Week 2 objective: to think about the Ten Commandments and our need for God’s help to live his way.
Game - 7 mins
Aim: to play a game that introduces the Ten Commandments.
You will need: The Ten Commandment textboxes (see Printables), a hole punch, a sharp pencil, ten pieces of metallic ribbon each two meters in length and ten balloons.
Print and cut out the Ten Commandment textboxes. Punch a hole in each textbox as indicated and tie a piece of metallic ribbon to each. Push one of the textboxes into one of the balloons so that the textbox is on the inside while the ribbon is coming out of the balloon opening. Blow the balloon up, keeping the ribbon in place. When the balloon is inflated, tie a knot in the end - tying it with the ribbon so that the ribbon is included in the knot. When you have done this the textbox should be inside the inflated balloon and the ribbon should extend from the inside of the balloon to the outside. Repeat this with the remaining nine textboxes and nine balloons.
During the session you will need to burst the balloons to reveal the Commandments. You could do this either by holding the ribbon and bursting each balloon with a sharp pencil, or organise your group into two teams. One team has the balloons tied loosely around their ankles (using the ribbon extending from the balloon) whilst the other team chases them trying to burst the balloons by stamping on them.
Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a whiteboard or a large sheet of paper, marker pens, a Bible, the Ten Commandment textboxes from the game the children have just played, sticky tac, two cardboard tablets (see Printables) and ‘How to remember the two main things’ (see Printables).
Before the session write the verse on a whiteboard or a large sheet of paper. Cut the ribbons off the textboxes and stick the boxes to the cardboard tablets in the correct order.
Explain that last week we talked about the set of rules God gave his people the Israelites. The rules showed the Israelites how to live God’s way. Point to the Ten Commandments. Explain that these rules are called commandments. These are some of the most well known of all God’s rules.
Ask the children if they think the Israelites found it easy or difficult to follow God’s rules. Briefly explain that they found it really, really, really difficult. In fact they soon discovered that on their own they could not keep the rules, they kept making mistakes and getting things wrong. People who study the Bible believe that the Ten Commandments not only showed the Israelites how God wanted them to live it showed them they needed God’s help to live his way.
Circle the word ‘Matthew’. Remind the children that Matthew wrote down what Jesus said to a teacher. The teacher was a Pharisee. He asked ‘Which is the greatest of all God’s rules?’ Jesus answered ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ Point to the verse as you repeat what Jesus said. After Jesus said this, he said the second most important law is to love other people and treat them well. Draw two hearts next to the verse.
Quickly remind the children that Jesus wasn’t saying the Ten Commandments were no longer important, he was explaining that the commandments are about two main things, loving God and loving others. Write ‘God’ in one of the hearts and ‘others’ in the other. Point to the Ten Commandments as you explain that Jesus wanted people to understand that by loving God and loving others they would be able to follow all the commandments. If you have time quickly sort the commandments into rules about loving God and rules about loving other people.
Today Christians believe that living God's way is still about the two main things: ‘loving God’ and ‘loving others’. We can remember these two things with simple hand actions (see Printables). However the Bible teaches that in the same way the Israelites found it really difficult to keep following God's rules, without God's help Christians find it really difficult to keep loving God and others day after day after day.
In the same way the Israelites needed God's help to live his way Christians need his help too.
Stick the Holy Spirit arrow next to the verse as you explain that Christians believe that the Holy Spirit is ‘the Helper’. Christians believe that the Holy Spirit comes alongside to teach and guide. They believe the Holy Spirit works in their lives changing them from the inside-out, guiding them and helping them learn and grow to love God and others more and more and more. Christians believe that everyday the Holy Spirit helps millions of people around the world live God's way.
Song - 2 mins
To the tune of ‘Oh you'll never get to heaven’.
Love the Lord your God x2
With all your heart x2
With all your soul x2
And all of your mind x2
This is the first and greatest command
To love your God with all of your heart
Matthew 22 verse 37
Matthew 22 verse 37 x6
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, Matthew 22 verse 37
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, Matthew 22 verse 37.