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In all likelihood, many of you have an established curriculum in your Sunday Schools. Our goal is to augment your lessons with additional information. The Activities section focuses on the last five of Jesus’ Beatitudes.

Bible Characters offers a thorough examination of the prophet Amos.

Bible Overview looks at the books of Joel and Amos.

Swap Shop shares Jeanne Sparks’ exercises, Part II, for helping her Sunday School pupils better understand the Beatitudes.

Margie Eddington's Hot Topic article asks us to Heal Gossip’s Lies.

Teen Time’s Q & A addresses saying “No” to peer pressure.

Healing Messages looks at “how to be a peacemaker.”

Examine how musician and singer, Peter Link, uses the Bible in his musical career.

Kids Korner includes fun and games using the Beatitudes for review and practice.

Parenting with the Bible discusses Gardening with God.

Teachers and Parents
This is our second month of working with the Beatitudes. They are important to understanding our theme of Living the Golden Rule – the Ultimate Character Builder. Please help your children memorize and learn the importance of each Beatitude.

Below is a sample calendar of what you might like to read and discuss each week in May. There is a memorization verse for each week as well. Work with your child and your students to learn each verse. Then, discuss the meaning of the verse and how it can be applied to our everyday life. On Sundays during class, riding in the car, or at dinner, it's fun to share stories of how the children have used the verse in their lives that week.

It is so important to encourage our little ones as well as ourselves to memorize Bible verses and stories – to become so familiar with the passage or story so that its timeless relevance appears to us more and more clearly with every retelling. A major difference was evident between Sunday School pupils required to tell the story versus those who gave nodding recognition to the same story. Last year I asked three third graders to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. They couldn’t. After working with them to learn to tell the story in their own words and share it with family, friends, and our nursery children, they not only could tell the story at Christmas last year, but they remembered it without prompting. We can not overlook the significance of memorizing a verse or story.

Consider sharing with your Sunday School pupils and parents how to help little ones learn the verse and the impact of the message on their lives.

  1. Write out or type this week’s Bible verse on a card and place it on a mirror where the child gets ready for school.
  2. Place the verse for the week in his/her lunch box.
  3. Ask the child to recite the verse before or after grace at the dinner meal.
  4. Practice as a family at dinner, going around the table with each one saying a word until the verse is complete.
  5. Put the verse to music. Create your own tune for each Bible verse. [I’ve used this method since I was 7 years old.]
  6. Create pictures to help remember the verse.
  7. Write it in a Bible verse notebook as many times as you can.
   
 
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May 2- 8 May 2- 8 May 2- 8
May 9-15 May 9-15 May 9-15
May 16-22 May 16-22 May 16-22
May 23-29 May 23-29 May 23-29
   
 

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Week of April 25-May 1
Memorization verse: Matt 5:6 Philips: Happy are those who are hungry and thirsty for goodness, for they will be fully satisfied!

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • What does it mean to hunger for goodness?

Sunday May 1

Ask the students to recite this week's Bible Verse.

  • How could you use this verse?
  • Are you happy when you’re hungry?
  • Why do you think Jesus would want us to be hungry and thirsty for goodness?
  • What kind of a meal is that?
  • The reward says we’ll be fully satisfied – what does that mean?
  • How filling is goodness?
 

Jeanne Sparks’ REVIEW OF THE FOURTH BEATITUDE:

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Qualities of “hunger:”

  • Need
  • Eagerness
  • Strong desire
  • Passionate concern
  • Super focus.

Qualities of “thirst:”

  • Eagerness
  • Moisture
  • Craving.

Qualities of “filled:”

  • Satisfied
  • Fully supplied
  • Complete
  • Enough
  • With all its parts.

Note: Eating and drinking are necessities of life. God does not starve us.

Paraphrasing of Beatitude # 4

  • Happy are those who have a passionate concern and eagerness for goodness and justice, for they shall be completely satisfied with everything.
  • Happy are those who are really focused and craving for every event of their lives to be right; for they shall be fully supplied with right friends, home, career, and abundance.

Create your own paraphrase of the fourth Beatitude – Matt 5:6

Matt 5:6

There are many different ways of looking at this Beatitude and working with it.

Help the students to create posters to help remember the Beatitude. Jeanne Sparks created this one for her pupils:

  • INSTANTANEOUS COMPLETE SUPPLY OF ANY AND EVERY NEED
  • Offered daily to all who eagerly stay super focused on right motives and acts.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
   
 
  • Have you ever been hungry? Thirsty?
    • For how long?
    • What did it take for you to be filled?
  • Have you ever really been hungry to achieve something?
    • Winning a game or race?
    • Getting an A on a test or paper?
    • Going on a vacation?
 

