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Safari :: Week of February 25

MONTHLY FOCUS: Jesus loves you.
VERSE FOCUS: “How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:18 (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus and the Children | Luke 18:15-17

Today during the worship experience we colored a heart on the back of your toddler’s weekly newsletter.

Say, “Jesus loves us so much.” Hold up the heart coloring sheet on the back of the newsletter.

Say, “Hearts mean love and Jesus loves us so much. At church you colored in the heart so it would be full, just like our hearts are full of Jesus’ love.”

Encourage your toddler to say, “Jesus loves me.”


Safari :: Week of February 18

MONTHLY FOCUS: Jesus loves you.
VERSE FOCUS: “How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:18 (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus and the Children I Luke 18:15-17

This week during the worship experience we used red masking tape to make a large heart shape on the floor.

Make a heart on your floor then, say to your toddler, “Let’s play a fun game. Come sit with me on the floor.” Gather your toddler to sit on the floor around the outside of the heart.

Say, “See this heart? Can you stand inside the heart?” As your toddler stands in the heart say, “[insert child’s name], is standing in the heart. Yay! Jesus loves [insert child’s name]. Yes, Jesus loves you very much.”

Take turns standing in the heart with your toddler. Encourage your toddler to say, “Jesus loves us” with you.


Safari :: Week of February 11

MONTHLY FOCUS: Jesus loves you.
VERSE FOCUS: “How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:18 (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus and the Children I Luke 18:15-17

This week during the worship experience we sang a song to help us remember Jesus loves us.

Sing to the tune of, “Hush Little Baby.”

Hey everybody have you heard?
Jesus loves every little boy and girl.
Jesus loves you and Jesus loves me.
Give a friend a hug when I count to three.
One, two, three. HUG!”

Repeat and change out the words, “Give a friend a hug,” with one of the following:

Skip all around.
Jump up and down.
Wave your arms around.

Be sure to change the verb “hug” on the last line to the new phrase: skip, jump, or wave. Help your toddlers remember that Jesus loves them by saying together, “Jesus loves us.”


Safari :: Week of February 4

MONTHLY FOCUS: Jesus loves you.
VERSE FOCUS: “How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:18 (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus and the Children I Luke 18:15-17

This month we are learning, “Jesus loves you.” We read the story of Jesus and the Children in Luke 18:15-17. Jesus was teaching a crowd of people and said, “Let the children come to me.” He held the children and He told the crowd to never stop children from coming to see Him, because children are very important to God. Jesus loved the children in the Bible story and He loves us, too.

Meal Time Bible Story Mat | Week 1

We made a Bible story mat to help us remember Jesus loves us. Place the Meal Time Bible Story Mat at the table where your toddler eats. Before each meal, point to the place mat and review the Bible story with your child:

  • What do you see in the picture? (Jesus and the children.)
  • What did God teach us in the story of Jesus and the children? (Jesus loves us.)

Say, “Just like Jesus loved the children in the Bible story, He loves us, too.”


Quest – Week of February 4

Bible Story: Mary and Martha | Luke 10:38-42
Main Point: Jesus wants to spend time with me.
Memory Verse: “How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:18, NIV

Jesus’ love for us is SO BIG! Big, big, big! Jesus has many ways of showing us how much He loves us. Jesus shows His love for us by simply wanting to spend time with us. Jesus wants us to come to Him – anytime, anywhere – just come. Jesus shows He loves us by helping us. And, Jesus loves us no matter what.

In this week’s lesson, Jesus visits Mary and Martha because He wanted to spend time with them.

Just like Mary spent time with Jesus, Jesus wants us to spend time with Him, too. There are lots of ways we can spend time with Jesus every day. He loves spending time with each of us because His love for us is so big!

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Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your child this week:

  • At BathTime add some bubbles to the bath and tell your child to pop them. Say, “Jesus loves me,” each time a bubble is popped!
  • At PlayTime take your child to visit a friend. Talk about how we like spending time with friends, like Jesus spent time with His friends Mary and Martha.
  • This month, wake your child to, “Good morning! Jesus loves you SO big!” Spread your arms out wide when you say SO then give your child a hug.


February Memory Verse
This month join us in helping your child learn Ephesians 3:18 (NIrV). Children can recite the verse every week in February to earn a special memory verse card. When your child receives a memory verse card celebrate with them on learning their verse and put the card on their Quest poster.

How wide (stretch arms wide)
and long (stretch arms vertically)
and high (reach arms high)
and deep (reach arms low)
is the love of Christ. (hug yourself)
Ephesians 3:18 (open hands like a book)

Jesus’ love for us is SO BIG! This month our Bible verse says Jesus’ love for us is wide and long and high and deep. Jesus loves us SO much that it cannot be measured! He loves us A LOT!

Practice this verse together and encourage your child to recite it to their eGroup Leader this week in Quest.