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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Heaven -- Revelation 21, 22

This morning was my last class for a while. I've been allowed a sabatical so to speak. I've been teaching a Bible class since my nearly 5 year old was 6 weeks old. I haven't been in the same class all the time, but I have been teaching non-stop. I love to teach, but it's time I sat in an adult class and got some refreshing lessons.

I've really enjoyed teaching this group of kids. We've been together for a whole year. We studied the life of Christ for the first 6 months and then the history of the church for the last 6 months. I know I have learned a lot and I hope they have as well.

Our lesson today was on Heaven. We first looked at the words to the song No Night There by Hart Danks and John Clements. The words were taken right out of Revelation 21. I read it to them as a poem.

NO NIGHT THERE

In the land of fadeless day lies the "city four-square,"
It shall never pass away, and there is "no night there."

All the gates of pearl are made in the "city four-square,"
All the streets with gold are laid, and there is "no night there."

There they need no sunshine bright, in that "city four-square,"
For the Lamb is all thel ight, and there is "no night there."

God shall "wipe away all tears;"
There's no death, no pain, for fears;
And they count not time by years,
For there is "no night there."

It is a beautiful song and one I remember singing when I was very young. After reading the song to them and making sure they understood what all the words meant, we read most of Rev 21 and part of 22.

In the reading it talks about how those that obey the commandments will hve rights to the tree of life. We talked about where they had heard of the tree of life before. Then we went back to Gen 3 and read about what God said about the tree of life. It was very neat how the end of the Bible brings up the tree of life again. We talked about how next week they would start studying Genesis again. This time they would be old enough to remember everything we had talked about. They will know where God's Plan is heading as they study it over again.

One of the goals for this class for each child to read through the entire New Testament on their own. I gave them a schedule each quarter and there was a place on their project folder to put stickers as they finished parts of the reading. I had 2 students that completed the assignment and a couple more that did very well with it. It was so encouraging to see these kids (ages 11 and 12) reading their Bibles so diligently. I hope it continues to be a habit throughout their lives.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations: Work on stations before class and for the first 5 or 10 minutes.

Today's lesson: Discuss Heaven (see above)

Roll Call of Faith -- Read entire passage together

Saturday, December 22, 2007

What Happens After Baptism

Last Sunday we talked about baptism: what it is, why we do it, etc. So, Wednesday night we spent some time talking about what happens after someone is baptized. The kids knew that their sins would be forgiven, but there's a whole lot more that goes on. We talked about about what it means to have your sins forgiven. We talked about the angels rejoicing in Heaven. We talked about eternal life. We talked about how after baptism they could pray to God (God doesn't hear sinners) and how important it would be for them to partake of the Lord's supper on the first day of the week. This brought about a discussion of "not forsaking the assembly".

Tomorrow morning we're going to finish this discussion by talking about what they should do after they become Christians. Of course, some of this can be done now also.

I want to encourage them to study regularly like the Bereans (Acts 17:11).

I want to talk to them some more about prayer. We'll read Phil 4:4-6 and 1 Thess 5:16-18. They need to know that they shouuld thank God and praise God when they pray. We'll also read Luke 11:9 so they'll learn to ask God for whatever they need. Then we'll read James 1:5 and talk about praying to God for wisdom.

We'll talk about loving one another (1 John 4:7-8 and verse 20)

We'll also talk about obeying parents (Ephesians 6:1)

My lesson plan:

Time at Stations: Work on stations before class and for the first 5 or 10 minutes.


Roll Call of Faith -- Read entire passage together

Today's lesson: Discuss what happens after baptism (see above)

If there's any time left, we'll review The Whole Armor of God.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Salvation -- A Review of the Plan of Salvation

Now that we've finished our study of the life of Christ and the history of the Church, I want to spend the next 3 classes on some topical material. I want to talk to the kids today about salvation. We've been using the word a lot. We've talked about how we are saved through baptism. I want to make sure they understand why we are saved. They need to know what we are saved from. Otherwise, they won't know what the alternative to being saved is. I want to do a brief review of the whole Bible story and then use the conversions of Acts chart as a review of how we are saved.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations: Work on stations before class and for the first 5 or 10 minutes.


Acts cards -- Review all of the Acts cards.

Today's lesson: Discuss savlation -- why we need to be saved, what we're saved from, who can be saved, how are we saved

Project Folders: Read the Roll Call of Faith introducing the passage.

Sing:

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Paul is Shipwrecked and Makes it to Rome -- Acts 28

Tonight we finish Acts. We've been studying it for nearly 6 months. It's been a great study. Tonight we'll talk about Paul's shipwreck and his arrival in Rome.

We just have 6 more class sessions before another teacher takes over this group. I've been teaching this class for a year in January. I think I need a break and I know they need a break from me.


My lesson plan:


Time at Stations: Work on stations before class and for the first 5 or 10 minutes.


Acts cards -- Review all of the Acts cards introducing Acts 28

Today's lesson: Briefly tell the story and give them specific people and events to listen for in the reading. Read Acts 28

Project Folders: Read 1 Corinthians 13. Also The Roll Call of Faith

Sing:

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Paul before Festus and King Agripps -- Acts 25 and 26

Even thought there was no lesson plan, we did actually talk about Paul and Felix (Acts 24) last Wednesday night. Tomorrow morning we'll talk about Paul before Festus and Agrippa. The class will be spent mostly in reading chapters 25 and 26. I will make some brief comments before the reading so they'll know who Festus and Agrippa are. I hope they will recognize our reading chapter 26. It is Paul's description of his conversion.

For various reasons, the attendance of our regular students in class has been spasmodic. I don't if we've had a full class more than twice this quarter. Because of this the memory work is coming along a little slower than usual. I hope to give a little pep talk tomorrow and encourage them to work on one at a time. I want everyone to at least have one thing memorized. I know that they are all becoming very familiar with all of the passages and lists to memorize. That's a good thing too.

The visitors visitors that come, are there most of the time. They are all so eager. I don't think most of them (there are about 6 that come and 4 of them are very regular in attendance) have ever heard much of the Bible at all. They just soak it all in.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations: Work on stations before class and for the first 5 or 10 minutes.


Acts cards -- Review all of the Acts cards introducing Acts 25 and 26

Today's lesson: Briefly tell the story and give them specific people and events to listen for in the reading. Read Acts 25 and 26

Project Folders: If there's time read together The Roll Call of Faith.

Sing:

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Paul is Arrested -- Acts 22 and 23

Oops! I forgot to post a lesson plan Sunday. It was probably for the best. I wouldn't have followed it anyway. We had 14 students in class again. I was hoping to get further into Paul's arrest in Jerusalem, but I didn't. It was probably for the best. We stopped just short of chapter 23.

Our lesson Sunday started in Acts 21:15. We talked about the events leading up to Paul's arrest and what happened shortly after. We read from Acts 21:15 -22:29. When we got to Paul's defense (chapter 22 verse 3) I asked them if they had heard this story before. Most of them shook their heads yes. When we got verse 20 where Paul talks about his part in stoning Stephen, I asked them if they remembered what chapter Stephen is found in. Most of them said chapter 7. They're learning.

Tonight we'll pick up in chapter 22 verse 30. This covers Paul standing before the council and causing a division between. Then we'll talk about the plot against Paul and his trip to see Felix. We'll read through the end of chapter 23.


My lesson plan:


Time at Stations: Work on stations before class and for the first 5 or 10 minutes.


Acts cards -- Review all of the Acts cards introducing Acts 22 and 23

Today's lesson: Briefly tell the story and give them specific people and events to listen for in the reading. Read Acts 22:30 - 23:35.

Project Folders: Go over 1 Corinthians 13. Review The Whole Armor of God.

Sing:

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Third Journey Ends -- Acts 21

Tonight, we end the third journey. It is a sad ending for Paul and his friends. He realizes that he is about to face some trying times ahead. We'll get in to his arrest next week though. Tonight, we will just talk about the last few days of his journey and his reception in Jerusalem.

