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!
Today is the next session in our Shine Like Stars theme! We will learn that we shine for Jesus when we forgive others!
Make it special: Give everyone a high five and wish them a Happy Sunday!
WORSHIP: (5 MINS) Let’s celebrate that Jesus loves us so much!
You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:
INTRO (8 MINS)
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ZACCHAEUS!:
Watch: Jesus and Zacchaeus (2 mins)
Lion First Bible p414
Jesus Calling bible p196
Candle Bible p306
In the Bible Luke 19:1-10
QUICK UNPACK (2 MINS)
Jesus loved and forgave Zac even though he was cheating others, he became his friend and helped him to have a happy heart and make good choices.
Zac then shone for Jesus and everyone was amazed!
Jesus wants to help us to forgive others too.
This is when we don’t stay really mad and cross and sad with others. It helps us to be happy and free.
You could chat with your child about when you have forgiven someone and how it helped you.
WHO CAN SHINE FOR JESUS? I CAN!
Keep using the shout out with different voices, fast, slow, high, low, robot, squeaky… or make up some actions.
FUN ACTIVITIES (5-15 MINS)
Follow the leader games: sit in circle, have one person as the leader and everyone copies what they do such as clapping, tapping head, blinking… Have fun taking it in turns.
Play the story: Use any small world people or soft toys you have to act out the story and wonder together: I wonder why the people were mad with Zac… I wonder how Jesus knew he was in the tree… I wonder how Zac felt when Jesus spoke to him… I wonder about Jesus’ love for us…
Zac up a tree craft: Use the template. Decorate and cut out the picture, thread through string to make Zac go up and down the tree. See the instructions on the template.
Zac activity sheets
Resources: pdf template of activities, pens, paper/card, scissors, glue, string
PRAYER TIME (2 MINS)
- SHOUT OUT: WHO CAN SHINE FOR JESUS? I CAN!
- Help us Jesus: Thank Jesus that he loves and forgives us. Ask for his help to love and forgive others, especially when we are mad or sad with them. Pray in a simple way your child can access such as ‘I forgive _____ Thank you Jesus that you love them. Come and heal my heart from any sadness or madness. Thank you that I can shine for you!’
We’d love to hear from you!
Show us your Zac craft. Can you do the SHOUT OUT? We will have more fun next week!
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