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Family Worship Time for Sunday October 4th
Dear Jesus, thank you for this time together with my family to talk about you.
Please help us to learn more about you from the Bible. Amen
Watch: SJ Kids Sunday School Hour!
Activity: Healing our Hurts
What you need
Butcher paper, variety of Band-Aids, writing utensils
What you do
Draw a big outline of a human on the butcher paper. If you don’t have big paper just draw a human on whatever size you do have.
Go around the room and first brainstorm what God has said about them. Write down those positive things on the paper human.
Then go around and write in some things that people have said to them that were hurtful or mean or they’ve heard someone else say. Write those hurtful words down on your human.
Have everyone take their Band-Aid and take turns coming up and covering the mean words up with a Band-Aid until all the mean words are covered.
What you say
Words can hurt us and leave permanent marks. Forgiveness can cover up those mean words and help us only see the good things that God sees and calls us.
Forgiveness seems easy until we try to do it ourselves, then we realize it is very hard. When someone treats us unfairly or hurts us, we want to get them back. But Jesus you died for us, even though that’s not fair. You made it possible for us to be in your Kingdom, and we aren’t even always thankful for that! Help us to remember what you did for us when we have to forgive. Give us the strength when it is just too hard and we can’t do it. We love you Jesus and thank you for forgiving us. Amen
Forgiveness was the theme this week! Sometimes kids find it easier to forgive than adults do! Forgiveness is something we start teaching our kids at a young age, because we can all understand what it feels like to be hurt by someone. Forgiveness is something that is so easy to talk about, but really hard to actually do. For kids, we start with the importance of obedience before understanding. We don’t always understand completely how forgiveness works, or even why we need to forgive, but actually saying the words out loud and keeping them from getting revenge is the first step in the lifelong lesson of practicing forgiveness.
Share your own personal stories of how you’ve been hurt and had to forgive. Use everyday events like someone cutting you off on the road or a mistake at a restaurant or even times when you have to break a promise you made to your child to talk through forgiveness. We forgive our children, and sometimes our children have to forgive us! When offenses happen in a family, use those as starting points to talk about forgiveness and healing.
Challenge: ways your child can FORGIVE this week:
Write some sins that you have committed on paper, or write some sins that you are angry at someone else about on that paper. Instead of getting mad: drop them at Jesus’s feet. He will take care of it all for you. Pray about the things you wrote on your paper. Forgive someone today. Don’t just say, “It’s OK” or “No problem!” Actually say, “I forgive you.”