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

 

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.  
 
 
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*The password for all videos is Whirl
 
 
 
 
 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Dec 27 CHRISTMAS

Scripture: Luke 2:1-20
Our theme is CHRISTMAS
 
 

Merry Christmas everybody! 

I hope Christmas has given you and your family time to enjoy moments that we can at times take for granted.  I’ve been praying for a peace-filled season for all of us during this strange and unique time.  Though our circumstances keep changing, we serve One who does NOT change.

Please take time to read the Christmas story found in Luke 2:1-20 with your kids. 
 
 
 
 

A Christmas Prayer (attributed to Robert Louis Stevenson)

Loving God, help us to remember the birth of Jesus, 

that we may share in the song of the angels, 

the gladness of the shepherds, 

and the worship of the wise men.  

Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world.  

Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.  

Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, 

and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.  

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children, 

and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, 

forgiving and forgiven, 

for Jesus’ sake. 

Amen. 

 
 


Dec 20 HOPE

Lesson Title: JESUS IS BORN
Scripture: Luke 2:1-20
Our theme is HOPE
 

 

What’s happening in this story? 

The Israelites were desperately looking for a messiah when Jesus was born because they had lived under oppression for hundreds of years.  They had revolted unsuccessfully several times and needed someone to help them restore Israel.  In the birth of Jesus, the glory of God is revealed to poor shepherds, who share the good news with others.  This news gives the people hope against tyranny and oppression.  We too find hope that we are not alone.  God knows us, understands us, and lives among us.  

What does this story mean for kids? 

 Since Genesis, the world has been waiting for the salvation found in Jesus Christ.  In this story, kids begin to see not only the story of God coming to the earth as a vulnerable baby to experience life as a human but, ultimately, the big story of God’s redemption of the world.  Through Christ, we see what love and life really look like.  

Why this theme?  

Jesus.  Immanuel.  God with us.  This is a story so full of hope that we can know we are never alone.  God is with us – on Christmas and always – through Jesus, who came to us as a little baby.  
 
 
 
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*The password for all videos is Whirl
 
 
 
 
 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Dec 13 MAGNIFICAT

Lesson Title: Mary Visits Elizabeth
Scripture: Luke 1: 39-55
Our theme is MAGNIFICAT (Mary’s Song)
 
 

What’s happening in this story? 

This story describes the reaction of two of the first people who knew of the coming Jesus – Mary and Elizabeth – and it shows that their immediate response is to drop everyone and praise God.  In her song of praise, the Magnificat, Mary shows her trust in God’s plan for her life while praising God as one who lifts up the lowly.  She proclaims that Jesus’ birth will fulfill God’s promises to Israel.  

What does this story mean for kids?  

Remind kids that Mary’s happiness comes from trusting in God.  Mary could just as easily have sung, ‘Are you sure, God?”  Instead, Mary’s song gives us hints of the changes Jesus will bring.  She sings about filling the hungry, lifting up the lowly, and keeping promises.  Kids will see all these things happen as they continue to study Jesus.  

Why this theme? 

God is worth rejoicing over because God comes into the world to bring wholeness.  But Mary’s song reminds us that God’s wholeness is worked out over centuries – millennia!  As she remembers God’s promise to Abraham, we remember God’s promise to her – a promise still in the process of being fully revealed.  
 
 
 
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Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


Dec 6 POSSIBILITIES

Lesson Title: The Annunciation
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38
Our theme is POSSIBILITIES
 

 

What’s happening in this story?

The story of the annunciation, or announcement that Jesus will be born, may be a familiar one, but some surprising details sometimes get overlooked.  Luke makes clear that God comes with good news for ordinary people (such as Mary) from little-known places (like Nazareth).  Gabriel announces to Mary that she will have a son, calls her “favored one,” and says the Lord is already with her.  Jesus is named as Mary’s human son but also as the divine Son of God and heir to the throne of David.  He is the Messiah, the Savior of his people, and the king of a realm beyond this world.  The dialogue between Mary and Gabriel is powerful and has become the basis for many prayers and songs in the Christian tradition.  

What does this story mean for kids? 

Mary’s story reminds us that Jesus was special from the very beginning.  Through his miraculous birth, younger kids will begin to understand that God can do things in the world that might otherwise seem impossible.  And these moments don’t stop.  God keeps making the impossible happen again and again in the world – and usually in the places we least expect it.  

Why this theme?  

God sent an angel to Mary with the news that God had chosen her.  Mary’s ‘yes’ to God’s call opened her life to a world of possibilities she never would have known otherwise.  Mary’s ‘yes’ led to Jesus entering the world for everyone.  Our ‘yes’ to God leads to amazing possibilities too.  

 

 
 
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Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.


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.  

 
 
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*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.  
 
 
 
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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.  
 
 
 
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*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. 

 
 
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Preschool – K
Gr. 3-4
 
Gr. 5-6
 

 

Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.