For the newly acquainted to the concept of grace, it is a topic that’s easily lost on kids. Even some grown ups! However, understanding grace is very important to developing and growing as a Christian. How important it is to teach kids about grace and how it effects them. Here is an effective grace object lesson for children’s church.
You’ll need some supplies for this object lesson. You’ll need a door that opens and has a handle. If you can not find a regular door, use a large piece cardboard to make one. A refrigerator box would be perfect! Draw a door knob on the door and draw on the cardboard to make it look wooden. Then make some different keys out of cardboard. Make them large about six inches long. Write one word on each of these keys. Write these words, Grace, Funniest, Goodness, Money, Prettiness and Strongest .Make sure the door is cut three quarters of the way from the box so the door can open a bit. Inside the box write words on the walls like love, forgiveness, happiness, time with God etc. Or if you wanted to get really serious with this object lesson hang pretty streamers from the box ceiling with the words written on them. It’s just a fun way to bring this grace object lesson for children’s church to life.
For scripture verses we will use the parable of the Prodigal Son. The story can be found in the New Testament portion of the Bible in the Book of Luke. Turn to chapter fifteen and begin at verse 11. You may want to read the passage to the kids. I strongly encourage you to read a Bible translation that doesn’t place stumbling blocks between the Truth and children.
Tell kids that this young man got something everyone wants, grace. He did wrong and made some bad decisions. Everyone thought he deserved to eat pig’s food and be homeless. But his Father didn’t. This young man found a key to his Father’s heart. Do you want to know what it was?
Stand in front of the room with the keys saving the grace for last. Talk about which key will open the door. Say, “Maybe the funniest key will open the door. Maybe God let’s funny people into his kingdom and gives them good things.” Try the key. Then say, “That didn’t work. I know God loves funny people but that’s not the key that the Prodigal Son used.” Go through all the keys giving reasons why the key should work, try to use the key and then explain why it didn’t work. Then use the grace key. The grace key opens the door. Help kids understand that it’s God’s grace that made it possible for the young boy to come back to his Father. Tell them “You see grace can only be given by a king. Grace is being forgiven and loved even when you don’t deserve love and forgiveness. Grace has everything to do with God and nothing to do with you. All you have to do is receive God’s grace. Accept his grace. Ask God to apply his grace to your heart.”
One at a time let kids use the grace key to open the door. Let them step inside the box or through the door as a symbol of acceptance of God’s grace. Pray with each child and ask God to reveal more to them about His grace.