In the “Belong” activities, students will do one of these activities: Perfectly Seasoned: Leaders and students will participate in an object lesson and then discuss what it looks like to be kind. Pillow Race: Students will participate in a relay race and have a discussion about kindness.
Students will hear a Bible passage from John 4 about how Jesus interacted with those who were not like Him. You will show them a video of Kelly, the video host, speaking with Greg Stier from Dare 2 Share Ministries about the importance of kindness. Students will learn from the Bible passage that our words and actions matter to God.
In the “Believe” activities, students will do one of these activities: Verse Line Up: Students will be assigned a word of the memory verse, then line up in order, to help them learn the Bible memory verse. First Letters: Students will use the first letter of every word in the Bible memory verse to help them remember it.
In the “Become” activities, students will do one of these activities: Clumps: Students will participate in an activity to understand that we need to be kind to all people. Crazy Kindness Brainstorm: Students and leaders will brainstorm ideas on how they can show kindness to someone they might not normally spend time with.
To finish your time together, students will do one of these activities: Choose Your Challenge: Students will choose a way to be intentionally kind to someone during the week. Self Check-in Prayer: Students will ask God for insight into how they can show more kindness in their lives.
Lesson Goals & Questions
You will be helping students to grow as resilient disciples! Students are more interested in learning if it relates to something they are curious about or dealing with in their lives. Through this lesson we’re going to help students explore these three questions they may have:
Question about God: What did God do to show us how to treat others?
Big Goal #1: Students will learn that we can study the life of Jesus, learning from Him that our words and actions matter and to treat others like He did.
Question about people: Why does it matter how we treat others?
Big Goal #2: Students will learn that how we treat people is a direct extension of how they see the gospel and see Jesus.
Question about our purpose: How can I be more like Jesus?
Big Goal #3: Students will learn that God demonstrated His love for us and we are called to show His love to others. To be more like Jesus, we can build relationships and treat others graciously.
Cultural Connection: Cyberbullying
You will have the option to bring up the topic of cyberbullying with your students, and encourage them in their discipleship.