Lesson Learned: God knows whose hearts are good and whose hearts are not good.
Materials Needed: stick, small magnet, string, paper clips, construction paper of two different colors, scissors, glue
47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous
Talking Points: God knows whether we have good hearts or bad hearts. Someone with a kind heart loves God, loves other people, is patient, is kind, and wants to please God. A person with a bad heart does not care about God and may not be kind or nice to others. God wants only people with good hearts to be in heaven with Him so one day He will send His angels to separate the people with good hearts from the people with bad hearts, just like we read about these fish in these verses.
Questions: What is someone like who has a good heart? Can you name some people that have good hearts? What kind of heart do you have?
Step 1: Cut out several fish shapes of each color and glue paper clips to the mouths.
Step 2: Glue the string to the stick to make a fishing pole. On the loose end of the string, glue the magnet.
Step 3: Let the child fish fish for the fish.
Step 4: Separate the fish according to color.
Prayer: Holy Father, You know us inside and out. You know what our hearts look like. Please help us to have good hearts! Amen!