotion
Look at wedding pictures of your parents, grandparents and or other family members.

Prayer:
Dear God,
Thank you for our families.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Lesson 4
Genesis 18:1-15 and 21:1-7

Background:
God had already made a promise to Abraham and Sarah that they would produce a whole nation of people. But they had no children and were both pretty old.

Genesis 18 tells about Abraham and Sarah being visited by three mysterious guests. Abraham quickly showed them hospitality by giving them water to wash their feet, preparing food, and providing a place for them to rest. After they had eaten, one of the men gave Abraham a strange message. In one year Abraham and Sarah would have a son. Sarah laughed at this news. But this visitor was right.

Genesis 21 helps us understand that the visitors were messengers from God. The news that Sarah would have a son was a promise from God. Abraham and Sarah were closer to seeing God’s promise that their family would become a whole nation and dwell in the land God gave to them.

Review what God created on each day. (Lesson 1)
Review what God asked Abraham and Sarah to do and what he promised them. (Lesson 2)
Review what the problem was and how Abraham solved it in last week’s lesson.

Bible Story:
Genesis 18:1-15 and 21:1-7 – read from the Bible.

Discuss:
Abraham and Sarah were visited by three strange visitors. Who do you think these visitors were?
What did the visitors tell Abraham and Sarah?
What happened a year later?
Does God keep his promises?

Prayer:
Dear God, thank you for loving us.
In Jesus’ name. Amen

Activity Sheets:

Bible Story Puppets:
Using the puppet patters from Lesson 2, make puppets of the three mysterious visitors.
Retell the story using the new puppets and the puppets of Abraham and Sarah made in lesson 2.

Practice Bible verse:
Genesis 1:31
“God saw everything he had made: it was supremely good.”

Activity – What’s in a name?
Needed: letter tiles from a board game
Have you noticed that some of the names in the Bible seem strange to us?
What are some of the strange names that you’ve heard from the Bible?
Some of the names seem normal to us.
What are some of the normal names you’ve heard from the Bible?
Have each child take a handful of letter tiles and use them to make up an unusual name. It doesn’t matter if it sounds like a real name or not.
Share names.
In today’s Bible story we hear a name that might make you laugh. In fact this unusual name actually means “laughter?”
What is this name?

Activity – Make a Baby Issac Doll:

Needed for each child:
download 4D and 4E
2 cotton balls/child
scissors, glue, crayons
Color baby on both sheets.
Cut out.
Put glue on the bottom of the cutout from 4E.
Place the two cutouts together so that the baby faces outward.
Gently stuff 2 cotton balls into doll.
Finish gluing the doll closed.

Download pages 77-78

Read the “responsive Reading.”

One Room Comic:
Ethan tells Emma that he’ll take her to the movies after church. But something happens.
Read the comic together.
What did you notice?
Help the children see that we sometimes make promises carelessly. God makes promises and keeps them.

Read the Family Devotion and challenge your children to do this at home during the week.

Session 3
Days of Creation
Genesis 13:1-12

Background:
Abraham and Sarah relocated along with all of their livestock as a great caravan along with Abraham’s nephew, Lot and his livestock. Both herds of livestock were mixed together. Soon a conflict developed between those herding the livestock.
Abraham settled the problem. He told Lot to go north or south. He, Abraham, would go the opposite way. Because Abraham chose to share the land with Lot, both were blessed by God.

Review what God created on each day. (Lesson 1)

Review what God asked Abraham and Sarah to do and what he promised them. (Lesson 2)

Bible Story:
Genesis 13;1-12 – read from the Bible.
Discuss:
What was the problem?
How was the problem solved?
It’s sometimes hard to share but we can learn to be like Abraham.

Prayer:
Dear God, thank you for helping us to share.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Activity Sheets:

Bible Story Puppets:
Using the puppet patterns from last week, make a puppet of Lot (See lesson 2).
Lot traveled to the new land that God provided with Abraham and Sarah.

