‘and whatever you do, do it with kindness and love.’ 1 Corinthians 16:14


Week 2 objective: to discover that when Paul wrote this verse, instead of the word ‘love’ he used the word ‘agape’. Agape means to love somebody by putting them first without expecting them to do something in return.

Game - 7 mins
Aim: to play a game with hearts then spell the word ‘agape’.
You will need: masking tape, at least one newspaper, ‘paper hearts’ (see Printables) and scissors.

Before the session print and cut out two sets of ‘paper hearts’. Place a strip of masking tape at one end of your room – this will be your ‘start line’. At a distance of approximately four meters stick a second strip of tape parallel to the first – this will be your ‘finish line’. Separate a newspaper into sheets (if the newspaper doesn’t have many pages use more than one paper). Keep the sheets of newspaper folded along their crease. Role two or three sheet together into a into a baton. Secure the baton with a small piece of tape. Repeat this until you have sufficient batons for one per child. Each baton should be about 38 cm in length.

If your group is large enough divide it into two teams. If you have a small group, work as one team. Encourage the children to stand behind the start line in their teams. Give each team a set of ‘paper hearts’ and each child a baton. Explain to the children that they need to move all their hearts from the ‘start line’ to the ‘finish line’. The children should move their hearts by blowing through their baton or sucking it like a straw so that the paper heart ‘sticks’ to the bottom. When a team has moved all their hearts to the finish line they should try and arrange them so that the letters make a word. When the children think they have made a word, still using the paper batons they should move their hearts back to the start line, but this time in the correct order.

Before you talk about the verse explain that the letters on the hearts spell the word ‘agape’. If a team managed to spell the word correctly explain that they are the winners. Praise all the children for their attempts. Ask the children if they know what the word ‘agape’ means.  

Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, a Bible and ‘How to remember the two main things’ prompt sheet (see Printables). 

Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or paper.

Recap briefly what the children talked about last week. Quickly underline the reference. Explain that ‘1 Corinthians’ is a letter written by the Apostle Paul to a church in the city of Corinth. Around that time many Corinthians (people living in Corinth) wanted to please only themselves. When the Apostle Paul visited the city some of the Corinthians became Christians but after a while they started to behave badly again; they became greedy and once more thought only of themselves. Soon the Church in Corinth was in a terrible mess and the Apostle Paul was no longer in the city to help them. When Paul heard about the troubles he wrote a letter. He wanted them to understand how to live in a way that pleased God, a way that was kind and caring to everyone. Among other things Paul wrote, ‘and whatever you do, do it with kindness and love’. Point to the verse as you read it aloud.
Explain that this verse will help us to understand more about living God’s way. 

Quickly ask the children what they think it means to live God’s way. Listen to the children’s answers and respond positively. Some children may suggest ‘going to Church’, ‘reading a Bible’ and/or ‘praying’. Explain that a good way to think about living God’s way is to think about two main things: loving God and loving others. If you have time explain that because Christians love God and others, they do things like read their Bible, pray, go to Church, look after people - all these things are a part of living God’s way. Take a look at the ‘How to remember the two main things’ prompt sheet (see Printables). If this is something the children have recently talked about only spend a moment recapping this point. 

Point to the verse as you explain that this verse will help us learn more about how we should love others.

Underline the words ‘kindness and love’. Explain that when Paul wrote this verse he would have written ‘agape’. Write the word ‘agape’ above the verse. Explain that ‘love’ is the English meaning of the word ‘agape’ but there is an even better way of describing what ‘agape’ means: ‘agape’ means ‘loving somebody in such a way that you put them first and expect nothing back’. 

If we were to say this verse in a different way we might say ‘whatever you are doing, do it loving others, putting them first and expecting nothing back’.  

Tell the children that next week we will discover more about living God’s way as we find out more about this verse.

Song - 2 mins
To the tune  ‘How much is that Doggie in the Window?’ 

    Dear C’rinthians whatever you are doing
    Do it with kindness and love
    Dear C’rinthians whatever you are doing
    Do it with kindness and love

    Dear Christians whatever you are doing
    Do it with kindness and love
    Dear Christians whatever you are doing
    Do it with kindness and love.


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