Let us help each other to love others and to do good. Hebrews 10:24

 
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Week 1

Week 1 objective: To learn that this verse comes from the book of Hebrews and to discover that the book of Hebrews has been called a masterpiece.


GAME: 7 mins
Aim: To play a game about creating a masterpiece. 
You will need: two large lumps of clay (see Printables for homemade clay recipe) or playdough, text boxes (see Printables), a stopwatch and a table and chairs.

Before the session print and cut out the text boxes. If you think some of the suggestions are too difficult for the children in your group, do not include them in the game.

During the session divide your group into two teams. Give each team a lump of dough. Explain that one person from each team will use the dough to create a masterpiece. The rest of the team will need to guess what it is they are creating.  Explain that the two volunteers modelling the dough will be told what to create. Carefully show the first text box to the two volunteers making sure the other children cannot see what is written on it. When the children are ready to start, call out ‘ready, steady, dough…’ 

At once the volunteers should begin shaping the dough to look like the object written in the text box. The children modelling the dough mustn’t speak, make noises or use actions.  As soon as the other members of the team think they have guessed what is being created they should shout out their suggestions. 

The first team to guess what has been created is the winning team. If nobody manages to guess what the masterpiece is, after sixty seconds shout ‘stop’ (you may want to give younger children longer). Congratulate both children for creating their masterpieces. If you have time, choose two new volunteers to shape the dough and play again. 

TALK ABOUT: 6 mins
You will need: A large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens and a Bible. 

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

Read the verse aloud and explain that this verse will help us learn more about the Church and what Christians can do when they gather together. 

Underline the word ‘Hebrews’. Point out that this month’s verse comes from the book of Hebrews. Encourage one of the children to find the book of Hebrews in the Bible. Explain that ‘Hebrews’ is a letter.

Tell the children that for hundreds of years people have been trying to work out who wrote the book of Hebrews. People who study the Bible think the letter was written to a group of Jewish Christians. Some people think the Christians may have been priests working in the Temple in Jerusalem. But people are still unsure who wrote it. Some people think it might have been written by the Apostle Paul but it doesn't quite sound the same as Paul's letters. Other people think that Barnabas, who travelled with Paul, may have written Hebrews, but people are not sure about that either. Some other people think it may have been written by a lady called Priscilla but not everybody agrees with that idea. Who wrote the book of Hebrews remains a mystery.

There are however things that we do know about the book of Hebrews.
•    It is written so well and says so many wonderful things that people call it a ‘masterpiece’.
•    It is a book that helps us to keep trusting God. 
•    The most important word in the book of Hebrews is the word 'better'. The book tells the reader that Jesus is better than the angels, He is better than Moses and His death is better than the sacrifices made in the Old Testament times. 

Read the verse aloud again and remind the children that over the next few weeks this verse will help us learn more about the Church and what Christians can do when they gather together. 

SONG: 2 mins
To the tune ‘He's got the whole world in His hands’:

    Let us he-elp each other, to love others;  x3
    Let us help each other to do good.

    Hebrews chap-ter ten, twenty-four,   x3
    Hebrews chapter ten twenty-four.
 

 

Week 2

Week 2 objective: To discover whom the writer to the Hebrews was talking about when he said ‘Let us help each other…’ 

GAME: 8 mins
Aim: To play a game of potato skittles where the letters on the skittles read ‘Y’, ‘E’, ‘S’, to introduce the idea that Christians have said ‘Yes’ to God’s love and forgiveness.  
You will need: three 2 litre bottles, a permanent marker, three or four potatoes, masking tape and a score sheet (see Printables).

Before the session write the letters ‘Y’, ‘E’ and ‘S’ on the bottles. Write one letter on each bottle. Fill the bottles with water and make sure the lids are screwed on tightly. 

At one end of your teaching space arrange the bottles in a triangular shape i.e. as if they were standing on three corners of a triangle. The bottles should be standing up-right and there should be at least 30cm between each bottle. Try and make sure the bottles are not positioned in the correct order to spell the word ‘yes’. At a distance of at least three meters place a strip of masking tape on the floor of your teaching space. 

