1. HOOK: Pass the baton

  • Play any simple relay game where 2 teams compete against each other. Kids race to complete a task or run a course and then pass the baton to their teammates who will take their turn. Winner is team that finishes task/course first.
  • Note: Class management is very important. Get helpers/parents to assist in getting kids in line etc fast.
  • Have you ever watched the Olympics on TV?  When runners are in a relay race, each runner goes all the way around the track and then hands off a stick (or baton) — show pix — to the next runner.  Then that runner takes it on the next part of the race and hands it off again.
  • Today we look at how Elijah the prophet passed the baton to Elisha.
  • Relay Ideas #1 or #2

 

2. REVIEW: Kings & Prophets of Israel

tNCC Children Church: Elijah & Elisha 2 Kings 2:7-12                                            May 12, 2013

  • Kings in grey are not so important — included to show timeline and framework. Key thing is for kids to know that we were looking at Jehoshaphat and Joash (Kings of Judah) last month. Now we’re heading back to the Northern Kingdom (Israel) and following the story of Elisha the Prophet.

 

3. LESSON: Elijah & Elisha (2 Kings 2:7-12)

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  • We’ve learned about Elijah, who was the prophet during King Ahab’s time. He did many awesome things including raising the widow’s son to life and calling down fire from heaven.
  • After defeating the prophets of Baal, Elijah went and found Elisha, who was plowing the fields. Elijah threw his cloak over Elisha, a symbol of passing the baton, and Elisha left everything and followed him as his servant.
  • One day, Elijah knew God was going to take him back to heaven. He wanted to be alone, but Elisha begged him to let him come along.  Elisha loved Elijah and he wanted to be with him no matter what happened.
  • Elijah wrapped his mantle together and struck the waters of the Jordan River and they parted, and then they walked over on dry ground.  Fifty sons of the prophets were standing afar off and saw this happen.
  • Before he left, Elijah asked Elisha if he had any last requests, “What do you want from me?”
  • Elisha asked for a special blessing (2 Kings 2:9).  He wanted two times the anointing of God that was upon Elijah. Elijah told him that if he saw God take him then he would get his wish.
  • And guess what happen next! Suddenly, horses of fire and a chariot of fire come down from the sky in a whirlwind.  It passed between them and took Elijah off to heaven!  Wow!  Can you imagine seeing the wind rushing around and a heavenly horse and chariot that was so shiny it sparkled like fire? It didn’t burn Elijah.  It came to pick him up.
  • Elijah dropped his mantle as he was whisked away up in the air.  Elisha picked it up and became the next great prophet of Israel.
  • Elisha went on to perform many mighty works also. In fact, some people say he performed twice as many miracles as Elijah because he had double the anointing! In the weeks to come, we will look at some of Elisha’s many miracles.
  • Do you know that Jesus also performed many miracles here on earth? He cast out demons, calmed the seas, fed thousands of people, raised the dead etc.
  • But what’s more amazing is that Jesus told His disciples that if they believed in Him and His works, “they will do even greater things than these. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:12, 14)
  • Can you imagine doing greater works than Jesus? How is it possible? When Jesus died for us and rose from the dead, He went back to heaven and sent us His Holy Spirit. This Holy Spirit is in us today, and it has all of Jesus’ anointing and power so that we can do great and marvellous things today in His name! Amen!

 

4. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

  • Mother’s Day craft/card: Thank you mom for all you’ve done for me
  • Get kids to give testimonies of their mom and to express their appreciation for her.

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1. ICEBREAKER IDEAS

a. If You Can Hear Me

  • Start out in a normal speaking voice saying, “If you can hear me, touch your nose.”
  • Continue saying action phrases while gradually lowering your voice to the quietest of whispers. The kids will have to listen very carefully so as not to miss the command phrase.
  • End with “sit down”.

b. Chinese Whispers

  • Test each team’s communication skills with a quiet relay that can also help the children relax after a day of active group games.
  • Break the kids into two teams, and form two straight lines with teammates standing a foot apart.
  • Have an adult tell the first member of each team a message like, “go to the grocery store and buy broccoli, bananas and hot dogs” or “when you get to school, take your 10-word spelling test and read four chapters in your history book.”
  • The children must whisper the message to the next member on the team until the message makes its way down the line.
  • The last team member must recite the message to the adult.
  • Award a point to the first team to relay the message correctly.
  • Continue the game until one team gets five points.

c. Guess the Whisper

  • Have one person sit blindfolded in a chair.
  • Let someone come behind him and whisper.
  • Let the blindfolded person try to guess who whispered.

