Kids Ministry Week 7- Sunday, May 3rd.
God's commandments - God's name

Preschool Activities:

Make a special name plate: On a piece of card stock or paper write the words "God loves" and help your child finish the sentence by writing their name. Children can then decorate their name plate with markers, stickers, paint, whatever you have lying around the house. Encourage them to hang their name plate somewhere they will see it regularly so they can remember that God loves them and knows them by name.

Lesson video:

Before meeting as family write the following on individual pieces of paper, folding them and placing in the bible where its referenced having the paper stick out just enough to see:

I Am who I Am- Exodus 3:13-14

Lord of lords- Deuteronomy 10:17

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Price of Peace (4 separate pieces of paper) - Isaiah 9:6-7

Alpha and Omega  - Revelation 1:8

              Say: Over the last couple of weeks we’ve learned about God’s commands. God’s commands are things God tells us to do that help us have the best life. This week we’ll find out that God commands us to use his name right. The command says we respect God’s name when we talk. Let’s learn more about that. Your name is special and we gave it was given to you for a reason. God’s name is special, too, so we respect God’s name when we talk. God is so amazing, so when we say his name, we want people to know that his name is special and it means power, strength, love, and lots of good things. All our names mean something, too. Take time to talk about the meaning of the children names and why they were chosen, you can also share about other names in the family and why they are important. 

 

             Say: What if someone used your name in a mean way? Demonstrate by saying your name with an angry voice, and then share how you feel when you hear your name used like that.

            Ask: • How do you feel when someone says your name in an unkind way? 

            Say: What if someone used your name in a silly way? Like if I said (stand up), “I’m going to [child’s name] down.” Sit down. Or if I said the color of this floor  (point to the floor) is the color of [child’s name]. Or if I said (walk to the door), “Come walk through the [child’s name].” Those things don’t make any sense because we’d be using the names wrong! Invite kids to have fun with using names wrong in the way you did for a few minutes.

            Ask: • What did you think if you heard your name used wrong?

            Say: Names are special, and they mean something. God’s name is special, too. And when we use God’s name, we tell people who he is. That’s why we respect God’s name when we talk. We want to use God’s name in a way that makes sense and shows that God is awesome!

            Say: Let’s practice saying God’s name in a way that people will know he’s special. Lead kids in saying things about God that tell who he is. Encourage them to say God’s name with joy. They might say things like, “God is awesome!” “God is powerful!” or “God loves everyone!”

Sing God’s Names

            Say: The Bible says God has more than one name, and we can respect all God’s names when we talk. Show the Bible. Look at the special papers poking out of the pages of the Bible. They must say something special. Let’s see. 

            Open the Bible to Exodus 3:13-14, and pull out the special paper with a sense of awe, opening it.

           Say: This says “I Am who I Am.” It’s one of God’s names. Read aloud Exodus 3:13-14 or older children can be encouraged to read it aloud. . God told his friend that his name is “I Am who I Am.” That’s an interesting name. It tells us God is powerful and in control. Lead kids to say God’s name, “I Am who I Am,” with strong voices to show God is powerful and in control.

            Point back at the special papers sticking out of the Bible. Say: It looks like God has a lot of names. Let’s learn a song to help us learn all these names of God.

            Lead kids in singing this verse to the tune of “B-I-N-G-O.”

 

            We know God’s names are so special,

            And we can use those names right.

            I Am who I Am,

            I Am who I Am,

            I Am who I Am.

            God says that’s what his name is!

 

            Say: Let’s learn another one of God’s names. Pull out the second special paper (at Deuteronomy 10:17), and read aloud the name: Lord of lords. That means God is ruler over all people and things. Lead kids to say God’s name, “Lord of lords,” with power in their voices. Great job using God’s name right. Let’s learn a second part of our song.

            Lead kids in singing this verse to the tune of “B-I-N-G-O.”

 

            We know God’s names are so special,

            And we can use those names right.

            He is Lord of lords,

            He is Lord of lords,

            He is Lord of lords.

            He’s ruler over all! Yeah!

 

            Say: God has more names that tell who he is. Pull out the four special papers at Isaiah 9:6-7, showing amazement that there are four special names for God in this part of the Bible. Read aloud the four names. Wow! God is a wonderful listener, he’s mighty and brings us peace, and he’s a loving father over all people on earth! Lead kids to say these four names of God separately: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Encourage them to say the names with joy. God is so great—he’s all these wonderful things. Let’s learn another part of our song.

            Lead kids in singing this verse to the tune of “B-I-N-G-O.”

 

            We know God’s names are so special,

            And we can use those names right.

            Wonderful Counselor,

            Everlasting Father,

            He is Mighty God,

            And also Prince of Peace! Yeah!

 

            Say: There’s one more name marked in here. Pull out the last special paper (Revelation 1:8), and read aloud the name. Alpha and Omega means “beginning and the end.” God made the whole world, so he started it all and he’s the one who keeps the whole world moving and alive! Lead kids to say “Alpha and Omega” with amazement. God’s name is so great. That’s why we respect God’s name when we talk. Let’s learn the last part of our song.

            Lead kids in singing this verse to the tune of “B-I-N-G-O.”

 

            We know God’s names are so special, 

            And we can use those names right.

            Alpha and Omega,

            Alpha and Omega,

            Alpha and Omega,

            Beginning and the end! Yeah!

 

            Say: Everything about God is wonderful. When we say any of God’s names, we remember how great he is, and we want others to know, too. Let’s sing our song one more time with all the names of God we learned.

            Lead kids in singing this whole song to the tune of “B-I-N-G-O.”

 

            We know God’s names are so special, 

            And we can use those names right.

            I Am who I Am,

            I Am who I Am,

            I Am who I Am.

            God says that’s what his name is!

 

            We know God’s names are so special,

            And we can use those names right.

            He is Lord of lords,

            He is Lord of lords,

            He is Lord of lords.

            He’s ruler over all! Yeah!

 

            We know God’s names are so special,

            And we can use those names right.

            Wonderful Counselor,

            Everlasting Father,

            He is Mighty God,

            And also Prince of Peace! Yeah!

 

            We know God’s names are so special,

            And we can use those names right.

            Alpha and Omega,

            Alpha and Omega,

            Alpha and Omega,

            Beginning and the end! Yeah!

 Discuss and Watch “His Name Is…”

            Say: We’ve learned a few different names for God today, and they’re all nicknames for the one true God.

            Ask: • What are some nicknames you have? Share your own example first.

            Say: A lot of people have nicknames. A nickname might tell something about who we are or be a different way to say our real name. Did you know that God not only has nicknames in English but that there are different ways to say his names in other languages? Let’s learn some. Get ready to practice speaking in other languages!

            Watch “His Name Is...”

            Ask: • What was your favorite name of God in another language?

            • The video said we use God’s name to praise him, and we don’t use it disrespectfully. What’s a good way to use God’s name?

            Say: It was neat to learn how people who speak other languages say God’s name! No matter what language you’re using, you can use God’s name to praise him and say nice things, because we respect God’s name when we talk.            

           

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