❏ “Bible Story Picture 3” (pack item 3)
❏ “Bible Markers” (pack item 6)
❏ “Clubhouse Wall” (pack item 7)
❏ “Star Map Overlay” (pack item 8)
❏ “Galactic Fact 3” and “God Fact 3” (pack item 13c)
❏ “Time Line” (pack item 22) — Pull the four pictures (Cards 1–4) that go with today’s Bible story. Set the other five pictures aside.
❏ “Verse_Poster” (CD) — Print a fresh copy or use the one printed for Day 2.
❏ 5 tap light planets (from Day 1)
❏ Paper — Print the letters J-E-S-U-S on paper (one letter per page). Position the letters around the room. Place a tap light on each paper (with letter still visible).J E S U S
❏ Cardboard tube or foam noodle telescope (from Day 2)
❏ CD and CD player
- • Guide kids to sit in a circle. Look through the “telescope” at the kids. Say: “I see friends. I see Emily and Grayson!” Guide the two kids to change places.
- • Call other names and guide those kids to change places. Repeat until every child has changed places at least twice. (Add variety by calling more than two names or by calling out clothing colors to allow more than two kids at a time to move.)
- • Read today’s “Galactic Fact” and “God Fact.” Invite a child to add the facts to the focal wall. Say: “We have learned that God made us. He knows us and loves us.”
INTRODUCE THE BIBLE STORY
• Remind kids that yesterday they heard that Adam and Eve made wrong choices and had to leave the garden. But God still loved them.
• Ask: “Have you ever made a wrong choice?” Discourage kids from sharing too many details, but help them understand that everyone has made wrong choices. It started with Adam and Eve, but their children also made wrong choices, and their grandchildren, and on and on. Everyone who has ever lived has made wrong choices—except for Jesus!
TELL THE BIBLE STORY
- Explain that God loves every person. God planned to send His Son, Jesus, to show His love to people.
- Open the Bible to Matthew 1 and tell the Bible story. Lay the “Time Line” pictures on the floor in front of you as you tell each part of the Bible story (see cues in parentheses below).
REVIEW THE BIBLE STORY
- Use the “Time Line” cards to recall the Bible story. Point to each one and lead kids to talk about what happened in that part of the story.
- Show the Bible story picture and encourage kids to tell other things they remember about the Bible story.
- Pray and thank God for sending His Son, Jesus. SPELL A NAME
- Turn the “Star Map Overlay” to show Today’s Point (God promised to send His Son, Jesus). Read the point out loud.
- Ask: “What is the name of God’s Son? (Jesus.) Let’s spell Jesus’ name.”
- Choose five volunteers. Instruct the first child to run to the letter J and turn on the tap light; the next child to turn on the E light, and so forth. Lead the group to say the letters together as kids tap on the lights.
- Choose five new kids and repeat, this time turning off the lights in order.
- Lead kids to say together: “God promised to send His Son, Jesus. J-E-S-U-S!”
- Ask a volunteer to gather the J E S U S letters and bring them to the group-time area. Lay the letters out in order.
- Sing the chorus of “J-E-S-U-S” (track 3). Invite kids to join you in singing: “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus is God’s Son. We love Jesus, J-E-S-U-S!” Point to the letters as the kids shout and spell Jesus’ name.
- Repeat the chorus a few times, then play the song all the way through. Lead kids to sing along with the chorus.
- SAY THE VERSE
- Display the “Verse_Poster.” Lead the group to read the verse together.
- Guide kids to say the verse in a loud voice, then to say it in a quiet voice. Alternate loud voices and quiet voices a few times.
- NOTE: Some children may ask how Jesus could be with God in the beginning (as the verse says), if He wasn’t born until today’s Bible story. A simple, age-appropriate response is to point out that it is true that Jesus was with God in the beginning. Then God sent Jesus to earth when the time was just right. Jesus can do things no one else can do because He is God’s Son. It is not necessary to address this issue, however, if the children have not connected those dots on their own.
CAMP UNDER THE STARS
Supplies: Bible, “Bible Story Pictures 1–3” (pack items 1–3), clubhouse (from Day 1), sleeping bags or blankets and quilts, flashlights, lanterns, other camping props, masking tape
- • Tape the Bible story pictures to the inside ceiling of the clubhouse. Spread sleeping bags inside and outside the clubhouse.