 

2. LESSON: God comforts Elijah (1 Kings 19:1-18)

  • Review last week’s lesson:
    • Who did Elijah challenge at Mount Carmel? King Ahab’s 850 false prophets
    • What was the challenge? To call on their god to light the bull sacrifice
    • The false prophets called and danced and cut themselves all day long. Did the false god answer? No!
    • How many times did Elijah ask the people to pour water over his bull? 3 times
    • And did the real God answer him? Yes! The fire from heaven burned up the bull, the wood and the stone altar.
    • What other miracle did God do that day? He sent rain after 3 years of no rain
  • Let’s see what happened after these fantastic, great miracles.
  • King Ahab told his wicked wife, Jezebel, what Elijah had done, including killing all the false prophets.
  • Jezebel was very angry! She sent a message to Elijah threatening to kill him too!
  • What do you think Elijah did?
  • Elijah was afraid! Yes, the great man of God was afraid!
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  • And not only afraid, but he ran for his life! He faced 850 false prophets that day. And now he was running like a scared chicken! What happened?
  • Elijah forgot who it was who provided food for him and brought the widow’s son to life. He forgot who sent down fire from heaven. He thought it was all about himself. And he was exhausted and scared.
  • Instead of faith in the true God, Elijah focused on his fears and problems.
  • He went into the desert and sat under a bush and prayed that he would die! “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.
  • What did God do? God didn’t scold Elijah. Instead, he sent an angel to wake him up to eat and drink. Twice!
  • We can trust a God who cares for us — especially our physical needs. He knows we need to eat, drink and rest.
  • After that, Elijah felt stronger and travelled in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights until he reached Mount Horeb, where he stayed in a cave.
  • There, God came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
  • Elijah complained to God. “I have been so passionate for you God! The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
  • Then God said to him, “Go out and stand on the mountain for I am going to pass by.”

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  • In the Old Testament, no man could see God. God was too holy for sinful man to come near Him and feel His presence. But God gave Elijah a “preview”.
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    • First: There was a great and powerful wind that tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks; but the Lord was not in the wind.
    • Second: There was an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake.
    • Third: There came a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire.
    • Finally: After the fire came a gentle whisper.
  • God can do great and miraculous works like raising the dead and sending down fire from heaven. But He can also speak to us in a gentle whisper.
  • Even though Elijah was feeling alone and afraid, depressed and dejected, God came to him, fed him and whispered to Him gently.
  • And God also revealed a secret to Elijah. Elijah thought that he was the only one of God’s prophets left. But God told him, I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.” There were not 1, or 2, or 3 … but 7000 prophets of the true God whom God had also protected!
  • Isn’t God wonderful?

 

Conclusion:

  • God revealed His presence and power to Elijah through the strong wind, earthquake, fire and still, small voice.
  • Today, because Jesus died on the cross to make us holy, God’s spirit lives in us. He speaks to us every day. It may be in great miracles and signs, or it could be in a gentle whisper — in the everyday things you see (e.g. the birds of the air and the flowers of the field), in the words of the Bible, or a quiet prompting in your heart.
  • Whatever your situation is, whenever you feel alone and afraid, depressed and dejected, you can speak to God and know that He will answer you!

