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 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 it!!
Challenge: Giant Bird Game
Divide your group into teams and give them a large piece of paper. They need to work together to build a giant paper aeroplane which they draw on to make look like a bird. Once all teams have finished you can have a competition to see whose paper bird flies the furthest.
The activity can be used to discuss how it doesn’t matter how far we travel in life, God cares about us and never stops loving us.
Craft: Toilet Roll Bird Feeder
What you need:2 toilet paper rolls, peanut butter, plastic knife, string/ribbon/twine, cereal/bird seed
Cut your toilet paper rolls in half so that you have 4 smaller pieces. Spread peanut butter on your cardboard tubes. Roll your tubes in the cereal first and then in the bird seed. If you don’t have any bird seed you could use only cereal. Tie your rolls together and they are ready to be hung on a tree. When the children see birds eating from their bird feeder they can remember how much God cares.
Angry Birds Craft
A craft activity that allows children to make their own set of Angry Bird characters using the template below.
Curly Birds Craft
How to make it
- First, use this guide to measure and cut the card stock strips you’ll need for each bird:Body: 5 (1-inch-wide) strips, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 inches long
Head: 2 (1-inch-wide) strips, 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 inches long
Tail: 5 (1 1/2-inch-wide) strips, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 inches long
Beak: 1 (1- by 2-inch) strip
Eyes: 1 (1- by 1 1/2-inch) strip
- Roll the body strips into circles, overlap their ends about 1/4 inch, and secure with glue.
- Nest the circles and glue them together. Tip: Use a clothespin to hold the pieces until the glue dries. Do the same with the head strips, then glue the head to the body.
- Trim the tail strips into long triangles then curl them a bit before gluing them together. Glue the tail to the body.
- Fold the beak rectangle in half, then cut off the two folded corners at an angle, as shown. Fold in the tabs and glue them to the bird’s head.
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