Today I gave the children’s sermon at my church.  Which, in light of previous heated debates on this blog, is kinda funny to me.  I’m a woman, and I spoke and taught in the sanctuary of a church during the regular Sunday morning service with ADULT males present.  Heresy according to my COC readers. However, I digress.

I wanted to write down what I said to the children.  Not because I came up with something outstanding.  I didn’t at all.  Last week, when I was asked to do the children’s service this morning, I immediately emailed my family and asked for suggestions.  My younger sister, Debi, does the children’s sermon regularly at her church in Georgia.  She immediately emailed the following sermon to me, and it’s the one I used this morning.  I KNOW Debi did a much better job than I did.  Afterwards, I realized that I had forgotten one of the important points.  However, I think it went “okay” this morning.

One of the best parts, for me,  is that my oldest grandgirl, 5-year-old Sweet Stuff, was there with me.  So that was fun.  She got to see me in a different light than just as “Grandma Carol.”

Here’s the lesson:

The Box of Crayons

Good morning, boys and girls!  What do I have here?   That’s right, a box of crayons.

Did you know that our church is like this box of crayons?

This box of crayons has 64 different colors in it.  No two crayons are exactly the same color.

And our church is full of people.  God did not make any two of the people in our church the same.  Everyone here has their own talents and abilities, just like each crayon in the box has its own color.

When you draw a picture, the prettiest ones are the ones where you have used lots of different crayons and have lots of different colors.

And at our church, we are at our best when a lot of different people are all using their talents and abilities for God.  That makes the church better and stronger.

But, you know, the crayons in this box are really all pretty much the same, too.  They are all the same size and the same shape and they all are made for drawing and coloring.

The people in our church are all really pretty much the same, too.  God loves us and He made us all.  He has a plan for what He wants us to be doing.  And we all need God.

When you see these crayons today – and actually whenever you see a crayon, remember that you need to be using your life, your talents and abilities to draw a beautiful picture for God.

On the way home from church, I asked Sweet Stuff if she remembered what the children’s sermon was about, and her reply was “Yes.  The church is like a box of crayons.”

If I had it to do over, I would have bought a small box of crayons for each child.  It wouldn’t have cost much since the most we’ve ever had was 12 children – and this morning there were only six.  I had the box of 64 to use as the lesson object.  I guess I could have given them each one of those.  But giving each child just one crayon didn’t make much sense to me.

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9 Responses to “The Children’s Sermon – a Box of Crayons”

  1. Beth C Says:

    The people in our church are all really pretty much the same, too. God loves us and He made us all.

    Doesn’t really fit the idiotarian libel about Christianity being bigoted and intolerant, does it? -)

    TMS: No, it doesn’t.

  2. Ruth Says:

    Great children’s story. Actually in retrospect, a box of 8 crayons might be even better instead of 64 kinds of people (I would think as well???) in the understanding of small children…

    Thanks for sharing. I suspect you will be asked to do it again and again.

    TMS: It was fun. Speaking in public is definitely NOT a strength of mine, but I’m getting a little more comfortable with it.

  3. Jane Says:

    Carol, that was a great idea for a children’s sermon. Debi sent you a good one. It was very age appropriate, which is so important. I have heard sermons for children which were WAY over their heads. I am sure you did a good job.
    TMS: YEA Jane! You’re back! I’ll be by your blog to see what you’re up to now that you’re home again!

  4. Lyn Says:

    I know you did a great job, and what an important lesson for children! It’s one they will remember. I think in today’s schools we work on teaching tolerance so much that we focus a lot of attention on our differences. That’s important. But, I’m also glad you pointed out the ways we’re the same. I think that in order for us work and live together well, we also need to be aware that we’re the same in many, many ways.

  5. Mary Says:

    That was a good sermon. I have done children’s sermons for over 20 years and it is such a great ministry. I have used a similar sermon using M&M’s showing that God loves us no matter our color, etc. The most success that I have had in holding the children’s attention is using lessons with humor. The Lord gave me this idea about 5 years ago and I created a character that I call Miss Polly. I have written many sermons using Miss Polly. Each one has a scripture and a Biblical message interwoven with hillbilly humor. The children love them and remember the lessons. I published these in a book this year called “Children’s Sermons with Humor: By the Hilarious Miss Polly.” You can visit the website at http://www.childrenssermonswithhumor.com. May God continue to use you in this very important ministry.

  6. Steve Fietz Says:

    Many years on! — I will enjoy using this, and will hand out separate boxes of crayons for each child – but will split up colors so that each box starts with all the same crayons. See where it leads us.

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