A Bible Lesson for Children on the Value of Life

A free Bible lesson for preschool and elementary aged children on the value of human life. Perfect for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday!

Advertisements

January is Sanctity of Human Life Month.  Our children need to be taught that all life is valuable and this Bible lesson will help you do just that.  This lesson teaches that ALL PEOPLE are valuable because God made ALL PEOPLE and Jesus died for ALL PEOPLE. This lesson is best used with preschool and lower elementary children.

If you are looking for a deeper lesson on the value of life to use with your upper elementary students and teens, you can find one here.

I hope you are able to use this lesson! If you do use it, feel free to post pictures over in our  facebook group!

In His Service,

Cheri

Life is Special_A Bible Lesson for Children

Opening Activities:

1. Put masking tape on the floor in a circle to mark off a space that would be a small for most of your children. (If you have a wide variety of sizes represented in your kids, make several circles.) Have the kids take turns standing in the circles while you give them activities to do. Activities you might want to use include: Kick your legs, but make sure your legs don’t leave the circle; Stretch your arms out as far as you can without leaving the circle, Hop on one leg, but don’t leave the circle, etc)

When you are finished, say: You did a great job following the instructions that I gave! You used your feet and hands without ever leaving the circle! It wasn’t always easy, was it? You had such a small space!

Do you know that you once lived in a space even smaller than that? When you were still inside your mommies, you lived in a very, very, small space. Yet, you were still able to use your hands and feet! In fact, you probably jumped, stretched, and did somersaults! That’s because when you were a baby inside your mommy, you were ALIVE, just like you are now . . . with hands and feet, mouths and eyes and ears. You were special . . . just like you are now! Today we are going to talk about how ALL PEOPLE are special because GOD made ALL PEOPLE and because JESUS died for ALL PEOPLE . . . even the babies who are still inside their mommies!

2. Play your own little game of “The Price is Right”. Put up different items and have your kids “bid” on what each item costs. Record the bids and then reveal the correct answers. Another variation is to put two items side by side and have the kids guess which one costs the most money. The last item you show should be a human being.

Say: This human being is worth WAY more than any of the other items! In fact, you can’t really put a dollar amount on a human’s life! God made the person, which makes this person INCREDIBLY valuable! Not only that, but the cost for this person was another life – the life of Jesus Christ. GOD made ALL PEOPLE and Jesus died for ALL PEOPLE. Therefore, ALL PEOPLE are extremely valuable!

The Lesson:

Begin by showing kids pictures of ultrasounds. This would be even neater if you are able to arrange ahead of time to get ultrasounds of some of the kids in your class. Point out the different parts of the baby. Say: These are all pictures of babies before they are even born. All these babies are still inside their mommas!

Guess what? These babies all have a heart that is beating! Do you have a beating heart? (Help kids put their hands over the hearts to feel their heart beat).

These babies all have hands. Do you have hands? Can you wiggle your hands? Raise your hands high in the air? Clap your hands together really fast? (have kids do each of those as you say them)

These babies all have feet. Do you have feet? Can you stomp your feet? Run in place really fast? Jump up high? (have kids do each of those as you say them)

What are some other things these babies have that you have? (Let kids discuss). These babies are a lot like you, aren’t they? They just haven’t been born yet, but they are still alive, and some day, they will be able to do all the things that you can do!

Listen to this verse from the Bible! Read Psalm 139:13-14. Who made all these babies? (God) Who made you? (God)

Yes, God made you, and, because God made you, you are VERY, VERY special! You were special when you were still inside your mommy, and you are special now!

In fact, God made EVERYONE! ALL PEOPLE are special because God made ALL PEOPLE!

