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Summer Fun with Flat Jesus,will begin Sunday, July 5th.
Sunday, July 5th Flat Jesus Begins, this week’s bible verse is :
Matthew 4:19 New International Version (NIV)
19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
Here is a link to a fun rainbow fish craft: https://www.craftymorning.com/celery-stamping-rainbow-fish-craft-for-kids/
If you don’t have celery, you can use thumb prints.
Please take pictures of you and your Flat Jesus making your craft or taking a walk or dancing to this week’s song!! You can post the pictures on our Facebook Page or email them to Mrs. K @ email@example.com
Here is this week’s Song:
THE ADVENTURES OF FLAT JESUS
WHAT IN THE WORLD IS “THE ADVENTURES OF FLAT JESUS?”
“Flat Jesus” was created from the basis of a children’s book called Flat Stanley,
(written by Jeff Brown). In the book, a boy named Stanley becomes flattened and
is able to be mailed to different places, having all kinds of exciting adventures.
We see the “Flat Jesus” project as a way to keep our church family connected as
we enter into the summer . Other times we have asked that you take Flat Jesus with you on vacations with you. We know you might not be traveling much this summer, but, Jesus is still with us in our everyday lives too. Color “Flat Jesus” and take him with
you whatever you do this summer. Take a picture of him
doing lots of different things: going out to dinner, having fun at the beach or the
mountains, hanging out with friends or cousins, or whatever you are doing! It will
be an amazing adventure! It is a great way to remember that Jesus is always with
us, wherever we go. And it just might start up a conversation with someone
about what you are doing…and why!
You can either post your pictures on our Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/CollingswoodPresbyterianChurchSundaySchool/ or send them to Mrs. K at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will post them.
Here is where you can print your Flat Jesus: Flat Jesus
Resources for Sunday, June 28, 2020:
This Sunday’s Bible lesson:
Matthew 10:40-42 International Children’s Bible (ICB)
40 Whoever accepts you also accepts me. And whoever accepts me also accepts the One who sent me. 41 Whoever meets a prophet and accepts him will receive the reward of a prophet. And whoever accepts a good man because that man is good will receive the reward of a good man. 42 Whoever helps one of these little ones because they are my followers will truly get his reward. He will get his reward even if he only gave my follower a cup of cold water.”
Link to Welcome craft ideas: https://ministry-to-children.com/welcome-others-crafts/
A children’s sermon about serving others: Rewards of Service Children’s Sermon _ Sermons4Kids
Resources for Sunday, June 21, 2020 Happy Father’s Day
Here is a children’s sermon lesson to do with your children: Children’s Sermons from Sermons 4 Kids _ Object Lessons.._6-21-2020
Here is a site for Father’s Day crafts for Dad: https://thechampatree.in/other-categories/craft-activities/2015/06/15/fathers-day-cards/?amp=
Fun-Facts-About-Dad work sheet. Below is another printable Father’s Day activity
Neck tie fill in for Dad & Grandpa Dad & Grandpa fill ins
Resources for Sunday, June 14th, 2020:
Matthew 9:35-10:8 International Children’s Bible (ICB)
35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages. He taught in their synagogues and told people the Good News about the kingdom. And he healed all kinds of diseases and sicknesses. 36 He saw the crowds of people and felt sorry for them because they were worried and helpless. They were like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Jesus said to his followers, “There are many people to harvest, but there are only a few workers to help harvest them. 38 God owns the harvest. Pray to him that he will send more workers to help gather his harvest.”[a]
Jesus Sends Out His Apostles
10 Jesus called his 12 followers together. He gave them power to drive out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and sickness. 2 These are the names of the 12 apostles: Simon (also called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew, the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot. Judas is the one who turned against Jesus.
5 These 12 men he sent out with the following order: “Don’t go to the non-Jewish people. And don’t go into any town where the Samaritans live. 6 But go to the people of Israel. They are like sheep that are lost. 7 When you go, preach this: ‘The kingdom of heaven is coming soon.’ 8 Heal the sick. Give dead people life again. Heal those who have harmful skin diseases. Force demons to leave people. I give you these powers freely. So help other people freely
Parents say: I have a strange question for you – why do you eat?
Children may say: Because it tastes good (sometimes) and because it keeps you healthy and alive, right?
