We’re going to spend the next several weeks learning about the Sermon on the Mount. It’s Jesus’ most famous sermon! It’s called the Sermon on the Mount because Jesus stood up on a hill or mountain to preach. Today we’re learning that Jesus preached about how God blesses those who struggle.
SUNDAY SCHOOL WORSHIP
We’re learning that God blesses those who struggle. Let’s watch the story of a boy who faced some struggles but saw God’s blessings.
• What’s the hardest thing about Fortune’s life?
• What were good things about Fortune’s life?
• Tell about some struggles you’ve faced. How did you see God’s blessings come out of those times?
Today we’re learning that God blesses those who struggle. That’s pretty cool! You know, life has its share of struggles, but it also has its share of happy times. Let’s see how we’d rank different situations if they happened to us.
I’ll read some situations. If you think it’s a really exciting, happy situation, stand up as tall as you can. If you think it’s really, really sad, get down as low as you can. Or, you can be somewhere in the middle, like squatting for something that’s pretty sad.
Read the following situations, pausing after each for everyone to adjust their position.
• How did you decide how to rank these situations?
• Which situation did you think was the absolutely saddest one? the happiest?
We may not have evaluated everything exactly the same way, but one thing we all seemed to agree on which things were overall happier and which were sadder.
We often say we’re “blessed” when things are happy. When a grown-up gets a new job, she might say she’s blessed. When a family moves into a new, bigger house, they’re blessed. So let’s stand tall like it’s a happy time, and shout, “blessed!”
But we’re about to see how God blesses those who struggle. Those situations you didn’t mark…they don’t seem like blessings! But we’re about to see how God blesses us in all kinds of situations. Let’s evaluate some situations Jesus talked about.
Evaluate the Beatitudes
Read the following situations from Jesus’ sermon, pausing after each for everyone to get tall or low.
Most of the things Jesus talked about here are not happy. Some of them are things we can choose to do, like being pure in heart and working for peace. But even those aren’t things the world around us always values.
But let’s see what Jesus had to say about these situations and how God blesses those who struggle.
Read Matthew 5:3-12 one verse at a time to discover the blessing associated with the words they posed for. After each verse, they can strike the same pose as before and shout, “blessed!”
3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
4 God blesses those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth.
6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they will be satisfied.
7 God blesses those who are merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
for they will see God.
9 God blesses those who work for peace,
for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.
• What do you think of the blessings Jesus promised?
• How have you seen God’s blessings come through struggles?
We’ve spent a lot of time judging happier and sadder times. But in Jesus’ mind, one’s not better than the other. Not one of these situations has more or less of God’s blessing, because God is the same in all these situations. In some of them, you might have to wait longer to see God’s blessings. A lot of the things Jesus promised were future blessings. But no matter what’s going on, in good times or bad, God’s blessings are true. God blesses those who struggle.
Have family members take turns sharing something that feels hard or like a struggle. Everyone will get down low as someone shares. Then everyone will try to think of blessings that are coming out of that struggle, getting a little higher for each blessing named.
If kids need help, you can use examples like this:
• How did it help you to look for the good in the midst of your struggle?
Jesus’ way seems upside down. Most people wouldn’t consider struggles a good thing. But God blesses those who struggle, and by shifting our perspective we can see things his way. We can become more joyful and thankful no matter what’s going on in our lives.
Juggle as a Group
Talk About It
Ask: • What caused you to struggle as you juggled?
• When you struggled, what helped?
• When you’re struggling in life, what helps?
God blesses those who struggle. One way he blesses us is by being with us in those struggles. And another way is that he gives us one another to help each other!
Ask: • Who is someone who’s helped you when you’ve struggled? Briefly share a story about someone in your own life who’s helped you.
I love that God blesses those who struggle—because that’s all of us at one time or another. How wonderful that God stands with us as a friend when we need him!
God, we pray for those who mourn, that they will be comforted.
God, we pray for those who work for peace, that they will be called your children. We pray for
those who are being persecuted for doing right. We pray that the kingdom of heaven will be theirs.
How has your week been? Can you believe that we're almost at the end of October already, it's getting cold out and soon we'll be planning for Christmas!!
Pastor Darren has been talking in Church about community and so today we're going to talk "All About Love".
Before we get started on love, here is the kids video that we're showing in church - it talks about how Jesus came to earth for us, and taught us how to be the church, how to love one another.
Before we get started, there are a few actions you need to know. When it says ‘LOVE’, cross your arms over your chest like your giving yourself a great big hug. When it says ‘HEART’, make a heart shape with your hands. When it says ‘SOUL’, point both thumbs at your chest. When it says ‘MIND’, put your hands on your head. And when it says ‘NEIGHBOR’ point at anyone else in the room. Now let’s get started....
The Bible has a lot to say about LOVE. It tells you God LOVES you. It tells you that God wants you to LOVE him. It tells you to LOVE your NEIGHBOR. There is so much in the Bible about LOVE that some people call it a LOVE letter.
A long time ago when Jesus was on earth, people thought the Bible was just about rules. Do this. Don’t do that. Say this. Wear that. Go here. Worship there. Rule after rule after rule. There was a little bit about LOVE, but there were so many rules that was all people cared about.
But LOVE was all Jesus cared about. He came here to show each one of us just how much He LOVES us. He LOVES us so much that even died for our sins so we can live with Him forever and always.
There were a whole bunch of people who really liked Jesus’ message of LOVE, but there were also a bunch of people who really liked the rules. They thought following the rules was all that mattered, but they forgot that everyone makes mistakes sometimes and disobeys those rules, and then what?!? Is that it? One broken rule and it’s all over?
No way! Jesus came so that even when we make mistakes, He can save us. It’s such an amazing way to show just how much He LOVES us.
One day the rule followers wanted to know what Jesus thought was the most important one of all. If we could only ever follow one single rule, which one would it be? They expected Jesus to say one of the 10 Commandments; like obeying your parents, or keeping the Sabbath a day only for God. But Jesus had an even better one. The best rule of all, and it’s all bout LOVE.
Jesus said, “LOVE the Lord your God with all your HEART and with all your SOUL and with all your MIND. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: LOVE your NEIGHBOR as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37-40 NIV
Jesus turned all of those rules into just two simple ones. LOVE God and LOVE others.
When you keep the Sabbath as a day for Jesus, that’s a way of loving Him. And when you obey your parents, that’s a way of loving them. Every single rule can fit into one of those two. It was so simple.
Now what do you think it means to LOVE God with all your HEART, SOUL, and MIND? It really just means that you LOVE Him completely. So you can’t just say you LOVE God, or just put money in the offering, or just listen to the sermon; you need to LOVE God all the time and in every way, and thankfully, Jesus LOVES us so much that forgives us when we forget to LOVE Him and our NEIGHBORS like we should. Which is great news, because everyone could use a little more LOVE.
