Week Thirty Lesson: God Doesn't Always Take Away The Sad Times

  When we’re sad, we often need tissues. Let’s make tissue box covers that can help us remember that even though God doesn’t always take away sad times, he’s always with us.

When we’re sad, we often need tissues. Let’s make tissue box covers that can help us remember that even though God doesn’t always take away sad times, he’s always with us.

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  The law of gravity says that what goes up has to come down. That is true unless its weight is supported by something.   When hard times come out of nowhere, we may feel like we’re losing all the good things we have and our lives are falling apart. 

The law of gravity says that what goes up has to come down. That is true unless its weight is supported by something. When hard times come out of nowhere, we may feel like we’re losing all the good things we have and our lives are falling apart. 

Week Twenty-Nine Lesson: God Puts Us Where We Need To Be

 We built walls of dominos to see what happens. This showed an illustration of how Esther stopped a 'chain reaction'.

We built walls of dominos to see what happens. This showed an illustration of how Esther stopped a 'chain reaction'.

 We played human foosball. Kids had to stay in their spots. Each spot was important for their team.

We played human foosball. Kids had to stay in their spots. Each spot was important for their team.

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Week Twenty-Eight Lesson: God is Stronger Than Those Who Are Against Us

 Kids worked to make bricks to build a wall around Jerusalem.

Kids worked to make bricks to build a wall around Jerusalem.

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 We made bouncy balls out of rubber bands.  God is stronger than those who are against us. That means he helps us “bounce back” when people are mean to us. He helped Nehemiah and the Israelites bounce back. He gave them strength to work harder and protection so they could finish the wall in record time.

We made bouncy balls out of rubber bands. God is stronger than those who are against us. That means he helps us “bounce back” when people are mean to us. He helped Nehemiah and the Israelites bounce back. He gave them strength to work harder and protection so they could finish the wall in record time.

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Week Twenty-Seven Lesson: God Sees Our Hearts

 We wrote down things we wish God didn't see in our hearts and then crumpled the paper. We covered this heart with all those 'messies'.

We wrote down things we wish God didn't see in our hearts and then crumpled the paper. We covered this heart with all those 'messies'.

 As verses of forgiveness were read, the bad things were removed from the heart.

As verses of forgiveness were read, the bad things were removed from the heart.

 We had to unscramble a verse about forgiveness in teams.

We had to unscramble a verse about forgiveness in teams.

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 We made heart boxes. On the outside we wrote things that others know about us. On the inside we wrote things that others don't know about us.

We made heart boxes. On the outside we wrote things that others know about us. On the inside we wrote things that others don't know about us.

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Week Twenty-Six Lesson: God's Word Can Change Us

  Today in our Bible story we heard about how the people in Josiah’s kingdom didn’t know they weren’t living the way God wanted them to because they’d never seen God’s Word. When Josiah’s workers found God’s Word, Josiah saw what they needed to change.                Let’s play a few rounds of a fun Tag game that’ll show us what this might have been like for King Josiah and his kingdom.

Today in our Bible story we heard about how the people in Josiah’s kingdom didn’t know they weren’t living the way God wanted them to because they’d never seen God’s Word. When Josiah’s workers found God’s Word, Josiah saw what they needed to change.

            Let’s play a few rounds of a fun Tag game that’ll show us what this might have been like for King Josiah and his kingdom.

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 When we were tagged we had to raise our hand to have a team member unfreeze us. The teams that were it changed at random.

When we were tagged we had to raise our hand to have a team member unfreeze us. The teams that were it changed at random.

 When we were tagged we had to freeze and raise our hand to have a team member unfreeze us. The teams that were it changed at random.

When we were tagged we had to freeze and raise our hand to have a team member unfreeze us. The teams that were it changed at random.

 We made a craft where we could change the cup to reflect how we felt. We were given Bible verses to help us during these times.

We made a craft where we could change the cup to reflect how we felt. We were given Bible verses to help us during these times.

