by Karen & Grace Morris
Use the make time for Jesus craft to teach your children the importance of having God in their life.
Before you begin the craft, show an hourglass to your class. You can find small ones for cooking eggs or in some board games. Show how the sand starts at the top and slowly moves to the bottom, representing the passing of time.
Next, ask your kids what activities they might have to give up. Then discuss what they need to add to their life so that they can have time with Jesus.
Instead of using sand to measure the passing of time, we will use the hourglass to remind us to read the Bible, pray, attend church, and serve others.
Cut two 1 inch by 12 inch strips from the sides of the paper.
Fold the paper in half so that it is 7 by 6 inches. On the fold, mark the center.
Then measure 1/2 inch from each side of the center.
Draw a line from the corner to the 1/2 inch mark at the fold. Do the same for the other side.
Cut on your lines. You should have two triangles on top of each other. It will look like an hourglass.
Glue one of the 1-inch strips to the top and bottom corners of the triangles. Do the same with the other strip.
Fold the copy paper in half.
Glue the white paper to the hourglass so that you have a book. Use the book to write verses to remind you of the importance of making time for Jesus.
To make the small Bible, cut a piece of construction paper 2 by 1 1/2 inches. Fold the paper in half. Cut two pieces of white paper, 2 by 1 1/2 inches. Fold the white paper in half.
Then place the white paper inside the colored paper so that it looks like a book. Write “Bible” on the book.
Fold a 2-inch square in half. Draw a mitten shape with the thumb on the fold.
Cut the hand out leaving, the thumbs attached. These will be your helping hands to represent the importance of serving. Write “helping” on the hands.
Make two more mitten shapes.
Make the top of the hands a little more pointed. Cut the shapes out.
Glue the two hands together, offset them some so that it looks like praying hands. Write “praying” on the hands.
Draw a 1 by 1 1/ 2 inch rectangle. Then add a triangle to one side on the top to represent a church. Write “church” on the shape.
Glue the Bible, church, and hands to the bottom of the hourglass.
On the top of the hourglass, write “Make Time for Jesus.”
Some verses you might include inside your hourglass are;
Place your make time for Jesus craft near your desk, so you will remember to read your Bible and pray.