Have you ever done something you regret? Maybe gone somewhere you wish you never went? No matter where you have been or where you are, Jesus loves you! No matter what your past looks like, don’t think Jesus cannot forgive you for your mistakes. Don’t think Jesus cannot heal the wounds. You are never too far gone for Jesus to save you and bring you into His family! This week, remind your child(ren) that we are all human. We are bound to make mistakes, but our mistakes do not make us a mistake. When we fail, run to Jesus for forgiveness and direction! Because Jesus loves everyone from everywhere!
Here is a snapshot of what we will show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: Jesus loves people everywhere. (Woman at the Well • John 4:1-30)
Memory Verse: “Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14, NIV
Key Question: Who does Jesus love?
Bottom Line: Jesus loves everyone.
Bible Story & Worship
Watch the Bible Story Video with your kids so you can recap and discuss it with them in the “Bring Jesus To Their Level” section. Then join your kids in worship as we sing and dance for God.
Next, use the Memory Verse video to practice our monthly verse. We will practice this verse all month. Be sure to use the hand motions as it helps the kids to remember. Also, think of a fun reward you can give them at the end of the month when they are able to say it all by themselves. The activity sheet and coloring page are fun resources to help reinforce story and/or big idea.
Bring Jesus To Their Level
Follow the following script to recap the story, practice the memory verse and demonstrate to your young children how to pray. (You’ll make a list with your family to pray over so have a pen a paper ready.)
Say: “No matter where you go, [Bottom Line] Jesus loves everyone. Who does Jesus love? (Togeher.) [Bottom Line] Jesus loves EVERYONE!
“He sure does! That’s why Jesus was kind to the woman at the well and wanted to be her friend forever. And because [Bottom Line] Jesus loves everyone, everywhere, we can love everyone, everywhere, too. The Bible verse we’re learning will help us remember how to do that. It says . . . ‘Do everything (march in place) in love’ (hug yourself), 1 Corinthians 16:14. (Open hands like a book.) (Practice this verse several times with your kids.)
“When we remember to do everything in love, we can love everyone like [Bottom Line] Jesus loves everyone! Today, we’ll make a list of different places. We can use our list when we pray to thank God for sending Jesus to love people everywhere. It can be any place because Jesus loves people everywhere!
“Ooohh, look at all of these places! Let’s pray and thank Jesus for loving people everywhere! Would anyone like to pray before I pray?” (Give each family member who wants to pray the opportunity to do so.)
Prayer: “Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to love people everywhere. Jesus loves people at the (read the list of places your family made), everywhere! Please help us love everyone the way [Bottom Line] Jesus loves everyone. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
As we wrap up, I would like to leave you with one of the kids’ favorite ‘good-bye’ songs:
Let Me See Your Alligator
Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in the discipleship of your kid(s). My prayers are with you.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God and knows God.”1 John 4:7