Materials: Bible, paper, pencil, markers, or crayons
Preparation: Make two signs. One sign should say “Good Times” and the other “Bad Times.” Attach the signs to opposite walls.
Presentation: Say:, Everyone goes through situations in their lives that are good. Everyone also goes through situations in their lives that are bad. Let’s play a game to see if you can tell the difference between a good time and a bad time. Explain to the children that you are going to read some short stories to them. If the story talks about a good time, they should run to the “Good Time” sign. If the story talks about a bad time, they should run to the “Bad Time” sign.
- Sarah was playing in her yard and another girl, a bully, came and pushed her so hard that Sarah fell and broke her arm.
- Elizabeth received a good grade on her math test.
- Caleb’s dad got a new job and the family is moving to a new town. Caleb is worried that he won’t have any friends.
- John is scared of the dark. He wants all of the lights on at night.
- A new family just moved into the house next to George. They have a boy his age, and they have already played today. George is so thankful for a new friend.
- Maria’s best friend is very sick. They can’t play together, and Maria is worried about her friend.
Say: It can be hard to trust God when we are going through bad times, but the Bible tells us that we can trust God at ALL times.