Sunday School at Home for December 26

Losing Jesus

Theme: Sometimes we get so busy we lose Jesus.
Scripture: Luke 2:41-52

Complete Supply List:
● “Losing Jesus” video
● Something to play the video
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The Children’s Sermon
Do This:
SAY: Have you ever been at a festival or event and lost one of your family members
in the crowd? (Invite children to briefly share.)
It reminds me of a story about a boy named Matthew, who got lost while his family
was doing some last-minute Christmas shopping at the mall. Matthew’s family was
terrified! Why do you think they were scared? (Pause for responses.)
All the family members went looking in different directions, and do you know
where they found the little boy? (Let the children guess.) Matthew was in the candy
shop, looking at all the delicious candy. He didn’t look lost. He didn’t even know he
was lost. After all, he was right where they left him!

● Did the place where Matthew was found surprise you? Why or why not?
● Can you think of a time you got lost? How did it make you feel?

This story of Matthew reminds us of a time when Jesus' parents lost Him. Think
about how it wasn’t surprising that Matthew was found in a candy shop. Now, think
about what you know about Jesus.
When Jesus was a young boy, His parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the
Passover. After the feast was over, as Mary and Joseph were traveling back to
their home, they began to look for Jesus, but He was nowhere to be found. When
they couldn’t find Him, they turned around and went back to Jerusalem to look for
● Where do you think Jesus might have been when His parents lost Him?
Do you know where they found Jesus? He was in the temple. Like Matthew, Jesus
wasn’t worried or frightened. When His parents found Him, He said to them, "Why
were you searching for Me? Didn't you know I had to be in My Father's house?"
Just like Jesus’ parents, sometimes we can lose Jesus. Do you ever feel like you
lose touch with Jesus? Sometimes we get so busy that we stop thinking about
Jesus or spending time with Him. The good news is, we can always find Him when
we look. Maybe connecting with Jesus means stopping to pray, going to church, or
reading the Bible. When we go looking for Jesus, He’ll be right there waiting for us!

PRAY: Dear Jesus, when we have lost Your presence in our daily life, help us
remember that You are still there waiting for us to come back to You. Help us keep
You in our hearts and minds every day. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Losing Jesus Video
You’ll Need:
● “Losing Jesus” video
● Something to play the video
Do This:

Show the video.

● Do you think the cops looking for Jesus were good at their job? Why or why
● Where would you have looked for the missing Jesus?
● When you get too busy for Jesus, how can you find Him?

Still Prayers
Do This:
● Invite kids to sit in a circle.
● Challenge them to sit still and quiet for one minute.
● Next, explain we often get so busy in life that we forget how to be still before
● Invite kids to pray silently, asking God to help them not to miss Jesus’ lessons in
their lives.
● Close in group prayer.

PRAY: Dear God, we confess that we can become too busy. So often, the day or
week passes before we’ve made time to pray and worship You. Help us put Jesus
first in our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Complete Supply List:
● “Losing Jesus” video
● Something to play the video
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