Materials: 50ft Clothesline rope cut into 30″ pieces. Adjust length of rope according to number of participants.
Instruction: Have children/youth pair up for a three-legged race. There is to be one leader and one follower. The leader is to give instructions on how to run the race. The follower is in charge of tying the rope around the legs. The children/youth will run their race. If there is enough time switch roles and run the race back.
Once the participants have finished the race the speaker will explain that they just ran a race with God and the Holy Spirit. The leader was “God” instructing us the best way to go through life and the less we struggle with God the easier our lives will be. The string tied was the Holy Spirit which is our direct connection to God. If the string was too loose then so is our connection to God. If it was too tight, well we can never be too close to God. But we have to remember that God allows us to live our lives but we have to remember to live it according to His commandments. But in all things we do we should first acknowledge God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
– 2 different canned fruits/vegetables
– New Testament (Galatians 5:22-23)
Carefully tear away the labels of both cans. You will use only one can during the sermon. Temporarily tape one label to the can. Prepare the other label with tape for use during the sermon.
Good morning! I’m glad to see you all this morning. Can anyone tell me what this is? (Hold up the can as the children respond: “Peaches!”) Well, how do you know it’s peaches? (Children respond, “It says so on the can!”) Oh, yeah, I guess it does say that on the label. What if I took the label off? (Remove label) Now, what’s in here? (Children respond: “It’s still peaches.”) Well, what if I put this label on the can (Attach second label). I guess now it’s pears. (Children respond: “No! It’s still peaches!”) Still peaches? No, it’s not. I put the pears label on the outside, so it’s pears now, right? (Older children will put up a good argument, so try to control the noise!) So, what you’re trying to tell me is no matter what it says on the outside, the ingredients stay the same on the inside? Oh, okay, I get it now. So we shouldn’t make fun of people just because they wear glasses or braces or have freckles? I know a good Bible verse that goes along with that. Help me find Galatians chapter 5, verse 22. Paul gave us nine ingredients that really matter: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. Those ingredients are on the inside of people. We shouldn’t care about what’s on the outside because everyone’s different in some way.But we all should remember these nine things: love – we need to show love to everyone, joy – we should be happy because Jesus loves us! peace – don’t pick fights, patience – I need to work on this one! kindness – be kind to everyone you meet, goodness – be good for your parents and teachers, gentleness – be gentle with everyone, faithfulness – we need to have faith that Jesus always is there for us, and self-control – we need to control our tongues sometimes and our actions other times. Let’s pray that God will help us work on these traits.
– New white kitchen rags (Wal-Mart 10 for $5.)
– Bucket of Oxi-clean
Hand one rag to each kid and have them take the rags out and dirty them with dirt. Let them go at it, my kids actually enjoyed and had fun dirtying their rags. Then you call them in and read Isaiah 64:6 it explains that we are as filthy rags. The rag represents our flesh and the dirt our sins. Now take a bucket of clean water, as if the rags were to be baptized. Pour in some Oxi-Clean meaning we can’t clean ourselves, we need some powerful detergent (Jesus) to help in the cleaning process. We then dip our filthy rags in the water, swish them around a bit (Jesus working on us) and then after a few minuets rags come up clean.
John 15:5, Philippians 4:19
Visual Aids: checkerboard, floppy disk, headphones
Good morning, boys and girls. How are you? This morning I want to play a good game of checkers. Would someone like to play with me? [Wait for volunteer, then present the empty checkerboard and place it between you and the volunteer.] OK, you go first. [Wait for the look on the young volunteer’s face to be obvious to all.] Oh, hmm. It seems I have forgotten the checkers. We can’t play checkers without checkers, now can we? OK, well, I have something else we can do. [Take out floppy disk.] I have a really neat computer game here on this disk, and I’d like to show it to you this morning. Can you see it? [Hold up the disk and wait for the children to say no.] Why can’t you see it? [Wait for response.] Hmm, we can’t very well play the game without a computer. OK, how about this? I have a really good song I want to listen to this morning. [Put headphones on. Wait for children to point out that you have nothing to listen to.] Oh, I don’t have a radio or tape player or CD player, so the headphones don’t do me much good, do they? [If time allows, continue with one or two more of your own examples.] Well, kids, what was wrong with all of the things I wanted to do with you today? [Wait for responses.] There was something missing. Without checkers, you can’t play checkers. Without a computer, a floppy disk is no good. Without something to plug into, headphones are useless. And you know, without God we are nothing. Did you know that? Without God, we can do nothing. Can you say that with me? “Without God, we can do nothing.” But with God, we can do all things. Say that with me. “With God, we can do all things.” Let’s pray that God would help us remember that without Him, we can do nothing, but with Him, we can do anything.