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Week Twenty-Five Lesson: God Gives Us What We Need

 We had the kids list what are needs and what are wants to help them know the difference.

We had the kids list what are needs and what are wants to help them know the difference.

 We did a scavenger hunt in 'The Zone'. We had a list of needs and had to find ads for companies that would fulfill those needs.

We did a scavenger hunt in 'The Zone'. We had a list of needs and had to find ads for companies that would fulfill those needs.

 We wrote things we were thankful for and filled the jars, like the widow filled with the jars with oil.

We wrote things we were thankful for and filled the jars, like the widow filled with the jars with oil.

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Week Twenty-Four Lesson: God Is Real

 The kids went 'fishing' for candy. Miss Emily was hidden behind the blanket and put candy on some poles and not others. Even though not everyone got candy, Miss Emily was still real behind the blanket.

The kids went 'fishing' for candy. Miss Emily was hidden behind the blanket and put candy on some poles and not others. Even though not everyone got candy, Miss Emily was still real behind the blanket.

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 We made floating candle holders.   God is real. He proved it when he lit Elijah’s altar on fire…even though it was covered in water! And he proves he’s real today, too. Take your floating candle home, and have your parents light it as a reminder that God is real.

We made floating candle holders.  God is real. He proved it when he lit Elijah’s altar on fire…even though it was covered in water! And he proves he’s real today, too. Take your floating candle home, and have your parents light it as a reminder that God is real.

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Week Twenty-Three Lesson: God Knows We Need His Help

 We made treasure chests tonight.Kids put 'nuggets' of wisdom in them(proverbs written on paper).  King Solomon could’ve asked for a treasure chest full of gold and jewels. But instead he asked God for wisdom. He wanted to be a good king, and he needed God’s help. God knows we need his help, so he helped Solomon with the wisdom he asked for…plus riches and a long life!  The kids can pull out their nuggets when they need wisdom.

We made treasure chests tonight.Kids put 'nuggets' of wisdom in them(proverbs written on paper). King Solomon could’ve asked for a treasure chest full of gold and jewels. But instead he asked God for wisdom. He wanted to be a good king, and he needed God’s help. God knows we need his help, so he helped Solomon with the wisdom he asked for…plus riches and a long life! The kids can pull out their nuggets when they need wisdom.

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 Our super cute dessert made by Miss Cookie.

Our super cute dessert made by Miss Cookie.

Week Twenty-Two Lesson: God Helps Us Get Along

 We played a game where we had to be selfish. Each player got 4 streamers that they had to tuck into their waistbands. The object was to take others streamers without loosing yours. We were then asked how we felt having to be selfish.  T  hings can get really ugly in our friendships, our homes, and our whole world when we’re only thinking of and caring about ourselves. Things got really ugly for David and Nabal. But we can choose to be like Abigail and find solutions to problems that work well for everyone. God helped Abigail solve the problem between David and Nabal, and God helps us get along, too.

We played a game where we had to be selfish. Each player got 4 streamers that they had to tuck into their waistbands. The object was to take others streamers without loosing yours. We were then asked how we felt having to be selfish. Things can get really ugly in our friendships, our homes, and our whole world when we’re only thinking of and caring about ourselves. Things got really ugly for David and Nabal. But we can choose to be like Abigail and find solutions to problems that work well for everyone. God helped Abigail solve the problem between David and Nabal, and God helps us get along, too.

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 We then created a battling tops game out of a plate, which was our battlefield, and cups.

We then created a battling tops game out of a plate, which was our battlefield, and cups.

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Week Twenty-One Lesson: God Is On Our Side

 We made slingshots, as David used to fight the giant. " David could’ve used a more powerful weapon than a slingshot. He could’ve worn the body armor King Saul offered him. Goliath had a sword, javelin,  and  a spear. But none of that mattered. David had the best weapon of all: God was on his side. God is on our side as we face life’s battles. "

We made slingshots, as David used to fight the giant. "David could’ve used a more powerful weapon than a slingshot. He could’ve worn the body armor King Saul offered him. Goliath had a sword, javelin, and a spear. But none of that mattered. David had the best weapon of all: God was on his side. God is on our side as we face life’s battles."