Create an equation for the verse below or a picture to help you remember this Beatitude.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
   
 
  • Name some figures in the Bible who really hungered after righteousness.
    • What about the three wise-men – what were they hungering to find?
    • What about the Prodigal son?
    • What about the woman who touched Jesus’ garment hem?
    • Or the blind men calling after Jesus?
 

Help the students create a skit about hungering and thirsting after goodness. This would include an explanation of true satisfaction.

   
 

Assignment:

Younger Children: Make a Mother’s Day card for God. Color the picture of peacemakers and work on the Beatitude Equations.

Older Children: List qualities of motherhood. Read Guest of the Month and complete the Beatitude Equations.

Week of May 2-8
Memorization verse: NIV Matt 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • What does it mean to be merciful?

Sunday May 8

Ask the students to recite this week's Bible Verse.

  • How could you use this verse?
  • Discuss what it means to be merciful.
  • Is merciful a quality of motherhood? Fatherhood?

Ask the students to discuss how this Beatitude is similar to the Golden Rule.

  • What is mercy?
  • Have you ever asked for mercy?
  • How does a mother show mercy?
  • In what ways has your mother shown you mercy?
 

Jeanne Sparks created the following exercise (also in Swap Shop this month) to help her pupils better understand the Beatitudes.

The “Be Attitudes” are all about being honest and sincere. These “attitudes” change our character (Beatitudes 1-4) and guide us in getting along with others (Beatitudes 5-8). Beatitudes are the stepping stones to better thinking, better behaving, better healing, and better relationships.

Review:

  • Who taught them? [JESUS]
  • What are beatitudes? [Rules of happiness]
  • Where would you find the Beatitudes? [Matt 5:3-12; Luke 6:20-26]
  • How are the Beatitudes constructed? [Each has a REQUIREMENT to
    be met in order to receive the REWARD
    ]
   
 

Jeanne Sparks shares a REVIEW OF THE FIFTH BEATITUDE:

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Qualities of “merciful:”

  • Recognizing a need and acting upon it
  • Being able to “walk in someone else’s shoes”—thinking and feeling as that individual does
  • Loving and appreciating others because God is Love and man is His image and likeness
  • Loving unconditionally
  • Forgiving and forgetting—not holding something over someone’s head
  • Doing unto others as we would have them do unto us.

Qualities of “mercy:”

  • Compassion
  • Tenderness
  • Pardoning
  • Prosperity
  • Lovingly blessed
  • Reflection of love back to us as we love others.

Paraphrasing of Beatitude # 5

  • Happy are those who sincerely show their care and concern for others, for others will show care and concern for them.
  • Happy are those who always praise the good thoughts and actions of others, for they will be praised rather than criticized for their thoughts and actions.

Create your own paraphrase of Matt 5:7

Matt 5:7
   
 

There are many different ways of looking at this Beatitude and working with it.

Help the students create posters to help remember the Beatitude. Jeanne Sparks created this one for her pupils:

Referring to the explanations above, create R E W A R D posters.

Example for the fifth Beatitude –

  • INSTANTANEOUS APPRECIATION FOR YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL
  • Offered daily to all who:
    • Appreciate everyone else for the good they express.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
   
 

Help the students find an easy way to remember the Beatitudes. Here is an example of an equation to remember the first Beatitude.

Matt 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

PS = KH

P(oor) in S(pirit) = K(ingdom) of H(eaven)

How would you write an equation for:
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
   
 

Since today is Mother’s Day, it is a wonderful opportunity to look at mothering and mercy together.

  • Name some mothers in the Bible. [Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Bathsheba, Naomi, Elisabeth, Mary (mother of Jesus)]
  • What qualities do they have in common?
  • What makes them different?
  • Which mothers were merciful?
    • Describe the situation.
  • What makes a “great” mother?

Look at other translations of this Beatitude - what new views do you find for mercy?

  • List some people we’ve studied in the Bible who were merciful.
    • Joseph with his brothers
    • Esau, when Jacob returned after years of flight
    • David with King Saul
    • Ruth and Boaz
    • David and Abigail
      • I’m sure you can name many more
 

Examine some news stories. Select age appropriate stories and discuss how mercy might heal the situation.

When do we need to use mercy?

