March 4th: CANCELLED- OCBC Kids to Ellen’s (This will be rescheduled for later in March!)
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
***OCBC Kids’ to Ellen’s will be postponed to a later date in March.
I will get details to you ASAP!***
Is God Just And Good?
Memory Verse: Psalm 25:8
Bible Passage: The Cross – Matthew 27:32-56; Luke 23: 26-47
Missions Emphasis: Missionaries Obeying God’s Call and Direction
What We Learned:
During this week’s meeting, your child learned more about our
just and holy God. Because God is holy and just, He can’t be in the presence of sin and
selfishness. Therefore, we can’t come to Him through any attempts to be good on our
own. The only way we can come to God is through Jesus Christ, His Son! Children (and
adults) understand the gospel better when they realize that the holiness of God demands
perfection. That’s why Jesus had to die on the cross as a substitute. Through the cross, He
takes the sins of believers and gives them His perfect righteousness. As you talk to your
child about these concepts, remember that only Jesus is holy and just. It is only because of
what He did that we can come before God and have a relationship with Him.
Fully understanding why God allows bad things to happen is a challenge. However, when
we understand that our lives were spared and God’s own Son, Jesus, became the recipient
of that wrath through death on the cross we can see how good God truly is.
At-Home: This week’s meeting will likely prompt a response from your child. If your child
has trusted Jesus for salvation, encourage her in a deeper understanding of God’s nature
and the purpose of the crucifixion. If she begins asking questions about salvation, be ready
to engage her but follow her lead and move at his pace in arriving at the conclusion she is
If your child has not yet trusted Jesus for salvation, use these prompts
below to gauge what your child learned and how it applies to her.
1. Can you summarize the Bible story you heard in class this week?
2. Do you know what holiness is and why it is important?
3. Are you holy? Am I holy? Why or why not?
4. Do you know what it means to be just?
Bonus Verse: Nahum 1:7
Kids' Choir, Wednesdays @ 7pm
Hymn of the month:
At the Cross
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: Malachi the Prophet
Bible Passage: Malachi 1–4
Main Point: God told His people to repent and get ready for Jesus.
This week was our final week in the Old Testament as we looked at the Book of Malachi. After many years living as prisoners in Babylon, God’s people had returned to Judah. They had worked hard and overcome opposition to rebuild the temple and the walls around Jerusalem. Surely God would restore them … finally! But nothing happened. As they waited, they faced drought and economic uncertainty. God’s people probably didn’t feel like God had blessed them at all. “It is useless to serve God,” they said. “What have we gained by keeping His requirements?” (Mal. 3:14). Did God still care? It wasn’t long until they fell back into the same patterns of sin that led to their exile in the first place: idolatry, covetousness, hypocrisy, arrogance, and abuse of the poor. But God did still love His people. He had been working out His divine plan of redemption, and He never gave up on them. God sent a message to His people through the prophet Malachi. Malachi was the last of the Old Testament prophets. He spoke to God’s people approximately 100 years after the end of the Babylonian captivity.
Malachi’s message from God was a wakeup call. God communicated through Malachi that the people’s lack of blessing didn’t mean that God didn’t care. God exposed His people’s sin and made clear that their actions merited a curse. God’s people needed to repent and turn back to God. “But for you who fear My name,” God said, “the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings” (Mal. 4:2). Malachi was a messenger—a prophet—who told God's people to repent. Malachi also told about another messenger God would send. This messenger, John the Baptist, would call people to repent and get them ready for a final Messenger, Jesus Christ. Jesus would bring good news of salvation.
Help your kids understand that 400 years of silence followed Malachi’s prophecy; God did not communicate to His people. This period brings us to the New Testament, when the silence would be broken by the last prophet before Jesus, John the Baptist. His words about Jesus in John 1:29 offered hope to all who heard: “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” 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.
○ Malachi told people God’s words.
○ God promised to send a messenger before the Messiah.
○ Jesus is God’s Son, the Messiah.
○ Does God keep His promises? Yes, God is always faithful.
○ God told His people to repent.
○ Does God keep His promises? Yes, God is always faithful even when we are not.
○ God told His people to repent and get ready for Jesus.
UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● Lamentations 3:2223
● “From Abraham to Jesus” (Matthew 1:117