Sunday School at Home for March 27

God Loves Me!

Theme: God’s love is unconditional, and His forgiveness is unending.
Scripture: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32.
Complete Supply List:
● Lost-and-found box
● Several lost items (a single shoe, sunglasses, a toothbrush, a Bible, a necklace,
etc.)
● A Bible
● “God Loves Me!” video
● Something to play the video
● Napkins - 1 per child
● Spoons - 1 per child
● Chocolate pudding cups - 1 per child
● Large pink marshmallows
● Construction paper
● Construction paper in various skin tones
● “Welcome Home” handout - 1 for every 2 children
● Scissors
● Markers
● Glue sticks
● Ring Pop candies - 1 per child

The Children’s Sermon
You’ll Need:
● Lost-and-found box
● Several lost items (a single shoe, sunglasses, a toothbrush, a Bible, a necklace,
etc.)

Do This:
SAY: Have you ever lost something that was very precious to you? I have a lost and
found box full of things people have lost. Let’s have a look. (Go through the items in
the box and talk briefly about what each item might mean to the person who lost it).
Have you ever found something you lost? If so, how did you feel when you found it?
(Allow kids to share).
In our Bible lesson today, Jesus told a story about a man who lost something that
was very precious to him.
Jesus told the story of a man who had two sons. The younger son asked his father
to give him his share of the money that would be his when his father died. The
father gave it to him, and the boy left home to go out and see the world and do
whatever he wanted. The father was broken-hearted. He had lost one of his sons.
It wasn't long before the boy wasted all his money on wild living. He had no money
to buy anything to eat, so he got a job feeding pigs. It was a very smelly, gross job.
But the boy was so hungry even the rotten food he fed the pigs looked good to him.
The boy looked around at the mess he’d gotten into and said to himself, "My father's
servants live better than this! I will return home and beg for the forgiveness of my
father and ask him to take me back as a hired servant." As the boy approached his
father's house, his loving father, who had been watching and hoping for his son's
return, saw him coming and ran to meet him. He threw his arms around the boy and
hugged him and kissed him.
The father was so happy his son had returned that he gave him a robe and placed a
ring on his finger. He ordered his servants to prepare a feast. "My son was dead and
now he is alive. He was lost, but now he is found," he said.
Jesus told this story to show the kind of love God has for His children. When one of
God's children strays away, He always welcomes him with open arms when he
returns home. Aren't you glad that you have a Heavenly Father who loves you, even
when you may not deserve it? I am!

PRAY: Dear Father, we thank You for Your unconditional love and unending
forgiveness. We are thankful that even when we stray away, You welcome us home
with open arms. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Bible Memory Verse
"So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long
way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and
compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him."
Luke 15:20

You’ll Need:
● A Bible

Do This:
Lead kids in these steps to learn today’s Bible Memory Verse:
● Open your Bible to Luke 15:20.
● Read the memory verse several times and invite kids to repeat after you.
● Invite kids to do the following hand motions with you as you continue to learn
the verse together:

○ “So he returned home to his father.” (Make a triangle roof with your
hands).
○ “And while he was still a long way off,” (Point to a far away place).
○ “His father saw him coming.” (Make binoculars with your hands and look
through them).
○ “Filled with love and compassion,” (Hold your heart).
○ “He ran to his son,” (Move your arms as if you’re running).
○ “Embraced him,” (Give yourself a hug).
○ “And kissed him.” (Blow a kiss).
● Repeat several times.

SAY: Great job learning today’s Bible memory verse! The father in this story helps
us to learn about God’s unconditional love for us. Today, we’re going to learn more
about how God rejoices when those who were lost are found.

God Loves Me!
You’ll Need:
● “God Loves Me!” video
● Something to play the video


Do This:
Show the video.
ASK:
● Why did the father welcome his son back?
● Tell about a time you found something that was lost.

Pigs ’n Dirt
You’ll Need:
● Napkins - 1 per child
● Spoons - 1 per child
● Chocolate pudding cups - 1 per child
● Large pink marshmallows

Get Ready: Have kids clean their hands.
Do This:
Follow these steps for the “Pigs ’n Dirt” snacks:
● Give each child a napkin, a spoon, a pudding cup, and a marshmallow.
● Invite kids to open their pudding cup and insert their pink marshmallow into the
center.
● Using the ends of their spoons, invite kids to dip the spoon end into the pudding,
then “draw” two dots on the marshmallow to make a pig’s snout.
● Enjoy!
ASK:
● Why did the father celebrate his son even though he behaved badly?
● What does the father in this story teach us about God?
SAY: Great job making your “Pigs ‘n Dirt” snacks! Sometimes we turn away and do
things our own way, even when they are not good for us. Thankfully, we have a
Heavenly Father who is always willing to take us back if we confess our sins and
return to Him.

Welcome Home
You’ll Need:
● God Loves Me How-to video


● Construction paper
● Construction paper in various skin tones
● “Welcome Home” handout - 1 for every 2 children
● Scissors
● Markers
● Glue sticks

Get Ready: Before class, cut long, 2 ½ inch wide strips of construction paper, one
for each child. (This can be done by folding the construction paper into thirds
lengthwise). Kids will also need a separate piece of construction paper that resembles
their skin color.

Do This: Have kids follow these steps to make the “Welcome Home” craft:
● Give each child a “Welcome Home” handout, a piece of construction paper that
matches their skin, a cut strip of construction paper and scissors.
● Invite kids to first cut out the handout along the black line.
● On the full sheet of skin tone construction paper, help kids trace their hands,
then cut them out.
● Help kids lay their separate construction paper strip flat, then fold the ends
inward so they meet at the center of the strip. Press down the folds, then unfold
and lay flat.
● Using a glue stick, help kids attach a hand cutout to each end of the
construction paper strip. Then have them glue the “father” from the handout
inside the center of the strip.
● Invite kids to color the father and decorate their craft using markers.
● Open and close the “arms” to reveal the father welcoming his son home.

SAY: Great job making the father welcoming home his son. Just like the father in
this story, God our Father will always welcome us home to Him with open arms,
even when we stray away. He’s always right there, excitedly waiting for us.

Ring-and-Robe Prayers
You’ll Need:
● Ring Pop candies - 1 per child

Do This: Follow these steps to lead kids in prayer.
● Give each child a Ring Pop candy and have them spread out around the room.

SAY: In today’s lesson, the father welcomed his son home with a ring and a robe. He
didn’t deserve a celebration, but the father loved his son unconditionally, and
forgave him immediately. In the same way, God welcomes us to Him, and calls us to
forgive others.
● Invite children to pray silently. They can thank God for His unending forgiveness
and ask Him to forgive them of anything they’ve turned to that isn’t Him. (This is
a great time to invite kids to ask Jesus into their hearts as their Lord and Savior.
Have kids talk to a leader individually if they are ready to make that decision.)
● Close in prayer.

PRAY: Father, we thank You for Your unconditional love and Your unending
forgiveness. We are like the youngest son, undeserving of such a gift. Thank You
for welcoming us back to You time and time again. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Complete Supply List:
● Lost-and-found box
● Several lost items (a single shoe, sunglasses, a toothbrush, a Bible, a necklace,
etc.)
● A Bible
● “God Loves Me!” video
● Something to play the video
● Napkins - 1 per child
● Spoons - 1 per child
● Chocolate pudding cups - 1 per child
● Large pink marshmallows
● Construction paper
● Construction paper in various skin tones
● “Welcome Home” handout - 1 for every 2 children
● Scissors
● Markers
● Glue sticks
● Ring Pop candies - 1 per child
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