Category Archives: Gr 4-6

Simple Sunday Christmas Party

This is a plan for a very simple Christmas Party the Sunday before Christmas Eve. In our church we hold a service on Christmas Eve, and we do not have a gathering on the Sunday following Christmas Eve as we encourage people to stay home, be with family and friends and neighbors.

Arranged by Teresa Klassen

PARTY PLAN

1. Start by welcoming the kids (3 minutes)

2. Christmas Quiz (see PDF — we have included the answers on this one) (10-12 minutes)

PDF: CHRISTMAS QUIZ – TEACHER’S COPY

PDF: CHRISTMAS QUIZ – STUDENTS COPY

Teacher says: I wonder how well you know the Christmas Story? We are going to break off into a few teams (make sure there are no more than 10 children in a team. Less is better, so have your leaders lead smaller teams). Whoever gets the most answers right in the time I give you will get the FIRST PRIZE — but everyone will get a little prize. Some treats you can have when you are ready to leave later.

  • Have everyone break off into groups with a leader in each group and then work through the Christmas Quiz (attached). Time them for about 8 minutes. If that is too short, then give them a little extra time, but not too much more!
  • Mix the kids up so there are older and younger kids in one group. Some of the questions are really easy, and some are tough.
  • Leaders — don’t help the kids…don’t give hints…if they don’t know the answer, have them make a wild guess!!
  • PLEASE WRITE DOWN ALL THEIR ANSWERS AND GIVE TERESA THE SHEETS AT THE END — WRITE DOWN AS MANY ANSWERS AS YOU CAN, INCLUDING THE FUNNY ONES. (I made a little display of the answers for our kids website)

First prize: suckers you can give the winning team at the end
Second prize: everyone gets one of the wrapped candy slices

3. Tell the Christmas Story (using flashcards provided) (10-12 minutes)

You can make your own flashcards, or you can get permission from the author of the bricktestament.com and print off some of his fun lego pictures (look under New Testament, Life of Jesus…you will have to choose ones that you feel are suitable. Not all the pictures always represent the best view of our faith, but most of it is very helpful)
4. Make the Christmas Craft (10-15 minutes)

It is a little Christmas decoration they can decorate. Make sure you use the scrap paper to set the decoration on and write their name on the scrap paper, set aside on the shelf.

I wrapped blocks I found at the Dollar Store in brown paper, and hot-glued a little red ribbon loop on top and then provided lots of messy glitter and stickers and felts for the children to use to decorate these.

5. Play a fun little game to get the wiggles out (5-10 minutes)

  • This is a relay race. Divide the kids in two or three teams
  • Smear some Vaseline on the ends of their noses (I know, they will think it is gross…that’s the fun of it!)
  • Then explain that they have to stick a cotton ball (a snowball) on the end of their nose and run to the other end, take the ball off and put it in the paper bag. The first team to use up all their cotton balls, wins! (no prize for this one though). If you want to make this more difficult (if the children are older) you can tell them they can’t use their hands to get the “snowball” off!!
  • There will be some kleenex that they can wipe their noses off later

6. Now the kids can settle down and you can play the Christmas movie (35 minutes)

Provide some pop-corn twist snacks and some juice.

We used the DVD from the Read & Share DVD series; the Christmas movie. It is very well done and very accurate.

A Very Simple Christmas Sketch

Family Pictures – Christmas 2010

(A Little Christmas Sketch For Little People)

  • This is a VERY simple Christmas Feature to include children as a part of a Christmas Service.
  • You can expand the cast, but this one only needs around a dozen children and an adult (or teen) narrator.
  • There are NO lines to memorize
  • You can even simplify what I have here but this is what you will need for the play

YOU WILL NEED:

1.     Photos that you take a few Sundays before the event of children posing for the powerpoint photos near the front end of the play (I will try to post some so you get an idea how we did ours).

2.     A Polaroid frame you can use for the “live” photos – we made a frame with some light inexpensive wood and then stapled cardboard to it, that we painted white

3.     Some simple props made out of cardboard that you can paint

4.     A keyboardist and some simple sounds recorded on an iPhone or CD or…

THE “SKETCH”

Narrator’s Introduction: This year we did what we have done so many times before, we took a family picture. It seems like such a simple thing to do, but it is ridiculously difficult. This year I gave everyone fair warning: at 1:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon you better all be good looking because we are taking a family picture.  Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. it was pouring rain.  But I didn’t give up. We waited that rain out and when it was down to a drizzle we snapped as many photos as we could and…well…with a little photo-shopping, it is what it is. (You can show some blooper shots of failed family pictures shot and then your final family shot if you like).

Why do we want to capture things in photographs? I guess we want to hold onto those moments, to remember, to reflect…

I wonder…as Jesus looks back at all the time that has gone by, from the beginning of the world until now, what are His standout moments?  If He were to pull out the Polaroid’s, which ones would make him smile?

* Photos on powerpoint that look like Polaroids with kids reinacting scene…you can use children of any age. Just have them pose and then photoshop to add to the scene, child-like drawings to create the photo. See our sample.

(Photo One) Adam and Eve – in the beginning of course (Adam and Eve, big grins) when everything was perfect and new and full of possibility.

(Photo two) – Some photos aren’t as great as others. But the reality is…this was a pretty big moment in human history; one really bad decision (picture of Eve considering the snake up in the tree)

(Photo Three) – Every photo album has its crazy photos. Can you imagine the ark…close quarters for months on end…it was pretty…”wild” (we had children pose and then we drew in animal attributes, drew in an ark etc)

(Photo four) People seeing the rainbow for the first time…now that was a moment for God to show off his artwork wasn’t it? (child looking up at a rainbow that you draw in)

(Photo five) Joseph and his fabulous colorful coat. The story of Joseph was one of those suspense stories where you think things will never turn out…and then they do! (Child arms out, thumbs up…showing off the amazing coat you draw in)

(Photo six) Moses and the burning bush? He was just walking along on an ordinary day and then God capture this scene with the burning bush(child kneeling, warming hands…draw in burning bush)

(Photo seven) David & Goliath. This one definitely would be in the album…remember David yelling, “You come at me with sword and spear, but I come at you with the power of God!!” Yeah, that is definitely a keeper. (we used a preschooler and a really tall young man, in the shot you only see legs and then the little kid sitting on the floor with a drawn in slingshot and bag of rocks)

(Photo eight) Those first glimpses of the promised land? You know when you have waited and waited for something and then you see it. Who wouldn’t snap a picture? (group of kids, excited, hands to eyes as if searching…and a picture of milk and a picture of honey)

(Photo nine) Jonah and the whale? Wait for it….wait for it…God sets up the perfect shot and there it is…Jonah thinks he is a goner and then God does what only God can do. (Child puffing out cheeks and holding nose…draw in bubbles and a huge fish lurking behind him)

Polaroid frame is moved onto the stage. Scenes are formed behind this frame….as “frozen shots”

Jesus could have loads and loads of photos to scrapbook but I am thinking one of his favorite pages would have to be the Christmas one…because it would be the first time people would meet Him face to face.

  • We used gentle keyboard music behind the sketch from this point on, just to mask “dead spots”. When the actual scene would freeze, we would switch to music, or to a recorded sound that fit the particular scene.
  • We used a bell on stage to indicate the end of a scene…narrator did this.

