Over the last couple of weeks, we have been learning how God helps us do big things. When God is calling us to go somewhere or do something big, He will always equip us in our journey. God will give you the strength, endurance, talents, and resources you will need to fulfill His calling, just as God led David to help Mephibosheth. Sometimes He will even lead you to help others. So next time you feel a pull towards someone or to do something, don’t ignore the feeling because you could be God’s answer to someone else’s prayer.
Here is a snapshot of what we will show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: God made me to help others. (David Helps Mephibosheth • 1 Samuel 20:14-17; 2 Samuel 9:1-13)
Memory Verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God goes with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV
Key Question: Who made you to do big things?
Bottom Line: God made me to do big things.
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. This is our last week to practice the memory verse. Be sure to think of a fun reward like a sticker or special snack you can give them next week 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: “Today’s Bible story was about how King David wanted to find someone from Jonathan’s family who he could help. He wanted to show kindness to them. Who did King David find? (Pause.) Yes, he found Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth.
“God made us to help others, too. When we help others, like King David helped Mephibosheth, we are doing a big thing. The Bible verse we’re learning will help us remember to be strong and courageous so we can do what it takes to help others. It says . . . ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God goes with you,’ Deuteronomy 31:6. (Practice this verse several times with your kids.)
“You. Sound. SUPER! (Give fist bumps.)
“David helped Mephibosheth in our story today. There are lots of people we can help, too. That’s why we’re going to make a list of people we can help. I want you to think about the people in your house, your neighborhood, your school, and here at church. (Have each family member list someone they can help.)
“This is a great list of people! Let’s pray and ask God top help us be strong and courageous so we can help them. Would anyone like to pray before I pray?” (Give your kid(s) an opportunity to pray if they want to.)
PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for making (name each family member) to help others. Helping others is a big thing! Please help all of us be strong and courageous so [child’s name] can help [person they listed] and [family member’s name] can help [person they listed] and . . . (continue with each family member). 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.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
Jeremiah 29:11, NIV