Theme: Memorial Day
Text: Romans 5:6-8 in the Living Bible
Preparation: Fill a cup for each child with a
different trail mix ingredient, such as raisins, dried fruit or
chocolate chips. You'll also need a large bowl.
The Message: I've brought a special treat
today. I'll pass it out, but don't eat yet. (Distribute cups.) What
did you get? Those sound yummy. (Bring out bowl.) If we put our
snacks into this bowl, we can taste everyone's snack.
Are you willing to give up your treat so others can have a tasty
snack? Let's try it. (Have children pour their snacks in the bowl.
Why were you willing to give up your treat? How's it feel to
know others will enjoy a yummy snack because of what you gave up?
Soon we'll celebrate Memorial Day. That's when we remember all the
American men and women who died serving our country. Why do you
think they gave their lives?
You gave up your treat so friends could enjoy something special.
That's like the men and women who gave their lives so we could
enjoy living in America. God gave something special for us, too.
(Read the Scripture.) God gave his son Jesus so we could enjoy
eternal life in heaven. (Distribute cups of trail mix.) As you eat
your special treat, remember that many brave Americans gave their
lives for our country. Let's thank God for the wonderful sacrifice
he made for us, too. (Close in prayer.)