CRAFT / COLOURING
This free Bible coloring page for children is based on the Bible passages about loving God. The wording is taken directly from Deuteronomy 6:5.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength."
This is the verse that Jesus quotes when teaching about the greatest commandment.
The three panels below are the three main actions that this verse talks about. You can use it, and the actions, to help you memorize this verse.
Thank you for sending your son Jesus to show us how to live, please help us to show love to those around us, and for us to love you with our whole selves, heart, and sould and mind.
How are you? How was your week?
This week in Sunday School we're going to be talking about how we need each other - we've missed you guys!! and each one of you are an important part of our church family.
Before we get started, let's sing some songs together!
SUNDAY SCHOOL WORSHIP
Today we’re going to be talking about how we need each other. We’ll discover how each of us is a gift to God’s family. We all have special talents and skills we can use to help one another because each of you is unique! Unique means you’re special and different! That’s why we need each other. Each of us is a gift to one another!
How about we take some plain paper and draw something that is special about you!
The Bible helps us think about why we need each other by talking about our body parts, like hands, feet, eyes, and mouth. Each body part is important and does something different. I wonder what it would be like to have an extra body part.
Would you rather have an extra eye or an extra arm?
It would be pretty silly if we had an extra eye or an extra arm. Every body part is important, just like everyone in our church is important.
Being part of the church is kind of like being on a sports team.
If you play a sport or are part of a team or group, how do your teammates help you?
If you tried to be a whole hockey team or soccer team all alone, you’d definitely lose the game! But when you work as a team, you can win! Let’s see how some soccer-playing kids had to work together in a different way.
Why did the kids in this video need each other?
Can you think about a time you worked together with other people.
These kids had a hard time tracking down their ball, even though they worked together. The ball kept getting moved to new places! But in the end, putting their heads together helped them solve their problem. When we work together in the church, we can do amazing things for God! But we can’t work alone; we need each other!
GAME / ACTIVITY
Can you think of a game that’s more fun if lots of kids play? How about tag? or duck, duck, goose?
How about we play a game together? You'll need to gather a few things, like a bed sheet or parachute, and some small balls.
Put the balls on the parachute, and try to keep the balls bouncing by shaking the sheet or parachute. If balls fly off, thats okay, just grab them and put them back on.
I don't know if you've played this type of game before, maybe this is your first time.. but it's a super fun game! I'm sure you guys are doing a great job keeping the balls moving. But I wonder what would happen if half the kids let go. What do you think would happen?
Well... It’s a lot harder to keep the balls bouncing when we don’t have all our friends. God’s family also needs all his friends to work together. We need each other! Okay, let's go back to playing all together again!
(Give each child one “Body Outline” handout and just one page from the “Body Parts” handout, and a pair of scissors. Each child will have a page with only one kind of body part on it.)
Okay, time to get decorating! Using ONLY what’s on YOUR handout, cut out your body parts and place them in your body outline.
(Don’t provide glue at this point!! kids will just be placing the body parts on the page.)
How much does your figure look like a real person?
What would it be like if that’s what your body really looked like?
Why is it a problem to have only your one body part?
The Bible says that the church is like a human body! We need each other, just like your body needs a bunch of different parts. Listen to this. Wiggle your ears, hands, and feet when I name them. If I say “eyes,” blink. If I say “body,” jump forward or backward.
Let's read 1 Corinthians 12:12-21 together....
The Body of Christ
A person’s body is one thing, but it has many parts. Yes, there are many parts to a body, but all those parts make only one body. Christ is like that too. Some of us are Jews, and some of us are Greeks. Some of us are slaves, and some of us are free. But we were all baptized into one body through one Spirit. And we were all made to share in the one Spirit.
A person’s body has more than one part. It has many parts. The foot might say, “I am not a hand. So I am not part of the body.” But saying this would not stop the foot from being a part of the body. The ear might say, “I am not an eye. So I am not part of the body.” But saying this would not make the ear stop being a part of the body.
If the whole body were an eye, the body would not be able to hear. If the whole body were an ear, the body would not be able to smell anything.
If each part of the body were the same part, there would be no body. But truly God put the parts in the body as he wanted them. He made a place for each one of them. And so there are many parts, but only one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the foot, “I don’t need you!”
Sometimes you might wish everyone was more like you. After all, wouldn’t it be easier to get along if everyone was the same?
What would happen if the church was made up of only people exactly like you?
What kinds of things wouldn’t get done?
We need each other! God gave us spiritual gifts, and we’re all good at different things. If the church was made up of only people just like you, there’s a lot that wouldn’t get done! It’d be like having a body that’s just eyes.
Since that doesn’t work very well, let’s try working together.
Swap and Glue
Now it's time to trade paper body parts so you end up with the correct amount of parts. Then you can glue the parts to your body outline in the appropriate places.
If the church is like a body, which part do you think you are?
We’re all good at different things, and together we work really well, just like all the parts of our body work together, and you know what’s cool? You are an important part of our church!
We're going to end our Bible time with a verse that will read as a blessing to you...
"All of you together are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of that body."
1 Corinthians 12:27
Supplies: Elementary-age puzzle(s) (Remove a central piece from each puzzle, and hide it somewhere in the room.)
Put Puzzles Together
God’s family is full of different people. Each of you is an important part of God’s family. We need each other. Without every person, something’s missing. Let’s think about that some more while we work together on these puzzles.
Find the Missing Piece
All our puzzles are missing something. Without the last piece, our puzzles won’t be the fun pictures they could be. Without every person, God’s family’s missing something, too.
Tell me about someone you miss when that person isn’t there.
God made his family to fit together, just like pieces of a puzzle. Listen to this verse from Psalm 133:1
"How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!"
We need each other. When a puzzle piece is missing, the puzzle won’t look like it’s supposed to. When a part of God’s family isn’t there, we miss them, too. Let’s go find our missing pieces.
I’m so glad we found all the pieces for the puzzles. Each piece is important. Let’s pray and thank God that we’re all important parts of his family.
Thank you that you have made each of us special and unique. Help us to remember that each one of us is important, and that each of us is an important part of our church family.
As we become aware of the special gifts and talents that you have given us, help us to share those gifts with others.
In Jesus' name,
Supplies: “Friendly Puzzle” handout printed on card stock (1 per child) (download here)
Talk About Puzzles
Puzzles are fun. It’s fun to find just the right piece to fit in the right place.
Do you have a special puzzle that you like to do?
Let’s make our own puzzles today! Then we can remember the good friends God has given us here at church.
Use markers to color the front of the puzzle,
Cut your paper into many pieces, try and create some uniquely shaped pieces.
