Earlier this month, we did a church-wide fast. I wanted to get kids involved and find a good way to teach them about fasting. So I did some research. I spent hours looking online, and not finding much AT ALL for teaching kids about fasting. The only thing I found was a fasting calendar.... then God put this idea on my heart as a fun and engaging way to teach kids about fasting.
This was a fantastic way for kids to learn in a hands-on way that they can understand. I came up with a lesson, based on the object lesson of an empty cup- which represents us as we empty ourselves from the distractions that keep us from focusing on God, and the way God fills us up. He fills us with His love, His strength and grace, and His Spirit.
The lesson was fun for the kids, but my favorite part was getting to give the kids their own Fasting Cups to take home. We don't just want kids to focus on what they are GIVING UP, but on what God can do to FILL them up. We didn't encourage kids to fast from meals, because their growing bodies need nutrients. Kids would get two cups: one that says "GIVE UP" and one that says "FILL UP." Each cup had slips of paper in them. They would do a drawing a few times a week; one drawing would tell them what they would give up for one day (TV, cell phone, sweets/junk food, etc.) and one cup would be something they could do to allow God to fill them up (Read a certain Scripture, memorize a verse, write a prayer, etc.).
It was really cool to see the kids involved in the church-wide fast, and see their dedication. I had parents tell me that even when THEY started to "cheat" on their fast, their kids would remind them about fasting and the importance of it! The kids inspired me with their hearts for God. I love hearing stories of kids living out their faith at home. The fasting cups were just one simple tool to help kids connect with God at home and live out their faith.
If you want a copy of the lesson "Fasting for Kids" or more info about the cups, click HERE to get this resource from my store.
My husband and I finished the 21 Day Daniel fast last weekend, and it was a great experience for us, although I'm glad to get back to eating regular food!
4/1/2014 04:42:27 am
I would love to have the lesson for this if you could email it to me please I want to teach this in my childrens church this Sunday!!
4/2/2014 05:37:32 am
Sure, Katelen, I would be glad to send you the lesson. Shoot me an email at email@example.com and I can email it to you.
2/19/2018 07:27:14 pm
Hi God bless Lynne Howard,
1/4/2018 05:25:34 pm
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1/11/2020 08:05:23 pm
12/29/2014 08:00:01 am
Love this idea! Kids really need visuals and the cups are a great way to provide that!
12/31/2014 09:22:27 am
Could you send me the lesson? I would love to do this with my son.
1/6/2015 02:38:26 am
Hi, you can access the lesson in my store here
1/4/2018 05:24:11 pm
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9/1/2018 09:14:04 am
Can you send me this lesson im working with sunday school kids and i would like to show them this. Thanks
1/12/2022 10:37:02 am
Hi, I've used the link but it says not available? Can you please assist me as soon as possible. Thank you
1/3/2015 09:32:05 pm
We do a Fasting for Kidz journal each year. I love this tangible idea too!
1/6/2015 02:17:12 am
Pls send me a copy of the lesson, Fasting for kids.
1/6/2015 02:38:09 am
Hi, Angela, you can access the lesson in my store here
12/1/2018 07:27:04 am
1/13/2016 08:29:17 pm
I smiled when I saw the introduction to your blog, because I am doing the same thing now in preparation to teach our children fasting after teaching them about prayer :)
1/19/2017 11:21:35 am
When you order this lesson how long before it gets to me? I would like to teach it this Sunday in my older kids class? Is there any way for it to be emailed to me?
1/19/2017 03:46:28 pm
Hi Ronni, when you get the lesson from the store, you can download it immediately. Let me know if you have any other questions =)
12/1/2018 07:24:12 am
Ronni, were you ever able to get this lesson? I don't see that it's available anymore and Lynne has not been responding to other posts. I'm VERY interested in this lesson for January.
12/20/2017 08:19:16 am
1/1/2018 11:14:48 am
This is awesome thank you so much this really helps me and my children to find out why we do a fast!!!
1/1/2018 09:53:05 pm
Can you please send me the lesson for kids on fasting? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!
1/2/2018 08:48:41 am
To me as well! Thank you!!
1/4/2018 03:24:39 pm
Is your fasting lesson for kids still available? If so could you please email it to me or tell me how I can get it? It sounds so great!
1/7/2018 06:32:57 am
I would love to have a copy of the fast for kids, I cannot find it on your site/store
1/11/2018 06:25:25 am
I'd love to purchase a copy of the fasting lesson for kids, however, I no longer see it on your store site? Could you help me get a copy? Thx so much!
