Through God's Lens: Perseverance

Perseverance is never giving up on what you need to do despite things being difficult and a delay in getting success. The Bible has many stories where people need to persevere in what God called them to do. Come on a journey together to learn together what God and the Bible says of perseverance and how God thinks highly of a persevering heart. 

Series Aim: To help kids learn what God and the Bible says about perseverance and how God much God values it.

Outline - Primary Kids

Week 1 (13th June 2021):
The Big Point: I will not give up even when I don’t see results. 
God’s Word: The Story of Elijah (1 Kings 16: 29-33 17:1-6, 18, 19:1-18)
Memory Verse: Blessed is the person who keeps on going when times are hard. (James 1:12a)
Application: I will not give up even when I don’t see results. 

Series Aim:  To help kids learn what God and the Bible says about perseverance and how God much God values it. 
Creative Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T5gAXoerjw

Primary (7yo to 12yo) Kids Video Time

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Perseverance: To be persevering is to not give up in doing something despite the difficulty or delay in achieving the wanted results one would hope for. To persevere is simply to not give up easily.

Prophet: A prophet is someone who hears from God and tells the people what God is saying. Elijah was a prophet of the one true God.

Family Conversation

You can choose to have this conversation anytime after the session on Sunday itself, or another day in the week after the session of HopeKids Online!

Perseverance is never giving up on what you need to do despite things being difficult and a delay in getting success. The Bible has many stories where people need to persevere in what God called them to do. The root of perseverance is in understanding Jesus’s unrelenting love for us despite our sins, which gives us the motivation to want to be more like Him – to be as persevering as Him in loving God and people! If Jesus never gave up on us, but continued to actively pursue us by laying down His life, we too can persevere through life and all its challenges with Him!  Come on a journey together to learn together what God and the Bible says of perseverance and how God thinks highly of a persevering heart. 

Series Aim: To help kids learn what God and the Bible says about perseverance and how God much God values it. 

→ This series seeks to allow the kids to discover that the value of perseverance is applicable in both their everyday life and also in their faith journey! We will discover how much God values perseverance by exploring what the Bible says about it, and help kids to connect their Sundays with their Mondays – They can persevere through life with a biblical perspective!

Talk to your child about what they just learnt by asking them these questions:

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  1. What is the series you are on in HopeKids right now? Is it a new series?
    It is a new series which teaches us about perseverance!

    • It is called Through God’s Lens: Perseverance

     

  2. What have you learnt about perseverance? What does being persevering look like?
    Allow kids to share their thoughts.  
    • Parents, you can also share what you think being persevering is like. 
    • To be persevering is simply to not give up easily! A persevering person will not give up in doing something despite the difficulty or delay in achieving the wanted results.
  3. What is the Big Point for today?
    • Today we learnt about not giving up even when we don’t see results.

    • Big Point: I will not give up even if I don’t see results.
  4. When you don’t get the results that you want, do you think it is easy to keep on going and persevere on? In whose life did we learn from today?
    • Allow children to share openly and freely.

    • Sometimes in life, when we don’t get the results we hope for, perhaps it seems easier to give up.
    • But we learnt from the life of Elijah the prophet that it is important to keep on going and not give up, even if we don’t see the results we hope for.
    • The Bible tells us in James 12:1a that Blessed is the person who keeps on going when times are hard. And this is especially if God gives us an assignment to do something. It is important to persevere and keep on going. It is also our responsibility to keep on going, which was what Elijah did.
    • But you know, even if there isn’t an assignment that God gives, your responsibility for now is also your life’s assignment. And it is also important to persevere on, in all that you are doing in your life now – such as  a student.

     

  5. How were things difficult for Elijah to follow after and obey God?
    Allow children to share. 
    • Elijah was a prophet during a time when everyone else was turning away from believing in God, to believe in a false god!
    • To make it worse, the king and all the people in power were all believing in a false god and telling everyone to believe in a false god.
    • All the prophets who follow and speak God’s word were killed off… only Elijah was left alive…
    • It might be easier for Elijah to follow everyone else, but as a prophet of God who hears God and knows God, Elijah just will never want and can’t turn away from God who is the truth!
    • And that is also why Elijah is able to keep persevering in following after God. Because he personally knew God who is real. He knows God is real. And he loves God. Elijah just can’t tell himself that God is not real and start believing or worshipping a false god.
    • Elijah is able to persevere because he loves God and also it’s out of love for people and for people to go back to God.

