Children’s Sermon – Passing on God’s forgiveness / blessings.
(Gospel text: Parable of the Unmerciful servant Matthew 18: 21-35
((Consider doing a simple dramatic representation of the Parable. Read out a paraphrased version of the text as it is acted out. Though this may take some prior preparation it could be a lot of fun)) - However, here is an alternative:
Children’s message idea: The idea is that in order for us to stand in flow of God’s forgiveness and blessing we need to be extending that forgiveness and blessing to others. (This will be my angle on the parable of the unmerciful servant. )
- Ask the children get in a line. Find some objects that can represent God’s forgiveness / blessings. (Boxes, balls, etc) Have the children pass them down the line (like a bucket brigade). Explain how we need to receive God’s blessings and we also need to pass them on to others. Demonstrate how withholding God’s blessings / forgiveness not only deprives others but also stops the flow of God’s blessings / forgiveness to us.
Objects Lesson props: Something you designate as representing God’s forgiveness and/or God’s blessings: A number of large boxes, some soccer balls, etc. (With a large item it will be obvious they the children cannot receive a new a blessing / forgiveness without passing on the blessing / forgiveness they already have.
Full Children’s message: (coming later this evening!