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Sunday School Activities for 5/31/20

By May 31, 2020 No Comments

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a great week. There has been much in the news this week that is weighing heavily on my heart, particularly the death of George Floyd in MN. I believe it is never too early to address issues of diversity, inclusion, and racism with children, even very young children. If I may be so bold, if you are interested in exploring these topics with your children, here are some resources I have found helpful:

Talking to Kids about Race and Racism: https://bouncebackparenting.com/resources-for-talking-to-kids-about-race-and-racism/

Teaching Six Year Olds about Privilege and Power: https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/54150/teaching-6-year-olds-about-privilege-and-power

Talking Race with Young Children: https://www.npr.org/2019/04/24/716700866/talking-race-with-young-children

NYT video series (for older kids, absolutely fantastic): https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/learning/lesson-plans/25-mini-films-for-exploring-race-bias-and-identity-with-students.html

Now, for Sunday School!

For younger kids:

Read the Pentecost story. This is one I would recommend using a children’s bible for, or you can read a standard Bible here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+2%3A1-21&version=NIV

Ask kids: “Why do you think God sent the Holy Spirit to be with us?” [Lots of right answers here, but you can remind kids that a few weeks ago we talked about how the Holy Spirit is one way that God and Jesus are always with us.]

Ask: “Why do you think the Holy Spirit gave the disciples the ability to speak different languages?” [Also, lots of right answers here. One, it is a huge miracle and it helped people believe. It also reminds us that Jesus and God’s message are for all people everywhere.]

Make a crown of fire: https://craftingthewordofgod.com/2013/07/06/the-day-of-pentecost/

For older kids:

Read the Pentecost story. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+2%3A1-21&version=NIV

Ask: “Why do you think the Holy Spirit gave the disciples the ability to speak different languages?” [Also, lots of right answers here, but try to get kids to the idea that Jesus and God’s message are for all people everywhere.]

“Let’s put ourselves in the disciples’ shoes. What if you were suddenly given the ability to speak another language – like Chinese, Hindi (the language of India), Hausa (the language of Niger and Nigeria) or Spanish, with the expectation that you were to use that new ability to share God’s love?”

Ask kids: “Pick a language. Okay, now pretend you have just been given the ability to speak it, fluently. Close your eyes and imagine approaching someone who speaks this language, intending to start a conversation with them. Let’s say they are about your age. How do you think you’ll be different? What things do you think you’ll have in common?” Ask them to make a list, and give them a few minutes to complete it. [Explore this, but spend most time on things they are likely to have in common. It is possible that children will engage in some type of bias, making assumptions about children in other countries (particularly poor countries) that are not true. As we are all humans, this is entirely normal, but please challenge it. Ask questions like, “How do you know the boy/girl’s life is this way?” or “Is it possible that your belief about the boy/girl is not true?”]

Added resource – cool map of the most common language in each country: https://thegate.boardingarea.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/World-Map_FIRST-most-popular-language-in-every-country.png

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