May 30, 2021

Why Do We Say Good Night?

By Champ Thornton

Psalm 4:8

In peace I will lie down and sleep.

Lord, you alone keep me safe.

"I'm trusting you, God. YOU are good!"

Preschool Series - COMMUNITY

In this series, children will learn that they are a part of the church, and that they matter in it! Children will be reminded that Jesus is Lord and he loves them, and he has a place for them in his church.

The church : Lydia believes

Today’s story from the Bible is about a woman named Lydia. She heard all about Jesus from Paul and Timothy!

Retell the story

Paste a purple cloth and colour the storyboard as you listen to the story below.

Wk 5 - Lydia.pdf

Sing and Dance!

Time to Colour!

Wk 3 - Pray - 2-3.pdf

Pray

Remind the children that Lydia was praying by the river when Paul and Timothy told her about Jesus. Say a simple sentence prayer.

“Thank you, God, for [name someone such as mom, dad, etc.]!”

Big Idea: We are the church together.

May Series: ACTS - RADICAL

Radical can mean awesome and amazing. It can also mean something that has an impact so intense that it affects the very root of the thing. The triune God has a radical impact in our lives—so awesome and amazing—that it changes us at our very core. And that's radical.

When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here!

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIRV)

K - Grade 3

Conversation starters...

What do you think it means to be bold?

What does it make you think of?

How does being bold make you feel?

Have you ever acted boldly? What happened?

What would you do?

You notice a kid sitting alone at lunchtime

You hear about a friend whose parents are getting divorced

You spot a group of kids picking on someone during recess

What might it look like to be bold in response to each of these scenes?

There isn’t one right answer, but potentially lots of good ideas for how to handle the situation boldly.

Isn't it awesome that we’re never in this alone: God is with us through the Holy Spirit, and he helps us to be brave and bold!

Be B O L D !

Using four craft sticks, write a big B at the end of one craft stick, an O at the end of the next, an L on the next, and a D at the end of the last stick.

When we feel or know we should be bold for Jesus, we can:

Take a deep breath!

Print BREATHE starting with the B on their craft stick or draw a picture of someone breathing.

Open our hearts to what the Holy Spirit wants.

Print OPEN HEARTS and/or draw hearts on the O craft stick.

Listen for what God wants us to do.

Print LISTEN and/or draw ears on the D craft stick.

Do something bold!

Print DO or draw a picture of yourself doing a bold thing on the D craft stick.

BOLD steps:

BREATHE

OPEN HEARTS

LISTEN

DO

Use elastics to hold your sticks and use them as reminders to be bold.

Big Idea: We show radical boldness through the Holy Spirit.

Grades 4-6

Conversation starters...

Have you ever seen someone do something really bold?

What was it? Would you do it?

Why or why not?

How does the Holy Spirit help us be radically bold?

Read 2 Corinthians 3:7–18

What does verse 12 say to us?

How does it relate to today’s Big Idea that we show radical boldness through the Holy Spirit?

Do you feel as if you could be bold? Why or why not?

Think of a time when they had the opportunity to be bold for Jesus or to stand up for someone. Share what that experience was like.

What does it look like to be radically bold for Jesus when you’re online?

How about at school?

Big Idea: We show radical boldness through the Holy Spirit.

Grades 7-9

Hangout

Would you say you’re timid and shy or bolder?

Who’s the “bold person” in your friend group?

What do you think it means to be bold for Jesus?

How could this boldness be lived out?

Read Ephesians 6:10–20

Paul gives us some wisdom for how we can be “armed”, then he asks the recipients of his letter to pray that he would be bold.

How do Paul’s ideas about the armour of God help embolden us?

In what ways do you need help to be bold for or about Jesus?

Huddle

Have you ever had the opportunity to say something about Jesus to a friend, but you didn’t do it? What happened? Could the radical boldness of the Holy Spirit have helped you?

The next time you get this kind of opportunity, breathe a prayer to God and ask for help through his Holy Spirit.

Big Idea: We show radical boldness through the Holy Spirit.