We have started a series this Summer entitled, “Dive In”. We are diving into God’s Word and seeing how we can learn about life from Scripture. The first 4 weeks we are learning about following Jesus’ example. Let’s DIVE IN!
This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is……ELIJAH LONGCHAMPS!!! Congratulations Elijah! 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 honorable mentions go to Emma Vicente, Jamie Schramm, Emily Klepanchuk and Lydia Green! All four of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.
Our current theme is, “Follow Jesus’ Example.” This week we are going to talk about God’s love.
HOW BIG IS GOD’S LOVE?
What is love? Love is a word that can be difficult to define because we use it for so many different things. I love chocolate. I love my mom. I love Jesus. I love you. Does love mean the same thing in all of those statements? No! You don’t love chocolate the same way you love your mom (at least you better not). And we say we love Jesus most, but do our actions always show it? Or do we show more love for chocolate than Jesus…more focused on ourselves (our own wants/desires) than on Jesus? Love can seem hard to describe…and if it is hard to describe, it can be even harder to understand. This is really important, because if we don’t know what love is then how can we ever really live it out? Jesus commanded us to LOVE…so we better figure this out!
Do you know that Jesus is the reason we can know what love is? When Jesus laid down His life for us, He taught us everything we need to know about love. Love is self-sacrificing (giving of yourself), generous (doesn’t keep a record), unconditional (shown no matter what someone else does or doesn’t do), and unending (never stops). God’s love for the world shows us that love is also undeserving — Jesus laid down his life for the entire WORLD. Does the world deserve the love of Jesus? Do YOU deserve the love of Jesus? Let’s take a look at a time where Jesus showed love to someone who definitely didn’t deserve it.
How do you MEASURE UP?
Did you know there are many different ways to measure things? For example: You can measure how long something is with feet and inches. You can measure liquids in ounces and cups. You can measure how long something takes using time. So let’s see how well you measure…complete the following measurement questions. See if your family will complete them as well and have fun comparing your measurements! I did each of them too…so after you complete all your measurements, you can compare them to mine as well 🙂
(you will need a ruler, measuring tape, and stopwatch)
- How wide is your Bible?
- How wide can you spread your fingers?
- How long is your shoe?
- How long can you hold your breath?
- How fast can you run a 40-yard dash?
- How fast can you say the alphabet?
- How high can you jump? (height of something you can jump onto)
- What is your height?
- Find and read Ephesians 3:17-19 – How wide, long, deep and high is God’s love?
PASTOR VICKY’S ANSWERS TO THE ABOVE QUESTIONS:
1. 5.75 inches 2. 8.75 inches 3. 11.375 inches 4. 62 seconds
5. 6.07 seconds 6. 0.17 seconds 7. 30 inches 8. 5ft 8in.
9. Immeasurable – too wide, too long, too deep, and too high to measure
Opposites! God’s love can often feel opposite to what we naturally WANT to do. Guess what?! That is normal! But it cannot be an excuse to not live out God’s love and share it with the world!
“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 this unit. 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.