We are starting a new series called – Telling God’s Story.
The aim is for children to spend some time meeting or revisiting important characters in the bible, and learning about their story. Each week we will aim to link it to children’s lives now.
Game: Hide and ssssssssseeeeekkk.
Play a game of hide and seek around your house/ garden. The person sssssssseeking can act like a snake to try and find Eve, alternatively One person hides an apple in the room, and the others have to find it – whoever finds it first is the winner. Play a few rounds as this gives a clue to what our first story will be this week.
Bible verse: Genesis 2, 17 “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.” Have a read through the bible verse, can they guess who they will be learning about today? Throughout the series try to encourage children to get involved finding the verse for the week with you.
Have you ever done anything wrong? Did you blame anyone? What should we do when we have messed up? People have always got things wrong and they have always blamed other people for their mistakes. Even the very first people that God created made a mess of things.
Even after God warned them they still messed up.
I can think of lots of times when I have messed up, even this week.
We will make mistakes – even the first humans made mistakes. But Jesus came to make a way for us and to die on a cross so we could be forgiven. Today, use time during the craft or reflection to think about some things you might want to say sorry for. Give those things to God.
KING OF MY HEART
GOOD GOOD FATHER
PLAYDOUGH: God created Adam and Eve, can you use playdough to create a man and a woman? Perhaps to create an apple and a snake? Whilst creating talk about times you have made a mistake and how you felt. Let children watch the stop motion to get ideas here
CRAFT Using resources that you have available, find a creative way to make a snake. You may use a toilet roll cut up and decorated like this, or perhaps a paper plate like this, or if you have card you could try this, if you have pasta and string you could try this – As you create your snake, write the bible verse on and discuss the story. Talk about the difficulties of making good choices every single day, and how God loves us no matter what - we can say sorry when we have made a mistake.
Have slips of paper ready, and a container in the middle of the table. Have a think about the questions at the end of the video, talk together and for those that can write down the answers on the paper. Any things we want to say sorry for, put in the container and choose a way to give them to God – perhaps throw them in the bin, or rip them up together, you could possibly find a way to safely burn them – to signify that whatever we need to say sorry for, God hears and loves it when we bring it to him. Adults, I encourage you to join in and model this process.
What could we say sorry for this week?
Why is it important to be honest with God the Father?
Will God always love us, even when we get it wrong?
What does God think about me?
Is what happens in this story the end of God's big story?
How did Jesus make a way for us to be in God's family?
God, thank you that you created me. Thank you that you always have a plan, even when we get it wrong. Thank you that you sent your son Jesus to save us. I pray you will help me this week to do good things and to come to you and say sorry when I get it wrong. Amen
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