Game – Going on a Trip:
This game was introduced in lesson 2.

Bible Verse:
Genesis 1:31
“God saw everything he had made: it was supremely good.”

Activity – Take a Quick Trip:

God told Abraham to travel to a new land. Abraham followed God’s instructions. He went to a new land with his wife, Sarah and nephew, Lot and all of their belongings.
Go on a short journey around your house or outside.
Use reproducible 3d as a travel log.
Draw or write what you discover on the trip.
Review what problem occurred on Abraham’s trip. How was it solved?
Discuss what was seen of your trip?
Were there any problems on your trip?

Activity – Ways I Can Share and Care:

Needed: reproducible 3e, cut into strips
masking tape
blank strips and writing tool
Make a box in the middle of the floor with the masking tape large enough for all children to stand in or near.
Put cut strips from reproducible in a basket.
Say: Abraham showed kindness to his nephew Lot. We are going to play a game where we think about actions that show we share and care. I will read a statement (draw from the basket). If it’s a good way to share and care, step out of or away from the box. If it’s not a good way to share and care, you must stay in the box or go back to the box.
Use the blank strips to write more statements for the game if needed.

Download pages 75-76
Read the “Responsive Reading” together.

One Room Comic:
Read together.
Kahley and Kenji are working on a decorating project.
What did you notice in this week’s comic?
Help make the connection between Kahley and Kenji’s disagreement and the problem from today’s Bible story.
How did Carmen help them make peace?

Read the Family Devotion and challenge the children to do this at home during this coming week.

Session 2
Genesis 12:1-9 and Genesis 15:1-6

Background:
This lesson is based on the two passages listed above and focuses on God’s relationship with Abraham and Sarah. God commands them to leave their home and move their family and livestock, everything, to a new land a great distance away with unfamiliar people, beliefs and practices. This is the beginning of God’s Covenant relationship with Abraham and his descendants – God’s promise to give them a land and to make them a great nation on earth.

Prayer:
Dear God, thank you for loving us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Bible Story:
Read Genesis 12:1-9 and Genesis 15:1-6 from the Bible.
Have children share times when they packed a bag and went for to a place they had never been before. How did they feel?
Ask: why do you think Abraham and Sarah followed God’s instructions?
Say: God loved Abraham and Sarah and had a wonderful plan for all of us.

Activity Sheets:

Activity – Make Starry Posters:
Needed: black poster board
white crayons
star stickers
glow in the dark markers

Reread Genesis 15:5
God told Abraham to look at the night sky.
“Look up at the sky and count the stars if you think you can count them.”
Ask: Can we count all of the stars in the sky?
Say: God told Abraham he would have children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, too difficult to count.
Have children work together to make starry posters.
Write title at the top of the poster – “God keeps promises.”
Keep poster for session 4.

Activity – Bible Story Puppets:

Make puppets of Abraham and Sarah
Needed:
Copy activity sheet 2d on cardstock – 1/child and cut out. Paper clip together.
Construction paper, various colors
Glue
Craft sticks
Tape
To make puppets:
Have children trace around shape templates on different colors of construction paper.
Cut out shapes.
Glue together using activity sheet 2d as a guide.
Tape a craft stick to the back of each puppet.
Keep puppets to use in future lessons.

Game – Going on a Trip:
Sit in a circle on the floor.
First person begins by saying, “I’m going on a trip, and I’m going to bring ____.” State something they might bring.
Go around circle, each child repeating what previous children said and adding something of their own.

Bible Verse:
Genesis 1:31
“God saw everything he had made: it was supremely good.”
Needed: sand in a container
plastic tablecloth
eleven glow in the dark stars
Place stars in the sand.
Have younger children find the stars making sure sand stays in the container.
Have older children write one word of the Bible verse on each star using a permeant marker.
Put the stars in order and say the verse aloud.
Save the stars for a future activity.

