Children’s Sermons

Covered

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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.

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Don’t Be Full of Hot Air!

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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.

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Don’t get bowled over!!

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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.

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Don’t Let Anyone Look Down on You

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I found these verses while meditating with some of the other staff members one day. The verse is 1 Timothy 4: 12-14. They are amazing for the children. I used it as a sending this summer at the camp I work at. I tied into just pointing out that sometimes we feel too little or insignificant to go out and “preach the gospel” as we’re taught. I just let them know that see sometimes you don’t have to talk but show in deed and that I myself am sometimes worried about being able to do it. Junior campers (2-4th completed) all they way to seniors and colleged aged youth seemed to respond to it very well.

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Faith Is…

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Visual Aids: One or two optical illusion posters — particularly the 3-D posters that you have to unfocus your eyes in order to see it correctly. Try to find one where the 3-D images is either Jesus or the Bible. For children especially, since they will not likely be able to see the 3-D picture, it is helpful to start off with a simpler optical illusion.

Good morning boys and girls. How are you today? It’s great to see you here. You know, I bet when you were coming to church this morning, you probably saw some things outside as you drove along in the car. Can you tell me some of the things that you saw? [Allow responses]. You know, all of you had to look through the window of your car in order to see those things, didn’t you? That’s right. You don’t look at windows, do you? Of course not, you look past the window to see other things.

[Pull out the 3-D puzzle, or the simpler puzzle] Now, boys and girls, what I have here is kind of like a car window. When you look at this picture, all you see are a bunch of squiggly lines. But you’re not supposed to look at this picture. You’ve got to look through it, or past it in order to see the picture of [the Bible, Jesus, or whatever the 3-D image is]. Does anybody see the image? [Use your discretion in allowing time and responses to this question].

Boys and girls, this is a picture of [the Bible, Jesus, etc.]. But you cannot see it unless you look past it, and that’s difficult to do. Your eyes play tricks on you and keep you from seeing the real image. You know what? Faith is the ability to see past what’s in front of your eyes and to see God and His image. The book of Hebrews says that, “Faith is substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

What does that mean for us? Boys and girls, that means that if you have faith, you don’t look at the things you can see on this earth, like money and problems and things like that. You look past those things until you see the image of God and how He is working behind the scenes to help you and love you and take care of you. God loves you. So, remember, the next time you are afraid, or mad, or sick, or out of money, or in trouble, look past what you see with your eyes and focus on God. He loves you and He will take care of you. Just have faith in Him.

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Giving Good Gifts

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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!

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Hatred

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Materials: magic marker, balloon, paper clip, some tape and a paper bag.

First you need to blow up the balloon and write a name on it. Then put a few pieces of tape on the back so the children can not see it. Then unfold the paper clip and ask the children to say a few nice things to the person. After each nice word poke the tape. After they have said a few nice words get them to say a mean word and when they say something mean do not poke the tape poke the balloon so it pops. Then tell the children how saying mean things to other people is making them feel bad and sad.
Then read Luke 6:27-31.
When I did this in my church even the adults liked it and thought it was a very good message.

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I’m In God’s Hands

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Isaiah 41:10

Preparation: Beforehand, prepare at least two things to happen “magically” when you point a remote control in that direction. For instance, get the youth group to stand in unison when you point the remote at them, and then sit back down when you press the remote. Get the person in charge of the lights to dim and brighten the lights when you point the remote at them. Get the pianist/organist or other instrumentalist to play a simple measure when you point the remote at them.

Visual Aids: One or two remote controls

Good morning boys and girls. [Pull out the remote control.] Can anyone tell me what I have in my hands? [Wait for responses.] OK, would you tell me all the different kinds of things you can do with a remote control? [Wait for various responses. Encourage them to move away from just TV controls, and into answers pertaining to remote-control toys, garage door openers, etc.] Wow, so you can do a lot of things with remote controls, can’t you? Well, I have a special remote control here that does some extra special things. [Pull out second remote.] It only does a couple of things, but they’re really special. [Now, show them how your remote performs the tasks that you set up to happen in advance.] See, you can do some really amazing things with this remote control. But, you know, what if I set this remote over here by itself. Could the remote do those special things? [Wait for the “NO’s” to die down.] Why not? [Wait for responses.] A remote control can’t do the special things it’s supposed to do unless someone holds it in his/her hands. Did you know that you are like a remote control? You are. God has some special things for you to do in your life — some really special things. But the only way you can do them is if you are in God’s hand. To do what God wants us to do, we must place ourselves in God’s hands. To do what God wants us to do, we must what? “Place ourselves in God’s hands.” Let’s pray now that today we would put our lives in God’s hands so that He can use us to do some very special things this week. [Read Scripture verse where appropriate.]

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Jesus Has the Power to Change Things

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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!

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Jesus Is Like A Torch

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Good for little kids too.

Bible verses

1 Peter 5:8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

John 8:12 When Jesus spoke to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Usually write the verses on a bit of paper, put them in an envelope or roll them up like a scroll, hide the verses outside and get the kids to hunt for it to get them pumped for the message then bring them in.

PROP – TORCH (Flashlight)
What is this?
What does it do?
What happens if you don’t have one?
(and so forth)

If you have a torch, you can walk around in the dark and not trip over. You wont get lost either because you can see where you are going.

If you have a torch you wont fall into a ditch, or into the path of a train, or into a lion, because you will be able to see it coming and get out of the way.

If you’ve got a torch you can also show people who don’t have a torch around so you can help them out too.

Jesus is like a torch. Jesus is the light that shows us which way to go. If we walk with Jesus we wont get lost and we wont trip over.

If we walk with Jesus as our torch we can see when the lions are coming towards us and we can go somewhere safe.

Jesus teaches us which way to walk. He teaches us to love God and to love each other.

Sometimes torch batteries can go flat. Its really important that we walk with other people who know Jesus so that when our torch batteries go flat we can still see which way to go.

God can give us torches and make our batteries fuller and more powerful. All we have to do is get to know Him and follow Jesus.

PRAYER

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