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Today is the next session in our Jesus the Ultimate Game Changer theme!
Whose life is going to be transformed today?
Our aim today is to know that Jesus is the Ultimate Game Changer: He treats EVERYONE with love and kindness. Can I be like this too?
But before we go any further, here’s a quick trip to Pecky’s World…
MARK THE MOMENT
Take turns to share something that makes you super excited or happy.
WORSHIP (8 MINS)
Let’s celebrate who God is and all he’s done for us!
INTRO (10 MINS)
Explore the story of Zacchaeus (3.5 MINS)
Watch the video below:
Or read about it in
Jesus Calling Bible p196
Jesus Storybook Bible p264
The Lion First Bible p414
- Or check it out in the bible: Luke 19:1-10
Quick Unpack (2-5 mins) keep it simple for younger ones!
Jesus liked Zacc and wanted to spend time with him, even though nobody else did.
Jesus didn’t go along with the crowd who were grumpy and complaining, because they’d been cheated by Zacc.
Jesus looked at Zacc in a totally different way, with his Super Duper Love Glasses and Zacc’s life was changed forever!
Did you know Jesus looks at us with love and kindness too?
His love changes us, and helps us look at others with love too!
Fun Activities (5-15 mins)
Play follow the leader: Choose someone to be the leader and they do different actions or noises, or a rhythm that everyone has to copy! Take turns.
Super Duper Love Glasses: Use the template or design your own love glasses! Stick up or wear to remind you of the way Jesus looks at you and how you can be like him when you look at others.
Zacc in a tree craft: Use the template to complete the simple craft (good for younger ones).
Get Practical: Brainstorm ways you can be deliberately kind to others this coming week:
help with something, send a message, do a job no one likes to do, draw a picture for someone, let someone else go first, forgive, stay calm…
Choose 3 ideas to write down in your Adventure Book or on a piece of card that you could stick up. Then have fun practicing kindness!
Go tree climbing (in a safe way!) and imagine being Zacc up in the tree, looking down on Jesus. Put yourself in the story. What can you see, hear or feel? What does Jesus say to you? What do you do? Use your imagination to have fun exploring!
Resources: Pdf template, scissors, pens, paper/card, tape
Prayer Ideas: (5-10 mins)
Loving others: Share when it is hard to love others, or the things that get in the way. Ask Jesus to remind you of his huge, wonderful and life-changing love for you. Spend time receiving this love. Ask him to help you see others with this love too. To put on the Super Duper Love Glasses each day.
Prophecy time: Holy Spirit loves to give us love messages to encourage and strengthen others (1 Corinthians 14:3). Plus we get to see how he looks at them! Have a simple prophecy time where you listen in to Holy Spirit.
- As you look at someone in your family see what jumps out to you about what they are wearing… What is Holy Spirit showing you about it? Share what you feel, hear or sense.
- Ask Holy Spirit which Bible dude they are like and why?
- Look around the room and see what object Holy Spirit is highlighting to you for them. Why is this important? What is it about it that could encourage them?
- Keep practicing and celebrate each other!
TODAY’S GAME CHANGING MOMENT
Jesus is my Game Changer – I can treat others with love and kindness, just like he does!
Share your fun times with us! Show us your Super Duper Love Glasses! What was Holy Spirit showing you for others? How will you be kind this week?
Or feel free to email us another time via firstname.lastname@example.org.