This week our elementary students will be looking at the entire passage (Romans 6:15-23), while our preschool and toddler room will be focusing on Romans 6:23. We will also be looking at question 9 from the New City Catechism (newcitycatechism.com). It is also available as an app.
We have been set free from sin by Jesus, so now we serve God!
or the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 6:23
Hand Motions we are using in class
For the wages —> Make a money symbol by rubbing your fingers together
of sin—> rooms have been doing this in different ways. One is to look sad. The ASL sign for this is fingers pointing at a smiling face and then spiraling down.
is death—> fall down
but the free gift—> hold out hands as if offering a gift
of God—> point up
is eternal life—>roll your hands in a circular motion
in Christ Jesus our Lord—> Point to a cross in the room
THIS WEEKS LESSON:
In preschool/toddler room, we are doing Question 9 of the New City Catechism App (newcitycatechism.com) and then we are doing the memory verse. After that, we are using an object lesson called "Apples and Boogers", detailed below (don't worry, we're not using real boogers!)
In the elementary aged room, we are reading Romans 6:15-23 and discussing the questions below.
This passage talks about serving sin or serving righteousness. What are ways that we serve sin?
What are ways that we serve righteousness?
So why is serving sin a bad thing? (What does it mean when it says that the wages of sin is death?)
How are we able to live a life of righteousness? (It’s a free gift of God in Christ Jesus our Lord, through eternal life!
Use “boogers vs. apples” analogy below.
Close in Prayer
These are the activities and object lessons we are using in our room this week to drive home the lesson. Our activities are always built around enforcing the lesson:
boogers vs. apples - This is for both rooms, but you may want to consider whether it will be both volunteers showing the analogy vs. having a student volunteer. Ask the volunteer/kids whether they would like a treat. They’ll say yes, then ask the volunteer to do some random things and they will get a treat. Like jumping jacks etc. Then after they are done, give them their treat: Boogers! I’ll have a printed nose in each room with boogers coming out of a nose.
Then in comparison, give the volunteer a candy or an apple but without them having to do anything. The object lesson is this: Sin wants us to work but only gives us death as a payment. Whereas God’s gift in Jesus Christ is free. And because of his gift, we have eternal life, and we don’t want to work for boogers anymore, because that’s silly/stupid.
Red Rover - Play Red Rover in Orange Room. A great game to show moving from one side to the other. Instructions here: https://www.grandparents.com/grandkids/activities-games-and-crafts/red-rover
Ten Commandments Cardboard - For Commons, use during Catechism
Freeze Tag - This is a great week for this game in Commons. It really focuses on the frozen and the unfrozen!