When we put a puzzle together, each piece has a place. We need every one. God gives each of us special gifts. Every gift is important. We need each other in God’s family, just like we need every piece of a puzzle.
Thanksgiving weekend! Hands up who's excited?! A few extra days off from school, time with family, typically lots of food... Yum! - we're excited!
I hope that however you're spending Thanksgiving, you have a blessed weekend and are able to take a minute to think of something you are thankful for.
Before we get started in todays lesson, lets sing some songs together!
The Holy Spirit gives us gifts to serve God. When we think of serving, we might think of servers at a restaurant, but serving isn’t only about food, we can serve in many ways to help others.
In the Bible story we’ll read today, we’ll hear about someone who served God by sharing. God loves when we share with others, and it’s a way to use our gifts and talents to serve God.
That means there’s a big purpose to the gifts the Holy Spirit gives us! Let’s watch a family that uses their gifts to serve God.
Pay attention to what gifts you see in each family member.
What gifts did you see in the different family members?
How were those gifts useful as they served?
What gifts have you seen in your own family members?
How could you all use your gifts together to serve God?
Cooper is good at making new friends! He makes people feel welcome and loved. The dad is a good leader who could lead the service. Emery has compassion and helped a man who didn’t smell good still feel loved.
They all have the gift of generosity, giving their time and resources to help people in need and when they put all their gifts together, they served God in a really cool way!
Using our gifts to serve God doesn’t have to be a grand production. We can use our gifts to serve God with what we have. I’ve gathered some simple things from around our room. Let’s play a game and see if we can come up with creative and practical ways to serve one another with what we have here.
Select a variety of simple items, such as pencils, paper, , cup, paper towels, and tissues (at least 1 item per child)
Have kids sit in a circle, and have each child choose one item and use it to serve at least one other person in the circle. Watch to make sure everyone gets served. Ideas include using a pencil to drum a beat while singing “Happy Birthday,” making an origami toy for someone, using a paper towel to clean someone’s shoe, or the cup to get someone a drink of water.
Talk About It:
Describe what you were thinking as you served others.
What was it like to have other people serve you?
Serving in creative ways is fun! The Holy Spirit gives us gifts to serve God. Even if we aren’t sure how to serve, when we’re friends with God, the Holy Spirit helps us look for ways to help others.
The Holy Spirit is God with us. God’s with us all the time, and he gives us special gifts and talents that he wants us to use to help others.
It’s great to be a good helper, and that’s why God gives us special talents. He gives us gifts to serve. And when we serve others who need help, we’re serving God.
The Bible says God’s family is like a body. Each body part is important and does something different. Like that, each person in God’s family can help in different ways. We all have different gifts from God, and all our gifts can serve God.
Each one of us has a body, and that body has many parts. These parts all have different uses. In the same way, we are many, but in Christ we are all one body. Each one is a part of that body. And each part belongs to all the other parts.
Let’s use stuffed animals to help us think about how God's family is like a body.
Supplies: A stuffed animal
Pass the stuffed animal around the group and invite each child to choose one body part, such as an arm, leg, eye, nose, ear, neck, or mouth. Invite kids to talk about what the chosen body part does to help the rest of the body.
Have kids continue to pass the stuffed animal around the circles and talk about different body parts until all the kids have shared. It’s okay for kids to repeat body parts.
Talk about it:
Every body part helps the whole body and every one of you can help God and the people in God’s family.
Supplies: 6 different kitchen utensils that kids may not recognize such as a potato masher, turkey baster, loose-leaf tea ball infuser, coffee filter, meat thermometer, or garlic press., pens and paper.
We’ve been learning about the Holy Spirit and how he gives each of us gifts. Our gifts have a special job like a lot of other things around us, such as these things from the kitchen. Let’s have some fun exploring the tools and finding out what they do.
Which kitchen tool did you have the most fun with? Why?
The kitchen tools look different and do different things, but they all help us make food or drinks. Like these tools, you can help others in different and unique ways. God gives you gifts, and you can use them to help others and serve God.
We heard about some friends today who served each other with the gifts God had given them. By serving the people God loves, they also served God. The Holy Spirit gives us gifts to serve God and others, too! Let’s each make a special gift we can use to serve a hungry friend.
Tell me about someone you know who gets really hungry....
The next time we’re around someone who’s really hungry, we can share a special snack. We can use this gift to serve God by serving others!
Today we learned the Holy Spirit gives us gifts to serve God. We found out we can serve God by sharing things we have with someone who needs food or money. That gift of sharing is sometimes called generosity.
We found out we can serve God by saying kind words to people to make them feel strong and confident.That gift is called encouragement.
We found out we can serve God by telling others who Jesus is and that he loves them. That gift is called evangelism.
Sometimes helping someone who is sick or hurt is a way to serve God.That gift is called helping.
The Holy Spirit gave us gifts to serve God. That means God will help us serve him using our special gifts.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you that you have given each of us special gifts that we can use to worship and serve you, and help other people. Thank you that you chose those gifts and talents were especially for each one of us. Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to remind of us of the gifts that you have given to us to help other people.
Hey everyone! How has your week been? Have you started up any activities outside of school? What kind of activities are they? Hockey? Dance? Swimming? Piano?
This is the time of year that those activities start up so if you're in something, we hope that you're enjoying being back in them.
Before we jump into our lesson this week, lets sing a few songs together :)
SUNDAY SCHOOL WORSHIP
This past week in church Pastor Darren was talking about serving, and that's what the last song was about too.
This week we're talking about what the different types of special gifts or talents that God gives to each of us. Serving is one of them! Kinda cool that we're all learning about the same things eh?
Everyone loves getting gifts. And God’s special gifts to us are wonderful gifts. He gave them to each of us which means we have unique qualities that God can use to help us serve him and others better!
What’s something you’re good at?
Let’s watch this short video to learn about a kid named Max who God made good at science!
How would you describe Max?
Max is definitely good at science. But what character qualities did you see in him?
Max is creative and curious. He likes to find solutions that help solve other people’s problems. The Holy Spirit gave each of us a special gift. That means there are parts of our characters and personalities that make us feel extra drawn to doing certain things and the Holy Spirit can guide us to use those gifts to serve God!
Today we’ve heard that that the Holy Spirit gives each of us special gifts.
The Holy Spirit is God with us, and because God is our friend, he gives us special gifts and talents that we can use to help others.
We don’t all have the same gifts and talents, and that’s okay! God’s special gifts can help all kinds of different people in all kinds of ways.
What are some gifts or talents that could help others? Maybe a person who has the gift of encouragement could cheer up someone who is sad or someone who has the gift of service might help a blind person cross the street.
The Bible tells about lots of gifts God’s given different people.
