Kid City times 4/14/19

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

Surprise! God chooses Jacob!

Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 9:10-13, 1 Corinthians 1:26-30

Song

  • 1, 2, 3 (Jesus is Alive!)

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Did you Know? :

  • God doesn’t choose the strongest or the best. God chooses people who need him. He chooses weak and sinful people like Jacob, and you. Thank you, God, for your surprising choice.


Preschool & Elementary

This Week’s Lesson: Palm Sunday

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Scripture

Luke 19:28-40, Zechariah 9:9

Memory Verse

John 14:6, (Preschool)
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me

Genesis 32: 28 (Elementary)
”Your name will no longer be Jacob,” He said. “It will be Israel because you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed.”


Big Picture Question:

Why were people honoring Jesus? Because he is the promised King!

What We Learned

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Palm Sunday is the day we are reminded of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, where He was treated like the king God had promised to the Israelite’s a long time ago! Jesus and His disciples were on their way to Jerusalem right before the Passover celebration. Passover was the holiday for the Jews where they celebrated that God had “passed over” them when they were in Egypt and did not destroy them. God saved his people. Many people came to Jerusalem to the temple to celebrate Passover, so the roads were crowded with people. When Jesus and His disciples got to the town named Bethany, Jesus told his two of His disciples to go into the town and bring Him a young donkey. Jesus told His disciples exactly where the donkey was tied up. He said, “If anyone asks you why you are untying the colt (or young donkey) tell them, ‘The Lord needs it.’ Sure enough, when the disciples were untying the colt a man asked them what they were doing. When they explained that the Lord needed the colt, the man left them alone. Before Jesus came into this world, the people of Israel had been ruled over by different nations for a long time. Before Jesus was ever born, a man named Zechariah told about what would happen in the future by using the power of God. When the people saw Jesus enter Jerusalem riding a donkey, they knew He was the King Zechariah had said would come to save them.

Jesus Connection

Jesus’ coming meant the people of Israel would be free! Jesus came to save them all from the sin that was in their hearts! Jesus gives us the same freedom from sin if we choose to make Him our King and Savior!



Kid City Times 03/31/19

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

Surprise! God chooses Jacob!

Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 9:10-13, 1 Corinthians 1:26-30

Song

  • 1, 2, 3 (Jesus is Alive!)

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Did you Know? :

  • God doesn’t choose the strongest or the best. God chooses people who need him. He chooses weak and sinful people like Jacob, and you. Thank you, God, for your surprising choice.


Preschool & Elementary

This Week’s Lesson: Jacob flees from Laban

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Scripture

Genesis 30-31, Romans 8:28

Memory Verse

Deuteronomy 6:5, (Preschool)
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” 

Genesis 32: 28 (Elementary)
”Your name will no longer be Jacob,” He said. “It will be Israel because you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed.”


Big Picture Question:

Why should we fully trust God? Because we know He will always take care of us!

What We Learned

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We continued on Jacob’s journey to fulfilling God’s plan. Jacob was on the run from his brother, Esau, for stealing his birthright. On his journey he met a beautiful woman named Rachel. In order to marry her he agreed to work for 7 years for her father, Laban. But when the seven years were up, he gave Jacob his older daughter, Leah, instead. Then had Jacob work another 7 years in order to finally marry Rachel. After he married Rachel, Jacob finally got what he wanted. There was nothing keeping him there and Jacob wanted to return home, but Laban wanted him to stay and keep working for him. So they worked out a deal. The deal was that every pure white lamb (or baby sheep) that was born from Laban’s flock he would keep. But every spotted lamb belonged to Jacob. Jacob continued to work for Laban, but God blessed Jacob so that the sheep that were born were just as Jacob described. This caused Jacob to eventually leave with Rachel since he felt called to leave due to everything that had happened the past 14 years.

Jesus Connection

Rachel did not need to trust in her false gods to protect her. But we all can be tempted to trust in stuff or people more than God. When we sin we are saying that the things we want are more important to us than God. When Jesus came into this world, people were not always willing to follow Him because it meant giving up things or even relationships sometimes. But the Bible tells us that God works all things to the good of those who follow Him. We can trust that because Jesus died for us so that we could be taken care of forever when we place our faith in Him!



Kid City Times 3/17/19

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

Rebekah Gives the Camels water too!

