AUGUST MEMORY VERSE
“Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth!” (Psalm 100:1)
Almost five hundred years after the Israelites escaped Egypt, King David’s son, Solomon, built a temple. The building of the temple was a massive undertaking, lasting seven years. The Bible provides a detailed description of the dimensions and layout of the temple. Two weeks ago, we talked about the Israelites building a tabernacle, or tent. The temple, however, served as a more permanent reminder of God’s presence. God did not dwell among God’s people because they built the temple. God’s people built the temple because God was in their midst. When the building of the temple was complete, Solomon gathered the people of Israel together to dedicate the temple and to praise and worship God.
We teach our children that God is a personal God. We each can have a personal relationship with God. Each person can talk to God directly whenever and wherever he or she chooses. We also teach our children that God is everywhere. From a very young age, children are told that everywhere they go, God is there too. We believe all of these things to be true, and it is important to teach these lessons to our children. However, there is more to the story. Having a personal relationship with God is essential. It is equally important to experience God in the midst of a community. Worshipping God alongside, and together with, other people is a necessary element of living as Christians. When we come together as God’s people, we feel God’s presence in a special way. We experience God’s love in and through other people and we allow them the opportunity to experience God through us. As we care for and love each other, and work together to care for and love others, we gain a glimpse of God’s kingdom. Today’s lesson on Solomon building the temple and gathering God’s people together for worship reminds us that gathering together to praise and honor God through worship is an important aspect of living as Christians.
God wants us to come into the church for worship and praise. God wants us to remember we are people of God, and gather together at the church to love God and each other. God also wants us to go into the world, outside of the church, and share God’s love with others. God wants us to live our lives in the world faithfully and fully for God. How do you share God’s love with others in your everyday life?
DEEP BLUE ADVENTURES APP
While I was looking for all the new material to share with you about our new unit, I stumbled across this app. I downloaded it for free, and it has all the videos to go along with the Bible story each week. There is a trivia game, a fun scripture game and another maze game that reinforced the verse of the month. It isn’t anything fancy, but I thought I would share if you were looking for new ways to engage your kids with our weekly Bible stories at home. GET IT HERE
Please join our Chapel Hill Kids Facebook Group for prerecorded and “Godly Play LIVE” Sunday School lessons. We will post favorite songs with actions each week as well as lesson plan demonstrations, and much more!
If your child did not receive a “Flat Jesus” in the mail this week, here is a digital download for you to print at home. We want the kids to remember that, even though we cannot meet together at church right now, that Jesus is always with them! Have your child color, cut out, and laminate his/her “Flat Jesus” then take him with you on your summer trips and outings. Snap a picture of “Flat Jesus” and post on our Chapel Hill Kids Facebook Group to see where CH Kids are taking Him this Summer.
During the month of August, we will continue to post lesson plans and videos on our Chapel Hill Kids Facebook Group. On the last Sunday of the month, we will do a Zoom meeting to show off the memory verse, sing and dance together, and to check in before school starts. Our return date to the church has not been decided at this point.
Topic: August CH Kids Sunday School Zoom Meeting
Time: Aug 30, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 728 4235 0946. |. Passcode: CHKIDS2020