1/25/2018 05:40:44 pm
Is it possible to still get the Fasting Lesson?
1/29/2018 07:47:29 pm
Hi I would also love a copy of your fasting Lesson I checked on your store but it wasn't available thank you
2/1/2018 07:06:41 pm
Cant seem to get the lesson on your Products page??
2/4/2018 09:12:29 am
Help... this looks like the kind of lesson iv3 been searching for but I can’t find it in the products page! How can we get hold of this for our Sunday school next Weeks?
Ann marie Bridgelal
2/10/2018 02:59:06 pm
Please I have been searching for a lesson on prayer and fasting for kids but found it very difficult until I found this I love it, can you please email it for me I will appreciate it very much, Thank you
2/22/2018 04:23:12 am
Can you please email me the lesson, I would like to teach the children in my children’s ministry. Shadealma@gmail.com.
3/20/2018 07:56:36 pm
Can I please have the lesson on fasting? I can't seem to find it. Thanks
3/21/2018 05:07:11 am
God bless you Lynne Howard.
4/8/2018 01:58:50 pm
I would like a copy of your lesson please!
Ebonie L McKenzie
5/9/2018 01:42:56 pm
Hi! Can I have the lesson sent to me as well, please?
5/18/2018 12:13:28 pm
I am unable to access the lesson can you please send it to me.
5/22/2018 12:02:56 am
Wonderful lesson please I need the lesson I couldn't assess it from your store please can you email me the lesson
7/4/2018 11:31:50 pm
Hi Lynne Howard, I've been searching for a lesson in prayer and gazing and I stumbled on this and I love it. Sadly I cannot find it in the link you shared!
7/10/2018 05:14:17 am
Hi, I really love the idea of the fasting lesson, I can't seem to purchase the lesson, anyway I can find it online?
7/10/2018 02:15:06 pm
7/18/2018 12:22:05 am
Hi the click here link isn't working please can you email me this lesson on prayer and fasting for
8/13/2018 02:39:23 pm
9/24/2018 08:50:24 am
Hey I would love a copy of this lesson if it is still available. Thanks
Please be so mind as to send me your mnotes on fasting for Kids. This coming year our focus is to teach our kids to live life as in the book of Acts. We begin our fast Middle January and would like to teach our Kids in Kids Church and send some material home for the parents.
11/22/2018 11:25:57 am
12/29/2018 12:25:17 am
Hi, I’m also interested in your fasting lesson. Could I get it send to my email? I went to the website that you wrote above but I couldn’t get anything.
1/5/2019 12:46:46 pm
I ordered the lesson. Please email it as I would like to use it tomorrow at church.
8/12/2019 03:47:12 pm
Hi, we're going to do several weeks on fasting and prayer. Is your lesson plan available for the kids? Thanks so much!
9/30/2019 05:20:51 pm
Love this idea, I'm a teacher in the Royal Ranger program at my church and when of the lessons is fasting. Would love to receive a copy thank you so much
12/4/2019 04:13:00 am
I teach Sunday school too, I need such a lesson for ages 7-9 before coming Sunday please
1/2/2020 01:53:17 pm
I would love this lesson if still available. God Bless
1/5/2020 11:12:14 am
Hello I’m a Sunday school teacher volunteer for Storehouse Chicago Ministry can you please send me the lesson it’s a great idea!
1/7/2020 11:14:27 am
I’d like a copy of the lesson please
Faustina Kawira Kirimi
2/13/2020 02:37:53 am
I love this. I am writing a children's book on fasting and I wanted to check out what's already there on the net. I was grateful to find this.
Yen Nguyen Slavens
11/28/2020 02:21:08 pm
Hello! I would love to have this lesson, can you please email to me?
Betty A. Narvadez
2/16/2021 08:11:47 am
Kindly provide me for lessons on fasting for kids ages 7 to 12. Thank you and will appreciate very much .
1/12/2022 10:41:07 am
Did anyone manage to get the lessons? It is not available on the website provided? Would love the buy / get the lessons as soon as possible...
1/14/2023 01:45:47 pm
3/31/2023 06:09:40 am
Hi! Can I use your fasting cup idea to share fasting with our kids church? We too are doing a church wide fast and would like to encourage our children to be involved. I don’t necessarily need the lesson, but love the cup idea if you ok with us using it!
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