We serve a God who looks at our
hearts, not our skin. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is on January
21st. It’s a day to reflect, remember, and rejoice that
God made and loves us all.
King taught us three things that we should
pass on to our kids: God made you special, God loves everyone, and
with God we can keep our dreams and hopes alive. Here are some fun
and fast ways you can share King’s message with your kids this
1. God Made You
Special– Celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther
King, Jr. by reminding your kids that God told us that what makes
us special is what’s on the inside, not how we look on the outside.
Using mirrors and 1 Samuel 16:7, this devotion can help your
kids discover that God made each of us special and unique.
Loves Everyone– It can be hard for kids to
comprehend what our nation was like and how segregated it was at
one point. This Sunday school
lesson on MLK Day gives kids a taste of how being treated
unfairly feels. Adults will get comfortable seats while kids are
forced to squeeze into a small, taped-off area that keeps getting
smaller as more adults enter. Using Galatians 3:28, your kids will
discover how we’re all the same in Jesus and how we should treat
others with fairness and respect.
3. Keep on
Dreaming– King stood up for what was right and
kept fighting for his dream. This devotion for kids 6-
to 9 years old will get them thinking about their own dreams as
well as what God has planned for their lives. In addition, Jolene
L. Roehlkpartain shares her own Sunday school lesson for
preschoolers on dreams and wishes.
By teaching our kids about God’s love today,
we can hope that they won’t repeat the past mistakes of our nation
in the future.
If you are looking for some more MLK Day fun
for your kids, check out these 15-minute lessons on Martin
Luther King, Jr. Day for every age group in your ministry. Designed
by Joclyn Wampler (a church volunteer from Oregon), these lesson
plans also include snacks and crafts your kids will love.
So how does your church celebrate MLK Day? Let
us know what your plans are using the comment section below!