Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Unit 4 / Week 1 - A New Creation: The Resurrection - Matthew 20:17-19

Unit Theme: A New Creation

Every child in a Christian Church can tell you that the were saved by the blood or Crucifixion of Jesus the Christ.  However, if you press them, I have found that nearly none of them have even a rudimentary understanding of what that actually means.  This Unit is all about 1 aspect of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ; one result that is secondary to Grace, but powerful in its own right.  We become a new creation, different that we were before we took on the mantel of our savior.  This unit hopefully will bring our children closer to Jesus because they begin to live and understand that they are a NEW CREATION.

Unit 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 Warm up Before Class

Name of Game: Snake in the Grass V2

a) A Soft Ball or a Snake Stuffed animal.  You MUST not use a dodge ball as they HURT to much, and they have a certain expectation in the children's mind.  We don't want that expectation.  competitive Yes.  Violent competitive, NO.

We use 6" Gator Skin Softi Ball-Blue or any other color, but the brand prevents injury and has longevity at the same time.

 b) A teen or an adult monitor to make sure they don't hurt each other and they follow all the rules.

c) 6 Index Cards or pieces of paper, even post-it notes, with these Animal Names written on them.
    1) Crane - Stand on one leg and move by hoping
    2) Gorilla - Stand on two legs and move by running or walking.
    3) Bear - Stand on 4 legs - hands and feet, and run/walk like a bear.
    4) Frog.  Squat down and move by hoping like a frog.
    5) Kangaroo - Stand on 2 legs and move by Hoping
    6) Lie on the ground and move like a snake

How to Play the Game:
   a) One person starts as the Animal - 1 through 6 above, selected by them randomly.  The start with the ball in the middle of the playing area, and take the position and attitude of their animal.  The "Tag" the other children by  throwing the ball at them.  If it hits them in the Air, they are out, and become a snake, or gorilla etc, and are now on the side of the original 1.  If it does not hit them in the air, or it hits something/someone else first, the ball is dead, and anyone can pick it up.  The non animals can run around as people, until the are "Tagged."  
    b) The game continues until all but one are changed into a NEW ANIMAL. That 1 is the winner, and goes to the Middle of the Floor, after pick a new animal to be.
    c) Monitor - make sure they act like a new animal, and those that are tagged act like a new animal as well.  Everyone can move, but the animals must move like animals.

Why we are Playing the Game – Purpose: We are trying to give them a feeling for what it means to  "CHANGE" into a NEW PERSON.  In this case, the old, human, is gone and the new, animal, is on.  We are going for the visceral feeling of utter definiteness.

When the game is over and you are about to start class, ask them "How did it FEEL when you changed into a New Animal."  Was it easy to remain that new animal.  (If they say yes, have the monitor remind them how many times they had to be corrected, which should be huge.)

God Rocks Lesson Plan Unit 4 Week 1

Purpose: Teach the students what Changed in Jesus, before we teach them what changed is us. John 20:15(ESV)"Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”"  Luke 24:39 "See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have."

The bible is not clear on how he changed while he was in the flesh, but we can see, he is still flesh - since he is solid and eating.  Yet, Mary did not recognize him.  We know, therefore, his Resurrection did at least 2 things we can count on.  He is alive, and walking, talking and eating. He was not a spirit.

Order of Class:
(1-3 are always the same, and totally optional)

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) Explanatory Game: - Blind Man Pop

4a) Equipment Needed: 
     1) 2 or more teams of Children with no more than 6 or 7 children per team
    2) Two or more somethings to use as blindfolds, depending on the number of teams you have. I use Sport Supply Group Blindfolds, because the are neat, cool colors, inexpensive and easy to use.  I have, however, used strips of cloth if the people I was doing it for were unable or unwilling to buy blindfolds, and I forgot to bring my own.
     3) 14 balloons (if possible 7 of two colors) if you have 2 teams.  More if you have more teams.,
     4) A printer to print up a sentence
     5) Scissors to Cut up the sentence.