I'll be honest, this part of Acts intimidates me. In times past, this is the part we have only gone over quickly. I'm a little anxious about how much time to spend on it. Since the only plan we're following for this class was drawn up by my husband and he's given me lots of freedom to do what seems best, I can go as quickly or slowly as I want. I do need to be finished with Acts by the end of December. Hopefully, I'll finish much sooner and be able to spend time in some of the letters and a couple of lessons on Revelation.

Tonight's lesson will not take an awful long time to finish. In fact, I had thought about covering more ground, but I don't want the kids to be overwhelmed. Instead, I want to start the class with a review of the whole Bible story. One of our stations is dedicated to this. I want the students to be able to tell the story themselves. We'll review it tonight and I'll try to encourage them to be working on it at home. I also want to review a little of what we talked about on Sunday. I want to talk about the elders again and some of the specific things that our elders do for them.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations: Work on stations before class and for the first 5 or 10 minutes.

Review of Bible Story: Using the timeline, review the major stories of the Bible. We will stress the promises to Abraham and the fulfillment of those promises to Moses, Joshua and finally the coming of Christ.

Acts cards -- Review all of the Acts cards introducing Acts 21

Today's lesson: Take time to review Paul's visit with the elders in Miletus. This is a good time to talk about the elders responsibilities and how that affects the students' lives. Finish up the third journey by telling the story and then reading it aloud as they follow along.


Project Folders: Go over 1 Corinthians 13. If there's time read the Roll Call of Faith together.

Sing:

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Paul Meets With The Ephesian Elders -- Acts 20

This lesson plan is being posted after the fact. I had some scribbles written on a piece of paper for class this morning. Now, I'll get to say what really happened, not what I want to happen.

We had 13 students in class this morning. We also had 3 adults. One of our new Christians wanted to come observe class this morning. Plus, I had my regular helper. It was crowded, but everyone behaved and we had a good class.

Since Paul was going to meet with the elders in Miletus, we reviewed who the elders were and what their job was. We read the passage in 1 Timothy where Paul tells Timothy how to select elders. We also read 1 Pet 5:2 where Peter talks to elders about their responsibilities. Last quarter one of our stations was devoted to the organization and mission of the church. We talked about the elders then, so this was mostly a review.

I didn't feel like I had said everything I wanted to about the elders (no lesson plan), at the moment, couldn't figure out what I had left out. Next week, while we're reviewing the lesson from today, I'll talk to them about the elders on a more personal level. We talked about who our elders are, but I want them to know how much these elders care for them. I want them to feel like they can go talk to the elders about anything. We're a pretty small congregation, so they know the elders, so this isn't a real problem here. I want the students to know that the elders have a special interest in their souls and want them to go to Heaven.

We added the next 2 sections of The Roll Call of Faith: These all died in faith, not having received the promises.... and Abraham soujourned in a land of promise....


My lesson plan:


Time at Stations: Half of the class was already there when I got to class and I was 15 minutes early. They worked at their stations until time for class to start.

Acts cards -- We introduced Acts 20 card and reviewed all of the rest. Several of them are very good at knowing what happened in each chapter of Acts. That's something they can take and use the rest of their lives.

Today's lesson: After talking to the kids about elders, we talked about Paul meeting with the elders at Miletus. We talked about how close he was to them and how sad they all were when he left. We talked about his warnings of problems that were ahead for them. We then read the passage from Acts 20.



Project Folders: Read the Roll Call of Faith and discuss sections 7 and 8

If there's time review another memory passage from their project folder.

Sing:

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Paul Brings Eutychus to Life -- Acts 20:1-12

One of my students made my day Wednesday night. She said that her teacher at school was teaching them about different religions around the world. The teacher told the kids that we don't worship all of their gods, we follow the 10 commandments. The student told me that she knew the teacher was wrong because Jesus nailed the old law to the cross and we are under the new law. I was very proud of her for understanding the error.

Today's lesson continues the third journey. Paul goes through Macedonia and on to Corinth where he writes the book of Romans. I read Romans 12: 9-21 where Paul teaches the Romans how to treat each other. If we are doing good on time, I'll continue reading into chapter 13 where it talks about our responsibility to the government.

After Paul leaves Corinth, he eventually arrives at Troas where he meets with the brethren to break bread. This is an excellent passage to review what the Lord's Supper is about and when/how we're supposed to take it. We can also see the love the Christians had for the truth since they sat and listened to Paul preach all night. Of course, this is the reason Eutychus died and we'll get to talk about how Paul brought him back to life.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations: Spend about 10 minutes at the beginning of class.

Acts cards -- Review all of the Acts cards we've used up until now. Introduce Acts 20 card. We've just been running through these each week. I'll say, "What happened in chapter 1?" and they'll tell me and so on. I want to try getting them to think a little more about it by asking questions like, "If you had a friend that didn't believe in God, what chapter could you read with him to tell who God is."

Today's lesson: Review the 3rd journey up until Corinth (Acts doesn't actually say he went to Corinth, but it is assumed that's where he spent the winter, since that's what he said he wanted to do one of the letters to Corinth.

Discuss the book of Romans. Paul wrote it while in Corinth. He had never been to Rome, but was hoping to go eventually. Read Romans 12:9-21 and discuss briefly. If there's time read Romans 13:1-7 and discuss briefly.

Continue reading to Acts 20:7. Discuss the Lord's Supper briefly (especially about taking it on the first day of the week). We've talked about this in depth in previous quarters. This should all be review for them. Then discuss the story of Eutychus.

Introduce the folder activity: Interesting People We've Met In Acts. This activity will review some of the people we met briefly: Gamaliel, Ananias (chapter 9), Elymas, Simon the Sorcerer, Eutychus, Apollos. There are 3 cards that describe each person. They are to put the correct cards in the pocket with the person's name on it that it matches. After they're through they can take the cards out and turn them over. If they are in the correct pocket, they'll be able to put them together where they show the number of the chapter that person is from.

Project Folders: Read the Roll Call of Faith and discuss sections 5 and 6.

If there's time review another memory passage from their project folder.

Sing:

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Riot in Ephesus -- Acts 19

I had a question about my last post. The questions asked about how long the class is, how do I cover so much material in the class and how do I handle disruptive children.

My Sunday AM class is just 25-30 minutes long. We do have at least 10 minutes between class and worship, so we don't always leave right when the bell rings. I tell them to take their time and finish what they're doing. I could really use another 10 or 15 minutes. Wednesday evening we have about 40 minutes. That's much better, but there is no time between class and meeting together in the auditorium. We have to be ready to go pretty quick.

I do tend to cover a lot of material during the classes. Sunday's class was especially packed with information. I want the kids to really learn the journeys, so we're taking them pretty slow. Adding the letters in when they are written is something I'm doing as we have time. I don't go in depth with the letters. I just want to point out one or two passages or verses that they are going to hear fairly frequently or that I think we need to discuss in class. I'm hoping they will leave the class feeling like the New Testament is something they can learn more about and that is very important to study.

I don't have a whole lot of trouble with disruptive children. We are so busy and there are so many things to do, there is no time for disruptions. The regular visitors we've been having are not used to being in a Bible class that actually teaches instead of entertaining and serving snacks. They were a little restless when they first started coming, but they're better now. Of course, Wednesday PM is the hardest. They are all tired from school. Tonight I'm going to have to really be on my toes. I'm sure some of them have been trick or treating.

The key to keeping control in the class is to keep the class moving. If they are ever given the chance to let their minds wander, they will start doing something other than what they should be doing. I always plan more than what we can do so this won't be a problem. I don't have any problem calling a child down bluntly and in a matter of fact manner. My 11 year old once said (after being with a different teacher in VBS) that the other teacher says things like, "Timothy, why don't you turn around and open your Bible". He said that I say things like, "Timothy, turn around and open your Bible!" Different teachers have different styles, but it works for me. The kids keep coming back with a smile on their face, so I guess they don't mind.

