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Free Church (Interactive!) Object Lesson: Jesus’ Forgiveness

I know you are thinking– interactive object lesson? Is that a thing? Well, it is today. This is one of the best lessons that I was able to do with my kids to help them learn about Jesus’ forgiveness in a fun way. It is super simple and very effective. It is easily adjusted depending on students’ age. The only thing I am going to say is that you need really good erasers like these.

Also read: How to Structure Children’s Church in 6 Easy Steps

Free Church (Interactive!) Object Lesson: Jesus' Forgiveness. This lesson is great for Children's Church, Sunday School, or Youth Group. Becca's Music Room.

Jesus’ Forgiveness

 

Materials:

 

Bible verses:

1 John 1:9 Free Church (Interactive!) Object Lesson: Jesus' Forgiveness. This lesson is great for Children's Church, Sunday School, or Youth Group. Becca's Music Room.

Procedure:

  • Have students draw a large heart on their paper. If you’d prefer, you can print out large hearts instead.
  • Ask the students if the heart is pure. Since it is clean, the answer is yes.
  • Tell them, sometimes even when you are trying to do a good job, we mess up anyway. What is a way that we may mess up?
  • Once a student tells you a sin, tell them that sin clouds up your heart. Write the sin on the heart (big!) and have the students do the same.
  • Ask the students what might happen after that. True to connect all of the sins. For example, if the first sin they offer is stealing, then tell them you might lie to cover it up because you don’t want them to know. Then write the next sin on your heart and have students do the same.
  • Repeat these steps until the heart is full of bad things.
  • Now ask them, do you think that Jesus still loves you even with this? (Yes!) But do you think he can live in your heart with all of that stuff? (No.)
  • We need Jesus’ forgiveness sometimes. Can someone tell me what forgiveness is? How do we get it?
  • Read 1 John 1:9
Free Church (Interactive!) Object Lesson: Jesus' Forgiveness. This lesson is great for Children's Church, Sunday School, or Youth Group. Becca's Music Room.
It should look similar to this when finished with the “sins” part, but with whatever sins your students come up with.

Also read: Free Church Object Lesson for Putting God First

  • Ask them “So what do we need to do to be forgiven?” Once they say that you need to admit it and ask for it, ask them, “Why do you think that you need to say it out loud?” (Because we don’t want to hide that it happened. We have to admit it so that we are being honest.)
  • What else do you think would be a good thing to do? Guide them until they answer that you should talk to the people that you wronged.
  • Go through each of the sins on the heart and “make it right” by talking to the person you wronged, making it right, and asking for Jesus’ forgiveness. Each time, erase the sin from the heart. Have the students do this as well. (This is why you need good erasers like these!)
  • Once it is clean, ask the students if they will think it will sty like that forever. (No.)
  • Tell them: It’s probably not going to stay pure forever. Even if you try hard, you will probably mess up every once and a while. The important thing is that we try to do our best to be like Christ, and that we ask for forgiveness when we mess up—and quickly after! We don’t want to end up filling our heart with sins, because then we will have a lot of stuff to fix.
  • Give the students a few minutes (play a quick worship song) and ask them to think about something they may need to ask forgiveness for, and to pray for it. At the end, pray a general prayer over them that they will learn from this lesson and try to keep their hearts pure.

There we have it! If you need some more things to do, you can check out My Kids’ Favorite Church Games or my Pinterest page to find things to do.

There you go! What is our favorite object lesson about Jesus forgiveness? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Teaching!

Free Church (Interactive!) Object Lesson: Jesus' Forgiveness. This lesson is great for Children's Church, Sunday School, or Youth Group. Becca's Music Room.

 

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Best Easter Sunday Activities for Church

I am going to be honest, I used to struggle with Easter Sunday activities so much. I never knew what lesson to do. The kids are all hyped up on sugar. It’s just kind of ridiculous.

I know you are probably sitting there thinking, Becca—you talk about Jesus raising form the dead. Easter Sunday activities are so easy.

Yes.

However.

