‘May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. May God’s love and the Holy Spirit’s friendship be yours.’ 2 Corinthians 13:14

 
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Objective: To learn that this verse comes from the book of 2 Corinthians and that ‘2 Corinthians’ was written to Christians living in the city of Corinth. 

Game - 6 mins
Aim: to play a game that involves recognising the letters written by the Apostle Paul and spotting the imposters! 
You will need: two hats, two adult coats, two bags with shoulder straps, two skateboards or scooters, ‘Names of Paul’s letters plus a few more’ (see Printables) and at least 20 envelopes (used envelopes would be fine, however cover the original addresses with a sticker or a piece of paper). 

Before the session take ten of the envelopes and place the remaining ten to one side. Write the names of six of Paul’s letters (see ‘names of Paul’s letters plus a few more’) on six of the envelopes. Make sure ‘1 Corinthians’ and ‘2 Corinthians’ are included in the names you use. On the remaining four envelopes write four made-up names. Write the same names on the ten envelopes placed to one side. 

Divide your group into two teams. Place one set of envelopes on the floor in one corner of your teaching space and the other set in another corner. Spread the envelopes out so that the names are visible. At an equal distance from both sets of letters stick a long strip of masking tape to the floor. Make sure the distance between the tape and the sets of letters is at least four meters, more if your space allows. 

Encourage the children to sit behind the strip of tape. Allocate a set of envelopes to each team (but don’t remove them from the corners of your room). Give each team a coat, hat, bag and a scooter. Explain that one at a time each player must put on the coat, hat and bag and sit on the scooter. The player must then ride the scooter (while remaining seated), to collect a letter, place it in their bag and bring it back to their team. Each team will get one point for every letter collected and a second point if the letter was written by the Apostle Paul. The first team to collect a total of six letters wins an extra three points. When both teams have six letters work out the number of points scored and announce the winner.


Talk about - 7 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, sticky tac and a Bible. 

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

Show the children the envelopes used in the game. Explain that in our Bibles we have thirteen letters written by the Apostle Paul – we know he wrote even more but they have been lost over time and are not included in our Bibles. 

Underline the reference. Explain that ‘2 Corinthians’ is a letter written by Paul to a church in the city of Corinth. Read the verse aloud and explain that this verse will help us learn more about the Holy Spirit. Ask one of the older children to find ‘1 and2 Corinthians’ in a Bible. 

Tell the children a little bit about why Paul wrote this letter. Explain that around that time many Corinthians (people living in Corinth) wanted to please only themselves. They treated others badly while they found ways to make themselves happier. When the Apostle Paul visited, some of the Corinthians became Christians. The Christians in the city began to meet together but after a while they started to behave badly again; they became greedy and once more thought only of themselves. Soon there were all sorts of problems in the church: fighting, arguing and selfish behaviour. The Church in Corinth was in a terrible mess and the Apostle Paul was no longer in the city to help them. 

When Paul heard about the troubles he wrote a letter. Show the children the envelope with ‘1 Corinthians’ written on it. ‘Dear Corinthians, this is the Apostle Paul writing to you. Please try to get on with one another – it’s so important’. We call this letter ‘1 Corinthians’. After a while Paul visited the city of Corinth again. Paul told the Corinthians how they should be living, but some people became cross; they told Paul he wasn’t a proper leader.  Paul left and wrote another letter. Show the children the envelope with ‘2 Corinthians’ written on it. We call this letter ‘2 Corinthians’. In the second letter Paul explained that he was a proper leader and told the Corinthians how much he cared about them. Use sticky tac to stick the envelopes next to the verse. Explain that Paul wrote these words at the end of his second letter to the Corinthians. 

Explain that next week we will discover more about the Holy Spirit as we find out more about this verse. 

Song - 2 mins
To the tune ‘Oh My Darling, Clementine’ (‘Found a Peanut’).

    Verse 1
    May the grace, x2
    May the grace of Jesus Christ,
    May the grace, x2
    May the grace of Jesus Christ,

    Verse 2
    May the love, x2
    May the love of Father God,
    May the love, x2
    May the love of Father God,

    Verse 3
    May the friendship, x2
    May the friendship of The Spirit,
    May the friendship, x2
    May the friendship of The Spirit,

    Verse 4
    Be with each of you, x2
    Be with each of you today,
    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.

 
 
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