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Upper Elementary

So Very Excited

Lesson 6 

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Spring 2022

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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April 24, 2022

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Lesson Focus:

Jesus gives us good news to share.

Bible Basis:

John 4:4-30, 39-42

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access
  • “So Very Excited” worksheet (1 per student; template found here)
  • Pens/pencils
  • Optional: Whiteboard and marker

Summary & Links:

Students will watch a video about sharing good news with others as they explore the Good News Jesus gives us to share.

Memory Verse:

Sing to the Lord, praise His name; proclaim His salvation day after day.
—Psalm 96:2

ECHOES Verse:
Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.
—Psalm 145:2

Step 1:

Students will watch a video about sharing good news with others as they explore the Good News Jesus gives us to share.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • “So Very Excited” worksheet (1 per student; template found here)
  • Pens/pencils
  • Optional: Whiteboard and marker

Before class, print out a copy of the “So Very Excited” worksheet for each student (template here). If your class is meeting online, email the template for families to print ahead of time.

Distribute the “So Very Excited” worksheet and pens/pencils (or invite students to have those items ready at home). Give students a few minutes to complete the worksheet. When the time is up, have students share experiences from their list. If time allows, write student experiences on the white board to create a large list of ideas.

Life is filled with exciting moments, isn’t it? And when we have something exciting happen to us, one of the first things we often want to do is to tell others about it. Part of the fun of experiencing something special or exciting is being able to share it with others. Sometimes, we are so excited that telling just one person isn’t enough—we have to share our news with everyone we know. We want others to share in our excitement with us. In so many ways, excitement is contagious!

This video does a really good job of illustrating how we feel and how we respond when we have something exciting happen to us.    

Share the following video with your students [1:03]
18-Year-Old Gets Accepted Into 4 Ivy League Universities

Like the young woman in the video, we get excited and want to celebrate good news with our loved ones. Good news and the excitement of sharing it with others just naturally flow from one to the other.

  • Think about one of the exciting moments you listed on your worksheet. Why did you want to share that experience with someone else? (Allow students to respond.)
  • If you couldn’t have shared that experience with someone else, how would you have felt? (Allow students to respond.)
  • When you shared your news with someone else, how do you think they felt? (Allow students to respond.)

Good news is meant to be shared, and most of the time, sharing it with just one other person isn’t enough—we want our good news to be shared over and over. In today’s lesson, Jesus shares some exciting news with a woman He meets. Let’s find out what Jesus shared and how the woman responded.

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Pens/pencils/markers

Prior to the lesson, familiarize yourself with the instructions on this tutorial video meant for teachers only [3:41]:
Giving the Gospel with a Paper Airplane – Dare 2 Share vlog [3:41]

If your class is meeting online, instruct students to bring sheets of paper, scissors, and writing utensils with them to class.

In our lesson today, the Samaritan woman at the well was beyond thrilled to meet Jesus and learn who He was. She didn’t keep what she learned about Jesus to herself; instead, she headed right into town and began telling everyone about the Messiah. Her excitement and desire for others to know Jesus became contagious as more and more people heard her story and became excited themselves. That’s how good news often works; we can’t keep it bottled up inside, so we share it with others, who pass on the excitement as they share it with even more people. 

Even though it’s fun to share good news with others, sometimes we get bogged down in the process. You may have found that telling other people about Jesus, as wonderful and exciting as it is, may not always be easy for you. You might feel uncomfortable, unsure of your words, anxious about what others are going to think of you, and uncertain of how others might respond. Having a way to draw others into your words, a way to catch their attention, and a way to give you clarity as you choose your words can help give you confidence to speak boldly. 

Distribute blank paper to students, ensuring that students have extra sheets of paper to allow them to practice their Gospel airplanes. Walk your students through the steps of making the paper airplane as explained on the video tutorial at the first of this step.

Basic steps to follow to create the paper airplane:
Bring top left corner over to opposite side of paper to create a triangle.
Bring top right corner down and over to opposite side of paper to create the shape of a house.
Fold house in half.
Fold side flaps down to create wings.
Fold down remaining triangle flap to either side.
Paper airplane is completed!

Basic script to follow:
“How high can you go in a plane?”
“An airplane cannot get you to heaven.”
Make tear down the crease to create rocket.
“A rocket can take us higher and farther than a plane, but it still cannot get us to heaven.”
Unfold rocket to reveal cross.
“The Cross does get us to heaven because Jesus died for our sins and restored our relationship with God.”

Give students time to practice folding and tearing the paper. If students finish early, have them copy today’s memory verse onto the back of their Paper Airplane Gospel card. When students have cleaned up, have them place their Paper Airplane Gospel card in their Bible or some other safe place so they can quickly and easily refer to it. Come back together to finish the class.

Sharing the good news of Jesus should be something we are excited to do. You never know who you might cross paths with as you go about your day, and in the midst of a conversation, a door might open to allow you to share with someone about who Jesus is! Ask God to prepare your heart for those conversations; pray for the person who will hear your words, that their hearts and minds would be open to your words and the nudges of the Holy Spirit. Encourage your students to practice the Paper Airplane Gospel with family members several times this week until they don’t have to use their prompt card.

Close in prayer

Spread the word

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