Kids Ministry as Forest Lake

Month: June 2019

Genesis: A Recap

Big Idea: God doesn't give up on sinners.

Bible Passage: Genesis

This week we finished up the term by looking back at the stories of Genesis. We talked about Adam & Eve, Noah & the covenant rainbow, Abraham, Sarah and the covenant God made to them, Isaac, Jacob & Esau, and then Joseph. We reviewed how God had begun to roll out His plan to rescue the children who turned their back on Him. We looked at how God chose sinful people as part of His plan. We talked about how what people do for evil, God uses for good. We reviewed how even though things can look bleak for us, and sometimes we maybe even feel forgotten by God, He nevers leaves or forsakes us, and He is good to His children.

The book of Genesis teaches us that even though we turned our backs on our good and loving God, he made a plan to rescue us, and that plan was Jesus. God himself paying the price for the sins of the world. And we begin to see signs of this plan unfold all the way back in the very beginning – in the garden. When God promises that one day He will crush the head of the snake and defeat evil forever. 

Next stop, Exodus! We start Term 3 on July 21st, and we can't wait to begin unfolding the rest of History!

See you after school holidays!

Family Activity

Over the school holidays, try making origami paper boats like the one in this video. Place your boat in the lake, or even in the bath or a pool. Use the time folding to talk about the different stories of Genesis we learned about. Remind children that when Noah had to build the Ark, it was because God was so sad about the sin of the world that He wanted to wash all of His creation away. We can thank God that He promised never to do that again, but made a way to save us from sin. Then use your paper boat to give hints to children about the first chapter of Exodus. Moses' mother put her baby in a basket and floated him down the river to save his life. Place your paper boat in the water and watch it float away. Remind children that God doesn't give up on sinners, and what people do for evil, God uses for good. Tell children that at Kidzone in Term 3, we will be talking more about Moses and Exodus and God's plan to save the world. 

Joseph’s Dreams Came True

Big Idea: What people do for evil, God uses for good.

Bible Passage: Genesis 42:1- 46:34; 50:15-21

This week we heard the story of how Joseph interpreted Pharaoh's dreams and was set free from prison, elevated to second in charge of all of Egypt, and was able to save the whole nation from famine. God's hand of favour was on Joseph, and despite all the troubles he had been through, God used him to save many people.

When Joseph's brothers & family came to him for help during the famine, they didn't recognise him.They bowed down to him, just as Joseph had dreamed when he was only 17. Eventually Joseph told his brothers who he was, and he said he forgave his brothers for what they did to him all those years ago. Joseph tells his brothers that it was actually God that brought him to Egypt and used him to save many people. He said that 'what you intended for evil, God has used for good.' Joseph was able to give God the glory for all the things that had happened, and save many people because of God's plan – even though he went through so much suffering.

We also see this in the life of Jesus. What man intended for evil when they crucified Jesus on the cross, God used for our good & His glory. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, the sins of the world were forgiven, and like Joseph, through His suffering, Jesus saved the lives of many people – for eternity. Because of Jesus, we are chosen to be a part of God's family. 

Family Activity

In the story, Joseph hid a cup in his brother's bag in order to bring them back to him so he could be restored to them. Hide a cup of some kind in one of your children's school bags each day this week. When they come home, ask them if they found it. Remind children that because of Jesus, we are chosen to be a part of His family and can be restored to God. Thank God together for sending Jesus and using what man intended for evil, for His glory and our eternal good.

See you next week for our last week of term!

Joseph Sent to Egypt

Big Idea: Even when bad things happen to us, God has not forgotten us. He is working for our good, always, no matter what.

Bible Passage: Genesis 37-41:1-31

This week we talked about the story of Joseph, one of Jacob's youngest sons. Jacob had 12 sons, and Joseph was his favourite. You may have even heard about the multi-coloured coat Jacob gave to Joseph. Joseph was given dreams from God at a young age – at 17! Joseph's brothers were not impressed by these dreams, nor did they like him being their father's favourite child – so they made plans to get rid of him. We read in this story that Joseph was sold as a slave by his brothers, imprisoned by his new master, and then forgotten about. It wasn't until Pharaoh needed his dreams interpreted that anyone thought of Joseph and his special gift. But eventually, when Joseph was 30,  he was not only freed from prison, but elevated to a position of power by Pharaoh, and put in charge of the lands. What a long time to wait! And what an amazing thing that God did for Joseph!

We talked about how sometimes we feel forgotten about too. Especially when bad things happen to us. How could God care about us if all these bad things keep happening? We talked about how each moment, or day in our lives is like a puzzle piece, and only God sees the whole puzzle together as a picture. We see the individual pieces and wonder how they make sense. God knew he would use Joseph in Egypt far before his brothers set about to sell him into slavery. God gave him the gift of special dreams far before he would need them to gain favour with Pharaoh. God sees the whole picture, and uses all the pieces to bring about our good for His glory. We can trust God, that even in the scary, sad or hard times, God has not abandoned us, but is at work, putting the whole story together, making it beautiful. And even more than this – that He is with us the whole time as He promises. "Never will I leave you, Never will I forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6

Family Activity

Do a puzzle together as a family. Hold up one piece of the puzzle and ask your kids, "Can you tell what the whole picture is just from looking at this piece?" Explain to children that each day, moment or season for us is like a puzzle piece. We can't see the whole picture of our lives and how it will work out. Only God can see that. But we can trust Him, that He is making our story beautiful, for our good, and His glory – just like He did with Joseph. We can trust Him in the hard times, because we know that even if they don't make sense to us, God knows what is going on, and more than that, He cares, and He promises to be with us through it all. He will never leave us. When you finish the puzzle, pray to God and thank Him for His Holy Spirit who gives us peace, joy and strength to trust Him in the scary, sad and hard times.

Jacob’s New Name

Big Idea: The fight for our heart is a tough wrestle, but God will not give up on us.

Bible Passage: Genesis 22

This week the kids heard the story of Jacob's wrestle with the Lord. We talked about how at the beginning of this story, Jacob is fearful and afraid to meet his brother, Esau, after he stole his birth-right blessing. Knowing he has to go and meet his angry brother, he sends out gifts and family members before him on his journey, to appeal to his brother. But God meets with Jacob. All night the Angel of the Lord wrestles with Jacob, and even changes his name to Israel – which means "God fights". The passage tells us that Jacob won't let the Angel of the Lord go until He blesses him. After the fight, Jacob (now named Israel) goes to meet his brother, out the front of the procession – he runs to him and greets him with a kiss!

We talked about how God meets with each of us too. He fought for us on the cross when Jesus died to take away our sin, once and for all. God wrestles with our hearts to make them clean. Sometimes the fight is hard, and in order for us to fight against sin and trust God, we need help from the Holy Spirit. We talked about how our fight to be like Jesus is not fought with our fists, but with prayer. The wrestle with our hearts to be faithful happens as we surrender to God, confess our failures, recieve forgiveness and strength from the Holy Spirit to have faith to trust God each day. 

Family Activity

Practice the "fight" for your hearts each day this week. Find some time during the day to kneel together, as a team would huddle before a big sport's match. Kneel together and make fists with your hands as if to fight, and then remind children that the fight for our heart is not with our fists, but with our prayers. Take your fists and put your hands together in prayer, or lay them up palms out, to surrender to God. Pray together in your team huddle, asking God for forgiveness for when you've failed, and for strength to fight the battle to be like Jesus each day. Remind children that there is no sin to big for God to forgive, He promises to hear our prayers, forgive our sins and help us every day because He loves us.



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