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6 - FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT - KINDNESS
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
Before class print and cut out the Fruit Flash Cards. the Bible
Verse Card and Bible Flash Cards, crayons. Paper and pencils. Print
off the mini ‘Acts of Kindness’ and ‘Unkind’
fliers. Cut out the ‘Acts of Kindness’ 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’. Jackfruit Super Fruit
handout one for each family.
AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON
Get all the children to colour the Review Flash Cards, Bible Verse
Card, Bible Flash Cards, Certificates, Fliers.
1. GAMES: (10 minutes)
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,
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 positive
on each others back, 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)
Optional: View ‘Kindness Matters’ music video,
using music sheet and lyrics
4. INTIMATE WORSHIP (5 minutes)
Optional: View ‘Loving Kindness’ music video,
using music sheet and lyrics
a. “Back Track” Review
Optional: View Patience review video
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?
Remember we learnt that you need to be patient with all these people.
Do you know why? (Because Jesus Christ was! ) Use Review
b. Sword Play
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 (15 minutes)
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.
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
Jesus asked, "Which of these three men was a neighbour to
the man who was attacked by the robbers." (The one who
Jesus said, "Now you go and do the same."
Discuss the ‘Unkind’ flier with your children.
Optional: View ‘Being Kind’ teaching
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.
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.
6. APPLICATION / ENCOUNTERING GOD
Encourage the children to come and minister to each other, speaking
positive thing into their lives.
TAKE HOME PAGE
Give one ‘Take Home Truth’ and Super Fruit handout one
for each family at the end of the class.
Jackfruit is recognized for its unique shape, size, and fruity flavor.
The fruit is deliciously sweet in similar to bananas. It is also
rich in energy, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins and free from
saturated fats or cholesterol, making it one of the healthy treats
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