Saturday, August 4, 2018

The King Saves (Week 6)

A week after the 2018 flood and the Lebanon Area Fair, many kids returned to Backyard Bible Club.  It was so nice to be outside again! 

We made (of all things) rain bottles.  I know I should of had this craft and lesson last week.  The kids had fun stuffing water bottles with packing peanuts, colored bumpy pipe cleaners and colored pipe cleaners they wrapped around a pencil to make a spring.  Then they dumped 1/3 cup of rice into the bottles.  I had left over colored rice from a craft.  The kids enjoyed the colors. 

I was very impresses with the kids singing this week.  And many, many kids earned lots of Bible bucks for saying the Bible Memory Verses.  It brings a smile to my face to hear the kids singing the Bible Verse Songs. 

The Bible Lesson came from Genesis 6-9.  Noah walked with God just like his great grandfather Enoch.  This pleased God.  So God told Noah that He was going to send a world-wide flood because mankind had become so wicked.  Noah was to build a HUGE boat and load it with animals and food.  As Noah build this boat, he preached to anyone who would listen.  Unfortunately, no one listened to Noah.  So in the end, only Noah and his family - 8 people - were saved from the flood.  If only the people would have believed Noah and entered the door of the boat.  Likewise, the only way we can be saved from Hell is by believing that Jesus, God the Son, died for our sins.  

Today's Bible Memory Verse is Ephesians 2:8-9.  The song is by Faith Weaver.  I think is is called "It is by Grace".  

After snack time, we played water games!  Boy did the kids get wet.  

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Walking with the King (Week 5)

What a week!  Rain, rain and more rain.  Monday & Tuesday clubs were inside.  I spent Wednesday & Thursday trying to clean up a wet basement.  Finally Friday, the sun came out, but oh what a hot club that turned out to be.  Still God is good.  Had 49 kids this week in spite of the rain, heat and Lebanon Fair. 

We made an easy craft this week.  It was a magnet with the week's Bible Verse on it (Colossians 1:10). After craft time, they could play with Legoes.  I had two large Lego bags.  I was told the orange bag had the cooler Legoes in it. 

This week lesson we looked at Cain's family and Seth's family.  Seth was born to Adam and Eve after Abel died.  The kids quickly saw that even though Cain's descendants were very skillful, they also chose to reject God.  This was a contract to many of Seth's descendants who had a relationship with God.  We focused on Enoch who walked with God and was no more because God took him.  It pleases God when we walk with him.  I shared how when we walk with someone, we often walk and talk.  The same is true when we walk with God.  It is a time of communicating with God.  Another name for walking with God is having daily devotions or quite time.  Each kid received a small Gospel of John and a devotion guide for this book of the Bible.  I challenged them to begin to have daily devotions/quite time. 

Game time was interesting this week.  When we could go outside, we played with the parachute.  The kids loved popcorn and sharks & lifeguards.  On the rainy days, we played mousetrap.  We got into groups of five.  Four received a mouse (ie. close pin & yarn tail)  They places their mice on top of a yellow foam square (cheese).  The mouse catcher rolled a dice.  If it landed on a 1 or 6, then the mice had to run before the mouse catcher caught them with  the trap (ie. cool whip container).  This is a fun rainy day game. 

Next week, we will play water games.  So come prepared to get WET! 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Approaching the King (Week 4)

Week 4 began with the kids signing in at the registration table and then heading over the the craft area to make sheep.  We had white sheep and red sheep, rainbow colored sheep and stripped sheep.  Each one turned out very cute.  This was a fairly easy craft.  The kids just had to attach the legs (clothespins) to the body and begin to wrap yarn around and around.  Some of the boys couldn't warp fast enough since they wanted to play gaga ball instead of make a sheep.  One boy did ask if we were going to study about the Lost Sheep!  I was excited to know that some of the kids were beginning to make the connection between the craft and the Bible lesson. After the kids are finished with their craft, they can go to the Lego bag or the gaga pit. 

Our Bible Memory Verse this week is Hebrews 9:22.  We played an activity called "Add-a -Word".  I split the kids into three groups.  The first group said, "Hebrews".  The next group said, "Hebrews 9."  The third group said, "Hebrews 9:22".  This continued until the whole verse was said.  

Our Bible Lesson was taken from Genesis 4.  Here Cain and Abel both tried to approach God.  Cain brought fruits and vegetables to offer to God, while Abel brought a lamb.  God accepted Abel's gift because Abel came the right way.  The kids learned that there is a right way to approach God - through a blood sacrifice.  For many, many years, you would have to bring an animal sacrifice to have your sins forgiven so that you could approach God.  But when Jesus died, he became that final sacrifice (1 Peter 3:18).  Thought who believe in Jesus (and his sacrifice) will be forgiven, but those who reject Jesus will not.  God rejected Cain's offering, but encouraged Cain to try again - God's way not his way.  Unfortunately, Cain refused to do what was right.  Instead, his pride, turned to anger, which turned to jealousy, which turned to hatred and finally he murdered his brother Abel.  Letting sin go unchecked grown until it controls you.  
Then it was snack time!  Monday morning, we had these delicious whoopie pies.  And of course water for everyone.  I always bring a bunch of character cups that the kids can choose to borrow for the morning.  
For games, we run relays using pool noodles. I had to tweak a few relays due to the wind blowing the noodles away.  Overall, we had a lot of fun.  See all the smiles!