JUNE 4 – MIDWEEK LESSON

LESSON: GIFTS FROM GOD/GOD GIVES US FRIENDS//PRESCHOOL

INSTRUCTION TO PARENTS:  Read through the appropriate lesson with your child. We are praying for your families.

LESSON: GIFTS FROM GOD/GOD GIVES US FRIENDS//PRESCHOOL

MEMORY VERSE:

“God gives me everything I need.” Psalm 23:1

God loves us so much! He will give us whatever we need, and He knows what we need. He knows we need other people to play with, so He gives us friends. Friends are a gift from God.

Parent/Child Activity:

Give children a sheet of paper and have then draw a picture of their best friend. Ask them to use the correct color for the hair, eyes, and to draw any other features their friend has. When they are finished, display the pictures on the wall. Explain how their friend looks a little different from other friends, but all are from God. Because friends are from God, they are all special.

INTRODUCTION:

Friends are wonderful gifts from God and we should always be a good friend to other children. There are many things we cannot do all by ourselves. Sometimes it takes friends to have fun. Sometimes it takes friends working together to do the really important things in life. We also have a very special friend. His name is Jesus. Our story today is about a man who had an important change in his life. A good change, and it was all because of his friends.

READ: Luke 5:17-26 (Jesus heals a Paralytic)

*Parents: See attached picture story: The Man Who Could Not Move.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Why couldn’t the man get up by himself to see Jesus? (He couldn’t move.)
  2. Was the house that Jesus was in full of people or empty? ( it was full of people.)
  3. How did the man’s friends get him to see Jesus? (Through a hole in the roof.)
  4. What happened to the paralyzed man after he saw Jesus? (He got up and walked.)
  5. Do you think the man was happy he had such great friends? (Yes.)

APPLICATION:

Friends are very important to us. Jesus wants to be your best friend. There was a man who wanted to see Jesus, but he couldn’t walk. His friends helped by carrying him to the home where Jesus was speaking. They lowered him down through the roof to Jesus, and Jesus healed him. This was only possible because of his friends. Friends are a special gift from God.

PRAYER:

Lord, thank You for my friends. Help me be a good friend by showing love and kindness. Help me be brave to share Jesus with my friends so they can also have the joy that comes from knowing You. AMEN.

LESSON: THE LORD’S PRAYER//TEACH ME TO PRAY//Elementary

INSTRUCTION TO PARENTS:  Read through the appropriate lesson with your child. We are praying for your families.

LESSON: THE LORD’S PRAYER//TEACH ME TO PRAY//Elementary

MEMORY VERSES: THE LORD’S PRAYER                                                            (Jesus gives us this as an example of how to pray.)

“He said to them, When you pray say:

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed (Holy) be Your name. Your kingdom come.’ Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, as we also forgive those who sin against us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” AMEN.  Luke 11:2-4

Parent/Child Activity:

Ask the children to write at least five prayer requests on scrolls (or construction paper) and then help them roll up the paper and tie it in the middle with yarn or twine. Encourage the children to use the scrolls to pray each day.

INTRODUCTION:

We are to honor God when we pray. Prayer is how we talk to God. Jesus told His disciples there are right ways and wrong ways to pray. We are beginning our lessons on the Lord’s Prayer, and we will learn what Jesus says about praying. We may be used to certain types of prayers, but we will find out if those prayers actually line up with God’s word.

READ: Luke 11:1-4, Matthew 6:5-15 (Jesus teaches us to pray)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What does Jesus include in His prayer? (Acknowledges God’s kingdom to come and will be done, asks for food/daily needs, asks for forgiveness, asks for help with temptation.)
  2. What is a hypocrite? (Someone who says one thing but then does the opposite.)
  3. How do hypocrites pray? (They pray so they can gain the attention of others.)
  4. How does Jesus say we should pray? (Humbly, only for God’s attention)
  5. What role does forgiveness have in prayer? (We should ask God for forgiveness.)
  6. Why should we also forgive others? (Because a humble, forgiving heart will be able to receive Gods’s forgiveness as well.)

CONCLUSION:

Prayer is how we talk to God. Jesus taught us to be humble and sincere when we pray and not to focus on gaining the attention of others (like the hypocrites). Jesus gave us the example of recognizing God’s holiness, asking Him to provide for us, and seeking forgiveness from God and others. And as we learn to pray, we will enjoy a growing relationship with the Lord.

PRAYER: Thank you, God, for teaching us to pray! Help us to pray in a way that shows You honor and love. Thank you for Jesus’ example and for His sacrifice. AMEN.