Scripture: 2 Kings 11-12, 2 Chronicles 23-24
- Students will learn godly leaders can point people who had rejected God back to worshipping and obeying God.
- Students will learn it is important to heed the advice of godly people.
- Students will learn it is important to worship and obey God for our entire lives.
- Students will participate in a service project to help clean up their church.
Guiding Question: Why did Joash clean the Temple?
Materials: Will vary based on the service the students provide.
Procedure: Review the story of Joash from the scriptures above. Remind students that Joash was godly as long as Jehoiada was alive. He didn’t make his faith his own though so when Jehoiada died, Joash gradually moved farther and farther from God. Explain to the students that it is important to have their own faith so that they can learn from God, worship God, and experience a personal relationship with God.
Introduce the service project. Explain that at your church, there are people who work to help clean up the church and keep it well maintained. Tell the students that it would be helpful to give those people help with cleaning the church and fixing things around the building. Have the students work with those who help maintain the church to help them clean or fix up different parts of the building.
Additional Questions: How can students clean up in their community?
Supplemental Activity: Have the students go to a local park or recreation center to help clean up and maintain the park grounds.