February 16, 2014 Theme: Mission L.O.V.E. Basic Truth: Jesus Wants to Be My Friend Forever Key Question: Who does Jesus love? Bottom Line: Jesus loves everyone. Memory Verse: “Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12, NIV Bible Story: Jesus loves us when no one else does. The Unloved Woman • John 8:1-11
Make It Fun (Introductory Activities, 10 minutes) 1. Musical Hearts “Musical Hearts” is an activity that teaches color recognition and listening skills. What You Need: “Heart” from the Activity Pages on the Website, masking tape, scissors, this month’s worship song downloaded from the “Music Resources” tab on the Website, a music player, and red, green, yellow and pink cardstock. (Option: Laminate) What You Do: Before the activity: Make one copy of “Heart” from the Activity Pages onto each piece of colored cardstock and cut out. Tape the hearts securely to the floor all around the room. (Option: Laminate the hearts for added durability.) During the activity: Play the music and encourage the children to dance. When the music stops, tell the children to walk fast and stand on a heart. (If you have a large class it is okay to have several children on one heart.) Ask the question, “Who are my friends on a yellow heart?” Encourage the children to shout out their names in response. When you stop the music again, repeat the question with another color. Repeat as many times as desired. At the end of the activity: Allow the children to have free dance time. What You Say: Before the activity: “Let’s dance! When I start the music, everyone start dancing. When the music stops, everyone walk super fast to a heart that is on the floor. You can pick any heart you would like. Once everyone is on a heart, make sure your listening ears are on because I’m going to ask you a question. Are you ready to dance? (Pause.) Those ears are working! Let’s dance!” During the activity: (Play the music, allow the children to dance, and then stop the music.) “Who are my friends on a yellow heart? (Pause.) Great job! Let’s dance again!
(Repeat with each color.) You are so smart! You know your colors really well and your listening ears were working really well, too!” At the end of the activity: “You all did such an amazing job with your colors today! The hearts remind us of love. Jesus loves all of us and our story today teaches us that no matter what we do, He will always love us! Let’s dance a few more minutes and then we will hear our AH-MAZING story from the Bible.”
Make It True (Large Group, 15 minutes) Worship What You Need: Paperclip “Memory Verse Card” from the Week One Activity Pages on the Website in your Bible at John 15:12. You will also need a CD player and this month’s worship song, “Jesus Loves Everyone,” which you will need to download from the Website WORSHIP LEADER: “Hi there, friends! I have had so much fun with all of you this month learning that [Bottom Line] Jesus loves everyone! Haven’t you? (Pause.) I’m so glad that you have! Tell me, who does Jesus love? (Pause.) You got it! [Bottom Line] Jesus loves everyone! Raise your hand (raise your hand) if you or someone you know had to go to time out this week. Now raise your hand (raise your hand) if you shared your toys or did something really nice for someone. Did you know that no matter if you had to go to time out or if you did something really nice, Jesus STILL loves you? He does! Jesus loves us ALL the time and [Bottom Line] Jesus loves everyone! “I think it’s time to get things rollin’ with our song for this month! If you’re ready, let me see you jump up on your feet and clap (start clapping your hands) as loud as you can! (Pause.) Oh! I think you’re totally ready! Here we go!” Lead children in singing “Jesus Loves Everyone.” WORSHIP LEADER: “Awesome job, everyone! You sounded great! That song is a great reminder that [Bottom Line] Jesus loves everyone. Who does Jesus love?” CHILDREN and WORSHIP LEADER: [Bottom Line] “Jesus loves everyone.” WORSHIP LEADER: “One more time! Who does Jesus love?” CHILDREN and WORSHIP LEADER: [Bottom Line] “Jesus loves everyone.” WORSHIP LEADER: “As always, you guys sounded great! I’m so impressed that you’ve remembered everything we’ve learned so far this month! Let’s all say our memory verse together!”
CHILDREN and WORSHIP LEADER: “‘Love (make a heart shape by curving both hands together) each other (point to people around you with both hands) as I (point fingers to sky) have loved you’ (make heart shape by curving both hands together and then point to a friend), John 15:12.” (Open hands like a book.) WORSHIP LEADER: “You got it! Thanks for letting me join you today! I had so much fun learning that [Bottom Line] Jesus loves everyone. I can’t wait to hear our Bible story today! I heard it’s about a woman that no one loved except for ONE person. I wonder who that one person was? Let’s get ready for our story so we can find out! See you next time!”
