Things You Can Use / Apr 08, 2019
Note to the Teacher
As we come to the end of Lent and enter Holy Week, it can be a good time to pause and ask ourselves how we will respond to Jesus. What is it that Jesus is calling his people to do in response to the way he lived his life, and the way that he faced the cross? All of this done to show us a better way.
Times are based on a 60-minute lesson period but can be adjusted as is necessary.
1. Opening Activity: River of Lava
You will need pieces of paper or cardboard cut into circles about 10 inches in diameter; these are the rocks for this activity. You will also need to tape out a river…about 40 feet bank to bank and about 20 feet long (depending on the number of people in your group.
Break up your group into teams of no more than 10. Each team should be given enough “rocks” so there is one per person.
When the round starts, each team must use the rocks to get across the river without touching the floor (the floor space between the two lines of tape). The cardboard pieces can be placed on the river of lava as stepping stones and can be moved around.
The team must therefore share the cardboard pieces and attempt to get the whole team across to the other side of the river.
If anyone makes contact with the river, then he/she is considered eaten up and has to go back to the starting point.
The team that gets its team members across in the fastest time wins.
The rocks cannot be tossed from one side of the river of lava to the other, rather they must be carried back from one side to the other.
2. Read Scripture & Discuss
Read Philippians 2:5-11. You can have one person read, or you can break it up and have two or three people read.
Read Luke 19:28-40. You can have one person read, or you can break it up and have two or three people read.
3. Activity: Seeing The World as Jesus See the World
Ask students to sit in a circle. Give each person a piece of paper and a pen and ask them to write down an issue that would break Jesus’ heart. This can be an injustice in the world, a situation happening in their school, or an issue your local community is facing. Give the group about 5 minutes to write these down.
Have everyone share what they have written by placing them in the middle of the circle. If there are any that are similar to one another, place those next to each other. For example, if 2 people list “bullying at school” those would be put together.
Choose one of the issues at a time (you can vote on which you do), then take a moment to share thoughts about that issue. How does the group see it, how could they respond like Jesus would respond, and what experiences with it do they have?
After a moment of sharing, enter into a time of prayer for that issue. Ask a couple of people to pray out loud. Repeat for other issues that came up as time allows.
Light a candle, turn out the lights, and make sure the group is sitting in a circle.
Pass the candle around the circle and let the person holding the candle share any joys or concerns. The person with the candle gets to be the center of attention. If someone is uncomfortable sharing, they can simply say, “Pass”.
Close in prayer.