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:

Teaching Kids about the Rapture and End Times

The first question I always get when I talk about teaching kids about the rapture is should we. After all, aren’t we scaring them when we teach them about the rapture and end times. If you don’t believe in the pre-trib rapture and the seven year tribulation, don’t bother to read on. Instead, I invite you to watch this video.

Here are some reasons I give about why we should teach our kids about the rapture.

Teaching about the rapture gives comfort and assurance.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NIV)  Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

We need to teach children that they don’t have to be afraid of the turmoil going on around them. Jesus has promised to those who believe in Him to Heaven before it gets too bad. Teaching on the rapture doesn’t have to be scary for Christian kids. Instead it should be encouraging.

Those who study the Book of Revelation are promised a blessing.

Revelation 22:6-7  The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place. Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”

This verse give a promise of blessing. Don’t we want our children to be blessed?

It’s in the Bible.

Psalm 34:11 (NIV)  Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Keeping children from knowing Biblical concepts set them up to not believe the entire Bible is for them or that it’s something that should be read and studied. Don’t wait until they are grown up to teach them difficult parts of the Bible or they might end up not believing any of it. Also if we don’t teach about the rapture of the church, there are many false Bible teachers willing to teach them that there will be no rapture.

We need to warn them.

Luke 21:36  Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.

I’m not going to get into the age of accountability, although I believe there is one. The point is we need to warn children about the rapture because it will probably happen at some point in their lifetime. Whatever the age of accountability is, children will one day reach it and need to be right with God to go in the rapture.

Here’s a few lessons you can use to help teach children about the rapture:

Sunday School Lessons: Rapture Part 1 & 2

Bible Based Activity: The Rapture

Sunday School Lesson: Living With Hope

Rapture Lesson

Children’s Ministry Thanksgiving Songs

Here’s a list of songs that work great for Thanksgiving lessons now or any time of the year. They can be used to praise God for His blessings. The songs are all from Uncle Charlie’s Made 2 Praise DVD’s. Click on the song for the link where you can order them.

Say Hey, Made 2 Praise Vol. 1

Beautiful One, Made 2 Praise Vol. 4

Everything to Me, Made 2 Praise Vol. 5

Life is Good, Vol. 8

Deep Down Boogie, Made 2 Praise Vol. 10

Sunshine, Made 2 Praise Vol. 12

New Resource for Children’s Pastor – Bright Ideas

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Teaching Kids How to Use the Bible

Teaching children to want to read the Bible and giving them Scripture to read takes work, but you shouldn’t stop there. Your students will become frustrated if you don’t also teach them how to use the Bible.

Here’s what they need to know.

Give the children an easy to read translation.

The Bible is 66 books. Teach your students that the Bible isn’t just one book, it is a book with 66 books inside. They won’t understand how to read the Bible until they know this. Then when you tell them what book to go to, they’ll get it.

The Bible has 2 sections. It may seem that everyone know this, but your students might not. Teach them the differences between the Old Testament and the New Testament and give them an idea of which books are in which testament.

The Bible is divided into groups of books. Here’s a list of the way they are grouped so you can teach this to your students:

Old Testament:

  • Law (5 books) Genesis  –  Deuteronomy
  • History (12 books) Joshua – Esther
  • Poetry (5 books) Job – Song of Solomon
  • Major Prophet (5 books) Isaiah – Daniel
  • Minor Prophets (12 books) Hosea – Malichi

New Testament:

  • Gospels (4 books) Matthew – John
  • History (1 book) Acts
  • Epistles (21 books) Romans – Jude
  • Prophecy (1 book) Book of Revelation

Each verse has an address. This is the easiest way to teach children to look up verses. The address starts with the book, then the chapter, then the verse. For instance, John 1:1 is the book of John, first chapter, first verse.

Teach students to memorize the books of the Bible. This is easier than you might think, but it’s important. If a child memorizes the books of the Bible, he develops a basic understanding of where each book is located long after he’s forgotten how to rattle them off. The best way to do this is to teach the books one section at a time. Use little rewards for each section and a huge reward when the child memorizes them all.

Here’s a link to some resources to teach children the books of the Bible:

Books of the Bible Countdown

La Bible Song (Made 2 Praise Vol. 8)

Flashcards

5 Great Games to Teach Your Kids the Books of the Bible

Footsteps Tools for Learning (Books of the Bible Curriculum and Resources)

Teaching Children Bible Basics: 34 Lessons for Helping Kids Learn to Use the Bible