We have our family history the include men and women that we admire and look up to. As followers of Jesus we are part of an even greater Family of Faith going back many years. As object lessons use a family photo album and compare this with the bible (our "Faith Family")
Message overview: Have one of children come forward and “turn them into” a traditional looking saint (Put on a long robe, give them a scroll, and ask them to stand up tall and look very saintly!) Have some fun with this. Then explain that in artwork and stained-glass windows we think of saints as looking very different, but they are really followers of Jesus just like you and me. They may be very well known for doing amazing things but each one of us (as followers of Jesus) has been set apart to do God’s special work as well.
Object lesson items needed: A fancy robe (a bathrobe could work), a bible or scroll, a halo etc.
Children's talk: Good morning children! This morning is a special day when we celebrate Christian Saints. Have you ever seen a picture of a saint in a stained-glass window? What did they look like? Well, this morning I thought it would be fun to make someone look like a saint. Betty, would you come forward so that I can make you into a saint? Thank you. (Have some fun putting on various items to make them look like a saint.)
Wow! They really look like a saint now! Can you name some saints mentioned in the bible? That’s right. These saints are well known Christians who are wonderful examples that we can learn from. But I want you to know that the bible says that all followers / disciples of Jesus are saints. Being a saint is not really about being dressed up a certain way. You might look a bit different, but as a child of God and a disciple of Jesus you are also a modern-day saint. The word “saint” refers to “holy ones” that are set apart for God’s purposes. Through Jesus, God has made you his children and special witnesses to his love and grace.
Children’s prayer: Dear God, thank you for the men and women saints in the bible. Help us to follow their example of faith and service. Thank you also that we are also saints (though younger or smaller) and you will do amazing things through our lives. In Jesus’ name – Amen!
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