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This is part of an 11-session series for 11-14 year olds, teaching our mission statement and the importance of it’s values:
We exist to learn to follow Jesus, to show honour to God, to use our gifts to serve, to support each other, and to share our faith.
Session Aim: To look at how we can use our own gifts to serve others
Get hold of a standard Jigsaw puzzle (the more interesting, the better) and let the group work on it together. This could be done while people are arriving and be an activity that they continue with during the session. When ready to move on, explain that each of us are like the pieces of the puzzle as God has designed us with special gifts and abilities that fit perfectly with other people. Together, we make up the church.
Read: Ephesians 4:11-12
And Christ gave gifts to peopleÃ¢â‚¬â€he made some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to go and tell the Good News, and some to have the work of caring for and teaching God’s people. Christ gave those gifts to prepare God’s holy people for the work of serving, to make the body of Christ stronger.
Show a clip from the movie Spider-Man (Chapter 13, 00:51:40 – 00:53:35 on the DVD) where Peter decides to start using his special gifts to help others.
- How can you do more for other people both locally and across the world?
- What gifts or talents do you think that you have?
- How do you think you could use your gifts to serve others?
- Ask God to speak to you about your gifts and abilities and how you can use them to put others first.
- Pray for any issues affecting the group this week.
Make use of one of your gifts or talents this week. Do something for someone else that uses your special ability!
Further Reading: Matthew 6:24
No one can serve two masters. The person will hate one master and love the other, or will follow one master and refuse to follow the other. You cannot serve both God and worldly riches.