Sunday School News
We start out the new year by continuing our live online interactive Sunday School meetings each Sunday morning, 9:45-10:15 a.m. This is a great opportunity for children to talk, pray, and study with one another. If you do not have a link to access online Sunday School materials and live sessions but would like to have access, let the church office know. With the link, you also get access to specially designed crafts, worksheets, coloring pages, parent pages, and videos.
In December, we had the following lessons from Exodus, Numbers, and Joshua:
- December 6: The Idle Idol – The Golden Calf (Exodus 31:18–32:35).
- December 13: A Tent for God – God with His People (Exodus 25:1–19; 40:1–8, 34–38).
- December 20: The Fall-Short Report – The Twelve Spies (Numbers 13:1–2, 25– 14:24).
- December 27: The Unlikely Ally – Rahab Believes (Joshua 2).
In January, our lessons come from the books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and 1 Samuel. The lesson descriptions and accompanying Bible verses are:
- January 3: The Downfall Wall – The Fall of Jericho (Joshua 5:13–6:27). “The Downfall Wall” is the title of this week’s lesson. Confident in their wall, the people of Jericho shut themselves up inside the city. Following God’s unusual battle plan, Joshua gathers the priests, trumpets, ark of the covenant, and people. Six days they march once around the city, then seven times on the seventh day, giving a shout at the conclusion of the last circuit. The city walls come tumbling down, and the Israelites wipe out the citizens and livestock while plundering precious metals for the tabernacle. Yet Rahab and her family are spared.
- January 10: The Palm-Tree Judge – Deborah (Judges 4). The account of Deborah serves as today’s lesson, “The Palm-Tree Judge.” Judge Deborah urges Barak to gather 10,000 troops to go up against Sisera’s army of 900 iron chariots. When the battle turns against Sisera, he flees on foot, seeking refuge in Jael’s tent. Snoozing beneath a rug, Sisera meets his end at the hand of Jael as she pegs him through his temple to the ground.
- January 17: The Weakened Judge – Samson (Judges 16:4–31). Today, we will study “The Weakened Judge.” God grants Samson great strength to defeat the enemies of God’s people. Seeking to overcome Samson, the Philistines bribe Delilah to find the source of Samson’s strength. Samson deceives Delilah each time she tries to uncover the secret, but he finally reveals the key to his power. Shorn and blinded by the Philistines, Samson is brought to entertain thousands of revelers at the feast to Dagon. Identifying the house’s supporting pillars, Samson prays, and God grants him power to bring down the temple, killing everyone.
- January 24: The Faith-Full Family – Ruth (Ruth 1:1–2:13; 4:13–17). Today’s lesson, “The Faith-Full Family,” tells of Ruth’s loyalty to her widowed mother-in-law, Naomi. Returning to Naomi’s ancestral home in Bethlehem, Ruth gleans Boaz’s fields to provide food for herself and Naomi. Ruth finds favor with Boaz, who purchases Naomi’s land and redeems Ruth from her widowhood. Having married Boaz, Ruth bears a son, Obed, the grandfather of King David.
- January 31: The Chosen King – Saul Becomes King (1 Samuel 8:4–9:2; 10:17–27; 11:12–15). As we gather today, we will study “The Chosen King.” Desiring to be like all the other nations, the elders come to Samuel asking him to appoint a king over Israel. Samuel vainly tries to warn them against their plan, telling them the consequences the people will face. God reveals to Samuel that he will encounter the handsome Saul, whom Samuel anoints as king over Israel.
Thank you to all of those who help children log in to these online sessions on Sundays! Please don’t hesitate to reach out for help accessing our online meetings as needed.