Parents say: I would say that those are very good reasons for why you eat. Here’s another question for you, why do you sleep? [wait for answers]
I agree – I, too, would say being tired, not able to stay awake, wanting to be rested for the next day, and because your parents make you are all pretty good reasons for sleeping. These reasons that you gave about why you eat and sleep can sometimes be described by the fancy word motivation.
Have you heard that word before? Maybe you can say it with me? Motivation
Remember, motivation describes the reasons we give when asked about why we do what we do.
It just so happens, that In today’s scripture story, Jesus shares his motivation for why he has disciples and why he is teaching them what he is teaching them.
What we hear is that Jesus has compassion on the crowds of people. We hear that he sees them as lost sheep and that he needs help in providing God’s care, healing, and teaching to those crowds.
We then hear Jesus tell the disciples that that’s exactly what they are going to do: They are going to go out as pairs, and they are going to care for others with God’s compassion, healing, and authority.
Remember: The disciples are still learning at this time. They aren’t ready to do this sharing of God’s compassion, healing, and teaching full-
Instead, what Jesus is doing is giving the disciples a chance to experience the reasons for why they are learning what they are learning, which will then increase their own motivation to keep learning.
And guess what? Jesus’ motivation for teaching his first disciples is meant for us, too!
We are invited to be students of Jesus and to learn from him like the first disciples did.
As his disciples, one of the things we learn from Jesus is how to receive God’s love, compassion, healing and teaching so that we can then share God’s love, compassion, healing and teaching with others.
At first, you might think there’s no way we or anyone else can learn how to do those things that Jesus was doing – which is exactly how the first disciples thought, too.
But today’s story reminds us of something really important – that Jesus thinks his disciples can do these things that he’s teaching them to do.
Remember: that thinking includes us! As his disciples, Jesus thinks we can learn to do the things that he was teaching and doing!
And guess what? I agree with Jesus! I, too, think that we can learn and do the things that Jesus was teaching and doing!
And, I want to encourage us to use Jesus’ belief in us as some of our own motivation in continuing to learn to receive and then share God’s compassion, love, and healing with others because this world needs that compassion, love, and healing just as much now as it did when Jesus was teaching his first disciples.
That’s the good news for today. Let’s pray.
- This is a repeat-
after- me prayer.
Thank you for Jesus…
Thank you for Jesus…
…who taught the disciples and us…
…who taught the disciples and us…
…how to receive your compassion, healing, and teaching…
…how to receive your compassion, healing, and teaching…
…so that we can then share…
…so that we can then share…
…your compassion, healing, and teaching with others.
…your compassion, healing, and teaching with others.
Resources for Sunday, June 7, 2020:
Bible Object Lesson: Understanding the Trinity
Matthew 5:13, John 3:5
½ cup of salt, ½ cup of water, 1 cup of flour (you can double or triple this recipe. It will make play dough, and you’ll want enough that your students can each make something with it.) Bowl, mixer.
BIBLE OBJECT LESSON:
Parents ask: How many of you know what The Trinity is? Get a show of hands and some answers.
Parents say: The Trinity is a very important concept in our Christian faith. Trinity starts with “tri,” which means “three.” There are three members of the Trinity. Who are they? Father, Son and Holy Spirit, (if it hasn’t been said already).
However, a lot of people are confused by this. Christians believe in only one God. And yet, there are three beings: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. How does this work? Take some answers if any student wants to take a try at it.
Three-yet-one sounds contradictory. We don’t really know how the Trinity works, and that’s okay. There are obviously things in the universe so complex that man can’t understand them. People who think they can understand everything are in danger of missing something big!
Today we’re using this cup of common flour and this common table salt to understand the Trinity.
Parents: Hold up the cup of flour. Let’s pretend this is God the Father. White is a symbol of purity, and we know that God is purest of the pure. Turn the flour over into your bowl.
Hold up the half cup of salt. Let’s pretend this salt is Jesus. Jesus told us, “You are the salt of the earth” in Matthew 5:13, meaning we Christians “flavor” the earth by sharing God’s word. And Jesus would certainly know about that; he was the original salt. Turn the salt over into your bowl.
Hold up your half cup of water. Let’s pretend this is the Holy Spirit. Water is often associated with “spirit” in the Bible. In John 3:5, Jesus says “no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the spirit.”
Mix all ingredients with your mixer.
We’re mixing all three ingredients together. Is the salt still in here? Yes. Is the flour still in here? Yes.
Is the water still in here? Yes.
All three are still here. Stop mixing. Yet now we have one substance. Can anyone guess what it is? Hold up some dough and squish it around in your hand.
It’s one thing now – it’s homemade play dough. And yet, all three ingredients are still there.
That’s one of the ways we can understand the Trinity – three in one. Definitely three; definitely one. Let’s make something!
Make enough play dough for all kids; they can make a cross or a triple cross to symbolize the Trinity.
Resources for Sunday, May 31, 2020 Pentecost :
Here are some Pentecost coloring sheets:Coloring Page Template Printing dove
Here is a Pentecost Craft: flying_flames
Prayer: Flying flames prayers
Use the flying flames activity to remember how God sent the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Pray that we would be filled with the Holy Spirit too, empowered to love and care for the world.
Here is a Pentecost Finger Labyrinth :finger_labyrinth
Resources for Sunday, May 24, 2020: Below is a video about Jesus’ Ascension.
For those of you who are looking ahead and planning for Ascension day then this is for you- but even if you’re not, this is a great activity to help children think about giving their prayers to God!
You will need: A plastic bottle or glass jar, water, vegetable oil, food coloring, Alka seltzer tablets. If you don’t have alka seltzer you can put food coloring into vegetable oil and then mix it with the water and shake the jar.
Fill a bottle or jar halfway full with water and mix in some food coloring.
Now fill the rest of the bottle with oil, leaving a small space at the top.
The oil will separate from the water into a separate layer.
Drop an Alka Seltzer tablet (or try a quarter or half at a time if they are large tablets) into the bottle and watch as bubbles of colored water start to ascend into the oil layer in the style of a mini lava lamp!
Parents Talk: Watch the bubbles rising and think about the sight of Jesus ascending and what that might have meant for the disciples. What might they have been thinking/ feeling? What does it feel like to wait for something, as the disciples had been told to go and wait for the Holy Spirit to come?
Pray: Think about situations where you or people you know are waiting for something to happen.
As you drop the tablet into the liquid and see the bubbles ascending, pray that God will take the worries and stresses of waiting away and that they will feel God’s presence with them as they wait.
Resources for Sunday, May 17, 2020 : Below is a lesson for this week to share with your children.
Right Where It Is Suppose to Be
Objects suggested: A pencil, backpack, a hat, keys, a hammer….
Parents say: “Do we ever lose things? A pencil? Your backpack? Your shoes or hat?”
Parents say: “Have you ever watched me search for some item they have misplaced? Keys? A check book? A tool that they need to repair the sink or the car?” “How frustrating to need a certain thing and be unable to find it.”
Parents continue: “Have you ever looked for an item that you thought was missing and then found it right where it was suppose to be––right in plain sight? I know of a man who looked for his car keys for several days and then found the keys on the kitchen counter. Or the young boy who thought he had lost his lunch money and then found it in his back pocket.”
Parents Continue: In the Bible the apostle, Paul speaks about people searching for God. Even now people continue to search for God.This is what The Apostle Paul says about finding God. He says, “He (God) is not far from each one of us” (17:27) “for in him we live, and move, and have our being” (17:28).Paul reminds us that “God… made the world and all things in it” (17:24). We are God’s children.
We don’t need to search far and wide to find God. The Bible teaches us to be quiet and listen. Pray. God’s Spirit lives in us. When you accept God’s Love it is with you always.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible Copyright 2010, Richard Niell Donovan
Here are some activities to go along with the lesson:
Resources for Sunday, May 10, 2020: Below is a song about listening to God’s word.
Here is a link to a Mother’s Day poem that can be colored for Moms: mom-rose-frame-79
Here are some other links to make cards or crafts for Mom’s and all the important Ladies in your life: https://family.disney.com/mothers-day-cards/
Here is a link to make heart shaped stamps out of toilet paper rolls to decorate paper for a card for mom: https://happyhooligans.ca/stamping-hearts-with-cardboard-rolls-craft-kids/?fbclid=IwAR0MErAyn5szqvM7BQ3L-lEdO-mVPQY7LPFjXWNzslAk4nFCJwd8LyxGmEE
Here is a cute fill in the blank Mother’s Day Card: mothersday2019-little
Resources for Sunday, May 3, 2020: Below is a video explanation of this weeks Gospel reading from our online service.
