Summary of Lesson Activities:
Split into two teams.
Write down each of the following Beatitudes on a piece of paper and put in a hat. Invite a team's player to come forward, draw a beatitude from the hat and act it out.
You can have each beatitude in there twice for reinforcement. They can't repeat any of the actions/motions used by the first person who acted out the beatitude.
To keep the kids from shouting out all the beatitudes, give the Player 30 seconds to pantomime the beatitude, then have each team whisper to each other to figure out which beatitude it was, then write their answer on a card. If no team gets it right, put the slip back in the hat.
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
- Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
- Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
- Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
- Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
After playing charades, assign one beatitude to two people and give them 4 minutes to come up with a quick situation/skit dramatizing the beatitude.
Give them a "location" for the dramatizing of their particular beatitude, such as, "Act out Blessed are the Peacemakers at home between your siblings." "at school"
An idea from Neil MacQueen
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