Tonight we'll study about the riot in Ephesus. It is thought that Paul wrote both the Corinthian letters from Ephesus. We'll talk briefly about them. We're already going over 1 Corinthians 13 every Wednesday night and they are memorizing it at one of the stations, so that will be what we talk about for 1 Corinthians. We'll be talking about being a cheerful giver from 2 Corinthians 9:7

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations: Spend about 10 minutes at the beginning of class.

Acts cards -- Review all of the Acts cards we've used up until now. Introduce Acts 19 card. I was supposed to do this Sunday, but we ran out of time. Since we'll finish it up tonight, I'll make sure to show them the card tonight.

Today's lesson: Give a brief review (or preview) of the goddess Diana. She was a daughter of Zeus (Jupiter) and a twin sister of Apollos. She was considered a goddess of childbirth and hunting among other things. Review the events in the 3rd journey so far. Tell the story of the riot in Ephesus and then read it as the students follow along. Discuss the letters to Corinthians -- 1 Corinthians 13 (see below) and 2 Corinthians 9:7 (cheerful giver)

Project Folders: We didn't get to go over the Roll Call of Faith on Sunday AM. We'll make sure to at least read it together tonight. We want to make sure and read 1 Corinthians 13 and check to make sure the students are doing their copywork of it in their project folders.

Sing:

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Paul's Third Journey Begins -- Acts 18 and 19

After visiting Jerusalem at the end of the 2nd journey, Paul heads down to Antioch. From there, he begins his 3rd journey. This journey starts out much like the 2nd one. He visits the Christians he first taught in the 1st journey (Galatia) and then again in the 2nd journey. This time, he goes to Ephesus and catches up with Aquila and Priscilla. He stayed there quite a while and taught many people. We'll talk to day about the religious error Paul corrected -- those who had not been baptized into Christ's baptism, but Johns.

Before Paul bets to Ephesus, Luke tells us about Apollos. He also only knew of John's baptism. Aquila and Priscilla took him aside and taught him the rest of what he needed to know. He then went on to be a great influence and teacher to many in Corinth. Here is a great example of someone who thought they knew what was right. They thought they were doing what Christ wanted, but they were wrong. The Christians that were amongst him took him aside and taught him.

It is thought that Paul wrote the epistle Galatians while in Ephesus. We'll talk about it briefly this morning. I want to read with the kids Galatians 1:6-10 where Paul tells the Galatians to not accept any other teaching than what he had taught them. I also want to read Galatians 5:19-23 that contrasts the works of the flesh and the fruit of the spirit.

My lesson plan:

Time at Stations: We have a lot of material to cover. Assuming everyone is there on time, we'll start our lesson pretty quickly after the bell rings.

Acts cards -- Review all of the Acts cards we've used up until now. Introduce Acts 19 card.

Today's lesson: Review the 2nd journey. Briefly tell the story of Apollos and then read it from Acts 18:24-28. Briefly tell about the first part of Paul's visit in Ephesus and then read it from Acts 19:1-20. We'll cover the riot in Ephesus on Wednesday night. Discuss the letter to the Galatians and then read Galatians 1:6-10 and Galatians 5:19-23.

Project Folders: Read the Roll Call of Faith. Introduce the 5th and 6th parts of the Roll Call of Faith. Attempt to say the first 6 parts by memory. If there's time quickly go over the Whole Armor of God.

Sing:

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Paul Visits Corinth -- Acts 18

Tonight, we bring Paul's second journey to end. He will visit Corinth where he meets Aquila and Priscilla, writes 1 and 2 Thessalonians and then briefly visits Cenchrea and Ephesus before ending the journey.

I've been reading Bob Waldron's book Go Tell The Good News as we go through Acts. It is very helpful. He stops and explains the letters Paul writes when he writes them. His description of 1 and 2 Thessalonians was very helpful. I want to bring out 1 Thessalonians 4 (toward the end of the chapter) where Paul describes the end of time. And then in chapter 5 he explains what will happen to Christians that have died before this happens. I can just hear the kids, after reading the passage in chapter 4 ask, "What if you've already died?" And then in 2 Thessalonians Paul describes what will happen to those who are not Christians when Christ comes again.

We've been talking about how to be saved, what the church is, how we worship, etc. I think it will be a good time to let Paul tell us what will happen if we don't do the things we've been talking about.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Hopefully we will get to spend about 10 minutes at the stations tonight.

Acts cards -- Review all of the Acts cards we've used up until now. Introduce Acts 18 card.

Today's lesson: Review the 2nd journey and then read Acts 18 bringing the 2nd journey to a close.

Project Folders: Read the Roll Call of Faith. Read 1 Corinthians 13 together and try to do the first section by memory. Unlike Hebrews 11, we are doing the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 13. If we have time: Recite/read The Whole Armor of God from Ephesians 6

Sing:

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Paul Visits Athens -- Acts 17

We're finally to Paul's visit to Athens. Since the kids memorized the sermon Paul preached in Athens last quarter and since we talked about it in depth, this will be a great review lesson. We'll also have a little extra time to spend on some of our new memory work.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
All of the stations now have activities (at least 1) at them. Two of stations have cassette tapes to listen to.

Acts cards -- Review all of the Acts cards we've used up until now. Introduce Acts 17 card.

Today's lesson: Review the 2nd journey and then talk about the last half of Acts 17.

Project Folders: Read the Roll Call of Faith. Talk about the next 2 verses. See if we can say the first 4 verses (or sections) from memory. Since this is such a long chapter, I chose to condense and get the main points. Here is the exact words we're memorizing:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
*By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen ewre not made of things which are visible.
*By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrfice than Cain...and through it he being dead still speaks.
*By faith Enoch was translated so that he did not see death...for...he pleased God.
*But without faith it is impossible to please him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.
*By faith Noah...prepared an ark for the saving of his household.
*These all died in faith, not having received the promises...but now they eesire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
*By faith Abraham...offered up Isaac. By faith Abraham obeyed...not knowing where he was going. By faith he soujourned in the land of promise as in a foreign country.
*By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
*By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
*By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.
*By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.
*By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents...By faith, Moses, when he became of age refused to be called the son of Pharoah's daughter...By faith he forsook Egypt...By faith he kept the passover...By faith they passed through the Red Sea.
*By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.
*By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.
*And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also David and Samuel and the prophets.

Recite/read The Whole Armor of God from Ephesians 6

Sing:

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Paul Visits Thessalonica and Berea -- Acts 17

Even thought I didn't get a lesson plan online before class last night, I was prepared. I would've liked to have had the lesson plan in writing, but there's only so much time in a day. We are well into Paul's 2nd journey. Paul visits Thessalonica and teaching and converting souls to Christ. He also visits Berea and teaches many there as well. He leaves in a rush because his life is being threatened and heads down to Athens. We'll get into that Wednesday night.

We had another full class last night. We had 4 of our semi-regular visitors. Wednesday PM is always a little more challenging to teach than Sunday AM. Last night was no different. They tend to bring their school day into the Bible class. We're going to have to teach them that Bible class is a place for studying about God and the time given should be respected.

My goal for our regular students is that they become excellent Bible students and learn to apply it to their lives. My goal for the visitors is that they learn that God loves them and that I love them. I want them to know that they are wanted in class. I want them to know that the Bible is the most important book there is and that we should study it our whole lives. Hopefully all of the students will be able to learn some of the details of Paul's journeys. They'll also, hopefully, memorize or at least become very familiar with the passages we are memorizing this quarter.


My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
We had several late students (our regular students -- I need to talk to them about getting there on time), so we spent quite a bit of time in the stations letting them get settled in and ready for class.

Acts cards -- I meant to introduce Acts 17 card, but forgot. That's okay, we'll be talking about the rest of Acts 17 on Sunday.

Today's lesson: We reviewed the 1st journey and then the 2nd journey up until Paul left Philippi. I wanted the kids to see that what happened in Lystra (angry Jews from Antioch came to stir up trouble) happened on the 2nd journey as well. We covered Paul's visit to Thessalonica and Berea.