Activity to go along with the lesson:
Church People Cookies
Parents can say: “Today we are learning about the
Church. The most important part of the Church is
the people who love and serve God. Let’s make
some church people cookies!”
cookies to each child. Have children spread peanut
butter or icing on half of their cookies, then place the craft
stick or straw into the peanut butter/icing. Place another cookie
on the other side to make a sandwich cookie, with the craft stick sticking out.
Allow children to decorate their stick people with icing and candies.
Parents can ask: “What kinds of things can you do with your church
Parents may want to say : “You may want to decorate your cookies to look
like your church friends! You can use these cookie people and pretend they
are talking to other people.”
Use them to welcome a friend to church.
Connecting with God Through Prayer
Parents can ask their children for prayer requests or praises. Write them on the flip
chart or in the journal. Explain to the children that “we can talk with God about
anything. Pray, Thank You, God, for the Church. Thank You for people who
help us to know how much You love us. Amen. Bless children as they leave,
Thank You, God, for [child’s name]. Thank You that [he or she] is part of
our church family.”
Go around the room
and allow children to pray: “Thank You, God, for
my church family.”
Resources for Sunday, April 26, 2020 Below is a video of the scripture reading:
Here are some activities that can be done to go along with the lesson of the Road to Emmaus Luke 24:13-35
Here is a printable craft:
Resources for Sunday, April 19, 2020
Below is a Sunday School lesson that could be taught instead of the above video.
Here is a Coloring Page for 4/19/2020 https://sermons4kids.com/doubting_thomas_abda_colorpg.htm
Here are some other activities to go along with the lesson for Sunday, April 19, 2020
Resources for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020:
Below is a Children’s Sermon with a cute cookie recipe. On the bottom of the page there is also a link to coloring pages and other activities.
Below is a cute Easter Craft:
Easter Coloring Sheet: https://sermons4kids.com/he_is_risen_colorpg.htm
Resources for Sunday, April 5, 2020 Palm Sunday:
You Can make palms from this craft ideas and have your own Palm Procession. Below is a link to make your own palms.
If you have a procession please take pictures and post them on our Church Facebook Page!!
Below is video that explains Easter and Palm Sunday. It is one of my favorites to show this time of year.
Here is a link to some intricate Egg Coloring Pages that you can print and “egg” a friends house by coloring a sheet and sharing it with a friend, family or neighbor.
Here is a blank egg:
Here is a polka dot egg:
Resources for Sunday, March 29, 2020: Below is a link to Sermon4kids.com for a short lesson and at the bottom of the page are links to some activities for this weeks scripture. https://sermons4kids.com/dry_bones.htm
Below are also 2 links to videos that go along with this week’s scripture reading.
This weeks passage is Ezekiel 37:5 (NIV)
Resources for this Sunday, March 22, 2020
Below is a link to a Printable PDF of a Children’s Bulletin for This Sunday.
+ Today’s stories make more immediate sense to children. But if you want to explore Paul’s message, start by exploring the images “children of light” and “children of dark.” Then read or reread Paul’s message and put it into your own words based on the conversation about children of dark and light.
Name the two images then ask, “What is good about being children of light?” (You can see where you are going, who you are with, and what you are doing.) Then ask “what is it like to be children of the dark?” (You can’t see, dark is a place to hide what you are doing, when it is totally dark about all you can do is sleep.)
Write light and dark behavior on separate small posters. With help from the children (or the whole congregation) sort them into light and dark piles.
Use such words as hate, kind, bickering, greedy, loving, cruel, gentle, sharing, etc.
+ Rather than explore Paul’s images, go straight to his message – which children do need to hear. Paul is telling us not to do or say anything that we don’t want everyone in the world to know we did or said. This is one time when straight talk can be most understandable.
** A great way to spread your light is to draw a picture and send it to your older relatives or older adults in homes in your area or to the Fire department or Police Station in your area. If you don’t know who to send pictures to, you can drop off pictures in our church mailbox and Mrs. K will find people in our church who are isolated in their homes.
**Another way to spread light in this difficult time of social distancing is to take a walk and on that walk draw and side walk chalk drawing on your neighbors side walk or driveway spreading love and kindness. You can also draw a rainbow and put it in a window of your home that faces your street so that when others drive or walk by they see your beautiful drawing.
Taken from Worshiping With Children Website : http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/2014/02/year-fourth-sunday-of-lent-march-30-2014.html
We will be looking into creating a google classroom for Sunday School Resources.