Not only are you special because God made you, but you are also special because God sent JESUS to die for you! Do you know how God sent Jesus here? He sent Him here as a little baby! (show a picture of baby Jesus or piece of baby Jesus from a manger scene)

Jesus was a baby! That means he spent time inside his mommy! He had two hands (have kids stretch their hands high in the sky and wiggle them) He had two feet (have kids stomp their feet) He had a tongue (tell kids to touch their tongues) He had two ears (have kids touch their ears) He was a baby, just like you were! Then he grew up, just like you are growing up. But there was one big difference between Jesus and us. Jesus NEVER did anything wrong! He ALWAYS obeyed his parents. He ALWAYS said good words. He ALWAYS did the right thing!

And, because He never did anything wrong, He was able to take the punishment for everything WE did wrong. He DIED for us! (show a picture of Jesus on the cross).

But Jesus didn’t stay dead. Three days after being buried in the tomb, He rose from the dead! He was alive again.

Let’s count to three! (count to three) Now let’s count backwards from three (count backwards from three). Jesus is no longer dead! He is now in heaven, getting ready for US! If we say we are sorry for all the wrong things we have done and decide that we want to do what Jesus wants us to do, we can be with him in heaven some day!

Jesus DIED for us! That makes us pretty special!

In fact, Jesus died for EVERYONE! That makes EVERYONE pretty special!

ALL PEOPLE are special because Jesus died for ALL PEOPLE!

Give kids an assortment of old magazines and newspapers (go through them beforehand to make sure that everything in them is appropriate for children). Have the kids go through the newspapers and cut out pictures of people. Help them glue these on a bigger piece of paper with the heading “Jesus died for . . .”. Discuss with the kids how Jesus died for EVERY PERSON, no matter what they look like, how much money they have, the clothes they wear, where they live, etc. Say: God made ALL PEOPLE and Jesus died for ALL PEOPLE . . . that makes all people pretty special and worth a whole lot!!

AND Jesus wants ALL PEOPLE to follow him! Let’s pray for that right now. End by praying for people all over the world to follow Jesus. (It would also be neat to pray for the people that are on the posters that you recognize . . . celebrities, local people from the news, etc. If you or your kids know who any of the people on the posters are, have them pray for those people by name.)

Additional Activities:

1. Have a baby shower for a local pregnancy resource center. Encourage kids to bring in diapers, wipes, or baby clothes that will be donated to the center and given away to their clients.

2. Have the kids fill out a “God made me special” printable.

3. Beforehand, prepare sugar cookies (or another snack that can be easily adaptable). Then provide the kids with different colored frosting and help them frost the cookies, using a different color for each one. Say: Each of these cookies looks different because you used different colored frosting. However, they were all made by the same person (ME), and I know that they all will taste exactly the same (Super delicious!). In the same way, people might look different from one another – they might have different colored hair, eyes, or skin – but they were all made by the same person (GOD) and they are all SPECIAL! (Let the kids eat a cookie if they’d like).

4. Give kids a variety of fruit (grapes, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, etc). Instruct them to make a person out of their fruit, but don’t give any other direction. Walk around the group, commenting on what they are creating and giving them praise for their work. Let some of the kids share their creations with the group. Then say: You guys all did a great job making your people! You know what I like about this? None of your creations look exactly the same! Each person looks different! Yet, you had the same food to use to make your people . . . and they still turned out different from one another! Even though your creations are all different, they are made out of the same food and they will all taste SUPER GOOD!!! That’s just how it is with people! We all look different from one another, but we were all made out of the same stuff and we are all SUPER SPECIAL because GOD made us and JESUS died for us!

5. Draw an outline of a woman on a piece of paper. Make a “womb” by drawing a circle on the picture you drew and provide copies to all your kids. Have the kids draw a picture of a baby inside that circle. Encourage them to add eyes, nose, mouth, hands, feet, etc. Talk about how the baby inside the mom is alive, just like they are! Have the kids draw a mouth, nose, eyes, ears and hair on the woman as well. Talk about how the woman is also special. Say: Both the baby and the mommy are super special. Why? Because GOD made both of them and because Jesus died for both of them! ALL PEOPLE are special and God wants ALL PEOPLE to follow Him!

