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RISE UP

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Parents: This is our last virtual Sunday School lesson. It is the first week of our new series “Rise Up.” On April 11th, we will resume in person Sunday School from 9:30AM-10:30AM. Preschool students will meet in the regular preschool room and K-3 will meet in the JAM room (large room on the south side of the 3rd floor). K-3 students will need to wear masks. Parents may choose to have preschool students wear masks. All safety precautions will be taken. Please join us for this exciting new venture!


Blueprint Memory Verse

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

-Romans 10:9  

 

Here is a link to see this verse in sign language! 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vdb0o04gm7gr5mm/AAD5vxhB4EcTZpyQBzK0tAu6a/Elementary?dl=0&preview=MemoryVerse_RiseUp_GrowKids.pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1

 

Let’s imagine we’re all climbing a mountain. On the way up, you probably don’t see much…maybe some trees, grass, and a stream. But once you reach the top, the view is breathtaking! It was hard to imagine what this view would look like on the way up. Today we’re talking about something else that’s hard to imagine, but it’s true and amazing!

 

Bible Story

Mark 16:1 - 8

 

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.  As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

We do a lot of fun stuff at Easter like egg hunts, where we get baskets of candy and play fun games, but we have to remember that Easter is about so much more! Easter is all about remembering what Jesus did for us. Jesus died on the cross and rose again from the dead so you and I can have a relationship with God!


Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/518703893/455ca0c903


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/518252843/cb290898f8



Our Big Idea today is Jesus overcame death.

 

Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iabv8etad5w


Read together Acts 10:39 - 43

“We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.  He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.  All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Remember we talked about how amazing reaching a mountain top would be? After seeing a view like that, we wouldn’t be able to wait to tell everyone what we saw. Jesus told everyone to do the same thing—to tell everyone about the great news of Jesus! Is there someone you want to tell about what Jesus has done for you in your life? Where can you go to tell people about Jesus?



Repeat the Big Idea: Jesus overcame death

Close with a family prayer

 

 

Sword Drill

Sword Drill……….  April 4, 2021---     Jesus Overcame Death

This is what makes our Christian Faith unlike any other earthly religion.  We have a Living Savior!  The power of this fact is our greatest treasure of life on earth.  Believing Jesus lives is power to live for Him.

Mark 16:3…                       Mark 16:3…        GO— the problem of the stone, solved for the women

Mark 16:7…                       Mark 16:7…         GO--- help the disciples remember what Jesus told you before

Matt. 26:32…                    Matt. 26:32…       GO--- At the Last Supper, Jesus told them what would happen

John 21:1…                        John 21:1…         GO--- Our risen Jesus met the disciples in Galilee as He said

Acts 1:8…                           Acts 1:8…            GO---  Jesus promises power in the Holy Spirit to spread

                                                                                          His Gospel to the ends of the earth

 

 

Craft Ideas

Here are some Easter craft ideas!

https://www.pinterest.com/catholicicing/easter-religious-crafts-and-activities-for-kids/


Announcement

Be sure to join us next Sunday for in-person Sunday School. We will no longer have a virtual lesson, but we will post a video link and a copy of the parent lesson on this site.

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Parents: Our series this month focuses on God’s plans for us. Because this series happens during Lent, the focus is on Holy Week events and ends with Palm Sunday. There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Blueprint Memory Verse

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

-Jeremiah 29:11

 

Here is a link to see this verse in sign language! 

https://growcurriculum.org/blueprints-memory-verse-jeremiah-2911/

 

Think about some activities where you need a team for everything to work. Maybe a sports team. Did you ever play on a team when one person tried to make every shot? How different was it when all the team members worked together? Can you imagine a team where one person feels like they have to do everything? Their team would have a hard time winning! God’s overall plan was made with you in mind!

 

Bible Story

Mark 11:1 - 11

 

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples,  saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”

 They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it,  some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?”  They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.  When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.  Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.  Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,

“Hosanna!“

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

If you had been there that day, what would you have been doing? Fetching the donkey? Laying down your coat on the donkey? Waving palm branches? Laying palm branches on the ground? What I love about this story is that everyone played a part!

 

Everyone thought that Jesus would be the type of king that would help them build their own nation and rule. But God’s master plan was more than that. It’s true that God sent Jesus to save everyone. But it was to save everyone from sin. When God made the plan of sending Jesus, God did it with you in mind.

 

Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/501855652/138e721c61


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/506175120/47994486cb


Our Big Idea today is

I am included in God’s plan.

 

Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8yhQmgzbjw&feature=youtu.be


Read together Psalm 118:19 - 29

Open for me the gates of the righteous;
    I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord
    through which the righteous may enter.

 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
    you have become my salvation.

 The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;

 the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes.

 The Lord has done it this very day;
    let us rejoice today and be glad.

 Lord, save us!
    Lord, grant us success!

 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
    From the house of the Lord we bless you.]

 The Lord is God,
    and he has made his light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
    up[ to the horns of the altar.

 You are my God, and I will praise you;
    you are my God, and I will exalt you.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.


King David wrote these plans to praise God for saving him. And fun fact—King David happens to be an ancestor to Jesus! What is something you want to praise God for? Jesus was God’s plan to help and love everyone, including you.


Repeat the Big Idea

I am included in God’s plan.


Close with a family prayer.

 

 

Sword Drill

Wow.  Today’s Big Idea is a very comforting and encouraging one!!  I hope you’ve learned the memory verse from Jerimiah, because it will bless you when you have hard days.  We all have tough times, so God gives His Word to help us.  Today’s verses will be ones to remind us of that.

