Welcome to the Children's Ministry
2020-2021 Sunday School 

Each week your BPC teachers will put together a series of lessons that you can do at home with your family or on your own. Follow the links below for fun videos, songs, and relaxation music. Be sure to download any PDF files for fun family activities. We hope enjoy learning about the ways in which you can find the presence of God in your lives through Jesus. 

Sunday School Lesson for January 31, 2021

This week continues our Unit, “Healings and Miracles.” The stories in this unit reflect the power of Healing in God's work, with healing stories from three of the four Gospels, Luke, John and Matthew. These stories remind us that God’s healing presence is with us, helping us get through difficult times, even when some people who are sick get well while others may not. These stories help us connect and find ways to live faithfully in response to God's love and vision.

  • Click HERE to view today's Growing in God’s Love video and story reading from BPC Children’s Ministry
    Invite children to think about how Jesus healed only with words, without even seeing the person he healed. Have them think about the power of words and how words have been either healing or hurtful in their own lives. Talk about ways we can help someone who is far away from us today. What might be some examples of people far away who need help (be prepared to offer some examples like people who may have suffered a natural disaster, or people living in a country at war, or people in prison in our own country). What are some ways we can help them even if we can’t see them or be with them?
  • Children in higher grades may want to learn more. Take turns reading the following commentary from Working Preacher, "John's Signs".
  • Work with children to draw or write a poem about healing words using this activity page as a guide.
  • Work together with children in this activity to help identify Healing Words for at Home and at School. Encourage older children to assist younger children with writing, and have everyone contribute. You may want to offer a few examples to get them started. Invite the children to share what they wrote. Encourage them to keep these suggestions and use them during the week. Suggest that they share their ideas with their families so that the families can support one another in using these suggestions.

God of hope, you leave us signs, reminders of your presence in our lives. Open our eyes to see them. Amen.

Sunday School Lesson for January 24, 2021

This week we learn about the healing of two women, "Jesus Heals a Woman and a Girl" through the reading of Luke 8:40-56. As you listen for the Word, think about what it means to be friends in Christ. 

  • Click HERE and follow along with today's Growing in God’s Love video and story reading from BPC Children’s Ministry. 
  • As you read the passage, ask yourself these questions: Why do you think the woman believed touching Jesus would heal her? Why do you think she was afraid to tell Jesus that she was the one who touched him? Have you had the experience of praying for a loved one to be healed? What is the difference between healing and curing?
  • Think quietly about how each of the people in the story showed hope in difficult circumstances. Think about the differences between the people in the story who Jesus healed. 
  • Activity: Following along with Ms. Eliza in the video, create a HOPE collage. Find pictures and words in magazines that convey hope to you. Find the letters H, O, P, and E in magazines or draw them on your collage. Cut out and glue pictures, words, and letters to poster board or a piece of paper to form a collage. Display the collage somewhere in your home.
  • Have your family join together for a body prayer. Stand in a circle and have everyone repeat the following words and actions, being sure to begin and end the prayer with three deep breaths:

Dear God,
Thank you for bringing hope to all people / through Jesus Christ.
Help us to bring hope to the world.
Amen.

Sunday School Lesson for January 17, 2021

This week we learn about "Friends Who Help" through the reading of Luke 5:17-26. As you listen for the Word, think about what it means to be friends in Christ. 

  • Click HERE and follow along with today's Growing in God’s Love video and story reading from BPC Children’s Ministry.
  • Talk about some of your friends and neighbors who may need help right now. What are ways you have or would try to help a friend dealing with a chronic illness or disability? Are there ways in which you can help them?
  • Watch the YouTube video “Friendship Soup Recipe” and wonder together: • What ingredients do you think are most important in friendship soup? • What ingredients do you think were missing from the video’s soup recipe? • Is all friendship soup the same or how might it vary between different people?
  • Have your family join together for a body prayer. Stand in a circle and have everyone repeat the following words and actions, being sure to begin and end the prayer with three deep breaths: 
    O God, you are above, (reach hands up to the sky)
    you are below, (bend down and touch toes)
    you are inside us, (place hands over heart)
    and all around us. (spread arms wide)
    I worship you. (reach hands up to the sky)
    I give myself to you. (bend down and then reach up and outward from toes)
    I love you (place hands over heart)with all that I am. (spread arms wide)
    Amen.

Sunday School Lesson for January 10, 2021

This week continues our Unit, “The Birth of Jesus.” The stories in this unit reflect the Annunciation, the birth, the visit of shepherds and the visit of the magi. These stories are important to our faith, telling the beginning of the journey of a babe who is the Son of God, the Messiah.

Our last lesson, “Visitors from the East,” highlights God’s love and trust. While many of us have learned about the three magi who visited Jesus as a baby, the bible provides very little information about the actual number! Maybe there were only two or maybe even ten – we just don’t know for sure. We know that the journey took them YEARS to complete and that Jesus was likely a toddler when they arrived. The magi were faithful in completing their task, trusting that the star would show them to the new king who they honored with gifts.

  • Click HERE to view today's Growing in God’s Love video and story reading from BPC Children’s Ministry
  • Watch the story of the Magi in this video.
  • We honor others by recognizing their needs when we provide them with meaningful gifts or do something for them. The children in “Giving Gifts for Kids in Need at Seattle Children’s Hospital” gave gifts to others because they understood that this was a difficult time in the lives of hospitalized children.
  • Children in higher grades may want to learn more. Take turns reading the following commentary from Working Preacher, “Magi Visit.” 
  • Have some fun and print by printing this activity Star and following the instructions below:
    • Collect markers, crayons, paint, etc.  
    • Think about a gift (or several gifts) that you could give to others this week and then write it on your star. Maybe it is taking out the garbage for your dad, sending a note to a friend who misses seeing others, playing your sibling’s favorite game even if you don’t really like it, setting the table, doing a sibling’s chore if they have a lot of homework, etc.
    • Decorate your star, cut it out, and then hang it up as a reminder for yourself.