Objectives:The children will be able to
- retell the story The Rich Young Ruler
- identify that they should put God first above anything else
- identify who they should love with all their heart
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson
Young Ruler Word Wall- Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words. (When you use these cards ask the students and discuss, “What do you love?” and “Who do you love?”).
Read story: “The Rich Young Ruler” from your own story book.
Then ask questions from below.
What did the young man ask Jesus? How to get to heaven.
What did Jesus tell him? That he had to obey all the commandments.
What did Jesus tell the man to do with all his things? To sell everything he had and give the money to the poor.
Why did the man not follow Jesus? He did not want to give up all the things he had.
Which did the man love more- his things or God? His things.
What should you put above anything else? God
Jesus said it is hard for a rich man to enter God’s kingdom. What did he compare it to? A camel going through the eye of a needle.
Songs and/or Finger Plays:
Introduce songs and/or finger plays: What should you put above anything else? God
sermons4kids.com- some songs are posted that can go with this lesson (scroll down to these)
mssscrafts.com- "The Rainbow Fish" and "The Rich Young Ruler" (scroll down to this)
Introduce craft: Does Jesus want us to share our things with others? Yes
mssscrafts.com- This craft involves making a small booklet which will illustrate how we can share or help others. It can be adapted for both preschool or primary (elementary) aged children by changing expectations for the inside content.
Introduce craft: Who should you put first above all things? God
I Love God Above All Things
Need: Paper plates, markers or crayons, paper punch, and yarn.
Directions: Give each child a paper plate on which you have written the words on the bottom of the plate: loves God above all things. Have each child write their name at the top of the plate (write their names if they need help). Then have them draw pictures of themselves below their name (in the middle of the paper plate) and decorate the plate using the crayons or markers (glitter would add that special touch). Punch a hole in the center top of each plate and add a piece of yarn to hang.
Directions: Cards are laid out in a grid face down, and players take turns flipping pairs of cards over. On each turn, the player will first turn one card over, then a second. If the two cards match, the player scores one point, the two cards are removed from the game, and the player gets another turn. If they do not match, the cards are turned back over.
The object is to match more pairs of cards than the opposing player. (One point is scored for each matched pair, and the player with the highest score after all cards have been matched wins.) When cards are turned over, it is important to remember where they are for when the matching card is turned up later in the game.
Introduce snack: Who do you love above all things? God
pillsbury.com- Thumbprint Heart Sugar Cookies (make these cookies but decorate with the message “I ♥ God”
Letter Y Snacks-
Yogurt/Yumsters or Yellow-colored snacks
Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring.
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