Mark 10:14…                     Mark 10:14…      GO—Jesus wanted to have time with children

Mark 11:7…                       Mark 11:7…        GO—the disciples delivered the colt to Jesus

Matthew 18:2-4…            Matthew 18:2-4…  GO ---Children are treasured in God’s plan

Acts 2:37-39…                   Acts 2:37-39…       GO--- There’s help for when we do something wrong

Psalm 37:30…                    Psalm 37:30…     GO--- God’s desire for us is for us to make good choices by

                                             having friends who know God and remind us of His Plans for us.

 

 

Craft Ideas: You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit. Here are some more ideas:

https://www.pinterest.com.au/search/pins/?q=palm%20sunday%20crafts%20for%20kids&rs=typed&term_meta[]=palm%20sunday%20crafts%20for%20kids%7Ctyped

 

Announcement

On Sunday, April 11th, we will resume in-person Sunday School. We will continue to have online lessons through Easter as well.


Share What You’ve been doing!

Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

We’ll see you next week!

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Parents: Our series this month focuses on God’s plans for us. Because this series happens during Lent, the focus is on Holy Week events and ends with Palm Sunday. There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Blueprints Memory Verse

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

-Jeremiah 29:11

 

Here is a link to see this verse in sign language!

https://growcurriculum.org/blueprints-memory-verse-jeremiah-2911/

 

Did you ever have a friend or family member ask you to do something that seemed unusual or even crazy? If you chose to do it, it was probably because you knew that you could trust that person. That friend or family member cared about you and wouldn’t ask you to do something that would not be good for you. We say yes to people we trust. Today’s Bible story will show why and to what Jesus said yes.

 

Bible Story

John 12: 20-33

 

Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival.  They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.”  Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.

 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.  Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.  Father, glorify your name!”

Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”  The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.

 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.  And I, when I am lifted up[a] from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”  He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

People from all over the world heard about Jesus and wanted to meet him. Even though he easily could have, Jesus didn’t talk about how great he was. Rather, Jesus wanted everyone to know how great God was. Jesus said that by giving his life to save us from sin, it would bring glory to God, meaning everyone would know just how powerful and loving God is. Jesus knew that this part of God’s plan—giving his life for our lives—was part of God’s plan all along. The Bible tells us how much sadness is caused in his heart. But Jesus knew that it was going to be worth it, even if it was a difficult journey. Jesus trusted that love was the reason for the plan and trusted God to take care of everything and bring Jesus back to life as God promised. God was so pleased with how Jesus obeyed and brought Glory to God.

 

Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/501848695/36cecc2b92


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/506152580/b6c9c1c3f0



Our Big Idea today is Jesus said yes to God’s plan.

 

Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8yhQmgzbjw&feature=youtu.be


Read together Hebrews 5:7 - 9

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.  Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered  and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

From what we read in the Bible, we can see that Jesus was very concerned and maybe even afraid of dying. But even though it would be extremely hard, Jesus was will to obey God’s plan no matter what. Jesus knew that saying yes to God’s plan was just like saying yes to you. You mean that much to him! Jesus could see every person who would be reconnected to God and forgiven because of his choice. Because of love, Jesus said yes to God’s plan.


Repeat the Big Idea: Jesus said yes to God’s plan.

Close with a family prayer


Sword Drill:

In Spring many people will plant seeds to grow food or flowers.  Each seed is buried in the ground, where becomes the roots, the stems and the flowers or fruits of the seed.  This sacrifice of the seed can remind us that Jesus was the sacrifice that became our example of being His beauty to share with others.  Today’s verses will show us that seeds and growing are in many scriptures.  And *two are new books to find… a good way to grow your skills! 😊


John 12:23-24…                John 12:23-24…     GO—Jesus compares Himself to a seed that must die

Matthew 13:31-32…        Matthew 13:31-32…   GO—Parable of the mustard seed

Mark 4:20…                       Mark 4:20…             GO—the Parable of the 4 Soils

I Corinthians 3:6*…         I Corinthians 3:6*…   GO—the Apostles Paul planted knowledge seeds

2 Corinthians 9:10..         2 Corinthians 9:10..   GO—God provides for us, so we can multiply His harvest

 

Craft Ideas

You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit.

Here are some more ideas:

https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/48765608439929789/

 

Announcement

On Sunday, April 11th we will be resuming in-person Sunday School. Our online lessons will also continue to be available through Easter.


Share What You’ve been doing!

Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

We’ll see you next week!

 -




Parents: Our series this month focuses on God’s plans for us. Because this series happens during Lent, the focus is on Holy Week events and ends with Palm Sunday. There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Blueprints Memory Verse

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

-Jeremiah 29:11

 

Here is a link to see this verse in sign language!

https://growcurriculum.org/blueprints-memory-verse-jeremiah-2911/

 

Many people have questions about God’s plans. Many wonder what God’s plan for the world is and what our part is in that plan. People wonder why God sent Jesus. In Jesus time, people had these same questions. Watch is special Bible video story about a man named Nicodemus, and what happened when he visited Jesus at night.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQDGTtfwDSY

 

People have been separated from God ever since sin first entered the world. Try as we might, we humans can’t get rid of sin by ourselves. But God came up with a way that we would no longer have to be separated from God. That’s where Jesus came in.

 

Bible Story

John 3:14 - 21

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

Jesus explained that love is the reason that Jesus came to die for our sins. Love is also the reason why Jesus came back to life. God’s love is what the whole plan is built on. God loves everyone in the world so much and wants everyone to find their way back to God. God’s plan was to save everyone from their sins. God does all the hard part. All people have to do is believe! The best part is…God’s amazing love is for you, too!


Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/501835015/a1ca1a2301


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/506140269/35ff9970c6

 

Our Big Idea today is Love is the foundation of God’s plan.

