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

As we re-engage in person, and as volunteers allow, we want to offer three options for you!

1)Unsupervised nursery and toddler area for you and your newborn – 2 year old to enjoy together.

2)Preschool – Kindergarten class

3)Grades 1-6 class
 

For those of you who want to access ‘at home’ resources, please contact me at beverly@ebap.ca and I’ll send you a weekly email with a link to our new and fun filled curriculum that will take us through ‘The Bible In A Year’.  Due to copyright laws, we are unable to deliver it through our public website. 

 

Beverly Toth

Director of Family/Children’s Ministries

Emmanuel Baptist Church

(306) 477-1234 Ext. 143

 

Sept 5 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.


Aug 29 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. 5-6
 

 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


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.