Genesis 24:1-66

Song

  • The Arky, Arky song (Rise and Shine)  

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Questions regarding the Story:

  • Have you ever asked God to Help you? God helped Abraham’s servant find Rebekah. Rebekah married Isaac, and many, many years later, Jesus was born into their family. Do you need God’s help today? You can ask God for help right now.


Preschool & Elementary

This Week’s Lesson: Stairway to Heaven

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Scripture

Genesis 28:12-13, John 1:51

Memory Verse

Deuteronomy 6:5, (Preschool)
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” 

Genesis 32: 28 (Elementary)
”Your name will no longer be Jacob,” He said. “It will be Israel because you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed.”


Big Picture Question:

What can bridge the gap of sin between God and man? Jesus and his sacrifice!

What We Learned

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This past week’s lesson was from Genesis 28 and in it we see that Jacob is on the run from his brother, Esau, who has sworn to kill him! Esau had already been tricked out of his birthright, and with Jacob also taking his blessing, that assured that Jacob, not Esau, would be the leader of the family. This meant that after their father, Isaac, passed away, Jacob would get to rule over his brother as well as get way more of their father’s stuff and, most importantly, get to carry on the promise made to their grandfather Abraham that God would make him “a great nation” and that He would “bless the whole world through” him. In the midst of Jacob’s travels and had a dream in which the Lord intervened. The Lord then goes on to tell Jacob, just as he told Abraham, that he will have a ton of descendants (meaning his children, and their children, and so on...) and that the whole world will be blessed through his descendants! The Lord then goes on to explain what this “stairway” or “ladder” dream symbolizes and means for us today.

Jesus Connection

When Jacob dreams of the stairway to heaven, he is dreaming of something (or someone) that will bridge the divide between God and mankind that sin created. Jesus tells us He is that staircase in Jacob’s dream because His sacrifice on the cross gives us a way to be with God once more!



Kid City Times 3/3/19

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

Abraham Counts the Stars

Genesis 12:1-9, 15:1-21, Psalm 147:4

Song:

  • The Arky, Arky song (Rise and Shine)  

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Questions regarding the Story:

  • Do you know that Abraham was Jesus’ great, great, far-off grandfather? Now anyone who believes in Jesus is part of Abraham’s family too. We can’t count all of God’s people, but God knows each one by name!


Preschool & Elementary

SUNDAY FUNDAY

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Scripture: N/a

Memory Verse

2 Corinthians 5:17, (Preschool)
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!” 

Genesis 22: 18 (Elementary)
“And all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring because you have obeyed my command.”

What We Learned

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We took this past Sunday to just let loose and have fun with the students and the teachers! Be sure to ask your child how Sunday Funday was!!



Kid City Times 2/27/19

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

Abraham Counts the Stars

Genesis 12:1-9, 15:1-21, Psalm 147:4

Song:

  • The Arky, Arky song (Rise and Shine)  

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Questions regarding the Story:

  • Do you know that Abraham was Jesus’ great, great, far-off grandfather? Now anyone who believes in Jesus is part of Abraham’s family too. We can’t count all of God’s people, but God knows each one by name!


Preschool & Elementary

This Week’s Lesson: Sin is a Big Deal

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Scripture

Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 9:8-12

Memory Verse

2 Corinthians 5:17, (Preschool)
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!” 

Genesis 22: 18 (Elementary)
“And all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring because you have obeyed my command.”


Big Picture Question:

Why did God choose Jacob over Esau? Because God can use anyone to do his will!

What We Learned

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Last week we saw Abraham order his most trusted servant to find a wife for his son, Issac. God promised that Abraham would be the father of a great nation and that Isaac would carry on that promise through his descendants. But before he could do that, Isaac needed a wife to have kids with. So God led Abraham’s servant to find a woman named Rebekah . And Isaac married Rebekah, and she became pregnant with twins. The twins were known as Jacob and Esau. God told Rebekah had two nations in her womb which meant that her two sons would each have so many descendants that they would each become two separate nations. And just like her two sons, these two nations would be at odds with one another throughout history as they were being at odds with each other in the womb. God said that ultimately He would choose the younger son to rule over the older. This was backwards to most people since it was normally the older that ruled over his father’s household after his father passed away. But God had decided that the younger one would carry on the promise God made that “all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring...”. As the boys grew up, Esau became an expert hunter while Isaac was the son the mainly stay at home more often than not. Whilst Esau seemed to be the son who would take over, one day Esau became so hungry from working all day he asked for some stew that Jacob had made. Jacob said he would give him some of the stew if he sold his birthright to him. Esau in hungriness, frustration and anger said yes. Romans shows us that by choosing Jacob, the weaker, younger son, God was showing us that he didn’t need man’s strength to accomplish His plans and that He alone decides which child would carry on the promise. God was not required to follow the tradition of the firstborn son. Jacob was not man’s choice, he was God’s choice. In the end, God wanted everyone to see that His people are saved by their faith in God alone, not because of when they were born or because of anything they do.

