'Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.' Hebrews 13:8

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Week 1 objectives: to discover that this verse comes from the book of Hebrews and that ‘Hebrews’ is a letter written to a group of Jewish people. People who study the Bible think that one of the most important words in the letter is the word ‘better’.

Game - 7 mins
Aim: to play a game about choosing which is better.
You will need: masking tape, an old CD, a marble, electrical tape, ‘How to make a homemade spinner’ instructions (see Printables) and a ‘What's better...?’ list (see Printables).

Before the session follow the instructions to make a spinner. Stick a long strip of masking tape down the centre of your teaching space and print a ‘What's better...?’ list.

Ask the children to line up along the strip of masking tape. Choose one side of the line to be ‘side A’ and the other to be ‘side B’. Explain to the children that you are going to call out the names of two items from the ‘What's better...?’ list. They then need to decide which item is better, ‘A’ or ‘B’. If the children prefer item ‘A’ they should stand on ‘side A’, if they prefer item ‘B’ they should stand on ‘side B’. Place the spinner on the line. Spin the spinner. The side to which the spinner points is the winning side, the children on the opposite side are out. Play the game again with the remaining children until only one child remains or all the children are out.

Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, a Bible, a piece of paper rolled up to look like a scroll and ‘A letter to the Hebrews’ (see Printables).

Write the verse on the sheet of paper or whiteboard.

Read the verse aloud with the children or ask an older child to read it to the group. Underline the reference: ‘Hebrews 13:8’. Explain that ‘Hebrews’ is a letter; it was written to a group of Jewish people. Some people think that it was written to some Jewish priests who lived in Jerusalem. We do not know who wrote the letter, but it is full of so many wonderful things that it has been described as a masterpiece.

Remind the children about the game they have just played. Talk about the question the children were asked: ‘What is better...?’ Explain that ‘Hebrews’ can be quite a difficult book to understand - but somebody once said that one of the most important words in the book of Hebrews is the word ‘better’. The book tells the reader that Jesus is better than the angels, he is better than Moses and his death is better than the sacrifices made in the Old Testament times. Maybe for each of us there are lots of things in the book of Hebrews that we have yet to find out about, but one thing we can remember is that the book has something to do with the word ‘better’.

Song - 2 mins
To the tune ‘B-I-N-G-O’

Yesterday, today, forever Jesus never changes,
Je-sus, Jesus Christ,
Je-sus, Jesus Christ,
Je-sus, Jesus Christ,
Oh Jesus never changes.

Divide the children into two groups. Ask one team to sing the name ‘Jesus’ and the other to sing the title ‘Jesus Christ’. Explain to the children that at the appropriate moment they should stand to sing their part of the song then sit back down again. Encourage everybody to sit down together to sing the first line of the song.

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