Independence Day Ideas

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Fun ideas and lessons that celebrate our nation’s birthday and
our independence through exciting crafts and Bible activities.

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Living Out Our Liberty

For this craft, you’ll need red and blue construction paper;
red, blue and silver star stickers; markers; and scissors.

Say: There’s a bell called the Liberty Bell.
Have any of you seen pictures of it or actually seen the real bell?
This bell is a symbol of the freedoms we have in America. It’s
engraved with the Bible verse “Proclaim liberty throughout all the
land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” (Leviticus 25:10) What do you think that verse
means?

Read aloud Luke 4:14-19.

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Ask: How did Jesus help people be free? What
does Jesus offer us freedom from? How can we help others know about
the freedom Jesus gives?

Say: Let’s create a liberty bell greeting for
someone you know who needs to hear about the freedom Jesus
offers.

Pass out craft materials. Have children draw a bell, or provide
simple patterns for them to trace. Have children cut out their bell
shapes and decorate them with the markers and stickers. Have them
write a simple greeting to someone they know who’s sad, lonely, or
needs encouragement.

Say: When you give this message to your friend,
tell him or her about Jesus and what it means to be free from
sin.
Close with prayer for the people who’ll be receiving the bell
cards.


Holiday Service Projects

To reach out and declare God’s freedom-giving-gift, have kids
perform these acts of service in Jesus’ name at your community’s
fireworks show:

  • Bugs Away: Give away cans of mosquito
    repellent.
  • A Cold Drink: Bring ice chests full of canned
    soft drinks to give away.
  • Puppet Show: Before sundown, have your puppet
    team present a drama about freedom in Christ.
  • Roving Painters: Face-paint children with
    symbols of God’s love, such as a cross, a dove, or a rainbow.

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