Series: How God loves
Bible story: Luke 19 vs 1 – 10
Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 13 vs. 4 ‘Love is…’
We launched this mini series by talking to the children about what they think love is. Needless to say we were met with lots of comical answers including my dog, chocolates, cuddles and girlfriends (with one boy telling us he no longer has any girlfriends because they were too stressful). So parents take note on that.
We talked lots about what the bible says love is and what 1 Corinthians 13 says. We went onto talk to the children about how we are here to love everyone, even the people, who annoy us, upset us and especially the people we don’t like. It was amazing to hear the children talk about how this is something that they find really difficult to do.
The bible story we focused on was that of Zacchaeus the tax collector and how he was hated by so many people because his job was to take money of the people to give to the Romans. But out of everyone Jesus chose to go to his house for tea. The children talked lots about why Jesus did this in their connect groups.
All of the children in Hero Factory were challenged at the end of the morning to love everyone, even the people that they don’t like. They went home with a 1p to remind them of the story of Zacchaeus and to love everyone and that God is with us and will help us we just need to ask.
Why not spend sometime this week chatting to your children about what we were talking about or read the story of Zacchaeus again. Also make sure you check out your kids connect group sheets for more information about what they were talking and thinking about with their connect group leader.