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Healing Hurting Hearts Lesson #9

Lesson 9 – FORGIVENESS

AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON (10 minutes) ACTIVITY
Forgiving is not forgetting. Children hesitate to forgive because they believe it means condoning the other person’s behaviours. In reality, to forgive is to say,” I did not like or appreciate your words or actions, but I am willing to let it go because it does not help me to hold onto these feelings.” Practice writing a letter stating what caused the upset and how he or she feels about it. Then have your child write a compassion statement or one of forgiveness to the offender and to him- or herself. Keep this paper until the end of the class

Supplies needed:
• Chairs enough for all the children except one.
• Music or a drum.
• Print out musical lyrics.
• Print off Visual Aids, crayons for children to colour before class starts.
• Water cooler.
• Print the chapter 9 of the ‘And Puppy’ book one for each child .

1. GAMES: (10 minutes)
MUSICAL CHAIRS:
Children can gather in a circle inside a circle of chairs and while the music is playing, or the drum is drumming, the children will slowly walk around the circle, "over and over again" until the music stops. There will be one chair less than the number of children. When everyone quickly find a seat as the music stops, one child will be left without a chair to sit on. THAT child will say, I FORGIVE YOU, and will sit outside the circle of chairs. Play as long as time allows.

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
One person, designated "the stoplight," faces away from the rest of the group. The group lines up as far as they can get from the stoplight. When the stoplight yells "Forgiveness" all participants can move forward. As they move they say, "I forgive you" This will help the stoplight hear when participants get closer. The stoplight can turn around and yell, "Stop!" at anytime to stop the movement forward anyone who moves forward once the command to Stop has been issued has to start again. ‘The spotlight’ then turn away from the group again, saying, "Forgiveness." The first player to touch the stoplight is told "You are forgiven"
They then get to be the next stoplight.

Optional: Play the Forgiveness video.

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS (10 minutes)
Forgiveness song (Use Video and lyrics)

My God is so big (Use Video and lyrics)

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP (5 minutes)
This is my Desire (Use Video and lyrics)

5. TEACHING
a. Review:

We will continue with the story of Joseph and his brothers. I'm sure you remember the story about how Joseph's brothers beat him up, threw him in a pit, and sold him to some merchants who were on their way to Egypt.

b. Learn a Bible Verse (5minutes)
And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him. Genesis 45:15 (Use Bible Verse Visual Aid)

c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)

Introduction:
This lesson is about a family reunion. Have you ever been to a family reunion? A reunion is a wonderful time seeing aunts, uncles, and cousins that you haven't seen for a long time. If you haven't seen them in a long time, it may be hard to recognize some of them. There is always plenty to eat and lots of hugs and kisses at reunions.

Teaching:
When Joseph arrived in Egypt, a lot of things happened to him -- some good -- and some not so good. Remember he ended up in jail, lets carry on with the story, using the GOOD and BAD signs

The head jailer took a liking to Joseph and placed him in charge of all the other prisoners. (Good)
Joseph used his God-given gift to interpret the dreams of the other prisoners. (Good)
Joseph was stuck in jail for more than two years. (Bad)
Pharaoh heard that Joseph had the ability to understand dreams. (Good)
Pharaoh released Joseph from jail to explain his dreams. (Good)
Pharaoh believed what Joseph told him and put him in charge of the entire land of Egypt. (Good)

Now, let's see what happens next.
Just as Joseph had told Pharaoh, the dream he was having meant that there would be seven years when the harvest would be great and there would be plenty of food. Then there would be seven years when there would be nothing. God was telling Pharaoh to set aside grain during the good years so that there would be plenty of food during the bad years. That is exactly what Pharaoh did. When the bad years came, there was plenty grain in Egypt, but all the countries around them were starving.

People came from all the surrounding countries to buy grain from Joseph, because the whole world was in need of food. Some of those people were Joseph's very own brothers. When his brothers came, Joseph recognized them, but they did not know who he was. After all, it had been many years since they had seen him, and they probably didn't expect to see him in such a position of power.
Joseph met with his brothers several times without telling them who he was.

Optional: View ‘Joseph Forgives’

Finally, he could keep it to himself no longer. He told his brothers, "I am Joseph! Is my father alive?" But his brothers were speechless because they were afraid. But Joseph said, "Come closer. I am your brother, the one you sold! Don't worry, and don't be angry at yourselves for selling me into slavery. You see, it wasn't you who sent me here. God has put me here to save people from starving."
"Now, go and tell my father all about the high position I hold in Egypt, tell him everything you've seen here, but don't take all day--hurry up and get my father down here."

Fluctuations were God’s method of teaching Joseph to sustain hope. He uses the same method to teach us the same, so that we shall know how to sustain hope even in the most hopeless situations.

Unless we see the big picture of what God is doing through the difficulties of life, the suffering, the pain, the injustices of life, we will miss the profound and foundational truth that God is using all of it for our ultimate good and His glory.

Optional: View Joseph - Reunited with his brothers

Caribbean Story 'And Puppy': Chapter 9 Being set free

Discussion:

6. APPLICATION / ENCOUNTERING GOD
Optional:
Listen to ‘The Healing has begun’
Optional: Listen to ‘Broken Bridges’
Optional: Watch ‘I want a heart that forgives’

Have the child bring up the letter they wrote at the beginning of the lesson rip the letter up into the garbage, signifying the release of forgiveness. Take the bin outside at the end and burn it. As the child says “Today I choose to forgive

CLOSING PRAYER
Heavenly Father, there are so many lessons to be learned from the story of Joseph. It shows us how you love and care for us even when times are difficult. It shows us that we should be loving and forgiving even when we have been treated badly. Help us to apply those lessons to our daily life. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

https://www.sermons4kids.com/joseph_and_his_brothers_part_2.htm

By the end of this lesson the children should be able to:
• See Joseph as their role model Genesis 45 1- 28
• Understand why it’s important to forgive
• They should have started to forgive people who have hurt them

TAKE HOME PAGE ‘Take Home Activity Book’. ‘Take Home Bible Verse Track’. Chapter 9 of book

NEXT WEEK Joseph starts to rebuild his life.

 
     
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