What’s in a Name

Tell me your full name. Allow a child to answer. Do you have any other names that people call you like a nickname? Allow child to answer. Continue on with several children (all if possible). Your name is important! It’s a part of who you are! When I hear the name ________ (name a person in the congregation…perhaps the pastor) I automatically think of someone who is _________ (name some attributes of that person).

Your parents thought carefully about what they would name you. Did you know that some names mean something? If your name has a meaning, use that as an example or choose the name of someone else in your congregation that is well known to the children. Nowadays not everyone’s name means something, but in the time of the Bible parents thought very carefully about what a name meant before giving their child that name. Today we are going to listen to a story about a baby named laughter! That’s a funny name, isn’t it! Let’s read to find out more about this story. Read Genesis 17:1-8, 15-19 from Ralph Milton’s Lectionary Story Bible Year B.

People connect your name to who you are. Just like my example earlier, when I hear the name _______ I think of someone who is _________. In this story God changed Abram and Sarai’s names to something different. God gave their lives a new meaning by giving them new names. God even gave them an idea of what to name their baby! Isaac, which means laughter. That name reminded Abraham and Sarah to always keep laughter in their lives.

You don’t have to change your name to do something special in your life. It’s how you choose to act and what you do that give your name meaning. People connect your name to who you are. When people hear the name ___________ (name a child in the group) they think of someone who is…? have the child answer what people think of when they hear his/her name. Go around and ask several more children to answer (all children if time allows).

Your name is important! It’s a special part of who you are! Your actions give your name meaning!

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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.

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.

All of this can be yours for less than a dollar!! Just click the Add to Cart button to download your copy today! Payments can be made with Paypal, Google Checkout, or you can enter your credit card as a Paypal guest (no account required). Once you have made your purchase an email will be sent to you with download directions.
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A Rainbow Reminder

As you walk to the front (if you are doing a children’s moment at church) or begin this lesson (if you are using it at home) call the children to you by singing the song “I Can Sing a Rainbow.” If you prefer not to sing you could also use this video, although I like to sing it a bit more upbeat. Once everyone is gathered together begin the lesson. I don’t know about you, but I just love seeing a rainbow! It always feels like such a special moment because they don’t happen all the time. Have you ever seen a rainbow?

Rainbows are pretty special. Usually we have to wait for the weather to be just right to create a rainbow in the sky. But sometimes, if you hold things just right…you can see a rainbow anytime. Fill a shallow bowl about half full with water. Place a mirror inside the bowl at an angle. Shine a flashlight at the part of the mirror that is underwater. Hold a white piece of paper or poster board above the bowl. Adjust the angle of the mirror or poster board until you see a rainbow. Be sure you practice this experiment ahead of time, before doing it with the children! Did you know that there is a story about rainbows in the Bible? I bet you’ve heard part of this story before, but you may not know how it ends. Our story begins with Noah and his ark. Read Genesis 9:8-17 from Ralph Milton’s Lectionary Story Bible Year B. Prior to reading the scripture begin by reading the intro included with the story. Do you remember what the word covenant means? Allow children to answer. A convenient is like a promise. Whenever we see a rainbow it is a reminder that God is always with us, forever, and loves us more than anything!

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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.

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.

All of this can be yours for less than a dollar!! Just click the Add to Cart button to download your copy today! Payments can be made with Paypal, Google Checkout, or you can enter your credit card as a Paypal guest (no account required). Once you have made your purchase an email will be sent to you with download directions.
Add to Cart
Cost: $0.99

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!

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