One time, God told Moses, “I gave a man named Bezalel (BEZ-ah-lel) special gifts so he can build things. I gave him these gifts so he can build a special house for me and all my friends.” Bezalel had special gifts to work with metal, stone, and wood. God also told Moses, “I gave someone else named Oholiab (oh-HO-lee-ab) special gifts to make things, too. He will help Bezalel build my special house.
Then God told Moses all the amazing things Bezalel and Oholiab would lead the other builders to make. He said they would build the place where all God’s friends would meet together, they would also make a special box called the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark of the Covenant would hold a book that shared some of God’s special words to his friends.
The builders would make a pure gold lamp stand, the special clothes for the leader, and many more things God asked them to make. God gave them the special gifts to make these things, and God’s spirit gives each of us special gifts, too.
Our friends who have a special heart to encourage others might say “You can do it!” when a friend isn’t sure he or she can. Or they might give a hug to someone who is sad. They might also compliment others by telling them what’s great about them.
Our friends who like to lead can lead their friends to do great things. People listen to them and do what they say.
These are all special gifts that God’s spirit gives us, but they’re not the only gifts.
What’s something you can do really well?
Maybe you like to help others or you like to teach your little brothers or sisters how to do things.
The Holy Spirit gives us special gifts so we can help others. God loves when we use the gifts he gives us to take care of his other friends.
It’s exciting to learn today that the Holy Spirit gave each of us a special gift. Our gifts from the Holy Spirit can be as different as we are. Let’s do something fun that’ll show us another way we’re different.
Supplies: Markers or crayons and a piece of paper per child.
Follow these directions:
1. Grab a piece of paper and something to draw with.
2. On your paper draw a big square.
3. Draw a smaller square inside the big square.
4. Draw one more small square inside the big square.
5. Draw a pointy triangle sitting on top of the big square.
Talk about it
You all had the same supplies to draw with and the same directions to follow to draw a house, but your pictures aren’t the same. Your brains all think differently, and you each understood the drawing directions in your own special way.
What things look different about your pictures?
What do you like about all the different pictures?
It’s great that our pictures are different and that we’re different! None of us are exactly the same, and neither are our gifts from the Holy Spirit.
CRAFT / Activity
Supplies : solid-color wrapping paper (two 6x6-inch squares per child), a pencil, a ruler, scissors, markers, tape, scrap paper, gift ribbon.
Click the image below to print off the instructions
Here is another activity for you also. Next time you are out at night, see if you can see these star constellations...
In church right now Pastor Darren is talking about community in church, how the church isn't a building but it is a community of believers. This is the kids video that being shown in church this week.
The church is the group of believers that gather together. Everyone that gathers together has a unique set of gifts and talents, did you know that? The gifts and talents that God gives us are also known as spiritual gifts and that is what we are going to be looking at today. Before we get started though, let's sing a couple of songs! Click the videos below and sing along.
Sunday School Worship
God has given each of us special gifts through the Holy Spirit that can live in us. The Holy Spirit is God with us. It’s a gift that God is with us and that he gives us special talents we can use to love him and others!
Since the Holy Spirit is living in us, lets take a couple of minutes to think about where, if we could choose anywhere, we might like to live... would you like to live in the mountains or beside the ocean? in a treehouse, in a castle, on a boat? Why would you pick to live there?
Each of these places could be fun to live. Today we’re learning that when we believe in God, his Spirit lives—he lives in us ! Now that might sound a bit weird, but don’t worry. We’ll learn more about what this means later.
What do you think it means to have the Holy Spirit living in us?
So....? Why do you think that the Holy Spirit isn't something you can see on an X-ray?
In this video Cammie explained that the Holy Spirit is “the presence of God that’s always with us.”
Despite what Andy thought, you can’t see the Holy Spirit in an X-ray. But that doesn’t make him any less real! When we believe in Jesus, the Holy Spirit lives in us. We can’t see him on an X-ray, but we can see him by how he helps us live right and comforts us in times when we might be upset or have choices to make.
The Holy Spirit can live in us and guide us. That means he leads us and helps us know where to go and what to do. Let’s play a game where you’ll work together to guide a pen into a cup.
Talk About It
What role did the fishing line play in this game?
How does the fishing line remind you of how the Holy Spirit is in our lives?
Even though we can’t see the Holy Spirit, he guides us and helps us know where to go and what to do. When we believe in God the Holy Spirit lives in us.
Hungry Fish (Easy Prep: Use the painter’s tape to make X’s on the floor. 1 X for every 5 or 6 kids.)
Let’s play a game where our friends pretend to be hungry fish. But these fish are stuck to the bottom of the ocean right where they are. We can pretend we’re food trying to swim past them without getting touched. If they touch us, we go back to the start and try again.
Hungry Fish Get Help
Its hard for our hungry fish to catch their food! This time, our fish will have some help.
Choose another child to join each child on the X, so there are two kids at each X. One child will keep his or her feet on the X. The second child can stand as far away as possible while holding the hand of the first child. The second child will also remain in one place.
Have the remaining kids line up along the wall. Play the game as before, having kids go back to the start and try again if they get tagged.
Remind tagger teams to keep their feet in place.
Talk About It
It was hard for the hungry fish to catch their food alone. It was much easier with help. There are lots of things that are harder to do alone. We all need help sometimes, like if we need to move heavy furniture, trying to understand math homework, or maybe finding our keys.
God knows we need help sometimes. Sometimes God sends people to help us. But God’s Spirit can help us, too. When we need help making good choices or knowing what to do, he’s there. The Holy Spirit can live in us and help us when we need it.
As you know, today we’re learning about something called spiritual gifts.
Can you think about a person who has given you a really great gift? Maybe it was a Christmas or birthday gift, was it something you had waited a long time for? or was it something that was a complete surprise?
We’re going to learn more next week about what some spiritual gifts are. But this week, we’re going to focus on who gives them to us! They’re called spiritual gifts because the Holy Spirit gives them to us. The Holy Spirit gives us gifts when we believe in Jesus, because when we tell God that we believe in him the Holy Spirit can live in us. Listen to this... Romans 8:11 says....
"God raised Jesus from death. And if God’s Spirit is living in you, then he will also give life to your bodies that die. God is the One who raised Christ from death. And he will give life through his Spirit that lives in you."
So the Holy Spirit can live in us when we belive in Jesus, and he gives us spiritual gifts, let's find out more about what the Holy Spirit does in our lives.
The Bible tells us the Holy Spirit is the giver of all spiritual gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:4 says "There are different kinds of gifts; but they are all from the same Spirit." and verse 11 says.. "One Spirit, the same Spirit, does all these things. The Spirit decides what to give each person."
What does a megaphone do?
