love sick_an elementary curriculum_part seven

Love Sick_An Elementary Curriculum_Part Seven

We Can Know God Loves Us Because Jesus Died for Us!

1 John 3:11-22

Free Time/Organized Play – 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 the dry erase board to illustrate a scale of 1-10.  1 being horrible and 10 being fantastic.

Simon Says

1)   Lead and have students lead a game of Simon Says

2)   Model actions named (“Simon says…jump up and down”)

3)   Anyone who does the wrong thing is out and must sit down.

Simon Says Reflection

1)   Was it easy or hard to follow directions of the leader?  Why?

2)   Since the leader was doing the same thing as everyone else, was it easier to do the right thing?  (The right thing being what the leader instructed)

3)   Part of being respectful and showing someone you care is doing what they ask you.  God tells us how to live a life that He likes do you think it’s important to do what He asks?  Why/Why not?

4)   Name some things you know God tells us to do and why do you think He has us do these things? (i.e. honor parents)

Thing-Person Trade Off

1)   Have children write/draw  a list of things they have that they really like/care about. (i.e. bike, favorite toy, bed).

2)   Have children write/draw a list of people they really love. (parents, siblings, dear friends).

3)   Explain to kids that they must choose which things they will give up (they must give up all but one of their things) to help make their list of people’s lives better. (this could take a few minutes)

Thing-Person Trade Off Reflection

1)   How did you feel giving up the things you love for the people you love? Happy/sad?  Why?

2)   Would it have been easier or harder to give up your things for people you don’t know?  Why?

3)   God gave up something very special to Him so that we, His children, could have great lives.  He gave up His Son, Jesus, in order for us to have a great relationship with Him and live a life that is full of joy and adventure.  Since God gave up something so dear to Him for us to live a good life for Him, do you think we should say thank You?  What are ways we can show God we’re thankful for Him giving up His Son for our lives?

Worship – Shout Praises Kids DVD: Promises – One Way

Lesson – Let’s re-read verse 16, “We know what love is because Jesus Christ gave His life for us. “ Let’s try to think of what love is…can anyone in here raise your hand and share what you think ‘love’ is?  Wow, what great answers.  Did you know that the Bible helps us understand what love is?  It says that because Jesus Christ gave His life for us, we can know what true love is.  I wonder what that means, that Jesus Christ gave His life for us.  Does anyone know what that means?  Have any of you ever given your life for someone else?  Probably not, because you’re here listening to me now!

I wonder if we always have to give our life away to show someone that we love them.  Let’s look at verse 18.  It says, “Dear children, don’t just talk about love. Put your love into action. Then it will truly be love.”  So listening to this verse, it sounds like there might be a real love and a fake love.  Let’s think about this.  I’m going to write on this (poster/markerboard) two categories: fake love and real love.  Can you think of what I might put under the fake love category?  Ok, now what about the real love category?  Great job everyone!  So we know that true love is more than just words, it’s actions.  It’s actually doing something.

I’m so glad that you all came to church today with me.  Let’s take a few minutes to worship our Father and thank Him for sending his Son, Jesus Christ to rescue us by giving His life for us.

Worship – Shout Praises Kids DVD: Promises – Came To My Rescue


Dear God, our Father, thank You for giving up something so special to You, Jesus, so that we can live great lives for You.  Please help us to show how thankful we are by doing nice things for others that we know and don’t know.  Thank you for the food we are about to eat.  Amen


1)   Wash hands!!!

2)   Give kids 5 minutes to build ‘masterpieces’ with graham crackers and pretzel sticks and icing

3)   Have kids give their masterpieces away to another kid (you may need to assist in the trading process) to eat.

4)   Give them water

Snack Reflection

1)   Were you proud of your snack creation?  Why?

2)   How did you feel after finishing the creation and you found out you were giving it away?

3)   Would you want the person who got your snack to be grateful?  Why?

4)   How can we show the person whose creation we ate that we appreciate it and them? (Say thank you and complement their creation)

Game – Heads Up, 7 Up

Although this game is played (and titled accordingly) with seven players, it can be done so with anywhere between 1-7 players depending on the overall count.  Everyone closes their eyes , puts their heads between their knees or on the table but leaves their hand out with their thumb up in the air.  The designated players (1-7 of them) will quietly tip-toe around the room, touching one persons’ thumb.  The player then moves quietly to the front of the room.  If someone’s thumb is touched, they put it down.  After all the players have found and touched one thumb each and then moved to the front of the room, you announce, “Heads up, seven up”.  Those who had their finger touched will stand up and take turns, getting one chance each to name the person they think touched them.  If they get it right, they take the players place.  If they get it wrong, they have to sit back down and play another round with their thumbs up.

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 laying on the floor or on tables, use this time to clean up prior to letting free time commence.

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