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Joy

Contentment from God even when faced with hardships difficulties (See also happiness)

"Let those who are right and good be glad. Let them be happy before God. Yes, let them be full of joy." Psalm 68:3 NLV


Activities

All We Need Is Jesus

The children will use this activity to practice rejoicing in all circumstances.

Bag of Joy

Although life has many ups and downs, God is always willing and able to help us through the difficult times.

Holy Balloon

A person who is not filled with the Holy Spirit is like a deflated balloon: lifeless, limp and not much fun.

How Would You Handle It?

The children learn to use advice from Philippians to resolve disagreements and live for Christ.

King David Dances Before the Lord

(Coloring Page) King David leaping and dancing before the Lord wearing an ephod to celebrate the return of the ark of the covenant. (2 Samuel 6:14-16)

Letter Of Encouragement

The children will write a letter to a friend or classmate encouraging them to live passionately and purposefully for Christ.

Philippians Prayer

The children will use Godís Word to pray and encourage each other in a group.

Spiritual Gift Wrap

The children will wrap special gifts to discover the Spiritís presence.

To Live is...

Children will think on what it means to live.

Words to Live By

The children will enjoy matching the scriptures as they look them up in Godís Word.

Bulletin Boards

Basketful of Joy

The story of Ruth is about a young widow who found a basketful of joy because she decided to follow the Lord. God has many baskets full of joy for all who follow His Son Jesus Christ.

Robes of Righteousness (Grade school)

Children create their own colorful robes to demonstrate how they can rejoice in the Lord who clothes us with robes of righteousness. (Isaiah 61:10)

Robes of Righteousness (Preschool)

Children add brilliant colors to show how they can rejoice in the Lord who clothes us with robes of righteousness. (Isaiah 61:10)

Crafts

Hearts of Joy and Love

Children create an attractive card using hearts to bring a cheerful message of joy and love for Valentine's Day or other special occasions

Lessons

A Reputation of Being Humble

Children learn that it is best to be humble and honor God, rather than be boastful and act selfishly.

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

This lesson series teaches children the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit and how to apply them to their lives.

Rejoice in the Lord

In this lesson, the children will discover that we are asked to rejoice in the Lord no matter what the circumstances are. They will learn that they can do all things through Jesus whom gives them strength.

Spiritual Humility

In this first of three lessons on the Beatitudes, the children will discover how blessed they can be when they live lives that are spiritually humble according to the words of Jesus.

The Dancing King

This lesson shows how King David displayed his joy and gratitude as he brought the Ark of God back to Jerusalem. His example teaches us that we should be unashamed in expressing praise to our Lord in everything we do.

The Gift of Christmas

After finishing this lesson, children will realize that Christmas is a time in which we should celebrate the birth of Jesus and worship Him.

The Holy Spirit Lives In Us

The Holy Spirit lives in us when we become believers.

The Prodigal Son

With this lesson the children will have a good idea of what matters in life. The choice between material possessions or relationship will determine how they would want to live their lives, and hopefully, it will make them realize that a life full of materialism cannot fulfill an empty heart.

The Shepherds

In this lesson, the children will learn about the Shepherds and the excitement and joy that filled them upon hearing news of Jesusí birth. They let this excitement change their plans, their hearts, and their action as they chose to share the Good News.

To Live is Christ

In this lesson, the children will see how much Paul loved others and encouraged them to live joyfully for Christ in all circumstances.

Object Talks

Bear Good Fruit

The children will identify godly people from ungodly people by the type of fruit each group bears.

Hope in a Box

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Keeping Warm

The warmth and joy of a Christian family is a true blessing from God.

Puzzles

Puzzled Over Jealousy

(Word Search) After completing this word search, the children will not be puzzled as to why God's jealousy is holy and just while theirs is not.

Skits

Fulfilled or Unfulfilled?

Two short skits to show the difference between giving into the desires of this world and finding contentment in following the ways of the Lord. (Skit for seven)

Joy of Sacrifice

Part 4: Sofia discovers the joy of serving food to others, after some confusion about who will enjoy the meal. (A skit for three)

Stories

Inspirational Stories (part 1)

Stories that will touch your heart and soul

Inspirational Stories (part 2)

More stories that will touch your heart and soul