Introductory Sketch What You Need: Baseball glove, some fun music for dancing, and a music player. Host comes out with the glove in hand. He’s sad because he just found out he didn’t get invited to a party. HOST: “Hi, there. I’m [Host’s name]. What’s your name? (Pause.) I’m glad you’re here today. It makes me feel a little better seeing your smiling, happy faces. I just found out that some of my friends are having a party … and I didn’t get invited. (Pause.) Yep, I’m feeling pretty sad about that. Hang head low and sit on a chair with elbows on knees and face propped up with hands. “At first I thought maybe it was a mistake and my invitation got lost in the mail or something. But when I asked my friends about it, they told me the party was only for the really good baseball players and I wasn’t good enough. I mean, I know I’m not the best baseball player in the world, but I’m really good at other things … like dancing! I’m an awesome dancer! Fun dancing music comes on. Jump up and begin happily dancing until the music stops. “And I’m also great at doing jumping jacks! Do jumping jacks with a huge smile. “Told you I was great! Stop smiling and go back to the chair. “It still makes me sad, though, that some of my friends don’t think I’m good enough to come to their party. It makes me wonder, is there someone who will love me even if no one else does? I’m sure [Storyteller’s name] has another true story from the Bible that will help answer my question. You sit back and get ready to listen.
Bible Story What You Need: Bible, bottle of bubbles, and a couple of large toy cars. STORYTELLER: “Hi! I’m [Storyteller’s name]. I want to tell you a Bible story about how [Bottom Line] Jesus loves everyone even when no one else does. Do you want to hear it? (Pause.) Great! (Open Bible.) “Today’s story is about a lady who had NO friends. I mean none … zero … nada … zippo … not one! And that made her very sad. That would make me sad, too! Can you make a sad face with me? (Encourage the children to make a sad face with you.) “Think of how sad you would be if you had NO friends! No one to play … (blow bubbles) bubbles with, no one to play … (push toy cars across the floor or table) cars with! No one to play anything with! Well, this lady had NO friends. And to make it even worse, some mean guys, called Pharisees, brought the lady in front of Jesus and pointed to her like this. (Hold arm out and point to the children.) Everybody point like me! Point, point, point! Yes, sir! That’s what they did. They pointed at the lady and told Jesus that she shouldn’t have any friends because she had done bad things. Isn’t that horrible? But wait. It gets worse! “Then the mean guys told Jesus He should punish her! Oh, my! That would make me SO very sad if someone did that to me! Tell me, have YOU ever gotten punished? Raise your hand if you’ve ever been in time out? (Pause.) Yes, a lot of us have. And it’s NO fun! “Well, the mean guys kept pointing their fingers and saying mean things like, ‘Nobody likes you, lady! No one wants to be YOUR friend!’ It was NOT good. But … (smile) you know who did want to be her friend? (Pause.) Jesus! Even though no one else loved this lady, Jesus loved her, because [Bottom Line] Jesus loves everyone. Who does Jesus love?” CHILDREN and STORYTELLER: [Bottom Line] “Jesus loves everyone!” STORYTELLER: “Yes, He does! [Bottom Line] Jesus loves everyone and He wants to be our friend, even when no one else does. Hey, you’ll have to let [Host’s name] know that there is someone who will love us, even if no one else does. His name is Jesus! Let’s pray. “God, thank You for sending Jesus to be our friend forever. Thank You that He loves us when no one else does. Thank You that nothing will ever make Jesus stop loving us. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen. “Thanks for listening to such a great story! “
Make It Stick (Application Activities, 35 minutes) 3. Face of Love What You Need: “Happy/Sad Scenarios” and “Scenario Descriptions” from the Activity Pages on the Website, white paper, sheets of happy and sad face stickers, and crayons. What You Do: Before the activity: Make one copy of “Happy/Sad Scenarios” from the Activity Pages on white paper for each child. Make one copy of “Scenario Descriptions” for leader. During the activity: Give each child a copy of “Happy/Sad Scenarios” and two of each happy and sad face stickers. Read the scenarios one at a time. After you read each scenario, ask the children if they should put a happy face sticker in the circle or a sad face sticker in the circle. Once you have read all four scenarios, instruct the children to color the pictures. What You Say: Before the activity: “We have been learning a lot about love this month. Love is amazing! It can put a smile on your face, even when you feel sad inside. Look at these pictures with me. I’ll read a little story with each picture and then I want you to decide if the person should have a happy face or a sad face.” At the end of the activity: “Yes, [Bottom Line] Jesus loves everyone, even when no one else does. Who does Jesus love? [Bottom Line] Jesus loves everyone! And Jesus wants you and me to love everyone, too! When we do, we can put a smile on people’s faces!” 4. Where Is My Other Half? “Where Is My Other Half” is an interactive activity that uses matching to reinforce the concept of friendship. What You Need: “Half of Hearts” from the Activity Pages on the Website, pink cardstock, yarn, hole punch, and scissors. What You Do: Before the activity: Copy “Half of Hearts” from the Activity Pages onto pink cardstock and cut out one heart half per child. (There are four different hearts. Make sure you have two halves of each design.) Then punch a hole in the top of each heart where indicated and cut the yarn into 5-foot pieces so each child gets one piece.
