This is a pocket made of construction paper. The children will glue the praying hands to the outside and put the open hands (Jesus’s hands) on the inside. The Bible verse Phil. 4:6 will be printed on the outside. It reads: “Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Tomorrow (Nov. 9) will be my first Sunday teaching children’s church since we left for the summer back in April. Our snack is called empty tombs. I brush melted butter on crescent rolls, sprinkle with cinnamon and wrap a large marshmallow in the middle. Then I bake them according to package directions. When we take them out of the oven the marshmallow is gone. The “tomb” is empty.
But tomorrow I’m using a different application to the lesson (my husband’s suggestion). The first photo at the top of this page is a pocket made of construction paper. The children will glue their praying hands on the front. The empty hands (representing Jesus’s hands) will be inside the pocket. Each child will put his or her name on the outside of the pocket. The Bible verse at the bottom will be Philippians 4:6 which reads: “Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
The second photo shows the little paper “bubbles” on which the children can write down the things they are concerned about, a sick pet or relative, a test at school, someone being mean to them, etc. They will put those in the pocket with Jesus’s hands so Jesus can take care of those things. Then the child’s heart will be empty of those worries, just as the “tomb” is empty.
We will read lots of Bible verses that show how much Jesus cares about our struggles, and how much He loves children.