Recommended for: Junior
Teaching children the importance of good manners and hospitality
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians13:4-7
Paper, pencils, scrap paper for message pads, hole punch, yarn, table settings.
OPENING: Form two teams and have them line up against opposite walls. Give each team sheets of paper and pencils. Have them write on each sheet, names kids call each other–nothing vulgar. When they’re finished, designate a line down the middle of the room. On “go,” have the kids wad up their papers and bombard the other team with the papers without crossing the line. Call time after several minutes and ask them: “How did it feel to be bombarded with paper wads? How would it have felt if those paper wads would have been actual names spoken and not just written on paper?
BIBLE DISCOVERY: Read I Corinthians 13:5 aloud. Love shows good manners. Ask the kids if it is good manners to call people names. Why or why not? What are some other examples of good manners? Why are manners important to God?
Give each child another sheet of paper. As you read situations that require manners, tell the children to write down what they would do in that situation. Talk about their responses. Here are suggested situations (The correct answers are underlined):
1. A friend wears an outfit that others laugh at, you: (a) laugh; (b) ignore the friend; (c) point out something good about the outfit.
2. Someone calls while your mom is in the bathroom. You: (a) tell the caller where your mom is; (b) say your mom is busy and take a phone message; (c) tell the caller to call back later but you don’t...