Bible Story: David and Jonathan Say Goodbye | 1 Samuel 20:3-42
Main Point: God gives me good friends to comfort me.
Memory Verse: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Friends do lots of fun things together. We eat together and play together. Friends take care of one another, help one another, and praise God together, too! God gave us a very precious gift when He gave us the gift of friendship.
David and Jonathan’s story is one of the greatest friendship stories every told and teaches us all what friendship is all about. When we have friends with whom we can do life, we are better together!
We heard a story from our neighbor, Carrie, about two good friends named David and Jonathan. Jonathan found out King Saul wanted to hurt his friend David, so Jonathan told David he should leave. Even though they were both sad, they promised to be friends with each other forever! Just like Jonathan comforted David when he left, God gives us friends to comfort us!
Each weekend children visit Quest they can collect main point tools to add to their Building Together poster. These tools will help remind them God gives us friends to build up and encourage. Children can collect five tools and bring their poster back to Quest to receive a special prize.
Memory Verse – 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Join us in helping your child learn our memory verse, 1 Thessalonians 5:11. Children can recite this verse every week throughout the series to earn bonus tools for their Building Together poster.
Therefore (point out)
encourage one another (two thumbs up)
and build each other up. (push palms up to sky)
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (open hands like a book)
Knowing this verse helps children remember to encourage their friends! Help your child practice this verse at home. Then ask them to Remember, Think, and Follow to review what we learned this weekend.
1 REMEMBER: Who were the friends in our Bible story? (David and Jonathan)
2 THINK: What promise did Jonathan make to David to comfort him? (To stay best friends!)
3 FOLLOW: Can we follow Jonathan’s example by comforting our friends when they are sad? (Yes!)