Activity – I Will Go and Love:
Needed: index cards
writing tool
Say: God gave Abraham and Sarah an instruction that was just for them. Most of the time God’s instructions are for all people. Let’s read one.
From the Bible, read John 13:34.
“I give you a new commandment! Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you must love each other.”
Ask: What are God’s instructions for us?
On index cards:
Have younger children write the name of someone they will show love to this week. On the other side draw a picture of that person.
Have older children write the name of someone they will show love to this week. On the other side write ways that they are going to show this love.
Share.

Download pages 73-74 of activity book
Read the Responsive Reading

Read One Room Kids Comic:
Ask: What did you notice in this week’s comic.
Help kids make connections between Carmen and Nicholas moving to a new town and the Bible story.

Read Family Devotion and challenge children to do at home with family.

Days of Creation
Genesis 1:1-31

This month (September) we will be talking about beginnings in the book of Genesis. Our story today is about the beginning of everything.

Overview:
In the beginning of everything, God created the world in six days:
Day 1 – created day and night
Day 2 – created sky-sun, moon, stars
Day 3 – created water and land
Day 4 – covered land with plants, trees, grasses
Day 5 – filled the water with fish and sea animals and the sky with birds
Day 6 – created all kinds of living creatures and Adam and Eve in his own image
Everything God created is good.
On the seventh day he rested.

Prayer:
Dear God, thank-you for your wonderful creation. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Bible story:
Read Genesis 1:1-31 from the Bible.
Have kids share their favorite part.
Review what God created each day. Why do you think God created things in this order?

Activity Sheets:

Bible Verse:
Genesis 1:31
God saw everything he had made: it was supremely good.

Interactive Bible Story – Read as a responsive reading.
One Room Kids Comic – Each week read a comic with the One Room Kids.
Read the comic and discuss what this week’s One Room Kids comic was about.
Also on these pages, find the Family Devotion for the week.

Activity – Make a New Creation
Needed: paper plate and clay
Children are to mold the clay into the image of a new animal.
Discuss the new creation – Describe the animal, name the animal, tell what the animal will do.

Activity – Choose the Day

Needed: 7 hula hoops (or places around the room)
Days of Creation Numbers, cut out download reproducible 1d
Or the numbers 1-7 written on individual pieces of paper.
Lay the seven hula hoops across the floor.
Place a number by each hoop.
Mix the numbers up so they are not in order.
Review what God created each day.
Adult – call out names of things God created, like cow. Children go and stand in the appropriate hoop.

Activity – Make or Create:
Needed: alphabet tiles from a board game
Throw the alphabet tiles on a table in random order.
Ask: Have I created the word “creation?” Can you make that word?
Have a child choose the letters to make the word “creation.”
Set the other tiles aside.
Ask: Did ____ make or creative the word “creation?”
Pick up the letters spelling the word creation and throw them agin in random order.
Ask: Do the letters spell “creation?’
Say: Those letters can’t arrange themselves to make any sense. We had to know the correct order to arrange them.
Ask: Who can create something out of nothing? (God)
How would you describe God’s creation?

Activity – Creation Care:
Put the following items into a large paper bag.
light bulb, garden hose nozzle, plastic water bottle, plastic grocery bag, notebook paper, cardboard box, miniature car, trash bag, plastic straw
Say: God gave Adam and Eve the responsibility for taking care of His creation and God wants us to do the same.
Have kids take turns pulling items out of the bag and stating/guessing how it can be used to help take care of the earth.

light bulb – Turn off lights when leaving a room.
garden hose nozzle – Don’t leave water running.
plastic water bottle – Don’t use plastic, Get a permanent container.
plastic grocery bag – Don’t use plastic. Get reusable bags.
notebook paper – Write on both sides.
cardboard box – Recycle it.
miniature car – Walk or ride a bike when you can.
trash bag – Separate recyclable items and recycle.
plastic straw – Don’t use. They are not biodegradable.

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