Thank you for this lesson. Have you ever felt joy-less? Our prayers reach God no matter how big or small they are. Have children stay in their groups from the previous activity, and assign each group one of the following forms of communication: sign language, e-mail, letters, telephone, talking face to face. Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Place: any place! Then ask group members to tell each other jokes within their groups, while only using their assigned method of communication. Read Philippians 4:6 aloud, and ask what this verse teaches us about prayer. Use this Sunday school lesson with kids of all ages from the popular book Kids’ Travel Guide to the Lord’s Prayer. Then say: Wow! Thank you for answering our prayers and helping us to please you. This will help us understand more about what prayer is. God wants to hear what each person has to say. Used by permission of Zondervan. ), He will listen to every prayer (fold hands as in prayer), Any time and anywhere. For example, you can use sign language in places where you’re supposed to be quiet, like a library, but you can’t use sign language to talk on the phone. Say: Our tower is tall, but it’s not how high it is that matters. Amen. The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the Philippians from prison in order to encourage them to joyfully honor God through good times and bad. Check out all our Travel Guide books today! First put one hand on top of the other hand, clasped together, like this! Thank you so much. All of these memory verse videos are a great way to help make every minute count in Kids Church this weekend! Philippians 4:6-7 on the front and color or decorate it and hang it somewhere at home as a reminder of this object lesson. God wants us to talk to him! Thank you for sharing! God wants us to talk to him so he’s made it easy for us to pray! Thank God. This is absolutely fantastic. The invitation should be from God, inviting the child to come and talk to God. God has established prayer as a means for us to communicate with him. Let’s read about one more reason we can pray. Because of our joy in Christ, we should be kind and gentle with others. He’s ready to hear our every word. We stress out about life, but we don’t have to. (Put hand over your heart. Read Philippians 4:6 aloud, and ask what this verse teaches us about prayer. Read passage. Paul was doing exactly what God had told him to do, and it landed him in prison. Let kids fill in the remaining information as follows: Time: any time! Prayer allows us to open our hearts to God and let him know our innermost thoughts and desires. When I start the sign for peace it feels like I’m worried, I’m wringing my hands, they are not settled down, are they? We can write, speak, or even think what we want to communicate to God, and God hears us and understands us. Sign up for this weekly e-newsletter to get sound advice and encouragement from today’s children’s ministry experts and hundreds of ideas that’ll have kids begging to come back! Make Backpack Tags. No matter what life throws at you, you can be joyful. Cut colored card stock into 3"x 4" cards. We’re glad that you want us to talk to you. Your email address will not be published. The joy we have in Christ should change us as people. Use this lesson to teach your children that God wants us to talk to him and gives us many examples of prayer in the Bible. Celebrate with them the joy of communicating with God. Give the following directions to the various groups: After children have communicated jokes for several minutes in this manner, have them sit in their groups and communicate normally as they continue this activity. Past Issues of Children's Ministry Magazine, Sunday School Lesson: Prophets Foretell Jesus’ Coming, 5 Weeks to Celebrate Jesus at Christmas (With Take-Home Ideas! When we talk to God, it’s called prayer, and today we’re going to be learning more about what prayer is. After each group has reported, say: Let’s fill in all the blank letters now. Y: Yearning to know God or saying Yes to God. Help us to talk to you every day this week, no matter what’s going on in our lives. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Bring along a dictionary or thesaurus for extra ideas. All Rights Reserved. Group 2 might say “wisdom,” so this would go beside the letter W. Groups may have more than one answer, they may use a short phrase for their answer, and there may be several answers for some letters of the alphabet.