March 9, 2009

Faith Kids: Contentment

Jesus teaches a rich young ruler about loving God most. (Luke 18:18-27)

Big Idea
Love God more than your stuff.

Bible Verse
Philippians 4:11b - "I have learned to be content no matter what happens to me." (NIrV)

What We Did
1. We made a list of stuff we'd buy if money was no object. The list ranged from ice cream and Wii games to a rocket ship and the entire country of France!
2. We acted out the story with Brianna playing the story of Rich, the rich young ruler. When Jesus said that it was harder for a rich man to enter God's kindgom than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, we handed a stuffed animal to Brianna to represent our camel and had her try her best to get it to go through the eye of a needle.
3. As we worked on memorizing our big idea, we played a game where we tried to through a stuffed animal (representing the camel) through a hula hoop (representing the eye of the needle.) We kept backing the throwers up to the point that the kids said, "It's impossible to throw the stuffed animal that far!" I told them, "If you think that's tough, it's even tougher for us to enter God's kingdom if we love our stuff more than we love him!"
4. We realized that one way we can be content whatever the circumstances is to stop thinking about what we don't have. To do this, we took the list of stuff we'd buy if we had all the money in the world and ran it through a paper shredder. We then listed all the things that God's blessed us with (food, family, toys, etc.) and went around the room, praying and thanking God for them.

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

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