Prepared by: Dianne Yungblut
Theme: Sharing the ups and downs of our day. Love, forgiveness, encouragement, thankfulness, helpfulness
Target Audience: An intergenerational group of 4–6 people, 1–2 families gathered at a table as though for a meal.
- To experience a simple way to include faith talk in our lives
- To realize that people of all ages have 'ups' and 'downs'.
- To know that God is with us always.
- To discover how we can share God's love in all situations.
Time required: 60–90 minutes
(more if an actual meal is shared)
Materials or Resources (required or *optional)
- Table set for a meal, chairs, *food
- Paper place mats
- Felt pens
- Bible with readings marked or Bible verses printed on cards
- Words to song "Jesus loves me when…
Welcome, Introductions and Greetings: (5 minutes)
Invite all to sit around the table, as though they are your dinner guests. Start with a prayer perhaps a well-known table grace. If actually eating a meal, serve the food.
E–Experience (15 minutes)
Around the table during the meal, have each person share one happy thing that happened during the day. Then have each person share one 'downer' – a frustration, disappointment, challenge, hurt, etc
I–Identify (5 minutes)
- What did you like best — sharing or listening?
- What was the easiest to share, a happy time or a 'down' time?
A–Analyze (10 minutes)
After the meal, clear the table except for place mats. Bring out the felt pens.
- How did you feel when you told about your day?
- Were you surprised by anything that was shared? Why?
- Do you think that sharing what happens in your day is important? Why?
G–Generalize (10 minutes)
Sometimes we think that we are the only ones who get angry, feel jealous or feel sad. Then we feel all alone. (Young children could illustrate the conversation on their place mat)
- Do you tell someone when you re happy or sad? Who do you usually talk to?
- What difference does it make to share and to listen?
T–Theologize (20 minutes)
I wonder if God is with us in both the happy times and the 'down' times?
How do we know?
Older family members could look up some of the Scripture verses and read them for the group. All could write or illustrate the message on their place mats.
Psalm 62:8, 51:1–2, 46 The Lord is our refuge
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always
Matthew 28:20 Remember, I am with you always
Matthew 6:9–13 Lord's Prayer
Matthew 5: 2–11 Beatitudes
Mark 5:34, Luke 4:40
Luke 6:18, etc Stories of Jesus healing the sick
1 Corinthians 13:4–7 "Love is patient…"
2 Corinthians 2: 7–8 "…forgive and console…"
Ephesians 4: 2–3 "with all humility and gentleness…."
Sing (to the tune of "Jesus Loves Me")
Jesus loves me when I smile,
When my day has been worthwhile,
Jesus loves me when I'm sad,
All alone and feeling bad.
Pray: Prayers of thanksgiving, forgiveness or supplication.(A good reinforcement would be to laminate the place mats and send them home to be used again)
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