Jesus Connection

Like Jacob, we don’t have to be good enough for God to use us. The same Jesus who was the descendant of Jacob blessed the whole world with the hope our forgiveness of sin, so that, just like Jacob, we can be used by God to do His will!



Kid City Times 2/17/19

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

Abraham Counts the Stars

Genesis 12:1-9, 15:1-21, Psalm 147:4

Song:

  • The Arky, Arky song (Rise and Shine)  

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Questions regarding the Story:

  • Do you know that Abraham was Jesus’ great, great, far-off grandfather? Now anyone who believes in Jesus is part of Abraham’s family too. We can’t count all of God’s people, but God knows each one by name!


Preschool & Elementary

This Week’s Lesson: Sin is a Big Deal

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Scripture

Genesis 24, James 4:3

Memory Verse

2 Corinthians 5:17, (Preschool)
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!” 

Genesis 22: 18 (Elementary)
“And all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring because you have obeyed my command.”


Big Picture Question:

Does God Answer your prayers? Yes, God’s plan and our prayers work together for his glory!

What We Learned

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This week we continued to talk about Abraham’s life in Genesis. God promised that Abraham would be the father of a great nation. And God promised that nation would start with Isaac. Now it was Isaac’s turn to begin a family, but before he could do that, he needed a wife. So Abraham called his chief servant, and told him to return to the country Abraham was born in to find a wife for Isaac. Abraham wanted to follow God’s plan, so he made the servant promise he would look for a wife. So the servant gathered some camels and left the land of Canaan to go find the relatives of Abraham. Once he came to the city where Abraham’s relatives lived, the chief servant waited near a well. He knew his task was part of God’s plan, but that didn’t stop him from asking for God’s help. So the chief servant prayed for guidance and a sign to help find the right person. In his prayer he said the person that would be right for Isaac would be someone who offers him water from the well and then voluntarily offers water for all of the Camels the chief servant brought! Shortly after that Rebekah had generously offered all of the things that the Servant had prayed for! The servant asked for a very specific sign and God gave it to him.

Jesus Connection

God answers our prayers, but not always in the way we would think/desire. Instead, He gives us more! When Jesus came to earth as the Messiah, the Israelite’s hoped He would rescue them from the Romans. Instead, He rescued them from their sin, which means that they (and we) have the chance to be freed from sin by placing their faith in Jesus. And if they (or we) do so, they would one day be able to live in peace with God for all eternity!



Kid City Times 2/10/19

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

Abraham Counts the Stars

Genesis 12:1-9, 15:1-21, Psalm 147:4

Song:

  • The Arky, Arky song (Rise and Shine)  

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Questions regarding the Story:

  • Do you know that Abraham was Jesus’ great, great, far-off grandfather? Now anyone who believes in Jesus is part of Abraham’s family too. We can’t count all of God’s people, but God knows each one by name!


Preschool & Elementary

This Week’s Lesson: Sin is a Big Deal

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Scripture

Genesis 22:1-18, John 3:16

Memory Verse

2 Corinthians 5:17, (Preschool)
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!” 

Genesis 22: 18 (Elementary)
“And all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring because you have obeyed my command.”


Big Picture Question:

Did Abraham have to sacrifice his son Isaac in order to be righteous? No, God provided a substitute!

What We Learned

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This past Sunday we picked back up with our Genesis series! We’ll come back to Romans in the future. This week was about Abraham and Isaac. God spoke to Abraham and told him to take Isaac to Moriah and offer him up as a sacrifice. Now the reason this was difficult (apart from Abraham having to sacrifice his own son) is that Abraham waited nearly 100 years for this child and now the Lord is asking him to give it up. But Abraham, our of respect and fear of the Lord, obeyed and was going to follow through with the sacrifice. He nearly killed Isaac with his knife and then the Lord sent an angel to intervene! The angel said to stop because the Lord has now seen that Abraham has given everything to the Lord even his only son!