Project Folders: We read The Roll Call of Faith (condensed version of Heb 11) and I asked them to copy the first 2 section in their project folders. We also read 1 Corinthians 13 aloud. We now have a cassette recording of myself discussing 1 Corinthians 13 at that station, so each child can listen to it on their own. There is also a cassette for The Whole Armor of God.

Sing: We didn't have time to sing.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Philippian Jailer -- Acts 16

One of the most important thing a teacher needs to learn is to be prepared. Wednesday night, I wasn't. I could give a list of excuses to try to explain why I went to class unprepared, but none of them matter. I should've taken the time to be more prepared. The class wasn't a total loss, I just didn't feel as confident with the material as I wanted. Every once in a while, this happens and I'm always disappointed in how the class turns out.

I am much better prepared for tomorrow's class. Not only with the lesson material (Philippian Jailer), but also with the actual classroom preparations. This is the beginning of the 4th quarter I've been teaching this class. There is always a lot of work to do at the beginning of the quarter. Tonight, I got it all done. Tomorrow each child will get a project folder, memory work booklet and bookmark with the Bible reading listed on it. In the next couple of weeks, I need to make a few more activities for a couple of the stations. One of the stations is brand new (God's Plan station) and has no activities in its box.

Wednesday night we started the 2nd journey and we learned about Lydia's conversion. Tomorrow we will continue with the events that happened while Paul and Silas were in Philippi. We will learn about the Paul and Silas being arrested, their escape, the jailer's conversion and the Paul and Silas' release from prison.

Three of the students that needed their own Bibles got theirs Wednesday night. Two of these students have never been a Bible class before. This is all new to them. I also bought Bibles for those kids who forget theirs or don't have the NKJV. There was a lot of time spent finding Acts 16. I'm hoping they'll at least learn where Acts is before the quarter is through.


My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
We have all new stations. They are:

  • Bible Lesson Review
  • Chapters of Acts (15-28)
  • The Whole Armor of God
  • 1 Corinthians 13
  • The Roll Call of Faith (condensed version of Hebrews 11)
  • Paul's 3rd and 4th journeys
  • God's Plan
  • Memory Work Review
Acts cards -- Review all of the cards and Introduce Acts 16. See my previous post to see what these cards look like.

Today's lesson: Tell the story of Paul and Silas' experience in a Philippian jail. Then read the story from the text. I think telling the story first will help those with their new Bibles understand the story better. When I was reading the Bible first, they were spending so much energy trying to follow along that I think they didn't hear much of what we read.

Project Folders: Look over the project folders with the students. Then read aloud together The Roll Call of Faith. Then try to say the first 2 sections by memory. Of course, they won't be able to do this today, but we'll give it our best shot. Ccopy the first 2 sections in their project folder. There are 16 sections in all. We'll need to work on this every Sunday AM.

Sing: Sing Faith Is The Victory.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

The Jerusalem Conference -- Acts 15

This morning begins our new quarter. We will finish up the study of Acts and end our study of the New Testament during this quarter. In January we will begin again our 3-year cycle of studying the Bible with Genesis.

I worked until midnight last night trying to get everything ready for the new quarter, but I didn't get finished. So, instead of having the kids walk into a class in disarray, I decided to keep everything like it was and let them think we're still in the old quarter.

We've had 4 visitors semi-regularly this past quarter. All 4 of them have asked me if I had a Bible they could have. I finally ordered10 NKJV That I'll give to them this morning. I will also have some extra in the classroom for those kids that forget theirs.

I'll post a list of the stations next time, but one of the things we're memorizing is The Whole Armor of God from Ephesians 6. We will read that this morning in class. Since it talks about the word of God being the sword of the spirit and I am giving Bible out, I thought it would be a good time talk about how important the sword is to the soldier and thus the Bible is important to us.

I've been referring to the Acts Chapter Cards in my previous posts. I will keep referring to them in the future. I've had some questions asking what they were. Here is a slide show I put together of them. See if you can figure out what all the pictures represent.



My lesson plan:

Time at Stations:
Spend some time in stations. The stations are left overs from last quarter, but I'm sure there is plenty they haven't finished yet.

Pass Out Bibles: Read Ephesians 6:13-18. Talk about the Sword of the Spirit being the word of God.

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 15

Introduction to lesson: Review God's plan. Discuss the law and how difficult it was to follow. Also remind them about the Pharisees and how they kept making the law harder than it was intended for everyone.

Today's lesson: Acts 15 is a difficult lesson to teach. At least for me. I've never actually spent time teaching it before. Preview the story with them so when we read it together they'll understand what's going on. I'll do my best not to let them see hesitancy in teaching it.

Sing: Sing Faith Is The Victory.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Pictures Of the Bible Class

I really should take pictures at the beginning of the quarter, but I don't. These are pictures of the posters that are at each station. Our new quarter starts Sunday, so I'll be taking these down tomorrow.



Worship: At this station we learned about worship (singing, praying, preaching, giving and the Lord's supper). We learned a verse that teaches about each one.



The Unknown God: We memorized the sermon that Paul gave in Athens (Acts 17).



Steps To Salvation: We learned what needs to be done to be a Christian (Hear, Believe, Repent, Confess, Be Baptized) and passages that teach each one.



Paul's 1st and 2nd Journey: We learned about 8 cities from each journey and what happened in each city. We are only up to Acts 14, so we'll be studying the 2nd, 3rd and 4th journeys in the new quarter.



Review What You Know: This station was just a review of the memory work they had done in the past 2 quarters.



The Church: We learned about the organization and the mission of the church. They were to memorize a verse for each. We also looked at passages that taught about elders, deacons, and saints separately as well as edification, evangelism and benevolence.



Bible Lesson Review: This station had folder activities added that pertained to the lesson we were studying each week.



Acts: This is the station where they memorized something that happened in each chapter of Acts.



Conversion Chart: This chart shows all of the conversions in Acts. At the beginning of the quarter the steps taken to salvation for each person (or group of people) was covered with pieces of black paper. When we studied that conversion, we uncovered the row to see what they did. As you can see, we have 2 more conversions to go.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

The First Journey Ends -- Acts 14

This is our last class for this quarter. It has been interesting to say the least. With the younger kids moving up and the regular visitors, the class has doubled in size. There have been several classes where we didn't have enough places for everyone to sit. It has been a challenge, but very enjoyable.

One of the visitors asked a couple of weeks ago if I had a Bible she could have. It old her I would get her one. Well, being the forgetful person that I am, I didn't do it. She came up to me every time she saw me to ask if I had gotten her Bible yet. Well, I finally ordered 10 Bibles -- one for her, one for her brother and the other to keep in the classroom. They should be in early next week. I'm glad I'll finally be able to tell her that her Bible is one its way.

We are finishing up with the end of the first journey. It is the last part of this journey where Barnabas and Paul are mistaken for gods. The priest of the temple of Zeus was even preparing to offer sacrifices of oxen to them. Of course, to the Greeks, this would be the highest form of a compliment, but Barnabas and Paul were not happy about it. They made it clear that there was only one true God and that is who they should worship.

Paul and Barnabas appointed elders in the congregations as they passed back through on their way home. This will be another good opportunity to talk about the organization of the church.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Spend some time in stations

Project Folders: Since this is the last class of the quarter, take some time to praise the students that completed the Bible reading. I think about 4 of them read all of the reading required. Also recognize those that did some memory work.

Acts cards -- Review the Acts cards.

Introduction to lesson: Using the Eyewitness book on Ancient Greece, introduce the Greek culture. Especially the part about the gods they worshiped.

Unknown God: Review the Unknown God. Paul says some of the same things in this sermon as he does in Acts 14.

Today's lesson: Review the first part of the first journey and then go over the end of the journey in chapter 14.

The Church (It's Organization) Station: Go over each verse.