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Week Twenty Lesson: God Helps Us See People Through His Eyes

 We wrote the characteristics we thought a king should have.

We wrote the characteristics we thought a king should have.

 Then we wrote the characteristics that God looks for.

Then we wrote the characteristics that God looks for.

 We were divided into 4 groups. Each group had one of the four kings from a deck of cards. One at a time, we had to race to the center, select a card and if it was the same suite as your king bring it back to the group. If it was not, then we put the card back. The first group to get all the cards in their suite won. This taught us that we have to look beyond the outside.

We were divided into 4 groups. Each group had one of the four kings from a deck of cards. One at a time, we had to race to the center, select a card and if it was the same suite as your king bring it back to the group. If it was not, then we put the card back. The first group to get all the cards in their suite won. This taught us that we have to look beyond the outside.

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Week Nineteen Lesson: God Hears Our Prayers

 We wrote prayers to God, based on one of the 4 ways that Hannah learned to pray.

We wrote prayers to God, based on one of the 4 ways that Hannah learned to pray.

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 We then put our prayer on the heart based on how we wrote our prayer.

We then put our prayer on the heart based on how we wrote our prayer.

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 These two girls helped serve our dessert. What a wonderful thing to see!

These two girls helped serve our dessert. What a wonderful thing to see!

Week Eighteen Lesson: God Gives Us Friends

 Our lesson tonight was on Naomi and Ruth and traveling from Moab to Bethlehem. We worked in teams of 2 and had to 'travel' with the balloon held a certain way. Our Naomi and Ruth (aka Daisy) started the journey. The could only hold the balloon by their pinkies.

Our lesson tonight was on Naomi and Ruth and traveling from Moab to Bethlehem. We worked in teams of 2 and had to 'travel' with the balloon held a certain way. Our Naomi and Ruth (aka Daisy) started the journey. The could only hold the balloon by their pinkies.

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 Grandpa got creative when they had to carry the balloon by their heads.

Grandpa got creative when they had to carry the balloon by their heads.

 We made key chains out of puzzle pieces. One is to keep and one is to give to a friend.

We made key chains out of puzzle pieces. One is to keep and one is to give to a friend.

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 The finished product.

The finished product.

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Week Seventeen Lesson: God Sees The Best In Us

  We made nesting cups as a reminder that God sees the best in us. The outer cup looked like us, and the inner cups have words that describe the good things God sees in us. This is Miss Cookie's nesting cup.

We made nesting cups as a reminder that God sees the best in us. The outer cup looked like us, and the inner cups have words that describe the good things God sees in us. This is Miss Cookie's nesting cup.

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Week Sixteen Lesson: God Gives Us Wisdom

 We made owls to help us remember the wisdom we get from God.

We made owls to help us remember the wisdom we get from God.

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Week Fifteen Lesson: God Gives Us Courage

 We wrote our fears on the inside of the index cards and then made a wall with them to represent the wall around Jericho.

We wrote our fears on the inside of the index cards and then made a wall with them to represent the wall around Jericho.

 After we 'marched' around the wall and blew the horns and made a loud shout, the wall fell down.

After we 'marched' around the wall and blew the horns and made a loud shout, the wall fell down.

 We made shofars to remind us that God Give Us Courage.

We made shofars to remind us that God Give Us Courage.

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Week Fourteen Lesson: God Works Through Unlikely People

 We did a "You Choose" activity where we had to choose how a story went. With each choice we made we went to another part of the story and another choice.

We did a "You Choose" activity where we had to choose how a story went. With each choice we made we went to another part of the story and another choice.

 We all ended up at the same spot. This shows that no matter what choices we made, we all had the same ending.

