The first breath Jesus took on this earth was as a fragile newborn infant. The One who would save the world had to have his nappies/diapers changed. He learned to feed himself, crawl and walk. He experienced the human senses of taste, touch, hearing, sight and smell.
“My Friend Jesus” is a series of lessons created especially for children under the age of three. In this series infants and toddlers are introduced to Jesus and relate to him through various common experiences of childhood (celebration, helping, community, worship and growth). Role-play and sensory activities are used to express a growing relationship and friendship with him.
Three of the six lessons are available for download below. I’m releasing these first lessons now because many people enjoy teaching them leading up to the Christmas Holidays. The rest will be released shortly.
Purpose of Class:
In these lessons teachers, parents and helpers will guide infants and toddlers to:
- Know that Jesus is special.
- Experience affinity with Jesus in a variety of situations through role-play and sensory activities.
- Learn practices that express friendship, affection, obedience, respect and worship.
And Jesus said, “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you”. John 15:15, CEV
Lesson 1: Cherished Baby (Click here to view or print lesson)
Expressing love through protection and tender care.
Lesson 2: Time to Celebrate (Click here to view or print lesson)
The joy of giving, receiving and celebrating.
Lesson 3: Helper at Home (Click here to view or print lesson)
Being part of a family by sharing responsibilities at home.
4. Worship and Praise (lesson in progress)
Being part of a community of worshipers.
5. Growing and Learning (lesson in in progress)
The satisfaction of maturing and moving forward.
6. My Friend, Jesus (lesson in progress)
Comfort, love and affection of a relationship with Jesus.
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