Although recent days have brought us fresh snow, and it may not look it outside… the season of Spring is here. Well, the Spring Quarter of Sunday School is here, anyway!
Sunday School began a new set of curriculum this past Sunday, Feb. 26. We’re excited to moving on to New Testament teachings about the life of Jesus. These lessons will prepare us for the upcoming Easter season.
The Sonbeams’ new theme for the next six weeks is: Jesus is Powerful. The Bible Memory for this unit of lessons is:
Our Lord is great and very powerful. There is no limit to what He knows.
Psalm 147:5, ICB
This Sunday, the children heard the story of Jesus calming the storm, from Mark 4:35-41. Ask your Sonbeam to tell you how they re-enacted the story in a fun way, using blankets to represent the boat and the water.
Heartshaper, the curriculum that we use for the Sonbeams class, has provided us this take home sheet to share with the Sonbeams parents. Please click to download the take home paper, here: Sonbeams Spring 2017, Lesson 1
GLOW students talked this Sunday about prayer, concentrating on Jesus’ teaching on prayer from the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 6:5-13 (the Lord’s Prayer):
This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'”
The GLOW kids had a really good discussion, sharing with each other some of the reasons that they pray, how they pray, and who they pray for. It was really heartening as their teacher and as a mom, to hear their thoughts on prayer. I would encourage all of our parents to talk to their kids about prayer this week.
To help you, our curriculum publisher provides this weekly newsletter. Click here to download: Family Connect, Lesson 1
On Sunday, you might have seen a yellow hand cut out that your child made in Sunday School. These were our “prayer hands” to remind us of six elements that make up prayer:
- Praise God (thumb: Give God the thumbs up!)
- Confess our sins (first finger: We point out and apologize for our mistakes)
- Thank God (second finger: We thank God for His blessings to us)
- Pray for others (third finger: We ask God to bless others)
- Pray for ourselves (pinky finger: We ask God to help us)
- Closing (palm: We end our prayer with praise or special words like ‘Amen’)
We found this craft idea on Pinterest. It was a fun way to spark conversation about prayer!