Sunday School Fun Zone - Year 2 Toddler Lessons

What is God Like Series - Week 30 - God is So Kind!

Concepts Children Learn:

Prep: Mark you bible with these verses: Psalm 145:8; Hebrews 10:22-23. Print the b&w or color story pages: 1bw, 1color, 2bw, 2color, 3bw, 3color, 4bw, 4color, 5bw, 6bw, 6color, 7bw, 7color.

The numbers in parentheses tell you what Story Page to hold up while you are telling the story. (You don't need to read the words on the actual story pages. They are for use as posters or coloring pages). Only read words that are not in parentheses for the lesson. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do.

Key Bible Verse: Psalm 145:8. Other verse used in Circle Talk Time: Hebrews 10:22-23. Verses used as reference: Psalms 103:8-14.

LESSON: God is So Kind!

Intro: (1) Did you ever see a father who is mad? Its kind of scary. Sometimes you don't know what he will do when he is mad. Will he scream and yell? Will he say mean things? Will he punish somebody? Sometimes when we see our fathers get mad, we think God gets mad like that too. But, that's not what the Bible says. (Shake head no). Let's see what the Bible says about our Father in heaven. (Read Psalm 145:8). That means it doesn't get mad real quick. It takes a lot to get God angry. And, he doesn't punish us like we deserve to be punished. He gives us a chance to say we're sorry and he forgives us.

Let's listen to this story. It will help us understand what the Bible verse means. (2) Reggie was a boy who loved to color pictures. One day he decided he did not want to color the pictures in his coloring book. He wanted to draw his own pictures. He wanted to make his pictures really big! But he didn't have any big sheets of paper. Then he saw the wall. The wall would be big enough. And, it was nice and white just like paper! (3) So, he got busy. First he took his blue crayon and drew a big house on the wall. Then he use pink to draw a kitty cat, and yellow for the sun. Just as he was finishing making the last mark on a big sun, his father came in. (Whisper) Uh, oh. Now what's going to happen? (4) As soon as Reggie's father saw the crayon marks on the wall, he cried out, (speak in a calm but firm, pleading voice) "Reggie, what are you doing?" "I'm drawing a BIG picture, do you like it? Reggie asked smiling. Reggie was proud of his drawing! He was hoping his father would praise his hard work. But Reggie's father was not happy. He was very upset. He didn't want crayon marks all over his nice white wall. But he knew Reggie didn't really know that it was wrong to draw on the wall. " yes," he said, calming himself down, "its a very nice picture, Reggie. But, why are you drawing on the wall instead of your paper?" "My coloring book was too small. I needed a BIG sheet of paper. But, I didn't have any, so I decided I could draw on the wall!" Uh-oh. Reggie was starting to feel sad too because he could see that his father was upset. Reggie asked, "Di-Did I do something wrong?" "Well, I wish you had asked me for a big sheet of paper. We could've gone to the store and bought you some. Now we have to clean off the wall. I hope the crayon marks come off." So Reggie's dad asked Reggie to go get a pan of soap and water and two sponges. When Reggie came back with the soapy water, his dad showed him how to wipe off the wall. Thankfully, the crayon came off easily. Reggie worked really hard to scrub all of the marks off the wall that he had made. He didn't like when his dad was upset. (5) While he was scrubbing, he started to feel bad for what he had done. "I'm sorry, Daddy, for drawing on the wall. Will you forgive me?", Reggie asked with big tears in his eyes. (6) "Yes, I forgive you", his dad said, stopping to give Reggie a big hug. "Thanks for not getting really mad at me." Reggie said. "Well, Reggie, I know that you didn't know that it was wrong to draw on the wall", answered his Dad, "But now you know, and I know you won't do it again. In fact... you know what? I have an idea. How about this: Let's go to the store and buy some really big paper (hold your hands apart wide) and some brand new crayons?" (7)"Yea!" Reggie said, as he threw up his hands in delight. "That sounds great! Thanks, Dad!" So the two of them went off to the store hand-in-hand. By now his dad had forgotten about all the trouble Reggie had gotten into. He was just happy to do kind things for his son because he loved him so much! And, now Reggie would be free to draw all the big pictures he wanted to! But, this time he would do it his dad's way. The End.

Let's have snack, and then we will talk about how God is like the father in this story.

CIRCLE TIME: (What does this mean for me?)

Let's talk about the story. Reggie's dad didn't like it when Reggie had done something wrong. Who can tell me what Reggie did wrong? (Let children answer). Yes. He drew on the wall with crayons. But, Reggie's dad didn't yell at Reggie. He was patient with Reggie. He understood that Reggie didn't really know that it know what he was doing wrong. So, he didn't punish Reggie, even though Reggie deserved to be punished. He just explained that drawing on the wall was not a good thing to do. Did you know that our Father in heaven is like that too? God is patient with us too. He doesn't blow up at us and punish us when we do something wrong. He is kind to us, and he is patient with us. He is waiting for us to come and tell him and we're sorry when we know we did something wrong. What happened after Reggie said he was sorry? (Let children answer). Yes, he forgave Reggie. That's how God is with us too. It hurts God when we sin, but he forgives us when we say we are sorry for our sins and mean it. Reggie's father did something else kind too. He helped Reggie do better next time. He went and bought Reggie a great big pad of paper and some brand new crayons! That was really kind, huh? Then Reggie was so happy. And, God is kind and helps us do right too.

I'm glad Reggie's dad treated him with kindness. Reggie didn't have to be afraid of his dad. He could talk things out with his father. Did you know that God doesn't want us to be afraid to talk to him either? Listen to this verse: (Read Hebrews 10:22-23). And we don't have to be afraid that God won't forgive us, because now we know that he will. Let's talk to God now and thank him for being so kind.

PRAYER: Allow children to pray after adult prays.
God is Kind Activities, God is Kind Crafts.

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