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

We will be taking a break from posting Children’s Ministry content for the rest of July, but will resume again in August.

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

 

July 18 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.


July 11 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.


July 4 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.


June 27 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.


June 20 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

Beverly’s Bible Blurb

 

 

 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


June 13 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.


June 6 BODY

Lesson Title: Many Parts, One Body
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31
Our theme is BODY
 
 

What’s happening in this story? 

Paul is writing to a community of Christians divided by their spirituality.  However, they deem some gifts as less valuable than others.  Paul uses an extended analogy of the human body to explain how every part is important and is to be honoured.  Because the focus here is on the unity of the church, the gifts Paul highlights relate to ministry: prophesy, teaching, healing leadership, and so on.  

What does this story mean for kids? 

Kids will hear the words ear, eye, foot, and so on and think: This is a story about bodies.  Because their thinking is still so literal – especially among the young ones – this will need help making the jump to the bigger picture Paul presents.  They can extend the concept to see that each of us is unique and valuable, not meant to be someone else. 

Why this theme? 

People from all walks of life make up the church, and they all bring different talents to the table.  The Christian church is always healthiest when people are respected as unique individuals and welcomed as part of the body of 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.


May 30 SHARE

Lesson Title: The Early Believers
Scripture: Acts 4: 32-35
Our theme is SHARE
 
 

What’s happening in this story?

This text gives us a peek into the earliest days of the Christian church.  The first believers to follow Jesus were Jewish.  But Acts gives us glimpses of what happened when Gentiles joined the fold.  Early Christians gathered in homes, in common rooms, by the river,etc.  They prayed.  They worshipped.  They learned the stories of God’s acts recounted in the Hebrew Scriptures – what we now call the Old Testament – and the stories of Jesus.  And they shared – to such an extent that no one was in need.  

What does this story mean for kids? 

This story describes a pretty radical community:  They share everything.  Nobody is in need.  It might sound a little threatening to kids – share everything?  But we can point out places where this is already the case, and where we are all better for it:  the board games we share and enjoy as a family, and the park and playground shared by our whole community.  

Why this theme? 

Sharing is hard, but kids innately know that it is a part of God’s plan for us.  We share not because it’s the right thing to do (even though it is) , but because we have been given so much by God that it spills over into other people’s lives.  
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 

 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


May 23 SPIRIT

Lesson Title: The Holy Spirit at Pentecost
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21
Our theme is SPIRIT
 
 

What’s happening in this story? 

When Jesus ascended, he promised the apostles the Holy Spirit so they could share the gospel with others.  They are not sure what their next step is – how do they go into the world to share the gospel?  That’s where the Spirit comes in.  But it’s not the “sweet,sweet Spirit” that the hymn describes; it’s a violent wind carrying in tongues of fire and giving people the ability to speak in foreign languages!  This story reminds us that God’s Spirit is active, moving, and powerful – something to be in awe of.  

What does this story mean for kids?

Kids will gloss over the hard words and wonder about literal interpretations in this story, like how there could be flames on people’s heads.  They might ask questions about what it feels like to have the Holy Spirit.  We might talk about a special feeling during prayer or a sense of something special we can’t quite put into words.  While these experiences point to the Holy Spirit, this text tells us that the Holy Spirit is God’s continuing presence, empowering us to follow Jesus.  

Why this theme?  

The theme of Spirit is quite abstract, and grade-school kids are largely concrete thinkers.  Help them understand the Holy Spirit as God’s presence surrounding them like a blanket or a hug, and filling them throughout their life – like breath or the water that makes up much of their body’s cells.  
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 

 

 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


May 16 PARABLE

Lesson Title: The Parable of the Sower
Scripture: Matthew 13: 1-9; 18-23
Our theme is PARABLE
 
 

What is happening in this story? 

This story takes place midway through Matthew and at a turning point in Jesus’ ministry.  The crowd includes people who are already following him, those trying to decide whether to follow, and those who are against Jesus entirely.  This parable names all of that out loud in metaphorical fashion, forcing introspection for listeners, and revealing to everyone that Jesus is acutely aware of who is with him.  

Why does this story matter for kids? 

By preschool, and certainly beyond, kids have likely planted seeds, or at least have noticed how plants grow.  They can picture a farmer tossing seed all around – explain that this is how planting used to be done – and can grasp that God tosses love around just as freely.  Careful explanation can help kids understand how our hearts are like soil where God’s love longs to take root, but that sometimes unhelpful things in the world get in the way.  Even if ‘birds’ or ‘thorns’ block the growth of God’s love in us one moment, Farmer God gives us sowing love.  

Why this theme? 

Parables can be confusing – just ask the disciples.   However, they are meant to take ordinary objects – things we understand – and use them to describe concepts that might otherwise be difficult.  Parables can be very useful in helping kids grasp the large, abstract concepts of faith.
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 
 

 

 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.