At least at my church, most of them can tell the story of Jesus raising from the dead about as well as I can. They hear it in Sunday School, on Wednesdays, from their parents, from me, etc. You may recall I have a similar issue on Christmas (you can find one of my solutions here).

Anyway, I don’t want to tell them the exact same thing that they already know. So I try to find different ways to do the job. So here are four of my favorite Easter Sunday activities to help tell the story of Jesus raising from the dead— for kids who know the story very, very well.

Best Easter Sunday Activities for church. Great for children's church or sunday school. Includes an object lesson and some hands on fun Bible searches. Becca's Music Room

Let’s Put it in Order

This is actually a new one I am trying this year.

Have students tell you different parts of the Easter story. Ask them what they know. Make sure they do not have any questions. Make sure they hit all of the points that you are using in the game.

Before class, write parts of the Easter story on pieces of paper with the Bible verses where it occurred on them. (You are going to want to use all four of the Gospels so that students can’t just use the numbers to put them in order.) Have students put all of the pieces in the order that they occurred.

Have students work in groups. If you have mixed age groups (like I do) make sure that you pair younger students with older students so that it will be more even. Someone in the group needs to be able to read. You could also do it without the references and just tell them that everything is in John. Or Matthew. Or whichever one you pick.

Also read: Free Church Lesson for Putting God First

Resurrection Rolls

This is pretty much the most wonderful object lesson EVER. One of my friends found it years ago and wanted to do it, and we have used it every single year since. You can find the original here.

Basically, you use a marshmallow (the big ones! I use these) to represent Jesus (because he is pure). Tell the students that he died for their sins. When he died, they put a bunch of stuff on his body so it would smell better.

Roll the marshmallow in melted butter and then in cinnamon-sugar mix. They put his body in a tomb, so you wrap it up in a crescent roll. Make sure it is sealed tight. Put the rolls in the oven (with a teenager to watch them!) until cooked. Have students bite into them and ask them what they find—the marshmallow will be gone. Because Jesus conquered the grave and rose again.

Just be careful because they might say, “He melted!”

Tip: Use aluminum foil on the pans so that it doesn’t stick to them. Trust me, when the marshmallow gets stuck to the pan, there is no getting it off.

The other article has all of the details (it’s where I found it!), so give it a read before you do it.

Bible Verse Egg Hunt

Have students hunt for Easter eggs. (Click the picture above or here to get them at a decent price on Amazon) In each one, put a Bible verse.

Depending on the group, the verses could be about different things. I have done this with verses about love, verses about the Easter story, etc. This year we are going to read prophesies of Christ—so verses that predict Jesus or that predict him dying and raising again. Have students hunt for the eggs.

Have each student read their verse out loud (you can write it on there or have them find it in their Bibles) and talk about what it means.

I am going with prophesies this year because I want the students to see the God knew exactly what was going to happen and had a plan the whole time. That is the main goal for this year.

Here is the one I am using. It is not the prettiest, but it does the trick! (You do not have to use all of the verses): Prophesies of Christ

Also read: My Kid’s Favorite Church Games

Egg Hunt

And of course, you can always just do an egg hunt. Not as educational, but it is fun.

Best Easter Sunday Activities for church. Great for children's church or sunday school. Includes an object lesson and some hands on fun Bible searches. Becca's Music Room

 

So those are my top four! We will be doing at least three of them this year (I am not sure about the normal egg hunt).

Of course, we always spend some extra time dancing to help us burn off the energy of the morning’s candy!

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Happy teaching!

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Free Church Lesson Using Our Talents for God: Talent Show!

If you have been reading the blog, you know that in my Children’s Church, we have been talking about using our talents for God. Last week we summed it up in the best way possible…. A talent show!

The idea was actually from one of my teenage helpers, and I thought it was brilliant.

And my kids did even better than I anticipated.

If you missed any of the previous posts, you can read them here:

 Free Church Lesson: Using Talents for God: Talent Show! The perfect way to end a series in children's church, youth group, or sunday school about using our talents for God. Becca's Music Room

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Also read: Free Church Object Lesson for Putting God First

 



This whole series was based on a few chapters in this book. I absolutely loved reading it, and it really helped me dive into the concept of arts and God. I haven’t totally come to grips with balancing arts and God, but it has certainly helped.

