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 a label 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 you for the good things He has given you. (A Sure Foundation, 2005)
PRE-K - 5TH GRADE
This Week's Story: Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4
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: This week’s Bible story comes from Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4, and it focuses on the widow’s gift. While Jesus was in Jerusalem in the days leading up to the Passover, He often taught in the temple complex. The scribes and Pharisees questioned Jesus in hopes of tricking Him into saying something that would provoke the Romans against Him (Luke 20:20) or would make Him seem like a blasphemer. But all their questions simply proved that Jesus, the Son of God, had a wisdom and authority that could only come from God. (Matthew 22:46; Mark 12:34)
After warning the people against the scribes, Jesus sat down where He could watch people give their offerings. The treasury of the temple was located in the women’s court. Thirteen trumpet-shaped receptacles were set up to receive donations, purification offerings, and the half-shekel tax. Jesus watched as the wealthy put large sums of money in the offering boxes. Then a poor widow put in two small copper coins.
Jesus summoned His disciples and remarked, “I assure you: This poor widow has put in more than all those giving to the temple treasury” (Mark 12:43). Undoubtedly the disciples were astonished. The widow had given the smallest amount of currency in Jesus’ time. Hadn’t Jesus noticed all the others giving more?
The widow was desperately poor. Jesus mentioned that she had given everything she had to live on. The woman, who should have been a recipient of charity, instead gave to God, trusting Him to take care of her needs. The wealthy people, however, had given out of their surplus. They gave a lot of money, but it did not really “cost” them much.
Christ Connection: Jesus gave up everything He had in heaven to come to earth and save us from our sins. Jesus even gave up His own life, dying on the cross in our place. When Christians know and love Jesus, we can serve Him as the Lord of our lives. Out of love for Jesus, we offer everything we have. God takes care of His children and rewards those who seek Him. (Matt. 6:31-33; Mark 10:29-31; Heb. 11:6)
Family Activity Suggestion: Ask each family member to go get the best gift she has been given recently. Guide each family member to show and tell about her gift, explaining why it is her favorite. Remind kids that everything we have is a gift from God. Read Mark 12:41-44. Discuss ways you can serve Jesus with what you have, no matter how much or little.
Younger Kids Review Questions
- Where did the people put the offerings they were giving to God? (in the offering boxes)
- How was the money in the offering box used? (to take care of the people who served in the temple, to help people in need)
- Who gave only two small copper coins? (a poor woman whose husband had died)
- What did Jesus say about her offering? (She gave more than all those giving to the temple treasury)
- Big Picture Question: Why did the widow give all she had? The widow loved God more than money.
Older Kids Review Questions
- Where did today’s story take place? (temple in Jerusalem, Mark 12:41)
- What were people doing in the temple treasury? (dropping money in the offering boxes, Mark 12:41)
- How much money did the poor widow put in the donation box? (two tiny coins, Mark 12:42)
- What did Jesus say about the widow’s gift? (she had given more than everyone else, Mark 12:43)
- Big Picture Question: Why can we joyfully give to God? Everything we have is a gift from God.