Kindergarten – 5th Grade Sabbath School

Dear Parents:
Welcome to our online Sabbath school classroom! I am thrilled that God has provided a way for us (along with your help) to be able to minister to your child or children while we experience these unique times. I have provided a lesson plan for you to follow at home to facilitate the learning experience.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

God Promises and Gives a Son to Abraham (Genesis 15:1-7; 21:1-7)

Here’s what happens…
God promises to give Abraham descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky. Years go by, and Abraham and his wife, Sarah, are very old, but finally God keeps his promise. Sarah gives birth to a baby, and Abraham names him Isaac.

Bible Point:
God is faithful.

“O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Your glory is higher than the heavens” (Psalm 8:1).

Family Together Time
· As a family, make a list of five things you can count on happening or things that don’t change. Here are some examples to get you started: 2+2=4, the sun will rise and set each day, seasons change, the dog barks when the doorbell rings.
· Now list five things you can count on God to do, such as love and forgive you. Thank God for those promises, and ask him to help you trust in his faithfulness.

Talk About This…
· Describe a person you’d consider faithful.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

God Tells Job About His Creation (Job 38–39; Psalm 8)

Here’s what happens…
In response to Job’s questions about his suffering, God speaks. He declares the wonder of his creation, showing that he’s in control because he made everything just as he planned. In Psalm 8, David marvels at what God has made, pointing out that God put humans in charge of his creation.

Bible Point:
God is the Creator.

“O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Your glory is higher than the heavens” (Psalm 8:1).

Family Together Time
· As a family, go on a nature walk. Find a park or other natural area where you can look around.
· Too cold or rainy? Go outside and quickly gather a few natural items you can bring inside—a leaf, a stick, a rock, and a blade of grass, for example. You may even have God-made items inside already such as houseplants, fruit, pets…or each other!
· As you look around outside or examine the natural items you brought in, look for evidence of God. Share what you discover!

Talk About This…
· What’s one thing God created that really impresses you? Why?


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 3:1–4:17)

Here’s what happens…
Moses is tending his sheep when he sees a strange sight: a bush that’s on fire but not burning up. When he goes to investigate, he hears God speak to him and sees God give clear signs of who he is. Moses’ encounter makes it clear that God is real.

Bible Point:
God is real.

“O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Your glory is higher than the heavens” (Psalm 8:1).

Family Together Time
· Light a birthday candle and sit around it as a family. (Make sure only parents handle lighters or matches, and address any fire safety tips as needed.)
· Watch as the flame melts the wax and consumes the candle.
· Talk about what flames normally do and why the burning bush was so unusual.
· Share evidence you’ve seen that God is real. We like to call those God Sightings!

Talk About This…
· Share why you believe God is real.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 22

Lesson objective: We trust God to help us. (Acts 27 & 28)

During Paul’s trial in Caesarea, he appealed to Caesar. Consequently he was sent by ship to Rome. Also on board were “some other prisoners,” Luke, and a centurion, who was to guard the prisoners. The long journey began quietly, but winds soon drove the ship off course, and then storms threatened to destroy it. Paul warned the ship’s officers that they would be shipwrecked and lose their cargo if they kept going. They ignored Paul and pressed on. Then the ship encountered a horrific storm, everyone was so worried that no one ate for many days. Paul encouraged the men to eat and told them that an angel had assured him that they would lose the ship, but that no lives would be lost. None of the 276 passengers perished. While Paul was in Malta, God used him to perform miracles that started with the healing of the chief official’s father. Three months later, Paul and the other passengers took a different boat to Rome with little difficulty. Paul lived in Rome under house arrest for the next two years and boldly proclaimed the Word of God.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 15

Lesson objective: We stand up for our faith. (Acts 23:12-26:32)

