As we kick off a new month, we want everyone to know that Jesus loves them. Jesus does not just love a few people; He does not only love people with brown hair; He does not love just the ones that live in a certain area. Jesus loves everyone. Young, old, big, or small – Jesus loves all of us.
That can be a hard concept when we think of those people that get under our skin. For us, it is not easy to love everyone. In fact, sometimes it is even hard to love ourselves. Many people, including kids, can feel like they are undeserving of love. But that is the point. Jesus does not love those that deserve His love, He loves each and every one of us. I am loved by Jesus. You are loved by Jesus. Our kids are loved by Jesus.
Here is a snapshot of what we will show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: Jesus loves me. (Jesus and the Children • Luke 18:15-16)
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 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
Finish up your church at home by recapping the story and practicing the memory again. Then say: “Now that we know Jesus loves ALL children and He wants to be their friend forever, let’s make a list of our friends. When we pray, we can ask God to help us tell our friends that Jesus loves them and wants to be their friend forever, too.” (Have each of your children list a friend. You will use the list when you pray.)
PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to love everyone. Thank You that Jesus didn’t just come to be a friend to grown-ups. He came to be a friend to children, too! Jesus wants to be (name each child)’s friend forever, and He wants to be (read the list your children made)’s friend forever, too. Jesus wants ALL children to be His friend forever! Please help us tell all of our friends that Jesus loves them and that He wants to be their friend forever. 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.
“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’”Matthew 19:14