This series follows the Celebrity Days Series. The aim of Celebrity
Days was to introduce the children to Jesus. It covered the cross and
its centrality to Christianity. Detective Days will be "Investigating
what Jesus taught". Now that they know Jesus, it is important to cover
what Jesus expects of us. The lessons will cover three of Jesus'
parables. The lessons will be applied to the lives of children.
Lesson Three - Forgive One
This lesson is the final lesson in the Detective
Days Series. We are continuing to investigate the things that Jesus has
taught. In this lesson we will look at the story of the Prodigal Son as
an example of how we need to be forgiving to one another. This will
hopefully be an example of how we need to treat others. It will be
applied to the everyday lives of the children.
This section of the program is just an
introduction. It sets the mood for the evening. It is an opportunity to
establish the theme. This short time can be used to get the children
excited about the theme.
It can be helpful to state the rules in a positive
manner. Children will often hear a lot of "don'ts" in a day. They may
not respond well to that. It might not hurt to change the approach to a
more positive one. For example: Say "Be quiet when you are supposed to
be quiet and be loud when you are supposed to be loud" instead of "Don't
In each lesson that we have used and recorded, we
have stressed the importance of prayer. We have felt strongly that this
is God's ministry and we need to continually hand it over to him. It is
only through prayer and God's power that we will see changes in the
lives our the children and their families.
This is a good opportunity to involve the kids.
During the singing we always try to have the children lead the actions.
In some areas if there is a child that is a natural leader this is a
good way to involve them in leadership. The children need to be
encouraged. They need a chance to prove that they are capable of
These games involve very little space. They can be
carried out almost anywhere. These games go with the Detective Days
- Clue Bags
Select two players one from each team. The first
contestant must place their hand in a bag and identify an object by
touch. Each contestant will touch five objects. Try to see how many they
will be able to successfully identify in one minute.
- Word Lightning
This game has become a favourite at the Zoo. Select
two players. The first contestant will be given a letter. The contestant
will write down as many words as they can that begin with that letter in
one minute. The player that gets the
greatest number of words wins.
In this lesson we will have the mystery bag. At
different points in the program the children will pull a clue out of the
bag. At the end of the program they will discover that all of the clues
fit together to give a message. Give out one clue at this point.
Our detective friend Einstein is still working on his important case.
He has received an important tip from a spy. It is a top secret message
written in invisible ink. The children must retrieve the message and
This will be an interaction between the puppet, the audience and the
Einstein: Hi, I'm back again. I'm still hard at work. I have
been trying to solve a mystery. I got the clues from the last two weeks
but I have one left. I know it is important because it was written in
invisible ink. The only problem is I can't remember how to make it
Leader: Well, I don't really know much about invisible ink.
Einstein: I tried my usual solution and it looks like some of
it came up but not all of it. Maybe if I give it to you, you and the
kids can figure it out. Will you try?
Leader: Of course we will try Einstein but I don't know if we
will be able to help you. Let me see it.
Einstein: Here it is.
Leader: Ok, we will work together to figure it out. (The verse
is written on bristol board but it is very faded, the children must
identify the letters in the sentence and uncover the verse. Once it is
revealed they will memorize it. "Forgive as the Lord forgave you."
Einstein: You did it again. You guys figured out the clue.
Thank you so much. You know what I have figured about the mystery. I
have put together the three memory verses and I have discovered that
they are all things that Jesus taught. They are verses about the way
that Jesus wants us to treat each other.
Leader: I'm glad you have solved your case Einstein. We will
have to remember those verses because they tell us the right way to
At this point the second clue is handed out.
The story this week will be taken from a video.
Although we usually use puppets, this provided a nice alternative. The
video was a cartoon entitled "The Prodigal Son" from Nest
At this point hand out the third clue.
Skit - Snake and Julie
This skit is a continuation of the one from last
week. Our neighbourhood tough guy Snake has watched another video with
Julie. They provide a commentary on the video and an opportunity to
relate it to the lives of the children.
Julie: Well Snake, that is our last video. What did you think
of that one? Did you like it better than the last one.?
Snake: No, I thought it was even worse. Totally foolish.
Julie: What makes you say that?
Snake: Nobody is really like that. If your kid ran away from
home like you would let him come back after he was that stupid.
Julie: Your right snake. A lot of people would have been
pretty angry at their kid. I don't know if I would forgive someone who
did that to me but Jesus would. Jesus forgives everyone who asks and is
really sorry and that is how He wants us to treat each other.
Snake: I'll bet you Jesus would never forgive me for some of
the things that I have done, if He knew about them.
Julie: You know Snake, Jesus does know about the things that
you have done. He knows about all of them right or wrong. If you are
really sorry He will forgive you.
Snake: That is pretty hard to believe.
Julie: I know it sounds impossible but He will forgive you
because He loves you. He also wants you to love others and to forgive
them like He does.
Snake: That's not easy, is it?
Julie: (They begin to walk off) No it isn't.
Hand out the final clue. At this point all of the
pieces will fit together and provide the answer. This one simply stated:
Jesus wants us to forgive one another.
This time at the end can be used to ask questions or respond to any
that the children might have.
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