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
Sermon Series.

Bible Reading - (International Children's Bible)

 Later, King Xerxes was not so angry. Then he remembered Vashti and what she had done. And he remembered his order about her. Then the king’s personal servants had a suggestion. They said, “Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king. 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. 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.
Now there was a Jewish man in the palace of Susa. His name was Mordecai son of Jair. Jair was the son of Shimei. And Shimei was the son of Kish. Mordecai was from the tribe of Benjamin. Mordecai had been taken captive from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. Mordecai was part of the group taken into captivity with Jehoiachin king of Judah. Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, who had no father or mother. So Mordecai took care of her. Hadassah was also called Esther, and she had a very pretty figure and face. Mordecai had adopted her as his own daughter when her father and mother died.

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. 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.
10 Esther did not tell anyone about her family or who her people were. Mordecai had told her not to. 11 Every day Mordecai walked back and forth near the courtyard. This was where the king’s women lived. He wanted to find out how Esther was and what was happening to her.
12 Before a girl could take her turn with King Xerxes, she had to complete 12 months of beauty treatments. These were ordered for the women. For 6 months she was treated with oil and myrrh. And she spent 6 months with perfumes and cosmetics. 13 Then she was ready to go to the king. Anything she asked for was given to her. She could take it with her from the women’s quarters to the king’s palace. 14 In the evening she would go to the king’s palace. And in the morning she would return to another part of the women’s quarters. There she would be placed under the care of a man named Shaashgaz. Shaashgaz was the king’s eunuch in charge of the slave women. The girl would not go back to the king again unless he was pleased with her. Then he would call her by name to come back to him.
15 Esther daughter of Abihail, Mordecai’s uncle, had been adopted by Mordecai. The time came for Esther to go to the king. She asked for only what Hegai suggested she should take. (Hegai was the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the women.) And everyone who saw Esther liked her. 16 So Esther was taken to King Xerxes in the royal palace. This happened in the tenth month, the month of Tebeth. It was in Xerxes’ seventh year as king.
17 And the king was pleased with Esther more than with any of the other virgins. And he liked her more than any of the others. So King Xerxes put a royal crown on Esther’s head. And he made her queen in place of Vashti. 18 Then the king gave a great banquet for Esther. He invited all his important men and royal officers. He announced a holiday in all the empire. And he was generous and gave everyone a gift.
19 Now Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate. This was when the virgins were gathered the second time. 20 And Esther had still not told anyone about her family or who her people were. That is what Mordecai had told her to do. She still obeyed Mordecai just as she had done when he was bringing her up.

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

Under 4's  4-11's      Teens      

Use the craft activity below to help your
under 4's with this week's session.

Think with your under 4's
about making a mess! 
Sometimes we get things wrong, and 
make a mess of things
(like Ruth's cake making).
Esther and Mordecai 
made a few mistakes.
But God was still
working. And still
Keeping His Promise

1) Can you remember what
happened in Esther chapter
1 last week? 

2) King Xerxes sent away
Queen Vashti, but now he
wants another Queen!
What does King Xerxes do
to find a new queen? (v2-4)

3) Who wins the contest
to become Xerxes Queen?
Why is it surprising that
she wins? (v5-10)

4) What happens in v19-23?
Why might it be important
that Esther is Queen when
Mordecai discovers the plot? 

*Parents note*
We will see in Esther a 
series of "coincidences"
that enable Esther
(and therefore God's people) to prosper
and be safe.
We are meant to see that
God is at work in the "random",
"messy"moments of life.
It is also fair to say
that Esther and
Mordecai are 
complicated hereos as they
break God's law (lying,
marrying non-Jewish people) 
this is not a model
for us to follow,
but does remind us
that even when we
get it wrong, God
still keeps His promises. 

1) This part of Esther is a bit
like a bad soap opera!
Xerxes got rid of
Vashti and then holds a
beauty pageant to find a
new Queen. What
are some of the things
that surprise
you in this Chapter? 

2) Esther and Mordecai
are important characters
throughout the rest of
this book.
But what is surprising about their
involvement in the King's
search for a new Queen? 

3) v19-20 tell us about an
important moment,
how does what happens in
v1-18 make
v19-23 possible?  

4) Esther and Mordecai seem to be
happy with lying and breaking God's
law... Is this what we're meant to learn
from this chapter?

5) As God is not mentioned
in this chapter,
how do we know He is involved
in this story? 


*Extra note* 
We're not meant to see Esther and 
Mordecai breaking God's law as an 
example for us. But it does help us to 
remember that - even when we get it 
wrong... God keeps His promises. 


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. 
Amen.


Craft/Activity 

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!

Equipment
For this craft activity you will need:

  • Paper
  • Collage bits and pieces
  • Finger paints (if painting)
  • Pen for later