March 1, 2016 ther1188

Jesus Wants to be My Friend Forever

SMALL TALK

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

 

KEY QUESTION: WHO CAN YOU FOLLOW?

 

BASIC TRUTH: JESUS WANTS TO BE MY FRIEND FOREVER.

 

BOTTOM LINE:   I CAN FOLLOW JESUS.

 

PARENT ACTIVITIES

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.

 

SUNDAY MESSAGE NOTES

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!