Sing: We're having our 5th Sunday Singing this afternoon. The theme of it is the Resurrection. To get them thinking on this, sing The Resurrection by Richard Morrison

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The First Journey Continues -- Acts 13:13 and following

As the first journey continues, Paul and Barnabas are in Antioch. They first talk with the Jews in the synagogue, but after being rejected take their message to the Gentiles. The sermon Paul preaches in the synagogue in Antioch again reminds the Jews of their history and how Christ is the one that was promised long ago. I hope to, again, impress on the students the whole story and how it fits into God's plan.

I was asked about the Unknown God that I keep referring to. This is the sermon in Acts 17 that Paul preaches to the Athenians. It is a wonderful sermon for the kids (and anyone else) to memorize. If you ever find yourself doubting who God is, this is the place to go. Paul had a wonderful opportunity to use what the Athenians knew -- idolatry -- and teach what they needed to know. He told them that the God they worshiped without knowing -- the unknown God -- was the one and only God.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Spend some time in stations

Acts cards -- Review the Acts cards.

Introduction to lesson: Quickly review the whole story starting from creation. This will set up the sermon that Paul preached in Antioch.

Today's lesson: After review of the beginning of the journey, continue with the events that happened in Antioch.

Paul's Journey Station: Go over the events in the first journey.

Project Folders -- I haven't gotten to spend as much time on the mission and organization of the church as I would have liked. I hope to spend some time tonight helping them with this station and this part of their project folders.

Sing: If there's time let them choose a song to sing.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Paul's First Journey Begins -- Acts 13

Someone asked me what the Acts cards were that I keep referring to. I hope to get a picture up soon, but they are cards my husband did to help kids learn what's in each chapter of Acts. He drew pictures that help with the memory such as: Acts 12, when Herod died of worms, there is a crown with worms crawling all around it. He also did this for each book of the New Testament.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Spend some time in stations

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 13

Today's lesson: First journey begins. We'll talk about beginning and going through Cyprus all the way to Perga where John Mark left.

Paul's Journey Station: Introduce the 1st journey. Most of the kids have done the activities at this station. I want to make sure they are doing the work in their project folders and get them ready to recite the first 2 journey by memory. We didn't do this Wednesday night, so we'll have to do it today.

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. They should have copied the entire passage by now. I hope some can recite it this morning.

Sing: If there's time let them choose a song to sing.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Peter in Prison Again -- Acts 12

This is the last lesson before Paul's First Missionary Journey. It is a chapter that covers not only Peter's miraculous release from prison, but Herod's miserable death. I was greatly helped with background information by reading Bob Waldron's Go Tell The Good News.
I highly recommend it.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Spend some time in stations

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 11 and 12

Today's lesson: Herod persecutes the church, Peter is miraculously released from prison and Herod dies a miserable death.

Paul's Journey Station: Introduce the 1st journey. Most of the kids have done the activities at this station. I want to make sure they are doing the work in their project folders and get them ready to recite the first 2 journey by memory.

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. Introduce the last verse of Paul's sermon. Do a vocabulary activity from the Unknown God station as a group.

Sing: If there's time let them choose a song to sing.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Cornelius -- Acts 10 and 11

This lesson is actually from last Wednesday night and for this morning. Wednesday evening we studied the conversion of Cornelius. This event marked a huge change in what the Jews understood the church to be. Of course, God had it planned all along. Now, Gentiles that obeyed God's word could now become Christians. If it wasn't for this part of God's plan, most of us would not be part of God's family -- the church.

Today, we be studying from Acts 11. After Peter goes back to Jerusalem (from being with Cornelius), he is confronted by some of the Jewish Christians. They did not understand why he would be taking the gospel to the Gentiles. Peter tells them what happened and in the end, they all rejoice over this event.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Spend some time in stations

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 11

Today's lesson: Peter's Explains Cornelius' conversion to the Jewish Christians

Worship Station: Go over whatever they seem to need help with.

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. They should now be copying the entire passage in their project folders. I expect some of them to be able to recite the entire passage from memory soon.

Sing: If there's time let them choose a song to sing.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Peter Sees A Vision -- Acts 10

I got busy last week and didn't get my lesson on here for September 2. We studied the end of Acts 9 - Aeneas was healed and Dorcas was raised from the dead. It gave me another opportunity to point out the complete and immediate affect or miracles (as opposed to a healing today that is not immediate or complete).

Today we'll talk about the Peter vision saw while in Joppa. I plan to go back to the beginning and review up through the giving of the law. I want to stress how God set aside the Israelites as his people and stress the laws of eating clean and unclean animals. Without knowing these two parts of the Old Testament, understanding what happens in chapter 10 doesn't really mean anything.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Spend some time in stations

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 9

Today's lesson: Peter's Vision

Worship Station: Since we'll be talking about Jewish laws today, this will be a good time to go over the acts of worship at this station. If we don't have time to do it today, we'll do it Wednesday PM.

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. We'll introduce the next to the last verse on Wednesday PM.

Sing: If there's time let them choose a song to sing.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Saul is Converted -- Acts 9

Tonight we will discuss Saul's conversions. We were first introduced to Saul at the stoning of Stephen. Now we are going to see why Luke introduced him back there. Saul is to become the apostle that spreads the gospel to the Galatia, Macedonia and eventually to Rome. My class is memorizing Paul's (Saul eventually changes his name to Paul) sermon in Acts 17. We are almost through copying it one verse per class and several of the kids seem to have the memory part down fairly well. Tonight we will get to uncover another row on our conversion chart that will show us what Saul did to be saved.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Spend some time in stations

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 9

Today's lesson: Saul's Conversion

Salvation Station: Go over the 5 steps to Salvation and recite in unison the passages that teach them. We did this Sunday AM, but we'll do it again tonight.

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. Copy the 9th verse of it in their project folders. Try to have the time to recite it from memory in unison.

Sing: If there's time let them choose a song to sing.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch -- Acts 8

Wednesday night we had our 2 semi-regular visitors again. This time I gave them each a project folder of their own and told them I expected them to come back every time. They are neighbors of one of our members and apparently beg her to bring them. I hope they'll keep it up. The older one was answering some of the questions. That was very encouraging to me. He was not only listening, but he was understanding as well.

Tomorrow's lesson is on the baptism of the Ethiopian Eunuch. This is a great lesson to discuss what baptism means and how it is done. I've seen many pictures of Philip and the Eunuch going down into the water (like the Bible says) and then Philip pouring some water on top of the Eunuch's head. Baptism is a burial or immersion in water. The 2 men didn't need to both go down into the water if all they were going to do was pour a little water on the Eunuch's head.

Acts 8 talks about the gospel beginning to spread into the areas around Jerusalem. The Bible says it was spread to Samaria and Judea. With the salvation/conversion of the Ethiopian Eunuch, it was now sure to be spread into Africa since that's where he was headed.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Spend some time in stations

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 8

Today's lesson: Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

Salvation Station: Go over the 5 steps to Salvation and recite in unison the passages that teach them. We also get to uncover another row on our salvation chart. This will be our 3rd conversion we've talked about so far.

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. Copy the 8th verse of it in their project folders. Try to have the time to recite it from memory in unison.

Sing: If there's time let them choose a song to sing.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Gospel Spreads to Samaria -- Acts 8

Tonight's lesson we get to see how what Jesus told his apostles in Acts 1 (...and you shall be wintesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.) begins to come to pass. Because of the persecution the church was beginning to experience, the Christians scattered. This allowed the gospel to begin spreading outside of Jerusalem.

In Acts 8 we get to follow Philip and see what his contribution to the spread of the gospel was. We also get to see what happened when someone who had become a Christian by believing in Christ and being baptized does if he then sins. Today there are many people that believe once you are saved, you can't be unsaved. Simon the sorcerer was a Christian and he sinned. Philip ordered him to repent of his wickedness and pray for forgiveness. If Simon had chosen not to repent and pray for forgiveness, he would still be in sin. Someone in sin cannot spend eternity in Heaven (or be saved).

