October 9

The Truth About You…Creation

Land and Plants

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

John 15:5

This week in Kidventure we talked about how God created land and plants. Even though God hadn’t created people or animals yet God had set a plan in motion and he knew that we’d all need food to live.

tree

Read Genesis 1:9-13. Why do you think the Bible mentions that all the plants and fruit and trees had seeds in them? Could we grow more plants and fruit and trees without seeds? No! But guess what? God can! Isn’t that amazing? All he had to do was speak and it appeared. God is so powerful.

vine-and-branches

We also talked about how Jesus described himself in John 15:5 as a vine and we are branches of that vine. What does the verse say about staying connected to Jesus? What are some ways that you can stay connected to Jesus?

God has such a great plan for us. He created food for us because he wanted to nourish us so we would stay healthy and strong. He sent Jesus to us so that we’d have a way to stay connected with him so our hearts would stay healthy and strong. You can think of it as food for our soul!

Do something this week that will help other people be nourished. Maybe you can take food to drop off at a food bank. That will nourish their bodies. Maybe you could remember to pray for someone every day this week. That will nourish their soul. No matter what you decide to do, know that when we help nourish others God feeds us, too. God wants you to stay connected to him, you’re one of his favourite people!

Another way you can stay connected to God is by practicing your memory verse! Our memory verse for this series is Nehemiah 9:6

“You alone are the Lord. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You made them all, and the angels of heaven worship you.”

And for the younger kids:

“God made the stars, He made the trees, He made the animals, and God made me. From everything big to everything small, We thank you God, you made it all!”

And here is the video of the actions we recorded! Stay posted for the younger group’s action next week.

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October 2

The Truth About You…Creation

Water Above and Water Below

“The disciples were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Mark 4:41

water

This week in Kidventure we talked about how on day two of creation God separated the waters below from the waters above. We talked a bit about the plan God has in place to store water and send it on rivers and in clouds when the earth and people need it. Then we talked about Jesus calming a wild storm. Read Mark 4:35-41 for the whole story.

What do you think it was like for the disciples to be in a boat while a storm was raging over the water and the waves were splashing over the boat? Why do you think Jesus was calm while it was storming? (more than calm! what was Jesus doing?) How did Jesus calm the disciples fears?

Now, with your mom and dad’s help, get a few balloons, a marker, and a safety pin. Blow up the balloons and tie them tight.

Do you ever feel afraid? Do you have any fears? Write them, or have your parents write them, on the balloon with the marker.

Then hold up the safety pin. The safety pin is like Jesus and the balloon is like our fears. What do you think would happen if the fears got close to Jesus? Try it and see what happens.

Jesus has the power to destroy our fears just like the pin can pop the balloons. Do you think it would matter if the balloon was bigger or smaller? Are there any fears that are too big for Jesus?  Jesus’ power and love are not limited by the size of our fears. He created us and everything else in the universe. Whenever you start to feel afraid of something remember Jesus calming the storm, and remember the balloons popping. There is nothing too great or too small for him to handle.

Here’s a song to help you remember why you shouldn’t be afraid.

I’m Not Afraid (Stop-motion)

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September 25

The Truth About You…Creation

Light and Darkness

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “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

We’ve started a new year in Kidventure and what better place to start than at the beginning of everything! Our first series is about the creation of the world and our universe. Let’s take a look at how God spoke and created everything we can see, feel, hear, taste, and smell.

The first thing God created was… light! Read Genesis 1:3-5. It actually says God separated the light from the darkness. I found a cool picture that represents that. Maybe this is what it looked like to separate light from dark. What do you think it looked like?light

The amazing thing is no one but God knows what it looked like because he was the only one who was there!

Why do you think the first thing God did was create day and night?Have you ever tried to do anything in the dark? What about when the power goes out? We all run for flashlights and candles pretty fast, don’t we? It’s hard to do anything when it’s dark, we bump into things and trip and fall.

God made physical light for our eyes to see by, but he also knew we’d need another kind of light. A light for our hearts to see by. Read John 8:12. What other kind of light do we need to help us live? What would it be like for our hearts to live in darkness?

What an amazing God we have. Not only does he take care of the things our bodies need, he takes care of things our hearts need, too.

The days are getting shorter and shorter now. Sometime this week when it gets dark, but before you go to bed, have your family sit around your table and turn off the lights. Have your mom or dad help you light a candle. As you light the candle remember that God gave us light to help our eyes see and God gave us Jesus to help our hearts see.

Our memory verse for this series is Nehemiah 9:6
“You alone are the Lord. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You made them all, and the angels of heaven worship you.”

And for the younger kids:                                                                               “God made the stars, He made the trees,                                                       He made the animals, and God made me.                                                 From everything big to everything small,                                                     We thank you God, you made it all!”

And check out this new song we learned in Kidventure today. Keep practicing it at home and remember that God knows and loves all of His creation, and that includes you!

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June 19

God, tell me a story about…a king

Jesus

They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings – and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.

Revelation 17:14

It seems fitting to end our year of stories with Jesus, because after all, we’ve been hearing whispers of him throughout the year.

1 – What is a king? Do we have a king? England has a queen, do you know her name?

Jesus is a king, but he does not look like a king. He does not have gold and jewels, he does not ride on a beautiful white horse, he does not live in a castle or wear a crown.

