Sunday School at Home for July 31

A Fool and His Money

Theme: Jesus warns against selfishness and greed.
Scripture: Luke 12:13-21
Complete Supply List:
● Jumbo marshmallows - 2 per child
● Napkins
● A timer
● “A Fool and His Money” video
● Something to play the video
● Graham crackers
● Marshmallow fluff
● Napkins
● Paper plates
● Plastic knife (for the teacher)
“Selfless Acts” handout - 1 per child
● Scissors
● Markers
● A stapler

The Children’s Sermon
You’ll Need:
● Jumbo marshmallows - 2 per child
● Napkins
● A timer
Get Ready: Before the activity, give each child a napkin.
Do This:
SAY: I have something for each of you today! (Hold up the jumbo marshmallows.)
That’s right, each of you are going to get a marshmallow. But do you know what’s
better than one marshmallow? How about TWO? Here’s the catch. I’m going to give
you one marshmallow now, then set a timer for two minutes. You’re welcome to eat
your marshmallow, BUT, if you can wait the full two minutes without eating your
first marshmallow, I’m going to give you a second marshmallow! If you eat your
first marshmallow before time is up, that’s the only one you’ll get. (Pass out the
marshmallows and set the timer for two minutes. When the timer goes off, give each
child who did not eat their marshmallow a second marshmallow.)
ASK:
● Was it easy or hard to wait for the second marshmallow?
● Would you rather have one marshmallow or two?
We often believe that having more of something is better than having less. For
example, most of us would have rather had two marshmallows than just one, right?
But some people get this very wrong. They go through life trying to collect more
money, more possessions, and more of the things they believe will make them
happy. But having more of something isn’t what brings us true happiness. True
happiness can only be found in Jesus.
Jesus warned against this. He said, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds
of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." Then
He told the story of a man whose land had produced so much grain that he had no
place to store it. Even though he had plenty, he wanted more, so he decided to tear
down his barns and build even bigger ones. Jesus said the man was a fool, for
when his life was over, he would leave everything behind. He would leave this world
with nothing.
God has promised to supply all of our needs, but He has not promised to fulfill every
selfish wish. "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed."
PRAY: Dear Father, help us to be content with the blessings which You so
generously give us and help us to be on guard against selfishness and greed. In
Jesus’ name we pray, amen.


A Fool And His Money
You’ll Need:
● “A Fool and His Money” video
● Something to play the video


Do This:
Show the video.
ASK:
● What did Tim get wrong in today’s video?
● Did Tim end up with more money or less than he started with?
● Explain how Tim was greedy. Do you think the cool kid was greedy?


Multiplying Snacks
You’ll Need:
● Graham crackers
● Marshmallow fluff
● Napkins
● Paper plates
● Plastic knife (for the teacher)
Get Ready: Before the snack, have kids clean their hands.
Do This:
Follow these steps for the “Multiplying Snacks”:
● Give each child a paper plate, a napkin, and a full Graham cracker.
● Invite kids to break their Graham cracker in half.
ASK:
● What happened when we broke the Graham cracker in half?
● Invite kids to break their Graham cracker in half again.
ASK:
● Each time we break the Graham cracker in half, do we have more, less, or the
same amount of Graham cracker?
● Would you rather have one Graham cracker or four pieces of the same
Graham cracker?
● Give children a scoop of marshmallow fluff to dip their Graham cracker in.
● Enjoy!
SAY: Sometimes, we get so caught up in how badly we want something, that we
become greedy and foolish. We know that the Graham cracker is the same size
whether it was in one piece or broken up, but it can be easy to worry that we’re
getting less or that we don’t have enough. God always provides what we need.


Selfless Acts Coupon Book
You’ll Need:
“Selfless Acts” handout - 1 per child
● Scissors
● Markers
● A stapler
Do This: Have kids follow these steps to make the “Selfless Acts Coupon Book” craft:
● Give each child a “Selfless Acts” handout and markers.
● Help kids read each of the selfless acts and draw a picture for each one.
● Invite kids to cut the handout on the dotted lines, then stack and fold the strips
to create a coupon book.
● Staple the folded edge to complete the book.
SAY: Great job creating your “Selfless Act Coupon Book!” Take this home as a
reminder that Jesus warns against selfishness and greed. When those feelings
creep in, turn to your coupon book and do something for someone else!
 

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