Don’t worry: God is Taking Care of Us All
Introduction (for parents/leaders)
In this lesson, we will look at Jesus when He was talking to people in the sermon on the mount about worry. Obviously, many of us have worries, whether they are big or small. And all of us are feeling the effects of life taking away things from us. For my kids, they’re missing school/activities/a trip we had planned to see family. Although they might not show it, it is important for them to be able to take the things that they are feeling inside and trust God. In this lesson, we’ll look at a core truth that God is looking out for each and every one of us.
This lesson will have a chance to feel some of the negative emotions we can feel about what is happening and give that over to God. Use your wisdom to appropriately talk about these topics in a manner that you feel is best. Feel free to leave out parts or add in your own if you don’t feel that a part would be good for your family.
Take time to read this beforehand, as most of this is written as a guide and not a script.
If you have little ones, coloring is a great way to get them talking and staying engaged. Print some coloring pages of birds. http://www.supercoloring.com/coloring-pages/birds/sparrows
Do some bird watching. You can look for some birds outside, or you can look at a video like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4joV8bgLSDo&t .
Take the time to observe what birds do. Possible questions:
What do you like about birds?
How do birds survive?
What do birds eat?
What do you think a bird thinks about? Do you think that birds worry?
Read The Word
Read Matthew 6:25-34 aloud.
Take time to walk through the 2 stories - the stories of God taking care of the sparrows, and God making the flowers beautiful. Do your best to tell it to them in a way that they can understand.
How do the birds get food to eat? Do they store it up? Or do they find it every day?
Do flowers have to do something to make themselves beautiful?
Do birds or flowers worry?
Do you think God loves the birds and the flowers?
Do you think that God loves us more than the birds?
Possible questions for older kids/people:
Verse 31 says, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’”. What things do you think people are worrying about today?
Verse 32 says “your Father knows that you need them”. Do you think it's important that God knows our needs?
Part of what makes us worry and makes us sad is when we lose things. Many of us have lost things that we need/love and that makes it hard for us. We worry about those things.
Take a piece of a paper and write/draw some of the things that you have lost or are losing right now.
Some examples you might help them to see:
time with a loved one
time with friends
spring break trips
After you have done this, take your paper and crumple it tight into a ball. Have each person hold the paper in their fist and hold their arm out. Squeeze tight on the paper, thinking of all the things that you have lost and/or are worried about. Hold it out a little bit while you take time to think about
Pray a prayer while we are all holding onto our worries. You can pray your own prayer, or pray:
God, we know you love us and are looking out for us. You feed the birds and make the flowers beautiful. You care for us now. We are in your hands. There are things that we are losing, but we know that you will keep us. We love and trust in you.
Tell everyone to let go of our worries and let go of the paper that they are holding. Let the paper drop away.
Take time to pray together. Ask everyone what they would want to ask God for.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRJZQFRyZ6s - Lyric music video for a song about how the Sparrow knows God’s love - great if you want a time of worship or to listen to a song throughout the week