 

Family Worship Time:

Light a candle and enjoy this song together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8yhQmgzbjw&feature=youtu.be


Read together Ephesians 2: 4-10

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,  in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 

The Bible says God is “Rich in mercy” which means that God has a never-ending supply of forgiveness and love. But there isn’t anything we can do to earn it from God. We can’t earn it because God gives it to us for free. God’s love gave us a way to trust in Jesus to rescue us from sin and give us purpose. God has a big plan, and it’s a plan to give us big hope. Not just for our day to day lives, but the biggest hope of all—we can look forward to life with Jesus in heaven! We can trust in God’s love for us. Love is the foundation of God’s plan.

 

Repeat the Big Idea: Love is the foundation of God’s plan.


Close with a family prayer.


Sword Drill:

Sometimes it is hard to be loving.  This helps us see that Jesus is our model of how to love others, and that His whole purpose on earth was to bring us His Love and to leave His Holy Spirit to help us live in more loving ways.  Our job is to believe in Jesus.


John 3:16…                        John 3:16…         GO---  Like Karl, we all need this in our memory and heart    

Numbers 21:8-9…            Numbers 21:8-9…  GO--- The Lord ordered a snake model for healing

John 14:15-17…                John 14:15-17…   GO--- the Holy Spirit will live in us

Exodus 20:6…                    Exodus 20:6…    GO--- God’s love for thousands of generations

Matthew 5:46-47…          Matthew 5:46-47…   GO--- God’s love is not just for our friends   

 

 

 

Craft Ideas

You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit. Here are some more ideas:

https://www.pinterest.com/diangbaker/jesus-met-nicodemus-john-31-21/

 

Announcement

Share What You’ve been doing! Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

We’ll see you next week!

 -





Parents: Our series this month focuses on God’s plans for us. Because this series happens during Lent, the focus is on Holy Week events and ends with Palm Sunday. There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Blueprints Memory Verse

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

Jeremiah 29:11

 

Here is a link to see this verse in sign language! 

https://growcurriculum.org/blueprints-memory-verse-jeremiah-2911/


This month is all about Blueprints- God’s plan for our lives! Have you ever had a big party to celebrate a holiday? Think about some favorite parties you have had. They were probably a lot of fun! But more than fun, they can be an important way for us to observe traditions with family and loved ones. It brings us closer and helps us create special memories. Let’s look at our Bible story to see what happened at one such holiday during Jesus time that people came from many different places to celebrate.


Bible Story

John 2: 13-22

When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.  To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”  His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”[a]

 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?”  But the temple he had spoken of was his body.  After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

Many people traveled a long way to celebrate a Jewish Holiday called the Passover. The Passover is a time Jewish people remember what God has done. They look back at their time in Egypt and how badly they were treated there. They celebrate how God had a plan and led them out of Egypt. Jesus came Jerusalem to celebrate like everyone else. But once he got there, Jesus saw things going on that were not part of God’s plan and spoke up. In fact, Jesus did more than that—Jesus flipped over tables and made a pretty big statement about how displeasing this was. Jesus was very upset and made everyone leave the temple. People wondered how Jesus had any power to do that. Jesus answered them by talking about the plans God had—plans that were bigger than the ones they had been making: Jesus shared the plan of how God would destroy and rebuild the temple. This was very confusing to everyone because the temple was this massive, super special and very holy place. What they didn’t know was that Jesus was talking about what was going to happen later when Jesus died on the cross for everyone’s sins. Eventually, what Jesus said came true! Jesus disciples remembered later what Jesus said and believed God’s plan. God had one all along!


Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/501821570/31a71f3ee3


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/506127847/6100ac7119

 


Our Big Idea today is God’s plans are perfect!

 


Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8yhQmgzbjw&feature=youtu.be


Read together Psalm 19: 7-11

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.

 The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.

 The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.

 They are more precious than gold,
    than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
    than honey from the honeycomb.

 By them your servant is warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.

 

These verses tell us what the Bible is and how it can help us. No matter what, we can trust God’s purpose and God’s plans because they are both perfect. God will never lead us to a plan that isn’t good for us because

God’s plans are perfect!


Repeat the Big Idea: God’s plans are perfect!.


Close with a family prayer


Sword Drill:

Jesus wanted those who came to worship at the temple to be focused on God, not on making money.  His disciples eventually understood that Jesus was also calling His own body a temple.  If Jesus is our Savior, we also need to know that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit sent to live in us and teach us.

John 1:4….                         John 1:4….          GO----  The Word gave life and light

Luke 2:46…                        Luke 2:46…         GO----   12-year-old Jesus spent 3 days in the Temple

John 2:18…                        John 2:18…         GO---- The leaders wanted a miracle

Mark 14:57-59…               Mark 14:57-59…  GO---This event is twisted at Jesus’ trial

Psalm 37:16…                    Psalm 37:16…     GO---- being happy with little and God’s presence is enough

 

Craft Ideas

You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit. Here are some more ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/normacook/jesus-clears-the-temple/


Announcement

Share What You’ve been doing! Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

We’ll see you next week!

 

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Parents: Our series this month focuses on Jesus’s ministry.  There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Challenge Accepted Memory Verse

“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.” 1John 5:5


Here is a link to see this verse in sign language!

https://growcurriculum.org/challenge-accepted-memory-verse-i-john-55/


I can’t believe we’ve reached our last week of “Challenge Accepted!” We have learned that no matter what kind of challenges we face, Jesus takes care of us, shows us the truth, and helps us when we are tempted. In today’s Bible story, Jesus faced a very serious challenge, and it involves making a prediction. Maybe you’ve made a guess about who might win a game. That is a prediction. In our story, Jesus predicts when He is going to die. Jesus told his closest friends that He was going to die soon. Jesus knew it needed to happen to save the world from sin, but his friends did not know this. They didn’t understand why Jesus would choose this.

