Bible Passage: Matthew 25:31-46
Aim: To prepare our hearts and minds for the shoebox service our primary school aged children looked at the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats to see that we show our love for Jesus by loving and serving other people.
To Think About: Sheep and Goats look similar, particularly so in the Middle East. What sets them apart from one another, is there character. Sheep: Rely on the shepherd. Follow the shepherd.
Goats: Are happy on their own. Like to go their own way. Don’t pay attention to instructions. Would eat anything they could find -including the shepherds cloak! The children put together the illustration to the left with their leaders’ help. They wrote Jesus’s name on a big piece of card and put a crown over his name to show that he is a king. They drew a sheep on one side and a goat on the other. The sheep would be blessed and they looked happy. They put a smiley face on the sheep. The goats would not be blessed and they looked miserable. Sad face.
Chat together about ways in which your family tries to follow Jesus, including showing His love to others. Why is important to show others about Jesus in this way? If you are putting together a shoebox together this week for next week, chat and wonder a bit about the person who might receive it. Pray for them.
Bible Passage: Judges Ch. 6 & 7. We focused on Ch. 6 and used The Message Translation
Aim: To show that God used an ordinary person, with all of his doubts and fears, for His purpose of rescuing the people of Israel.
Retold Here (Both Ch 6 and Ch 7): This video is aimed at upper primary, but a quality re-telling.
To Think About: What do we know about Gideon from that he says in Ch 6? What are Gideons fears and doubts in the whole situation? How does God respond to Gideon? Can we bring our fears and doubts to God today? Do we know of any ordinary people who’ve been used for God in big ways now-a-days? If appropriate, pray that God would use your family as part of his story.