Jesus Connection

God did not make Abraham sacrifice Isaac, whom God refers to as Abraham's “only son.” Instead, God sacrificed His only son, Jesus, for all of us! And if we place our trust in God the way that Abraham did, He has the power to forgive us of our sins.



Kid City Time 2/3/19

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

Abraham Counts the Stars

Genesis 12:1-9, 15:1-21, Psalm 147:4

Song:

  • The Arky, Arky song (Rise and Shine)  

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Questions regarding the Story:

  • Do you know that Abraham was Jesus’ great, great, far-off grandfather? Now anyone who believes in Jesus is part of Abraham’s family too. We can’t count all of God’s people, but God knows each one by name!


Preschool & Elementary

This Week’s Lesson: Sin is a Big Deal

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Scripture

Romans 12-15:13

Memory Verse

2 Corinthians 5:17, (Preschool)
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!” 

Romans 3: 23-24 (Elementary)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.


Big Picture Question:

How does Romans challenge believers to live? Love like Jesus and live righteously!

What We Learned

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This past Sunday was our last week in the book Romans (for now). In week 1 we talked about how our sin makes us enemies of God because sin is rebellion against God. Week 2 we talked about how God is our judge. He judges our sin, but Jesus took the punishment for us so that those who place their faith in Jesus could be justified in the sight of God. Week 3 we talked about how when we make Jesus our Lord and Savior, He works on making us more like Him by trading our old ways for His ways. And last week we talked about how He restores the relationship between God and His followers. Paul wraps all of this up by saying that we should not be conformed of this world but rather let the good news renew our minds and change the way we think, act and live!

Jesus Connection

Jesus set the ultimate example for us in love and righteous living. He did not repay the evil acts towards Him with evil, but with love. He died so that the same people that persecuted Him could have eternal life!



Kid City Times 1/27/19

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

Abraham Counts the Stars

Genesis 12:1-9, 15:1-21, Psalm 147:4

Song:

  • The Arky, Arky song (Rise and Shine)  

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Questions regarding the Story:

  • Do you know that Abraham was Jesus’ great, great, far-off grandfather? Now anyone who believes in Jesus is part of Abraham’s family too. We can’t count all of God’s people, but God knows each one by name!


Preschool & Elementary

This Week’s Lesson: Sin is a Big Deal

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Scripture

Romans 9-11, Matthew 5:17

Memory Verse

Romans 10:13, (Preschool)
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. 

Romans 3: 23-24 (Elementary)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.


Big Picture Question:

How can we be restored into a relationship with God? By making Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior!

What We Learned

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In the Old Testament, God chose the Israelite people to be His people. Starting with Abraham, He led the people to be an example to other nations. Israel, also known as the Jewish or Hebrew people, constantly failed to live up to God’s standards. The Israelite were given rules, known as the Law, to follow in order to point out that they could not God perfectly; no one can. But God knew that they could not fulfill the Law, so He sent Jesus to fulfill it. Jesus came and claimed that he did not want to abolish or destroy the law, rather he wanted to fulfill it; something that we were and are unable to do.

Jesus Connection

No matter whether we were born an Israelite or not, God desires to restore mankind to the relationship He had with us in the Garden of Eden, before sin entered the world. But the only way that can happen is by placing our faith in Jesus, accepting His sacrifice on the cross to pay for our sin, and making Him our Lord and Savior.



Kid City Times 1/20/19

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

God Sends a Rainbow

Genesis 6-9, 1 Peter 18-22

Song:

  • The Arky, Arky song (Rise and Shine)  

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Questions regarding the Story:

  • Can you remember some of God’s promises? God promised to keep his children safe with Jesus just like Noah and his family were safe in the Ark


Preschool & Elementary

This Week’s Lesson: Sin is a Big Deal

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Scripture

Romans 6-8

Memory Verse

Romans 10:13, (Preschool)
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. 

Romans 3: 23-24 (Elementary)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.


Big Picture Question:

How Do Christians become more Christ-like? By trading their old ways for God’s ways!

