Sunday School Fun Zone - Year 2 Toddler Lessons

What is God Like Series - Week 31 - God is My Abba, Daddy!

Concepts Children Learn: God loves you so much that he wants to adopt you and be your Father in heaven! God wants us to so close to him that we can call him Daddy.

Supplies needed for lesson: Play dough, Cabbage Patch Doll TM with birth certificate. Prep: Mark you bible with this memory verse: 2 Cor. 6:18. Print the b&w or color story pages. You may already have the following pages from previous lessons: Pictures 2 from lesson 27; picture 3 from lesson 28; picture 8 from lesson 24; picture 9 from lesson 6; picture 10 from lesson 14; picture 7 from lesson 16; pictures 5 and 6 from lesson 48 (Year 1). 1bw, 1color, 2bw, 2color, 3bw, 3color, 4bw, 4color, 5 & 6 combined color, 5bw, 5color, 6bw, 6color, 7bw, 7color, 8bw, 8color, 9bw, 10bw, 10color.

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: 2 Cor. 6:18. Verses used as reference: Galatians 4:6-7. Romans 8:15-16.

LESSON: God is My Abba, Daddy!

Intro: How many of you know what kind of doll this is? Raise your hand if you think you know. (Call on one of the children who have their hands raised). Yes. Its a Cabbage Patch baby. Her name is Celia. (Hold up the birth certificate). And who knows what this is? Its the adoption certificate! Celia needs to be adopted because she doesn't have a mommy or daddy. She needs someone to take care of her. (1 ) This is Kimmy. Kimmy paid a lot of money to adopt a baby like Celia who didn't have a mommy or daddy! But Kimmy didn't mind. She is just so happy because now she gets to take her new baby home! And, now she has her very own baby doll to love and care for! (Hug doll) And we can pretend that the doll is happy too, (point to doll) because now she has a mommy to love!

Did you know that God is like a father who wants to adopt us? We all have somebody to take care of us, but God is our Father in heaven (point up) who wants to adopt us. (2) He loves us so much that he wants each of us to be his children and be close to him. He loves to care for us! (3) And, he loves for us to call on him when we need help, or whenever we just want to ask him something! And he loves for us to spend time talking to him. Who can tell me what its called when we talk to God, our Father in heaven? (Let children answer). Yes, when we talk to God we are praying.

Let me show you why God loves you so much. Let's take a little piece of clay and make a little clay person. Here is the head. (Take a piece of clay and form a round ball for the head). Here is the body (make an oblong piece for a body). Now I will make the arms and legs! (make 4 smaller oblong pieces for arms and legs). Now I will put the whole thing together to make the little clay guy. (Attach arms and legs). Now I can start shaping him to make him just the way I want. (Reshape it). There! Here is my little clay person! I think he is so-o-o special just because I made him! (Pat the little clay person). If my little clay guy could talk to me, I would want him to spend time with me. I would want to be his best friend - just because I made him! (4) This little boy made a clay person too. He is pretending that his clay person is real, and that they are best friends! Did you know that God made you too? Listen to this verse: (Read Isaiah 64:8). God loves you so much because he made you! (5, 6) He formed you inside your mommy's tummy. He made you just the way he wanted you to be! And now he wants to be your best friend. He wants you to spend lots and lots of time with him. Let's have snack, then we will talk some more.

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

Did you know God likes it when we think of him as our Abba? The word Abba means "Daddy" in another language. (7) That is the name somebody would call their father if they were close, and if they were good buddies with their dad. God wants to be good buddies with us. (8) He wants us to get to know him as well as we know our daddies. Who can tell me some ways we can get to know God better? (Let children answer). (9) Yes, we can read or listen to what he says in the Bible. The Bible is God's words! When we listen to Bible stories, we start to know his thoughts and feelings. And, the more we read our Bibles, the more we learn how loving and kind he is! (10) Another way to be close to God is to praise him for being our wonderful Father! (Lift hands in praise). Let's all raise our hands and say, Thank you God, for being my daddy!" (Let children join you as you say it again). All those are great ways to get closer to God. The end. Now we have some fun crafts and activities to do!

PRAYER: Allow children to pray after adult prays.
God is My Abba Activities, CGod is My Abba Crafts.

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