Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Colossians 3:12 - Lesson 2 - Kindness

Lesson 2: Kindness
Story: David, Abigail, and Nabal
Bible passage: 1 Sam 25

Introduction Discussion:
The next virtue we are to put on is kindness.  What is the difference between compassion and kindness?  
The definition of compassion is “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.” The definition of kindness is “the quality of being friendly, generous, or considerate.”
 Where compassion is more of a feeling and mercy, kindness is all action, taking care of needs.

Bible Story: 1 Samuel 25:2-38
While telling the story have the students clap when someone is kind and boo when someone is unkind (The same person can be both at different times).  At the end, list on a white board or poster board the different things people did that were kind or unkind.

Craft: Abigail and food on a donkey

Toilet paper rolls (3 per child) – cut them ahead of time
Black pipe cleaners
Wiggly eyes
Black tape (optional)
Scotch tape
Abigail printed out from here
Plastic baggies
Raisins, fig newtons, mini breadsticks, jerky 
 Here is a template that I printed (in 8.5 x 11 without borders) to know where to cut.  You just glue them to the toilet paper rolls, cut on the lines, use a hole punch on the circles and punch an awl through the dots. 
Make this donkey from Amy's Free Ideas:
Follow the directions from the website to cut the toilet paper rolls ahead of time.  Punch the holes for the legs ahead of time.  Also, put a hole in the top and bottom of the donkey so you can add Abigail (this is not on the donkey tutorial).  Have the children finish the donkey by rolling the legs, adding the legs to the body with the brads, rolling the head, assembling the donkey, adding the tail and mane.  Optional: tape the feet to cardboard so the donkey can walk. Cut out Abigail and bend her so she is sitting.  Tape the top half to a straw and insert her onto the donkey.  Put the food in the plastic baggies and tape them onto the donkey.

Application activity:
Print out the I Can Be Kind coloring page.  Fold it in thirds (like a piece of mail), open it, and then fold it in half the long way.  In each sections on the back of the sheet, have the students draw a picture of something they can do to be kind to their parent, to their siblings or cousins, at school, in a grocery store, for a neighbor, and for a friend.

Links to all the lessons:
Lesson 1 - Compassion - David Spares Saul's Life 
Lesson 2 - Kindness - David and Abigail 
Lesson 3 - Humlity - the Life of Solomon 
Lesson 4 - Gentleness - Rehoboam and the Division of the Kingdom of Israel  
Lesson 5 - Patience - Elijah Prays and Waits for Rain 
Wrap Up Lesson - Review Games and Memory Verse Games 

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