School is In: Let’s Learn About Sun & Rain On Everyone
LISTEN ALONG: The Tower of Siloam (Luke 13:1-5)
Hey there, I’m Pastor Fish. Ready for a story? Did you ever see something bad happen and not understand why? (duh!) Well, so did Jesus’ followers. There was a tower in a place called Siloam that fell on some people and hurt them. 18 people died. Well, Jesus asked whether the people listening to him thought those 18 people deserved their fate any more than anyone else in the crowd? They didn’t. That’s what Jesus was pointing out. Jesus said: “God makes the sun shine on people whether they are good or evil, and God lets rain fall on them whether they are just or unjust.”
(So, it doesn’t matter if you’re good or bad, then, right? I can do whatever I want?)
Now just a second, Jesus said a lot about how we should behave. Anyone have any ideas?
(love each other?)
Great! Jesus said love god with your heart and mind and soul and your neighbor as yourself. If we love others, how will we be to them?
Okay, so… Jesus says still sometimes the rain falls, and sometimes the sun shines, but who’s our friend always?
Okay, school’s out for now… see you next time!
OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL STORY – Ugly Duckling
Hey there, I’m Pastor Fish.
(Hi Pastor Fish)
Ready for a story?
I want to tell you the story of the Ugly Duckling. Once there was a little duckling who was sad.
Others made fun of the little duckling, who looked different.
(That’s not nice.)
As the duckling grew the duckling changed. One day, the duckling started to fly… the duckling found out that it was really a beautiful swan.
Ever feel different, or maybe notice any different fish?
Ever think about growing up to be really beautiful and special?
(I don’t know.)
God tells us to love each other… and remember, sometimes what looks different is really just someone becoming who they are meant to be.
SING ALONG – It’s Okay to Feel Sad
It’s okay to feel sad,
When things happen that are bad.
I may not understand,
But I can hold God’s hand.
Someday I’ll feel better. ‘Till then,
Remember God is my friend.
[free sheet music with reference MP3 online
- Share: Group leader might start off by sharing the following clarifying words: “Good and bad things happen to all of us. Sometimes we don’t understand why. When they do, it’s okay to feel sad or even have hard feelings at God for things not being different. It’s okay to have some happy days. That’s normal. You don’t have to always feel a certain way. Just don’t make the mistake to blame God for the bad things that happen. Sometimes, things that happen are just beyond our understanding, and that’s okay. But you’re a special person; God loves you always and Jesus is your friend always. If you let Him, Jesus can comfort you in times of sorrow. But there are also things you can do to take care of yourself and others, at these times.”
- Review: We Always Review our “Golden Rule Rhyme.” Say together (substitute ‘Sunday school’ for something else such as ‘bible school’ where needed):
“As we gather in Sunday school, we will follow the Golden Rule.
To each other be kind and true , as we want to be treated too!”
- Bible Savvy: Jesus teaches us that sometimes unexpected things happen, good and bad, and that these things happen to good people and to bad people.
- Doing and Being. We all have lots of different feelings and that’s okay; it’s okay to feel your feelings.
- Imagination [Materials: paper, crayons] draw some events. Good? Bad? Imagine your feelings as an animal. Can you draw it? Or, draw rain on a scene. How does the scene feel? Share your work, if you feel like it.
- Writing [Materials: paper, pen] Write a letter to God sharing how you are feeling. You don’t have to share it with anyone else but God. God doesn’t want something fake from you, and delights in hearing from you, no matter how you are feeling.
- Empathy [Materials: n/a] In groups of two, one act sad, the other use a way to help the sad one feel better.
- Self-Care [No materials required] Think of ways we can take care of ourselves, such as:
- eating: Eat some healthy www.elfenworks.org/butterfly (many languages available) and try the activities, such as the ‘how are you feeling’ handout page.
- support: think of people who can support you in tough times.
- attitude: Sometimes having an “attitude of gratitude” can help us feel better. That’s why some people keep gratitude journals. We write down what we are thankful for, even when there are some things we wish didn’t happen. Some people try to write down three things a day. Can the class decide to write down three things a day, for one week, or until the next time you meet together?
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