We all ended up at the same spot. This shows that no matter what choices we made, we all had the same ending.

 We made Hiding Pallet Coasters.We were told: " Your coaster can remind you that God works through unlikely people. Although it looks like a regular coaster, it has a secret hiding spot where you can hide your hopes and dreams. And the paper on top can remind you of how Rahab, an unlikely person to help God’s people, used bundles of grain to hide the Israelites and keep them safe.

We made Hiding Pallet Coasters.We were told: "Your coaster can remind you that God works through unlikely people. Although it looks like a regular coaster, it has a secret hiding spot where you can hide your hopes and dreams. And the paper on top can remind you of how Rahab, an unlikely person to help God’s people, used bundles of grain to hide the Israelites and keep them safe.

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Week Thirteen Lesson: God Wants To Get Our Attention

 Our kids read verses pertaining to how God gets our attention.

Our kids read verses pertaining to how God gets our attention.

 Kids got a bag of skittles, a plate and a water bottle. They needed to put 20 skittles around the edge of the plate.

Kids got a bag of skittles, a plate and a water bottle. They needed to put 20 skittles around the edge of the plate.

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 We then poured water in the center of the plate until it went halfway up the skittles.

We then poured water in the center of the plate until it went halfway up the skittles.

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 We then watched what happened.

We then watched what happened.

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 We played the game of spoons to teach us to pay attention and keep our focus where it belongs.

We played the game of spoons to teach us to pay attention and keep our focus where it belongs.

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Week Twelve Lesson: God Is Greater Than Our Fears

 Miss Cookie had a balloon with the word FEAR written on it. Every time someone said what one of their fears were, she blew it up more. This showed the kids how our fears can grow.

Miss Cookie had a balloon with the word FEAR written on it. Every time someone said what one of their fears were, she blew it up more. This showed the kids how our fears can grow.

 We did an experiment where kids really stepped out and face our fears. They stood on 4 balloons and had to trust that they wouldn't pop.

We did an experiment where kids really stepped out and face our fears. They stood on 4 balloons and had to trust that they wouldn't pop.

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 We all took a water bottle and wrote our fears on it. Then we filled the bottle with rice.

We all took a water bottle and wrote our fears on it. Then we filled the bottle with rice.

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 We then covered our fears with tape. This represented God taking away our fears.

We then covered our fears with tape. This represented God taking away our fears.

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Week Eleven Lesson:  God Loves Us Even When We Go Along With The Crowd

 We played a version of tag. Everyone had to pair up and hook arms.

We played a version of tag. Everyone had to pair up and hook arms.

 We had one person who was 'it' and they chased one other person. That person had to hook up with a group of 2 and one of the others had to take off and stay away from the person who was it. This taught the kids about following the crowd. In the game they had to follow the crowd, as the others tried to help the person being chased.  Our kids came away from the game with this thought:  In our game, it was fun to go along with the crowd. But in real life, it can be unwise or even dangerous to just go along with what others are doing, without thinking about what God wants us to do. We all make the wrong choice sometimes, so it’s good to know that God loves us even when we go along with the crowd.

We had one person who was 'it' and they chased one other person. That person had to hook up with a group of 2 and one of the others had to take off and stay away from the person who was it. This taught the kids about following the crowd. In the game they had to follow the crowd, as the others tried to help the person being chased.  Our kids came away from the game with this thought: In our game, it was fun to go along with the crowd. But in real life, it can be unwise or even dangerous to just go along with what others are doing, without thinking about what God wants us to do. We all make the wrong choice sometimes, so it’s good to know that God loves us even when we go along with the crowd.

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Week Ten Lesson: God Doesn't Want Us to Get Hurt

 We started the night by getting into the spirit of the season....singing Christmas hymns.

We started the night by getting into the spirit of the season....singing Christmas hymns.

 We talked about the 10 Commandments tonight.

We talked about the 10 Commandments tonight.

 Here is a  kid friendly, easy to understand version of the 10 Commandments.

