Grandparents Are the Best!
Children's sermon by Rev. Frank Schaefer
Props: a picture of grandparents (preferably yours)
Good morning boys and girls: today is Grandparents' Day. So, I thought I bring a
picture of my grandparents; I used to call them "Omie" and "Opa," and
this is what they looked like [show picture].
They are both with Jesus in heaven now, but when they were still here with me,
they used to take care of me and my brother. We would visit them and my grandma would cook
us anything that our little hearts desired. And grandpa was a lot of fun. We would play
tricks on him, and he would get mad at us and chase us around the house. But what I liked
best about spending time with my grandparents, I would always ask them if the stories my
parents told me were true. I remember asking them: "can you tell me a story from when
my mom was little?"
But enough about my grandparents, what about yours? Who of you has grandparents?
Who of you see your grandparents for holidays? Every month? How many see your grandparents
[Ask the children to share about their grandparents] Helpful lead questions: what
do you call them? What do you like about visiting them? What do you do when you go see
them/when they come over for a visit? Do they hug you? When you tell them about something
good that happened, what is their reaction? Are they happy for you? What kind of things do
they give you? . .
Now, grandparents are very special people. God has made them very wise.
Some people think that's why God put silver on their heads. Does your
grandpa or grandma have silver in their hair? If you look out over the people in
this sanctuary (gesture) do you see any people with silver in their hair? Yes, there
are quite a few, and I bet you a lot of them are grandparents too!
Wow, we have found out a lot of good things about grandparents; a lot of good
things we can be thankful for. Do you think we should say "thank you" to God for
our grandparents (nod head lightly to encourage a "yes")?
But before we say a prayer of thanks to God, I would like to share one more
important thing: Some of you may not see your grandparents a lot, some of you may hardly
ever get to spend time with them. But you know what? I bet you, they would love to hear
from you--especially since today is Grandparents' Day. You see, it's not just that
we need our grandparents, but they need us too. If you haven't heard from your grandma or
grandpa in a while, chances are that they may miss you just as much as you miss them. I
have an idea: we could all write a letter to, or draw a picture for our grandmas and
grandpas today. That way they will know that we love them. You could ask your parents to
help you with that. What do you think? Is that a good idea?
Let's bow our heads and close our eyes and let us say "thank you" to God
for our grandmas and grandpas.