teaching For Older Kids
Memory verse: Ephesians 2:8-10, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Our friendships are a super important part of our lives. We all want to have great friends that we get along with and have fun with. Jesus is the Master of friendships, and once we begin to see and understand how much Jesus loves us and gave Himself for us, then we are able to truly love the people in our lives in this same way.
I’m loved even though I’m not perfect: What happens when a friend messes everything up? When people mess up they often feel so bad about themselves. Sometimes they even have others who will make them feel like they are worthless. The truth is God doesn’t need us to be perfect in order to be friends with us. He forgives all the wrong things we do and takes away our shame. He loves us with all our flaws. When we understand how much God loves us and never gives up on us, we can start to love and accept others – warts and all.
teaching For Juniors
Parents this week’s story is about God’s amazing mercy and forgiveness. Peter denied Jesus and pretended he didn’t even know him. He couldn’t believe what he had done and was filled with shame. But after everything Peter had done, Jesus still loved him and restored him. We can have the security of knowing that God doesn’t need us to be perfect in order to love us.
At the start of the year, by the leading of the Holy Spirit Ps Garry urged us to declare Psalm 91 over our families each day. This video is the perfect way to help your child (and mums and dads too) to keep God’s promises of protection and security in front of their eyes and on their lips.