What's Cooking Up in God's Kitchen?
Each week kids will look at something that makes for a great dish – sweet, salty, hot, fresh – or something that can ruin a dish – cold, sour, spoiled, burnt – both in the kitchen and in life. They will cook up their own tasty snacks – no oven required, as they learn about all the good things that God has cooking for those who love and follow Him.
Glad Scientists Lessons Overview
"God is able to do far more than we could ever ask for or imagine. He does everything by his power that is working in us.” Ephesians 3:20 (NIRV)
Burnt to a Crisp
Scripture: James 1:19-21, Slow to Become Angry
S'mores are always a fun treat – as long as you don't burn the marshmallows too much. You won't run into that problem with these no-heat S'mores. We run into all kinds of problems when we let our anger run wild. Without self-control our anger is like a raging fire that can burn us and everyone around us.
Recipe: No-heat S'mores using graham crackers, marshmallow fluff and nutella
Objective: Kids will learn, “I do not want anger to control me.”
Scripture: Galatians 6:12-16, The New Creation
Every meal or snack – including these fruit and cracker pizzas – taste best when you use the freshest ingredients. Sin has made us broken and rotten, but when we give our hearts to Jesus, he forgives our sins and makes us a fresh new creation.
Recipe: Fruit And Cracker Pizza https://www.sunshineandhurricanes.com/easy-fruit-and-cracker-pizzas/
Objective: Kids will learn, “In Christ I am made brand new.”
Scripture: James 3:13-18, Two Kinds of Wisdom
Cracking the shells of hard-boiled eggs and dying them brown gives the appearance that they are rotten. When we think only of ourselves, we show the world that we are rotten inside. We need to put God first and think of others so we don't "spoil" like an egg.
Recipe: Rotten (& Sweet) Eggs https://cookpad.com/us/recipes/366789-rotten-eggs-halloween-with-bloody-eggs-variation - Note for this snack we recommend having an alternative more appealing snack for those who don’t want to eat the dyed eggs. Reese’s Eggs or Cadbury Eggs make a great alternative treat.
Objective: Kids will learn, “I will not let selfishness turn me rotten.”
A Pinch of Salt
Scripture: Ephesians 4:11-16, Building Together
The right amount of salt adds great flavor to our favorite dishes. Salt has also been used for centuries to stop food from going bad. When we speak the truth in love, it’s just like a sweet and salty treat. All truth with no love is like eating a spoonful of salt, yuck! And all love with no truth is like a spoonful of sugar - it may taste better but it will rot your teeth and probably give you a tummy ache. God knew that when we mix these things together we make good news that is a blessing for the whole world!
Recipe: "Salty" Trail Mix: Pretzels, popcorn, M&Ms and salted caramels
Objective: Kids will learn, “I can speak the truth in love.”
Cold As Ice
Scripture: Acts 5:1-11, Ananias and Sapphira
Cold cookies can be a tasty treat, but not if you’re expecting hot cookies right out of the oven! If someone says they’re baking cookies and you get cold cookie dough, you might be pretty upset, even if you like cold cookie dough! Ananias and Sapphira wanted to show that they were doing good, so they told the church they were giving as much as they could, but they were holding back. Their story is not about how much they gave, but rather about the fact that they lied about what they gave.
Recipe: Oatmeal Cookie Dough Bites https://www.createkidsclub.com/oatmeal-cookie-dough-bites/
Objective: Kids will learn, “I will honor God by telling the truth always.”
Hot and Ready
Scripture: Acts 2:1-13, Pentecost
In food terms, hot can mean two things: food just out of the oven, or food with a spicy kick. They are both good, if we are prepared for them. Jesus' disciples were in the upper room praying, prepared to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit came, the results were red hot.
Recipe: Make traditional ants on a log with apples or graham crackers and peanut butter, but use red hots or red M&Ms instead of raisins for Fire Ants on a Log.
Objective: Kids will learn, “I want to spend time in prayer to be ready for what God has planned for me.”
Things Turn Sour
Scripture: Matthew 6:19-21, Treasures in Heaven & Colossians 3:1-4, Set Your Minds
While some foods are intentionally sour, in general, when the food is sour it means we messed up the recipe. When we focus on the things of this world instead of godly things, we'll find that we got the recipe all wrong.
Recipe: Dirt pudding: Cups filled with pudding, topped with crushed Oreos and Sour Gummi Worms.
Objective: Kids will learn, “I will focus on the things God says are important.”
Scripture: Matthew 9:9-13, The Calling of Matthew and Eating with Sinners
We all crave a sweet treat. They delight the taste buds and bring a smile to our mouths. We do not deserve God's grace and mercy, but he offers them to us freely if we will just accept them.
Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Cups: http://www.creativekidsnacks.com/2013/03/08/strawberry-shortcake-birthday-party-ideas/
Objective: Kids will learn, “Nothing is sweeter than God's grace for me.”
- Make It Stick! Parent Sheet - so you can let mom and dad know what kids are learning each week and look like a rockstar teacher who's thought of everything.
- Memory Verse - so that you can make sure kids are getting Scripture in their minds and hearts every single week and you can feel like each lesson was a success even when it seems like 90% of your lesson time is spent saying things like "calm down", "let's be quiet", "hands to yourself!"
- Skit or Puppet Show - so you have a way to easily connect the lesson with your hands-on and visual learners. No drama team? No problem! Just hand the script to the kids. They'll have a blast and think you're the coolest.
- Craft Activity - so you can give kids a physical reminder of the Bible lesson (and give yourself an activity to keep them busy until mom and dad come back!)
- Game - so kids don't leave and say church was BORING! Games are so important to help keep kids engaged. Our large group games always include a "What's The Point" section to help you connect the game to the lesson.
- Large Group Lesson - so you can present the Bible story in a clear and fun way, which means now you can enjoy Saturday nights instead of stressing over putting a lesson together!
- Small-Group Discussion - so you can find out who was paying attention and who was talking to their neighbor. Just kidding, this is a great way for you to build deeper relationships with your kiddos after each lesson, which means you're going to care about them so much you'll cry like a baby when they graduate and go to middle school :(
- More! - Yes, there is even more than all of that so that you can easily put together the perfect lesson for your ministry each weekend, which means no more agonizing over how to adjust complicated lesson plans.
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- Perfect for kids ages 6-12
- Includes large group and small group resources
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