I'm such a nerd. I thought it was already August. So I prepared one of the Sunday School lessons that was supposed to happen in August. Ah well.
The lesson is on councils - meaning, meetings that you have within the church. I was a little worried at first - How am I going to teach a class for an entire hour on meetings?? But I did a lot of thinking and praying and research and came up with an outline and activities with which I was happy.
The online curriculum came up with this first idea, and I utilized it:
The lesson talks about how important it is to listen to each others' ideas during councils. Everyone should speak and contribute. And everyone should be listened to. I remembered an activity I did once in Young Women's - we each brought a white elephant gift to a Christmas party, and to decide who got what, the leader read this story aloud:
So I decided to have us do this game to demonstrate the importance of listening. I arranged my students in a circle, then had them pick out a button from my button stash:
Yes, some of them asked if they could keep their button. No, they're not six-year-olds. They're teenagers. They crack me up. :)