A megaphone helps us to speak louder. The Holy Spirit is kind of like a megaphone because he speaks up for us! Listen to this...
"I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper. He will give you this Helper to be with you forever. The Helper is the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him because it does not see him or know him. But you know him. He lives with you and he will be in you."
'"But I tell you the truth. It is better for you that I go away. When I go away I will send the Helper to you. If I do not go away, then the Helper will not come."
When Jesus talked about the Holy Spirit, he said the Holy Spirit can live in us and be our advocate. An advocate is someone who speaks up on behalf of someone else. For example, if someone was a victim of a crime, an advocate would speak up to get the person the help he or she needs.
The Holy Spirit can live in us and be our advocate. This is how the Bible describes it in Romans 8:26....
"Also, the Spirit helps us. We are very weak, but the Spirit helps us with our weakness. We do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself speaks to God for us, even begs God for us. The Spirit speaks to God with deep feelings that words cannot explain."
Have you ever wanted to pray but didn’t know what to say? We are welcome to talk to God anytime. But sometimes we don’t know what to say! When that happens, the Holy Spirit can be our advocate who hears what’s in our hearts and puts it into words as a prayer to God.
Let's read John 14:26 together, listen for something else the Holy Spirit does...
"But the Helper will teach you everything. He will cause you to remember all the things I told you. This Helper is the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name."
Can you think about your favourite teacher? What is it about them that makes them your favourite?
Jesus said the Holy Spirit will teach us and remind us what Jesus said. One way he does that is through the Bible. Sometimes when we’re reading the Bible, a verse seems to jump out at us. That’s the Holy Spirit making sure we pay attention to that verse! When the Holy Spirit lives in us, he teaches us.
Okay, let's see what's next... What does this sign make you think of?
When a driver sees a stop sign, he or she stops. Without that sign, the driver might crash into another car! The Holy Spirit does something similar. Let me show you what I mean.
"When the Helper comes, he will convict the people of the world of their sin, about being right with God, and about judgment."
This verse has some hard words, like convict. But basically this verse means that the Holy Spirit tells you when to stop doing something that’s bad for you or to start doing something that would be good for you to do. We don’t always know right and wrong. But the Holy Spirit does! Sometimes you’ll feel a little check in your heart that you’re doing something wrong. That’s because the Holy Spirit can live in us and give us that inside feeling that we need to stop. We won’t necessarily see a stop sign, but we’ll get a feeling.
Let’s see what else happens when the Holy Spirit lives in us.
Some people who wear glasses can see a little bit without them. But some people would be walking into things without their glasses! The Holy Spirit is kind of like a pair of glasses because he guides us.
"But when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you into all truth. He will not speak his own words. He will speak only what he hears and will tell you what is to come. The Spirit of truth will bring glory to me. He will take what I have to say and tell it to you."
What’s one thing you know is true?
God is so big that there’s always more we can learn about him and the longer we know God, the more the Holy Spirit can guide us into truth about God!
These verses mentioned one thing the Holy Spirit will show us that’s actually another gift.
The verses we read said the Holy Spirit will tell us about the future. How cool?!
How do binoculars remind you about knowing the future?
Binoculars let us see farther in front of us than we could see on our own. And when the Holy Spirit lives in us, he can show us things about the future that we’d never know on our own!
So that brings us to our last and final gift today.... What could it be? The last thing we’re learning about the Holy Spirit is this... 1 Corinthians 12:5-6 says...
"There are different ways to serve; but all these ways are from the same Lord. And there are different ways that God works in people; but all these ways are from the same God. God works in us all in everything we do."
When the Holy Spirit lives in us, he gives us each a spiritual gift. A spiritual gift is something you’re good at, but it’s different from a talent. The Holy Spirit could make you good at kindness, giving, or being wise.
Next week we’ll learn more about what all those gifts are. For now, the important thing to know is that they don’t come from us. Every gift we learned about comes from the same source: the Holy Spirit. They may feel like they’re coming from us, because the Holy Spirit lives in us when we believe in Jesus, but they’re special gifts he gave us to serve God!
Dear Holy Spirit,
We thank you for all the gifts you give us. We thank you for being our advocate, teaching us, convicting us, guiding us and showing us about the future, and giving us spiritual gifts.
Help us use our gifts to serve God,
In Jesus’ name,
Click on the image below to print of this activity sheet, or collect one from the church office.
How was your week?! What did you get up to? Did any of your extra curricular activities start up yet? What are you doing?
This is the last week that we are studying God's commands in Exodus and then we will be moving on to a new and exciting series on different gifts and talents that God gives each of us :)
Before we get started, lets shake out some of those wiggles and worship God together!
SUNDAY SCHOOL WORSHIP
Phew! who else feels warmed up after all those actions?
Alright, let's jump in!
So we've been learning about the commands that God gave to Moses and to us. The commands God gave us aren't just a list of rules for things for us NOT to do.. it's not as if he doesn't want us to have fun... God gives us these guidelines because he loves us and he wants us to be safe.
This week we are learning about what it means to be jealous, and how to NOT BE jealous. We have good, healthy friendships when we’re not jealous. Jealous means we want something someone else has. God gives us everything we need, so we don’t have to be jealous!
As we read the Bible today, we’ll hear about some brothers who were jealous. They were jealous about something their younger brother was going to get to do.
Sometimes people get to do things that we want to do, but God says we’re shouldn't be jealous and we can be thankful for the things we already have. It’s okay to want things, but when we’re focused on wanting what other people have, that’s jealousy. Let’s watch a boy named Gift who doesn’t have very much but isn’t jealous.
What do you have that Gift doesn’t?
What did Gift have to be jealous about?
Why do you think Gift wasn’t jealous, even though he didn’t have what the other kids had?
We shouldn't be jealous, whether we have a lot or a little, we can be thankful for what we have instead of comparing ourselves to others. We’ll be much happier!
GAME / ACTIVITY
God has given us all the ability to create wonderful things. Let’s see what we can create with what we have here today.
Supplies: various building supplies (blocks, playdough, lego, plastic cups)
Directions: Give one type of building supply to each child. Encourage each child to build whatever they can with what they have in three minutes. Help kids focus on what they can make with their own supplies, not on another child's supplies.
We all had different things to build with, but we could all make fun creations.
What’s your favorite thing to build with?
You may have wanted something different to build with. But when you focused on what you had, instead of what you didn’t have, you were able to make something wonderful. We’ve all been given lots of wonderful things by God. If we focus on those things, we’re not jealous, and we can enjoy all that we have.
