Jump, I’ll Catch You
To demonstrate faith, ask your child to do a simple thing and come through for him/her. (For example: Stand at the bottom of the stairs and ask him/her to jump into your arms from a few steps up or stand in the pool and ask him/her to jump into your arms.)
Why did you jump? Did you believe I would catch you? (Of course!)
What does it mean to have faith in someone? (To believe that he will do what he says)
To have faith in God means that we believe in Him and what He has said.
Will It Hold?
Items Needed: two chairs (one very sturdy and one broken or wobbly)
Show both chairs (if you don’t have a broken chair, ask kids to imagine one) and ask:
Which chair would you like to sit in? Why?
Which chair best represents our faith in God?
Some people think that our faith in God is like sitting in the broken chair. We try it (believing in Him) and hope that it holds us. God is like a sturdy chair – completely reliable. Millions of people have believed in God throughout history and have proved that He is true and trustworthy. (Ask a kid to sit in the chair.)
Would it be hard to sit for awhile if you wouldn’t put your whole weight on the chair? (Ask a kid to hover just above the chair as if they are afraid to put their weight on it.) We show that we have faith in God by completely trusting Him to care for us. It goes beyond just believing with our minds; it means being willing to pray to Him and trust Him to do what is right.
Connect the Dots
Item Needed: Dot to dot page (make a simple one by thinking of a simple design and drawing an outline of dots.)
Ask kids to complete the dot to dot page.
Did you know what picture it would make when you started? (Probably not)
You were able to complete the picture by drawing from one dot to the next. In our lives, we can’t always understand why certain things happen, but God knows more than we do. We only have to do the next thing that He tells us (from the Bible) and He will work things together for our good. He sees the big picture and we can trust Him to do what’s right.