Weekend Lesson

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During Explore, your kids engage in fun, creative activities designed to pique their curiosity about the day’s portion of The Big God Story.

During this Explore activity, make a calendar of fun things you want to do this week!


  • Calendar - use your own family calendar or the printable HERE
  • Something to write or draw with

Take out the calendar and ask your kids what things they would like to do this week - what would be things you could do that will be memorable? What are things you could do that will be important to do? Think about what kinds of pictures you took last week - look through them on your phone - looking at the calendar you planned, what will you probably take pictures of this next week?

We write things down on a calendar often times because we need to remember them, or because they are important. As we watch the Big God Story video today, we are going to remember what happened to Jesus in his last week on earth. It may seem like we just talked about this on Easter, but Jesus' love for us is so important and something we want to always remember, so we are going to talk about it again this week.

CONNECT QUESTION: Ask each person in your family, When was a time you did something for someone special that you care about?



1st-5th Graders

READ Matthew 26:1-56 from a Bible in your home. The Jesus Storybook Bible also retells this story well.

During respond time, kids reflect on what the Holy Spirit is teaching them and respond through creative activities and games.

For preschoolers...

  • What are some of the feelings you saw in today's part of The Big God Story? Let's make those faces together.
  • God made a promise long ago to send a Savior - who is that Savior?
  • What is something you always want to remember about Jesus?
  • What could you tell other people about Jesus?

For elementary...

  • How would you have felt if you’d been one of the disciples who saw the crowd come to arrest Jesus? Luke 22:47–53
  • What does compel mean? (You may need to look it up!)
  • What did Jesus pray for in the garden? Luke 22:42
  • How does it feel to know Jesus went through many hard things because He loves you?

Blessing Jar


  • Jar or container
  • Slips of paper
  • Pen or pencil

God's love for us was shown through Jesus' death and resurrection! He loves us SO much, and that should make us want to share his love with others! 

Write down the names of people you know on the slips of paper - this might be relatives, friends, neighbors, even your mail person or other people you encounter regularly! 

Each day that you think of it (until you run out of names), draw one name out of the container. Then do something to bless that person, and show God's love to them or directly tell them about God's love! It might be a phone call or texting a video, or leaving a special gift for them where they can find it! Make sure to tell them that Jesus loves them, and you do too!

Ask your children to hold out their hands to receive this blessing you read over them. A blessing implies a future hope, so speak these words with hope for your children!

Open a Bible and read Psalm 105:1–3:

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Speak this blessing over your family:

May you have great joy as you remember that Jesus died on the cross to pay for your sins. May God’s amazing love compel you to tell the world about what He’s done.