Honor One Another Toddler Lessons

One Another Series - Week 25 - Honor One Another!

Concepts Children Learn: To honor others means to treat others as very special people, because they are very special. Jesus wants us to honor others.

Prep: Mark you bible with the memory verse: Ephesians 4:2. Items needed for Circle Talk Time: Card Craft. See craft page for directions. You will also need the following story pictures.. Print b&w or color story pages: 1bw, 2bw, 2color, 3bw, 4bw, 5bw, 5color, 6w, 7bw, 7color.

The numbers in parentheses tell you what Story Page to hold up while you are telling the story. (You are encouraged to read the words on the story pages for this lesson). Only read words that are not in parentheses for the lesson. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do.

LESSON: Be Patient With One Another (Time: About 3 minutes, plus talk time).
Key Bible Verse: Romans 12:10. Other scriptures used in lesson: Matthew 23:12. Other scriptures used as reference for lesson: Luke 14:7-11; Phil. 2:29; Proverbs 18:12.

We have been learning about how Jesus taught us to treat each other. Today we will learn how to honor each other. That's a new word for us to learn. (1) To honor others means to treat them really well. It means to treat others as very special people, because they are very special. He wants us to show them that we think they are special, by giving them special treatment. Let's listen to this story about honoring each other:

It was story time at church. All the children loved story time, so they ran over to the rug where they were supposed to sit for story time. Some of the children rushed to the front. They wanted to be able to see the pictures. Some of the children were hurrying so much that they pushed and shoved others to get a good seat. (2) Logan saw what was going on, and it made him sad. He didn't want to hurt anybody. (Shake head no). So he let the other children get the best seats. Now the only place left to sit was way in the back. But when Logan sat down, he couldn't see over the bigger children from way back there. (3) The teacher noticed that Logan was having trouble seeing the pictures. So, she brought Logan right up front. (4) She asked him if he wanted to hold the pictures. Logan liked that idea a lot! He liked helping the teacher! He felt so happy when he got to help tell the story! And, now he could see the pictures right up close! Now Logan was glad that he let the other children have the best seats.

Did you know its a lot like that with God? (Read Matthew 23:12). God doesn't want us to think we are better than others. He doesn't want us to demand the best things for ourselves. He doesn't want us to take the biggest cupcake for ourselves. When we treat others special instead, God will reward us!

Jesus told this story to explain it to us. Its from Luke 14:7-11. If you are invited to a wedding, don't take the best seat. If you do, the person in charge might ask you to move, and give your seat to someone else. Then you will be embarrassed, and have to take the seat nobody wants. Instead, take the seat nobody wants. Then the person in charge will say to you, Friend, come and sit in this better place! Then you will be well thought of in front of all the other people at the wedding.

So what does all that mean? I think Jesus was telling us that he wants us to honor others. Jesus doesn't want us to think we are more special than others. He doesn't want us to take all the best things for ourselves. That's not showing love. He wants us to make sure other people know they are special. He wants us to treat them like kings and queens! Let's have snack, and then we can talk about some ways we can show honor to others.


Let's talk about some ways we can honor others, and help them know they are really special:

We could let others sit in best seat, like Logan did in our story. That is showing honor to others.

(5) You could give your friend the big cookie, and save the little one for yourself. That would make your friend feel really special.

(6) You could give someone a surprise birthday party! They would really feel special then!

You could make someone their favorite snack for them, or play their favorite game with them. That would be honoring your friend too.

(card craft) You could make someone a gift to show them how special they are to you. We will be making a card today for our craft.

(7) You could celebrating with a friend when something special happens to him! You could take a picture of them holding their prize! They would really like that.

I think you are starting to get the idea! Can anyone think of other ways to honor people and make them feel special? (Let children answer, then tell of a time when someone made you feel special). There are many, many ways to honor others. It makes Jesus very happy when we honor each other. Let's pray now and ask Jesus to help us do that.

Transition: Let's bow our heads, close our eyes and fold our hands. I'll say the words first and give you time to say them after me if you'd like to.
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