Live Photo 1:

Music: Something ethereal

Props

  • Ladder
  • Large Flashlight
  • Cardboard cutout of window (curtains etc)

Stage Hand Stage hand 1: Up on ladder, shining down flashlight

Stage Hand Stage hand 2: Hold window in front of her, beside Mary,

Mary: Kneeling and praying

Narrator:                                    This would be the first photo capturing the moment. It all started when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary saying,

“Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you! You have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High…

Narrator slows: …his Kingdom will never end!” (“ding!”)

(Scene change: Mary Stands, moves forward, and turns around…Stage hand 1 puts flashlight behind curtain and carries ladder down. Stage hand 1 moves to right side of stage near curtain ready for his next prop. Stage hand 3 is standing there too. Joseph enters…Stage hand 2 grabs the “what”)

Live Photo 2:

Music: impending music (Jaws-like)

Props:

  • Voice balloon: “What?!?”

Stage Hand Stage hand 2: Stands outside of frame and holds up voice balloon saying                                                 “What”

Joseph: Looks shocked

Mary: Looks like she is explaining

Narrator:                                    This frightened and confused Mary, she was engaged to be married to Joseph.

Here we see Mary telling Joseph the news  that she would be having a son and that he would be called the Son of God. Can you imagine?

Narrator slows: God couldn’t have picked a more unusual way to have                                                             His Son come into the world. (“ding!”)

(Scene change: Mary moves behind curtain and takes voice balloon with her)

Live Photo 3:

Music: Lullaby

Props:

  • Pillow and blanket

Stage hand Stage hand 1: Grabs pillow from behind the curtain and holds it behind                                                             Joseph’s head

Stage hand Stage hand 3: Grabs blanket and holds up one corner and gives Stage hand 2                                                             the other. Holds blanket in front of Joseph

Stage Hand Stage hand 2: Stands outside of frame and holds up other corner of                                                             blanket

Joseph: Appears to be sleeping, hands behind head. Serious face

Narrator:                                    God knew the whole idea would scare Joseph too.

So he appeared to Him in a dream and said, “It’s all good Joseph. This is my idea. (Joseph smiles in his sleep)

Narrator slows: The baby will grow up and save people from all their                                                             sins.”  (“ding!”)

(Scene change: Stage hand 2 steps back, taking props with her and putting behind screen. Stage hand 1 moves to right. Stage hand 3 moves off stage to help Picketer 1 and Picketer 2 move into the frame Stage hand 2 stays where she is just to help Picketer 1 and Picketer 2. Stage hand 3 helps the boys stand still but stays out of the frame)

Live Photo 4:

Music: Newscast music, voice in background “Everyone’s heading home…meanwhile, there’s a lot of controversy about the new tax…should Caesar have held a referendum first

Props:

  • Picket signs (our signs said, “No H.S.T.” which was a controversial tax in British Columbia at the time this was written), kept by the chairs. Kelsey will help boys get ready

Stage hand Stage hand 1: Moves back to right

Stage hand Stage hand 3: Moves down to guide boys up

Stage Hand Stage hand 2: Stands outside frame

Joseph: Moves behind curtain to where Mary is

Picketer 1 and 2: Move into frame with picket signs

Narrator:                                    There are more photographs to look at. Mary is now  pregnant and something happens. The Government in  that time declared that all the world should be taxed

Narrator slows: This meant Joseph had to pack up and head to his home                                                             town in Bethlehem. (“ding!”)

(Stage hand 3 moves boys off stage and back to their seats)

So that’s where he and Mary went.

Live Photo 5:

Music: City noise…leading to sheep noise

Props:

  • “Bethlehem Inn: Rest With The Best”
  • “Bethlehem Stable: Sleep With The Sheep”
  • Manger with baby in it

Stage hand Stage hand 2: Holds Sign “Bethlehem Inn: Rest With The Best”

Stage hand Stage hand 1: Ready to help with Innkeeper if necessary.

Joseph: Comes out from curtain

Mary: Looking at Joseph with that “told you so” look

Joseph: Looking sheepish

Innkeeper: Pointing out back

Narrator:                                    When they arrived in Bethlehem the city was busy.   There were people everywhere. Joseph and Mary went  to Inn after Inn and could not find a place to sleep.    Finally, one of the Innkeeper’s offered an unusual solution…they could sleep in the Stable he had   out back.

(Stage hand Stage hand 2 quickly changes sign to: Bethlehem Stable: Sleep with the sheep. Thought Bubble goes away. Mary and Joseph stay in their pose. Stage hand 1 grabs the manger prop and sets it in place where Innkeeper was standing. Innkeeper leaves the stage)

Narrator slows: It was warm-ish and there was lots of hay they could                                                             sleep on, so that is where they went (“ding!”)

Live Photo 6:

Music: Twinkle, twinkle little star…

Props:

  • Manger with baby (already on stage from last scene…move it into foreground)

Stage hand Stage hand 1: Move manger into foreground

Joseph: Looking at the baby

Mary: Holds baby in her arms

Narrator:                                    That night…Jesus was born.

No big announcements. No fanfare. Just a quiet moment that would profoundly change all of human history.

Narrator slows:                        Quiet…well…kind of. (“ding!”)

Live Photo 7:

Sound: Crickets

Props:

  • Manger with baby (already on stage from last scene…move it into foreground)
  • Stool 1 and Stool 2

Stage hand Stage hand 1: Move manger behind curtain. Moves back to right

Stage hand Stage hand 2: Move stools onto set, foreground; holds up Stars

Stage hand Stage hand 3: Puts feed bags on stools; Stars

Mary: Moves behind curtain

Joseph            : Moves behind curtain

Shepherds & Sheep:                        Move onto stage – little guys sit on stools with Big Shepherd (we used a young adult, since we had so man young ones on stage) in the                                                             middle. Shepherd 2 and 3 stand behind sheep. All with big  grins.

Narrator:                                    God couldn’t contain his excitement so he found some    people – not kings or queens or prime ministers or  business owners or dignitaries –

Narrator slows: blue collar shepherds working in the fields with their                                                             sheep (“ding!”)

Live Photo 8:

Music: Hallelujah chorus

Props:

  • Second Polaroid frame * Optional. You can also just have the angels appear on stage without a frame.  The Shepherds and Sheep stay in the original fram.e
  • Angel prop signs

Stage hand Stage hand 1: Moves second Polaroid frame into place. This one has a                                                             bit of a cloud frame. Stage hand 1 holds one side

Stage hand Stage hand 3 Holds other side with his free hand

Shepherds: All look super shocked and amazed

Angels: Move into place, holding their angel signs. Big smiles.

Narrator:                                    God did what only God could do – he filled the sky with   angels which completely freaked out the shepherds

The angels smiled and said

“Don’t be afraid. We are bringing good news to you that will soon mean great joy for every person on earth. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem. You will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.

Live Photo 9:

Music: away in a manger

Props:

  • Second Polaroid frame
  • Angel prop signs

Stage hand Stage hand 1: Removes second Polaroid frame

Stage hand Stage hand 2 Helps little sheep find their moms

Stage hand Stage hand 3: Moves manger back into foreground

Shepherds: Move a little to the right side to allow Mary & Joseph to                                                             come to the other side. Shepherds are looking into  manger

Mary & Joseph: Moves to the left side smiling, looking at shepherds

Wise men crowns: Are in the manger

Narrator:                                    Ah yes, in this photo we see the shepherds worshipping    Jesus. They ran as fast as they could to get there…to be   the first people in history to lay their eyes on Jesus.

