Time for Dinner

Scripture: Esther

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God often puts His people where He wants them in order to do certain things for Him.
  • Students will learn sometimes we must be very brave to do what God wants us to do.
  • Students will learn God expects us to do what He wants us to do even if it scares us.
  • Students will practice telling time on an analog clock.

Guiding Question: Why does God want us to be brave in sharing our faith?

Materials: Analog clocks, invitations

Procedure: Review the story of Esther with the students – particularly the Celebration of Purim. Explain that Purim is a holiday for remembering the story of Esther. Tell the students that during this holiday, people give little gifts (usually of food) to their neighbors. Explain that God wants us to reach out to others and be brave in sharing our faith. God expects us to do what He has called us to and to trust Him even when we do not fully understand what He is doing. God places people in our lives that He calls us to share our faith with and we can trust Him to help us when it is part of His plan.

Introduce the activity. Remind the students that Esther had dinner parties and invited her guests to come at a specific time. Tell the students they are going to practice telling time. Give the students invitations with various times on them. The student then sets time on an analog clock.

Additional Questions: How can students practice with elapsed time?

Supplemental Activity: Have the students create invitations for dinner parties with different starting and ending times. Have students swap their invitations with a partner and have the partner figure out how long each party is.

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