Tag Archives: friendship

10 Fun Ideas For A Friendship Lesson

12 Feb
  1. HappyRoll out butcher paper on the floor. Have kids write words that describe a good friend or draw pictures of someone being a good friend.

2. Tell a personal story of when someone was a good friend to you. Include what actions they took that made them a good friend and how it made you feel.

3. Memorize a bible verse. Make up actions to help the kids remember the words. Or better yet, have them create their own actions.

“A friend loves at all times.”  Proverbs 17:17

“Do to others as you want them to do to you.” Luke 6:31

4. Watch the Friendship Soup video

5. Discuss in small groups:

Why are arguments a part of friendship?

How do you think God wants you to deal with arguments in a friendship?

How can you disagree with someone in a kind way?

6. Make Friendship Soup. Put out bowls of snacks- goldfish crackers, pretzels, dried fruit, cheese puffs, Chex cereal, etc.  Each child spoons some of what they want into a bowl to make their own soup.

7. Make friendship bracelets and trade them with each other. Instructions can be found on these sites:

Cool and Easy to Make Friendship Bracelets

Basic Friendship Bracelets

8. Create an obstacle course. Divide kids into pairs. One child must close his/her eyes while the other ones leads through the course. Practice trusting a friend during this activity.

9. Tell a Bible story about friendship. The JellyTelly Parents blog has a good post with ideas.

10. Play Guess the Mood. Print off pictures of faces or tear them from magazines. Have the kids work together in teams to divide the pictures into similar emotions.

 

What ideas do you have to build friendship in your church, organization or family?

 

 

Beauty In The Midst of the Pain

30 Oct

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Lately it seems that everywhere I look I see beauty. The Minnesota fall that seemed to just hang there for so long. . . orange, red, yellow blazing. The smiles of women coming into Sojourn, a women’s Bible study I teach. Kids laughing over being slimed and grasping the attributes of God from Kaboom.

Those things I know as beauty.

What has surprised me, crept up on me, left me in tears. . . is the glimpse of beauty coming from the pain of women around me.

My friend who lost her 12 year old son only a month ago playing with another friend’s son. Laughing. Chasing. Giggling.  It caught me unaware. Those tears streaming as I watched how God somehow creates beauty when we least expect it. The surprise of it all.

Then there was this. A psalm written by Addie Zierman for our mutual friend Melissa. The beauty of it made me gasp.

My friend is on staff with me and if you are on a church staff that is tight. . . you know.  One of you fighting cancer feels like an assault on all of you.

And yet. . . glimpses of beauty keep popping up around me. The love that is pouring out for her. The stories of “just at the right time” someone calls, comes, brings, texts, sends. The moments when time stands still and God is there.

Please take a moment to read this psalm. . . to enter into perhaps an unknown world so you can minister better to others hurting. Or maybe you know someone fighting who needs to read this. . . . maybe that someone is you.