Narrator slows: Later, of course, others would see Jesus as well…(“ding!”)

Live Photo 10:

Music: something eastern

Shepherds: switch to wise men – just put crowns on overtop shepherd                                                 headdress

Narrator: The Bible tells us that there were three wise men, or  Kings, that came from the East to see Jesus. They had seen a special star pointing to where he was and this led them to Jesus.

Narrator slows: They brought him special, meaningful gifts. (“ding”)

Live Photo 11:

Music: warm background,

Shepherds: Back to shepherds

Narrator:                                    But for now …

…It was just the shepherds and Mary and Joseph in the stable.

If God had a photo album, would he pause here? He knew what all of this would mean

Narrator slows: …but would people get it? (“ding!”)

Live Photo 12:

Music: Jesus loves me

Shepherds: Leave stage

Stage hand Stage hand 2: Verse canvas hangs behind Polaroid frame

Stage hand Stage hand 3: Verse canvas

Mary:                        Stands by Narrator, ready to read verse

Narrator: Would people understand that because of Jesus they   could finally have a way back to a close and intimate   relationship with their heavenly Father?

Mary reads: John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his   only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish  but will have everlasting life.

Staying At The Table (Grades 4-6) (Sunday School Lessons For Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
October 24, 2010 456rs Acts 2: 4: 6: Staying At The Table

Written/Arranged Teresa Klassen

This year we are planning for a 45 minute class time/discussion; after this the 456rs join in with Big Church for worship/The Lord’s Supper.

This whole lesson will center on the symbol of the table.

1: Opener – The Game of Spoons (10-15 minutes)

Credit to http://boardgames.about.com/od/cardgames/a/spoons.htm for game instructions.

Teacher: (sitting at the table) Some of the greatest times we will have with people are around a table. We share great meals, we have great conversations, we discuss things, we talk things over, sometimes we play games…all around the table. So that’s where we are starting today…playing a game at the table…

Supplies needed:

• Enough spoons for each player, less one.

• Deck of cards

The Goal of the Game: to be the first to collect four cards of the same rank. If someone beats you to it, you don’t want to be the last one to clue into that.

Setup

• For each player in the game, you need four cards of the same rank from the deck. For example, with 5 players you could use the Aces, 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s.

• Shuffle the cards and deal them to the players. Each player will have four cards.

• If you’re playing Spoons, put the spoons in the middle of the table so that every player can reach them.

Gameplay

• Players simultaneously choose one card from their hands, pass that card to the opponent on their left, and pick up the card they’ve received from the opponent on their right.

• Each player can never have more than four cards in his hand, so it’s illegal for a player to pick up a new card before passing one to the left.

• When a player collects four of a kind, as subtly as possible, take a spoon and place it in front of yourself.

• When one player does this, every other player must do likewise as quickly as possible. The last player to grab a spoon is the loser.

• Instead of knocking people out of the game, just keep score on who loses – give them -2 points for every loss

• Play a few rounds

Teacher: You may wonder why we would start today playing a game around this table…normally when you play spoons, someone is eliminated, meaning, if you lose, you are out. I want you to think about the church like a group of people gathered around a table like this. A whole bunch of different people, just like we are all different from each other. Jesus said that the church will be like this, some people doing well at life, some people losing out at times, but He said…stick together, don’t leave the table, be with each other and support each other…stay at the table.

2: Bible (10-15 minutes)

Teacher: (sitting at the table still) Can anyone remember what book of the Bible we have been learning from these past weeks? (Acts). Well, we are still in Acts – as you know by now, Acts is all about the very first church. Last week we talked about how the church spread all over the world. Today I want to bring it back home…literally. I want to talk about what it means to make a church your home. And to do that, I want us to flip over to a book called 1 Corinthians – as you might have guessed, if we have a first Corinthians it means we have a……you guessed it, second Corinthians. These books are actually letters, written by Paul, a great man who was a big part of starting the first churches.

Paul writes something interesting…(pass out a copy of the verses to each student) does anyone want to read this?

(Teacher, I have added questions in the text in bold…ask these AS YOU GO ALONG. Stop the reader at these points to discuss it with the students)

14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. What does this mean? I know it might seem obvious, but someone explain it in your own words…

15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body.

16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body?

17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. Why do you think Paul wrote this verse, verse 18. What is important about this verse? Why do we need to know this?

19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Imagine that for a second, what do you think Paul is thinking about when he says this…what is he imagining?

20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. Like what?

23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, Like what?

24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. What does THIS mean? Now it seems Paul is talking about people not about body parts…what does he mean by this?

25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. Put this in your own words…what does this mean?

26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. Put this in your own words…what does this mean?

27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. Why do you think Paul used the picture of a ”body” to try to explain what the church is?

3: If Something Was Missing (10 minutes)

Teacher: (Pull out plastecine man) Alright, here we have a “body” and – poor guy – I have a knife. What should we call this guy? (get them to name him). Ok, so I am going to pass ____ around and I want you to really carefully cut off a piece of the guy. Please do it neatly, because I want to make sure everyone gets a part.

Save your piece once you have it, don’t wreck it, just put it in front of you…

(Let kids cut of a “piece”)

Teacher: OK, now explain to me, what is the piece you cut off…and if ____ didn’t have that piece, how would that affect him?

(Have them share)

Teacher: The Bible is saying that the church is like ____. The church is made up of pieces. We are the pieces. And every piece is important. EVERY PIECE…and that means you too.

When one piece is hurting or a piece leaves the table, or goes missing…the body is missing something. It is out of balance. It hurts.

Everyone has an important part to play in the Body…

So, as we sit around the table like this…we need to find out what our part is.

4: What Am I Like? (10 minutes)

• Teacher, this is a bit like a personality test. It is based on a book by Gary Smalley and John Trent

• We will have 4 animals – an otter, a lion, a golden retriever, and a beaver with a strip of descriptive sentences by each animal, all will be covered except the first one.

• You will have them look at the first sentence, then after that the next, and then the next.

• There is a signing sheet beside each picture and they should sign their name beside one or at the most two animals for each sentence we uncover – the sentence that is most like them.

• In the end, they will go to the picture that has the most signatures (of their signature) and then we will talk about each one, and how each personality is unique and important.

Teacher: (Still at the table) So who are you? What are you like? In grade 4 or 5 or 6 you are beginning to understand what you are good at. As you grow up as a follower of Jesus, you will also begin to see what He has gifted you to do in the world and at the table –- as a part of a local church.

If I asked you right now, “What are you like?” It might be kind of hard to say…so this morning we are going to do something to try to get at it.

You will see four animals in the room.

Under each animal I have a sentence….actually a list of sentences but you can only see one right now.

What I want you to do is go and look at the sentences you can see right now and find the one that is most like you…just pick one or two at the most, no

more then that. I am only going to give you a few seconds to decide. Once you have that figured out, then we will look at another sentence…

Teacher, when you are done, read out the descriptions of what each personality is like. I have included the script for this at the end of the lesson. Acknowledge that they might not be totally like this, but maybe a little like it. Affirm who they are!

