The Puppets are here, the puppets are here! We are so excited to welcome Hands Held High, our puppet ministry to 9:45a Large Group time at the ROCK for our elementary kids this week! They are going to give us a new view on forgiveness.
Forgiveness is a reflection of the character of God.
Throughout Scripture, we are reminded about God’s grace and forgiveness.
God makes us white as snow. (Isaiah 1:18)
God’s mercies are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
God is faithful and just to forgive our sins. (1 John 1:9)
When our relationship with God was broken beyond repair, God offered His only Son as the way to forgive us and restore the broken relationship.
Since we are created in God’s image, we have the ability to offer forgiveness when people in our lives hurt us. God’s love in us makes it possible for us to forgive others and work towards fixing our own relationships that break down from time to time.
Jesus made it possible for us to have God’s forgiveness.
God showed us just how much He cares about forgiveness when He made the ultimate sacrifice and sent Jesus to pay the price for our sin. While sin separates us from God, He offers grace and forgiveness as a gift for us to receive. We have been forgiven of so much, it’s only right that we turn to those in our lives and offer forgiveness to them in return.
That’s why we think it’s important for us to help our kids and families discover more about Forgiveness–deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.
Our Memory Verse for March comes from Colossians 3:13.
In Colossians 3:13, we read, “Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you.” (NIrV)
This verse, from Paul’s letter to the church at Colossi, reminds us not only that God forgave our sins, but also that we should forgive others instead of holding grudges against one another. We pray that throughout March, families will let go of what they’re holding against each other and choose to forgive. We think that this could be a powerful month in the lives of kids and families in our churches.
We will spend the month of March taking a closer look at the way forgiveness shows up throughout a few of the parables Jesus told His followers.
THIS WEEK for our elementary kids:
We continue Jesus parable of the Lost Son in Luke 15:21-32. Although the son returns ready to work off the money he took from his father, the father welcomes his Lost Son home, and even throws a giant party! But not everyone’s too happy about this. The kid’s older brother has obeyed dad all his life—without a single party to show for it. He’s sulking in the backyard until his dad shows up. And if big brother isn’t willing to let this whole thing go, he’ll miss out.
Bottom Line: When you don’t forgive, you miss out. The same thing is true for us. When we don’t forgive we have the potential to miss out on all that could happen through that relationship. God can give us the strength we need to forgive. And when we do, we get to find out the amazing things that God can do when we decided to forgive.
For our preschoolers:
This month, it’s all about Build It! Another fitting theme for Build to Serve. we’re working to build into kids a love for others. Imagine with me, for a moment, a world filled with men and women who love others the way Jesus loves us. That’s what we want for our preschoolers.
We’ll begin with the story of the Good Samaritan. He was a great example of how to love everyone. Jesus was always helping people—no matter who they were—and
that’s what the Good Samaritan did too. We want our preschoolers to know that they can love others by helping.
It’s going to be an awesome month of building with our preschoolers. We’ll be building into kids who can then proclaim, “I can love everyone.”
This week’s lessons:
Thanks! See you Sunday!