Building Up

Scripture: Matthew 13:31-35

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn it is important to build their spiritual foundation on solid ground.
  • Students will learn what it takes to build a strong spiritual foundation.
  • Students will participate in a service project to help birds and residents at assisted living facilities.
  • Students will use measuring and addition to help create a model home.

Guiding Question: How can we make our spiritual foundation solid?

Materials: Wood boards of various lengths

Procedure: Review the story of the Wise and Foolish Builders. Ask the students what they think is the difference between and wise builder and a foolish builder. After students share, elaborate on their answers by explaining what makes a person wise or foolish. Tell the students that foundations are meant to keep something upheld and sturdy/strong. We also have a foundation when it comes to our faith and relationship with God. Explain that there are things we can do to keep our foundation in God strong such as praying, reading the BIble, worship, being in community with other believers, etc. Explain how these actions help maintain a solid foundation.

Have students share what they think a builder needs in order to give a building a strong foundation.  After they share, show the students the “boards” of varying lengths. Have students measure and add the lengths of various boards to find the lengths they need to “build” their house. Students can then build their model homes making sure that the home as a sturdy foundation.

Additional Questions: How can students recreate a design of a home?
Supplemental Activity: Have students research a design of a house they would like to recreate. Tell students they have to be resourceful by using the items in the room to recreate the house and have the students build a model home.

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