Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about the time when Jesus gave Peter a new job to do. Help our time together to be holy time. In your name we pray, Amen.
Bible Story: John 21:15-19
Peter was Jesus’ best friend. They did everything together. When Peter heard Jesus say that he was going to die, Peter made a promise to him, “I will never leave you Jesus, even if everyone else runs away.” Unfortunately, when the time came, Peter did not keep his promise. He ran away. He even pretended he didn’t know Jesus! Our Bible story for today tells us about what Jesus did after Peter broke his promise. He forgave Peter and gave him a new job to do!
Read the story together. You might have a hard time finding it in a children’s Bible, so you can use a regular Bible, or check out an Easy to Read Version here:
Here’s a great explanation of this story from Busted Halo:
Discuss as a family:
Why do you think Jesus asked “Do you love me?” three times? How does Peter respond? What new job does Jesus give Peter? Is he really supposed to look after some real sheep? Who are the sheep? How can we as a family “feed lambs,” “tend sheep,” or “feed sheep”?
Song: Do You Love Me?
This is a song I wrote to help my family remember this story. We each took turns being Jesus or Peter or the sheep. Have fun!
Activity: Food Shelf Scavenger Hunt
This week, we decided to take our story literally and do what we could to feed hungry kids in our community. There is a backpack program in our community that has a collection basket at our grocery store. We brought $20 and chose 5 things from their list of suggestions. Each of our kids then had to take turns hunting through the store for the things that would help feed hungry kids. Here is a pic of what our kids chose:
After we paid for the food, each of our children brought at least two of the items and placed it in the collection basket themselves. Then, we prayed (see below) before we went on our way. Our children really enjoyed doing something for others, and I hope you will, too!
Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith! I hope that this time was holy time for you.
Closing Prayer: (Can be a repeat after me prayer if you have non-readers in your family)
Dear God, we thank you that we have enough food every day, and that you give us enough to share. Bless this food so that it might help kids who are hungry. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.