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Kid's Ministry & Sunday School Resources

Who Am I ? Simon-Peter (Matthew 16) | Story

 
Who Am I ? Simon-Peter (Matthew 16) | Story
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Today’s heroes is Simon-Peter because he shows us the gift of Foundation

Essential Teachers notes:
This short conversation with Jesus’ tired followers is a pivotal moment. For Peter to speak out with such assurance is surely a divine revelation but he probably wasn’t the only one thinking it. Peter’s boldness is richly rewarded, not only does he get a new name he is also given the keys to the kingdom. This passage lends itself well to being acted out and this retelling would work as a narrated script.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favorite bible translation or story book.

Main Passage : Matthew 16

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Canaanite Woman (Matthew 15) | Story

 
Canaanite Woman (Matthew 15) | Story
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Today’s heroes is the Canaanite Woman because she shows us the gift of Abundance

Essential Teachers notes:
This passage is sometimes shied away from in ministry circles because it seems Jesus’ actions are derogatory, he appears to insult the woman and those who do not come from the Jewish nation. It’s certainly a discussion older children may want to have as to why Jesus chooses to use this soft insult. But this passage is contains a much bigger challenge for churches today, the challenge to include the outsider, to allow God’s abundance to spill over the edges of the table we set.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favorite bible translation or story book.

Main Passage : Matthew 15

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Bread of Life (Matthew 14) | Story

 
Bread of Life (Matthew 14) | Story
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Today’s heroes is Jesus because he shows us the gift of Bread.

Essential Teachers notes:
This passage of teaching seems to go totally over the heads of those who were listening to Jesus and it’s not a big jump that kids concrete thinking could risk us doing the same thing. Kids struggle with transference, the ability to transfer a quality of one thing to another, developmentally they aren’t there, but they can cope well with symbolism. The people in this story seem to confuse the two. Jesus stops their clumsy understanding and goes back to the basic symbol before starting them down the right transference path. If you can take some time to talk about sharing the bread and wine in church services that would help to solidify the symbol in their heads. If you’re kids ages are already in double digits they can probably run with the transference and you can start to draw lines on how Jesus could be ‘like’ bread.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favorite bible translation or story book.

Main Passage : Matthew 14

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Jacob’s Rachel and Leah (Genesis 29) | Story

 
Jacob's Rachel and Leah (Genesis 29) | Story
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Today’s heroes is Leah because she shows us the gift of Deception.

Essential Teachers notes:
There is so much you can draw out of this story of Jacob finding his family and falling in love with the youngest daughter of a relative. There is also lots of trip wires – Why did Leah need to marry first? Why did her father not find her another suitor? Why does Jacoob agree to keeping a second wife when he clearly loved another? How drunk was he the evening of his wedding not to notice? While this passage may lead to interesting questions the actual narrative is quite straightforward.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favorite bible translation or story book.

Main Passage : Genesis 29

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Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28) | Story

 
Jacob's Ladder (Genesis 28)   | Story
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Today’s heroes is Jacob because he shows us the gift of Promises.

Essential Teachers notes:
Leaving is always tough and for Jacob to go and have to find a wife from a distant land when his bother already had two local girls whom he called his wives but have felt unfair. Going when your brother is seeing red and leaving the care of the family household in his hands must have seemed mad. It’s not surprising that it’s at this moment when all seems lost that God steps in and Meets Jacob, reminds him of the birthright he inherited and how land and flocks and tents are nothing compared to God’s promises.

Main Passage : Genesis 28

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Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25) | Story

 
Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25)   | Story
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Today’s heroes are Jacob and Esau, because they shows us the gift of Birthright.

Essential Teachers notes:
This story of Jacob and Esau, of the developing family of God, show that God’s plan already being shaped by more than just offspring and inheritance. The plan is being molded by the characters and traits of those who make up the successive generations. This stark encounter shows how seemingly insignificant moments can rewrite entire histories.

Main Passage : Genesis 25

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Rebekah & Isaac (Genesis 24) | Story

 
Rebekah & Isaac (Genesis 24)  | Story
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Today’s hero is Rebekah, because she shows us the gift of a wife.

Essential Teachers notes:
Isaac and Abraham have lost Sarah to old age and Abraham is probably more than aware his days are now numbered. He’s looking to secure the next generation of God’s people through his son, obviously the next generation means he needs a wife and none of the locals will do. This passage is full of imagery, it’s a lovely passage to act out. As always these are springboard notes, feel free to use your own expressions and words.

Main Passage : Genesis 24

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Lamp Lighter (Luke 11) | Story

 
Lamp Lighter (Luke 11) | Story
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Today’s hero is the lamp lighter, because he shows us the gift of LIGHT.

Essential Teachers notes:
This is a story rather than a biblical retelling. It is recorded that Antioch had street-lighting in the early centuries so it’s not a big jump to assume there would have been a lamp lighter. It’s also assumed that people had started to scribble down the words of Jesus before the gospels were compiled. By attaching a face to this story it makes it easier for children to relate to the central teaching it contains. It also highlights how God uses ordinary people and professions.

Main Passage : Luke 11:33-36
Alternative Passages : Luke 8:16-18, Matthew 5:14–15, Mark 4:21–25

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