Jesus Wants to be My Friend Forever


MEMORY VERSE: “‘Come, and follow me,’ Jesus said.” Matthew 4:19, NIV









MORNING TIME: This month let your child wake up to, “Jesus is alive!” Clap and hug over

this amazing good news! Every time someone mentions Easter, make sure you remind

your child that we celebrate Easter because we’re so happy that Jesus is alive!


PLAY TIME: Let your child pick a favorite toy or stuffed animal. Tell him to hold

the toy out in front so it can be the “leader.” Play “Follow the (name of toy)” with your

child. When you’re done, cuddle up and talk about how Jesus is the best leader to follow because He loves us and is always right.


CAR TIME: As you drive, let your child pick a car to follow until you need to go a

different direction. Then let him pick a new car to follow. As you play “Follow That Car,”

tell your child that just like he chose which cars to follow, it’s up to him to choose to follow Jesus. Jesus loves us, and when we follow Him, He will always show us the right way to go.


BATH TIME: Spray a pile of shaving foam on the edge of the bathtub. Encourage

your child to spread the shaving foam along the edge of the tub and then use his

finger to make a road in the foam. Next, show him how to walk his fingers on the road he made and pretend it is Jesus riding into Jerusalem. As he walks his fingers, lead him in saying, “Hosanna! Hosanna! Yay, Jesus!”


CUDDLE TIME: Cuddle up with your child and pray: “Dear God, thank You for Jesus.

Thank You that He is alive and wants to be our friend forever. Thank You for forgiving us

and loving us no matter what. We have so much to be thankful for. I pray (name of child) will one day decide to follow You and love You with all of his/her heart. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”


PARENT TIME: This month, our preschoolers are learning that they can follow Jesus.

They are hearing how He came to teach us and show us the way to God. They are learning that He wants to be their friend forever.


Did you know that Jesus wants to be your friend forever too? Jesus loves you and wants you to be with Him always. He knows you and cares about what you’re going through, down to the smallest detail. Have you spent time with Him lately- either talking to Him or reading His word?


Take some time this month to read the Easter story (Matthew 26-28). Open your Bible (either paper or app) and see how much He loves you. As you read this well known story, try to imagine how Jesus must have felt on the way to the cross. Think about the fact that He died for you, yes you, because He wants to be your friend forever. But, that’s not the end. After three days, He came back, just like He said He would! Not even death could overcome the love of Jesus—the same Jesus who wants to be your friend. So try to find some time to spend with your friend, Jesus. Nobody loves you more.



WEEK 1/March 6, 2016 / LUKE 2:41-50, MATTHEW 5, 22:34-39

Jesus uses great wisdom to teach us what God wants us to know.


WEEK 2/March 13, 2016/ THE GOSPELS

Jesus tells the disciples to follow Him.


WEEK 3/March 20, 2016/ JOHN 8:2-11

People spread coats and palm branches on the road and shout praises as Jesus enters Jerusalem.


WEEK 4/March 27, 2016/ MATTHEW 26:20-30, 27:1-2, 28:1-7

Jesus eats with His friends the disciples one last time before being arrested and hurt so bad that He dies. After three days, Jesus comes back, just like He promised!

March 2016 – Night Light, See Through the Dark – HOPE

Hope is believing that something good can come out of something bad. It’s important to help kids know what to do when life throws them a curveball—when the play doesn’t pan out the way they think it will—to let them know that life will get messy at some point. But no matter how messy or confusing, God still has a perfect plan. He is powerful enough to make something good come out of something bad. To turn mess into a miracle.
Memory Verse: That’s why a great verse to get your kids to memorize is John 16:33b: “In this world you will have trouble. But be encouraged! I have won the battle over the world,”(NIrV)
Those are actually the words of Jesus. And if you want a demonstration of how God can use pain and suffering and do something powerful, just think about Jesus. More specifically, think about the message of the Gospel. The life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is enough to give us all the hope we will ever need, which becomes especially important this month as we get to celebrate and discovery more about Easter.

WEEK 1: I Thought He as Dead
We start our month on hope in John 11. Here we discover a moment when Jesus brought hope to two sisters who thought all hope was lost. When Lazarus died, his sisters were devastated. But Jesus used the opportunity to point people to God. Jesus was stronger than even death itself and raised Lazarus back to life four days after he was dead. Through this story, we want kids to remember that whatever happens, then can remember that how powerful God is.


WEEK 2: The Savior’s Play Book
Next, we’ll look at several passages throughout John 14-16. We get the chance to eavesdrop on the last conversations Jesus had with His disciples before He was arrested. At the Last Supper, Jesus takes one last chance to encourage His disciples with the promise of heaven, the Holy Spirit, and that He will always be with them. Through this moment in Jesus’ life, we pray kids will realize that whatever happens, they can remember what Jesus promised. It’s such a comfort to know that God is always with us and wants to be with us forever.


WEEK 3: The Greatest Story Ever Told
On Palm Sunday, we celebrate how Jesus was worshipped as He rode into Jerusalem. Yet, as we’ll see through passages in John 18-19, less than a week later, Jesus went to the cross for us. It was painful, but He endured all of it for us. We know that now, but when Jesus died, His disciples must have thought it was over—that everything they had hoped for would never come true. But, God wasn’t finished yet. Just like the disciples didn’t yet know the end of the story, sometimes our kids can’t see how there story will turn out. We pray that as they go through those times, they’ll remember God is always at work.


WEEK 4: The Son of God is Alive
Then, on Easter Sunday, we celebrate that we can have hope because Jesus is alive! In John 20:1-18, we’ll find out that all the promises that Jesus made are true. Everything that Jesus said and did lead to this moment. He paid the price for our sin on the cross and came back to life making it possible for us to be with God forever! This is something to celebrate! We want all the kids to leave believing that whatever happens, they can know that God loves them.

Here’s the reality: No one knows at what point kids may be going through a dark time that doesn’t make sense. But as leaders or parents, we have an opportunity to lay a foundation so that whatever happens in their life they can have hope.

They can have hope—

because of what Jesus said about heaven,
because of what happened at the resurrection,
because God’s story is much bigger than the one they see,
and because Jesus promised that He would always be with them!

Drop us a line!

Get in touch with us!