Children’s Session: Matters of the Heart
Before the Service
Reflecting God’s Love
Gather a collection of mirrors that the children can use to look at themselves with. The idea ois to encourage the children look at themselves and ask God to show them what He loves about them.
God sees us differently to the way we sometimes see ourselves, sometimes we can be too negative abour ourselves. It might also be an opportunity for the group to share positive words about their fellow group members.
Team Challenge: Protecting the Egg
This game works well with teams that are not too large. A good team size is four or five people. Pass out one egg and a limited supply of materials (e.g. four straws, a three foot strip of Scotch Tape, one section of a newspaper, etc.)
Explain the rules: the mission is to protect the egg from cracking using teamwork, creativity, and a good design. You will drop each structure at least fifteen feet, and so the goal is for each structure to be able to withstand such a fall. Each team will only be given limited resources, and so they must be wise with what they have. They may not use any other resources other than what is given to them.
Materials: colourful yarn, thick card stock cut out to the size you want, large threading needle, pencil, eraser, scissors
Step 1. Draw a heart shape onto the card with a pencil.
Step 2. Punch holes alongside the heart with your needle – about 1cm apart. Erase your pencil marks.
Step 3. Thread yarn through the holes in various directions. Cut off the yarn on the underside and tie up. You’re done.
During the Service
Game: Soda Challenge
Props: Two 1L bottles of fizzy juice, A straw for each player, whistle.
Preparation: Set up a table with an open bottle of fizzy juice on one end and the other bottle on the other end. Remove the labels from the juice so that the kids will be able to see how much soda is inside. Give each player a straw.
Playing: Line up both teams in single file lines facing the table with the bottles on it. Make sure there is a good distance between the teams and the table. When you say, “go!” the first boy and girl will each run to their team’s bottle, place the straw inside and drink as fast as they can. When you blow the whistle, they must take their straw out and run to tag the second player on their team. The second player will do the same as the first and so on. The team that finishes their bottle of soda first wins this game.
Video: The Story of Love
Song: Love Will Never Fail
This is a story that can be told demonstrating with your own glass jar, table tennis balls, brown sugar, sweets, and juice.
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 goes for life.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your partner out to dinner. Watch another world cup match on the telly. There will always be time to clean the house and cut the grass.
Take care of the table tennis balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the juice represented. The teacher smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The juice just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of drinks with a friend.
Craft: Friendship Bracelet
Friendship bracelets are easy to make and could look great on your wrist for ages.
Cut two 16” strands of each colour of yarn.
Hold all 6 strands together and tie a knot at one end of the bundle. Secure knot end of yarn to a table or desk with tape or place in clipboard. Separate yarn strands into three different groups, with 2 different colors in each group.
While holding all three groups of yarn, braid the groups together as follows. Move the left-hand group over the middle group to the center. Move the right-hand group over the new middle to the center. Keeping the groups tight, continue to alternate moving the outermost groups over the middle groups to the center until you reach the end of the yarn. Tie off end with a knot.
Craft: Picasso Hearts
First, encourage children to draw a simple heart shape in the middle of their paper/card. With a ruler get them to draw intersecting lines. This will work best if they draw as few as possible leaving lots of space.
Once completed the children colour and design each section. This could include patterns as well as solid colours. They can use anything to colour but oil pastels leave a rich and vibrant colour.
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