6. Sing “We All Bleed the Same” by Mandisa (or play it in the background while kids are working on their projects)

____________________________________________

brothers-feet4

December Prayer Calendar for Kids

A free prayer guide to help kids (and families) pray intentionally in December! Includes a special Christmas and end-of-the-year emphasis.

It’s the last month of the year! End your year right by spending time in prayer each day! Use some of the suggestions in this prayer guide to help direct your prayers — and PRAY BIG!

Cheri

December prayer calendar (printable)

Praying Around the World

  1. Aren’t you glad that God is bigger than anything that happens in this world? Spend time today thinking about how God has the whole world in His hands and praising Him! Sing along:

2. And now let’s take our prayer tour of the world! Pray today for Belgium. 

3. Pray today for Comoros.

4. Pray today for Eritrea.

5. Pray today for Kyrgystan.

6. We want to make sure that people everywhere hear the good news about Jesus Christ! Spend time today praying for all nations to hear about Jesus! Is there anyone you can tell about Jesus? Pray for that person, too! Then sing along:

Praise Day

7.  Spend today praising God for His work around the world. How have you seen Him work in different countries? How about in your own country? Have you heard any stories from missionaries about how God has been working? Read one of the stories found here and then praise God for His amazing work!

Praying for Your Country

8. Pray today for the leaders of your country. Pray for them to be honest and to be kind to one another. Pray that they will read their Bibles and make decisions that honor God.

9. Pray today for the people in your country to get along with one another. Ask God to help them to learn to love one another and to see each person as a special person created in the image of God.

10. Pray today for the people who are making the laws in your country. Pray that good laws will be made and obeyed.

11. Pray today for people in your country to hear about Jesus. Ask God to help many, many people decide to follow Jesus. Pray for someone you know who needs Jesus!

12. Pray for any issues your country is facing right now. What is happening in the news? Spend time praying for the major news items in your country today. Use a newspaper to help you or find some ideas here.

Praise Day

13. Spend time praising God today! Here’s a song to help you:

Praying for Your Community

14.  Pray for the people in your community who are hurting this Christmas season. They may be sad because they have lost someone, they may be scared because of sickness, or they may be feeling like they are all alone. Ask God to help them experience His peace and joy this Christmas. Then look for ways to bring them joy!

15. Pray today for the people in your community who do not believe in Jesus. Ask God to give them open hearts and minds and to bring them to Him this Christmas!

16. Pray for the churches in your community to work together to spread the love of Jesus this Christmas season!

17. Pray for your own church, church leaders and their families!

18. SERVE in your community! Take Christmas cookies to your neighbors, shovel snow, go Christmas caroling in a nursing home . . . do something to spread the joy of Jesus today!

Praise Day

19.  Christmas is almost here! Spend time today praising God for sending Jesus to us! Sing along:

Praying for Your Family

20. Pray today for each member of your family by name. Pray for your mom and dad, brothers and sisters. Ask God to help them grow closer to Him. Spend time thanking God for each one of them.

21. Pray today for the places where your family goes on a regular basis. Pray for the people who work at these places. Pray for the other people who go to these places. Pray that your family can shine God’s light to everyone they see!

22. Pray today for any problems your family is facing right now. Ask God to give your family His peace and to help you all as you deal with these issues.

23. Pray today for children around the world who do not have families. Ask God to help them experience His love and learn about Him. Ask God to give them families who will love them and teach them about Jesus!

Praise Days

24. It’s Christmas Eve! Spend time today thanking God for Jesus! Draw a picture of that first Christmas and then share the picture with someone else! Sing along:

25. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!  Thank you, God, for sending Jesus to be our Savior! God loved us so much that He sent Jesus, that anyone who believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life!!!  Sing along:

26. Merry day after Christmas! Spend time today going through some of your stuff and choosing items to GIVE AWAY!!! Take these items to a local charity. (Give good stuff away, not junk!!!) Pray for the people who will receive your gifts!

