Week 4 objective: to think about what it means to love God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind.
Game - 7 mins
Aim: to think about the part of us we cannot see.
You will need: large sheets of paper or newspaper, sticky tape and thick felt tip pens.
Help the children to make simple paper hats using the large sheets of paper cut into wide strips and a couple of pieces of sticky tape (see Printables). Encourage the children to write or draw something about themselves on the hats that you couldn't tell by looking at them i.e. something they enjoy doing, the food they like to eat, or a TV programme they like to watch. Once the children have finished their hats encourage them to get into pairs. One of the children in the pair needs to put their hat on their head. Then, without using their hands, the children need to manoeuvre the hat from one person's head to the other. This will probably involve the first person tipping their hat off their head and onto the floor. The second person will then need to try to wriggle their head into the hat while the hat remains on the floor. The first pair to successfully move the hat onto the second person's head is the winner.
Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a whiteboard or a large sheet of paper, marker pens, a Bible, one or two hats 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 whiteboard 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.’ Point to the verse as you repeat what Jesus said. Draw a heart next to the verse. 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, in fact 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 other 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 words ‘heart’, ‘soul’ and ‘mind’. Ask the children what they think Jesus meant when he said ‘to love God with our heart, soul and mind’.
Talk about what people see when they look at us e.g. the colour of our eyes, how tall we are; they might be able to guess our age. But there is a lot about us that people cannot tell just by looking e.g. what we like and don’t like, what makes us happy and what makes us laugh. Show the children a couple of the hats from the game they have just played. Point to the words on the hats and explain that all these thoughts and feelings go on inside us. When Jesus talked about our heart, soul and mind he was talking about these thoughts and feelings. He was saying that we should love God with our thoughts and our feelings. God doesn’t want us just to go to church on a Sunday and to talk about being a Christian, he wants us to think about him and to really love him everyday of the week.
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.