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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(Note: Christians have different convictions regarding Halloween. Adapt this kids sermon to you own church fellowship)
Basic plan: Explain to the children that when you were young you went outside in the dark at Halloween and held your parent’s hands. You didn’t need to be afraid because they were always with you. Explain how God is always with us and we need not fear if we know we are close to him. Dramatize this by taking a child by the hand and walk past some of the children as they make scarry faces.
Children sermon / interactive Sunday School lesson: Good morning children! Do you know what time of year it is? Yes, that’s right. It’s Halloween. (It’s also a time many churches celebrate the great saints of God down through the ages.)
Sometimes Halloween can seem like scary time. Some people dress up as ghosts, monsters and all kinds of evil looking creatures. When I was very young, I went outside at Halloween with my mother and saw some frightening things! But I wasn’t really that afraid because I held my mother’s hand and I knew she was right their beside me.
I will show you what it was like. Betty, will you come here and hold my hand. Now, let’s have the other kids make a scary face! (Holding the young child, walk past the children making faces.) Now Betty, was that really scary? (Most likely they will be laughing.) No? That’s good. There was no need to be afraid because I’m right here with you holding your hand.
I want you all to know that there are many places in the bible where God says he is with us always, so we don’t need to be afraid. Jesus also said, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28). Although we can’t see God holding our hand, the Bible says he is right beside us. He is just like a parent holding us close. So, even at Halloween we don’t need to be afraid – God is with us!
Children’s Prayer: Dear God, thank you that you are with us always. When we are afraid help us to remember you are right beside us. In Jesus’ name – Amen!
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