Worshipping Warriors- Worshipping God because He is love.

Theme- I Corinthians 13 tells us the way of love. I John 4 tells us that God is love. We cannot become true worshipers if we do not know love bcause if we donot know love we do not know God. This month we will teach about love not as the world teachees but as God teaches. This theme of “Worshipping Warriors” will be continued throughout 2016 as we teach our children to become worshippers. in spirit and in truth.

Scripture:  I Corinthians 13, I John 4: 7-19, Luke 10:25-37

Memory verses for this rotation:

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

I John 4:16

Concepts:

1. I Corinthian 13 is in the New Testament. It was written about the love of God. In this chapter Paul is saying that the true expression of the Spirit is a loving relationship  with others.

2. We praise God because He first loved us.

3. When we live a life of a true worshiper of God we must live a life of love.

4. We show love by our actions.

5. The Parable of the Good Samaritan is an example of loving according to God’s command to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

Background information      Biblical Explanation and Background for Teaching LOVE

Nursery/Toddler Resources:

Lessons:

STORYTELLING

Storytime: The Good Samaritan (From Luke 10:30-37)

When Jesus lived on earth, he told lots of stories. One day, he told a story about a man who was walking down a dangerous road. What do you do when you come to a dangerous road?

The man Jesus told about was Jewish. In those days, Jewish people and Samaritan people were neighbors, but they didn’t like each other. Not one little bit.

As the Jewish man was walking down the road, some robbers jumped out, stole all his money, and beat him up. Then they ran away. Pat your hands on your legs so it sounds like the robbers running away.

The poor man lay hurt by the side of the road. He knew that if someone didn’t come to help him, he might die! What kind of sound do you make when you’re hurt?

Soon the man heard footsteps coming down the road. Let’s make quiet footsteps. It was a priest! Do you think the priest stopped to help? No, he didn’t! He just walked right by.

How do you think the man felt when the priest didn’t stop to help him? How would you have felt?

Pretty soon someone else came down the road. It was someone who had an important job at church. But he just hurried on by. Let’s make fast footsteps going down the road.

The hurt man felt so bad. Wouldn’t anyone stop to help him?

Finally one more person came down the road. But it was a Samaritan. The hurt man thought, “This Samaritan won’t stop to help me because Samaritans and Jews don’t like each other.” Let’s make the footsteps of the Samaritan coming down the road. When he came to the hurt man, he stopped!

The Samaritan gently washed and bandaged the hurt man. Then he put the hurt man on his donkey and took him the nearest town. How would the donkey sound walking down the road?

The Samaritan found a hotel and paid for the hurt man to stay there until he got well. The hurt man lay down on a soft bed with a big sigh. He felt so much better! What do you think the hurt man said to the Samaritan who helped him?

When Jesus finished the story, he asked, “Who was a good neighbor to the man who got hurt and robbed?” Was it the priest? No. Was it the man who had an important job at church? No. Was it the Samaritan? Yes. Even though Samaritans and Jews were usually enemies, the Samaritan showed God’s love.

Jesus wants us to be kind to people, too – even if we don’t like them. Let’s ask God to help us treat people with kindness the way the Samaritan did. (From Group Publishing, free activities section of their website.)

Story time : Paper puppets- give children a puppet to represent the Good Samaritan, the robbers, the injured man,  at the inn , Let children hold up their puppet when their part of the story starts.

Literacy:Alphabet Letter Heart Standard Block Manuscript Handwriting Practice Worksheet Preschool Printable

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Musical Parade :Give each child a musical instrument to use (tambourine, triangle, etc.) Teach them this song:

Good Samaritan Song: Sung to the Farmer in the Dell.  Have the child repeat each verse after you.

On the Jericho road,
there were some real bad men
saw a guy as he went by
and they said, “let’s rob him!”
And then they beat him up
and knocked him to the ground,
and when he was just half-way up
they knocked him right back down.

On the Jericho road
there was a priestly man,
saw the guy as he went by
was he a neighbor then?
He didn’t pick him up
and carry him to town
he giant stepped and giant stepped
and giant stepped around

On the Jericho road
there was a Levite man
saw the guy as he went by
was he a neighbor then?
He didn’t pick him up
and carry him to town
he tip-py toed and tip-py toed
and tip-py toed around.

On the Jericho road
a good Samaritan,
saw the guy as he went by
was he a neighbor then?
he stopped to pick him up
and carried him to town
and paid a kindly inn-keeper
to keep him safe and sound.

Coloring Story:good samaritan

Games:

Good Samaritan Theme Large Group Games 

that help build their muscles while they have fun together

Band Aid Team Relay

Materials Needed:  LOTS of bandaids!

The class is a team (no need for competetive teams in preschool–let’s work on having them work together!); a baby doll

The children go, one at a time across the room to the doll.  They open one band aid, put it on the doll and come back to their friends.

The next child goes and does the same.

Encourage the children to cheer on their friend who is helping the hurt doll!

SUGGESTION:  Take the outside papers off in advance so that the only part the children have to take off are the 2 pieces that peel.  Tearing and ripping the outer paper of a bandaid is a bit too much for preschoolers to handle!

Help Your Neighbor

  • Read the story to the students. Separate students into groups of three or  four. One member from each team lies on the floor on the other side of the room  as the injured traveler. The teams each receive 10 band-aids and a glass of  water. On the count of three, the teams rush to the injured teammate and patch  the traveler up with all the band-aids, serve a glass of water and lead the  traveler back to the starting point. The team back to the starting point wins.  Discuss with the students about how helping someone makes them  feel.

Jump Up

  • Have the preschool students sit in a circle on the floor. Read off scenarios  of people helping others or not helping others to the students. Tell the  students to jump up each time they hear an example of helping someone.  Afterward, have each student tell the group about a time they helped someone.  Read the story of the Good Samaritan to the class.

Read more:  http://www.ehow.com/info_12068236_good-samaritan-preschool-game-ideas.html#ixzz2s7KNmIWw
5-12 Year Old Powerzone  Workshops

Storyteller’s Tent/ Drama/Games

Skit

GOOD SAMARITAN SKIT

Scripture/Bible Game: Love is.. Love is not…

Put the following words/phrases on 16 individual cards and have the kids sort them in two piles, love is and love is not. (patient, kind, envy, boast, proud, rude, self-seeking, easily angered, keeps records of wrongs, delight in evil, rejoices with the truth, always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres, fails)

The Love Game: Lay out the game cards in the shapeof a heart on the floor and tape them down. Have each student role the dice and follow the directions on the game board. The first one to go all the way around the heart wins. See Sis Deborah for the cards.

 

 

Work sheets and coloring sheets Curr278

-Journal writing

Give each child a sheet a paper and a pencil, and ask them to write down at least three ways in which they might show one of the characteristics of love from 1Corinthians 13. Have them write a prayer  thanking God for teaching them to love.

Creation Station

Make Valentine cards about God’s Love. Include a scripture. These will be passed out February 17th when we visit the nursing home.

 

Powerzone Theater

Movie:

5-12 year olds movie

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