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# 42nd week of our Journey – KINDNESS

This week’s destination: FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT - KINDNESS

This week we’re going to learn that kindness starts with caring, having a good attitude—being tender hearted and compassionate toward others.
• Super Fruit for this week is the Jackfruit.

MATERIALS:
Before class print and cut out the Fruit Flash Cards. the Bible Verse Card and Bible Flash Cards, crayons. Paper, pins and markers. Certificate one for each child. Reading glasses, book, wrap. Paper with child’s name at the top and a marker one for each child. A collection box. Paper to start the ‘Paper chain’. Print Music Song Sheets. Jackfruit.

AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON:
Get all the children to color the Review Flash Cards, Bible Verse Card, Bible Flash Cards, Certificates, Fliers.

1. GAMES: (10 minutes)
GOOD SAMARITAN

Children can work together as a class or in groups of 2 or 3 or even alone for older children. See how many words the children can make out of GOOD SAMARITAN in a certain time length. Eg: God, man, ran sand, door, Satan, arm, rat etc

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
Everyone gets a piece of paper taped to their back. (Make sure their name is at the top of the paper.) Each person is given a marker. Walk around the room and write a compliment or positive remark about that person on their back. When everyone has written something kind and positive on each other’s backs, everyone returns to their seat. Each participant can take a turn at reading off the person's list to that person aloud. What a great self-esteem booster.

Or an adult can read aloud all of the positive comments about each child. The children are usually very surprised at such great things are said about them. The children can keep their lists in a folder or notebook. Then, when they're feeling a little down about themselves, they can read about how wonderful other people think they are.

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS: (10 minutes)

(Use Music Song Sheet and lyrics from Visual Aid Manual)

Kindness Matters: Sing to the tune of “Are you sleeping?” (Instrumental)

Kindness matters, Kindness matters,
Every day, in every way.

Share with one another Care for one another.
Every day, every way. (Repeat)

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)
Thy Loving Kindness is better than life (Use Music Video, Music Song Sheet and lyrics from Visual Aid Manual)

Prayer: Thank you Lord Jesus for teaching us that kindness starts with caring, having a good attitude—being tender hearted and compassionate toward others. You demonstrated this on earth thank you. Amen.

5. TEACHING:
a. “Back Track” (5 minutes)

Optional: Listen to the ‘Patience Song’

Last week we learnt you ought to be patient with your family, how were you patient this week? (Allow response)

Your friends can get on your nerves, how were you patient with them this week? (Allow response)

Strangers can also be very annoying. How were you patient with them this week? (Allow response)

Enemies can make you mad. How were you patient with them this week? (Allow response)

Remember we learnt that you need to be patient with all these people. Do you know why? (Because Jesus Christ was! ) Use Review Flash Cards.

b. Sword Play (5minutes)
Ready…Swords up… Ephesians 4:31-32a … CHARGE!
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another”
(Ephesians 4:31-32a)

(Use the Bible Verse Card and Flash Cards as visual aids to teach the Bible Memory Verse.)

c. Teach the Lesson

Optional: Listen to the ‘Being Kind Teaching Video’

Kindness starts with caring —being tender hearted and compassionate toward others. If God wants us to be kind to animals, how much more to people!
(Read Proverbs 12:10).

Biblical kindness involves action. “Dear children, let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions” (1 John 3:18).

Action usually includes some kind of effort of self-sacrifice and therefore generosity on our part, especially of our time.

Of course, the emphasis on deeds over mere words does not mean words are unnecessary. Action includes words. Encouraging words of comfort, courtesy, compliments are acts of kindness. What to say and not say should be guided by awareness of the sensitivities of others. We must help people heal from their emotional wounds rather than rubbing salt in those wounds.

Our motive for “good deeds” should not be to impress people.

(Read Matthew 6:1-4). The greatest rewards from God come when our acts of kindness are done humbly and quietly with no one even knowing. Genuine kindness is lending a helping hand when you expect nothing in return.
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Jesus Christ emphasized that we must be kind to everyone, not just our family and friends It takes genuine effort to be truly kind.

