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Today is the next session in our new series: Jesus the Ultimate Game Changer!
Our aim today is to know that we can be thankful for all Jesus has done and all he will do!
Pecky is really enjoying getting out and about, let’s see what he’s been up to this week…
MARK THE MOMENT
Take it in turns to say as many things that you are thankful for in 20 seconds!
WORSHIP (8 MINS)
Let’s be thankful for our wonderful friend, Jesus!
INTRO (10 MINS)
Explore a story about Jesus together (3.5 MINS)
Watch: Don’t Worry
Or read about it:
Jesus Storybook Bible p228
Jesus Calling Bible p163
The Lion First Bible p337-341
Or check it out in the bible: Matthew 6:25-34
Quick Unpack: (2-5 mins) Keep it simple for younger ones.
- Jesus loves us and will take care of us. He doesn’t want us to be worried about anything.
- We can trust that he knows what we need!
- Let’s be thankful for Jesus and celebrate what God’s done for us!
- And let’s be expectant and hopeful for the future!
Share with your child some of the things you are thankful for now and hopeful for in the future. Help them the share these things with you too.
Fun Activities (5-15 mins)
Play Party Games to reinforce that it’s church’s birthday such as musical bumps or statues, ‘duck, duck, goose’, sleeping lions or another favourite game.
Crosses: Use the cross from the template or create your own design on coloured card.
Cut out and decorate both sides:
Choose some of the pictures to cut out and stick on the cross or write on anything you’re thankful for.
Decorate with any stickers or nice pens you may have.
You could make a hole in the top and thread ribbon/string through to hang up.
Make your own Bunting:
Give each member of the family a couple bunting triangles to decorate, stick onto string or ribbon and string up across your room to celebrate our Vinelife Birthday!
Wax relief art:
Use wax crayons on white card to write ‘THANK YOU GOD!’ or ‘HOPE’ or anything to do with our birthday morning and decorate with any favourite patterns. Keep it simple for younger ones.
Use watery paint to carefully paint over the wax and the design should show through underneath!
Resources: Pdf template, pens, paper/card, glue, ribbon/string, sellotape, wax crayons, paint, brushes
Prayer Ideas: (5-10 mins)
I am thankful: Pass round a prayer pebble or something special and say ‘Thank you Jesus for…’ or ‘Jesus, I am excited about…’ when you’re holding the object.
Pray for church: Help your child to be thankful for our church family and pray simple prayers for our leaders, for the building, for our friends, for Game Changers, for God’s big family all around the world…
WHAT’S THE GAME CHANGING MOMENT
Jesus is my Game Changer – I can be thankful for all he’s done and all he’s going to do in my life.
Share your fun times with us! Show us your art! What games did you play? What two things are you thankful for?
Or feel free to email us another time via firstname.lastname@example.org.