Kid City 3/22/20 Service

Mar 20, 2020

Dear Parents,
This weekend we are joining Pastor Rusty with our Kid City lessons, discussion questions, and activity guide. After you have participated in our live stream weekend service or watched the recording, please follow up with your preschool and elementary age children with this lesson and activity suggestions. 

“Trust in God!!! He is in Control!!!”

I love all the time we are getting to spend together!!! It is one of my favorite things to do!!! What are some of your favorite things to do??? (allow the children to respond) Those sound like great things to do!!! Have you ever been told to do something by a teacher? (allow children to respond) God tells us what to do too!!! He does!!! When God tells us to do something, we better do it and trust in Him!!!

Our bottom-line this week is “Trust in God!!! He is in Control” Repeat after me, “Trust in God!!! He is in Control!!!” (Children will repeat, “Trust in God!!! He is in Control!!!”)

After God’s people had been wandering in the desert for 40 years, God decided it was time for them to take the journey to the promised land. This land was so special because God had promised the people they would get to live in an amazing place with awesome food and places for kids to play. It was perfect! Except for one thing, they were afraid of the people who lived there, but God was in control and he takes care of his people. Repeat after me “Trust in God!!! He is in Control!!” (Children will repeat, “Trust in God!!! He is in Control!!!”)

Today we are going to read an awesome story about how God’s people trusted in Him even when they didn’t know what was going to happen.

If you have a children’s Bible at home you may go ahead and open it to the story about Crossing the Jordan River. This is found in Joshua chapter 3-4. You may not have this story in your children’s Bible, but we can pretend!!! You can also watch the included Bible story video.

Practice using your Bible with your children to look up Joshua 4:1-7. Use the table of contents to find Joshua, go to the page number provided (this is Chapter 1). Then find the large number 4 (chapter 4). Lastly, the tiny numbers in the text are the verse numbers. Read verse 1-7 to your children. AND Watch the video here:

It always amazes me what God can do through us when we trust in Him. Repeat after me “Trust in God!!! He is in Control!!!” (Children will repeat, “Trust in God!!! He is in Control!!!”)

  God gave us His Word, also known as the Bible, to help us know what He wants us to do. He also gave us the Holy Spirit to speak to us and guide us towards the best life God wants for us!!!

Ask children if they have a prayer request and pray with children about what they share.

PrayerDear God,

Thank you for this lesson today.

Thank you for my family and friends too!

Thank you for helping me do what You say!

Thank you for your love.

In Jesus name, AMEN!

Discussion Questions:

  • What river did the Israelite people cross to go into the promised land? (The Jordan River)
  • What city was across the river? (Jericho)
  • What did the priests carry into the river? (the Ark of the Covenant)
  • What happened when the priests stepped into the water? (it stopped flowing and they stood on dry ground)
  • What did Joshua order 12 men to pick up from the river? (12 stones)
  • Why did he want them to pick up the 12 stones (so they could have a physical reminder of when they crossed the river on dry ground)
    Bonus questions:
  • What was in the Ark of the Covenant? (the 2nd set of stone tablets that had the 10 Commandments written on them)
  • What happened to the first set of stone tablets? (Moses broke them in anger when he came down the mountain to the Israelites worshiping the golden calf)
  • Who were the 12 tribes of Israel? (the descendants of the sons of Jacob)
  • This was the 2nd time the Israelites crossed a body of water on dry ground as they were leaving Egypt. What was the first? (when the crossed the Red Sea fleeing Pharaoh and the Egyptian army)

Trust and Faith Object Lesson 
Supplies needed: 1 blindfold and 1 chair

I need a volunteer. A brave one! (choose an older child or adult first if possible)
SAY, Trust is like this…

  • blindfold them and spin them around a few times to disorient them so they don’t know which way to walk or move
  • explain to the family that this person now doesn’t know where they are and describe some of the dangers they could face if they aren’t careful. (running into a wall, falling down, stubbing their toe on furniture, etc…)
  • begin to give your helper instructions:

SAY, I’m going to tell you where to walk. If you’ll listen to me you won’t fall down or run in to anything.

(as you give directions and the person successfully completes them without hurting themselves add some explanation)

SAY, Can my helper see where she is going? (No) Can my helper hear my instructions? (Yes) It’s important that we all are quiet so my helper can hear all my instructions.

SAY, How does she know where to go? She is hoping that I am giving her good directions and trusting that I won’t let her hurt herself. She can’t see, right? (allow children to respond) So she has to trust me, the one who can see.

DO, secretly move a chair into the area you are using. Don’t let the chair touch your helper…you don’t want them to know it is there. NOTE: when I did this the person didn’t sit like they were sitting in a chair, they moved to sit on the floor, where their feet were. So when you give instructions tell your helper sit back like there is a chair behind them…but they can’t feel for the chair.)

DO, direct your helper around the room then back to the chair you prepared and give them clear instructions.

This is an example of trust, of faith.

When we trust God we are trusting that God can see the future way before us. So when God tells us to do things we don’t completely understand we have to trust that He can see what we cannot. Repeat after me “Trust in God!!! He is in Control” (Children will repeat, “Trust in God!!! He is in Control”)

Repeat with other children in the house until everyone who wants to participate has had an opportunity.

Build a stone monument activity
Supplies: multiple pieces of paper and masking tape (or any tape)
This is a great opportunity to go outside but can be done inside as well.
If outside, have kids each gather 12 stones and pile them together to make a monument. Use glue or tape if needed. (NOTE: I have not tried to to know it will work with the stones available to you)
In Inside, crumple sheet(s) of paper into a ball as large as you want and wrap in tape to form a “stone”. Stack “stones” into a monument just like the Israelite people did.

ASK, the children to tell you what the stones meant in the Bible story

Coloring Page Activity
Supplies: printer, crayons, markers, or colored pencils. 
Click the link below to open and print the coloring page

Joshua Soldiers Putting 12 Stones coloring page

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