Have you noticed that each Wednesday I release additional resources for less than $1?!? You get a PDF with the lesson plan, 2 additional activities, a handout, and an image to use as a worship background. A preview of the resources and the purchase button are at the bottom of this post!
Have you ever felt so happy about something that you wanted to laugh and sing? Allow children to share a time they felt that happy. When we feel especially happy we often give praise to God. Listen to this scripture from the book of Psalms. Read Psalm 126. For this Psalm I think The Message Bible version is the easiest for children to understand. The people in this Psalm were so happy that they were laughing and singing. They were praising God. But there was one part that seemed a little confusing. Does anyone know what a drought is? Allow children to respond. So what do you think it means when the Psalm says “bring rains to our drought stricken lives”? Discuss with children the comparison of drought to a time in life that is sad.
It’s easy to think that the good times and the bad times are two separate times in life. I believe that there are good things and bad things always happening. Share an example of a time in your life when something good and something bad happened at the same time. Have you ever had something good and something bad happen in the same day? Allow a few children to share examples from their own lives. I think that we have the power to decide if we are going to focus on the happy things or the sad things. When we choose to look for happy things we will find them. When we choose to look for sad things, we will find those too. Which would you rather find? That doesn’t mean that you will never be sad, but you can choose to look for moments of happiness even in sad times. And when we focus on God, in our lives, God helps us find those moments of happiness.
Every Wednesday I share a lesson based on the lectionary. These lessons are meant to be used for a children’s moment (aka children’s sermon, children’s liturgy, children’s church, etc), sunday school, or even as a family devotion in your own home. But for this lectionary year I wanted to offer you something more.
I have taken the lesson above and written it into a lesson plan format. I have also added a Respond and Extend section to the downloadable lesson. These are additional ideas for the children to respond to the main lesson and then an extension activity for them to do at a later time. The extension activity includes a handout to send home with directions. In addition to the 3 page PDF download I have created a worship background image that could be projected on the screen during the children’s moment of your worship service.
Please note: all images and PDF files are my creation. You may use them in your home and with your church family. Please give credit to ChildhoodSpirituality.com. You may not sell these items in part or in full, or in any way claim them as your own. Thank you!