Parable of Lost Coin

Age 5+: Read Luke 15:8-10
Under 5: Read about the parable of the lost coin from a children's story bible or the short summary below.

Jesus told this story: Suppose a woman has ten silver coins, and loses one. Won't she turn on the light, check and sweep all over the house, and keep looking until she finds it? When she finds it, she will call her friends and her neighbors and tell them, "Celebrate with me! I have found my lost silver coin!"

"In the same way," Jesus said, "the angels of God celebrate in heaven over one sinner who turns away from sin."

Preschool questions:
Who told this story? Jesus.
How many coins did the woman lose? One.
Did she find it? Yes.

Elementary questions:
Why does the woman want to find her lost coin? She misses it and wants it back.
What does she do when she finds it? Calls her friends and neighbors and rejoices.
Do angels care about us? Yes, the angels rejoice when we commit our lives to the Lord.

Preteen application:
What does it mean to repent and return to God? We must have an attitude of true and humble confession and seek God's forgiveness.
Memory Verse: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

Journal (age 8+) Write about a time that you lost something special, but found it later. Did you ask anyone for help in finding it? How did you feel after you found it?

Journal (age 3+) Draw and color a picture of the woman finding her lost coin. Copy the memory verse if able.

Optional Activity: Give each child some coins or pieces of candy. Have them "lose" one on the ground. Ask them if they want to find the one they lost. When they reply, "Yes," question why they aren't happy with what they have. Explain that God is the same way -- he loves all those that are His, but He also loves and misses the sinners, and wants them to come back to Him.

Prayer: Praise and thank God, ask for forgiveness, and submit any prayer requests.

Related Posts: The Prodigal Son, Parable of the Lost Sheep

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