There is a teachers version of this Body of Believers sheet with this explanation of how to use the ‘I wonder’ statements, as well as a student version for use in small groups or alone.
I wonder statements are part of the ‘Godly play’ method of teaching. If you’ve not used it before, don’t panic, it’s just a way of having conversation. The statements are usually presented immediately after the story, or at a quiet point. You do not have to think about all the “I wonder” statements but it’s good to use some.
Remember that silence is an appropriate response to an “I wonder” statement and to allow time for children to wonder with you before answering. If you want to use this as a worksheet then use page 2 of this document – Asking the children to answer the questions they feel they can, or discuss it quietly with a partner. …continue reading
|This is probably the most traditional of crafts for making a moving body – using split pins!
I found lots of characters online but ended up drawing my own as many were very difficult to cut out. The PDF template page with instructions is available at the end of the post.
If you want the teacher sheet then click HERE
Today we are not looking at just one hero, but the Body of Believers and how individual heroes are part of a bigger picture.
Essential Teachers notes:
Teaching bible truths is always harder than a straightforward story. The time for reflection is more important, as children grapple with how this affects their faith. If you want to separate the time for reflection then use the worksheet.
This story is heavily inspired by an original Godly play lesson written by Tanja Rouintree for Faith Village at First Presbyterian Church, the original version can be found HERE.
For this story you will need a picture of a body and the overlay sheets of body parts. You’ll also need a bible. The story is told by making pictures on the floor, so make sure you have a flat space before you start and that all the children can see well. Encourage the children not to touch the story pieces until the story is over. Directions are in brackets, images are attached to the teachers sheet PDF. (I have made the images, the lesson symbol in the top left corner can be used to line up positions, remember to split sheet 2 across the middle).
Main Passage: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26
Please note this will not cover the spiritual gifts verses at the end of this chapter. …continue reading
For the Body of Believers lesson chose one or more of the following games – this was a requested lesson not in the bible hero’s series. It may become part of a series on the church called ‘Early Church truths’.
3 limb movement – simply moving from one side of the room to the other with two legs tied together will suffice, if you don’t want to set up a race. Two arms tied works equally well with the task of pouring a drink or opening a packet.
Building a church – give the children a few wooden shapes used for building patterns. Ask them to make a person from just the shapes they have. Talk about how limiting it is to work with so few shapes. now ask the children to put all their shapes together, (add some more if you have a small group), talk about how much easier it was with more shapes.
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