Sunday School Fun Zone - Year 2 Toddler Lessons

Love Series - Week 51 - Loving God With All My Heart!

Concepts Children Learn:

Prep: Mark you bible with the verses used in the lesson. Supplies needed: Prep: See Craft Page for directions. Print the b&w or color story pages: 1bw, 1color, 2bw, 2color, 3bw, 3color, 4bw, 4color, 5bw, 5color, 6bw, 6color, 7bw, 7color, 8bw, 8color, 9bw, 9color, 10bw, 10color, 11bw, 11color, 12bw, 12color.

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 Verse: Mark 12:30. Other verses used in lesson: Phil. 4:13. Verses used as reference for lesson: Matthew 22:37-39; Philippians 4:8.

Let's talk about some things we love. (1) Who loves cotton candy? Who loves going to the beach? Who loves going on vacation? (2) Who loves your mom and dad? Who loves your sisters and brothers? Did you know there is someone God wants you to love more than all those things? Let's listen close and we will find out.

One day, a leader in the church asked Jesus, "What is the most important rule?" Let's see what Jesus said! (Read Mark 12:30). God wants you to love him more than anyone else! How do we love God with all our heart and soul and mind and strength?

God wants us to love him with all of our heart. (3) How do we love God with all of our heart? (4) One way to love God with all of our heart is to tell him exactly how we feel. When we pray we can let him know when we are sad. (Point to sad picture). We can tell him when we are mad. (Point to mad picture). We can tell him that we love him and when we are scared (Point to scared picture). We always want to be sure to tell him when we are sorry for the wrong things we do. (Point to sorry picture). God doesn't want us to pretend we feel different than we really do. He wants to know how we really feel. Then, he can comfort us. And, he can help us with our feelings and actions. (5) Even when we sing to him, he wants us to really mean it, not just say the words.

God also wants us to love him with all our soul. We love God with all our soul by trusting in him. We believe that he is here with us, even though we can't see him. Let's wave our hand back and forth real fast, so we can feel the air. (Show children how to wave hand back and forth quickly to feel air). We can feel the air, so we know its really there, even though we can't see it with our eyes. And we know God is real too, even though we can't see him with our eyes. (6) When we love God with all our soul, we also believe that the Bible is true. The Bible is God's words, and God wants us to believe what he says. And when we love God with all our soul, we believe that he is good. Even when bad things happen, we still keep trusting what he says. We know that he will always do what he promised. (7) And, when we die someday, we know he will take us to be with him in heaven if we have put our trust in him.

God also wants us to love him with all our mind. (Point to your head). (8) Our mind is the things we think about. One way to love God with all our mind is to learn all about him! We can listen to Bible stories. And, we can think about them. And, we can think about good things -- things like God's promises! He promises to always love us, and to always be with us. Isn't that a wonderful promise? Another way to love God with all our mind is to be careful what we look at. (9) We can hide our eyes from bad things, and look at good things instead.

God also wants us to love him with all our strength. Can you show me how strong you are? (Show children how to make a muscle with their arm). When we love God with all our strength, we get busy and show God that we love him by doing what he says. We begin doing kind things with our hands, (Ask children to hold up hands) and feet, (Ask children to point to their feet), and every part of us! (Make a circular motion, pointing to your whole self.) (10) When we love God with all our strength, we go where he wants us to go. (11) And, we say what he wants us to say. And, we use our abilities the best we can, to do what he wants us to do. We don't have to be afraid to do hard things because God will help us! (Read Phil 4:13). Let's have snack, then we will talk some more.

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

God wants us to love him with all our heart and soul and mind and strength. When we love God, it means that we do what God wants, instead of what we want to do. If our friend wants to go outside and play, and leave our mess for mom to clean up, what should we do? (Let children answer). We want to go play, but we know God wants us to clean up our mess first, so we decide to stay and clean up first.

If a friend tells you to take a toy that isn't yours, should you take it? (Let children answer). No, we know that God tells us not to take things that don't belong to us.

When we love God with all our heart and soul, and mind and strength, he is our best friend! (12) And, just like we spend lots of time talking to our friends, God loves for us to spend lots of time praying to him and and thinking about him. So, let's pray and ask God to help us love him the very, very best we can!

PRAYER: Allow children to pray after adult prays.
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