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Unit 1: Who is God? Who is Jesus? 1. God is King of the world Psalm 93 Psalm 95:1–7a 2. God is caring 3. God is kind and loving Psalm 103 Psalm 96 4. God is wonderful 5. God is trustworthy Genesis 12:1–3, 6–7; Psalm 105:1–11, 42–45 Psalm 111 6. God is good 7. God is great Psalm 145 8. Jesus is God’s Son Matthew 3:13–17 Matthew 27:11–61; Isaiah 52:13–15 9. Jesus obeys God Matthew 28:1–10; Acts 1:1–11 10. Jesus is alive!

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Outline and structure of each lesson Hello God! Semester 1 Music CD Other recommended resources Curriculum stance Five circles of learning Sample letter introducing Chit-chat

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Faith development Using the Bible with children

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Unit 2: God and his world Genesis 1:1–5, 14–18 11. The beginning 12. God speaks Genesis 1:9, 10 Genesis 1:11–13, 27–31 13. Plentiful plants 14. Amazing animals Genesis 1:20–25 Genesis 1:26–31 15. Precious people 16. Living in God’s perfect world Genesis 1:1 – 2:4 Genesis 2:15–17; 3:1–7 17. Not trusting God 18. Living apart from God Genesis 3:8–24 Matthew 22:1–5, 8–10 19. The greatest party 20. Together forever Revelation 21:1–7, 23–27

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Introduction Who is God? Who is Jesus?

Unit aim

Bible background

■■ To introduce the children to God, our Creator, and his Son, Jesus.

The first seven lessons concentrate on God’s character as revealed through the Psalms. Each psalm explores a different aspect of God’s character, encouraging the children to learn more about God and challenging them to trust him more.

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Unit outcomes

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By the end of this unit the children will: ■■ know that God is our loving and caring Creator ■■ understand that God is trustworthy and keeps his word ■■ understand that Jesus is God’s Son ■■ know that Jesus taught people about God ■■ know that Jesus died and came back to life again ■■ appreciate that we can be friends with God because Jesus died for us and rose again ■■ appreciate that God wants us to tell people about Jesus.

Memory verses

Lessons 1–4 You are good to everyone, and you take care of all your creation. Psalm 145:9 (CEV) Lessons 5–7 Trust the Lord and his mighty power. Psalm 105:4 (CEV)

The various writers of the Psalms celebrate the character of God. They write about who God is and what he has done for them. The God Israel worshipped is the same God we worship today. He is our eternal God who is never changing. Therefore it is great to have the opportunity to reflect on the character of God with the children. Lessons 8 to 10 focus on who Jesus is and what God has done for us through Jesus. Lesson 8 looks at Jesus’ baptism and how this event revealed that Jesus is God’s Son (Matthew 3:17). It also shows the children that Jesus always obeyed his Father, God, and this pleased God. Lessons 9 and 10 focus on the Easter story, reinforcing that everything God does is good and right, and that Jesus dying for us is part of God’s good plan (Matthew 26:28). The children will understand that Jesus is alive and be encouraged to practise telling others of this wonderful truth (Matthew 28:1–10).

Lessons 8–10 Jesus said … “I am the Son of God”. John 10:36a (CEV)

(c2000–1900 BC) Creation

The fall

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Teacher’s posters There is a Teacher’s poster to be displayed in each lesson, which illustrates the theme of the Bible teaching. These are useful for reinforcing teaching, summarising and recalling past lessons, and creating a colourful timeline of learning.

Child’s component

When completed, the children can take home their folder to display, as a reminder of what they have learned about God and his Son, Jesus. Additional sets of cards may be purchased from CEP and laminated to make playing cards. These can then be incorporated into the children’s learning and used for games such as matching games, memory games or snap.

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The Child’s component for this unit consists of: ■■ one A3 display folder ■■ nine cards to be added to the folder each week.

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In Lesson 1, the children will receive their folders and decorate the front cover and crown. Each lesson following, the children will receive a cut-out card to be attached to the display folder which will remind them of what they have learned that week. The children may also choose to add their own small drawings of what they have learned to the front and/or back of the folder. These display folders can be used as aids for revision throughout the unit.

Photocopiable masters have also been included with most lessons to provide extra craft activities to reinforce key learning concepts. They provide an opportunity for children to add their own ideas and creativity to the picture from what they have learned in the story. Purchase of the Teacher’s pack entitles you to make one copy for each child in your group.

