‘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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‘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 remind the children that God is Three in One. 

Game - 7 mins
Aim: to play a game with three balls and one cup before introducing the phrase ‘3 in 1’. 
You will need: two cups or small buckets, masking tape and at least six ping-pong balls.

Divide the children into two groups. Place the cups (or buckets) on the floor or on two low tables. If the cups are on the floor use masking tape to mark an area around each one, approximately 50 x 50 cm. 

Explain to the children that the aim of the challenge is for each team to get three ping-pong balls into their cup – however before a ball lands in the cup it must first bounce once on the table or in the area marked around the cup. 

Encourage the children to take it turns trying to bounce their ball into their team's cup. When a child has had their go, whether they were successful or not, play should pass to the next person. As soon as there are three balls in a cup the team scores a point. The cup should then be emptied and play should continue with the next person. 

At the end of the session the team with more points (i.e. the team that managed to get three balls in the cup more times) is the winning team. 


Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, a Bible, sticky tac, the ‘3 in 1’ symbol with descriptions (see Printables) and the ‘Holy Spirit arrow’ (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 Holy Spirit. Underline the reference and remind the children that this verse comes from the book of 2 Corinthians. 

Underline the phrase ‘the Holy Spirit’. If the children are able to, ask them to tell you two or three things they already know about the Holy Spirit.
 
Show the children a cup with three balls inside. Remind the children that the aim of the game was to try and get three balls into one cup. Ask the children if the numbers ‘3’ and ‘1’ reminds them of anything they have learnt previously about God. Respond positively to the children’s answers.

Show the children the ‘3 in 1’ symbol. Stick the symbol next to the verse. Alternatively, draw the symbol on the board. Point to the circle and explain that there are three parts but there is one circle. 

Spend a short time talking about the ‘Three in One’ of God. For some children this may be a reminder, for others this may be the first time they have talked about the Trinity.  Refer to the symbol as you explain that there is one God (hold up one finger), three parts (hold up three fingers). Christians describe God as ‘Three in One’.  Point to the ‘3 in 1’ symbol and explain that although this ‘picture’ might help us to understand that God is ‘3 in 1’ it is not a perfect picture because there are things about God that it doesn’t show. Here are three things the picture does not show:

1. Point to the three sections of the circle as you explain that the parts of God are in fact called Persons: the Person of the Father, the Person of the Holy Spirit and the Person of the Son whom we also call Jesus.

2. Point to the three sections again as you explain that each of the Persons is fully God. The Father is God, the Holy Spirit is God and Jesus is God.

3. In the circle there are lines between the three Persons but in God the three are so perfectly joined that they are one. There is one God and he is three in one  (hold up one finger, then three fingers and then one).

If you have time remind the children that we previously learnt that God is good, powerful and wise. Briefly explain that God is fully good; there is no badness in Him. God is all-powerful; there is nothing good and right that he cannot do. God is completely wise; he knows everything there is to know and he always knows what is best for everyone and everything. Spend some time explaining that because each of the Persons of God are fully God, God the Father is good, powerful and wise, Jesus is good, powerful and wise and the Holy Spirit is good, powerful and wise.

Explain that next week we will talk more about the Holy Spirit coming down to be with people.  


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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‘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 begin to think about ‘the friendship of the Holy Spirit’.

Game - 7 mins
Aim: to take part in a series of three-legged races before talking about the Holy Spirit being with Christians all the time. 
You will need: masking tape, balloons, scarves and blindfolds.

Before the session place a strip of masking tape at one end of your teaching space (this will be your start line) and a second strip at the other end (this will be your finish line). Make sure the strips are parallel. At the mid-point between the two strips place a third strip. 

Ask for four volunteers who are willing to participate in a three-legged race. Ask the volunteers to get into pairs. Tie the legs of each pair together using the scarves; however do not tie their opposite legs together but the same legs so that one volunteer has to face one way and the other face the other way. Make sure the scarves are not too tight. 

