Toddler Lesson - Week 34


Concepts Children Learn:
Main Concept: God is always our friend, even when our friends go away.
Other Concepts: God is our best friend!
When we are friendly, we make friends.

Prep: You should already have these Story Pages from last week. Prepare lift-the-flap craft page and Jonathan and David pages with accessory stickers (using 3a, 3b, and 3c) to use with lesson. See Craft page for directions. Print the new story pages also 1 or 1 color, 2, 3a, 3b, 3c or 3c color, 4, 5 or 5 color, 6. Have a Bible marked with today's Bible verses to read during the lesson: Jeremiah 31:3 and Proverbs 18:24 (Our lesson is based on NKJV - translations vary widely for this verse. If you use a different translation, it may not tie in with the Circle Talk Time). The numbers in parentheses tell you what craft sample or picture to use for that part of the story. Only read words in bold. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do.

LESSON: Time: About 3 minutes + actions.

Have your Bible or a children's Bible marked with this verse to read during the lesson: Jeremiah 31:3, Proverbs 18:24 (Our lesson is based on NKJV - translations vary widely. If you use a different translation, it may not tie in with the Circle Talk Time).

(1) This is David. Do you all remember David from last week? We heard the story of how God helped David fight the giant! (2) Well, this is Jonathan. Jonathan saw David fight the giant and win! Right from the start, Jonathan liked David! So, Jonathan gave David some really nice gifts. (3 a, b, c) He gave him his robe (stick robe sticker on David), and his sword (move sword to David), and his bow and arrows (move these to David). David and Jonathan started to become really good friends. They liked each other a lot. And, they had a lot of fun when they were together. But they had a big problem: (4) King Saul was Jonathan's father, but King Saul did not like David. (Shake head no). And, King Saul had a bad temper! And, when he got mad he would try to hurt David!

One day David was afraid of King Saul, so he ran told Jonathan, "Your father is trying to hurt me! Jonathan did not think that his father would hurt David. But, Jonathan cared about David, so Jonathan wanted to help him. David said to Jonathan, "Talk to your father about me. If he gets mad, then we will know that he is really trying to hurt me. And, I will have to go away to live in a new place. So, Jonathan said, "O.k., I will talk to my father. If he gets mad, I will tell you. This is how you will know: (5) Go to the field and hide behind the rock. If I shoot the arrows far away, that means that you will also need also go far away to live because my father is really trying to hurt you. Jonathan wanted David to be safe because he loved David.

So Jonathan talked to his father, King Saul, about David. (4 again) And, just like David thought, King Saul got all red in the face and got really mad! He even tried to hurt his own son, Jonathan. Jonathan was so upset that he walked away! He was sad because his father was being so mean to David!

The next morning Jonathan went to tell David that he was not safe here. So Jonathan took his helper. They went out to the field where David was hiding behind the rock. (5 again) Let's see if we can find David. (Lift the flap on the small rock). No...he is not there. Maybe he is hiding over here. (Lift the flap on the large rock). There he is! So, Jonathan shot three arrows far away. (Show the arrow going up and over the large rock). Jonathan's helper went and got the arrows and brought them back to Jonathan (take arrows off). Then Jonathan sent his helper back to the town where they came from. When David knew no one was looking, he came out from his hiding place to talk to Jonathan. (Pull David out). (6) David was so sad. He had seen the arrows go far away, so he knew that he had to go far away too, so he would be safe. Jonathan and David were very sad as they said good-bye. After all, they were best friends, and now they couldn't be together any more. They loved each other so much! They promised to care for each other's families and be friends always! Let's say bye-bye to David. Bye-bye David. David was sad, but he didn't have to worry. He still had his best friend. God would always be his best friend! He knew God would always be with him, even if he couldn't be with his friend Jonathan anymore. God would be with him wherever he went! The End.

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

Did you like that story? I did too. How many of you have a brother or sister that you like to play with? (Let the children answer, then continue). It can be a lot of fun to play with our brothers or sisters. And, sometimes we can be even closer with someone who is not in our own family. Let's listen to this Bible verse: (Proverbs 18:24 in KJV or NKJV). Sometimes friends stick closer to us than a brother or sister. Jonathan and David were friends like that. They had a very special friendship. Let's talk about how they became good friends. The first part of our verse tells us that the way to make friends is to be friendly! Jonathan was friendly to David. What did Jonathan give to David? (robe, sword, bows and arrows). Jonathan also helped David to be safe. Good friends are great to have. Good friends help each other. At the end of the story, Jonathan and David were sad because they knew they could not be together any more. But they cared about each other, and they promised to be friends always. Did you know that there is someone who promises to love you always? Listen to this Bible verse: (Read Jer. 31:3) Everlasting means always. God promises to always be your friend. He will always love you even when you can't be with your other friends. No matter how many friends we have, God is always our best friend! He loves us better than anybody else! Let's pray and thank God for our friends, and thank him that he is our best friend.

PRAYER: Allow children to take turns praying after you or a helper prays.
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