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Unit 1 Introduction

Unit 1 and the Bible

The markers on the timeline below show where this unit’s teaching fits in the Bible history as a whole. We encourage the children to understand that Jesus is the ‘centrepiece’ of God’s plan and that we can also be part of the plan by having faith in Jesus ourselves. As the children learn about God’s Son, Jesus, they will see that he was sent by God to teach people about God so that they can have a relationship with God, their Creator, who loves them.

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■■ To help children to learn that God is King of all creation.

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By the end of the lesson the children will: ■■ know that God made the world ■■ understand that God is King and ruler of his creation ■■ begin to appreciate that they can love and trust God as their King.

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When we relate to him we need to remember our position under his rule. Furthermore God is still active in the world today—he has not left it to function by itself. The Bible makes clear the fact that God continues to rule over and care for our world (Psalm 104; Matthew 5:45; 6:25–30; 10:29, 30). God is active in creation every day.

You are good to everyone, and you take care of all your creation. Psalm 145:9 (CEV)

Teacher’s notes Read Psalm 93.

This unit explores the theme of Who is God? Who is Jesus? This first lesson introduces God as the King who created and sustains everything. Future lessons will explore how God our Creator loves and cares for us.

In this lesson, the children will review the creation story and are reminded that God continues to look after the world we live in today. You may find it helpful to review the creation narrative before this lesson (Genesis 1).

Teacher’s prayer ■■ Thank God that he rules over all the earth and that we can trust him, even in times of drought, famine, flood, bushfire and other hardships. ■■ Thank him for his beautiful creation. ■■ Pray that the children will remember God daily as they see his creation, and understand that he is King over all the earth.

Each of the psalms that are explored in this unit reveal something of God’s character to us. Psalm 93 teaches us that God is our King who rules in majesty. It outlines how God’s creation and his control of it show him to be a majestic King. God is our Creator, he is our ruler, and he is our King.

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Resources

Free play

✔✔ A prepared cardboard crown and collage materials for each child (see Lesson preparation) ✔✔ Prepared Creation wheel (see Lesson preparation) ✔✔ A CEV Bible marked at Psalm 93:1 ✔✔ Teacher’s poster 1 ✔✔ Crown display folder, coloured pencils or collage materials and glue for each child ✔✔ Resources for chosen activities in Free play and Extras sections ✔✔ Copy of Chit-chat 1 for each child to take home ✔✔ Blu-Tack.

Display Teacher’s poster 1 in your area.

Creation wheel Purpose ■■ To begin to be aware of all that God has made. Resources ✔✔ Photocopies of the Visual aids on pages 24–25 of the Creation wheel ✔✔ Pencils ✔✔ Scissors ✔✔ Split pins ✔✔ Sample Creation wheel pre-made (see Lesson preparation). Encourage the children to draw and colour a different type of creation in each segment on the wheel, for example, birds, fish or plants. Discuss their pictures as they draw. Alternatively, the children could colour in the pre-drawn Creation wheel featured on page 23. Help the children to cut out their Creation wheels. (They will need to cut around the circumference of each wheel and then make a ‘window’ on the second wheel by cutting along the lines. Alternatively, you could pre-cut the wheels before the activity.) Help the children to place the second wheel on top of the first and join the two in the centre with a split pin. Show the children how to use the Creation wheel by spinning the top wheel to display one picture at a time from the wheel underneath. As they come to each picture, tell them that God made all of these things.

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Draw and cut out a cardboard crown shape for each child to decorate in Free play. Leave the crown as a flat piece of cardboard so it will be easy to decorate and can be fitted to the child’s head. Write ‘God is the King’ on each crown with thick texta. Make up a sample crown for the children to follow and for use in Group time.

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To construct the Creation wheel used in Bible focus, enlarge the Visual aids on pages 23–24. Colour the pictures then cut out the wheels. Make a ‘window’ on the second wheel by cutting along the lines. Place the second wheel on top of the first and join them in the centre with a split pin. The children may also make their own Creation wheels, although their version doesn’t need to be enlarged. To save time, cut out their wheels before the lesson. Keep your Creation wheel as it will be used in future lessons. Prepare any resources needed for your chosen activities in the Free play and Extras sections.

For extra impact Play the song My King, track 12 on CEP’s Earth movers CD as the children enter your area.

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Unit 1 Lesson 1

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Lesson preparation

Choose from the following activities to suit the time and space in your program. They are intended to be available for children to choose from, along with the other activities that are offered in your program during Free play.


‘God is King’ crown Purpose ■■ To consider the characteristics of a king. Resources ✔✔ Large crowns cut out of cardboard with ‘God is King’ written on each ✔✔ Collage materials (include shiny/sparkly materials such as foil and cellophane) ✔✔ Glue ✔✔ Stapler or tape ✔✔ Sample crown already constructed.

