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 how much Jesus loves us. Help our time together to be holy time. In your name we pray, Amen.
Bible Story: Luke 18:15-17
Read the story “Jesus Blesses the Children” or “Jesus Welcomes the Children” from a children’s Bible, your family Bible, or you can find an easy to read version here:
Discuss as a family:
Why do you think Jesus’ friends didn’t want children to see Jesus? Why do you think Jesus welcomed them? How do you think Jesus feels about us? What kind of people does Jesus love? What age of people does Jesus love? Does Jesus love you? How do you know?
Song: Jesus Loves Me
This Family God Time actually came about on the fly. My middle daughter came up to me with her prayer book and asked if we could do “Jesus loves me” after supper. I thought she meant she wanted us to sing the song together, so I said yes. As I was loading the dishwasher, she came up to me again, and I stopped to sing the classic song “Jesus Loves Me.” She listened, and then said, “Okay, now we go in the living room for God Time for Jesus Loves Me.” I was surprised, but didn’t want to pass up an opportunity, so we went for it. They wanted to sing a song called “Jesus Loves Me” from Group’s Cave Quest Bible School. You can hear a clip of the song here:
Choose “music” at the top of the page. It is the last song in this category.
This is my youngest daughter’s favorite song from Bible School. She will often ask it as a question: “Mama, Jesus love me?” “Yes,” I say, “Jesus loves you.” Then, she launches into the song.
Of course, you could also sing the classic version!
Activity: Jesus Loves Me Hearts
For our activity, I cut out hearts and wrote “Jesus loves me!” around the edge. Then, I let my girls use two heart paper punches and fancy paper to cut out multiple small hearts. They glued their small hearts to the large heart, and our project was complete. They have been using them as fans and cards to give one another. I suppose you could even hang them on a bulletin board or the fridge, if you want! This morning, my oldest daughter told me she wants a heart to decorate for each of our family members, so we all remember how much Jesus loves us. Guess I know what I am doing over my lunch break J.
Here are our finished products:
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 Jesus, we thank you for loving each of us, big and small, young and old. Help us to to remember that you love us always, no matter what. In your name we pray, Amen.