Category Archives: Children’s Church

Saturated by the Holy Spirit Kidmin Free Object Lesson

Here is a great object lesson to illustrate why we need to be filled and saturated by the Holy Spirit.

Supplies Needed: flat sponge, bowl of water

Ephesians 5:18 Do not be drunk with wine. That will ruin you spiritually. But be filled with the Spirit.

The Bible talks a lot about being filled with the Holy Spirit. The word used in this verse for filled means being continually filled. That means being filled, and filled, and filled again. It means to keep being filled with the Holy Spirit.

(show flat sponge) Can anyone tell me what this is? (If the children don’t know, let them know it’s a sponge that has never been wet. It’s called a flat sponge. Talk about how useless this sponge is without water just as the Christian is useless unless he’s filled with the Holy Spirit.

The sponge is hard. God doesn’t want us to have a hard heart toward Him. He wants to fill our hearts with the Holy Spirit.

Ezekiel 36:26  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

This sponge is dry. Without the Holy Spirit filling us, our lives and passion for God can be dry. God wants to fill us with His Holy Spirit so that rivers of living water can flow out of us.

John 7:37-39 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

This sponge can’t wash or clean anything. Being filled with the Holy Spirit keeps us cleansed from sin.

John 7:38  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’

Romans 8:2 Because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Object Lesson Experiment:

(Dip the sponge in the bowl of water so it is a little wet. Let the children make observations on how the sponge has changed. It is wetter, bigger, softer, more useful. Dip the sponge again until it gets saturated.)

The more this sponge gets saturated with water, the more useful it is. The more we are filled with the Holy Spirit, the more useful we are to the Kingdom of God.

If I were to leave this wet sponge on the shelf, what would happen to it? It would get dried out and hard again. That’s the way we will get if we don’t continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

6 Free Kidmin Easter Object Lessons

Here’s some links for Easter object lessons and stories to help you plan your message Resurrection Sunday.

The Curtain Was Torn

Salvation Gospel Illusion

What’s Easter All About?

The Colors of Easter

He Paid the Price

The Empty Egg

Children’s Church Lessons for the New Year

This season is the busiest time of the year. With family obligations, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with ministry obligation. In case you need some help with lessons for the next couple of weeks, here’s a few older posts with free messages that work for an emphasis on the New Year.

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

Living Sacrifice Children’s Sermon

Ready to Serve Complete Lesson:

Opening

Game

Memory Verse

Bible Story

Object Lesson and Sermon

Happy New Year!

Revival Fire for Kids Blog won’t post any more until 2016.

Kidmin Advent (Christmas Eve) Light of the World

Jesus, Light of the World

Light the white candle in middle of the Advent Wreath.

Advent ‘Coming’ in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas. There are three advents in Scripture. The first happened 2000 years ago when Jesus came into the world as a baby to live as a man and die for us. The second can happen now. Jesus wants to come into our lives now. The third will happen in the future when Jesus comes back to the world as King and Judge, not a baby.

Activity: Talk to the children about the meaning of advent. Make this a special time by talking about the real meaning of Christmas. Sing Christmas carols and eat Christmas cookies. You might want to exchange gifts. It would also be a nice touch to have the children act out the Nativity with costumes.

Free Online Object Lessons – 5 Flashlight Object Lessons

Free Online Object Lesson – Light of the World

Bible Story:  Read Matthew 4:16, Luke 2:25-38. Simeon and Anna were two prophets who lived a very long time. The world was in darkness because of sin. But they knew that when the Messiah, Jesus, came, he would bring light into the world. With that light came hope, peace, joy, and love. When these prophets saw the baby Jesus after He was born, they knew He was the one they were waiting for. They told His mother, Mary, what God had shown them. Jesus is the light of the world.

 

Verses: All verses in the Advent Series are from the International Children’s Bible.

Matthew 4:16:  These people who live in darkness will see a great light. They live in a place that is very dark. But a light will shine on them.

Luke 2:30-32:  I have seen your Salvation with my own eyes. You prepared him before all people. He is a light for the non-Jewish people to see. He will bring honor to your people, the Israelites.

