Faith is an important subject for all ages in Christian belief. Sometimes it can be difficult to explain the essence of faith to a class of adult students, even more so with children. Incorporating object lessons and crafts that emphasize the subject of faith can help tremendously. Simple lessons are available that take minimal cost and effort.
Mustard Seed Faith
This project is based on the scripture verse Luke 17:6 which states, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea’ and it would obey you.” Bring a small cardboard box with a removable lid for each student. Allow each child to cover his box and lid with decorative paper. Glue a mustard seed in the center of a small square piece of cardboard that fits into the box. Write “All it takes is mustard seed faith” above the seed with a black marker. Allow each child to take his box home as a reminder of the power of faith.
"I Can’t See It!"
Hebrews 11:1 reads, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” This lesson helps teach that we believe in many things we can’t see. Have each child try to think of something that she knows is there but cannot see and draw a picture of that thing. Some examples are air, the wind, your skeleton and gravity. Ask the children if they believe in these things. Then ask them if the things would cease to exist even if they did not believe in them.
God Leads Us
Have one child wear a blindfold, then lead her around, through the classroom, helping to make sure she does not trip or stumble. Give her a cookie or other small snack without telling her what it is. Explain to the class that the one child had to have faith in you in order to trust you to lead her. Tell the class that sometimes we have to trust God and have faith to allow Him to lead us, even if we cannot always see where we are going.
The Birds of the Air
Talk about God and how He promises to take care of us. Read Matthew 6:26-28, where Jesus talks about how God provides food for the birds and clothing for the flowers. Provide each child with a pine cone, a piece of string, peanut butter and birdseed. Attach the string to the pine cone to form a hanger. Then use a butter knife to spread peanut butter on the pine cone. Roll the pine cone in birdseed. Place each pine cone in a plastic bag so the children can take them home and hang them up as bird feeders.
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