Praying the Fruit of the Spirit

27. Ask God to help you live out each fruit of the spirit in your life. Can you name them all? Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control! Which ones do you need the most help with? Pray especially for those!

Praying for Big Issues

28. Pray today for people who keep looking at pictures in magazines or on the computer that they know they shouldn’t. Pray that they will be able to say “No!” and that they will instead think about and look at things that God wants them to see!

29. Pray today for people who are being forced to do things they do not want to do and that they know is wrong. Pray that they will be able to get away from their situations and that they will discover that Jesus loves them and has a better plan for their lives.

End of the Year Prayers

30. Think back over this past year. What prayers have you seen God answer? How have you grown as a Christian? Make a list or draw pictures to show how God has helped you and how you have grown this past year. Spend time thanking Him for helping you through the year!

31. Spend time today asking God to help you through next year! Ask Him to help you grow closer to Him. Write down some goals for your relationship with Jesus this next year. Is there someone you want to see become a Christian? Write that person’s name down and pray for him. Do you want to read the Bible more? Write down a goal and come up with a plan! Spend time praying for these goals.

___________________________________

I hope this past year has been a good one for you! I pray that you have grown closer to Jesus and that you can look back on this year knowing that you are growing more each day! If you didn’t have a good year, though, that’s okay. We all have difficult times sometimes. The great thing about the end of the year is that you can have a fresh start in the next year! Ask God now to help you grow in amazing ways in 2018!

And, if you’re looking for a devotional to help you grow closer to Jesus this next year, let me recommend the one below. I had a lot of fun writing it . . . and I hope you will have a lot of fun reading it — and, more importantly, that you will GROW closer to Jesus . . . and experience a life that DOESN’T STINK!

brothers-feet4

 

November Prayer Calendar – 30 Days of Giving Thanks!

This is a prayer calendar for November that focuses on giving thanks. Here you will find 30 days worth of prayer ideas to help you and your child develop a grateful heart.

This month’s prayer calendar has a special focus on thankfulness.  Giving thanks is a very important part of prayer, so we are going to dedicate an entire month to thankfulness!  This month you can help your child spend a little time each day thanking God for the blessings He has given.  You will find 30 ideas in this calendar, but I’m sure you and your child can think of even more!  Don’t let this prayer calendar limit your gratitude.  Instead, use this calendar as a starting point to help you and your children express your thankfulness this month.

You might also be interested in the Thankfulness Bible Reading Plan.  This is another great way to help your child develop a grateful heart.

And, while you’re at it, jump on over and pick up your copy of the 365 Days of Praying for Your Child prayer guide for November.  This one is also focused on thankfulness!

Before you leave, please like my facebook page and join the group “Raising Godly Kids”.

Have a great November and keep praying!

Cheri

November Prayer Calendar

 November Thankfulness Calendar  

Thank God for . . .

1. The fact that He never changes! (Hebrews 13:8)

2. His unfailing love! (Psalm 136:1)

3. His power over the nations! (Psalm 22:28)

4. Eat some candy corn today. For every piece of candy corn you eat, say one thing for which you are thankful!

5. Jesus!! (John 3:16)

6. The family that He has given you! Why don’t you pray for each one of them while you’re at it?

7. The freedom we have to worship Him! Pray for those who do not have that freedom!

8. The advances that have been made in medicine! Pray for those who work in that field.

9. Your community. Spend time praying for it today!

10. Those who have served or are serving in the armed forces. Pray for them and their families today!

11. Use newspapers and magazines to make a thankfulness collage. Cut out pictures of all the things you are thankful for and glue them together on a poster.

12. Your church and church family! Pray for your church today – and all the churches around the world!

13. Teachers! Spend time praying for the ones you have or know!

14. Your home! Pray for those who do not have homes.

15. The opportunities we have to tell people about Jesus! Pray for an opportunity like that today!

16. Your friends! Pray for them today!

17. Your material blessings! Go through your things and find some stuff to give away and then donate that stuff to a local charity!

