This Sunday was our second week talking about our family relationships in our 3s and 4s class. Last week we learned about obeying our parents and this week we talked about telling our family members about Jesus. As I mentioned last week, this lesson was only designed to take about 20 minutes, so if you need to fill a longer time-span, be sure to plan accordingly.
Goal: Today we will learn that we should share Jesus with our families.
Key Scripture: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13
Here’s What You’ll Need
- Dixie cups
- Foam ball
Circle Time: Have everyone find a mat and sit in the circle on the foam tiles. Sing the welcome song, “I’m Glad I Came to Church.”
I’m glad I came to church; I’m glad I came to church!
With all the other boys and girls, I’m glad I came to church!
(Name) came to church; (Name) came to church
I’m so happy (Name’s) here, I’m glad (he/she) came to church!
(To the tune of “A Hunting We Will Go”)
Add stickers to attendance charts, then return to the foam tile area.
Lesson: Have everyone return mats to their pile, then stand in the middle of the room. Explain that God’s word tells us that love is the greatest thing (Throw your arms open wide to emphasize the word “greatest”), so we are going to practice showing love to each other.
Have the children form two groups and line up on opposite sides of the room. Choose one group to start. The group that starts must choose someone from the other group and sing, “Jesus loves us; this we know, send [child’s name] over, and we’ll tell [him/her] so.” The child who was named must run over to the group that called him/her, then the children from that group will surround the called child for a group hug and say,“Jesus loves you, [child’s name]!”
Let the other group choose a child to come over for a hug. Continue the game until everyone has been shown God’s love.
Direct the children to sit at the table. Talk about the importance of sharing God’s love with our families. Ask each child to name the members of his/her immediate family and encourage the child to tell their family that God loves them.
Give each child a snack.
Conclusion: Have everyone find a mat and sit in the circle on the foam tiles. For prayer time, pass around a foam ball. Whoever has the ball should say one thing that they are thankful for. Sing “I’m Glad I Came to Church” to close.
I’m still learning how to work best with this age-group. What would you add to this lesson? What might you take away? I’d love to hear your thoughts!