This Jeremiah Sunday School lesson is a great way to remind kids that we are all in God's hands, but we have to cooperate with Him to be make our lives the best that it can be.
Needed: Modeling clay or play-doh
a piece of modeling clay in your hand, and begin to work it and mold it in
front of the children. Ask them to tell you who is in control of the shape of
the clay. Raise your hand and say that you are -- you can make it into anything
you want. Explain that the prophet Jeremiah said that God is like a potter,
shaping the people of Israel into whatever he wants -- "Just like the clay
in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel" (Jeremiah
18:6). Ask the children how it might feel to be clay in the hands of God. Begin
to make a smooth bowl with the clay, and tell the children that God wants to
make all of us into something beautiful, but he expects us to cooperate with
the shape he is trying to make. Invite them to guess what it might mean to
cooperate with God, and suggest that this includes loving our neighbors,
treating them fairly and avoiding evil. Remind them that God is in control, and
like a potter God is always trying to shape us in a good way, but we have to do
our best to fit this shape. Hold up your smooth bowl, and ask the children to
behave in such a way that they are a good match with what God wants.
Prayer: Father God, we know that You are in control of our lives and we
thank You for always wanting the best for us. Please help us to work
with You to make our lives what You want us to be. In Jesus' name we
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