Sunday School at Home for August 7

Treasures in Heaven

Theme: Laying up treasures in heaven.
Scripture: Luke 12:32-40
Complete Supply List:
● A piggy bank
● Play money
● A pen
● Coins
● “Treasures in Heaven” video lesson
● Something to play the video
● Coins - at least a few per child
● An offering plate, or something similar
● Paper plates - two per child
● A stapler
● A hole punch
● Ribbon
● Treasure candies
● Craft supplies
● Crosses - 1 per child to fit in their Treasure holders

The Children’s Sermon
● A piggy bank
● Play money
● A pen
● Coins

Do This:
SAY: (Show the piggy bank.) Do you have a piggy bank at home? How often do you
put money in it? (Pause for responses.)
Some people, at the end of each day, put all of the change from their pockets into
a piggy bank. It may not be a lot of money, but when you add to it every day, it is
amazing how quickly it builds up.
Whether we use a piggy bank or a savings account at the bank, it is a good idea to
have a plan to save money for unexpected emergencies or when we want to do
something special. But we have to be careful that saving money doesn't become
the most important thing in our life.
ASK:
● Why do you think I say that?
In the Bible, Jesus warned His friends and the people who followed Him about
making money the most important thing to them. (Fan out a stack of play money.)
He said, “Don’t worry too much about building up treasures on earth.” He meant,
don’t worry too much about money and things but instead, spend your time
building up treasures in heaven. So, instead of putting money in this piggy bank,
let’s store up treasures in heaven by putting in things we think would be treasures
in heaven.
ASK:
● What might be treasures in heaven? (Invite kids to write each idea they name
on play money, and put it into the piggy bank. You might guide them to the list
below, if needed.)
● Give money to the poor
● Visiting the sick
● Helping to feed the hungry
● Being cheerful and thoughtful to someone who is sad
● Praying for one another
● Working in a shelter for the homeless
● Being a friend to someone who is lonely
● Forgiving someone who has hurt you
● Saying you're sorry when you hurt someone
All the things we talked about can be "treasures in heaven." They may not seem
like much, but if we do something for someone each and every day, it is amazing
how quickly they add up.
PRAY: God, we may never have much money or very many things, but help us to be
faithful each day in building up treasures in heaven. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Video Lesson
You’ll Need:
● “Treasures in Heaven” video lesson
● Something to play the video


Do This:
Show the video.
ASK:
● Do you think Chicken Bob made a wise choice when it came to his prize
rooster?
● If you could give Chicken Bob some advice about treasures, what would you
tell him?


A Treasure Hunt
You’ll Need:
● Coins - at least a few per child
● An offering plate, or something similar

Get Ready: Include coins that you’re willing to donate after the game. Hide the
coins around the room. Place an offering plate in the center of the room.
Do This:
SAY: Today we’re learning that what’s most important to us is what we treasure.
And Jesus says to store up treasures in heaven, or make loving God and others the
most important thing. Let’s play a game as we think about that.
Follow these steps for the game:
● Tell kids they’re going on a treasure hunt.
● Allow time for them to find all the coins, bringing each one back to the offering
plate before finding another.
● Have kids add up how much they collected.
● Explain that they’re going to get to store up treasures in heaven by donating the
money to someone in need.
● Invite kids to brainstorm, and then decide together who they could donate the
coins to.
SAY: Jesus says things like loving God and loving our neighbor are what we can
focus on because that’s how we store up treasures in heaven.

Treasure Paper Plate Holder
You’ll Need:
● Paper plates - two per child
● A stapler
● A hole punch
● Ribbon
● Treasure candies
● Craft supplies

Do This:
To make the craft, have kids follow these steps:
● Remind kids they’re learning to store up treasure in heaven.
● Explain to kids that they’re going to make treasure holders.
● Give each child two paper plates.
● Have them decorate the bottom of each plate.
● Have them match the plates with bottom sides facing out. They’ll staple the
plates together along the edges, leaving an area unstapled that’s big enough to
allow their hands to reach in and out of the treasure holder.
● Have them hole punch the plates near where the staples stop, thread ribbon
through the holes, and tie it off to make a handle for their treasure holders.
● Give each child some treasure candies to put in their treasure holders.

SAY: Take home your treasure holders, and whenever someone does something
that you think is storing up treasures in heaven, like being kind or helping out, give
him or her a treasure candy. Replace the candy with a sentence about what the
person did and have the person sign it. This will help you remember all the people
who loved you well and can inspire you to store up treasures in heaven in all kinds
of ways!


Treasure Prayers
You’ll Need:
● Treasure holders from the craft
● Crosses - 1 per child to fit in their Treasure holders

Do This:
Lead kids to pray in this way:
● Have kids form a circle.
● Give each child their treasure holders and a cross.
● Explain that the cross can remind them of how Jesus died so they can live
forever in heaven with God.
● Have kids put the crosses in their treasure holders to remember that Jesus is
the most important treasure in their lives.
● Lead kids in a prayer, thanking Jesus for His sacrifice.
● Invite kids to thank Jesus for other things they treasure about Him.
● Close in prayer.

PRAY: Dear God, Thank You for giving us Jesus. Help us treasure Him always. Help
us store up treasures in heaven. In Jesus’ name, amen.
 

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