Hi Zoe family! The Bible is clear that parents have the primary calling by God to raise their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Eph 6:4). It’s our desire that in the midst of these circumstances that you would take advantage of the time you have with your children to teach them according to God’s Word. So, we’ll be publishing Zoe Kids lessons here and on our YouTube channel that you can use to help teach your children from scripture. 

Please note that these videos aren’t meant to be played during the Sunday Service Instead, we hope you’ll use them on the Lord’s day to worship with your kids. Of course, feel free to use as much or as little of the lesson as you’d like.  And don’t forget to have fun as you point your children to Jesus!

January 3, 2021 - Wise Men Visit Jesus

Main Idea: Jesus is the King of the Whole World!

After Jesus was born, wise men came from the east to give him gifts and worship him. Jesus is the king of Israel, but also the king of all the nations because he is the chosen Son of God!

Discussion Questions:

1. How did the wise men know to come to Israel around Jesus’ birth?
They were given a sign, a star (Matthew 2:2)

2. Why did the wise men give valuable gifts to a small child?
God revealed to them that this child was a royal king (2:2; 2:6)

3. Why do you think the wise men worshiped Jesus?
They knew that Jesus was the king of the whole world, sent by God to save and rule over all people.

4. How can we be like the wise men in this story?
We should also worship Jesus for who he is, thank God for sending him, and know that Jesus is worthy of us giving our best to him.

December 20, 2020 - Jesus, the Light of the World

Main Idea: Jesus is the Light of the World!

We celebrate Christmas because of what Jesus came to do, and because of who he is! Jesus was able to be the perfect savior we needed, because Jesus is God the Son who came into our world to give us life and light!

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December 13, 2020 - The Promise of Christmas

Main Idea: Jesus Fulfills God’s Promises!

When Jesus was born on the first Christmas, thousands of years ago, he fulfilled the promises of God from the Old Testament, and the promises of God to Mary and Joseph! Because Jesus fulfills God’s promises, we can put our trust in him!

This week, along with our Bible story we have some special Christmas activities!
1) Christmas Song – Joy

This song from the Gospel of Luke tells about the message of Christ’s birth that was given to the shepherds. You can learn the hand motions with us, and sing at home together! Practice and we’ll do it again next week!

2) Extended Christmas Craft – Salt Ornaments

Follow along with this video to make some salt dough ornaments that you can paint and put up on your Christmas tree together!

November 29, 2020 - Thanksgiving

Main Idea: Thanksgiving is a way that we praise and worship God!

It’s good to be thankful, but it’s even more important who we are thankful to. Help your kids understand that Thankfulness is a way that we can bring praise to Jesus. And that is true, even when things don’t seem to be going well!

Discussion Questions:
  1. What are you thankful for?

  2. How can we be thankful to God even when things don’t seem like they are going well?
    Think about what God promises us in the Gospel (Romans 8:28)

  3. What made the one leper who returned different from those who didn’t?

November 15, 2020 - The Fruit of the Spirit (Self-Control)

Main Idea: Self-control is controlling your emotions, thoughts, words, and actions in a way that is obedient to the Word of God.

It’s easy for us to think that we can only do what feels good. But the Bible says that as Christians we should be controlled by God, and not just our feelings. When we act according to what God says is right, that is self-control!

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Discussion Questions:
  1. What are some things that are easy to control, and what are some things that are hard to control for you?

  2. What do you normally let control your decisions and actions?
    Have your children think about what causes them to do what they do, as much as they can explain and understand.

  3. Can you remember a time when you lost control? How could you have acted with self-control instead?

  4. How can the Holy Spirit help us have self-control?
    He can teach us from the Bible to know how God wants us to act (Psalm 19), and He will empower us to live in that way, instead of just doing what we feel like in any moment.

November 8, 2020 - The Fruit of the Spirit (Goodness)

Main Idea: Gentleness is the quality of being kind, tender, or mild-mannered.

When we choose to respond to others in a gentle manner instead of with anger we follow the example of gentleness Jesus set for us!

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Discussion Questions:
  1. Can you think of someone in your life who is gentle?
    Hopefully you can think of somebody who has been gentle and meek towards you, and provided you an example of how we can respond to others and treat them in every situation.

  2. How did the story of Jesus and the adulterous woman show us how we can respond gently to others?
    Jesus did not excuse the woman’s sin, but he showed her grace and reminded us that we are all sinners. This reminder teaches us not to condemn and judge others who are sinners just like us, but to point them to their need for God’s forgiveness and grace.

  3. How can we show gentleness to those who are against us like Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane?
    We can love our enemies, we can respond not in anger, but peacefully, and we can trust in God’s plan and purpose even when things don’t go our way.

October 18, 2020 - The Fruit of the Spirit (Goodness)

Main Idea: Goodness is a moral quality that corresponds to what God says is right!

