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.