Sunday, April 23, 2017

23 April 2017

Toddler Class
Coach Carrie
Asst. 1 : Laila
Asst. 2 : Yuni

Primary Class 1-3
Coach Susi Tjio
(Asst. Felicia)

Primary Class 4-6
Coach Lusiana
(Asst. Shawn & Nico)




Get kids in 2 or 3 equal teams, lined up at the back of the hall. Choose one of each team as the king, who will stand last in line. Maybe get some crowns for the king?

Each team gets some paper/card/newspapers; should be 1 pc for each person

Aim: to lay down steps (paper) one by one and create a path to the other end of the hall so that the king can cross.

First person puts down one piece and steps on it. Second person passes him another piece; then third etc. Everybody has to make it across the hall, so they have to keep passing paper and moving forward in the fastest way possible.

Then once all the steps are laid out, and everyone has reached the other side of the hall, the king can cross over.

First team with the king crossing wins.



Today we will start a new series on the book of Mark.

·         In the New Testament

·         One of the 4 books that tell the life of Jesus (known as Gospels) Can you name the other 3?

·         We will look at the life and ministry of Jesus through Mark’s eyes.


Meet John

In today's story, we meet Jesus’ cousin. His name is John.

One day, when John was about 31, God called him for a special job. God told John to tell the people something important:

·         You need to be rescued

·         I have good news — the Rescuer is coming

·         Make your hearts ready for Him!

So John went to the wilderness and started telling people about what God said.

John was quite an unusual man.

·         He lived in the desert

·         He wore clothes made of camel’s hair

·         He had a leather belt around his waist

·         He ate locusts and wild honey

People from Jerusalem and the countryside came to hear him.

They turned to God, and John baptized them in the Jordan River — a sign for them to show that they wanted to follow God and begin a new life.

Someone greater?

The people began to wonder if John was the Savior whom God had promised.

But John told them “NO”. I am just preparing the way for the Saviour

Remember our game? The rest of the team had to prepare the way for the last person to cross. John’s role was to prepare people’s hearts for Jesus.

“After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Someone more powerful than John was coming.

In fact, John said he was not even worthy to untie his sandals — the job of the second lowest servant in a house. (The lowest ranked servant’s job was to wash people’s feet. Did you know that Jesus came to wash our feet?)

John baptizes people with water; but the coming Saviour will baptise with Holy Spirit and fire.

Along came Jesus

One day, guess who wanted to come and be baptised by John too? Jesus

At first, John didn’t want to baptise Jesus because he didn’t think he was worthy; Jesus should be the one baptising John! Besides Jesus had no sin to repent of!

But Jesus wanted to be baptised — it was a prophetic act to show that one day, He will take away ALL their sins and give them His righteousness in return.

As Jesus was coming out of the water, suddenly … Heaven opened, the Holy Spirit came down like a dove, and a voice came from heaven said, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”


Jesus is God's Beloved

Even before Jesus began his ministry or did anything to serve God, God already acknowledge 3 things:

·         You are my Son

·         I love You

·         I am pleased with You

We are His Beloved too

Because of what Jesus did for us — take away ALL our sins and give us His righteousness in return — we can have a relationship with God as our Father.

And we don’t have to earn His love or favour. He’s saying to all of you now:

·         You are my son/daughter

·         I love you

·         I am pleased with you

Now say it for yourself:

·         I am God’s son/daughter

·         He loves me

·         He is pleased with me

Let’s thank Jesus for what He has done for us!

MEMORY VERSE: Mark 1:11 “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

Get the kids into small groups to share how they feel about being loved unconditionally by Jesus. Pray and bless each one of them.

SONG: Jesus loves the little children

SONG: His banner over me is love

DANCE: Salvation is here

SONG: Refuge

CRAFT: Dove Badge

Prepare: White card paper, medium-sized safety pins.

Get kids to do this simple craft:

Get kids to write on dove: “I am God’s Beloved child”

Then stick the safety pin to the dove card so kids can wear it as a badge.

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