Week 3 objective: to think about what it means to love God.
Game - 7 mins
Aim: to think about things we love and things we hate.
You will need: two paper plates and the ‘love it’ and ‘hate it’ signs (see Printables).
Print the ‘love it’ and ‘hate it’ signs. Cut out the smaller signs and stick them onto the paper plates. Cut out the larger signs and stick the ‘love it’ sign to one wall of your room and the ‘hate it’ sign to another.
Ask the children to stand in the middle of the room. Explain that you are going to say a name of something and they need to decide if they love it or hate it. If they love it they run to the ‘love it’ sign, if they hate it they run to the ‘hate it’ sign. Make sure the children understand that if they like it (even just a little bit) they still need to stand near to the ‘love it’ sign and if they dislike it (even just a little bit) they need to stand near to the 'hate it' sign. When the children are clear what they need to do, shout out ‘Marmite’ and encourage the children to make a decision. Once they have made their choice hold the paper plates behind your back, shuffle them and then hold one out in front of you. If it says ‘love it’ all the children by the ‘love it’ sign stay ‘in’, if it says ‘hate it’ all the children by the ‘hate it’ sign stay ‘in’. The children that are still ‘in’ need to return to the middle of the room. Call out something else such as ‘climbing trees’, ‘holidays’, ‘long car journeys’, ‘walks in the rain’, ‘purple trousers’, ‘sunny days’, ‘football’, ‘dancing’, or any food type. Continue playing until everyone is out or there is one winner.
Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a whiteboard or a large sheet of paper, marker pens, a Bible, the ‘love it’ sign from the game the children have just played and ‘How to remember the two main things’ prompt sheet (see Printables).
Write out the verse on a white board or a large sheet of paper.
Circle the word ‘Matthew’ in the reference. Remind the children that this verse comes from the book of Matthew. Matthew wrote down what Jesus said to a teacher. The teacher was a Pharisee. The Pharisee asked ‘Which is the greatest of all God’s rules?’ Jesus answered ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ Draw a heart next to the verse. Point to the verse as you repeat what Jesus said. After Jesus said this, he said the second most important law is to love other people and treat them well. Draw a second heart next to the verse.
Jesus wasn’t saying all God’s other rules were no longer important, he was explaining that all the rules are about two main things, loving God and loving others. Write ‘God’ in one of the hearts and ‘others’ in the other. Jesus wanted people to understand that by loving God and loving others they would be able to follow all God’s rules and live his way.
A good way to remind ourselves how God wants us to live, is to think about the two main things: ‘loving God’ and ‘loving others’. We can remember these two things with simple hand actions (see Printables).
Underline the word ‘Love’ in the verse. Explain that loving someone or something means liking them or it very much. Talk about the game you have just played. Show the ‘love it’ sign. Describe how the children really, really loved some things and other things they liked just a little bit. Jesus was telling the teacher that God wants us to really, really love him. In fact he wants us to love him more than we love anything else.
Song - 2 mins
To the tune of ‘Oh you'll never get to heaven’.
Love the Lord your God x2
With all your heart x2
With all your soul x2
And all of your mind x2
This is the first and greatest command
To love your God with all of your heart
Matthew 22 verse 37
Matthew 22 verse 37 x6
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, Matthew 22 verse 37
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, Matthew 22 verse 37.