Here is the lesson:
· Tell the Amos story from Lynch book
· Discuss the letter
· Discuss what it means to seek something – look hard for something.
· Today we’re going to learn to seek God.
· Read Amos 5:14
· Amos talked about seeking God and returning to him
· What does it mean to seek good? Look for good things to do, look for the good things in people
· What does it mean to seek evil? Look to do things that are not good for us, that are against God
· How do we seek evil? Do things we know we’re not supposed to do.
· How do we seek good? Do what things we know God wants us to do.
· What kinds of things do evil people do? sins
· What kinds of things do good people do? obey
· What does Amos promise if we seek good? The Lord
· Do we seek God with our eyes?
· How do you think we seek God?
· Why do we want to seek God?
· Why do we want God with us?
· What kids of things do we do if the Lord is with us?
· Discuss: What kinds of things do we seek right now?
· Hand the kids funny glasses. Write on the legs of the glasses or attach a tag: “God seeing (or seeking) eyes.”
· Discuss/chart: What kinds of things are we seeking with our God seeing eyes?
· Add to “God is…” chart and book
Here are the crafts:
· Worksheet: glasses: “I am seeking good” or “I am seeking the Lord” written on the lenses
· Binoculars made out of toilet paper rolls. Above words written on the rolls.
· Make cotton ball die cut sheep. Have kids draw glasses on the sheep. Write on the back of sheep “I can seek God.” Glue cotton balls on the front.
· Eat figs together.
Here are other ideas for teaching Amos to kids:
1. Have a big sheep butcher paper to record notes about Amos, the book.
2. Make cotton ball die-cut sheep. Write verse on the back. OR Create a scene with several sheep and a verse to glue on OR “Amos was a shepherd who obeyed God.”
3. Talk about how Amos was not a professional prophet, but he obeyed God. Discuss how Ralph is a professional preacher, but we all are supposed to teach others about God. Review Gospel FC. Homework – to share Jesus with one person this week.
4. Amos 1:11 – Compassion – define – definition WS – Discuss how can you be compassionate today? – What did the people do wrong back then? Brainstorm ways to show compassion. – Homework coupon “I will show compassion this week.” - Role play compassionate scenarios
5. Amos 2:7 – Take care of the poor and needy – Brainstorm and chart ways to help the needy – Tour pantry – Organize a coat drive or school supply drive for the church – Do a family service project, maybe clean out toys and donate to Impact, etc.
6. Amos 2:10 and 3:2f – God provides – Discuss all the ways God provided for Israel through the years (manna, Red Sea parts, Jesus, etc) – Then make a list of all the ways that God provides for us today. Make a headband that says “God will provide.”
7. Eat figs since Amos was a shepherd under the fig trees (Amos 6:14)
8. Righteousness – define – definition worksheet with sequins, etc. – Discuss the things we do in worship service and why we do each part (pray, sing, Lord’s Supper, sermon, offering). Explain that in OT the people offered sacrifices and they were just doing it without thinking – that upset God. And today if we go to “big church” and don’t think about what is happening then we upset Got too. List the things we should and should not do in worship service as a T-chart. Make sure to stress that God cares about our heart, not the ritual. (Amos 5:24)
9. Obey – Talk about how Amos obeyed God – obedience definition worksheet – List how you can obey God. Make a headband with a medallion that says, “I will obey God like Amos.”