BIG IDEA: I CAN CHOOSE
AIM: This teaching series is all about helping children to make well informed choices in their lives. Every child has to make choices and will continue to do so throughout their lives. It’s so important that as Christians we learn to make choices that honour and glorify God. In this teaching series children will explore what that looks like for them in their current situation.
In a world where everyone is competing for a child’s attention, hoping to influence them in their lives, it is critical that the Church helps children to discern what the right choices look like. If children are able to make wise choices when they are young, this will set them up for a life of wise choices. A life knowing what they believe and why they believe it.
The theme of this series is choices. You’ll find some fun ideas for decorating your room below. Decorations help to reinforce the theme and overall teaching of the series. Children are very visual and objects and colours are able to bring out the theme in a stronger capacity so that children are able to remember what they are learning. You’ll also find that it makes their experience of church more fun and enjoyable so that they will want to share with others what they have been doing.
- Giant Question Marks around the room.
- Would You Rather questions on the Projector or on posters around your room.
- Big Coloured Boxes for Choices Games – which box will the children choose to find their prize inside?
- Game Show Spinner. Sometimes we feel like our choices are made randomly or we are not in control. To help them take control allow the children to stop the prize wheel whenever they want rather than waiting for it to stop.
- Giant Jenga. Have a giant jenga game set out with numbers on each block so that the children can pull them out and win points for each choice they make.
Each lesson poses a question to the children that they can think about and be challenged by. These questions are ones that we all face on a daily basis. They tackle life issues that cut right to the heart of our Christian faith; friendship, serving others, thankfulness, trusting and following God. If we can help children to reflect on why these practices might be important, and how to do them well, then we can help children to set the example of what it means to follow Christ in a world that wants others to follow only themselves. We can help them to trust Jesus, when many do not trust anyone at all. We can teach them to help those that are hurting when some just want to hurt others. Teaching children to think about their friendships, how to give thanks and share will ultimately help them to grow in their relationship with God and others.
LESSON1: ‘SHOULD I FOLLOW?’
STORY: THE RICH YOUNG RULER
PASSAGE: MARK 10:17-31
LESSON 2:‘SHOULD I TRUST?’
STORY: JESUS WALKS ON WATER
PASSAGE: MATTHEW 14:22-33
LESSON 3: ‘SHOULD I HELP?’
STORY: LUKE 10:25-37
PASSAGE: THE GOOD SAMARITAN
LESSON 4: ‘SHOULD WE BE FRIENDS?’
STORY: JOHN 4
PASSAGE: THE WOMAN AT THE WELL
LESSON 5: ‘SHOULD I GIVE THANKS?’
STORY: LUKE 17:11-19
PASSAGE: THE TEN LEPERS
LESSON 6: ‘SHOULD I SHARE?’
STORY: MATTHEW 14:13-21
PASSAGE: JESUS FEEDS THE 5000