 

3. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

  • Memory Verse Activity/Game Psalm 116:1 I love the LORD because He hears and answers my prayers.
  • Crossword puzzle

King Ahab & Prophet Elijah (Pt 2)

Categories: Children's Church

1. REVIEW: Kings of Israel

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  • Review last lesson on Ahab & Elijah (1 Kings 18:18-45)

 

2. LESSON: King AHAB & Prophet ELIJAH (Pt II): FIERY SHOWDOWN

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  • 3 years later, God sent Elijah back to the king … saying, “I will send rain on the earth.”
  • Go to Ahab? His wife Jezebel had already murdered 100 prophets of God. What if she murders Elijah too?
  • But Elijah didn’t argue.
  • He went to King Ahab and issued a challenge — Meet him at Mount Carmel with all Israel and the 850 false prophets.
  • At Mount Carmel, Elijah spoke to the people. If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people did not respond.
  • Elijah had two bulls prepared as sacrifices. But no fire was to be used to light them. “You call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD,” he said. “And the God Who answers by fire is the real God.” The people agreed.
  • So the false prophets chose one of the bulls. And from morning to noon, the false prophets called upon their false gods and danced around the altar. “Baal, answer us!” But did the false god answer? NO!
  • They leaped and danced and cut themselves with knives until they bled. But was there fire? NO!
  • Then Elijah asked the people to pour water over his bull. Water! Not once, not twice, but 3 times. The bull was soaking wet! The wood was soaking wet! The altar was soaking wet! How could it catch fire now? Seems impossible!
  • But our God is a God of the Impossible!
  • Elijah prayed. “O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that You are the LORD God …”
  • Guess what? Suddenly the fire of the LORD fell.
  • It burned up the bull and the wood. Then it burned up the stone altar! Amazing!
  • When the people saw it, they cried, “The LORD, He is God!”
  • And Elijah said, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Do not let one of them escape!”
  • Elijah did what King Ahab should have done long before. He got rid of all the false prophets.
  • And to prove that He was really God, Elijah told Ahab that rain was on the way. Could there really be rain after 3 years?
  • The sky was empty! How could there be rain?
  • But soon, there was a small cloud. Not very big. About the size of a man’s hand.
  • In a little while, the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain.
  • God sent the rain. God showed the people that Elijah was telling them the truth. God showed that He alone is the true God. Isn’t He great?

Conclusion

  • Do you want to know something even greater?
    a. The true God of Elijah is the same God who lives IN us today. Because of Jesus’ work on the cross, we are made holy and can come near to God; and His spirit can live IN us forever.
    b. Unlike the prophets of Baal, we don’t have to shout or yell all day long for our true God to hear us.
    c. God is NEVER too busy or too far. He never slumbers nor sleep! (Psalm 121:4)
    d. These are the Days of Jesus! Expect God to do great things in us & through us!

(Source: Bible for Children; God of Elijah)

 

3. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

  • Memory Verse Activity/Game
    Psalm 116:1 I love the LORD because He hears and answers my prayers.
  • Testimony time
    Get kids to come up and share how God answered their prayers.

Kings: Ahab & Prophet Elijah

Categories: Children's Church

1. STORY: King AHAB & Prophet ELIJAH (1 Kings 16:29-1 Kings 17)

  • In our story today, we meet the king who is ruling over the northern kingdom (Israel) — King Ahab.
  • King Ahab was a very famous king in the Bible. Do you know why he is sooo famous? King Ahab was famous because he was a very wicked king!
  • He was also famous because he had a very wicked wife. Her name was Jezebel. She was not a Jew, so she did not follow the God of the Israelites. God told His people that they should not marry women who do not worship the One True God. Jezebel worshipped a fake god called Baal, which was made of stone.
  • King Ahab who never should have married Jezebel in the first place brings her into his family and makes her his wife. As the leader of his family he should have never allowed her to bring her Baal worship into their home. But since he didn’t make a good first choice and married a woman who didn’t love God, he made a second bad choice and allowed her to worship Baal in their house. This was a very wicked thing. 
  • The bad influence of Ahab and Jezebel affected the Jewish people and many people sinned as a result. The people of Israel began to follow their leader’s example and many people in Israel began to worship Baal. They forgot that they had the One True God who made the whole world, who loved them, and who brought them out of Egypt. 
  • Because God loved His people He sent messengers called prophets to call the people of Israel back to Him. Sometimes they didn’t listen, so sometimes God had to allow them to get into some sort of trouble before they would call out to Him. 
  • One of God’s prophets was called Elijah. Elijah’s name means “my God is Jehovah”. 
  • One day, Elijah went straight to King Ahab and said, “As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, whom I serve, there will neither be dew nor rain in the next few years, except at my word.” 
  • What do you think King Ahab and Jezebel did as this messenger from God stood before them? It’s not written in the Bible, but based on what Elijah did next, we can only imagine that they threatened his life. 
  • But God proved His faithfulness and love to Elijah with 3 wonderful miracles! 

