Week 2 objectives: to think about treating people fairly.
Game - 8 mins
Aims: To think about the usefulness of items. To begin to consider that we might not have everything we want but others do not have everything they need.
You will need: an Argos catalogue, scissors, masking tape, a rug or low table and ‘useful’/‘useless’ signs (see Printables).
Before the session cut out a variety of pictures from the Argos catalogue – you will need around three or four pictures per person. The pictures should be of different things e.g. furniture, toys, electrical items.
Divide your group into two teams. Place the low table or a rug at one end of your teaching space. On the table/rug arrange the pictures you have cut out from the catalogue.At the other end of your teaching space stick two one meter lengths of masking tape to the floor. Both strips need to be the same distance from the table but at least one meter from each other. At one end of each strip place the ‘useful’ sign and at the other end place the ‘useless’ sign. Ask one team to stand next to one strip and the other team to stand next to the other.
Explain to the teams that they need to send one player at a time to the table to collect a picture. The player should return and place their picture on the tape, positioning it according to how useful or useless they think the item is i.e. if they think it is useful they should place it close to the ‘useful sign’ if they think it is useless they should place it close to the ‘useless’ sign. When they have placed the picture, the next player from the team should run to the table to get another picture. The team should then decide where the next picture should go, moving the first picture along the strip if necessary. When a team has collected half of the available pictures they should check they are happy with their positions then indicate that they have finished. The first team to finish is the winning team. Ask the children from each team to share why they thought the items were useful or useless – if you have time discuss some of the children’s decisions.
Talk about - 7 mins
You will need: a whiteboard or large sheet of paper, marker pens and some Bibles.
Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or paper.
Underline the reference and remind the children that Micah was an Old Testament prophet; he passed on messages from God to the people of Judah. Explain that this verse is a part of the message (prophecy).
Explain that at the time of Micah the rich Judean people in 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.
Underline the phrase ‘do what is right to other people’. Explain that another way of saying this part of the verse is ‘be fair in the way you treat people’ or ‘act justly’. God’s message to the people in Jerusalem was: ‘be fair in the way you treat people’, ‘do what is right to other people’.
Explain that in the game some of the things were useful and some were useless. Ask the children to think about things that are not just useful but necessary.
Talk about people in the world who don’t have much money. Talk about how some people don’t even have enough money to buy the things they need. Talk about how we might not have everything we want but some people don’t have everything they need.
Ask the children how they think Christians today should treat people in the world that don't have everything they need? Talk with your group about Christians who help people in our society. You may have talked about organisations such as Tearfund or Foodbanks on other occasions; if that is the case you may want to look at other charities such as ‘Compassion’ or ‘Christian Aid’.
With older children you might like to talk briefly about other essential things that people might not have, like freedom and safety.