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!
Here’s the next session in our theme Good News about God and me!
Let’s find out the GOOD NEWS that I am loved!
Make it special: Sing a favourite song to get yourselves up and active such as ‘If you’re happy and you know it jump around, praise Jesus, clap your hands, shout WE ARE…’
WORSHIP: (6 MINS) Let’s celebrate that God loves us!
You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:
INTRO (12 MIN)
EXPLORE MORE: (3 MINS)
Explore more about The Lord’s Prayer:
Watch: The Lord’s Prayer song (3 min)
Lion First Bible p392
Jesus Calling Bible p162
QUICK UNPACK (2 MINS)
This is Jesus’ special prayer. It helps us to know that we are loved by God.
Father God – God is our perfect happy Daddy in heaven
Be our king – we know that God is great and big and he should be in charge
Then everyone will do as you want – Jesus wants all the good, wonderful and lovely things that are in heaven to be on earth where we live too
Give us each day the things we really need – God wants to provide for us, we can trust him
Forgive us – Jesus forgives the things we get wrong = he is happy with us
Forgive others – we can forgive others as he has forgiven us
Keep us from harm – God protects us and helps us stay safe
What a wonderful prayer!
Say this together: I AM LOVED BY GOD!
Keep saying it with different voices; squeaky, robot, silly, whispers…
Or make up some actions to go with it!
FUN ACTIVITIES (5-10 MINS)
Follow the leader games. Encourage your child to copy your simple actions: patting head, jumping, clapping… Can they be the leader now? We can follow Jesus, the leader, by chatting to God, forgiving others, helping and loving.
Tea Party: Play with any pretend food or toy tea set you may have: share out the food between soft toys or each other and chat about all the good things you have each day. We can be thankful God meets our needs!
- A Lord’s Prayer poster. Cut out the prayer from the template. Stick onto a piece of A4 card so there is a frame all the way around it. Decorate the frame with pens or stickers, finger prints or stampers. Stick up to read together each day or each week!
- My prayer bubble: Use the pictures on the template of the boy/girl praying. What shall we pray about? Draw/write it in the bubble and colour in.
Activity sheets of the bible story
Resources: pdf template of activities, scissors, colouring pens, stickers, glue, card/paper
PRAYER TIME (2 MINS)
- SHOUT OUT: I AM LOVED BY GOD!
- Pray the Lord’s Prayer together: Father God, be our king, may everyone do as you want. Give us each day the things we really need. Forgive us and help us to forgive others. Keep us from harm. You are powerful and wonderful! Amen!
We’d love to hear from you!
Show us your Lord’s Prayer poster. Who did you play tea party with? Which is your favourite GOOD NEWS so far?
Send in your good news and photos to email@example.com, or use the form right here!