Friday, 30 November 2012

CBC Lesson from the 2nd to 8th December

Hi dear Biblical Educators,

As you know we are living the faith of the campaign of Israel and CBC is in the same faith, so the lesson of this week will teach us a story of faith and courage so let us learn from it and pass it to the children,so before the lesson we'll read and understand this story and then in the class you'll tell it to the children(please don't read it to them but tell them the story). So let's start!

There was a time in the land of Israel when the people of God kept turning away from Him.  Do you know what happened to them then?  They would lose His protection and His blessings.  Do you remember a lesson where you stood inside a circle and were protected by God?  What happened when you were outside the circle?  You were attacked!! 

*BE’s make a circle with the children and add some children inside, explaining when you are inside of the circle, means you’ve been protected.
Well the people of Israel kept forgetting that very important lesson.  They would stay close to God for a while, obey His commandments and love Him, and they would be safe and blessed and happy.  But then some of them would look at the other gods of the other countries around them and like what they saw.  Those other people could worship false gods and still get some answers to their prayers, and they didn’t have to live a good life, they could live just any old way they wanted to and became slaves of their enemies.    
So when the people of God began to worship false gods, they pushed the true God away from them, and little by little all of God’s protection was gone from their lives.  Their enemies began to take over their land, their farms and animals began to die, their army became weak and no one had faith anymore to fight and defend the land of Israel that God had given them.  They became a great big shame.  But was that God’s fault?  Did He just make them suffer because He didn’t love them?  NO!! It was their own fault because they pushed God away and DIDN’T OBEY HIM anymore!!
That’s why obeying God is so, so, very important.  We bless ourselves when we obey.  We protect ourselves and our families and even our future when we obey God. Who would be crazy enough of disobeying? Many people all around us are doing that right now, because they don’t want to obey God.
One day during one of those times that Israel had pushed God away from them and worshiped false gods, there was a man named Gideon who was angry that the enemies of Israel had destroyed their land and chased them all away from their farms to live in caves in the mountains.  They were supposed to be the mighty people of God, but here they were, scared like little animals, hiding in caves.  Meanwhile their enemies, the Midianites, could just come into all of their farms and eat whatever they wanted and steal whatever they wanted.  It had been like this for seven years.
     *BE’s can ask a question to the children, If it is right to take people’s things like  toys, shoes or games without asking for it?

But who was trying to fight the Midianites?  No one.  Who was trying to repent and turn back to God and worship only Him?  No one.  No one except for Gideon.  He looked out of his cave across the valley and saw where his old farm had been.  He saw the place where he used to take the wheat to separate the seeds from the stalks.  He saw the old carved hole in the ground where they used to press the grapes to make juice and wine.  He thought to himself, “This is my land.  This is the land that God gave to us.  I’m sick and tired of hiding in a cave!  I’m going back there to see if I can find a little bit of wheat still growing on my farm and I’ll thresh it to get the seeds to grind and make flour for bread.”
So he sneaked back to his old farm and gathered some wheat that was still growing there, but he didn’t dare thresh it in the regular place up on the hill.    He was taking a big risk to go back there.
“Gideon!”  He heard a deep voice.  He looked up and saw a bright light – it was an angel of God sitting right there, talking to him!  “Gideon, the Lord is with you mighty warrior!”  said the angel.
Gideon was so surprised that God would send an angel to him, but he was also so angry that God’s people were suffering so much, he answered back and was a little rude: “If the Lord is with us, where are all the wonderful miracles that He used to do?”
Do you think God was angry because Gideon answered back?  No, not at all, God was happy that Gideon wanted God’s people to be set free so much that he even answered God in a rude way.  The angel of God was happy with what Gideon said, and then told him, “Gideon, this is your strength, go and lead God’s people to defeat the Midianites and God with be with you!”
“What?? Me??” said Gideon.  “But my tribe is the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the smallest family, and I’m the weakest man!” he said.
But the angel told him not to be afraid, because God had chosen him to destroy all of their enemies.  Gideon was amazed and knew he had to obey.  He felt afraid, but one thing that he knew he had to do was to OBEY. 
Gideon went back home amazed that he had seen an angel face to face.  That night God spoke to Gideon directly.  He said, “Gideon, this is what  I need from you.  Go to your father’s house, chop down all those statues of false gods that he has, and then offer me the strongest bull in your father’s herd, not the oldest one, but the second bull.  Burn up the bull on the wood from the chopped up idols.”
That was a very scary thing to do because everyone in Israel had been worshiping these false idols, even his father.  Everyone would be furious!
But one thing Gideon knew: he had to OBEY!!
So in the middle of the night, when everyone was asleep, and did exactly what God commanded.  They were showing God that He came first.  No more idols, only the One True God.
In the morning when all the people woke up, sure enough, they were furious!  All of a sudden God gave him favor in everyone’s eyes.  God caused the people to really respect him and want to follow him as their leader.  At that moment, Gideon became one of the great judges of Israel and led them to a great victory. 

