Thank you to Colea Henderson for writing this lesson. She took it in a more reflective direction, which I really like. Huge thank you to Jake Page as well for the fantastic artwork.
The Key to Loving God? Obedience.
Free Time/Organized Play, 15 minutes – free time while children are making their way into the classroom. This is also a good time to get bathroom breaks out of the way.
Howzitgoin? 5 minutes – use this time to capture each child’s week in review. Use the dry erase board to illustrate a scale of 1-10. 1 being horrible and 10 being fantastic.
Celebrity Heads, 15 minutes
Pick 2-4 children to stand at the marker board facing out. You (or another child) then write the names of different people above the children’s heads. If the marker board is not available, write names on paper and flash the names to the group. These people may be someone famous or from a wider base, and can even be animals or inanimate objects. The children then ask questions to find out ‘who they are’. The whole class answers with either “yes” or “no”. If a question is answered with a yes they can ask another question, if no, move on to next child! At the end of their go, they may guess who they are. The winner is the first person to correctly guess the name above their head! (Adapted from www.ultimatecampresource.com)
Celebrity Heads Reflection, 10 minutes – ask the kids these questions…
1) (To the participants) How did you guys figure out who your person (or thing) was?
2) If I had put the name ‘Jesus’ over your heads, how would you have described him?
3) Is it possible to obey Jesus if we don’t know Jesus?
4) Let’s re-read vs. 5-6. According to these scriptures, how do we know we are ‘in Christ’?
5) God wants us to try our best when being obedient, following His directions. He understands that we make mistakes and gives us lots of chances to get it right, just like the few times it took us to guess who our person/thing was. Tell me some times when you’ve tried to do the right thing, but messed up. What happened afterward?
Worship – Shout Praises Kids: Today is the Day
Copy Cat Guessing Game, 15 minutes
1) Pick one person to stand behind everyone, unseen by them.
2) Pick another person to stand in front of everyone, seen by them.
3) You whisper to the unseen person in the back the following tasks and then, without speaking, the person in the back acts them out (like charades). Examples include: brushing teeth, planting garden, jumping rope, shampooing hair, playing music, ice skating, walking the dog, being a cat, picking their nose, science experiment, jumping jacks, swing, hula hooping, making a pb+j sandwich, being a tyrannosaurus rex, rowing a boat, tap dancing, etc.
4) The person facing the class copies the person in the back, no speaking.
5) Class takes turns guessing what the action is, one-by-one raising hand. Do this until an action is correctly guessed.
6) The person who guesses correctly gets to be the new person in the back and the former person in the back moves up to the front.
7) Repeat with different actions.
Copy Cat Guessing Game Reflection, 10 minutes
1) Why was it important to copy exactly what you saw to your classmates?
2) How did you feel copying the person in the back (perhaps use a different word) without knowing what they were trying to act out? Did that make you pay attention more or less?
3) What would have happened if the copier had decided to ignore the person in the back? Do you think the class would have guessed the action?
4) God shows us what we are to do, how we are to live by the different stories in the Bible, just like the person in the back was showing the front copier what to do. Do you think it would have been hard for the front copier to act out the actions if the person in the back didn’t act anything out? Why?
5) Just like the person in the front wasn’t always sure what the person in the back was doing, but trusted them anyways, we have to do the same thing with God. Often we do not understand what or why God wants us to do certain things, but we know that He knows the answer and He can be trusted so we must be obedient anyways. God always does things for our good. Name some times when you followed directions without knowing why and something good happened.
Worship – Shout Praises Kids: God You Reign
Snack Time, 15 minutes
1) Have kids buddy up, one behind the other. Give everyone a dab of hand sanitizer.
2) Back kid’s arms go through the arms of the front kid’s (front kids arms should be behind their back), as if they are the new arms.
3) Set out graham crackers, chocolate icing, mini-marshmallows and plastic spoons on a table in front of each pair. The goal is to create a ‘smore-ish’ snack, with a graham cracker on the bottom, icing spread on the cracker and then some marshmallows stuck on top.
4) The front person will give directions to the back person (whose eyes are closed) about how to prepare the snack. Example: the spoon is on your right > break the graham cracker in half > spread the icing on the cracker, etc.
5) Each partnership will make two snacks (one for each person).
6) While eating, let the kids reflect…
Snack Time Reflection, 10 minutes
1) When you found out you and your partner would be eating what you prepared did it make you want to do a good job? Why?
2) How important was it to follow the leader’s (the person in the front) directions? What do you think would have happened if the person in the back was not obedient?
3) For this activity, we knew there was a treat, something good, for us if we completed it. When God gives us directions, do you think there’s something good for us if we complete it? Like what?
4) Let’s re-read vs. 11. According to this scripture, how does someone end up walking in the darkness?
5) How can we walk in the light? Is it easier or harder to obey God when you are walking in the light? Do you think it pleases God when we say we ‘hate’ someone?
Prayer – Dear God, thank You for giving us lots of chances to do the right thing, to be obedient to You. Please help us to follow your directions, to be obedient to you and other people who are in charge of us. We want to be obedient to you so that we can live the super life you want us to live. Thank You for loving us enough to tell us how to live a good life and thank You for the food you give us. Amen!
Close w/ The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
Free Time/Organized Play/Clean Up – If you have any trash lying on the floor or on tables, use this time to clean up prior to letting free time commence.
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