Esther by Jennifer Tolbert
This is the is the story of how God rescued his people through the faith of a young woman named Esther.
1. God always has a plan.
2. God can use us in blessing others.
3. Be faithful to God.
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God."
1 John 4:7
Old Testament Books
Let Us Be Faithful
My God is So Big
This Little Light of Mine
I'm in the Lord's Army
Above All Else
Let Us Pray
You're the One
Begin Class with Songs, Games, Table Activity, or Sharing Time
Open Class in Prayer
Introducing the Story Ideas
1. Timing: Have the children do activities while you time them. You can time them skipping, bunny hopping or standing on one leg. Discuss how God's timing is always perfect.
2. Helpers-Write each child's name at the top of a blank paper and ask them to draw a picture of what they want to be when they grow up. As each child shares their answer, discuss how that person can help others.
3. Photos-Show the kids photos that have been zoomed in to a very small part. See if they can guess what it is. Then show them the whole photo. Discuss how we can only see a small part of God's plan, but he can see the whole picture. With our part, we may not completely understand, but we can trust God.
READ Esther 1-10 or tell the story of Esther's Faithfulness.
Connect the story back to God and his character. Explain how this story fits into God's overall story of God.
Make and decorate crowns. Add a memory verse or qualities that made Esther special such as faithfulness, courage, and patience.
Recipe Here or use premade pie crust OR sugar cookie dough
Bible Class Theatre
Provide costumes and assign parts. Allow the kids to re-enact the story they just heard.
Scepter Sharing Time
Use a long wrapping paper tube to create a "scepter." Ask review/thought questions about the story. Make a rule that only the person holding the scepter or who you point the scepter to can share at a time. Use this as a time for the children to practice their listening skills.