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Spend some time in stations

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 7

Today's lesson: Philip and Simon the sorcerer

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. Copy the 7th verse of it in their project folders. Try to have the time to recite it from memory in unison.

Bible Class Review Activities -- Introduce the activity folder for Stephen. Put it in the station's box so they can do it when they have time.

Sing: If there's time let them choose a song to sing.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Stoning of Stephen -- Acts 6-7

Wednesday night, I didn't get a lesson plan up, but we did have class. We talked about the 7 being chosen to help with the Grecian widows. It was a nice short lesson which allowed me to spend some time on talking to them about church organization. We're memorizing Philippians 1:1 to help them understand it better. Since our lesson was so short, they were able to spend a lot of time at their stations which they seemed to enjoy.

We continue to have visitors. Wednesday evening we had 4. Two of them are friends of one of my students and 2 are relatives of a couple in the congregation. It looks we might have all 4 of them on a semi regular basis.

Today's lesson is on the stoning of Stephen. This is such a great story about the bravery of a new Christian. It describes how he became at odds with "the powers that be" and how he taught them. His sermon will take the main portion of our class time this morning. He reminds his accusers of their history and how Jesus fits in to that history.

From the beginning of this class, I've taken time periodically to tell the same story Stephen told -- the story of how God chose the Israelites to bring His son into the world. Today's lesson will give me another opportunity to tell the story and encourage the children to learn the story well enough to be able to tell it themselves. Stephen's sermon would be great for memorization, but a little too long to tackle in this class.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
We won't be spending any time in our stations once class begins. We've got a lot to talk about this morning.

Acts cards -- I introduced Acts 6 Wed PM. I'll wait until this coming Wednesday to introduce chapter 7 unless we just have some extra time.

Today's lesson: Stephen is stoned.

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. Copy the 7th verse of it in their project folders. Try to have the time to recite it from memory in unison.

Sing: If there's time let them choose a song to sing.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Peter and John Arrested...Again -- Acts 5

I love the way God shows up people that don't believe in Him. This lesson is a prime example. Peter and John are arrested again. An angel comes to them in the night and tells them to go and preach publicly. They do, much to the dismay of those that arrested him. Before they are even missed, these men are standing out in public preaching the very thing they were arrested for. The guards and everyone involved were confused and humiliated. This time, the much revered rabbi Gamaliel steps in. He tells them to let the men alone. If they are from God, then they will not be able to stop the teaching. If they are from men, they will go the way of all the others that have tried to teach that the Messiah had come.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Encourage the kids to start at the stations when they come to class. Let them spend 5 or 10 minutes at them after class starts.

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 5.

Today's lesson: Peter and John arrested again.

Worship -- discuss new activities in worship station and go over some of the vocabulary words involved.

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. Copy the 6th verse of it in their project folders. Try to have the time to recite it from memory in unison.

Sing: If there's time let them choose a song to sing.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Ananias and Sapphira -- Acts 5: 1-11

Tonight we will talk about Ananias and Sapphira. When I was young (and not so young), I had trouble differentiating between Ananias and Sapphira of Acts 5 and Aquila and Priscilla that we meet later on in Acts. Aside from their being similar, the two couples are quite different. I think I'll try to remember to make a folder activity contrasting the two once we meet Aquila and Priscilla.

Since the day the church began until Acts 5, things (as far as we know) were going smoothly. People were submitting themselves to God through baptism. God was adding them to the church. They all shared what they had so that none lacked. Then, Acts 5.

Ananias and Sapphira sold what they had and they wanted to give the proceeds of it to help out. Their only problem was that they wanted to keep some of the money back but let everyone think they were giving it all. They could've kept some of it back. They weren't even required to sell what they had. They wanted people to think they were doing something wonderful. They lied. Their punishment: death. I imagine this shook everyone up. Imagine how the news spread about their death. God certainly made His point quickly, swiftly and with great surety.

After the death of Ananias and Sapphira, the gospel was still preached, Peter and the apostles did many signs and wonders and believers were still being added to the Lord. It was now evident (if it wasn't before) that God expected obedience. He expected honesty.


My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Encourage the kids to start at the stations when they come to class. Let them spend 5 or 10 minutes at them after class starts.

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 5.

Today's lesson: Ananias and Sapphira lie to the Holy Spirit

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. Copy the 6th verse of it in their project folders. Try to have the time to recite it from memory in unison.

Sing: If there's time let them choose a song to sing.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Peter and John Arrested -- Acts 4

Wednesday night was our monthly singing, so we didn't have class. I enjoy teaching the class, but it sure is nice once a month to get a little break.

Tomorrow we'll be studying from Acts 4. After Peter healed the man at the gate called Beautiful, he was given the opportunity to speak to the large crowd that gathered around and marveled at the miracle. The Jewish leaders didn't like them speaking about Christ being raised from the dead, so they arrested them. This gave them another opportunity to teach about Christ. They were threatened and told not to speak about Christ anymore. Of course, this didn't stop them. They meet up with all the Christians and pray to God for boldness.

I hope to instill in the kids the appreciation for the boldness the early Christians had. They didn't back down and stop telling what they knew to be the truth. We need to all strive to have that kind of trust in God. Trust that no matter what happens, God will be with us. Not that He will necessarily keep us from being harmed, but that He will be with us through whatever hardship we suffer for His cause.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Encourage the kids to start at the stations when they come to class. Let them spend 5 or 10 minutes at them after class starts.

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 4.

Today's lesson: Peter and John's arrest

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. Copy the 5th verse of it in their project folders. Try to have the time to recite it from memory in unison.

Sing: We probably won't have time for a song, but if we do, I'll let them decide what to sing.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Man At The Gate Called Beautiful Is Healed -- Acts 3

Now that the church has been established, we see Peter begin to go out and teach others about Christ. He heals the lame man at the gate called Beautiful. Peter goes on to preach to those that are marveling at this miracle. At the end of his sermon (vs 25 and 26) he states that Jesus is the fulfillment of the promise God gave Abraham -- "and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed".

I want to spend a little bit of time talking to the kids about miracles. The miracles that Jesus and the apostles did are very different from what we hear people claiming to do today. The miracles then were done immediately. Peter told the lame man to rise up and walk. He took him by the hand and immediately the lame man walked. We'll have several opportunities to talk about this during our study over the next few months.

My lesson plan:

Time at Stations:
Encourage the kids to start at the stations when they come to class. Let them spend 5 or 10 minutes at them after class starts.

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 3. I still don't have any tacky stuff (to stick them on the wall), so these cards are just on the chalk rack of the white board (I guess it's not really a chalk rack if it's a white board).

Today's lesson: The Lame Man healed at the gate called Beautiful

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. Copy the 4th verse of it in their project folders. Try to have the time to recite it from memory in unison.

Sing: We probably won't have time for a song, but if we do, I'll let them decide what to sing.

The Day The Church Began -- Acts 2

I taught this lesson Wednesday night, but haven't had to time to put a lesson plan up until now. There were 12 in my class again Wed PM. I know for a fact that most of the visitors have returned to their homes. It was fun having them in class. Some of them I see fairly regularly and some not nearly often enough.

We studied about the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. Acts 2 is the pivotal point of the Bible. The Old Law is looking forward to the beginning of the church and the New Law is looking backwards at it. All of the promises from Genesis 12 have now been kept. Abraham's family became a nation at the foot of Mt Sinai when Moses received the law (and the 10 commandments) from God. Abraham's family received their land when Joshua lead the Israelites in and took it over, beginning at Jericho. Now, the promise that through Abraham's seed all the world would be blessed has been kept through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.

In Acts 2 we see the Holy Spirit coming upon the apostles. We hear Peter preach the first gospel sermon. We see the first people (actually 3000 of them) being added to the church after they repented and were baptized.

In class, I read the chapter to the children. They all had their Bibles except for one of the visitors. I was very impressed. They all followed along while I read and we stopped occasionally (okay, it was frequently) to make comments or explain what was going on.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Encourage the kids to start at the stations when they come to class. Let them spend 5 or 10 minutes at them after class starts.

