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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:
- Using Talents for God Part 1
- Using Talents for God: Art
- Using Talents for God: Sports
- Using Talents for God: Music
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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.
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!