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

 

Nov 29 PEACE

Lesson Title: Isaiah’s Words
Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-5
Our theme is PEACE
 
 

What’s happening in this story? 

The mountain of the Lord’s house is a major motif in Isaiah.  Here, Isaiah declares that a mountain will rise above surrounding hills and mountains.  The Lord and the Lord’s people (Israel)will be on it.  All peoples will gather at this mountain, from which the Lord’s teachings will flow.  These teachings focus on shalom (a sense of God’s wholeness and well-being), reconciliation between nations, and a shift from the technologies of warfare to care for the land.  It’s a gorgeous, inviting, and dramatic vision.  

What does this story mean for kids? 

This content can be quite abstract for kids, but the actual concepts are not out of their reach.  Understanding that God wants us to come to God’s house (a place to be with God and gather with others) and to learn God’s teaching are both accessible and important.  This passage in particular addresses God’s teaching on peace.  While the concept of peace may seem obvious to adults and adolescents, an explanation of swords, plowshares, spears, and pruning hooks will be needed for younger kids.  

Why this theme?

Being instructed in the ways of God teaches people, including young kids, to move from harming one another toward practicing peace.  Biblically, peace always means more than the absence of conflict; it is the presence of wholeness and the state of being at ease with who we are as we share life with God’s other children.  
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 
 
 
 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Nov 22 PROTECT

Lesson Title: Daniel
Scripture: Daniel 6
Our theme is PROTECT
 
 

What’s happening in this story?

Daniel was a Jewish exile in Babylon and one of the best officials in the kingdom.  The king promoted Daniel over other officials, who in their jealousy planned Daniels’ downfall.  Recognizing that Daniel’s religion forbade him from worshipping people, they asked the king to pass a law that anyone who didn’t pray to the king would be thrown to lions.  Daniel continued to pray to God and he was thrown into the lions’ den.  The next day, the king discovered Daniel unhurt, because God had kept him safe all night long.  

What does this story mean for kids? 

The story of Daniel is full of excitement and intrigue.  Kids will enjoy learning about the evil royal advisors and their plot against Daniel.  Kids love animals, so the lions in this story will be of special interest.  Young kids can role play what it would be like to be in the den, what the lions sound like, smell like and act like.  Older kids can begin to imagine the danger Daniel was in, and be amazed at God’s protection.  

Why this theme?

This story of Daniel in the lion’s den demonstrates God’s power over and above human rulers or created things, such as lions.  God’s protection and deliverance when we are scared or need courage is a great reminder, no matter what sort of anxiety we face.  

 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 
 

 

 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Nov 15 BRAVERY

Lesson Title: Esther
Scripture: Esther 2:5-18,3:1-6, 4:1-17, 8:1-17
Our theme is BRAVERY
 
 

What’s happening in this story? 

Ahasuerus, king of Persia, rejects his wife because she refuses to obey him.  Esther, a young Jewish woman, is chosen as the next queen because she is beautiful and she pleased the king.  When her cousin Mordecai, who works in the royal court, refuses to bow down to Haman, the king’s advisor, Haman plots to kill all the Jewish people in the kingdom.  Mordecai asks Esther to intercede with the king on her people’s behalf.  Though she is terrified, Esther shows bravery in asking the king to spare her people, and the king agrees to do so.  

What does this story mean for kids? 

This story will probably feel like a fairy tale to kids.  Fear is a familiar emotion for all kids and God’s unwavering strength in the midst of fear can bring great comfort.  Younger kids may have more concrete fears like the dark, animals, or storms, while older kids are better able to specifically identify what they’re afraid of.  Mordecai and Esther serve as models of bravery for kids.  They were still afraid of the dangers and difficulties of their situation, but they trusted God and did the right thing.  

Why this theme?  

You can’t be brave unless you have experienced fear.  This powerful story displays that sentiment beautifully, reminding kids once again that – even in the most challenging situations- God remains our advocate.  
 
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 

 

 

 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Nov 8 LEADER

Lesson Title: Elijah and Elisha
Scripture: 2 Kings 2: 1-12
Our theme is LEADER
 

 

What is happening in this story?

The prophet Elijah was the prophetic voice for God’s people through the reigns of Kings Ahab and Ahaziah – two of Israel’s worst kings.  Elijah has served as a mentor for Elisha, and now it is time for God to take Elijah away.  Elijah’s departure up to heaven by a whirlwind and fiery chariot is dramatic.  Throughout the reign of four more pretty bad kings in Israel, Elisha will continue to bring God’s messages to the people.  

