This week in CoaH Kids
The the CoaH Kids Blog posts are designed to give you an overview of what your kid(s) learned on Sunday mornings. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW! We recently purchased new bibles for use in CoaH Kids (Pre-K - 5th grades). These bibles are produced by the same company that makes the Gospel Project, the curriculum we use in CoaH Kids. This is a great addition to our curriculum because these bibles have the same pictures, questions and weekly theme integrated in with the scriptural text . Here's a link for additional information about these new bibles. Looking for a great kids' bible to use at home? This would be a great resource to have so you can follow along with our curriculum during the week!
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!
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
January Memory Verse: "Even the wind and water obey Him." Matthew 8:27
January Theme: Jesus is the Boss (The Wind and Water Obey Jesus from Matthew 8:23-27)
From the parent take-home page: If you have pictures of Jesus in a Bible storybook, show them to your child. Make sure your child understands that Jesus grew up.
Help your child understand the word "obey." For example: "Mommy says 'no'. Obey Mommy. Do what Mommy says."
Talk to your child about bosses. Then remind him that Jesus is the boss of everything. For example, “Who is the boss of this house? Who is the boss at Daddy’s work? Jesus is the boss of everything!”
Pray: Praise Jesus for being the boss of everything!
Note: The aim of this lesson is to lay the foundation for understanding the sovereignty of God. As your child is beginning to understand them, begin to use terms such as “in charge” or “in control” of everything to explain the sovereignty of God.
PRE-K - 5TH GRADE
This Week's Story is from: John 21:1-19.
Memory Verse: Matthew 28: 19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Summary: Thanks for bringing your kids this week to study the lesson from The Gospel Project® for Kids. This week’s Bible story is found in John 21:1-19.
After Jesus’ resurrection and His appearance to the disciples, seven of the disciples returned to Galilee, near the Sea of Galilee. It was the same sea where Jesus had called four of His disciples, promising to make them fishers of men. (See Luke 5:1-11.) Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples decided to go fishing. Perhaps they felt it prudent to return to the fishing business since Jesus had died and resurrected. Their stint as His disciples was apparently over—or so they thought!
In Bible times, nighttime was the preferred time for fishing. Fish caught at night could be sold fresh in the morning at market. But at daybreak, the disciples had caught nothing. Jesus stood at the shore, but the disciples did not know it was Him. He called to them, “Men, you don’t have any fish, do you?” (John 21:5). Then He encouraged them to cast their net on the right side of the boat. They obeyed, and they were unable to haul in the catch because of the large number of fish.
John, the disciple Jesus loved, knew right away who He was. “It is the Lord!” John exclaimed. Immediately, Peter tied his outer garment around him and jumped into the sea, swimming to shore about 300 feet away. When the other six disciples arrived in the boat, they found Jesus sitting beside a charcoal fire with fish and bread. “Come and have breakfast,” Jesus said. Jesus ate with His disciples, then turned to Peter.
John 21:15-19 describes Peter’s restoration. The disciple who had told Jesus that he would die for Him (Luke 22:31-34) had denied Jesus three times. (Luke 22:54-62) Jesus asked, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” Peter responded, “Yes, Lord. You know that I love you.” Jesus told Peter to feed His lambs. Two more times Jesus asked this question, and on the third time, it grieved Peter. “Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You,” Peter said. (John 21:17) “Feed My sheep,” Jesus said again, and then told Peter how Peter would die to glorify God. “Follow Me!” Jesus said. (John 21:19)
Emphasize to the kids you teach that Jesus’ plan for the disciples did not end with His death and resurrection. When Jesus first called the disciples to follow Him, Jesus had promised to make them fishers of men. Instead of catching fish, they would tell people about Jesus. (Luke 5:1-11) The disciples had left Jesus when He was arrested, but Jesus still wanted to use them in God’s plan to rescue people from their sin. Jesus is a Lord who forgives us and makes things right again.
Christ Connection: When Jesus first called the disciples to follow Him, Jesus had promised to make them fishers of men. Instead of catching fish, they would tell people about Jesus (Luke 5:1-11). Jesus’ disciples had denied knowing Him and ran away when Jesus was arrested. Even though they had not stood by Jesus during that time, Jesus showed as He served the disciples breakfast that He loved them and that through His sacrifice, He has made all things right again. Jesus still wanted to use them in God’s plan to rescue people from their sin. Jesus is the Lord who forgives us and makes things right again!
Family Activity Suggestion: Ask kids to write or draw about a time that they needed to forgive a friend on a sheet of paper. Guide them to fold the paper into an airplane and throw it as far away as they can. Explain that forgiving someone is like writing what he did on an airplane and never worrying about it again. Review John 21:1-19. When Jesus was arrested, His closest friends ran away. Jesus showed them that He had forgiven them, He still loved them, and He wanted them to follow Him. Sometimes we make mistakes, but that doesn’t mean that God no longer wants to use us in His plan! Jesus is a Lord who forgives us and makes things right again.
- What were Jesus’ friends doing? (fishing in a boat)
- Who was the man on shore who called out to them? (Jesus)
- What did Peter do when he realized Jesus was the man on shore? (Peter jumped into the water and swam to Jesus!)
- Did Jesus forgive Peter for saying he didn’t know Jesus three times? (Yes, Jesus forgave Peter)
- Big Picture Question: Will Jesus ever stop loving us? (Jesus will never stop loving us)
- How many fish did the disciples catch during the night? (none, John 21:3)
- What did Peter do when he realized the man on the shore was Jesus? (he jumped into the water and swam to shore, John 21:7)
- How many fish did the disciples catch in the morning? (153, John 21:11)
- What did Jesus ask Peter? (“Do you love me?”, John 21:15-17)
- Big Picture Question: What did Jesus teach the disciples at breakfast? The Lord forgives and makes things right again.