18. Trace your hand and make a turkey. Write one thing you are thankful for on each “finger” of the turkey.

19. Grace! Do you know what GRACE means? I like to think of it as God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense! Jesus took YOUR punishment on himself when He died on the cross – and because of His sacrifice, you can have eternal life! God gives us so much more than what we deserve – that is GRACE!

20. Life! Spend time today praying for those who are working to defend life, and praying that people would recognize that every life has value!

21. Missionaries! Do you know some missionaries? Pray for them by name!

22. Make a thankfulness tree! Write one thing you are thankful for on each leaf on the tree!

23. JUST BE THANKFUL TODAY!

24. Buy something today for someone who doesn’t have much. Wrap it up and give it to them – but don’t let them catch you! Keep it a secret!!!

25. Always providing a way out when you are tempted! Ask God to help you take that way out each time you are tempted! (1 Corinthians 10:13)

26. Forgiveness! Ask God to help you be willing to forgive others when they hurt you, too!

27. The Bible! Aren’t you thankful that God gave us His Truth in a book that we can all read whenever we want? Ask God to help you learn to LOVE His Words!

28. Humor! Aren’t you glad that God made things that are funny! I think He wants us to laugh! Spend time laughing today!

29. You! Spend time thanking God that He made you special and that He has a plan for your life!

30. Can you think of one thing you are thankful for that starts with every letter of the alphabet? Make a poster with all these things on it! Hang that poster in your room as a reminder to always be thankful!

__________________________________________________________

brothers-feet4

October Prayer Calendar for Kids

Free Printable Prayer Calendar to help your family pray intentional, big prayers this month!

Here is this month’s prayer calendar for kids! Don’t forget that you can also pick up more prayer journal pages, as well as your guide to help you pray for your kids.
Have a great month! See you in November!

Cheri

Printable Prayer Calendar

 Praying Around the World

  1. Let’s start our prayer tour of the world this month by recognizing that God loves all the nations of the world and that He wants people from every nation to come to know Him! Spend time praying for the gospel to be preached to every nation.  Here is a song to help you remember that Jesus loves EVERYONE!

2. Today, let’s pray for Puerto Rico. Pray especially for them as they recover from the devastation caused by the recent hurricane.

3.  Today, let’s pray for Mexico. Pray especially for them as they continue to recover from the recent earthquakes.

4. Today, let’s pray for the United Kingdom.

5. Today, let’s pray for Israel.

6. Today, let’s pray for Turkey.

7.  Spend today praising God for His work around the world. How have you seen Him work in different countries? How about in your own country? Have you heard any stories from missionaries about how God has been working? Read one of the stories found here and then praise God for His amazing work!

Praying for Your Country

8.  Spend time today praying for the leadership of your country. Pray for the President and his family, for the Vice President and his family, and for the members of congress. Pray for each member of your government to know Jesus as Lord and Savior!

9. Today, spend time praying for the judges who uphold the laws of your land. Pray that they will have wisdom when they make decisions, and that they will know the Truth. Pray that all decisions they make will be the right decisions and will bring glory to God.

10. Today, spend time praying for the future leadership of your country. Ask God to raise up strong Christians who will not be afraid to speak the truth and lead using godly values.

11. Pray today for the relationship of your country with other countries in the world. Pray that your country will help others and will point other nations to Christ.

12.  Pray for any issues your country is facing right now. What is happening in the news? Spend time praying for the major news items in your country today. Use a newspaper to help you or find some ideas here.

Praise Day

13. Spend time today praising God. Read Psalm 136. If you can, find someone to read it with you. Take turns reading the first part of every verse, while the two (or more) of you say the 2nd part of each verse together each time. Make your own Psalm, following the pattern set up in Psalm 136.

