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Sunday, Feb 4th in Early Childhood KidzTown

BABIES & TODDLERS: Creation

We started a new curriculum with our Babies & Toddlers! Each week we will be looking at a different story from the Bible. This week our story was on Creation & how we can care for God’s creation. Our lesson focused on observing and thanking God for plants, animals, colors, and us!

ACTIVITY IDEA:  Observe out loud God' creation in your every-day activities with your baby/toddler this week.

You can find out more about the Frolic curriculum here: https://www.wearesparkhouse.org/kids/frolic/ . If you’d like to purchase your own Bible to read along with us at home, we are using the Frolic First Bible. You can purchase it from the publisher or through many popular online stores. 

PRESCHOOL & PRE-K: Paul’s Conversion & Baptism (Unit 30, Session 1)

This week we started a new unit on the God Who Sends. Over the next six weeks, we will learn about the ministry of the Apostle Paul

UNIT KEY PASSAGE: Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: How do people hear about Jesus? God uses Christians to tell others about Jesus.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS:

  • Paul did not love Jesus at first.
  • Jesus sent Ananias to tell Paul about Him.
  • God changed Paul’s heart to love Jesus.
  • Jesus saved Saul from his sins. <-- Main Point.

BIBLE STORY DETAILS: Saul was no stranger to religion. He grew up in a religious household. He was a devout Jew who was born in Tarsus (Phil. 3:5) and inherited his Roman citizenship from his father. So when people began talking about this man named Jesus and claiming that He was the promised Messiah, Saul was defensive.

 Saul believed strongly in the Jewish faith of his ancestors. He violently persecuted God’s church and tried to destroy it. (Gal. 1:13-14) He dragged believers from their houses and put them in prison. He approved of the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Saul thought he was doing the right thing by defending Judaism, but God’s purposes could not be stopped. As Saul was on his way to arrest believers in Damascus, the Lord stopped him in his tracks.

 Jesus revealed Himself to Saul, and Saul was never the same. He was struck blind and led into Damascus, where a believer named Ananias placed his hands on Saul. Suddenly, Saul could see again. Saul was convinced that Jesus is Lord. Saul later described the experience as being like dying and receiving a new life. (Gal. 2:20; 2 Cor. 5:17)

God had a purpose and a plan for Saul. He had set Saul apart before Saul was even born. (Gal. 1:15) God said, “This man is My chosen instrument to take My name to the Gentiles” (Acts 9:15).

Jesus changed Saul’s life. As you talk with your kids, clarify that conversion happens when a person recognizes his sin, repents, believes in Jesus, and confesses Jesus as Savior and Lord. Jesus changes a person’s heart, and as a result, his life is changed too.

 CHRIST CONNECTION: Jesus appeared to Saul and changed him inside and out. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. (1 Timothy 1:15) Jesus called Saul, also known as Paul, who was once an enemy to Christians, to spend the rest of his life telling people the gospel and leading them to trust Jesus as Lord and Savior.

ACTIVITY IDEA:  Spell Jesus with magnets. Write JESUS on a sheet of paper and display for your little one to see. Set out magnet letters. Invite your child to search through the letters to find the letters in Jesus’ name. Help them place the magnets in the correct order on a cookie sheet. Say, "Jesus came to earth to save sinners like Saul and you and me. Jesus saved Saul from his sins. When we trust in Jesus, God changes us from the inside out."

Want more ideas of how to use this information with your family during the week? Check out this blog post: Using the Gospel Project as a Family Devotional (http://gatewaychurch.org/whats-up-in-kidztown/using-the-gospel-project-as-a-family-devotional/)

NEXT WEEK: “Paul’s First Journey” (Acts 13:1-3; 14:8-28)

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January 28th in Early Childhood KidzTown

Unit 28, Session 5: Peter Visited Cornelius 

This week was our last week on our unit, The God who Empowers. This unit has an emphasized that the Holy Spirit helps us, especially when it comes to sharing Jesus with others. This week our lesson focused on how the Holy Spirit showed Peter that the good news is for everyone.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE: Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What does the Holy Spirit do? The Holy Spirit helps Christians.

 FAMILY STARTING POINTS:

  • The Holy Spirit helps us.
  • Peter told Cornelius about Jesus.
  • Peter learned the gospel is for all people. <-- Main Point
  • The Holy Spirit helps people believe the good news.

BIBLE STORY DETAILS: The apostle Peter preached and taught boldly after Pentecost. Jesus had commanded His followers to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Acts 10 shows us how God made clear to Peter that the gospel is for everyone—not only the Jews but also the Gentiles. 

The story begins in Caesarea (SESS uh REE uh), the capital city in the Roman province of Judea. Cornelius, a Roman centurion, lived in Caesarea. Like many of the people in Caesarea, Cornelius was a Gentile; however, he did not worship the Roman gods. Cornelius worshiped the one true God, and one day, God spoke to Cornelius in a vision. In the vision, an angel told Cornelius to send for Peter.

 Now Peter was in Joppa (JAHP uh), about 30 miles south of Caesarea. As Cornelius’s men approached the city, Peter had a vision too. He was on a rooftop when God showed him a sheet of animals and commanded him to eat. The problem was that some of the animals were considered “unclean” by Jewish food laws. Three times, God said to Peter, “What God has made clean, do not call impure.”

Peter visited Cornelius and others who had gathered with him. Peter understood that God did not want a Jewish man to call anyone unclean just because he was a foreigner. (See Acts 10:28-29.) Peter preached the gospel to the Gentiles there, and they believed. The Holy Spirit filled them, and they were baptized. 

CHRIST CONNECTION: The gospel is good news for everyone. As you teach kids, emphasize that God showed Peter that just as there is no “clean” and “unclean” food, there are no “clean” and “unclean” people. God calls believers to tell everyone the good news about Jesus, no matter who they are or where they come from. Jesus is the Lord of all.

ACTIVITY IDEA: Brainstorm together people that you each may have difficulty getting along with. Remind each other that the gospel is for that person too. Pray together during the week for those people and that God may use each of you in each other’s lives.

Want more ideas of how to use this information with your family during the week? Check out this blog post: Using the Gospel Project as a Family Devotional 

NEXT WEEK: “Paul’s Conversion and Baptism” (Acts 9: 1-25)

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