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

 

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.


Sept 20th PROMISES

Lesson Title: God’s Covenant with Noah
Scripture: Genesis 6-9
Our theme is PROMISES
 
 
God’s promises are eternal.  The things of this world fail, people fail, and life seems like it will fall into chaos.  But God does not fail.  God is always faithful and always remembers us and the promises God makes to us.  
 
 
Video Segments
*The password for all videos is Whirl
 
 
 
 
Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.