Opening Song: The Apostles' Creed
Note: Today's lesson is based on Jonah 3:10-4:11 in the Lectionary readings.
Big Idea: Don't run away from God!
Story: Jonah and the Big Fish - Spark Story Bible p. 190
Question: If God told you to do something you didn't feel like doing, what would you do?
Lesson Video | Jonah and the Fish
Ask: How would you feel if you were thrown into the sea and a big fish swallowed you? ...
What would you do in the belly of a fish? ...
What did Jonah do while he was in the fish? ...
Say: At first, Jonah didn't listen to God in our story. But then, he realizes that he was wrong to run away from God. Remember that God wanted Jonah to help people by telling them that they were being mean and showing them a better way of living. But Jonah was scared. Do you think that God will help you if He asks you to do something?
If God wants us to do something - He will always help us do that thing.
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.