Jesus Told Three Parables

Today’s Bible story focuses on how Jesus taught about God’s love. Jesus told three parables to emphasize how much God loves His people and how He rejoices when one person trusts Him as Savior and Lord.

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.


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 your 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.

Activities

Babies-Kinder

1s & 2s: Work People Puzzles
Materials: Teaching Picture 4, puzzles featuring people

  • Lay the Teaching Picture near the puzzles.
  • As a child works a puzzle, talk to her about the people who love and care for her.
  • Point to the Teaching Picture and talk about the Bible story. Comment that Jesus taught that God always loves.

3–Pre-K: Work Bible Verse Puzzles
Materials: Bible, 2 strips of paper, cardstock, permanent marker

  • Mark the Weekly Verse and the Unit Verse for today in the Bible with strips of paper. Print the two verses onto separate pieces of cardstock. Make a copy of each paper. Laminate each paper.
  • Cut one of each of the verses into four or five pieces to make a puzzle. Display the marked Bible with the puzzles. Invite a child to work a puzzle. Children can work the puzzles using the whole sheets as a guide.
  • Open the Bible and show children the verses in the Bible. Talk about the Bible story. Tell children that Jesus taught that God always loves.

Kindergarten—Draw Self-Portraits
Materials: paper, markers, nonbreakable mirrors

  • Invite boys and girls to use the supplies to draw their self-portraits. Encourage them to look into the mirror and draw what they see.
  • Talk about the Bible story as children draw. Comment that Jesus’ story about the son explained about God always loves.

1st-5th Grade

1st-3rd Grade: Drop the Coin
Materials: cardboard circle covered with foil
Choose a kid to be It. Guide the group to stand in a circle, facing inward. It holds the “coin” and walks around the outside of the circle. She drops the coin behind someone and walks quickly away. The chosen child walks around the circle quickly, trying to tag It before she gets back to the now empty spot. When It stands in the empty spot or is tagged, ask a review question. The chosen child answers to question. Then he becomes the new It and play continues. Talk about the Bible story with kids.

4th-5th Grade: Lost Sheep Relay
Materials: walking canes or yardsticks (one per team), whiffle balls or foam balls (one per team), cups
Arrange the cups into a zigzag course. Group the kids into two (or more) teams. Tell kids: “The ball is your team’s lost sheep. You will take turns moving your lost sheep back to the fold.” Give the first player on each team a ball and walking cane. On your signal, the players use the canes to move the balls around the course and back to the start line. The next team’s player takes the cane and moves the “sheep” through the course. The first team to complete the course with all team members wins. Talk about the Bible story. Ask: “How did the shepherd feel when he found his lost sheep?” Talk about how shepherds protect sheep and how God protects His people.


4. Missions

Watch and talk about the mission video.


5. Pray

God, thank you for the Bible. Thank you for loving us even when we disobey you. I am so sorry for ______________. Will you please forgive me? I want to follow Jesus and do what he says everyday.

Pray for each person in your family.
Pray for our church.
Pray for America.


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