Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Class: 8-10 year olds

Proverbs 30.5 and Luke 5.1-11

Teach the kids that the word of God bless those who believe in it.

"Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him". (Proverbs 30.5)

Start by asking: Has anybody tried to do something alone and failed, but with the help of parents or someone resolved the problem quickly? (Wait for their participation). Today we are going to learn about a man who, alone, failed to resolve what he wanted, but with the help of someone special, there was a miracle. Let’s find out whom I'm talking about? Pay attention!

CHILDREN, SOME time long ago Jesus was teaching the Word of God by the lake, and realized he was standing next to fishing boats. But do you know what caught Jesus attention? (Wait for their participation.) There was no fish in the basket, and the fishermen were washing their nets. Then Jesus entered a boat, which was Peter’s, and he continued teaching from there to the crowd. When he finished talking with those people, He called Peter and said:
- Take the boat to the deepest part of the lake, and throw the nets again.
Peter replied:
- Lord, we’ve work all night and caught nothing, but because the Lord is sending is to cast the net again, I will obey.
Who knows what happened next? (Wait for their participation.) At the time they pulled back the net, Wow! There was so much fish that the net almost couldn’t hold it and it almost broke due to the weight!
Then Peter called to fishermen who were on the other boat to help. The fishing was so wonderful and blessed, it was possible to fill the two boats and they were so heavy that it almost turned. All were amazed by the quantity of fish.
The miracle happened because Peter trusted in what Jesus said. As it is written in Psalms, “Every word of God is credible, God protects those who take refuge in him” (Proverbs 30.5). Peter obeyed the word and, therefore, was blessed. Seeing the miracle, he acknowledged Jesus was the Son of God and said:
- Lord, Depart from me, for I am a sinner! And Jesus replied:
- Do not be scared Peter, from now on you will be a fisher of men. Kids, do you know what Jesus meant by this? (Wait for their participation). Because from that moment on, Peter would be His disciple and win many souls for the Kingdom of God
When Jesus spoke these words, Peter and another fisherman, named James, dragged the boats up to the beach, left everything and followed Jesus.

Children, never forget that the Word of God is pure and true. Everything that is written in the Bible He makes it to come to pass in the lives of those who trust in Him.  When we obey the teachings of the Bible, God becomes our shield and bless us, Amen!

Educator, get pictures or photos of babies learning to walk, children accompanied by an adult, learning to ride a bicycle, people jumping from parachute (you can find these pictures on website). Assemble a poster and write the title "Trusting ..." Educator, also take the Bible to the class.
Start by showing the poster and saying: Kids, look at this poster. "What are they doing? (Wait for their participation). Children read after me: "Trusting..." Children in these pictures people are under the guidance of someone to do something, for example: The little baby is taking the first steps because he trusts the adult who’s holding him, isn’t it? The same applies to the kid learning to ride a bicycle. With people jumping parachute hang-gliding, all are relying on someone's instructions.
In today's story we learn that Peter obeyed Jesus and as a result, was blessed. When we trust God's Word (show the Bible) we are blessed, for He confirms our victory. Peter had no doubt, but only believed and was blessed. Children, God is our shield and won’t allow us to be ashamed. His Word is pure and there are no lies and no promises that cannot be met, okay? Who here will always obey the Word of God? Amen! Educator, make a prayer with the class later, with the help of the poster of the week, memorize the verse as follows:
1.Read the verse that is on the poster of the week. 2. Explain the meaning of the verse. 3. Make the boys repeat the first verse, then the girls. 4.Then request for each row to say every part of the verse and, ultimately, the entire class.

Educator, interact with them, always praise those who answer correctly and give another chance to those who don’t.

Teamwork. You will need magazines, newspapers,
glue and scissors. Distribute the magazines and
newspapers to the class and ask for the children cut out pictures of people pleasing and displeasing to God.
Type in a cardboard Pleasing God and the other
displeasing to God. Ask the kids to glue the pictures on
the respective cards.

Test. 1) We learned in today's story that when we trust in the Word of God we are blessed. Think about your behavior and see if you have been trusting in God. 2) Now write down how you would like your faith to be.

Game. Educator, divide the class into groups of five and tell them to make rows. Those five must hold the waist of the child in front of them. Educator, ask them to do the following:
1. Walk slowly 2. Walk jumping with right foot 3. Walk and wave the left hand 4. Walk with the hands on the waist of friend 5. Walking with your right hand on the head. Educator, observe the teams and then end the game by saying that just as everyone obeyed the game’s rules, we must also obey the Word of God.

Do you or do you not know?  Create some questions about the story. Divide the class into four teams. They will answer questions or pass them to the other team if they don’t know the answer. The team that answers wrong loses points. The winning team is the one who makes more points.

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