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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.