As people who have put our faith in Jesus, Christians should seek to do what is good, and to live according to what God says we should do. Goodness is about what God wants, not what we want.

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Discussion Questions:
  1. Who decides what is good?
    God decides what is good, and what is bad (Deut 32:4)

  2. Why is it important for Christians to show goodness in our lives?
    Because God is good, we as his children should exhibit goodness to others. Our goodness doesn’t earn God’s favor, or get us into heaven. Instead, because of what Jesus did we can help others see just how good God is.

  3. How do we know what is good?
    We know by reading God’s Word. Also, when we understand what Jesus did, our minds can be transformed so that we understand what God says is valuable and good (Romans 12:1-2)

  4. What are some ways you can show goodness in your life this week?

October 11, 2020 - The Fruit of the Spirit (Kindness)

Main Idea: When we exhibit the kindness of God, we are caring, loving and helpful to others

We love when others are kind to us, but sometimes it can be a little difficult to show kindness to others. Join the Calderon family as we talk about how God’s kindness leads us to repentance, and to to be kind to the people in our lives as well!

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Discussion Questions:
  1. What is the Fruit of the Spirit?
    They are qualities that grow in our life when we walk according to the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:16, 25).

  2. How should we respond when someone is unkind to us?
    We should respond the way Jesus would respond (Proverbs 15:1). We can still be kind and forgiving, even when it is hard because God has shown us the perfect example of His Son!

  3. How was Zaccheus changed by the way Jesus treated him with kindness?
    He believed in Jesus, gave money to the poor and repaid those he had wronged (Luke 19:8). Think of ways in which God has been kind to us, and how that should lead us to turn away from bad things and turn to what is good (Romans 2:4)!

October 4, 2020 - The Fruit of the Spirit (Patience)

Main Idea: Patience Means We Can Wait With a Happy Heart

Uncle Vinny shows us that when we understand who God is, and that he is in control of everything, we can be patient and trust in His timing!

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Discussion Questions (most of these are open-ended):
  1. What does patience mean?

  2. How was Joseph an example of patience?

  3. How can you grow in patience this week?

  4. Can you think of how someone else has been patient with you? How about how God has been patient with you in life?

September 27, 2020 - The Fruit of the Spirit (Peace)

Main Idea: Peace is when anxiety and fear and conflict are not troubling the heart.

Find out with Auntie Tiff how the Holy Spirit can give us peace in every situation because of what Jesus has done!

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Discussion Questions (most of these are open-ended):
  1. Where do you go for some peace and quiet?

  2. What is peace? What is the opposite of peace?

  3. Where does true, lasting peace come from? What does God tell us to remember when we want to feel peace?

  4. Name the things that would have made the disciples worried and fearful when Jesus was arrested. How do you think could Jesus remind them they can have peace even when Jesus was about to be arrested and crucified?

  5. What are some things that can rob you of peace? How does remembering what Jesus did for you on the cross help you feel peaceful?

September 20, 2020 - The Fruit of the Spirit (Joy)

Main Idea: True joy comes from our relationship with God

We live in a world where we can find joy from the things around us, or sometimes have our joy taken away. But the Bible gives us the secret to true, lasting joy that comes from God. When we understand who God is and what he has done through Jesus, the Holy Spirit produces joy in us even when things don’t go our way.

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Discussion Questions (from simple to complex):
  1. What things make you feel joy?
    Have your children share about things that bring them the feeling of happiness in life.

  2. What is Joy according to the Bible?
    Joy is a happy feeling on the inside that comes from a relationship with God

  3. What does Psalm 16 tell us about where true joy comes from?
    It tells us that true lasting joy is found with God (Psalm 16:11)

  4. How does knowing Jesus help us to find joy even when things don’t go our way?
    When we know who Jesus is and what he has done, it allows us to move from sadness to joy again and again. This is what it means to rejoice! (Phil 4:4)

  5. What are some ways to have joy in hard times?
    Think of a tough circumstance and walk through practical ways to pray and seek joy from God with your children.

September 13, 2020 - The Fruit of the Spirit (Love)

Main Idea: God’s love for us causes us to love Him and teaches us to love others!

The Holy Spirit can help us love others even when it’s hard, because Jesus loved us and paid the cost. The story of the Good Samaritan illustrates this for God’s people.

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Discussion Questions (from simple to complex):
  1. What is the Fruit of the Spirit?
    They are qualities that grow in our life when we walk according to the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:16, 25)

  2. According to the Bible, is love just a feeling?
    No, it is a commitment and an action to seek the good of others, even when it costs us something.

  3. How does the story of the Good Samaritan give a picture of sacrificial love?
    The Samaritan paid the cost of his time, money, and effort to help the man God brought into his life.

