God Planned for Families
Today preschoolers learn that God planned for families to care for His world. God made a man and woman, put them in a garden, and gave them work. Later, children were born and the people became a family.
Jacob and Esau Reconciled
Today 1st-5th Graders learn that family members can ask for forgiveness when they hurt others. After Jacob lived many years away from home, he returned to Canaan. Jacob asked for and received forgiveness from his brother.
Help your child use a concordance to find verses about forgiveness. Write the verses on paper and discuss each one. Help your child remember that people should forgive others because God first forgave each of us.
Use these simple steps to guide your family during today’s Life Group time.
Step 1: Print Activity Pages
Print one for each child. This is a great tool to have as you go through the videos. Each download includes the Activity Page for your child and a One Conversation page for you to use with the Bible reference and story.
Preschool // Babies-Kinder
God Planned for Families
Step 2: Watch Bible Story Video
Before you press play, sit together and pray. Thank God for this special day to worship and learn about Him. Then, watch the Bible story video together.
3. Read & Discuss The Bible Story Together
Use the Activity Page and One Conversation Page you printed to read and discuss the Bible Story together. Select an activity and talk about how it goes along with the story.
One’s & Two’s
Gather: Books about families
- Tell your child that when God created people He planned for them to live in families.
- Read a book about families. Stop and let your child tell you details about the pictures.
- Ask your child to share things they like to do as a family.
- Thank God for your family.
Three’s – PreK
Draw Family Portrait
Gather: Kids Activity Page, Bible, heavyweight paper, pencils, crayons, markers, glue stick, yarn, construction paper.
- Have your child complete the Activity Page.
- Invite your child to think of creative ways to use the art supplies to create your family portrait.
- Talk about the Bible story. Note that Adam, Eve, Cain, and Abel were the first family. Discuss how they cared for God’s world.
- Comment that God planned for families to care for His world. Ask your child how your family can care for the world God created.
- Help your child open the Bible to Genesis 1:27 and read the verse. Pray and thank God for family.
Make A Family Banner
Gather: Kids Activity Page, Bible, construction paper (large), markers, crayons, yarn or string, masking tape.
- Help your child complete the Activity Page.
- Give your child a large piece of paper and tell him/her they can make a family banner by printing their last name and drawing pictures of your family doing things together.
- Talk about the Bible story as your child works on the banner. Help your child open the Bible to the story (specifically Genesis 1:27-28; 3:20; 4:1-2) and find the names of the first family.
- Explain that God planned for families to care for His world. Encourage your child to tell ways your family cares for God’s world.
- Help child tape a length of yarn to the top of his/her banner and tie the ends together. They can hang it to remind them that your family can help care for God’s world.
- Guide kids to find partners.
- Explain that you will give the kids different scenarios of things they could experience in their families. Kids will decide whether or not they think it would be easy to forgive or hard to forgive the person in the scenario.
- If kids think it would be easier to forgive, they will shake hands with their partners. If they think it would be hard to forgive, they will turn their backs to their partners.
Use the following scenarios:
- Your mom forgot to pack a snack for school.
- Your brother spilled juice on your favorite shirt.
- Your grandfather missed your soccer game.
- Your sister lost the pieces to your favorite game.
- Your dad ran over your bike with his car.
- Your cousin told a lie that got you in trouble.
- Share that it is not always easy to forgive someone who has hurt you.
- Ask: “What if you are the one who did something wrong?”
- Mention that today kids will hear about two brothers, Jacob and Esau. Jacob was certain his brother could not forgive him for something he had done. In the end, both brothers honored God.
Items Needed: permanent marker › 2 paper bowls–Inside 1 bowl write a T. Write an F inside the other bowl.
- Form two teams.
- Say: “The conflict between Jacob and Esau began because of a meal!”
- Show kids the T (for true) and the F (for false) on the inside of the bowls. Flip the bowls upside down and shuffle them around on a table.
- Explain that you will make a true or false statement. Teams will take turns answering and choosing the bowl they think has the correct answer.
- Award 10 points for the correct answer and 20 points for choosing the correct bowl. The team with the most points wins.
- Remember to shuffle the bowls between each question.
True and False Review
- Jacob loved to hunt.
(False. His brother was the hunter.)
- Isaac wanted Esau to bring him a blanket.
(False. Isaac asked for a meal.)
- Isaac planned to bless his older son, Esau.
- Jacob pretended to be Esau and received his father’s blessing.
- Esau came alone to meet Jacob.
(False. He came with 400 men.)
- Esau was angry when he greeted Jacob.
(False. Esau greeted Jacob with a hug.)
- Jacob asked his brother for forgiveness, and Esauforgave him.
KEEP IT TOGETHER
Item Needed: › pencils › plastic tablecloth › 1 cup cornstarch › 1/2 to 1 cup of clear gel soap › small bowl › spoon › wet wipes
Lead the group to make putty:
- Add one cup of cornstarch and half a cup of liquid soap into a bowl.
- Stir the ingredients together with a spoon until it’s too hard to mix. Then use your fingers. If the mixture is dry, add more soap.
- The putty is ready when it is moldable, a bit slimy, and no longer sticks to your fingers.
Give everyone a piece of the putty and try the following experiments:
- “What happens when you pull it slowly?” (It stretches.)
- “What happens when you pull it quickly?” (It breaks.)
Explain that unforgiveness is like putty when you pull it quickly. It can cause hardships, hurt feelings, and cause people to act in ways they normally would not. Unforgiveness can “break” relationships.
Demonstrate by pulling the putty quickly.
Put the putty back together and remind kids that asking for forgiveness and forgiving those who have hurt us is showing honor to God.
Share that Jacob lived away from his family for many years after he stole from his brother Esau. Forgiveness brought the family back together.
4. Missions Emphasis
- Show kids the “Mudding the Church Photos.”
- Explain that kids helped to build a church in Mozambique by throwing clumps of thick mud against a wall of wooden poles.
- Guide kids to mix their own “mud” (cookies and pudding).
- Show the video “Mudding for Mozambique” as kids eat.
- Lead kids to discuss how your church is similar to and different from churches in Mozambique. Ask: “How can kids help our church grow?
- How can kids share the story of Jesus with others?”
- Ask God to help you ask for forgiveness when you need it.
- Ask God to help you forgive others when they ask.
- Ask God to help other people fin God that don’t know him.
- Ask God to help you be an example for other people.