Children’s Ministry

Welcome to my Children’s Ministry Page

Over my 25 years in ministry, I wrote and presented literally hundreds of children’s message

Here you’ll find a number of them, for you to use. Feel free to adapt it to your ministry needs.

I have added notes to each message to assist you, which include; the bible verse the message uses or references, supplies needed for each lesson, and ideas for handouts for the children to remember the message.

These messages are all Gospel based to help the children know Jesus is their Lord and Savior. I utilize true stories as well as imagery to make Jesus come alive in their minds.

I pray you not only enjoy these messages, but that you are able to share them with the children in your church.

(Can be led by a youth leader, Pastor, or a parent with their child.)

A Devotion/Children’s message by Joe G.

November 29, 2022

“He’s the most Wonderful part of the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

Isaiah 9:6

(Before you relate this Message to children or your family, purchase a small cross and wrap it as a gift for each child. Also, have a piece of Christmas candy (Perhaps a candy cane) available to give to each child) (One more thing, feel free to shorten or lengthen the Message as you see fit. Remember, it’s a Kid’s Message, not a sermon)

Good Morning! (Children reply)

Thanksgiving is over. How many of you ate a lot of food on Thanksgiving?

(Wait for answers)

I did too. After I finish eating so many different foods on Thanksgiving, I like to say, “I’m stuffed like a turkey!”

I have a question for all of you. What’s the next holiday coming up?

(You won’t have to wait very long for a reply, which will be).

“Christmas!”

What’s your favorite part of Christmas?

(You’ll get an assortment of answers from presents to the beautiful lights on the tree. And you may even have a child or two who know the answer you’re looking for, and they will answer, The birth of Jesus. That’s okay; acknowledge them and move on)

You know, all of those things are a great part of Christmas. Getting together with family and friends is fun. Of course, eating Christmas dinner, cookies, and all the other awesome desserts are great too.

And every one of us like getting gifts, don’t we?

(You will probably get a unanimous YES!)

What is one gift you’re really hoping you’ll get for Christmas?

(You’ll receive a variety of answers. If anyone says Jesus, acknowledge them and move on.)

Those are all great gifts, and I pray you will receive what you asked for. But did you know that each of you and everyone in the church today has already received a Christmas present?

What do you think that is?

(There’s always one child who says, Jesus. If none of them don’t, then you say it.)

We all received the greatest gift ever just a little over 2000 years ago. Jesus was born. And He was our gift from God.

Here’s what the prophet Isaiah said over 400 years before Jesus was born:

For to us, a child is born,

to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and his name shall be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Do you know why Jesus was born?

(Wait for answers).

Jesus was born to teach us about God’s Kingdom, and He spread His love by caring for and healing people everywhere He went. But there’s a sad part to this story too.

The main reason Jesus was born was for Him to die for all of our sins.

He did that so that one day, all of us can live with Him in heaven forever and ever.

And you know what? Jesus only wants us to do one thing. He wants us to honestly believe that He is the Son of God and listen and follow His words.

So today, I want you to remember these four letters. B.G.T.F.

(Have the children repeat the letters to you.)

Those letters mean, By Grace Through Faith. Grace is God’s love for us. He gives us His love; we can’t earn it. And Faith is our belief that Jesus is God’s Son and died for our sins.

You kids are amazing. And the best part is you, and I are saved B.G.T.F.

Let’s Pray. Please repeat after me.

Dear Lord. Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus. He did so many wonderful things while He lived on earth. But most of all, He died for our sins. So now we can live with you in heaven, forever and ever. Amen.

Have a Blessed Christmas

But before you go, I have a small gift for each of you.

 (Give each child the cross you wrapped and a candy cane – which is a whole other Children’s Message)

Children’s Message

 “Prayer is serious!”

(The Pharisee and the Tax Collector)

Luke 18:9-17 (AMP)

He (Jesus) also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves and were confident that they were righteous [posing outwardly as upright and in right standing with God], and who viewed others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple [enclosure] to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood [ostentatiously] and began praying to himself [in a self-righteous way, saying]: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like the rest of men—swindlers, unjust (dishonest), adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing at a distance, would not even raise his eyes toward heaven, but was striking his chest [in humility and repentance], saying, ‘God, be merciful and gracious to me, the [especially wicked] sinner [that I am]!’ I tell you, this man went to his home justified [forgiven of the guilt of sin and placed in right standing with God] rather than the other man; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself [forsaking self-righteous pride] will be exalted.”

(There are a couple of items you can distribute to help reinforce this lesson. One, I have added a coloring page and a puzzle page at the end of this lesson. Two, purchase a bag of gold of silver chocolate coins, found at Walgreens, World market, or sometimes found in the Kosher sections in your local supermarket. The coins will remind the children of the tax collector and the Pharisee who boasts giving 10% of his income as a tithe.)

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Good morning!

When you pray, what are some of the things you pray about?

(Wait for answers)

Those are all great answers!

You know Jesus takes prayer very seriously?

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells the story of two people who pray.

One of them is a Pharisee, a church leader. Well, he stands up in front of everyone and raises his hands to heaven and makes a big deal of his prayer.

“Thanks for making me so perfect, God! I do everything right! I give lots of money to the church! I follow all your rules! I’m not like everyone else! I’m better! Amen!”

Does that sound like the way we should pray?

(Answers)

So, then the other person prayed. He was a tax collector, and in the time of Jesus, tax collectors were not very nice people because most of them were dishonest and cheated people.

But this tax collector was different. He didn’t stand in front of everyone to pray because he didn’t want to talk to everyone; he wanted to talk to God. He didn’t raise his hands to heaven to make a big show of his prayer. Instead, he was humble before God, asking for mercy.

He just bowed his head and whispered, “God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinful man.”

Where did the tax collector’s prayer come from?

 (Point to your heart and wait for a response?)

That’s right; the tax collector prayed from the heart.

 God heard his prayer and loved that tax collector even though he was a sinner.

What about the Pharisee?

What do you think God thought of his prayer?

(Answers)

That’s right, the Pharisee was just showing off, and he didn’t even ask for anything; he just told God how great he was.

So, remember … Jesus takes prayer seriously; we should go before Him humbly (meek, and respectfully) when we pray.

We should ask for what we need before we ever ask for what we want, and what we need is forgiveness of our sins.

Prayer isn’t about how great we are; it’s about how wonderful, loving, and forgiving God is!

… repeat after me

Dear Jesus. Thank you for loving me so much you were willing to die on the cross for me. Help me to take my prayer time seriously, always being humble before you, and asking for forgiveness of my sins.

(Hand-out either candy coins or copies of the hand-outs below)