Lesson 1, April 4, 2020
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10).
Before class, provide each student with a quarter sheet of paper and a pen. Ask the student to: draw a person on the paper. Meanwhile you can draw on the board a picture of a church in the middle of a circle of students. Write the words to the power text on sticky notes and place them randomly all around the church. After students complete their “person drawing,” instruct them to select a word from the memory text by taking the sticky note containing it from the board and attaching it to their drawing. As you read the power text, ask the kids to listen for their ‘word’ and place their person in order by the church. When the verse is completed, ask everyone to recite the memory text together three or four times.
Lesson 2, April 11, 2020
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Before class, prepare 25 medium stones by writing one word of the power text on each stone. Write the power text in large letters on a paper or whiteboard visible to all students. Ask the students to see how fast they can “organize” the rocks into the proper order. When the rocks are arranged, recite the verse together, and scramble the rocks to repeat the activity. Close by saying, “God is always working things out for us. Let’s see what rocks have to do with our story today.”
Lesson 3, April 18, 2020
“For this is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth’ ” (Acts 13:47).
Buy or make a treasure box and fill it with coins or jewels. Write the memory verse on coin shaped, colored pieces of card stock. Attach to the box in order and have the class repeat OR place in the box and have kids select the words from the box, one at a time, and place them in order. Repeat until the class can say the verse from memory.
Lesson 4, April 25, 2020
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:19, 20).
Write all the words of the power text on a white board in random order, assigning each a number. Provide enough brown sheets of construction paper to write one to two words of the power text on each half sheet, imitating a brick. Give each child a half sheet or two with a number on it, and ask them to copy the corresponding numbered word from the board. Place a full sheet of brown paper with JESUS written prominently on it. They can do this at the bottom of the bulletin board or at the base of the wall. Ask the students to look up the texts and then ‘build a wall’ with their bricks in the order their words appear in the verse. Attach the bricks with stick pins or tape. When the wall is finished, recite the verse together and point out that Jesus is the cornerstone.
Lesson 5, May 2, 2020
“No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are” (Acts 15:11).
Use a container or a puppet to distribute the words of the memory verse. Have the students come together and assemble the Bible text. Then invite students to say the power text together from memory.
Lesson 6, May 9, 2020
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
Distribute slips of paper and pencils to the class. Have students write down anything or anyone’s name that represents an obstacle to them in making a full surrender and committing to follow God. After the students finished writing ask whether they would be willing to give those obstacles to Jesus. Ask them to share what it would take for them to give up their desires or fondest dreams if those interfered with God’s best plan for them. Next, have the students who are willing to give whatever they wrote down to God place their slips of paper in a container that you will pass around. Then have the class stand and say the power text together from memory.
Lesson 7, May 16, 2020
“Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all’ ” (Mark 9:35).
Provide each child with a red heart cut out. Ask each student to write the power text on their heart. Collect the hearts and place them on a serving tray. Let the students take turns serving each other. As the student draws a heart from the tray, everyone repeats the memory verse aloud together.
Lesson 8, May 23, 2020
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:11-13).
Before class, write the memory verse on a white board or poster. Instruct the students to repeat after you, either one at a time or as a group. Repeat until students can recite with white board erased.
Lesson 9, May 30, 2020
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19, 20).
In advance provide four bases, similar to a baseball diamond, and either a beach ball or a Nerf ball. On each base write: GO, TEACH, BAPTIZE, PROMISE. Place bases around the room and above each base attach a sign with the following:
First Base: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.
Second Base: Baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Third Base: Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
Home Base: And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Invite each student to take a turn at bat. Have them stand at Home Plate and, as you throw the ball, have the student hit it with their hand (or Nerf bat) and then run around the bases, stopping at each to recite the part of the verse written at each base.
Continue until each student has had the opportunity to play.
Lesson 10, June 6, 2020
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13).
In advance provide full armor, helmet, breast plate, sword, and belt. Display the power text in your room. Ask the students to take turns putting on the pieces of armor.
The rest of the class says: Therefore put on the full armor of God (the volunteer puts on the armor), so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand (armor volunteer stands bold and firm, as everyone follows him/her).
Close with: Jesus has promised to protect us through the truth found in Scripture, prayer, and His righteousness.
Lesson 11, June 13, 2020
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:14).
Before class, place each word of the power text inside a balloon. Blow up the balloon and tie it off. Make sure there are enough balloons for each student. Write the power text on the whiteboard and then instruct the students that they are to find a balloon, pop it, and retrieve the word. Then tell them that they are to line themselves up in the order of the words in the verse. After the students are lined up, recite the verse together two to three times and say, “We praise God for creating us wonderfully to live for His honor.
Lesson 12, June 20, 2020
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Display the power text in the classroom.
Show pictures of caterpillars, cocoons, and butterflies, or tadpoles and frogs. (If you don’t have pictures you can show the words instead.) Ask the students to recite the power text together and then ask what that verse has to do with the pictures/words. Ask them to think of how they’d like to be “new” or what “old” they would like to be gone. They may choose to share or just think about it.
Close by saying to each student: “Therefore, if (name) is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
Lesson 13, June 27, 2020
“‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven’ ” (Acts 1:11).
Bring in two large white sheets and wrap them around two volunteers. Have students role play the content of the memory verse, with two volunteers playing and saying the part of the angels and the rest of the class gazing upward toward heaven. At the end have the whole class repeat the memory verse together.