To think about love - the greatest power of all.
by Guy Donegan-Cross
Suitable for Whole School (Pri)
To think about love – the greatest power of all.
Preparation and materials
- You will need a film clip of children’s heroes demonstrating super-powers, e.g. The Incredibles, Superman, X-men. Make sure it is suitable for the age group. To avoid copyright issues, use a trailer, many of which can be downloaded from film sites on the web, or show pictures, play some music or simply talk about the films – you could even dress up as a superhero or prime some children to do so.
- Play dough.
- Be prepared to tell the creation of Adam and Eve story from Genesis.
- Show your chosen clip from the film or use one of the alternatives above. Ask the children who would like to have super-powers. Elicit some discussion on what powers and why.
- Say that Christians believe that God has given us all a fantastic super-power.
Make a model human being from the play dough, and as you do so, retell the Genesis account of the creation of Adam and Eve. End by breathing into your model as you tell how God breathed his life into human beings.
You might want to explain the difference between a scientific account of creation and one that is poetic; what the story explains is the Christian belief that without God’s power no one could live.
- Say that each person has a power they can use that is just as strong as any superhero, and you are going to make something to show them what it is. Change your play dough human into a heart, and hold it up.
- Christians and members of other faiths believe that God gave us this incredible power: the power to love. If we learn to love everyone, even those we find difficult, we can change the world in extraordinary ways. Ask for some examples of how we could put other people’s needs before our own or how we could ‘go the extra mile’ to help someone.
Time for reflection
How could you do more for other people today and use your incredible super-power: the power of love?
May I be a superhero, changing your world with the love you have put inside me.
‘Love will never come to an end’ (Come and Praise, 99)