Welcome to the Children’s Ministry page!  This is a unique time, and so we are endeavouring to come alongside you in unique ways.  

Here you will find several resources for you to consider as you and your child are invited to explore a Bible story every week and grow!  

The lesson plan is an overview for you, the caregiver.  The student leaflet is filled with ‘at home’ activities.  The bulletin is a ‘paper and pencil’ activity page that uses the week’s theme to assist in learning.  These resources are explained in greater detail in the lesson plan. 

If you do not have a printer and would like paper copies of this material, please contact me, Beverly at beverly@ebap.ca.  
 

Here is a suggested pathway through the lesson, though you are welcome to just choose whatever you like and work with that! 

1) Read through lesson plan by yourself. 

2) View the Whirl episode with your child. 

3) Discuss the questions in the lesson plan found in the ‘Welcome’ section.  

4) View ‘Beverly’s Bible Blurb’ and look up the week’s Bible passage. 

5) Read and discuss the questions found in the ‘Hear’ section of the lesson plan. 

6)Choose activities from the bulletin, and student leaflet.

7) Pray with your child.  
 
Thanks! Have fun!
 

Beverly Toth

Director of Family/Children’s Ministries

Emmanuel Baptist Church

(306) 477-1234 Ext. 143

 

Mar 7 IDENTITY

Lesson Title: The Transfiguration
Scripture: Luke 9: 28-36
Our theme is IDENTITY
 
 

What’s happening in this story? 

Jesus and his closest companions journey to a mountaintop to pray.  What follows is an intense mystical experience in which Jesus’ clothes become dazzling white, the prophets Moses and Elijah appear, and the cloud of God’s presence declares Jesus ‘my Son, my Chosen.’  The location, paired with Jesus’ divinely glowing appearance, mirrors other mountaintop experiences of God’s presence in the Bible.  The episode makes a powerful statement about Jesus’ identity and authority.  

What does this story mean for Kids?  

This story focuses on Jesus’ identity – he’s the ‘real deal’!  Yet God is mysterious and stretches the limits of our understanding.  We adults don’t have to try to explain everything rationally for kids in our care.  They will learn that an important part of our discipleship is wondering about such mysteries and being in awe, just like the first disciples were.  

Why this theme?  

Identity is, very likely, an abstract topic for most kids.  However, with Jesus, kids will be able to gain first understandings about what it means.  When Jesus is proclaimed God’s chosen and beloved Son, we learn more about the identity of Jesus – and God. 
 
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
Beverly’s Bible Blurb
 
 

 

 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Feb 28 APPEARANCES

Lesson Title: The Widow’s Offering
Scripture: Mark 12: 38-44
Our theme is APPEARANCES
 
 

What’s happening in this story? 

Mark 12 includes a series of public arguments between Jesus and religious leaders in the temple.  In this story, Jesus criticized the scribes, describing much of what they do as being for the sake of appearances.  Then Jesus observes and compares the monetary contributions of many rich people with the offering of a poor widow.  Both episodes follow the pattern of Jesus’ teaching that “the first shall be last and the last shall be first.”

What does this story mean for kids? 

What we do with everything entrusted to us says a lot about who we are and whose we are.  Jesus calls us to give from the heart, trusting that God is a God of abundance.  Kids surely have much less money to place in the offering plate than adults at church do.  Help them know that Jesus values their small gifts highly when they give out of love for God  

Why this theme?  

The motivations for our actions are important to Jesus The widow is praised because her offering comes from a sincere desire to please God and help others.  Kids can learn from her example about giving and serving in love. 
 
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 
 

 

 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Feb 21 CALM

Lesson Title: Jesus Calms the Storm
Scripture: Mark 4: 35-41
Our theme is CALM
 
 

What’s happening in this story? 

 This story seems straightforward:  The disciples and Jesus get into a boat, and when a storm approaches, the disciples are scared and wake him up.  Jesus calms the storm and asks why they were afraid.  However, when we remember the waters of creation in Genesis and the windstorm at sea in the book of Jonah, Jesus’ stilling of the storm identifies him with the Creator of the universe.  At the end of the story, the disciples seem to be starting to get it too. 

What does this story mean for kids? 

