My husband and I are the youth leaders at our church and since the church that we go to is a smaller sized church out in the country the term youth actually covers the children’s ministry as well. Teaching children and teens, especially watching them grow in the Lord and come to know the Lord as their Savior has been an exciting and rewarding path. One that we never imagined being so fulfilling. The thing is when we were approached about taking over this ministry we had many cares or concerns if you will about what would be in store. Teaching the children what the Bible says actually ends up teaching us a lot as well. Many lessons are ones that we’ve not heard in years. Other lessons never came to life for us until we needed to learn how to bring it to a level for the kids to understand. That’s part of the reason we love object lessons for kids so much. It’s like this aha moment between us and God where you are saying “okay, so that’s what that means, I get it now.”
I understand that when I bring a lesson to our children that it’s likely they won’t understand everything, I only pray that they understand and remember some of the things. I’m not the best teacher out there, that’s for sure. Yet, children are interesting, the pick up on the things that you don’t necessarily think that they will. Since God promised that His Word will not return void I trust that even though I may think that the children aren’t paying attention that they may at least come away from the class learning something.
I may not be the best teacher out there but I do prefer to teach in the same way that I learn. For my son and I this is a very visual and hands on process. I like my lessons to be the same, hence the use of object lessons for kids. You can check out more Bible based content for kids here.
Object Lessons For Kids: Cast Your Cares Upon Jesus
Bible Verse: Psalm 55:22
Seeds Family Worship has an amazing video that can be used to help kids better memorize this verse
Discuss the week with the kids in your class, did they experience anything difficult? Will they experience something new or difficult in the upcoming week? They may find it easier to think of something major such as an up coming move but help kids understand that anything that makes them nervous can be a care. Perhaps a math test?
Let them know that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and that He promises to help them with what it is that worries them. God wants us to bring our cares and concerns to Him in prayers. He’s promised us that His yolk is easy and His burden is light (understand that this may be a foreign language for most children these days).
Object Lessons For Kids
Explain to children that when we give our cares to God He doesn’t want us to run after them and pick them up. He wants us to trust Him with them. Give “cares” to children. We used these fun water beads since they are brightly colored, non-toxic and earth friendly. When you give a care to the children ask them to think about what that care may be. For each “care” or “burden” given the children should be able to identify a real life care, concern or burden. If children have a difficult time thinking of some then feel free to help them.
Now children get to cast their cares. We went outside for this part. Children get to throw their cares to the woods or wherever. The great thing about the water beads is that when they are thrown they actually burst. This worked out great as many children went to pick their “burdens” back up. Additionally, we had the children scream their burdens when they threw the beads. For instance, Molly might have a burden of cleaning her room, when she goes to cast her burdens on the Lord then she screams out “cleaning my room!”.
Wrapping It Back Up
Giving a care to the Lord such as cleaning a room doesn’t mean that God is going to clean the room for us. Casting that care to the Lord may mean finding happiness while cleaning a room, perhaps you can sing the Bible verse song while you clean. Other cares or burdens may be beyond our control like when we get so sick and the doctors don’t know what’s wrong. Casting those sort of cares means that we are completely and totally trusting God to take care of it because there is no way possible that we could ever make our selves healthier, only God can.
My Daughter Playing With Water Beads
Never heard of or seen water beads before? Here’s a video of my daughter playing with some. This will give you an idea of what to expect if you choose to use water beads for your object lessons. Kids love these things!
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