Unit: God Will Help Me

Session Title: God Cared for Elijah

Life Point: God has care and concern for all people.

Unit Verse: “God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1

Weekly Bible Verse: “You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God.” Psalm 86:15a

Bible Passage: 1 Kings 17:8-24

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Object Lesson: Widow’s Oil Jar
This is a fun object lesson to demonstrate how the oil jar kept filling up like in the Bible story. All the instructions are on the PDF link below.
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Craft: Oil Jar Watercolor
The link below shows a craft that is pretty cool. It is very involved though and you may want to test it out before doing with children. There are other ideas on this link as well. The watercolor picture is near the bottom.
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Craft: Jar of Oil
Elijah was wasting away from hunger at the brook of Kerith when God told him to go stay with the widow to receive his food. Problem was that the widow’s cupboards were almost empty. Both Elijah and the widow learned a lesson about trusting God to provide for their needs when Elijah prayed and God made the little bit of flour and oil that the widow had to offer last until the rains returned to the land. Students can decorate their own oil jars to help them remember that God will use whatever paltry offering they have and make it more than enough when they give it to Him. Use baby food jars, canning jars or clean, leftover food jars with lids. Paint the outside of the jar or cover it with cloth or colorful tissue paper decoupage. Pour in one cup of oil in, then seal the lid tightly.
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Object Lesson: How Many Jars?
Bring from home as many different and unique containers as you can find. These will represent the different jars that the widow collected. You will want to pick out about five or six (probably small ones) and use glass or metal containers to get a musical tone when tapped.

Show the class the different kinds of containers that you have. Next put different amounts of water in each “vessel.” Then using a pencil or something similar, tap the different vessels. Each vessel will make a different sound. With the different tones, you will come up with a tune. If you would like, allow the children to take turns playing your vessel instruments.

Elijah and Elisha were both powerfully anointed by God for His service; yet, their ministries were different in direction and purpose. We are vessels of the Lord. Each one of us is different in the body of Christ. But when we use the gifts that the Holy Spirit has given us we can make something wonderful (like music) that can honor the Lord.

* You could also add on to this activity and use a bathroom cup to see how many cups it takes to fill each jar. *
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