The Parable of the Talents
Dive into the Parable of the Talents, exploring the importance of using and developing the creative gifts and talents that God has given us.
Provide a blank illustration of a bag; with different talent objects symbols; color each one that they are good at and put them in the bag.
Our Focus verse was
Matthew 25:29 – “For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
Lesson: Kids will understand that creativity is a gift from God and learn to embrace and nurture their creative abilities to glorify Him.
This might have been one of my favorites so far. This is such a powerful parable and one, I believe, that most children can relate to well. I took some time to share about my talent and that we all have talents. And we really don’t know how “good” we are at something until we try it a lot! I explained the difference between the “talents” (money) Jesus taught about and the “talent” that we may have and/or develop.
I went around the room and asked each child to name one thing they are good at. The answers were insightful, of course. Some kids have never thought about this; others feel as if they are good at nothing, which breaks my heart. This was a moment to encourage and uplift them with affirmation. Especially if they “didn’t have a talent.”
Tonight, due to our gym being used for an upcoming community clothing giveaway, we played desk-style games in the room.
Here’s the content I used for this week:
Here’s the breakdown/timeline of the evening:
6:15-6:35 GYM FREEPLAY
6:30 COUNTDOWN SLIDE
6:35 OPEN w/ SPACE WARM UP SLIDE (GAME)
6:37 OPENING C&C SLIDE
6:39 REVIEW VERSES (back to the beginning)
6:40 INTRO TOPIC: PARABLE OF THE TALENTS
6:41 TEACHING PRESENTATION; TALENTS
6:45 NEW VERSE REVIEW & DISCUSSION/TEACHING
7:00 RESTROOM/SNACK BREAK (ALL THINGS BRIGHT)
7:15 CRAFTIVITY: Provide an outline of a drawstring-type bag; with images of “talents” around it. Color & Cut their talent tokens and put them in the bag.
Sharing his Wonder,