- • Suggest kids pretend to camp in and around the clubhouse. Encourage kids to talk about their previous camping experiences. Ask: “What did you see in the sky when you were camping?”
- • Shine a flashlight on a Bible story picture. Talk about the Bible story. Ask kids to tell you what they have learned about God at VBS.
- • Open the Bible to Colossians 1 and say the Bible verse with kids.
EXTEND THE ACTIVITY
- Encourage kids to put the “Time Line” pictures (pack item 22) in order and recall today’s Bible story.
- Pray and thank God for Jesus.
I can hear that God sent His Son, Jesus, to show us His love.
MAKE A MOON COLLAGE
Supplies: Bible, “Bible Markers” (pack item 6), black construction paper, clear contact plastic, scissors, shiny paper scraps, silver and white confetti, sequins, buttons
- Cut a large crescent moon shape from the middle of each piece of black paper. Cut pieces of contact plastic large enough to cover the crescent openings.
- • Help a child peel the backing from a piece of contact plastic. Lay the contact plastic faceup on a table and cover with the black paper, leaving the sticky side exposed inside the crescent.
- • Encourage kids to place pieces of shiny paper, buttons, sequins, and confetti on the sticky paper to create a collage of a crescent moon.
- • Talk with kids about when they see the moon (both day and night). • Open the Bible to the verse and read it.
EXTEND THE ACTIVITY
- • Read the “Book: Look at the Stars” (pack item 14). Talk about what kids may see in the night sky.
- • Give kids a bonus fact, not covered in today’s Bible story. Explain that wise men saw a special star and knew that God’s Son had been born. (Many kids will know that part of the Bible story already.)
I know that God made everything. God also promised to send His Son, Jesus
BUILD A TEMPLE
Supplies: Bible, “Temple” (CD), wooden blocks, cardboard pieces, small boxes, cardboard tubes, CD, CD player
- • Show children the picture of the temple. Talk about the Bible story, emphasizing the visit to the temple. Suggest kids use the materials to build the temple.
- • Talk with kids as they work about what they remember about Jesus’ birth. Explain that Jesus is God’s Son. God promised to send His Son, Jesus, to show His love to people.
- • Sing “J-E-S-U-S” (track 3) and other songs about Jesus while kids work.
EXTEND THE ACTIVITY
- Play the Stack the Verse game again from Day 2 closing group time (see p. 22). Place the paper towel holder on the floor and help kids stack the verse on the holder.
- Lead kids to read the completed verse. Comment that Jesus was with God before He came to earth as a baby.
D KID CONNECTION
I can know that God sent His Son, Jesus, to be born.
PLAY A STAR GAME
Supplies: Bible, “Day and Night Pictures” (pack item 16), “Fill the Sky Game Boards” (pack item 17), “Fill the Sky Game Cards” (pack item 18), Spinner with number add-on (from Starveyor Kit)
- Guide a child to spin the Spinner. When the Spinner stops, look at the number that is touching the floor. Help the child count out that number of stars and cover that many squares on his game board.
- Explain that some people look for stars in the sky. People in the Bible were looking (watching) and waiting for God to send His Son. They waited a long time, until the time was just right.
- Comment: “God promised to send His Son, Jesus. He sent Jesus to be born as a baby.”
- Invite children who are waiting for a turn to sort the “Day and Night Pictures” (pack item 16).
EXTEND THE ACTIVITY
- • Provide the “Sky Cards” (pack item 21), chalk, and black paper for kids to draw.
- • Challenge kids to choose a card and draw that shape.
D KID CONNECTION
It can be hard to wait for my turn. People in the Bible had to wait for God to send His Son, Jesus.
Supplies: Bible, “Bible Story Pictures 1–3” (pack items 1–3), Fill the Sky Game Board” (pack item 17), “Fill the Sky Game Cards” (pack item 18), “Verse Poster” (CD), Spinner with number add-on (from Starveyor Kit), shooting star beanbags (from Day 1), CD, CD player
SING AND TOSS
- Play and sing “He Loves Me, Me, Me” (track 2). Lead kids to toss the shooting star to one another as they sing.
- Repeat the song a couple of times as kids join the group.
RECALL BIBLE STORIES
- Lay one of the “Fill the Sky Game Boards” alongside the game cards on the floor. Choose a child to spin the Spinner. Together count out the number of stars indicated.
