Providing for Parents

Scripture: I Kings 15, 2 Chronicles 14-16

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn, just like King Asa we can obey God even if our parents don’t.
  • Students will learn we should depend upon God for our strength and our power.
  • Students will learn it is important to seek God’s help in everything and for all the days of our lives.
  • Students will participate in a service project where they provide resources for children whose parents do not believe in God.

Guiding Question: How can children point adults toward God?

Materials: NIrV Bibles, any resources the students may need in creating Bible activities and dramas

Procedure: Review the story of Asa from the scriptures above. Emphasize that just like King Asa, children can serve and obey God just as He did even if their parents do not know God. This can be challenging for children because they may not know where to begin or feel uncomfortable sharing God with their parents. From teaching our parents about God to any other tough situation, it is important to rely on God and seek His help, power, and strength in order for us to do His will the best we can.

Introduce the service project. Tell the students they are going to collect NIrV Bibles and create activities/ Bible dramas and applications that can be shared with children who need resources to use when they are sharing Jesus with their parents. These will be donated to a local ministry that serves children and their families. Put the students in groups and have each group come up with an idea for a Bible drama/application and activity to go along with it. Once you have talked the idea over with the students, they can being creating the activity. Encourage students to begin collecting NIrV Bibles for the children to give their parents as well. (This is a service project that can take several weeks, break project down into chunks as needed.)

Additional Questions: How can reminders to pray help others find strength in God during challenging times?

Supplemental Activity: Have the students make a list of those in their congregation or family/friends who are facing a tough situation and need encouragement to pray. For each person, the student gets a pack of travel size m&ms. For each color, have the student come up with an emotion and find a Bible verse that fits that emotion for the person to read and pray with.

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