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.