Unit Theme: Make THIS Year Better than Last Year (This Explanation is Good for all Four Weeks of Unit 1)
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Unit 1 Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)
Unit 1 Warm up Before Class
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God Rocks Lesson Plan Unit 1 Week 4
Order of Class:
(1-3 are always the same, and totally optional)
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b) 2 Chairs
c) You will need a group of up to 10 children, no less than 5, and a large supply, more than 20, paper wads made of wadded up paper. (Same as in Unit 1 Week 1,2 & 3 if you did those units.)
c) 2 to 5 trash cans, buckets, large bowls - anything that might be big enough to throw paper wads into.
d) Something to use as a shield - See Unit 1 Week 2.
How to Play: This is an Order From Chaos Game - if you are a control freak, this game might even break you, but if you do it, and remember that learning come from DOING, not just from listening, this is a wonderful thing.
a) Read them the Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) - "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."
b) Have two chairs representing two teams, set on the floor, about 6 feet from each other, looking at each other, and sit down two people, one from each team, in the chair. Have their team stand behind them in a circle or behind a line.
c) Give both teams some paper wads, and tell them there is ONLY TWO RULES - They must stay outside the circle or on the line, and they must do what the verse tells them to do. Then tell them you will tell them who wins when the game is over. Don't explain anything. Say Go.
d) If they do not GO, whatever they think that means, encourage them to go. It really doesn't matter what they do, as long as they do it.
e) After they run out of paper wads, break rule 1, or enter into too much chaos, tell them to stop. Then ask them these questions:
i) What did you do to try to win?
ii) Is what you did what you would have done a month ago? What did other people Do? Is it different?
iii) If you were "In Christ", " a New Creation" or "The Old has Passed Away," would you have played that way.
Debrief the Game:
Normally, they will descend into chaos or not engage at all, these being the two behaviors most often evidenced when presented with no guidelines. If they did one of those, they were "living in the world." You might have had a leader however, who changed her/his team, and tried to play in a way that evidenced love or concern for others. This does not mean trying to lose, but it does mean they are concerned and altered their behavior to match that concern. If you saw that, that team gets stickers, they won.
This is the NEW HAS COME PART..
No matter what they did, tell them what you expected (The New Has Come), with the details above, but not too much more, and tell them that is the ONLY way to win. Then, depending on the maturation of the group, either just say go, or give them a few minutes with assistance to design a way to play that shows concern and love.
Then say go. The goal is to make sure everyone wins this time.