Children’s Session: Life in all its fullness

Children’s Session: Life in all its fullness

Introductory Activities

Blank Faces - have the children draw different emotions on each of the blank faces. It may help having different emotions written down. Ask children which face shows how they feel this morning.

Blank Faces Template

Ping Ball Cup Game – Set up 6 cups and the aim of the game is to bounce ping ball of the ground so it lands in the cup.

Taste Test – different flavoured juices labelled as joy, love, and peace. At least one bitter tasting drink matched to a label of hate.

The Game of Life Board Game - available here,

3D Pictures – have a collection of 3D pictures. Using the glasses have the children look and guess what the pictures are of? God wants us to live a life in 3D

Game: Name Your…

Everyone in the room can play this game. Every time a slide comes on the screen, each child must find a partner and name as many things in the category as they can in under 20 seconds. Every 20 seconds, the slide should change and each person should find a new partner. Kids can’t partner with the same person twice – they must find a new partner every 20 seconds. Slides are as follows:

Name … Your favourite ice cream flavours
Name … Your favourite animals
Name … Your favourite films
Name … The best places to go on holiday
Name … Creatures you’d find in the sea
Name … Your favourite songs
Name … Towns and cities
Name … favourite candy Bars
Name … Football Teams

Object Lesson: Ladle It

Split the group into two teams and each to sit in a circle. In the middle of each group put a bowl of sweets, an empty pan, a teaspoon and a ladle. Give each team a die. Set a time and tell the teams to roll the dice one at a time, around the circle.

If 1, 3, or 5 is rolled, no action is taken.

If 2, 4, or 6 is rolled, the team member responsible should transfer a measure of sweets from the full bowl to the empty pan.

2= a teaspoon 4= tablespoon 6= ladle

When the time goes off, the winning team is the one with more transferred sweets in its pan.

Explain that the point of the icebreaker game was to show that the bigger the measure, the more abundant the results. Jesus wants those who follow him to be ladle people who use big measures in the way they live and love.

Prayer

Every time we say a prayer together in SuperSunday we light a candle to remind us that God is with us and hears our prayers.

Generous God,
help us to deal in big measures
help us to go the extra mile
help us to love and live as you did
help us to live not as just ordinary people
help us to be extraordinary people.
In Jesus’ name

Amen

Crafts

Craft: Bottle Rockets

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Have each of the children design their rockets (fizzy juice bottle) with an assortment of craft materials. Attach the Rokit to the standard fizzy juice bottle, part fill with water and use a cycle pump to power it for an automatic launch! The Rokit is pretty inexpensive and is available at http://www.rokit.com/

Life is full of ups and downs – There are times when we can feel on top of the world and other times when we come back down to earth with a bump. Living life in all its fullness means embracing all of life’s experiences – even the difficult ones.

Line Drawings

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Have young people create a simple line drawing. Once completed children divide the picture into different boxes (like a chess board). They fill in each segment with different colours and designs.

Life comes in different shades and colours. Some moments are happy and full of joy; others not so great. But together they all make the picture of life complete.

Review

The review can happen at the time or later – it maybe by yourself or with others.

Some useful questions to help volunteers consider and learn from the session include:

  • Has each child been able to participate in their own way?
  • What parts went well and why?
  • Has each child been able to reflect, even a little, on the good and difficult parts of life and how they contribute to living life in all its fullness?
  • What is there for you to learn from this session?
  • What might you do differently next time?

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