Sunday School at Home for November 13

We Work Hard

Theme: Never become tired of doing good.

Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

Complete Supply List:
● An inflatable pool toy
● Sunglasses without lenses
● An old towel with a huge hole in it
● Bibles
● “We Work Hard” video lesson
● Something to play the video
● Cheerios cereal
● M&Ms candies
● Plates or napkins
● Craft sticks - 2 per child
● Pipe cleaners - 3 per child per child
● Paper
● Scissors
● Glue dots
● Pens

The Children’s Sermon
You’ll Need:
● An inflatable pool toy
● Sunglasses without lenses
● An old towel with a huge hole in it
● A Bible

Get Ready: Make sure the pool tool is NOT inflated before beginning.
Do This:
SAY: I’m thinking about going to the pool today! (Hold up the deflated pool toy.) I’m
bringing this pool toy. The only thing is, it doesn’t inflate. Do you think that’s a
problem? (Pause for responses.)
Yeah. (Show how floppy it is not inflated.) This toy has two jobs. One is to be fun in
the water and two is to help me float. Hmm. Do you think it’s worth bringing?
(Pause for kids to respond and explain their responses.)
When it’s not inflated, the pool toy won’t do its job. It’s useless. So I guess there’s
no point in bringing it. Say, can I get your advice about a couple other things I was
going to bring? (Show the towel and sunglasses.)
I thought I’d need a towel to dry off with and some sunglasses to protect my eyes.
What do you think, are these things useful? (Pause for responses.)
I think I need to get some new stuff for the pool. I don’t have a useful toy, I’m going
to be cold and wet without a useful towel, and my sunglasses aren’t going to shade
my eyes at all.
(Show the Bible.) This reminds me of something in the Bible. A man named Paul
wrote a letter to some of Jesus’ followers called the Thessalonians. We can find
his letter in the Bible, and it tells us that God wants us to be useful. Think about it
this way. My job with you is to plan great lessons and fun games and activities, but
if I didn’t work hard, kind of like the deflated pool toy, broken sunglasses, and torn
towel, I wouldn’t be very good at my job and I wouldn’t be helping you.
ASK:
● What difference does it make to you if I work hard at my job?
● What’s something you work hard at to help others?
God wants me to work hard, and not just at church. God wants all of us to work
hard at whatever we do—even kids.
ASK:
● Tell about a time you didn’t work hard at something.
● Explain whether you think it makes a difference to work hard at everything
we do.
When we work hard, we help others. It isn’t always easy to work hard, and
sometimes we can be lazy. But God wants us to work hard. We help our families
keep our homes running when we work hard. Listen to this.
Read 2 Thessalonians 3:11-12: “We hear that some people in your group refuse to
work. They do nothing. And they busy themselves in other people’s lives. We
command those people to work quietly and earn their own food. In the Lord Jesus
Christ we beg them to do this.”
Wow! This is pretty serious! God says that we do our work quietly—that means
without complaining or arguing. Let’s remember not to complain or argue this
week when we work at home to help our families.
The Bible says, “Brothers and sisters, never become tired of doing good.”
Let’s use this verse as our prayer today.
PRAY: God, please help us never become tired of doing good. In Jesus’ name,
amen.

Video Lesson
You’ll Need:
● “We Work Hard” video lesson
● Something to play the video


Do This:
Show the video.
ASK:
● How did Bob help Shannon by working hard?
● What do you think Bob should have done differently?
● Even though this is a funny video, it still shows us that we work hard to
please God, not to win awards or be recognized by others. What’s one way
you can work hard to please God this week?

Name the Ways
You’ll Need:
● Cheerios cereal
● M&Ms candies
● Plates or napkins
Do This:
Follow these steps for the snack:
● Have kids clean their hands.
SAY: Today we’re learning that God wants us to be useful, and when we do,
we help those around us. Working hard to do our part can also be rewarding
because it helps us feel good about ourselves. Let’s think of as many ways
as we can to be useful wherever we go.
● Give each child a scoop of Cheerios cereal and of M&Ms candies. Before eating
each piece, they’ll name one way they can work hard in their families and at
home.
● Cheer them on as they think of ways.
SAY: It’s wonderful when we all do our part! Let’s try to do that this week, too.

Weight Lifters
You’ll Need:
● Craft sticks - 2 per child
● Pipe cleaners - 3 per child per child
● Paper
● Scissors
● Glue dots
● Pens
Do This:
To make the craft, have kids follow these steps:
● Remind kids that God wants them to be happy workers. Explain that sometimes
people call that “pulling your own weight.”
● Explain to kids that they’re going to make weight lifters as a reminder.
● Spread out the supplies on the table.
● Have everyone write “I pull my own weight,” on one craft stick.
● Have kids glue a second craft stick to the first one in an X shape without
obscuring the writing using glue dots. The upper part of the X is the weight
lifter’s arms, the bottom part is the weight lifter’s legs.
● Lead kids to cut out a circle from the paper, draw a face, and use glue dots to
fix it between the upper arms of the X.
● Have kids form each of two pipe cleaners into circles to represent weights on
the end of a barbell.
● Have kids each fold another pipe cleaner in half, and stick the ends to the
weights with a glue dot.
● Have kids use glue dots to attach the barbell to the top of the person’s hands so
it looks like the weight lifter holding it overhead.

SAY: Take home your weight lifter as a reminder that you can be a happy hard
worker.
 

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