Close by saying: “You are an important part of the Body – you are needed as a part of the gathering of Christians, and you are needed in your neighborhood among your friends to share the love of Jesus. As you grow older – remember that. Remember to stay at the table and be a part of your church, forgive one another, learn together, stick together, work it out together, lead together, reach out to others together…

• LISTEN TO THE MONITOR FOR WHEN THE MUSIC STARTS – but if you need more time in class, no worries.

• IF YOU RUN OUT OF LESSON, play spoons again!! ☺

• PLEASE TIDY UP THE ROOM AND TURN OFF THE HEAT AND THE LIGHTS WHEN YOU LEAVE.

PERSONALITY CHART

SENTENCES THAT WILL BE UNDER EACH ANIMAL

Lion Otter Gold Retriever Beaver
I have a lot of good ideas and like it when people want to try my ideas. I like having a good time with people; whatever looks fun, that’s where I want to be. People say that I am a good, loyal friend. I like people, but I don’t mind being alone and doing what I want to do.
I like being the leader on a team. I love to laugh, I love telling stories or jokes and being the life of the party. I am laid back and easy-going. I like being with people, I am a good listener I like to think and figure things out.
I am a positive person. If there is a problem, I like to figure out a solution. People think I am funny; I make people laugh. I am a good team-mate. I like doing things that make people happy. I am neat and organized. I can be quiet and sometimes serious, especially when I am working on something.
I like to share what I think. I am outgoing. I like entertaining people. I am a good listener and I have an easy time going along with other people’s ideas. I am good at reading instructions and figuring out the steps to get something done or put together.
Sometimes I am stubborn and really want my way. Sometimes I am disorganized and messy and it frustrates people. I get my feelings hurt easily. Sometimes I don’t stand up for myself and go along with the crowd. I can be hard on myself because I want to do things perfectly.
I like trying new things and coming up with better ways of doing things. I like a lot of change, and I really like being busy and on-the-go I say “yes” to a lot of things. If you ask me if I will help you with something, I almost always will. I like to learn about things and research things. I like doing things with my hands and putting something together the right way.

PERSONALITY DESCRIPTIONS

Pieces taken from these websites:
http://koinonia-all.org/homeschool/personality.htm
http://weirdblog.wordpress.com/2007/02/22/personality-types-lion-beaver-otter-and-golden-retriever/
http://proverbs4.blogspot.com/2006/03/what-animal-are-you.html

ARE YOU A….LION??

Words that describe you might be:

• Extroverted

• task-oriented

• optimistic

• leader

• energetic

• outgoing

• daring/risk-taker

• self-sufficient

• competitive

• assertive

• organizes and delegates well

• problem solver

• strong-willed

• likes to be in control

• stubborn/agumentative

Lions are often leaders. They are determined, confident, and bold, they take charge and get the job done. They enjoy challenges, are good at making decisions and are great problem solvers. Their motto is “Let’s do it now!” Those are all strengths, but there are weaknesses too. Lions can be opinionated, arrogant, and unsympathetic. They are easily bored with details and can be difficult to please. Because they are less sensitive than others, they can easily hurt other people’s feelings. You will find lions in positions of leadership, crusading for causes, and participating in athletics. “Classic lions” will generally pursue their education with initiative and great care and will be your top students. As you grow up as a Lion, make sure you work on being tolerant of others and work hard to be compassionate.

ARE YOU AN….OTTER?

Words that describe you might be…

• playful

• love people

• love attention

• life of the party

• fun loving

• hate isolation

• love to entertain

• love to talk

• energetic

• disorganized

Otters are the life of the party, making new friends at every opportunity. Otters seem to know everyone. They make good first impressions, are enthusiastic, and live for the present moment. Taking risks without a care, their motto is “Trust me; it’ll work out!” On the down side, otters are unpredictable, lacking in self-control, and disorganized. They can be messy and are easily distracted. They often have a lot of unfinished projects. Otters make the best salesmen, actors, and motivators. On a leadership team, they spark vision and enthusiasm. A combination lion/otter personality would be a “fun boss.” Because otters are such socializers, school is a low priority for them. If they get their assignments done at all, it will be in a last minute flurry of activity. Otters don’t like paperwork for any job or school work. Never one for details, they will scurry through the things they have to do like a whirlwind, leaving the details for those behind them. Training an otter can be frustrating, especially if your personalities clash. If you are an Otter, you will need to learn self-control, reliability and integrity (being a person who can be counted on!)

ARE YOU A…GOLDEN RETRIEVER?

Words that describe you might be:

• people-pleaser

• laid back

• happy

• undemanding

• avoid conflict

• avoid responsibility

• crushed by getting yelled at

• can be selfish and lazy

• go along with the crowd

• hard time saying no

• chameleon

The golden retriever is calm, dependable, good-natured, and easy to get along with. They are peace-loving people. Golden retrievers are faithful friends, good listeners, and stable. Because they dislike any kind of confrontation, they will compromise to keep the peace at whatever cost. Sometimes they can be passive, unenthusiastic, and very stubborn. Since golden retrievers hate change, their motto is “Let’s keep things the way they are.” An interesting thing about Golden Retrievers is that they can change to become more like the other personalities if they need to rise to the occasion. If golden retrievers ever need to lead, they can lead and they make great leaders because they direct with a gentle, pleasant manner that lions lack. If they see that people need some fun, they can be an Otter. If things need organizing, they can be more like a Beaver. Their temperament makes excellent counselors, diplomats, and elementary educators. As “homebodies,” they love to putter around the house. Working well under pressure, they handle school adequately, although they are not motivated to do more than is required. If you are a golden retriever you will need to find ways to be motivated and to also take the initiative at times.

ARE YOU A….BEAVER?

Words that describe you might be:

task-oriented

• worker

• orderly/organized

• neat

• scheduled

• serious

• quiet

• talented

• musical

• artistic

• intense

• creative

• like to research

• good student

• high standards

• hard on themselves

• can get depressed easily

• avoid noise and confusion

Beavers love those details that otters despise! Creative, self-disciplined, and intellectual, beavers strive for quality. They are sensitive, predictable, and orderly. Their motto is “How was it done in the past?” As perfectionists, they tend to be overly critical. Beavers get discouraged more easily and are more likely to take revenge or to be moody; beavers can be difficult to get along with because they need things to be done a certain way all the time. Our best teachers are beavers; they never tire of drilling our heads with phonics rules and the multiplication tables. The “creative” occupations are filled with beavers — musicians, artists, writers, tailors/designers, culinary arts, interior decorators/architects, etc. Beavers fill the ranks of accountants, inventors, and philosophers. In school, beavers’ assignments will be the neatest and most thorough. However, their attention to detail will cause them to work and worry over exams and projects. Beavers, you need to know that sometimes things can be “imperfect” and it is OK. You also need to know that not everyone can or wants to do things the way you want them done. You will also need to work harder than others to not be negative or pessimistic.

