February 26th: Kids’ Choir sings in A.M. service
March 4th: OCBC Kids to Ellen’s
March 16th: No Kids’ Choir (Spring Break)
March 19th: No TeamKID (Spring Break)
April 9th: Palm Sunday (All kids will lay Palm Branches), Kids’ Choir Sings in PM service
April 16th: Easter Sunday, No Children’s activities during PM Service
May 17: Final Kids’ Choir
May 21st: Final TeamKID
May 26th: End of School Bash for all OCBC Kids, 6pm
June 4th-8th: VBS
June 14th: Summer Kids’ program begins
June 25th-28th: PowerPlus Preteen Camp @ Pineywoods
*Please note: There will be no children’s activities on Sunday evenings throughout the summer.
Who is God?
Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 13:14
Bible Passage: The Baptism of Jesus – Luke 3:21-22; Mark 1:9-11
Missions Emphasis: Nepal (a school for those who are deaf and blind)
What We Learned: Today, your child studied the concept of the Trinity. To say
that this was a basic introduction is a dramatic understatement. God is a Triune God
who includes the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This idea is really hard to “grasp”
with our limited human minds and is one believers will continue to unpack throughout
the Christian life. Reinforce the concept that we as humans do not and cannot know
everything and that it is okay to believe by faith when we cannot understand a concept.
Talk with your child about what he or she learned today and see if he can put into words
what today’s meeting was about.
At-Home: To better understand the Holy Spirit, try this activity. Read the story of the
baptism of Jesus in Mark 1:9-11. Then act out the story as a family. Ask your child to try
and identify the different persons in the Trinity (God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the
Holy Spirit) in the story. Then ask your child where God is in the story. Your child will
likely pick one of the members of the Trinity. Help them understand that while each
person of the Trinity is fully God, God is also three members of the Trinity. Explain that
the Trinity is one God in three persons. Assure your child this is a difficult concept for
even grownups to understand.
Use these prompts for family discussion to remind your child of this week’s lesson and
key Bible story.
1. How did Jesus’ baptism reveal the Trinity?
2. Can you describe the Trinity to me in your own words?
3. What was your favorite part of today’s lesson?
Kids' Choir, Wednesdays @ 7pm
Hymn of the month:
Blessed Be the Rock…singing in morning service on February 26th!
We are starting to prepare for Easter! Now is a great time to join the choir!
THE GOSPEL PROJECT FOR KIDS, Sundays @ 9:30am
Unit Description: Many Jews returned to their land, but some remained in Persia. God used Esther to protect God’s people, and Nehemiah led them to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls. Even after returning home, the Israelites struggled to obey God completely and worship Him. Malachi the prophet warned the people not to be lazy in the way they worshiped God. Then there was silence.
Key Passage: Lamentations 3:22-23
Big Picture Question: Does God keep His promises? Yes, God is always faithful even when we are not.
Bible Story: Nehemiah Heard News of Jerusalem
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 1–2
Main Point: Nehemiah prayed that God would help His people rebuild Jerusalem’s walls.
This week and the next two weeks, we are studying the story of Nehemiah and Ezra. Nehemiah was a Jew living in Persia. He served as the king’s cupbearer, a position of great trust; the cupbearer made sure no one poisoned the king’s drink. Sometimes the cupbearer even tasted some of the drink himself to ensure it was safe. When the Persian Empire conquered the Babylonians, King Cyrus allowed God’s people to return to Judah. Two or three million Jews had originally been deported, but only a remnant—50,000 people—returned. They set up their homes and rebuilt God’s temple in Jerusalem.
Nehemiah’s story takes place after Ezra led a second group of exiles back to Judah. Nehemiah received word about God’s people who had returned to Judah. They were in trouble and living in shame; the walls of Jerusalem were broken down, and the city gates were burned. They lived in fear, unprotected from their enemies. Nehemiah sat down and wept. Nehemiah fasted and prayed for days. He remembered God’s promise to His people. Their disobedience led to exile, but if they turned back to the Lord, their obedience would lead to blessing. God promised to restore their fortunes and give His people a home. (See Deut. 30:110.) The king noticed Nehemiah’s sadness, and Nehemiah was afraid. No one was supposed to be sad in the presence of the king; it was an insult to his greatness. Nehemiah explained the plight of his city. The king granted him leave and gave him letters to ensure his safe passage. Nehemiah arrived in Jerusalem. He encouraged the people to rebuild the walls and stood confidently against opposition. Nehemiah trusted that God would keep His promise to protect His people and give them a home.
When we trust in Jesus, we believe God will keep His promise to give us—His people—a home. Jesus obeyed God perfectly. He died on the cross and rose again so we can have a home with Him forever. Help your kids understand that when we repent and trust in Jesus, we can trust His promise to prepare a place for us in His Father’s house, where we will be with Him forever. (See John 14:3.)
Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.
FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ God keeps His promises.
○ Nehemiah prayed for God to keep His people safe.
○ God used Nehemiah to build the city walls.
○ Jesus hears us when we pray.
○ Does God keep His promises? Yes, God is always faithful.
○ Nehemiah prayed that God would help His people.
○ Does God keep His promises? Yes, God is always faithful even when we are not.
○ Nehemiah prayed that God would help His people rebuild Jerusalem’s walls.
UNIT KEY PASSAGE ● Lamentations 3:22-23
NEXT WEEK ● “Jerusalem’s Walls Were Rebuilt” (Nehemiah 3:1—6:16)