2) Songs: Start the Story Hour with the learning our names song. Go around the circle or table and introduce each child.
3) Prayer... praise God for sending his Son to die on the cross to pay our debt.
4) Theme: Remind the children of the theme of the unit: God sends his greatest gift, Jesus Christ our Saviour. John 1:14 “we beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father”
Tell them that they are going to hear a Bible Story again today that shows the glory of God in the death of his Son. God loves us so much that he gave up his only begotten son so that we might live forever more. Glory be to God!
5) Bible Story: Today’s Story is about Jesus dying for our sins. Read pages 430-434 from the Read and Learn Bible (Scholastic).
6) Text: Today’s Text is: “Jesus called out with a loud voice, ’Father into your hands I commit my spirit.’” Luke 22:46a
- Sun-catcher Cross
You'll need:construction paper,tissue paper (multiple colors),glue,scissors,paintbrush and paper cup (optional)
Directions:Even very small children are able to do much of this craft themselves. Cut a cross shape out of the center of the construction paper. Don't cut through any of the paper surrounding the cross shape. spread glue on one side of the paper (or dilute glue with water and allow kids to paint it on). Cut long, narrow strips of tissue paper in various colors and have kids place across the cross-shaped opening. Overlapping and changing direction of the tissue paper adds to the beauty and individuality of the cross. When done, trim tissue from edges of paper or you may glue another piece of paper with an identical cross shaped opening on the back, sandwiching the tissue paper between two pieces of paper, and revealing the colored tissue paper. These are lovely hung in a window.
- Contact Paper Cross… Cut two same sized squares of clear contact paper (available in rolls at most dollar stores) for each child. Peel the backing off one sheet and allow the child to “decorate” it by sprinkling on various colors of glitter or small confetti. Peel the backing off the other sheet of contact paper and lay it overtop of the decorated side. Cut out the shape of a cross if you like. Punch a hole in the top and add a loop of string so it can be hung on a window.
8) Closing Prayer... say the Lord's prayer together with the children
9) Going Home: Sing the closing together. Then, check to see if all the children have collected their crafts and coloring sheets before they go home. Say goodbye and tell them that you enjoyed learning about God together and were happy to have them today! You were, weren’t you?
10) Optional Coloring Pages:
simple cross with flowers on it: