God’s plans often look different from how we imagine. Sometimes, God asks us to do things that, to us, make absolutely no sense at all. But it is in these moments, when we trust God even when we don’t understand, that God shows His mighty and awesome power. It cannot be explained because man could not have done it. It is only possible because God made it happen.
I am sure Joshua thought it strange that they would conquer Jericho by marching around a wall and blowing trumpets. But Joshua did not question. He trusted God and knew that God would do what He said He would do. This is the type of trust we want our kids to have. In fact, this is the type of trust we all need to have in our Heavenly Father.
Here is a snapshot of what we will show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: We can trust God’s plan. (Jericho • Joshua 5:13–6:27)
Memory Verse: “I trust in God. I am not afraid.” Psalm 56:11, NIrV
Key Question: Who can trust God?
Bottom Line: I can trust God.
Bible Story & Worship
Watch the Bible Story Video with your kids so you can recap and discuss it with them in the “Bring Jesus To Their Level” section. Then join your kids in worship as we sing and dance for God.
Next, use the Memory Verse video to practice our monthly verse. We are practicing this verse all month long. Be thinking of a fun reward you can give them at the end of the month when they are able to say it all by themselves. The activity sheet and coloring page are fun resources to help reinforce story and/or big idea.
Bring Jesus To Their Level
Finish up your church at home by recapping the story and practicing the memory again. Then say: “Our Bible story, today, was about people who had to do a lot of marching around a very big wall. Do you remember how God told Joshua to march his soldiers around the wall of Jericho? What happened? (Pause). Yes! Joshua did what God said, because he trusted God’s plan, and the wall fell down!
“We can trust God’s plan, too. The new Bible verse we’re learning will help us remember to trust God and not be afraid to do what God says. It says . . . ‘I trust in God. I am not afraid,’ Psalm 56:11.
“Today, we’ll make a list of what you plan to be when you grow up: a firefighter or a doctor or a dancer or a teacher . . . whatever you want to be. (Have each child list something. The adults can list what they do and what they wanted to do when they were a kid.)
“I love this list! It’s great to make plans, but we must always remember to trust that God’s plan is best, right? Right! Ok, let’s pray. Would anyone like to pray before I pray?” (Give each child who wants to pray the opportunity to do so).
PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for letting us dream of what we can grow up and be one day. I think it’s wonderful that [child’s name] wants to be a [occupation they listed] and [child’s name] wants to be [occupation they listed] and [child’s name] wants to be a [occupation they listed]. (Repeat with each child and what they want to be). I pray that as they grow up, they will plan and dream and choose to trust that Your plan is best. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
As we wrap up, I would like to leave you with one of the kids’ favorite ‘good-bye’ songs:
Let Me See Your Alligator
Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in the discipleship of our kid(s). My prayers are with you.
“All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13
Angela Moody is the Preschool Coordinator at Abundant Life.