Children’s Services — Lent 2020

Sunday, March 22 — Psalm 51:7-12 

Object Lesson: Bubble Busters 

An object lesson is a way for the children to link what we are learning to something in the real world around them they are familiar with. The point here is to get them to start seeing the connection between the gospel and the world.  

Materials: wax paper, cookie sheet,  and a straw, dropper, or spoon. 

Cover the cookie sheet with a piece of wax paper.  Have the children use a dropper, straw, or spoon to drop a bit of water onto the wax paper and notice it forms a bubble.  Give the kids a few minutes to play and see how big they can make the bubble etc. Then talk with the kids about how this bubble represents the way a lot of people are feeling right now.  They want to be safe inside a bubble and not be near anyone because they are afraid. Remind the kiddos that Jesus calls us to love our neighbor and take care of one another, even when everyone is isolated like we are now.  

Pick up one end of the cookie sheet to form an incline and watch as the bubbles start moving closer to each other.  You can even have water dome races by placing several drops on one end of the cookie sheet and then lifting it to see which dome makes it to the bottom first. You can have each child in your family represented with a different color by adding food coloring to the water. Talk with the kids about how your family can move closer to our neighbors and love them with the parameters we now have.  Maybe even create an idea jar to pull an idea from every few days. *This whole lesson can be taught with anything that will make bubbles like gum or liquid soap if you do not have wax paper at home! 

Finally tell the kids  you are going to read a story from the Jesus Storybook bible about someone who ran away from the situation he was in and how God showed His big love. 

Read: “Running away!” from the Jesus Storybook Bible.

We are reading through the whole story book in chronological order. Use questions like these to help lead discussion as you read. 

  • Why did the boy in the story run away from home?
  • What things do we run away from? 
  • What did the boy do when he realized he was in a mess? 
  • How did the boy’s father react to his return? 
  • How does this story show us God’s big love?

Follow this link to get more information about this story and an activity page.

http://www.firebrandchurch.com/images/TheJesusStory/Lessons/35_runningaway.pdf

You can download a read aloud of each story from this Bible for $.99 each at this link:

https://www.christianbook.com/running-away-video-35/pd/DV2321-CP

I’ve also included pictures of the pages from this story at the end of this lesson. 

Prayer

We have a prayer time and sometimes kids want to pray and other times the leader handles the prayer.  We always thank God for loving us AS IS and pray for Him to show us ways we can love the people in our lives that way too. 

Response Through Art

This is a time for the kiddos to see God’s big love through art. 

Materials: paper and crayons, markers, colored pencils

Neighborhood Challenge: Have the kids create a sign to put in a window in your house so your neighbors can see it.  The point can be to say hi or encourage neighbors in some way. Somewhere on the sign share a challenge for other neighbors to create their own sign.  For example.. Draw a sun or a flower and ask your neighbors to do the same. See if you can light up your neighborhood/house/car windows with cheery art! 


Sunday, March 29 — Psalm 51: 13-19

Object Lesson: I’ll Go 

An object lesson is a way for the children to link what we are learning to something in the real world around them they are familiar with. The point here is to get them to start seeing the connection between the gospel and the world.  

Materials: a special snack or item your children would want and a room with a door.  

Have one family member volunteer to go and stand behind a closed door.  Once he or she is there, show the rest of the family the treat you prepared. Could be toys from the playroom, cereal bars, cookies, etc.  Talk with the children about how cool this treat is and how much you love it. Give them all their piece/portion/or a turn with the toy. Then remind your family about the person behind the door.  Have a discussion about how you can share this amazing treat with that family member.  

Bring your family back together and tell the kids that the treat represents God's big love for us and He wants us to share this love with others just like we realized we needed to share the treat with our sibling or parent. Talk with a family about how you could do this while we are practicing social distancing. Add more ideas to your list from last week and discuss the ways your family tried this in the past week. 

Finally tell the kids  you are going to read a story from the Jesus Storybook bible about a woman who showed her love for Jesus in a way many people would think is strange.  

Read: “Washed with tears!” from the Jesus Storybook Bible.

We are reading through the whole story book in chronological order. Use questions like these to help lead discussion as you read. 

  • Why did the woman go to the to see Jesus?
  • How did the people react to the woman being there?
  • How did Jesus react to the woman being there? 
  • What did the woman do to show how much she loved Jesus?
  • What can our family do this week to show others God’s big love? 

You can download a read aloud of each story from this Bible for $.99 each at this link..

https://www.christianbook.com/running-away-video-35/pd/DV2321-CP

I have included pictures of each page of this story at the bottom of this lesson. 

Prayer

We have a prayer time and sometimes kids want to pray and other times the leader handles the prayer.  We always thank God for loving us AS IS and pray for Him to show us ways we can love the people in our lives that way too. 

Response Through Art:

This is a time for the kiddos to see God’s big love through art. 

Materials: materials from your recycle bin, clay, legos, play dough, or anything you can use to build. 

Remind the children how the woman in the story shared her most precious possession with Jesus.  Have the children build something they could share with Jesus. It might be a clay pot or something sculpted with play dough.  It could be a robot or new invention created from the recycle bin. Or you could create something together as a family to leave on a neighbor's porch like a cake you baked. The main point is to create something precious the kids can share with others.