  4. What is the greatest example of how to love others?
    Jesus’s love for us and sacrifice teaches us to love God and shows us how to love one another (1 John 4:9-11)

  5. How can we love others in our life as God has loved us?

September 6, 2020 - Happy Labor Day Weekend!

We’re taking a one week break from our Zoe Kids video lessons as we look forward to a the fall, but we encourage you to take advantage of our lessons that have been up on our website to still worship and discuss with your kids about God and His Word!

If you’ve seen them all, feel free to sing a few worship songs and talk with your children following today’s sermon by Pastor James about what it means to seek after God.

August 30, 2020 - The Trinity of God

Main Idea: God is three in one

There is one God, three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each of these persons is inseparably and fully God, but distinct from one another!

August 23, 2020 - Joseph

Main Idea: God is in control, and works things for good!

Joseph’s life was hard. He suffered, and was sinned against. But God was in control and at work in Joseph’s life, to bless Joseph, save his people, and ultimately provide the solution to this broken world in Jesus.

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Discussion Questions (from simple to complex):
  1. What did Israel give to Joseph?
    He gave him a coat of many colors (Gen 37:3)

  2. What did Joseph’s brothers do to him?
    They sold him into slavery because of their jealousy (37:28)

  3. Why did Joseph go to prison? Was it because he did something wrong?
    No. He went to prison because Potiphar’s wife lied about him (39:16-20)

  4. What did God do through the bad things he allowed to happen to Joseph?
    God used the evil things people did to do good, and in this case to save many people from famine (50:20)

  5. How can God work something bad in your life for good?
    There are many ways. One huge way is that for Christians he can and will make us more like Jesus (Romans 8:28-29)

August 16, 2020 - The Grace of God

Main Idea: God Loves to Give

God’s grace means that he loves to give. Every good thing is a gift from God, but the greatest gift of God’s grace is Jesus!

Lesson Resources:
Discussion Questions

Use the handout above to discuss the lesson with your kids and introduce them to the grace of God!

August 9, 2020 - Jacob and Esau

Main Idea: God wants us to depend on Him, and not on ourselves.

Jacob thought he could make blessings come to his life by working hard or by tricking others. But Jacob didn’t need to be tricky. God wanted Jacob to learn to trust him and depend on him for protection and blessing. He wanted Jacob to have faith in God to do what God said he would.

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Discussion Questions (from simple to complex):
  1. Question: What did Jacob’s name mean?
    Answer: It meant “heel grabber” (Gen 25:26). Jacob was given this name because he was holding Esau’s heel when he came out.

  2. Question: Why did Jacob trick Esau and Isaac?
    Answer: He wanted to get God’s blessings for himself.

  3. Question: Why did God bless Jacob?
    Answer: God had promised to bless Abraham and Isaac’s children, and he had told Rebekah that Jacob would be the father of a great nation. God was fulfilling his promises.

  4. Question: What happened when Jacob returned back to his home as an adult?
    Answer: God protected him, and Esau forgave him. Jacob learned that it was better to trust in God for blessing than to try and get it through tricking others.

August 2, 2020 - Abraham

Main Idea: God blesses those who have faith.

Abraham was a normal person who put his faith in an extraordinary God. Faith is belief in God’s promises. God wants us to be like Abraham and trust the Lord and His word, even when it is hard to believe.

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Discussion Questions (from simple to complex):
  1. What did God promise Abraham?
    That his family would become a great nation, and that through them all the people of the world would be blessed (Gen 12:3)

  2. Why did Abraham and Sarah find it hard to believe God’s promise?
    They were very old and thought they could not have children. Also, God took a long time to give them a son.

  3. Why did God ask Abraham to sacrifice Isaac?
    He wanted to test if Abraham trusted him to fulfill his promise to make him a great nation, even if it didn’t make sense to Abraham.

  4. Why did God provide a ram for Abraham to sacrifice?
    God did not want Abraham to sacrifice his son. Instead, he wanted Abraham to worship him and trust that he would provide the sacrifice needed.

July 26, 2020 - The Love of God

Main Idea: God is Love

God is love. God always gives of himself to bless others.  God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. This means we can learn to love others selflessly too!

Lesson Resources:
Discussion Questions

Use the handout above to discuss the lesson with your kids and introduce them to the mercy of God!

July 19, 2020 - The Mercy of God

Main Idea: God is Merciful, and Has Shown Mercy to us through Jesus!

Mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone who deserves punishment.

Lesson Resources:
Discussion Questions

Use the handout above to discuss the lesson with your kids and introduce them to the mercy of God!

July 12, 2020 - The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11)

Main Idea: God hates pride and idolatry, because only God is worthy of our worship.

In this story, the people thought that they were very important. They wanted to build a city to show how great they were. But God saw that the hearts of the people were wicked. They wanted to build a great tower not to worship God but to worship themselves! This is what the Bible calls idolatry – worshiping something that isn’t God.

