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For Kids: Forgiving | Lectionary 24 (Pentecost 16) | Year A

Opening Song: The Apostles' Creed

Note: Today's lesson is based on Genesis 50:15-21 in the Lectionary readings.

Big Idea: When someone says "Sorry" we need to forgive.

Story: Joseph Helps His Family - Spark Story Bible p. 60

Question (from the story): How would you have felt if you had been Joseph and were seeing your brothers after such a long time?

Do you think you would feel like forgiving them?

Lesson Video | Joseph Forgives

A video based on today's Gospel lesson from Matthew 18:21-35

Ask: Does anyone remember what we learned about last week? (Saying sorry)

Last week we learned about the importance of saying "Sorry". If someone comes up to us and tells us, "Hey, you did something unloving to me" it is important to say sorry and ask how we can make it better.

Now, if someone says sorry to you - what are you supposed to do? ...

Say: Jesus forgives our sins when we repent (turn away from them) and tell Him that we are sorry. Because Jesus forgives us, He wants us to forgive others - like Joseph forgave His brothers when they showed that they were sorry.

Can you think of a time when you forgave someone?

Song for Kids: We Are the Church

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.

(If you need more time)

  • Go around the room and ask the children to share something they are thankful for this week.

  • Ask them if there is anything or anyone they would like to pray for this week.

Ending Song: The Lord's Prayer

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