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Matthew 5 -7. Seek First, Don't Worry, Ask, Seek, Knock, Salt, Light, Turn the other cheek, Love your enemies, Kingdom of Heaven, etc.

Important Note: Rotation Sunday Schools typically don't teach a single short saying all by itself simply because we spend 4 to 5 weeks "per story" to gain depth and memory and thus have to prioritize. Whereas traditional Sunday School curriculums can teach 52 stories and verses a year. So you might find "Love Your Enemies" grouped with other "famous sayings from the Sermon on the Mount" if the lesson suggestion is coming from a Rotation Model enthusiast!

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Kids are confronted with the issue of "enemies" on a daily basis -much more than adults are. They have to deal with "enemies" everyday at school. Some of this is just developmental (how do you deal with kids who don't like you or don't know how to treat others well), and some of it is just "mob rules". Thus, how to deal with "enemies" and bullies is extremely relevant to our students. Jesus and the Bible have quite a bit to say.

I've always wanted to do this rotation:

Combine "Love your Enemies" with the beatitude "blessed are you when you are persecuted for my name’s sake,” “turn the other cheek," and Psalm 23's line "you prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies."

Great Visuals. And each verse has something slightly different AND practical to say.

Computer Lab Ideas:

1) Cal & Marty’s Scripture Memory Game CD is perfect for memory verses such as these …   Note: Cal & Marty software is FREE to supporting members, Learn more here!

2) Kid Pix 4 or the newer "3D" version -- write it up and illustrate the different “scenes” Kid Pix 4... the program I call "powerpoint for kids."

  • Kid Pix 4’s creative writing and drawing tools let your students create their own multimedia pictures and slideshows about any subject.
  • Kid Pix 4 can speak out-loud over the computer speakers whatever is typed on the screen using the text tool.
  • You can import graphics, including photographs, illustrate them and add captions.


THINK PIECE for older kids: Create posters with faces of people in the world/community that the kids think of as "enemies"  ...then add the words "Love Your Enemies?" boldly captioned.

Drama Workshop:
Assign a verse to a small group to act out "enemies" scenarios in a "school setting."

Excerpt the movie "Mean Girls." It's actually quite good and well written, with a redeeming message.

GAMES:  Play games where kids get stuff taken away, or have to sit out. Musical Chairs, for example. Don't telegraph the lesson point. VIDEOTAPE the games so you can go back and watch people's faces when they lose. Discuss the feelings.

Older children and youth:
Seek out a special speaker/teacher in your community on the subject of "conflict resolution." Perhaps a local child psychologist.

Also... check with your denomination's peacekeeping for resources. Also...the internet has a number of resources on the subject.

A Workshop Project: Have older students create a "conflict resolution for kids" pamphlet.

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Cooking "Bitterness" Workshop

I'm interested to talk about "bitterness" as part of this lesson. "Bitter enemies" comes to mind.
Try making lemonade and don't add the sugar, and then discuss how forgiveness and love can make enemies friends, just like sugar takes away the bitterness of the lemonade.

Perhaps you could also do a "taste test" of different foods that are bitter? We always have to be careful about food allergies though, so that may not be workable, depending on your group.

Jan S

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Veggie Tale movie "God Wants Me to Forgive Them?"


I just used it for a Joseph and his Brothers lesson. Also you might try the McGee & Me movies, both "Skate Expectations" and "Back to the Drawing Board" are good examples. If your using it around Christmas, another McGee & Me movie called "Twas the Fight Before Christmas" is very good for repaying meanness with kindness.

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Video Workshop

Summary: Uses two movies: "The Fox and The Hound" and "An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong."

3rd-5th graders

Here are excerpts from our lesson plan.

The Fox and The Hound - Overall run time is about 24 minutes.The Fox and the Hound

This outline for the movie uses the CHAPTERS found on the DVD.

1.Start at Chapter 3. Pause after Copper goes to sleep – black screen Runs approx 3 minutes.


  • Hound dogs usually track and chase a fox. They are natural enemies. These two are going to have a different meeting.

