Today we are starting to look at some of the parables that Jesus told. These were stories that Jesus used to help people understand and know more about him and the kingdom of God.
Follow through the page or choose the parts that work best for you and your child at home today. You don’t need to have all the answers, just chatting together and asking questions together will build your child’s relationship with Jesus and yours too! If anything comes up that you aren’t sure about and want some help to explain it to your child then get in touch.
Praying, worshipping and opening the bible together is an amazing thing to do as a family and will give you and your child tools to help them now and in the future. You’re doing amazing!
I hope you have a great time today doing Church At Home together!
Send your photos of what you’ve been up to, I’d love to see them and I know others in the church would love to see them too.
Watch this video about The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant.
After you’ve watched the video, act out the parable in your homes! You might need to play a couple of roles to tell the whole story.
You can find it in your bible in Matthew 18:21-35.
Questions to talk through together
- What do you think about the servant that was forgiven for all the money he owed? Do you think he made a good or bad choice to go to the other servant to ask for his money back?
- What do you think Jesus was trying to teach his followers in this parable?
- If someone has done something that upset you, do you think it is easy or hard to forgive them?
- What do you think it means to forgive someone?
- Do you have any ideas about how you forgive someone?
If someone has hurt you it can be really hard to forgive them! Sometimes you might even want to get payback. But God instructs us to forgive as he has forgiven us. This isn’t always easy but we can ask God for his help! After all, he knows the most about forgiving people for things they have done.
If you are finding it hard to forgive someone, pray and ask God to help you forgive as he forgives, ask to know his love for that person and for help to show that love.
If someone upsets you and hurts you often, it is always good to tell an adult you trust what is happening. They can then help you when they know what is going on.
Using card or paper, make a crown like the King would have worn. On the crown write the verse Ephesians 4:32.
‘Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you’.
- Fold an A4 piece of paper in half and draw triangles from the fold line.
- Cut out the triangles and you should end up with 2 halves of a crown.
- Glue the 2 pieces together at one end. Write the bible verse and decorate. Remember to leave space at one of the other ends to overlap when you glue it together.
- When you’re happy with your crown, glue both ends together to make a circle and parade around your house like a King or Queen!
Is there anyone you know you need to forgive today?
Is there anything you want to ask God for forgiveness for?
Write these things on a piece of paper, you don’t need to show anyone if you don’t want to. Take a couple of minutes to ask God to help you forgive the person and say sorry to God for anything you have done too.
You can then rip up this piece of paper or screw it up and throw it in a bin, knowing that you are forgiven and can forgive others.
You could finish by saying the Lord’s prayer together.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.