A group of zealous Jews planned to assassinate Paul on his way to appear before the Jewish council. Paul’s nephew caught wind of the plot and warned Paul and the commander who protected him. So the commander had Paul sent to the Roman governor of Judea in the city. This Roman governor, named Felix, heard the Jews’ case against Paul and then gave the apostle a chance to speak. Paul declared his faith and devotion to Christianity and contested the false charge that he had disturbed the peace. Felix kept Paul in prison for two years, apparently waiting for a bribe from Paul. When he asked Paul to go back to Jerusalem for trial, Paul refused and appealed to Caesar, leader of the Roman Empire, himself. King Agrippa, who ruled the kingdom of Chalcis just to the north of Judea, came with his sister to pay his respects to Festus. They all called Paul to hear his case together. Paul boldly shared about his conversion and his faith in Christ.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 1

Lesson objective: We can encourage other Christians. (Acts 18:24-20:38)

The believers in Ephesus needed to see the love and life of Christ modeled through Paul, to hear solid encouragement and teaching in God’s Word, and to learn how to lead and grow in such adverse conditions. Paul’s encouragement gave the church the strength to continue. As a result of Paul’s work, the Christians of Ephesus burned millions of dollars’ worth of books on sorcery in a huge bonfire.


SATURDAY, JULY 25

Lesson objective: Paul and Silas face dangers. (Acts 16:6-20:38)

Paul and Silas went to Macedonia (today we know it as Greece) when he had a vision of a man from in Macedonia calling him to come help them. In the Macedonian town of Philippi, Paul and Silas cast a demon out of a slave girl who served as a fortuneteller for her masters. The girl’s masters, who had suddenly lost their income, instigated a mob against the missionaries. They beat Paul and Silas and threw them in jail. That night, as Paul and Silas sang hymns, an earthquake shook the jail, and all the chains fell off the prisoners. Thinking the prisoners had escaped, the jailer prepared to kill himself to avoid punishment. Paul and Silas stopped him, and the jailer’s entire family became Christians.

Paul & Silas in Prison Craft

What you will need:
-Black Construction Paper
-Paper
-Colored Pencils
-Scissors
-Glue
Directions:
1. Print out the pattern.
2. Cut up thin strips of black construction paper.
3. Have your child(ren) color the picture and then glue the strips of paper to the picture to make it look like a jail cell.


SATURDAY, JULY 18

Lesson objective: Paul and Barnabas travel and teach. (Acts 13:4-14:28)

The Holy Spirit prompted Paul and Barnabas to spread the gospel of the Good News. The two began to travel to Asia minor and Greece. While they traveled and taught they met people who were moved by the good news of Jesus Christ and as a result, believed. Others, some of the Jewish religious leaders were against their teachings and persecuted the men. As we read this passage of Acts, we understand that Paul and Barnabas experienced the joy of working for the Lord as well as the struggles that come from those against the word of God.

Ship Craft

What you will need:
-Construction paper: dark blue, light blue, yellow, white
-Scissors
-Glue
Directions:
1. Print and cut out patterns on the color of construction paper that corresponds to it.
2. Glue pieces together on a separate piece of construction paper to assemble picture.


SATURDAY, JULY 11

Lesson objective: The church sends its first missionaries. (Acts 8:4-11, 26)

The religious leaders imprisoned and persecuted the Christians in Jerusalem. As a result, the early Christians scattered and preached about Jesus wherever they went. Philip went south of Jerusalem where he met an Ethiopian official. Phillip explained who Jesus was and then baptized the official. Saul, who had been persecuting the Christians, be-came a follower of Christ and one of the greatest missionaries the world has ever seen. Saul went with Barnabas to teach in Antioch (in modern-day Turkey). Peter ministered in the cities near Jerusalem, in Lydda and Joppa, where God used him to heal a paralytic and then raise a woman named Tabitha from the dead.

I Can Be a Missionary Craft

What you will need:
-Crayons, Markers or Colored Pencils
-Scissors
Directions:
1. Print out the patterns.
2. color pattern of choice (boy or girl, or both).
3. Glue the pictures/body parts onto several pieces of construction or card stock that are attached to form one long body and discuss each “body part” that a missionary uses as you go along. Description below.