Why does this story matter for kids? 

This story shows an older, aging prophet mentoring and supporting his younger follower and successor.  The story of Elijah and Elisha provides us with a model of what we can learn from others in our faith.  

Why this theme?

Elijah and Elisha model a great example of a mentorship relationship, where one prophet learns from the other.  Likely, kids have people they admire.  These can be adults or older siblings, or even friends. These leaders shape the way they navigate the world.  
 
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Nov 1 LAW

Lesson Title: The Ten Commandments
Scripture: Exodus 20: 1-17
Our theme is LAW
 
 
This week, we are looking at Moses, whom God used to bring forth the ten commandments.  You can review Exodus 2:1-10 (the story of baby Moses) and when God spoke to Moses through the burning bush (Exodus 3: 1-15).  After the plagues, and the parting of the Red Sea, when Moses led the Israelites to freedom, God gave Moses some wisdom to share with the people…
 

What’s happening in this story?

God is speaking the Ten Commandments.  Although this passage is familiar to most, it’s worth observing that God is speaking them and that the number of commandments is somewhat arbitrary.  God is speaking a set of core laws for the community that will help humanity in its relationship to God and one another.  

What does this story mean to kids? 

Some kids will have heard the Ten Commandments and learned how this text relates to our lives.  Other kids will hear the words ‘shall’ and ‘shall not’ used several times but not understand what this text has to do with us and our times.  Invite the class to consider, “If the law doesn’t make us right with God, what is our reason for obeying the law?  If it isn’t there to make God like us or love us, what is the law for?”  The answer is simple:  the law is for the good of our neighbors and ourselves.  It keeps us safe in community and protects us.  

Why this theme? 

It’s important to remember that the law is not a burden; it’s about helping us (both adults and kids) find freedom to live well with one another. 

 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 
Preschool – K
Gr. 3-4
 
Gr. 5-6
 

 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Oct 25 AUTHORITY

Lesson Title: Joseph in Egypt
Scripture: Genesis 39:20-41:57, 45:3-11, 15
Our theme is AUTHORITY
 
 

What’s happening in this story?  

When Joseph is imprisoned in Egypt, God helps him interpret the dreams of Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker.  Joseph is brought to Pharaoh to interpret his dream of seven fat cows followed by seven skinny cows.  Joseph interprets this to mean seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine.   Joseph identifies a way Egypt might survive and Pharaoh is so taken by Joseph’s interpretation that he puts Joseph in charge of the project.  When famine hits and Joseph’s family needs help, he forgives them and saves them from starving.  

What does this story mean for kids?  

Kids will relate to Joseph’s ability to please authority and the responsibilities he gains from being helpful.  Joseph’s rule, however, is not rooted in his power over people but in his willingness to help and serve others.  He is a model of servanthood, even though he is in a very powerful position.  Kids can relate to Joseph’s leadership during the famine by thinking of the leaders in their own lives, like teachers, pastors, or coaches, and whether those leaders exemplify the qualities of Joseph’s leadership.  

Why this theme?

It’s hard being in charge.  However, anybody who has been in charge of anything knows that effective leadership is only possible when grace and love are guiding factors.  Kids will quickly realize that, when we trust God for guidance, our ability to lead-even in the smallest ways–grows dramatically.  
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Oct 18 DREAMS

 
Lesson Title: Joseph and his Brothers
Scripture: Genesis 37:1-28
Our theme is DREAMS
 
 

What’s happening in this story?

After reconciling with Esau, Jacob settled in Bethel and had twelve sons.  Jacob gave his youngest and favourite son Joseph a fancy coat, which made Jacob’s older sons jealous.  The situation worsened when Joseph had two dreams foretelling his brothers would bow down to him.  It was unheard-of for an older brother to yield to a younger brother, because in that culture, power and inheritance belonged to the firstborn.  So Joseph’s brothers threw him into a pit.  Eventually, they sold him to some traders who were heading for Egypt.  

What does this story mean for kids? 

