I Corinthians 13
- Index cards
- Variety of spices – cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger
- Tape recorder and blank tape
- Rough and soft objects – sandpaper, cotton balls, fleece, etc.
- Variety of snack items
- Old magazines
Ask the children to list their fives senses. Ask the children to imagine what it would be like to live without one of those senses. Tell the children that they will be exploring the characteristics of love, as described in I Corinthians 13, with their five senses.
- Tell the children to find I Corinthians 13:4 – 7. Have an older student read. Tell the children to listen for characteristics of love as the Scripture is read.
- Ask the children what characteristics of love they heard. List each characteristic on an index card (4-patient, kind, not envious, not proud, not boastful, 5-not rude, not self-seeking, not easily angered, 6-rejoices in truth, 7-protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres).
- Go on a ‘tour’ of I Corinthians 13:4 – 7 with your senses! Display the objects and have the children work as a team to match the item with a characteristic of love. Some items may have more than one characteristic matched with them, and the children may need to do some work (record a message on the tape, cut pictures from the magazine) to complete their ideas. There are no right or wrong answers!
- Once the children are satisfied with their choices, have them explain why they chose certain objects to match a characteristic of love.
What object will help you remember what love is?
Pray! Ask the children for prayer requests. Thank God for showing us love, so that we might love others.