Kids Ministry Week 12- Sunday, June 7th.
God's commandments - Lying

Lesson video:

Say: Today we’re learning that we don’t lie. Sometimes lying can be pretty easy. Maybe you think you could get away with lying and no one would know. That’s what happens in our video today.

 

Watch: "The Mini Masters” teaching video

Ask:

           • Tell about a time you were tempted to lie because you didn’t think anyone would notice. What did you do? Share your own story first.

            • What are reasons people sometimes want to lie?

            • What could being truthful cost us? Why is it worth the cost?

            Say: Dylan wanted to move the ball and lie about it so he could win the Mini Masters Tournament. In the end, he decided to be honest even though it meant losing the tournament. That was a big cost to him, but the consequences of lying to win would have been worse for him. He would’ve felt guilty about it for a long time, and he might even have been caught and gotten in trouble. Telling the truth is always the best way, so we don’t lie.

Bible Study

Supplies: Bible, female toy figures that stands, male toy figures that stands, paper towels, play money

Talk About Lies

            Say: Over the last few weeks we’ve learned about God’s commands. God’s commands are things he tells us to do that help us have the best life. This week we’ll learn that God says we don’t lie. When we don’t tell the truth, it hurts others and it hurts us.

            Share a preschool-friendly example of a time someone told a lie to you. (Don’t name the person.)

            Ask: • How would you feel if someone lied to you like that?

            Say: Lies hurt us. When people lie to us, we have trouble believing other things they tell us. It hurts our friendships. And if we lie to our parents or teachers, they might not trust us to make good choices anymore, and we might get punished. Lies hurt God, too, because God is sad when his friends are hurt. God wants us to be honest because he knows it’s best for us.

 

Explore the Story

            Say: Let’s hear what happened when two people in the Bible lied. Give each adult or teen helper a female toy figure, a male toy figure, two play money bills, and two paper towel sheets.

            Open the Bible, and say: The Bible says there was a husband and wife named Ananias (an-uh-NY-us) and Sapphira (suh-FY-ruh). The helpers will guide a couple of kids in each group to stand up the two toy figures in the center of their circle.

            Say: They owned some land, and they sold it. They made money from the sale. Have helpers guide a child in each group to pretend to pay Ananias and Sapphira with the play money.

            Say: Ananias and Sapphira decided to give the money they made to their church. But they did something sneaky—they lied to the people in the church about how much they were giving. Ananias said, “We sold our land and we’re giving you all the money we made.” But they lied because they gave only some of their money and secretly kept the rest of the money. Have helpers lead one child to take one bill and “hide” the other bill underneath Ananias and Sapphira.

            Say: A man named Peter was a leader of the church, and he knew Ananias had lied about the money. Peter said, “Oh no! Why did you lie? You hurt God; now that was sly!” Sly means sneaky.

            Lead kids to wag their fingers at the Ananias toy figure and say this rhyme with you a few times:

            Oh no! Why did you lie?

            You hurt God; now that was sly!

            Say: Ananias knew that one of God’s commands is we don’t lie, and when he lied, it hurt God. Lying hurts us and hurts God.

            Ask: • What do you think happened next? Preschoolers might say Ananias said he was sorry, he gave the church the rest of the money, or he got in trouble.

            Say: What happened next was a surprise: Ananias died. Have adult or teen helpers guide one child in each group to knock only Ananias over.

            Say: Then some young men came and wrapped him in a sheet and took him out to bury him. Have helpers each guide one child to gently wrap Ananias in a paper towel and then have kids gently pass Ananias’ body around the circle, pretending they’re taking him to the burial. After he makes it around the circle once, have helpers place the toy figure out of sight.

            Say: About three hours later, Ananias’ wife, Sapphira, came to Peter. Peter asked her if she and her husband had told the truth. But she lied to Peter, too! So Peter said to her, “Oh no! Why did you lie? You hurt God; now that was sly!”

            Lead kids to wag their fingers at the Sapphira toy figure and say this rhyme with you a few times:

            Oh no! Why did you lie?

            You hurt God; now that was sly!

            Say: Then Sapphira learned her husband had died, and she fell over and died, too. Have helpers each guide a child in their groups to knock over Sapphira.

            Say: Some young men came to get Sapphira’s body, too. Have helpers each guide one child to gently wrap Sapphira in a paper towel and then have kids gently pass her body around the circle, pretending they’re taking her to the burial. After she makes it around the circle once, have helpers place the toy figure out of sight.

