Week 1 objectives: to think about the role of the Old Testament Prophets and to begin to find out about Micah’s prophecy to the Judeans.
Game - 7 mins
Aim: to discover a message from the book of Micah.
You will need: masking tape, a ‘How to set up the grid’ instruction sheet (see Printables), textboxes - you will need two sets of words (see Printables) and co-ordinate sheets (see Printables).
Before the session print an instruction sheet, textboxes and enough co-ordinate sheets for one per team. Cut out the textboxes. Stick strips of masking tape to the floor to make the grid. Place the numbers in the first column and the letters in the first row. Place the first set of words in the boxes as shown, then place the second set on top - you will have two identical words in each box. Divide the children into two teams and name them ‘X’ and ‘Y’. Give the teams their co-ordinate sheet. Make sure the teams are sitting at least two meters from the grid and as far away from each other as possible. Explain that they need to collect the words to make a message. Show the children how to use the co-ordinates to collect the words from the grid in the right order, then lay them out on the floor. Team X needs to lay their words across the floor from left to right, team Y from right to left. Encourage the groups to take it in turns to run and collect the next word. Praise children for working well together. Encourage the children to read the verse out loud.
Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a whiteboard or large sheet of paper, marker pens, some Bibles and Flash card number six from the Old Testament flash cards or a Bible map.
Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or paper.
Underline the reference. Explain that Micah was an Old Testament prophet. Draw a simple face next to the verse. Explain that prophets were God’s messengers; they listened to God then passed his message on to other people. Draw an arrow pointing to the face you have drawn and an arrow pointing away.
God sent many prophets to his people, the Israelites. Sometimes God’s people listened to the prophets and at other times they ignored them. Explain that prophecies (the messages given by the prophets) were sometimes about things that were going to happen in the future. God’s messages would warn people that bad things were going to happen or encourage them that good times were ahead. Draw a sad and a happy face next to the verse.
God gave a message to Micah to pass on to the people living in the south of the country; they were called the Judeans. Show the children flash card number six from the Old Testament flash cards or a Bible map. Explain that at the time the rich Judeans living in the city of Jerusalem were treating the poor people badly. They were not looking after them; they were being greedy and only looking after themselves; they were not being fair. God wanted the rich people in Jerusalem to look after the poor people.
Point to the verse written on the board and read it aloud.
Explain that we can find Micah’s message in the book of ‘Micah’. Micah is a small book in the Bible near the end of the Old Testament. Ask the children to try and find the book of ‘Micah’.
Song - 2 mins
To the tune of ‘On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me’ (Verse three)
So the Lord he has told you
just what he wants from you:
Do what is right,
Love being kind,
And live humbly, obeying your God.