CHECKLIST FOR OFFICE USE:

Item Needed Number Description
Spoons Provide 12 Spoons for spoons game/opener
Deck of cards 1 For opener, spoons game
Piece of paper/pen 1 For scorekeeping
Bible 1
Copy of 1 Corinthians 12 for students 12 I have put a copy of the verses, minus the teacher’s questions, after this checklist, you can use this to make your copies. Place the copies inside the Bible just to give the visual of the verses coming out of the Bible when the teacher hands them out to the students.
Plastecine figure on a pan 1 Make a plastecine figure on a pan, almost like a gingerbread man. Make sure you include ears and eyes and a nose and a mouth. Make a full person with arms and legs. Figure should be 10-12 inches tall on a baking pan.
Plastic knife 1 To cut off parts of the plastecine figure
Pictures Lion

Otter

Golden Retriever

Beaver

Tape these onto the wall in the four corners of the room
Personality descriptions 4 For each of the personalities, using the personality chart, print out the list of descriptions leaving a space between each one. Cover each sentence with another piece of paper that can be taken off. Just leave the top sentence exposed so that this can be your starting point. Do this for each of the “animals”
Signing page 4 Under each of the animals have a signing page that students can sign their names to
Pencils/felts/pencil crayons 12 Have enough pencils or felts or pencil crayons for each student so they can write their name
Personality descriptions 12 Using the personality descriptions pages (not the chart, the description pages that give more details), make enough copies (you can do this back to back) so that each student can take one home.
A table A table or a few tables if you have many children, and you will need a leader at each table

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part.

15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body.

16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body?

17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it.

19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part!

20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.

23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen,

24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity.

25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other.

26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. Put this in your own words…what does this mean?

27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. Why do you think Paul used the picture of a ”body” to try to explain what the church is?

The Church Spreads (Grade 4-6) (Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Sripture Theme
October 17, 2010 Grade 4-6 Acts 9:31 The Church Spreads Across the World

By Teresa Klassen

This year we are planning for a 45 minute lesson; after class the 456rs join in with Big Church for worship/The Lord’s Supper

1:SPREAD IT! (10 minutes)

Teacher:            So, to start off this morning, we are going to build a domino                                                 course…I’ll explain why later!

Get out the dominoes and time them for 5 minutes and let them build a domino course. Then watch the domino championships on the DVD:

2: WATCH IT! (5 minutes)

This is the YouTube link we will use: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeF7yLkEECs

Teacher:            So the way dominoes work, of course, is that one domino bumps into                                     the next one and everything spreads from there.

Last week we talked about the very first church, and today we are going to talk about how the very first church created a movement that  spread like dominoes across the world!

3: BIBLE (7  minutes)

Teacher:

Can anyone remember what Bible book we are studying from right  now? It begins with the letter A (Acts)

Today we are in Acts 9: 31: Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and  encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of  the Lord.”

Show them the map of how the gospel spread in the beginning…

The way that the church spread was simply by people living the way  God asked them to, Christians met together and encouraged each other, they shared what they had with others, they reached out and             helped people around them, they shared the Good News about Jesus and it caught on. Other people’s lives started changing and pretty soon  the church started spreading around the world!

4: GUESS HOW BIG THE CHURCH IS? (10 minutes)

These will be up on the wall, is a guessing game and whoever comes closest to the right answer will get a “prize” (chocolate bar)

Teacher: So we have a dozen or so churches here in West Kelowna, but do you have any idea of how many Christian churches there are in the world?

  • How many Christians do you think there are in India? [A: Approximately 27 million]
  • How many Christians do you think there are in Africa?  [A: Approximately 380  million]
  • How many Christians do you think there are in China? [A: Approximately 39 million]
  • How many Christians do you think there are in Canada [A: Approximately 3.8 million]

Teacher: There are millions of Christians around the world!!

  • But how many people live on planet earth right now? [A: Approximately 6.8 billion]

That means there are a lot, A LOT, of people who don’t know Jesus yet. That means that we need to keep spreading out like dominoes to tell   people about the good news about Jesus.

4: NOTHING CAN STOP IT (10 minutes)

Teacher:            Jesus said something interesting…in Matthew 16:18 Jesus said, “I will                                     build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”  In  other words, the church would be unbreakable…unstoppable! This isn’t because we as people are so great, or so strong or so smart…it is   because the church is God’s idea and God’s idea will not be stopped. He loves the church!

I guess the question is, what does that mean for you and me…if we are supposed to be like this domino [hold up a domino] what can you do, what can I do?

Jesus never asked us to FORCE His message on anyone. He asked us to treat people respectfully, to be ourselves, but to not be afraid to tell people about the Jesus who lives in our hearts…he said, wherever you  are, whatever you naturally are doing, treat other people the way I  would treat them and they will start asking about how come you are  different from other people…

What do you think Jesus meant when He said, “Be different from other people…”

Let’s write some way that we can be different from others…

(You will have a bunch of little blocks, write on each block a trait of being a Christian…loving instead of hating, forgiving, caring, generous, patient, praying for people, not gossiping, helping those in need…set these up like the dominoes…)

Conclude:            The church is people, being these things. That is what the church is. Us being out in the world, being these things, one person bumping into another, acting like Jesus so that the world notices and is changed…

Around 11 a.m. check the monitor in the class to see if the music has started.  If it has, try to move as soon as you can to the auditorium. A row has been reserved for the 456rs. Before you do, we are serving the Lord’s Supper, so make sure you explain this to the kids as follows…

EXPLAIN THE LORD’S SUPPER

Remind the kids that we are always going to be joining in the morning service for the second half (worship and the Lord’s Supper)

Today when we go into the morning service they are going to serve Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper. When Jesus was about to die he had one last supper with his friends.  That’s why it is called the Lord’s Supper. At this supper he said, when you eat this broken bread and drink the juice I want it to remind you that I died for you.  The bread represents my broken body, the juice represents the blood that was spilled for you to forgive your sins.

When we take communion, we take a piece of bread and we dip it in the juice and we go back to our seats and eat it there…and while we do, we think about the amazing gift that Jesus gave us. He died for you and for me so that we could be forgiven and be in a right relationship with God.

The Lord’s Supper is just a reminder of the decision some of us have made to follow Jesus

You don’t have to come and take the Lord’s Supper. If you haven’t asked Jesus to lead your life, or if you just want to know more about the Lord’s Supper before you take it, feel totally free to take a pass and stay in your seats.

–                Remind the kids to be quiet when we go into the room

–                Tell them they can sit with the group or go and sit with their parents

–                Make sure you go in WHEN THE MUSIC IS PLAYING.

–                The reserved seats are to the left, near the front, near the screen

IF YOU STILL HAVE TIME AT THE END OF THIS YOU CAN PLAY CHARADES AS FOLLOWS:

5: BE YOURSELF

Teacher:            Jesus wants you to be you. So when you want to share God’s love with                                     other people, he doesn’t expect you to suddenly be like a pastor, or your teacher, or your mom or dad…He just wants you to be you…so,  just for fun, let’s see who you are. We are going to play charades, but               the topic of this game is “Things you like” – so it can be things you like to do, things you like to eat, places you like to go…

The First Church (Grades 4-6) (Sunday School Lessons For Children)

Date Class Scripture Title
October 10, 2010 456rs Acts 2:37-47 The First Church

Arranged/Written by Teresa Klassen

This year we are planning for 45 minutes of class time; after this the children join in with “Big Church” for worship/The Lord’s Supper

1: Opener – Guess What’s Important? (8 minutes)

Teacher: What are important things that we should do every day?  I have some doors here on the blackboard with important things behind them. Can you guess what they are? I have prizes for whoever can guess them

You can give hints if the kids are stumped

Door 1: Get a good sleep

Door 2: Brush your teeth

Door 3: Eat good meals

Door 4: Read the Bible

Door 5: Pray

Door 6: Learn

Door 7: Play/Have fun

Door 8: Do things with friends

Mini chocolate bar prizes for those who get answers (and whoever else you randomly want to give chocolate to)

Teacher: Now, I want you to think imagine you were one of the very first Christians ever. What if you invited Jesus into your heart, and you were baptized; you might have asked yourself – what should I do now??

