Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mark 1:35-39 - Relationship in Praying

Happy Kids!

Lesson’s Verse: Mark 1:35-39 (ESV): “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, "Everyone is looking for you." And he said to them, "Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out." And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.

Basic Meaning: We are trying to get them to see the benefits and need for spending time with God, and in this case, before they start their day, activity, plan or whatever they are doing.

The Plan:

Teaching Drill: Pass it OnTalking to Each other to Build Relationship
Practice Drill: Depending on how many students you have, you either want to break the class up into groups (teams) of 4(ish) or use the whole class. The Drill as written assumes 2 teams, B(oys) vs. G(irls)
Have the teams line up single file, and as in square dancing, pass the first person from the front of the line all the way to the back of the line, by locking arm (elbows) and swinging them down the line. Keep it going from the front until the first person is back in the front.  This is practice.
Once they have it, have them race each other a few times to heighten their interest and energy.  If you only have one team, time them.
Pass on Knowledge:  Once they have the Do-si-do part down, tell them they way they really win the drill is to pass on information about themselves.  The person being passed down cannot be passed off to the next student until he has told the student holding him at the moment, something about himself.  He can NEVER repeat.  For Example: A says to B – “I have 2 brothers”. A says to C - “My mom hates cats”, A says to D – “My brother is younger than Me.” A says to E – “My feet smell funny.”
Let them practice a few times, then rerun the drill as above in Practice Drill, then have the race.

Meaning of the Drill: Pass it On – Ask them what they learned playing the game.  Lead them toward the information they passed to each other.  Tell them that by passing on private information about yourself to each other is the very foundation of relationship. Have them laugh about some of the funny things they learned.

Teaching the Bible Verse: Read the verse above to the children, and ask them to tell you what they hear.  Do not judge what they say, but let them practice figuring out what the Bible is actually telling them.

Once you have encouraged them for a while, lead them to “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.”  Point out that it was so Desolate that his disciples had to go and find him. 

This is time to relate Jesus talking to God in a RELATIONSHIP, just as they did in them game.  “Praying is talking to God. Sometimes you praise him, sometimes your worship him, sometimes you ask for help, sometimes you complain, sometimes you just talk to him.  That is what we learned about how to pray from the game and from Jesus talking to God the father.”
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Making it Personal: At this point in the lesson plan, you tell them a story from YOUR life where you shared personal information with someone, other than God, about your life. Relate it to the game and how you talk to God, so they have something personal to relate this to, about someone they can trust … YOU.

Praying: Now it is time to teach them how to use this relationship information in prayer.  If you have help, break into small groups, and have them pray out loud together, after discussing the types of things that praying is about.  Remember, progress in faith is the goal, not destination.  Destination is insured by grace by the Lord Jesus, not by us.

Endings: If you have time at the end of the class, play the game again, so they have the teaching tool implanted in their mind when they leave.

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