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.
CRAFT / COLOURING
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,