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The Feast of Trumpets, a Fall Celebration

Lesson Focus: God Calls Us To Repent.

Overview: Trumpets were blown, calling people to wake up spiritually and repent of their sins. Today, God calls us to repent and receive Christ’s atonement and be ready for the final trumpet blast.

Read Leviticus 23:23-25 from a child-friendly Bible.

The Feast of Trumpets is the first of the
fall feasts. It occurs on the first day of the seventh month, during our September or October months. Although the Bible doesn’t say this, traditionally it’s believed this day celebrates the creation of the world, and specifically when God created humankind on the sixth day. The Feast of Trumpets marks the beginning of the civil or national year for Israel. In our time, it is known as Rosh Hashanah*, the Jewish New Year. However, today’s celebration has little, if any, comparison to the celebration instructed in Scripture.

The Feast of Trumpets, like the Sabbath, is considered a Holy Day for rest and worship. It is celebrated by blowing a trumpet made from a ram’s horn called a shofar. It is believed that a ram’s horn is used to recall the ram that was sacrificed by Abraham in place of his son Isaac. The month leading up to the Feast of Trumpets is to be a time of repentance. God’s people are to consider their sins, turn from them, “repent,” and prepare their hearts for the Feast of Trumpets and the nine days that follow. Together these ten days are referred to as the Days of Awe and lead up to the tenth day, the most holy of all days in Israel, the Day of Atonement. This entire
forty days, the month leading up to, plus the ten Days of Awe, are to be a time of repentance.

Learn more about the Feasts of the Lord.

*Rosh Hashanah falls this year on October 3, 2016.


Each feast is represented in
one of the pictures, above.

   
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The Lost Coin Bible Game

Before playing the game read Luke 15:8-10 from a child-friendly Bible, tell it in your own words, or have children pantomime the story as you tell it. 

Discuss the following: 

1) Jesus told this parable--this story--to help us understand something about God and his kingdom. What do you suppose the coins represent in this story? (people)

2) Who do you think the woman represents? (God)

The message of the parable:
* God searches for lost people - "While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).
* People are valuable to God 
* God doesn't give up--he continues to search for those who are lost
* God rejoices when the lost are found "...there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents" (Luke 15:7).
* We are to be like God--helping those who are lost, find their way to him; rejoicing when they are found.

Read on about the Lost Coin Bible Game.

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Shine the Light Bible Game

Application: Jesus, the Light of the world, evangelism – active 

"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12

Set Up: For a nighttime class. Establish a secure area.

How to Play: One child, “IT,” is given a flashlight and counts to 25, while the rest of the players hide. “IT” hunts for the players with a lit flashlight. When “IT” finds a player, he or she shines the light on the player and says, “Whoever follows Jesus will never walk in darkness,” then hands the light to that player who responds by saying, “but will have the light of life.” Both players then hunt for another player. When another player is found, repeat the process until all players are found, grouped together, and have had the light
shone on them.

From the book, Bible Games Explosion, Flashlight Tag.

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The Endless Oil Bible Skit

Focus: God Provides (2 Kings 4)

Characters
Narrator, reads from the script, stands in back to the left. 
Widow, drape a cloth over her head and give her a small jar or pitcher (even a paper cup). She stands in the middle; 
Widow’s two Children, they stand close to their mother; 
Elisha, a prophet of God, give him a Bible to carry. He stands to the right; 
Lender, a Loan Shark, give him/her a notebook and pen or a money bag. S/He starts on the left. 

Other props
Five jars or cups (more if available). The children will bring these to their mother. Set them to the left.

Narrator: There once was a woman whose husband was a prophet. He was a partner of the great prophet Elisha in the old days of Israel before Jesus was born. He was a good man, but times were hard for those who loved God and he had to borrow some money. He was working on paying it back when he died. So one day the Lender came to the woman. . . . 

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