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

 
 

Week 3 objective:  to consider what Paul meant when he said ‘whatever you do’ and to think about living God’s way every day, not just on Sundays. 

Game - 7 mins
Aim:  to play a game about things we do each day.  

Encourage the children to sit in a circle. Explain to the children that they need to remember what each member of the group says as they list the things they do each day. Ask for a volunteer. The volunteer should say ‘Today I…’ then think of something they do most days such as ‘… brushed my teeth’. The person to the left of the volunteer should then say ‘Today I brushed my teeth and…’ then think of something else they do most days such as ‘… ate my breakfast’. Work round the group with each child adding to the list. You may want to encourage the children to perform an action as they say what they did. You could decide that if a child makes a mistake they are out, or simply encourage the other children to help their team-mates remember what others added to the list. 

For older children you could make the game more challenging by allowing each player to nominate who will follow their turn. After adding to the list a player should stretch out their arms as if they are exhausted and say ‘Today has been a long day for….’ The player should then name someone in the group to follow their turn. The nominated person should repeat everything on the list, add something, then nominate the next person by saying ‘Today’s been a long day for….’ 

 

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.

Briefly recap what the children have learnt over the last couple of weeks. Quickly underline the reference and explain that ‘1 Corinthians’ is a letter written by the Apostle Paul to a church in the city of Corinth.  Among other things Paul wrote in his letter, ‘and whatever you do, do it with kindness and love’. Point to the verse as you read it aloud. 

Remind the children that over the last few weeks we’ve started to learn more about living God’s way. 

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). Draw a heart next to the verse. Write ‘God’ and ‘others’ in the heart. 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. 

Underline the phrase ‘kindness and love’. Remind the children that when Paul wrote this verse he used the word ‘agape’. A better way of describing ‘agape love’ is ‘loving people in a way that you put them first and expect nothing back’. 

Underline the phrase ‘whatever you do’. We have talked many times about Christians living God’s way – but when should a Christian live God’s way? Should a Christian live God’s way just at the weekend? When they are at school? Or perhaps only when they are at home? We might be tempted to think that we only need to live God’s way on a Sunday or when we go to Church, but that’s not true. God wants people to live his way all the time – wherever we are and whatever we are doing. 

Christians believe that living God's way is both good and right because they believe it’s the way God created them to live. Briefly explain that although Christians believe they were created to live God’s way, without his help people find it too difficult to live God's way day after day after day. In fact without God's help it's impossible to keep living his way – only Jesus has managed to live God’s way day after day after day. 

Next week we are going to talk about needing God’s love, his forgiveness and the powerful help of the Holy Spirit to live God’s way. 


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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