      To be continued

      Don't forget to ask the children to prepare their prayer requests and      bring it till the 16th of December to be sent to Israel.

       Every warrior need a shield so today we are making our own follow the steps:
       For this activity you will need:
      Cardboard paper
      Colorful papers Glue 



Tuesday, 20 November 2012

CBC Lesson from 25th to 1st of December

Hi teachers,
Sing and pray, and have the children sit down to listen to your story today.
Tell them that when Jesus was on the earth, He talked about all of us who follow Him as being like a certain kind of animal.  What animal does Jesus call His children?  Tigers?  Bears?  Horses?  Rabbits?  Jesus calls us His sheep.  
What's so special about sheep for Jesus to chose that animal to describe us?  First of all sheep cannot live without a shepherd.  They don't have sharp teeth to fight other animals like wolves and foxes do, they don't have strong horns to fight with like deer, they don't run fast like horses, and they don't have sharp claws like lions or bears.  They are small, fluffy, peaceful and can become afraid very very easily.  Sheep are a lot like us because if we try to live alone in this world without our Shepherd, we will never live a good life or go to heaven.
So if you and me are sheep, who do you think is our Shepherd?  It's the Lord Jesus, of course!  Who remembers the time we learned Psalm 23 that begins with the phrase, "The Lord is my Shepherd, He gives me all that I need?"  
How can we get everything that we need?  By letting Jesus be our Shepherd, by obeying His voice and going wherever He leads us.  What if Jesus takes us someplace strange?  What if Jesus wants us to do things we aren't used to doing?  What if Jesus wants us to become friends with people we don't like?  If Jesus is our Shepherd, He'll always make sure that we are cared for very well and very blessed.  He never leads us to bad or dangerous places, but always to green pastures.  
There was a story that Jesus told His disciples about Himself.  He told them about a shepherd who was a very good shepherd and loved his sheep.  He had one hundred sheep in his flock.  Every day he would take those fluffy little sheep out of the pen out into the pasture where they could eat green grass and drink from a fresh pond, and play and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.  Sheep love to be together and they feel very safe when their shepherd is close by.
But one day a little sheep got distracted.  He got curious about a place that he could see in the distance, and began to walk over there.  Maybe he thought that he could find better grass to eat, or that something interesting was waiting for him there.  The little sheep was being foolish.  He should have stayed with all the other sheep in the pasture, but he just too curious.  He walked and walked and went further and further away from his flock and from his shepherd.  He wandered into a strange new place where he couldn't even hear the sounds of his brothers or sisters in the flock.  
It began to get dark, and the wind became chilly.  The little sheep turned around to see if he could go back home, but he couldn't remember which way he had come from. The dark shadows were scary, and the wind made strange sounds in the branches of the trees.  He jumped and ran one direction, but a big stone in his way stopped him.  He turned around and ran another direction, but bumped into a tree.  He turned and ran again, and then a horrible thing happened.  He fell into a deep hole and got hurt.  
The little sheep began to bleat and cry out for anyone to hear him, but all he could hear was the echo of his own voice and the whistle of the wind.  Poor little sheep.  He had been foolish and should have stayed close to his shepherd.  Do you think he'll ever get out of that hole in the ground?
Back at the pasture, the good shepherd looked at all his beautiful sheep.  They were eating and drinking peacefully and he gathered them together to go back into their pen for the night.  But when he counted them, he found only 99 sheep.  Oh no! One sheep is missing!  Where could he be?  The shepherd carefully closed the gate of his pen to protect his 99 sheep, and then immediately went looking for the one little lost sheep who had wandered far from the flock. 
It was getting dark and cold and he knew that his missing sheep would be afraid.  So he moved as fast as he could to search for him.  He looked here and he looked there, but couldn't find him.  Then as the sun went down and the darkness was getting darker, he heard a little noise from far away.  "Baaaa, baaaa!!"  It was his little sheep!  He quickly ran to where the sound was coming from and there he saw his poor sheep, dirty and frightened in the deep pit where he had fallen.  The good shepherd always kept his rod and his staff with him, and reached down into the pit, hooked the staff under the little sheep's belly, and gently lifted him up to safety.
