Here’s what I’m planning right now for my class this coming Monday, September 27, 2010.
Theme: God’s Plan of Salvation
Big Idea: God, our Rock, can be trusted because he kept his promise.
Although God gave us the wonderful gift of Creation, we sinned against him and one another. The story of Adam and Eve describes how this happened. Despite our sin, God promised to save us from sin and he kept his promise by sending us his only Son, Jesus. That’s why God can be trusted.
Engage (15 mins)
- Show that I know all of the students’ names!
- Opening prayer ritual
- Play the song “To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King” to help us recall what we learned about last week. (God is our king and he protects us by arming us with faith, hope, and love.)
- Show Geico TV commercial in which the CEO talks about trust and then invites the Gecko to participate in a trust activity (falling backward and letting the Gecko catch him).
- Invite a volunteer to do the trust activity as my aide and I catch him or her.
- Explain that today’s lesson is all about how we can trust God.
Explore (40 mins)
- Read the adapted story of Adam and Eve from the Finding God textbook (ch. 3).
- Play CD of the story of Adam and Eve.
- Talk about how it feels when we trust somebody and they let us down.
- Talk about how important it is to keep promises.
- Read from the textbook about how God promised to send us a Savior.
- Do popsicle stick activity to introduce the concept of reconciliation:
- Ahead of time, break 8 popsicle sticks in half to create 16 pieces, one for each student.
- Distribute the sticks randomly, one to each student.
- Invite them to walk around and find their “match.”
- When they do so, have them glue the sticks back together.
- Talk about how, through Reconciliation, Jesus helps us to put back together our relationship with him and with one another after we have sinned.
Reflect (10 mins)
- Guided reflection on the theme of trusting in God
- Listen to song: “On Eagle’s Wings”
Respond (10 mins)
- Students work on Respond page of Finding God ch. 3.
- Closing prayer: have student read Psalm 18:1-3 (The Lord is My Rock).
- Give each student a white rock and have them print the words in marker, “The Lord is my Rock ” Ps 18:2.
- Have them take the rocks home.
- Send home BLM xxx.