Free Church Lesson: Using Talents for God: Talent Show! The perfect way to end a series in children's church, youth group, or sunday school about using our talents for God. Becca's Music Room

This lesson was very informal. As soon as we started, I let them know that things would be different today. We played a game (because they had ALL the energy this week!), and then I told them what we were going to do.

  • Start with a review of the previous weeks. Ask students to name some ways that we can use talents for God in arts, sports, music, academics, etc. (It helps if you throw something and let them catch it, like a ball or stuffed animal.) Ask them the two main questions:
  • Can we use all of our talents for God? Answer: Yes!
  • What determines if we are using our talents for God? Answer: If you are thinking about God in your heart, then you are using your talents for God.
  • Ask them you say what a few of their talents are.
  • Tell them that today, we are going to use our talents for God and have a talent show.
  • Make some suggestions for ideas of what they could do (write a story, draw a picture and show it to everyone, make a play, play soccer with a few other kids, etc.). Give them a set amount of time to work on what they would like to do for everyone.
  • Have everyone take a seat and talk to them about good audience behavior—we don’t laugh at people, we always clap when they are finished, etc.
  • Watch the magic happen!



If you have younger students, they may need more structure than this. In that case I would have them classify their talents (music, art, sports, etc.), and have a designated thing that they can do. For example, if their talent is art, have them draw their favorite Bible story. If their talent is sports, then have them dribble a basketball, etc.

Also read: My Kids’ Favorite Church Games

I know this isn’t the most innovative lesson ever, but the talent show was definitely the best way to end this series for us. I hope you have enjoyed it as well! Don’t forget to subscribe for more content!



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Free Church Lesson: Using Talents for God– Music

Music! Music is one of my favorite things. I am a music teacher—I went to college for Music Education and specialized in voice. I currently teach elementary music (hence: why the blog’s name is Becca’s Music Room), which I love most of the time.

So I was really excited to talk to my kids about ways we can use music for God.

Now, some of you may not agree with me on all of the points. I have been singing in choirs since middle school. I have taken piano lessons. I have given recitals where I have sung opera and art songs and oratorios.

Some of those songs were about God. And a lot were not.

And you know what? During all of those instances, I feel like I am praising God. Sometimes even more so than in church on Sunday.

It is something about music that makes me feel connected to God, even when I am singing about French birds (no, I am not making that up). I truly believe that God honors the dedication and practice. He pours out his presence and his spirit of creativity on us.

I don’t sing on Sundays because I teach Children’s Church, but I still honor God with music.

I do it every day when I teach school, even though I do not say his name or sing songs that have to do with him. But I am still honoring God with my talents because I am showing his love to the kids and teaching them about music.

So I went into teaching this lesson with that in mind. You can be a worship leader and honor God with your talents. You can play trumpet in a jazz band and honor God with your talents. You can play Mozart on piano and honor God with your talents. You can teach elementary music and honor God with your talents.

I want my students to see all of those sides.



This lesson, even more so than some of the others, was inspired by reading this book. It is a wonderful book, and talks in depth about praising God with art—even when it is not in the most obvious ways. Because so much of my life is dedicated to art—both in music and in my painting hobby—I related very well to the book. It is also a quick, good read.

This lesson is conversation based, like the others have been. If you have missed any you can read them here:

Free Church Lesson: Using Talents for God-- Music. Conversation based lesson for teaching students how they can use all of their talents for God-- even beyond the most obvious ways. Works with children's church, sunday school, and youth group. Becca's Music Room



Using Talents for God: Music

Bible Passages:

Psalms 98 (main)

1 Samuel 16:10

Lesson:

  • Ask if any of the students have a talent for music. If you do, or one of your other teachers does, go ahead and talk a little bit about it now.
  • Ask the students what some ways we can use music for God are. You will probably get a lot of “We can be worship leaders!”
  • Say: Great! Being in a worship band is a great way to honor God. You use your talent to bring people closer to him. Do you think that is the only way that we can use music talents for God?
  • Read Psalms 98
  • I heard some interesting things in here. It said to praise God with singing. But it also said to use the harp (show a picture of a harp if they don’t know what that is). The harp is kind of like a piano. Does the piano say words? Well if the piano doesn’t have words, can it still honor God? It also talks about the trumpet. When you play trumpet, you buzz your lips (allow the students to buzz their lips. This is a similar sound to a motorboat—put your lips together and then push a lot of air through them.) If you are buzzing your lips, can you say words? So how can we praise God with our trumpets?
  • I think that I know a verse that may work here. 1 Samuel 16:10 says that man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. So it doesn’t matter if I am singing or playing trumpet—it is what is in my heart that glorifies God!
  • So if I play tuba in a band at school, can I honor God in that? And if I sing in a choir and our songs are not about God, can I still honor God in that? Yes! God loves music—he created music! If we play music with the intention of honoring him with it, then we will honor him!

Also read: Free Church Object Lesson for Putting God First

Free Church Lesson: Using Talents for God-- Music. Conversation based lesson for teaching students how they can use all of their talents for God-- even beyond the most obvious ways. Works with children's church, sunday school, and youth group. Becca's Music Room



  • Now, do you think God like it if we play flute but we never practice? And we don’t work on it? No. God loves it when we work towards something. He sees when we practice every day, and he rewards it with us getting better. We can honor God just by working hard on our music. And music is hard. You have to practice a lot to be good.
  • Can anyone think of any other ways we can honor God in music? (I got “We can write songs about him.” “We can make songs that teach people about him.” “We can have a concert and give the money to charity” and “We can help people in our band or choir and be nice to them so they can know about God.”)
  • If we have a talent for something, should we hide it? No! We should share it. We can do that by playing music for people, and also by teaching people.
  • (I teach elementary music, so I was able to share a bit of that. We talked about how I teach music, but I try to show my students God’s love through that—hopefully by me loving them, they will see God’s love through me. I can also give them the skills they need to worship God with their music. (We also talked about how teachers in public school cannot teach about God. You do not need to go that far, but it came organically for us since I am a teacher.))
  • End the service with something musical. You could have them dance or sing along with a worship song. (My kids LOVE this one—they request it every week!) We played a music game, which is my thing because I do it in school all week. Or you could sing a song with them—Father Abraham is a big favorite.

Also read: My Kids’ Favorite Church Games

How do you use music for God? What did you students come up with? Let us know in the comments!

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Free Church Lesson: Using Talents for God in Sports

This lesson is part three of our Using Talents for God series. Last week’s lesson was on arts. This week is sports.

Sports are really great, because a lot of kids play sports (whether on a team or just in gym class), so they relate to them very well. The connection between God and sports, however, is much less clear than the connection between art and God or music and God. You can still use sports talents for God, but students just have to think a little bit harder.

This whole series is based off of what I read in this book. Although it is really talking about art, it got me thinking about how you can use all of your talents for God, even when they are not super clear.

All of these lessons are discussion based, which basically means that you ask a lot of questions to (hopefully) guide the students to the points you want to make. I really like this, because you can see what the students already think. Also, they sometimes come up with some really great things that I didn’t think of in the first place.

Because of the discussion, it is best with a smaller group. I have 10-15 kids, and it works really well. If your group is larger, I recommend splitting them into groups, or adapting the lesson to a more sermon-y version.

