KID’S RESOURCE: The Gift: Part 1. Forgiven
Breathe in: Father God
Breath out: You enjoy me
Remember Each other
Is anyone celebrating something that happened this week? Let’s share so we can all thank God together.
Is anyone struggling, feeling sad, lonely or scared? How can we pray for one another?
Practice the Following Jesus Liturgy (With our youngest kids only focus on the portion that we’re currently learning)
Leader: Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” We believe this is true because of the Gospel. What is the Gospel?
God always Loved us and gave us His Son Jesus
He lived the life we couldn’t live
He died the death we should have died for sin
God raised Him and seated Him as Lord
He's coming back to restore all things
Explore Key Concepts: Forgiveness
Forgiveness cancels debt. When God forgives us, He doesn’t remove the consequences of our wrong choice or tell us it's ok to keep sinning. He simply says, “I am no longer going to wait for you to pay me back.” And it’s the same when we forgive one another. Forgiveness is a way of saying, "I love you even when you're not perfect." It feels good to be loved, especially when we mess up. Knowing that God has forgiveness us causes us to worship and celebrate His goodness! Now we can forgive others as we have been forgiven by Jesus! No one is perfect and everyone can be forgiven, no matter how bad or horrible their choices were. Every time we turn to God and ask for forgiveness He is quick to erase our sin and love us again.
Read: "Washed with Tears" Jesus Storybook Bible
Discover through curious questions:
Ask the children what stood out to them. What did they like about the story? Was anything new or different than how they’d heard the story in the past? Allow the conversation to be led by their questions, insights, and wonderments.
Experience: Acting out the Bible Story*
Have the children role play through the key parts of this story as you narrate or read the passage again. If you group is large, you can repeat until everyone gets a turn. The point is to review the passage with class involvement. You can ask questions as appropriate to reinforces the teaching.
Stand or Sit: Lesson Review: For each of the following statements ask the students to stand for true and sit with arms folding for false. This is a more active way to do “true or false” lesson review questions. For false answers you can ask a volunteer to give you the right version of the Bible story.
The people didn't want this woman at the dinner party. (TRUE – STAND UP)
The lady poured "dollar tree" perfume on Jesus, to save money. (FALSE – SIT DOWN)
The disciples were happy the lady loved Jesus so much. (FALSE – SIT DOWN)
Jesus said the perfume would make the leaders like him better. (FALSE – SIT DOWN)
Jesus said the woman was forgiven by God. (TRUE – STAND UP)
This lady thought Jesus would make her rich. (FALSE – SIT DOWN)
Jesus wants us to love him with true faith, like the woman. (TRUE – STAND UP)
*These activities and other ideas can be found at https://ministry-to-children.com/sinful-woman-anoints-jesus-lesson/
Help the kids to quiet the bodies, minds and hearts for prayer.
God, we thank you in advance for speaking to us. We know that when we pray you listen. You hear all of our prayers.
Help us to listen for the leading of your Spirit. We trust ourselves to know when you are giving us an ideas or thought.
Ask and wait on the Lord: Is there anyone I need to forgive? (Is there anyone I am angry with? Is there anyone who did something wrong to me that I need to forgive in my heart?)
Allow the kids to pray prayers out of their hearts. Model a genuine prayer (Ex. Lord, I forgive the person who cut me in line yesterday. I forgive my teacher for getting frustrated with me, I forgive me friend for being rude to me, etc).
Close in prayer. Have them repeat, "Father God, thank you for forgiving me! I forgive those who have hurt me too. I chose not to be angry forever but to love them. Amen."
Two Brothers Practice Forgiveness