What We Learned

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Last week we talked about how our sin made us enemies of God, deserving of judgement and punishment, and how Jesus came and took that punishment for us. Because of His sacrifice we no long have to sit under judgement, but have been justified by Christ! This week we talked more about how we can be more like Christ. Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior changes your life forever! A lord is someone who has authority over you. And Jesus doesn’t just want to be a lord, but the Lord over our lives! So when we confess Jesus as our Lord, that means that we are no longer live for ourselves, but for Jesus. Jesus is someone who transforms people and gives love, grace, comfort and motivation to go out and spread his word! It is through Jesus that we can be right with God and it is through Jesus that we are able and willing to give up our old ways for his.

Jesus Connection

Even though we trade our old ways for God's ways, we will never do this perfectly. But God doesn't expect us to be perfect. Jesus gave His life to cover our sins. He gave His life so we could be free to live our lives for Him!


Kid City Times 1/13/19

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

God Sends a Rainbow

Genesis 6-9, 1 Peter 18-22

Song:

  • The Arky, Arky song (Rise and Shine)  

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Questions regarding the Story:

  • Can you remember some of God’s promises? God promised to keep his children safe with Jesus just like Noah and his family were safe in the Ark


Preschool & Elementary

This Week’s Lesson: Sin is a Big Deal

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Scripture

Romans 3 3:21-5:21

Memory Verse

Romans 10:13, (Preschool)
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. 

Romans 3: 23-24 (Elementary)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.


Big Picture Question:

Does God judge sin? Yes, but he also gives grace!

What We Learned

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This past Sunday’s lesson was centered around our skit that we showed to the kids! In this skit, Captain Hero (local community self claimed hero) is being accused of stealing an ice cream truck from Mr. Chill! Captain Hero’s defense was that he has done so much good for the community that this minor infraction shouldn’t count against him. This led us to talking about how God’s grace works. When sin occurs, it causes a separation from us and God and the wage of sin is death which means that there has to be a consequence that follows. Fortunately for us, Jesus took that consequence and provided the ultimate sacrifice so that we can be free to worship him and get to God! Also, God does not look at how the good works we do but more he more so focuses on our heart behind what we do.

Jesus Connection

It would not be just for God to ignore sin, so a punishment has to take place for ours. And the punishment for sin is death. But because God also loves us, He came down as Jesus to take the punishment for our sin! He died so that we would be free to live with Him forever when we die and not continue to suffer His wrath after this life is over.


Kid City Times 1/06/19

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

God Sends a Rainbow

Genesis 6-9, 1 Peter 18-22

Song:

  • The Arky, Arky song (Rise and Shine)  

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Questions regarding the Story:

  • Can you remember some of God’s promises? God promised to keep his children safe with Jesus just like Noah and his family were safe in the Ark


Preschool & Elementary

This Week’s Lesson: Sin is a Big Deal

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Scripture

Romans 1:16-23; 3:10-24

Memory Verse

Romans 10:13, (Preschool)
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. 

Romans 3: 23-24 (Elementary)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.


Big Picture Question:

Why is Sin such a big deal? Because it makes us enemies of God

What We Learned

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For the next 5 Sundays we are going to study one of the books of the New Testament; The Book of Romans. The Apostle Paul wrote Romans. Paul, who was also known as Saul, actually started out trying to stop Christianity from spreading. He didn’t believe that Jesus was God and had risen from the dead. But Jesus appeared before Him, Paul became a believer and spread the good news of Jesus to many people! He even wrote several of the New Testament letters, including Romans. Paul wanted the church in Rome to understand just how big a deal sin was. So he told them about how much God hates sins and punishes it. It Romans 1:18 it talks about there are people who try to suppress the truth because the truth for a lot of people is something that they do no want to accept. Some people say that God doesn’t exist. Others claim that our God is the same as any of gods out there. But the Bible shows us consistently that there is only one God and He alone is worthy to be worshipped. Worshipping any false god is sinful.

Jesus Connection

Sin is such a big deal that it leads to death! But God loves us so much that He came down to Earth as Jesus and took our death on the cross. Now we get to trust in Him instead of our own sinful ways



Kid City Times 12/09/18

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

Jesus is Born

Genesis 1: 1-23

Song:

  • Joy to the World!

 

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Questions regarding the Story:

  • Will you share the good news? God is with us. Jesus’s birth is good news for all people. Jesus is God. Jesus is our Creator who made everything. Jesus is the King of God’s people and he rules over everything too! Jesus was born as a little baby and who lived a perfect life only to die for our sins and rescue us! We can tell the good news to our friends and family. Think of a friend who you can tell the good news to!


