Jesus is with you always. Even in those times when it seems dark, as if nothing is going right, Jesus is there. Sometimes, the storm may seem too heavy to see through. But even when we may not be able to see Jesus, we can rest in faith in His Word. All throughout the Bible, God promises that He is with us and will never leave us.
‘I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ – Matthew 28:20
‘Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go,’ – Genesis 28:15
‘He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.’ -John 14:16
‘For the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.’ -Deuteronomy 31:6
Rest in Jesus, trust His promises. He is with you always.
Here is a snapshot of what we will show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: Jesus wants to be our friend forever. (Breakfast on the Beach • John 21:1-14)
Memory Verse: “I am with you always.” Matthew 28:20, NIV
Key Question: Who wants to be your friend forever?
Bottom Line: Jesus wants to be my friend forever.
Bible Story and 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 have practiced this verse all month long. If you can, have a fun reward ready to give them when they are able to say it all by themselves during our “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
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. Don’t forget to have a small reward ready for when they say their memory verse all by themselves.)
Say: “Our Bible story was about a special breakfast Jesus made on the beach for His friends, the disciples. Jesus wanted to spend time with His friends after He came back so they would know that He would be their friend forever. Jesus wants you to know that He wants to be YOUR friend forever, too. It’s so awesome! Jesus wants to be your friend forever! Who wants to be your friend forever? (Together.) [Bottom Line] Jesus wants to be my friend forever!
“Yay! Jesus wants to be your friend forever. And forever means that Jesus is always with you. The Bible verse we learned will help usremember that Jesus is always with us. It says . . . ‘I am (point up) with you (thumbs to chest) always,’ (spread arms out) Matthew 28:20. (Open hand like a book.) (Practice the verse once and then allow each child to say it by themselves. Give a small reward for all their hard work.)
“You did so great! Since Jesus made breakfast on the beach for His friends, we’ll make a list of our favorite breakfast foods. (Have each family member list something. Don’t forget to list something yourself.)
“This list is making me hungry! Let’s use it when we pray. 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 yummy foods like (read the list your family made) that we get to eat for breakfast. Thank You that Jesus made fish and bread for His friends for breakfast. That story reminds us that Jesus cares about His friends and wants to spend time with them. I pray that every person here will follow Jesus so He can 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.
“’Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.’ And He took the children in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.”