(Read Galatians 5:19-21), the apostle Paul refers to human nature as “the flesh” or “works of the flesh.” Eg: Hatred, jealousies, selfish ambitions and envy. Kindness requires the opposite, caring concern for others.

Jesus Christ practiced kindness that was radical for that age and culture. He always had great concern for women as well as men, for children as well as adults, for other races as well as the Jewish race, and for the sick and weak as well as the strong. Often He wore Himself out praying for people, healing people, feeding people and helping them in other ways.

When Jesus looked on the multitudes of people with all their problems, sicknesses and confusion, He was “moved with compassion
(Matthew 9:36; Matthew 14:14; Matthew 18:27).

As we look at the people around us, we, too, should be moved with compassion. We, too, should be helping, giving, sharing, caring, encouraging, extending mercy, filled with compassion and acting on it as we are able—in a word, KIND.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan:
Jesus told a story about a man who was travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by robbers. Let’s read Luke 10:25-37

Jesus asked, "Which of these three men was a neighbour to the man who was attacked by the robbers." (The one who helped him.)

Jesus said, "Now you go and do the same."

Discuss: the ‘Unkind’ flier with your children.

Drama:
Min-jun is a new boy at school he is from South Korea .(Get a boy to volunteer, put a wrap around him, give him glasses and a book.) He doesn't know anybody; his clothes are different than the other kids'; he wears thick glasses, and doesn't speak English very well.

Look at how these three boys treat him:
Child 1: Thinks he’s weird and stays away from him. (Volunteer turns away from him)
Child 2: He thinks he looks weird and proceeds to tell everyone: "Hey! Look at the weirdo!"
Child 3: He also thinks he looks weird too. But, instead of ignoring him or mistreating him, he smiles at him and shows him around the school. . (Volunteer greets Min-jun, takes his hand and starts chatting with him and showing him around)

Which boy was kind to the new kid in class? Was it Child 1 who avoided him? Or Child 2 who laughed at him? Or Child 3 who paid attention to him, thought about his feelings, and tried to meet his needs?
That’s what kindness is--it's paying attention to other people, their feelings, and their needs.

Sometimes God has to prune things out of our lives. He is showing kindness to us even though at the time it seems hard and cruel. Remember we learnt to produce lots of fruit you will need to prune the Moringa. Its time to prune your Morninga tree again. Cut back to just above an outside branch about twelve inches above the second prune about a month ago. This will produce more branches making your Moringa very bushy thus more leaves and fruit. Sometimes things seem hard and painful but really you are being kind because your Moringa is going to be better for the pruning.

ACT OF KINDNESS PAPER CHAIN:
A link is added every time a random act of kindness is witnessed (The loops are made out of paper). We then send a certificate home that says "Be proud of your child, they have performed a random act of kindness today!" The kids love it!
Hang the chain around the room and add to it throughout the year.

SUPER FRUIT: DIAKA (JACKFRUIT) TEACHING
Photocopy the ‘Diaka Handout’ one for each family. Teaching about the nutritional and medicinal qualities of the fruit. . A sapling, God willing will be supplied to each school, church or orphanage utilizing this curriculum.

6. APPLICATION / ENCOUNTERING GOD: Refer to our Encountering God Handbook for ideas for this important section of the session. Experience the Holy Spirit Learning Centers creating a Spiritual atmosphere.

Encourage the children to come and minister to each other, speaking positive thing into their lives.

CLOSING PRAYER: Heavenly Father help us to get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Help us to be kind, to pay attention to other people, their feelings, and their needs. Help us to be compassionate to one another so that the world will know that we are followers of the Way.

TAKE HOME PAGE:
Give one copy of the ‘Take Home Truth’ to each child at the end of the class.

Optional: Give the children the Take Home Quiz activity booklet.

NEXT WEEK: We will learn in detail more of the ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ next week we’re going to learn that "GOODNESS is doing the right thing for the right reason." Kindness is more about our attitude and goodness is more about the things we do for others. The Super Fruit for next week is a Papaya, try and bring one for the next session.

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