Breath in: Your Word
Breath out: Is a lamp to my feet
Song Themes: Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord
Remember one another
Is anyone celebrating something that happened this week? Let’s share so we can all thank God together.
Is anyone struggling, feeling sad, lonely or scared? How can we pray for one another?
Remember what we learned last week
Practice the Following Jesus Liturgy (With our youngest kids only focus on the portion that we’re currently learning)
Leader: What is baptism?
Invite a conversation, listen, respond, and teach
Baptism happens in water and by the Holy Spirit
When we are baptized in water we demonstrate that we've chosen to follow Jesus, dying to our old way of life, being forgiven, and raising again in new life. Daily we can ask for a fresh baptism by His Spirit to empower us to love others and obey Him.
Reflect: Hear the Word
Set the stage with Key Concepts and Questions
Start a conversation about the Bible. What is it? Who wrote it? How long did it take to write? Get the kids thinking, talking, and being curious about how God's Word came to be and why we need it for daily life.
Watch "Light unto my Path"
Our Father did not leave us alone in the darkness. The scriptures have the words of Christ in them. If we study the scriptures, it's like having a light with us everywhere we go.
You can also read Psalm 119:105
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How are the scriptures in the Bible like a light? (They help us navigate and make choices and decisions that honor God and bring about life. The scriptures help us know God so we know how to be near Him).
What does it feel like to be lost in the dark? (Don't know which way to go, get confused, scared, disoriented, lonely)
Experience: Paper Lantern Craft
You will need paper, scissors, and a stapler or tape
Make a paper lantern with the kids. As they are crafting, continue to talk about the video, the way God's scripture can guide us and light our path.
Have the kids write Proverbs 3:5-6 on the lantern. Help the children who are not yet writing.
Play a game using the lanterns as symbolism. Have the kids take an "adventure" similar to the one in the "Light unto my path" video. Set a spot that is "Home". This is where you begin and where you end up. Now have the kids play follow the leader, imagining all sorts of terrain, obstacles, and fun experiences along the way, similar to the "going on a bear hunt" story. Have them bring their lanterns! Then turn instruct them to find their way home. You might play one time when all the kids find their way home because they all have their lanterns.
Chose a willing child or two or three to take their lanterns away. Remind them that when we don't have God's word in our heart we don't have a light to lead our path. Play again, but this time, instruct those children without lamps to act out feeling lost, confused, and unable to find their way.
Then return their lamps and celebrate when they make it home!
Pray: Thank God for His word
Invite the kids to quiet their bodies and hearts so we can focus on talking to Jesus. Pray and thank God for the Bible and His words that guide our path.
Encourage children to pray as they feel comfortable.
Close by reading Proverbs 3:5-6