We’re learned about CONFIDENCE this month. Check it out!
In virtual Sunday School, we began our theme of CONFIDENCE by talking about how it's easy for us to see God's goodness and beauty in the world around us (through nature) but we sometimes forget how God sees us...also full of goodness and beauty just as we are. We talked about outside scenarios that might affect our confidence and learned that in our Bible story for this week, Jesus wanted Nicodemus to "tune" his heart and mind to the truth that we can have confidence simply because God loves us all for who we are. We talked about the word "tune" reminding us of music. We discussed how instruments can be made from everyday items and watched how music can be made with simple drinking glasses. The pitch changed when the glass was filled with different amounts of water. When the glasses were hidden from sight, the children had a difficult time guessing which glass made each pitch. We decided that if you did not see my glass and were asked to fill a glass to match my pitch and stay in tune with me, it would probably require some work. They were reminded that it also requires some work to tune in to the truth that our confidence can come from God alone, not from anything we do.
This week in virtual Sunday School, we learned that God's plan is always the best plan. It may look different than ours but it's all good in the end. We talked about going forward with confidence, trusting His plan even though we can't see the big picture. We discussed how it's not only easier to do a puzzle when we have the full picture in front of us, but it's also unlikely that we'd even begin to guess how remarkable the full picture will be. We tried to guess what some really zoomed in photos were and most of our guesses were wrong!
In virtual Sunday School, we learned that we don't have to have special powers to be a superhero. Like Gideon, God can use us just as we are to do amazing things in the world. For fun, we took a fictional superhero quiz. We looked at a bunch of random items and discussed their purpose. We discovered that all of the items had one thing in common....they need power (electric or battery) to work. We also need power - God's power to carry out our purpose. In celebration of Father's Day, we listened to a video reading of Superhero Dad. This book is a great reminder of the many ways we can be everyday superheroes just by being who we are.
In virtual Sunday School, we looked at the story of Elijah and the Prophets of Baal and saw how God did the impossible. We discussed possible vs. impossible things. We looked at two demonstrations that appeared to be impossible but were actually possible. In one demonstration, children were asked if a hole could be cut in an index card large enough to fit our head through. In the other, children were asked if it was possible to move coins set up in a specific pattern so that there would be 5 coins vertically and horizontally. Both were possible! The children were reminded that although things may seem impossible to us, NOTHING is impossible for God.