Teacher: The Bible says that the very first Christians began to find each other and group together forming the VERY FIRST CHURCH. Today we are going to look at what Church is…what Jesus wanted it to be.

2: What is the Church? (5 minutes)

Teacher: First I need to ask you, what is “the church”?

Is it this? (point to the picture of the outside of a church building)

Is it this? (point to the picture of the inside of a church building)

Is it this? (point to the picture of the group of people)

Teacher: The church isn’t a building at all…the church is a group of people who love God and want to learn together how to live God’s way. The church is people who want to learn together, and work with one another, and know one another, and help one another…the church is people who love Jesus and have the same goals.

Teacher When the first group of Christians began to group together they did some things that were really important. We are going to discover what those things are, because those are the same things we want to do!

We are going to remember those important things by remembering one word:
C H U R C H.

To help us really get it, I am going to need you guys to help me make some props to go with these letters as we go along.

3-8: The Church Looks Like This (20-25 minutes)

* For each of the symbols the kids make, put one on the center table as a reminder of the “clue” for each letter

3 –             Cupcakes & Icing

Teacher Let’s start with the letter C

When the first Christians got together the Bible tells us that they ate together. You know when you sit around the table and you tell stories about your day and listen to one another and get to know your friends really well over a meal? Well that is what that first church did. They ate together a lot!

Do: So to help you remember what the first church did, and what we should do too…C stands for “Cake and ice-cream – they ate together!”

To help us remember this first letter – we are going to eat together too (bring out the cupcakes, let them put on their own icing)

What does C stand for? (Cake and ice-cream, they ate together!)

4 – plasticine

Teacher Next is the letter H

When the first Christians got together the Bible tells us that they listened to teachers talk about the Bible.  They learned how to live God’s way by hearing people teach from the Bible. Kind of like you are doing today, but not always on a Sunday, many times when they met together they heard about Jesus’ words, and stories about him.

Do: So to help you remember what the first church did, and what we should do too…I have some plasticine here and I need all you guys to make something that represents “hearing”, you can make a set of ears, you can write the word “hear” you can make some earphones…something that reminds you of the word “hear”

Give them some time to do this…

What does C stand for? (Cake and ice-cream, they ate together!)

What  does H stand for? (Hearing)

5 – Lego

Teacher Next is the letter U

When the first Christians got together the Bible tells us that they prayed together. They talked to God together, and they prayed for one another.

So to help you remember what the first church did, and what we should do too…U stands for “U pray, I pray, we pray!”

What does C stand for? (Cake and ice-cream, they ate together!)

What  does H stand for? (Hearing and learning!)

What does U stand for? (U pray, I pray, we pray!)

Do:            OK, since praying is just talking to God, I thought a good way for you to remember this would be by making a cell phone. So I am dividing you in two and giving you 5 minutes to make a cell phone out of Lego.

6 –             Art materials to draw a hand

Teacher Next is the letter R

When the first Christians got together the Bible tells us that they reached out to other people in their city, sharing the Good News about Jesus, and helping with needs in their city. They wanted EVERYONE to know about Jesus so they reached out and told them!

So to help you remember what the first church did, and what we should do too…R stands for reaching out to others.

What does C stand for? (Cake and ice-cream, they ate together!)

What  does H stand for? (Hearing and learning!)

What does U stand for? (U pray, I pray, we pray!)

What does R stand for? (Reaching out to others)

Do:            Have kids trace their hand and color it if they want

7 – Gift bag

Teacher Next is another letter C!

When the first Christians got together the Bible tells us that they cared for each other and shared everything that they owned with each other. If you were sick, I would come and care for you. If you needed help, I would care and come help! If you needed to use something that I owned, I would share it with you.

So to help you remember what the first church did, and what we should do too…this C stands for Care and Share!

What does C stand for? (Cake and ice-cream, they ate together!)

What  does H stand for? (Hearing and learning!)

What does U stand for? (U pray, I pray, we pray!)

What does R stand for? (Reaching out to others)

What does C stand for? (Care and share!)

Do:            Ok, to help remind us of this point, we are going to put together a gift bag of stuff and then I need one of you to give it to a random person in church during the service when we go in (*Teacher, make sure it isn’t their parent or another SunLand teacher…it should be someone they are not directly connected to – you as a teacher should help guide them. Scan the audience, pick someone you think could use a little treat). There will be a card that explains the package which will just be some simple treats and the card will say “Today we learned about what the early church was like and how we ought to remember why we are the church.  One of the things the church is to be about is caring and sharing. We would like to share this with you today and hope it is encouraging to you in some way.  God bless. From the Grade 4-5-6 class” and have all the kids sign their names.

8 – Balloon

Teacher Next is another letter H

The first  Christians just liked to get together. They knew if they would be together, they could encourage one another, help make each other strong, and become really awesome friends to one another. They called this “fellowship” but for our lesson today, we will call it “hanging out.”

So to help you remember what the first church did, and what we should do too…this H stands for Hanging out!

What does C stand for? (Cake and ice-cream, they ate together!)

What  does H stand for? (Hearing and learning!)

What does U stand for? (U pray, I pray, we pray!)

What does R stand for? (Reaching out to others)

What does C stand for? (Care and share!)

What does H stand for? (Hanging out)

Do:            So to remind you about hanging out  I thought about how when you hang out you just have fun and get to know each other. I have a ball here and we are going to toss it back and forth and name a cartoon character, but you have to do it in 3 seconds or less and get that ball out of your hands or you are out.

Review

Just look at the stuff on the table and review what the C H U R C H  is all about. See if the kids can remember all the points.

9: Be The C H U R C H

Listen to the monitor to see if the music has started – this will be between 11 and 11:10. If it has, then head into the auditorium…do the gift bag project. Then find your row of seats, reserved for 456rs at the front by the screen.

If it hasn’t, crack open a bag of chips and hang out and get to know each other a little better…here are some questions you can use to get the kids to talk

1.     What was your favorite toy when you were little?

2.     Have you ever had a dream that you thought was real? What was it?

3.     Why do you think some people only like dogs and some people only like cats?

Clean Up

–                Please make sure the room is neat and tidy when you are done

–                Please make sure heat is off

–                And everything that needs “powering off” is powered off

CHECKLIST (For Office Use)

Item Number needed Description
Doors 8 Door 1: Get a good sleep

Door 2: Brush your teeth

Door 3: Eat good meals

Door 4: Read the Bible

Door 5: Pray

Door 6: Learn

Door 7: Play/Have fun

Door 8: Do things with friends

These can be simple, hand written or done on the computer.

Tape them onto the cupboards in the Gazebo so they hide the answer but are still easy to open for the teacher.