The Lesson:

This is __(Name)__. They are a missionary. They look like an ordinary person, don’t they? You can’t really tell they are a missionary by looking at them, but missionaries are very special people. They go to places where people need help or to places where people don’t know about Jesus. (Briefly tell your children where your missionary lives and what they do.)

Do you know of anyone who doesn’t know about Jesus? There are lots of people, even in your own neighborhood, who don’t know about Jesus. Did you know you could be a missionary? Jesus told his disciples to be missionaries. (Open your Bible and read Matthew 28:19-20.) “Go ye there-fore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

Jesus wants all his followers to go out and tell others about him. You don’t have to go to India or some other far away place to be a missionary.

But what do you need to be a missionary?

Mouth – Missionaries use their mouths to tell others about Jesus. They aren’t afraid to stand up for Jesus even when no one will listen to them, or even when people make fun of them. (Have older children write on their missionary picture, “Tell Others About Jesus” and draw an arrow to the mouth.)

Eyes – Missionaries keep their eyes open for people who need help. They know that they must take care of all their needs, not just their need to know Jesus. (Have children write “See people who need help” and draw an arrow to the eyes.)

Ears – They listen to other people so they will know what their needs are. They learn their language so they can understand them better. (Have children write “Listen to people who are in need” and draw an arrow to the mouth.)

Mind – They prepare their minds. They study their Bibles and pray. They learn their language and their culture so they can fit in. (Have children write “Study and Pray” and draw a picture to top of the head.)

Heart – Missionaries have to prepare their hearts before they go tell others about Jesus. They have to love God and people more than they do themselves because they often have to give up many things such as running water, refrigerators, televisions, being near their families, etc. (Have your children write “Prepare your heart” and draw a picture to the heart. Or they could write “Have love for others”.)

Legs and Feet – Missionaries have to be willing to go wherever God calls them to go. Sometimes they have to travel long distances across very high mountains or hike through thick, hot jungles to get to people. (Have children write “Go tell others about Jesus” and then draw a line to the legs.)

Where does God want you to go? Does he want you to go to your next-door neighbor, to the park, to a mission for street people, or maybe there is someone at your school that needs to know about Jesus?

Arms and Hands – Missionaries often have to work very hard to help people. They go to places where disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, famines, or wars have happened. They need to have strong arms and hands to help them clean up and rebuild their homes, prepare and serve them meals, and help them get back on their feet. (Have children write “Help when needed” and draw lines to the arms and hands.)

How can you be a missionary? You may think that you are too young to be a missionary, or that you don’t know enough, but you don’t have to be old or know a lot to be a missionary. You can start telling people in your own neighborhood about Jesus. You can help them when they are sick or old.


SATURDAY, JULY 4

Lesson objective: We know everyone belongs at our church. (Acts 6:1-7, Acts 15:1-35)

Acts 6 describes the first major internal conflict in the early church. As the church in Jerusalem grew, the Greek-speaking Christians complained that their widows weren’t getting their fair share of daily food distributed by the church. The 12 apostles met to deal with the problem, but they reasoned that they should focus on teaching God’s Word. So they chose seven men to oversee the distribution of food. A similar conflict arose when some Jewish believers required Christians in Antioch to be circumcised according to the law of Moses. Some Pharisees who were part of the Christian church in Jerusalem made the same argument. Peter explained that God makes no distinction between Jews and Gentiles, because all Christians, whether Jewish or Gentile, are saved by God’s grace and not by actions of their own. The leaders in Jerusalem agreed and sent a letter to Antioch, releasing the Christians of Antioch from the burden of circumcision.

United in Love Craft

What you will need:
-Crayons, Markers or Colored Pencils
Directions:
1. Print out the patterns.
2. Color and write verse in the heart.


