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Healing Hurting Hearts Lesson #2

Lesson 2 – SOMETIMES BAD THINGS HAPPEN

AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON (10 minutes) ACTIVITY

Make a friend with a string: Put half the group on one side and half on the other. Have half the number of strings as people. Hold the strings and hand an end to each person and they will follow the string to find their new friend.

Supplies needed:
• Paper crayons and paints to create a storm painting.
• Strings one for each couple of children
• Photocopy happy and sad faces for the team game.
• Print off JEALOUS HEART, THANKFUL HEART Visual Aid get two of the children to colour the hearts prior to class.
• Print small hearts for children.
• Print out musical lyrics.
• Plasters.
• Print the chapter 2 of the ‘And Puppy’ book one for each child.
• Continue to use the ‘Heaven Corner’

1. GAMES: (10 minutes)
Before class begins hide the happy and sad faces around the room, get the children to hunt them out once a child has found a face they must sit down continue the game until all the children are sitting then you can begin the Team Game.

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
JEALOUS AND THANKFUL HEARTS:
Provide each team member with a happy or a sad face. Then each child will run when it is their turn on the team to the two labels at the far end of the room one JEALOUS HEART and one THANKFUL HEART. The child will quickly tape their happy or sad face on the correct "heart" and run back to their team for the next player to place his happy or sad face on the appropriate heart! Let children discuss what makes a jealous or thankful heart happy or sad.

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS (5 minutes)
Trust in the Lord (Use Video if possible and lyrics)

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP (10 minutes)
Jesus is a friend of mine (Use Video if possible and lyrics)

5. TEACHING
a. Review

Remember last week we introduced you to Joseph.

  • Why did Israel love Joseph more than any of his other sons? (Because he had been born to him in his old age)
  • What gift did his dad give him? (A coat of many colours, use visual aid)
  • How did Joseph’s brothers treat him? (They hated him and were unkind to him.)

.b. Learn a Bible Verse (5minutes)
But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.
Genesis 37: 18

Divide the group into three and get each group to recite a part of the Bible verse
1. But they saw him in the distance
2. and before he reached them
3. they plotted to kill him.
Shout it out, then whisper it, stand up, sit down, hop on one foot, spin around finally say the entire verse.

c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)
Introduction:

Joseph’s father said to him, "Your brothers are out tending my sheep. I want you to go check and make sure that they are ok."

Teaching:
Read: Genesis 37: 17-24

Joseph reminds us that it is possible to patiently endure, continuing to put our trust in God’s plan. He spent 13 years in God’s waiting room. That’s how long it took for God to prepare Joseph for what was about to happen next. And as he waited, Joseph served others with genuine concern and he refused to allow God’s dream to die. He trusted God’s plan and knew that God was with him.

How do we deal with challenges? Oh, I wish it could be a one-time decision. I wish we could just do the right thing and be done with it, but we have learned from Joseph that trusting God is an ongoing challenge. It is a lifetime commitment. There will be ups and downs. There will be times when it will seem much easier to just give in. But Joseph reminds us that it is possible to be faithful over a long period of time in very difficult circumstances

What kind of attitude do we have when life doesn’t go as we think it should? What do we do when it seems like God has forgotten about us?
Like Joseph, we might be tempted to give up, but hopefully we also hang on and continue doing what we need to do.

We think of some of what the apostle Paul went through – beatings, and shipwrecks, and all kinds of abuse – and this is what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:7-9, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”
Paul had a rough life, but he also refused to let the dream die. Paul continued living the Christian life.

Paul, like Joseph, in the waiting room of disappointment, continued to hang on to God’s plan for his life. Both men continued putting their trust in God.

http://www.fourlakescoc.org/Sermons/websermonupdates/1188_web.pdf

Before we close, I must tell you that this is not the end of the story of Joseph and his brothers. The story does have a happy ending and Joseph is reunited with his father and brothers. But for today, we learn the lesson of the terrible things that happen because of the sin of jealousy.

Sometimes bad things happen to good people, but God is still in control and He still had a plan for Joseph’s life.

Optional: View the ‘Joseph Story Part 1’ of possible.

Caribbean Story 'And Puppy': Chapter 2 The Storm

Discussion:

6. APPLICATION / ENCOUNTERING GOD
Have the children write down times when they have felt betrayed and separated from loved ones. Create a ‘Heaven Corner’ with a gold cloth on a chair with Jesus’ crown and a wooden cross covered with a red cross to represent His blood. Get them to come and place it the papers at the foot of the cross.

Optional: Hearts and plasters

CLOSING PRAYER
Heavenly Father, you love all of your children and you want the very best for them. Help us to guard against feelings of jealousy that might come into our heart. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

By the end of this lesson the children should be able to:
• Understand that Joseph was betrayed by his brothers and thrown into a pit and separated from his father. Genesis 37: 17-24
• Know when bad things happen we have to take care of our hearts
• Know that we can talk about our pain
• Know that God won’t leave us however bad it is, trust in Him and He will direct our paths.

TAKE HOME PAGE/ACTIVITY
Give each child a ‘Take Home Activity Book’, ‘Memory Verse Track’ Chapter 2 of “And Puppy’

Optional Art Therapy: Give the children paper and crayons or paints to take home and get them to create a storm painting.

NEXT WEEK Joseph is betrayed by his brothers and sold into slavery

DOWNLOAD full lesson, music, all visual aids, Bible verse track and Story Book

(Sourced from Healing Hearts Club but adapted for the Caribbean)

 
     
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