Helping children understand unity in Christ on Martin
Luther King Jr. Day.
Theme: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Text: Galatians 3:28 Best for: Grades K-6
Preparation: Use masking tape to mark off an
area that’s not quite large enough for all the children to sit in.
Set three pillows in front of the masking tape area.
Come on up kids, but don’t sit on the pillows. That’s the
grown-up section. You can sit anywhere inside the tape line.
Let’s have three adults join us. (Help children squeeze into the
taped area. Have the adults sit on the pillows.)
Sorry it’s a little crowded for you kids, but I can’t let you
sit in the grown-up section.
(Have more adults join you. Ask kids to stand to make room for
adults in the taped area. Ask a few children to stand behind the
How did you feel when you couldn’t sit on the pillows? How did
you feel when you had to give up your seat in the taped area?
What you’ve just experienced happened to black people all the
time in the 1950s. They had to sit in separate areas, drink from
separate drinking fountains, and go to separate schools-just
because of their skin color.
But then a man named Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped change
our nation’s laws so black people could be treated fairly. Dr. King
was a pastor, and he knew that Jesus loves black people, white
people, and people of all races.
(Read the Scripture.)
Let’s rip up our tape line and join hands in a circle to show
that we’re all the same in Christ Jesus.
(Remove the tape, form a circle, and close in prayer.)