Divorce is never easy, especially when children are involved.
Use this lesson to reinforce to kids that God is with them during
this troubling time and it is not their fault.
1. Changing Times-Ahead of time, prepare eight
to 10 family-related statements such as "If your mom and dad both
live in your house, move three chairs to your left"; "If you have
an older brother, move one chair to your right"; "If your parents
are divorced, move two chairs to your left."
Have kids sit in a circle of chairs. Tell kids to move if the
statement read is true about their family. In some cases, kids may
end up sitting on each other's lap. After all the statements are
read, have kids return to their chair.
Then say: "When moms and dads divorce, families go
through many changes. You may know of a family whose parents have
divorced, or your parents may be divorced. Today we'll talk about
how God can help us through a divorce."
2. Craft: Family Life-Give each child a wire
hanger. Using construction paper, glue, yarn, and markers, have
children each create a mobile of their family. Kids may draw family
members who live in their house as one part of the mobile and
family members who don't live in their house as another part.
Ask: "What are some changes a family may experience by
going through a divorce? How do kids feel when their parents
divorce? What can we do to help kids feel better when their parents
Read aloud Romans 8:35-39.
Ask: "What do these verses say about God's love? Can a
divorce separate us from God's love? Why or why not?"
Say: "No matter what kind of changes divorce may bring,
God will always be with us to comfort us and give us
3. Balloon Buddies-Form pairs and give each child
a balloon. Have children each write an encouraging message on their
balloon with markers by completing this sentence: "No matter what
happens in your family, God will..."
Say: "When you've finished, exchange balloons with your
partner. When we know someone cares about us, it makes us feel
better. We all need a friend, especially when we're sad. Remember,
God is our friend. He promises to love us forever-even if our
Allergy Alert: Some children have food allergies that can be
dangerous. Know your children, and consult with parents about
allergies their children may have.
4. Snack: Food for Thought-You'll need: A small
bakery wedding cake.
Directions: Serve the children wedding cake.
Say: "When two people marry, God wants them to be
married for life. But sometimes, a husband and wife decide they
don't want to be married anymore. This can cause a lot of pain for
children. Let's ask God to help children whose parents have
Close in prayer, thanking God for children's families and asking
God to help children of divorce.
Susan Grover is a children's minister in
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