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

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Week 2 objective: to discover that this verse tells us that Jesus never changes. He is the same today as he was in the ‘olden days’. He is the same today as he was yesterday.

Game - 7 mins
Aim: to take part in activities that help the children to think about the ‘olden days’.
You will need: string, clothes pegs and the means to print pictures from the internet. Make sure you comply with copyright regulations.

Part 1
Before the session print pictures of people from different eras. You might like to include pictures of people from the Roman, Saxon, Medieval, Viking and Victorian times. Tie a piece of string across your teaching space like a washing line. Either work with the children to peg the pictures in historical order along the string or treat the task as a challenge and encourage the children to place the pictures in order, then check to see if they are correct.

Part 2 – What did I do yesterday?
Ask the children to take turns miming something they did yesterday. The other children should try to guess what they are miming. You could change the task slightly and ask the children to mime something exciting they did when they were on holiday. Make sure you have thought of something that you could mime.

For younger children…
You will need: some objects that prompt memories from your childhood. These could be everyday objects or something specific you had as a child.

Place the objects in a small bag or on a tray. If you are using a tray cover the objects with a cloth.

During the session show one object at a time and ask the children three or four questions about it. You could ask ‘What might you use this for?’ or ‘Where would you find an object like this?’ When you have talked a little bit about the object spend some time telling the children about your memory that relates to the object. Work through the objects one at a time, asking questions then talking about your memories.

Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, a Bible and two or three history books with lots of pictures showing life during different eras. You may find suitable books at a library.

Write the verse on the sheet of paper or whiteboard.

Read the verse aloud with the children or ask an older child to find the verse in the Bible then read it to the group. Underline the phrase ‘the same yesterday, today’.

Remind the children about the challenge they have just completed. Explain that things that happened yesterday, a few days ago or many years ago are all in the past; they all happened some time ago.

Briefly spend some time talking about how things change over time. If the children in your group put together a timeline, show the pictures and talk about how people’s lives have changed over time; you could talk about people’s clothing, their homes and their jobs. If you didn’t make a timeline, show ‘olden day’ pictures from a library book and talk about the differences between then and now. Tell the children that this verse tells us that Jesus never changes. Today Jesus lives in Heaven with God the Father, but he is the same today as he was when he lived on earth. He is the same today as he was in the ‘olden days’. He is the same today as he was yesterday.

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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