Kids Ministry Week 9- Sunday, May 17th.
God's commandments - Honor Your Parents

Lesson video:

Today we’re learning that God says to honor our parents, and he promises a long life for those who do. We can honor our parents by listening to them, not saying mean things to them, bringing them joy, and obeying them.

In our video today, we’ll see God says that we obey our parents. But that can be hard to do! Sometimes we don’t see eye to eye with our parents. Let’s hear a few different viewpoints

Questions:    

  1. Tell about a time you disagreed with what a parent asked you to do.

  2. How did this video help you understand things from your parents’ point of view?

  3. How would it help you to think about things from your parents’ point of view the next time you disagree?

 

We obey our parents. Sometimes we don’t want to, but we trust that they’re trying to do what’s best for us and help us grow into people who love and follow God. When we think about it from that point of view, it makes it a little easier to follow God’s Commandment.

Bible Study

Supplies: Bible, “Honour Symbols”  handout (download here)

 

Easy Prep

Mark Exodus 20:12 with a tab. Cut apart the “Honor Symbols” handout, and mark Proverbs 1:8-9 using the ear. Mark Proverbs 20:20 using the mouth. Mark Proverbs 23:24-25 using the hands. Mark Ephesians 6:1 using the feet. Note that we’ll be referring to each of the verses you marked in order from the beginning of the Bible to the end.

         

Review What Commandments Are

Have kids sit in a circle.

Say: Over the last few weeks we’ve learned about God’s commands. God’s commands are things he tells us to do that help us to have the best life. This week we’ll learn that God commands us to show love to our parents.

           

Show the Bible.

Say: Here’s what the Bible says. Read Exodus 20:12. That means when we show love to our parents, it makes our lives better!

Go on a Hunt

Place the Bible in the center of your circle.

Say: Let’s go on a hunt to find out more about God’s command to show love to our parents. Ready? Lead kids in echoing each line of the following chant. Have them copy your actions, as well.

            We’re going on a love hunt. (Pat legs, as if “walking.”)

            To show love to Mom and Dad. (Hug self.)

            Let’s look for how. (Hand on forehead, as if “searching.”)

            Oh! I see something in the backyard. (Hand still on forehead.)

            Let’s go look at it. (Pat legs quickly.)

            It’s a listening ear! (Leader grabs the Bible, opens it, and reveals symbol.)

           We listen to Mom and Dad. (Nod head.)

            Listen! Listen! Listen! (Cup hand behind one ear.)

 

            Say: Listen to what the Bible says.

 

Read Proverbs 1:8-9. That means when Mom and Dad give us directions, we stop and we listen to what they say and we do it! Showing love to our parents by listening makes our lives better. That’s why it’s one of God’s commands.

            Tell about a time your mom or dad told you how to do something and you listened to them. We’ll be talking about obedience later, so stick with things that are more centered around wise advice. For example, your parents might’ve told you not to touch the oven so you wouldn’t get burned, taught you how to use or walk with scissors safely, or said to never talk to strangers.

            Ask: • Tell about a time you listened to your parents. Take any examples preschoolers give, guiding them to ways to be safe and happy rather than examples of when kids are sinning. They might talk about crossing the street only when holding someone’s hand, taking turns while playing, or having good manners.

            Say: When we listen to our parents, it’s a way we show love to our parents. Place the Bible back in the center of the circle. Let’s continue our hunt to find out some more ways to show love to our parents. Lead kids in echoing each line of the following chant. Have them copy your actions, as well.

            We’re going on a love hunt. (Pat legs, as if “walking.”) 

            To show love to Mom and Dad. (Hug self.)

            Let’s look for how. (Hand on forehead, as if “searching.”)

            Oh! I see something at the grocery store. (Hand still on forehead.)

            Let’s go look at it. (Pat legs quickly.)

            It’s a kindness mouth! (Leader grabs the Bible, opens it, and reveals symbol.)

            We never talk meanly to parents. (Shake head.)

            Be kind! Be kind! Be kind! (Smile and point to sides of mouth.)

            Say: Let’s find out what the Bible says. Read Proverbs 20:20. Insults are mean and unkind words. When we show love to our parents by using only kind words, it makes our lives better. That’s why it’s one of God’s commands.

            Tell about some kind words you’ve said to your parents. Maybe you complimented them on something they made, thanked them for taking care of you when you were young, or cheered them on in something new they were doing.

            Ask: • What are some kind words you can say to your parents? Help kids get started with ideas by asking them if there are things they like about their parents or things they’re thankful for.

            Say: You can say these kind words to your parents when you see them later today. We show love to our parents by always saying kind words to them and never saying mean words to them.

            Place the Bible back in the center of the circle.

 

           Say: I think we have some more ways to hunt down. Let’s keep going. Lead kids in echoing each line of the following chant. Have them copy your actions, as well.

            We’re going on a love hunt. (Pat legs, as if “walking.”) 

            To show love to Mom and Dad. (Hug self.)

            Let’s look for how. (Hand on forehead, as if “searching.”)

            Oh! I see something at home. (Hand still on forehead.)

            Let’s go look at it. (Pat legs quickly.)

            It’s joyful hands! (Leader grabs the Bible, opens it, and reveals symbol.)

            We bring joy to Mom and Dad. (Nod head.)

            Joy! Joy! Joy! (Hold up both hands, palms facing out, and shake them.)

