This Sunday is the fifteenth anniversary of terrorists attacking the United States on September 11th, 2001. While it affected every one of us, and we all remember where we were and what we were doing on that fateful day, the students in your children’s ministry weren’t born yet. This generation we are ministering to thinks of 9/11 as something that happened a long time ago that they learn about in history books.
Even though they weren’t alive yet, there are many lessons your students can learn from that fateful day. Since the anniversary falls on a Sunday, it would be a great time to commemorate that day and teach those lessons. Here are some ideas for remembering 9/11 in children’s church.
Give your testimony: Tell how you learned about the terrorist attacks and how you felt. Talk about how God saw you through and how God can see them through any problems they face. If you know people who were there that day, tell their stories and about how God helped them through that time of uncertainty.
Pray for Our Country: On 9/11/2001, most people prayed for the United States. Since then, our country has moved further away from God. We need to pray for our nation like never before. No only should we still pray for our country’s safety and for our leaders, we need to cry out to God for a Great Awakening to save our nation. Spend time talking about how to pray for our country.
Here are a few articles on prayer that might help.
- Teaching Children How to Pray
- 6 Ways to Instill the Desire to Pray in Children
- Giving Children Opportunities to Pray
- Teaching Children to Pray Using a Model
- 5 Finger Lord’s Prayer
Heroes Help Others: There are a lot of stories about heroes that helped others on 9/11. Share some stories about those people and talk about how we can help others in need. Spend some time talking about the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11.
God Is With Us: Talk about the fear people felt on 9/11/2001 and how God is with us even when we’re fearful. Teach the story about Peter walking on water. When he looked at the waves, he was fearful and drowning. When he looked at Jesus, he could walk on water.
Missions To Arab Countries: Spend some time talking about how God loves everyone, even the terrorists. Spend some time teaching about missionaries in Arab countries and how they risk their lives to share the Gospel. Have the children pray for the missionaries and maybe write encouraging cards and letters. Kids of Courage has a great free downloadable booklet on Islam.