First Sunday in Lent: Consequences

SUNDAY IS COMING
Children will sign in before the service and have their worship and story and activities and playing in their groups.

This week’s theme is CONSEQUENCES. A serpent tricked Adam and Eve into disobeying God by eating fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden. As a consequence, they had to leave the garden, but God remained with them

TO READ TOGETHER
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Genesis was most likely part of the oral tradition of storytelling that predates (and later becomes) the written scriptures. This story attempts to explain the purpose of humanity, the origin of sin, and why humans are the way they are—no longer in a perfect relationship with God. This story tries to explain what happened.
What does this story mean for kids?
This story points to the importance of trying to make the best choices. Kids also may have seen someone (adult or kid) make deceitful or even cruel choices without seeing an immediate consequence. In that case, you might discuss long-term effects or unseen consequences, such as loss of trust or loss of friendship. It is important for all of us to clarify that godly instruction and guidance is provided to make for strong relationships, not to teach punitive results of disobedience.

TO TALK ABOUT:
If you were Adam or Eve, would you have eaten the fruit the serpent offered?
Why is it sometimes easy to give in to temptation?

TO PRAY TOGETHER:
Loving God,

Help us make good decisions

For ourselves and the people we love.
When we don’t, we are glad you are with us
To help us face the consequences.

Amen.

TO DO TOGETHER:
Garden Tour
God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the garden to care for it. Visit a local landscape nursery, garden, or greenhouse. What do you imagine God’s garden might have looked like?

WHAT IS LENT? Part 1
To talk about with your children…

The church calendar helps tell the Jesus story every year. The Season we are entering starts on Ash Wednesday which is February 26 this year. Lent lasts for forty days because that’s how long Jesus wandered in the desert, fasting, while he resisted Satan’s temptations.
Lent is a fasting season of 40 days leading up to Easter but not including Sundays because Sunday is always a feast day. Lent is an opportunity, during these forty days, to be like Jesus and resist temptations and use this time to become closer to God.

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