Opening Song: The Apostles' Creed
Big Idea: Love others like God does.
Story: The Big Dinner Party, 365 Bible Stories and Prayers, pg. 252
Bible Story Video: The Parable of the Great Banquet
Ask: If you were having a party, who would you invite? Why?
Let's say you are having a party with kids from school. Maybe one of the kids in your class is poor - would you invite them? What if one was from another country and only spoke a little English - would you invite them? If there was a kid in a wheelchair - would you invite them? What about a kid who is blind?
Say: God's Kingdom is not just for people who are rich or have a lot of stuff or for people who are just like us. God wants everyone to be in His Kingdom. That means, we should show love and kindness to everyone - especially to those who the world doesn't show kindness too.
What are some ways you can show kindness to people who might need it this week?
Song for Kids: Love One Another
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.
Ending Song: The Lord's Prayer