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Lesson 12 HE WATCHES OVER ME

AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON (10 minutes) ACTIVITY
Get some of the children to colour the birds before they are hidden for game 1

Supplies needed:
• Print 8 pictures of birds.
• Markers and crayons.
• Print large Sparrow, grains of corn or seed.
• Basket.
• Print the final chapter 12 of the ‘And Puppy’ book one for each child.

1. GAMES: (10 minutes)
BIRD HUNT
: Before class the teacher had hidden 8 printed pictures or shapes of birds and hidden around the room. Let children go on a bird hunt, either in the classroom or outdoors. Bring all the "birds" back to the classroom and start writing the Bible Verse on each bird.

1. "What is the price of two sparrows
2. one copper coin?
3. But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground
4. without your Father knowing it.
5. So don’t be afraid;
6. you are more valuable to God
7. than a whole flock of sparrows."
8. Matthew 10:29, 31

This is later going to help the children lean the Memory Bible Verse.

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
Feed the Sparrow:
Divide the group into two even groups. Issue each child with a seed or corn grain. Position the picture of the large Sparrow at the far end of the room in front of the basket. The aim is the two first children from each team run up and drop their seed in the basket, run back and tag the second child. This continues until all the seeds have been fed to the Sparrow, the first to finish wins.

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS (10 minutes)
God is Watching over You (Use Video)

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP (5 minutes)
His eye is on the sparrow (Use Video and lyrics)

5. TEACHING
a. Review:

Remember last week we asked you
Have you ever been afraid?
(Give the children a chance to share)

When Jesus told his disciples that he was going to return to his Father, they were afraid.

  • What were they worried about? (Would the enemies recognize them as his followers and try to harm them)
  • What did Jesus ask His Father? (To send the Holy Spirit to comfort his disciples)
  • What did Jesus leave them? (His peace)

b. Learn a Bible Verse (5minutes)
"What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows." Matthew 10:29, 31

Use the birds from the Bird Hunt game with the parts of the Bible Verse written on them. Cut them out, muddle them up and get the children to take turns to put them in the correct order.

c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)

Introduction:
Today I want to tell you a story about a woman named Civilla Martin who wrote a song about overcoming fear, worry, and discouragement.

Teaching:
Mrs. Martin and her husband were visiting a couple named Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle, she was crippled and had to move about a wheelchair. Mr. Doolittle had been confined to bed for over twenty years. Despite the problems they faced in life, they always seemed to be have a cheerful outlook on life. Mr. Martin asked "How do you manage to remain so joyful when you face so many problems?" The reply was simple. "If God has his eye on the sparrow, then I know he is watching over me."

Mrs. Martin was so touched by the reply that she wrote a poem
“Why should I feel discouraged? Why should the shadows come? Why should my heart feel lonely, and long for heaven and home? When Jesus is my portion, a constant friend is He. His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches over me. His eye is on the sparrow; and I know He watches me. I sing because I’m happy. I sing because I’m free! His eye is on the sparrow; and I know He watches me. His eye is on the sparrow; and I know He watches me.”

The next day Civilla Martin mailed the poem to Charles Gabriel, a gospel songwriter, who wrote a tune for it. "The rest," as they say, "is history."

In Matthew chapter 10, Jesus was teaching his disciples that even though they were going to be facing some difficult times as his followers, they should not be afraid.

Read this chapter Matthew 10:28-31

Isn't that amazing? (Give the children time to respond)

God knows everything that we go through. Nothing happens to us that he doesn't know about. When we feel lonely and totally abandoned, when it seems that our prayers are unanswered, when everything seems hopeless, God knows/God cares.

sermons4kids.com/his_eye_is_on_the_sparrow.htm

Optional: View Radical Kids video

Caribbean Story 'And Puppy': Chapter 12 He watches over me

Discussion:

6. APPLICATION / ENCOUNTERING GOD
This is our last session in this series. We invite the children to come and spend quiet time with God.

By the end of this curriculum the children should be able to:

  • Know that they are important to God.
  • Learn that sometimes bad things happen to good people, no discipline seems pleasant at the time.
  • Know they can talk about their pain
  • Know that they need to take care of their hearts when they are wounded
  • Be able to express their pain through drawings
  • Realize that connecting with others helps them to overcome fear and loneliness
  • Realize that God never abandons them even if everyone else does
  • Trust that God has a plan for their lives
  • Realize that connecting with others helps them to overcome fear and loneliness
  • Know they should be careful about whom they trust
  • Understand that grieving takes time.
  • Accept their sadness and anger if they have loss someone who was important to them
  • Experience that God loves them regardless of what may have happened
  • Have opportunity to ask Jesus to be their friend and forgive their sins
  • Have opportunity to ask Jesus to heal their pain
  • Understand why it’s important to forgive
  • Have started to forgive people who have hurt them
  • Know ways of facing trouble in the future
  • Begin to learn how to deal with negative thoughts.
  • Don’t get even get over it!
  • Be encouraged by thinking about good things.
  • Know how to grow as a Christian
  • Have Joseph as their role model
  • Learn that God knows everything they go through.
  • Experience His Peace and know that the Holy Spirit will guide them and calms their fears.
  • Begin to learn that God cares and watches over them even in times of disaster and distress
  • Understand that God watches over his children
  • Realize that even though we face some difficult times we should not be afraid.
  • God knows everything that we go through.
  • God knows/God cares..

CLOSING PRAYER

 
     
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