We are in a series entitled, “Simon Says”. We are learning about obedience and what it means to obey God. We will search God’s Word to learn how we are called to obey God. Simon says…let’s go!
This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is…Nathan Schirrmacher!!! Congratulations Nathan! 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 Evelyn Green, Olivia Vicente and Emma Vicente! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.
Our current theme is, “Obeying God.” This week we are going to talk about how obeying God even when those around us are not.
WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL WHO WE OBEY…
Have you ever been to a sporting event? Or watched a sporting event on tv? At stadiums they have giant screens that show different things throughout the game. One thing that gets put on the screen often, is commands for the crowd. For example, the screen may say in giant letters, GET LOUD! This means they want everyone in the stadium to start cheering. The screen may show hands clapping and it means they want everyone to start clapping. There are many different commands the screen will give throughout the game…the crazy thing is that people follow the screen! They “obey” the screen! A group of strangers will all do the same thing because a screen told them to do it…and because everyone around them is doing it. They don’t want to stand out as the one who is not following along.
This a fun example because unless you are cheering for the “away” team, there is nothing wrong with following those directions and having fun with other fans. The problem is that we often do this in other areas of our lives as well. We are often tempted to “follow the crowd”. If you over a friend’s house and they turn on a tv show or video game that you know your parents don’t approve of, do you speak up and say you can’t watch/play it, or do you just sit quietly and go along with it? If you are with someone and they start making fun of someone else…do you speak up and say they shouldn’t do that, or do you stay quiet and just laugh along with them. Or do go a step further and actually join in? Having a heart that obeys God, goes further than respecting our parents and obeying the 10 commandments. Let’s take a look at today’s Bible story…
“Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.“2 John 1:6 (October’s Memory Verse)
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.