Tape a sheet of newsprint to the wall. Have kids form groups of three. Give each group a sheet of paper and a pencil. Say:In your group, make a list of all the things that make it difficult to share your faith at school. Then narrow down the list to the two biggest things. Give kids about three minutes to come up with their lists. Then say: Choose a representative from your group to write on this sheet of newsprint the two biggest things that make it difficult to share your faith at school.
After kids finish writing, have them return to their groups to come up with a way to deal with each of their two biggest obstacles. While they’re working, tape another sheet of newsprint to the wall. Have each group choose a representative to write the group’s solutions on the newsprint. Then say: I’d like each of you to privately choose one of these solutions as a way to share your faith at school this week. During the week, pray that God will give you the opportunity to act on the solution you chose.
Ask: • How does a relationship with Jesus affect a person’s life?
• Why might someone you know at school benefit from knowing Jesus, too?
Say: Jesus loves each and every person on earth, and he wants everyone to experience his love. Telling people about Jesus is like introducing them to the best friend they’ll ever have. Jesus’ disciples Peter and John knew how wonderful it was to have a relationship with Jesus. That’s why they were so excited to tell people about him. This is what they said in Acts 4:20: “We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.” All it takes to tell someone about Jesus is to tell the person what you’ve seen and heard in your relationship with Jesus.
These ideas were modified from Hands-On Bible Curriculum. I love this line because of all the unique games, snacks, and crafts that are used to help kids learn about God. Kids retain more by interacting with a lesson rather than just hearing it. Jesus used everyday things to teach important truths and Hand-On Bible Curriculum allows you to do the same. Discovering the Bible will be a fun, hands-on experience that gets kids excited about coming to Sunday school.
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