Girls Session: Worth and Identity

Girls Session: Worth and Identity

Girls’ Session –Worth and Identity Session will look at our Worth and Identity – what shapes and influences us. Session will also look at the issue of self-worth and how we see ourselves. Raft Game  Read out the instructions at the top of the exercise sheet. In groups discuss the possibilities of who will be left on the raft. After 10-15 minutes, finalise who you are going to eject from the raft or who will be given surgery. In your group you must agree of each decision. The Raft A ship is wrecked in the middle of the ocean, thousands of miles from land. There are no immediate chances of rescue. 15 people are still alive and they manage to make a raft; because of the lack of time and equipment, the raft is only big enough to support 9 survivors. You have to decide which 6 of those listed you have to dispose of, you are not one of the survivors, and no one is allowed to hang onto the raft. A crippled boy, paralysed since birth.  The boy cannot use his hands, must be fed by others because he can do nothing for himself. A doctor, a general practitioner.  He is nervous because he is a drug addict.  Age 60. A married couple:  a. building worker, drinks a lot, age 27.  b.woman, housewife, 2 children at home, age 23. A Preacher.  Age 27 A restaurant owner, married with 3 children at home.  Age 43. A prostitute, no parents.  She already saved a drowning child and is an excellent nurse.  Age 36. A teacher, considered one of the best teachers...
Story: The Taxi Driver and Old Lady

Story: The Taxi Driver and Old Lady

The story of the Taxi Driver and the Old Lady can be used in a number of different settings. I’ve used it within worship but I can see it working well as part of a school assembly. There was a time in my life twenty years ago when I was driving a cab for a living. It was a cowboy’s life, a gambler’s life, a life for someone who wanted no boss, constant movement and the thrill of a dice roll every time a new passenger got into the cab. What I didn’t count on when I took the job was that it was also a ministry. Because I drove the night shift, my cab became a rolling confessional. Passengers would climb in, sit behind me in total anonymity and tell me of their lives. We were like strangers on a train, the passengers and I, hurtling through the night, revealing intimacies we would never have dreamed of sharing during the brighter light of day. I encountered people whose lives amazed me, ennobled me, made me laugh and made me weep. And none of those lives touched me more than that of a woman I picked up late on a warm August night. I was responding to a call from a small brick fourplex in a quiet part of town. I assumed I was being sent to pick up some partiers, or someone who had just had a fight with a lover, or someone going off to an early shift at some factory for the industrial part of town. When I arrived at the address, the building was dark...
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...
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...
The Woman at the Well Video

The Woman at the Well Video

Today I’ve been doing some planning and preparation for our next Messy Church event which is based around the story of the woman at the well. I came across this really good modern retelling of the story on Youtube and thought I’d share. I can see it working well within the context of an...
Lost Coin Illustration and Lost Sheep Video

Lost Coin Illustration and Lost Sheep Video

This is a short script based on the parable of the lost coin to help children consider what God is like. It could be used alongside the story of the lost sheep and I’ve included an animation retelling the parable. Before children arrive, place ninety-nine pennies in a clear plastic jar. Put a lid on the jar and secure it so little hands can’t reach the pennies—they’re a choking hazard. Tape one shiny penny to the bottom of one of your shoes with clear tape. (hold up your penny jar and ask:):Can you guess how many pennies I have in my jar? Affirm all guesses, then say: It’s a big number. I have ninety-nine pennies in my jar, but I’m supposed to have one hundred pennies here. One of my pennies is lost. Would you help me find it? I don’t want it to feel lost and alone! (Ask for some volunteers – With the children, search the room. Check under chairs, on the floor, every- where. Then call the children back together and say:) We looked everywhere, didn’t we? I guess my poor penny is lost. But wait—I know somewhere we didn’t look! We didn’t look at the bottoms of our shoes! Maybe my penny is stuck on a shoe! (As children check shoe bottoms, let them discover that the penny is on your shoe sole. Take the penny off, place it in the jar, and again attach the jar’s lid securely. ) Thank you for your help! Now I have one hundred pennies again. All my pennies are safe here in my penny jar. Ask: • Why do you...
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...