Acts cards -- We introduced Acts 2 on Sunday AM, so we reviewed Acts 1 and 2.

Today's lesson: The Beginning of the Church

Project Folders -- Do the third verse of The Unknown God together (copy in project folder).Read the entire passage together. After they've copied the 3rd verse, recite verses 1 and 2 together (from memory). They are really getting the hang of this. I think they'll be pleased when they see that they have memorized it all.

Conversion Chart: We have a chart on the wall that shows all the conversion in Acts and what each person did to be saved. Each square on the poster is covered. During this class, we uncovered the row that talked about the 3000 that were converted in Acts 2. We'll uncover each of the others as we come to them in our studies. I'll try to get a picture of this on here soon.
Sing: We sang I WILL SING and RESSURECTION

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Choosing Matthias

We had another large class Wednesday night. I was prepared this time and things went much better. There are 2 sets of siblings that are visiting their respective grandparents. That's why all the visitors all of a sudden. I'd love to have that many all the time. It's fun when I'm ready for them.

I added 8 more activities to the stations today. There's a some more I need to do, but, we've at least got the absolute "have to haves" done.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Encourage the kids to start at the stations when they come to class. Let them spend 5 or 10 minutes at them after class starts.

Acts cards -- I think we'll just do this activity on Wednesday nights. I'm leaving it in the lesson plan so I won't forget to do it come Wednesday.

Today's lesson: Discuss the apostles and see how many of them can tell me who they are from memory. Review Judas and then go into finding a replacement for Judas.

Project Folders -- Do the second verse of The Unknown God together (copy in project folder).Read the entire passage together. After they've copied the 2nd verse, recite verses 1 and 2 together (from memory).

Recite -- Start looking at The Church -- It's Mission and Organization. We are memorizing Philippians 1:1 and Matthew 28:18-20.

Sing: Is It I? Also I Will Sing (another song I wrote -- I hope to have it online soon)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Jesus Ascends to Heaven

My class continues to grow. Sunday AM I had 12 in attendance. Out of those, 5 were visitors. Three of my regulars were either sick or out of town. We'll see what happens tonight. I'm pretty sure one of my students is still out of town.

The only problem with all of the extra students is that I can't seem to get a handle on getting the ones that moved up into the routine of our class. If I take out time to talk to them about our class, the visitors get nothing out of it. It is as if I have 3 groups of kids: the original 5 kids, the new 4 kids and whatever visitors we have. I got to do a little of introducing the stations and the project folders Sunday AM. Since our Wednesday PM class is about 15 minutes longer, I should get it done tonight.

Tonight we will get into the book of Acts. We'll be talking about the first chapter where Jesus ascends into heaven.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Encourage the kids to start at the stations when they come to class. Let them spend 5 or 10 minutes at them after class starts.

Acts cards -- We have the same kind of cards for Acts that we had for the NT. We will be learning something out of each chapter of Acts. We'll do Acts 1 -- the ascension. I didn't get to this Sunday AM. I've got to do it tonight.

Today's lesson: Review the crucifixion, resurrection and talk about the ascension. I want to make sure the kids understand the importance of this. I've been trying to bring it all back to Genesis when Adam and Eve sinned and so lost their relationship with God. Jesus death, burial and resurrection is what will bring all those who obey back into a right relationship with God.

Pass out Project Folders -- Do the first verse of The Unknown God together (copy in project folder). Work on this a little more.

Recite (in unison): I would like to work systematically with the Unknown God (Acts 17). It is longer than most of the passages we memorize, but it is one of my favorites.

Sing: We sang Richard Morrison's RESURRECTION Sunday AM. It went very well with our lesson. I have it made into a large poster and it is hung on the wall. We'll probably sing it again tonight. If we have time, we'll try to get to Is It I? Also I Will Sing (another song I wrote -- I hope to have it online soon)

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Resurrection

Wednesday night we talked about the big picture. We started at creation and got to the crucifixion of Jesus. I wanted to get to His resurrection, but the bell rang. It was the first time I had the younger kids in this class. There were supposed to be 4 moving up. They did and brought 3 more as visitors. They weren't used to the style of teaching I was doing, but I guess they'll get used to it. When I told them to turn in their Bibles they just sat there. Not one of them had a Bible with them. I hope that will change tomorrow.

I will talk about the resurrection tomorrow. We'll also introduce the Bible reading, stations, project folder and other things in volved in the class. I also need to introduce the first chapter of Acts card.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Encourage the kids to start at the stations when they come to class. Let them spend 5 or 10 minutes at them after class starts.

Acts cards -- We have the same kind of cards for Acts that we had for the NT. We will be learning something out of each chapter of Acts. We'll do Acts 1 -- the ascension.

Today's lesson: Review of Bible story (very briefly) through the resurrection

Pass out Project Folders -- Do the first verse of The Unknown God together (copy in project folder).

Recite (in unison): I would like to work systematically with the Unknown God (Acts 17). It is longer than most of the passages we memorize, but it is one of my favorites.

Sing: Is It I? Also I Will Sing (another song I wrote -- I hope to have it online soon)


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

History of the Church -- a study of Acts

Alot has happened since I last posted. My oldest son married. We were in Colorado last Sunday. That happened to also be the first day of our new quarter. That wouldn't normally be a big problem, except that it was also promotion day. Two kids are leaving the class and 4 are entering. I didn't have anything ready for the new quarter, so my substitute was to review and let the kids finish up their project folders.

This quarter's study is about the church. We will be studying the book of Acts through Paul's 2nd journey. We'll finish it up next quarter. Our stations this quarter are:

Bible lesson Review
Chapters of Acts -- They'll be memorizing something that happened in each chapter.
Paul's 1st and 2nd Journeys -- they will memorize the major stops and what happened at each.
The Unknown God --Acts 17:22-31
The Acts of Worship -- they will be memorizing a passage to support each of the acts of worship.
The Steps to Salvation -- they will be memorizing a passage to support each of the steps of salvation.
The Mission and Organization of the Church -- Matthew 28:18-20 and Philippians 1:1
Review of previous quarters' lessons

Since we have a bunch of new kids, and they are younger than the rest, I'm going to spend tonight reviewing the whole Bible story. We'll start at creation and go all the way through the resurrection of Jesus. I also want to spend some time talking to all of the kids about what we do in class, how I expect them to behave and so on. We were all getting a little bit lax in our standards of conduct. I think this will be a great time to "crack the whip". I want to sing some with them also.

My lesson plan:

Time at Stations:
We won't be spending any time at the stations tonight. I'll introduce the stations but we'll spend most of our time reviewing the lesson.

New Testament cards -- We didn't get all of these finished. I'll put the last 2 (Jude and Revelation) on the wall. If any of them are ready to recite them, that's great.

Today's lesson: Review of Bible story through the resurrection

Sing: Is It I? Also I Will Sing (another song I wrote -- I hope to have it online soon)

Recite (in unison): I would like to work systematically with the Unknown God (Acts 17). It is longer than most of the passages we memorize, but it is one of my favorites.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Crucifixion of Jesus

We covered the trials of Jesus Sunday morning. I thought it went well. Then, over lunch, my husband asked Timothy (my son in the class) what he learned in class. He could hardly recall anything we'd talked about. I don't know if he wasn't listening or if I wasn't getting it across. I think we'll just include it in a review from here on out.

Tonight I won't be in class, but my dear friend that substituted for me last week will be doing it again. It is so nice to have someone like her that I can depend on.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Let the kids spend at least 15 minutes at the stations. Several of them are getting very close to being able to recite one or 2 of them. During the time they are working at their stations, the ones that are ready can recite their passages. They shouldn't get any prompting from the teacher.

Review the New Testament cards on the wall.

Today's lesson: Crucifixion of Jesus

Sing: Is It I?

