Meet the Rest Family
TALKING MUSIC NOTATIONS
Children’s Music Theme
Meet the Rest Family
Props: Music rest on cardstock, water bottle, Frisbee, chocolate milk carton. Place items in a paper sack and take out as you share the message. You can always draw the music notations on a dry erase board and allow the kids to practice some following the lesson. Make a game out of it, asking questions about the message and allowing them to play tic-tac-toe using the rest (notations) for symbols.
Bible Verse: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8).
Have you ever had a field day at school? It was wonderful, because you did not have to do any schoolwork the whole day. If fact, the whole day was just playing, playing, and more playing. Oh, you did stop to eat, but then you went on to more playing. You played dodge ball, kick ball, tag ball, freeze ball, jump rope, Frisbee throw, baseball, red rover, mother may I, and more and more games.
You got so hot and thirsty that you had to stop for many drinks of water. You just couldn’t seem to get enough of water. The water fountain outside was too slow. The water bottle that you brought along got too warm, and your chocolate milk had spoiled in the hot sun. By the end of the day, you were exhausted from all the running and activities of the day. You needed a rest. Notice these different rests here. Each rest has a different meaning. This one is called a quarter rest. It means to rest for one count. This rest is a half rest. It means to rest for two counts. This is a whole rest. It means to rest for four counts. This is as eighth rest and it means to rest for ½ of a count. God also gave us a command in His Word about resting.
“Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work” (Deut. 5:13-14). “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). God gave us a special day (Sunday) for us to rest from our work. We need to rest our bodies so that we are healthy and rested to perform our best at school and in doing our work. If we do not rest our bodies, we can become sick. God wants us to use Sunday to worship him, go to church, and witness to others. It does not mean that we cannot do these things on others days of the week. See if you can be a quarter, half, whole or eighth rest this week. Remember to give your Sunday to God and serve Him, then He will have your best efforts.
Questions for Discussion:
1. Why is it good for our bodies to have some rest?
2. Why do you think God made a day of rest?
3. What are ways that we can worship God on our day of rest?
4. What do you think about those people who need to work on Sunday; and how can they too have a time of rest?
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