Kids can follow the disciples’ emotions: relaxed at first on the boat, frightened during the storm, relieved when Jesus calms the wind and waves.  Encourage kids to share times they’ve been afraid, and remind them over and over that Jesus – who is God! – is always with them during life’s troubles.  Jesus calmed the storm for the disciples.  How does he take care of them?  

Why this theme? 

Action, drama, and suspense.  This story is an opportunity both to honour kids’ fears and to help them see themselves safe in Jesus’ care.  
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 
 

 

 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Feb 14 FRIENDS

Lesson Title: Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man
Scripture: Mark 2: 1-12
Our theme is FRIENDS
 
 

What’s happening in this story? 

A paralyzed man’s friends bring him to Jesus.  When they can’t reach the door because of the crowd, they cut a hole through the roof and lower the man to Jesus.  Jesus proclaims the man’s sins forgiven, but some scribes accuse him of blasphemy, declaring that only God can forgive sins.  To demonstrate that he does in fact have such authority, Jesus commands the man to stand and walk.  The paralyzed man jumps up and the bystanders glorify God. 

What does this story mean for kids? 

Kids can hear this story from the viewpoint of the paralyzed man and of his friends.  Like the man, kids know what it’s like to sometimes need extra help.  Ask kids who helps them in such situations, and how they feel about that.  This story shows the lengths to which friends can go to help each other.  It also shows Jesus’ power to heal people, both in body and in spirit.  

Why this theme?  

This story is a fun one for kids because of the drama of men tearing a hole in the roof and lowering their friend into the house – all to get him to Jesus.  Kids can wonder about what some people in their lives have done to get them to Jesus.  
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 
 

 

 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Feb 7 PRAYER

Lesson Title: Jesus Teaches About Prayer
Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15
Our theme is PRAYER
 
 

What’s happening in this story? 

In this part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, he instructs his followers concerning prayer.  Jesus tells them not to be like hypocrites who pray publicly to get others’ attention, nor like Gentiles who think God values long prayers over sincere ones.  Instead, Jesus teaches that faith is about connecting with God, who sees even the hidden moments of our lives.  Jesus then offers his disciples a blueprint to guide their own prayers.  

What does this story mean for kids? 

This passage invites kids to think about how they talk and listen to God.  Some kids may be open to sharing prayer request but shy about speaking their prayers aloud in a group.  This passage lets kids know their prayers don’t need to be perfect; in fact, God already knows what we need and is eager to connect with us.  

Why this theme? 

This story shows kids the context in which Jesus first taught the Lord’s Prayer and helps them think about why he gave it to his followers.  All Christians pray some version of this prayer, so knowing its background and pondering its meaning can help kids grow as Christians. 
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 
 

 

 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Jan 31 BELONG

Lesson Title: Jesus Blesses Children
Scripture: Mark 10: 13-16
Our theme is BELONG
 
 

What’s happening in this story? 

Just before this passage, the Pharisees were quizzing Jesus about divorce.  The focus of his response was decidedly about God’s promotion of justice for those whom society tends to treat as inferior.  Now as the disciples would follow societal conventions and keep children from approaching Jesus, he welcomes them and holds them up as models of discipleship.  

What does this story mean for kids?  

While children were often mistreated or ignored in Jesus’ day, he wanted people to know that the little ones were valued members of the kingdom of God.  In fact, he even affirmed them as examples for grown-ups of how to receive the kingdom.  Kids can rest in Jesus’ love just as he invited their New Testament counterparts to do – without having to act like miniature adults.  They can also demonstrate Jesus’ message by welcoming all people in their church, school, and community.  

Why this theme? 

Jesus frequently redefines stereotypical definitions of who’s ‘in’ and who’s ‘out’.  It’s a tension in his whole ministry that teaches us about God’s character and grace.  
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 

 

 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Jan 24 DISCIPLES

Lesson Title: Many Follow Jesus
Scripture: Luke 5:1-11; 6:12-16; 8:1-3
Our theme is DISCIPLES
 
 

What’s happening in this story? 

