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

 
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Week 4 objective: to discover that we need the help of the Holy Spirit to live God’s way; we need the help of the Holy Spirit to do everything with kindness and love.

Game - 7 mins
Aim: to play a game that illustrates our need for help.
You will need: A ruler, a hula hoop and four or five balloons.  

Before the session place the ruler on the floor of your teaching space. 

Ask for two volunteers. Explain to the first volunteer that they are the ‘thrower’ and need to stand with their feet behind the ruler with the tips of their toes touching it. Ask the second volunteer to stand at least six paces from the first volunteer.  

Give the ‘thrower’ the balloons and the second volunteer the hoop. Ask the second volunteer to hold the hoop out to their side. Explain that the ‘thrower’ needs to try and throw the balloons through the hoop. They must however keep their feet behind the ruler at all times. This should be virtually impossible (if the ‘thrower’ can easily knock the balloons through the hoop ask the second volunteer to move back a few more paces). After the first volunteer has had two or three attempts ask another member of the group to have a go. After a while explain that you are now going to play the game slightly differently. Ask for a member of the team to come and be a ‘helper’. The helper can assist the volunteer in anyway they choose. However they cannot move the hoop (or the volunteer holding it) and the ‘thrower’ must keep their feet behind the ruler at all times. One approach would be to move the ruler closer to the hoop but the ‘helper’ may come up with other creative ideas. 

 

Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, the Holy Spirit arrow (see Printables), 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.

Remind the children that over the last few weeks we’ve learnt more about living God’s way as we’ve looked at this verse. 

Talk briefly about what it means to live God’s way. Remind the children that a good way to think about living God’s way is to think about two main things: loving God and loving others (see Printables ‘How to remember the two main things’ prompt sheet). 

Point to the verse as you explain that this verse will help us to learn more about living God’s way; this verse will help us learn more about loving others.

Read the verse aloud and underline the phrase ‘in everything you do’. Remind the children that in this verse Paul told the Christians that they should do everything with love and kindness. When Paul wrote the word ‘love’ he was telling us about loving people in a way which means we put them first and expect nothing back. 

Talk about the game the children have just played. Talk about how difficult it was to hit the balloon through the hoop without any help. Explain that the Bible teaches that without God’s help people cannot manage to live his way. People might try really hard, but after a while they make mistakes and get things wrong. Christians believe that to live God’s way they need God’s love, his forgiveness and the help of the Holy Spirit. 

Ask the children what the ‘helpers’ did to assist the volunteers during the game. Ask the children how they think the Holy Spirit helps Christians to live God’s way. Listen to the children’s answers and respond positively. Explain that Christians believe that the Holy Spirit comes alongside to teach and guide them. They believe the Holy Spirit works in their lives changing them from the inside out, guiding them and helping them learn and grow to live God's way. Christians believe that every day the Holy Spirit helps millions of people all around the world to live God’s way, the way he created them to live.

If  you have time you might want to talk briefly with older children about the part we can play in learning and growing to live God’s way. Explain that Christians believe that when they do things such as pray, read their Bible, worship, help others, and give, the Holy Spirit is able to do more and more work in their lives – more and more the Holy Spirit is able to help them learn and grow to live God’s way.

As this is the last week of the month cover up the Bible verse and ask the children if anyone can say it from memory. Help the children if they get stuck. If you have a rubber stamper and tickets, stamp the tickets belonging to children who can say the Bible verse. Include those who needed some help. 


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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