            Say: Let’s find out what the Bible says. Read Proverbs 23:24-25. When we’re friends with God and follow him, it makes our parents joyful and happy! It’s a way we show love to our parents. Bringing our parents joy makes our lives happy, too. That’s why it’s one of God’s commands.

            Tell about a time you brought joy to your parents. This example could have anything to do with something you accomplished or did well.

            Ask: • When have you made your parents joyful? Preschoolers might tell about a time they learned something new.

            Say: God says when we bring joy to our parents, it’s a way we show love to them—so keep it up!

            Place the Bible back in the center of the circle.

Say: Let’s hunt for one more way to show love to our parents. Ready? Lead kids in echoing each line of the following chant. Have them copy your actions, as well.

            We’re going on a love hunt. (Pat legs, as if “walking.”) 

            To show love to Mom and Dad. (Hug self.)

            Let’s look for how. (Hand on forehead, as if “searching.”)

            Oh! I see something at the park. (Hand still on forehead.)

            Let’s go look at it. (Pat legs quickly.)

            It’s obedient feet! (Leader grabs the Bible, opens it, and reveals symbol.)

            We obey Mom and Dad. (Nod head.)

            Obedient feet! (Pat legs.)

            Say: Let’s find out what the Bible says. Read Ephesians 6:1. The Bible says we do what our parents say and we stop when our parents say “no.” That’s another way we show love to our parents, and it’s what’s best for our lives.

            Tell about a time you obeyed your parents when you were a child.

            Ask: • What are some ways you obey your parents? Preschoolers might say they clean up when their parents say to, they don’t eat a cookie when their parents said not to, or they don’t grab toys from someone’s hand.

            Say: When we obey our parents, we show love to them. It’s one of God’s commands. God knows what’s best for us, so we can follow his good command to show love to our parents. Let’s remember that this week, wherever we are—at the park, at home, at the grocery store, in our backyard, or somewhere else—showing love to our parents is what’s best!

Craft

Supplies:

“Loving Reminders” handout (1 per child) (download here), “Parent Instructions” handout (1 for every 4 kids) (download here), crayons, stapler

Easy Prep: Make a sample craft to show kids. Cut apart the “Loving Reminders” and “Parent Instructions” handouts.

 

 

Make Loving Reminders

            Say: God gives us lots of ways to show love to our parents, but sometimes we forget. Let’s make something we can give our parents to remind us of ways we show love to them. Give each child a picture of the toy mess from the “Loving Reminders” handout and some crayons.

            Say: One way we can show love to our parents is by doing the things they ask us to do. Let’s color this picture to remind us to pick up our toys when asked. Give kids a few minutes to color the picture. As kids work, invite them to share what toys they play with and clean up at home. After kids finish with the toy picture, give them the picture of the ear.

            Say: Another way we show love to our parents is by listening to them when they’re helping us learn. Let’s color this picture to remind us to listen to our parents. Encourage kids to color the picture of the ear. As kids work, invite them to share things their parents have taught them. After they finish, give kids the picture of the child speaking.

            Say: We can also show love to our parents by speaking kind words to them. Let’s color this picture to remind us to speak kindly to our parents. Encourage kids to color the picture. As kids work, encourage them to practice saying kind words to one another.

Talk About Showing Love

            After kids finish coloring the child speaking, say: Those aren’t the only ways we can show love to our parents. Let’s think about some other ways we can show our parents we love them.

            Share a way you can show love to your parents. It may be calling them on the phone, helping them with a project, or writing them a thank-you note.

            Ask: • What can you do to show love to your parents this week? Kids may say give them a hug, help them clear the dishes, or sing a song for them.

            Give kids the blank square from the handout, and encourage them to draw a picture of a way they can show love to their parents. While kids draw, have adult and teen helpers ask kids about their pictures and label them. After they finish, staple each child’s pictures together with a “Parent Instructions” square on top.

            Say: God gave us parents to take care of us and help us. They love us very much, and we love them, too. We can show love to our parents in lots of different ways. Have kids give the coupon books to their parents at pick-up.

 

Game

Supplies: small stuffed animal

Easy Prep: Hide the stuffed animal in your room where kids won’t be able to see it.

 

Listen to Directions

            Say: Today we’re learning ways to show love to our parents. One way we show love to our parents is by listening to them. Let’s practice listening with a game. I hid a special surprise somewhere in our room. Listen carefully, and I’ll tell you how to find it.

            Very quietly, give kids a series of instructions, sending them to various places in the room. You might tell kids to:

•                 hop to the window

•                 crawl to the door

•                 walk backward to the toy kitchen

•                 tiptoe to the sink

 

Continue quietly giving instructions as time allows, directing kids to where the stuffed animal is hidden on the final instruction. Play again as time allows.

Talk About Listening

            Say: In our game, you needed my directions to find the special surprise. You had to listen very carefully so you didn’t miss them. If you did miss some of my directions, it was okay in our game. But sometimes not listening to directions is a problem.

            Share about a time you didn’t listen to directions and it caused a problem. You may have gotten a ticket for driving too fast or lost points on an assignment in school because you didn’t do it correctly.

            Ask: • Tell me about something that happened because you didn’t listen to directions. Kids may say they got lost when they didn’t stay with Mom at the store, broke a new toy because they didn’t play with it correctly, or didn’t get dessert because they didn’t eat their vegetables.

            Say: We don’t always know how to do things. Sometimes we need help. God gave us parents to help us learn things we need to know, like how to stay safe at the park or eat foods that keep our bodies healthy. We show love to our parents when we listen to them. But we also learn things that help us and make our lives better.

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