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Do Not Worry Sunday School Lesson

Do Not Worry Sunday School Lesson
FREE Do Not Worry Sunday School Lesson! When the school year begins, kids worry about a lot of things. What will I wear? Who will be my friend? Will I get good grades? Winning in God’s eyes doesn’t happen when we think about ourselves first. Instead, God wants us to put him first, and trust that he will add everything we need. By the end of this lesson, kids will make a plan to "add" time with God to start each day. Jesus came to save us from our sins and give us the personal relationship we could not have had otherwise. Jesus wants to give us direct access, 24/7, to God, so that we can lay all our worries at his feet. When you add Jesus to your day, you can stop worrying and just enjoy each moment as it comes. And, if you like this lesson we have over 100 more free Sunday School Lessons for Kids! You're also going to want to check out Bible Math 4-Week Children's Ministry Curriculum.

Do Not Worry Sunday School Lesson:

BOTTOM LINE:

Put God first every day.

OBJECTIVE:

Kids will make a plan to “add” time with God to start each day.

KEY PASSAGE:

Matthew 6:25-34 Do Not Worry

MEMORY VERSE:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

SUMMARY:

When the school year begins, kids worry about a lot of things. What will I wear? Who will be my friend? Will I get good grades? Winning in God’s eyes doesn’t happen when we think about ourselves first. Instead, God wants us to put him first, and trust that he will add everything we need.

SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Show us how to make time to add you to our day.

In Jesusname,

Amen

 

MEMORY VERSE

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

But put Gods kingdom first. Do what he wants you to do. Then all those things will also be given to you.Matthew 6:33 (NIrV)

LARGE GROUP:

Have all the fifth/sixth graders (whatever the oldest age in the room may be) read the verse first. Then add the next grade down and repeat. Add the next grade down, and repeat. Keep repeating until everyone is reading together.

SMALL GROUP:

Pair the kids off and have them recite the verse to each other.

SKIT

MAD MATH: ADD IT UP

ITEMS NEEDED:

A whiteboard or chalkboard

Markers or chalk

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

1M, 1F

CHARACTERS:

Mr. Equation - A mad math teacher

Chloe - A math student

Chloe is seated in the audience.

EQUATION: All right students! Its time once again for Mad Math. Im your teacher, Mr. Equation. Today, were going to learn how to add with elephants.

CHLOE: Mr. Equation? We already learned how to add elephants!

EQUATION: We did, eh? Okay. Today, we will learn to add refrigerators.

CHLOE: We did refrigerators too, Mr. Equation!

EQUATION: When did we do that?

CHLOE: Yesterday!

EQUATION: What about badgers?

CHLOE: Weve done badgers.

EQUATION: Rotten fruit?

CHLOE: Yes.

EQUATION: Chainsaws.

CHLOE: We did chainsaws, too!

EQUATION: Gas powered and electric?

CHLOE: Yes, sir!

EQUATION: Ive got it. Things you shouldnt say to a friend. Did we add those?

CHLOE: No.

EQUATION: Fine. Lets add things we shouldnt say to a friend. Lets say youre having a bad day, and your colleague, the science teacher says hello. You respond and call him a doofus. When the science teacher objects to being called a doofus, you call him a smelly rotten egg sandwich. Now, we add one insult to another

Mr. Equation writes one plus one on the board.

EQUATION: What do we get?

CHLOE: We get a very annoyed science teacher.

EQUATION: Exactly! The science teachers mad at you

He writes one on the board.

EQUATION: He tells another teacher.

He writes + 1 on the board.

EQUATION: He tells the P.E. teachers.

He writes + 4on the board.

EQUATION: And what do you get? A lot of worry to start to your school year, I assure you.

CHLOE: Mr. Equation? I dont think you have to have a rough start. I think you need to add something else to all that and make it right.

EQUATION: You do, eh?

CHLOE: Yes, sir! A few years back, I was always worrying about tomorrow and what might go wrong. Then I added something to my day that made everything better.

EQUATION: Kid, if you know something thatll take away my worry about what those P.E. teachers could do to me, by all means, tell me!

CHLOE: Just add a little Jesus to your day!

EQUATION: Jesus? Thats it?

CHLOE: Thats all you need! Spend some time with Jesus and put God first every day. I promise, it will add up in the end!

OBJECT LESSON

ITEMS NEEDED:

A peanut butter sandwich

Jelly

A knife

Ah peanut butter, the staple of every homemade school lunch. How many of you love a good peanut butter sandwich? Peanut butter is packed with good protein and other nutrients to help you power through the rest of your day. But peanut butter does have its drawbacks. It can get bland if you eat it every day, and if you eat it by itself, it can be very sticky.

Theres one thing that makes a peanut butter sandwich, and thats jelly! The right jelly can add some more nutrition to that sandwich, but more important, it makes the sandwich a little more tasty and a whole lot of fun.

This school year, make each day the best it can be. Add some Jesus to each day. Begin your day with prayer. Read the Bible on the bus. Find some way, here and there, to put God first in your day. It wont make every day perfect, and it wont magically take away your trouble. But putting God first will set your heart right so no matter what happens, you can have a great day.

Add Jesus to your school year, starting tomorrow, and see what a difference he can make!

LARGE GROUP GAME

 

ADD A STRAW

ITEMS NEEDED:

Capri-Sun drinks and straws

Blindfolds

INSTRUCTIONS:

Are you a Capri-Sun veteran? Can you get one going with the straw blindfolded? Choose two or three players and blindfold them. The players must remove the straw from the packet, take it out of the plastic, and properly insert the straw to win this game. First person to properly insert their straw wins.

VARIATION:

If you want, you can also make drinking the Capri-Sun part of the race.

WHATS THE POINT?

