Things You Can Use / Apr 22, 2019
Note to the Teacher
Historically, Lent was used as a season of preparation and discipleship for interested Christians, and they would be baptized at the Easter vigil service. The season after Easter was focused on teaching Christian doctrine. Our “Living” and “Loving” series both come out of this historical understanding of the Easter season. They follow the gospel texts in John, where Jesus is trying to teach the disciples how to live as his followers. You can ask the same questions in your worship: “What does it mean to live as a follower of Christ? What does it mean to believe in Jesus?”
Times are based on a 50-minute lesson period but can be adjusted as is necessary.
1. Ice Breaker: Telephone
Say something like: “Today we are going to play a game that many of you may be familiar with, Telephone. We are going to sit in a circle and one of you is going to start a phrase that I give them by whispering it to the person next to them. Each person will continue to whisper exactly what they hear into the next person’s ear until we get until the end. The final person will say the phrase out loud and we will see how close it is to the original.”
After you have finished the round, ask something like: “Why do you think it was difficult to pass the correct phrase around the circle?”
Some phrase ideas:
2. Read Scripture & Discuss
Have students take turns reading John 21:1-9 aloud.
Take time to discuss some or all of the questions below as a follow up to the scripture reading:
4. Activity and Discussion
Jesus’ Followers video:
Play the following video clip: http://youtu.be/oWCaXXKcHWE.
Discuss the video with these questions:
Say something like:
“The truth is Jesus is calling each of us to follow Him in some way. Like the disciples, sometimes we are too busy or distracted to recognize Him or hear His voice. Sometimes we miss His call to follow Him or we ignore it out of fear or because we don’t trust that it is the right call for us or the right place for us to follow Him. We need to find ways to recognize His voice and embrace His call to feed and love His people in ways that are amazingly particular to each of us. And the truth is, there is no greater adventure than answering that call and following Him!”
Take your reflection time to the next level with Butcher Paper Footprints from the YouthWorker Collective available at youthworkercollective.com/butcher-paper-footprints.
Close in the manner that is typical for you. Consider taking joys/concerns from the students, then asking for a volunteer to close in prayer.