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Discussion Questions (from simple to complex):
  1. Question: What did God tell the people to do after the flood?
    Answer: To be fruitful and multiply and fill the world (9:7)

  2. Question: Why did the people settle in the plain of Shinar?
    Answer: They did not want to scatter into the whole world (11:4)

  3. Question: Why did the people build a high tower?
    Answer: They wanted to make a name for themselves. This means they wanted to be famous, and wanted to be like God (11:4 – A tower with it’s top in the heavens can also mean “like the heavens).

  4. Question: What did God do?
    Answer: He confused the language of the people so that they scattered throughout the world.

  5. Question: How can Christians make God’s name great, instead of trying to make a name for ourselves?

July 5, 2020 - The Holiness of God

Main Idea: God is Holy, and Separate from Sin!
  1. God is Holy.
  2. God is not contaminated by our sin and holiness, but can make us holy!
  3. God’s holiness calls his people to be holy.
Lesson Resources:
Discussion Questions

Use the handout above to discuss the lesson with your kids and introduce them to the holiness of God!

June 28, 2020 - The Flood (Genesis 6-9)

Main Idea: God is holy and punishes sin, but saves those who put their trust in him.

When we do things that are wrong and disobey his law, God says there are consequences. But even though God is perfectly holy, he still loves people. And in fact God is the only one who can save us from the problem of sin.

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Discussion Questions (from simple to complex):
  1. Question: Why did God send the great flood?
    Answer: Because God saw that the people on earth were very sinful (6:5)

  2. Question: Why did God Save Noah and his family?
    Answer: Noah found favor in God’s eyes (6:8) This was because he was a righteous man (6:9)

  3. Question: How long did the storm that caused the flood last?
    Answer: 40 days and 40 nights (7:12)

  4. Question: What did it mean that Noah was righteous?
    Answer: It means that God accepted him and Noah had a relationship with God. This happened because Noah obeyed God and believed his word, which he proved when he built the ark.

  5. Question: Why didn’t the flood fix the problem of sin?
    Answer: Noah and his family trusted God, but they still sinned after the flood (9:21-24). Because Noah and his family were fallen people, they brought sin into the new world. This showed that God still needed to send Jesus to truly fix the problem of sin.

June 21, 2020 - The Omni-Attributes of God

Main Idea: God is infinite, and in control!
  1. God’s Omnipresence – He is in every place at every time
  2. God’s Omniscience – He knows all things
  3. God’s Omnipotence – God is all-powerful
Lesson Resources:
Discussion Questions

Use the handout above to discuss the lesson with your kids and introduce to the “omni”-attributes of God, which correspond with our current sermon series!

June 14, 2020 - The Fall (Genesis 3)

Main Idea: Sin Separates Us from God

God made everything very good, but when Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s law they brought sin into the world. The consequences of sin are separation from God and death.

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Discussion Questions (from simple to complex):
  1. Question: What was the rule God gave to Adam and Eve?
    Answer: Not to eat the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden. (3:3)

  2. Question: What was the consequence for breaking God’s rule?
    Answer: God said they would die. God cursed the man and woman and life become hard. God sent them away from the garden. (3:16-19)

  3. Question: Why did God put an angel to guard the way to the garden?
    Answer: Because they sinned, they could not be in God’s holy presence. God also did not want them to eat from the tree of life in their sinful state. (3:22-23)

  4. Question: What was God’s promise to humanity after the fall?
    He would send Jesus to save the world from the consequences of sin and death and reconcile us back to him! (3:15)

June 7, 2020 - The Existence of God

Main Idea: God’s Word and God’s World Show Us That God Exists!

1. What does the Bible say?
2. Nature gives evidence of God.
3. Why is this important for us?

Lesson Resources:
Discussion Questions

Use the handout above to discuss the lesson with your kids and introduce to the topic of Theology Proper (the study of God Himself), which corresponds with our current sermon series!

May 31, 2020 - Creation (Genesis 1:1-2:3)

Main Idea: God Created Everything, Including You!

This means that everything we see in the world around us can help us know how GREAT God is, and remind us to live with him as our king!

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Discussion Questions (from simple to complex):
  1. How many days did it take for God to create the world?
    6 days. Genesis 1

  2. Why does God deserve to be the king over everything?
    Because he created it all!

  3. What was God’s most special creation?
    Human beings, because he created us in his image. Gen. 1:27

  4. Because we are created by God, how should we live?
    We should obey him, love him, and know him through his word.

  5. Bonus: Can you list what God created on each day?
    Day 1 – Day & Night, Day 2 – Sky; Day 3 – Dry ground, sea & plants; Day 4 – Sun, moon & stars; Day 5 – Birds & sea animals; Day 6 – land animals & humans; Day 7 – rest (Genesis 1)

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