Monday, April 27, 2015

Prayer is Like a Sandwich

Trevon and I have had the same church calling since we have been married. We've been sunday school teachers for the 13-14 year olds for over six years now. And while we have loved this calling, sometimes it gets a little stale and boring. A little redundant and frustrating. There have been Sundays where we really struggle finding a way to teach our lesson. Either our class wont participate or we just don't know where to go with the material.

Last Sunday we found a fun, great lesson for prayer. I thought it would be fun to share what we did. Maybe it will give those of you, looking for a great lesson, some ideas.

We took everything we needed to make a peanut butter sandwich. We started out dividing the class up in two groups. We happen to have four boys and four girls. So naturally, we did boys against girls. We had each group write down the steps to making a peanut butter sandwich. They only had five minutes to work as a group to do this.
When they were done with that, Trevon read the directions, while I made the sandwiches. I have to say, I was pretty impressed with how they did. The girls successfully made a edible peanut butter sandwich. The boys struggled a little more. I ended up spreading the jam and peanut butter on with my fingers and then putting the wrong sides of the bread together. They had a lot of fun with this activity.  When we were done making the sandwiches, using their instructions, we explained how sometimes prayer can get a little redundant. We say the same kinds of things, do we really mean what we say in our prayer when this happens? So we taught them about being specific and genuine when you're talking to our Father in Heaven.
Next we had them work together as a class to walk me through making a peanut butter sandwich, using specifics. As I made this sandwich I explained that prayer is also like a sandwich in the order that we say them. First we address our Father in Heaven, that's the first piece of bread. Next we thank him for all of our blessings, that's the peanut butter. Then we ask Him for the blessings we need and the desires of our hearts, according to His will, that's the jam. Last we close in the name of Christ, that's the last piece of bread. When we say our prayers in this order, and we are genuine in our prayers, we feel happy and satisfied when we receive our answers. (Like how we feel satisfied after eating a sandwich).
We closed the lesson with this little poem, I found this poem on Sugardoodle.net and made a cute print out from it. You can download the print out here.
The class thought it was a fun lesson and they actually paid attention to us instead of to their phones and ipads! 

What is your favorite way to teach a class?

3 comments:

  1. I love this idea. I can imagine my own kids writing out the steps to make a sandwich and forgetting important things like the knife!

    I bet after making the sandwich they were all paying rapt attention to your point.

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    1. It was the best they had ever listened and participated. We have had a really hard time getting this class off of thier phones so we started having to be more creative. And so far it's worked. 2 Sunday's in a row with no phone interruptions.

      Also, this activity makes a great FHE on following directions (or you could do it with prayer too like I did).

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  2. What a creative idea to teach prayer!

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