Week 2 objectives: to learn that this verse comes from the book of Colossians and that ‘Colossians’ was written by the Apostle Paul while he was in prison.
Game - 7 mins
Aim: to play a game about a jailer.
You will need: a blindfold, a set of keys, a chair, a newspaper and sticky tape.
Before the session roll the newspaper into a baton and secure it with a piece of sticky tape.
Encourage the children to sit in a circle and place the chair in the middle. Place the keys under the chair. Explain that one of the children will be the jailer. He/she will be blindfolded and sit on the chair holding the baton. Appoint another child to be a prisoner. The prisoner will try and grab the keys from under the jailer’s chair. Meanwhile the jailer should gently sweep the baton from side to side as they guard the keys. If the baton touches the prisoner before they have the keys they must return to their place in the circle. To make the game more challenging you could nominate two children to be the prisoners. Both the prisoners should try to be the first to reach the keys. The prisoner who grabs the keys without being caught by the jailer is the winner. Play the game two or three times allowing the children to take turns in being the prisoners and the jailer.
Talk about - 5 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, the ‘3 in 1’ symbol with descriptions (see Printables), the Holy Spirit arrow ( see Printables), the ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ info-graphic (see Prinables), the ‘faithfulness’ textbox (see Printables), a ball of wool and a Bible.
Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or paper.
Remind the children that we have been learning about the Fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Quickly show the children the ‘3 in 1’ symbol with descriptions and remind them that the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit comes alongside Christians. He works in their lives changing them from the inside-out. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit changes and guides Christians to be more like Jesus.
Show the children the Fruit of the Spirit textboxes. Explain that the Bible teaches that when the Holy Spirit is at work in the life of a Christian, people begin to see them living more and more like Jesus. People begin to see a Christian being more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient and kind just like Jesus. Show the children the Fruit of the Spirit info-graphic as you remind them that the Bible calls love, joy, peace, patience etc. the Fruit of the Spirit. The Fruit of the Spirit is what ‘grows’ in the life of a Christian when the Holy Spirit is at work. You may need to remind the children that these things don’t grow in the same way leaves and branches grow on trees, but, as the Holy Spirit works – changing and guiding a Christian, he or she becomes more loving, more peaceful, more patient etc. Point to the relevant parts of the info-graphic as you talk about the Fruit of the Spirit.
Read the verse aloud and explain that this verse will help us learn more about faithfulness. Ask the children if they know what faithfulness or being faithful means.
Stick the ‘faithfulness’ textbox next to the verse. Read the textbox to the children as you explain that faithfulness is a part of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit helps Christians to be more and more faithful; he helps Christians work hard and do their best for God and other people.
Underline the reference. Explain that ‘Colossians’ is a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the Church in the city of Colossae. Quickly pass around the ball of wool as you explain that Colossae was an important Roman city famous for producing beautiful wool. Ask an older child to find Colossae on a map in the back of a Bible or use flashcards numbers six and eight from ‘The Early Church Flash Card set’, to work out where the town was situated.
Find the book of Colossians in a Bible. Remind the children about the game they have just played. Tell the children that Paul wrote the letter while he was a prisoner in Rome. Explain that, although in the game the prisoner tried to grab a set of keys, Paul did not try to escape from prison. Instead, while he was being guarded by a soldier, he carried on doing God’s work. Paul wrote ‘Colossians’ because there was trouble in the church in Colossae – people were teaching the Christians the wrong things. Paul wrote the letter quickly. He told the Christians how they should be living – he said: ‘In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people’ (point to the verse as you read it aloud).
Explain that next week we are going to learn more about being faithful.
Song - 3 mins
To the tune ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’
Explain that the word ‘man’ at the end of the song is short for the word ‘mankind’, and means ‘people’.
Oh, in all the work you do
Work as hard as you can,
Work as if you are doing it
For the Lord and not for man.