Opening Song: The Apostles' Creed
Big Idea: Jesus is Our King (the Gospel)
Story: "Christ the King" - Spark Story Bible, pg. 474
Bible Story Video: The Good King!
Ask: Did you guys know that the church has its own calendar? What's the last month of the year in a normal calendar? Did you know today is the very last day in the church calendar? It's called "Christ the King".
Next week, it will be a new church year! So today is almost like New Year's Eve in the church. How do you usually celebrate New Year's Eve? ... Well, in the church, we have a party too - that's why the Sanctuary is decorated in white and gold, why we sing certain songs, and why we carry the cross in and out of the Sanctuary. It's a special day.
Say: All year, we've talked about Jesus and His upside-down Kingdom. So, to end the year, we are reminded that Jesus is our King and we are a part of His Kingdom. That mean, we want to act like Jesus and follow the ways of His Kingdom, which means loving God, and loving each other.
Song: Jesus is the King
Activity Sheets or Play
After the song, hand out the activity sheets. Younger children are welcome to play with the Duplos (encourage them to play out a story that fits with the lesson).
End with the Lord's Prayer when the Usher comes to let you know the prayers have started.