The stories of Jesus calling followers demonstrate how he broke down society’s barriers to invite people into community and vocation.  In these passages Jesus first calls Simon Peter – a fisherman.  He then chooses twelve disciples from among those following him.  Finally, we are told Jesus also welcomed Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, ‘and many others’ as followers – unlikely disciples for the time not only because they were women but also because of their backgrounds.  Together, these stories capture the wide spectrum of Jesus’ followers and the inclusive spirit with which he calls people to join his work.  

What does this story mean for kids? 

This story helps introduce the topic of how Jesus breaks down barriers and looks past how the world thinks about power and influence.  To that end, Jesus is also inviting kids into a life of discipleship.  Help them consider how they can be disciples like those in the text-not by leaving everything they know, but by following Jesus here and now.  

Why this theme?

These stories of diverse people becoming disciples illuminate the fact that discipleship is accessible to everyone-adults, kids, males,females, and regardless of social standing, ability, or any other characteristic.  
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 
 

 

 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Jan 17 BAPTISM

Lesson Title: Jesus is Baptized
Scripture: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Our theme is BAPTISM
 
 

What’s happening in this story?  

Jesus’ baptism marks the beginning of his public ministry.  This text also clarifies that Jesus is the leader to follow for everyone, including John the Baptist.  Everyone had been expecting John to be the Messiah.  John, in dramatic fashion at Jesus’ baptism, passes the torch to Jesus.  After all, John had been clear in his preaching that he was the Messiah’s forerunner rather than the Messiah himself.  

What does this story mean for kids? 

This story helps kids understand that God calls them ‘beloved’ in baptism, just as God did with Jesus.  As people baptized into faith, we know God not as an impersonal being ‘out there’ but as someone who knows and loves each of us as a parent does a child.  

Why this theme? 

Baptism is a word and act that most kids will know about.  If they’ve been baptized, their own baptism ties them to this story in a special way; but even if not, this story can energize them with the reminder that we are called to live in and through Christ.  
 
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 
 
 
 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Jan 10 GIFTS

Lesson Title: The Wise Men
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12
Our theme is GIFTS
 
 

What’s happening in this story?  

Wise men – or ‘magi’ – traveled far with expensive gifts for a child born to be ‘king of the Jews.’  The news of the baby struck fear in King Herod’s heart – and ‘all of Jerusalem’ was frightened with him.  Herod worked secretly to find out more about the infant, and in an out-of-the-way village, rich men knelt down and paid homage to a child less than two years old.  

What does this story mean for kids? 

The bright star and the shiny good-smelling gifts of the wise men are appealing multi-sensory parts of this story that Christian education leaders might want to highlight for kids.  However, danger is also a part of this story.  Why was Herod frightened?  Why would he secretly call for the wise men?  And how did it happen that they were warned in a dream to go home by a different route?  These are big themes for a story about a baby.  But this child will eventually have not just state authorities but religious ones conspiring to kill him.  This child’s life will lead to a cross.  This is serious stuff!  

Why this theme?

Teaching kids the connection between the wise men’s gifts for Jesus and our Christmas gift-giving helps them see our tradition as ties first and foremost to Scripture.  
 
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 
 

 

 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Jan 3 EXPECTATIONS

Lesson Title: Simeon and Anna
Scripture: Luke 2:22-40
Our theme is EXPECTATIONS
 

 

What’s happening in this story?  

This story from Luke reveals early, mystical confirmation that Jesus is the Messiah – the ‘Chosen One.”  Jesus’ status is affirmed by two devout people who have been connected to God in special ways:  one through a promise made by God that he would see the Messiah before he died, and the other through her ongoing devotion to God in the temple.  

What does this story mean for kids?

Kids understand the expectation of Simeon and Anna, as many spend a lot of time waiting for Christmas or summer vacations or their birthday to roll around each year.  While waiting might be challenging for kids, it’s an important reminder that waiting is a part of our daily life, as well as our life as Christians.  It’s also worth noting that , even when we wait patiently for something, God can surprise us.  When people dedicate themselves to God, the divine sometimes shows up in unexpected ways.  

Why this theme? 

Many times, the idea of expectations is viewed as negative.  However, the story of Simeon and Anna gives kids an opportunity to talk about different roles in the church, including their own.  
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 
 
 
 
 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.