Reminder: Please send your kids into CoaH Kids ready to worship. Please make sure they've eaten breakfast and have used the restroom. Do not send your child into CoaH Kids while they are actively eating a bagel (or any other food/snack). All food must be consumed before entering the theater or music room under the supervision of the child's parents. We will give a snack and have a bathroom break at some point during CoaH Kids but individual kids eating and using the bathroom during worship or the lesson is disruptive. We want everyone to be able to fully participate when they are checked into CoaH Kids. Thanks!
NEW! In the Pre-K -5th grade section of the blog, there is a suggestion for a family activity related to the lesson. This would be a great jumping off point to talk about the lesson from Sunday.
9AM Nursery: Children ages 0 -1 yrs old are welcome to come play in the nursery at this service. There is a separate class for 2 - 3 yr olds during this service. We provide cheerios for children over age 1 (unless specified by parents) and we try to spend a little bit of time reading the Bible story books.
11AM Nursery: Children ages 0-3 yrs old are welcome to come play in the nursery at this service. We provide cheerios during Bible story reading time for children 1 yr and older!
***IMPORTANT*** We have severe allergies in our nursery-aged kids. Only cheerios are give as a snack to children ages 1 years+. If your child cannot have cheerios, we will make an exception but feed him/her separately from the group. If possible please bring a labelled water cup for your child to use during the nursery. If you've forgotten a label, the check-in coordinator would be happy to print out one for you!
2 - 3 YEAR OLDS
November Memory Verse: "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5
November Theme: God is Good - From Genesis 21:1-7, we learn about when God gave Abraham and Sarah a baby
From the parent take-home page: When something good happens, remind your child that God is good. Make statements like "Thank you, God, for the sun!" or "Thank you, God, for my jumping feet."
Pray: Thank you God for being good. Thank God for the good things He has given you. (A Sure Foundation, 2005)
PRE-K - 5TH GRADE
This Week's Story: Matthew 21:12-17; Mark 11:15-19; and Luke 19:45-48.
Memory Verse: Romans 10:9 "...if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
Summary: Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. In preparation for the Passover feast, Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The Books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke also describe Jesus’ cleansing of the temple. Herod the Great completely rebuilt the temple in 20–18 B.C. as part of his architectural projects. Herod’s temple was surrounded by walls and gates, with specific places for Gentiles, women, and men to worship God and offer sacrifices.
When Jesus entered the Court of the Gentiles, He was furious to see people buying and selling in the temple. Animal sacrifices were required for participation in the temple, since God declared that all Jewish men must appear three times before the Lord each year, and they must not appear empty-handed. (See Deut. 16:16.) For many worshipers traveling from all over the Roman Empire to take part in Passover, it was easier to purchase unblemished animals for sacrificing in the Court of the Gentiles. There, they also exchanged foreign currency for the temple taxes and offerings. So why was Jesus angry at the people?
The merchants buying and selling in the temple were treating the temple as a market or bazaar, not like the house of prayer for all nations that God had intended for it to be. (See Isa. 56:7.) The moneychangers’ prices were so exorbitant, they were practically robbing the people. (Mark 11:17) On top of that, people were using the temple courts as a shortcut to get to their businesses. The Gentiles who wished to worship God in peace were surrounded by greed and extortion.
After Jesus threw out the merchants and moneychangers, the chief priests and the scribes wanted to destroy Him. (Luke 19:47) Jesus was angry that people were misusing the temple, the place people could go to meet with God.
Christ Connection: Today, Christians do not go to a temple to meet with God or to offer sacrifices for sin. Jesus died on the cross as the final payment for sin, and God’s Spirit lives in us!
Family Activity Suggestion: Guide your family to discuss times when they were angry for the wrong reasons. Ask them how they could have responded differently. Read Matthew 21:12-17 together. Jesus was angry for the right reasons. People were sinning by misusing the temple, which was the place people could go to meet with God. Today, we don’t have to go to a temple to meet with God because God’s Spirit lives in all who trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Younger Kids Review Questions
- What were the people celebrating? (Passover)
- Why was Jesus sad and angry when He came to the temple? (People were buying and selling things in the temple)
- What was the temple supposed to be for? (a placed to pray and give sacrifices to God)
- What did Jesus do? (Jesus turned over the temples and made the people buying and selling leave)
- What did Jesus do each day when He came back to the temple? (He healed people, and He taught people)
- Who is Jesus? (God’s Son, the Messiah, the One God sent to rescue His people)
- Big Picture Question: What did Jesus call the temple? Jesus said the temple was His Father’s house.
Older Kids Review Questions
- In what city were Jesus and the disciples? (Jerusalem, Mark 11:15)
- Where was Jesus when He saw the money changers and people selling doves? (Temple complex, Matt 21:12; Mark 11:15; Luke 19:45)
- What were people doing in the temple area? (buying and selling animals, exchanging money, using it as a shortcut, Mark 11; 15-16)
- What did He tell them? (my house call be a house of prayer for all nations, but you have made it into a den of thieves, Luke 19:46)
- What did Jesus say the people had made the temple into? (den of thieves, Mark 11:17)
- Big Picture Question: Was Jesus wrong to be angry? No, Jesus was angry for the right reasons. Jesus hates sin.
- Who was angry with Jesus? (chief priests and scribes, relitious leaders: Matt 21:15; Mark 11:18, Luke 19:47-48)
- Who was afraid of Jesus because the people were amazed at Him? (the religious leaders, Mark 11:18)