Lives Under Construction
This is a good program to use when you are in the middle of a building project and everything is a mess. The mess just adds to the decorations. We used this for our mothers and daughters, but the same ideas could easily work for a father-son event.
Decorations: Decorate with building supplies. We chose a clip art from RBP that showed a man standing with little people hammering, painting, and chiseling on him. We substituted a woman’s head and used this, in various sizes, for decorations, fliers, etc.
Dress: Encourage everyone to come dressed like a builder.
Game: Bring various building supplies and allow everyone to build her own house, or work with others. Can bring Lincoln logs, Legos, clay, playdough, wooden blocks. Or you could print some basic house structures on paper and have everyone design their own house.
Songs: “The Wise Man and the Foolish Man”, “Cornerstone” by Lari Goss, “Kids Under Construction”
Puppets: Use this script. If you don’t want to use puppets, do it as a skit. This will do a lot to emphasize the theme and lesson in a fun way. If used as a skit the characters could follow the basic train of thought without actually memorizing all the lines.
Devotions: 1 Cor. 3:9-14, Matt. 7:24-29, 1 Cor. 4:2, 1 Cor. 4:5, Col. 3:2.
Props: Three Little Pigs storybook, saw, sandpaper, hammer, paintbrush
Here’s an outline of what I used:
Start with the puppet show or skit.
I build a house of wood, hay, and stubble when I do good things to make me feel good about myself, or so others will admire me. I’m building for myself.
I build a house of gold when I serve God and others out of a heart of love.
Start with the foundation—Christ and the Bible.
Build a house that lasts, a temple, a place for Christ to live.
What lasts for eternity?
1 Cor. 4:2—being faithful with what God gives us.
1 Cor. 4:5—serving with right motives. God sees the heart
Col. 3:2—Build with eternal things.
NOT: immorality, coveting, desire to sin, anger, malice (desire to hurt), bad language, lying, self-centeredness, serving self.
BUT: tendermercies, kindness, humility, meekness, self-control, patience, forgiveness, love, peace. Do everything with thankfulness. Have a servant’s heart, serving God and others, thinking of their best interests.
Saw away the bad parts. 1 John 1:9
Sand away the rough spots. God uses irritating people and circumstances to chip away at our selfishness and make us more like Christ. James 1:2-4
Hammer in God’s truth. God’s Word is like a hammer. Jer. 23:29
Paint over problems with kindness. Love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Pet. 4:8