What is your story of grace? How far from the Father did you wander until you came to your senses? Do you remember the moment the Father ran to you, embraced you, and called you His son or daughter? Take a few minutes to answer these questions to yourself and express your gratitude to the Lord for His saving work in your life. Then enjoy sharing the parable of the prodigal son with your child(ren) this week through the following activities.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned about the prodigal son. A man had two sons. One of his sons asked for his inheritance and soon after left for a far off country. There he spent all his money in wild living and had to find a job. He ended up feeding pigs, but didn’t make much money for clothes or food. He was so hungry himself that he longed to eat even what the pigs were eating. Eventually he came to his senses and decided to return home and ask his father to forgive him and let him work as a hired man on the estate. As he was still a long way off, his father saw him and ran to him, threw his arms around him and kissed him. The son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” The father called his servants to put new clothes on his son and throw a party in his honor. When the older son found out, he was angry. His father responded, “My son, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” (Luke 15: 11-32)
When we tell God we are sorry for the wrong things we have done, He is ready and happy to forgive us.
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:6 (NLT)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us that God is Happy to Forgive Us:
1. Celebration Feast!
During snack time have a celebration and feast. Have your child spread a fancy tablecloth over the kitchen table and decorate it with paper plates, streamers, confetti, balloons, and bright colored napkins. Let your child enjoy some sweet treats such as cupcakes, cookies & ice cream. While he is enjoying his snack, talk about the story of the prodigal son and thank God for his forgiveness when we make wrong choices and celebrate God's love.
2. What is Sin?
It is important to help your child understand that we should forgive others, but it is equally important for him to understand that God first forgave us. Have your child scribble with a black crayon over a piece of white cardstock paper. Ask your child to tell you what sin is and explain that the black marks represent sin. Next, paint over the black crayon with white paint. Tell your child that Jesus forgives us and covers our sins, just as the white paint covered the black crayon marks.
3. Now You Are Found
Play a game similar to hide and seek. Have your child help you gather several of his stuffed animals, dolls or toys. Hide these items around the room. When you call them out have your child find them around the room. When the items are found, have your child shout “You were lost, but now you are found!”
God, We are so thankful that you love us even when we mess up. We know that by grace you forgive our sins. Help us to always try to follow your ways.
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