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Day 3 Virtue Demonstration: PERSEVERANCE


You’ll need:

  • 2 ice cubes
  • Large towel (for clean-up)
  • VBS music


Who can tell me what perseverance means? Not giving up, trying again, determination, etc. 

I’m going to need 2 volunteers. 

Choose kids in 4th or 5th grade.



In life, it takes hard work and perseverance to reach our goals. The goal right now is to melt the ice cube using only your hands. You have to keep it in your hands until the ice cube is completely melted. Try not to drop it. 

Remember, it’s not a race. You just need to persevere until you get the job done. It’s going to get super cold, but try not to give up! 



Give each of the volunteers a small ice cube and start playing the music. 

Alright, I want everyone to cheer them on! You can do it! Way to go! Good job! Awesome! Keep going! Don’t quit! You’re doing great! Keep working on it!” 

While these two wonderful volunteers are working hard to melt their ice cubes, I want you to think of some ways you can practice perseverance each day. 

Good job! Let’s give them a hand for demonstrating great perseverance. 

(Opt.) Ask the volunteers a few questions: 

How cold did your hands get? Did you ever feel like quitting or giving up? What helped you to keep going? 

Thank the volunteers and ask them to go sit down.



What are some ways you can practice perseverance every day?

Learn to play an instrument, practice a new sport or skill, study and work to improve your grades, do your daily chores without complaining, try something you’ve never done before, etc.

Can you name some people in history who have shown perseverance?

Michael Jordan couldn’t make it on his high-school basketball team, so for almost 10 years, he practiced making more than five hundred free throws everyday. He is one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

It took Thomas Edison thousands of tries until he invented the light bulb.

St. John Vianney struggled a lot in school when he was young. He persevered for many years just so he could finish his education and become a priest. 



God wants to help you work through your challenges and achieve your goals. As Christians, our main goal is to get to heaven! It takes a lot of perseverance to live out our faith and to pray everyday.


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