The little sheep was so happy to see his shepherd!  
What do you think the shepherd did? Was He angry with His sheep?  Did He shout at him and tell him that he could never go to the pasture again?  No.  This was a good shepherd.  He saw how helpless his sheep was, and how much he needed the shepherd's help.  So he lovingly picked up his little sheep and carried him on his shoulders back to the safety of the sheep pen.  That night all the 100 sheep slept peacefully and happily in the warm cozy pen, and who do you think was sleeping right at the door all night?  The shepherd!  A good shepherd is gentle and understands that His sheep are weak.  
We are God's sheep.  We are weak without Him, and we make a lot of foolish mistakes when we don't obey what He tells us to do.  There are a lot of people in our churches who were like that little sheep who was too curious to stay close to his shepherd.  Many people just want to do whatever they feel like, and then get into big trouble.  They do bad things and the devil attacks them.  Some of them go to jail, or some of them lose their jobs.  Others can get very sick or even lose their families because they don't want to follow their Shepherd Jesus, who loves them so much.
But those of us who DO follow our Shepherd Jesus, are always safe and loved and protected from all kinds of evil.  
And what if someone who didn't follow Jesus changes his mind and calls out to God to save him?  Just like the little sheep, Jesus will quickly come to help him, rescue him and carry him safely back to His Kingdom - but the sheep must always obey if they want to stay close to their Shepherd.
Who of you wants to be the sheep that is foolish and gets lost?  Who wants to be the sheep that stay close to their Shepherd, Jesus?  Who wants to call Jesus to come and rescue them right now?  
Make a prayer for them to choose to be one of Jesus' sheep, and to let Him be their only Shepherd. 

God bless and have a great week!

ACTIVITIES of the week





Wednesday, 14 November 2012

CBC Lesson from 18th to 24th of November

Proverbs 1.8
Teach the kids that when their parents called its attention they must listen and obey without complaining.
“My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and for sake not the law of thy mother…” (Proverbs 1.8)
Educator, class begins by saying the following: Today we begin our class with a game. Who of here wants to play? We will play Simon says. You must remain very attentive to avoid mistakes (give some orders to the children as: Simon says to everyone remain standing, Simon says to sit down, Simon says to make silence). You had to listen to my voice and be very attentive ... Isn’t that right? Today we will learn the importance of obeying parents and listen to them.
ONCE UPON a time there was a very naughty boy named Ricky. The father and the mother of Ricky were from God and always told their son stories of the Bible, but the boy liked to listen to them. When he does something wrong, the parents called his attention and taught him to do right, but Ricky did ugly faces and answered them very badly, because he didn’t like been called the attention.
It happened that one day him Mom told him the story of a boy named Timothy and said, Timothy was a child full of wisdom and he enjoyed listening to the stories of the Bible that his mother Eunice and grandmother Lois told him. As he
grew older, wanted to learn more about the Word of God, and continued reading the stories of the scrolls. At the time of Timothy, there were no books and the stories of the Bible were written on scrolls of parchment. He strive to practice the words were written in there.
While Ricky’s mother told him the story, he was attentive listening. And she went on to say that Timothy, when he met an apostle named Paul who talked about Jesus, then pipe the desire to do what Paul did, talk about Jesus to the suffering people. Timothy and Paul become great friends and together we roared announced the Word of God. The mother and grandmother of Timothy were very happy, because he was a servant of God.
After listening to that story, Ricky took a very important decision: he decided
that there would be no more disobedient and would have the pleasure of listening to the teachings of God that his parents told him. Ricky asked for forgiveness to his mother and told her that from that day on, he wouldn’t be more rebellious.
If you want to please God and your parents, then begin, starting by today, to listen, obey and follow their advice, then acting in this way you will be blessed and happy.
Does everyone understand? Well done!