 

Bible Story

Mark 8: 34-38

 

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save their life[will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.  What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?  Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?  If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

Jesus reminds his friends that anyone who loves God has to do what Jesus is doing---which is to let go of our own way and follow God’s way. It must have been so difficult for Jesus to accept that He was going to die, especially because He didn’t really deserve to die. But He was going to obey God, because that is the way God was going to save everyone from sin. Jesus accepted the challenge. We have to accept the challenge, too. It’s not always easy to choose to do the things God wants us to do. Jesus knows how hard it is. But we know—like Jesus did—that God’s ways are always better. Even if we can’t just see it yet.

 

Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/491741291/28b65a8b3d


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/492666284/4fafdc4b77

 


Our Big Idea today is Jesus understands my challenges.

 

Family Worship Time:

Light a candle and enjoy this song together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMaCcbEXU8A&list=PLlSN5_i9ciXe6gzJQvH9ITPt6QrK-rwcy&index=4

 

 

Bible story

Read together Psalm 22:23-31


You who fear the Lord, praise him!
    All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
    Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!

 For he has not despised or scorned
    the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him
    but has listened to his cry for help.

 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
    before those who fear you[a] I will fulfill my vows.

 The poor will eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek the Lord will praise him—
    may your hearts live forever!

All the ends of the earth
    will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
    will bow down before him,
for dominion belongs to the Lord
    and he rules over the nations.

 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
    all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
    those who cannot keep themselves alive. Posterity will serve him;
    future generations will be told about the Lord.

 They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn:
    He has done it!


Jesus, we love you so much. Thank you for understanding our challenges. Thank you for helping us through difficult times. We know that You went through challenges here on earth, and that’s how You help us through ours. Remind us to look to You whenever we have a challenge in our own lives.


Repeat the Big Idea:

Jesus understands my challenges.

Close with a family prayer.

 

Sword Drill—February 28, 2021    Jesus Understands My Challenges---  Mark 8:34-38… By letting go of our earthly ways, we save our lives and energies for serving Jesus.


I John 5:5---                 I John 5:5---    GO…  memory verse…  (challenge—near the end of the New Testament…You can find it, I’m sure—along with 2nd and 3rd John.) 😊 


Now you know there are 4 books of John in the NT… one in the Gospels and these 3 in the Epistles (letters) to the early churches that were the first believers in Jesus.


Mark 8:34--                 Mark 8:34--     GO… Jesus calls us away from selfishness

Proverbs 16:20--         Proverbs 16:20--  GO… Joy comes to those who trust the Lord 

(Find this book right after the Psalms in the middle of your Bible.. )

Mark 9:37---                Mark 9:37---     GO…  Is anything worth more than your soul?

Matthew 6:19--           Matthew 6:19--    GO… store your treasures in Heaven

 

Craft Ideas

You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit.

Here are some more ideas:


https://ministry-to-children.com/teaching-visual-taking-up-your-cross/


Announcement

Next week, we will be started a new series called “Blueprints.”

Share What You’ve been doing! Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com 

We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

We’ll see you next week!

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Parents: Our series this month focuses on Jesus’s ministry.  There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Challenge Accepted Memory Verse

“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.” 1John 5:5


Here is a link to see this verse in sign language! 

https://growcurriculum.org/challenge-accepted-memory-verse-i-john-55/


This week we are going to be talking about temptation. Temptation is when you strongly want to do something that you know you should not do. Have you ever hit a ball with a tennis racket? Would you be able to hit the ball if you didn’t swing the racket? Of course not! This is similar to how temptation works. Someone or something can tempt us, but we are the ones to make the decision to either listen to temptation or to do what is right. It’s our choice to swing or not to swing. Let’s take a look at today’s Bible story.

 

Bible Story

Matthew 4:1-11

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted] by the devil.  After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.  The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.  “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]

 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]

 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.  “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Jesus chose to fast and pray so He could focus on spending time with God, But after 40 days with no food, He was hungry! That’s when the Devil came up to Jesus. Jesus had nothing against food, but He said that knowing and obeying God’s word was more important. Then the Devil took Jesus to the highest part of the city. The Devil did everything he could to get Jesus to give up or show off. But once again, Jesus used God’s word against the Devil. The temptation didn’t stop there. The Devil told Jesus to look over everything and offered it all to Jesus. But Jesus did not back down or give in. Jesus spoke God’s words back to the tempter and overcame temptation. Jesus was strong. Every time the Devil tried to tempt Jesus, Jesus responded by saying what the Bible tells us about how we should live our lives. And because Jesus did not give into the Devil’s temptation, the Devil ran away and angels came to take care of Jesus.


Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/491728367/b3594255cf


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/492664103/c2522f810e

 

Our Big Idea today is Jesus helps me when I’m tempted.

 

Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMaCcbEXU8A&list=PLlSN5_i9ciXe6gzJQvH9ITPt6QrK-rwcy&index=4


Read together Psalm 25:1-10

In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.

 I trust in you;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.

 No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous without cause.

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me,
and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
    for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.

 Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.

He guides the humble in what is right
    and teaches them his way.
All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.

This passage reminds us that whenever we are faced with temptation, we can follow the example of Jesus by remembering all the promises God has made to us. Close your eyes and thing of people, places, or even things that are a source of temptation for you. Pray a silent prayer to Jesus asking Him to help you whenever you face these things again.


Repeat the Big Idea: Jesus helps me when I’m tempted.

Close with a family prayer.

 

Sword drill--- February 21, 2021  --

Jesus helps me when I am tempted.

