This was a favorite of our Primaries at NWMC 2019. You will need a white or light colored plate, a pack of Skittles, and warm or hot water. Have each person mention what they are praying for as they place a skittle on the plate. Then, as you pray, pour the warm water over the candy. Watch as the colors blend as our prayers combine!
(tune- Twinkle, Twinkle, little star)
All God’s children ’round the world,
Every boy and every girl,
Need things just like me and you,
They need Jesus, YES THEY DO!
All God’s children ’round the world,
Every boy and every girl.
(tune: Jesus Loves The Little children)
Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world;
Near and far (point down, then out)
Dark and light (stroke left arm then right arm to indicate skin)
They are precious in His sight (hug self)
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
In Mexico, the God’s Eye is a reminder that God is always near.
Materials: 2 popsicle sticks, Yarn or ribbon , Scissors, Glue (optional)
Cross the two sticks at the center and glue them together. Tie the yarn onto the sticks where they cross at the center.
Starting where the sticks come together, put the end of the yarn under one of the sticks and wrap it around, going under and over the top of the stick. Going clock- wise, wind the string across to the next stick. Wrap the yarn one time around that stick, and then over the top of the next stick. Wind it under and over to the next stick, and so on. Keep going around and around, wind- ing over and under. If you want to change colors, cut the yarn from the reel and tie another color of yarn to it. Continue wrapping the yarn from stick to stick until about 1/2 inch of the ends of the sticks are showing. Cut the yarn from the reel, leaving enough yarn to create a knot around the next stick. Tie the yarn to the last stick.
The Maori people are the native people of New Zealand. They make this toy out of wood. You can decorate yours with traditional Maori colors of red, black and white.
Materials: card stock or cardboard, hole punch, ruler, string, scissors, markers
Cut out a football shaped piece from the cardboard, about 6 inches long and 3 inches wide. Decorate it with markers. Use a hole punch or pencil to punch out two small holes in the center. Cut a 2 1/2 foot piece of string. Thread the string through one hole and out the other. Tie the ends together in a knot. Slide the cardboard toward the center of the string. Put one or two fingers inside each of the loops on either side. Twirl the string, winding up the koru huhu. As it unwinds, move your hands in and out. Listen for the humming sound it makes!
Long ago, Korean people would give each other fans as a symbol of friendship. These fans were made from paper and decorated with pictures that had special meaning, called symbols.
Some Korean symbols and their meanings are: pine tree—long time; tiger—courage; phoenix (an imaginary bird)—good future; lotus flower—happiness; dragon— protection and rain for the crops.
Materials: file folders or cardboard, scissors, markers or crayons, glue, craft sticks, pencil, paper
Draw the shape of a fan shape onto a file folder or piece of cardboard. Cut out the fan. Decorate both sides of your fan with symbols like the ones shown here or ones that are important to you, like a cross, a house, a family or your church. Glue a craft stick to the bottom of the fan. Think of someone special you would like to give your fan to, or make two so that you can share a matching fan with a friend. Wave your new fan and enjoy the breeze!
These business ads are colorful and at times they can give me interesting information, but these businesses don’t love me. They just want me to come into their store, or go to their event. In fact, these ads are sent to EVERYONE in the town, not just to me. They don’t really care about me as a person.
Where do most of these ads end up?
These envelopes hold monthly bills. These are businesses to which I owe money. Each month I have to pay for power, water, the mortgage, and more.
Do these businesses care whether or not I pay them? Yes, they care if I pay them for their services. In fact, if I don’t pay them, they can charge me a fee OR even turn off whatever the service is.
Do these businesses care about me as a person? Or do they just want my money? I’m not the only person who pays for water, or electricity. They send these bills out to thousands of people. I’m just one of the many. There is nothing special about these bill envelopes.
Do you like getting letters, or emails, from friends? How do you feel when you get a letter? The person who wrote this card didn’t have to. But she thought of me, and my family, when we weren’t even around. She took time out of her busy schedule to sit down and write these words. She thought about what she wrote and was motivated to do something nice for me. All of that makes this one letter extremely special.
After Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, many of the apostles wrote letters to new believers.
As Peter, the apostles, and Paul preached, more and more people became a part of The Way. Some leaders stayed in Jerusalem, while others traveled to Judea, Samaria and out to other nations.
Those, like Paul, who traveled to other cities and nations usually went to the Jewish synagogues to preach to the Jews first. Some believed, but most did not. Israel had hardened it’s heart toward the Lord. Therefore, these first missionaries began to preach to the Gentiles. God had now begun blessing every family in the world as the gospel of salvation spread.
The Leaders and Teachers could not be at every church they started. Paul would stay a little while and then move on to the next place because of the prompting of the Lord. He wanted to be sure that the churches were growing in Christ, and to encourage the church leaders, therefore, Paul wrote many letters.
Peter and John, the apostles, also wrote letters. God spoke through these men to the people. By reading the letters, the new Christians would gain understanding about God, be encouraged, and would receive instructions for how to live a righteous life pleasing unto the Lord. God wants us to allow Him to change our hearts to be more like Jesus and glorify Himself.
What types of words do you hear in these greetings? Are these personal words?What does that tell you about the men who wrote these letters. [They loved the people to whom they were writing. They cared about what happened to them.]
All of the letters, or epistles, that are written in the New Testament are there for a reason. All of them teach us more about Who God is, Who Jesus is, and how people should respond to them. Some of the letters give instructions, or How To’s. Other letters are meant to encourage believers during persecution. Some of the letters were to individuals asking them to do something specific.
What is God saying in the Letters to the Churches? God is a personal God and He wants a relationship with each person He created. While we were still sinners, Jesus died for us. If we, in faith, believe in Jesus, then we cannot help but desire to do all we can to tell others about Him and live a life worthy of our Holy God.
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