At City Chapel, we don't babysit kids on Sunday mornings. We empower families to raise up kids who love Jesus. That's why we have this resource to help you, as the parent, bring the teaching from Sunday morning to your dinner table.
Please read over the content with your kids and discuss how the lesson applies to their lives.
Be sure to check the challenge at the end. Thank you for taking the time to invest in your children's spiritual growth!
For toddlers (3-5 yrs)
Around the Thanksgiving holiday, our thankfulness tends to focus on the good things we have received, namely material possessions. But, God instructs us to be thankful in all circumstances even when we are not experiencing abundance. In this lesson the children will learn how God wants us to be thankful in all circumstances. They will help each other to see ways they can be thankful when life does not go the way they want. Ultimately they will learn how no matter what happens we can always be thankful because we have Jesus.
1. What are some things you are thankful for? Allow for answers
"All of the things you have told me are good things. Are you thankful when things are not good?"
2. Did you know God wants us to have a thankful heart even when things don't seem to be good?
"Let's read our verse out load about how God wants to be thankful all the time no matter what"
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
3. This verse tells us to be thankful in all circumstance? What does "circumstances" mean?
4. The verse also tells us to be thankful because it is the will of God. What does the the "will of God" mean? It means what God wants.
Point: "God wants us to be thankful all the time no matter what. Even when we have a bad things happen to us, He wants us to have a thankful heart. It is best for us to be thankful"
Challenge: Spend time with your kids this week to talk about what they are thankful for.
FOR ELEMENTARY (6-11 YRS)
Jesus Heals Ten Lepers
The 10 lepers all appreciated Jesus at one level: they were pleased to be healed and physically transformed; but only one of them returned to worship and adore Him and to show Him the gratefulness fit for the Messiah. It was to this man that Jesus said, “Rise and
go your way; your faith has made you well.” This man was not only transformed physically but also spiritually, with eternal benefit.
Luke 17:15-16: Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising
God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was
Big Idea: We should be thankful and glorify God for each blessing He gives to us.
"Jesus heals Ten Lepers"
1. What is leprosy? It’s a disease that causes sores in the skin.
2. Can leprosy be cured now? Back then, there was no cure for leprosy. But modern medicine has found a cure for leprosy.
3. If leprosy can be cured, why do we need Jesus?
We need Jesus for more than a physical healing. We need Jesus for a spiritual healing. The 9 leapers who were healed that didn’t come back to say thank you to Jesus were forever healed from Leprosy. But they were not healed from their spiritual disease called sin.
The one that came back to say thank you to Jesus was not only healed physically but also healed from his Sin. Because he believed in Jesus, he will have eternal life without any diseases after he dies.
4. Based upon what we learned from the grateful leper, in what ways can we show glory to God in thankfulness? Let the students come up with ideas.
5. How can we show appreciation? Give thanks and count blessings.
6. How can we adore and worship Jesus? Sing songs of praise and worship, review characteristics of God that make Him unlike anyone else (holiness, truth, justice, goodness, mercy, power, knowledge, wisdom, sovereignty, etc.)
7. How can we obey Jesus? Answers will vary
“Jesus teaches that the greatest commands of all are to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. “
8. What does the two commandment from above remind you of? Our core values….Love God…Love People
9. Discuss ways we can love Jesus and love others. Answers will vary
10. One leper returned to praise and worship Jesus. In what ways did he glorify God in thankfulness?
He showed appreciation: The one leper was grateful and took action to show his gratefulness by returning to the Healer.
He adored and worshiped Jesus: The one leper’s response in worship was to audibly praise Him and to fall at His feet in worship.
He obeyed: The other nine lepers obeyed the command of Jesus by going to the priests. But the tenth leper showed himself to Jesus, the Great High Priest, where he obtained mercy and found grace. His entire life was transformed forever.