LPKids – May 3, 2020
This week our children’s lesson will be linked in with our worship service! Parent’s, gather up the kiddos and worship as a family, print out these resources, and then use the kids lesson below to engage your family in deeper conversations about what it means to love God and love others! We hope to see you all very soon, have a great week!
Messy, Week 2
Love one another as Jesus loved you
Loving and Serving a Complaining People – A Journey Through the Wilderness
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 (NIV)
How many of you have ever played the game Rock, Paper, Scissors? People all over the world play that game. Not just children either — even adults play the game. Did you know that there is an international tournament each year and players from all over the world come together to compete in Rock, Paper, Scissors? Yes, Rock, Paper, Scissors is a very popular game.As you probably know, each player holds one fist in front of him and hits it with his other fist three times. Then, on the fourth time, the player’s top hand forms either a rock, paper, or scissors. (Demonstrate each as you say the words.) This is how you know who wins: a rock smashes scissors, paper covers a rock, and scissors cut paper.
Let’s play! You can all play against me and you can keep track of how many times you win. Ready? One, two, three, go. Okay, I made a rock. If you made paper, you win. If you made scissors, I win. If you made a rock, we tied. (Play the Rock, Paper, Scissors for a few minutes.)
What? Some of you are looking at me like you think I’m crazy! Don’t you think a rock would help you if you needed a drink of water? Well, in our Bible story today, that is exactly what happened. Our Bible story today is called, “Water from a Rock.”
Moses was the leader of the people of Israel. He was leading them from Egypt to a land that God would give to them. They were wandering through the desert and people were thirsty. They began to grumble and complain to Moses. “We are dying,” they said, “our children are dying, our cattle are dying. Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die out here in the desert?”
Moses went to his tent and fell on his knees before God. “What should I do?” Moses prayed. “There is no water in the desert. The people are thirsty and they are ready to kill me.”
God answered Moses and said to him, “Take your shepherd’s staff and walk ahead of the people. I will meet you by the rock at Mount Sinai. When you come to the rock, strike it with your staff and water will flow from the rock. The people will be have plenty of water to drink.”
Moses did exactly what God told him to do and guess what happened? He got water from a rock!
So, what should you and I do when we face an impossible situation? We should ask God for his help, and then trust in him. Sometimes we may not understand the way God is leading, but we just have to trust him. After all, who would have thought you could get water from a rock?
Dear Father, when we face impossible situations, help us to remember that we serve a God who can get water from a rock. Amen.
Activities to Help Your Family Keep Focus Through the Week
*Read John 13
*Read Exodus 14:10-16, 15:23-25
*Read Exodus 16:2-5, 17:1-6
*Read Exodus 32:1, 32:30-4
*Play Rock Paper Scissors
*Rock Tearing and Painting: Give children construction paper and instruct them to TEAR a large rock picture out of their paper. No scissors allowed. Then supply paints for the children to write WATER FROM THE ROCK, or JESUS IS OUR ROCK, etc.
*Rock Art: Let each child choose a smooth rock to paint. Provide paints and supplies for children to paint something from today’s lesson such as GOD IS MY PROVIDER or GOD HAS THE ANSWERS, etc.
*Play Rock Hopscotch
**resources borrowed with permission fromSermons4Kids