January 31 - online experience plan

Hi r Kids!

We are so glad you're here! Today we are going to look at “God's Promises"  where we are learning about when the parable of the lost sheep. Jesus told a parable about a shepherd who had one hundred sheep. When one of the sheep got lost, the shepherd searched and searched until he found it.

Break the ice

Find a comfy place in your home to gather together as a family. Grab some snacks, grab your Bible, and get ready to make a moment of it!

Start off by having each person take a turn discussing the following prompt:

Can you remember a time you have gotten lost? Tell us about it!

Let's Praise

Worship moment

Let’s get into a time of worship! Take a moment to stand/ stretch and then go ahead and play some worship music in your home. Have fun with it! Raise your hands, jump, close your eyes – engage in the worship moment as a family. It is special.

Great job worshipping R-Kids!
When we worship, we can thank God for loving us unconditionally and for sending His one and only son to save
us from our mistakes!

Dive in

Bible Lesson & MEMORY VERSE

Our Bible verse today tells us that God gave us the Bible so we can learn more about Jesus. When we
choose to believe in Jesus, we will have eternal life.

Now, let’s say it all together:
“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.”
Hebrews 6:19


Today’s lesson is called "The Parable of The Lost Sheep"
Jesus told the parable to help the Pharisees understand that God loves each and every sinner. The Pharisees did not understand why Jesus was spending so much time with the sinners. They thought they were more important than the “sinners” and that he should spend time with them. In the parable Jesus showed that he did not spend all of his time with faithful Jews (the 99 sheep) because he wanted to go out searching for those lost in sin (the one sheep).

This is the kind of care that God has for mankind. He knows each of us by name. He does not want even one of us to go astray. Mankind had gone astray and God sent his son, Jesus, to find us.

So let’s get ready to watch our hero and Savior, Jesus.

BIBLE STORY


So what did you notice from the Bible story?

What a great Bible story! The parable that Jesus told helped the people understand. Every sheep is important to the shepherd. Even if only one is lost he will search everywhere to find it.

In the same way people are important to God.  He does not want anyone to be lost either.  
Every person is important to God. Do you believe that people are important to God?  If we know that someone is missing from our group what do you think we should do?

Bible Passage: Luke 15:1-10

Now let’s see what Pastor Shaun is up to. Let’s check it out and see what he has to say!


Let's watch the video below!

Early Childhood video

elementary video

Summary: The Bible teaches us that we are like sheep and sometimes stray away from God. That makes God very sad, but he never gives up on us. He keeps searching for us and calling to us. He wants to draw us back into his arms. He even sent Jesus, his Son, to save those who are lost.

Aren't you glad that God doesn't give up on his lost sheep? I am, because "I once was lost, but now I'm found!"

Go deeper

“God’s promise tells me he accepts me when I feel rejected.”

family discussion questions

5-7 year olds

In the Parable of the Lost Sheep, how many sheep did the shepherd first have in his flock? 100

In the Parable of the Lost Sheep, what did the shepherd do when one of his sheep got lost?
Looked for it until he found it.

If everyone in the world was obeying God and only one person did not believe in him, would God care about that one person? Yes! Each and every person is important to God.

8-10 year olds


What did the shepherd do when he found his missing sheep?
He celebrated and rejoiced because he had found his sheep! His sheep was so important to him.

How does that story remind you of how God feels about you? You are so important to God.
He will always look out for you and love you! He will celebrate and rejoice when you decide to follow him and be a part of his family.

Do you think God loves you even when you make bad choices?
Yes! God promises to accept you and have you in his family no matter what choices you make. Like the shepherd, God will always love you even if you make a bad choice or forget about him.

Our memory verse, Hebrews 6:19, says, “This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.” How does the Bible story of The Lost Sheep give you hope?
It reminds us that God will always accept us and come find us when we are
“lost” or making bad choices. He will never reject us or decide we aren’t good enough for him. We can have hope that even if things are bad, God is good and still loves us.



This week, I want to encourage you to take some time to pray as a family. Thank God for his promise that he will always accept you and never reject you. Ask him to help you show that same acceptance and love to the people around you.

family activity

THIS ACTIVITY WILL help us show others the acceptance and love God has shown us.


Write It Out, Talk It Out, Live It Out

Materials:

A piece of paper, journal, or diary
A pencil

Instructions:
First, write about/draw a picture of a time when you strayed away from God like the lost sheep in today's Bible story, but God still accepted and loved you anyways. No matter what you did, just as God had unconditional love for you then, He still does today. Forever and always.

Now think of a time when you felt sad or upset because of someone else's actions or words. How can you show that person the same acceptance and love that God has shown you? Have a look at some examples below, then write down your own ideas.

1. Tell them why you felt hurt, sad, or upset, but also tell them that you forgive them now.
2. Don't be mean to them, even though they may have been mean to you. Be kind so that they can learn from you.
3. Pray for them.

Now pick one of the ideas and try your best to put it into action this week!

When we forgive others, we are showing them the same acceptance and love that God promises us. We can also become free from any bad feelings we have.

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    Pray it out

    I hope you had a great time learning about the PARABLE OF THE LOST SHEEP.

    Remember, God cares greatly for each and every individual, and that He loves us enough to seek us out and even pay the ultimate price to redeem us.

    Let’s take time now to talk to God.
    Ask your child to share things they’d like to pray about.

    Write down your prayer requests and then pray together over each request.

    Dear God,
    Thank you for your Word, the Bible. Thank you for making us special. Help us remember to love one another just as you love each of us. Thank you for your love. We love you, God! Thank you for Jesus We love you so much.
    In Jesus's Name
    Amen