During the activity: Give each child one half of a heart and some yarn. Help the child string the yarn into the hole at the top of their heart and tie the necklace around the child’s neck. (Note: Make sure it is hanging long around their tummy and not too tight around their neck.) At the end of the activity: Allow the children to go around the room and see how many of their friends have the other half of their heart. When they find a match have them hold hands, jump, and then send them off to look for another match. (Continue as long as there’s interest.) What You Say: Before the activity: “I see so many friends in here! I have a wonderful game that we can play to have fun with our friends!” During the activity: “We can make heart necklaces. These are special necklaces that have only a half a heart. There are different sides to each heart. (Hold up heart halves.) We can make our necklaces and go around the room and see whose heart matches ours! First, let’s put the yarn through the hole. (Demonstrate.) Nice job! Now let’s wear our necklace. I’ll come around and help you tie the yarn together.” At the end of the activity: “Now go around and see whose heart matches your heart! When you find a friend that matches, hold their hand and jump super high! I cannot wait to see all of the jumping friends in here. Are you ready? Go! (Allow children to find their matches.) Great job! Everybody JUMP! Perfect! Now go find another friend who has your heart!” (Continue as long as there’s interest.)
Make It Real (Small Groups, 5 minutes) Small Group Time SMALL GROUP LEADER (SGL): “Have you ever had a friend be mean to you? (Pause.) It doesn’t feel good when people are mean to you, does it? People were mean to the woman in our Bible story today because she had done some bad things. No one would love her and be her friend anymore. Isn’t that sad? (Pause.) I think it’s very sad. But the good part of the story is that Jesus loved the woman when no one else would. Do you know why? (Pause.) Yes, because [Bottom Line] Jesus loves everyone. Who does Jesus love?” CHILDREN and SGL: [Bottom Line] “Jesus loves everyone.” SGL: “And that means Jesus loves you, even when other people don’t. That should put a smile on your face. (Smile big.) And when we love others the way Jesus loves us, it will put a smile on their faces too! Let’s say our Memory Verse together so we’ll remember to love others the way Jesus loves us.”
CHILDREN and SGL: “‘Love each other as I have loved you,’ John 15:12.” (Repeat as many times as desired.) “Okay, it’s time to pray. Today let’s make a list of friends we can love, even if they’re kind of hard to love sometimes, like maybe a brother or a sister or a friend at school that’s mean sometimes or does wrong things. We can pray and ask God to help us love them no matter what.” Write down the children’s names and what they say in your journal. Remember to print the words so they can recognize their names and letters. Mention their list when you pray together.
Prayer SGL: “God, sometimes it’s hard to love people when they do wrong things or hurt our feelings. But we really want to love others the way Jesus loves us. Please help us love (read list of people) no matter what. And thank You for loving us no matter what. You’re awesome, God! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
Get Ready to Dismiss Set any take-home creations where you or parents can get them easily. Greet parents at the door and tell them that this month preschoolers are learning that [Bottom Line] Jesus loves everyone. Encourage parents to repeat the Bottom Line at home and help their child understand that [Bottom Line] Jesus loves everyone. Have this month’s Parent CUE available for parents to pick up or send it in a monthly email. Encourage parents to use the activities found in Parent CUE to reinforce this month’s Bottom Line: [Bottom Line] Jesus loves everyone.