John 1:1-5:  Before the world began, there was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were made through him. Nothing was made without him. In him there was life. That life was light for the people of the world. The Light shines in the darkness. And the darkness has not overpowered the Light.

John 3:19-21:  People are judged by this fact: I am the Light from God that has come into the world. But men did not want light. They wanted darkness because they were doing evil things. Everyone who does evil hates the light. He will not come to the light because it will show all the evil things he has done. But he who follows the true way comes to the light. Then the light will show that the things he has done were done through God.

John 8:12:  Later, Jesus talked to the people again. He said, “I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness. He will have the light that gives life.”

John 9:5:  While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

John 12:46:  I have come as light into the world. I came so that whoever believes in me would not stay in darkness.

Ephesians 5:8:  In the past you were full of darkness, but now you are full of light in the Lord. So live like children who belong to the light.

1 John 1:5:  Here is the message we have heard from God and now tell to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.

Kidmin Advent Week 4 (December 17) Love

Week 4: Love

Light the final purple candle in the Advent Wreath.

At Christmas we remember Christ’s birth, but rarely do we talk about the reason he was born. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to Earth as a baby so He could live a sinless life as a man and be the sacrifice for our sin. That’s a love greater than any love we’ve ever known. That’s the real meaning of Christmas.

Talk to the children about how Christmas is a time we show love for others. Ask them what are some of the ways they can show love for others. Don’t just talk about giving presents. We can show love by being kind to each other, helping each other, and helping those less fortunate than ourselves. Christmas is a great time to show love because God showed His love for us when His Son, Jesus, was born. The story doesn’t end in the manger. Jesus gave His life for us. That’s true love.

Activities: Make a chain for the Christmas tree using strips of red, green, and white construction paper glue together.

Benevolence: This would be a great time to plan a benevolence event to show love to the community. Have the children bring in canned food for the food pantry, bring a toy for Toys for Tots, or go Christmas Caroling at a nursing home. Talk about how God gave Himself at Christmas. We should also give of ourselves at Christmas.

Object Lesson: Use the following object lesson with the chain garland.

Red: Red symbolizes Christ was born on Christmas so He could shed His blood for the sins of the world.

Romans 5:9 Now that we have been justified by his blood, how much more will we be saved from wrath through him!

Green: Green is the color of the evergreens that last all year long even through the winter snow. It symbolizes eternal life that Jesus came to give. If we believe in Him, we will have eternal life in Heaven with Jesus.

John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

White: White symbolizes the purity of Christ. He lived His life on Earth without ever sinning, He cleanses us from our sins when we become His children. Our sins become as white as snow.

Isaiah 1:18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Bible Story:  For week four of advent, read John 3:1-21. Tell the how God sent His Son to Earth because He loves us. Jesus lived a sinless life and taught us about God while He was on Earth because He is God. Then he died on the cross as a punishment for our sins. He took our place and shed his blood for us.

Talk to the children about how we’ve all sinned. We’ve all failed God. We all deserve to be punished. But God loves us so much that He doesn’t want to punish us for our sins. He wants us to be close to Him. But God is just. He’s always right. So He punished Jesus for our sins. That way we can be close to God and not worry about the punishment we deserve. God loves us that much. Invite the children who don’t know Christ to accept Him as their savior so their sins will be forgiven.

Online Free Object Lesson: The Best Gift

Verses: All verses in the Advent Series are from the International Children’s Bible.

John 3:16:  For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son. God gave his Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life. 

John 13:34:  I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you.

John 15:13:  The greatest love a person can show is to die for his friends.

Galatians 2:20:  20I do not live anymore—it is Christ living in me. I still live in my body, but I live by faith in the Son of God. He loved me and gave himself to save me.

Ephesians 5:2:  Live a life of love. Love other people just as Christ loved us. Christ gave himself for us—he was a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice to God.

1 John 4:9-11:  This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his only Son into the world to give us life through him. True love is God’s love for us, not our love for God. God sent his Son to be the way to take away our sins. That is how much God loved us, dear friends! So we also must love each other. 

1 John 4:19:  We love because God first loved us.

Sermon: Remind the children God gave Himself as Jesus. Jesus is God with us. The best gift we can give God for Christmas is ourselves.