Week 4 objective: to help the children think about the greatness of God’s Word.
Game - 5 mins
Aim: to play a game about flowers and introduce the phrase ‘the flowers wither’.
You will need: classical music with a slow tempo or other suitable music and the means to play it.
Encourage the children to spread out in the teaching space. Explain that during the game each child needs to crouch on the floor pretending to be a seed then slowly stand up straight as if growing into a flower.
Play the music while the children ‘grow’. The winner of the game is not the fastest child to become a flower but the child that takes the longest to grow. Younger children may enjoy moving to the music while older children may enjoy the challenge of slowly standing from a crouching position as they feel the strain in the leg muscles!
Talk about -6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, a Bible, one or two blades of grass (if possible the thick variety) and a couple of flowers from a garden or a florist.
Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or paper.
Remind the children that over the last few weeks we’ve started to learn more about the Bible as we’ve looked at this verse.
Underline the phrase 'God's Word'. Remind the children that over the last few weeks we've learnt that the Bible wasn’t written by one person, it was written by around 40 different writers over a period of one thousand five hundred years. Although people wrote the words down, Christians believe that everything written in the Bible comes from God; God guided the writers and showed them by his Holy Spirit what to write. Christians believe that the Bible is a very special work of the Holy Spirit and it says what God wants it to say. Because Christians are so sure that what the Bible says is what God says, they call the Bible ‘God’s Word’ or ‘The Word of God’.
Underline the phrase ‘the grass dries up’. Remind the children that last week we talked about things not lasting. Explain that when God’s prophet said these words he was reminding his listeners that many things don’t last; he wanted them to understand that things come to an end.
Underline the whole phrase ‘the word of our God lasts forever’. Quickly remind the children that this verse isn’t talking about the pages or the cover of our Bibles but what the Bible says. Christians believe that what the Bible says is right and true. They believe ‘God’s Word’ is right and true. They believe God’s Word will last forever because it will always be right and true.
Underline the phrase ‘the flowers wither’. Show the children the flowers. Explain that we admire flowers for their beauty; we admire their shape and colour. Talk about what the word ‘admire’ means. However, as a flower fades and its petals start to wither we might not admire it as we once did. This is similar to how we sometimes think about other things. We might really admire something and even think it's better than anything else – but after a while we see that perhaps it's not quite as great and wonderful as we thought it was… in fact we realise it is just ordinary. It’s as if it's greatness fades away.
Explain that Christians believe God’s Word is always great and wonderful. They believe it will always be great and wonderful. They believe it's greatness will never fade away. Christians believe God’s word will last forever because it will always be always be right and true and it will always be great and wonderful.
If you have time talk about Christians believing God’s Word is great and wonderful because they believe it's God's way of telling people about himself. Just as we might describe to someone what we are like in a letter or an email, Christians believe the Bible is God’s way of telling people about himself. They believe it is God talking to people, describing himself to people, telling people about his power and his love; what he likes and doesn’t like. Christians believe it is truly great and wonderful that God chose to tell people about himself in the Bible.
Another game - 4 mins
Aim: to help the children remember the Bible verse.
You will need: ten plastic or biodegradable flowerpots, bean bags or pairs of socks and ‘How to prepare and set out the flowerpots’ instructions (see Printables).
Prepare and set out the ten flowerpots as shown in the instructions .
Give one volunteer a bean bag or two socks, one inside the other to make a small bundle. Count how many throws of the bean bag it takes for a child to knock all the flowerpots onto the floor except the pot with a flower on it.
If the child knocks the pot with the flower on it off the table play passes to the next child. After all the children have had a turn, turn the pots the right way up to read the words inside. Encourage the children to put the pots in order so they can read the Bible verse aloud.