Sunday 02 August | Esther 2 | Beauty and the Beast
Each week, we will update this page with resources that you can use with your children and young people at home. The Sunday Club plan will follow the same teaching scheme as our
Bible Reading - (International Children's Bible)
1 Later, King Xerxes was not so angry. Then he remembered Vashti and what she had done. And he remembered his order about her. 2 Then the king’s personal servants had a suggestion. They said, “Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king. 3 Let the king choose supervisors in every area of his kingdom. Let them bring every beautiful young virgin to the palace at Susa. These women should be taken to the women’s quarters and put under the care of Hegai. He is the king’s eunuch in charge of the women. And let beauty treatments be given to them. 4 Then let the girl who most pleases the king become queen in place of Vashti.” The king liked this advice. So he did as they said.
8 The king’s command and order had been heard. And many girls had been brought to the palace in Susa. They had been put under the care of Hegai. When this happened, Esther was also taken to the king’s palace. She was put into the care of Hegai, who was in charge of the women. 9 Esther pleased Hegai, and he liked her. So Hegai quickly began giving Esther her beauty treatments and special food. He gave her seven servant girls chosen from the king’s palace. Then Hegai moved Esther and her seven servant girls to the best part of the women’s quarters.
21 Now Bigthana and Teresh were two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway. While Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthana and Teresh became angry at the king. And they began to make plans to kill King Xerxes. 22 But Mordecai found out about their plans and told Queen Esther. Then Queen Esther told the king. She also told him that Mordecai had found out about the evil plan. 23 When the report was investigated, it was found to be true. The two officers who had planned to kill the king were hanged. And all this was written down in the daily court record in the king’s presence.
An Activity for everyone
Find the hidden...
One person chooses five objects to hide in a room in the house. They are the only person who knows the secret to their location. Everyone else has just 1 minute to see if they can find all 5 of the hidden objects.
See if the person who hid them can keep their location a secret!
Play as many rounds as you would like.
Use this game to remind your children that our sermon series is called The Hidden God! as we go through the book of Esther we need to look really carefully to see if we can find what God is doing.
Questions to talk through together
Use the craft activity below to help your
Think with your under 4's
1) Can you remember what
2) King Xerxes sent away
3) Who wins the contest
4) What happens in v19-23?
1) This part of Esther is a bit
2) Esther and Mordecai
3) v19-20 tell us about an
4) Esther and Mordecai seem to be
5) As God is not mentioned
A Prayer to say together
Father in Heaven,
Thank you that even when we make mistakes and get things wrong, you keep your promises.
Thank you Jesus, that you promised to save us and kept that promise, and thank you that you promise to come back to earth in the future. Please help us to wait for you.
Holy Spirit, thank you that you promise to live inside us and help us to become more like Jesus. Please help us to love you and obey our Father God just as Jesus did.
In the Mess! -
Instructions - Even when we make mistakes or get things wrong, or make a bit of a mess of things - God is still working to Keep His Promises.
On a piece of paper, use lots of different paint (either finger paint or with brushes), or collage bits and pieces, or both, to make a bit of a mess.
(Make sure you keep the mess on the page)!
When your messy painting has dried, you can write over the top -
God Keeps His Promises!
For this craft activity you will need:
- Collage bits and pieces
- Finger paints (if painting)
- Pen for later