28 Nov Gospel For Tots Lesson 3 : God Loves Me?
God loves me?
- Know the promises of God’s love for us
- Know the extent of His love (send His only Son to die for us)
Verse for the Teacher and Kids:
John 3: 16
““For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son.
God gave His Son so that whoever believes in Him may not be lost, but have eternal life.”
2 trays, mixed alphabets (with at least two sets of L O V E), 2 plates, word card for LOVE, BluTack/magnets, Whiteboard markers, class bible (with 6 pieces of folded paper- paper #1: picture of David, paper #2: phrase from David “The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need.”, paper #3: phrase from Psalms “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.”, paper #4: picture of John, paper #5: phrase from John “God is love”, paper #6: picture of Jesus with a detachable mask on the face), figurine/picture of Adam and Eve, Powerpoint Slides/storybook/flash cards of Adam and Eve’s story, picture of Jesus nailed on the cross, bag of sweets/cookies, 12 pieces of drawing paper with a cross made by masking tape, paint (at least 4 primary colours), paintbrush, colour pencils, art aprons, pencils.
- Divide the children into 2 teams and get them to line up in a straight line behind the starting point.
- At the other end of the room, place 1 tray with mixed alphabets inside for each team and next to tray, place a plate each.
- Display the word LOVE on the board and once the game begins, children will take turns to go to the tray, pick out one letter (one child can only pick one letter) and place it on the plate. The goal is to spell out the word LOVE correctly.
- Game ends when both teams have managed to pick out and arranged the letters correctly to spell LOVE on their respective plates. (Game may run one more round to ensure everyone has a turn)
- Elicit to the children that we are going to talk about LOVE today!
- Ask the children who do you think loves them a lot (eg. mother, father, grandparents, siblings and friends) and how do they know these people love them (eg. because they say they do, they buy gifts for you or love spending time with you).
You may create Powerpoint Slideshow to engage children more with visual examples.
- Now, ask the children: “Do you think God loves you? Why and why not?” (Gather their responses. Affirm with the children that God really loves them a lot, and in fact, more than their parents or anyone they mentioned earlier.
- Write the key question of the day on the whiteboard: “How Do I Know God Loves Me?”
- Tell the children that even though God does not appear before us and tell us He loves us, He has left many love messages to tell us how much He cares for us: yesterday, today and always. Ask: where do you think God left the love messages? (in your letterbox? in your bag?)
- Get a volunteer to bring the class bible (that has the notes clipped into the pages beforehand) to you and elicit to them that the bible is a book where it talks about many people who have found out about God’s love and wants you to know how much God loves you too.
- Open the bible and take out the first folded paper. Unfold it to reveal a picture of David and tell the children that David is a famous character in the bible who wants to tell us about God’s love. He is this little boy who takes care of sheep and later becomes a king. Display the picture of David on the whiteboard (with BluTack or magnet).
- Turn the bible page and take out the next folded paper. Reveal it to show the phrase: “The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need.” Explain that David has wrote many songs and poems about God to show us how God really loves us. We are like sheep and God takes care of what we need (eg. food, love, home, family, family).
- Turn the bible page and take out the next folded paper. Reveal it to show another phrase from Psalms, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.” Explain to the children that God does not only love us now or when we are good, but even when we are naughty, even when we get older, He loves us forever if we believe in Him.
- Turn the bible page and take out the next folded paper. Reveal it to show the picture of John, who is one of Jesus’ students (disciple), that is greatly loved by God, just like us. Turn to the next bible page and take out the slip of paper with the phrase: “God is love.” Explain to the children that God surely loves us because He IS love! He created us to be loved by Him.
- Now, tell the children that you are going to show them the biggest reason why God loves them and it comes from this man (take out the last piece of folded paper in the bible and reveal the picture of a person with a mask pasted over the face). Ask the children if they know who this is (they probably would not know since the face is covered). Display this masked person’s image on the whiteboard.
- Take out the figurine/picture of Adam and Eve. Explain that we must go back in time to the moment after Adam and Eve was created, before we reveal who this man is.
