Here is a list of my favorite illustrated sermons for kids.
Sword of the Spirit – Hebrews 4:12 Purchase a real machete and some apples. Use the apples to represent temptation. Throw the apples in the air and slice them with the machete. Be careful to slice the apples away from the kids.
Control Your Tongue – James 3:8 Make a human sized tongue costume with holes cut out for eyes. Have the tongue walk into to room saying mean things to you. Use a whip to pretend to control your tongue, but it doesn’t work. Talk about how we need the Holy Spirit’s help to control our tongue.
Pride Glasses – 1 Timothy 2:8 Pick up a pair of Clark Kent style glasses. Talk about how Superman is able to hide his secret identity with a pair of glasses and even Lois can’t figure it out. Is pride stopping you from worshipping? Are your afraid to sing or lift your hands during worship? If so, just put on your “pride glasses” and nobody will know who you are so you can do whatever you want.
The Father’s Love – John 3:17 Pick up a soft baseball bat at Wal-Mart. Talk about how God is not the cop-in-the sky looking for people to punish. Walk around and gently hit some of the older boys on the head with the soft bat.
Assembling Together – Hebrews 10:25 Purchase two balsa wood model airplanes. Assemble one of the planes. Hold them up one at a time. This one is assembled. This one is not assembled. Try to fly both planes. What is the difference? All of the pieces are doing something in the one that is assembled together. Assembling together is more than just attending church. Assembling together means every one is doing what they were created to do.
First Fruits – Proverbs 3:9 Purchase a banana. Talk about how God wants your first fruits, not your leftovers. I talk about when I was a kid I would eat my allowance one bite at a time. When I got to church I just had a few pennies left, so I would give God my leftovers. Eat the banana as you are talking till you just have the peel left and throw the peel into the offering bucket.
The Holy Ghost Will Take the Chicken Out of You – Acts 1:8 Purchase a rubber chicken for a prop. Ask the kids if they have ever been “chicken” or afraid to tell people about Jesus. Talk about how Peter was a chicken. He denied Christ three times, but then he stood up on the day of Pentecost and preached to thousands. The Holy Spirit helped Peter and he will help you tell others about Jesus too.
There you have it. My seven favorite kids sermons. What are your favorite illustrated sermons for KidMin?