Objective: God will help me make the right choice even when those around me do not.
Character Trait: Courage
Definition: Bold and brave, making good choices even when others don’t
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands Traditional
He's got the whole world in His hands (3x)
The whole world in His hands.
Create your own verses:
He's got our family...
He's got the mountains and the rivers...
He's got the fish and the birds...
Cinnamon-Sugar Tortilla Stars
(Esther means "star.") Spread margarine on flour tortillas. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, cut stars out of a flour tortilla. Bake approx 10 minutes in 350 degree oven until crisp.
God took care of Esther and Mordecai. As a family talk about times that God took care of your family in the past. Start each moment with the words, "Remember when...." It may take a few examples from the adults for the child to think of an example. End the time with a prayer of thanksgiving.
It takes courage to stand up for what is right. Discuss and role play examples of peer pressure and how to handle it. For example: Your brother told you to eat a cookies but you heard mom say earlier that the cookies are for after supper.
I Can Have Courage Because Jesus is Always with Me
Have the child choose five things in the room to bring to you. Place the items in a small area on the floor and place a small blanket over the items.
Can the objects be seen? Are the objects still there even though they can't be seen? How do you know that the objects are still there? (Remove the blanket.) Just like our memory verse says, "When I am afraid, I will trust in you" because Jesus is always with us even though we can't see Him.
With the objects gathered, turn this activity into a memory game. Without the child watching, remove one object. Have the child figure out which object is missing. For greater difficulty, remove more than one object or add similar items.
5 Things Kids Can Learn from Esther
With my several-times-a-week as a child church attendance, you would have thought this name would have rung a bell, but for some reason my Sunday School classes didn’t include Esther in the Old Testament rotation. Maybe because some of the plot is for a mature audience. Maybe because it isn’t considered one of the “greats” alongside Noah, Moses, and Jonah. But in skipping this short book, I feel I missed out on learning some amazing biblical truths; points that I desire our children to learn as we study this book together. Read more...
God's Princess and Prince
Esther opens a wonderful opportunity to focus on little girls being God's princesses and boys being Warrior princes. Here are two wonderful books to open the discussion:
A Warrior Prince for God - Read book review...
Princess with a Purpose