Have you guys ever experienced favoritism? Or felt like someone was playing favourites and leaving you out? It's really not a very nice feeling. When people play favorites, our natural reaction is to be jealous. But let's read today’s commandment from God together. It's found in Exodus 20 verse 17.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
Covet might be a word you aren’t familiar with, and it means to be jealous. So this commandment says we’re not to be jealous. Let’s see how some brothers reacted when their dad played favorites.
"Joseph was a young man, 17 years old. His job was to take care of the sheep and the goats. Joseph did this work with his brothers, Joseph told his father about the bad things that his brothers did. Joseph was born at a time when his father Jacob was very old, and he loved him more than he loved his other sons. Jacob gave him a special coat, which was long and very beautiful."
Joseph’s brothers weren’t so happy about Joseph’s present. God’s commandment says we’re not jealous, but we can understand why they were!
"When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more than he loved them, they hated their brother because of this. They refused to say nice things to him."
After that, Joseph had a dream, and their jealousy got worse....
One time Joseph had a special dream. Later, he told his brothers about this dream, and after that his brothers hated him even more. Joseph said, “I had a dream. We were all working in the field, tying stacks of wheat together. Then my stack got up. It stood there while all of your stacks of wheat made a circle around mine and bowed down to it."
His brothers said, “Do you think this means that you will be a king and rule over us?”
His brothers hated Joseph more now because of the dreams he had about them.”
When Joseph’s brothers heard about that dream, they were even more jealous. Their jealousy led them to hate Joseph!
Then Joseph had another dream...
Then Joseph had another dream, and he told his brothers about it. He said, “I had another dream. I saw the sun, the moon, and eleven stars bowing down to me.”
Joseph also told his father about this dream, but his father criticized him. His father said, “What kind of dream is this? Do you believe that your mother, your brothers, and I will bow down to you?” Joseph’s brothers continued to be jealous of him, but his father thought about all these things and wondered what they could mean.
God commands us not to be jealous, but it was a tough situation not to envy Joseph. He was the clear favorite, and God gave him dreams about his brothers bowing to him! They didn’t like that.
Today’s commandment sounds like a negative one…what not to do. And we can understand how Joseph’s brothers failed miserably. So let’s flip it. Let's think of some words that are the opposite of jealousy.
One word that’s the opposite of jealousy is gratitude. When we’re grateful for what we have, we’re not jealous of what other people have.
What could Joseph’s brothers have been grateful for in this story?
Joseph’s brothers had a big, wealthy family and animals to provide food and clothing. Now, let’s make it personal.
Close your eyes and think of a situation where you’ve been jealous. Now replay that situation, and think of all the things you could’ve been grateful for. When we focus on what everyone else has, it’s normal to be jealous. But when we focus on God’s blessings to us, we’re not jealous. Instead we’re focused on being thankful for everything God has given us. There’s always something to be thankful for!
CRAFT / COLOURING
There will always be things other people have that we don’t. If we think about what we don’t have, it makes us sad. God gives us lots of wonderful things. When we think about those things instead, that makes our hearts happy.
We’re learning that we’re not to be jealous. One way to keep our attitudes from being jealous is focusing on thanking God for what we do have. We’re going to make gratitude jars to help us do that.
Supplies:“Gratitude Jars” handout (click the link to print it out) - If you don't have a printer, perhaps you have another container you could use and decorate for this exercise.
There will always be people who have things we don’t have. But we also have a lot of things other people don’t have! Instead of comparing what we have and what others have, we can be thankful that God gives us what we need. That way, we’re not jealous.
God takes care of us and gives us everything we need! We don’t need to be jealous of other people. When we’re not jealous, it’s better for our lives and our friendships. Let's pray together now..
Thank you for all of the blessings that you have given to us. Thank you also for all of things that you have blessed our friends and family with. Please help us not to be jealous of the things that other people have. Please help us to be grateful for what we have, and be reminded that you love us, that you always provide for us all that we need.
In Jesus name,
Another week has passed since we last caught up! How was your first full week back at school?
This week in Sunday School we are talking about commandment # 9, only one more week left and we'll be done this short series. Its been interesting to re-visit God's commands over the last few weeks and I hope that you've been learning something too - God wants us to live safe and healthy lives and His commands help us to stay safe.
Before we jump into today's lesson lets begin with a few songs. Everybody up, let's see if we can add some actions to these songs.
SUNDAY SCHOOL WORSHIP
Great singing! We can almost hear you from where we are!
Today we're going to be learning a bit about God's command not to lie. It’s always best for us to tell the truth, and it helps us to have the best friendships when we don't lie to one another.
In our Bible story today, we’ll read about some people who shared all their things with their friends. But they had two friends who told a lie about what they were sharing.
Sharing is a great thing to do! It makes friends closer. One thing that doesn’t bring friends closer is lying. God says we shouldn’t lie because it’s what’s best for us!
Sometimes lying can be pretty easy. Maybe you think you could get away with lying and no one would know. That’s what happens in our video today.
Can you guys think about a time you were tempted to lie because you didn’t think anyone would notice. What did you do?
What are reasons people sometimes want to lie?
What could being truthful cost us?
Why is it worth the cost?
Dylan wanted to move the ball and lie about it so he could win the Mini Masters Tournament. In the end, he decided to be honest even though it meant losing the tournament. That was a big cost to him, but the consequences of lying to win would have been worse for him. He would’ve felt guilty about it for a long time, and he might even have been caught and gotten in trouble. Telling the truth is always the best thing to do, even if it doesn't always feel right.
Where is it?
Supplies: a small toy that can fit easily in a kids’ hands.
If everyone who had the toy didn’t tell the truth, or if people said that they had the toy when they didnt, it wouldn’t be a very fun game.
What do you think might have happened in our game if everyone had lied about having the toy? Maybe whomever was in the middle would have gotten frustrated or angry, no one else would’ve gotten to be in the center, or the game wouldn’t have been fair.
If we lie when we play a game, our friends might not want to play with us anymore. When we lie, it hurts our friends. We want to be truthful kids, even when we aren’t playing a game, so we shouldn’t lie. It just makes things more fun for everyone!
It can be hard to remember that we don’t lie, but when we practice telling the truth over and over, it helps keep us from lying.
Let’s practice telling the truth with a game. We’ll tell the truth by being honest if we’re tagged.
In our game we tried to get to the other side without getting tagged. If we did get tagged, we might’ve thought about lying and saying we didn’t get tagged. But we shouldn’t lie, if we did, the game wouldn’t be as much fun.
Lots of games that we play are that way. Can you guys think about another game where you have to tell the truth?
We have lots of chances to practice telling the truth. The more we practice, the easier it is to remember that we don’t lie.
So we’ve been learning about God’s Commandments. Let’s find out what today’s actually says, it's found in Exodus 20:16..
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor."
That’s a fancy way of saying we don’t lie.
What are some of the negative things that can happen when we lie?
