Opening Song: The Apostles' Creed
Note: Today's lesson is based on Matthew 22:15-22 in the Lectionary readings.
Big Idea: God made you in His image, so you belong to God!
Story: The Wedding Banquet - Spark Story Bible, p. 304
Question: Does anyone know what a "tax" is? (It's money we pay to our country or state. That money pays for the roads, fire-fighters, schools, and many other things).
Some people didn't want to pay that money, but Jesus said to pay it because the coins had the image of the emperor of the country on them.
Let's find out what has God's image on it...
Lesson Video | God Made People
Ask: Did you know that God made you in His image? That means, you are special. What about you is special?
Say: In our lesson, Jesus says to give God the things that have God's image on them. So that means you! We give our entire lives to God. Like Jesus says, we're supposed to give all our love to God - when we do that, we end up loving others too.
What are some ways you can give your thoughts, words, actions, and time to God?
Song for Kids: We Are the Church
Activity Sheets or Play
After the song, hand out the activity sheets. Younger children are welcome to play with the Duplos (encourage them to play out a story that fits with the lesson).
End with the Lord's Prayer when the Usher comes to let you know the prayers have started.
(If you need more time)
Go around the room and ask the children to share something they are thankful for this week.
Ask them if there is anything or anyone they would like to pray for this week.