Ask the volunteers to line up at the ‘start line’. One of each pair should still be facing backwards. When you say ‘go’ encourage the volunteers to start walking towards the finish line. When the volunteers reach the strip in the middle they should turn around so that the person who was facing forwards is now facing backwards. When the pairs reach the finish line hand them a balloon each. The pairs should then place the balloons between their sides and try to walk back to the start line – the player who has just walked backwards should now be walking forwards. If the balloon is dropped at any time the players should stop to pick it up. When the volunteers reach the strip in the middle they should turn around again so that the person who was facing forwards is now facing backwards. When the players reach the start line allow them to discard the balloon; however the player that has just walked forwards should now place a blindfold over their eyes. Finally encourage the players to head for the finish line. At the central strip the players should turn around once more; this will mean that for the final stretch the player wearing the blindfold will be facing forwards. The first pair back to the finish line is the winning pair. Play the game again with a different set of players. 


Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, a Bible, sticky tac, the ‘3 in 1’ symbol (see Printables), ‘3 in 1’ symbol with descriptions (see Printables) and the ‘Holy Spirit arrow’ (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 Holy Spirit. Underline the words ‘Holy Spirit’.

Remind the children that the Holy Spirit is one of the three Persons of God. Refer to the ‘3 in 1’ symbol as you explain that Christians describe God as ‘Three in One’ - one God (hold up one finger), three parts (hold up three fingers). The parts of God are called Persons. The three Persons of God are God the Father, God the Son (whom we call Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. Each of the Persons is fully God. The Bible teaches that each of the Persons is real and living. They are good, powerful and wise. They are loving, joyful and peaceful.The three Persons are so perfectly joined they are one. There is one God and he is three in one. Hold up one finger, then three fingers then one again. 

Underline the word ‘friendship’.  Explain that in some Bibles people have written the word ‘fellowship’ instead of ‘friendship’.  The words however have a similar meaning. Ask the children what they think the word ‘friendship’ means. Talk about friends sharing things and talking with one another, listening and learning about each other. 

Talk about the game the children have just played – wherever one person went their partner went too. Talk about friends spending time together and doing things together.

Underline the whole phrase ‘the Holy Spirit’s friendship’. Show the children the ‘Holy Spirit arrow’ and explain that Christians believe that when Jesus went up the Holy Spirit came down.

Talk about the story of Jesus’ Ascension and ten days later the Day of Pentecost (see pages 383 and 384 of the Children’s Bible in 365 stories). Christians believe that now the Holy Spirit has come down to be with people, wherever they are, whatever they are doing, he is with them. A bit like the wind, people cannot see the Holy Spirit, but Christians believe he is with people, everyday, everywhere. Use sticky tac to stick the ‘Holy Spirit arrow’ next to the verse. 

In this verse Paul was saying that, just as people can be friends with one another Christians can be friends with the Holy Spirit, people can now spend time with him; they can listen to him and learn about him. Like a friend, the Holy Spirit comes alongside Christians; he shares what he has with them and encourages them to share their lives with him too. 

Because Christians believe that the Holy Spirit is good, powerful and wise they believe that it truly wonderful that he comes alongside them; they think it is truly wonderful that they can be friends with the Holy Spirit.

If you have time summarise by showing the ‘3 in 1’ symbol with descriptions. Remind the children that the Bible teaches that God the Father is sitting on a throne in Heaven, God the Son, Jesus, is now sitting at his right-hand side and the Holy Spirit is here on earth living with people. 

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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‘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 begin to think about what the Holy Spirit does.

Game - 6 mins
Aim: to play a game about the different roles people have.
You will need: ‘Jobs people do’ textboxes (see Printables).

Before the session cut out the textboxes. 

Ask for four volunteers. Encourage the remaining children to sit on the floor. 

