Sunday School Lesson on Kindness


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be kind

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Be kind to each other (means the same as "one another")

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Where will children learn kindness if not in Sunday school?
Perhaps at home. But if not, we are the guardians of kindness.

What does it mean to be kind?

So what is kindness?

Being kind is being a good person in your world.

A good guideline for kindness is the GOLDEN RULE.

Use these Ephesians and the Golden Rule worksheets to discuss to understand kindness
- get an e-ticket which is a pun on "etiquette"

 

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Grades: 2 - 8
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New Testament guidelines for being a Christian

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Ephesians 4:32 and Matthew 7:12 (Golden rule)

Check your version of the Bible for differences in wording.

32 and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

The Golden Rule

12 In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

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instant activity
Kindness worksheets for each student
Scissors to cut the poster apart
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instructions

e-ticket to kindness

1. Students look-up Ephesians 4:32 and Matthew 7:12 or teacher can read them from here.
2. Ask each student what does "Being kind" mean to them. Tell them to remember what they said or write it on the board.
3 Offer this : Being kind is being a good person in YOUR world*.
4.Offer this: kindness used to be included in good manners sometimes called etiquette (et-eh-kit).

"Etiquette" -- think of it as an e-ticket to kindness. ( May be pronounced e-ticket as an easy way to relate as a pun) There were lots more rules of etiquette, but they weren't necessarily about kindness though they were rules on how to live in "polite society". Like 1. Always chew with your mouth closed. and 2. Do not eat off of a knife. Don't slurp your soup off the spoon, and don't wear white shoes after Labor Day.


5. Review the e-ticket for kindness worksheet. Go one idea at a time. Talk about what is written and then have each student think of an example of that aspect of kindness.

Worksheet available as PDF at the end of the page - this is what it includes:

e-ticket

issued to: (put your name here)

Kindness is being a good person in your world, to your world and to other people in your world*.

Helping someone is kindness – especially when you offer help before being asked for help
Your real life example:
_________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________
Sharing is kindness to every other person in your world – including your brothers,
sisters, friends, relatives, and new people you meet and especially sharing with
someone you do not particularly like.
Your real life example:
_________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

Kindness is never doing anything unpleasant to others
Your real life example:
_________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

Kindness is never taking more than your fair share
      – including a seat, food, space…anything.
Your real life example:
_________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

Kindness is not pointing out or making fun of someone’s flaws
       – a birth defect or scar, or disability or age.
Your real life example:
_________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

Kindness is respecting where you are

  • Not giggling in church
  • Not fidgeting in church
  • Not talking in church, a theater, school classroom, or when someone older is talking.
  • Not using a cellphone  in church, a theater, school classroom, or when someone is talking face to face to you. (When you are old enough to drive, not using a cellphone while driving is plain good sense.)
    • Your real life example:
    • _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

Kindness is not making a mess where you have been without cleaning it up wherever
you are– empty candy wrappers, drink containers, food containers removal or cleaning up spills. (What do you do with trash?  Keep it ‘til you find a place where it belongs.)
Your real life example:
_________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

Speaking kindness: Try not to hurt anyone’s feelings when speaking to them. Like,
Instead of saying, “you’re wrong”, say I don’t think I agree with you”
Your real life example:
_________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

Kindness is putting another person’s needs before your own needs or desires.

  • if you need something and someone else needs something, let the other
    person get what they need first.

Your real life example:
_________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

Kindness is putting another person first – before you – in a line, in a turn, in
getting to choose, in getting something like a treat,
Your real life example:
_________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

Kindness is the opposite of being mean  
Your real life example of something mean you have seen done:
_________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________
Kindness is the opposite of being selfish
Your real life example of something selfish  you have seen done:
_________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

Add your own ideas

Kindness is:
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Kindness is:
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Kindness is:
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Kindness is:
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Write out Ephesians 4:32 and Matthew 7:12

Ephesians 4:32

Matthew 7:12

Note:

*Your world is every one you meet or see, and every place you are or have been or will be

Many times the kindness passage is referred to simply as "Be Ye kind" though our worksheet uses the full Bible passage.

Download and print the worksheet for each student. The small poster is optional.

poster be kind pdf
pdf button for poster
Cut apart posters

Be Kind PDF worksheet         
          
  web page Be Ye Kind Get the web page worksheet

 

This is part of our New Testament Bible activities and Crafts for kids from Sunday School Kids.