Happy February! The arrival of this month is often characterized by hearts, and the colors red and pink, and maybe even some special gifts for the people we love (like chocolate or little delicious hearts with sweet messages on them). What a perfect time of year to talk about…
This month’s bottom line for our preschoolers is Jesus loves everyone! Our memory verse is “Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12, NIV). We can’t wait to share these Bible stories about Jesus’ love for people!
- Woman at the Well • John 4:1-30 | Jesus loves everyone. Jesus met a Samaritan woman—she was different from him, she lived in a different place and wore different clothes—and Jesus loved her and wanted to be her friend, even though they were so different!
- Zacchaeus • Luke 19:1-10 | Jesus loves us even when we do something wrong. Zacchaeus made some wrong choices, but Jesus still wanted to be his friend and visit him at his house! When he did, he showed him he loved him and helped him make right choices.
- The Unloved Woman • John 8:2-11 | Jesus loves us when no one else does. There was a woman who made some bad choices, and everyone was mean to her and wanted to hurt her. But Jesus saved her and told her that because he loved her, he wanted to change her life and help her make good choices!
- Disciples Tell Others • Matthew 28:16-20 | Tell everyone Jesus loves them. Jesus loved everyone so much that he told his best friends, the disciples, that they were going to have new jobs: they were going to tell as many people as they could that Jesus loved them and wanted to be their friend forever!
To our parents and family members and Antioch Kids leaders, you are so influential in these kiddos’ understanding of God’s love! We invite you to take some time this month, amidst preparing valentines for your kids’ classmates or decorating Valentine’s cupcakes, to remind your children about the most powerful, joyful, life-changing love there is—the love of our great God!
“… God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him… if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1 John 4:8-9; 12, NIV)