            Say: God says we don’t lie. He doesn’t want us to lie because it hurts others and us. When we lie, we hurt people’s feelings and make it hard to be close friends. It’s hard to trust someone who lies to us, and lying hurts God, too.

 

Sing a Song

            Say: Let’s sing a song to help us remember we don’t lie. Lead kids in singing this song to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell.”

          

            We always tell the truth!

            We always tell the truth!

            Lying hurts others and us,

            We always tell the truth!

          

Repeat, as time allows.

            Say: God’s commands are best for us. They keep us from hurting others. That’s why we don’t lie.

Object Lesson

Supplies: vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, unsweetened cocoa powder, salt, granulated sugar, small paper plates (1 per child), small cups of water (1 per child), antibacterial gel or hand wipes

Easy Prep

  • Sprinkle a very small portion of ground cinnamon, cocoa powder, salt, and sugar on each plate.

Tips

  • Keep a close eye on the cinnamon and ensure preschoolers try only a very small pinch of it.

  • You won’t need large containers of the ingredients, as kids will be sampling only a very small amount.

 

Sample Foods You Think Will Taste Great

            Say: Today we’re learning about why we don’t lie. Lies can be tricky and make us believe something that isn’t true. Let’s see what that’s like with some foods that might taste different from what they look like

or smell like.

  • Have kids sit at tables, and place a plate and a cup of water in front of each child (being careful not to mix the ingredients on the plates). Kids can take sips of water as needed through the following taste tests.

  • Distribute the hand cleaning supplies, and have kids clean their hands.

Help kids identify the ground cinnamon and smell it. They can lick a fingertip and lightly touch the cinnamon to get a small amount to smell. Ensure preschoolers don’t try it yet.

            Ask: • What does the smell of the cinnamon tell you about how it’s going to taste?

  • Have kids taste very small bits of the plain cinnamon, and watch kids carefully to make sure they’re not inhaling it. Then take reports on the taste: Is it good? bad? Does it taste the way they expected?

  • Do the same investigation with the cocoa powder. Then place a few drops of vanilla on each plate, and repeat the questions.

  • Finally, draw attention to the piles of salt and sugar, and have kids try to identify which is which by the way they look. Kids can guess which they think is sugar and then sample a bit. Take reports on if kids guessed correctly and why it was hard to tell which one was sugar.

Talk About It

            Ask: • How did the smells or looks of these foods “lie” to us?

            Say: These foods taste best when they’re all baked together in goodies like cookies or muffins! But when they’re on their own, even though they smell and look good, they don’t taste very good. The smells made us believe something about the foods’ flavors that wasn’t true.

            Ask: • You thought the food would have a yummy flavor. What did you think when it turned out to be yucky?

            Say: Lies can make us believe something that isn’t true, and it’s a yucky feeling when we find out what we believed isn’t true. Lies are yucky. That’s why we don’t lie.

 

Craft

Supplies: "Truthful Lips” handout printed on card stock (1 for every 2 kids) (download here) or draw your own, washable watercolors, paintbrushes (1 per child), large craft sticks (1 per child), glue sticks.

Easy Prep

  • Make a sample craft to show kids.

Make Special Lips

            Say: Today we’re learning that we don’t lie. When we tell lies, it makes it hard for people to believe us. Let’s make something that helps us remember to speak true words to each other.

Give each child a paintbrush and a set of lips from the "Truthful Lips" handout, and set out watercolors to share.

  • Encourage kids to paint the lips.

  • After kids finish painting, set out glue sticks to share, and give each child a craft stick. Help kids glue the craft stick onto the back of their papers.

 

Use Our Lips

            Help kids get into leader-led groups.

            Say: Our special mouths help us remember that we don’t tell lies. Instead, let’s share something that’s true about us. Then our group can use these special lips to remind us of something wonderful that’s also true—Jesus loves you!

            Share a fact about you that kids may not know. It may be your favorite vacation spot, how many siblings you have, or the weirdest food you’ve eaten. In response, encourage kids to hold their crafts in front of their mouths and shout, “And Jesus loves you, it’s true!”

            Ask: Now tell your group something true about you. Kids may say they have a brother, they have brown hair, or they love spaghetti. After each child shares, encourage kids to hold their crafts in front of their mouths and shout, “And Jesus loves you, it’s true!” Allow kids to continue sharing facts about themselves as time allows. Kids can take home their crafts to share truth with friends and family.

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