 

Check out part one (Using Talents for God) here

Check out part two (Using Talents for God: Art) here

 FREE Church Lesson-- Using Talents for God: Sports. Lesson for children's Church, Sunday School, or Youth Group that talks about how we can use sports to honor Jesus. Becca's Music Room

Bible passages:

Luke 10:30-37 (main passage)

Galatians 5:22 and James 4:16 (additional passages)

  • We have been talking about using our talents for God. Last week we talked about all of the ways that we can use our art talents for God. This week we are going to talk about sports. Who here has a talent for sports? Who plays on a sports team?
  • Playing for a team is a really great way to have fun, stay in shape, and make friends. How could we use playing on a team to use our talents for God? (They will probably say that we can tell them about Jesus.)
  • We can tell our teammates about Jesus. But we can also show them Jesus, by helping them and being nice to them.
  • Now, when we play sports, sometimes we lose a game. When you lose a game, should you get really mad and throw things and yell and scream? Should you be really mean to everyone after that? No. Something very important in sports is sportsmanship. That means that you have a good attitude when you lose. It really stinks to lose a game, but it happens sometimes. And that’s ok, because it is just a game. Having good sportsmanship is all about having self-control, which is one of the fruits of the Spirit. (Read Galatians 5:22)
  • The important thing about the fruits of the spirit is that they show that you have Jesus in your heart. Does that mean it is easy? No. But it means that if you invite Jesus into your heart, he will help you have love and joy and peace. You still have to work for it, but they are the indicators of Jesus. You wouldn’t want to have an apple tree with no apples, would you? No. It’s the same with the fruits of the spirit.
  • Another part of sportsmanship is what happens when you win a game. Because just like it stinks when you lose, it stinks for the other team when they lose. So do you think that it would be good to say things like, “We won and we are awesome and we are the best!”?

Also read: Free Church Object Lesson for Putting God First

FREE Church Lesson-- Using Talents for God: Sports. Lesson for children's Church, Sunday School, or Youth Group that talks about how we can use sports to honor Jesus. Becca's Music Room

  • That is called bragging. It is mean, because people are already upset, and it makes them even more upset. So just like when we lose, we need self-control to not brag or boast when we win. (Read James 4:16)
  • There is another really important way that we can show people God through talents in sports. It I also part of sportsmanship—playing fair. That means that we don’t cheat. We don’t lie. Both of those are against the Ten Commandments. When we show people integrity (who knows what integrity is?) and honesty in sports, they see God through us and know they can trust us.
  • What are some other ways we can show Jesus through sports? (Hopefully someone will say something like helping out a teammate or being nice to people.)
  • Helping people is a great way to show people Jesus! Sometimes in sports, people get hurt. Or they get their feelings hurt. Or they need help with something. Helping them out is a great way to show God’s love. When we do things like that, people can see God’s love without us even saying His name.
  • Read Luke 10:30-37. We can be good Samaritans in sports. What are some ways that we could do that?
  • Lastly, I wanted to show you someone who is really famous. His name is Tim Tebow. He played football in the NFL. And he loved Jesus. He would put a Bible verse on his face every week to show people that he loved God. (Show them a picture of Tim Tebow with the face paint). Now, we don’t all necessarily have to do that, but it is a cool to see that he is a professional athlete who loves God.
  • Now, what are some ways that you can use your talents for sports for God this week?
  • End with a game—since we are talking about sports, a rowdy one would be great. You could also play kickball or soccer or something like that. There are some more great ideas on this Pinterest board.

And that’s it! Hopefully the discussion brings you to a good place. And hopefully this is helpful– sometimes what to say is the hardest thing to come up with!

 

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Free Church Lesson: Using Talents for God: Art

This is the second part of our Using Talents for God series, where we talk about all of our different talents and how we can use them for God—in obvious and not so obvious ways. This one is centered on art. I love drawing and painting and sculpting. Lots of my Children’s Church kids do too.

You can check out the first part of the series here.

And if you are curious about some of my artwork, you can check that out here. Anyway. Through this lesson, I wanted my students and myself to have a good discussion (AKA there are a lot of questions in here) about art and Jesus.

One thing I really want them to understand is that you don’t have to make art about Jesus for it to praise Jesus. I feel like at church we get hung up on how worship looks. We also get hung up on using talents for God in really church-y ways. Like if you enjoy singing, then the way to honor God in that is that you have to join a worship band. Now, that is a great way to honor God in that talent, but not the only way.

So although you can just focus on “You like art so you have to use it to paint Bible stories”, I tried to hit on that, but also have a broader view.