This is a simple way to remember all that Jesus has done in and through the cross! We will be making a bracelet that tells a story through colour.
Get the children to make the bracelet for themselves. (Simply put enough beads onto the elastic string and tie the ends together, as fits the wrist!)
You will need 6 different colours. Here is the order of the colours and what each colour means:
Black – Everyone has Sinned!
Red – The Blood of Jesus!
White – Cleansed White as Snow!
Green – Grow like a tree! (Be Fruitful)
Blue – Holy Spirit is the Water
that makes the Tree Grow!
Gold – Home is Heaven, where
there are streets of Gold!
(Teach them this story, getting them to repeat what the colours mean.)
Lastly, let the children take home their own bracelets. This will be very special to them and each time they look at their bracelets they will be reminded of what Jesus has done.
Supplies: Two balloons, string, and a party size tank of helium.
Invite one student to help you by blowing up one balloon. After he/she has blown up their balloon, tie off the balloon and attach a long string to it. Then use the helium tank to blow up the second balloon, tie it off and attach a long string to it as well.
On the count of three, ask the student to throw the first balloon up in the air while you throw the second balloon in the air as well. As you do, the one with hot air will fall to the ground, while the one with helium will rise to the sky (that is why it is important to tie a string to it).
Ask the students why the two balloons, which appear on the outside to be the same, reacted so differently when tossed into the air.
Read Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourself, it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Explain that salvation is like these two balloons. If we want to rise to Heaven (Helium balloon) rather than fall into the depths of Hell, we need something special on the inside. If we try to save ourselves, (example: the balloon with the hot air) we will fail and spend eternity separated from God. However, if we accept the free gift of salvation through faith in Christ, (example: the balloon with helium – special air) we will spend an eternity with Christ in Heaven.
The discussion was opened up by asking the children how they felt about rainy days. Rainy days can be very troublesome. Our clothes get soaking wet, our hair gets wet, cars splash the water onto the sidewalk where we walk. Then we used an unmbrella, and even a raincoat or poncho can be added for demonstration purposes. If we have that umbrella with us, it is symbolic of God and his covering grace. No matter what kinds of storms we face in life, no matter what the trouble is, God covers us through them all. He will protect and keep us together.
Materials Needed: small ball (little sins), large ball (large sins), several plastic cups, small box to put the cups into (represents God surrounding us with protection)
In this fun, active children’s lesson, the students will learn that with God’s help they will not be “bowled over” by sin.
First, set-up several plastic cups in the bowling triangle. Then ask the kids what will happen to the cups if they rolled a small ball or a large ball at the cups (They will fall over). Roll both balls at the cups to show that the kids were right.
Then ask the class what will happen if they placed the cups inside of a box. (Students might say that they will still fall.) Then try this method and see what happens. The cups are still standing.
This story can be related to David and Goliath. Without God’s help David would have fallen to the enemy. Then tell the class that with God’s help they will not be bowled over by the world of sin and temptation, but that they can stand strong in His protection.
Before your group comes together, sprinkle some powdered juice mix on the bottom of a clear glass. It should be enough to be able to change the color of water, but not so much where the children can notice it. Set up two glasses in front of the children. This should be a few feet in front of them and at eye-level. A school desk is good. Have two unopened water bottles also set up. Read the scripture where Jesus turns the water into wine. While discussing the miracle, also talk about the power that Jesus has to transform things. For example, an ugly heart into a beautiful one, a nasty mouth into a clean one, etc. While talking, pour water into the “unsprinkled” glass. Continue to emphasize the phrase “Jesus has the Power to transform things” so that what seems ordinary, isn’t always. At this point, pour the second water bottle into the “sprinkled” glass. Listen to all the Oh’s and Ahh’s as the regular water turns into “wine”. The little ones especially loved this. I walked around with the water bottle in my hand, and this kept them guessing as to what I was going to do with it. 2 Corinthians 5:17 was the verse I used to help them understand and apply Jesus’ transforming power in our lives!
You need a paper sack, a big and bright gift bag, a large and rough rock, and a soft blanket. Ahead of time put the rock in the sack and the blanket in the gift bag.
First bring the rock out and ask the kids if this would be something good to give to someone. Ask if you could hold onto this, if you could sleep with this at night, etc. The rock is like “Hate” and it isn’t something nice to give someone or hold onto. Then bring out the blanket and ask the same questions. The blanket is like love. It can surround you and make you feel warm all over. It is nice to give to someone else (wrap it around someone’s shoulders as you say this) to let them know that you care. Jesus said that we are to love not only the people that we like, but also our enemies and pray for those who try to hurt us. Since Jesus died to save EVERYONE, then I think we should listen to Him!