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When your audience is a group of kids, you need creative ideas for children sermons to capture their attention so they are able to absorb the truth of God's Word! And not only will you need to "capture" their attention, but hold on to it for as long as you can!
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Normally a children's sermon is quick and to the point; most are given within a five to ten minute block of time. There are many times we may need a quick Bible talk such as for Awana council time, an Upward half-time devotion, or during a children's event such as an annual Easter egg hunt! There are times pastors insert a children's sermon into the worship service or one may be used for children's church.
A unique aspect of many of these occasions for children's sermons is adults are also present such as the parents of the kids. A children's sermon sometimes may be the only sermon some of these adults may hear; so let's make them count for the Kingdom!
Bible object lessons are perfect for children sermons! Everywhere we turn, God has a lesson for us - whether it's from a butterfly in nature, a cell phone in our hand, or even a piece of silver.
They can help us understand difficult concepts such as the Trinity. A chocolate cake can also teach a wonderful Bible object lesson on the truth of Romans 8:28. Yum!!! Or another "cooking" Bible object talk uses a recipe to teach that we can know what we believe to be true because "the proof is in the pudding!"
Holding up some simple object immediately captures kids' attention while also locking into their memory that association so that when they see the object again (hopefully) they also remember the lesson from the Children's Sermon!
One fun way to introduce a children's sermon is to bring an object in a bag; this gives an element of surprise which kids love! Here are a couple of my favorites:
This could be any size candle which will fit in your bag or have enough birthday candles to give each child one to take with them as a reminder.
Another fun option is to put items in a bag such as tape, a rubber band, candle, band aid, etc. and have the kids come up with how each could be used to tell us something about Jesus.
Who doesn't love to hear a story?! There are many short stories which illustrate wonderful truths from God's Word.
Each year I am asked to give a quick Easter children's sermon message during our annual Easter egg hunt. This is one of those occasions when parents & grandparents are in attendance and a wonderful opportunity to include the Gospel!
It's one of those times when kids are super excited with LOTS of energy...a time to keep it short and make the most of your time! This year I tied in parts of the hunt itself so they would think about the message during the Easter egg hunt.
One of the stops at our church's Fall Festival is at the "Pumpkin Parable" booth where the Gospel is shared through carving a pumpkin.
Use the pieces of the Nativity for a quick walk through Christmas Bible verses. Kids love the hands-on aspect!
Children Sermons.com offers over 150 Free Children Sermons which include great Christian object lessons and more - all ready to teach and all FREE!
Children's Sermons Online provides you with a selection of five-minute Bible-based messages that children can relate to. Anyone involved with Children's Ministry is welcome to use them for free.
Sermons4Kids offers a searchable index of children's sermons from both the Old and New Testaments. Search for just about any topic or item and find not only Bible lessons, but also interactive Bible games and ideas to use. I wanted to use M&Ms for an object lesson for our Wednesday night children's program and found a great Children's Sermon teaching God's love for all people. Another M&Ms candy object lesson can teach how each of us our different and yet the same because of God's love!
Bread of Life Ministries also offers a wonderful selection of themed Bible lessons for children. They offer a full curriculum designed to be used in children's church ministry or children's worship. Each themed lesson includes Bible skits, games, object lessons and more! Even if you don't need a complete worship plan, look through their themed object lessons for fun ideas. Some of the themed Bible lessons include: "The Fruit of the Spirit", "Time Machine", "Heroes", and so many more. In addition, they include children's church advice and ideas including how to structure children's worship and maintain control in children's church.
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