  • Take the following scenario: Your brother is always asking to play with your Game Boy. When you were playing soccer, he took it and lost it.
    • What would you do?
    • How could you be merciful?
    • Why would you want to be merciful?
  • Another scenario: You were throwing a ball in the house and it hit your mother’s favorite vase and broke it to pieces.
    • What do you do?
    • Would you ask for mercy? Forgiveness?
      • Are mercy and forgiveness the same?
    • How would you want your mom to act?
  • The above two scenarios show giving and asking for mercy.
    • Which is easier to do? Why?
    • Why is it important to learn mercy?
   
 

Assignment:

Young Children: Color the picture of Jesus giving the Beatitudes. Read Jesus the Teacher. Memorize the Bible verse for next week.

Older Children: Read Teen Time Hot Topic about gossip. How do we use mercy in handling gossip? Read The Twelve Disciples and the Sermon on the Mount. Memorize the Bible verse for next week.

Week of May 9-15
Memorization verse: Matt. 5:8 The Message You’re blessed when you get your inside world – your mind and heart – put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • What does it mean to get your inside world right?

Sunday May 15

Ask the students to recite this week's Bible Verse

  • How have you used this verse this week?
  • What do we have to do with our lives to be ready to see God?
  • Have you ever seen God? [in effect?]
 

Jeanne Sparks’ REVIEW OF THE SIXTH BEATITUDE:

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Qualities of “pure:”

  • Being clean inside in thought and in speaking (not swearing)
  • Magnifying the good
  • Being natural
  • Serving only one master
  • Cleansing daily to be at one with God
  • Having clean moral values and motives
  • Being spotless, without blemish.

Qualities of “heart:”

  • Referring to the center of thinking, feeling
  • Center of our being
  • Pure throughout
  • Place where moral decisions are made.

Qualities of “see:”

  • Understanding God’s spiritual nature
  • Perceiving good up close and far off—everywhere
  • Experiencing daily all the attributes of God and His abundance.

Paraphrasing of Beatitude # 6

  • Happy are those who continually and honestly clean up their acts, for they shall experience all good in every area of their lives.
  • Happy are those who magnify the good all around them, for they will understand God’s goodness everywhere and in every thing.

Example for the sixth Beatitude –

  • INSTANTANEOUS GOOD IN EVERYTHING YOU:
    • THINK
    • SEE
    • AND DO.
  • Offered daily to all who are:
    • Clean in all their
      • Thinking,
      • Speaking,
      • Acting.
    • Who truly want to see good all over and over all.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
   
 

Ask your students to break the code and find this week’s Beatitude. This exercise is also in KIDS KORNER.

Break The Code And Discover The Hidden Beatitude!
Using the code breaker below, decipher the message from Jesus!

   
 

Try the equation exercise for the sixth Beatitude.

Create your own equations for Matt 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

   
 

Create a picture pneumonic to help you remember the Beatitude.

Blessed are pure in heart: for they shall see God.

  • Name some Bible characters who were pure in heart.
    • How do you know that?
  • Name some Bible characters who saw God.
    • What were they doing when they saw God?
    • How do we see God?
   
 

Assignment:

Younger children: Read Jesus Teaches the People. Work on the Old Testament on-line crossword puzzle.

Older children: Read Make a Difference and Question and Answers about peer pressure.

Week of May 16-22
Memorization verse: Matt. 5:9 The Message You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • What does it mean to have a place in God’s family?
  • Who is God’s family?

Sunday May 22
Ask the students to recite this week's Bible Verse.

  • How did you use this verse this past week?
  • How have you been a peacemaker this week?
  • What does it mean to be a child of God?

Look up other translations of Matt 5:9

   
 

Jeanne Sparks’ REVIEW OF THE SEVENTH BEATITUDE:

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Qualities of “peacemakers:”

  • Overcome evil with good actively
  • Find satisfaction in removing hatred and reconciling enemies
  • Help any and all find the highest good in every situation
  • Lay aside their own selfish ambitions and seek to glorify God in all they do—their motives and acts
  • Make love a priority in attitudes and behavior
  • Do not gossip, agitate, rabble rouse, hassle or cause trouble
  • Bring harmony and blessings to others.

Qualities of “children.”

  • Innocent
  • Pure
  • Receptive
  • Eager to learn
  • Perfect reflections of God (Genesis 1)

Paraphrasing of Beatitude # 7

  • Happy are those who focus on expressing love to all, for hatred will just melt away.
  • Happy are those who work for the best interests of everyone, for they shall all experience abundance and good in all aspects of their daily life.

Create your own paraphrase of the seventh Beatitude – Matt 5:9

Matt 5:9

 

Practice writing an equation for this Beatitude.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Example for the seventh Beatitude –

  • INSTANTANEOUS
    • Satisfaction,
    • Harmony,
    • Joy,
    • Good, solid relationships.

