Friday, 13 May 2016

Love Each Other: Exploring John 13: 34-35

Here are some ideas for exploring this passage...

This session was used with a group of children ranging in age from 2-10 so there are lots of hands on things to do! 

Memory verse hunt: Cut out the words of the memory verse below and hide words around the room. 

Everyone will know that you are my followers if you love each other. John 13: 35 

Children find words and have to make the verse when all words have been collected.

  • Make up actions to try and remember the verse.

  • Make bookmarks using the memory verse.  Make hearts using thumbprints

Talk about: 
What is love? 

  • Talk about love for friends and family. 
  • How do we show that we love each other? 
  • Jesus showed love for Peter. Even though Peter denied him, Jesus forgave him and gave him a job to do and Peter went on to do great work for God (we had been looking at some stories involving Peter in the previous weeks, so the children would have been familiar with his story) 
  • Who loves you? How do you know?
  • Why would we want people to know that we are Jesus' followers?

Some of the things the Bible says love is... 

  • protecting
  • not selfish
  • trusting
  • hopeful kind
  • patient
  • not jealous keeps trying

Make a mobile using these words and any others you can think of to do with showing love to others.

Other ideas:

Sewing hearts with wool.  

Tissue paper heart collage

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