God’s People Work Together as a Healthy Body
Dear Lord, use this study to
help the children to serve one another doing what each one can do,
Choose any of these children's learning activities that fit their ages and the time available.
1. Older child or teacher: Explain the example of the Body in 1 Corinthians 12:4-26.
We call our congregation a
‘body’, because we all belong to our Lord Jesus Christ.
God gives people in His
congregation special jobs to do to serve one another.
We who trust in Jesus, young and
old, are to serve others,
Ask questions about how
we work as a body, 1 Corinthians 12:4-26.
· What are some jobs that Christians can do for each other? [Verses 8-10]
· Who gives to everyone their spiritual gifts, which are ways to serve others? 
· Into what does the Holy Spirit baptize believers in Christ? [12-14]
· What would be lacking if the whole body were an eye? 
· What do we do when a person in the body suffers or receives honor? 
Let the children show how the body acts when people do not work with each other:
· Explain that the feet are people who take the good news about God to other places. Have the children show how the body would walk if the feet did not do their job.” (Let the children hop.)
The eyes are people who see what
God wants us to do.
2. Put together a picture puzzle:
· Draw a simple outline of a child’s body on a large piece of paper (the larger the better). Show it to the children. See the puzzle found on the last page of this lesson. Some children might like to colour this picture, cut out the pieces, and assemble them with tape or glue.
Cut the picture into enough
pieces, so that each child gets at least one piece.
If the group is small, you might
hide the pieces around the room before time.
· If the group is large, then cut several pictures into pieces before time and keep them separate. Let the children form several groups; give a picture to each group.
· Let each child say something that God wants them to do when they add their piece of paper to the picture. Mention examples:
Obey parents. Trust God. Love
God. Love people. Forgive enemies. Serve others. Give.
· Older children help the younger think of something that God wants them to do.
3. Dramatize parts of 1 Corinthians 12.
Arrange with the main worship
leader to present this brief drama to the adults.
· Older children or adults play these parts: God’s Voice. Teacher (someone who can teach)
Other children play these parts: Feet. Hands. Eyes. Ears.
Explain briefly 1 Corinthians 12:4-13. Then say,
“Come. Be part of the Body.
Feet, Hands, Eyes and Ears
Explain briefly 1 Corinthians 12:14-21. Then say,
Leave the circle.
Teacher “See what the body does without its feet.”
(Everyone in the circle)
(Some shout loudly) “I am only an ear!”
(Some say) “We are hands, the most important of all!”
(Some say) “I am the eye! I do not need you, nose!”
Explain briefly 1 Corinthians 12:22-26. Then say,
“All of you, come back to the circle.
Feet, Hands, Eyes and Ears
Teacher Thank everyone who helped with the drama.
the children present this story to the adults, then let them ask the
Ask the children and adults to
mention ways that we serve one another
5. Draw a simple picture of a hand and let the children copy it.
Let them show their pictures to
the adults and explain that this illustrates
Smaller children learn Galatians 5:13:
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”
Older children learn Ephesians 4:15-16:
“Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”
7. Let five children each recite one of the five verses of Psalm 100.
8. Let older children write poems or songs about how we work together as a body.
They might do this during the week.
9. Let an older child pray:
“Dear Lord, thank you for giving to each of us a job to do in our group. Help us to serve one another. Keep us from thinking that we are more important than other people. Help us to remember that each believer is important to you.”
A more detailed drama about harmonizing different ministries in the body, 5 minutes: