This week in Sunday school our pre-school through kindergarten students will hear about Naaman who travels to Israel, on the advice of a young servant girl, to be healed of his leprosy by the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 5:1-19). Children often feel powerless and sense their ideas are sometimes ignored. In the classroom this Sunday, our children will learn and be assured that God works through very young people like them, too.
Our 1st grade through middle school students will hear how the Holy Spirit moved within Paul and Lydia in Acts 16:9-15. Paul was moved by a vision of “a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ (v. 9) Lydia was moved to be baptized and invite Paul into her home when “the Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul.” (v.14) Our students will learn that people usually don’t see the Holy Spirit so much as they feel the Spirit urging them to care for others and to share with others God’s love and forgiveness. They will be encouraged to open their hearts and pay attention to how the Spirit might move them into action.