 

Let’s see how Jesus used knowing Scripture (the Word of God) to block temptation.  He wants us to know the power of knowing His Word!—that is why the Sword Drills are not just for fun, but a real help for living and knowing how to please God joyfully and confidently.   --Matthew 4:1-11

Matthew 6:33--                Matthew 6:33--   GO… Seek God’s Kingdom first

Luke 5:16--                        Luke 5:16--         GO… Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness to pray

Matthew 4:1-2--              Matthew 4:1-2--  GO… Jesus was led by the Spirit to the wilderness

Psalm 25:4-5--                  Psalm 25:4-5--     GO… pray for God’s leading on His path

Matthew 4:10-11--          Matthew 4:10-11--  GO… Jesus sent Satan away with scripture power

 

Craft Ideas: You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit. Here are some more ideas:


https://ministry-to-children.com/crafts-temptation-of-jesus/

 

Announcement:

Share What You’ve been doing! Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

We’ll see you next week!

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Parents: Our series this month focuses on Jesus’s ministry.  There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Challenge Accepted Memory Verse

“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.” 1John 5:5

Here is a link to see this verse in sign language!


https://growcurriculum.org/challenge-accepted-memory-verse-i-john-55/


Has anyone ever told you the truth about something that was hard for you to hear? Sometimes the truth can be hard for us to handle. But knowing the truth about things helps us to make better choices, doesn’t it? Today’s Bible story tells us about a truth that was revealed to everyone, and what that means for all of us.

 

Bible Story

Mark 9: 2-9

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them.  His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.  And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

 Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”  (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Transfiguration is when something changes from what it was before to something completely different. As Jesus was transforming, Jesus’s clothes became dazzling white, and Elijah and Moses appeared and began talking with Jesus. Elijah and Moses were important men in the Old Testament of the Bible who followed and loved God very much. Peter was afraid when he saw this because Elijah and Moses weren’t supposed to be alive anymore. But he knew they were experiencing something very important. Suddenly, a cloud appeared and covered them all. A voice came from the cloud and said, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!” When they looked around again, all they saw was Jesus. As they came down the mountain, they were confused because Jesus told them not to tell anyone what they had seen and heard at the top of the mountain until it was the right time. Jesus was the Son of God. Jesus’s transfiguration showed Peter, James, and John who Jesus truly was. When they heard God’s voice, they had a better understanding of who Jesus was and what Jesus was on earth to do. Jesus showed the disciples the truth. Jesus shows us the truth, too! All we have to do is ask Jesus for help.


Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/491707630/45b3c26adc


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/492650311/e8678d2d45

 

 

Our Big Idea today is Jesus shows me the truth.

 

Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together...


 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMaCcbEXU8A&list=PLlSN5_i9ciXe6gzJQvH9ITPt6QrK-rwcy&index=4

 

Read together II Corinthians 4: 3-6

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.  The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake, For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

This Bible passage talks about something being veiled. A veil is a type of covering. You can see through some veils, but it’s definitely not as easy to see as not having a veil at all. If it was completely dark, we wouldn’t be able even see the veil. This Bible passage reminds us that we need to not only remove the veil, but to also let the light in…. Jesus!


https://ministry-to-children.com/craft-ideas-on-the-transfiguration/


Repeat the Big Idea: Jesus shows me the truth. Close with a family prayer.

 

Sword Drill February 14, 2021---                                                                Let’s find verses about Truth that Jesus shows us.

 

Mark 9:1….                  Mark 9:1….     GO—the Kingdom of God arrives in great power

John 14:6…                  John 14:6…      GO—Jesus is the Truth

Mark 9:7…                   Mark 9:7…       GO—God, from the cloud, told us to listen to Jesus

Psalm 40:4…                Psalm 40:4…    GO—there is joy in trusting the Lord

John 3:16…                  John 3:16…      GO—God loves everyone through Jesus’s sacrifice

 

Craft Ideas

You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit. Here are some more ideas:


https://ministry-to-children.com/craft-ideas-on-the-transfiguration/

 

Announcement

Share What You’ve been doing! Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

We’ll see you next week!


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Parents: Our series this month focuses on Jesus’s ministry.  There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Challenge Accepted Memory Verse

“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.”

1 John 5:5


Here is a link to see this verse in sign language!

https://growcurriculum.org/challenge-accepted-memory-verse-i-john-55/


This month we are talking about challenges and how people in the Bible accepted and overcame the challenges they faced. Think of a challenge you may have accepted. Some of you might play a sport or participate in a performance group of some kind. If you are having a bad day, who in your group helps you? If someone else in your group is facing a hard challenge, what can you do to help them? What if the problem is so big, that no one in your group is able to help? Let’s take a look at today’s Bible story about challenging situations that some of Jesus’s followers were experiencing.

 

Bible Story

Mark 1: 21-28

As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew.  Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her.  So, he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her, and she began to wait on them.

That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon possessed.  The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.

 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.  Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”

 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”  So, he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

Whenever someone was sick, all Jesus had to do was pray over them and they would be completely healed. Sometimes all Jesus had to do was touch them, and they would be instantly healed. Some people weren’t sick physically but were hurting inside. But when they met Jesus, they were healed from that, too! Jesus didn’t have to heal people. But he took the time to help people get better from all sicknesses, because he cared about every single one of them. And Jesus feels that way about us too!


Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/491691691/c3dc0a3938


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/492638135/d0d264ed1c

 

Our Big Idea today is Jesus takes care of me.

 

Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMaCcbEXU8A&list=PLlSN5_i9ciXe6gzJQvH9ITPt6QrK-rwcy&index=4


Read together Psalm 147: 1-11


Praise the Lord.[a]

How good it is to sing praises to our God,
    how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
    he gathers the exiles of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars
    and calls them each by name.

 Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
    his understanding has no limit.

 The Lord sustains the humble
    but casts the wicked to the ground.

 Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;
    make music to our God on the harp.

He covers the sky with clouds;
    he supplies the earth with rain
    and makes grass grow on the hills. He provides food for the cattle
    and for the young ravens when they call.

His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;

 the Lord delights in those who fear him,
    who put their hope in his unfailing love.

Discuss these questions:

Who takes care of us?