Lying can really mess things up! That’s why we shouldn’t lie. Let’s see what happened after a couple in the Bible lied.
Shortly after Jesus died, he came back to life, and then went to heaven, the church started to grow. And all the church members were sharing what they had! It was a really great community.
No one told people they had to sell things in order to share with this community, but a lot of people did.
One married couple, Ananias and Sapphira, sold some land they had. We don’t know exactly what it sold for, but let’s say it sold for $50,000.
Now remember, no one told them they had to sell that land or that they had to give all the money from the sale to the church. But they decided to give some of the money to church, and here’s where the lie comes in.
Acts 5:2 says; "and with his wife's knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles' feet."
Have you guys ever told a lie? What kind of mess did you make?
Lying makes a mess. Eventually the truth comes out, and we’re left with a mess for everyone, that’s why God’s best plan for us is that we don’t lie.
Let’s see what happened next, in Acts 5:5-6 it says; "When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him."
Why do you think Ananias died?
Now, we don't want you to be scared. We don’t really know why Ananias died. The Bible doesn’t say God made Ananias die. If you tell a lie, it doesn’t mean you will die - but you will face consequences. You’ll hurt relationships with other people. You’ll be less trustworthy. You’ll live in a state of worry about being caught out, trying to remember all the lies you’ve already told. So we follow God’s Commandment, and we don’t lie.
Ananias’ wife, Sapphira, hadn’t come with him when he brought the money, but she did come later.
Acts 5:7-10 says "After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you[a] sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband."
Sapphira didn’t know the truth had already come out. She tried to cover up the truth, too, but she couldn’t do it. And like her husband, she died.
Ananias and Sapphira had no reason to lie about their offering. Giving some of the money from the sale of their property would’ve still been a generous gift. They hadn’t done anything wrong by keeping some of the money. But they were trying to make themselves look more generous than they really were, so they lied. And that was wrong.
Can you guys think of other reasons other people lie?
Maybe you’ve been hiding a truth because you did do something wrong and you’re trying to hide it. Maybe you’re hiding a truth because, like Ananias and Sapphira, you want to seem more impressive. Whatever the reason we want to lie, we just shouldn’t lie, lying only hurts ourselves and others.
This commandment is probably one everyone has broken at some point. God’s way says we don’t lie, but I bet most of us have. Here’s the great news: It’s not too late for you to reveal the truth.
Let's pray together...
Thank you that you’ve given us good guidelines. Thank you that you tell us not to lie because you know the truth is always best. Help us to always tell the truth.
In Jesus’ name,
CRAFT / COLOURING
Click on the image below to print off this colouring sheet.
How are things going? Have you been to school this past week? How was that? New teachers? any new classmates?
This week in Sunday School we're learning about the commandment about not stealing. It is one of the final few weeks in this series!
While we're still not meeting together in the classroom we are continuing with Sunday school online, and if you're in the church building on Sunday we have activity packages for you.
Before we jump into this weeks lesson, lets begin with a couple of songs. These songs are ones we've done over the last couple of weeks and so should now be getting to be familiar to us.
SUNDAY SCHOOL WORSHIP
So, we've been learning about God’s commands. Those are things God tells us we must do to keep us safe and healthy. Since we’ll be learning about God’s rules that keep us safe and healthy, we’re going to add a new street sign to our road. Street signs tell us the right thing to do to keep us safe too.
This is the sign we're adding to our road. Our bible story today will be about someone who stole some money, so this sign reminds us not to steal.
No one wants their things to be stolen. Stealing hurts us and others. That’s why God says we don’t steal. Today we’ll read about someone who hurt Jesus and his friends by stealing from them.
We probably have been told before not to steal, but maybe its hard to know what’s really stealing.
If you find money on the ground, should you take it? Can you explain why you should or shouldn't?
Let’s see a story where that happened and two friends had to decide what to do.
What did you think about Noah’s choices in this story? What about Jared’s?
How would it have hurt someone if Jared had kept the money?
We don’t steal. Even though Jared wanted the money, keeping it meant a kindergartener couldn’t afford a book at the book fair. Taking from other people is selfish. Instead, we can give generously.
Today we heard that Judas was in charge of gathering money for Jesus’ friends. Let’s play a game and see how many cotton balls we can gather. This game is a take on the game "Hungry, Hungry Hippos"
Judas took some of the money that belonged to Jesus’ friends for himself. In our game, our friends lost some of the cotton balls they’d collected. We may have wanted to grab those for ourselves. At times we might want to take other things that belong to someone else, like treats or toys. But we don’t steal. Instead we can ask someone to share.
Today’s Bible story is about a guy named Judas. You may know him as the guy who betrayed his friend Jesus and helped people arrest and kill Jesus. But this story happens before he did all that.
You see, Judas was one of Jesus’ 12 disciples. The disciples were Jesus’ closest friends, and they followed him around and learned from him.
Judas was the treasurer for the group. That means he was in charge of the money. So when they would go to the market, Judas was responsible for buying the food.
And when they went to the Temple, Judas was in charge of the offering. When they needed new sandals, Judas paid the bill. When they had to stay at an inn, Judas handled the payment, or if they had to rent a donkey, Judas would pay the fee.
But there was a problem. Judas was a thief.
How do you think the other disciples would have felt if they had known Judas was stealing some of their money?
So…Judas was in charge of the money, but he stole some. That goes against today’s commandment: We don’t steal. Exodus 20:15 says "You must not steal anything."
All that background brings us to today’s Bible story. Let’s look at what happened from Judas’ point of view.
Put yourself in the mind of Judas. You’re always trying to get as much money for yourself as possible. What do you think when you see Mary pouring this expensive perfume?
Let’s see what Judas said in John 12:4-5;
"Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ followers, was there—the one who would later hand Jesus over to his enemies. Judas said, “That perfume was worth a full year’s pay. It should have been sold, and the money should have been given to the poor people.”"
Do you believe that was Judas’ real reason for being mad? Why or why not?
Let’s keep reading... John 12:6 says;
"But Judas did not really care about the poor. He said this because he was a thief. He was the one who kept the moneybag for the group of followers. And he often stole money from the bag."
We don’t steal. If we do steal, it messes up our hearts! We get greedy, wanting more and more for ourselves. Judas didn’t care about the poor. He cared about a woman wasting perfume that was worth a lot of money, because he wanted that money for himself.
We know that Judas’ heart was greedy and self-centered, because he was stealing money for himself. But what about Mary’s heart? Let’s consider the story again from her point of view.
Judas focused on taking more and more for himself. How would you describe Mary’s heart?
While Judas was greedy, Mary was generous. What she did was the opposite of stealing. She could’ve kept the perfume; it was hers to begin with.
