‘You can trust this: Every word that God speaks is true.’ Proverbs 30:5a

 
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Week 1 objective: to discover that this month’s Bible verse comes from the book of Proverbs and that King Solomon gathered the proverbs together. 

Introduction - 2 mins
Aim: to begin to think about proverbs
You will need: a Bible
    
 Ask the children if they have ever heard someone say ‘Better late than never’. Explain that this is a saying or a proverb. A proverb is a wise saying that is easy to remember. Ask the children if they know what the saying means. 

Show the children a Bible and find the book of Proverbs. Tell the children that the book of Proverbs is full of wise sayings about living God’s way. Tell the children that you are now going to play a game called ‘Pass the Proverb’. Show the children the parcel (see below) and ask the younger children if they can guess where the proverbs might be hidden.


Game - 9 mins
Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children to taste the food used in this activity.


Aim: to hear a collection of proverbs from the Bible. 
You will need: paper suitable for wrapping a parcel, lively music and the means to play it, three or four small bags of sweets, the proverb textboxes and the forfeit textboxes (see Printables).

Before the session print and cut out the proverb and forfeit textboxes. Prepare a parcel by wrapping a small bag of Haribo (or equivalent) in multiple layers of wrapping paper. Between each layer place one proverb and one forfeit textbox.

Encourage the children to sit in a circle. Play pass-the-parcel, stopping the music intermittently and asking the child holding the parcel to remove a layer. Ask the child to say the proverb written in the text box and try to memorise it. If the child cannot repeat the proverb without looking they should perform the forfeit. Some children might like to perform the forfeit even if they can remember the proverb.

Keep playing the game until all the layers have been removed. The last person to unwrap a layer wins the bag of sweets. 

Explain to the children that they will all receive a sweet at the end of the session.


Talk about - 2 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard and marker pens. 

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

Underline the reference and explain that this verse comes from the book of Proverbs. Tell the children that people who study the Bible think that, although King Solomon did not write all the sayings, he gathered together all the proverbs we now find in this book. Draw a crown next to the reference. 

Read the verse aloud and ask the children if they can describe in their own words what the writer is saying. Explain that we will be looking at this verse over the coming weeks.


Song - 2 mins
To the tune: ‘Michael row the boat ashore’
        
    Every word God speaks is true, 
    You can trust this.
    Every word God speaks is true, 
    You can trust this. 

    Proverbs thirty ver-rse five, 
    You can trust this.
    Proverbs thirty ver-rse five, 
    You can trust this. 

 
 
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