Acting out parables, part one

coinsChildren love to play games, and letting them play in Sunday School increases their enjoyment of church.

A good way to start out a kindergarten class, if your classroom or church hall permits, is "Hide and Seek" for pennies or other coins. Arrive early and hide as many coins as you think appropriate for the class size and their ability to search. Open the class with prayer, and then tell the story of the woman who lost a coin. They will later act out the parable of Luke 15:8-10.

You could say something like: Even though she had nine other coins, she wanted to find the one she lost. So, she lit a candle (explain there were no light bulbs in those times) and got a broom to sweep her floor, as she carefully looked for the lost coin. She found it!

Then explain that— Jesus taught that God is like that woman. He and his angels in heaven rejoice when a lost soul repents.

Explain what a lost soul is, for example,
He or she is a sinner; a person like you and me who does mean and bad things but does not even care... But when that child or adult feels sorry for their bad behavior and prays to tell God they are sorry, then God is glad.

You and I are like the coins that belonged to the woman. We are God's shining treasure, but when we act bad (ask for examples, or offer some), then we have hidden ourselves from him. Can he still see us when we are bad? Well, yes, because he is not like a human being who must search for something that is hidden. God can see EVERYTHING and EVERYONE, but this Bible story is to help us understand that God wants to have us close to him. He wants each of his shiny treasures in his hand, and that is a very safe place to be. But we are in the shadows, lost and cold in our hearts, if we don't care about obeying God.

Then, ask what are some of God's rules that we must obey.

Next, tell the class there are many coins hidden in the room, and they must find them. You may need to keep written notes on where you hid the coins. After all are collected, the one who found the most wins a prize.

At this time in the class you may want to have a snack or song, and do some coloring. Each church and class is different, but if you have time you can play a second game, and if not, the winner of the coin game can lead the class in saying memory verses or be first to get the snack. Sometimes a good prize is allowing the winner to hide the coins in another game.

This game can be enjoyed by younger than kindergarten age, and it is always popular.

The Widows Quiz

RuthAt times a teacher may need an exercise to help students start to think before presenting the lesson. A substitute teacher may need a lesson or idea, or if the curriculum materials don't arrive on time, there may be a need for alternatives. Youth groups often enjoy lessons and quizzes that encourage thinking and discussion.

Some materials are posted on the Children’s blog on this site.

Today’s post is a Widows Quiz. Click on the image to open the Pdf file. The answers are on page 2. Feel free to print or revise as you wish.

Most churches have widows in their congregations. The quiz helps young people think about them and develop concern for them. There can be discussion on how widows today may be different from those of previous centuries, or if not, why.

This exercise is for advanced Bible students. If you use it with less knowledgeable students, you can give hints such as giving the Scripture reference of the verse, or if using this quiz for an entire class period, have students read each Bible verse aloud. Then, when asked to fill in the answers, they will simply need to think of what they just read and call on their short-term memory. Prayer for the church’s widows can be an ending for the exercise.

Pick a Riddle

question markIn a youth group or perhaps on the first Sunday of the start of a new curriculum where new people join the class, there may be a need for an "ice-breaker" activity. Pick a Riddle, Tell a Riddle is a good exercise to warm up the class. “Warm up” activities can help students to focus and to concentrate.

Click on the picture to open the .Pdf sheets which are suitable for printing. On most sheets there are dashed lines separating the riddles/brain teasers. Cut the papers into strips and fold the strips into small squares. Put the squares in a basket and pass the basket, asking each student to draw out a square or two. Then, go around the class and have each student tell their riddle. If no one can guess the answer, the student tells it.

By getting each youth involved in sharing something funny or provoking, a relaxing or convivial atmosphere is created, which enables more important sharing to take place. Of course, the most important influence is to open the class with prayer.

I found the riddles on the .Pdf on various websites and in other resources and take no credit for any of them.

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