Preschool & Elementary

This Week’s Lesson: We Give our time/talents

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Scripture

Luke 10:25-37

Memory Verse

John 3:16, first part  (Preschool)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son…that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” 

Matthew 6:21 (Elementary)
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also


Big Picture Question:

Why do we give to others? Because Christ gave his life for us!

What We Learned

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This past Sunday was our last week in our Giv series! We talked about how each one of has a gift or talent/skill that God has blessed us with to use for his glory! We can’t necessarily give our talents and gifts to others but we can use them to show how to love like God loves us. In the lesson we talked about a story that Jesus told. The story talked about a priest and his assistant walked by a beat up and poor man and they did nothing to help him; they simply walked passed him. Shortly afterwards a Samaritan came and saw the man and helped him, fed him and provided him with a place to stay to recover! The significance of this story is that Samaritans were not known for being that kind and loving but priests and their assistants were known for that; as a matter of fact they were expected to do things like that! Jesus’ point in telling this story is that anyone can show the love of God, regardless of your title and place in life!

Jesus Connection

Jesus’ entire ministry was one of generosity. He used His gifts to heal, teach, and help others. He went to the cross and sacrificed His life for ours. Because of His generosity, we can be forgiven of our sin when we trust Him as our Lord!



Kid City Times 12/02/18

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

Adam and Eve Disobey

Genesis 1: 1-23

Song:

  • This Little Light of Mine

 

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Questions regarding the Story:

  • Can you think of a time you disobeyed? WE all disobey God, but Jesus still loves us. Jesus is the savior God promised. Jesus fights against all evil and Sin.

  • Who brings us back to God? Jesus is our only way back to God!


Preschool & Elementary

This Week’s Lesson: 10/40 Presentation

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Scripture

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Memory Verse

John 3:16, first part  (Preschool)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son…that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” 

Matthew 6:21 (Elementary)
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also


Big Picture Question:

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What We Learned

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This past Sunday we had the Johnson’s give a special presentation to the students about Lebanon and the Conflicts in Syria. It was very encouraging to see the students engaged during the presentation and showing them that things aren’t as easy for our brothers and sisters in Christ in some foreign nations. Pre-school and Elementary were given the opportunity to write letters to the children in Lebanon letting them know that we are thinking about them and praying for them! This was an awesome opportunity to see how the students were able to understand who they were writing to and why they were writing to them!

Jesus Connection

One of Jesus’ great commands was for us to go out and make disciples and to spread the good news of the gospel and this past week we got to participate with the students in a glimpse of that by letting the children in Lebanon know that they are loved and prayed for by our church!



Kid City times 11/25/18

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

God Makes Everything

Genesis 1: 1-23

 

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Song:

My God Is So Big

Questions regarding the Story:

  • What is your favorite thing God has made? God made Everything. He was happy with the world he made. He wants you to enjoy it too so think about what your favorite thing that God created is!

  • Do you know how many people God started with? Just 2!


Preschool & Elementary

This Week’s Lesson: We give our stuff

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Scripture

Leviticus 25:35-38, Psalm 41:1, Matthew 6:19-21

Memory Verse

John 3:16, first part  (Preschool)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son…” 

Matthew 6:21 (Elementary)
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also


Big Picture Question:

Why do we give to others? Yes! Because Christ gave his life for us!


 

What We Learned

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For the next few weeks we are going to take a step back from genesis and talk about generosity since the holidays are coming up. We want the students in Kid City to be aware of what it means to be truly generous and how important it is to the point the it goes beyond just the holidays! The holidays do remind us to be generous but we as Christians are called to live a generous life consistently and that does not mean just with our money. These next few weeks we are going to learn how and talk about how sacrificial and generous Jesus was and how he is the reason that we have the blessing to go out and be generous with our time, money, love and with the good news of the gospel!!

Jesus Connection

Jesus displayed the ultimate example of storing up treasures in heaven by dying on the cross so that everyone could have the opportunity to be saved from their sin and follow Him.



Kid City times 11/18/18

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

God Makes Everything

Genesis 1: 1-23

 

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Song:

My God Is So Big

Questions regarding the Story:

  • What is your favorite thing God has made? God made Everything. He was happy with the world he made. He wants you to enjoy it too so think about what your favorite thing that God created is!

  • Do you know how many people God started with? Just 2!


