Sunday, February 15, 2009

Lesson on worship for kids!

Just to share the activities I came up with for Sunday class today. Just in case you might have the opportunity to teach a lesson on worship. This might help you! :)
P.S The activities were resourced from the internet. I just pile them together and modified accordingly. So credits goes to them! :P

A) Attendance + Opening Prayer (10 am-10.05 am)

B) Activity 1 (10.05-10.20am)
-Worship: worth + ship. When we worship we are giving worth to the one we worship.
-What is worship?

What do you normally do during worship? Do you sing and think of what you are going to do later? Do you play your video games while worship? Do you read a book during worship? OR do you truly worship God?

Psalm 111:1 Praise the Lord. I will extol (praise) the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly (Read verse with children)

Items: cookie, chocolate, paper heart, container

Presentation: "Today I brought some wonderful snacks as rewards for children that have been very well behaved." "Let me see, who has been well-behaved today?"

"Well, let me first show you what the snacks are." Pick up each snack and talk about how wonderful it is, and how good it tastes as you take another bite out of each one.

"Alright, let me see. To what child should I give this chocolate?" pauses and looks at the chocolate, then looks at the children quizzically. "What’s the matter? Some of you are looking at me like something is wrong." Allow children to respond. "Okay then, if you don’t want a half-eaten chocolate, how about a cookie? Is that better?" Then take another bite.

"Listen children. If you invited the king to come over for a meal and he didn’t arrive right away–let’s say you were hungry–so you ate without him. Just when you finished eating, in walked the kingt. So, you did the very best thing you could do. You gave him leftovers!" Hold up half eaten food for children to see. Would that be a good idea? Is that how the king should be treated?"

"May I encourage you today to not give God just your leftovers? We need to give God our best in everything we do. When we come to services here, come prepared to give God your best. God doesn’t necessarily want your whole chocolate, or whole cookie, but God does want your whole heart." (Show heart from plate).

Lesson to learn: Don’t give God just your leftover time, or leftover offerings, or leftover attention. Decide today to give God all the praise!" God wants your best effort during praise and worship.

Mark 12:30 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength."

C) Activity 2: Play the song (2min 14 sec) (10.20-10.27am)
Why do you praise GOD? How do you praise God? Listen to this song and tell me why after this.

He came to live, live a perfect life
He came to be the living Word of light
He came to die, so we'd be reconciled
He came to rise to show His power and might

And that's why we praise Him, that's why we sing
That's why we offer Him our everything
That's why we bow down and worship this King
'Cause He gave His everything
'Cause He gave His everything

He came to live, live again in us
He came to be our conquering King and Friend
He came to heal and show the lost ones His love
He came to go prepare a place for us.

That's why we praise Him, that's why we sing
That's why we offer Him our everything
That's why we bow down and worship this King
'Cause He gave His everything
'Cause He gave His everything

Halle Hallelujah (10x)

That's why we praise Him, that's why we sing
That's why we offer Him our everything
That's why we bow down and worship this King
'Cause He gave His everything
'Cause He gave His everything

D) JOHN 4:20-24 (10.27-10.40AM): JESUS TALKS TO A SAMARITAN WOMAN

20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem." 21Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

Background:
Jesus came to a town in Samaria, Sychar (near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph)
Jesus tired from his journey, sat at the well. It was about the 6th hour (12 noon). When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus asked for a drink (His disciples had gone into town to buy food).

V20:
1. The Samaritans believed Mt. Gerizim was the place of worship.
• Abraham sacrificed Isaac there. A temple was there.
2. The Jews had a better knowledge of God and viewed the Temple in Jerusalem as the greatest place to worship yet they tended to lack inner relationship.
V21:
They thought true worship involved a specific place.
V22:
Samaritans sought to worship, but didn’t know the one they worshipped.
V23:
Jesus indicates worship is not in a place, ritual or race
• Meaningful worship, done in spirit and truth, doesn’t depend on location.
a) True worship has an object and a worshipper.
- An object - “The Father.” Vs 24
- A worshipper: God is seeking a particular kind of person.
b) True worship is in spirit and truth. vs 23b
- In spirit. Genuine worship is a matter of the heart
c) God’s nature is that of spirit. He is Light and Love. He isn’t material, He is Spirit who fills the universe. He is not confined to things or places.
d) True worship focuses on God
-True worship transforms us.
Worship is a recognition that God reached out to us when we were far from who we were created to be.
- Worship calls for magnifying the Lord

When do you worship the Lord? (not confined to time and place)
-In Acts 4 when the church faced threats and persecution what was their response? Worship! vs 24-30. The result? Transformation! vs 31

Why is it important to worship regularly?
• To follow Jesus’ example – Luke 4:16
• To follow the example of the early church – Acts 20:7
• For accountability and fellowship – Hebrews 13:17
• To express appreciation.
• To grow through instruction, inspiration and comfort.

We go to offer something to Him, not to receive from Him. Granted, if we offer to Him the praise due His name, we will receive at His hand. There is blessing in giving, for the Lord is quoted as saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35b). So, worship is giving to God, not getting.

e) Activity 3 (10.40-10.50am)
ITEMS: cups, jug of water, paper towel
Empty cup = children
Fill cup with water = praise
Paper towel = God
We can fill our lives with praise, but it doesn't do God any good unless we give it to him. God is wanting and waiting for us to give him our praise. When we give him our praise he soaks it up (put paper towel in the cup to soak up some water). Then God blesses us with wonderful things (squeeze the water from the paper towel onto the cup) We were created to worship God. God is waiting for us to worship him. We can't keep it to ourselves.

d) GAME: Activity 4 (10.50-11am)

You will select one child to take a small cross (paper cut out as displayed above will work fine) and hide it somewhere in the classroom while the other kids wait outside. After the child hides the cross, let everyone back into the room. The child who hid the cross will call out the names of the kids and say warm or cold depending on how close they are to the cross. Have them continue until they find the hidden cross. If time permits, the one who finds the cross can hide it again so the class can play the game again.
What you will say:
As we get closer to God, we can feel His warmth and love, and He draws us nearer and nearer to Him. However, when we turn from Him, and go the other way, it becomes harder and harder to feel the warmth and love He has for us.

E) Memory verse: John 4:24

EXTRA TIME: Sing praises.
Closing prayer

5 comments:

kikoprincess said...

i will be using this this week :)

Robyn said...

Thank you for sharing! This is a great lesson!

Brandy Stewart said...

Will be using this tonight!

Jane Lee said...

millions of thanks. Thank you for the effort.

jaesung noh said...

wow. It's great! children will like it!!
i will be using it this week :)