A great way to help kids understand the omnipresence of
Theme: God is always with us
Bible Reference: Acts 17:27
You'll need a Bible and several phone books (one for every three
to four children, if possible.) Hold up one of the phone books. Who
can tell me what this is? Pause. That's right, it's a telephone
book. Flip the book open to a page of listings. What do you find in
a phone book? Pause. Inside a phone book, we find the names of all
the people who live in or near our city. Along with each name is a
phone number and the address of the house the person or family
Distribute the phone books to kids so each child can be near
one. Flip through your phone book to see whether you can guess how
many houses are in our city. Pause briefly for the children to flip
through the pages. Have children guess how many houses might be in
I don't know exactly how many houses are in [name of city], but
there are a lot of them. Turn to your neighbor, and tell him or her
where you live. If you don't know your exact address, tell your
friend something about your house.
As kids share, retrieve the phone books. Open your Bible to Acts 17:27. The Bible says in Acts 17:27 that "God…is not far from each one
of us." That means God is with each one of us at the same time, no
matter where we are. God doesn't have a body like you or I do, so
he doesn't have to be in just one place at a time. The Bible tells
us that God isn't far from each one of us, so God has to be
God is with us when we are in our house. Let's see how many
houses that would be if we just count those of us here at the
front. Have the children count off, each child giving a number.
That's [number of children] houses that God is in! Now turn
around, and look at the other families here at church today. Pause
briefly for the children to look at the congregation. God is in
each of those houses, too. Boy, that's a lot of houses!
But God is not just in each of our houses. Acts 17:27 says, "God…is not far from each one
of us." That means God's with us everywhere. Even if we leave our
houses, God is with us!
We call our church "God's house" because we come here to worship
him. But that doesn't mean this is the only place we will find God.
God is with us everywhere we go. Let's thank God for always being
Dear God, thank you for always being near us. We are so glad
that you are everywhere! In Jesus' name, amen.