Use this creative object lesson from Nancy Keith to teach kids about missions.
Object Lesson: Teaching Kids About Missions
Send one child out of the room (with appropriate supervision). Give the other children a treat. As you give each child the treat, say: God loves you!
As children enjoy their snack, explain that there’s also a treat for the child who went out of the room.
- How will the child know about the treat?
- How could we get the treat to the child?
Have the children try yelling, throwing the treat toward the door, and using any other means. Children will finally conclude that the only way to get the treat to the child is to take it to him or her.
Send one child as the “Missionary” to deliver the message and the treat. Then have both children return to the room.
Discuss how the child wouldn’t have known about the treat if the Missionary had never gone to share.
Read Isaiah 6:2-8. Then ask:
- How did Isaiah react when he had a vision of God?
- How would you have reacted?
- Why do you think Isaiah said what he did in verse 5?
- How do you think Isaiah felt after God forgave him of his sins?
Read Isaiah 6:8 again. Then ask:
- Why do you think Isaiah was willing to go for God?
- What would you have said if this had happened to you?
Discuss with children what it means to be on mission for God at home, at school, in their community, in their country, and throughout the world.
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