Free Time/Organized Play – you can allot up to 15 minutes for 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? – Use this time to capture each child’s week in review. Use a dry erase board to illustrate a scale of 1-10. 1 being horrible and 10 being fantastic.
Activity #1 – Avoiding deceit…
Haven’t our parents and teachers told us to “always tell the truth?” What if sometimes we not sure what the truth is? Did you know that Jesus calls himself “The Way, the Truth and the Life?” If we ever want to know what the truth is, we can look to Jesus! In fact, let’s read vs. 18-23 together
According to these scriptures, God has anointed us, or given us His Holy Spirit to know what the truth is. Also, we just read that if someone denies that Jesus is God’s Son, they don’t know the truth. This is how we know that we are following Jesus: we agree that He is the Christ, or the Anointed One. God wants us to know Him and trust Him and we can do that by reading about him in the Bible and obeying Him.
Let’s find out how much we know about our friends. Think of two true facts about yourself, and then think of one lie. Each person writes down their 2 truths and a lie on a piece of paper and hand it in to me. If you have trouble thinking of things, here is an example: tell the kids two facts about yourself, one lie and then ask them to guess which is untrue. After the cards have come in, read each one randomly, one at a time. Let’s all decide who the person on the card is, as well as the lie. Now that everyone has gone, let me ask you a few questions…is it possible to really know someone if you don’t talk to them? How can you get to know your heavenly Father? Is it possible to know the Father by knowing His Son, Jesus Christ?
Activity #2 – Have you ever been intentionally dishonest? In other words, have you disguised the truth so you could get away with something wrong? If you’re like me, you probably have. Sure, there’s times where you may have said something wrong but it was on accident but this is different. Let’s read verse 26 together. It say’s that John wrote this letter to his fellow Christians because there were ‘bad guys’ out to deceive them or to deliberately lead them away from Christ. Even today, it’s very easy to be mislead by someone, especially in regards to our faith. Some of the believers back then were being led astray by those who pretended to love Christ but didn’t really.
We’re going to do an activity where you try to deliberately mislead someone into thinking you’re someone else. I need a volunteer to come up front, sit down facing away from the group and close their eyes. Now, I need someone to quietly tiptoe up behind him or her, disguising your voice and say “Let the truth abide.” Now, quietly tiptoe back to your seat. The first volunteer now get’s to turn around and guess one time out loud who they thought it might be. If they get it right, they get to keep playing. If they get it wrong, they have to take the place of the deceiver.
After a few rounds of this, ask the kids, “Was it hard to guess who the different people were? What made it difficult? For those of you who guessed correctly, what gave away the deceivers? How can we know someone so well, that they can’t fool us? How can we know when someone might be trying to lead us away from Jesus?” Let’s read verses 22-23 again to find out!
Lesson – Now let’s all read vs. 24-27 together. Verse 24 says to “let [the truth] abide in you”. The word ‘abide’ means, “To be held, kept, continually”. Do you remember when we talked about fellowship a few weeks ago? The main idea is to be so close to someone that we start to act like them. We want to be so close to the truth that it comes out without even having to think about it.
What is the promise that we are given in verse 25? That’s right – eternal life! Eternal life isn’t just living forever, it means living the way God wants us to even today. Guess what? That means living for Him, full of joy, hope and peace. Those are the things that God wants for us.
Let’s read verse 29. It says that everyone who does what is right is born of him (or the Father). Take this apple for instance. This apple didn’t come from a banana tree or an orange tree…where did it come from? That’s right! If you were walking in the woods and saw a bunch of these hanging from a tree, what kind of tree do you think that would be? Well, the bible says that we are known by our fruit. What fruit should we show as Christians? Probably things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. Let’s take a few minutes and pray to our Heavenly Father that His fruit would show in our lives. Pray with the kids and then lead into the worship song.
Small Groups – Split your class into groups of 4-6 depending on how many volunteers are with you. The groups can be divided by age (ex. K-2nd & 3rd-5th) or as a variety of ages. Ask the following questions:
- What set’s believers and non-believers apart? Is it just because one goes to church and another doesn’t?
- What promise has God given us if we abide in Him? What does that promise look like?
- Why do you think that it’s important to go to church and to fellowship with other Christians?
Snack Time – Pretzels, Animal Crackers or Goldfish…enjoy!
Activity #3 – Finally, let’s read verse 29 together. To practice righteousness means to show the nature of our Father. In other words, we are living righteously when others are able to see our Heavenly Father in us and in our actions. I want to show you something really neat. This is the Chinese character for righteousness (yi). Putting two other characters on top of each other forms it. The top shaded character (called ‘yang’) means lamb. The bottom character (called ‘wo’) means me, self or I. Put together, the word righteousness (yi) is formed. True righteousness is therefore gained by placing ourselves under the Lamb, Jesus Christ.
Take a blank sheet of paper and recreate this image on one side using pencils or crayons. Then, on the other side, draw yourself and a cross over you to show how you can have true righteousness. [Adapted from www.sunshineonmyshoulder.typepad.com]
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. Amen.
Free Time/Organized Play/Clean Up – If you have any trash lying on the floor or on tables, use this time to clean up before letting free time begin.
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