     

  6. Do you think you are a persevering person? How do you think you can be more persevering for the different challenges in your own life?
    • Allow children to share.
    • Give children some handles and small goals they might want to work on in order to persevere and not give up.
    • Sometimes the goals may seem too big so help them to break it up and scaffold to some achievable goals which they can achieve within a shorter timespan (e.g. end of year).

HopeKids Activity Pack

For you and your kids to have the best Church Online experience on Sunday, ensure to print the needed materials (if any) and prepare the following basic materials to be on standby for your child: 

  • White Paper or Drawing Block 
  • Pencil
  • Eraser and sharpener 
  • Colouring materials (E.g. colour pencils, crayons…)

For Family Activity, you will need to do the activity/discussion together with your children! 

For Independent Activity, you can simply print and leave your children to complete the activity sheets on their own!

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Help your child to understand the meaning of our Memory Verse through this series. 

You can choose to write out on a piece of drawing block or print out the Memory Verse.

  • First, read out the Memory verse for the children.
  • You might want them to do a dictation of the Memory Verse on their notebooks/pieces of paper.
  • After that, unpack the meaning of the verse using the questions below.

  • Kids, our Memory Verse *show page 1* here tells us, “Blessed is the person who keeps on going when times are hard. (James 1:12a) and indeed, a person who keeps going on and not gives up when times get hard, is actually a person who perseveres! 

  • Why do we want to be persevering? 

→ It is because when we persevere on and not give up, we are choosing to be faithful and responsible in the things that we are meant to do. Remember what we learnt about responsibility? It is all because in everything we do, we do it out of a heart that chooses to love and honour God! So being persevering is also very much linked to being responsible! 


→ On top of that, we want to be persevering because there really is no shortcut to us achieving things and dreams we hope to achieve! 


→ And the truth is, God does not magically allow things to happen for us! We need to work hard at it together with God to achieve the things and work God places in our lives. 


→ The important thing is really: why do we persevere? What is the reason for us to keep persevering? Through the life stories of the Bible characters we learn from this series, we will also realise that it is because of God and His love for us, which gives us strength to persevere on even in times when we don’t yet see the results we want. Because when we do so, we are slowly building up strength to become more like Jesus, who never gave up on us.  We are slowly building up strength to love God more and love people more, despite the challenges that come to us, and that is how God will also call us “blessed”. 


→ And if what we are persevering on are things related to God and what He calls us to do. We will receive a prize when we persevere. *show page 2* Here we see the second part of the verse, and it says “After they have come through hard times, this person will receive a crown. The crown is life itself. The Lord has promised it to those who love him.” 


→ This “crown of life”  is not just referring to life as in life on earth, but the eternal life He promises all who believe in Him and love Him. But in our journeys with God, we also need to persevere on and never give up in our belief in God! Even when we don’t feel close to God, when we don’t feel He’s real or when we work hard and don’t see the results we want. But persevere on as how God wants us to and show us how as Jesus did! 

  • And that’s why kids, we do what we can to persevere on and not give up. 

Today, we learn from the story of Elijah, the importance of persevering, even when it’s hard and when you don’t see the results you hope for and are alone in your efforts. Still God values it when we persevere, out of love for Him and the people around us to know Him. 

Simply print by accessing the file here: Elijah the Prophet – Maze Activity Sheet 

This file is only used for HopeKids Online Activity Pack purposes and not for distribution.

Kid’s Independent Activity:

Create a beautiful picture from these colouring sheets, where Elijah had a whopping victory against the false god’s prophets! 

Simply print by accessing the file here:  Elijah the Prophet  –   Colouring Activity Sheet 

This file is only used for HopeKids Online Activity Pack purposes and not for distribution. 

Family Activity: 
Scan the QR code using your phone and do the family devotion reading and discussion together 🙂

Are you able to find all these words that are related to the story this week? Some of the words might be for next week’s story, but you can use the word bank to help you! 

Simply print by accessing the file here:  Elijah the Prophet – Word Search Activity Sheet 

This file is only used for HopeKids Online Activity Pack purposes and not for distribution. 

See if you can spot the difference between the two pictures here! 

Simply print by accessing the file here:  Elijah the Prophet  – Spot the Difference Activity Sheet 

This file is only used for HopeKids Online Activity Pack purposes and not for distribution. 

  1. Turn to your Bible (preferably NIRV) and turn to 1 Kings 18, reading about one of the most important moments of Elijah’s life! 
  2. Complete the crossword puzzle!
  3. Go through the answers later 🙂 

Simply print by accessing the file here:  Elijah the Prophet –  Crossword Puzzle Sheet 

This file is only used for HopeKids Online Activity Pack purposes and it’s not for distribution.

Week 1 - God Cares For The Sinner

Outline - PreSchool

Bible Text: Genesis 3 – The Fall

Lesson Aim: To teach children the concept of sin and that sin can’t stand in the presence of God, which is both a sad reality (i.e. separation from God because he hates sin) and an eternal hope (i.e. God will destroy sin because he loves the sinner)

God’s Character: God is merciful: He loves the sinner

Child Developmental Concepts: Near & Far, Sin

PreSchool (18mo to 6yo) Kids Video Time

Welcome parents!

Dear Parents, welcome to the Home Activity Pack for you and your Preschooler at home! 

We have since started on module #2: God is our Father which explores themes on how God is our loving heavenly Father who cares for our wellbeing more than we can imagine! 

This week, our preschool children will learn how God, as a good Father, cares for the sinners through Genesis 3: it is not only a passage that depicts the Fall of mankind, but also one that paints a picture of a merciful loving God who banished Adam and Eve from the Garden for their own good. 

Note: You don’t have to do all of the activities within one day or one seating! Break the activities up and follow up with your children through the days. 🙂

HopeKids Activity Pack

For you and your kids to have the best Church Online experience on Sunday, ensure to print the needed materials (if any) and prepare the following basic materials to be on standby for your child: 

  • White Paper or Drawing Block 
  • Pencil
  • Eraser and sharpener 
  • Colouring materials (E.g. colour pencils, crayons…) 
  • If possible: Paint 

The following activities should also be done after watching Preschool Video (Big Point #4: God Cares for the Sinner) on Kids Online!

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To prep for the activity, print and cut the following documents:

  1. Near and Far Activity Cards (Week 2 Part 1) – Pages 2 and 3 
  2. [Optional] Near and Far Activity Cards (Week 2 Part 2) – only page 3

This is a repeated activity from last week, using  simple activity to teach your children the concept of Near and Far while still having fun! 


First start with showing your child this video to once again, show them the concept of near and far.

Grover Teaches Near and Far at Home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ_tK7F6hA0

After that, use the Near and Far Activity Cards to get the children to show you if they understand the concept of near and far. 

Conclude with the truth that our Heavenly Daddy God loves us and loves to be near us! 

Children love animals, so a good and funny video of guilty dogs may help grab kids’ attention and help them to instantly connect to the situation of Adam and Eve’s sin and yet, still loved by God. While allowing them to watch, pause and] teach the following important concepts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQg2gnZkY4g

As you watch the video with your child, consider doing the following 

REPEAT: Keep watching various dogs behaving in the same pattern and show them the repeated patterns by repeatedly commenting as you watch the video: 

  • Oh no the dog did wrong!
  • It is hiding and it is afraid to its their owners because it did wrong
  • The dog’s owners which are like their mum or dad is looking for them and asked them if they did these wrong things

ASK: ask simple questions to help them understand the situation while creating excitement 

  • When the dog ran away as it felt shameful, ask your child: Oh no where is the dog? Where do you think it went?
  • When the dog shows a guilty face, ask: Do you think he is happy or sad about what he did?

CREATE LINKS TO THE MAIN POINTS

  • Sin separates us from God: When the dogs did wrong, they were afraid and they hid themselves. In the same way, when we did wrong things, we hide away from God, like what Adam and Eve did.
  • But God seeks us: But the dog owner called out to the dog and looked for them. In the same way, God is calling out to us sinners
  • And God wants us to understand that we did wrong: The dog owner knew that the dog did wrong, but they wanted the dogs to learn and they asked the dogs what they did wrong. They wanted the dogs to be better
  • God had to put things not meant for us away so we stop sinning and living in more shame: The dog owner also put the item (e.g. shoes and slippers) that could make dogs do the wrong things by putting those items away
  • God still provide for us: The dog owner continued to love the dogs!

After laying the groundwork above, you are ready to tell the main story by using the story review cards below! You can also repeat the questions you used to tell the dog story above.

Dear Parents, if your kids are connected to a Zoom LG with HopeKids preschool teachers, the teachers might have reviewed the story with the children. If not, you might want to review the story with the children with the following resources! 

