Sunday School Lesson for 12-30

December 30, 2007 at 12:14 am 1 comment

I’m preparing for second grade Sunday School tomorrow.  The title of the lesson is “Wise Men Sought Jesus”.  I suppose I can spin that…but we’ve hashed the story for four weeks already.  My last turn was fun (every other week, a GREAT plan for getting some adult SS and still getting to help teach…automatic sub built in…I highly recommend it).

I took those little puzzle-slide games where you shift the pieces of the picture, then have to slide flat squares to try to get the picture back in order.  I had them for gifts and figured if we didn’t work them in class, they would be displaced in a few days with the latest gaming systems!  So, I built the lesson around them.

They LOVED them…worked on them fervently for a long time and asked me to help if they got frustrated or stuck…then they’d want to take over again.

We talked about how the prophets had received prophecy that often looked like a scrambled picture…and how, piece by piece, God helped clear the picture up so that they could see what it meant and how it all fit back together…how the prophets must have felt as clueless at times as they did working on the puzzles. 

We talked about how life is sometimes like that…and how sometimes we need help for a while getting to the next point.  But, how God knows what the picture will look like and how he puts it all back in order again in His time.

That was a fun lesson.  

But, tomorrow?  Whew…I have no idea and it’s late.  I may do a “Chicken Soup for Children’s Soul”.  As luck would have it, I have Kroger cookies on hand.  That saves any Sunday School lesson!

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  • 1. ~E  |  December 30, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    You have a talent for taking ordinary things (the picture puzzle) and turning them into a lesson. I am not that good! I also waited to the last minute to get my lesson together and ended up doing something a little different this morning. We did a “review” using the game “Connect Four.” We divided into teams and each team had to answer a question correctly in order to get to play. The kids really enjoyed it. (I am putting that puzzle idea down on paper for future reference!)

    Maggie: Thanks, E! You are such a good encourager!

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