Say hello to Hagar!
Hagar was very sad. She ran away from her home. She sat down and looked around. There was no one there. No one.
But God knew where Hagar was. He spoke to her, ‘It will be alright Hagar. Go back home.’
Hagar listened. She knew that God could see where she was. She knew that God is everywhere. Hagar said, ‘You are the God who sees me. You are the God who looks after me.’
Hagar was happier. She got up and went back home.
God sees you. God cares for you. Wherever you go, God is there.
Last term in Toddler Group all our Bible stories were in answer to this question – ‘What is God like?’. We took a story from the Bible to teach one truth about God each week. An alternative title would be ‘What does the Bible tell us about God?’
We answered the question by teaching that –
God is everywhere, God knows everything, God is holy, God is powerful and God is faithful. We finished with the Christmas story – God has made a way for us to know him.
Although it was Christmas when we told the last story I would think it was fine to tell the Christmas story at a different time of year.
Each week we used a story bag and a character or two. These varied from Pringle people, a mini Moses (toilet roll!) and knitted characters. I think the children liked the variety.
For the next few weeks I’ll post a story from the series. Look out for the first one later this week 🙂
You could easily tell these stories to young children at home too.
‘the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’ Mark 2:10b
This memory verse is from the story about the four friends who take a man to see Jesus. They carry him up onto the roof, pull it apart and lower him down in front of Jesus. Jesus tells the man that his sins are forgiven. This causes the religious leaders to become annoyed – who can forgive sins but God alone? Jesus makes the above statement and then to prove that he is God he heals the man completely.
Have some pictures of well known leaders who have authority – Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin for example. Talk about who they are and how powerful they are. Explain that the memory verse is about someone with even more authority than the most powerful leaders.
Read the verse together. (It could be written out on a white board). Explain that the Son of Man is a name Jesus often used when he was talking about himself. He alone has the power to forgive sins. He is the one sent from God to die on the cross taking the punishment that others deserve.
Taking it to heart
Read the verse together from the white board. let the children take it in turns to erase one word at a time and each time a word is erased say the verse together.
Do you ever teach a memory verse in Sunday School? Or in an after school church group? There are lots of ways to help children learn a verse from the Bible. So on Memory Mondays we’ll look at some ideas. New year – new Monday plan!
This Monday it’s Matthew 3:17 ‘A voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased’
Getting started – give some examples about the things people say about us – let the children give ideas too. I wrote some out in speech bubbles to give ideas.
Talk about what our parents might say about us.
Moving on – explain that God the Father had something to say about his Son – Jesus. Read the verse from the Bible to the children. Was it good or bad? It was good! God was pleased with his Son, Jesus.
Take it to heart– the verse can be cut up – get the children to put it back together in the right order. If children aren’t confident readers make sure that you go through the words first and give some clues. If the group is large then prepare a couple of cut up verses and get the children to work in groups.