This session is for children aged 1-4, but do keep it really short and simple for under 2’s.
Make sure you read the full session before you start, and check out these practical tips to get the most out of your time together.
We pray you’ll have a wonderful, fun time with your little ones!
We’re learning about Jesus the Storyteller!
Our aim today is to know that Jesus told us stories to help us get close to Daddy God!
Make it special: Have a worship warm up: jog on the spot, touch your toes, stretch up high, turn around…
WORSHIP (5 MINS)
You could use these songs or any of your own favourites. The second one is new but easy to learn! Have fun worshipping God together!
INTRO (14 MIN)
Sarah, the sower and Jesus the storyteller
EXPLORE THE STORY TOGETHER (3 MINS)
Watch the Parable of the Seeds below:
Or read about it in Lion First Bible p356
Jesus Calling Bible p166
Or from the Bible: Mark 4:1-9
Or re-read a favourite story from ‘Stories Jesus Told’ by Butterworth and Inkpen, if you have it.
QUICK UNPACK (2 MINS)
The seed in the story is the good news about Daddy God: that he loves us and we can be in his family everyday!
Jesus told this story to show that when we really listen and learn about God’s good news seed, it can grow in us! We can get closer to him and feel his love and have the best life!
SHOUT OUT (2 MINS)
Say together or repeat after each other using different voices: I CAN GET CLOSE TO JESUS!
FUN ACTIVITIES (5-10 MINS)
Explore: soil and seeds, leaves and plants with your child. You could collect things from your garden or the local park and put on a tray to explore and get messy together!
Chat about how a tiny seed can grow into a big plant when its roots grow into good soil, it is well watered and has enough light.
The seed of good news about Jesus can grow is us too. Our hearts can be like good soil when we sing and praise Jesus, read our bibles, chat to him, have Adventure Times and much more!
Play: hide and seek with a children’s bible!
Say we are going to be seeking for treasure today. Hide your child’s bible where they can find it! Use ‘hotter’ and ‘colder’ to help them find it! When they find it say ‘You found some treasure!’
Chat about how the bible is a treasure to us: it helps us know about and get close to Daddy God, Jesus and Holy Spirit!
Stories Collage: Cut out some of the images from the pdf template and stick them onto a piece of A4 paper or card, folded in half like a book. Which story is this one from? What happened in that story? I wonder what Jesus wanted us to know… I think… Chat about all you’ve learnt and experienced over these last two months doing Early Years!
Craft: Use the template to make a standing Jesus figure.
Cut it out and colour in both sides, fold over at the top and then fold and glue or tape the base underneath. Chat about Jesus with your child. Which was your favourite story? Mine was…
Or use to play the story of the sower together!
Activity sheets of today’s story
Resources: pdf template of activities, scissors, colouring pens, tape/glue, card/paper.
PRAYER TIME (2 MINS)
- SHOUT OUT: I CAN GET CLOSE TO JESUS!
- Snuggle up and pray for your child’s heart to be like ‘good soil’, so the good news of Jesus can be planted and grow in them. Pray for them to be close to Jesus always!
We’d love to hear from you!
What have you liked best about our Storyteller series? Share any testimonies with us.
Send in your good news and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the form right here!