2. Skip to Chapter 6. Pause after “Don’t forget.” – black screen. Runs approx 5 minutes


  • Now it’s spring and they haven’t seen each other for a while. Let’s see what happens.

3. Skip to Chapter 12. Pause on bridge (“I’ll get you for this. Runs approx 4 minutes.


  • Are they still friends?
  • Why did it change?


  • Chief will be ok. You’ll see him at the end of the movie. This next part has a lot of action and parts might seem a little scary, but see how it ends

4. Skip to Chapter 18. Pause at pool. Runs approx 11 minutes


  • What did Todd do for Copper? (saved him from the bear)
  • What did Copper do for Todd? (saved him from the hunter)
  • Why didn’t the Hunter shoot Todd? (Copper in the way, saw how much Copper loved Todd)


  • Love is stronger than hate. It can change things.

5. Fast Forward to the Hunter on porch. Play to Credits. Runs approx 1 minute.


  • What did you think of the movie?

How does loving others make you feel?


  • When you do love your enemy, they aren’t enemies anymore. They turn into friends. That feels a lot better!

Chrissa Stands Strong - Overall run time is about 20 minutes.Chrissa_Stands_Strong


  • You’ll probably run into a bully sometime at school. They are an enemy and it can be hard to know how to deal with them. We’re going to watch a movie that talks about that.

This outline for the movie uses the CHAPTERS found on the DVD.

1.Start at Chapter 2 (getting off school bus). Pause when Chrissa is at the lunch line. Runs approx 3 minutes.


  • Have any of you been a new student in class?
  • How did the girls make Chrissa feel?
  • How would Jesus want us to treat someone new?


  • Chrissa has joined the swim team. Tara had been the best swimmer so she doesn’t like the competition.

2. Skip to Chapter 4. Fast Forward to pool after the music room scene. Pause when Chrissa is back home. Runs approx 2 minutes


  • How did Chrissa react to Tara when they got out of the pool? (Just rolled her eyes and didn’t react to her mean comments)


  • She didn’t say anything mean back to her. She didn’t push her or harm her in any way. Even better, she really acted like she wasn’t bothered by it.


  • How does that reaction match up with how Jesus says to treat our enemies?
  • How did Chrissa feel after Tara threw her clothes in the trash? (sad, scared)
  • Have you known people like Tara?

3. Skip to Chapter 7 (scarves at school). Pause at Chrissa’s house. Runs approx 2 minutes.


  • How does Chrissa react to Tara’s actions this time? (no threats, just tells her to stop)
  • Do you think Chrissa will be able to solve this on her own?

4. Skip to Chapter 8 (art teacher). Pause at school room. Runs approx 5 minutes.


  • What is the difference between tattling and speaking up?
  • What kinds of bully behavior should you report to an adult? (harm to you or your things)
  • Why do bullies act the way they do?
  • What can you do to help?
  • When you want to be mean to someone else, how keep from it?

5. Skip to Chapter 9 (swim meet). Pause after hugs. Runs approx 8 minutes.


  • How does Chrissa treat Tara now? (encourages her, includes her)
  • How does Tara react to her? (gives her advice)
  • What do you think about how this story ended?


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  • The Fox and the Hound
  • Chrissa_Stands_Strong
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Science Demonstration

Turning Bitter to Sweet Using Salt


Get a bottle of tonic water. Take a taste. The bitterness is quinine, a compound derived from bark of the cinchona tree.


There’s also a bit of sweetness from sugar or corn syrup added to offset the bitterness.


Add a bit of salt to the bottle. Take another taste. “It’s almost like sugar water,”


You taste a little quinine, but it’s just the change is amazing, how the salt suppresses bitterness


Surprisingly, salt suppresses bitterness better than sugar That is why some people sprinkle salt on grapefruit, cantaloupe and other fruit. (It’s apparently not known how salt suppresses the bitterness, whether the salt somehow disrupts the bitter receptors on the tongue or whether it’s some sort of post-processing by the brain.)


...from a cooking article in the NYT.

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