Worth Children’s Talk

Worth Children’s Talk

Hold up a £20 note and ask the children who would like it? Hands will shoot up right away. Say: I am going to give this to one of you, but first, let me do this. Proceed to crumple the £20 note up.  Then ask, who still wants it? Still the hands will stay up in the air. What if I do this? Drop the bank note on the ground, and start to grind it into the floor with your shoe. Pick up the now crumpled and dirty £20 note. Now, who still wants it? No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it, because, it did not decrease in value. It was still worth 20 Pounds. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel that we are worthless. But, no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you and priceless to God. He cares for us and loves us very much. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do, but by who we are. You are special. Don’t ever forget...
The Story of the Teacher

The Story of the Teacher

A teacher stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, without saying anything he picked up a very large and empty jar and proceeded to fill it with some table tennis balls balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up some sweets and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The sweets rolled into the open areas between the balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The teacher next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’ He then produced two bottles of juice from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.. ‘Now,’ said the teacher as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The table tennis balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favourite passions—-and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The sweets are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff. ‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the sweets or the table tennis balls. The same...
Children’s Session (June 22nd): God Cares For Us

Children’s Session (June 22nd): God Cares For Us

Sunday 22nd June God cares for us “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-30 Game: The Price is Right Use this game to introduce the idea of worth. It can be played by everyone or by selecting a couple of volunteers to take part. Have an array of items that the children have to guess the price of (e.g. latest video game, tins of beans, iPad).  Whoever is closest to the retail price each time is the winner. You could have small prizes for those taking part. Worth Object Lesson This activity encourages participants to think about their own worth. Hold up a £20 note and ask the children who would like it? Hands will shoot up right away. Say: I am going to give this to one of you, but first, let me do this. Proceed to crumple the £20 note up.  Then ask, who still wants it? Still the hands will stay up in the air. What if I do this? Drop the bank note on the ground, and start to grind it into the floor with your shoe. Pick up the now crumpled and dirty £20 note. Now, who still wants it? No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it, because, it did not decrease in value. It was still worth 20 Pounds. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled and...
Self-Esteem Session

Self-Esteem Session

Below are some ideas for leading a session with young people around the theme of self-esteem. Media Collage  On two sheets of flip chart paper draw the outlines of a man and a woman. Using magazines and/or the internet, have participants glue down images, slogans, etc. that identify how men and women should look, think, dress, act or feel. Ask some questions once the collage is complete:  What are these adverts saying to you? How do they make you feel? Do you match their stereotypical imagery? Why do advertisers use them? Quote – “I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence” – Frederick Douglass. Explore what this quote means to the young people in your group (remember to explain any tricky vocabulary). Multiple Intelligence Test This is a fantastic way to help young people identify things that they’re good at and it allows for a discussion about what makes us all different and special. http://www.literacynet.org/mi/assessment/findyourstrengths.html By taking the test and finding out that there is more ‘to be good at’ other than sports for example, the young people will begin to find value in their interests and abilities, not just those their peers or society consider important. Self-Esteem Debate Split your group into two teams and have them debate the following question: Does advertising and the media affect how young men and women feel about themselves – why or why not? Have one group arguing for and one group arguing against. Allow them time to do the research and present their findings...