The four volunteers should stand in a line one behind the other. There should be approximately 50 cm between each child. The first volunteer in the line (child ‘number one’) should stay facing forwards; the other three should turn around so that they have their backs to ‘number one’. Show child ‘number one’ a textbox. Explain that when they are ready they should turn around and tap child ‘number two’ on the shoulder. ‘Number two’ should then turn to face ‘number one’ and ‘number one’ should act out the role of the person written on their textbox. For example if ‘police officer’ is written on the textbox they might pretend to handcuff child ‘number two’, or direct the traffic. Child ‘number two’ should then immediately turn around, tap child ‘number three’ on the shoulder and repeat the ‘sketch’. Finally child ‘number three’ should repeat the sketch for ‘number four’. Child ‘number four’ should then try and guess  the role being acted out.  If they guess correctly give all four volunteers two points; if number four's guess is close, but not entirely correct the group could be given one point each. 

Repeat the challenge with a different set of volunteers. At the end add up the scores to find the winners. 

Talk about - 7 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, the ‘3 in 1’ symbol (see Printables), the ‘Holy Spirit arrow’ (see Printables) and the ‘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 Holy Spirit.  Quickly remind the children that the Bible teaches that there is one true God, three parts; God is three in one. Refer to the ‘3 in 1’ symbol as you explain that the parts of God are called Persons. The three Persons of God are God the Father, God the Son (whom we call Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. Each of the Persons is fully God. The Bible teaches that each of the Persons is real and living. They are good, powerful and wise. They are loving, joyful and peaceful. The three Persons are so perfectly joined they are one. There is one God and he is three in one. Hold up one finger, then three fingers then one again. 

Underline the phrase ‘the Holy Spirit’. Remind the children of the game they have just played and talk about the roles they acted out. Talk about the different things people do and how they help in our communities. Ask the children what they think the Holy Spirit does. Talk about why they think God has given Christians his Holy Spirit. Listen to the children’s answers and respond positively. Explain that the Holy Spirit helps people - the Holy Spirit helps Christians live God's way. 

Briefly explain that Christians believe that living God's way is the greatest way they could possibly live. Christians believe it feels right to live God's way because they believe it's the way they were created to live. Living God's way is about two main things: loving God and loving others (draw two hearts next to the verse). If you have time remind the children how to remember ‘the two main things’ by working through the prompt sheet – see Printables.

However the Bible teaches that without God's help it is impossible for people to live his way - it’s just too difficult, people keep making mistakes and getting things wrong. In fact there is only one person who has lived God’s way day after day – that person is Jesus. When Jesus lived on earth he never did anything wrong; he always lived in a way that pleased God. Jesus always loved God (circle the first heart) and always loved others (circle the second heart). The Bible teaches that Jesus showed people the perfect way to live.

So how do Christians live God's way? God knows exactly what people need. He knows exactly the help and guidance Christians need to live his way. God knows about people's difficulties and troubles and he has the perfect answer… God’s answer is the Holy Spirit. God gives Christians the Holy Spirit to help them live his way. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit helps Christians to become more like Jesus. Christians understand that by learning and growing to be like Jesus they will learn and grow to live God's way. 

Spend some time talking about how the Holy Spirit helps Christians. Christians believe the Holy Spirit comes alongside to teach and guide. They believe the Holy Spirit works in their lives changing them from the inside-out to become more and more like Jesus; to be more peaceful, patient and kind. As the Holy Spirit helps Christians become more like Jesus, more and more they are able to live God's way.

Christians believe that each day the Holy Spirit helps millions of people around the world become more and more like Jesus so they can learn and grow to live God’s way, the way God created them to live.

With older children you might want to dig deeper (see Printables) into the topic of the Holy Spirit and how he helps Christians live God’s way.

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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‘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 help children remember the Bible verse and understand what the word ‘grace’ means.

Game - 7 mins
Aims: to play a memory prompt game, to think about God’s love and discover what the word ‘grace’ means.
You will need: clothes pegs, string, chairs, 12 balloons (preferably three different colours, four of each colour), a permanent marker, ‘Father God’, ‘Jesus Christ’ and ‘Holy Spirit’ signs (see Printables) and a stop watch.

Before the session inflate the balloons. Separate the balloons into their colours.  On four balloons of one colour write the letters ‘l’, ‘o’, ‘v’, ‘e’. On four balloons of another colour write the letters ‘gr’, ‘a’, ‘c’, ‘e’. On the last four balloons write the letters ‘fri’, ‘end’, ‘sh’, ‘ip’ .   

In one corner of your teaching space place two chairs with a gap of two meters between them. Tie a length of string to one leg of each chair so the string stretches between the chairs like a washing-line. Place four clothes pegs on the floor beside one of the chairs. Repeat this in two other corners of your room. Next to one ‘washing-line’ place the ‘Jesus Christ’ sign, next to another place the ‘Father God’ sign and next to the third ‘washing line’ place the ‘Holy Spirit’ sign. Place all the balloons in the middle of the room.

Divide your group into teams. You will need three or four children in each team. Decide which team is going to play the game first. Explain that the aim of the game is to peg the correct balloons to the correct washing-lines in the correct order, ie the balloons spelling the word ‘grace’ need to be pegged to the line next to the ‘Jesus Christ’ sign, the balloons spelling the word ‘love’ need to be pegged to the line next to the ‘Father God’ sign and the balloons spelling the word ‘friendship’ need to be pegged to the line next to the ‘Holy Spirit’ sign.  Older children might be able to work out what is required, but younger children will probably need a lot more help. You could simply ask younger children to sort the balloons into the different colours. You could then work together to peg the balloons to the correct ‘washing lines’. Time the teams as they each take part in the challenge. The team to complete the challenge in the shortest time wins. 


Talk about - 8 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, an extra sheet of paper, marker pens, the ‘3 in 1’ symbol (see Printables) and the ‘Holy Spirit arrow’ (see Printables).

Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or paper. Read the verse aloud and explain that this verse has helped us learn about the Holy Spirit.   Remind the children that the Holy Spirit is one of the three Persons of God. Refer to the ‘3 in 1’ symbol as you explain that the parts of God are called Persons. The three Persons of God are God the Father, God the Son (whom we call Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. Each of the Persons is fully God. The three Persons are so perfectly joined they are one. There is one God and he is three in one. Hold up one finger, then three fingers then one again. 

Underline the phrase ‘Holy Spirit’s friendship’. Point to the balloons that spell the word ‘friendship’. Remind the children that in this verse Paul was saying that, just as people can be friends with one another, Christians can be friends with the Holy Spirit. Ten days after Jesus went up to Heaven the Holy Spirit came down to be with people in a new way, now people can spend time with him, listen to him and learn about him. Like a friend, the Holy Spirit comes alongside Christians; he shares what he has with them and encourages them to share their lives with him too. 

Underline the phrase ‘the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ’. Point to the balloons that spell the word ‘grace’. Ask the children if they know what the word ‘grace’ means. Respond positively to the children’s answers. Explain that grace is when we are given fabulous gifts we don’t deserve. When Paul wrote about the grace of Jesus Christ he was talking about the good news that, because Jesus lived, died and rose again, everybody, everywhere can say ‘Yes’ to God’s fabulous gift of love and forgiveness. Nobody deserves this wonderful gift – but because of the grace of Jesus it is free for everybody, everywhere.

Underline the phrase ‘God’s love’. Point to the balloons that spell the word ‘love’. Talk about God’s great love. Talk about God loving people so much he sent his Son to live with people. 

Point to the relevant parts of the verse as you summarise with the final point: now, because of the grace of Jesus, the love of God and the friendship of the Holy Spirit, Christians all around the world live with God as their close friend.

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. 

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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