Week 4 objective: to introduce the idea of eternal life by demonstrating that a circle does not have a beginning or an end.
Game - 6 mins
Aim: to play a game with a hula hoop before talking about a circle not having a beginning or an end.
You will need: a hula hoop, a tennis ball and masking tape.
Before the session place a strip of masking tape on the floor of your teaching space. At a distance of two or three meters place a second strip parallel to the first.
Encourage the children to sit behind the first strip and explain that they are going to take it in turns to roll the hula hoop towards the second line. Demonstrate this to the children then ask for a volunteer. Explain that the volunteer will now try to throw the tennis ball through the hoop as it rolls along, without knocking it over. Sit the volunteer to the side but at an equal distance from the two strips.
When the children understand how to play the game encourage the children to take turns at rolling the hoop and trying to throw the ball through the hoop.
You might want to position older children further back and younger children closer to make the task more fair.
Talk about - 7 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, a Bible, marker pens and “Saying ‘Yes’ to God's love and forgiveness” infographic (see Printables).
Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or paper. Underline the phrase ‘eternal life’. Read the verse aloud stressing the part you have underlined.
Ask the children what they think ‘eternal’ means. Explain that ‘eternal’ means something that goes on and on without stopping.
Show the children the hula hoop and talk about a circle not having a beginning or an end.
Talk about how we find it difficult to think about something not having a beginning or an end because we are so used to things starting and finishing. However the Bible teaches that people who have said ‘Yes’ to God’s love and forgiveness will one day live with him in Heaven, and in Heaven their lives will go on and on without stopping – the Bible calls this eternal life.
Show the “Saying ‘Yes’ to God's love and forgiveness” word graphic and explain that people who have said ‘Yes’ to God's love and forgiveness are called Christians. The Bible teaches that in Heaven, a Christian's life will go on and on without stopping; in Heaven a Christian will live with God forever and ever.
However the Bible also says ‘eternal life’ is the new way of living that starts here on earth when a person becomes a Christian. Christians believe eternal life is not only about living with God forever and forever in Heaven but also about living with God as a close friend here on earth.
Song - 2 mins
To the tune of ‘All good gifts around us’ (i.e. the chorus to the hymn ‘We plough the fields and scatter’) .
God showed how much he loved us,
By sen--ding his own Son,
Into the world,
so we might have,
eternal life through him.