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Children’s Lessons about Esther and the Feast of Purim

This Thursday and Friday is the time that the Jewish people celebrate the Feast of Purim. They honor Esther and remember how she saved the Jewish people. I can think of no better time to teach about Esther during mid-week classes or children’s church.

The story of Esther is found in the Book of Esther in the Old Testament. The main theme and verse from the Book of Esther is found here:

Esther 4:14 (NIV)  For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?

What a powerful statement for our time. Children need to learn that they were created by God in this time and in the family they were born for an important purpose. Some day, they may need to make a stand as Esther did and risk something to obey God.

One fun thing you can do is have a Purim carnival where everyone dresses up as kings and queens and parades through the church or neighborhood. The children could make banners that say “For Such a Time as This”, and they could carry streamers and noisemakers.

Here are a few online lessons for teaching about Esther:

Created for a Purpose

Esther Bible Lesson for Preschoolers

Esther the Queen Bible Activities

Free Bible Lesson – Esther

Church House Collection: Queen Esther

Pinterst – Esther

If you would like to do a series on Esther, here are a couple of online teachings:

Bible Study Planet:

Esther Bible Lessons For Children:

Fun, Simple Games For Children’s Ministry

IMG_0009If you’re looking for some games with little planning that you can do when service runs over, here are a few you can use.

Mummy Game:

Supplies: 2 rolls of toilet paper.

Choose 4 children for each team. One child on each team is the mummy. Start some music. The teams have until the music stops playing to wrap their mummies. The team with the best looking mummy wins.

Application: Mummies in the movies are dead, but they walk around and act like their alive. Scripture tells us to be alive in Christ and dead to sin. When we do that, we can be “spiritual mummies”.

Jesus says:

Suppies: None

Similar to Simon Says only you say Jesus says.

Application: We should always obey Christ and do what He says.

DSC_1175Get Rid of Sin:

Supplies: Beach Balls

Have children divide up into two teams. Each teams sits or stands on their side of the room. Throw the balls out evenly and start the music. Tell the children that the balls represent sin. They want to get rid of them and bounce them to the other side. When the music stops, the team with the least balls wins.

Application: Just as we tried to get rid of those beach balls, we should get rid of the sin in our lives.

Fruit Basket:

Supplies: Chairs formed in a circle. You should have one less chair than the number of kids.

Go around the circle and assign each child a fruit. Apples, Oranges, Bananas, Grapes, Pears. If there are less than 15 kids, only use three fruits. The child standing in the center of the circle is it and calls out a fruit. When a child’s fruit is called, he has to stand up and find another chair. When a child calls fruit basket, all the children have to find other chairs.

Application: Fruit of the Spirit

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Ready To Serve Christ Children’s Church Lesson Game

Today, I’m posting a game you can use for this lesson, Ready to Serve Christ. Use the italics as an example of what you can say to the children. Next week, Ill post a way for the children to learn the memory verse and a Bible story to use with this lesson.

 

Focus Point:  God wants us to be Ready to live the Christian life, Expecting God to move and Determined to share the Gospel.

Goal:  Children will learn to look for opportunities to serve God with boldness..

Focus Verse: Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13 

 

 

Game Time:  Getting Ready for Emergencies

 

Items needed:  2 oversized pairs of pants, 2 oversized shirts, 2 pairs of large boots, 2 hats

 

There are a lot of things we get ready for.  Can you name a few?  Have the children name some things we need to get ready for.  Fire fighters have to get ready to go to a fire at a moment’s notice.  Even in the middle of the night, if the fire alarm sounds, fire fighters have to jump up, get dressed and run to the fire truck in only a few seconds.  Today we are going to see how good we would be as fire fighters.

 

Divide all of the children into two teams for a clothing relay.  The game starts when you sound the alarm by yelling Emergency.  The first child on each team will get dressed in pants, a shirt, a pair of boots and a hat and run to the other side of the room and back making noises like a fire truck.  Then the child will take off the clothes as the next child puts them on and does the same.  The team who finishes first wins.

 

It’s very important for fire fighters to be ready when there’s a fire.  It’s even more important for Christians to be ready to do what God wants.

The Resurrection And The Life Lesson (Lazarus Brought Back To Life) – Part 1

For the next week, I’ll be posting lessons for the 2 weeks leading up to Easter Sunday and Easter Sunday. You can make this series special by decorating your children’s church to look like Jerusalem with a cave on one side and a curtain with columns symbolizing the temple on the other. Also find characters to play the parts for the skit.

This is the lesson about Lazarus for two weeks before Easter.

Theme: Jesus Gives Us Life Eternal

Verse: John 11:25 Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will have life even if he dies.” ICB

Mummy Game:

Object: rolls of toilet paper

Have two teams. Give each team a roll of toilet paper. Give the teams 5 minutes to wrap their Lazarus in grave clothes. Whoever has the best mummy at the end of the 5 minutes wins.

Skit: Lazarus Story

Characters: Jesus, Lazarus, Jewish Man who tells the Story

Objects: cave, toilet paper, Bible costumes

Man dressed in robe and turban comes out and tells how Jesus really stirred things up the last couple of weeks. He says something similar to this.

I live in Jerusalem, but I went to visit some friends in Bethany a few days ago. My friends told me a neighbor of theirs died. This man, Lazarus was a friend of Jesus, that prophet who’s been going around teaching about God and healing people. I heard about him but I never met him. Anyway, Lazarus had died, and Jesus didn’t even come to the funeral. Lazarus sisters were pretty upset about. Then four days later, Jesus showed up. (Jesus comes up to the cave.) I visited the cave with my friends so I saw him coming up the road. He didn’t look like a prophet. One of Lazarus sisters told him he should have been there. If he had, Lazarus wouldn’t have died. She probably figured Jesus would heal Lazarus.

Anyway Jesus said something really strange. He said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will have life even if he dies.”

I couldn’t believe it. Only God gives life. How could this man be the resurrection and life? And how can we live if we die. That just doesn’t make sense. Well let me tell you, that didn’t make me believe in him. First he doesn’t come to heal his friend. Then he doesn’t even come to the funeral. Then he says all this strange stuff about being the life.

But what happened next was even more amazing. Jesus told some men to roll the stone away from the cave door. They tried to tell him that the body would stink, but he wouldn’t listen. So they rolled the stone away. And let me tell you, it did stink. I’ve never smelled anything so bad. I would have left, but I wanted to see what Jesus was up to. He walked up to the cave. (Jesus walks up to the cave.) And he said something. (Jesus shout “Lazarus, come forth.” Lazarus comes out of the cave wrapped in toilet paper.)

I couldn’t believe it. Lazarus came back to life. Jesus told up to release him from his grave clothes. (Man unwraps Lazarus.) We had a big party to celebrate. I’d like to hear more about this Jesus. If he can bring people back to life, maybe he is who he says he is. Maybe he’s the Messiah, the one sent from God who has been promised. I’m going back to Jerusalem today, but I’d like to hear more about this Jesus.

For the complete lesson and two more lessons up to and including Easter, go to this link to buy downloadable curriculum, Journey to Easter.