Use this Preteen Sunday School Lesson: Time With God to help kids make time with God a daily priority.
*Bible Activity: Rush Rush –– Give each child a small rock. In a bag, place eight different-size things such as a stuffed animal or a shoe. Have children form a circle and hold their rock. Take the items out of the bag one at a time and pass them to the child to your left. Have children pass the items around the circle. Tell kids not to drop their rocks but to keep the items moving.
Afterward, *ask: Was it easy or difficult to hold on to your rock while passing things? Do you ever feel like you’re having to juggle a lot of things in real life? Explain. How do you feel when you’re juggling so many things?
Read aloud Luke 10:38-42. *Ask: If our rocks represent spending time with God, how are these other items like things that distract us from time with God? What are some things that distract you or keep you from spending time with God?
*Craft: Quiet Rocks — Give kids fine-tip permanent markers. Have kids each write on their rock one thing that distracts them from spending time with God. Encourage kids to carry their rock in their pocket or purse, or put it in their room. Tell them to use their rock as a reminder to shut out distractions and spend time with God each day.
*Snack: You’ll need: Bread, butter, a knife, and honey.
Directions: While kids spread the butter and honey on their bread, *ask: Which is more nourishing-honey or bread?
*Say: The Bible says that Jesus is the bread of life. Jesus can feed our souls if we spend time with him. Busy bees make honey. Honey is sweet but not very nourishing. Being busy doesn’t feed our souls.
*Ask: How can you spend more time with Jesus, the bread of life, this week?
Close in prayer, asking Jesus to help kids spend quality time with him.
Contributors: Cindy Newell, Christine Yount, and Terry Vermillion
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