Recite (in unison): The Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:26-30) or any other they would like help with.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Trials of Jesus

Things don't always turn out as planned. Wednesday night I had to get a substitute. My 4 year old was not feeling well. I would normally get one of the older boys to stay with him, but they love their Bible class so much, they didn't want to miss it. I called on a good friend to help out.
That means that I didn't get to do what I had planned. I know she covered Peter denying Jesus, but we'll review it tomorrow. Our lesson is to be about the trials of Jesus and you can't talk about them without talking about Peter's denial.

The old saying is true: You learn more when you teach than when you're a student. This lesson intimidated me a little. I've always been a little fuzzy on the details and order of events when it comes to the trials of Jesus. The kids I'm teaching are old enough that deserve more than just a quick overview of what happened. As I was studying tonight, it all pretty much fell in to place. I'll be using Matthew's and Luke's account to teach tomorrow.

The lesson is going to be pretty long and I want to make sure we have enough time to discuss it thoroughly. We won't be spending any time at the stations during class.

My lesson plan:


Today's lesson: Trials of Jesus

Review the New Testament cards on the wall. Add 1 and 2 and 3rd John. Since I wasn't in class Wednesday night, we didn't get to this. We'll try and do it in the morning.

Sing: Is It I? Click on the title to see the song. I finally put it on the website.

Recite (in unison): The Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:26-30)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Peter Denies Jesus

Now that VBS is over, I've got to get back into my study routine for my regular class. Sunday morning we talked about the night Jesus ate with his disciples for the last time. We talked about the institution of the Lord's Supper. They are memorizing the passage from Matthew 26:26-30 where this happens. I told them that if they memorized it, they would always have sit to meditate on while they were taking the Lord's supper and the boys would always be able to use it when they served on the table.

We sang the song I wrote IS IT I? again. The song was inspired by this passage. The kids all seem to enjoy singing it -- especially after talking about what it means. Here are the words:

Verse 1
He knew that one would do it.
He knew which one it was.
He knew they'd ask the question, "Is it I?"

Verse 2
They though they'd stand beside him.
They thought they understood.
But still they asked the question, "Is it I?"

Verse 3
Yes, one of them betrayed Him.
The rest just ran and hid.
And now we know the answer, "Is it I?"

Verse 4
If they take away your fam'ly,
your job, your home, your life.
What then will be your answer, "Is it I?"

Chorus:
Is it I, Lord? Is it I?
As I live my life from day to day I pray that you I won't betray.
Is it I, Lord? Is it I?

Tonight we will talk about Peter denying Jesus. It is such a sad story because Peter really thought he was strong enough to stand beside Jesus. It is a story that makes us look at ourselves and ask ourselves what would we have done? What are we doing?

My lesson plan:

Let them spend time in the stations.

Today's lesson: Peter Denies Jesus

Review the New Testament cards on the wall. Add 1 and 2 and 3rd John

Sing: Is It I?

Recite (in unison): The Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:26-30)

Saturday, June 16, 2007

VBS -- Success

We had a great VBS this year. We had 46 children in attendance. That may not sound like a lot to some people, but considering our classroom size and available teachers, it was perfect. Here a few pictures of my class to give you an idea of how it went.

This first picture is of my class. Jill Goad is my helper and she did a great job. I realized how much I needed her the two days she was unable to be there. One of the kids had to leave early Friday, so he's not in the picture. The t-shirts were made during our art session. They all wore them on Friday.



This picture is of my kids playing vocabulary concentration the last day. We learned 15 vocabulary words (3 each day). They were written on cards and the definition was on another card. Each day some of them had the time to match the definition with the vocabulary word on our magnetic white board. On Friday, we turned them all face down and played concentration.



The next two pictures of of the walls in my room. The first one is of Jesus teaching parables. The parables that we studied were added to that days poster as we progressed through the week. The 2nd one illustrates how Jesus answered the question -- Why do you speak in parables?







These last pictures are of the workbook we used in class. Each page had a pocket that the little booklets and stickers for that day were stored in. Each day there was a place to write the definitions to their vocabulary, copy the verse to be memorized and an activity to reinforce the lesson.

















Thursday, June 14, 2007

VBS -- Other Parables

This is our last class for VBS. It is amazing how quickly the time flies by. It has been a very busy week, but it has also been lots of fun. We had 6 kids registered for my class. So far, our most kids were on Thursday when we had 11.

Today's lesson is on the "Other Parables". I don't know why some of the parables have been categorized the way they have, except that they've got to do it somehow. The two we'll be studying today are The Parable of the Sower and The Parables of the Wheat and the Tares.

We'll either play Bible Bee again or do a concentration game with the vocabulary words. We may have time to do both. I'll put both in the lesson plan just in case.


Lesson Plan:

Parables for today: Other Parables
The Parable of the Sower
The Parable of the Wheat and Tares

Go to Art:

Fill out attendance cards.

Introduce Vocabulary. Today's vocabulary is sow (that's the planting kind, not the pig), tares and hundredfold

Read the little books in the pocket of their workbook. There is a book for each of the parables tomorrow.

Memory Work: They are finished copying all their memory work. Some have even said the entire passage from memory. Today we'll give any others that want to try a chance to say it. They get stickers for each verse they memorize. If they say the whole thing, they will get a ribbon (paper ribbon).

Do Activity in the workbook. Today's activity is a review of all 14 parables we've studied this week. I have divided the parables in to 9 lessons Jesus was teaching. They will have little pictures for each parable that they will glue in the box with the correct teaching. The boxes say things like: Teaches that the church will grow, teaches that the church is valuable, teaches that we must be prepared, teaches that there will be a judgment, etc.

Play Bible Bee and/or Vocabulary concentration

Songs. We'll sing all the parable songs today. You can see the ones I have online here: End of Time Parables and The Parable Song

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

VBS -- End of Time Parables

Whew! They were a little on the wild side today. Some of them work very quickly when it comes to written work and some of them are a little slower. In a class room that small it's hard to keep everyone calm down while we're waiting on the slower ones. Today I let them do the vocabulary scramble while we were waiting. I think that was not such a good idea.

Our game today was pictionary. They enjoyed it, but some had never played it before. They were afraid to make a mistake in drawing. I should've done one for them so they could see how it was done. They would draw little tiny pictures on the big white board. We'll have to have them over to the house to play pictionary again sometime.

Tomorrow we won't be playing a game. I had planned on doing a Bible bowl, but I'm going to let them decorate their treasure boxes instead. I finally found some puff paint that came in jewel tones. They can add the "jewels" to their treasure box and make it look even more valuable.

We didn't get to the memory work today. We'll need to spend a little extra time on it tomorrow.
I'm notorious for making typos in the things I print up for Bible class. I've made little booklets with the story in it so they can all read along with me. The one I did for the prodigal son was all messed up. I stapled the pages in the wrong order. Tonight, I (and Jill) made correct ones so they can take home books that make sense.

I also did a mistake in one of the pictures I put in the workbook. We glued the correct picture on top of the wrong one tonight. I don't know why I don't check things better before I print them up. I need proof reader.


Lesson Plan:

Parables for today: End of Time Parables
The Parable of the Dragnet
The Parable of the 10 Virgins

Go to Art:


Fill out attendance cards.

Pass out Workbooks.

Introduce Vocabulary. Today's vocabulary is virgin, bridegroom, dragnet

Tell the parables.

Read the little books in the pocket of their workbook. There is a book for each of the parables tomorrow.

Memory Work: They will be copying Matthew 7:27.

Do Activity in the workbook. This activity will help reinforce the lesson about the dragnet. There are 2 pictures -- one of a good fish and one of a bad fish. Around the fish are good and bad characteristics people have. They will draw a line from the good characteristic to the good fish and the bad characteristic to the bad fish.

Add Puff Paint Jewels to the treasure boxes.

Songs. We'll sing the parable song about the 10 virgins. I got the words and music to it online today. Sorry, there is no recording yet. If you want to see it, click here: End of Time Parables. They seem to enjoy singing it each day. We'll probably sing all the verses that we've done since Monday. The Parable Song