4b) How to Play the Game:

     A) First, you need to print up the following verse two times:

Luke 24:39 "See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have." 

Luke 24:39 "See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have." 

      B) Take the scissors and cut the sentence in to 7 pieces based on the colors, roll the words up, put them into the balloons, and blow the balloons up. In the end, you should have 7 balloons with 1 sentence fragment each.  If you have 3 teams, and 3 different color balloons, it makes the game easier to manage.  (In later weeks, week 3 and 4, you should have either random colors or all the same color, and make the teams work together to get the verses back together.

     C) Put the balloons on one side of the room, all mixed up, and divide the students into two groups. Pick one student from each team and blind fold them. Put all the students on the other side of the room.

     D) Tell them the rules and goals of the Drill:

          i) The non-blind team members can not leave their side of the room,

          ii) The goal is to get all of your team members balloons back to the side of the room that the non-blind members are waiting, pop the balloons, find the slips of paper in the balloons, and figure out what the sentence is.
          iii) The Blindfolded student CAN NOT pick up more than one balloon at a time, nor can they take the other teams balloons. If they do, they must return them, before getting more of their own. (In weeks 3 and 4, no such "other team" rules apply.

         iv) The team that gets the complete sentence first Wins.

     E) Say Go.

4c) Explaining the meaning of the Game: Gather all the students, and start asking questions. You can ask questions based on your observations, but I suggest you ask the following ones too.

            1) How did you know what order to put the verse in?

            2) What does the verse mean to you?

            3) What does Jesus mean by Spirit? (Ghost - non flesh)

            4) What would he have had on his hands and feet? (Holes)

            5) Who is Doubting Thomas?

            6) Was he the only one of the 11 who doubted?

5) Summary - Review for them that everything had changed, though the 11 were not yet aware of it.  They were first sad that Jesus had died, and now doubted that he was alive. Jesus had changed from Dead to Alive, and his body had changed enough that they could not at first recognize him.  He also had wounds in his hands and feet that did not hurt.  This was a pretty massive change in Jesus alone, and they missed most of it.  It is no small wonder that many people today doubt the story, if those who saw it happen doubted at first. The first good news is, they changed. The second good news is, you will too.

6) There is Still Time: If you have run out of things to do but still have time, then play - Snake in the Grass V2.


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Lesson Plans in the God Rocks Curriculum Before this One:

a. Introduction to God Rock's Lesson Planning System - Click Here.
1. Unit 1, Week 1 - Being In Christ - Click Here
2. Unit 1, Week 2 - New Creation - Click Here.
3. Unit 1, Week 3 - The Old Has Passed Away - Click Here.
4. Unit 1, Week 4 - The New Has Come - Click Here.

5. Unit 2, Week 1 - Fasting and Looking Gloomy - Click Here.
6. Unit 2, Week 2 - What Reward Did They Get - Click Here.
7. Unit 2, Week 3 - Remember Who it is For - Click Here.
8. Unit 2, Week 4 - Remember Who it is For - Click Here.
9.   Unit 3, Week 1 – Entering the City of David - Click Here.
10. Unit 3, Week 2 – Righteous Indignation - Click Here
11. Unit 3, Week 3 – Even the 12 Doubted - Click Here
12. Unit 3, Week 4 – The Arrest of Jesus - Click Here
13. Unit 3, Week 5 – Jesus on the Cross - Click Here
14. Unit 4, Week 1 - The Resurrection - This Article
15. Unit 4, Week 2 - The Road to Emmaus.
15. Unit 4, Week 3 - The Upper Room
16. Unit 4, Week 4 - By the Sea
17. Unit 5, Week 1 - The Great Commision
18. Unit 5, Week 2 - The Ascension
19. Unit 5, Week 3 - And It's 12 Again
20. Unit 5, Week 4 - Pentecost
21. Unit 5, Week 5 - The Fellowship

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