Kids Ministry Week 6- Sunday, April 26th.
God's commandments - No Idols

Lesson video:

 

Today we’re learning that God is the only real God. In the Bible, Josiah made sure to get rid of anything that would help people worship fake gods.

In our video today, we’ll see what happens when our friend Carl gets a little confused about following only the real God.

 

Ask: What do you know about other religions? How do you think they got started?

 

Watch:  “Carl’s Bible” teaching video

Questions:    

  1. Why did Carl start writing a new Bible?

  2. What was the problem with what Carl did?

 

God is the only real God. There are people who have come up with other ideas for religions with different gods, and they’ve been able to spread those ideas better than Carl did. It’s a good thing Jacob stepped in to set Carl straight! But other religions aren’t true, because God is the only real God.

Bible Study

Supplies: Bible, 3-ounce paper cups (5 per child, plus 5 for you), “Idol Images” handout or draw your own. Download here

 

Easy Prep

Cut apart the “Idol Images” handout. Tape each image to a paper cup, and then stack 1 cup per child under each cup with an image taped to it. For example, if you have 10 kids, you’ll stack 10 plain cups under the cup with the image of a man, 10 plain cups under the cup with the image of a woman, and so on. Place each of these stacks in different areas of your room.

Learn a Song

            Say: Last week we learned about God’s first command. God’s commands are things God tells us to do that help us have the best life. This week we’ll learn another one of God’s commands: We should have no idols. Idols in the Bible are pretend gods. But there’s only one real God; all the idols are make-believe.

            Share about a favorite make-believe character.

            Ask: • Tell about your favorite make-believe character. Kids might share about superheroes, princes, or other television, movie, or book characters.

            Say: Those are all fun make-believe characters! They’re fun to watch on movies, but they can’t really do anything because they’re not real. There’s only one real God who made us, takes care of us, and loves us.

            Let’s sing a song about that. Lead kids in the following song and motions to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

Our God is the one true God, (point up and nod head)

One true God, one true God. (point up and nod head)

Our God is the one true God, (point up and nod head)

We worship only him. (raise hands above head)

 

            Say: There’s only one real God, but the people we’ll learn about in the Bible today didn’t know that. They worshipped idols. The idols were pretend, like (name some of the pretend characters kids shared), but the people worshipped them like they were gods!

Act It Out

            Open the Bible. Say: The Bible tells about a time a king named Josiah found many idols in God’s special house, the Temple. King Josiah called everyone together, and they all went up to God’s special house. Lead kids to travel around the room like the people in the Bible went to the Temple. Then have all the kids sit together like the people gathered.

            Say: King Josiah read the Bible to the people. Hold up the Bible. That’s like what we’re doing right now! As the people listened, they all learned that they hadn’t been living the best way possible. They learned they had been worshipping fake gods called idols and that there’s only one real God. King Josiah stood in front of everyone and made a promise to God to start living how God says is best. Lead kids to stand. Then all the people made a promise to God, too. Invite children to make a promise to God, too, by repeating after you, “God, I promise to obey you.” However, don’t force any kids to make the promise.

            Say: Next, King Josiah found all the idols in the temples. Lead kids to the stack of cups with the drawing of the man on it. Josiah found idols for a fake god named Baal. Josiah destroyed them. Show the picture of the man. Is this man real? Pause. No! It’s just a drawing of a man. It’s fake like the idols were fake gods. Give each child a paper cup, and have kids crush the cups in their hands and then throw them in the trash.

            Lead kids in the following song and motions to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

            Our God is the one true God, (point up and nod head)

            One true God, one true God. (point up and nod head)

            Our God is the one true God, (point up and nod head)

            We worship only him. (raise hands above head)

            Lead kids to the stack of cups with the drawing of the woman on it. Say: Josiah also found idols for a fake woman god. He destroyed those, too! Show kids the picture of the woman. Is this woman real? Pause. No! It’s just a drawing of a woman. It’s fake like the idols were fake gods. Give each child a paper cup, and have kids stomp on the cups and then throw them in the trash.

            Lead kids in the following song and motions to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

            Our God is the one true God, (point up, show the number 1, and nod head)

            One true God, one true God. (show the number 1 and nod head)

            Our God is the one true God, (point up, show the number 1, and nod head)

            We worship only him. (raise hands above head)

            Lead kids to the stack of cups with the drawing of the sun, moon, and stars. Say: Josiah also found idols for the sun, the moon, and the stars. He burned these. Show kids the drawing. Are these the real sun, moon, and stars? Pause. No! They’re pretend like the fake gods in the Bible. Give each child a paper cup, and have kids rip their cups into pieces and throw them in the trash.

            Lead kids in the following song and motions to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

            Our God is the one true God, (point up, show the number 1, and nod head)

            One true God, one true God. (show the number 1 and nod head)

            Our God is the one true God, (point up, show the number 1, and nod head)

            We worship only him. (raise hands above head)

            Say: Josiah also fired all the leaders in God’s special house who were worshipping idols, because God is the only true God.

            Lead kids to the stack of cups with the drawing of the horse. Josiah found that people had been using horses to worship idols, too. He got rid of them. Give each child a cup from the stack, and have kids destroy the cups however they’d like and then throw them in the trash.

            Lead kids in the following song and motions to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

            Our God is the one true God, (point up, show the number 1, and nod head)

            One true God, one true God. (show the number 1 and nod head)

            Our God is the one true God, (point up, show the number 1, and nod head)

            We worship only him. (raise hands above head)

            Lead kids to the stack of cups with the pile of stones.

Say: Josiah found all kinds of idols and statues the people had used to worship fake gods. And Josiah wanted to get rid of every single thing that had to do with a fake god because there’s only one true God. So Josiah destroyed all the idols. Give each child a cup from the stack, and have kids destroy the cups however they’d like and then throw them in the trash.

            Lead kids in the following song and motions to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

            Our God is the one true God, (point up, show the number 1, and nod head)

            One true God, one true God. (show the number 1 and nod head)

            Our God is the one true God, (point up, show the number 1, and nod head)

            We worship only him. (raise hands above head)

            Say: Josiah had made a promise to obey and follow the one true God, so he made sure God’s special house was cared for and had no idols anywhere. Today there’s still only one true God—the one we worship at our church!

            If time allows, repeat the song again.

Preschool

Here are some bonus non-church activities you can do with your younger kids this week

 

Craft

Supplies: large paper grocery bags (1 per child), light-colored construction paper (2 sheets per child), washable watercolors, paintbrushes (1 per child), 3-ounce paper cups (1 per child), glue sticks

Easy Prep

•                 Make a sample craft to show kids.

Talk About Creation

            Say: God is so amazing. When he created our world, he filled it with wonderful things.

            Ask: • What’s something wonderful God made? Kids may say a flower, a rainbow, or the mountains.

            Say: God made our world and filled it with things that are strong and powerful. These things show us how great God is. Some people in the Bible got mixed up and pretended those things were as great as God. But there’s only one real God. Let’s make something to keep us from being distracted by things and to remind us how great God is.

Make a Special Bag

•                 Give each child a paper bag, two sheets of construction paper, a paintbrush, and a cup of water, and set out watercolors to share.

•                 Encourage kids to paint a picture of something strong God made on one sheet and something beautiful God made on the other.

•                 Help kids glue their pictures to each side of their bags.

            Say: Sometimes things like toys can take away our attention when we want to worship God or pray. We can put things like that into our bags while we talk to God. Then we can remember there’s only one real God and thank him for all the amazing things he made. Put away something that’s distracting to you, and then lead kids in a prayer.

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