This session is for children aged 1-4, but do keep it really short and simple for under 2’s.
Make sure you read the full session before you start, and check out these practical tips to get the most out of your time together.
We pray you’ll have a wonderful, fun time with your little ones!
Today is our next session on HEROES!!
Today’s aim is to learn that we can love spending time with God – it so important and so wonderful!
Make it special: Give everyone in your family a big hug or high five and say ‘I love you!’
WORSHIP (6 MINS)
You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:
INTRO VIDEO (8 MIN)
EXPLORE THE STORY TOGETHER (2 MINS)
Watch the video below…
Or choose a story bible:
Candle Bible for Toddlers p198 (short version)
Lion First Bible pp272 (longer version)
Jesus Calling Bible p128
QUICK UNPACK (2 MINS)
Daniel loved to be with God.
He knew it was so good to spend time with him.
Daniel was a hero because he didn’t let anything stop him being with God, even danger and fears and threats. AMAZING!
Say this to your child: WHO LOVES TO BE WITH GOD?
Help your child to answer: I DO!
Keep saying it with different voices; fast, slow, high, low…
FUN ACTIVITIES (5-10 MINS)
The story: Use any toy lions and mini people you may have to play out the story of Daniel in the den (or use any other toys and your imaginations!). Who could be Daniel? What about the King? I wonder how Daniel felt in the den… How did God shut the lions’ mouths… Wow, Daniel loved to be with God!
Or pretend to be lions: call out different instructions to your family: roaring lions, hungry lions, sleeping lions, happy lions, slow lions, fast lions…
Create: a simple lion puppet using the template provided. Use a straw or piece of card if you don’t have a lolly stick.
Colouring of the story
Resources: pdf template of activities, scissors, colouring pens, tape/glue, card/paper.
PRAYER TIME (2 MINS)
- SHOUT OUT: WHO LOVES TO BE WITH GOD? I DO!
- Experience God: you could put out your hands to receive from God, or hold your lion puppet, then pray for open hearts and say ‘let’s get ready to feel and know God with us now in our bodies, our heads, our feelings…’. Ask Holy Spirit to come with his love, joy, peace, goodness… Have faith and be confident to wait for him to come and enjoy God’s presence together!
- Share what you are feeling or sensing to help your child begin to recognise God with them: For example: ‘Ooh I feel so much joy inside’, ‘my hands are tingling because God is here’, ‘I feel very happy or excited’, ‘I am thinking about Jesus’ love for me,’ ‘Thank you Holy Spirit for being with us’. Keep praying for your child to know and love being with God (valuing his presence), that they will want to be with him and see it as the most important thing as they grow up!
Share your fun times with us! Show us your Super Duper Love Glasses! What was Holy Spirit showing you for others? How will you be kind this week?