The Parable of the Lost Son

In this session we are going to hear another parable that Jesus told which teaches us more about God's love. This Bible story is about a son who decides to ask his father for money so he can leave home. Let’s watch the video and see what happens:

 

Story Video

Video by: https://saddleback.com/

 

Time to Think and Pray

 

Questions 

  • Have you ever been lost from your parents?

  • How would you feel if you wandered off and got lost? 

  • What did the father do when his son came back home?

 

 

The son should have been at home helping his father with all the work he had to do, but he wanted to leave home and please himself. So he took the money that his father gave him, packed his bags and left. He wasted all his money on wild parties and soon he didn’t even have any money left to buy food. He got a job feeding pigs and was so hungry that he wanted to eat the pig food! He eventually decided to go home and say sorry,  but was worried that his father wouldn’t want him back. But his father was so happy to see him! He forgave his son, gave him brand new clothes and threw a party to celebrate his return! The son realised that he had made a terrible mistake leaving his father and felt happy and safe now that he was home.

God is like the father in this story. This is how he feels when we come back to him! If we stop following God and try to live our lives without him the Bible says we are lost. This makes God sad as he loves us so much. But whenever one of us comes back to God, he throws a party in heaven to celebrate because it makes him so happy! God loves us so much and wants us to be part of his family. When we are part of God’s family, we are safe because he is always with us and we will be able to live forever in heaven with him..

 

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you that you love us so much that when we decide to follow you, you throw a party in heaven and celebrate just like the father did in our Bible story! Please help us to not get lost but to always stay close to you. Amen.

 

This Week's Song: Speak Your Name

 

Colouring page by: https://ministry-to-children.com

 

 

 

This Week's Crafts: Dirty Pig and Hugging Father

 

Dirty Pig Craft

You will need: a shallow tray or dish, liquid soap, glue, scissors, pink paper OR pink colouring pens, brown paint, a straw and a copy of the printable template.

Print a copy of the template from www.allkidsnetwork.com on pink paper.or colour it in with pink pens. Cut  out and assemble your pig and follow the instructions on the above website to make your pig all dirty! Have fun!

Craft from: https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/

 

Hugging Father Craft

You will need: colouring pens or pencils, scissors, glue or sellotape, a cereal packet (optional) and a copy of the printable template.

Print the template. Colour the face, arms and hands and cut the pieces out. Your craft will stand up better if you stick the head and body to the back of a cereal packet. Stick the hands to the ends of the arms with glue or sellotape. You could write the following words on the body to remember the Bible story:

“Let’s have a feast and celebrate because this son of mine was lost but now he is found!” Luke 15 v 24

Alternatively you can follow the instructions on www.meaningfulmama.com

Craft idea from: https://meaningfulmama.com/