Week 3 objective: to help the children understand the meaning of the word ‘faithfulness’.
Game - 7 mins
Aim: to play a game about doing our best.
You will need: large sheets of plain paper or a whiteboard, marker pens or felt-tips, a list of things to draw (see Printables) and a timer.
Before the session print the ‘list of things to draw’ and cut out the textboxes.
Divide your group into two teams. Name one group ‘Team A’ and the other ‘Team B’. If you have a very small group play as one team. Ask for a volunteer from each team to be an artist. Explain to the artist from ‘Team A’ that they will be the first to draw a picture. Without showing the other children, show the artist one of the prepared textboxes. The artist should then begin drawing on the whiteboard or paper, what was written on the textbox. However, if they are right-handed they should draw with their left hand and if they are left-handed they should draw with their right.
The remaining children in their team should try and guess what is being drawn. The artist mustn’t help by speaking, performing actions or writing on their picture. If after two minutes the team hasn’t guessed correctly, the artist can tell their team what they were drawing. Now show a textbox to the artist from ‘Team B’. They should also use their non-dominant hand to draw a picture while their team try and guess what is being drawn. With older children, if a team guesses correctly within two minutes, you could allow the artist to start drawing a second or even third picture. After two minutes ‘play’ should automatically move to the other team. The team to give more correct answers during the game is the winning team.
Talk about - 5 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, a Bible, the ‘3 in 1’ symbol with descriptions (see Printables), the Holy Spirit arrow (see Printables), the ‘faithfulness’ textbox (see Printables) and ‘the Fruit of the Spirit’ info-graphic (see Printables).
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 the Holy Spirit arrow. Remind the children 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. Remind the children that last week we talked about a faithful person being someone who can be trusted to do their best even when things get tough. Read the textbox to the children as you explain that faithfulness is a part of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit helps Christians to be more and more faithful; he helps Christians do their best for God and other people.
Underline the phrase ‘work the best you can’. Explain that Paul was telling the Christians in Colossae to do their best; he was encouraging them to be faithful workers.
Talk about the game the children have just played. Ask the children if they felt they were able to create their best piece of artwork. Talk about how it was hard for them to do their best as they were not using the hand they were used to drawing with. Ask the children if they feel they could do a better job if they were allowed to use their other hand. Talk about other things that might stop us doing our best e.g. not having the things we need or the time to do a job well, or perhaps we might rush a job because we would rather be doing something else.
Talk about possible reasons why Paul told the Christians in Colossae to do their best. Why did Paul encourage the Christians to be faithful workers? Ask the children what they think it would be like to work alongside someone who always did their best or what other people would say if we always did our best. You could ask the children to imagine working or playing in a team where the other players did or didn’t do their best. Talk about what would or wouldn’t happen.
Summarise by reminding the children that faithfulness is a part of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit helps Christians to be more and more faithful; he helps Christians do their best for God and other people.
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.