“Jesus is lost”
Treasure Hunt Resources: The children will find their own precious things!
Ask the children to go and get something that is very precious to them and bring it back to show everyone. One at a time take turns in hiding their precious things somewhere around the house. Reassure them that you’ll be very careful with it if they are concerned! Then allow each child to go and search for their precious thing and to find it again. Talk about how exciting it is to find it again and how happy that makes you feel!
Ask them to talk about a time when they have lost something, really lost something and not just had it hidden – or been lost themselves– and how that made them feel. Did not knowing where your precious thing was make you feel a bit worried or sad?
Talk about how sad you feel when you lose something precious or even worse when you are lost yourself somewhere. We’re going to read about someone little, like you, who was lost in our true story from the bible today and his Mummy and Daddy were very worried about him.
Beginner’s Bible, p. 296
THIS TRUE STORY FROM THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT JESUS GREW UP AND DIDN’T STAY A BABY AND THAT JESUS IS GOD’S SON.
1. Who was lost in this story? (Jesus)
2. How did Jesus’ mum and dad feel to have lost their precious boy? (Very sad and worried)
3. Where did they find him? (In the temple, which is kind of like our church!)
4. Is God Jesus’ Father? (Yes!)
It must have been very scary for Mary and Joseph to not be able to find Jesus. I know I’d be very worried if I couldn’t find you all! Jesus was fine though, he knew that God was his real Father and that the temple was a place where he could spend time with God – a little bit like we do when we go to church each week!
Dear Lord God, Thank you that you were looking after Jesus as he grew up, even when he was lost from his parents. Please help us to love going to church like Jesus and love learning about you from you words in the bible. Amen.
Extra Memory Verse Activities – John 3:16
Practice singing and doing the actions to the verse again. I never cease to be amazed by the power of music to help children remember!
You could cut out some fish shapes and write each word – or words as the verse is long – and put paperclips on them. Then make a fishing rod from some string and a stick and tie a magnet on the end of the string. Take it in turns to fish for the next word/words and stick them in order and practice saying it together!
Written and Compiled by Kate McIntosh, March 2012