Write on a sheet of paper or a cardboard the sentence Blessed life, then place it on the end of the class. Choose two children and ask for one to stay behind the other and tell the children: Let's imagine that he (pointing to the child who is in
front) is a car and the other (point to the child who is in the back) is the driver of the car. When the driver put his two hands on his shoulders, then the "car" must move to the front, when he place the hand over your right shoulder, then he turns to the right, over the left shoulder, turns to the left and when removing the hands the "car" stops. But the car should be up to that poster (the poster is displayed at the end of the class.)
Educator start the game (indicate the kid if it’s necessary), wait a few minutes
and conclude by saying: Kids, you saw that he (pointing to the child who represented the car) had to follow the guidance of the driver, otherwise if he didn’t obey wouldn’t leave the place. That also happens when a kid doesn’t listen to their parents, would never get God blessings, because He doesn’t bless the disobedient and rebellious people ... Do you understand?
Make a prayer asking God to teach the kid to be attentive and obedient to their parents, after ask to the kids to sit down. Ask some questions like:
1. What do you think about the behavior of Ricky?
2. Do you agree with the behavior, do you look like Ricky’s or Timothy’s behavior?
3. Does your mom tells you about the Bible stories?
4. In your opinion, how God felt about the behavior of Ricky?
5. Are you obedient?
6. Educator, for each question choose two children to give their opinion, let them express themselves the way they want.
SUNDAY Remembering the story. Ricky and Timothy had different behaviors. Cut and paste the names correctly. Note: Educator, after the activity asks the opinion of children about the attitude of the two of them.

WEDNESDAY Making art. At the time of Timothy, the Bible was a scroll. Follow the directions and assemble one.


Painting. After listening to the story of Timothy, Richard changed his attitude. Paint nicely.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

CBC Lesson from 11th to 17th of November

Proverbs 1.7; John 12.-11
Teach children that when we respect God we receive His wisdom.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1.7)"
Do you know any kid that considered very intelligent, but always disrespects their parents? (Wait for their participation), Of course not, right? If he were wise and intelligent he wouldn’t act like that. Today we are going to learn that we are only wise if we first have the truth of God. Listen carefully to the story.
JUDAS ISCARIOT was Jesus disciple who thought only of himself. He had no fear, that is, didn’t respect God and, therefore, no matter whether he was acting correctly or not. Judas was responsible for taking care of the bag where people placed their donations, bids, Jesus knew people’s thoughts and knew that Judas was not sincere and did wrong things.
One day, a woman who followed Jesus took a glass full of perfume and washed the feet of Jesus with it and dried them with her hair. Seeing what she was doing Judas complained, believing that she was wasting perfume. So, he said: This perfume worth a lot. Why don’t you sell it and the money you’ll give it to the poor?
Did you know kids, Judas acted this way so the women put the money in the bag of donations so he would take it later for him. What an ugly thing, right? Those attitudes showed that he had no connection with the things of God. Judas was always with Jesus, heard the Word of God, he saw many miracles and teach
people, but didn’t engage in anything that he said because he wasn’t wise and
didn’t took the opportunity to be a real man of God. Do you know what the result of his bad attitudes was? Each day he did worse till the point of betraying Jesus. Yes, he accepted 30 pieces of silver coins to show the soldiers where Jesus was and then the soldiers seized and crucified Jesus. After that, Judas was with pangs of conscience and ended up gibbet himself. How sad! If he had regretted none of this had happened.
Many children listen to the educators teaching the Word of God in the CBC, but
continue doing the things that displease Him. Buddies, if we are wise and prudent, we must first respect. Judas was not so wise and displeased God. So, no rebellion, swearing, disobedience, lies, and no practice of bad things that displeases Him ... Amen?