Preschool & Elementary

This Week’s Lesson: God gives Abram a new name

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Scripture

Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7, 22:18

Memory Verse

John 3:16, first part  (Preschool)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son…” 

Matthew 6:21 (Elementary)
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also


Big Picture Question:

Can we trust in God’s Promises? Yes! He always fulfills his promises


 

What We Learned

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This Past Sunday we talked about the introduction of Isaac into the world! God had always promised Sarah and Abraham a child bore by Sarah but they never really knew when. In fact, when God promised Abraham a child, Abraham was already around 70 years old! This in turn led to Sarah laughing at the possibility of having a child that old. God promised Abraham that His descendants would become a great nation. But Abraham and Sarah had to wait a very long time for this promise to come true. Eventually, God did come through as he always does and the child was to be named Isaac, which meant ‘laughter’. This name was to remind Sarah of when she laughed at the thought of having a child at such an old age but it is also to remind everyone that God always comes through with his promises!

Jesus Connection

Abraham and Sarah had to wait a very long time, but God did fulfill His promise. And God had made a bigger promise to Abraham: that the whole world would be blessed through his line. It took thousands of years for God to fulfill that promise! Jesus, who fulfilled this promise when He blessed the whole world through his sacrifice on the cross, came to Earth by being born in the line of Abraham thousands of years later.



Kid City Times 11/11/18

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

God Makes Everything

Genesis 1: 1-23

 

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Song:

My God Is So Big

Questions regarding the Story:

  • What is your favorite thing God has made? God made Everything. He was happy with the world he made. He wants you to enjoy it too so think about what your favorite thing that God created is!

  • Do you know how many people God started with? Just 2!


Preschool & Elementary

This Week’s Lesson: God gives Abram a new name

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Scripture

Genesis 13, 18-19; 2 Peter 2:6-8

Memory Verse

John 3:16, first part  (Preschool)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son…” 

Genesis 15:6 (Elementary)
 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Big Picture Question:

Why was Lot saved from God’s wrath? Because he listened and trusted the Lord!


 

What We Learned

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This past Sunday we shifted from Abraham and talked about Lot, who was Abraham’s nephew. They had parted ways earlier since their group was becoming very large. Lot settled into a city called Sodom. God knew that Sodom and Gomorrah were cities that were full of very serious sin. God sent 2 angels to Sodom to visit Lot who had been struggling with living in a place full of sin. We don’t know how much the people of Sodom and Gomorrah influenced Lot into doing wrong, but the Bible does tell us that “...his righteous soul was tormented by the lawless deeds he saw and heard” (2 Peter 2:8). Eventually the angels led Lot and his family out as fire fell from the sky, destroying the cities. The angels warned them not to look back or they themselves would be swept away, but Lot’s wife did look back and she was instantly turned into a pillar of salt.

Jesus Connection

Lot’s righteousness was not based on being perfect or doing more good things than bad. It is based on him trusting God, even if his faith was not perfect. Jesus was the only human to walk the earth perfectly. His death on the cross allows us to be able to be forgiven of our sins and seen as righteous if we place our faith in Him!



Kid City Times 11/04/18

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

God Makes Everything

Genesis 1: 1-23

 

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Song:

My God Is So Big

Questions regarding the Story:

  • What is your favorite thing God has made? God made Everything. He was happy with the world he made. He wants you to enjoy it too so think about what your favorite thing that God created is!

  • Do you know how many people God started with? Just 2!


Preschool & Elementary

This Week’s Lesson: God gives Abram a new name

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Scripture

Genesis 17:1-10, 15-21; Revelation 2:17, 21:1-7

Memory Verse

John 3:16, first part  (Preschool)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son…” 

Genesis 15:6 (Elementary)
 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Big Picture Question:

Why did God give Abraham and new name? To show that he belonged to God!


 

What We Learned

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Almost 25 years had passed since God first called Abram to move to Canaan, and more than 10 years since God had promised Abram would have a son. But Sarai, Abram’s wife, still didn’t have a child. She was really old (90 years old!) by this time so everyone thought the idea of her having a baby was crazy! But when Abram was 99 years old God spoke to him again and reminded him of His promise. He even gave Abram a new name. God reminded Abram (who is now Abraham) of the everlasting promise that ensured Abraham and his descendants the land of Canaan. God even changed Sarai’s name to Sarah because the name Sarah means “mother of nations.” Not only was God promising that one day Abraham and Sarah would have a child, but He promised that they would have so many descendants they wouldn’t even be able to count them all! The reason God changed Sarai’s name and Abram’s name was to show them that they belonged to God!