 

  • Miracle #1: 
  • God told Elijah to go hide by the Brook Cherith by the Jordan River. He told him that he could drink water from the brook. He also said that He had commanded the ravens to feed him there. 
  • When Elijah got to the brook he had plenty of water to drink. Just as God had said, every morning and every night God sent ravens with bread and meat for Elijah to eat. I couldn’t help picturing these obedient ravens swooping down on someone’s picnic and grabbing a hamburger or hotdog for Elijah to eat! Even the ravens obeyed God. 
  • As time passed with no rain, the brook began to dry up and there was no more water for Elijah to drink. God had taken care of him this far, would God continue to help Elijah? Of course! 
  • God told Elijah, “Arise, go to Zarephath, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow to provide for you.”
  • When he got to Zarephath, the widow was at the city gates gathering sticks for firewood.

 

  • Miracle #2: 
  • “Please bring me a little water in a cup,” Elijah asked the woman. “Please bring me a morsel of bread.” 
  • “I do not have bread,” the widow answered. “Only a handful of flour in a bin and a little oil in a jar.” Sadly, the lady told the prophet that when this was finished, she and her son would starve to death. 
  • “Do not fear. Make me a small cake from it first, and afterwards make some for yourself and your son,” Elijah said. “The flour will not be used up, nor the oil, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.” 
  • God would have to work a miracle for that to happen. And He did! The lady and her son ate for many days, yet the bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry! Elijah lived with them.

 

  • Miracle #3: 
  • One day a sad thing happened. The widow’s son died. In those days, women depended a lot on men to take care of them. After her husband died, her son was her only hope. 
  • Elijah carried the boy’s body to an upper room. He cried out to the LORD, saying, “O LORD my God I pray, let this child’s soul come back to him.” What an impossible prayer!
  • The LORD heard the voice of Elijah and the soul of the child came back to him, and he revived. When Elijah took the child and gave him to his mother she said, “Now by this I know that the word of the LORD in your mouth is the truth.”

(Source: Ministry to Children; Bible for Children)

 

 

2. LESSON:

  • God provides for our every need.
  • He provided for the widow and her child with never-ending flour and oil! 
  • Whenever we give what little we have to God, whether it is money, time or energy, it opens up our hearts so that God can fill us up with more. And when we give our lives to God, we can trust Him to make things right for us and to be the rewarder of our faith.
  • We can trust Him even in bad times. 
    • When Ahab and Jezebel tried to kill Elijah, he trusted God to protect him. 
    • When the widow’s son died, he trusted God to do the impossible and bring him back to life! 
    • We, too, can trust in God in every circumstance of life. Certainly, God is able to take care of us, no matter how hopeless our situation seems, just as He cared and provided for the widow and her son.
  • We don’t need to look to other fake gods because we have Jesus, our Everything!
    • Our faith is built as God delivers us from one difficult situation and then another, just as the widow’s faith was built. Let us keep our confidence in God. He will never fail us! God wants us to learn how to trust in Him.

 

3. SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

  • Pick a Word Review

    • Choose 10-15 key words from today’s lesson (eg: Ahab, Baal, flour, oil, ravens, Elijah, widow, son etc.). Write them on a small piece of paper and place them in a bowl. Pass the bowl around class and have each child pick one word each. After everyone has chosen a word, allow the children to take turns sharing what their word is and how it fit into today’s lesson.
  • Flour Game

    • Prepare some flour, 2 bowls, 2 small spoons and 2 small jars that are the same size. Split your class into 2 equal teams. Set up a table for each team. On each table set up a bowl filled with enough flour to fill up a jar. Place one jar and a spoon on each table. Have 2 teams line up facing each table. 
    • When you say “go”, the first child in line goes to the table and takes a spoonful of flour and put into the jar. Then returns to tag their friend who goes next. Continue until all kids have their turn. Winner is team with most amount of flour in the jar. 
  • Testimony time: Get kids to come up and share how they trusted God and He provided and protected them.