Littles Theme - “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
Littles - We sang several songs, “Jesus Loves Me,” “God Made Me,” and 2 songs about leaves changing. We talked about the season of Fall and what changes we can observe in the world around us. Then we talked about how Jesus/God never changes. He always loves us, cares for us, and watches over us. Sometimes changes are exciting and sometimes they’re scary, but children can be comforted in knowing that no matter what happens Jesus/God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Craft/Activity - We made several fall crafts, fall leaves, pumpkins and necklaces.
Middles and Youth Theme - Jacob and Esau Make Peace, Not War - Key Concepts *Facing one’s sins * Righting a Wrong *Renewing your relationship with God
Middles and Youth - We reviewed what we remembered about the troubled story of Jacob and Esau from past lessons and then reread the chapters of Genesis telling of the reconciliation of the brothers. After Jacob stole Esau’s birthright and then, through deception, stole the blessing that their father
Isaac meant for Esau, Jacob ran away to escape his brother’s murderous wrath. Now, many years later, Jacob returns home and knows that he must face Esau. The Bible says that “Jacob went on his way and the angels of God met him” (Genesis 32:1). Afraid that Esau will try to attack him and his family, Jacob divides his family strategically and then prepares to meet Esau. Assuming Esau’s wrath toward him, Jacob also sends his servants ahead with portions of his possessions to give to Esau in order to appease his brother and placate him. And he prays to God. The night before his encounter with Esau, Jacob wrestles with a mysterious man who, at daybreak, blesses Jacob and gives him a new name--Israel. But as Jacob approaches Esau, Esau runs up to Jacob and throws his arms around him and kisses him. Both cry. Esau had forgiven Jacob and the brothers reconcile.
Activity - Jacob and Esau both made decisions, most of them difficult and life-changing. We are faced with decisions every day, some difficult and others quite simple. We discussed several decision-making scenarios and talked about what choices we might make in those situations and why.
Here are a couple of pictures of the project our "Littles" did this week.