Kids Resources (February 2021)

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well 😊 This month we move on from Acts (!!) and look at our new theme around hospitality. Over the next three months in the main service, we will think about the art and possibilities of hospitality through the lens of Grace- receiving it, sharing it and offering it.

Some of the passages in the sermon series are a little trickier for younger children to relate to and so I am going to take the stories used throughout February and focus on one a month for the next three months.

In these stories we see how Jesus ‘the dinner guest’, always offered grace and ate with his hosts without condemnation. When we receive grace, how might that mould or change us, in terms of how our hospitality…? Hmmm.

As always, use these resources as much or as little as you find helpful to disciple your child/ren and share a little of what’s going on in the services on a Sunday morning 😊

Story Overview

Luke 7:36-50

In this story, Jesus goes to eat at the house of a Pharisee called Simon. While he is there, a woman comes in and starts to wash Jesus’ feet with her tears, wiping them with her hair and then kissing them. She also pours a jar of perfume over them. Simon gets triggered by this, knowing the woman to be sinful, but keeps his thoughts to himself. Jesus sees his thoughts and tells him a story of 2 people who owed debts to the same moneylender. 1 owed a lot more than the other, but both debts get cancelled. He asks Simon who he thinks would love the moneylender more and Simon answered the one who owed the most. Jesus then points out to Simon that when he arrived as a guest, he didn’t offer Jesus the expected acts of hospitality e.g. he didn’t give him water to wash his feet, he didn’t greet him with a kiss or offer oil for his beard, but the woman, in recognising her sin, being sorry and showing Jesus love in her actions has her sins forgiven.

Activity

To get us thinking, play a few rounds of ‘Would you ever…’ with your child/ren to get them thinking about if they would do these things for someone they really cared about, like a friend or family member 😊 Below are some ideas to get you started.

Would you ever…

  • Share you lunch with your friend if they didn’t have any? Even though that means you might be a bit hungrier?
  • Help your friend/sibling tidy their room so you could go out to play sooner? Even if they didn’t help you?
  • Share you favourite toy with someone who asked to play with it too?
  • Share your sweets with your friend/sibling? What if you had 3 sweets left- would you have 2 and give 1 to your friend or give 2 to your friend and 1 for you?
  • Help your friend/sibling up if they fell over?

Some of these examples are easier to say ‘yes’ to, or do, than others. Some of the examples above are really tough to do, like give more sweets to others if it means we have less, even for people we care about!

When we learn about Jesus, we learn that he always did whatever he could to help or be kind to others. In the story below we see Jesus show kindness to a woman that others thought didn’t deserve it and we see a woman who does something tough just so she can show Jesus how much she loves and is thankful to him.

Bible Bit

Here is the passage from the International Children’s Bible:

Luke 7:36-50

Simon the Pharisee

36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him. Jesus went into the Pharisee’s house and sat at the table. 37 A sinful woman in the town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house. So she brought an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 She stood at Jesus’ feet, crying, and began to wash his feet with her tears. She dried his feet with her hair, kissed them many times and rubbed them with the perfume. 39 The Pharisee who asked Jesus to come to his house saw this. He thought to himself, “If Jesus were a prophet, he would know that the woman who is touching him is a sinner!”

40 Jesus said to the Pharisee, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”

Simon said, “Teacher, tell me.”

41 Jesus said, “There were two men. Both men owed money to the same banker. One man owed the banker 500 silver coins. The other man owed the banker 50 silver coins. 42 The men had no money; so they could not pay what they owed. But the banker told the men that they did not have to pay him. Which one of the two men will love the banker more?”

43 Simon, the Pharisee, answered, “I think it would be the one who owed him the most money.”

Jesus said to Simon, “You are right.” 44 Then Jesus turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I came into your house, you gave me no water for my feet. But she washed my feet with her tears and dried my feet with her hair. 45 You did not kiss me, but she has been kissing my feet since I came in! 46 You did not rub my head with oil, but she rubbed my feet with perfume. 47 I tell you that her many sins are forgiven. This is clear because she showed great love. But the person who has only a little to be forgiven will feel only a little love.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 The people sitting at the table began to think to themselves, “Who is this man? How can he forgive sins?”

50 Jesus said to the woman, “Because you believed, you are saved from your sins. Go in peace.”

Videos

This one mixes a humorous and serious approach for older children:

This is from the Lumo Project and is a straighter telling older children might like it:

This is from Saddleback Kids:

Retell the story or read it together, depending on what you think will work best with your child/ren.

