February 23, 2009

Faith Kids: Obey All the Way

Jesus tells a story about a father asking two sons to work in his vineyard (Matthew 21:28 - 32)

Big Idea
Obey all the way

Bible Verse
Matthew 22:17 - "
Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." (NIrV)


1. To see how it's not a good idea to do things only halfway, we tried to say common nursery rhymes skipping every other word. We also created new names for ourselves by spelling our real names and skipping every other letter.
2. Since Jesus didn't give the names of the two sons in the story, we let the kids give them each a name to refer to them by as we told the story. Brianna A. called the first son, George, and Kaleb named the second son, Shilgur!
2. As we acted out the story, we had Brianna plant and water some real sunflower seeds to demonstrate how George obeyed his father and worked in the vineyard. Also, we had Kaleb relax on the floor with a pillow and blanket to show how Shilgur didn't obey his father and didn't work in the vineyard.
3. As we learned our verse, we played a game of Chutes and Ladders to help us remember that we need to obey completely. In the game, if you "disobey," you end up sliding down the game board, and away from the goal.
4. To remind us that all of God's rules for us are just pieces of everything we're supposed to do in order to obey God, we labeled blank puzzle pieces with different things God has asked us to do (tell the truth, pray, be kind) and fit the pieces together.

Materials We Used
1. Lesson Plan
2. Small Group Leader Sheet
3. Verse Activity

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