Category Archives: Object Lessons

Remembering 9/11 in Children’s Ministry

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.

Praying African Americn boyPray 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.

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.

What a Hero Looks Like Children’s Sermon

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.

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus Children’s Lesson

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.

 

Saturated by the Holy Spirit Children’s Ministry 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.

Free Children’s Ministry Materials for Independence Day Weekend

0305-4th-july-1100021042-10182013Here are a few free resources to help you plan children’s church for Independence Day week-end. Have a great 4th of July holiday.

 

 

Children’s Sermons & Object Lessons:

Equipped for Battle Children’s Sermon

Are We on God’s Side Bible Story

Independence Day Lesson

Free at Last Children’s Sermon

Freedom Isn’t Free Children’s Sermon

Children’s Ministry Activities:

Independence Day Craft – Firecrackers

7 Great Ideas for the 4th of July

Living Out Our Liberty Craft

Fun Independence Day Games

 

Are You Hungry? Kidmin Object Lesson Sermon

God wants us to be hungry for the filling of the Holy Spirit.

Hunger Killers:

There are two things that will stop us from being hungry in the natural. These things will also keep us from being hungry for the Holy Spirit.

Sickness: The first thing that keeps you from being hungry is sickness. You don’t feel like eating when you’re sick. Sin is like a spiritual sickness. We can’t get rid of the sickness of sin until we are saved and ask Jesus to forgive us. After we become Christians, we still need to get rid of sin by confessing it to God and asking Him to forgive us.

Snacking: When we fill up on junk food and even healthy snacks before meals, it takes away our hungry so we don’t want to eat. There are also things that we can put before God that fill us up so there’s no room for God. These are spiritual snack foods that keep us from the meal God has prepared.

God Prepares a Meal:

God wants us to be Hungry:  

Matt. 5:6  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they will be filled.

Appetizer: God gives us an appitizer to all He has for us when we are saved and begin to walk with Him.

Psalm 34:8  Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Water: Water is as important to survive spiritually as it is physically. Jesus is the water of Life, and those who come to Him will be filled with the Holy Spirit and never thirst again.

Psalm 42:1-2 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?

John 4:14  But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”. (Jesus is the water of life, Holy Spirit)

John 7:37-39  Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (believe on Jesus, Holy Spirit, Joy)

Isaiah 44:3  For I will pour out water on the thirsty land And streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring And My blessing on your descendants. (Holy Spirit, blessings)

Main Course Meal:

Bread: Jesus is the bread of Life. When we spend time with Him, we are eating His bread.

John 6:35  Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

Milk: The Bible is the milk of God’s Word. When we drink His Word, we will learn more about Him and mature spiritually.

1 Peter 2:2  Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.

Solid Food or Meat:  Solid food is for the mature. Babies don’t eat solid food, but when we grow older, we need solid food and meat. Spiritually, this will help us grow and help us discern good and evil. In other words, we will understand what God wants us to do.

Hebrew 5:14  Solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

Dessert: God wants to fill us with the Holy Spirit. He wants us to worship Him and delight in Him. This is our spiritual dessert.

Psalm 37:4  Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

So you need to ask youself, “Are You Hungry?”

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