Jesus Connection

God gave Abraham a new name because Abraham now belonged to Him. But one day God will give all of His children, those who have placed their faith in Him, new names. Those who have given their life to Christ will be given new bodies, new names, a new Heaven and a new Earth to live in and forever praise Jesus!


Kid City Times 10/28/18

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

Jesus Opens the Book:

Revelation 4-5:21

 

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Song:

This Little Light of Mine

Questions regarding the Stories:

  • Will God’s people finally be rescued? Yes! When Jesus comes back, he will fix our broken world. There will be no more sin or sickness. There will be no more crying or pain.


Preschool & Elementary

This Week’s Lesson: Abram and God’s Promise

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Scripture

Genesis:16, 21:1-21

Memory Verse

Romans 10:9  (Preschool)
“Say with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord.’ Believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead. Then you will be saved.” 

Genesis 15:6 (Elementary)
 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Big Picture Question:

Are any families on Earth perfect? No! Only God’s family is perfect!


 

What We Learned

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In today’s lesson we continue to learn about Abram (who will later be called Abraham) and the the covenant God made with him. God promised Abram a really big family! There were times that Abram did not trust God and today’s lesson was about one of those times. Abram’s wife, Sarai, had not had any children and was frustrated and impatient. Sarai had a slave called Hagar and she told Abram, “Since the Lord has prevented me from bearing children, go to my slave; perhaps through her I can build a family.” So now Abram has two wives! Sarai was so old, she did not trust God to fulfill His promise of giving Abram a son, so they tried to take things into their own hands. After Hagar became pregnant, her relationship with Sarai got much worse. Sarai treated Hagar so badly that she ran away. At this point God sent an angel to intervene and was able to convince Hagar to come back. Ishmael was born later (son of Hagar and Abram). But some time later, Sarai herself became pregnant, just as the Lord had promised. Once she had her son, Isaac, she became jealous of Hagar and her child. So she had Abram send Hagar and her son away. God never left Hagar however and the boy grew and became an archer.

Jesus Connection

No family is perfect. But Jesus came to this world as a perfect example to us. He loved everyone and, when He died for our sins, He gave us an opportunity to join His family. So for those who decide to place your faith in Jesus, they will get to be a part of His perfect kingdom and His perfect family forever!


Kid City Times 10/14/18

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Nursery & Toddlers

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Bible Story:

Jesus Opens the Book:

Revelation 4-5:21

 

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Song:

This Little Light of Mine

Questions regarding the Stories:

  • Will God’s people finally be rescued? Yes! When Jesus comes back, he will fix our broken world. There will be no more sin or sickness. There will be no more crying or pain.


Preschool & Elementary

This Week’s Lesson: Abram and God’s Promise

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Scripture

Genesis 13:14-17, 15:2-5

Memory Verse

Romans 10:9  (Preschool)
“Say with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord.’ Believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead. Then you will be saved.” 

Genesis 15:6 (Elementary)
 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Big Picture Question:

Why shouldn’t we worry about having enough? Because God gives us more than we need!


 

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What We Learned

In today’s lesson we continue to learn about Abram (who will later be called Abraham) and the the covenant God made with him. God promised Abram a really big family! And this would not just be referring to his children, but his children’s children, and his children’s children’s children; all of his descendants. In that time, it was a big deal to have a big family. One reason for this was back then, the most basic things, even food and water, were not so easy to get. People did not just have fridges they could open when they wanted food. It took a lot of hard work, so even the kids had to help. And the more kids you had, the more work could get done. It was through this promise that we got a many of the eventual characters that will be covered in genesis and the books to come such as Mary (Jesus’ mom)!

Jesus Connection

We know that Abram had many descendants, but keep in mind that one of his descendants was Mary, that is, Mary the mother of Jesus! So Jesus was also a descendant of Abram! This means that when God blessed Abram, he also blessed us by allowing Jesus to come to earth by being born from Mary and to go on to save us from our sins by dying on the cross! This was God’s plan all along. And it was more than we could ever earn or deserve, but it was because He loves us so much that he gave us that gift anyways! And those who place their faith in Jesus will get to enjoy God’s great blessings for all of eternity!