Accepting and being willing to change (PS)

Published January 21, 2017 by humanlign

Topic: Accepting and being willing to change.

Scripture Reading: “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” — Matthew 4:17

Discussion: When the scriptures talk about people needing to “change’ to enter or prepare for the Kingdom of God they usual refer to changing habits or ways of living from bad to good. Change of any sort is difficult for most people, including children. This Sunday we talk about the inevitability of change.

Here are three lesson options, or four if you use a combination of two or three of the following options:

  • Option One: Begin the lesson with the puppet sketch (below) and then ask the children to share their “change” experiences.
  • Options Two: Skip the puppet sketch and tell the class how you felt as a child when you had to move from one neighborhood to another. Then ask the children to share their “change” experiences.
  • Options Three: Using the famous quotes cited after the puppet script, engage the children in a discussion about what each quote means as it relates to them as young children.

Puppet Script:

[Puppets – Fred and his Father “Dad”]

Fred

Dad!

Dad

Yes Fred.

Fred

Mom said we will be moving to New Jersey, where ever that is! I don’t want to move!

Dad

Well son, the company I worked for went out of business and I have to get a new job. And, I got a job offer from a company in New Jersey.

Fred

But my friend Jane’s dad works right here in Chinatown. He cooks food and owns a restaurant.

Dad

I understand, but the work I know how to do is fixing computers and there is a large company in New Jersey that has lots of computers that I can fix.

Fred

Oh.

Dad

When we move to New Jersey, we will be able to live in a large house instead of our small apartment. And you will have a bigger room all to yourself.

Fred

But I like my room. And what about my friends? I won’t get to play with them anymore!

Dad

New Jersey is not that far away. You can still see your friends. We can drive into the City on a Saturday when you’re not in school.

Fred

Ahhhh! And that’s another problem. I don’t want to go to a new school!

Dad

But you will make more friends in a new school.

Fred

But what if the kids in that school don’t like me?

Dad

Why would they not like you?

Fred

I don’t know, maybe because I am the new kid or I am from Chinatown. I just don’t want to move.

Dad

I know. Moving means changing schools and making new friends. Moving is changing things. And change is scary.

Fred

Yes, I’m scared of moving.

Dad

Well, I am a little scared too.

Fred

Really, I thought you weren’t afraid of anything!

Dad

When we make changes in our lives, we don’t really know if the change will turn out to be a good change or a bad change.  We cannot see into the future.

Fred

So, if you are not sure if moving or changing is good, why are you doing it.

Dad

Sometimes we are forced to or it’s time to make changes. Because we need money to buy food to eat, I am forced to find another job.

As you grow older, you’ll be changing schools to go to high school. And as you get older, you won’t want to play in the children’s playground at school. You’ll learn how to play basketball and you’ll play in the park across the street. And then someday, you’ll be old enough to drive a car.

Fred

A car! That will be awesome! Will you buy me a car when I’m older?

Dad

Well, I’ll need to take that job in New Jersey to be able to have the money to buy you a car.

Fred

OK, so let’s go to New Jersey today!

Dad

But what about your friends here in Chinatown?

Fred

No problem. I’ll just drive my car into the City and visit. 

 

Discussion:

Ask the children if any of them ever had to move to a new place … how they felt about it and how it turned out.  Or, ask the children to share any other “change” experience.

 

Here are some famous quotations on the topic of change. Talk about what some of the famous quotations mean, especially to young children.

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” — Maya Angelou

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” — Reinhold Niebuhr

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” — Margaret Mead

“Everyone thinks of changing the world [or that others must change], but no one thinks of changing himself.” — Leo Tolstoy

“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” — Ronald Reagan

“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” — Confucius

“Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakes. The sleeper must awaken.” — Frank Herbert

“There is nothing permanent except change.” — Heraclitus

“Change brings opportunity.” — Nido Qubein

“If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” — Woodrow Wilson

“It’s the most unhappy people who most fear change.” — Mignon McLaughlin”

“Most people already know what they’re doing wrong. When I get them to church, I want to tell them that you can change.” — Joel Osteen

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