So kids.... SCHOOL IS OUT FOR THE SUMMER!!! - How excited are you?!
Although we are still not able to meet together at the church in our Sunday School room we are really excited that we are able to see you in the service. We've missed you and it is SO good to be able to meet together again on a Sunday.
Let's kick off our time together this morning with a few songs!
So if you guys remember we are learning about the Lord's Prayer currently. The last two weeks we have learnt about praising God and God's will as a part of prayer, and this week we are going to be learning about asking for God's help.
We can ask God for help anytime, anywhere because God is always with us. Today we’ll read in the Bible how God watches over us. Is there someone in your life that you wish you could have with you all of the time? who would that be? what is it about that person that makes you want them to be with you all of the time?
It’d be great to have a person we love with us all the time. That’s why it’s so awesome that God is with us all the time! And we can talk to him and ask him for help anytime, anywhere because he’s always watching over us.
So yes, today we’re learning that asking for help is part of prayer. Can you think about something you need to ask for help with. What could happen if you tried to do that without help? Sometimes we just need help. Let’s see what happens when our friend Carl didn’t ask for help.
Why was it such a big deal that Carl didn’t ask for help?
What did it cost him to try to do things on his own?
What could it cost us if we try to do things without God’s help?
Silly Carl flew all over the world—which takes a lot of time and money—because he didn’t ask for directions to Bill and Violet’s house. He learned a big lesson about asking for help! We may not end up in Russia or Thailand when we forget to ask God for help, but we could end up doing things the hard way when God wants to help us. That’s why asking for help is part of prayer.
Activities / Games
Supplies: Mini marshmallows & toothpicks
Divide kids into pairs if there are enough, or all work as a team to build a tower. Give kids about 5 mins and see how they got on :)
Let’s see who can build the tallest marshmallow tower. But here’s the catch: As you build, you’ll be able to touch only one type of building material, so either the marshmallow or a toothpick. That means you’ll need each other’s help to get your towers off the ground.
What was it like to be able to touch only one of the building materials? How did you manage to get the marshmallows onto the toothpicks with only being able to touch one of the items?
Did you guys work together as a team? Did your friends or siblings help you out?
Can you think of something that you can do only with God’s help?
Sometimes we’d rather try to do things on our own. But asking for God’s help is part of prayer. When we realize we can do only so much, we can trust that God will give us the help we need.
Help Me Out
Supplies: Painters Tape
Tape off a small corner or designate an area in your room or yard for kids to go to when they’re tagged.
Designate one willing child to be "it". Once kids are tagged, they go to the designated corner or area and call out to their friends for help. If an un-tagged friend comes to give a high-five, the tagged child is free to rejoin the game.
Sometimes you had to wait for someone to help you out of the corner. God always hears our prayers, but sometimes we have to wait for his help.
There may be many times that we will need help. We can ask God for help when we pray because asking for help is part of prayer. Sometimes we can ask a friend for help, too.
What’s something you really wanted that you had to wait for? Perhaps you've had to wait for a new toy or a special trip, or out to your favourite restaurant.
God will always help us, even if it isn’t quite how we expect. While we wait for God’s help, we can keep asking because asking for help is part of prayer.
We’ve been learning a prayer Jesus taught, called the Lord’s Prayer. Let’s review what we’ve learned so far in case you missed it!
"Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven."
Today we’re going to talk about the next line. Jesus prayed, “Give us this day our daily bread."
Where does your food come from?
It’s easy to think that our food comes from our parents or the grocery store or the school cafeteria. But we have that food only because God provides it! When Jesus prayed this prayer, he was just setting an example. Food is one thing we can pray for, but he was showing that we can pray about anything that we need.
Since Jesus’ example was food, let’s draw a picture of the things we need.
(This is a good opportunity to gently talk with kids about needs versus wants. After about 5 minutes have kids share hat they drew in their pictures.)
Asking God for help is part of prayer. When we need something or are facing a problem, we can ask him for help. Let’s look at a prayer in the Bible where someone asked for help.
This prayer is from the book of Psalms. All the chapters in the book of Psalms were originally songs, but we don’t know the tunes today. This song was written as a prayer for people who were traveling to Jerusalem.
Tell about a time you traveled somewhere far away. How did you get there?
When we travel today, we take cars or airplanes, and it’s not very dangerous. But in those days, people had to walk just about everywhere they went! If they were lucky, they might’ve had a donkey or camel to ride. That meant if it rained, they got wet. If there was a steep cliff, they had to find a way down. There weren’t always trails through the mountains, so it was a rough journey. And wild animals like bears and lions could always be around!
If you went on a trip like that, what would you bring to prepare yourself? What would you ask God for?
Since traveling was dangerous, this prayer asked for God’s help, then mentioned ways he would help. Let's read it together now.....
I look up to the hills,
but where will my help really come from?
My help will come from the Lord,
the Creator of heaven and earth.
He will not let you fall.
Your Protector will not fall asleep.
He does not get tired.
He never sleeps.
The Lord is your Protector.
The Lord stands by your side, shading and protecting you.
The sun cannot harm you during the day,
and the moon cannot harm you at night.
The Lord will protect you from every danger.
He will protect your soul.
The Lord will protect you as you come and go,[a]
both now and forever!
Remember, looking up at those mountains was like looking up at all the dangers and fears that lay ahead. Yikes!
You may be afraid of what might be going to happen in the future, or when you take a trip somewhere, especially when you feel like there might be mountains or other obstacles in your way, but listen to this...
"He will not let you fall. Your Protector will not fall asleep. He does not get tired. He never sleeps."
God will help us so that we wont stumble. This doesn't mean that God will never let anything bad happen. But we can always turn to him when we’re worried or scared, because asking for help is part of prayer. And you know what we need more than anything else? God himself! He’ll always be with us, even when things don’t go our way.
Jesus prayed, “Give us today the food we need.” We can pray about big things like mountains and small things like a single meal and God will always hear us and be with us when we need his help.
We can ask God for help with anything, and we can ask him anytime. Let's take a minute and think of something we need God’s help with today, maybe you want to get a piece of paper and draw what you want to pray for.
Perhaps it might be safety for someone who’s traveling, help getting along with your siblings, help falling asleep at night, help for someone in their family who’s sick, or a friend who needs Jesus.
Since we know God’s always listening to us, let’s ask him to help us with the things we drew. God hears you when you talk with your mouth or when you pray silently in your heart.
Thank you for everything that you provide for us in our lives. We thank you that you are always with us and that we can ask for your help at anytime, wherever we are. Right now Lord we want to pray for _____________
We ask that you would help us with this/these things.
In your name we pray,
Let's also take a moment to pray the prayer that Jesus taught us;
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus prayed, “Give us today the food we need.” In other translations or versions of the Bible, this part of the prayer says “our daily bread.” Let’s make toaster tongs to remind us that we can ask God for help with whatever we need.
What’s your favorite breakfast food?
What do you like to put on your toast?
Eating bread or toast can remind us of Jesus’ prayer: “Give us today the food we need.” Asking for help is part of prayer, and we can ask God for anything we need.