What does the Bible say about how Jesus takes care of us?

How has Jesus helped you?

How have you seen Jesus help others?

Repeat the Big Idea: Jesus takes care of me. Close with a family prayer.

 

Sword Drill February 7, 2021

Let’s look at how Jesus takes care of us with our verses today…

 

Mark 1:21…..                     Mark 1:21…..      GO---- Jesus teaches in the synagogue—and now in His Word!

John 6:68….                       John 6:68….        GO--- Jesus’s Word gives eternal life’s plan

Psalm 16:11…                    Psalm 16:11…     GO—God shows us the way of life

Matthew 13:3-4…            Matthew 13:3-4…  GO—Jesus told stories so we can understand His message

Mark 1:27….                      Mark 1:27….      GO--- Jesus amazes with his authority--even today

 

 

Craft Ideas

You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit. Here are some more ideas:


https://ministry-to-children.com/jesus-heals-the-sick/

 

Announcement

Share What You’ve been doing!

Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

We’ll see you next week!

 

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Parents: Our series this month focuses on following Jesus.  There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


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“Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6


Here is a link to see this verse in sign language!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/znaa4ijuj915bez/AABvxHef83YwShoB2GfjawLXa/Elementary?dl=0&preview=MemoryVerse_SubscribeNow_GrowKids.pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1


Have you ever received an instant message from a friend? Maybe it was on a phone, on an app, or in a game. Receiving messages from others makes us super happy. What was the last text or instant message a friend or family member sent you? Or, what was the last message a family member got that they shared with you?

Today’s Bible story tells us that Jesus was not like the other teachers and prophets. Jesus message was powerful. People were amazed when they heard it and started to follow Jesus. If Jesus was on earth these days, people would say Jesus is trending!

 

Bible Story

Mark 1: 21-28

 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.  The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.  Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

 “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!”  The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.

 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.”  News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.

Sometimes people disrupt you, but they don’t really mean to. As for the man who interrupted Jesus, there was something different about him. Jesus knew the man was suffering so much with something on the inside that it was making him lose control on the outside. Believe it or not, an evil spirit was inside him. So, Jesus shouted to the spirit, “Be quiet! Come out of him!” Then it did. It came out of the man and disappeared. As you can imagine, people were amazed and in shock! They just could not believe Jesus had the power to do that. After that, the news of Jesus’s power spread even quicker!

 

Video Story:

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/482757386/50c50055f2


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/486213726/8178b27ac8

 

Our Big Idea today is The message of Jesus is powerful.

 

Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TarBwZAqlbo&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Read together Psalm 111

Praise the Lord.

I will extol the Lord with all my heart
    in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

Great are the works of the Lord;
    they are pondered by all who delight in them.

 Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
    and his righteousness endures forever.

 He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
    the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
He provides food for those who fear him;
    he remembers his covenant forever.

 He has shown his people the power of his works,
    giving them the lands of other nations.

The works of his hands are faithful and just;
    all his precepts are trustworthy.

 They are established for ever and ever,
    enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.

 He provided redemption for his people;
    he ordained his covenant forever—
    holy and awesome is his name.

 

Every verse in Psalm 111 praises God’s goodness. The psalmist can’t stop talking about how awesome God is!  When you experience something powerful like that, it’s hard to keep quiet about it. What are some things you would want people to know about Jesus?


Repeat the Big Idea

The message of Jesus is powerful. Close with a family prayer.

Sword Drill for January 31, 2021 --- “Jesus Teaches with Authority”

 

It is a wonderful thing to know that when we are reading the Bible, we are reading the truth of what God wants us to know about Him and how to learn more about Him and His love for us.  So learning our way around in the books and chapters of the Bible gives us great purpose and hope.  Have a great time finding today’s verses!


Mark 1:21……                    Mark 1:21……   GO….  ---Jesus taught in the synagogue in Capernaum              

Matthew 7:28-29….         Matthew 7:28-29….   GO…   ---Crowds were amazed by Jesus’ teaching

John 6:68-69…..                John 6:68-69…..            GO…   ---the disciples believe Jesus is God

Psalm 27:4….                     Psalm 27:4….      GO…    ---King David’s greatest desire can be ours too!

Mark 1:27-28….                Mark 1:27-28….       GO…   ---Jesus

Mark 1:28….                      Mark 1:28….      GO…     --- Jesus amazed the crowd at the synagogue

 

Craft Ideas

You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit. Here are some more ideas:


https://www.pinterest.com/diangbaker/jesus-drove-out-evil-spirits-mark-121-28-luke-431-/

 


Announcement

Next week we will be starting a new unit called Challenge Accepted!


Share What You’ve been doing! 

Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

We’ll see you next week!

 




Parents: Our series this month focuses on following Jesus.  There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Subscribe Now Memory Verse

“Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Here is a link to see this verse in sign language!


https://www.dropbox.com/sh/znaa4ijuj915bez/AABvxHef83YwShoB2GfjawLXa/Elementary?dl=0&preview=MemoryVerse_SubscribeNow_GrowKids.pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1


YouTube is a video sharing platform. Our intro video is on my You Tube channel. This platform hosts five billion videos every day. That’s a lot! One way for a YouTube channel to get popular is to have a lot of followers or subscribers. Many people are getting famous by posting fun videos. If Jesus had a YouTube channel, what do you think it would be called? What kind of videos would you see on there? What might some of the comments be? In today’s Bible story, we’re going to hear about one of the amazing ways Jesus got followers, otherwise know as disciples.

 

Bible Story

Mark 1: 14-20

 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.  “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”  At once they left their nets and followed him.

 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets.  Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

Luke 5: 1-11

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God.  He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets.  He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.  So, they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”  For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”  So, they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

 

Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/482746867/a39ac499a5


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/486226523/a1b2ab11e5


Our Big Idea today is Jesus wants us to follow him.


Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep-Bn3DotNQ

 

Read together 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31

What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.

This Bible passage might sound a little strange. It seems like Paul is telling people to be unhappy. But that’s it. Paul is saying that because our lives are not forever, we need to make each moment count and do things that are worthwhile. Things we eat, buy, or wear will go away eventually. What lasts is the good we do by sharing God’s love and the story of Jesus

Discuss these questions:

What do you think it takes to follow Jesus?

As a follower of Jesus, what can you could do that would be more meaningful than some of the other things you do?


Repeat the Big Idea

Jesus wants us to follow him. Close with a family prayer.


Sword Drill—January 24, 2021—Jesus Calls Simon, Andrew, James and John

Jesus is grown up and is ready to begin sharing the Good News (Gospel) that He came to share.  He is gathering common men to learn from Him how to share the Gospel and be Sons of God.


Mark 1:16-17-----             Mark 1:16-17-----  GO…. ---Jesus calls to Simon and Andrew

Psalm 23:1--------             Psalm 23:1--------   GO…. ---The Lord is my Shepherd

Mark 1:19-20------           Mark 1:19-20------  GO…  ---Jesus calls James and John

John 12:26-------               John 12:26-------     GO…  ---a disciple must choose to follow Jesus

Matthew 4:18-19--          Matthew 4:18-19--  GO… --- Jesus calls to Simon and Andrew

 

Craft Ideas

You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit. Here are some more ideas:


https://sundayschoolzone.com/bible-story/andrew-becomes-a-fisher-of-men/


https://www.pinterest.com/normacook/jesus-calls-the-disciples/


Share What You’ve been doing!

Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

We’ll see you next week!

 




Parents: Our series this month focuses on following Jesus.  There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Subscribe Now Memory Verse

“Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6


Here is a link to see this verse in sign language!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/znaa4ijuj915bez/AABvxHef83YwShoB2GfjawLXa/Elementary?dl=0&preview=MemoryVerse_SubscribeNow_GrowKids.pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1


In today’s world, we can get to know people online. I have been able to connect with many friends from my past through social media such as Facebook. It’s fun to see what they look like now, and what’s going on in their lives. But do I really know them because I’m Facebook friends with them? Unless they post every moment of every day, there’s no way for me to know everything about what they are doing. And there’s no way to know what they are thinking.

Jesus had special friends too. Our lesson today is about how well Jesus knew his friends.

 

Bible Story

John 1: 43-51

 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”

 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.  Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” said Philip.

 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” He then added, “Very truly I tell you,  you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Before Nathanael even said a word, Jesus greeted him like an old friend and told him things that only Nathanael would know. Jesus said he saw Nathanael under a tree before Philip went to talk to him. We don’t know if Jesus actually saw Nathanael, and we don’t even know if Jesus was talking about the same day. But we do know that Nathanael was very surprised to hear this from Jesus. There was no internet back them, so there is no way Jesus could have looked up facts about Nathanael, or used satellite images, or anything like that. Nathanael knew that the only way for Jesus to know so much about him, was that Jesus had to be the Son of God, and the Savior that everyone had been talking about and waiting for.


Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/482739560/a462a85253


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/486197802/34cba6c3be


Our Big Idea today is Jesus knows us.


Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_GcOMHkx9A

 

Read together Psalm 139:1 - 6,

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts,[
a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

Discuss these questions:

What are some things we know about God from this scripture?

What are some things God knows about you based on this scripture?

 

You know what the great thing about God knowing everything about us is? We don’t have to hide anything from God. God knows what we are thinking and understands us the best!

Repeat the Big Idea: Jesus knows us. Close with a family prayer.

Sword Drill –January 17, 2021--- Jesus invites Philip and Nathanael to Follow Him

For hundreds of years the people of Israel had looked for the coming of their Messiah.  These verses show the hope and excitement of Jesus’ arrival and message.  TIP----These are all  New Testament except for one Psalm to let you practice finding the middle of your Bibles.

 

John 1:45------                  John 1:45-----   GO………….   ---Philip tells Nathanael that he has met the man

                                                                                                         who fulfills OT prophecy

Psalm 18:1-2--------         Psalm 18:1-2--------   GO……  ---The Lord is my rock and fortress

John 4:25-26-----              John 4:25-26--- GO………….  ---the Samaritan woman at the well meets Jesus, the

                                                                                                         Messiah

Matthew 16:16------       Matthew 16:16------ GO……  ---Peter recognizes Jesus is God’s Son

Acts 2:25-26---------        Acts 2:25-26---------   GO……  ---King David’s confident hope in God

 

 

Craft Ideas

You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit.

Here are some more ideas:

https://www.daniellesplace.com/html/bible-crafts-philip-nathanael.html


Share What You’ve been doing!

Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

We’ll see you next week!





Parents: Our series this month focuses on following Jesus.  There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Subscribe Now Memory Verse

“Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6


Here is a link to see this verse in sign language!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/znaa4ijuj915bez/AABvxHef83YwShoB2GfjawLXa/Elementary?dl=0&preview=MemoryVerse_SubscribeNow_GrowKids.pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1


John the Baptist was a very popular prophet who was baptizing people with water and teaching about forgiveness. But the people kept coming back to him over and over because they kept making poor choices and kept hurting each other. John knew that humans could not live a perfect life. There had to be a true Savior who could baptize us humans with the Holy Spirit, and who would forgive us of all our sins. Let’s look at this in today’s Bible story.

 

Bible Story

Mark 1: 4-11

 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.  John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.  And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.  I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.  And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

When John met and baptized Jesus, the sky opened up, and God spoke and said, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” In that moment, everyone knew that Jesus was the Son of God. Jesus was the true Savior of the world who came to forgive us of all our sins.


Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/482712014/0b620fa695


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/486177043/2da358ccf7


Our Big Idea today is

We know forgiveness because of Jesus.


Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_GcOMHkx9A


Read together Acts 19: 1-7

 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples  and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”

They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”

“John’s baptism,” they replied.

Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.”  On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.  There were about twelve men in all.

Discuss these questions:

When was a time you didn’t want to forgive someone who hurt you?

What are some things we might need forgiveness for?

Being baptized by water is about asking God for forgiveness which is the type of baptism John gave. It’s a way to say you are truly sorry about any wrong you had done, and want to start a clean new life. Jesus didn’t need to be baptized because he had no sin, but he allowed John to baptize him anyway to show that humans need forgiveness. But Paul reminds us here, that baptism is more of a symbol. What we need is the true baptism of the spirit, which is a kind of change that happens in your heart. The only one who can forgive sins and truly change our heart is God, and God makes forgiveness possible for us when we believe in Jesus, God’s Son. And that’s not all. Because we have been forgiven, we can learn to forgive others, as well.


Repeat the Big Idea:

We know forgiveness because of Jesus. Close with a family prayer.


January 10, 2021 Sword Drill Verses

God Speaks at Jesus’ Baptism

Tip for today’s drill—

  • Place your Bible on your lap. 
  • Open the outside covers and place one hand on each side of the body of pages to hold them closed.  As you look at the edges of the pages, the Old Testament (OT—39 books) is to the left and the New Testament (NT—26 books) is to the right. 
  • Put your thumbs at what will be the center of the pages and open at that point.  Most often, that will put you in the Psalms, which is the biggest of the OT books.  This is good to know because there are 20 more OT books after it before you get to Matthew, the 1st book of the NT.
  • Look at the Table of Contents to see where Psalms and Matthew are on the list

Mark 1:7-------                  Mark 1:7------    GO…………    --John announces that another greater than he is

                                                                                                         will be coming.

Psalm 2:7---------             Psalm 2:7------   GO…………     --Israel recognized their earthly kings, but knew

                                                                                                that a greater, eternal King would come.

Acts 13:32-33------           Acts 13:32-33------GO………  ---Author, Dr. Luke, restates the OT promise

John 17:5--------               John 17:5--------     GO………  ---at the Transfiguration, God restates that Jesus is

                                                                                                         His Son, and we are to listen to Him                                                                      

Mark 1:10-11----              Mark 1:10-11----    GO……..  ---the entire Trinity is present at Jesus’ baptism

Luke 9:35--------               Luke 9:35--------      GO…….  ---another telling of the Transfiguration

 

Craft Ideas

You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit. Here are some more ideas:

https://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/jesuscraftstideaskidsprojects.html


https://www.daniellesplace.com/html/bible_themes_-_jesus.html


https://ministry-to-children.com/celebrate-jesus-crafts/


https://www.dltk-kids.com/bible/jesus/jesus_is_baptized-crafts.htm

 

Announcements!

The winner for November’s Road Trip, is the Iiames family. They will receive a special story Bible with their February craft kit. It’s not too late to share what you did during the “Wait for It” unit and to be in the December drawing. Please email hartlandm@gmail.com with a picture of what you did during the unit by January 12th.


Share What You’ve been doing!

Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

We’ll see you next week!




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Parents: We are starting a new series on following Jesus.  There is a memory verse and each week there is a “Big Idea.” Please let us know if your child has memorized the verse and learned the four Big Ideas for each unit. Students who complete this will have their names placed in a raffle. We hope your family enjoys this unit as you worship and learn together!


Subscribe Now Memory Verse

“Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6


Here is a link to see this verse in sign language! 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/znaa4ijuj915bez/AABvxHef83YwShoB2GfjawLXa/Elementary?dl=0&preview=MemoryVerse_SubscribeNow_GrowKids.pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1


Have you ever met a celebrity? Maybe you know about them from TV or the movies. Maybe you listen to their music. Some people follow celebrities on social media such as Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. John the Baptist was a celebrity in his own time. People went out in the desert to meet him, listen to him, and be baptized by him. In today’s world, he might have had a huge Twitter following! But John was eager to tell people about someone much more important than him who was coming to the world!

 

Bible Story

John 1: 1-18

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

 There was a man sent from God whose name was John.  He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.  He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”)  Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

John was a very popular man at that time. Many thought John was the Savior they were waiting for because he was baptizing people from all over the place! But John made it clear that he was not God. With so much excitement, he shared that God was coming soon. And all he was doing was preparing the way as a messenger. When John the Baptist met Jesus, “the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth,” he told the Israelites that Jesus was the one true God!

 

Video Story

Now for this week’s video. You can watch one or both of them. Be sure to listen for “The Big Idea!”


Preschool Video https://vimeo.com/482712014/0b620fa695


Elementary Video https://vimeo.com/486166531/cfc1d5f840


Our Big Idea today is We can know God through Jesus.


Family Worship Time

Light a candle and enjoy this song together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_GcOMHkx9A


Read together Ephesians 1:3-14

 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will- to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.  And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,  who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.


Discuss these questions:

What was something new you learned about Jesus?

Who is Jesus to you?

If you could ask God any question, what would you ask?


Repeat the Big Idea: We can know God through Jesus.

Close with a family prayer.

 

Craft Ideas

You can choose the coloring page for today’s lesson and any other crafts in your worship/craft kit. Here are some more ideas:


https://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/jesuscraftstideaskidsprojects.html


https://www.daniellesplace.com/html/bible_themes_-_jesus.html


https://ministry-to-children.com/celebrate-jesus-crafts/

 

Share What You’ve been doing! Please email pictures of your crafts and activities to hartlandm@gmail.com  We’ll post your pictures on future lesson pages! Can’t wait to hear from you!

We’ll see you next week!