Sing this song of praise:

Praying for Your Community

14. Pray today for all of your neighbors by name. If you are able, take time to visit your neighbors and find out if they have anything special that they would like you to pray about!

15. Pray today for the poor or homeless in your community. Ask God to help them find Him and to see Him provide for them. If you are able, take time to visit and volunteer at a homeless shelter or make goody bags with water bottles and peanut butter sandwiches to hand out to any homeless people in your community.

16. Pray today for the women who have lost husbands in your community. Pray that they will reach out to Jesus and that He will help them deal with their loss. If you are able, find visit a woman you know who has lost her husband and do something nice for her!

17. Pray today for any issue your community is facing right now. Ask God to help your community work together and make the right decisions about this issue!

18. Pick one person in your community that you don’t really know very well. Pray for this person and his/her family.

Praying for Big Issues

19. Pray today for people everywhere to understand that every life is important and that every person is special and loved by God.

20. Pray today for people everywhere to understand that there are certain things that are always right and certain things that are always wrong. Pray that God’s Word will be recognized as the standard for what is right and wrong.

Praise Day

21. Spend time today praising God for His Word – the Bible! Thank Him for giving His Word to us! Read Psalm 119:9-16. Sing a song!

Praying for Your Family

22. Pray today for every member of your family – and for their relationship with Jesus! Pray that each person in your family will love Jesus and do exactly what He wants them to do! Pray that your family will encourage others and lead others to Jesus!

23. Pray today for your family to be able to spend time together. Pray that you will be able to handle the crazy schedules that might come up and that you will always be able to stay close to each other.

24. Pray today for your family to be able to deal with any tough situations you may be facing. Ask God to give you strength and wisdom and to show you exactly what you need to do.

25. Pray today for anyone in your family who is not a Christian. Ask God to give you opportunities to share His love with that person, and pray that that person will decide to give his/her life to Jesus.

Praying for Yourself

26. Pray today for your relationship with Jesus. Ask God to show you if there is anything in your life that you need to change, and ask Him to give you the strength to make those changes! Ask God to help you love Him more than anything else in your life!

27. Pray today for anything that makes you afraid. Ask God to help you deal with the fear, and ask Him to help you know that He is always with you.

28. Pray today for God to help you make wise decisions and choices in every area of your life.

Praying the Fruit of the Spirit

29. Pray today for GENTLENESS. Ask God to help you be gentle in the answers you give to people and in the way you deal with people. Ask Him to help you learn to control your anger and to have a gentle heart.

Praise Day

30. Spend time today praising God for His creativity! Look at the world around you – can you see the beauty that He created? Draw a picture of what you see and pick a Bible verse to put on the top of it. Hang this picture somewhere in your house and use it to share with others about the beauty of God’s creation!

Service Project

31. Put together small bags of candy with Bible verses to give away to the people in your neighborhood. Include an invitation to go to church with you! Give these away and tell people that God loves them!

_________________________________________

brothers-feet4

September Prayer Calendar

Free Printable Prayer Calendar to help your kids pray every day in September!

Happy September! Here is this month’s prayer calendar for kids! Don’t forget to pick up more prayer journal pages, as well as your guide to help you pray for your kids.
Have a great month! See you in October!

Cheri

September Prayer Calendar for Kids (printable pdf)

 

Praying Around the World

  1. Let’s make our first stop on our prayer tour of the world the United States. Spend time today praying for all of the people in the US – but especially focus on Houston, Texas and the other areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
  2. Today, let’s pray for Kazakhstan.
  3. Today, let’s pray for Somalia.
  4. Today, let’s pray for Poland.
  5. Today, let’s pray for Benin.
  6. Let’s end our prayer tour of the world by praying for Cuba.
  7.  Spend today praising God for His work around the world. How have you seen Him work in different countries? How about in your own country? Have you heard any stories from missionaries about how God has been working? Read one of the stories found here and then praise God for His amazing work!

