Family Sunday School: Change

Topic: Change

Introduction

Today’s topic is going to be one that has been present in all of our lives these past few months: change. Young people, even in non-pandemic circumstances, live in a state of constant change; their bodies, their brains, their teachers, their friends, their external and internal worlds are in a more constant state of movement than that of adults. They are also less emotionally equipped to process that change, and can find it overwhelming, unsettling, and upsetting. We’re going to talk about God’s presence in the midst of change, even when its scary, and how we can find our anchor in truths that do not change.

The Set-Up

Ask (younger children):

  • What does a caterpillar change into? And then what happens?
  • What does ice change into if you leave it out of the fridge?
  • What does Spring change into? What about Summer?
  • What does a puppy change into? What about a kitten?
  • What does a baby change into? What about a kid?
  • What will you change into?

Say: God designed our world chock-FULL of change. Things never stay the same for long. Seasons, plants, animals, even things that seem like they aren’t changing, like trees, rocks, and rivers, are always changing, just too slowly for us to see.

The Lesson

Ask (older children):  
  • When is change good?
  • When is change hard?
  • What is a time you were excited about a change?
  • What is a time you were scared about a change?
    • What were you afraid would happen?
Ask (adults):
  • What is your first reaction to change?
  • What are your “anchors” in change?
  • How have you changed…
    • since you were a kid?
    • since you became a parent?
    • since March? 

Have someone read Psalm 102:25-27; Hebrews 6:13-19 

Ask (older children):
  • What does this say about God?
  • Does God change?
  • So what does that mean for us who believe in God?

Say:  Sometimes, we’re afraid of change because we aren’t sure we’re going to be ok in that new school, new grade, in a new job, new body, new relationship status, that is in front of us. But God has already promised us God will always be with us and always love us, no matter what else changes. Because of that we are free to change – to break out of a cocoon like a butterfly, to change the color of our leaves like the seasons, to leave the house as young adults – because we know that God will be with us no matter where we go or who we become.

Ask (younger children):
  • Have you ever been afraid of something changing?
  • How did it go?
  • Do you think God is still here, even though it changed?
  • How do you know?
Ask (all):
  • How can we remind each other about God when things change?
  • What changes coming up can we help each other through?

Take a minute to close in prayer together.

5.24.20 Family Sunday School Guide

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