Scripture: Matthew 5:1-7:29, Luke 6:20-49
- Students will learn God about our heart.
- Students will learn actions that appear good cannot cover a heart that is sinful.
- Students will learn although God forgives us of our sins, He expects a higher standard of behavior from us than the world does.
- Students will create reader’s theater scripts about the Sermon on the Mount to perform for other children.
Guiding Question: How does God want us to show Godly behavior and serve others?
Materials: Bibles, pencils, paper
Procedure: Review the story of The Sermon on the Mount. Talk about the importance of dealing with our sin so that we can have a good heart and therefore do genuine, kind things for others. Ask the students what kind of behavior they think God expects from them. Have the students share what they think they can do to hold themselves to that kind of behavior.
Introduce the service project. Have the students work together to write readers’ theater social skills scripts for children with special needs. The scripts should act out common social interaction scenarios children may encounter and how to behave appropriately in those situations.
Arrange a time for the students to perform for the children. Share the finished scripts with families who have kids with special needs or groups who serve children with special needs. (This can also be performed for children at a local foster care organization or with children in the church.)
Additional Questions: How can students model positive behavior for others?
Supplemental Activity: Have the students create skits with real life scenarios where they would need to demonstrate Godly behavior towards another person. Have them perform these for children in the church, at a local foster care organization, etc.