tNCC Family Camp 2012: Count on Him Everyday

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Session 3: Count on Him Everyday
1. Hook: Guess the Baby
  • Get photos of the kids when they were babies, and get everybody to guess who they are today
2. Lesson:
  • Everything is changing around us. The earth is turning. The seasons are changing. People say, “The only thing constant in life is change.”  
  • Everybody is changing. Every second. Every day. One day we’re small, helpless little babies. Then we grow up … we become older, taller, wiser, fatter etc.  
  • People around us may change. Yesterday we were best friends. Today we’re enemies. Tomorrow we’re friends again. They may fail us and disappoint us and let us down.  
  • But one person doesn’t change. He never changes. He remains the same always. His name is Jesus. We can count on Him everyday – yesterday, today, forever.
  • Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. 
  • Yesterday:  
    • Remember His goodness and blessings; give thanks and testimonies; when we hit a roadblock, we can look back to remember how He has brought us through before
    • Don’t be like the Israelites in the desert who kept forgetting what God has done. (Exodus 14:11-12; Exodus 16:3)
    • The God of yesterday is the same God today
    • Ps. 102:25-27
      In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth,
          and the heavens are the work of your hands.
      They will perish, but you remain;
      they will all wear out like a garment.
      Like clothing you will change them
      and they will be discarded.
      27 
      But you remain the same,
      and your years will never end.
       
  • Today & Forever:
    • The same God that carried you through before will carry you through today and every tomorrow
    • Whenever you face challenges, look back to Jesus’ Finished work on the cross
  • STORM: Jesus is our Anchor in the midst of the storm (Heb 6:19-20) 
  • ATTACKS: Jesus is our Rock, our fortress, our refuge and protection (Psalm 18:2) 
  • EARTHQUAKES: Jesus is our Sure Foundation (1 Cor 3:11)

  • Even when we change, even when we fail, He is faithful
    • Crowd at Jerusalem
    • Peter denying Jesus 
    • 1 Cor 1:8-9  He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
  • All the things we’ve learned about God so far, His nature, His goodness, His wisdom, His promises, His love for us … all that would never, ever change. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been good or bad, if you’ve been happy or sad, He loves you just the same. Always. His truth remains the same.
  • When everything else is changing, we can count on Jesus, every day. He will never fail us or disappoint us or let us down. 
  • Song: Yesterday, today, forever 
  • Memory Verse: Hebrews 13:8
    • Have the children line up against the wall in their groups. They participate row by row, preferably with similar aged friends.
      Have kids say the memory verse together: “Jesus Christ is the same…”
      and then let them hop forward once each time as they say “yesterday”, “today” and “forever”.
      (See who can hop the farthest especially on the word “forever”.)

tNCC Family Camp 2012: Count on His Love

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Session 2: Count on His love
1. Icebreaker:Musical statues  
 2. Hook:Tallest, longest, fastest
  • Have a simple multiple-choice quiz where kids get to guess which is the tallest mountain, longest river and fastest animal etc. Fun and educational. 
  • In life, we are always trying compare things. How tall we are. How much money we have. How many As we get. The one thing that is bigger and greater than everything is else is Jesus’ love for us.

3. Lesson: We can depend on Jesus because we can count on His love
  • This camp’s theme is “Counting on Jesus”. We can count on Jesus because we know how much He loves us. When we know how much He loves us, we know He will never let us go. He will never fail us or forsake us. 
  • Ephesians 3:17-18And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 
  • If we had to measure Christ’s love for us, we’ll have to look at its:
    • Width:God’s love extends to every people, every nation, every tribe
    • Length:From eternity to eternity; without  beginning or end 
    • Height: From God’s throne above, where Jesus is seated on the right hand
    • Depth:Jesus emptied himself, took on the form of a servant, humbled Himself and became obedient  to death on the cross
  • The CROSS is the picture of the width, length, height and depth of Christ’s love for us.
  • Romans 8:31-39
  • Conclusion: You can count on Jesus’ love for us
4. Song: Wide, wide as the ocean
 

tNCC Family Camp 2012: God Counts Us — We Matter to God

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tNCC Family Camp 2012: God Counts Us — We Matter to God

