Use these Sunday school lessons: Martin Luther King Jr. Day to help children of all ages understand that God loves us all the same.
1. “God Made Me” Aerobics — Have children stand and follow these directions:
- Wiggle your toes;
- stand on one foot;
- do four deep knee-bends;
- twist at the waist from side to side;
- do two toe-touches;
- hold up your arms and flex your muscles;
- count to 10 on your fingers;
- wave to each other;
- twist your head from side to side;
- smile and show your teeth;
- blink your eyes and say, “Amen!”
]Say: God made our bodies. We’re God’s wonderful creations. God carefully planned everything about us-there are no mistakes in the way each of us is made.
2. Simon Says — Play a version of Simon Says using physical characteristics as criteria for moving ahead. For example, say: Simon Says everyone with brown hair, take three steps forward, or everyone with green eyes, take four steps forward.
Every once in a while use a characteristic that everyone has such as two legs or 10 fingers. Move kids forward at a fairly even rate. After playing for a while, say: Simon says everyone created by God, move all the way to me.
Read aloud Psalm 139:13-16. Explain that we are all valuable to God. He made each one of us to be different from anybody else, and he loves us all the same.
3. Man-Made — Help children make “stick” people out of different-colored pipe cleaners. When children are finished, have them link their people together and display them over the doorway to the classroom.
Ask: How are our stick people alike? different? How are we alike? different?
Say: Our stick people are all different. We’re all different too, but loved just the same by God.
4. A Special Day — Say: Martin Luther King Jr. was a man who loved God and understood that we’re all loved just the same by God. He knew it didn’t matter to God what color eyes or skin we have. He worked hard throughout his life to make sure everyone else understood how special each of us is to God. On January 16, we’ll celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and remember that God loves us all the same.
You’ll need: Cupcakes baked with marble cake mix and frosted with confetti frosting-available at grocery stores. Bake the cupcakes in paper liners.
Directions: Ask kids if they can tell what kind of cake is in the cupcake and if they think they’ll like it. Encourage kids to never judge a cupcake or a person by its color. Then let kids enjoy their multi-colored snack.
Author: Joclyn Wampler is a church volunteer in Oregon.