SATURDAY, JUNE 27

Lesson objective: We know God helps our church in hard times. (Acts 4:1-31, Acts 5:17-41)

As Peter and John spoke in the Temple, the religious leaders confronted and arrested them. When the apostles continued their ministry, the Sadducees arrested them again and put them in jail. At night, an angel opened the jail and brought the apostles out. The religious leaders were amazed to find them teaching in the Temple the next morning. The Sad-ducees again arrested them and brought the apostles before the su-preme Jewish court. The court warned the apostles to stop teaching and then had the apostles flogged before releasing them. In response, the apostles thanked God that they were counted worthy to suffer for Jesus. When warned to stop teaching about Jesus, Peter and the apostles re-sponded with the simple and powerful truth, “We must obey God rather than any human authority” (Acts 5:29).

“What About Angels?” Book Craft

What you will need:
-Card Stock
-Printer Paper
-Crayons or Colored Pencils
-Glitter or Glitter Glue
Directions:
1. Print out the patterns.
2. Cut out all the patterns.
3. Place the wings pages on top of each other from largest to smallest. Staple the wing pages together and then staple or glue them to the back of the angel cover as shown in the picture.
4. Have your children color the angel book and add glitter glue to make it shiny.


SATURDAY, JUNE 20

Lesson objective: We help our church reach out to others. (Acts 5:12-16)

As Peter and John went to the Temple to pray, they saw a man who had been lame since birth and was carried each day to the Temple to beg. The Bible tells us that Peter and John looked at the man intently, and then Peter said, “Look at us!” He then commanded the man in Jesus’ name to get up and walk. The man was instantly healed.

Walking, Leaping and Praising God! Lame Man Puppet Craft

What you will need:
-9 oz. Party Paper Cups
-Craft Sticks
-Card Stock (Heavy Paper)
-Clear Tape
-Crayons or Colored Pencils
-Yarn and Heavy Duty Thread
-Hole Punch
-Scissor
Directions:
1. Print out the patterns onto card stock, cut them out, and color them.
2. Punch holes using a hole punch in the leg pattern and the neck of the head pattern.
3. Punch a hole in the middle of a paper cup using sharp scissors. Keep the hole as small as possible. Punch a length of yarn through the bottom outside of the cup to the inside of the cup. Pull the yarn through and tie a large knot about five inches from the end of the yarn. Tie the end of the yarn to the hole in the top of the legs so that about half the legs hang down from the cup. (See picture)
4. Fold the head pattern at the neck and string it onto the other end of the yarn and tape it to the bottom of the cup. Tape the yarn that is behind the head pattern to the back of the head. Tie the end of the yarn to a craft stick.
5. Fold the arm patterns and tape them to the cup.o believe in Christ.
6. You can also tie heavy duty thread to the feet and to the ends of the craft sticks to make a marionette. If you have younger children, you can just let the legs hang. They can make the puppet dance by moving the craft stick and tapping the feet pattern to a table.


SATURDAY, JUNE 13

Lesson objective: The church builds community (Acts 2:42-47)

What does church mean to you? For too many of us church is a building where we spend hours each week teaching children, meeting with boards and committees, and much more. In the early days of church they discovered the secret of real community. Actually, they had to. The early Christians weren’t popular with the religious leaders of the day. They were facing persecution and alienation from friends and family. In order to survive, literally and spiritually, they had to spend time together. The final verses of chapter 2 are short but tell us a lot. In those few verses we learn that the Early Church discovered that strength came from life shared together in Christ. They worshiped together, ate together, and spent time together. The Early Church exemplified Christ’s desire for unity expressed in His prayer for them in the Upper Room prior to the Crucifixion.

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Craft Time

Here’s The “Church” Envelope Craft

What you will need:
-Scissors
-Markers
-Glue
Directions:
1. Print out the church patterns and make copies.
2. Have your child color the patterns and cut them out. Have your child draw pictures of the people in your church on the inside of the envelope.
3. Glue the cross to the inside, top of the envelope. Fold the cross down on the dotted lines and fold the envelope up.
4. Glue the door, windows and “Here’s the church” words on the outside of the envelope. Make sure your child only glues one side of the door to the outside so that they can open the envelop completely without ripping the envelope.
5. Talk to your child about the importance of attending church and belonging to a church family/community. Too often we think of the church as a building, but the church is actually those who believe in Christ.