Free Church Lesson: Using Our Talents for God: Art. This is part two of a series about using talents for God right now-- even if you are a kid! This works well with children's church, sunday school, or youth group. Becca's Music Room

Like I said before, a huge inspiration for this series was this book by Jeanette Johnson. She spends a chapter talking about art, and honoring God in art. It was really helpful and eye opening for me (I am a musician and an artist but don’t necessarily make music and art only about God), so I am trying to put that on a kid level and show them that all talents can be used for God.

You can check the book out here (and as of right now, the price is pretty good).

Again, this is discussion based, so your lesson may take a different direction then mine did, and that is great. This is how mine went, and how we hit on all of the ideas that I wanted to hit on.

Also read: Free Church Object Lesson for Putting God First

Free Church Lesson: Using Our Talents for God: Art. This is part two of a series about using talents for God right now-- even if you are a kid! This works well with children's church, sunday school, or youth group. Becca's Music Room

Using Talents for God: Art

  • We have been talking about using our talents for God. Today we are going to focus on art. (I have a picture of the list we made in the first lesson that said what all of the kids considered to be their talents. I read the ones that are art-related like baking, fashion, drawing, etc.) Does anyone else have a talent for art?

Free Church Lesson: Using Talents for God. Great lesson to teach kids that they can use all of their talents for God! Great for sunday school, children's church, vbs, youth group, even young adult ministry. Becca's Music Room

  • So we have a lot of artists in the room. Think for a minute (I always have them point to their temple when I ask them to think to remind them that it should be quiet. You can read more ideas like that in this article.), does God like art? And why do you think that he does or doesn’t?
  • Allow a few students to answer and see what they say.

Also read: Should my Church do VBS? Plus Tips in Case the Answer is Yes!

Free Church Lesson: Using Our Talents for God: Art. This is part two of a series about using talents for God right now-- even if you are a kid! This works well with children's church, sunday school, or youth group. Becca's Music Room
Painting like Michelangelo… If he had used crayons.

  • I definitely think that God likes art! The first reason, is that he created art! God created everything on Earth, including art. He also created everything on Earth. We know that because of the story of creation (You can read parts of the first chapter of Genesis.)
  • Show some pictures of animals—you can narrow it down to just birds. Show them penguins, peacocks, flamingos, etc. Tell them, “If God created this many different kinds of birds in all different sizes, shapes, and colors, is God an artist?” (The answer being yes!)
  • God also created each and every one of you. Everyone here looks different, acts different, and thinks different. We all have different talents. How did we get our different talents? (Because God gave them to us.)
  • So God likes art. We can tell because he created art, he is the original artist, and he gave us the talents for art. Now, how do we use our talents for art for Jesus?

Also read: How to Structure Children’s Church in 6 Easy Steps

  • Allow students to answer the question. Some of their answers may surprise you. One of mine said that we could make pretty cards to help people feel good, which is something I had not thought of. I’ll outline the main things to touch on here:
  1. Art can lift people’s spirits: Looking at art can make people feel certain ways—happy, calm, peaceful, etc. We can make art to help people feel happy and calm and safe.
  2. Use art to beautify God’s house: we can use art talents to paint the church to make it pretty and a nice place to be. My church has beautiful murals on the wall that really liven the place up. Michelangelo spent four years painting the Sistine Chapel to make it pretty, and it is still there to this day.
  3. Bible depictions: We can make pictures and sculptures that tell Bible stories, or use them to tell our testimony.
  4. Fashion: We can use talents to create modest, fair priced, fun clothing and help other people feel the confidence that comes with a good outfit. This is the moral of the book I talked about earlier. Find it here.
  • Have the kids do a craft. We “painted like Michelangelo”. We taped paper to the bottom of chairs and tables and got underneath it to draw pictures of our favorite Bible stories. Super fun! I got the idea here.
Free Church Lesson: Using Our Talents for God: Art. This is part two of a series about using talents for God right now-- even if you are a kid! This works well with children's church, sunday school, or youth group. Becca's Music Room
Painting like Michelangelo… If he had used crayons.

