Put children in a position to listen, to speak, to share + Share the Word of God
A) |SUBJECT: GROWING UP (looking to the future based on the present – reminder of the past)
Mime and / or words:
– lying down curled up, then with arms and legs moving, eyes moving, lips sucking /
-Crying, in a sitting position while at the same time picking something up in the hands and bringing it to the mouth /
-Crawling on all fours or shuffling along on the buttocks, trying to get up in order to see or take sth
-Hesitantly starting to walking upright/ Cries
-Balance- gym- run-jump / words: Bravo! Great !
Open questions (sentences) Avoid closed questions (answers; yes / no)
– How can you know that something or someone has grown up? By measuring their height?
– Who is the tallest in your family? Why? (Height-age-activities)
– What can’t a child do like a “grown up’’ and what can he do like an “older child’’?
– Do you want to grow up? Why?
– What can keep someone/something from growing up? (In Nature, For us)
– What is the difference between growing up and growing old?
* It’s possible to go back and pick up on certain answers, which might lead to other questions.
Do not take too much time for questions. Above all, listen and facilitate them speaking.
=> Genesis 25:27 “So the boys grew. And Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a mild man, dwelling in tents.’’
– What were they doing? Biblical story
=> 1 Samuel 2: 26 “And the child Samuel grew in stature, and in favour both with the Lord and men. ’’
Applications: Different levels of growth / Difficulties in life do not stop development; Presence of God.
B) SUBJECT: HAPPINESS (When are we happy?)
A short story:
A child was unhappy because he had to work hard in the fields. He had to cut and collect firewood. He did not have good clothes and he was very cold when he went to bed. Food was not plentiful and often he felt very tired.
One evening he went to bed and had a dream: What do you think this dream could have been?
– Would this child be happy if he could go to school? Would there still be difficulties?
– What gift would make him very happy? Why?
– How do we feel inside when we are happy? What does our face do?
– Why are some people who have everything often not happy. Do you know anyone like that?
– What do you think is most important to be truly happy?
1) Be healthy?
2) Know that someone loves you?
3) Have a lot of money?
* Each answer should be clarified and valued.
Job 30:26 ‘But when I looked for good, evil came to me; And when I waited for light, then came darkness.’
– Why did this happen? Biblical story: The prodigal son / Luke 15
Acts 20:35 “It is more blessed to give than to receive.’’ –
– What was the problem? How to feed the crowd?
Biblical Story: the multiplication of loaves and fish thanks to this young boy / Matthew 14
Applications: Giving in the Presence of the Lord; think of others rather than yourself.
Colossians 3:23 ‘And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men
C) SUBJECT: FEAR
Mime: a man hears noises and goes to hide behind a tree or a rock. Frightened face, shaking. The danger passes and he goes on his way, often looking back.
– The children say what they think is happening (the mime can be repeated by other children and then repeated by the adult who tells the story at the same time)
– What are you afraid of?
– At what time(s) of the day do you feel fear? Where are you then?
– What are you doing then?
– Does anyone purposely try to scare you? Who? Why?
– What are you no longer afraid of? Why?
* Make sure the children do not laugh at a child who is talking about one of his/her fears.
1 Samuel 17:24 ‘And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were dreadfully afraid.’
1 Samuel 17:45 ‘Then David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.’’ ’
– What did the men of Israel fear?
Biblical story: David and Goliath
– How strong was David? Why?
=> Jeremiah 17: 8 “For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And it will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will it cease from yielding fruit.’’
=> Esaïe 43 :5 Fear not, for I am with thee…
Applications : Opposites : courage
It’s normal to be afraid but we can be stronger that our fear if we lean on the Lord.
Ex : The big boy who runs away from the little boy who is baring his teeth at him. The little boy thinks he is really frightening but he doesn’t know that his father has appeared standing behind him!