Week 2 objectives: to think about what Christians believe before considering why they believe.
Game - 7 mins
Aims: to think about the ‘Four points’ of the Gospel.
You will need: the ‘Four points of the Gospel’ (see Printables), a stopwatch, scissors, four rolls of masking tape or sticky tape and four newspapers – make sure there is nothing unsuitable in the newspapers by flicking through them first.
Divide your group into four teams – you can have as few as one member in each team. If you have fewer than four children, divide your group into two teams. Cut out the four symbols representing the four points of the Gospel and give one symbol to each team. If you only have two teams give two symbols to each. Explain that during the challenge the children will need to create their symbol/s out of newspaper. Demonstrate how the children can scrunch their sheets of newspaper into long sausage shapes. The shapes can then be stuck together with sticky tape to make longer shapes. The children should then bend or simply lay two or three sausage shapes on the floor to create their symbol, making them as large as possible. Explain that the children have two minutes to complete the challenge. When the symbols are complete comment on the neatness and/or how large the symbols are. If appropriate you could decide on a winning team or simply praise all the children for their effort.
Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pen and the ‘Four points of the Gospel’ explanation sheet (see Printables).
Write the verse on the whiteboard or paper. Read the verse aloud and remind the children that this verse will help us learn more about telling others about Jesus. Recap briefly what the children talked about in ‘Week 1’. Remind the children that this verse is taken from Peter’s first letter. Peter was writing to a group of Christians who were being badly treated. He was encouraging them to tell others about Jesus. Underline the phrase ‘in a gentle and respectful way’. He explained that they should always tell people in a gentle and respectful way.
Circle the word ‘believe’. Explain that Peter was encouraging the Christians to tell the people around them why they believed in Jesus.
Write the word ‘Gospel’ next to the verse. Ask the children if they have heard the word ‘Gospel’ before. Ask the children if they know what the word means. Explain that ‘the Gospel’ means ‘the good news about being a Christian’. Remind the children that when somebody says ‘Yes’ to God’s love and forgiveness, they have come to believe that this good news is true; in fact it’s because they believe this good news that they say ‘Yes’ to God’s love and forgiveness.
So what is this good news that Christians believe?
Show the children a sheet of newspaper and briefly talk about the different types of news you might find in a newspaper: good news, sad news, bad news, exciting news etc. Point to the symbols the children have created using the scrunched-up newspaper and explain that these four symbols can help us to remember the good news about being a Christian. Use the ‘Four points of the Gospel’ sheet to explain how the four signs tell us the good news about being a Christian.
Explain that if somebody asks a Christian what they believe they can talk about the good news by remembering the four points. Reassure the children that sometimes it’s difficult to remember all four points so even if they just remember the first one that’s great.
Song - 2 mins
To the tune ‘Found a peanut’
If anyone asks you,
If anyone asks you,
If anyone asks why you believe,
If anyone asks,
Then you should tell them,
With respect and gent-er-ly.