Kids may struggle with the dream’s symbolism, so making connections between the characters and the wheat/stars/sun obviously will help.  Kids can easily understand how Joseph’s dreams made his brothers feel – they will latch onto the jealousy and sibling rivalry that drives this action.  Kids are also familiar with dreams and probably have dreams they’d love to share.  This story shows there can be a lot of uncertainty as to where our dreams will lead us, and further how our dreams can be clarified or change further on in our lives.  

Why this theme? 

Kids understand that dreams are abstract and ,at times, confusing.  In this story, the dreams get an extra shot of adrenaline – they’re straight from God.  The point is: the signs and whisperings of God can come from many different places in our lives, even our dreams. 

 

 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 

 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Oct 11 BLESSING

Lesson Title: Jacob
Scripture: Genesis 27:1-45
Our theme is BLESSING
 
 

What’s happening in this story? 

Jacob and Esau were twins born to Rabekah and Isaac.  Jacob used trickery to ‘steal’ Esau’s blessing for himself.  This made Jacob, not Esau, Isaac’s legal heir. To keep Jacob safe, Isaac told him to go to his uncle Laban.  On the way there, Jacob had a vision in which God promised to bless him with many descendants.  Many years later, while Jacob was on his way back home, he was approached by an unknown figure (usually considered an angel or the Lord), with whom he wrestled.  Afterward, the figure blessed and re-named Jacob ‘Israel,’ for he had wrestled with God and humans, but prevailed.  

What does this story mean for kids?

Kids might get lost in talk of blessings and heirs, but they will latch on to the wrestling.  Jacob physically wrestled with God and kids wrestle with God too.  Kids may wrestle with making good decisions or being kind to those they don’t like.  Jacob’s journey shows God’s blessing does not render us perfect people.  Instead, God uses imperfect people who wrestle with the challenge of carrying out God’s work of love and service.  

Why this theme? 

A blessing from God marks us.  It both sets us apart and calls us into the tribe of God.  Kids may have been called a blessing, or told they are ‘blessed’ before.  But truly being blessed by God brings transformational, life-changing effects. 

 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 
 
Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Oct 4 FAMILY

Lesson Title: Rebekah and Isaac

Scripture: Genesis 24

Our theme is FAMILY
 
 

What’s happening in this story? 

Abraham sends a servant to his homeland to find a wife for his son Isaac.  Once the servant arrives, he waits for a woman to offer him and his camels water: a sign that she is the woman God wants Isaac to marry.  When Rebekah does this, the servant asks Rebekah who she is.  Rebekah turns out to be related to Abraham.  This is important because it emphasizes God’s covenant with Abraham that he would have many descendants.  After asking Rebeckah’s family for her hand, the servant and Rebekah return to Isaac.  

What does this story mean for kids? 

This story emphasizes the importance of trust and family relationships.  Kids will hear a story about three different people who trusted God: Abraham, his servant, and Rebekah.  Kids can think about times thies family has been strengthened by trusting God.  Looking at the church as a family of people trying to trust in God’s activity can help kids see their church as a community that can support them through their own challenges.  
 

Why this theme? 

The idea of family is fundamental in God’s story.  We are God’s people – part of God’s family.  God’ leading the servant to a wife for Isaac assures the continuation of Abraham’s family and the fulfillment of God’s covenant with Abraham.  The role of family plays a foundational part in the development of God’s people. 
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 
 
 
Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Sept 27th COVENANT

Lesson Title: Abraham and Sarah

Scripture

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18;17:1-7, 15-16; 18: 1-15; 21:1-7

Our theme is COVENANT
 

What’s happening in this story? 

Abram and Sarai have been through a pretty incredible journey already, and the saga continues with this story of revelation and covenant.  Abram has been faithful to God through so much, and in this passage Abram must again step out in faith in God’s promise to give Abram an heir.  Despite Abram and Sarai’s old age, God promises Abram an heir, and further promises that his descendants will be as numerous as the stars.  

What does this story mean for kids?  

Kids have trouble waiting for things, especially celebrations like birthdays and Christmas.  Thinking of these experiences can get kids to sympathize with Abram.  Abram trusted God, but that didn’t make waiting easier.  Kids can also explore the concept of covenant by thinking of things that seem impossible.  Many of kids’ impossible goals are within their vision but just out of reach.  Thinking of these ‘impossible’ tasks helps kids imagine how Abram felt about God’s covenantal promise of an heir.  

Why this theme?  

A covenant is a holy agreement, in this case between God and Abraham.  
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 
 
 
 
 
 Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.