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In the Lima Campus, 34’s and 5K’s classroom and the Henrietta Campus Preschool classroom: LESSON 4 | God keeps his promises
Bible Basis: Genesis 27 – 29
Bible Verse: Genesis 26:3: “I will be with you and give you my blessing . . . And I will keep the promise I made with an oath to your father Abraham.”
Bible Point: God kept his promise to Jacob. God will keep his promises to me.
Resource: The Beginner’s Bible
“Jacob and Esau Meet Again” (pages 66 – 70)
Have you ever made a promise to someone? Has anyone ever made a promise to you?
Why was it so important to keep a promise?
What was God’s promise to Jacob? (God said he would watch over Jacob and that someday all the land on which he was lying would belong to him and his family.)
Jacob played a trick on his father and his brother, Esau. How would you feel if someone tricked you?
Would you be able to forgive like Esau did?
LIVING FAITH: Living Faith activity is designed as a drama to help your child remember the Bible lesson.
Have your child select one of the Bible stories from this week and act it out for you as you read the story aloud from Beginner’s Bible. Make Isaac’s tent out of blankets and straight-backed chairs. Use dark sunglasses or a blindfold for the person who plays the part of Isaac. Esau’s character can wear fuzzy clothing, such as fleece, and carry a bow and arrows made from sticks and string. Jacob’s character will need a piece of cloth or carpet scraps tied on with yarn. Bathrobes, towels, or fabric pieces make great Bible-time clothing for Isaac, Jacob, Esau, and Rebekah. The tasty food for Isaac’s dinner can be plastic toys or cutouts from a magazine. When you come to the place(s) in the story where a Bible character speaks, instruct your child what to say. If possible, have your child perform the Bible drama for other family members in person, via Skype, or using a video camera.
Help your child remember the names of Jacob’s 12 sons by practicing the song “Jacob’s Sons” that they learned in class. It is sung to the tune of “Jesus Loves Me”:
Reuben, Simeon, and Levi
Judah, Dan, and Naphtali
Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun (the first three names are sung quickly)
Last were Joseph and Benjamin.
Use a book of Bible promises or an online search to and share some of God’s promises with your family. Remind your child that God always keeps his promises.
Kids will discuss in small groups the value of these core truths and the difficulties and advantages in daily life living as a Child of God.
IN THE CAR: Ask your child what happened in class this week on the drive home, here is what they learned:
In the small groups, we talked about 1 John 3:1 See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!
What are the core truths?
I am a child of God
I can talk to God
God talks to me
I am on a mission
I am not alone
What do you they the main idea of our core truths maybe?
What are your ideas on how we can remember every day that we are a Child of God?!
Take time daily to remind your child you are proud of them just because they are your son or daughter. Get creative, do things one-on-one or as a family to encourage your child’s identity as a true child of God.
Ask your child the best and worst of their day, really take the time to listen and enjoy that simple time with them. Encourage and emphasize the great characteristics you see in your children and speak over them the great things you see about their God-given personality as you tell them you love them and tuck them in at night.
What you need to know:
Kids take their lead from you; share your story of how God has taught you that you are a child of God. Use silly, good, and bad experiences for your children to get a glimpse into your own history. That level of vulnerability with your child may help them to open up to you when they are struggling with a problem or they just want to share special moments with you. With your support, your child will see you are the best person to open up to.