Week 3 objective: to begin to think about how being generous can help us do what is right and kind.
Game - 7 mins
Aims: to begin to think about being generous.
You will need: bank signs (see Printables), printed money (see Printables), lively music and the means to play it.
Before the session print or photocopy three or four bank signs. You will need one bank sign per team. Print and cut out enough printed money for twenty notes per team.
Divide the children in your group into three or four teams. Ask the teams to sit as far away from each other as possible. Place a bank sign on the floor next to each team and place twenty notes on each sign.
Explain to the children that they need to try and give away all their money from their bank by depositing it in the banks of the other teams. Explain that each team needs to nominate one player to move their money. The nominated players can only pick up one note at a time and must place the note in another team's bank before returning to their bank to pick up another note. Tell the children that after approximately forty seconds you will shout ‘change’. When the children hear this command the nominated player should swap with another team member.
Keep playing the game and swapping the players until everybody has had a turn at moving the money. At the end of the game count the number of notes in each bank. The team with the least number of notes is the winning team. While the children are running around play the lively music. Stop the music while you shout ‘change’.
Talk about - 6 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 draw a face next to the verse. Remind the children that Micah was an Old Testament prophet; he passed on God’s message to the people of Judah. Explain that this verse is a part of Micah’s prophecy; it is part of the message he passed on to the people. Underline the phrase ‘do what is right to other people’ and remind the children that last week we learnt that Micah was talking about being fair. The rich people in Jerusalem were treating the poor people badly. Micah was telling the people that God wanted them to treat each other fairly.
Underline the phrase ‘love being kind to others’. Another way of saying this would be, ‘be compassionate’ or ‘help people who are suffering’. Remind the children that last week we began to talk about ways that Christians today can ‘do what is right to other people’ and ‘love being kind to others’. Explain that one way is to be generous. Ask the younger children if they know what ‘being generous’ means. Ask the children if they can think of ways they could be generous. Respond positively to the children’s answers. You could make some suggestions such as: we can be generous with our time; we can spend time helping others and looking after people. We can be generous with the things we have too; we can share our games with friends or, if it’s OK with the people who look after us, we can give away the things we no longer use to charity shops.
Talk about the game the children have just played. Ask the children if they can imagine what it might be like if people were generous all the time. Explain that God understands that we and our families need to spend money on ourselves to live; he knows that we need to spend time doing things that are important to us. But he also loves it when we are generous; when we are happy to help and care for others around us. Remind the children that last week we talked about organisations that help people. Show the children articles about the different organisations. Explain to the children that Christians often give their time and/or money to these organisations; it’s because of people's generosity that these organisations can do the work they do.
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.