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Grace - Ideas for Young Children

Grace and Generosity

Many Gifts

Key Concept: I can share God’s love by giving to others.

Scripture: God loves a cheerful giver. —2 Corinthians 9:7

Song: “God Loves a Cheerful Giver” (sung to tune of “This is the Way We Wash Our Clothes”)

This is the way we give our time
Give our time, Give our time
This is the way we give our time
God loves a cheerful giver.

2. share our toys        3. sing a song          4. draw for Jesus   
5. smile at  you           6. pray for others     7. love our friends

In a small basket, place small items or pictures that represent ways the children can give: clock (time), toy (share), musical note (song), crayons (art), happy face (smile), praying hands (prayer), flower (care of planet), toothbrush (care of self), and heart (love).

Have children sit in a circle. Tell them God loves cheerful givers (2 Corinthians 9:7) and there are many gifts to give. Sing the first verse of the song “God Loves a Cheerful Giver” while the basket is passed from child to child. When the verse stops, have the child holding the basket reach in and get an item. Ask children what it is and how they can give that thing to Jesus. Have everyone repeat the scripture verse “God loves a cheerful giver” then continue until the basket is empty. For each round of singing, change the verse to match the item pulled from the basket.

Challenge: Encourage the children to be a cheerful giver every day.

Keywords: object lesson, give, music, scripture, generosity, share

What Is Forgiveness?

Key Concept: God loves me even when I do something wrong.

Scripture: Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you. —Colossians 3:17

Song: “God Is So Good”

Ask the children if they have ever done something wrong. Did it make mommy or daddy sad? Did they still love you? Moms and Dads, grandmas, and grandpas love us no matter what we do. They forgive us when we do something bad and love us just the same. God loves us like that too. We call that love grace.

Make a sketch on a whiteboard or chalk board to help explain the idea of forgiveness. Draw a picture of a sad face. Ask the children what will happen when you erase the picture. Will the face still be there? Explain that forgiveness is like the picture on the board. If you do something wrong and say you are sorry, God is ready to erase your board clean. (Erase the board and draw a happy face.) God is ready to forgive what you did and let you start again. God loves you no matter what you do or say. God wants you to forgive your friends, too. When a friend hurts you, or makes you sad, God wants you to forgive. God wants you to still be friends.

Challenge: Practice saying I’m sorry and giving hugs.

Keywords: give, forgive, love, music, scripture

 

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