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Hold up the sample crown you made in Visual Aid icon Lesson preparation.

Who might wear a crown? (Kings and queens.) CD icon Can you think of any kings or queens from storybooks or movies? Do you know what icondo? (They are in charge of kings andMusic queens countries.) Today we’re talking about someone icon King. who is a Word very special

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If God is… If God is the King, make a crown, If God is the King, make a crown. If God is the King, and you want us all to know it, If God is the King, make a crown.

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Bible Activity focus Books icon Make sure you have your pre-made Visual Aid icon Creation wheel (see Lesson preparation) and Teacher’s poster 1 ready.

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The Bible tells us that God is King of the world. Listen as I read more about this from the Bible.

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Read Psalm 93:1 from your CEV Bible.

Bible icon Word icon Bible God is King oficon the world because he made Activity Books icon the world. Let’s look at some Maths & Logic icon of the things he made.Activity Books icon Visual Aid icon Body icon Display the Creation wheel and the Bible. Visual Aid icon As you tell the story, show the relevant CD icon picture the wheel Spaceon & Vision iconwhere indicated. Each time, ask CD theicon children what God made in Music icon Interpersonal icon the picture. Music icon Show picture of Day and night. Word1 icon Self icon The BibleBible tells us that on the first day Word icon icon God made … (Day and night.) Maths & Logic icon Nature icon Activity Books icon Who is the King&of dayicon and night? (God.) Maths Logic Body icon Biblepicture Exploration icon Show 2 of Sky. Visual Aid icon Body icon Space & Vision icon The BibleBible tellsicon us that on the second day CD icon Space & Vision icon God made … (Sky.) Interpersonal icon

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Allow the children to decorate their crowns with the collage materials and glue, showing your sample Crown so they can see the final product. Discuss what kind of a person would wear a crown and introduce the idea of kings/leaders/rulers with the children. Assemble each child’s crown with the stapler or tape and encourage the children to take the role of a king/queen.

This song will be sung in Lessons 1–7 with a new verse added each lesson. For easy reference a copy of the whole song can be found on page 74.

We can find lots of stories about kings in LogicBible.) icon Can you tell the Bible.Maths (Show&your me the names of any kings from the Bible? Body icon (Accept responses.) There was King Saul, King David, King Space & Vision icon Solomon, King Herod … and lots more. They were all in charge of their countries.

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There is also one very special King in the Bible who is greater than all the other kings. This Self icon King is in charge of the whole wide world! In fact, he made the world. Who is this King? Nature icon (Accept responses. God.) Sing the song God is …’ icon below to the tune of ‘If Bible‘If Exploration you’re happy and you know it’. The children could make a crown shape with their hands on their head when the clapping usually occurs in the song.

Activity Books icon Who is the Kingicon of theicon sky? (God.) Interpersonal Music

Self icon Show picture 3 of Land and ocean.

Visual Aid icon Word icon Self icon Nature icon The BibleBible tellsicon us that on the third day CD icon&icon Maths Logic Nature God made … (Land andicon ocean.) Bible Exploration icon Activity Books icon Who is the Kingicon of the land and ocean? (God.) Music Body icon Bible Exploration icon Show picture 4 of the Sun, moon and stars.

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The Bible tells us that on the fourth day CD icon& Logicicon Interpersonal Maths icon God made … (Sun, moon and stars.)

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Who is the King of the sun, moon and stars? Activity Books icon (God.)

You are good to everyone, and you take care of all your creation. Psalm 145:9 (CEV)

Show picture 5 of Birds and fish.

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Repeat the verse with the children a few times, teaching them the following hand actions:

The Bible tells us that on the fifth day God CD icon made … Bible (Birdsicon and fish.)

& Logic icon The BibleMaths tells us that on the sixth day CD icon God made … (Animals and people.)

point to the sky. You: thumbs up action. Good: Everyone: point to each other in the circle. point to the sky. You: rock arms in a cradle motion. Take care: All creation: draw a large imaginary circle in front of yourself using both hands.

Who is the Kingicon of the animals and people? Music (God.)

Prayer

Who is the Kingicon of the birds and fish? Music Activity Books icon (God.) Show Wordpicture icon 6 of Animals and people.

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Dear God, you are the King of the world. You are King of everything and everyone and you care for all of your creation. Help us to learn more about why you are the greatest King ever. Amen.

