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Kids 4 Christ Sermon Ideas

5th Sunday after Epiphany  (year a)
Transfiguration of the Lord

 . . . prayers . . . jokes . . . object lessons . . . devotions . . .

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I was thinking of speaking about the transfiguration in terms of a really good dream (like flying) that you don't want to wake up from. One could ask the children why God gives us such wonderful dreams--and then relate what they say to the reason for the mountaintop vision. Alison in MD


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One idea might be to use the child's doll that lights up when you squeeze it, comparing the light that gives us comfort at night with the light of Jesus that gives us comfort through all of life. (Care must be taken to uplift the difference, that Jesus' light comes from God, not merely from a light bulb.) Michelle


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Object Lesson: Stick on stars (this is actually part of a dream I had the other night, adapted to a children's sermon) I remember when I was young, in school, when we did "good" we got gold stars, like this (pick up a star). Today, I want to give you all "gold stars" (give each child a gold star on their hand). Now I want you to help me give these out to everyone here.... I'm doing this because I want us to remember that when we do good, even now, we should remember that gold stars are still around...and that God gives them to us just to remind us we are loved. "Come join hands and let's pray together" ALS in CNY


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I am going to focus on Metamorphosis for Transfiguration. Defining it as a miraculous change. I have lemon seeds to show them, and a lemon. (what it turns into) will talk about catterpillar into butterfly as another example. I will ask parents if they have infant photos of the kids present. I will talk about the miraculous transformation they have gone through, themselves and wrap up by talking about how God is behind all of these and behind the transfiguration of Jesus too. What a miracle! Diane, Rhode Island


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For the April 9th Jeramiah passage: Need: stuffed animal, "reversable, clean/dark heart", lab coat, stethoscope, black bag filled with cleaning products and a rag. Prep: unstitch front of stuffed animal, insert heart with dark side showing, loosely stitch animal closed. Ask a person from the congregation to help. Message: Pretend to be a veternarian. (I have done this dressed in clown but is just as effective wearing lab coat with stethoscope around neck.) Talk to the children about being a vet. Person from congregation comes forward carrying the stuffed animal saying she is so releaved to see a vet because her Fuffy just isn't feeling well. Feel animal's head, listen to his heart, etc. Then pretend animal is talking in your ear. Say - Oh, it's your heart. It's feeling yucky because you've done things you shouldn't?!. You can list things - like chewed up the newspaper, bit the mailman, growled at a friend, etc. Then pretend there is a need for immediate surgery - ask children to assist. Pull open stitched portion of animal exposing the dark heart. Ask child to hand you items from your bag - can try windex, pledge, scrub brush, etc. Nothing gets his heart clean. Then have animal whisper to you again. Then tell him that you know what will clean his heart - say prayer repenting and asking for God's forgiveness - while holding the dark heart - disscreatly turn it inside out so that a clean heart is showing. Put this heart inside the animal and have animal "say" something happy in your ear.


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This Sunday concludes the Christmas cycle. The gospel announces the shining light. Why not give copies of a detailed icon or picture of the transfiguration to the children as they come to worship? Let them gaze on the picture throughout worship and then take it home to color.