2 – What do you know about Jesus?

Read Matthew 1: 18-23

Read Luke 2: 4-20

Read Matthew 21: 4-7

3 – What does it mean to be King of Kings?

Read Ephesians 1: 19-23

4 – How did Jesus show us that no one can defeat him, that he will always win?

Read Matthew 28: 5-7

5 – Kings get to make new laws, or rules. Has Jesus made any rules?

Read Matthew 22: 37-40

6 – Have you asked Jesus to be your king? If so, are you following his rules?

 

This week’s challenge

This week’s challenge is really a challenge for the Summer. Make yourself a checklist of things to do every day this Summer. The checklist might look like this…

– enjoy something God created

– talk to God

– read my bible

– do something nice for someone

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May 29

God, tell me a story about…a king

Solomon

“For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies.
Nothing you desire can compare with it.

Proverbs 8:11

This week in Kidventure we learned about Solomon, no, not Solomon Greidanus, KING Solomon who was King David’s son. King Solomon had a special dream where God came to talk to him. Read 1 Kings 3:3-15 or watch the video below to remember what King Solomon’s dream was about.

  1. How did Solomon show that he loved God?
  2. Who spoke to Solomon in a dream?
  3. What did God ask Solomon?
  4. How did Solomon respond to God’s request?
  5. What extra things did God give Solomon along with wisdom?

What does 1 Kings 4:29-34 say about how wise Solomon was?

Finally, to see King Solomon’s wisdom in action read 1 Kings 3:16-28.

  1. How did Solomon solve the problem between the two women?
  2. Do you think Solomon knew that the real mother wouldn’t want her child to be harmed?
  3. Did the people think that Solomon was naturally smart or did they know that God made Solomon wise?

If God asked you the same question he asked Solomon what would you answer? Would it be hard not to ask for money or toys or other things that you want? King Solomon wasn’t self centred, he was more concerned about loving God and being a good king for his people than he was about himself. If he had been self centred he would have asked for money and fame and wealth. What is an example of a self centred prayer? And what is an example of a God centred prayer?

As a challenge for this week try focusing more on what God wants and less on what you want (they’re not always different, but sometimes they are!) The more we focus on God the more we become like him, so let’s do like he does!

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May 22

God, tell me a story about…a king

Hezekiah

This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.

2 Chronicles 31:20-21

Read 2 Kings 18:1-8

1 – How old was Hezekiah when he became king?

2 – When Hezekiah became king, the people were not worshipping God. What did Hezekiah do to change that? (verse 4)

3 – The bible tells us that Hezekiah was a good king. What made him a good king? (verse 5-6)

Hezekiah has a problem. The king of Assyria, who is a very powerful king with a very large and powerful army, is threatening to come and invade Judah. (Hezekiah is the king of Judah).

Read 2 Kings 19:14-36

4 –  Hezekiah fears that he will not be able to keep his country and its people safe. Who does Hezekiah go to for help? (verse 15)

5 – Does God answer Hezekiah’s prayer? How is Judah kept safe? (verse 35)

Read 2 Kings 20:1-11

6 – Hezekiah is very ill, who does he turn to? (verse 2)

7 – What is God’s answer to Hezekiah’s prayer? (verse 5-6)

Hezekiah is a good example to us of how we should live our lives. Read the verse at the top of this page again. 2 Chronicles 31:20-21. I sure hope someone writes that about me someday. How about you?

This week’s challenge

Sit down with your family and make a list. What can we do to show that we are obedient to God?

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May 15

God, tell me a story about…a king

Josiah

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example.

1 Timothy 4:12

We started a new series of stories this week in Kidventure, they’re all about kings in the Bible. The first king we looked at was King Josiah. You can read about Josiah in 2 Kings chapter 22.

boyking

He wasn’t quite as young as this, but he was pretty young to be a king. What would be the first thing you did if you were made a king or queen tomorrow? I would probably decree that all taxes had to be paid to me in chocolate. I love chocolate…

Play a game of Simon Says with your family. Let everyone take a turn being “Simon.” Once you’ve played answer these questions.

  1. Did you like being the leader telling everyone what to do?
  2. Was it easy or hard to think of things to tell people to do? Did you like it when they had to follow your instructions?
  3. Do you think it’s easy or hard to be a leader like a king or queen and always having to be in charge of people? If I were queen I’d be happy because I’d have lots of chocolate but life would be hard because my kingdom would have no money, only chocolate! Hmmm… being queen might be harder than it looks…
  4. How do you think Josiah may have felt becoming king and knowing that people needed him to lead them as a good king? Do you think he may have felt a little nervous?
  5. Josiah had God to help him be a good king and lead people, and he was a good king. A very good king. He reminded people about God and the best way to serve and follow him. Just because he was so young didn’t mean that he couldn’t be a good example to others of how to love and serve God.
  6. You can be a good example, too! What are some things that you can do to lead other people to God by example? (ie. Read your Bible, go to Kidventure, etc.)

We have a new memory verse to learn for this series!

“Help me to do your will, for you are my God. Lead me in good paths, for your Spirit is good.”                  Psalm 143:10

and for the youngest group:

“God shows me which way to go,                                                                                                                                    He’ll always help me this I know.”

Also, take a look at the new song we learned this week. I love it and I love that it reminds us that Jesus loves us, no matter what!

 

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