Proverbs Games Workshop
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Proverbs "Wheel of Faith" Game
Memory Verse: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NIV 1984)
- Wheel of Faith wheel
- Dry erase board
- Dry erase markers
- Dry erase wipes
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Gather the materials.
Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
When Solomon, King David’s son became king of Israel, he built God’s Temple in Jerusalem, just as the Lord had promised and his father had planned. Yet, the construction of the Temple was not the only thing that King Solomon did to help inspire the faith of his people. He, like his father David, also wrote a book that was included in the Bible. King David wrote the book of Psalms, which are 150 songs that were used by the people to worship God in the Temple. Solomon composed the book of Proverbs. Proverbs are wise sayings used to help people live a life faithful to God. [Pass out Bibles to the kids and help them locate the book of Proverbs. When everyone has found the book, have them join you in reading Proverbs 1:1 together.]
Shortly after becoming king of Israel, he prayed to God that the Lord would bless him with wisdom that he might rule the nation of Israel justly, like his father David. Solomon used his wisdom to judge court cases that were brought to him, like the story of the two mothers who came to him fighting over custody of a baby (1 Kings 3:16-28). [Ask the kids if they know this story. (this story is being portrayed this month in Holy Word Cinema and Praise Him! Playhouse) If so, have them tell it to you briefly. If not, tell it to them.] Then say, Today we’re going to discover some of King Solomon’s wise sayings that he wrote down in the book of Proverbs by playing “Wheel of Faith” which kind of resembles the “Wheel of Fortune” game show on TV.
Wheel of Faith Game
Divide the kids into two teams. Have kids from each team take turns spinning the wheel to solve the puzzles (typed below) that you have drawn out using spaces on a dry erase board. Recruit a volunteer to keep score and announce scores between puzzles to drive up enthusiasm. If kids struggle in solving the puzzles, give them freebie letters from time to time as helpful hints. Try to have kids solve as many puzzles as time allows, but allow time at the end of the session for review questions.
Wheel of Faith Puzzles:
#1) King Solomon built God’s Temple in Jerusalem
#2) Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not part from it (Proverbs 22:6)
#3) Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land. (Proverbs 25:25)
#4) Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given. (Proverbs 25:14)
#5) The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. (Proverbs 15:29)
#6) The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless... (Proverbs 10:29)
#7) Trust in the Lord with all your heart… (Proverbs 3:5)
#8) A happy heart makes the face cheerful… (Proverbs 15:13)
#9) Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3)
#10) Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered. (Proverbs 21:13)
As time runs out, help kids find the remaining proverbs in the Bible that you don’t get to cover in the Wheel of Faith game and have volunteers read them out loud to the rest of the class. Ask them what they think each proverb means. If they can’t, briefly explain to them their meanings.
- What do you think it would be like to be the wisest person in the world?
- Where did King Solomon get all of his wisdom? (God, of course!) Why do you think God granted it to him? (1 Kings 3:5-13)
- Why do you think King Solomon compiled these wise sayings into the book of Proverbs?
- Have you ever wanted to write a book? What would it be about?
- Besides the book of Proverbs, what else is King Solomon remembered for? (building God’s Temple, his riches, being King David’s son, etc.)
- If there was one thing that you’d like to be remembered for, what would it be? (let kids answer as they will, but conclude by reminding them that one of the greatest things to be remembered for is being a faithful follower of God/Jesus.)
Have the class repeat this month’s memory verse together and then close with prayer thanking God for giving Solomon the wisdom to write the book of Proverbs and for all of the other writers who contributed to the writing down of God’s Word in the Bible.
A lesson posted by Rev. Ron Shifley from: Scotland UCC
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