Here is a  kid friendly, easy to understand version of the 10 Commandments.

 This was a great visual for the kids to understand how the 10 Commandments (God's Rules) are there to keep us safe. The honey in the bottom represents us. The oil and milk represent God's Rules. Then game pieces, which represented things that can hurt us (doing the wrong thing, falling to peer pressure), were added. None of the game pieces sank into the honey. This showed how God's Rules protect us.

This was a great visual for the kids to understand how the 10 Commandments (God's Rules) are there to keep us safe. The honey in the bottom represents us. The oil and milk represent God's Rules. Then game pieces, which represented things that can hurt us (doing the wrong thing, falling to peer pressure), were added. None of the game pieces sank into the honey. This showed how God's Rules protect us.

Week Nine Lesson: God Wants What's Best For Us

 We had kids dump yeast into water and watched to see what happened. Only one balloon started to inflate. That was because it had sugar in it, to help activate the yeast. But the balloon was slow to inflate. This related to the Feast of Unleavened Bread and how the Israelites had to leave the land in a hurry.

We had kids dump yeast into water and watched to see what happened. Only one balloon started to inflate. That was because it had sugar in it, to help activate the yeast. But the balloon was slow to inflate. This related to the Feast of Unleavened Bread and how the Israelites had to leave the land in a hurry.

 Ms. Cookie showed off the balloon she did earlier in the day.

Ms. Cookie showed off the balloon she did earlier in the day.

 We made door frames for our families, and put "blood' on it to protect the oldest child from the last plague.

We made door frames for our families, and put "blood' on it to protect the oldest child from the last plague.

 We turned our door frames into crosses to show how Christ is the blood of the Lamb and we will be passed over from destruction,, as the Israelites were. This is how it was explained to the kids:  Many, many years later, Jesus died during the Passover holiday. Jesus was like the lambs that died to take the place of the Israelite sons. Jesus died to take  our  place because it was God’s plan for Jesus to take the punishment for our sins. God wants what’s best for us.

We turned our door frames into crosses to show how Christ is the blood of the Lamb and we will be passed over from destruction,, as the Israelites were. This is how it was explained to the kids: Many, many years later, Jesus died during the Passover holiday. Jesus was like the lambs that died to take the place of the Israelite sons. Jesus died to take our place because it was God’s plan for Jesus to take the punishment for our sins. God wants what’s best for us.

 We made reminder sheep with clothes pins for legs. We then wrote 7 Bible verses on index cards. These are to remind us to trust God to do what is best for us.

We made reminder sheep with clothes pins for legs. We then wrote 7 Bible verses on index cards. These are to remind us to trust God to do what is best for us.

Week Eight Lesson: God Takes Care Of Us Through Others

 Like Moses' family made a basket to keep him safe, we made shelters for an egg. We then dropped them to see if we kept the egg safe.

Like Moses' family made a basket to keep him safe, we made shelters for an egg. We then dropped them to see if we kept the egg safe.

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 We made soup mixes to help take care of others. Each family made 9 bags of the mix. They could take one bag home, and then take the other bags and give it to those in their neighborhood who could use the caring, or donate it to Coopersville Cares.

We made soup mixes to help take care of others. Each family made 9 bags of the mix. They could take one bag home, and then take the other bags and give it to those in their neighborhood who could use the caring, or donate it to Coopersville Cares.

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Week Seven Lesson: God Has A Big Picture Through Ups And Downs

 We put two clementines in water...one was peeled and one wasn't. The one that wasn't peeled was the one that floated, even though it had more weight.  The kids explained the how this is like God this way: God is like the peel, he surrounds us and keeps us from sinking when we are going through difficult times.  Our lesson was all about how we can depend on God during our ups and downs.

We put two clementines in water...one was peeled and one wasn't. The one that wasn't peeled was the one that floated, even though it had more weight.  The kids explained the how this is like God this way: God is like the peel, he surrounds us and keeps us from sinking when we are going through difficult times.  Our lesson was all about how we can depend on God during our ups and downs.