Also read: My Kids’ Favorite Church Games

What other ways can we use our art talents for God? What do you want your students to learn from this lesson? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! And don’t forget to subscribe so that you can get the next part of the series!

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Church Lesson: Using Talents for God Part 1

This is a series that my Children’s Church is doing. As always, you can make it more geared towards teenagers or adults or younger kids or whoever you are teaching. My main focus with this series is to really focus on how kids can use their talents for God now. And also, that you can use ALL talents for God. I feel like people often just talk to kids about what they can do when they grow up, but I want them to know they can make a difference now.

I really want to focus on using all talents, not just the ones that we think of traditionally (like using music to sing in a praise band). Although there is huge value to that, it only applies to some kids. If they are into math or fashion or chess or polo or whatever, I want them to know that they can do that and honor God at the same time!

I got on this kick after reading J’s Everyday Fashion and Faith. It was a wonderful book, and really eye opening. I am not super into fashion, but I am into music (opera) and art (painting). I have always felt that I was honoring God in those things even though I do not only sing things that are about God.

If you haven’t read it, do it! Even if you are not into fashion, I suggest at least the first chapter. It can be applied to a ton of talents, arts, and hobbies.

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Read part two (Using Talents for God: Art) here

Free Church Lesson: Using Talents for God. Great lesson to teach kids that they can use all of their talents for God! Great for sunday school, children's church, vbs, youth group, even young adult ministry. Becca's Music Room

 



 

Anyway, here is the first lesson that we did with my kids.

Using Talents for God Part 1

Bible Story: Matthew 25:14-30

Focus: You can use all of your talents for God!

 

  • Introduction: Today we are going to talk about using our talents for God. We are going to try to decide if you can use all of your talents for God, or only some. What do you think? Do you think that being good with money is a talent? (If they say no, ask them if everyone is good with money. A talent just means that it is easier for some people than for other people, or it comes naturally.) There’s a story in the Bible about people using their talent for money for God. Some of them do a good job and some do not.
  • Read Matthew 25:14-30. I like to read it like a narrator and have students come up and act out the actions that the characters do.
  • Next, ask the students: Do you think God prefers when you are smart with your money, or when you are not? Which servant would you prefer to be? Do you think that God only means money when he talks about this story?
  • No! I love that their money was called talents, because I actually want to talk about talents. What is a talent?
  • Do you think that you can use your talents for God? All of them?

Free Church Lesson: Using Talents for God. Great lesson to teach kids that they can use all of their talents for God! Great for sunday school, children's church, vbs, youth group, even young adult ministry. Becca's Music Room



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  • Let’s see. What is one of your talent? (I let all of the students say a few of their talents out loud and wrote them on the board. If you have a lot students, I would definitely not suggest that. A better idea for you would be to write down a few of the talents from a few kids or have students get into groups to talk about their talents.)
  • After that, I added some extras like “being kind”, “praying”, “outgoing”, etc.
  • Pick a few of the talents to talk about. Ask them: Do you think that being outgoing is a talent? (If they say no, ask if everyone in the world is outgoing.) Can I use that for God? Wouldn’t it be easier for an outgoing person to talk to people about God? Because it is easy for them to talk to people.
  • Pick 2-3 more of the talents to talk about.

Free Church Lesson: Using Talents for God. Great lesson to teach kids that they can use all of their talents for God! Great for sunday school, children's church, vbs, youth group, even young adult ministry. Becca's Music Room



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Then tell them, we will talk about all different kinds of talents and how we can use them in the next few weeks.

Have students draw a picture of themselves and write or draw pictures of their talents around it. Encourage them to draw pictures of all of their talents, even if they think it cannot be used for God.



I feel like this is a teaser, because we didn’t get through much! That is how it was with my students. We really explored deep into ourselves of what our talents are.

By the way, my favorite Bible for reading to kids is this one.

Read part two here.

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Free Church Lesson: Using Talents for God. Great lesson to teach kids that they can use all of their talents for God! Great for sunday school, children's church, vbs, youth group, even young adult ministry. Becca's Music Room



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