Caring For The Poor (K-1) (Free Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
May 30 — 2010 K-1 Proverbs 14:31 “The one who oppresses the poor insults his Creator, but whoever shows favor to the needy honors him”

Giving to the poor shows that we love God because we care about the things He cares about.

Prepared by: Teresa Klassen

1.         Are You Interested In What I am Interested in? (8 minutes)

For this activity, we just want to show how when we are interested in what someone else is interested in we move towards them and do the things they do.

Have all the children stand in the center of the room.

Teacher says: When we are getting to know people, we often ask questions about what they like or don’t like.  So, I would like to ask you some questions and that will help me to know what is important to you.

  1. 1. If you like Batman go to that end of the room (point in one direction), if you like Barbie go to this end of the room (point to the other side of the room). Look at all the people who are interested in the same thing that you are!
  2. If you like carrots go to this end of the room, if you like corn go to this end of the room. Look at all the people who like the same foods that you do!
  3. If you like strawberry icecream go to this end of the room, if you like chocolate icecream go to this end of the room. Look at all the people who like the same treat as you do!
  4. On the playground, if you like going on the climbing bars go to this end of the room, if you like to go on the swings go to this end of the room. Look at all the people who like to do the same things that you do!
  5. One more question, if you like to get up early in the morning go to this end of the room, if you like to sleep in a long time go to this end of the room. Look at all the people who like getting up like you do, and look at all the people who like sleeping in like you do.

Teacher says: OK, now just stay there for a minute. Your answers tell me a lot about what you like and what you don’t like. What if Jesus was standing in the center of the room and we had the chance to ask him questions. Let’s come back to the middle and now, let’s try to think like Jesus thinks.

  1. What if we asked Jesus, do you like to tell the truth (point in one direction) or to lie (point in another direction) where do you think Jesus would go stand? (have the children go to the side of the room they think is the right side). Jesus would look at you and say, “That’s great! You like to be honest like I am honest”
  2. What if we asked Jesus, do you like to visit just with adults (point in one direction) or do you like being with adults and children? (point in another direction). Jesus would look at you and say, “That’s great! I am glad you know that I like to visit with adults and I like to visit with children just the same!”
  3. What if we were to ask Jesus a tricky question, think about this one! Jesus do you like being with people who are good and nice and clean and kind (point in one direction) or do you like being with all people, including people who have gotten into all kinds of trouble and might be poor and dirty, people who might not work and beg for their money and whose clothes might even smell.

* If the children don’t know which side to go to, just walk over to the side of the right answer and invite everyone to join you there. “This is where Jesus would stand, because Jesus loves all people. Jesus had friends who were good and kind and obedient, but Jesus also made a point of being friends with all sorts of people who needed a lot of help – he loved to be with people that others wouldn’t have anything to do with. Some of these people were poor and sad and lonely; some of them were even kind of bad and disobedient and criminals. He cared about them, he wanted to help them and he asks us to do the same. To care about people and to love people.

2.         Who Is Better? (8 minutes)

For this activity, have a picture of someone who looks very well taken care of, maybe even wealthy. And someone who is very dirty and poor looking. On the flip side of each card will be pictures of children who look neat and tidy and nice, and on the flip side of the other card will be children who look poor and needy.

Teacher says: Let’s see if you can tell what a person is like, just from a picture.

(Show them the picture of the rich man) What can you tell me about this man?

(Show them the picture of the poor man) What can you tell me about this man?

Who is better?

Conclusion: Jesus says that being rich does not make you better than anyone else.  Being poor does not make you worse than anyone else. Jesus loves this man, and Jesus loves this man the same. He is interested in this man, and He is interested in this man. Jesus says that if we are interested in the things that he is interested in. Often times though, people just want to be friends with people like this…(show the front side of the card) and this…(and now the backside that shows neat and tidy children) because people like this are clean.  But Jesus says if we want to be loving like he is loving, we will also be interested in helping people who are poor and sad and alone. People like this (show the front side) and like this (show the backside that shows pictures of poor children).

If we want to be like Jesus, and do the things he asks us to do, we will care for people who are poor and need help.