  • Offered daily to all who are willing to help any and all find the highest good in every situation.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
   
 
  • What is a peacemaker?
  • When are you a peacemaker?
  • Name some peacemakers you know at school. Church. Home. Or in the news.
  • Why do we need peacemakers?
    • What award is given once a year to a peacemaker? [Nobel Peace Prize]
  • Who are children of God?
  • Name some peacemakers in the Bible.
    • What was the situation?
    • How did they bring peace?

TEACHERS:

Read Healing Messages and share with your class. Discuss ways to make peace.

   
 

Help students break the code. This is a good way to help pupils memorize Bible verses.

   
 

Help the students create a skit about being peacemakers and what they receive for this “attitude.”

It could be helping at home or school or a sports activity.

   
 

Assignment:

Younger Children: Work on the Beatitude Match It and Break the Code exercises (Break the Code 1, Break the Code 2, Break the Code 3). Read Through the Roof.

Older Children: Read Why Four Men Tore Up the Roof of a Crowded House, and complete the Right Kinds of Thoughts Maze. Create your own Break the Code for your classmates next week.

Week of May 23-29
Memorization verse: Matt 5:10 Philips –Happy are those who have suffered persecution for the cause of goodness, for the kingdom of Heaven is theirs!

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • What does persecution mean?

Sunday May 29

Ask the students to recite this week's Bible Verse.

  • How could you use this verse?
  • How can you be happy when people try to make you unhappy?
  • Has anyone teased you or put you down for your religious beliefs?
    • Made fun of you for reading the Bible?
    • Or for believing in God?
 

Jeanne Sparks’ REVIEW OF THE EIGHTH BEATITUDE:

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Qualities of “persecuted:”

  • Tormented
  • Pestered
  • Bugged
  • Punished unnecessarily
  • Harassed
  • Tortured
  • Mistreated

Qualities of “revile:”

  • Verbal abuse
  • Disparaging remarks
  • Put downs

Paraphrasing of Beatitude # 8

  • Happy are those who remain calm when being harassed because they are proving that evil has no power or presence to disrupt their happiness.
  • Happy are those who understand the abusive attacks on them are not personal but merely an attempt to distract them from their at-one-ment with God.

Create your own paraphrase of the eighth Beatitude – Matt 5:10

Matt 5:10

Example for the eighth Beatitude –

  • INSTANTANEOUS SENSE OF PEACE, HARMONY AND JOY WITHIN
  • Offered daily to all who are mistreated, harassed, and subject to verbal abuse because of following in Jesus’ footsteps.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
   
 

Discuss the 8th Beatitude.

  • How did Jesus handle persecution?
  • Why would Jesus want us to be happy to be persecuted for his sake?
  • Name some figures in the Bible who were persecuted? [Stephen, Paul, Jesus, Peter, James, John, Daniel, Joseph, David, Jacob, the three Hebrew boys – add more to the list]
    • Why were they persecuted?
 

Create an equation for the verse below or a picture to help you remember this Beatitude.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

   
 

Ask class members if they created their own break the code Bible verse. See how many of the codes can be broken. If no one made one, use the one below.

   
 

Help the students complete the fill in the blanks exercise as you discuss each Beatitude studied for the past eight weeks.

   
 

Take 4x6 note cards and write one word from the Beatitudes on each card. You can mix them all up and have the students draw cards until they can make a Beatitude or all the Beatitudes.

Ex. Blessed are those that mourn; for they shall be comforted.

Mourn
Shall
Are
For
That
Blessed
Be
Those
Comforted
They
   

Have the students put each verse in the correct order as you discuss the meaning. Emphasize daily living of these Beatitudes. Ask them how their lives are improved when they live the Beatitudes.

   
 

Help the students create a skit about handling persecution and talk about the importance of being happy!

   
 

As you review all 8 Beatitudes, what do they tell us about Jesus’ life? How did he live each one? Give specific examples.

Look at the healing of the paralyzed man. Mark 2: 1-12 Ask one of the students to tell the story or read the story together.

  • Would you have helped a friend get healed?
  • What would you be willing to do to help a friend?
  • What kind of faith did these five men have?
  • Would you have taken the time to carry your friend to the roof top and break a roof to get to Jesus?

Which Beatitudes do we see in action?

  • With Jesus?
  • The four friends?
  • The paralyzed man?
   
 

Assignment:

Younger Children: Listen to the story about Jesus Healing the Paralyzed Man and complete the puzzle.

Older Children: Complete the Fill in the Blanks. Work on the Old Testament crossword puzzle.

   
  — GAL
   
 
   
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