Week 2 objective: to think about God being good, powerful and wise before starting to think about God knowing where we go and what we do.
Game - 7 mins
Aim: to play a game that will help children remember the words ‘good’, ‘powerful’ and ‘wise’.
You will need: at least 12 plastic cups, four serviettes, sticky tape, God is ‘good, powerful and wise’ textboxes (see Printables), marker pens, elastic bands, string cut into 30 cm lengths and ‘How to prepare’ instructions (see Printables).
Before the session print and cut out two sets of textboxes. Turn the cups upside down and use sticky tape to stick the textboxes to the sides of the cups. You should have four cups with the word ‘good’ written on the side, four with the word ‘powerful’ written on the side and four with the word ‘wise’ written on the side. Tie four pieces of string to each elastic band as shown in the instructions.
Divide your group into no more than four teams. Give each team a serviette and a set of three cups i.e. one with the word ‘good’, one with the word ‘powerful’ and one with the word ‘wise’ written on it. Encourage the children to lay their serviette flat on the floor and place their cups in a row on top. Explain that during the challenge the children need to create a pyramid with their cups i.e. two on the bottom row and one on the top. Their pyramid must be positioned away from their serviette and constructed using only the elastic band and string. Show the children how they can each hold one of the pieces of string then gently pull on it to stretch the band then release it. Explain that they can use this technique to manoeuvre the cups from the serviette into a pyramid. The children must not touch the cups with their hands. Encourage the children to work together in their groups to complete the challenge. When the pyramids have been constructed congratulate the children on how well they worked together. Ask the children to read aloud the words written on the cups now making up their pyramid.
Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a whiteboard or large sheet of paper, marker pens, a Bible and one of the sets of cups used in the game.
Before the session write the verse on the sheet of paper or whiteboard.
Read the month’s verse aloud and show the children the set of cups. Explain that when Christians know that God is a loving God who is good, powerful and wise they believe it is wonderful that he knows where they are and what they do.
Explain that we are going to spend a couple of minutes thinking about what the phrase ‘God is a loving God who is good, powerful and wise’ means.
Draw a large heart next to the verse and explain that over and over again the Bible teaches that God is loving. In fact the Apostle John wrote that God is love. Christians believe there is nothing anyone can do that will make God love them less and there is nothing anyone can do to make God love them more. God loves everybody, everywhere more than they could ever imagine. Write the word ‘everybody’ or draw lots of smiley faces inside the heart.
Show the children one of the sets of cups used in the game. Explain that Christians believe it is not only wonderful to know that God loves everybody but it is also wonderful to know that he is good, powerful and wise.
For younger children you might want to simply spend some time talking about a loving God who is good, powerful and wise.
If you have older children in your group ask what they think it means to describe God as ‘good’, ‘powerful’ and ‘wise’. Listen carefully to the answers and respond positively. Explain that the Bible teaches that God is fully good; there is no badness in him. God is all powerful; there is nothing good and right he cannot do. God is completely wise; he knows everything there is to know and he always knows what is best for everyone and everything.
To summarise read the verse aloud again 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).
Song - 2 mins
To the tune 'A sailor went to sea, sea, sea'
You kno-ow where I go, go, go.
You know where I lie down, down ,down.
You know everything I do, do, do.
Psalm one, three, nine verse three, three, three.
Some children may enjoy a clapping game. Encourage the children to sit in a circle alternately clapping their hands then tapping their legs. As you sing ‘go, go, go’ simultaneously clap hands with the person on either side, pushing your hands out to the side to meet theirs. As you sing ‘lie down, down’, put your hands together and tuck them under your head like a pillow. As you sing 'do, do, do' clap hands with the people on your right and left again. When you sing ‘three, three, three’ shout as loud as you can!
Try and make the song age-appropriate, perhaps rapping it with older children or saying it to a beat. Some older children may enjoy the clapping game if it is done extremely fast!