Crown display folder Show the children their Crown display folder and tell them that each week they will be adding a card to it that will remind them of what they have learned. Hand the folders out and ask the children to write their names on the back of their folders and, if there is time, allow the children to use coloured pencils or collage materials to decorate the front cover, especially the crown. Talk with the children about what they have learned about God as they decorate their folders, then collect the folders for next lesson.

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The crown on this poster will remind us that CD icon God is the King of the world. He is the greatest Self icon King ever.

Music icon Nature icon Wrap Word up icon Bible Exploration icon

Tell the children that you are going to talk to God, or pray, now so they can close their eyes or look at the crown to concentrate on what is being said.

Can you remember who made the world? Maths & Logic (Accept responses. God.)icon Who is the King of the world forever? Body icon (Accept responses. God.)

God looks after,&or rulesicon over, his world in lots Space Vision of different ways. How do you think God looks after the Interpersonal world? (Accept responses. By providing icon food, water, shelter, rain, light and so on.) Why do you Self think icon God looks after the world? (Accept responses. Because he made it and loves his creation.) Nature icon God loves what he has made. That means he Exploration icon him too and call loves us!Bible He wants us to love him our King.

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Ensure a copy of Chit-chat 1 is sent home with each child.

Unit 1 Lesson 1

Space & Vision icon God made the icon world a long time ago. Even Word though itInterpersonal was so long icon ago, God still looks after the worldMaths so we& can enjoy Logic icon it. He does this because he is the Bible iconKing of the world—the King Self icon of everything! Body icon Activity Books iconthe words God is King. Hold up your crown and read Nature icon Space & Vision icon Point to Teacher’s poster 1. Visual Aid icon icon Bible Exploration Interpersonal icon


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Extras (optional) These are additional activities you may choose to use in your program as time permits.

God made … Purpose ■■ To continue to recognise all that God has made and is King over. Resources ✔✔ Paper, red and yellow paint, sponges to make sunrise/sunset paintings OR ✔✔ Glue, paper, collage materials to make flowers OR ✔✔ Playdough to create animals and people.

Purpose ■■ To continue to recognise all that God has made and is King over.

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Resources ✔✔ A simple biscuit dough recipe (see page 77), ingredients, oven and cutters to make various shaped biscuits, such as sun, moon, stars, animals or people.

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Munchies

Resources ✔✔ In the beginning, track 1 and God made me, track 2 of CEP’s Hello God! Semester 1 Music CD ✔✔ Who’s the King of the jungle, track 9 on Colin Buchanan’s 10, 9, 8 … God is great CD.

Teacher reflection ■■ Did the children understand why God is the King of the world?

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Choose one of the above activities to make something from God’s creation with the children. As they work, remind them that God is the King of creation.

These are suggested music resources that reinforce the aim and theme of the lesson and may be used at any time during your program, as background music or for singing or dancing activities.

Make the dough and cut out the biscuits with the children, talking about the things that they remember from the story about what God made and is King over. When the biscuits are cooked, have a picnic either inside or outside. Before eating the biscuits with the children, thank God for caring for us by providing us with food to eat.

■■ Did the children grasp that even though God created the world long, long ago, he still looks after it today?

For next lesson

■■ Gather together a number of pictures that demonstrate ways in which God cares for his creation, and cut them out. ■■ You will also need to prepare a simple shepherd puppet and shepherd display (see Lesson preparation on page 27).

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Memory verse You are good to everyone, and you take care of all your creation. Psalm 145:9 (CEV)

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Memory verse You are good to everyone, and you take care of all your creation. Psalm 145:9 (CEV)

Let’s learn some more things together! If the weather allows, take your child for a walk this week outside. Encourage them to look up and around them at all the things God has made. Listen to the sound of the birds. Feel the ground, trees, grass, leaves and flowers. Talk to your child about the fact that God is the King of the world and he looks after his creation. You could say a prayer of thanks together to God for all he has made and cares for.

We found it in the Bible at … Psalm 93:1 and Genesis 1.

We learned today that … God is King of the world—he made everything.

The BIG answer … God is King.

The BIG question … Who is God?

Hey mums and dads, this is what we learned today about God.

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Let’s learn some more things together! If the weather allows, take your child for a walk this week outside. Encourage them to look up and around them at all the things God has made. Listen to the sound of the birds. Feel the ground, trees, grass, leaves and flowers. Talk to your child about the fact that God is the King of the world and he looks after his creation. You could say a prayer of thanks together to God for all he has made and cares for.

We found it in the Bible at … Psalm 93:1 and Genesis 1.

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We learned today that … God is King of the world—he made everything.

The BIG answer … God is King.

The BIG question … Who is God?

Hey mums and dads, this is what we learned today about God.

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