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news message to the next generation.
Don't you just love seeing the beautiful snow covering the dark landscape? It turns a very dark and depressing winter day into a beautiful,
sparkling clean landscape. A beautiful snow is so refreshing. In fact, seeing a beautiful snow outside reminds me of
JESUS! --- and the snow is FREE!
The snow is so pure and clean. Likewise, Jesus' life was pure and clean. The snow covers the dirty earth with white, pure snow. Jesus died for our sins - to cover us with HIS purity. Jesus knew that we all sin. Many of the things that we think, do, and say make God really sad. But God sent Jesus to live a life pure and without sin. When Jesus was on earth HE grew from a baby to a man - and HE never sinned! After people met Jesus or heard about HIM, everyone understood that they could never be good enough or pure enough to go to heaven. Jesus loves people so much. He wants everyone to go to heaven.
God sees Jesus -- like we see the snow. Jesus covers our sins so that God sees pure hearts. When we trust in what JESUS did for us, HE died on the cross, our sins are covered, like the snow covers the ground.
The snow comes to cover the earth - FREE. When Jesus offers us forgiveness and to live in heaven with HIM - it is also FREE -- like the snow.
. . . Continue to the Snowman Lesson.
Idea: Sin causes us to view the world, each other, in a skewed manner. When we confess our sins, our hearts are wiped clean.
Materials needed: Copy machine transparencies (one for each child), a permanent magic marker, crayons, dry paper towels.
Preparation: On each of the transparencies draw a large heart with the permanent magic marker.
"Hi, kids! I have something interesting to show you. I'd like each of you to take one of these hearts. Now, lets look through them at each other. We can see pretty clearly, can't we? I can see your beautiful brown eyes, your sparkling smile, your shiny hair. (At this point I pretended to look at the congregation) And I can see Mr. Smith yawning, and Mrs. Jones wriggling in her seat.... etc.
Now, let's use our imaginations for a moment. Imagine something that you might do that would not be right. Something that might hurt someone else. Some sin that you have done.
(Have children make suggestions. such as, hit my brother; say hurtful things; disobey parents, etc. For each sin that the children name, have them put a mark on their heart with crayon. After many marks have been put on their hearts, have the children hold up their transparencies and try to look through them now.) Point out how hard it is to see one another when there are so many dark spots on our hearts
Ask children what we can do about this. Bring the conversation around to the idea that when we confess our sins, Jesus forgives us and we can forgive each other."
(Have children wipe their "hearts" clean with paper towels. Have them look through their transparency hearts again. They will be able to see each other clearly once more.)
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Bible Skit: The Blind to See
Lesson Focus: Healing of the Blind Man (John 9:1-25)
Act out the story using the following script. Write the names of each character on a small sign and hang over actorís shoulders. Have the actors highlight their lines so they are ready to speak their parts on cue.
9 Characters: Jesus, disciple, Pharisee, blind man, mother and father of the blind man, neighbor, townsfolk, narrator.
Narrator: The Old Testament predicted that when the Messiah, Godís Son, would come to earth, he would heal the sick and the blind. Our story begins with Jesus walking alongside
one of his disciples. Listen to what happens next.
Blind man: (sitting down and begging) Money, money, I need money!
Disciple: Jesus, why is this man blind? Did his sin, or his parentís sin, cause this?
Signs of the Times (For K-5th grade) Modern Parables for Children's
Jesus taught his followers about the kingdom of Heaven by using everyday objects. And since most children look with anticipation to the day they can drive a car, what better way to explain the life-saving lessons of God's kingdom than by using common objects such as street signs?
Traffic signs show us the right way to go and warn us of what lies ahead. Is this not what God's Word does for us? These "Signs of the Times" lessons are designed to teach children how to choose the right road in life and strengthen their relationship to Jesus Christ!
The Signs of the Times book includes: 12 Sessions*, Crafts (Crafts and Yummy Food Devotions), 8 Bible Games, also included are Skits, Enrichment and Memorization ideas, and Song-time suggestions. Most of the lessons have more than one craft and game, which means you can extend the series by several sessions!
*Each lesson includes a craft, game, memory work, and song-time suggestions. If you use both the craft and game for each session, it will take six, two-hour sessions to complete this series. However, if you split each lesson into two sessions (recommended), whereby you present the lesson, memory verse, craft and songs in the first session and the game with lesson review, memory recitation, and songs in the next session, it will take twelve, one-hour sessions to complete this series.
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