Encourage the children to take it in turns to try and knock over the bottles with a potato. Each child should stand on the strip of masking tape and gently roll the potato towards the bottles. If the potato knocks over all the bottles the child scores five points; if some or all of the bottles remain standing the child should roll a second potato. If some or all the bottles still remain standing the child can roll a third potato. After rolling a maximum of three potatoes count the total number of bottles the child has knocked over. This number will be the child’s score. Allow as many children as want to, to take turns bowling the potatoes.  

TALK ABOUT: 7 mins
You will need: A large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens and the bottles used in the game. 

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

Read the verse aloud and explain that this verse will help us learn more about the Church and what Christians can do when they gather together. Use the ‘Topic Overview’ (see Printables) to recap briefly what the children talked about in Week 1. 

Underline the phrase ‘Let us help each other’. Ask the children who they think the writer was talking to when he said ‘let us’. Listen to the children’s answers and respond positively. 

Explain that people who study the Bible think that ‘Hebrews’ was written to a group of Christians. Explain that when the writer said ‘let us help each other’ he was talking to Christians. He was saying ‘OK Christians, let us help each other to love others and to do good’. Point to the words in the verse as you say them out loud. 

Show the children the bottles used in the game. Ask the children to put the bottles in order so that the letters spell a word. If necessary offer to help. When the children have made the word ‘Yes’, ask if anyone knows how a person becomes a Christian. Listen to the children’s answers and respond positively. Explain that a person becomes a Christian by saying ‘Yes’ to God’s love and forgiveness. Write the word ‘Yes’ next to the verse.

Ask the children to suggest how Christians can help each other to do good things for other people. Listen to the children’s answers and respond positively. Talk about the following suggestions:
1. Christians can work together in teams to do good things.  
2. Christians can pray for other Christians as they do good things.  
3. Christians can give money, tools, food to other Christians who do good things. 

Write the word ‘Church’ next to the verse. Tell the children that the Bible tells us that it is important for Christians to meet together. Groups of Christians who meet together are called churches (draw five or six stick people under the word ‘Church’). There are thousands of churches all over the world. Sometimes people think a church is a building (draw a building next to the people then cross it out), but it’s not, it’s the group of Christians meeting together. One of the main things Christians do when they meet together is worship God; they tell Him they adore Him and praise Him for the wonderful things He has done. But Christians who meet together do other great things too – they often help each other to love and care for others. Spend some time thinking about your church and the Christians who meet together – talk about the way you help one another to love others and do good things. Perhaps someone in your church organises a food bank collection or a soup lunch for the elderly. 

 

Week 3

Week 3 objectives: To think about why the writer to the Hebrews says we should love others and do good. To remind the children that God’s way of living is about two main things: loving Him and loving others. 

GAME: 7 mins
Aim: To play a game about doing two things at once. 
You will need: ‘Two things challenge’ sheet (see Printables), lots of objects from the ‘Two things challenge you will need’ list and masking tape. 

Before the session print off a ‘Two things challenge’ sheet. Stick a long strip of masking tape to the floor of your teaching space – this will be the start line. As far away from the first strip as your teaching space allows, stick a second strip of tape parallel to the first – this will be the turning point. 

Divide your group into two teams. Explain to the children that they are going to take part in a relay race. Encourage the teams to line up behind the start line. Decide which two things each child is going to do. The children competing against each other should both be doing the same things, e.g. if the first child in one team is balancing a book on their head while marching to the turning point the first child in the other team should do the same two things. 

Give the appropriate objects to each person for their tasks. Explain that only when a child has arrived back at the start line can the next child set off. If you have more than five children in each team explain that the first child will need to pass their objects to child number six and the second child will need to pass their object to child number seven etc. Make sure the children know what they need to do before starting the game. 

The first team to have all its players back at the start is the winning team. 


TALK ABOUT: 6 mins
You will need: A large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens and ‘How to remember the two main things’ prompt sheet (see Printables). 

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

Read the verse aloud and explain that this verse will help us learn more about the Church and what Christians can do when they gather together. Use the ‘Topic Overview’ (see Printables) to recap briefly what the children talked about in Weeks 1 and 2.

Remind the children that last week we learnt that the writer to the Hebrews was speaking to Christians. He or she was saying ‘Ok Christians, let us help each other to love others and to do good’. We learnt that groups of Christians who meet together are called churches or local churches (draw five or six stick people under the word ‘Church’). One of the main things Christians do when they meet together is worship God; they tell Him they adore Him and praise Him for the wonderful things He has done. But Christians who meet together do other great things too - they help each other to love and care for others. This week we are going to think about why Christians love and care for others.

