We have started a series this Summer entitled, “Dive In”. We are going to be diving into God’s Word and seeing how we can learn about life from Scripture. In July we are learning about following Jesus’ example. Let’s DIVE IN!
Our first “MAILBOX” WINNER is……ZOLTAN BREUER!!! Congratulations Zoltan! You were selected from the “mailbox” as the activity sheet prize winner for this week! You can pick up your prize at church any coming Sunday…it will be located at the kids check in. And we have an honorable mention to Andrew Harper, Luke Harper, Rah’mero George, and Anna Godula…for also making a submission in the first week of Dive In! All four of you can also pick up a small prize at the kids check in for being the first to participate in the DIVE IN mailbox challenge. (Please Note: there was also one submission with no name…so be sure to include your name on the activity page in order to have a chance to be chosen for a prize).
Our theme for July is, “Follow Jesus’ Example.” This week we are going to talk about God’s will.
WHAT IS GOD’S WILL?
“God’s will” means, “God’s perfect plan for His creation – for each person.” Have you planned for something? Maybe you worked with your parent to plan a play-date with a friend? Or you planned to do something special for your birthday? Or maybe your family planned a vacation? Have you ever planned to do something…and then plans changed? We can plan to play outside and then all of a sudden it starts raining. We can plan with a friend to get together, but when you ask your parents they say no. You plan to go on vacation and then you get sick. Plans can change for many reasons. Well…have your plans ever changed because someone came up with a BETTER plan?
Did you know God has a plan for you? He has a plan for each and every person. And let me tell you…God’s plan is the ABSOLUTE BEST plan for your life. Now, this doesn’t mean His plan is always our FAVORITE plan…but that is only because we don’t always see the WHOLE plan. I will explain more about that in my video. But God has a plan for YOUR life! And just like God has a plan for your life, He also had a plan for JESUS’ life. Yes, even Jesus had to trust God’s plan for HIS life. And guess what?! Even JESUS struggled at times to fully trust God’s plan. Let’s DIVE IN and take a deeper look!
Here are some multiple choice review questions to see what you learned. Write down the letter of the answer you think is correct for each question…and once you finish, scroll to the bottom of the page to check your answers! 🙂
- Where did Jesus go to pray before He was arrested?
B. The Desert
C. The Garden of Gethsemane
D. Beside His Bed
- What did Jesus Pray?
A. For His disciples to stop falling asleep
B. For God’s will to be done and not His own
C. For nothing bad to happen to Him
D. For more ice cream
- Whom did God send to care for Jesus?
A. An Angel
B. A best friend
C. His Disciples
D. A Teddy Bear
- What did Jesus ask His disciples to do while He prayed?
A. Read the Bible
B. Play a game
D. Take a nap
- What did Jesus discover when He finished praying?
A. God had strengthened Him
B. The Disciples were sleeping
C. Peace about God’s will for His life
D. All of the Above
- What does “God’s will” mean?
A. God’s plan to make my life easy and perfect
B. God’s perfect plan for His creation – for each person
C. God’s favorite name – William
D. None of the above
- What is God’s will for my life?
A. To get my own way all the time
B. To have the most friends
C. To become famous
D. To rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks no matter what happens
ANSWERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE – SCROLL DOWN WHEN FINISHED WITH YOUR GUESSES.
Do you sometimes wonder what God is thinking? Do you wonder how your current situation could be a part of God’s PERFECT plan?! Be encouraged…trust He knows best!
“I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done for you.”John 13:15 (July’s Memory Verse)
Memory Verse Challenge!
John 13:15 is our theme verse for July. This month’s challenge…create your own song or hand motions to help memorize the verse. You can use a song you know and just substitute the verse words in, you can create your own melody, or you can give the verse hand motions. Get creative! Once you have your idea…record yourself (or your family) doing the verse…and share it with Pastor Vicky! We would love to share the creative videos on the blog to help others memorize the verse as well! Most creative submission wins a Chick-Fil-A milkshake (or other dessert of your choosing)!
LESSON PAPERWORK – Review, Activities, & Prizes
Below are some options for you to continue the lesson from home. There is a review sheet for conversation purposes and there are grade level activity sheets as well. These are available (in print) on Sunday mornings near the Kids’ Check-In Station, and there will also be a “mailbox”. Grab one, complete it in the sanctuary, and return the completed activity sheet to the mailbox after service. You will have a chance to win prizes each week. They are available to download here in case your family is not able to return for in-person worship yet…parents can scan/text pictures of completed sheets to Pastor Vicky to be entered in the weekly prize drawing. A winner will be drawn each Monday, and if you miss a week, you can put both activity sheets (previous two lessons) in the mailbox the following Sunday. Let’s dive into God’s Word and grow together in the Lord! PS: You may need a Bible, so be sure to bring your Bible each Sunday.
ANSWERS TO THE TEMPTATION CHALLENGE:
1 = C; 2=B; 3=A; 4=D; 5=D; 6=B; 7=D;