This week’s Sermons4Kids is entitled He Holds the Future.
Scripture: He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them.” Luke 21:8 (NIV)
The sermon talks about how we enjoy reading our “fortunes” from Chinese fortune cookies. While we may get a laugh from reading them, should we believe that these cookies can predict our future? In the Bible, Jesus warns his disciples about believing anyone and everyone who claims to see or know the future (like when the world will end, or if the next year will bring you more wealth, or if you’ll make a good career move tomorrow, etc.). Only God knows the future. Our job is to have a faith that trusts in Him and that works to bring His love to others.
For this sermon’s activity, I asked my kids to make Play-Doh fortune cookies. I printed out some fortune cookie sayings and the kids inserted them into their Play-Doh fortune cookies. You can find some general fortune cookie sayings at chinese-fortune-cookie.com and some kid-friendly ones at buzzle.com. The kids had a lot of fun making these pretend fortune cookies, and even more fun opening them up to get the sayings. At the end of it all, of course, these were all just for fun. Maybe next time, I can print Scripture passages and have the kids put them into “fortune cookies.” 🙂
Fortune Cookie Sayings
Play-Doh fortune cookies
This week’s sermon from Sermons 4 Kids is entitled The Thankful Leper.
Scripture: Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” Luke 17:17 (NIV)
This week’s lesson is from the one and only leper who went back to Jesus to give thanks for being healed. It is about remembering to give thanks to God for the many blessings, big and small, that we receive from Him.
For a game, I asked my kids to form the letters T, H, A, N, K, Y, O and U with their bodies.
Then, they each made a Thank You Tree. I gave them a print out of a tree with many branches and leaves. On the branches and leaves, they wrote down things they were thankful to God for.
There are hundreds, even thousands of things to be thankful for. If we nurture an attitude of gratefulness, our Thank You Trees can keep growing, sprouting more branches and leaves to make room for the blessings we continue to receive every day.
Kylie's Thank You Tree
Rafa's Thank You Tree
This week’s Sermon 4 Kids teaches us to ask for mustard seed sized- faith – so we can believe in God and see Him do great things.
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” Luke 17:5-6 (NIV)
My kids did 2 activities:
1) Blowing Seeds: Using a straw, each child has to blow a green bean across the table. After blowing a seed across the finish line at one end of the table, he or she goes back to the starting line at the opposite end to blow another seed. Whoever gets to blow the most number of green beans across the finish line using the straw at the end of 2 minutes is the winner. They enjoyed this game so much they did 3 rounds (wanted to do more but I suggested we move on to reading the sermon)!
2) Seeds of Faith poster: I printed out 2 copies of an A4 sized poster with the big word FAITH and the Bible passage for this week. The kids glued green beans to fill in the letters F, A, I, T, H. My daughter even thought to box the Bible passage with green beans (nice effect!).
Again, Sermons 4 Kids has given us a simple, fun and inspiring way to grow our seeds of faith 🙂
Kylie’s Faith poster
Rafa’s Faith poster
This week’s sermon from Sermons4Kids is about how people get bent out of shape. The Bible Scripture reading is about how Jesus healed a crippled woman on a Sabbath (Luke 13:10-14).
For the lesson on how being bent out of shape, whether literally or figuratively, can be very difficult, the kids played a bent-out-of-shape statue dance. When the music stops, they have to hold a bent-out-of-shape pose. The kids had so much fun out-stretching and out-bending each other.
I really like the lesson at the end of this week’s sermon. “Jesus was always more concerned with helping people than he was about keeping rules. Rules are good, but people are more important. We should remember that the next time we start to get all bent out of shape when someone bends the rules a little bit to help someone who is in need.” (Sermon of the Week – All Bent Out of Shape) To remind themselves that they have helping hands like Jesus did, the kids made Helping Hands finger paintings. Finger painting is always fun and is a great way to end a lesson.
Bent Out of Shape statue dance
Really Bending Themselves
Kylie's Helping Hands
Rafa's Helping Hands
This week’s Sermons 4 Kids lesson is about running the race, persevering against obstacles and keeping our eyes on Jesus.
From this week’s sermon, I learned about the very touching and inspiring story of Olympic runner Derek Redmond and his loving father Jim. Derek’s perseverance in finishing his race despite the pain and Jim’s determination to help his son accomplish his goal are shining examples of love and what it can do. (video of Derek Redmond)
My kids ran their own race – a home-made Bible verse race. I made a print-out puzzle of Hebrews 12:1, part of the verse for this week’s sermon. Since my 5-year-old son can’t yet read the full verse, I wrote numbers to aid him in sequencing the verse. I put the 2 sets of scrambled verse parts on a whiteboard placed on one side of the room.
Hebrews 12:1 -scrambled
The kids then take the parts of the Bible verse, one by one, to another whiteboard across the room and arrange them in correct order. First one to finish completing the verse on the board and in correct order wins (and gets a medal won last year at a kids run). They enjoyed racing each other so they did it twice 🙂
Rafa's finished verse
Kylie's finished verse