Using the following, go through the story together with the children: 

M2BP#4 God Cares for the Sinner Story Cards + Script PDF

M2BP#4 God Cares for the Sinner + Script Powerpoint 

This file is only used for HopeKids Online Activity Pack purposes and not for distribution.

Materials Needed: 

  • Animal Prints Matching Activity – Print and Cut out
  • Paint (yellow/brown/black/white/orange) or watercolour solid palette 
  • Drawing block 
  • Sponge of various shapes for stamping (odd shapes are okay!)
  • Thick paint brushes (You can find in Popular/Spotlight/Art Friend/Online)

Today we learnt how God is our Heavenly Daddy, and our Daddy God Cares for the Sinner. Despite Adam and Eve’s sin, He still cared for them and even made clothes for them out of animal skin! 

Today, we will create a painting of animal skin patterns together! Many animals have different pretty patterns on their skin! And God was the one who came up with the different patterns on an animal’s skin! 

 

Part 1: Match the Animal Patterns to the Animal 

Look at each pattern and guess which animal it was from. Describe the patterns and teach your preschooler what are the different colours you see in the pattern. Use the following to help you conduct the activity together! 

  • Do you think this pattern looks soft?
  • Do you think it would be smooth and furry? Or is it rough? 
  • This colour is _____ and it has ____ ______. (E.g. Tiger: This colour is orange and it has black stripes!) 
  • Do you know an animal here which has ______ and _____ _____? (E.g. orange fur and black stripes?) Which animal does this belong to? 

This file is only used for HopeKids Online Activity Pack purposes and not for distribution. 

 

Part 2: Animal Skin Painting

  • Ask your child which animal pattern does he/she wants to do 
  • Allow your child to sponge/paint the base colour of the skin first on a piece of drawing block. 
  • If patterns are involved, allow the painting to dry a little before using sponges/paintbrush to create patterns. 
    • E.g. Think paintbrush for stripes 
    • E.g. sponge for spots

ALTERNATIVELY, if you have oil pastels at home: 

  • Using oil pastels, draw and colour out the patterns throughout the drawing block. 
  • Use paintbrush and diluted paint/watercolour to colour the base of colour of animal skin. 
  • Allow to dry. 

Hey Parents! Read here first!

Through this period of uncertainty, we are praying for you and your family, and we are here to support you in leading your child to learn more about God and cultivate godly character! Each week, you can access the HopeKids Online experience which includes a fun and interactive video, printable colouring and activity pages and a conversation guide to help the children process what they are learning.

Here’s how a Stay Home Sunday could look like:

Before Service

Look through the HopeKids Service Experience!
Prepare and print out the Kids Activities in the pack.
Prepare writing materials such as pencils, pens and colour pencils.

During Adult Service

Invite your child to join in the time of praise and worship together!
After the time of worship, your child can start on the kids activities as you listen to the sermon.

On Demand HopeKids Services
HopeKids Online Services are available on demand here!

After Kids Online

After service, ask your child what he / she has learnt about God today or even share what you have personally learnt. Take some time to pray together.

We really want to encourage families to leverage this time to be together and focus on things of eternal significance. Daddy and Mummy are the best role models! When kids see how you seek, worship and learn about God on a daily basis, it inspires them to want to believe in God and do their best for God too!

We look forward to hearing stories of this precious time and memories made together with God and each other as the whole family draws closer to God together.

HopeKids Team

Simple guide on family devotion:

1) Keep it simple and short (especially for those with young children)

2) Start with Praise/worship  (use children P&W songs)

3) Read and share a passage from the Bible (can follow Hopekids passage)

4) Pray together

Keep it flexible, be prepared to change schedule due to unforeseen circumstances; it may look different for different families

Resources that parents can use:
Our own Hopekids Resource
The Treasure Box
Family.org
Biblical Parenting
Marriage Resource for Married Couples
Gospel Project
Discipleland
Superbook

About Us

HopeKids is the kids church of Hope Singapore. We are passionate about seeing every child touched by God’s amazing love and leading them to impact others with the same love. We consider it our honour to partner with parents to foster good biblical values and develop each child’s character!

Each weekend, your child will have an awesome time of sing-and-dance-along, drama, crafts and learning from the Bible. This season we have a weekly video, coupled with family conversation starters and stay home activities for your child!