Summary of Lesson Activities:
Uses a video of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech.
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Watch the video ahead of time.
- Gather the materials.
- Youtube video of MLK speech
Advanced Preparation Requirements:
- Have the video ready to go.
- Pop the popcorn.
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection
Read the story from your choice of the passages. Always tell the children where in the Bible the story is found.
Discussion before the movie:
God promised Abraham that God would always defend (be a shield) to Abraham and his family. That promise was a great treasure because it meant that God would never leave Abraham alone, but God would forever help Abraham and his family in times of trouble. This promise is special because it is ONE WAY. God makes a promise and Abraham is not asked to do anything in return.
Abraham complained that he didn’t have any children to pass this great gift onto, and God took him outside and showed him the stars in the sky.
God said, “don’t worry, you will have children who will have children, who will forever be able to claim this gift of my love and care.”
That gift is passed on to everyone who comes to learn the story about God. It is passed on to people of all colors, and ages and any other difference you can imagine. It is a pretty great gift.
God had a dream for the future.
Abraham had a dream for the future.
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream for the future.
The movie you are about to see is a real tv broadcast from 1963. Our minister was only 1 year old when the speaker, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to the people in the United States about a promise that had been made in the past, much like the promise made to Abraham.
Some words that might help you listen and understand this movie are:
Negro, the word used 1963 to describe people who were African American.
Soul Force: the power of love that God gives us to change the world around us.
Racist: someone who doesn’t like someone because of the color of their skin.
In our country we believe that all people are created equal, but for many years, we did not act that way. People with dark colored skin were treated differently. They were used as property, as poorly paid workers, and as slaves.
Watch MLK "I Have a Dream" speech. (17 MINUTES, available for download on youtube.com)
Discussion After Movie:
What promise did MLK describe to his listeners?
How is the promise made to Abraham similar to the promise MLK is talking about?
How was the promise made to Abraham able to help MLK say the hard things he had to say?
How can the promise God made to Abraham help you?
How can the promise God made be shared with other people?
How are you and the people in the film like the “stars in the sky…?”
End with a prayer.
A lesson written by rotation member Scotter.
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