 We played Nine Square to help show how we can keep things up.

We played Nine Square to help show how we can keep things up.

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Week Six Lesson: God Helps Us Make Things Right

 Lasagna for dinner!!!

Lasagna for dinner!!!

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 Beginning our night with praise through songs.

Beginning our night with praise through songs.

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 Scripture from our lesson on how to talk to others: Ephesians 4:29.

Scripture from our lesson on how to talk to others: Ephesians 4:29.

 We made Jacob & Esau blankets.  We cut the blankets and then tied them together.  One side represented Jacob and the other side represented Esau. Tying them together represented how they came back together after Jacob tricked Isaac into giving him Esau's blessing.  We learned that with God, we can make things right again.

We made Jacob & Esau blankets.  We cut the blankets and then tied them together.  One side represented Jacob and the other side represented Esau. Tying them together represented how they came back together after Jacob tricked Isaac into giving him Esau's blessing.  We learned that with God, we can make things right again.

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 Even our littlest ones got involved.

Even our littlest ones got involved.

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Week Five Lesson: God Brings Us Laughter

 Part of our scripture from the night

Part of our scripture from the night

 We acted out the story in teams of two...one was the face and body and the other was the hands.

We acted out the story in teams of two...one was the face and body and the other was the hands.

 Putting on Abraham's beard

Putting on Abraham's beard

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We put tape on our faces to distort them when we found the scenario that was read to us funny.

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Some really got into it.

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 Our craft was making silly putty.

Our craft was making silly putty.

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Week Four Lesson: God Keeps His Promises To Us

 Holding hands, which represented our promises, we had to pass the hula hoop around the circle without letting go; or as was taught to us; breaking our promise.

Holding hands, which represented our promises, we had to pass the hula hoop around the circle without letting go; or as was taught to us; breaking our promise.

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 We talked about God's promise to Abraham that he would have many children.  We jumped rope to the saying "Abram was sad he had no son. Abram thought his life was done. God showed Abram stars in the sky. Howmany kids, Let's count so high...1...2....3...4...5....

We talked about God's promise to Abraham that he would have many children.  We jumped rope to the saying "Abram was sad he had no son. Abram thought his life was done. God showed Abram stars in the sky. Howmany kids, Let's count so high...1...2....3...4...5....

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 We even had some mom's get in the action!

We even had some mom's get in the action!

 And Ms. Cookie couldn't be left out of the fun!

And Ms. Cookie couldn't be left out of the fun!

Week Three Lesson: With God We Get Do-Overs!

 Walking across the 'balance' beam...the kids could only touch one square at a time without falling. Each child could try two times if they didn't get it the first time.  This was to teach us that with God, we all get do-overs.

Walking across the 'balance' beam...the kids could only touch one square at a time without falling. Each child could try two times if they didn't get it the first time.  This was to teach us that with God, we all get do-overs.

 Waiting and watching the kids on the 'balance' beam.

Waiting and watching the kids on the 'balance' beam.

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Week Two Lesson: God Lets Us Choose Between Good and Evil

 Each family was given 2 eggs.  One was raw and one was hard boiled.  We had choose which egg was the hard boiled egg.  Then, we all took turns dropping our choice.  If we chose correctly, the egg wouldn't break, but if we chose incorrectly, we would have a big mess.

Each family was given 2 eggs.  One was raw and one was hard boiled.  We had choose which egg was the hard boiled egg.  Then, we all took turns dropping our choice.  If we chose correctly, the egg wouldn't break, but if we chose incorrectly, we would have a big mess.

Week One Lesson: God Created Us For a Reason

 Making pottery...it had to be something that has a purpose, as we all have a purpose. 

Making pottery...it had to be something that has a purpose, as we all have a purpose. 

 A final product. It may be seen one Heather's desk in the church office.

A final product. It may be seen one Heather's desk in the church office.