Saturday, December 02, 2006

The Church -- God's Great Plan

We begin our lessons on the church this week. We will have 8 class sessions. Each week is going to be basically the same lesson. I will be adding to it as I find time. I've got it all planned in my head and on paper, but haven't had time to implement everything yet.

The general plan for the month is the following:

God's Great Plan
God's Plan of Salvation
The Organization of the Church
The Work of the Church

Instead of a popup book to send home, we will be working on a pocket book. This format just seemed to fit the need better than the other. There will be a pocket for each of the above topics. Each pocket will have cards with pictures to help them visualize/remember what we learned.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and the The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big and God Made The Round Round Sun.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Heaven. I haven't mentioned this in a while, but all of the pictures for the magnetic puzzles have come from the Beginner's Bible Cards published by Scholastic. If you don't have these cards, I recommend the highly. They send you 2 or 3 packets every few weeks, so it takes a while to accumulate them all. I don't think I have a complete set, but I have enough to do some really neat things.

Sing: Salvation -- We used this song in VBS. We'll sing it this month because it teaches about how to be saved.

God's Great Plan Flip Chart -- This is a short flip chart that gives a brief overview of God's plan:

God created the World (He had a plan from the beginning)
God made Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve sinned -- bringing sin into the world
God punished Adam and Eve
God sent Jesus to save us all
Jesus died, was buried and was resurrected
Jesus ascended into Heaven
Jesus is in Heaven preparing a place for us
We can go live with Him in Heaven if we do His will

I used the Beginner's Bible Cards published by Scholastic for the flip chart as well.

The first pocket page for our new book is about God's Great plan. The children will have 5 picture cards representing what we discussed in the flip chart. The pictures on the cards are:

Adam and Eve in the garden
Adam and Eve being banished from the garden
Jesus as an adult
Jesus ascending

They will get to try to put them in order and then put them back in the pocket. They'll get to do this every class for a total of 8 times.

Attendance chart: I'm still working on this, but it is supposed to be a church building. Each class children will add a person to the outside.

During our VBS, one of the men here built a really nice wooden church building. We'll be using it this month. Each child will have a small car that they can drive up to the church building. We'll talk about going to worship God with our families and all it takes to get ready.

Worshiping God. We'll spend time praying and singing. We'll read from the Bible. We'll let them taste the communion bread. We'll let them put money in a basket. As we do each of these things, we'll talk about its significance and some good manners while doing them.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer