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Pleasing God

Doing things according to God's Will (See also honoring God)

"Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'" Matthew 22:37


Activities

All About King Josiah

The children will learn about a young king who did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.

At Your Service

Children will learn that God wants us to serve Him wholeheartedly. Children will also learn about different ways in which they can serve the Lord.

Be Prepared for Opposition

Children enjoy a fun activity while learning how to prepare for opposition.

Give it Up

Children identify areas in their lives that they need to give up, so they can offer themselves to God as living sacrifices.

Heart of the Matter

This activity helps children focus on connecting with God’s heart.

Nehemiah’s Profile

The children will review Nehemiah’s different character traits and attributes.

The Fear of God

God doesn't want us to be terrified of Him, but to respect and honor Him.

Thinking BIG with God

The children will learn how God uses each person in unique ways for His purpose.

Bulletin Boards

Putting Jesus First

Children will enjoy completing this interactive bulletin board/coloring activity and seeing how they can put Jesus first with their words, actions, thoughts, and life.

Work of His Hands

God makes us different for a reason. We all have a purpose. As Jeremiah discovered while observing the potter as he made clay vessels, God can use us in any way He chooses. We are His children, and He is our Lord. (Jeremiah 18:1-10)

Crafts

Dedication Necklace

Kids create a colorful necklace as a reminder to dedicate their whole lives to Jesus.

I'm a Child of God

A fun craft to help children with their daily walk with God and to encourage good habits.

Games

Knock-Knock

A child selected to be king will judge the abilities of the other kids to describe a situation that is pleasing to God. If accepted by the king, they can enter his pretend kingdom.

Live to Serve

Two teams are challenged to come up with different ways they can live to serve Jesus

Lessons

A Living Sacrifice

In this lesson, the children will learn that to be just like Jesus, they must give their whole self to God and become a pleasing offering to Him. As Jesus sacrificed His life for our sins, so that we may have everlasting life, we must also become "Living Sacrifices", holy and pleasing to God.

Beware of Forgetting God

This lesson teaches the importance of remembering God during times of prosperity. Additionally, the kids will learn not to deceive themselves into thinking that it is through their own ingenuity or strength that they have acquired homes, material goods, or money—opportunities, abilities, strengths, and talents come from the Lord, which we should never forget.

Gabriel Visits Mary

After completing this Christmas lesson, children will learn that God has great things in store for all of us as we live lives that are pleasing to Him.

Obey God Completely (Saul)

After completing this lesson, the children will understand the importance of following God's commands completely, and by doing so receive many blessings and joy.

Restoration Complete

In this lesson, the children learn that Nehemiah let neither opposition nor mockers stand in his way of repairing the walls around Jerusalem.

The Religious Leaders

In this lesson, the children will learn about the Religious Leaders who were too busy being pious to notice that Jesus had been born. We will talk about the difference between having a head full of knowledge and a heart full of knowledge during the Christmas season.

Object Talks

Eye of the Needle

An Object Talk to show how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God when weighed down with earthly possessions.

Jesus is Here

We must always live our lives remembering that Jesus is right here with us, knowing everything we say and do.

Love Without End

A simple Object Talk to show how much God desires our love and adoration, all throughout our lives.

Precious Gift of Time

An Illustration to demonstrate how quickly time passes.

Value Others Above Yourself

The children will discover how to apply God’s Word through an object talk to prefer others over themselves.

What Type of Fear?

Children learn that to fear God means to respect Him, not to be terrified of Him.

Puzzles

Nehemiah Repairs the Walls

(Word Search) Children search for words found in the story of Nehemiah, who let neither opposition nor mockers stand in his way of rebuilding Jerusalem's walls for God.

Saul is Anointed King

(Word Search) Children search for words related to Saul becoming king.

Where Is Jonah?

(Word Search) A search to find out what happened to Jonah when he disobeyed God.

Skits

Dedicating Yourself to the Lord

Mini skits about dedicating your desires, actions, and thoughts to the Lord.

How Do You Love Game Show

The students will enjoy participating in a silly skit that demonstrates the need to show love and dedication through your heart and actions—not just through words and study. (Four or more actors.)

Songs

Putting Jesus First

(Audio Available) A song about putting Jesus first in thoughts, words, and actions. Sung to the tune, "Are You Sleeping?"