God wants you to add him to every school day!

 

LARGE GROUP LESSON

BOTTOM LINE:

Put God first every day.

OBJECTIVE:

Kids will make a plan to “add” time with God to start each day.

KEY PASSAGE:

Matthew 6:25-34 Do Not Worry

INTRO:

Are you guys ready to go back to school? Come on, its been a long summer. You havent seen most of your friends since school let out. Youve already caught up on every episode of your favorite show on Netflix. And admit it - youre just plain bored all day with no place to go, arent you?

I know its not playing Legos and video games, but theres a lot of good in back to school time. Youll make new friends. Youll discover new things about the world and yourself. And you might just have a little fun along the way.

Of course with the good comes the bad, and the bad usually comes in the form of worry this time of year. How many of you are worried about that first day? Whos worried about what youll wear? Whos worried about making new friends? Whos worried you wont find your best friend sitting next to you in class this year? Whos worried about that new teacher? Or learning new things like cursive? Division? Fractions? Are you worried about getting good grades?

Were going to help you with those worries today, and were going to do it with something that Im sure worries most of you - math! I know, you get math five times a week, and the last thing you want to do on Sunday morning is talk about math. But math is hardly a five days a week activity. You do math every day, and you have since you were preschoolers. You count your money. You count how many kids can be on a team in basketball. You count your nuggets in your Happy Meal to make sure McDonalds isnt shorting you. Every day, were adding and subtracting and multiplying and dividing.

Today were going to do a little addition and add something to this school year we all need. Its the perfect remedy for the back to school worries, so listen close.

READ MATTHEW 6:25-34

MAIN POINT:

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?Jesus knows that worrying about the future wont add even a minute to our lives, yet every day, kids and adults waste hours worrying over stuff that just doesnt matter.

Jesus wants us to focus on something higher than ourselves. He urges us to look at the flowers and the birds. Neither of them are worriers. They dont spend their time worrying about the future. They know that Gods creation will provide, and they are content.

Dont worry about things you cant control, Jesus says. Instead, add the one thing that matters the most in this life. Its not money, its not knowledge, and its not fame. Its Jesus himself. Seek God first, Jesus says, and everything else will be added to you.

DRIVE IT HOME:

Its pretty obvious when you look around our world that all of us are missing something. Commercials on TV and in print are constantly playing to that missing element. They tell us if we buy this, we will be happy. Or if we dress this way or get our hair cut in that new style or eat this new food, well fill that emptiness we all feel inside.

That emptiness can only be filled by one thing.  Just like a math problem, theres only one solution for our heart problems, and thats Jesus.

Jesus is Gods son. He came to save us from our sins and give us the personal relationship we could not have had otherwise. Jesus wants to give us direct access, 24/7, to God, so that we can lay all our worries at his feet. When you add Jesus to your day, you can stop worrying and just enjoy each moment as it comes.

Flowers dont worry about what to wear. They know that God will clothe them in the colors of the rainbow. And birds don't worry about harvest time. They know they will eat. They know that God will provide.

Imagine if you went through this school year and added Jesus to every day. What would it be like? Youd probably stay out of more trouble with Jesus, but theres one thing more: youll worry a lot less. You wont worry near as much about what to wear, where to sit, who to befriend, or what grades youll get. When you put God first, you give up your worries so you can simply enjoy life, knowing God is looking after you.

Seek God first, and all these things will be added. I cant think of a better reason to add Jesus to each day.

CLOSE WITH A SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Show us how to make time to add you to our day.

In Jesusname,

Amen

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION (K-2ND)

ICEBREAKER:

What new school supplies are you adding to your shopping list this year?

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY:

Matthew 6:33

Split the verse up into sections. Give a few kids the first section of the verse, then a few kids the middle, and the rest of the kids the end.Add it all up and see how well your group can read the verse together!

SMALL GROUP GAME/ACTIVITY:

Have everyone stand up in a line. Go quickly down the line with some easy addition flash cards. The kids have two seconds to answer correctly or they have to sit down. Who can last the longest?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Read Matthew 6:25-34

What does Jesus say we need to subtractfrom our lives?

What should we addin its place?

Why dont flowers and birds worry?

What are some things kids worry about?

How are you going to add Jesus to your day every day this week?

SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Help us to seek you first every day.

In Jesusname,

Amen

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION (3RD-5TH)

ICEBREAKER:

What new school supplies are you adding to your shopping list this year?

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY:

Matthew 6:33

Split the verse up into sections. Give a few kids the first section of the verse, then a few kids the middle, and the rest of the kids the end.Add it all up and see how well your group can read the verse together!

SMALL GROUP GAME/ACTIVITY:

Have everyone stand up in a line. Go quickly down the line with some easy addition flash cards. The kids have two seconds to answer correctly or they have to sit down. Who can last the longest?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Read Matthew 6:25-34

What does Jesus say we need to addto our lives?

How can Jesus help us with our worries?

What are some things kids worry about?

Do you have a regular time you spend with God each day?

How are you going to add Jesus to your day every day this week?

SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Help us to seek you first every day.

In Jesusname,

Amen

 

For your convenience, you can also download the entire PDF version of this Do Not Worry Children's Ministry Lesson (just click the link). 

Here's a video from Saddleback kids that you might find helpful to go along with your Sunday School Lesson on Not Worrying. 

Take a look at the links below for other ideas for teaching a Do Not Worry Sunday School Lesson:

"Do Not Worry" Bible Lesson from Matthew 6 - Ministry-To-Children

The Lilies of the Field - Group Activities - Sermons4Kids

The Lilies of the Field - Children's Sermons from Sermons4Kids.com

Kids' Bible Lesson About Worry - Children's Ministry Magazine