This post is part of our Teaching the Catechism in a Protestant Church series. If you’re new, here’s a few more related posts to check out:
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- Why Should You Glorify God?
- Review and Recitation Week (Party Time!!)
- Is there more than one true God?
- How many persons of God are there?
- Who are the three persons of God?
- What is God?
This week, we’re diving into Q&A 11 and 12 while using the story of Achan. Our pastor preached a great sermon on this while I was in high school, so it’s a powerful story for me. In the story, Achan, a soldier in God’s army, tries to hide some of the treasure he found while raiding Jericho. He forgot that God can see everything and knows everything. That’s what we’re focusing on this week.
Answer: No. I cannot see God, but He always sees me.
Answer: Yes. Nothing can be hidden from God.
The Bible passage we’re focusing on this week comes from Joshua 6 & 7.
Here’s a few more activities to go along with this passage.
Hide the Gold
Play a game of hide the gold. Just like Achan tried hiding his treasure, tell the kids you’ve hidden some treasure (gold spray painted rocks or gold coins) around the room. Have the kids find the gold and then ask, “Wouldn’t it be great to know where the treasure is right away?” Remind them that God knows everything and sees everything and nothing surprises him.
Peek A Boo
Put some random thing inside of a sack or pillow case. Ask a child to guess what’s in the bag. After several failed attempts, remind them that God knows everything and God sees everything. He knows what’s in the bag. Ask the child if they’d like a “peek”. After they have a peeked, can they identify? Maybe after a quick peek, they still can’t. Tell them that sometimes God gives us a quick peek at his plan. Sometimes we can see things clearly, but sometimes we still can’t make out the object, but we have a little clue (like it’s color or shape). We can have a peek at all God sees through prayer and His Word, but only God knows all. Adapted from Grace Church Kids.
Lesson Ideas or Discussion Questions
Image Credit: Writing a poem by Kristina Alexanderson (Flickr)
Check out the poem on this page and read all or part of it to the kids. Encourage the kids to write their own poem retelling a part of the story.
Check out the lesson at Mission Bible Class for discussion questions, activities using a “Where’s Waldo” book, and a cool flip book you can use to retell the story of Achan.
Image Credit: Flickr by by Roger Spencer
Check out this lesson from Kids Discover for some discussion questions, lesson objectives and lots of activity ideas including one dealing with God’s holiness and one dealing with Israelites melting hearts. Also has 3-4 well done coloring pages. Great stuff here! I especially love the progression of sin worksheet.
This lesson from Calvary Kids has a origami box that helps retell the story of Achan along with a color by number page and some game suggestions.
God Sees All & Knows All
If you want to dive a little deeper into the questions and answers themselves, here’s a few options for you!
More Reading on the Catechism in a Protestant Church:
- Why Kids are Leaving the Church (hint: no roots!)
- Catechism? With our kids?
- Catechizing Our Children: The Whys and Hows of Teaching the Shorter Catechism Today (book)
- Why We Teach our Kids the Catechism
- Teaching Catechism: What, Why, and How?
- The New City Catechism
- The Benefits of the Catechism
- Kids Have Questions. Do You Have Answers?