Category Archives: Children’s Church

The Real History of the Pilgrims

 Thanksgiving is coming soon, and most children’s pastors have special Thanksgiving services planned. One thing I have always done on Thanksgiving is to teach the children about America’s spiritual heritage ingrained in the Pilgrims and Puritans. These are some of the facts that children are not taught in school.

Most children are taught that pilgrims came to America to flee religious persecution. That’s not exactly true. Pilgrims and Puritans were persecuted for believing that Christians could have a personal relationship with Jesus separate from the Church of England. But they traveled to Holland to flee the persecution, not America.

So why did they travel to America? There were many reasons, but the main reason is they felt compelled by God to come to America and establish a colony of people that honored God. Many called this colony, New Jerusalem, believing that God had established this new land to spread the gospel to the world. William Bradford wrote in his journal that the motivation came from “a great hope for advancing the kingdom of Christ.”

Pilgrims and Puritans were not the same. Pilgrims were separatists who believed they should separate themselves for the Church of England and the world systems. Puritans believed in working within the system. When they came to America, Puritans wished to set up the government so that religious freedom of expression would be established. Pilgrims wanted freedom of religion so they were free to worship without fear of persecution. Both Pilgrims and Puritans wanted freedom of religion to protect the church from the government, not to protect the government from the church.

Many schools teach that Thanksgiving was a secular celebration. But letters written by the Pilgrims tell a different story. God was such a part of their everyday life that they included God in everything. One such letter states that Thanksgiving was a celebration called so that “God be praised” for what He had brought them through.

John Winthrop called New England a City on a Hill in one of his sermon. He, as well as many other Puritans and Pilgrims, believed they had made a covenant with God to be a new nation that was a model of Christianity to the world. William Bradford believed that America was called to spread the gospel to the world. Since the Pilgrims and Puritans came to America, the United States of America has sent missionaries to more nations and more remote places in the world than any other nation on Earth. Could it be they were right?

Revival Fire for Kids Curriculum is Here!

Revival Fire for Kids is pleased to announce the publication of The Journey, the first quarter of Building Foundations, a Spirit-Filled children’s church curriculum that preaches the foundation of God’s Word for Pentecostal children’s ministries for ages six through twelve. It is Christ-centered with the purpose of empowering children with full-Gospel doctrinal truths. Another quarter will be released within a couple of months. After that, a new quarter will be released every 6 months.

So, here’s a little more about The Journey.

THE JOURNEY: Available in Print and PDF

13 Weeks Children’s Church

BUILDING FOUNDATIONS Spirit-Filled Kid’s Church Curriculum

A Revival Fire for Kids Resource

The Journey is 13 complete children’s church lessons that teach children about their journey in the Christian life. It includes three parts.

Part 1 – THE ROAD (5 lessons on the Romans Road of salvation)

Part 2 – THE BIBLE: YOUR GPS FOR LIFE (4 Lessons on how God’s Word should guide your life)

Part 3 – CITY ON A HILL (4 lessons based on these scripture texts from the Sermon on the Mount about building a city on a hill – the kingdom of God in your life)

Digital Files. including short video clips, digital pictures, Family Devotion Take Home handouts, and other resources for use with this curriculum, are included upon purchase and registration of this curriculum.

Revival Fire for Kids equips children’s pastors and churches to lead children into revival and a radical relationship with Jesus Christ.

If you don’t want the entire The Journey curriculum, but you are interested in one part, each part is available separately in PDF only. Digital Files for that part are also available for free upon purchase and registration.

THE ROAD: 5 Weeks Children’s Church

Building Foundations Spirit-Filled Kid’s Church Curriculum

A Revival Fire for Kids Resource

THE ROAD is a 5 week curriculum about the Romans Road for ages 5-12. It shows children the path to salvation using Scripture from the book of Romans. The goal is to bring students into the saving grace of Jesus Christ and to teach them how to share the Gospel with their friends. THE ROAD is part one of THE JOURNEY Children’s Church Curriculum.

THE BIBLE: YOUR GPS FOR LIFE: 4 Weeks Children’s Church

Building Foundations Spirit-Filled Kid’s Church Curriculum

A Revival Fire for Kids Resource

THE BIBLE: YOUR GPS FOR LIFE is a 4 week curriculum for ages 5-12. It teaches students how to allow God’s Word to guide their lives, how God’s Word points to Jesus, the God’s Word keeps us from sin, and how we should do what God’s Word says. THE BIBLE: YOUR GPS FOR LIFE is part two of THE JOURNEY Children’s Church Curriculum.

CITY ON A HILL: 4 Weeks Children’s Church

Building Foundations Spirit-Filled Kid’s Church Curriculum

A Revival Fire for Kids Resource

CITY ON A HILL is a 4 week curriculum for ages 5-12. It isbased on these scripture texts from the Sermon on the Mount about building a city on a hill – the kingdom of God in your life. Students will learn how to let their light shine before men in a way that glorifies God.

You can purchase these products at Mt Zion Ridge Press, the publisher of Revival Fire for Kids resources, or on most online stores.

If you would like a sample of this curriculum, please email revivalfire4kids@att.net.

Saturated by the Holy Spirit Kidmin Free Object Lesson

Here is a great object lesson to illustrate why we need to be filled and saturated by the Holy Spirit.

Supplies Needed: flat sponge, bowl of water

Ephesians 5:18 Do not be drunk with wine. That will ruin you spiritually. But be filled with the Spirit.

The Bible talks a lot about being filled with the Holy Spirit. The word used in this verse for filled means being continually filled. That means being filled, and filled, and filled again. It means to keep being filled with the Holy Spirit.

(show flat sponge) Can anyone tell me what this is? (If the children don’t know, let them know it’s a sponge that has never been wet. It’s called a flat sponge. Talk about how useless this sponge is without water just as the Christian is useless unless he’s filled with the Holy Spirit.

The sponge is hard. God doesn’t want us to have a hard heart toward Him. He wants to fill our hearts with the Holy Spirit.

Ezekiel 36:26  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

This sponge is dry. Without the Holy Spirit filling us, our lives and passion for God can be dry. God wants to fill us with His Holy Spirit so that rivers of living water can flow out of us.

John 7:37-39 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

This sponge can’t wash or clean anything. Being filled with the Holy Spirit keeps us cleansed from sin.

John 7:38  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’

Romans 8:2 Because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Object Lesson Experiment:

(Dip the sponge in the bowl of water so it is a little wet. Let the children make observations on how the sponge has changed. It is wetter, bigger, softer, more useful. Dip the sponge again until it gets saturated.)

The more this sponge gets saturated with water, the more useful it is. The more we are filled with the Holy Spirit, the more useful we are to the Kingdom of God.

If I were to leave this wet sponge on the shelf, what would happen to it? It would get dried out and hard again. That’s the way we will get if we don’t continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

6 Free Kidmin Easter Object Lessons

Here’s some links for Easter object lessons and stories to help you plan your message Resurrection Sunday.

The Curtain Was Torn

Salvation Gospel Illusion

What’s Easter All About?

The Colors of Easter

He Paid the Price

The Empty Egg

Children’s Church Lessons for the New Year

This season is the busiest time of the year. With family obligations, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with ministry obligation. In case you need some help with lessons for the next couple of weeks, here’s a few older posts with free messages that work for an emphasis on the New Year.

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

Living Sacrifice Children’s Sermon

Ready to Serve Complete Lesson:

Opening

Game

Memory Verse

Bible Story

Object Lesson and Sermon

Happy New Year!

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