One of the best things we can teach our kids is that, no matter what, we will always love them. My biggest fear as a child was disappointing my parents. I know they never would have stopped loving me, but my child-mind was not so sure. They never said anything to make me feel that way, but all of us, on some level, struggle with feeling needed and known… basically, loved.
Now as a parent, I frequently tell my kids that they cannot do anything to lose my love. Even though I may not like what they did, I will always and forever love them. I want them to know that in their very core so that they never doubt it.
God wants the same thing with each and every one of us. No matter what we do, God still loves us. God knows who you are, God has a purpose for you, and God will never stop loving you. Despite all the ways each of have messed up, our Heavenly Father loves us with an unwavering love.
While the main point we want to make for our kids with the story of the thankful woman is that Jesus loves us no matter what, I challenge you to peal away another layer of the story. See the gratitude she had towards Jesus because she knew she did not deserve His love and forgiveness. What have you done lately to show God how thankful you are for all He does for you?
Here is a snapshot of what we will show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: Jesus loves me, no matter what. (The Thankful Woman • Luke 7:36-50)
Memory Verse: “A friend loves at all times.” Proverbs 17:17, NIrV
Key Question: Who loves you?
Bottom Line: Jesus loves me.
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 about how God’s love is not just a little bit, it’s a whole lotta bit. Then dance for God. Why? Because we know He loves us.
Next, use the Memory Verse video to practice our monthly verse. We have practiced this verse all month so they should be ready. Be sure to have a reward (it can be a special snack, a sticker, or any prize of some sort) you can give them during the “Bring Jesus To Their Level” section. The activity sheet and coloring page are fun resources to help reinforce story and/or big idea.
Bring Jesus To Their Level
Finish up your church at home by recapping the story and rewarding them for saying the memory verse all by themselves.. Then say: “Today, we’ll make a list of wrong choices we’ve made. Everyone has made a wrong choice before, even me. That’s why everyone needs to know that Jesus loves them, no matter what. I’ll go first and write that I am sorry for . . . (share a preschool appropriate wrong choice as you write it down). Now you tell me a wrong choice you’ve made.” (Have each family member list one wrong choice they have made. You will use the list when you pray.)
PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to love us, no matter what. Thank You that He is the kind of friend who forgives us every time and will never, ever stop loving us. Every person in the world has made wrong choices, and we all need Jesus to forgive us. Today, we want to say we are sorry for (read the list your family made). I pray (name each family member) will always talk to You about their choices and trust that Jesus loves them, no matter what. We love You, God. 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.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Angela Moody is the Preschool Coordinator at Abundant Life.