The Father calls you His child!
Free Time/Organized Play – you can allot up to 15 minutes for free time while children are making their way into the classroom. This is also a good time to get bathroom breaks out of the way.
Howzitgoin? – use this time to capture each child’s week in review. Use the dry erase board to illustrate a scale of 1-10. 1 being horrible and 10 being fantastic.
Activity #1 – Come to Order
The leader calls out what the rule for the line up will be (for instance by height) and the kids line up, preferably without your assistance. If it is too easy, older kids will enjoy the challenge of attempting to line up without the ability to speak.
Sample criteria for the line can be:
-Age, youngest first
-Length of hair
-Number of siblings you have
-Alphabetically by last name
Say: Wow! Our families look very different from one another. Some of us have many brothers and sisters, some have none! We have lots of different last names, too. Maybe you live with your mom and dad, or maybe you live with your grandparents. Today, we’re going to talk about what it means to be a part of God’s big family and to be His child. But first, I have another game for us to play.
Activity #2–Family Charades
Just like our families look very different from one another, I imagine our families behave differently from one another too! We’re going to play a game where we are each going to act out our favorite thing to do with our family, and we’ll each take a turn guessing what that might be. (Individuals who are reluctant may be willing to work with a partner to act out their activity). As the kids take turns, the rest of the group can guess what is being portrayed.
You all have a lot of fun with your families! I wish I could be in some of them and do the cool things you guys do! Well, we’re about to talk about being in God’s family, but before we do, let’s get our hearts and minds focused on God by singing a worship song. Let’s really think about the words of this song as we sing.
Worship – Shout Kids DVD I Am Free – Your Name
Lesson—Who knows what your first name means and wants to share with us? (Open up discussion for kids to share the meaning of their first names, if they know. Be prepared to share yours, if you know yours.) Well, today we have learned what it means to each of us to be a part of our family—our different names and what they mean, the different things we do with our families. Being a part of your family means you might also behave a certain way. (Give your own example of one of your family’s traditions—bring a picture if you have one). For instance, my family has a tradition where we always wear crazy hats on our birthdays. Even my grandma wears a big crazy hat! Now, some people may think that is weird, but to me, it’s a part of being in my family. The way I live my life shows other people to what family I belong.
Did you know that you are a part of God’s family. 1 John 3:1 says, “ How great is the love the Father has given us so freely! Now we can be called children of God.” How awesome is that? Now, we can be a part of God’s family, and we can call him Father, just like Jesus does. And, if we are His children, the way we live our lives will show other people that we are in God’s family.
1 John 3:10 says….Here is how you can tell the difference between the children of God and the children of the devil. Those who don’t do what is right do not belong to God. Those who don’t love their brothers and sisters do not belong to him either.
Living in God’s family means that we show the world that our hearts have changed, and we let that change everything in us from the inside out. Here’s the thing. We can be nice to strangers. We can help an elderly person with their groceries. We can hold the door for someone. But, in today’s Bible verse, there are some very specific people we are to show love. Who can remember? (Brothers and sisters)
Isn’t it interesting that before God asks us to be nice to strangers, he tells us that we need to show love to our brothers and sisters? Raise your hand if you think it is easy to show love to your brothers or sisters? Who thinks it would be easier to be nice to a stranger in the grocery store? The way we live our lives shows others to what family we belong. We’re going to talk more about that in our small groups today. But first, let’s talk to God about what we have read today.
Prayer Template: Father, how awesome it is that we can call you Dad. Being a part of your family is not something we can earn, but you have loved us so much that now, we can be your children. When you change our hearts, you ask us to live it out for others to see. We confess that it is not always easy to love, especially the people we are close to. This week, show us how we can show your love to others, especially the people we find hard to love. In Jesus Name, Amen
Worship – Shout Kids DVD I Am Free – From the Inside Out
Small Groups – Split your class to mirror the # of adults. Typically, there are two volunteers and so the recommended division is K-2nd graders and 3rd-5th graders. Have each group answer these questions:
- How does a father take care of his children?
- When you hear you are a child of God, how does that make you feel?
- How does Father God take care of you?
- In our Bible verse today, there are two ways to know if someone is a child of God. What are those two things?
- They will do what is right.
- They will love their brothers and sisters.
- Do you have brothers and sisters? If so, is it easy or hard to show love to them?
- If we are all in God’s family, who are our brothers and sisters in God’s family?
- What are some ways you can show love to your family this week? What are some ways you can show love to your brothers and sisters from God’s family this week?
Snack Time – Pretzels, animal crackers and goldfish galore!
Activity #3 – Child of God posters
Break the class into groups small enough to work on a poster together. Provide craft supplies to each group and encourage the groups to create a poster that shows an example of what it means to be a child of God. At the end of the activity, have each group present what they have created with each other.
Game—Get to Know You Bingo
Provide a Get to Know You Bingo card to each child. Have kids move around class and sign in the box for items that describe them, for instance, “Likes spinach” or “Has a library card.” Depending on class size, kids can sign on more than one square at your discretion. Play until everyone gets “blackout.”
Close w/ The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Free Time/Organized Play/Clean Up – If you have any trash laying on the floor or on tables, use this time to clean up prior to letting free time commence.
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