WHAT YOU DO:
Have your kid stand across from you. Play a game of “Mirror Me,” where you lead and your kid follows.
Tell your kid,
- “If I raise my arms, you raise your arms.
- If I cross my eyes, you cross your eyes.
- If I stick out my tongue, you stick out your tongue.
- If I do a silly dance, you do the silly dance right back.
You’re going to follow whatever I do, no questions asked! What I do, you do! Then, you’re going to get a chance to lead.”
Spend a minute or two letting each person lead and each person follow. Feel free to add in silly, weird, or strange movements and sounds. The more laughter, the better!
Talk about the Bible story:
o Today we heard a little about heaven. What do we know about heaven? (It’s where we get to have a relationship with God forever; there’s no death there; no sadness, anger, or hurt; heaven is better than we could ever imagine)
o What do you think heaven will be like? (Discuss what you’ll eat, wear, and do all day. Where will you live? How will you get from place to place? We know heaven will be better than anything we can imagine, so let your kid’s imagination run wild with the possibilities!)
o What does it take to get into heaven? Do you have to be perfect? Do you have to make all A’s? Do you have to be the best athlete? (No! All it takes to get into heaven is faith in God’s Son, Jesus.)
o We may not know everything about heaven, but we do know some things. We know that when things are really sad or confusing here on Earth, we can put our hope in heaven—a place where those things don’t exist. We also know that God will be there with us, living with us! How cool is that? With what we do know about heaven, we can trust that following Jesus will turn out greater than we can imagine.
Use this prayer as a guide, either after your discussion or right before bed tonight:
“God, we don’t know everything about heaven, but what we do know sounds pretty awesome. When things get really hard in our lives, help us to remember that when we put our faith in You, we have hope in a place where there is no pain, sadness, or anger. Thank You for making a way for us to live with You forever. We love you, God! Amen.”