Pictures 4 Same as K-3

Picture of church

Picture of inside of church

Picture of group of people

Page spelling C H U R C H

Tape this onto another section of the cupboards

Cupcakes and icing Enough for 10 Teresa will bring
Plasticine Enough for 10 golf size balls of plasticine
Lego Teresa will bring
Paper and crayons/or felts/or pencil crayons Enough for 10 Look in the gazebo, there may be felts there already in the plastic drawers on counter

Just get blank photocopy paper to use, 1 full sheet per child – so about 10

Gift bag 1 Teresa will get this, since I have to go shopping anyway. I will drop it off
Balloon, blown up and ready to go 2 (better make 2 in case one pops…write the word “hanging out” in black marker on both
Bag of chips Teresa will pick up

Good News! (Grade 4-6) (Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Age-group Scripture Theme
Oct. 3/2010 Grade 4-6 Acts 2:14-36 Good News!

Written/Arranged by Teresa Klassen

This year we are writing for a 45 minute class. After this, the children join in with Big Church for worship/The Lord’s Supper.

1. Opener: The News Is… (10 minutes)

Teacher: Today we are talking about Good News and to start us off, I thought I would see how good you are at giving people some news…

§  Get 4 volunteers

§  They have to describe the top word – the bold word on the card

§  They can’t use any of the words on the list below the main word when they are describing the main word

§  The rest of the class will guess

Card One

The News is…

Card Two

The News is…

Card Three

The News is…

Card Four

The News is…

New Baby Brother New Puppy You’re Moving! You Got an A in Math!
You can’t say… You can’t say… You can’t say… You can’t say…
Baby

Newborn

Infant

Brother

Sister

Crib

Dog

Puppy

Animal

Pet

Bark

Furry

Moving

House

New

Travelling
City

Going

Report Card

Grade

School

English

Math

Science

2. Good News… (8-10 minutes)

Teacher: So we are getting news all the time through Newspapers, our Televisions, Facebook, Twitter, Texting…good news, bad news…I’m curious, what is the best news you have ever received? I’ll start off…some of the best news I ever received was…

After the kids have a chance to share then transition…

Teacher:            The best news you will ever receive is found in the Bible. You may find that a little hard to believe.

3. Bible (5 minutes)

Teacher: Can anyone remember what book in the Bible we have been reading from the past few weeks? (Acts).

Today we are reading from chapter 2…it is a pretty long passage, so we have printed out a sheet to read from today…in this passage, Jesus’ disciple Peter is speaking to a whole crowd of people. These were many of the same people who wanted to have Jesus killed. Well, they succeeded. Jesus was crucified, but what they didn’t count on was Jesus rising from the dead after three days and ascending to heaven. And then, as we learned last week, God sent His Holy Spirit to empower His followers. So this is what Peter says to the crowd…

Read:                        Have a student or two read the following

“Listen carefully to these words: Jesus, following the deliberate and well-thought-out plan of God, was betrayed by men who took the law into their own hands, and was handed over to you. And you pinned him to a cross and killed him. But God untied the death ropes and raised him up. Death was no match for him…This Jesus, God raised up. And every one of us here is a witness to it. Then, raised to the heights at the right hand of God and receiving the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, he poured out the Spirit he had just received. That is what you see and hear. All Israel, then, know this: There’s no longer room for doubt—God made Jesus Master and Messiah, this Jesus whom you killed on a cross.”

(from “The Message”)

Teacher:             So where is the good news in there? Let’s try to figure this out…(this isn’t a question to be answered, just to transition)

4. What’s Good News? – Puzzle Activity (10-15)

  • There will be 5 envelopes with puzzle pieces in each, and a piece of cardstock for “backing”
  • Break the kids into 5 groups (of 2 or 3 if you have enough kids). If you don’t have that many then just split them into two or three groups and then get them to do more than 1 envelope
  • There are puzzle pieces in the envelope
  • Each group should have a glue-stick
  • Groups must each put together the puzzle in the envelope and glue them onto the cardstock backing

The puzzles will each have a picture (from the Brick Testament which has Bible scenes in Lego) and will describe 5 pieces of the “Good News” story about Jesus

When the puzzles are all put together…have a student from each group read what is on each puzzle, starting with group 1 and moving through group 5. Here is what the puzzles say…

Puzzle 1

First, some perfectly perfect, great, fantastic awesome news! The Bible tells us that the first people who lived on earth were named Adam and Eve. God loved Adam and Eve and they were all best friends. That is the good part of the story.  God created us because He loved us and wanted to be best friends with us forever!! God always meant our relationship to be good news…

But one day Adam and Eve disobeyed God. This is called sin. This is the perfectly AWFUL part of our news story. They sinned and broke their friendship with God. Sin pushed God away from people. This is really, really, really bad news for everybody. The Bible says that we cannot take care of sin on our own and so we will live and die with a heart has been made dirty by sin. Our friendship with God will always be broken unless someone pays for that sin; nothing good about that!

Puzzle 2

The Bible tells us that God did not want us to live without Him. He didn’t want sin to get in the way. But God knew that the only way for sin to be taken care of is if someone would pay for that sin; and the payment for sin was death.  God said, “I will die in your place.” So Jesus came to earth and died for you and for me on the cross (show them the picture of Jesus on the cross).  When we believe this and invite Jesus into our heart, He forgives our sin and welcomes us into His family. Sound good? It gets better…

Puzzle 3

When Jesus died on the cross, He took care of the sin problem. Now, when we invite Jesus into our hearts, He washes our hearts clean of all that sin. Jesus’ death on the cross takes care of it all!  Our hearts become clean and forgiven. Take a look at this video which has a little more to say on this part of the good news…

SHOW: At this point show a short DVD on the Gospel for Children (Suggested link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyvZGtdDY5o) – a short explanation of sin and forgiveness

Puzzle 4

When Jesus lives in our hearts, the good news is we aren’t stuck being the same old people. When we start learning how to follow Him, we grow! Just as plants and trees grow, we also grow as Christians. There are things that we will see growing in our lives as the Holy Spirit shows us how to live God’s way: we will be more loving, more joy-filled, more peaceful, more patient, and more kind. We will want to live “good lives” as we love God and love other people.

Puzzle 5

And now, for the best kind of news. When we are following Jesus, we never have to wonder what happens next!  We know Jesus is with us always, and even when we die…we know exactly where we will be: with Jesus in heaven. Jesus says He will never leave us, and He will always help us, and when we die He is already there waiting for us, welcoming us to the beautiful place He has prepared for us in heaven.

Teacher:            So…now that we have walked through this whole story…what is one piece of good news in all of this for us and for people we share this news with? What stood out to you?

Close the time together just sharing 2-3 minutes of what the “Good News” has meant to you, in your own life.

Around 11 a.m. check the monitor in the class to see if the music has started.  If it has, try to move as soon as you can to the auditorium. A row has been reserved for the 456rs. Before you do, we are serving the Lord’s Supper, so make sure you explain this to the kids as follows…

EXPLAIN THE LORD’S SUPPER

Remind the kids that we are always going to be joining in the morning service for the second half (worship and the Lord’s Supper)

Today when we go into the morning service they are going to serve Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper. When Jesus was about to die he had one last supper with his friends.  That’s why it is called the Lord’s Supper. At this supper he said, when you eat this broken bread and drink the juice I want it to remind you that I died for you.  The bread represents my broken body, the juice represents the blood that was spilled for you to forgive your sins.

When we take communion, we take a piece of bread and we dip it in the juice and we go back to our seats and eat it there…and while we do, we think about the amazing gift that Jesus gave us. He died for you and for me so that we could be forgiven and be in a right relationship with God.

