Focus Passage: Jeremiah 18: 1-12

Memory Verse: “Just like clay in the potter’s hand, so you are in my hand…”

Items for Preparation:

  • Here is the day you’ve waited for! Go diving into your school supply closet (or even better, the school supply store) clay-dough collection, and select a nice little chunk for each kid you’ll have in front of you. Go ahead and take a chunk for yourself. For goodness sakes, take two. You never know what you might make with an extra hunk of clay. Go wild.
  • Have some sealable plastic bags so each kid can store the clay-dough piece they get for use later on.
  • Make sure you can sing the stanza of “Have Thine Own Way, Lord” which is found below. Get another person to lead that singing if you aren’t feeling brave. Some of us just aren’t divas.

Background: Read the adult lesson in the print edition of Nurturing Faith journal and additional material online.  This time of year, all our thoughts turn to walking through the school supply aisle and taking home reams of fresh paper, colored folders and notebooks and boxes of fresh crayons (you can smell them now, can’t you?)  Let’s take advantage of the crafty spirit rising and help kids remember this metaphor for a supple heart and malleable soul, ready to become what God wants us to be.  Possibilities are infinite.

Children’s Sermon

[Hand out your bevy of creative genius material to each kid.]
Say: You have a lovely lump of clay in your hand – what do you hope it could be? [Allow for answers.]
Say: Let’s take a minute and work on our clay pieces – try for a minute to make it into what you are hoping it can be. [Allow a minute, whatever time you have.]
[As kids work, YOU work on your piece, and make it into something simple, such as a heart shape, but leave one little part unformed. Make it appear that your piece of clay is almost finished, but there is still something very wrong here.]
Say: As I’m working on my piece, I think it may take me more time than I have now. How about you? How is your piece coming along? Is it easy to make it be just the way you imagine?
Say: The prophet Jeremiah wrote a really good thing about God: he wrote that God is working on us every day to make us become the people God imagines. Just like you can work on this clay to make it be something you hope it can be.
So this week, keep working on your clay and shaping it into what you hope for. Every day, say a prayer that God will keep helping you become the best person you can be. There’s a good hymn we can sing to you so you’ll know how to say your prayer. I’ll get the grown-ups to sing it along with me:

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Have thine own way,
Lord, have thine own way.

Thou art the potter, I am the clay. 

Mold me and make me after thy will.

While I am waiting, yielded and still.

Prayer: Say these words after I say them.

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Let us become
The people you imagine we can be.
Help us feel your love
Changing us
And making us new,
In Jesus’ name, Amen.