Class: 8-10 year olds
PURPOSE OF THE LESSON
Teach the kids that we shouldn’t be happy when someone suffers
VERSE TO MEMORISE
“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;”
Start by asking: Who here has already seen someone falling down? What was your reaction? (Wait for their participation). Each person has a different reaction ... isn’t it? Some laugh, others feel sorry, others rush to help, and there are those who don’t notice anything. In today's story we are going to learn that we should never be happy when someone gets hurt. Let’s listen to the story?
LUKE was a lively boy. Luke's class had a student named Hugo, a good kid who was friends with everyone. One day, Luke arrived at school and began to upset Hugo. When he arrived home, Hugo told his father what had happened. Next morning, Hugo and his friends received their exam’s results and Hugo was very happy when he saw that he had answered all the questions correctly and had received a good grade but Luke did not do as well as his him.
Do you know what happened? Hugo was happy with what had happened with Luke and went home happily. When he arrived home, the boy told his father what had happened to Luke.
Hugo's dad then explained to him that he was acting wrongly, that even though Luke had been bad to him in the past, he should forgive and not be happy with his failures. Then Hugo asked:
- Dad, what should I do?
My son, you must ask God for help. Luke occasionally behaves wrongly because he doesn’t know Jesus, said his father…
After that conversation, the boy realized that he was acting wrongly and decided to apologize to him and even invited him to go to CBC with him. Luke loved taking part and enjoyed what he had learned there.
Friends, is written in the Bible: "when your enemy falls, do not rejoice.” This means that we should not rejoice in the sorrow of others, when something bad happens to them, but if you help them, then you will be doing God’s will.
Bring to class a handkerchief. Make a circle with the children and put one of them in the middle of the circle and give him/her the handkerchief. Start by saying the following: Children, this handkerchief represents someone and when it’s lifted up, let’s pretend that this someone is happy and all is doing well for him; but when it’s thrown on the floor, it will mean the opposite. So, when it’s up, let’s laugh and clap our hands with joy but when it’s down, we must stop laughing. Ok?
Repeat the game a few more times and then conclude by saying: Just as we stop laughing when this handkerchief falls on the ground, so must we do when we see someone sad. Educator end by making a few questions: 1. What is your opinion regarding Luke’s behavior? 2. What do you think about Hugo talking to his father about what has happened? 3. If you were Hugo, how would you act? 4. Have you already gone through a similar situation like Hugo’s? What happened? 5. What have you understood about this week’s Bible verse? Conclude by inviting the children to pray for their friends.
Special invitation. Make an invitation card to invite a friend to the CBC.
Free drawing. Distribute sheets of paper and ask the kids to draw this week’s story.
Recalling the story. Educator, get the children to sit on a semicircle and start the game by telling the story of the week. The kid besides you, will continue the story and so on.
Playing with the verse. For this game you need a handkerchief. Form a circle with the class. You must choose a kid and blindfold him with a handkerchief. Ask the children to move the circle (they must be standing). Then the child who is blindfolded should say the Bible verse of the week and point to someone in the circle who should also say that verse, then the child in the middle should hug the one who read the verse. And the child who received the hug should now stay in the middle of the circle and carry on the game.