Tales of the Kingdom: Week of Prayer Resources
Last week my students joined forces with the other sixth grade class in our building to lead Week of Prayer for our entire school. We started preparing weeks ago, painting backdrops, practicing music and memorizing scripts around the theme Tales of the Kingdom. My original plan was to share a little of what we’re doing each day, but since things have been so busy, I’ve barely had a chance to upload any pictures until now. So, here we go.
Step one was writing scripts that students could use to give their talks. I created these using old Sabbath school lessons. Each is designed for two speakers.
Tales of the Kingdom Scripts
Monday: Lost & Found (Luke 15:1-10)
A story about lost items reveals God’s feelings toward sinners.
Tuesday: Highways & Hedges (Luke 14:1, 12-24)
In this tale, the host of a party has to think fast when none of his guests show up.
Wednesday: Priceless (Matthew 13:45-46)
Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to discovering a treasure.
Thursday: Forgiven (Luke 7:36-50)
Simon the Pharisee is challenged by a story of two debtors.
Friday: Heaven’s Landlord (Matthew 21:33-43)
The way God deals with His people is revealed in a story about a vineyard owner.
Every day the sixth graders led out in four programs, each a half hour long. After all the work we put into practicing, it was amazing to watch them lead and shine without any teacher help. The only thing I did was pray with them before and after each program, and let them know they were doing a good job.
My students loved it. I think they felt very empowered. Parents came, community members came, and they all gave compliments, which I think made the students feel good, especially the ones who weren’t sure at the beginning whether or not they could do it.
There are so many skills that students learn when participating in a program like this: public speaking, teamwork, leadership, technology, art, etc. But I think one of the most important lessons they learn is that they can make a difference. They don’t have to wait until they are in high school or college. Even at this point they can make a difference in their classroom, in their school and in their community.
If there is a special program that you would like to put on, but are not quite sure how to develop it, please let me know. I would be more than happy to help you out. In the meantime, you can also download scripts and read about the Week of Prayer we did last year around the theme Son Harvest County Fair.