Friday, June 20, 2014

Spiritual Gifts Sunday School Lesson - Everyone Helping! - The Super Hero Church

Use this spiritual gifts Sunday School lesson to teach about working together as a church.

Needed: Bibles, white board or chalkboard, paper, crayons

Lesson: (Note: Always give students a chance to answer the questions before you clarify the teaching.)

Ask students, What has to be done to make the church run? (Help them think of a list. Write their ideas down on a white board.)

What would happen if one person had to do all the things on that list?

That person would probably get pretty tired and probably wouldn’t have enough time to do everything on that list, so a lot of things wouldn’t get done.

(Have students take turns reading Acts 6:1-7, or read it yourself.)

In this Bible passage, the followers of Jesus were helping the poor people by giving them food. But some of the poor women weren’t getting their food. They were being skipped and forgotten about. And the leaders of the followers of Jesus said that they couldn’t give people their food. Why did they say the leaders say that they couldn’t do it? (Because they were too busy. They were teaching about Jesus and doing other things so they didn’t have time to make sure everyone was getting their food.)
So to make sure that people got their food, what did the leaders of followers of Jesus say to do? (They said to choose other people to work on the giving out of food.)

The leaders realized that they couldn’t do everything on the list of things that had to happen for the church to run well. They needed other people to help them do the things on the list.

Game/Craft: Superhero – Give each student a piece of paper and some crayons. Tell them to think of one talent that they have, one thing that they’re good at, and draw themselves as a superhero based on that ability. There can be athletic superheroes and smart superheroes. Tell them to be creative. Help   them to think of their talents. Once they’ve drawn their superheroes, ask them to think of how that superhero with that talent could help at church. Again, tell them to be creative in their answers. As they’re answering, write down each student’s talent and how they could help at church on the white board. Once all the students have answered, show them the board. Ask them to imagine all of their superheroes combining to make one really powerful superhero. Explain to them that that is what it’s like when everyone helps at church. We’re all combining our talents to make one really good church. If someone isn’t helping, then the church isn’t as good because we’re losing that person’s talent. Our superhero church isn’t as powerful. Encourage them to think of ways that they can help at church to make the church really cool like a superhero.

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