For this time you will need three cardboard, craft paper tape, a marker or
pen. Type:
• Home
• Respect and fear
• Wisdom
In each cardboard should be written one of these words. You need to fix the
cardboard with the tape on the floor of the class in the following way:
First fix the ”home” written cardboard and from a distance of 80cm, fix the one that is written “respect an fear” and then the same distance and fix the one written “wisdom”. Educator, certify that the cardboard are well fixed.
Choose a child and ask him to stay above the first card (Home). Tell the children the following: Kids, let's say that (say the name of chosen kid) wants to get to wisdom, (point to the reference card), but he can only step on the cards and
cannot leave this way (read the next and the last card). He/she must first pass
through the respect and fear, and not directly to wisdom, isn’t it?
Well kids, so does the Divine wisdom, we are only wise if we have fear and respect towards God and the Word from Him ... Got it? Who in here wants to have God's wisdom? Then respect first ... Ok?
Educator, display the poster of the week and discuss with the class about the
child’s attitude in the poster. Allow children to express themselves but control the time so you don’t miss others activities of the class.

AGE 2-3

SUNDAY Decorating the drawing. Paste crepe paper balls in the hair of the woman who washed Jesus' feet with perfume.
Note: Educator, distribute crepe pieces of paper the class, ask to the kids to make balls. Pass glue on the sheet and ask for them to stick the paper balls.
WEEK DAYS Modeling. Spread dough and ask to the kids to make the women of history. Educator, interact and create together with them.

AGE 4-7 
SUNDAY Searching the treasure. Take enough candy to the class and pictures of all kind of books, schools and the Bible. Write the words of the verse of the week in separate papers. Fold the papers and the figures in the middle and stick with tape at all over the class. Begin by telling the children that you have hidden many treasures (pictures and sheets with parts of the verse) all over the class, so when you give the order, everyone should look for them. Start the game. When the figures and parts of the verses were found, conclude by saying that in the same way that they strive to find the treasures, we must strive to seek wisdom and fear of the Lord.

WEDNESDAY Collage. Educator, draw in a red card a very big heart and fix it on the wall or on the board. Write three sentences in strips-paper cutouts, images showing honest and bad attitudes. Ask to the kids to choose a phrase or image and paste into the heart only good attitudes. Before fixing, the child should say to the class why he had chosen that (help those who have difficulty).
Conclude saying that those attitudes meant wisdom and honest, to be wise, you must first respect God and practice His will.

FRIDAY Drawing. Distribute sheets of paper for the class and ask the children to draw a person doing good manners to show respect to God.

AGE 8-10
SUNDAY Finding words. Find the words below: Knowledge, respect, disciple, trust, fear, sincerity, wisdom, nard and teach.

WEDNESDAY Free drawing. Distribute paper to the class and ask to the kids to do a drawing were people are doing wising thing.

FRIDAY Searching the treasure. Take enough candy to the class and pictures of all kind of books, schools and the Bible. Write the words of the verse of the week in separate papers. Fold the papers and the figures in the middle and stick with tape at all over the class. Begin by telling the children that you have hidden
many treasures (pictures and sheets with parts of the verse) all over the class, so when you give the order, everyone should look for them. Start the game. When the figures and parts of the verses were found, conclude by saying that in the same way that they strive to find the treasures, we must strive to seek
wisdom and fear of the Lord.

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