Trust and Praise
- The children are invited to the front to hear a story. One adult tells it while another adult
makes a series of origami shapes. There is a brief discussion of the
story (the point of which is that Jesus is the source of true
- Adults or older children read verses from Deuteronomy 8. The leader
ensures that the children understand what has been read.
- The children are given a prayer object and invited to pass it around,
giving thanks to God for something good in their lives when it is passed
- Ishmael's action song, My God Shall Supply All My Needs could
be used after the talk.
- It is less stressful if two adults to tell the story, though one
could manage it alone if necessary.
- An adult to lead the discussion - who could of course be one of the
- Four readers, each taking a short extract from Deuteronomy 8 - or
more/fewer readers, depending on your circumstances.
- A large sheet of plain paper. You could manage with A4, but a bigger
piece is more visible. Newspaper is ideal.
- The readings, taken from a Bible or printed out for each reader.
- An object for the children to pass between them, giving thanks to God
for something good in their lives when the object comes to them.
- It is a good idea for the adult who will do the origami to practise
it several times beforehand. If another person will be telling the story
then it is also wise for them to practise together, to coordinate actions
- Pass out the readings at the start of the service.
- After telling the story, use questions to make sure that the children
have understood the point: we cannot find true happiness anywhere but in
Jesus Christ. He has promised to hear us when we pray, to meet all our
needs and to forgive us when we truly turn to Him. What, or who, else in
this life can offer all that?
- After the reading, help the children to understand what it was about.
It tells us to follow God's commands - what does this mean? You could
draw this out in simple terms (to love God, to love other people and to
try our best to do what is right) or ask the children if they know what
commands God has given us - e.g. the ten commandments and Jesus'
- If we follow His commands then we can trust Him to provide everything
we need and more. The reading tell us that we must never forget that
everything comes from God. We might think that we're pretty clever and
have provided it all for ourselves, but in fact our gifts and abilities
come from God just as much as the fruit of the land does. You might like
to ask the children for their ideas about what gifts and abilities they
(or family members or friends) have, which God has given them.
- We must never forget to praise Him for all that He gives us. Ask the
children if they can remember what good things God promised the people in
the reading (water, honey, bread, etc.).
- This will lead naturally into the prayer activity, where you give an
object to one child and ask him to praise God for something good in his
life before passing it on to someone else.
A reading from Deuteronomy 8. 6, 7-9, 10-11 & 17-18
- Observe the commands of the Lord your God.
- For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land - a land with
streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and
hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig-trees, pomegranates,
olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will
- When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for
the good land he has given you. Be careful you do not forget the Lord
- You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have
produced this wealth for me." But remember the Lord your God, for it is
he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.
[New International Version]