- Lay one of the Bible story pictures on the floor. Lead kids to recall one thing about that Bible story for each star. Add the stars to the grid (game board) as kids share.
- Spin again and continue recalling parts of the same Bible story.
- When the grid is filled, remove the stars and start again with a different Bible story picture.
- • Remind kids that God created the universe and everything in it. Mention that we can thank God for what He made. We can also thank God for keeping His promise and sending Jesus.
- • Pray and thank God for His creation and for Jesus. Allow volunteers to pray, too.
SAY A VERSE IN CLUSTERS
- • Display the “Verse Poster.”
- • Spin the Spinner to get a number. Count off that number of kids. Lead that “star cluster” of kids to say the verse together.
- • Spin the Spinner again and count off another group of kids to say the verse.
- • Repeat several times so each child will have multiple opportunities to say the verse with a group of friends.
Lifeway Galactic Starveyors VBS 2017 Day 3 – Kindergarten Lesson and Activities
Day 3 The Restoration Promised
Simeon and Anna
Bible Passage: Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-24; Luke 2:22-38
Bonus Verse: The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. John 1:14a
The Point: God sent His Son, Jesus, to be the Savior of the world.
And when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were finished, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (just as it is written in the law of the Lord: Every firstborn male will be dedicated to the Lord) and to offer a sacrifice (according to what is stated in the law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons).
Simeon’s Prophetic Praise
There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel’s consolation, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, he entered the temple complex. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for Him what was customary under the law, Simeon took Him up in his arms, praised God, and said:
Now, Master, You can dismiss Your slave in peace, as You promised. For my eyes have seen Your salvation.
You have prepared it in the presence of all peoples— a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and glory to Your people Israel.
His father and mother were amazed at what was being said about Him. Then Simeon blessed them and told His mother Mary: “Indeed, this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposed— and a sword will pierce your own soul—that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
There was also a prophetess, Anna, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well along in years, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and was a widow for 84 years.She did not leave the temple complex, serving God night and day with fasting and prayers. At that very moment, she came up and began to thank God and to speak about Him to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
As he is looking around a poor family walks in. Simeon can tell they don’t have a lot because instead of bringing a lamb to sacrifice, they bring two turtledoves.
They don’t look like much compared to everyone else.
As they talked, Simeon realizes the promise God made to him is coming true at that very moment!
Simeon holds this baby, who is a little over a month old, in his arms. Simeon is looking into the face of Jesus!
As Simeon is talking, Anna walks over. I imagine Anna to be like a sweet grandmother. Her husband died when she was young and she’s been living as a widow near the Temple for most of her life.
Anna too, has seen the promises of a very special baby that was to be born and comes over to see Mary and Joseph, and little baby Jesus.
Read them with me if you can:
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised…my eyes have seen your salvation!”
Simeon is saying: God, you did it! You promised you’d send your Son to this world. I’ve been waiting for you to make good on that promise for my whole life and now I am holding that promise in my arms. I am looking at the Saviour of the world!
I can’t imagine how special that moment was for Simeon. To wait your whole life for one moment, the day you meet baby Jesus, face-to-face. That had to be pretty special.
You know why Simeon waited? Do you know what helped Simeon live almost his entire life believing he would see Jesus as he was promised?
It was faith.
Simeon believed that the God he could not see had made him a promise. And Simeon believed that God would make good on that promise.
Simeon had faith in God.
Faith is believing, even though we can’t see.
Faith Object Lesson
(call up a volunteer and have them sit in a chair)
I have a cup of water here. If I were to tip the cup over… water comes out right?
Well let me show you what faith is…
Faith is believing in a powerful God we cannot see.
(put a card over the top of the cup and turn it over)
The air pressure inside the glass is holding the card up. It’s a pretty powerful force, huh?
But, can you see the air inside the glass?
No, you can’t. But we can all see the effect it’s having, can’t we?
Faith is like the air pressure inside the glass. Faith is believing in God and His promises even though we can’t see God or see what He is up to.
Faith is knowing what God has already done for us and believing He will continue to take care of us in the future.
Today I want all of us to see that putting our trust, our hope, our FAITH in God is the best thing we can ever do.
God didn’t let Simeon down when he put his faith in Him.
We can put our Faith in God. Even though we cannot see Him, we can be sure that He is working all things together for our good.