All the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to Jesus. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
So Jesus told them this parable:
“There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”‘ So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe–the best one–and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.
“Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’ Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’ Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.'”
Station 1 – My Father’s House
Collaborative Art Project: Create a cardboard house to represent the fathers house of the prodigal son.
Leader: Joel Bejot
Station 2 – Family Photo Frames
A Father’s Love and family are at the heart of this story. Capturing the love a family has together in a frame is a lovely way to remeber we always have a home with family or with those who love us.
Leader: Dydy Cleven
Image: Life As Mama
Station 3 – Drama – Act Out the Story
Read the Lesson and then act it out.
Robes to dress up in
Station 4 – Nutella Pig Sandwiches
The prodigal son becomes so poor he must eat with the pigs.
Image and Instructions: Cute Food for Kids?
Station 5 – Shrinky Dink Jewlery
When the prodigal son returns home his father greets him with warmth and adrorns him with clothing and jewlerly.
Image: Ink Stains
Leader: Sara Gorby
Greeters: Pat Jorgensen
Intercessor: Dydy Cleven
Collections/Oblations: Pat Jorgensen
Apple Juice Hour: Archie/Woog Family