Children’s Sermons


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Welcome to my children’s sermon page!

I’m glad you’re here.

This is where I share some of the children’s sermons I’ve given. I hope you find it helpful. Feel free to use the search bar above to find children’s sermons by topic, scripture, or lectionary date.

My goal for a children’s sermon is to help children connect more deeply to God during the worship service, either by focusing on the scripture, the sermon theme, or other acts of worship (baptism, communion, hymns, responsive readings or prayers). My favorite children’s sermons include storytelling. Sometimes this means that I share the scripture of the day in language that children can understand. Other times it means that I share a book or spoken story with a similar theme. My hope is that the children’s sermon flows with the rest of the service and speaks to the heart of children and to the child within us all.

You may want to know some practical things. At my church, the children’s sermon happens near the end of the first half of the service, before the choir anthem and the sermon. I try very hard to stay within a 3-6 minutes time period. This is difficult, especially when I want to ask the children questions. I like to ask questions when possible because the children’s answers are often so profound and meaningful. I try to steer away from questions which might elicit “cute” answers. Our kids have so much more to offer the congregation than their cuteness! One of my responsibilities that I take seriously is to teach adults to examine what the children say and search it for wisdom.

I am not a fan of object lessons or magic tricks or other gimmicks because I find that while the gimmick or trick or object might be memorable and entertaining, children often don’t remember the spiritual truth behind it.

When I brainstorm on a children’s sermon there are three places I go.

  1. The first is to the office of whomever is preaching that worship service. If I know the general theme of the sermon, I can illustrate (and hopefully strengthen) that same theme in child friendly terms. I can also give the children hints at what to listen for during the sermon and the rest of the service.
  2. The second place I often go is to Carolyn Brown’s blog, Worshiping with Children. It’s a great site with all sorts of ideas for involving kids in worship.
  3. I also visit Storypath. Storypath, Connecting Children’s Literature with Our Faith Story, is a website offered by Union Presbyterian Seminary. It’s a terrific resource if you’re looking for a children’s book that might be just right to get kids thinking about a certain theme in scripture. You can search for books by theme, scripture, or by lectionary date.

Blessings to you in your work!

Epiphany Sunday 2019

How I LOVE this book, Home by Another Way, by Barbara Brown Taylor! I'd been waiting months for Epiphany Sunday so I could share it in a children's sermon, and it was worth the wait! Taylor has such a gift for helping us think outside the box about faith, and as...

Getting Ready for Christmas!

This children's sermon was given December 23, 2018, to accompany a sermon based on Luke 2: 1-6. The minister preaching the main sermon had asked that I help kids think about the behind the scenes work that makes Christmas happen at their homes and how we all prepare....

Christ the King Sunday and Daniel’s Kings

This children's sermon was written for Christ the King Sunday, November 25, 2018. The children learned about Daniel in Sunday school this morning so I was hoping to help them connect Daniel's story with this Sunday's worship theme. I brought this crown with me today....

Christmas Farm- A Story about Waiting on God

This children's sermon was given not during the Christmas season, but during ordinary time, to accompany a sermon that had to do with waiting for God to do something beautiful. (I wish I could remember the scripture! I gave it a couple of years ago.) Good morning,...

Keeping the Sabbath Holy – At Market Street!

Good morning girls and boys. Remember this? (I take out of my bag the Godly Play heart shaped box of the ten commandments) The Ten Best Ways to Live- also called the Ten Commandments- are the rules God gave God's people to help live the life God wanted for them once...

God’s Kissing Hand

This children's sermon was written to be given right before the beginning of school. Good morning girls and boys. I’m so excited to see you and especially our first graders to be with us! Welcome. I’m so glad you walked down. Raise your hand if you’ve recently started...

Easter and The Runaway Bunny

Good morning, girls and boys. I brought a book to share with you today that I bet you haven't seen in a long time because this one is for little, little kids- though when I read it this week, I thought that maybe it's for everybody! It's called The Runaway Bunny, by...

God, Fear, and the Black Rabbit

Good morning, girls and boys. I brought a book to share today. It's called The Black Rabbit, by Philippa Leathers. Someone may have read it to you when you were really little, but it's a very wise book. I'm going to read it really quickly, but there's a copy in the...

Is Anger Okay? What to Do About It

Good morning girls and boys. A few weeks ago during the children’s sermon, we talked about how God created us to feel different emotions- like the ones from "Inside Out". Today I want to talk about one of those guys in particular. This guy. (Show photo of the...

Transfiguration Sunday and a Message from Spoon

Spoon is another favorite book of mine. It is short enough to read during a children's sermon and was a nice fit with the sermon for Transfiguration Sunday. Good morning, girls and boys! I brought a book that's a new favorite of mine. It’s Spoon, written by Amy Krause...

Questions for God

This children's sermon centers on questions- ones we might want to ask God and ones God might want to ask us. It was written to accompany a sermon based on the scripture Malachi 3:1-7, which ends, "'Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. “But...