Becoming
True Worshipers-Worshiping God- Our Protector

Theme- Genesis 1 tells the story of God’s awesome creative power.  Psalm 8 describes how His glory is evident through His creation. We hear God’s excellent name and see his glory, and praise HIm for who He is.  This theme of “Worshipping God” will be continued throughout 2013 as teach our children to become worshippers in spirit and in truth.

Scripture:
Psalm 18, Daniel 3

Memory verses for this rotation:

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

John 4:23

 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.

Psalm 18:3

Concepts:

1. Daniel is in the Old Testament. It was written about the protection of God. When Daniel’s companions Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego   do not worship the statue created by King Nebuchadnezzar, they are protected from the fiery furnace by God.

2. We praise God for who He is…our protector.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1

3. When we live a life of a true worshiper of God we must boldly follow God knowing that he is our protector.

4. We show our faith in  the Lord by our actions.

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

James 2:26

Nursery/Toddler Resources:

Lessons:

STORYTELLING

Bring dolls or use puppets to tell the story. Bring a doll to represent the king, the statue, etc.

Use the toys as you tell the story. Allow the children to retell the story.

Pictures for telling the story:Week 3 – Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

Coloring Sheet:shadrach, meshack

Crafts:

Give to each child the picture of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego and the Angel in the fiery
furnace. Give them each some fiery-colored tissue paper. Have them rip small pieces and glue them onto the picture to be the fire. Tell them to put the fire all around them, and all around their feet and legs, but not to cover up their faces—we need to be able to see that they are all right, because the Lord was making sure that the fire wouldn’t hurt them.

Games:
Musical statues with a difference: Assign a corner to be the fiery furnace. Children move around
the room as music is playing. When the music stops, be a statue if you are wearing purple. Anyone
not wearing purple must get down on their knees. If a statue moves, they are sent to the fiery
furnace for one round before rejoining the game. Select different criteria for the statue each time …if
you are year 4, have lace up shoes etc

Musical Parade

Give each child a musical instrument to use (tambourine, triangle, etc.) Teach them this song:

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

To the tune “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho” click here to hear the tune: http://gbgm-umc.org/umw/joshua/fit.mid

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, Abednego, Abednego,
They only bowed down to the Lord above,
They worshiped Him alone.
[Have kids bow down]

The king had them thrown into the flames, into the flames, into the flames,
The king had them thrown into the flames,
Cause they worshiped God alone. [Have kids pretend to throw]

God sent his angel to rescue them, rescue them, rescue them,
God sent his angel to rescue them,
And they were not harmed at all. [Have kids point]

The king said, “Praise be to their God, to their God, to their God,”
The king said, “Praise be to their God,”
He saved them from the flames! [Have kids raise hands toward heaven]

By:  Jerri Fusch

Start a parade singing this song while using the instruments.

5-12 Year Old Powerzone  Workshops

Storyteller’s Tent/ Drama/Games

Skit

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Scripture/Bible Game: Question Board Game

shadrachgameboard

How to Play

Give the students game pieces (from other games or just coins or candy or whatnot). Place all pieces on start. Have each student roll a die and move forward the number of spaces they roll. If they land on a positive number, they move that many spaces forward too. If they land on a negative number, they move that many spaces back. When they land on a symbol, you ask them a question from the matching question category in the lesson. (i.e. if they land on a heart, ask an emotion question.) I don’t penalize the students for wrong answers, we just correct the misunderstanding. First one to end wins.
If I have a single child in class, I move a piece as well but the child gets to answer all the questions. As you can see, this is primarily a way to review the lesson with the students while they think they are playing. It’s also a way to make sure I explained the concepts so the students could understand. Using different types of questions helps the students who learn best by non-standard methods of learning (e.g. through movement or emotion).

Review Questions for gameboard sharach

-Popcorn Game – Staying Close to God

First, divide the children equally and have them stand in two lines, facing each other, about 10 feet apart. Each child will need to be facing another child. The children will be tossing a piece of popcorn back and forth to the person across from them. If you have an odd number of children, the extra child can count the number of successful catches.

Give all the children in the first row, called “Row A”, a piece of popcorn. Instruct the children that on your signal, they will toss the piece of popcorn 10 feet across the aisle to the person directly facing them in “Row B”. Instruct the older children to use only one hand to toss or to catch the popcorn. Tell the kids that the popcorn in this activity represents our relationship with God. Give the signal and have the children toss the popcorn. Many of the tosses will fall short since the children are so far apart. Record the number of successful throws on a chalkboard or whiteboard.

Make sure each child in “Row B” has a piece of popcorn. Each child in “Row B” will take one-step towards “Row A.” Then on your signal, have the children toss the popcorn again. Once again, record the number of successful throws on a chalkboard or whiteboard. Do this several more times, each time taking one-step closer until the two rows are together. Once together, the children can simply drop the popcorn into the hands of the other child, resulting in no misses.

Explain that our relationship with God is similar to what we just did. The further away from each other, the harder it was to catch the popcorn. Likewise, the further we are from God, the harder it is to have a relationship with God. On the other hand, the closer we are to God, the easier it will be to have a strong relationship with Him. How do we get close to God? We can get closer to God by reading the Bible, praying, and fasting.

-Journal writing

Give each child a sheet a paper and a pencil, and ask them to write down at least three situations in which they might find themselves where they would have to be courageous in order to remain obedient to God. Some examples include when other kids are making fun of a students Christianity, or when someone refuses to listen to a Christian’s views on creation. If time permits, have the children share one of their situations and ask them how they would react in that situation. What can we do as Christians to build up courage to stay obedient to God during these times?

Creation Station

Make a  Flaming Tea Light cover

Flaming Tea light Holders

furnace coloring craft

Gold Statue

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Powerzone Theater

Movie:

5-12 year olds movie

 

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