Why do you think Mary gave up the perfume?
Mary willingly gave up what she had as an act of worship to Jesus.
Mary wanted to worship Jesus, so she gave generously. And here’s what Jesus said in John 12:7-8;
"Jesus answered, “Don’t stop her. It was right for her to save this perfume for today—the day for me to be prepared for burial. You will always have those who are poor with you. But you will not always have me.”"
What are some differences between Mary’s perspective of the events and Judas’ perspective?
When it comes to money and things, we can be greedy or we can be generous. But God’s way is best, and he shows us that we don’t steal. We don’t try to take more and more for ourselves like Judas did. Instead, we give generously like Mary did.
CRAFT / COLOURING
Talk About Our Hands
God made our hands. When we pray, sometimes we put our hands together. That keeps our hands from wanting to play. Instead, we pray!
We can do so many other wonderful things with our hands, too. Can you think of some things you like to do with your hands? Things like shaking hands when meeting someone new? Making chocolate chip cookies? Shooting a basketball? Giving your friend a high-five, colouring a picture.
Tell about your favorite thing to do with your hands. Sometimes we can do things with our hands that aren’t good, like stealing. God commands us, “We don’t steal.” Stealing hurts others. Let’s make something to help us remember to use our hands for good things, like talking to God, instead.
Make Praying Hands
We can remember that we don’t steal with this rhyme: "If we stop and pray, we don’t take things away."
We shouldn't steal, let's use our hands to pray instead.
Please help us in the moments when we see something that doesn't belong to us, a toy or a snack, or maybe something else... please let us hear you reminding us that you have commanded us not to steal, and help us to we take that moment to talk with you instead.
Thank you for being such a loving God.
So, it seems like a bit of a heavy topic we're talking about today huh?
The people in our families are important to us. That’s why we don’t want to hurt them—or anyone else! Today we’ll hear about a man who did hurt his brother, and we’ll find out what God did about it. We’ll also find out that God will help us not hurt others because he cares about everyone!
Before we jump into our bible lesson today, let's sing some songs together!
SUNDAY SCHOOL WORSHIP
Today’s commandment from God is we don’t hurt others. In the Bible today, we’ll find out what happened when a man named Abel hurt his brother, but first we're going to watch this short video It’s no fun when others hurt us! When we keep that in mind, we can make sure that we aren’t the ones hurting someone else.
What emotions did you see Broccoli having in this video?
What was the most hurtful thing to happen to Broccoli?
What difference did it make when the fruit basket was nice to Broccoli instead of bullying Broccoli?
Bullying and teasing can hurt emotionally and physically, just as it did for Broccoli. On the other hand, being kind to others can make people feel really good! That’s why God wants us to make sure we don’t hurt others.
We can get angry about a lot of different things. Sometimes when we’re angry, we think about saying or doing something that would hurt someone else. But we can slow down and ask God to help us not hurt others. Let’s pretend these cotton balls are people. In this game we’ll practice being slow and careful so we don’t hurt them.
It was hard to keep the cotton balls on the spoons, especially if we went really fast. We had to slow down to keep them from falling. There are lots of times it helps to slow down.
What’s something you need to do slowly? Maybe colouring to stay in the lines, carrying a breakable dish to the kitchen, or walking on an icy sidewalk?
Sometimes going slow keeps us safe, and sometimes slowing down keeps us from hurting others. When we’re angry, we can slow down and talk to God before we do or say something unkind. We can ask God for help when we’re angry so we don’t hurt others.
If you're able to, print out THIS sheet and gather other supplies. (2 craft sticks, scissors, crayons and glue).
Over the last few weeks, we’ve learned about God’s commands. God’s commands are things he tells us to do that help us have the best life. This week we’ll learn that God says we don’t hurt others. God doesn’t want us to hurt others because all people are precious to God.
The Bible tells about a dad and mom named Adam and Eve. God gave Eve a son, and she named him Cain. Let’s make something to help us retell this Bible story—maybe to our younger brothers, sisters, cousins, or neighbours, lets make our puppets.
Then Eve had another son, and she named him Abel. Abel grew up to
be a shepherd. Shepherds raise animals like sheep and cows, and Cain grew up to be a crop farmer, he might have grown fruits, vegetables, and grains.
Let's use our puppets to tell the rest of the story....
One day it was time to bring gifts to God. God is so wonderful, and because he made us, God deserved gifts from Cain and Abel. Cain brought some of his crops to God. Cain didn’t bring his best crops to God. The same day that Cain brought his “just okay” gift to God, Abel brought his very best meat from his very best lambs for God. When God looked at the gifts, he accepted Abel’s. God was very happy with Abel and the gift he’d given, but God didn’t accept Cain’s gift. God was not happy with Cain or his gift which made Cain very angry and sad. When God talked to Cain God asked, “Why are you angry and sad? You didn’t do the right thing. I’ll accept you if you do the right thing, but if you don’t, then watch out!” God told Cain to make good choices and to stop making wrong choices.
God wants all of us to make good choices and stop making wrong choices. God knows that’s what’s best for us. But Cain didn’t do that. One day, Cain asked his brother to go out into the fields with him and when they were out in the fields, Cain killed his brother!
That was NOT a good choice! Remember, one of God’s commands is that we don’t hurt others. God knew what Cain did, and he punished Cain. God was sad that Cain made a bad choice to hurt his brother. God tells us we don’t hurt others, because every person is precious to God. It’s always best to be kind and loving toward others. Let’s do something else to help us think about God’s command that says we don’t hurt others.
I want you to think about the following situations; and you will get an opportunity to make a choice about what you would do or how you would react. Try to remember that God asks us to make good choices, and commands us not to hurt others, because every person is precious to God.
We don’t hurt others’ feelings or bodies, because every person is precious to God. God commands us not to hurt others so we can all live happy, healthy, safe lives.
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Sometimes when we’re angry, we hurt people around us like Cain did. But today we’re learning that we don’t hurt others. We need to find a different way to get out the anger so we don’t hurt anyone.
One way to get our anger out is to share our angry feelings with someone. Talking to someone if we're sad or angry can often help us feel better.
Who can you talk to when you’re angry? Perhaps you might go to a friend, a parent or a grandparent.
God gave us special people we can talk to when we’re angry, and we can talk to God, too. We can even make something to help us with our anger.
When we’re angry, we need to get those angry feelings out. We can talk to God about our feelings—he’s always there to help us. We can also talk to our parents and friends, or we can squeeze our stress balls. If we talk about our angry feelings, it can help us feel better, and then we don’t hurt others when we’re angry.
We all get angry sometimes. Please help us to find peace when we are angry, instead of making the situation worse with hurtful words or actions.
Give us your peace right now.
In Jesus’ name,