3.         Bible Story

Jesus says that when we help someone who is in need it is like we are helping him.  Let me read those verses to you from the Bible: (this page will be in the Bible for you to read, I have paraphrased it for the little ones)

One day, all of us will stand before Jesus and all of his angels. Jesus will be sitting on a throne. Everyone from every country will stand before Jesus the King and He will sort people out, those who loved him and obeyed him to the right and those who chose not to love him and not to obey him to his left. Then Jesus will say to those on his right, ‘Come into heaven, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world began. And here’s why:

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’

Then those people on his right are going to say, ‘Jesus, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then Jesus the King will say, ‘I’m telling the truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone poor and needy, overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’

Teacher says: That’s an interesting verse. Jesus is saying if we do something kind for someone in need, that is the same as if we did it for him.  Let’s try this.

4.         Retelling: Bible Story

Have cutouts of the following people with the face of Jesus, make another face to cover the face of Jesus. Stick these figures to the wall, with the faces covering Jesus face so that their face can be flipped up to reveal Jesus’ face.

Faces PDF: Faces

Figures: Figures Page 1 and Figures Page 2 (you can enlarge all of these to put on the wall, 11 x 17 works good)

Person 1: Someone who is hungry

Person 2: Someone who is thirsty

Person 3: Someone who is homeless

Person 4: Someone who looks cold

Person 5: Someone who is sick

Person 6. Someone who is in prison

You will also need cutouts of food, drink, a house, clothing, get-well cards, cards that say “I am praying for you”, a cutout of a bible, card that says “you are not alone” and “you matter” – these things can be stuck to the hands or on the same sheet as the appropriate person.

Re-tell the story as follows

So Jesus says that if we help people who are in need, it is like helping him.

So if we come to someone like this (come to person 1). This person is very hungry. We can ignore him. But Jesus says that we show our love for him when we care about the things he cares about. He cares that this person is hungry. So when we give him food (have a few of the children put food in his hand) it is like we are giving the rood to Jesus (flip up the face of the man so they can see Jesus’ face)

Say the same sort of thing for each person below, adding the following props to the pictures with explanations of how these things show kindness…

  • I was thirsty and you gave me a drink (stick ons: drinks)
  • I was homeless and you gave me a room, (stick on: a house)
  • I was shivering and you gave me clothes (stick on: more clothes)
  • I was sick and you stopped to visit (stick on get-well cards and I am praying for you cards)
  • I was in prison and you came to me.’ (stick on a bible and also “you are not alone” and “you matter” cards)

Teacher says: Jesus says, ‘I’m telling the truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone poor and needy, overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’

5.         Take Home Paper

Hand out the take home papers which show the same scene as the one we just walked through (Activity 4). Have the kids tape on appropriate faces onto their sheet…and then draw in things that would be appropriate to help them.

Put their name on the paper and then put their paper on the counter by the sign in clip-board.

6.         Bible verse for this month

The Bible says that you as children should bring your parents joy!  We want to listen to the Bible’s instructions! Let’s see if you can remember the verse we learned last week.

Verse Hop.

I will have 2 sets of lines with the words to the verse, the kids start on the first line and see if they can hop on each line and say the words out loud. If they miss the words they need to go to the back of the line and start again.

Psalm 119:33: “Teach me, O Lord, to follow your instructions and I will keep them!”

TO DO THIS OUTDOORS: Stick flags into the ground (I will have the words on pointy tall toothpicks) and then have them move from one flag to the next if they can remember the words.

7.         Prayer and Free-Time

Take the time to pray with the children and over them.

If the weather is nice, let them enjoy the yard (please make sure you have someone supervising) but make sure they clean up before they leave the yard. If children are inside as well you will need someone inside and outside.

Clean Up!

Since our building is used for many different things, we need to make sure we clean up after ourselves. You can definitely have the kids help you do this near the end of the morning!!

  • Please use the BAG provided to put all the left-over items into it, and then you can leave your bag in the classroom.
  • Please pick up all the garbage and put it in the trash
  • If there are chairs or stools, please fold or stack them and put them away
  • Please turn the heat down (applicable for youth room and Gazebo) to 10 degrees
  • Please make sure any TVs/DVDs/Projectors are powered off
  • Please make sure all toys are put away

Thank you so very much!

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