Monday, March 7, 2011

Galatians 1:1-10

Two items needed: a $5 bill and a $500 Monopoly bill.

Very simply tell the children you brought something to show them. Pull out your wallet and remove the two bills (the authentic $5 and the worthless $500). Let the children see the two. Then ask, "if I gave you a choice between these two, which one would you want?"

Even a 3-year-old will know to ask for the real money.

Ask why they chose the $5. Maybe ask, "Isn't the $500 worth more?"
Explain that one is real and the other is not. Then mention that in the passage this morning, Paul is going to point out that there is only one gospel.
In verse 6 & 7 he writes: 6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. (NASB)

Tell the children that just like with money, it is important that we know the true gospel message, so that we are not deceived by false teachers.

Pray for the children and have them return to their seats.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Start from the Beginning

At the beginning of the year, I started serving as pastor at a small Baptist church. Wanting to involve the children more in the worship service, I decided to start having a "children's time" during the early part of the service. I was going to be teaching verse-by-verse through the epistle to the Galatians, so I wanted the "children's time" to relate to some aspect of the passage each week, and I wanted to use as many hands-on or real-world teaching tools as possible to communicate the biblical truth.
As my wife and I started searching the internet for ideas from week to week, we quickly realized that there really is not much available apart from the typical narrative "Sunday school stories" and holiday motifs. So, we decided to launch this blog as a way of sharing what we've done from Sunday to Sunday, working through Galatians. Hopefully it will be helpful to you.
If you have comments or questions along the way, please feel free to share or ask.

~barry and april