Kids Ministry Week 10- Sunday, May 24th.
God's commandments - Murder
Before the lesson, print out this link to the paper puppets.
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 hurt others. God doesn’t want us to hurt others because all people are precious to God.
Show the Bible.
Say: The Bible tells about a dad and mom named Adam and Eve. God gave Eve a son, and she named him Cain. Give each child the image of the crop farmer from the handout. Then Eve had another son, and she named him Abel. Give each child the image of the shepherd.
Allow time for kids to colour Cain and Abel.
As they colour, say: Abel grew up to be a shepherd. Point out the shepherds the kids are colouring. Shepherds raise animals like sheep and cows. Invite kids to share what shepherds might do to take care of these animals. They might say they feed the animals and make sure they stay safe.
While they’re still colouring, say: Cain grew up to be a crop farmer. Point out the farmers they’re colouring. Cain grew food from the ground. Invite kids to share about foods that grow on plants. They might mention any kind of fruit or vegetable.
Give each child two craft sticks and help them glue to the back of the picture to make a puppet. You could also use straws or any other craft materials you have. Say: We’ll use these Cain and Abel puppets to tell the rest of the Bible story.
Check that kids remember which puppet is Cain and which is Abel by having them raise the correct puppet when you name it. You may say the names several times and then mix them up to make a brief game out of it.
Have kids set the two puppets on the floor behind their backs.
Say: One day it was time to bring gifts to God. God is so wonderful, and because he made us, God deserved gifts from Cain and Abel. Cain brought some of his crops, or vegetables and fruit, to God. Lead kids to bring the Cain puppets in front of themselves and show them. Have kids leave the Abel puppets behind their backs, and have kids draw a fruit or vegetable next to the pictures of Cain on their puppets.
Say: Cain didn’t bring his best fruits and vegetables to God. Allow time for kids to show their drawings.
Say: The same day that Cain brought his “just okay” gift to God, Abel brought his very best meat from his very best lambs for God. Lead kids to bring the Abel puppets in front of themselves and show them. In the area on the puppet next to Abel, have them draw a piece of meat. They might draw beef jerky, bacon, sausage, a hamburger, or another type of meat that’s common to them.
Say: When God looked at the gifts, he accepted Abel’s. Lead kids to bounce Abel around joyfully. That means God was happy with Abel and the gift he’d given. But God didn’t accept Cain’s gift. Lead kids to continue to bounce Abel, and have them place their Cain puppets facedown on the floor. That means God was not happy with Cain or his gift.
Have kids lay the Abel puppets on the floor behind their backs and stand up the Cain puppets.
Say: Cain was very angry and sad, so God talked to Cain. God said, “Why are you angry and sad? You didn’t do the right thing. I’ll accept you if you do the right thing, but if you don’t, then watch out!” God told Cain to make good choices and to stop making wrong choices. Lead kids to whimper to show Cain is sad, and then have them lay the Cain puppets facedown again.
Say: God wants all of us to make good choices and stop making wrong choices. God knows that’s what’s best for us. But Cain didn’t do that. One day, Cain asked his brother to go out into the fields with him. Lead kids to pick up both puppets and act out Cain asking Abel to go into the fields. Then have kids pretend to walk the puppets to show them going out into the fields.
Say: When they were out in the fields, Cain hurt his brother! Lead kids to make small tears in the Abel puppets. Cain hurt Abel so badly that Abel died. Lead kids to place the Abel puppets face up on the ground.
Say: That was not a good choice! Remember, one of God’s commands is that we don’t hurt others. God knew what Cain did, and he punished Cain. God was sad that Cain made a bad choice to hurt his brother. God tells us we don’t hurt others, because every person is precious to God. It’s always best to be kind and loving toward others. Let’s do something else to help us think about God’s command that says we don’t hurt others.
Collect the puppets.
Talk About Stopping
Say: Today we’re learning that we don’t hurt others. Sometimes it’s easy to say or do something that hurts someone, especially when we’re angry. We don’t always want to stop and think about other choices.
Share about a time you didn’t want to stop doing something. It may have been you didn’t want to stop your car at a red light, you didn’t want to stop eating junk food, or you didn’t want to go to bed and stayed up too late at night.
Ask: • Tell about something you didn’t want to stop doing. Kids may say they didn’t want to stop eating their Christmas candy before they got sick, watching TV when it was time for bed, or playing on the playground when it was time to go.
Say: It can also be hard to stop when we feel like saying or doing something mean. But if we stop and ask God, he will help us be kind so we don’t hurt others. Let’s practice stopping right now with a game.
Have kids line up along one wall while you stand near the opposite wall.
Say: When I turn my back to you like this (turn your back to the kids) and say “Green light, go!” you’ll run as fast as you can to get to this wall. But when I turn toward you like this (turn toward kids) and say “Red light, stop!” you have to stop. If you don’t stop, and I see you moving, you’ll go back to the wall and start again. And just to make it extra fun, let’s stomp back to the wall as if we’re really mad!
Say: Green light, go! Turn your back to the kids, and allow them to run for a second.
Say: Red light, stop! Turn around immediately. Kids who are still moving when you turn around will start over. Encourage them to stomp as they go back to the wall.
Continue alternating between stop and go until all the kids have made it to the opposite wall. Then switch sides and play again.
Continue playing as time allows.
Say: It was hard to stop when we were running fast. Sometimes it’s hard to stop and think when we’re angry, too. But if we don’t stop and ask God to help us, we can hurt another person with our bodies or with our words. We don’t want to hurt others, even if we get angry. God can help us stop and make better choices instead.
Have kids gather in the center of your room.
Say: I’ll tell you a story, and you’ll get to make a choice about what you’d do. Remember that God says we don’t hurt others, because every person is precious to God.
Share each of the following scenarios, directing kids to go to one wall for one choice and to the opposite wall for the other choice. Gently and without shaming, help kids remember we don’t hurt others and we treat others as precious to God. After you debrief each choice, have kids return to the center of the room so they can travel to one wall or the other for the next choice.
Brady’s little sister is playing with his very favorite toy. Does he rip it from her hand, or does he let her take turns with the toy?
John sees that Mary’s pants are wet because she couldn’t make it to the bathroom. Does he make fun of her, or does he help her find an adult?
Josè hit Jack. Does Jack hit him back, or does he walk away from Josè and tell an adult?
David gets mad at Lily when they’re building a tower together. Does he knock the tower over, or does he walk away so he can calm down?
Say: We don’t hurt others’ feelings or bodies, because every person is precious to God. God commands us not to hurt others so we can all live happy, healthy, safe lives.
Discuss and Watch “Snooty Fruities”
Say: Today’s commandment from God is we don’t hurt others.
Ask: • Tell about a time you were bullied or teased. Share your own story first.
Say: It’s no fun when others hurt us! When we keep that in mind, we can make sure we aren’t the ones hurting someone else. Let’s look at how bullying can really hurt.
Watch “Snooty Fruities.”
Ask: • What emotions did you see Broccoli having in this video?
• What was the most hurtful thing to happen to Broccoli?
• What difference did it make when the fruit basket was nice to Broccoli instead of bullying Broccoli?
Say: Bullying can hurt emotionally and physically, just as it did for Broccoli. On the other hand, being kind to others can make people feel really good! That’s why God wants us to make sure we don’t hurt others.