Both children and adults study The Beatitudes in Sunday School, and various methods help teachers encourage participation from class members. Creative activities help class members understand and retain the lessons taught in the Beatitudes Bible passages. Activities such as role playing helps encourage participation from more outgoing members, while simple crafts help encourage quieter participants.
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Teach the Beatitudes through role play. Read the Bible passage in Matthew 5: 1-11 and discuss the verses to be sure the class has a clear understanding of the passage. Then ask one person to play the part of Jesus while the rest act as the crowd. Children will likely need guidance. Direct the students to stick closely to the scriptural passage to prevent any misunderstandings. Adult classes may wish to add reactions from the crowd while the person playing the role of Jesus may wish to memorise the scripture first before presenting the sermon. After role playing, adults can discuss the passages more deeply. Children can pretend to be journalists in Bible times. Ask them to write a newspaper article about the sermon. Older children may wish to put together an ancient television news report.
Crossword Puzzles and Word Games
After reading the Beatitudes Bible passage and discussing the verses, distribute support materials such as word searches, crossword puzzles, and word scramble games. Materials for teenagers and adults should be more challenging than those distributed to children. To add extra excitement to the lesson, turn the activities into timed contest. Divide the class into groups and see which group can complete the assignment before the timer sounds. Offer rewards such as Bible bookmarks or pencils to the winning group.
Beatitudes Bible Verse Cookies
For younger children, play a cookie game to help memorise verses and reinforce the lesson. Obtain a large plastic container such as a mayonnaise jug and decorate it to resemble a cookie jar. Print out paper cookies on card-stock. On each cookie write the Bible verse for each Beatitude. Be sure to include the scripture passage where each verse can be found. Hide the cookies around the room and allow the children to find them. Ask each child to study the verse and repeat it before dropping the cookie in the cookie jar. Repeat the activity several times so that each child gets a chance to learn more than one verse. Have an additional set of cookies made for each child to take home so that they can memorise the verses before the next Sunday School lesson. Before the end of class, distribute real cookies. If desired, allow the children to decorate the cookies before eating them.
Be - Attitudes Bookmarks
Instruct children to make bookmarks to place into their Bibles to mark the Beatitudes Bible passage. Create the bookmarks from card-stock or foam rectangles. Ask the children to write their favourite Beatitude verse at the top of their bookmark. Then use permanent markers to draw a picture underneath the verse that illustrates the positive attitude taught by that verse. Permanent markers dry quickly so the children may immediately place them into their Bibles before leaving class.
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