If Jesus changed the heart of a man like Saul of Tarsus, He can change any heart. As you do these activities with your kids this week, pray for someone in your life who needs Jesus. Nothing is too hard for our amazing God! Don’t grow weary in your prayers.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned about a mean man named Saul, who hated people that loved and followed Jesus. He took these people to jail and was cruel to them. One day he was on his way to a city called Damascus to arrest Christians there, when suddenly a bright light shone around him. Jesus spoke to Saul and asked him why he was doing these awful things to Christians. Jesus then told Saul to rise up, go into the city and find a man named Ananias. When Saul stood, he was blind and stayed that way for three days. Meanwhile, Jesus had spoken to Ananias and told him to go to Saul and cure his blindness. So Ananias did as the Lord said and immediately something like scales fell off Saul’s eyes. His sight was restored and he was filled with the Holy Spirit. Saul’s name was changed to Paul. He had been forgiven. For the rest of his life he told others about Jesus. (Acts 9:1-18)
- Jesus loves us even when we do wrong things.
- Jesus forgives us of our sins.
“But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
Psalm 107:1 (NLT)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us that Jesus forgives us of our sins:
1. Two-Sided Heart
Two-sided heart… Cut a large heart out of paper. Have your child make the heart look dirty by scribbling on one side or gluing some dirt. Turn it over and on the “clean” side, have your child draw or glue on some eyes that are open. Talk about the dirty side being a picture of Saul’s heart before he asked God to forgive him. Then turn it over and explain that when God forgave Paul, his heart was made clean and his eyes were opened.
2. God Forgives
Discuss what a sin is with your child. Have your child give examples of sins such as not sharing, or using unkind words. On a sheet of paper, draw an X for each example in pencil. Remind your child how God still loves us even when we sin. Talk with your child about how God always forgives us for our sins and erase all the X marks. Talk more with your child about forgiveness using these questions:
- What does it mean to confess?
- Who does God forgive?
- Who are we to forgive?
- Why should we praise God for forgiving sins?
3. Feel the Items
Clear an area in a room of all toys and chairs, so your child is able to walk around without hurting himself. Blindfold your child with a bandana and talk about how Paul was blinded by the bright light and couldn’t see. While blindfolded, have him feel a soft stuffed animal, smooth rock, rough bark of a tree, or squishy play-do.
God, thank you for the greatest gift—Jesus! Help me to love others as you have first loved me. Please forgive my sins and help me to forgive those who sin against me. Amen.
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