Date: Jan, 2022
Early Childhood Essential: I am a sinner who needs Jesus
Memory Verse: Jesus said, “Come Follow Me.” – Matthew 4:19
Bible Story Focus: The Disciples Are Called (Matthew 4:18-25)
Lesson Overview:
In this lesson kids will hear how Jesus called the first disciples. Children will learn that Jesus wanted these men to help him share God’s love with the whole world. Jesus wants us to follow him, too! Jesus is the only one who can wash our hearts clean from sin. I am a sinner who needs Jesus. And Jesus invites us to love and follow him. 

Date: Jan 23, 2022
Early Childhood Essential: I am a sinner who needs Jesus.
Memory Verse: “Turn away from your sins! The Kingdom of heaven has come near.” - Matthew 3:2 (NIRV)
Monthly Topic: The Book of Matthew
Bible Story Focus: Jesus Calls Levi (Matthew 9:9-13)
Lesson Overview:
In this lesson, children will hear about Jesus calling Levi the tax collector. Children will know that tax collectors were thought of as “bad guys” in Jesus’s time, so everyone was confused when Jesus wanted Levi to be one of his helpers. But Jesus came for sinners, not for the righteous, and that is good news for all of us. I am a sinner who needs Jesus. 
Circle Time Questions: (Preschool Purple Only)
  • If you were having a party, who would you invite?
Activities:
  • Fishing Net (All )

Date: Jan 23, 2022
Early Childhood Essential: I am a sinner who needs Jesus.
Memory Verse: “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” - Matthew 3:2
Monthly Topic: The Book of Matthew
Bible Story Focus: Jesus calls Levi (Matthew 9:9-13)
Lesson Overview:
In this lesson kids will hear how Jesus called Levi the tax collector to follow him. They will hear how the Pharisees questioned Jesus’s choices and disapproved of Jesus spending time with sinners. Children will learn that we are all sinners because of the choices we make, but there is good news for us because Jesus came to save us, sin and all. By dying on the cross he paid the price for our mistakes and by rising from the grave he beat sin forever. I am a sinner who needs Jesus. 
Circle Time Questions:
  • Have you ever made a bad choice?
I Wonder Questions (Snack Time Discussion):
  • Who did Jesus call to follow him?
    • Levi
  • Who did Jesus eat dinner with?
    • Sinners
  • Who did Jesus come to save?
    • Sinners like us
Activities:
  • 8:30/11:00 am : Pouch Lacing Craft
  • 9:45 am : Coin Bag

Date: Jan 23, 2022
Unit: The Disciples
Elementary Essential: God is relational: He takes cares of us through his people, the church.
Memory Verse: Jesus said, “Come and follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” - Matthew 4:19
Unit Overview:
Throughout the unit, children will study the lives of Jesus and the disciples in the New Testament, using a few key stories that illustrate why Jesus is worth following and what it means to follow him.

Lesson Title: Fish for People
Lesson Overview:
Children will “fish” for pieces of a puzzle that creates the memory verse when put together. They will read and discuss what it means to “fish for men” and “make disciples” and spend some time praying for someone they know who doesn’t know Jesus.
Lesson Scripture: Matthew 28
Lesson Objective: Disciples “fish for people” and tell others about King Jesus.
Lesson Application: I can make disciples by telling other people about Jesus.

Date: Jan 23, 2022
Unit: The “I Am” Statements of Jesus
Elementary Essential: God is Sovereign: He is who he says he is in his Word.
Memory Verse: “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even if he dies. And those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?” - John 11:25-26
Unit Overview:
In this unit, children will learn about the seven “I Am” statements Jesus makes in the book of John.  He uses these statements to tell us who he is and what he came to do. Each week, children will examine one of these “I Am” statements to gain a better understanding of Jesus’s character and what it means for those who follow him.

Lesson Title: I Am The Gate and The Good Shepherd
Lesson Overview:
In this lesson, children will learn that Jesus is the Gate, the only way to God, and is also the Good Shepherd. Children will learn how we are like sheep and the role of a shepherd. They will then play a game to discover why sheep (people) need a Good Shepherd (Jesus).
Lesson Scripture: John 10:1-30
Lesson Objective: Children will learn that the only way to God is through Jesus, the Gate and good Shepherd.
Lesson Application: I can trust Jesus to guide, protect, and provide for me.

Date: Jan 23, 2022
Unit: Ten Commandments: God is Holy
Elementary Essential: God is our rescuer: He is completely holy, completely perfect. Our sin separates us from him. We can’t fix this problem on our own.
Memory Verse: Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” - Matthew 22:37-39
Unit Overview:
Relativism is the cultural air we breathe. The idea of something being black or white, right or wrong, often rubs us the wrong way. Some may wonder whether devoting an entire unit to the Ten Commandments is a good idea. Isn’t it just being legalistic, old fashioned, or boring? What does the law have to do with grace?The truth is we need the Ten Commandments now more than ever. We need them not because our end goal is to create classrooms of perfectly behaved children or because we can earn God’s forgiveness through obedience. We need them because God’s law not only shows us how life works best, but it also reveals our need for a Savior. In God’s perfect law we see our depravity and inability to meet his standards. The law shows us our sin and points us to Jesus who kept it perfectly. In this unit, kids will do a close study of five of what we call the “Ten Commandments.” They’ll get a view of why we need the commandments, what they mean, and how they apply to our lives today. 

Lesson Title: The 9th Commandment: You Shall Not Give False Testimony Against Your Neighbor
Lesson Overview:
In this lesson, students read and discuss the 9th commandment—do not give false testimony against your neighbor - and other passages that talk about lying/truth-telling. They will play a game to determine what a lie is and isn’t. Students will also play a game to determine what is a lie and what is not.
Lesson Scripture: Exodus 20
Lesson Objective: Children will learn when we understand Jesus loves us and our true worth and acceptance is found in him, we don’t have to lie.
Lesson Application: I can trust Jesus is the truth, and only with God’s help can I speak the truth and obey God’s law.