Praying for Your Country

8. Pray today for the leaders of your country. Pray for them to have godly wisdom and a hunger for the Word of God and righteousness. Pray for God to guide every decision they make.

9. Pray today for the college and university students in your country. Pray that they will take a stand for what is right and that they will seek God above all else.

10. Pray today for your military. Pray for wisdom in all the decisions made concerning the military. Pray for their families and for strength when they are away from one another.

11. Pray for the churches in your country. Pray for unity among all the churches in sharing the gospel. Pray that all churches will work together to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the rest of your country.

12. Pray for any issues your country is facing right now. What is happening in the news? Spend time praying for the major news items in your country today. Use a newspaper to help you or find some ideas here.

Praise Day

13. Spend time today praising God! Read Psalm 150 and sing a song of praise! You might even want to make your own instrument and play it along with this song:

Praying for Your Community

14. Pray today for the leaders of your community. Pray for them to make good decisions.

15. Pray today for the moms and dads in your community who are having a really hard time getting along with one another. Pray for them to seek God in their relationship and to have His help with everything they do.

16. Pray today for the police officers in your community. Pray for them to be safe as they do their jobs and that they will seek justice for all people.

17. Pray today for the firefighters in your community. Pray for safety and quick responses when needed.

18. Pray today for those who write for your local newspaper or work on your local television station. Pray that they will report the news as it really is and that they will share the truth.

Praying for Big Issues

19. Pray for children who have been hurt by the adults in their lives. Pray that they will feel God’s love helping them make it through their situations.

20. Pray today for those who hate other people or groups of people. Pray that the love of Jesus Christ will transform their lives and change their hearts.

Praise Day

21. Spend today thanking God for the ways He has helped you in your life! Make a list of all the things you have to be thankful for . . . and then thank God for those things! Here’s another song to sing today!

Praying for Your Family

22. Pray today for your mom, dad, sisters and brothers. Pray that you will all get along with one another and that you will enjoy spending time together. Pray for strong relationships in your family and for great times together! Pray also for your family to follow Jesus together!

23. Pray today for your grandmas and grandpas, aunts, uncles, and cousins! Pray especially for anyone that doesn’t know Jesus!

24. Pray today for the financial needs of your family. Thank God for how He has provided in the past and ask Him to continue to provide and to help your family be wise with your money.

25. Pray today for any need your family might be facing right now. Ask God to help you to trust Him to take care of you in every situation!

Praying for Yourself

26. Pray today for your relationship with Jesus. Pray for an understanding of how great His love for you is!

27. Pray today for your relationships with your friends. Ask God to give you strong friendships, and to give you the ability to be a leader among your friends. If you have any friends who do not know Jesus, pray for them today, too!

28. Pray for God to help you always do what is right! Ask Him to show you what is right and to give you the strength to stand up for it no matter what!

Praying the Fruit of the Spirit

29. Pray today for peace. Pray for you to be a peaceful person – to be able to remain calm when everything around you is going crazy! Spend time thanking God for the peace that passes all understanding!

Another song:

Service Project Day

30. Take this last day of September to do a service project in your community. Pray for the people you are helping and keep praying for them throughout the month of October!

__________________________________________

If you are using the monthly prayer calendars, you might also be interested in some of the Bible Curriculum I have written.

The Book of James Bible Curriculum

 

 

A Preschool Lesson based on Acts 6:1-6

A Preschool Bible Lesson teaching kids that God wants them to serve Him and be helpful!

Chosen to Serve God

A Preschool Lesson based on Acts 6:1-6

Opening Activities:

1. Play a game of duck-duck goose, but instead of saying “duck, duck, goose” have the kids say, “I choose you” when they tap the head of the person who they want to chase them. Have lots of fun with the game. When you finish playing, say: It was fun being chosen, wasn’t it? When you were chosen, you got to run around the circle! You had a special job! Today we are going to talk about some people who were chosen to do a very special job – and how God chooses YOU to do special jobs for Him, too!

