Items Needed: A small gift for each child (favorite candy; small toy; gift card for fast food or ice cream; favorite treat; etc.); Gift box or bag
Wrap and give each child a small gift. Talk about this week’s theme of grace.
Read Ephesians 2:8-9 and Romans 6:23.
What is the payment for our sin? (Death; separation from God)
Can we do enough good works to get to Heaven? (No)
What is God’s gift? (Eternal life; salvation; forgiveness; etc.)
God is generous and has made a way for each of us to go to Heaven. We can’t pay enough money to buy our entrance into Heaven. We can’t do enough good works to get into Heaven. The only way we can go to Heaven is by believing in what Jesus has already done—He died on the cross and came alive again.
What did you have to do to get the gift I gave you? (Receive it)
What do you have to do to get God’s gift? (Receive it)
***If you think your child understands about salvation, you may want to lead him or her to receive this wonderful gift.
God is Generous
At the dinner table, ask the youngest child, “Would you like to stay up past your bedtime?” If he/she answers affirmatively, announce that they can stay up 15 minutes past their bedtime. Ask each child in the family the same question, but increase the time (you can stay up 20 minutes; 30 minutes; etc.). When the kids begin to complain, remind them of the parable of the workers (found in Matthew 20:1-16).
Talk about it:
If the youngest complains about unfairness, ask, “Are you getting to stay up past your bedtime?” (Which is a privilege)
What happened in the parable of the workers? (The owner gave the ones who were hired last the same amount as the ones hired first)
Why did the ones who were hired first complain? (They didn’t think it was fair)
Did the owner give them what he promised? (Yes)
The owner was being generous with all of them. Like the workers, we are getting more than we deserve from God. We should not complain when we see others being blessed by God. We should be happy that we serve a generous God!
What Are You Thankful For?
Items needed: Pieces of copy or construction paper; Pencils or pens
Give each member of the family a piece of paper and a pencil. Write “I Am Thankful for…” at the top of each page.
Every night after dinner or just before bedtime, ask everyone to write three things on their list. Ask some questions to help them start thinking about their blessings:
- What are you glad that you have?
- What happened that you are happy about?
- What would you be sad if you didn’t have this?
Invite each person to read his or her list of blessings at the end of the week.
God is generous and has given us so many good things. We must remember to say thank you.
Say a prayer of thanks together.