Week 4 objective: to think about speaking in a gentle and respectful way.
Game - 7 mins
Aims: to play a game that involves speaking in a different way.
You will need a blindfold.
Encourage the children to stand in a circle. Ask for a volunteer. The volunteer should stand in the middle of the circle and place the blindfold over their eyes. While the volunteer is blindfolded they should call out ‘Shuffle’. The children in the circle should quickly swap places so that the volunteer no longer knows who is standing where. The volunteer should then extend their arm and point to someone in the ring. The person being pointed at should say ‘Who, me?’ in such a way that their voice is disguised. The volunteer should call back ‘Yes, you _____’ and say the name of the person they think has just spoken. If they are correct the person being pointed at should step into the centre of the circle and put on the blindfold and the volunteer should take their place in the circle.
Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pen and ‘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. Briefly recap what the children talked about in ‘Week 1’, ‘Week 2’ and ‘Week 3’. Remind the children that Peter wrote this letter to a group of Christians who were being badly treated. Peter 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’ and remind the children that a couple of weeks ago we talked about what Christians believe. Quickly draw the four points of the Gospel next to the verse using the explanation sheet as a prompt. Remind the children that the ‘Four points of the Gospel’ help us to remember the good news about being a Christian.
Underline the phrase ‘be ready’. Remind the children that last week we talked about Christians being ready to tell others why they believe.
Talk about the game the children have just played. Remind the children that they changed their voices to make them sound different. Talk about how our voices can change depending on how we are feeling. How might our voice sound if we are sad or happy, cross or confused, worried or excited? We might also change the sound of our voice depending on who we are speaking to. How might we speak to a little child? Or our friend on the other side of the playground?
Spend some time talking about the words we choose when we speak to one another. Explain that, how our voice sounds is important but so are the words we choose.
Underline the phrase ‘do it in a gentle and respectful way’ again. Ask the children to give an example of how they might speak in a gentle way. If they are able to, encourage them to think of the sort of words and phrases they might use. Suggest that they might choose to ask caring questions or even listen rather than keep speaking.
Ask the children if they know what the word ‘respectful’ or ‘respect’ means. Listen to the children’s answers and respond positively. Explain that if we respect somebody we think good and kind things about them. The way we show our respect is to show that we care about their feelings – this is called being respectful. Ask the children to think about how they would behave respectfully in different situations e.g. when a parent asks them to do something, when they are visiting a friend, or when they are sitting with other people on the bus. Remind the children that behaving respectfully means thinking about other people’s feelings.
To summarise, point to the verse again and ask the children how Christians might be able to tell people why they believe in a gentle and respectful way.
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.