Session 1: God Counts Us — We Matter to God

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1. Icebreaker: Numbers games

  • Separate kids into 2 teams. Prepare post-its or sticker labels with numbers on them. Paste randomly on the back of each kid. At the word “Go!”, each team need to arrange themself accordingly to numbers 1 to 20. The team that arranges themselves fastest wins!
2. Hook: Count the number of …
  • Show various slides of objects for kids to count, e.g. sheep, jellybeans, coins etc.
  • For older kids, you may want to add in trickier counting puzzles, e.g. number of Fs in a sentence etc
  • Counting may seem easy at times. And not so easy other times. Some things are seemingly uncountable.
    • Like the sands on the seashore … or in this pail. How many grains of sands are there?
    • Or the stars in the heavens
      • The human eye can see about 3,000 stars on a clear sky
      • A small telescope can see about 100,000 stars
      • The Milky Way Galaxy has about 100 billion stars
      • There are about 100 billion galaxies out there
      • Estimate of about 10 billion trillion stars (10 with 21 zeroes!)

3. Lesson: God Counts …
A. Stars

  • It would seem impossible to count the number of stars, but do you know who can? God! Why? Because He made them!
  • He not just made them and counts them but He knows their names! 
    • Psalm 147:4 He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
    • Isaiah 40:26 
      Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:

      Who created all these?
      He who brings out the starry host
       one by one
      and calls forth each of them by name.
      Because of his great power and mighty strength, 

      not one of them is missing.
  • Can you imagine God calling each star out one by one, by their names. He looks after each one. He knows when they are formed and when they fade away. All 10 billion trillion of them! And not one of them is missing.
  • If God can keep count of ALL the stars in the heavens, surely He can keep count of everything, including you and me. Why? Because we matter to Him.

B. Sheep

  • In Luke 15:1-7, Jesus tells the parable of Lost Sheep.
    • A shepherd had 100 sheep. One gets lost. One out of a hundred. If I had a hundred sheep and one gets lost, I’d be upset, but I wouldn’t bother going to hunt for it. After all, I have 99 others. But the shepherd goes. He leaves the 99 in the pen, and goes hunting for the one lost sheep. He looks, and He calls, and He climbs up and down into the dark night until He finds one lost sheep. He rescues the sheep, brings it home and gets the whole town together to celebrate. For one sheep. Because it mattered to Him.
    • Jesus, our Good Shepherd, came down to earth to save the lost sheep. He searched for us, He found us, and He brought us back safely with lots of rejoicing. Because we matter to Him.

C. Hairs on our head

  • Luke 12:7 Even the hairs on your head are numbered.
  • The average person has about 100,000 hairs on their scalp. They shed about 50-100 hairs a day.
  • I’m always a bit fixated on the hairs on my head. Every time I wake up in the morning or when I wash my hair, I drop a lot of hair. And I’d get worried. But there’s no way I can keep track and count how many are on my head, how many drop and how many grow. But I know that my Heavenly Father knows exactly how many there are. Because I matter to Him.

God counts us … because we matter to Him

  • At this camp, there are hundreds of people. In this room, there are about 40 people. Each and every one of you belongs to Jesus, and you matter to Him.
  • He counts you because He loves you.
  • And because of that, we can all count on Him always.
  • This weekend, when you go to the beach and play in the sand, when you look up at the skies tonight, when you comb your hair at night, remember … God counts every single grain of sand, every single star and every single hair. Because they all matter to Him. We all matter to Him. Amen!

4. Closing song: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (sang to tune of “Once I caught a fish alive”)

  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    I know Jesus is alive
    6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    He died for me then rose again
    Why did He have to die?
    So I can have eternal life
    Where does He live today?
    In my heart, forever to stay!