3-7s: After telling the story ask:

  • What was the name of the man in the story? (Simon)
  • Why had Jesus gone to his house? (For dinner/to eat)
  • What did the woman do to Jesus’ feet? (Washed them with her tears and poured perfume over them)
  • What did Jesus say to her? (That her sins were forgiven because she was so sorry)

Tell your child/ren that the woman in the story was sinful, she had done some bad things, just like you and me. Some people, like Simon thought she was a bad lady and Jesus shouldn’t have let her near him. The lady knew there was something special about Jesus and that he wouldn’t be nasty to her and so she really, really wanted to see him. She wasn’t invited to the house to eat and she knew Simon and the others looked down on her, but she didn’t let that stop her trying to show Jesus that she was sorry to him for the things she had done wrong.

And Jesus didn’t tell her to go away and come back when she didn’t do bad things anymore. Jesus showed her kindness by letting her wash his feet and show him she was sorry and loved him and he forgave her sins. Just like he does ours.

 Jesus teaches us to do things for our friends or family to show them love, even if it might be hard for us to do, like sharing favourite toys, helping to do jobs when we might not want to. Like when we played Would You Ever, sometimes we find it harder to do things for others because it might mean we ‘miss out’. But Jesus will always do the best for us and can help us to be able to do good for others too.

  • Can you think of any things you can do to show Jesus you love him?
  • Can you think of any ways you can show your friends and family that you love them?

7-11s:

After reading or watching the story ask:

  • Does anything stand out to you or have you got any questions about the story?
  • Can you remember what a Pharisee is? (A Jewish person who was very strict about following the law that they often thought that obeying rules was the most important way to live)
  •  How do you think you would feel if someone started washing your feet with their tears and hair?! I think I would find it awkward…!! It’s good to remember that washing feet was a part of the culture of their day and so it might have been a bit less weird. Talk about why the lady might have done it- Simon didn’t offer any water so Jesus’ feet were dirty, it’s not exactly a nice job to do for someone, shows her understanding of Jesus’ status versus hers, etc
  • The woman didn’t let what the others thought or knew about her stop her from going to Jesus. Simon thought he was more worthy or less of a sinner than she was. Was he right? (No, Jesus sees us all equally as sinners and his forgiveness is offered equally to us all)
  • If you could have a dinner with Jesus, would you? What would you serve him? What do you think you would talk about?

Talk to your child/ren about the woman in the story being sinful, she had done some bad things, just like we do. Some people, like Simon thought she was so bad that Jesus shouldn’t have let her near him. The lady knew there was something special about Jesus and so she really, really wanted to see him. She wasn’t invited to the house to eat and she knew Simon and the others looked down on her, but she didn’t let that stop her trying to show Jesus that she was sorry to him for the things she had done wrong.

And Jesus didn’t tell her to go away and come back when she didn’t sin anymore. Jesus showed her kindness by letting her wash his feet and show him she was sorry and loved him and he forgave her sins. Just like he does ours. He tried to teach Simon that what was important was how much she was sorry for her sin and that meant she could receive the forgiveness he then offered her. Maybe Simon, because he didn’t think he had much to be forgiven for, couldn’t receive well.

 Jesus teaches us to do things for our friends or family to show them love, even if it might be hard for us to do, like sharing favourite things, helping to do jobs when we might not want to but because it shows care and love for others. Like when we played Would You Ever, sometimes we find it harder to do things for others because it might mean we ‘miss out’. But Jesus will always do the best for us and can help us to be able to do good for others too, and amazingly, when we do put others first we don’t ‘miss out’.

  • Can you think of any things you can do to show Jesus you love him?
  • Can you think of any ways you can show your friends and family that you love them?

ACTIVITIES:

  • Have a browse of the printables and pick a picture to colour or a puzzle to complete.
  • Print out the template of a perfume bottle. Decorate or colour it. Write Luke 7:48 on the label: “Your sins are forgiven.”
  • Print out the booklet template. Colour the pictures, cut along the solid lines and fold along the dotted ones to create a booklet to help you remember and share the story with others 😊
  • Ever made perfume? There are many fancy ways to do this with essential oils and salts, but you could just have fun using water, food colouring, some herbs, flower petals, maybe even a bit of lemon juice?! Mix your ingredients and see how it smells!
  • Why not have a good sing along about God’s amazing grace?

Or the kid’s version:

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