|June 20, 2010||Grade 2-3||Luke 15:11-31
|Heavenly Father’s Day
(The Prodigal Son)
Prepared by Vicki Waddell
Lesson adapted from: http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/rrsampleprimaryprodigal.html
Attention Grabber – about 10 minutes
Set up a small obstacle course with chairs. Pair the kids up. One child puts on a blindfold, while his partner’s job is to get him “home” by giving him directions to get through the obstacle course. If the partner is unsuccessful, he will need to take his blind partner and lead him through. Once all have gone through, switch roles, and maybe the course a little.
Tell the kids that today we are learning about a son who made some poor choices in his life and got himself into trouble. Life got really difficult for him and he finally returned home to his father, who welcomed him.
Read Luke 15:11-31 – less than 10 minutes
Watch DVD of Story, then discuss – about 10 minutes
For Video idea see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXfSrJV-BrY&feature=related
Spend a few minutes discussing the story with the kids. Make sure they understand that this story is a representation of God’s unconditional love for us.
The father in this story was a great father wasn’t he? He was so excited to see his son. He had been waiting and praying a long time for his safe return. He had been worried and was constantly watching and waiting for the moment he would appear over the horizon.
The young man’s father didn’t yell at him, or reject him. He knew that his son had learned his lesson and was sorry for what he had done. So he prepared a big party and invited everyone he knew to celebrate the return of his son. He celebrated as if his son had been dead and had now come back to life.
We don’t always get this response from our own fathers when we make mistakes, do we? Sometimes they yell at us and tell us that we didn’t make a very good choice or weren’t being very smart. Sometimes they give us a lecture about what we should have done. Sometimes we even get punished. But our fathers don’t do these things because they want to hurt us, they do them because they want the best for us. They punish us because they love us and want us to do the right thing.
When Jesus was telling this story, he wasn’t talking about our fathers here on earth, he was talking about our Father in Heaven. He was trying to show us how God loves us unconditionally. He loves us no matter what we do. He is sad when we do wrong and turn away from him, but he never rejects us and anxiously waits for our return. David said it perfectly when he wrote in Psalms 86:5, “You are kind and forgiving, O Lord, abounding (overflowing) in love to all who call you.
Memory Verse – 10 minutes
Play “Feed the Pigs” memorization game.
Psalms 86:5: “You are kind and forgiving, O Lord, abounding (overflowing) in love to all who call you. “
Prayer and Snack
“Father, we thank you for your loving kindness. We thank you that we can come to you whenever we have a problem and that you will always be there for us. We know that you are quick to forgive us when we mess up and will always welcome us back when we return to you.”
“I pray this blessing over each one of you.
Each of you is precious in God’s sight.
God sees you every minute of every day, he knows how you feel and what you are thinking, and he loves you.
I pray that you will come to know and love and trust Jesus with all your heart for all your days.
May the Lord bless you and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.
IF there’s time:
Play Audio Adrenaline’s “Big House” song and do words and actions! (see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4WwQxmtb-s&feature=related)