2. Play a game with the kids using a playground ball, the kids and their imaginations! Have the kids stand in a circle. Then throw a playground ball at one of the kids, who is supposed to try to catch it. Once he catches it, say, “I choose you to ________________” and then give him an instruction. He then does that instruction and throws the ball back to you. Throw the ball to someone else and continue the game. If the kids are able, you could have them throw the ball to another child and give the instructions.

Possible instructions include the following:

  • I choose you to jump up and down.
  • I choose you to spin around.
  • I choose you to clap your hands.
  • I choose you to act like a monkey.
  • I choose you to count to five.
  • I choose you to stand on one foot.
  • I choose you to give me a hug (or a “high five”)

When you finish the game, say: How did it feel to be chosen to do something special? God chooses each one of you to do something special, too! He chooses you to serve Him!

Bible Lesson:

Do you remember that Jesus had a very special team of 12 people called disciples? These 12 people were very busy after Jesus went back to heaven! They were telling people all about Jesus and helping to get more and more people on Team Jesus! But they were really, really busy.

Can you show me what it looks like to be really busy? Let’s act like we are really busy! (Lead the kids in doing all sorts of motions to show that they are busy, running around the room saying, “I’m so busy”, “I have so much to do”, and whatever else you think of to do.)

One day, some of the people started to complain because there were jobs that weren’t getting done. There were women who were not getting the food they needed each day.

How would you feel if you weren’t getting the food you needed? Would you be hungry? Would you be sad? Show me what it would look like to not be getting the food you needed. (Lead the kids in doing motions to show that they are not getting food. Have them pat their stomachs and say, “I’m so hungry”, have them act like they are crying because they are sad, etc.)

The people went to the 12 disciples, but the disciples were really busy telling people about Jesus. They didn’t have time to make sure that everyone was getting fed! What could the disciples do?

What do you think the disciples should do? Ask the kids for their ideas. Then continue the lesson:

The disciples decided to CHOOSE some people who would serve God by helping with the food! They gathered everyone together, and then they chose 7 men who would do this job. Can you count to seven? (Count to seven). They prayed for these seven men and then gave these seven men the job of helping to make sure the food was given out to everyone!

God had a special task for these seven men! God CHOSE these seven men to serve him! Guess what? God CHOOSES YOU to serve Him, too! What can you do to be helpful – just like these seven men were?

Give each child a plate. Say: The seven men made sure that all the people got the food they needed. This plate is going to remind us of that. Let’s draw some pictures of ways on this plate that we can be helpful and serve God. Help the kids draw ways they can be helpful – just like the seven men in today’s lesson. Then pray a short prayer asking God to help them serve Him, too.

Additional Activities:

1. Put a few different snacks in bowls. (Have a serving spoon in each bowl and make sure the kids use the serving spoon to get the food out of the bowls.) Give the kids a plate and tell them they are going to “serve” one another food! Have each child go to a bowl and “choose” seven items from that bowl (7 crackers, 7 grapes, 7 strawberries, 7 fruit snacks . . . whatever you decide to offer). They then give their plate to someone else – serving them just like the seven men in Acts served the widows in the church!

2. The 7 men who were chosen to serve God on that day were very helpful in the church. There are a lot of ways that we can be helpful in the church, too! Take a field trip with your class around the church. Show them different ways that people can help in the church. For example, if your church has a food pantry, take them to the food pantry and talk about how people can bring in food to help others (just like in the early church!). Take them to the janitor’s closet and talk about how people can help by cleaning the church. Take them outside and talk about how people can help by pulling weeds. You could even have the kids pull some weeds to be helpful!

3. Help the kids fill out one of the printables here. Talk about how they are special and the different ways they can serve God!

_______________________________________________________

I hope you enjoy these free Bible lessons and that you are able to use them with your kids! If you do use these, please check out the other Bible Studies & Curriculum   available from Ministry Mom Books.

james study for churches