The Lord’s Supper is just a reminder of the decision some of us have made to follow Jesus

You don’t have to come and take the Lord’s Supper. If you haven’t asked Jesus to lead your life, or if you just want to know more about the Lord’s Supper before you take it, feel totally free to take a pass and stay in your seats.

–                Remind the kids to be quiet when we go into the room

–                Tell them they can sit with the group or go and sit with their parents

–                Make sure you go in WHEN THE MUSIC IS PLAYING.

–                The reserved seats are to the left, near the front, near the screen

The Holy Spirit Gives Me Power… (Grades 4-6) (Sunday School Lessons For Children)

Date Grade Scripture Title
Sept 26, 2010 4-5-6 Acts 2:1-6 The Holy Spirit Gives Me
Power To Live God’s Way

Written/Arranged by Teresa Klassen

For this year we have gone to a format that takes approximately 45 minutes to run through; then children in this age group join in with “Big Church” for worship/The Lord’s Supper

1: OPENER (8-10 minutes)

Idea adapted from http://www.kidssundayschool.com/Gradeschool/Games/9game003.php

  • Divide the class in 2 (Team A and Team B)
  • Have Team A and Team B sit back to back.
  • Give Team A envelope 1 and have them make a design, one piece at a time.
  • Every time Team A puts a piece down, they need to explain what they have just done so that team B can try to make the same pattern without looking at what team is doing.

For example

Team A:             “We have just put a yellow square on the table”

Team A:            “Now we are putting a blue circle on top of the yellow square”

Team A:             “Now we are putting a blue triangle two inches to the left of the yellow square”

When all the pieces are down have the kids stand up and see if the two patterns look the same.

Teacher:            (Make the point) We need good instructions to get things right don’t we?  We need someone who is very good at guiding in order for things to work.  Today we are going to learn about the Holy Spirit and how He guides us with God’s power.

2: GOD’S WORD SAYS (5-7 minutes)

Teacher:             Can anyone remember the book of the Bible that we have been reading from these past two Sundays?  It starts with an A… (let the kids guess). We are reading the book of Acts (have the children repeat that word to you) this is the book that talks about what Jesus’ friends did after Jesus went to heaven.

They watched Jesus go to heaven and they all stood around asking, “What should we do next?”

Jesus had told them to go to a room in Jerusalem and to wait…but wait for what???

Let’s read the Bible and see what happened:

Read:            Acts 2:1-6

Teacher:            That’s a pretty wild story, hey? Something totally supernatural happened and these followers of Jesus, as we will learn in the weeks to come, went from being people who were afraid to speak up, afraid of what would happen to them, uncertain about God and His plans, to men and women who were filled with courage to live God’s way and to spread the good news about Jesus.

It’s an amazing story, but what is even more amazing is that it wasn’t just for then…God promises that when we decide to follow Him, He will give us His Holy Spirit as well. The same Holy Spirit we just read about.

3: WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT? (8 minutes)

Teacher:            I want to talk to you about who the Holy Spirit is. This is a hard thing to explain because God is very Big and we are very small.  What we understand is very small too.  There are many things about God we can’t really wrap our minds around. The thing is, what we do know about God is good, and true; so if we can trust those things, then we can also trust the things we can’t understand.

The Bible tells us that many things about God are a mystery, but not the kind of mystery that scares you, it is the kind of mystery that is good and loving and makes you want to know more and more…to know everything we can know about God.

So, we can try to understand who the Holy Spirit is…

There is only one God – but we know there is God the Father, and there is Jesus, and there is the Holy Spirit. This is often called the “Trinity;” that’s not a word you will find in the Bible, it is just the best word people came up with to try to describe what God is like.

People have also tried to come up with way of describing God and I will show you one of them…

The Apple:

Let’s say this apple is like God. There is only one apple here right? But this apple is made up of three parts, let’s look!

(use the apple corer to cut the apple)

§  Show them the core

§  Show them the fruit of the apple

§  Show them the apple peeling

There is only one apple, but there are three parts to the apple, right?

Similar to the apple, there is only one God, but God has three parts to His role: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is God. His important job was to come to earth and die for our sins. Jesus said, look at me, look how I lived, and you will understand what God is like.

Then when Jesus left to go to heaven He said, God is now going to come to you in another way. He is going to come and live inside your heart; this will be the Holy Spirit. He will help you live God’s way.

I know, it is hard to completely understand, but I do know that when I invited Jesus to lead my life (Teacher, I have put some words down here, you can choose your own as a testimony of how the Holy Spirit has worked in your life), He promised to send His Holy Spirit, and since that day, I have found that the Holy Spirit has helped me make decisions, has taught me about Jesus and the Bible, has helped me love other people in a totally different way…

Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would give us power. Here is one way of looking at it:

4: FLASHLIGHT ILLUSTRATION (8 minutes)

This idea is adapted from something I read at http://ministry-to children.com/pentecost-sunday-school-lesson/

  • You will have two flashlights at this station.
  • One will have batteries and one will not.
  • Pick up the one without the batteries and try to turn it on

Teacher:            I have a flashlight here. A flashlight is a really good thing to have when you are in the dark and you want to see where you are going.  Could I have a volunteer come and turn this flashlight on for me?

  • Have a child come and turn it on. It won’t turn on because there are no batteries.

Teacher:            (seem really puzzled) I wonder what is wrong with this flashlight? Do you think it is broken?  It doesn’t seem to be. I wonder why it won’t turn on.

  • A child will probably say, “Maybe there aren’t any batteries in it.”
  • Check and see if there are batteries, show the children that there are none

Teacher:            That’s the problem, this flashlight doesn’t have any power!! It is a flashlight, but its light can’t shine if it doesn’t have batteries

  • Now pick up the second flashlight and do the same thing, have a child come and test the flashlight out. This one will turn on.
  • Ask the children why they think that this flashlight works – it is because it has batteries

Teacher:            This flashlight works because it has POWER.

Just like this flashlight works when it has batteries, God sent the Holy Spirit to give us power. The Holy Spirit comes to live in us, and it is like we have had batteries we didn’t have before! God’s Holy Spirit comes and gives us a new kind of power.

He gives us power to live God’s way!

5: WHAT DO YOU NEED POWER FOR? (8 minutes)

  • Lead a discussion during this time of what kids their age might need God’s power for. What can the Holy Spirit help us with?
  • I will have these ideas written on a big piece of paper; lead them through these and ask, “What difference would it make if the Holy Spirit was giving you power in these situations?”
  • See if the kids have other ideas to add to these…

Suggestions:

o   Making decisions

o   Forgiving others

o   Saying the right thing

o   Standing up for what you believe in

o   Not giving in to peer pressure

o   Choosing to love instead of hate

o   Being honest

o   Getting to know Jesus more

6: ALWAYS LEAVE ROOM FOR QUESTIONS

  • Leave room for questions, pray for the kids, and then at around 11:05 we will come and let you know when the music starts in the auditorium and you can join in. Please encourage the kids to stand during the worship time.
  • There will be a row reserved for the 456rs (front row by the screen). Please sit with them and enter into the worship – this is also teaching!
  • Some kids may choose to sit with their parents.

PLEASE QUICKLY TIDY UP THE ROOM BEFORE YOU LEAVE and TURN THE HEAT DOWN.