This week in CoaH Kids - June 12, 2016
CoaH Kids at 11am: Starting Sunday June 5th, we are switching our full CoaH Kids program from the 9am service to 11am. At 9am, there will only be a nursery program for children ages 0 - 3 yrs old. So sleep in a little bit this summer and have your kids come worship together with their friends at 11am.
Kids' Summer Adventure: Kids ages 3 yrs - 5th grade are welcome to join us for our annual Kids' Summer Adventure, a day-camp style summer program held July 18-22nd from 9:00am - 12:30pm. We'll be searching for the treasure of God's Amazing Grace! See our website for more details.
Did you know that our CoaH Kids nursery isn't just a nursery? It's a children’s ministry. The difference between the two are subtle yet very important. A nursery's goal is to watch your child while you go to service. Our goal in children’s ministry is to allow children to engage with the same message and community you enjoy.
On Sunday morning we have a snack time and all of the little ones in the nursery sit together on the colored mats to read a Bible story and enjoy snack together. It's really cute to see all of the kids get excited and run to the mats!
We just started reading a new series called Read-Aloud Bible Stories. These books have big, colorful illustrations and introduce some of the most familiar stories of the Bible. Check out this series for yourself here.
***IMPORTANT*** We have severe allergies in our nursery-aged kids. We'll have a Cheerios snack (for ages 1 yrs old and up) during Bible story time, but please don't give your child a bagel or other snack when you are checking them in. We clean our toys regularly, but we don't like to take chances.
2 - 3 YEAR OLDS
June Memory Verse: Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and they are safe.”
June Theme: God knows everything! Based on 1 Kings 17:1-6, your child learned about God feeding his servant Elijah.
From the parent take-home page: Make statements comparing your knowledge to God's knowledge. For example, "I don't know how to make it rain. God knows! God knows everything!" Ask your child about things he doesn't know. Then tell him that God knows everything. For example, "Do you know that person's name? God knows. God knows everything." Talk about Elijah. Remind your child that Elijah didn't know how to find water. Elijah didn't know how to find food. God knew how to find food and water. (A Sure Foundation, 2005)
PRE-K - 5TH GRADE
Memory Verse: Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord."
This Week's Story: Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. When was the last time someone cut a hole in the church roof while you were listening to your pastor? In today’s Bible story, Jesus was in Capernaum, a city on the Sea of Galilee. The Pharisees and scribes—teachers of the law—came to listen to Jesus’ teaching. They were curious about His message and wanted to make sure He was teaching things that were true. So many people came that they crowded the house; there was no more room.
That day, four friends came to see Jesus. The four men carried their friend who was paralyzed. The men believed Jesus came from God and that He could heal people. Because the friends could not get through the crowd, they carried their friend to the roof and lowered him down to Jesus.
Jesus’ words to the paralyzed man surprised the Pharisees and teachers of the law. Rather than saying, “Get up and walk,” Jesus said, “Your sins are forgiven.” The religious leaders kept quiet, but Jesus knew their thoughts. In their hearts, they accused Jesus of blasphemy, dishonoring God by claiming to do what only God can do.
Jesus asked them, “Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?” Simply saying, “Your sins are forgiven,” seems to be the easier thing, but to actually forgive sins is harder, something only God can do. As God, Jesus has the power and authority to heal and forgive. And Jesus would take the man’s sins upon Himself on the cross.
Christ Connection: The man who was paralyzed needed to be healed. Jesus knew this and did something even greater; Jesus forgave his sins, and then He healed the man. Because Jesus is God, He has the power and authority to heal and forgive. Jesus offers forgiveness to those who trust in Him.
Younger Kids Review Questions
- Where was Jesus teaching? (at a house)
- What was wrong with the man on the mat? (He couldn't walk)
- How many friends carried the man who couldn't walk? (four)
- Why couldn't the friends get inside the house? (The house was so crowded, they had no more rooms!)
- How did the four men get their sick friend to Jesus? (through the roof)
- What did the man do after Jesus healed him? (The man picked up his mat and went home, like Jesus told him too)
- BP Question: How did Jesus help the man who could not walk? Jesus healed the man and forgave his sins.
Older Kids Review Questions
- In what city did people come to hear Jesus teach? (Capernaum, Mark 2:1)
- How crowded was the house where Jesus preached? (There was no more room, Mark 2:2)
- How many friends carried that man who was paralyzed? (four friends, Mar 2:3)
- Why couldn't the men get to Jesus? (the crowd was too big, Mark 2:4; Luke 5:19)
- How did the men get their friend to Jesus? (they removed the roof above Jesus and lowered the man down, Mark 2:4; Luke 5:19)
- What did Jesus see in the four friends? (their faith, Mat 9:2; Mark 2:5; Luke 5:20)
- What did the religious leaders accuse Jesus of doing? (blaspheming, or speaking against God; Matt 9:3; Mark 2:6-7; Luke 5:21)
- What did Jesus tell the paralyzed man to do? (to get up, pick up his mat, and go home; Matt 9:6; Mark 2:11; Luke 5:24)
- How did the crowd react? (they were astounded and gave glory to God; Matt 9:8; Mark 2:12; Luke 5:26)
- BP Question: How could Jesus forgive people's sins? Jesus was going to take the punishment for sin when He died on the cross.