Thanksgiving weekend! Hands up who's excited?! A few extra days off from school, time with family, typically lots of food... Yum! - we're excited!
I hope that however you're spending Thanksgiving, you have a blessed weekend and are able to take a minute to think of something you are thankful for.
Before we get started in todays lesson, lets sing some songs together!
The Holy Spirit gives us gifts to serve God. When we think of serving, we might think of servers at a restaurant, but serving isn’t only about food, we can serve in many ways to help others.
In the Bible story we’ll read today, we’ll hear about someone who served God by sharing. God loves when we share with others, and it’s a way to use our gifts and talents to serve God.
That means there’s a big purpose to the gifts the Holy Spirit gives us! Let’s watch a family that uses their gifts to serve God.
Pay attention to what gifts you see in each family member.
What gifts did you see in the different family members?
How were those gifts useful as they served?
What gifts have you seen in your own family members?
How could you all use your gifts together to serve God?
Cooper is good at making new friends! He makes people feel welcome and loved. The dad is a good leader who could lead the service. Emery has compassion and helped a man who didn’t smell good still feel loved.
They all have the gift of generosity, giving their time and resources to help people in need and when they put all their gifts together, they served God in a really cool way!
Using our gifts to serve God doesn’t have to be a grand production. We can use our gifts to serve God with what we have. I’ve gathered some simple things from around our room. Let’s play a game and see if we can come up with creative and practical ways to serve one another with what we have here.
Select a variety of simple items, such as pencils, paper, , cup, paper towels, and tissues (at least 1 item per child)
Have kids sit in a circle, and have each child choose one item and use it to serve at least one other person in the circle. Watch to make sure everyone gets served. Ideas include using a pencil to drum a beat while singing “Happy Birthday,” making an origami toy for someone, using a paper towel to clean someone’s shoe, or the cup to get someone a drink of water.
Talk About It:
Describe what you were thinking as you served others.
What was it like to have other people serve you?
Serving in creative ways is fun! The Holy Spirit gives us gifts to serve God. Even if we aren’t sure how to serve, when we’re friends with God, the Holy Spirit helps us look for ways to help others.
The Holy Spirit is God with us. God’s with us all the time, and he gives us special gifts and talents that he wants us to use to help others.
It’s great to be a good helper, and that’s why God gives us special talents. He gives us gifts to serve. And when we serve others who need help, we’re serving God.
The Bible says God’s family is like a body. Each body part is important and does something different. Like that, each person in God’s family can help in different ways. We all have different gifts from God, and all our gifts can serve God.
Each one of us has a body, and that body has many parts. These parts all have different uses. In the same way, we are many, but in Christ we are all one body. Each one is a part of that body. And each part belongs to all the other parts.
Let’s use stuffed animals to help us think about how God's family is like a body.
Supplies: A stuffed animal
Pass the stuffed animal around the group and invite each child to choose one body part, such as an arm, leg, eye, nose, ear, neck, or mouth. Invite kids to talk about what the chosen body part does to help the rest of the body.
Have kids continue to pass the stuffed animal around the circles and talk about different body parts until all the kids have shared. It’s okay for kids to repeat body parts.
Talk about it:
Every body part helps the whole body and every one of you can help God and the people in God’s family.
Supplies: 6 different kitchen utensils that kids may not recognize such as a potato masher, turkey baster, loose-leaf tea ball infuser, coffee filter, meat thermometer, or garlic press., pens and paper.
We’ve been learning about the Holy Spirit and how he gives each of us gifts. Our gifts have a special job like a lot of other things around us, such as these things from the kitchen. Let’s have some fun exploring the tools and finding out what they do.
Which kitchen tool did you have the most fun with? Why?
The kitchen tools look different and do different things, but they all help us make food or drinks. Like these tools, you can help others in different and unique ways. God gives you gifts, and you can use them to help others and serve God.
We heard about some friends today who served each other with the gifts God had given them. By serving the people God loves, they also served God. The Holy Spirit gives us gifts to serve God and others, too! Let’s each make a special gift we can use to serve a hungry friend.
Tell me about someone you know who gets really hungry....
The next time we’re around someone who’s really hungry, we can share a special snack. We can use this gift to serve God by serving others!
Today we learned the Holy Spirit gives us gifts to serve God. We found out we can serve God by sharing things we have with someone who needs food or money. That gift of sharing is sometimes called generosity.
We found out we can serve God by saying kind words to people to make them feel strong and confident.That gift is called encouragement.
We found out we can serve God by telling others who Jesus is and that he loves them. That gift is called evangelism.
Sometimes helping someone who is sick or hurt is a way to serve God.That gift is called helping.
The Holy Spirit gave us gifts to serve God. That means God will help us serve him using our special gifts.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you that you have given each of us special gifts that we can use to worship and serve you, and help other people. Thank you that you chose those gifts and talents were especially for each one of us. Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to remind of us of the gifts that you have given to us to help other people.