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! Let’s learn that we can spend time with Jesus!
Make it special: Pass a message around your family by whispering it between you!
WORSHIP: (5 MINS) Let’s have fun worshipping Daddy God!
You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:
INTRO (10 MINS)
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MARY AND MARTHA!:
Watch: Mary and Martha (3 mins)
Lion First Bible p418
Candle Bible for Toddlers p318
Jesus Calling bible p184
Check it out in the bible: Luke 10:38-42
QUICK UNPACK (2 MINS)
Who are your friends? Do you like playing and chatting together? It helps you be better friends doesn’t it?
Jesus had friends: Mary and Martha were two of them. Mary chose to spend time with Jesus and we can too! We can chat, play and be with him anytime! This helps us to Shine Like Stars for him!
You could share with your child the ways you spend time with God and be intentional this week to be with him together!
WHO CAN SPEND TIME WITH 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)
Mary/Martha game: Take it in turns to shout the names from the story for the rest of the family to do the correct action for, such as: Martha: rush around. Mary: sit down. Jesus: all hold hands/make heart shape.
Speedy Fun: Choose one of the following to do really quickly: Make a snack, build a tower, read a book. You could then chat about how when we rush things and are too busy, we often miss the enjoyment of the activity, and we could make more mistakes and a bigger mess! Let’s slow down and enjoy being together.
A Watch! Use the template and instructions to help you create a simple watch.
Resources: pdf template of activities, pens, paper/card, scissors, glue.
PRAYER TIME (2 MINS)
- SHOUT OUT: WHO CAN SPEND TIME WITH JESUS? I CAN!
- Spend time with Jesus: Get comfy and imagine playing your favourite game with Jesus! What are you doing? What is he saying? Have fun together… Keep this light and fun for your child and share what happened with each other!
- Everyday Friendship: Find ways to be with Jesus during your day: walking to nursery, in the car, at the park, eating a meal. Chat your thanks and praise to him and help your child to see that he is always with us!
We’d love to hear from you!
Who are your friends? Show us your watches. How will you spend time with Jesus this week?
Send in your good news and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the form right here!