'You know where I go and where I lie down. You know everything I do. ' Psalm 139:3

 
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Week 3 objective: to think about God seeing everything we do and there not being anywhere we can go where he can’t look after us.

Introduction - 2 mins
You will need: marker pens, a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, ‘pasta word sheets’ (see Printables), small dried penne pasta, a toy crown and a Bible.

Although the pasta in this activity is not intended for eating, be aware of allergies - make sure all the children can safely handle the food in this activity.

Before the session print enough word sheets for one per child. This activity will be easier if the children are sitting at a table.

Hold up the toy crown (or put it on!) and remind the children that the verse we are learning about this month was written by King David. Explain that King David wrote songs to and about God. Many of his songs are in the book of Psalms. Show the children the book of Psalms.

Explain to the children that they are going to use pasta to help them remember the verse. Give each child a pasta word sheet and a pile of pasta. Ask the children to carefully place a piece of pasta in each pasta shape with a star in it. The pasta should spell the word ‘go’. Remind the children that the first part of the verse is: ‘You know where I go.’ Ask the children to carefully place a piece of pasta in each pasta shape with a diamond in it. The pasta should spell the word ‘down’. Remind the children that the second part of the verse is: ‘and where I lie down.’ Ask the children to take away all the pieces of pasta except those in pasta shapes with a spiral. The pasta should spell ‘do’. Remind the children that the last part of the verse is: ‘You know everything I do.’ Write the verse on a large piece of paper or a whiteboard and add the reference.


Game - 7 mins

Aims: to play a game with hidden pasta before thinking about God always knowing where we are.
You will need: around 30 white plastic cups and plenty of spares, a table, sticky tape and dried pasta.

Although the pasta in this activity is not intended for eating, be aware of allergies - make sure all the children can safely handle the food in this activity.

Use the sticky tape to secure a piece of pasta to the inside of three plastic cups. Place all the cups upside down on the table. Muddle up the cups so that nobody knows where the pasta pieces are. Explain to the children that they will take it in turns to try and find the pasta by turning the cups over one at a time. However they may only use one hand (the other hand needs to be behind their back) and they have only ten seconds to play. Encourage the rest of the children to count down from ten to zero. You may want to give younger children more time to play.

Give each child ten points for every piece of pasta they find, but take a point away for every cup that is on its side at the end of their turn. The child with the most points wins.


Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: the large sheet of paper or whiteboard with the Bible verse written on it, marker pens and a Bible.

Read the verse aloud and write the words ‘good’, ‘powerful’ and ‘wise’ next to the verse. Remind the children that the Bible teaches that God is a loving God who is good (do a thumbs-up sign), powerful (flex your arm muscles) and wise (place your fist against your forehead in a thinking-man pose). Point to the following phrases in the verse: ‘where I go’ and ‘everything I do’ as you explain that Christians believe that wherever they are and whatever they are doing, God, because of his goodness and love, is looking after them (do a thumbs-up sign); he is working powerfully in their lives (flex your arm muscle) and he knows exactly what is best for them (place your fist against your forehead).

Underline the phrase ‘You know where I go’. Spend some time talking with the children about all the different places they visit. Explain that Christians believe there isn’t anywhere they can go where God can’t look after them. The Bible teaches that God knows where everybody is and what they are doing all the time.

You might like to talk about how some people can feel uncomfortable knowing that God sees and knows what they are doing, especially when they do something wrong or make a bad choice. However the Bible teaches that God sees the wrong things people do but as soon as a person says they are sorry he is quick to forgive and will keep on helping and guiding them as they learn and grow to live his way.

 
 
 
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