Posted 10/22/21

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column features lessons and sermons for children from Annette Dammer’s book “Ready, Set, Go!”

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This column features lessons and sermons for children from Annette Dammer’s book “Ready, Set, Go!”

The point of it all

Our church is a comforting home, and it needs our care and attention.

  • Food for homecoming that’s hard to spill.
  • Cleaning materials.
To do’s
  • Rest and pray.
  • Get a volunteer to stand near the lights and turn them out when indicated.
  • Enjoy homecoming!
Verses to pray on
  • John 14:23 — “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”
  • John 4:8 — “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
Ready, Set, Go!

(Welcome children, then read John 14:23.) This verse always brings me great comfort. Do you ever get lonely and hug a stuffed animal or ask someone you love for a hug? Do you ever just go to your room for comfort, or come home and take a deep sniff of what’s cooking? (Take a big whiff of air. Make excessive noise. Hold up food.) Those things are comforting and make us feel at home.

What do you love most about home? (Pause for answers.)

Did you know that this is your church home? It’s a blessing to have a church home, isn’t it? But I have a friend who can’t leave her house. She’s not well and has completely lost contact with her home church. She is very lonely. She misses all of the gatherings and friends. A long-time, close friend of hers died, and she didn’t even know for two months.

She is church homeless, and it is sad. (Pause for reaction.)

She says she even misses the work that it took to preserve her church home. The dusting and cleaning and cooking that it took to keep the church going. Work that is left up to others now…

I bet each of you helps out at home, dusts, works in the kitchen. (Hold up your cleaning supplies.) Those jobs often go unnoticed, don’t they? Do you know who took out the garbage or locked the house last night? Did you thank them? (Pause for answers.)

Did someone pay the electric bill this month? Did you notice? Only what if it wasn’t paid, huh? Lights out! Oh no! (Have a volunteer turn the lights out for just a minute. Pause for response.)

The funny thing is, when these jobs are done well, nobody notices. In fact, who does those things for the church? Who came in and turned on the lights and the air conditioning (or heat) today? Who made sure everything was just right for a wonderful meal after the service? Who made the many yummy dishes?

Let’s find out, and let’s help today. Having a home takes a bit of work. Let’s give out hugs of thanks, pick up empty cups and used napkins from the tables. Care and cleaning of our home – and our church home – isn’t very glamorous, but it’s what makes a building a home.

I’ll help, too!

Let’s pray. (Ask a child to pray or use the following.) Father, You’ve given us such a beautiful home and filled it with family. Help us to thank each of your “homemakers” with a smile or a hug, because we all need to be cared for and appreciated. Bless each of us with peace and love. Amen.

Annette Dammer is a columnist, teacher, former children’s minister and author of the book “Ready, Set, Go! A Year of Object Lessons.” This column includes lessons from her book.


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