During the month of January, celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” with children. Kids will create a classroom mural portraying their hope for the future.
- a roll of butcher paper,
- markers, and
- a Bible.
Elementary + Preteen Bible Activity: Hope for the Future
Talk with kids about the main points of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
If you have time, we highly recommend having children watch Dr. King Jr.’s entire speech. You can view this speech in its entirety here.
Read aloud Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'”. Ask kids to talk about what plans they think God has for their futures.
Then have kids write or draw their hopes and dreams on the butcher paper. Print Jeremiah 29:11 at the top of the mural, and display it in your children’s ministry area for families to enjoy throughout the month.