Wednesday, January 21, 2015

God Rocks Sunday School Lesson Plan Unit 1/Week 1 - Turn Over a New Page

Unit Theme: Make THIS Year Better than Last Year 

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Changing yourself, turning over a new leaf or page, starting over, becoming a new person is all well and good if you could; however, as anyone who has ever had a New Year's Resolution knows, almost impossible to do. Why? According to Psychology Today (December 20, 2014) and researcher Peter Herman, one of the culprits is "False Hope Syndrome." We are attempting to make a "goal" that is unrealistic, and, like false "positive" affirmations, can actually cause great harm to our self image.  Wow.  Fail. Fail Fail.  This entire unit is, however, not about false expectations, but instead, about realistic expectations founded on a very real and personal God and a relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord.

Unit 1 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."

Unit 1 Warm up Before Class

The Go Game: 

Equipment: You will need two boundaries.  We normally use walls, but your walls might not want to stand up to abuse or your space might not be such where you can have two more or less evenly sized walls.  We have also used 10 folding chairs, turned around backward, using the tops of the chairs as a "wall".  We have also used painter's tape as a wall. (Masking tape is a bad idea, as it stains the floor and is hard to get up.)

How to Play the Game: Have Everyone who is playing, and in our case, we start with everyone, changing it to age groups, genders, hair color or some other false distinction when we run out of room, line up on one line or wall, touching it ONLY with a finger or a toe.  IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT EVERYONE PLAY. DO NOT LET THE SHY GET AWAY WITH NOT PLAYING.  HELP THEM IF YOU MUST, BEND THE RULES, BUT GET THEM TO PLAY, OR THEY ARE EXCLUDED FROM BOTH THE GROUP AND THE LESSON.

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When you say GO, they run to the other line.  If they come off the line by moving their toe or finger off the line, they are out, and go sit down on the side.  You MUST let them fail to learn the lesson.  You say Go, or put Go in a sentence, like, why don't you Go, they have to LISTEN carefully, then OBEY your voice, rather than what they thought they heard, or what they thought you might say. You say something like "On your mark, get set, RUN."  If they move off the line on RUN, then they are all out.  Be creative.  They think it is funny. Keep the game moving, not giving them time to feel "sad" because they lost.  Once they get good, or if they are beating you or the group is too big, also make them "OUT" if they are the last to make it to the other line when you do say GO.  This increases the need to "HEAR and OBEY."

The goal is to keep them busy, have fun, and teach them to HEAR AND OBEY, as we are supposed to do to our Lord.  You keep repeating, "HEAR and OBEY," and it's "ALL IN YOUR HANDS."

Once you run out of time, or it is time for you to start - we normally run the game a few minutes into class time to allow everyone to play - pull them all aside or up to you, kneel down, and ask them what they learned.  They need to learn, HEAR and obey.  Relate that behavior to what they need to do to parent's, teachers and others in authority under whom they have been placed.  Then tell them that "HEARING GOD" and "OBEYING GOD" is also one of the things they should have learned.  Unlike us, who they hear with their ears, most hear God through the Holy Spirit when they READ the Bible. 
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God Rocks Lesson Plan Unit 1 Week 1

Purpose: Teach students what “In Christ” means in 2 Corinthians 5:17

Order of Class:

1) Opening Prayer - mention anything you think needs to be prayed about, including the needs of your students.  You might want to ask them their needs.

2) Praise and Worship

3) Offering - make sure they know where or what the money collected is going toward.  You are not teaching them anything if they are not participating by choice.

4) You are Safe The Game: 
     Supplies: 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.  
     How to Play: Place one child on a dot or sitting in a hula hoop or chair, and put another child about 10 feet away. Have the person sit in the chair, and tell them they are the target; their job is to not be touched by a paper wad but they CAN NOT GET OUT OF THE CHAIR OR MOVE THE CHAIR. Have the other child throw the paper wads at the one in the chair.

Once they fail, assign another student as a guard who picks one place to stand, and can not move their feet.  They are allowed to catch or bat the flying paper wads away.  If they too fail, then assign another guard, and continue until you have the number of guards that keeps the one in the chair safe.

Play the game as long as you can afford, with as many children playing as possible. Make sure they have "FELT" being guarded and safe by not doing it themselves.

     Debrief the Game: Ask them how hard it was to win without any Guard?  Then ask them when it became hard to win?  Also ask them how hard is was to stay put, and let the guards do their job?  Then read Psalm 37:7 (ESV) - "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!" Tell them that to really believe in God, to Trust in Jesus, we must be still, not worried, not trying to do it ourselves, and listen to the voice of God.

As in the game, if you ignore the voice of God, and worry, you lose.  God is like the Guards that did protect you.  He is everywhere, and if you do his will, you prosper, or grow. He actually wants us to NOT WORRY, but trust his promise.

Finally, ask them how it felt to be safe and to win.

Tell them that feeling of Safety, calm, and protection is like "Being in Christ," when we trust him

Finally, ask them what else Jesus protects us from, and how.

When they have run out of answers, then make sure that these were covered, or cover them yourself.

a) In Christ Jesus you are loved by God and it will never go away, not matter what happens to you. Romans 8:38–39, “I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

b) The King of Everything will supply for your needs. Philippians 4:19, “My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

c) You get to Live Forever with Jesus. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

5) Summary - Read them the Unit Verse from above, and remind them, by verbal illustration, what "IN CHRIST JESUS" means in this verse.  Do not over explain the rest of the verse. Make sure they know that to be "In Christ Jesus" in our Unit Verse, they must know they are Loved, Safe, Provided for and will live forever. That this is a belief by faith. Faith in the word of God from the Bible, Faith in the promise of the Lord Jesus and God the Father, and faith in the Holy Spirit who brings us understanding.

6) If you have run out of things to do, but not time, play the weekly game again, faster and with more paper wads.
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