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Sunday September 3rd in Early Childhood KidzTown

Unit 23, Session1: Jesus Turned Water to Wine (John 2: 1-12)

UNIT KEY PASSAGE John 20:31 “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is Messiah, the Son of God.”

BIG PICTURE QUESTION Why did Jesus perform miracles? Jesus performed miracles to show He is God’s Son

BIBLE STORY POINTS:

  • Jesus did miracles. <--main point for Babies & Toddlers
  • Jesus turned water into wine. <--main point for Preschool &  Pre-K
  • Jesus showed people His power.
  • Jesus is powerful because He is God’s Son.

CHRIST CONNECTION God is King. Jesus did miracles to help people believe that He is the Son of God. Jesus has power over everything, and anyone who believes in Him will live with Him forever. 

Dear Parents,

This week we started a new unit on the miracles of Jesus! Jesus’ ministry had begun. He called disciples and traveled to the region of Galilee. Jesus spent His time on earth teaching and performing miracles, preparing for His ultimate mission: to die on the cross for the salvation of sinners. Jesus’ miracles were signs that pointed to greater truths about who Jesus is and why He had come.

For this week’s lesson, we studied the record of Jesus’ first miracle at a wedding in Cana in John 2. Jesus’ mother told Jesus that the wine had run out. Culturally, running out of wine was a big deal. Weddings were important events, and the celebration could last a week. To run out of wine was a social disaster. But Jesus responded in a surprising way: “What has this concern of yours to do with Me, woman? My hour has not yet come” (John 2:4). 

To understand Jesus’ answer, remember that Jesus’ miracles were not an end unto themselves. They were signs, pointing to something greater. When the wine ran out, Jesus turned water to wine to show that He is the Messiah, the Son of God.

Jesus offers us something greater than wine—Himself. Jesus is the true Vine. On that day, His hour had not yet come. Jesus knew what lay ahead; to give us Himself, He would shed His own blood by dying on the cross for our sin.

When Jesus’ disciples witnessed His miracle, the jars of wine were not the focus of their awe and wonder. Through the miracle, Jesus displayed His glory and His disciples believed in Him. Jesus was driven by His Father’s plan—not to simply solve the problem of lacking wine, but to solve the deepest problem we face, the problem of sin.

As you talk with your kids, point them beyond Jesus’ miracles to see Jesus for who He is. Jesus performed miracles to help people believe that He is the Messiah, the Son of God. Jesus has power over everything, and those who believe in Him will have eternal life. 

Want some ideas of how to use this information to structure a family devotional? Check out this blog post: Using the Gospel Project as a Family Devotional

NEXT WEEK: “Jesus Provided bread from Heaven” (Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; John 6:1-14)

Using the Gospel Project® as a Family Devotional

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In Gateway's KidzTown Ministries we recognize that you, as parents or guardians, are the primary spiritual influencers in your child’s life. Our desire is to partner with you in teaching your children about the saving grace of Jesus Christ. With that in mind, we are so excited to start this "What’s Up in KidzTown" Blog as a way to communicate with you what you child is learning on Sundays  from our Gospel Project® curriculum! This blog is filled with activities and ideas of how to continue the learning and spiritual growth of your child throughout the week!

Resources Related to the Gospel Project®

  •  What’s Up in KidzTown Blog: overviews the lesson that you student learned this week and ideas of how you can discuss the lesson with your child.
  •  Activity Page: comes home with your child each week. The Activity Page proves some basic information about the Bible story, and interactive activity or puzzle to do with your child, family conversation starters, and family activity suggestions.
  • Coloring Page: also comes home with your child each week. It is the same picture that we used in our lesson with your child.
  • Unit Key Passage: a memory verse for the unit that relates to each lesson in the unit.
  • The Gospel Project for Kids Family App: available on Android and iOS devices. Once you download the free reader, you can purchase the content for each quarter. This content includes Bible story videos, audio versions the Key Passage and Unit Theme songs, learning activities, and games.
 

How to Use Gospel Project® Resources as a Family Devotional

  • Talk about the Coloring Page picture.* Look at the picture and ask your child what the story was about. Ask what the story teaches us about Jesus. Use the Christ Connection on the Activity Page and/or What’s Up in KidzTown Blog to guide your conversation.
  • Complete the Activity & talk about the Family Discussion Starters* on the Activity Page.
  •  Watch the Bible story video or play a game. If you have purchased the content in the app, you can watch the Bible story video or play a game related to the lesson.
  • Do one of the Family Activity Ideas on the Activity Page. As you do the activity, discuss how the activity connects to the Bible story.
  • Practice the Unit Key Passage as a family. If you have the app, listen to the Unit Key Passage audio clip together and/or make the Key Passage into a song with hand motions as a family! Discuss how the current Bible story connects with the Key Passage.
  • Pray. Pray as a family for any needs and thank God for His goodness most clearly seen in Jesus. Pray that each family member can love God more and obey God out of gratitude with joy.
*If your child is too young to participate in this discussion, have them repeat the short statements with you a few times.
 
We hope these resources give you some ideas of how you could use our lessons from the Gospel Project® to initiate conversations with your child each week. Please always feel free to contact us with any questions or for additional devotional ideas!
 
Alison Hansen
Director of Early Childhood Ministry (Babies through Pre-K)
 
Erin Krotz
Director of Student Ministries (K through 8th grade)

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