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Children's ministry: Faith of a mustard seed

By Janice Truitt, Children's Minister

Last Sunday we talked about what it means to have faith and how we can show our faith, based on Luke 17:5-10:

The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Give us more faith!’

The Lord said, “If your faith is as big as a mustard seed, then you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Dig yourself up and plant yourself in the sea!’ And the tree will obey you.

“Suppose one of you has a servant who has been plowing the ground or caring for the sheep. When the servant comes in from working in the field, would you say, ‘Come in and sit down to eat’? No, you would say to your servant, ‘Prepare something for me to eat. Then get yourself ready and serve me. When I finish eating and drinking, then you can eat and drink.’

The servant does not get any special thanks for doing what his master told him to do. It is the same with you. When you do everything you are told to do, you should say, ‘We don’t deserve any special thanks. We have only done the work we should do.’”

-- Luke 17:5-10

For our activity, we created shields of faith. You can easily create these at home!


It is helpful to create a template for the shield and background. Printed on the background paper is the title “Increase Our Faith,” and on the lower right and left hand corners are “Help Others” and “Serve God.”


  • Shield template

  • Colored cardstock

  • Markers

  • Foam stickers of crosses, hearts and words of faith (Hobby Lobby has a great source for Christian stickers)

How To:

Have the children trace the shield template and then cut. Glue the shield cutout to a separate piece of background paper. The children can attach stickers and draw to decorate their shield.

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