Underline the phrase ‘love others’. Ask the children how many things they each did during the relay race – remind the children that they each did two things. Explain that living God’s way is about doing two main things – loving God and loving others. The Bible tells us that all the Laws God gave to His people are about these two things: loving God and loving other people. Jesus said to a Pharisee that the two most important things are to love God and to love your neighbour in the same way you love yourself (Matthew 22:37–40). 

Explain to the children that Christians love God and love others not just because the Bible tells them to, but, because of God’s love for them and the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives, Christians discover that more and more they want to live God’s way; more and more they want to love God and love others. 

Show the children how to remember the two main things using their hands (see Printables). 


SONG: 2 mins
To the tune ‘He's got the whole world in His hands’:

    Let us he-elp each other, to love others;  x3
    Let us help each other to do good.

    Hebrews chap-ter ten, twenty-four,   x3
    Hebrews chapter ten twenty-four.

 

Week 4

Week 4 objective: To think about why Christians need help to love others and do good. 


GAME: 8 mins
Aim: To play a game about joining pieces of wool together to introduce the idea that Christians gather together as Churches.
You will need: three or four different coloured balls of wool, scissors and a stopwatch.

Before the session, cut the wool into 20cm lengths. From each ball of wool you will need around 25 lengths. 

Divide your group into three or four teams. Mix up the lengths of wool and place them in the centre of the room. Position the teams around the room. Each team needs to be equidistant from the pile of wool. 
Tell the children that the aim of the game is for each team to collect as many pieces of wool as they can and join them together to make a long strand. The team with the longest strand is the winning team. 

Explain that each team must only collect wool of one colour and only one person from each team can collect one piece of wool at any one time. When one person returns to the team the next person can go. Decide which colour of wool is going to be collected by which team. When the teams are ready to play, shout ‘Go!’ Either encourage the children to keep playing the game until a team has collected all their pieces of wool, or after three minutes shout ‘Stop!’ Encourage the teams to compare the lengths of their strands and announce the winning team. 

TALK ABOUT: 7 mins
You will need: A large sheet of paper or a whiteboard and marker pens.

Read the verse aloud and explain that this verse will help us learn more about the Church and what Christians can do when they gather together. Use the ‘Topic Overview’ (see Printables) to recap briefly what the children talked about in Weeks 1, 2 and 3.
Remind the children that over the last few weeks we have learnt that groups of Christians who meet together are called churches (draw five or six stick people under the word ‘Church’). One of the main things Christians do when they meet together is worship God; they tell Him they adore Him and praise Him for the wonderful things He has done. But Christians who meet together do other great things too - they often help each other to love and care for others. This week we are going to think about why Christians need help to love and do good things.
Last week we learnt that living God’s way is about doing two main things: loving God and loving others. Living God’s way feels good and right for Christians, because they believe it’s the way God created them to live. But, without God’s help, it is in fact impossible for Christians to live the way God created them to live. Sometimes they try hard to live God’s way but after a while they make mistakes and get things wrong (Romans 3:23, 24). To live God’s way Christians need the powerful help of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit changes Christians from the inside out; He helps them learn and grow to live God’s way; He helps them learn and grow to be more like Jesus, more peaceful, patient and kind. 

Underline the phrase ‘help each other’. Explain that Christians need each other’s help too to live God’s way. God created us to work together. He created us so that we would need each other’s help. As the Holy Spirit helps each Christian they can then help each other learn and grow to live God’s way too.

Hold up one of the pieces of wool. Explain to the children that God doesn’t just want Christians to be on their own like one piece of wool. He wants us to gather together with other Christians. Hold up one of the long strands. Explain that God wants us to join together with other Christians to help and encourage each other to live His way – to love Him and love others. 

Remind the children that a couple of weeks ago we talked about how Christians can help each other to do good things for others: 

1. Christians can work together in teams to do good things.  
2. Christians can pray for other Christians as they do good things.  
3. Christians can give money, tools, food to other Christians who do good things. 

With older children you might like to dig deeper (see Printables) into the topic of the Church. 

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. 

 

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