Sunday School at Home for October 2

A Mustard Seed Faith

Theme: Faith in God
Scripture: Luke 17:5-10
Complete Supply List:
● A Bible
● Mustard seeds
● A plant
● “A Mustard Seed Faith” video lesson
● Something to play the video
● Various fruits with small seeds, such as strawberries, kiwi, and bananas
● Plates - 1 per child
● Forks - 1 per child
● A large bowl
● A knife (adult use only)
● A cutting board
● A Bible
● Cardstock - 1 per child
“Shield” handout
● Child-safe scissors
● Markers
● Yarn
● A hole punch

The Children’s Sermon
You’ll Need:
● A Bible
● Mustard seeds
● A plant

Do This:
SAY: Have you ever seen a mustard seed? (Pause.) The mustard seed is one of the
smallest of all seeds. (Let kids pass around some mustard seeds so they can all see
and feel the size.)
Some people think of faith when they think of mustard seeds. Faith is when we
believe in God and His power.
ASK:
● What do you know about why people use mustard seeds as a symbol of
faith?
The reason some people use mustard seeds as a symbol of faith is because of
something Jesus said in the Bible.
(Open your Bible.) When Jesus’ friends asked Him how they could have stronger
faith, Jesus said, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say
to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and be planted in the sea,’ and it would
obey you!”
Wow! (Hold up one mustard seed and look closely at it.) Jesus said that God is so
powerful that if our faith is even as small as this little seed, then we can do
incredible things with His power.
Maybe we should try that. (Place the plant in front of the children.) If Jesus said we
could pray and ask God to move a tree from our front yard to the sea, then we
need even smaller faith to just move this plant a little bit. (Invite kids to discuss
whether they can do it. If some would like to try it, then decide on where they’d like to
move the plant, and lead them in all saying prayers to move the plant.)
Jesus didn’t say someone with the faith of the mustard seed can move trees to
the sea so that a bunch of people would start uprooting trees. That wasn’t His
point. He was teaching us that it doesn't take a great faith for great things to
happen. Why? Because what happens doesn’t depend on us, but instead on God.
God has the power to do anything, and God is for us so we can trust whatever He
does.

PRAY: God, we ask for a mustard seed sized faith. Help us to believe and never
doubt Your mighty power. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Video Lesson
You’ll Need:
● “A Mustard Seed Faith” video lesson
● Something to play the video


Do This:
Show the video.
ASK:
● If you had a Molecular Multiplier like Simone, what would you make more of?
● How can you multiply your faith in Jesus?

Little Seed Snacks
You’ll Need:
● Various fruits with small seeds, such as strawberries, kiwi, and bananas
● Plates - 1 per child
● Forks - 1 per child
● A large bowl
● A knife (adult use only)
● A cutting board

Get Ready: Cut up the fruits and make a fruit salad.
Do This:
Follow these steps for the snack:
● Have kids clean their hands.
● Give each child some fruit salad.
● Invite kids to share what they remember about the Bible passage.
● Have kids look for little seeds in their fruit.
● Explain that even faith the size of the tiny seeds can make great things happen
because God is so big.
● Enjoy!

SAY: God is so big that we don’t need to be. As Jesus said, even a tiny bit of faith
can do something impossible, like moving a tree into the sea.

Mustard Seed Tag
Do This:
SAY: Today we found out that faith in God that’s even the size of a mustard seed,
can do amazing things because what’s important is God’s power. And God’s power
is bigger than anything we can imagine. Let’s play a game that reminds us of this.
Follow these steps for the game:
● Explain to kids that they’ll be playing a version of freeze tag.
● Choose one child to be It.
● When a player is tagged by It, he or she will squat down like a mustard seed.
● When another player tags a mustard seed, he or she will jump up and stretch
his or her arms as big and wide as they can before joining back in the game.
● Play, as time allows, switching who is It periodically.

ASK:
● What was it like to pop up and get big after you were tagged as a mustard
seed?
SAY: It only takes a tiny mustard seed amount of faith, and God responds with
what’s best for us. And He responds in ways that will excite and surprise us.

Shield of Faith
You’ll Need:
● A Bible
● Cardstock - 1 per child
“Shield” handout
● Child-safe scissors
● Markers
● Yarn
● A hole punch

Get Ready: Print the handout on the cardstock, one per child.
Do This:
To make the craft, have kids follow these steps:
● Give each child a handout on cardstock.
● Read aloud Ephesians 6:10-11, 16.
● Help kids write “Mustard Seed Faith” on their shields.
● Have them decorate their shields.
● Make two holes on the sides, but in the top third of each child’s shield using the
hole punch.
● Help kids tie a piece of yarn between the two holes to make a handle.

SAY: Take home your craft as a reminder to have faith in God because He’s
powerful, and He loves you.

 

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