John 15:5, Philippians 4:19
Preparation: None
Visual Aids: checkerboard, PC game, headphones
Good morning, boys and girls. How are you? This morning I want to play a good game of checkers. Would someone like to play with me? [Wait for volunteer, then take out the empty checkerboard and place it between you and the volunteer.]

OK, you go first. [Wait for the look on the young volunteer’s face to be obvious to all.]

Oh, hmm. It seems I have forgotten the checkers. We can’t play checkers without checkers, now can we? OK, well, I have something else we can do. [Take out PC game.] I have a really neat computer game here on this disk, and I’d like to show it to you this morning. Can you see it? [Hold up the disk and wait for the children to say no.] Why can’t you see it? [Wait for response.] Hmm, we can’t very well play the game without a computer. OK, how about this? I have a really good song I want to listen to this morning. [Put headphones on. Wait for children to point out that you have nothing to listen to.] Oh, I don’t have a radio or tape player or CD player, so the headphones don’t do me much good, do they? [If time allows, continue with one or two more of your own examples.]

Well, kids, what was wrong with all of the things I wanted to do with you today? [Wait for responses.] There was something missing. Without checkers, you can’t play checkers. Without a computer, a PC game is no good. Without something to plug into, headphones are useless. Did you know, without God we are nothing?

Without God, we can do nothing. Can you say that with me? “Without God, we can do nothing.” But with God, we can do all things. Say that with me. “With God, we can do all things.” Let’s pray that God would help us remember that without Him, we can do nothing, but with Him, we can do anything.

childrens church lesson on trusting god

Teaching Children About Trusting in God

Memory Verse
Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct thy paths.” KJV

What do these verses mean? First, discuss what trust is, types of people we trust, and how trust is earned. For example, we trust police officers to protect us, and help us if we are in trouble. We trust doctors to make us feel better when we are hurt or sick.

Discuss how people who are older, or have more experience in a certain area, may have more knowledge than we do. When this is the case, it is wise to listen to them. For example, our moms and dads know what is best for us like eating healthy foods, getting plenty of rest, finishing our homework, etc. Our teachers know the subject they are teaching us, and therefore we should ask them questions, and listen to their lessons.

Activity: Have students look at a road map. Have students point out straight roads and windy ones. Ask students which road is easier to travel on. Discuss the parallel between a straight road on a map, and a straight road in life, free from obstacles and detours.

Explain how all the students came to class today trusting that their teacher would be there, a lesson would be taught, and they would be in a safe environment to learn. It was expected, because the teachers have our trust. It is the same with God. We can go to Him with any need, and trust that because He is God, He knows what is best for us, and He will guide us in our lives, making our paths straight.

Ask: What types of things can we trust in God for? (Let students answer. If needed, guide with: forgiveness, peace, wisdom, etc.)

Ask: How do we present our requests to God, or ask Him for advice? (Let students answer, and lead them to the answer of “prayer.”)

Pray together thanking God for being there for us, directing our paths.

Lead students in prayer to accept Jesus, if they haven’t before.