- Tell children the story of Adam and Eve being tricked by the serpent (Satan, the bad guy, who is jealous of God and His creation) into eating the fruit that God has forbade them to eat. God was very sad and angry that Adam and Eve did not listen to His instruction and they were chased out of the beautiful garden that God made for them. It was a sad day for everyone.
You may use Powerpoint Slides/storybook/flash cards to engage the children with visual examples.
- After Adam and Eve went out of God’s garden, it seemed like they are separated from God. But it is not true! God has a wonderful plan for His children and those who believe in Him. God sent His only son, down from heaven, to the world. Do you know the name of God’s only Son?
- Take off the mask from the picture earlier on and reveal it to be Jesus Christ, the only Son of God. Display the verse from John 3: 16 on the board and read it to the children: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son. God gave his Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.”
- Explain to the children that God had to send His only Son down because everyone has sins (stains in their hearts that sometimes do not love God, forget about God or disobey God) and only the pure blood of God’s son can wash our sins clean from our lives so that we can go to heaven and join God one day.
- God love us so much and He wants to have a relationship with us again after Adam and Eve disobeyed Him. So He had no other way but to send His only precious son to die on the cross for us (display the picture of Jesus being nailed on the cross), so that His blood can wash us clean from all our bad ways if we believe in Him!
- Give an example by taking out a bag of sweets/cookies: It is like me having my one and only favourite bag of snacks, but because I love all of you so much, I am willing to give out all my sweets/cookies to you, even if I have nothing left in the end. I give you my favourite thing because I love you. So God also gave His favourite and only son to die for us so that we are no longer separated from Him!
- Affirmation time! Ask the children some questions:
– So now do you know that God loves you a lot?
– Do you believe He loves you?
– How do you know He loves you?
– Do you want to love God too?
- Do a closing prayer with the children:
– Thank God for loving me so much.
– Thank God for sending His only Son for our sins.
– Thank You for wanting to have a relationship with us even though sometimes do naughty things.
– Pray that we know you deeper and love you more each day.
“The Cross” finger painting activity:
- Get the children to wear art aprons.
- Give out a drawing paper with a cross made by masking tape to each child (paper should be labeled with their names before painting begins).
- Provide different colours of paint on paper plates for children and a wet cloth.
- Get children to dip their fingers in the paint and apply the colours onto their drawing paper with their fingers.
Alternatively, you may want to change the paint to colour pencils or use paint brushes instead of finger painting.
- Once their drawing paper is entirely painted, leave it to dry.
- Once dried, tear out the masking-taped cross slowly to reveal the white cross (that is not stained by the paint).
- Explain to the children that even though we may mess up and have many sticky sins, but if we believe in God’s love and His only Son that died on the cross for us, we are cleansed just as white as the cross on our art piece!Tips:
– Break the activity into two groups if you find it hard to manage the whole group. 1 group can do painting first, while the other can play with some toys.
– Prepare a pail of water and cloth for those who have finished their piece to rinse their hands and wipe dry to minimise mess when short-handed.
– Minimise the paint selection if you want to minimise the mess and if you want to use paint brush, ensure there is enough to be shared for better management of the activity.
– Do not use masking tape that is too strongly adhesive as it may damage the paper
when you tear it out. A paper masking tape is recommended.
– Do not tear out the masking tape before the paint dries as it will create a hole since the paper is still wet.
Take Home Sheet
This Week’s Sunday School…
God loves me?
We learnt that:
- God has left me many love messages in the Bible!
- God loves me so much that He send His only Son to wash my sins away!
Take Home Questions for the Kids:
- Where does God leave His love messages for you?
(Answer: In The Bible.)
- Who tricked Adam and Eve, making God sad and angry?
(Answer: The Serpent, Satan)
- Who is God’s Only Son?
(Answer: Jesus Christ)
- How do I know that God loves me?
(Answer: He sent His precious only Son to die and wash my sins away with His blood.)
Quote of the Week:
God loves me so much that He sent His only Son to die for me.