Week 3 objectives: to think about the Bible being full of stories, poems and songs about God’s miracles and to begin thinking about the Bible being God’s way of telling people about himself.
Game - 6 mins
Aims: to discover who is best at completing a challenge, before thinking about how miracles show that God is powerful.
You will need: two pieces of string both two meters long, paper cups, a piece of sticky tac and a pencil.
Before the session carefully make a hole in the bottom of two cups. Stand each cup on a piece of sticky tac then, using a pencil, press through the base into the sticky tac below.
Thread the cups onto the string. Ask four people to hold the ends of the string, keeping both pieces taught and level (if you don't have enough people tie the string to the legs of four chairs). Position the pieces of string so that they run parallel to each other. Explain that you are going to find out who is the most powerful person in your group – not the most powerful runner or swimmer, but the most powerful ‘blower’. Allow two children to compete against each other, both blowing a paper cup along the string. Both need to blow into the cups, blowing them along the string in the same direction. The person whose cup reaches the end first is the winner. Encourage two more children to compete, then the winners to compete against each other until there is an overall champion.
Talk about - 7 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens and a Bible.
Before the session write the verse on a whiteboard or a large sheet of paper. Draw a stick man next to the verse and write ‘Asaph’ beneath.
Read the verse aloud and explain that this verse will help us learn more about the Bible.
Underline the reference and remind the children that this verse is part of a psalm, a song written by Asaph. In the first part of the psalm Asaph wrote about a time when he felt sad. In the second part he tells us what he did to feel better - he thought about all the wonderful things God had done. As Asaph remembered what God had done for other people, he remembered that God is powerful and loving - he remembered that God would look after him too.
Circle the word miracle. Ask the children how they might describe a miracle. Talk about how it is something special or amazing that only God can do. Ask the children if they can remember any stories from the Bible that are about miracles. Asaph remembered how God made a path through the Red Sea. Spend some time talking about God’s miracles such as Creation, Jesus turning water into wine etc. Remind the children that Christians believe the greatest miracle of all is that Jesus lived, died and rose again so that everybody, everywhere can be close friends with God.
Explain that miracles not only show us what God is able to do but they teach us what God is like. Remind the children that the challenge they just completed didn’t really show us anything useful, but miracles show that God is good, powerful and wise; they show that He is both powerful and loving. Quickly write the words good, powerful and wise next to the verse.
Ask the children why they think the Bible is full of stories, poems and songs about God’s wonderful miracles. Remind the children that last week we learnt that Christians believe the Bible says what God wants it to say. Christians believe people wrote the words in our Bibles but God helped and guided each of the writers. Although the Bible was written by around 40 different writers Christians believe that everything in the Bible comes from God. They believe that God guided the writers and showed them by His Holy Spirit what to write. Christians believe that the Bible is 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; 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 God wants everybody everywhere to read about his miracles so that they learn and understand more about his goodness, his wisdom and his power. When Christians know more about God’s power and love, they trust in him more and more and rely on him as their close friend.
Song - 2 mins
To the tune ‘Found a Peanut’.
May the grace, x2
May the grace of Jesus Christ,
May the love, x2
May the love of Father God,
May the friendship, x2
May the friendship of The Spirit,
Be with each of you, x2
Be with each of you today,
If you have more than six children you could divide them into three groups, allocate one of the first three verses to each of the groups and encourage them to sing all the verses at once. Finish with everyone singing verse four together.